Monthly Archives: September 2018

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

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Family Matters

Smoak-Huszar. v. Huszar (2018 ONSC 5223)
alternating week-on week-off schedule — interim spousal support — school — children — matrimonial home
Justice P. MacEachern

Sharaf v. Zahab (2018 ONSC 5204)
motion — offer — bill of costs — access — inclusive of disbursements
Justice P. MacEachern

Cameron v. Cameron (2018 ONSC 5177)
children — nesting arrangement — school — parenting time — primary residence
Justice T. Engelking

CAS v. A.W. (2018 ONSC 5262)
parents — boys — children — hit — belt
Justice D. Summers

Civil Matters

Azur Human Resources Ltd. v The Minister of Revenue (2018 ONSC 5212)
expatriate — remuneration — employer — foreign affiliate — workers
Justice C. Hackland

Noreast Electronics Co. v. Danis (2018 ONSC 5169)
invoices — suppliers — prices — summary — evidence
Justice S. Gomery

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#ThrowbackThursday: Renovations Before and After (Plus Coats!)

Construction on Phase 2 of the renovations project continues to march forward, and I’ve recently been through the space to take a look. Back when Phase 1 was still being renovated, we had to come into the space far more frequently, so I was able to get more photos. For the second half of the project, my trips in are far more irregular, but it does mean I see more significant changes every time I venture in!

Today’s throwback quite honestly makes me shudder. I’m talking of course about the old coat storage area / corridor when you walked into the lounge. Behold!


Those dingy ceilings, the inadequate storage, the poor lighting, those carpets! I don’t think any of us will miss any of those. From standing in this perspective now, the view is quite different …


Yes, that’s the same area! We’ve moved the coat storage right out of there (see below for more on coat storage), and raised the ceiling up to the slab. When all is said and done, there are going to be beautiful new light fixtures, new flooring, and our donor wall will be on the wall where the coat closets were. It feels so spacious and bright through this area now – I really can’t wait to see it all finished. For those wondering, to the left is the space for our new training rooms. The perspective on that is a bit hard to show right now, so you’ll have to wait a bit longer to see the reveal there.

So as for coats, as it’s now getting into coat season, let’s look at the new coat storage options!

When all is said and done, there will be three coat closets available.

In the lounge, two of the three closets are currently being constructed. You can see these below (pardon the bad angles – it’s not easy to get a shot of them!):

The third, and biggest, coat closet is located in the library, immediately to your left when you enter the front doors. That space is already open for business, and since this picture was taken, actually has hangers!

In total, these three rooms will provide greater storage capacity for coats that we had previously. This should alleviate the coat mess that erupted every winter in the old lounge. Also not pictured above are new stools currently on order for this space, to aid in boot and shoe removal in the winter months. We will be cracking down on items left overnight in the closet, however: there were far, far too many items left behind and creating clutter in the old lounge, and we hope to keep the new space clean and running smoothly.


Newly Received Materials from LSO CPD 1

Below are some of the most recent CPD materials added to the library collection. Each title links to the book record where you can view more details and the full table of contents. All materials are available in print at the library, or if you’re interested in only a couple of articles, feel free to email us a request for a scanned copy.

15th Annual Real Estate Law Summit (April 18-19, 2018)

  • Construction Lien Act changes / Roger Gillott
  • Syndicated mortgages : how to avoid the risks / Gary Goldfarb, Stephen McClyment, Ronald Melvin
  • A remedies refresher for purchasers / Paul Perell
  • Tendering / Silvana M. D’Alimonte
  • When should you call an environmental specialist? Avoiding negligence claims over environmental issues / Rosalind H. Cooper

The Six-Minute Estates Lawyer 2018 (May 3, 2018)

  • Predatory marriages / Kimberly A. Whaley, Albert H. Oosterhoff
  • Increasing the odds of an effective mediation / Clare E. Burns
  • Beneficiary designations and minor children / Susan Stamm, Kiran Arora
  • Privilege 7 the duty of confidentiality / Justin W. de Vries
  • Accommodating clients with disabilities / Alexander Procope
The Six-Minute Business Lawyer 2018 (June 4, 2018)

  • Franchise law update / Peter Dillon
  • Commercial litigation update : what solicitors need to learn from barristers : considerations for drafting arbitration clauses / Safina Lakhani, Alexandra Grishanova
  • Current issues in cannabis corporate law / Nicole Kapos
  • Advising startups and early state companies / James Smith
  • Protecting the boardroom and the organization : sexual harassment / Simon Bieber

Solo and Small Firm Conference 2018 : the 21st Century Lawyer (June 7, 2018)

  • Disability and accommodation issues in your practice / Kelley Bryan
  • A guide to working with other professionals and expert witnesses / Corey Bloom, Blair Bowen, Jennifer Hunter
  • Cherry picking : using client personas to attract the right clients for your law practice / Marni MacLeod
  • If it’s broken, fix it : alternate billing models / Jennifer Reynolds

The Six-Minute Employment Lawyer 2018 (June 21, 2018)

  • Update on harassment in the workplace / James Heeney, David Israelsohn
  • Accommodation disabilities : fundamental principles and current case law / Elizabeth Traynor, Liam Ledgerwood
  • 2018 update on extraordinary/moral/aggravated damages / Alan Whyte
  • When can employees be found liable for negligence at work? / William Gale
  • An update to notice periods / Elliot Saccucci, Irina Rosca
  • Recent developments in federal employment law / Denyse Boulet

Meeting Rooms Now Available for Reservation in the CCLA Library

For those of you who have had a chance to come visit our newly-renovated-but-not-quite-finished library space (and if you haven’t, it’s worth the trip!), you may have noticed our two newly-furnished meeting rooms opposite the library computers. To answer your burning question: yes – these are for you!

