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Cool Tools: Canva

This post was written by Dorota Turlejski from the CCLA Technology Committee.

Would you like some Graphic Design made easy? Canva provides ready-to-use templates for any form of communication that requires a visual component. As long as you are online, it is very easy to use the Canva search engine to find a template most closely connected to what you’re trying to do. You get to provide content in a way a visual artist or a graphic designer would without actually hiring one.

Canva gives you access to over a million photographs, graphics and fonts and 50,000 templates for various types of visual outputs.  For example, say, you wanted an appealing first page of a presentation you will be showing at the first CCLA Technology Lunch and Learn entitled, “Lawyering while Travelling.” You go to, click on the “Find templates” tab, pick “Presentations”, and you are provided with some subcategories.  I picked the “Simple” subcategory and chose from the available options. I thought this template might work nicely:

All I had to do is replace the information provided in the template.  The result is:


Simple! You can then save it on your desktop, and you have the option of saving in “pdf” or “jpg” format, and the file is ready to be uploaded into your presentation.  

The great parts about Canva are that it is cost effective, you can get a visual that looks good very quickly, and you can easily transfer the created file onto whatever file you are working on.  

Some drawbacks are that the tool is dependent on the speed of wireless connection, and that you have to get comfortable with the copy and paste functions and how they are used to replace content in the templates. Also, there is paid content on the templates that you need to watch out for. You can add paid elements or take them out of the templates. The paid content is worth paying for as it blends in well with the whole template and each element or image is usually no more than $1 or $2 (USD).   

Category: Graphic Design Software

Ottawa Blog Roll: January 2019

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

Civil Litigation

Frivolous, Vexatious or Abusive Claims: The Ontario Court of Appeal Addresses Notice Requirements Under Rule 2.1.01 of the Rules of Civil Procedure – Shauna Cant, Mann Lawyers

Clean Hands in Real Estate Disputes (Nuisance and Trespass) – Patrick R. Simon, Vice & Hunter LLP

Ontario Automobile Insurance Reform – Edward Masters, Mann Lawyers

Specific Performance for Commercial or Investment Properties?: The Court of Appeal Clarifies – Alexander Bissonnette, Mann Lawyers

Condominium Law

Must Condos Include Materials in a Meeting Package if Owners Demand It? – Graeme Macpherson, Condo Adviser

Do Changes to the Condo Act Mean More Work for Lawyers? – Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Declaration vs Rules – James Davidson, Davidson Condo Law

More Perspectives on Short-Term Rentals Regulations – Andrea Daly, Davidson Condo Law

Tarion and the Dangers of the Conciliation Deadline – James Davidson, Davidson Condo Law

Correction: Although the Green Energy Act is Repealed, Condominium Obligations to Report Energy and Water Use Remain – David Lu, Davidson Condo Law

The Cost of Failing to Produce Records – Jessica Weick, Davidson Condo Law

Corporate Commercial Law

New Corporate Records Obligations Imposed on CBCA Corporations – Andre Martin, Mann Lawyers

Behind the corporate veil: New ownership record rules in Canada – Karen E. Hennessey & Shaela W. Rae, Gowling WLG

Criminal Law

January 2019 Criminal Law Round-Up – Anne Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Don’t Expect New Justice Minister to Deliver on Progressive Criminal Justice Reform – Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

The Presumption of Innocence is for the Court of Law, Not for Protecting the Reputations of the Powerful – Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Employment & Labour Law

Off-Key? The Boston Symphony and Gender-Based Equality in Pay – Paul Willetts, Vey Willetts LLP

Ontario Employment Standards Act Update: 2019 – Megan Cornell, Momentum Business Law

Arbitrator Orders Nurse Who Was Caught Stealing Narcotics to be Reinstated – Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Have you been injured while insured under your employer’s group benefit policy, but only realized the extent of your injury once you were no longer an employee? – Amanda Le, Nelligan O’Brien Payne

Entertainment & Sports Law

Leaked nudes and talent morality clauses – A lesson for the digital age – Jahmiah Ferdinand-Hodkin, René Bissonnette & Scarlett Trazo, Gowling WLG

Family Law

Technology and Family Court…The Saga Continues – Jillian Allen, Fresh Legal

IP & Copyright Law

Blacklock’s Got Much of What it Wished For – For Now: Will This Be About “Be Careful What You Wish For”?” – Howard Knopf, Excess Copyright

My Brief to the INDU Committee re Copyright Revision & S.92 Review – Howard Knopf, Excess Copyright

Update on Blacklock’s Mega Motion of December 12, 2018 – Howard Knopf, Excess Copyright

Trade secret enforcement in Canada: How rights holders can secure justice – Michael Crichton & Will Boyer, Gowling WLG

Practice Management

Starting from scratch – Jordan Furlong, Law21

Regulatory Law

Does my food ad market to kids? Draft guidance on Bill S-228 – Megan Martins, Gowling WLG

Wills & Estates Law

Multiple Wills in Ontario: Re Milne Revisited – Yasmin M. Vinograd, Merovitz Potechin LLP

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!

Cool Tools: Evernote

This post was written by Christiane Saad from the CCLA Technology Committee.

Lawyers can use Evernote to collect, organize, access, and manage data, as well as collaborate in day-to-day law practice.

In addition to supporting digital and handwritten notes, Evernote’s Web Clipper allows saving articles and web pages, taking screenshots and bookmarks sites directly from the web browser to store and organize. Evernote’s strength lies in its organizational features, like its notebooks, stacks, tags, and powerful searching tools, making content easily accessible everywhere. Further, features such as reminders and checklists aid in daily work projects, keeping users informed and on top of deadlines while providing teams with workspaces with in-app discussions, knowledge discovery, and presentation mode.

