Monthly Archives: December 2018


The 2018 Clawbie Awards: Our Nominations!

It’s Clawbies time!! For the past couple of years we’ve highlighted some of our favourite Ottawa Law Blogs, so this year we’re going to change gears a bit and nominate our favourite Access to Justice blogs:

National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP)
This has to be one of my favourite reads. The NSRLP’s posts always offer thoughtful, open, intelligent, and on-point discussion on access to justice and self-representation issues in Canada and abroad. 

ReconciliAction (University of Alberta Faculty of Law)
Frequently mentioned and frequently Clawbie-nominated, and for very good reason! It almost goes without saying, but this is one of the most hard-working group of people doing extremely important work. 

Legal Aid Ontario
The LAO blog features interesting topics and interviews, and is always a good site to have on your radar. I also generally love infographics, so the plethora of those tends to lend this blog to my tastes quite nicely. 


New Titles – December 2018

See the list below of all the new titles now available at the CCLA library!


Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through CanLII.org.

Family Matters

Blair v. Hamilton (2018 ONSC 7318)
children — parenting schedule — arbitration — counselling — custody
Justice P. MacEachern

Salmanmanesh v. Forozandeh (2018 ONSC 7267)
travel with the child — motion — urgent — father — advisory
Justice P. MacEachern

Vernon v. NEO Family and Children’s Services (2018 ONSC 7231
standard of care — expert evidence — genuine issue requiring — professional — fact-finding powers
Justice S. Gomery

Reeves v. Cooper (2018 ONSC 7137)
biological — custody of the child — maternal great grandmother — paternal grandmother — great aunt
Justice M. Shelston

Trépanier v. Hunter (2018 ONSC 7086)
contempt — access — visits — child — weekend
Justice S. Gomery

Civil Matters

Continue Reading…


Courthouse Libraries Web App Launch

Do you often travel to different jurisdictions for court? Did you know there’s a Courthouse Library in the 47 courthouses across Ontario, and they provide services for visiting counsel? 

The Ontario Courthouse Libraries Association (OCLA) is excited to roll-out our new mobile-device-friendly app. The new website is designed to be a lawyer-centric portal to the County and District Law Libraries in the province. We’ve packaged the individual law library profiles into one convenient site, offering an easy-to-digest overview of the information, and services being offered. Some of the features include:

  • Highly visible quick link icons to contact information, location-based mapping, weather, and Association websites.
  • Find information about hours, access, electronic resources, parking, robing rooms, lounge facilities, value added extras, and more.
  • Quick library catalogue access to diverse resources, directly from the homepage.
  • A persistent header with a drop-down menu for easy navigation by Association or city.

Enhance your travel experience to another jurisdiction by visiting http://oclanet.com/webapp/!

You can also find instructions on how to add a link to this web app to your mobile homepage here!


Ottawa Blog Roll: November 2018

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

Condominium Law

Can Condos Terminate a Snow Removal Contract Early?
– Jocelyn Duquette, Condo Adviser

Has the Condo Tribunal Delivered all that it Promised to?
– Rodrigue Escayola, Condo Adviser

Loophole Around Mandatory Condo Director Training?
– Rodrigue Escayola, Condo Adviser

Condo Owner not Allowed to Get 20-year old Board Minutes
– Rodrigue Escayola, Condo Adviser

Changes to Lien periods Under the New Construction Act
– David Lu, Davidson Condo Law

Constitutional Law 

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Finds Provision Allowing Health Benefits to the Terminated at Age 65 Unconstitutional
– Margaret Truesdale, Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall LLP

Corporate Commercial Law

An overview of the Competition Bureau’s new Immunity and Leniency Programs
– Quin Gilbert-Walters & Ian Macdonald, Gowling WLG

Criminal Law

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

Scheer’s Guns and Gangs Strategy A Simple Plan for Simple Minds
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Time for the Civil Bar to Step Up
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Employment & Labour Law

Hold the Applause: Clapping Banned to Reduce Individual Anxiety
– Paul Willetts, Vey Willetts LLP

ONSC Judge Would Have Ordered at Least 36 Months Reasonable Notice – If Requested
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Employee Allowed to Sue for Sexual Harassment Five Years After Signing Full and Final Release
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

No Right to Sue Employer for Sexual Assault by Co-Worker: WSIAT
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

IBM appeal case reboots the importance of parties’ intentions for termination provisions
– Amy Derickx, Gowling WLG

What’s old is new again: Bill 47 passes into law
– André Poulin-Denis & Jesse Baker, Gowling WLG

IP & Copyright Law

Fake News on Fair Dealing from Michael Enright Himself and the CBC Sunday Edition
– Howard Knopf, Excess Copyright

Follow Up on Bill C-86 – The Omnibus Bill that Amends Canadian IP Law
– Howard Knopf, Excess Copyright

My Speaking Notes for Senate BANC Committee November 21, 2018 re Copyright Board
– Howard Knopf, Excess Copyright

Industrial Designs: What’s New?
– Adam Soliman, Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP

Practice Management

Diversonomics Season 3, Episode 6 | Making an ally: How to capitalize on your discomfort zone
– Roberto Aburto & Cindy Kou, Gowling WLG

Diversonomics Season 3 | Episode 5 The long game: Putting ongoing D&I goals into action
– Roberto Aburto, Gowling WLG

Regulatory Law

Canada’s Supreme Court Clears the Way for New National Securities Regulator
– Brian Kells & Brianna Mayes, Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall LLP

Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario rolls out licensing regime for cannabis retailers
– Jon-Paul Powers & William Bjornsson, Gowling WLG

Wills & Estates Law

Ontario Superior Court Case — Probate Fees and Double Wills
– Heather Austin-Skaret, Mann Lawyers

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!