We’ve been asked about meeting space in the courthouse for years, so we’re happy to now be able to provide these Lees and Kealy Rooms for small groups (4-6 people) to use. Additionally, you can now reserve these rooms by sending us an email with your name, contact information, and the date/time you will need a room. You’ll receive a confirmation by email when the room has been booked.

Of course, before you go crazy here are some ground rules:

  • There are NO CLIENTS permitted.
  • Reservations can be no longer than 3 hours at a time.
  • Food and drink are allowed but please make sure the room is clean and tidy when you leave.
  • If you’re not here within 30 minutes of the start time, we’ll release the room.
  • Please make sure to finish up on time for the meeting ending – if you need to extend your time, check the schedule to see if there is room.
  • Priority may be given to larger groups, or groups who use the rooms less frequently.


So let us know if you’d like to book!


Book Giveaway! “Indigenous People and the Criminal Justice System”

One of our favourite “finds” of the last few years has been the books of Emond Publishing. We started to collect more from this publisher about five years ago, and in that time, books like Small Claims Court: Practice and Procedure and Civil Litigation have become staples of our collection.

In 2016, Emond Publishing started their Criminal Law Series, an on-going set of titles meant for criminal law practitioners, written by both defence counsel and Crowns. Just this summer, the most recent title in this series was released. We’ve picked up our own copy of Indigenous People and the Criminal Justice System: A Practitioner’s Handbook (written by Jonathan Rudin, the Director of Aboriginal Legal Services), and we’re thrilled to be able to offer a free copy to one of our readers!



To enter to win, head over to Twitter and give our tweet a “Like”!

Don’t tweet? Send us an email to put in your name! We’ll be drawing a name at random from all entries at the end of the month.

If you don’t want to wait for a copy or try your luck, you can purchase a copy of this book from Emond and use the code ROBESIDE10 for 10% off the price. That code will work until the end of November.

Thanks to Emond Publishing for providing a copy of this book, and a promo code, for this giveaway!

Ottawa Blog Roll: August 2018

Please find below links to blog posts or articles authored by the Ottawa legal community in August.

Civil Litigation

Ontario’s Alarming Spike in Transport Truck Collisions
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Doing the Right Thing the Wrong Way
– Anthony McGlynn, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP

Condominium Law

Should Condo Owners be Allowed to Inspect Proxy Forms?
– Rodrigue Escayola, Condo Adviser

New Regulations Applicable to Condo Pools
– Jocelyn Duquette, Condo Adviser

2,000 Condominiums Have Yet To File Their Returns With The CAO!
– Melinda Andrews, Davidson Condo Law

Claim by Landlord Against Tenant For Unauthorized Airbnb
– James Davidson, Davidson Condo Law

Corporate Commercial Law

Cannabis Retail is Coming to Ontario
– Mark Asfar, Momentum Business Law

Criminal Law

August 2018 Criminal Law Round-Up
– Anne Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Employment & Labour Law

HRTO creates new rule for employers regarding citizenship-based recruitment criteria
– Andrew Vey, Vey Willetts LLP

Assessment of Damages in Sexual Assault Cases
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Managing Marijuana at Work
– Alayna Miller, Mann Lawyers

Do You Have to Put Up With “Locker-Room” Talk in the Workplace?
– Karine Dion, Nelligan O’Brien Payne

Denying Employees’ Benefits Based on Age is Discrimination and Unconstitutional
– Karine Dion, Nelligan O’Brien Payne

Family Law

Polyamorous relationships and the best interests of the child
– David Ang & Paul Taylor-Sussex, Nelligan O’Brien Payne

Health Law

Health Canada invites public comments on new post-market reporting regulations
– Ben Pearson & Karl Racine, Gowling WLG

Indigenous Law

Discrimination in Canada’s Prisons: Risk Assessment Tools and Indigenous Prisoners
– Natasha Chettiar & Paul Taylor-Sussex, Nelligan O’Brien Payne

IP & Copyright Law

Standard of Review: The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning?
– Howard Knopf, Excess Copyright

Will the Canadian Voltage Reverse Class Action Now Fizzle?
– Howard Knopf, Excess Copyright

More On Mass Copyright Litigation in Canada – Part I
– Howard Knopf, Excess Copyright

Practice Management

Partner succession and law firm ownership
– Jordan Furlong, Law21

Security Law

Canada’s Foreign Intelligence Desert
– Craig Forcese, National Security Law

Trade Law

Possible Canadian Safeguard Action Against Steel Imports: Steel Importers, Distributors Consumers and End-Users Should Take Action
– Gordon LaFortune, Canadian Trade Law Blog

We include highlights of recent posts and articles from Ottawa-area blogs that are of substantive value to the legal community. Did we miss one? Let us know!

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Hormillosa v. Tshiani-Levie (2018 ONSC 5092)
pension — motion — disclosure — attend — set aside
Justice A. Doyle

Itani v. Abdelmoghith (2018 ONSC 5140)
children — school — passports — mid-week visit — parent
Justice M. O’Bonsawin

Miller v. Miller (2018 ONSC 5003)
child support — work full-time — spousal support — full-time hours — income
Justice D. Summers

Hammoud v. Rosolen (2018 ONSC 5102)
school — transporting the children — cross boundary transfer — bear their own costs — residence
Justice P. MacEachern

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