Evernote is also a great place to scan, store, manage and search business cards. With the Premium option, it’s possible to digitize and connect your card to your LinkedIn profile. In the legal practice, Evernote may also be used to organize firm’s policies, procedures, and checklists as well as legal research or precedents.

In terms of security, Evernote allows two-step verification and a pass code lock for mobile devices. However, just like any other cloud based system, it’s a question of risk and how much the user is willing to accept. In terms of data ownership, data protection and data usage, you can read Evernote’s policies to verify compliance with your needs.

Evernote is available for Microsoft Windows, on Android, iOS, web and has a Chrome extension. It’s also available for the Apple Watch and Android Wear. While these apps don’t have full functionality, it’s possible to receive notifications, create notes, check off to-dos, and search using voice command.

Currently, the free account provides only up to 60 MB data and is limited to two devices. However, the premium or business version offers more features with an affordable upgrade. To learn more:

Categories: Note-taking, Collaboration, Productivity


Compendium of Damages Awarded in Personal Injury Actions Across Ontario, January 1999 – October 2018 Update

The CCLA Compendium of Damages Awarded in Personal Injury Actions Across Ontario has been updated to October 2018! This invaluable guide is a favourite with local litigators, and has been produced for the CCLA for several years under the leadership of The Honourable James Chadwick and with the assistance of students from the University of Ottawa law school.

To check it out, please click here.

For future reference, you can find this publication on the CCLA website under our “Civil Litigation” practice portal.


WestlawNext : New CCLA Subscription Additions!

If you’ve been doing any on-site research here at the courthouse recently, you may have noticed some extra additions to our WestlawNext portal! We’ve recently added Employment Source, Estates & Trusts Source, and Labour Source to our online subscriptions, and we’re happy to continue to provide access to Law Source, Family Source, and Criminal Source.

Our new (and old) subscriptions can be accessed through the sidebar when first logging in:

Highlights from these new subscriptions include electronic access to:

Employment Source

  • Canadian Employment Law by Ball
  • Employee Obligations in Canada by D’Andrea
  • Illness and Disability in the Workplace by D’Andrea
  • The Law of Dismissal in Canada, Third Edition by Levitt
  • The Employment Bulletin (Editor: Mark Fletcher)
  • Wrongful Dismissal Quantum Service

Estates & Trusts Source

  • Estates and Trusts Fillable Forms
  • Estate Planning Precedents by Histrop
  • Estate Litigation by Schnurr
  • Ontario Estate Administration Manual by Armstrong
  • WeirFoulds Estates & Trusts Newsletter

Labour Source

  • Canadian Labour Arbitration by Brown & Beatty (Jen can finally live without my incessant nagging to get an electronic version of this!)
  • Canadian Labour Law by Adams
  • Collective Bargaining and Agreement by Corry

As you can see there is a ton of great content in here, so have a look when you have the chance! You must be on-site at the CCLA Library to access these materials through our subscription. We will also be scheduling a WestlawNext training session (in our new training room!) in the near future, so stay tuned for more information on that.

As always, any questions, don’t hesitate to drop us a line.


Ottawa Blog Roll: December 2018

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

Civil Litigation

But It Was Just An Accident!
– Najma Rashid, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association

Ontario Court of Appeal Comments on the Duty of Honest Performance
– Shauna Cant, Mann Lawyers

Recent Ontario Court of Appeal Decision Regarding Victims of Motor Vehicle Accidents
– Edward Masters, Mann Lawyers

Condominium Law

How Long Must Condos Retain Corporate Records?
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Condo Year in Review: Top Five Decisions of 2018
– Graeme Macpherson, Condo Adviser

How Long Must a Condo Retain Information Certificates?
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Shared Common Elements in a Condominium – An explanation of POTL and CECC
– Michael Brown, Merovitz Potechin LLP

Green Thumbs: Growing Cannabis in Condos
– Andrea Daly, Davidson Condo Law

CAT – The First Year
– James Davidson, Davidson Condo Law

Decision Respecting Smoking
– James Davidson, Davidson Condo Law

The Proxy is (sometimes) the Ballot
– James Davidson, Davidson Condo Law

Appealing Decisions From the Condominium Authority Tribunal
– David Lu, Davidson Condo Law

Corporate Commercial Law

Competition Bureau and Defence Construction Canada sign agreement to safeguard procurements
– Quin Gilbert-Walters & François Baril, Gowling WLG

Criminal Law

Liberals’ New Impaired-Driving Rules Will Inevitably Target Minorities
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Impaired Driving Update: Implications Of Bill C-46
– Anne Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

MCLNugget: McGuigan ONCA
– Dallas Mack, Mack’s Criminal Law

MCLNugget: Prystay ABQB
– Dallas Mack, Mack’s Criminal Law

MCLNugget: Plante ONCA
– Dallas Mack, Mack’s Criminal Law

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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. 

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!

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!

Ottawa Blog Roll: October 2018

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

Civil Litigation

“Justice Must be Seen to be Done”–Are LAT Decisions Truly Independent?
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Condominium Law

Must Condos Grandfather Cannabis Smoking When Adopting a Rule?
– Rodrigue Escayola, Condo Adviser

Smoking Cannabis in Condos is Not a Protected Human Right
– Rodrigue Escayola, Condo Adviser

Changes to the Smoke-Free Act Affecting Condos
– Rodrigue Escayola, Condo Adviser

Cannabis Rules: What Do Condo Owners Think?
– Graeme Macpherson, Condo Adviser

Coming to a Compromise: Condominiums, Cannabis, and Human Rights
– Nancy Houle & Andrea Daly, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Criminal Law

Indigenous People And The Criminal Justice System: A Book Review
– Anne Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

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

With Bill C-75 Liberals Break Three Promises
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Pot Pardons: My Choice is What I Choose To Do and If I’m Causing No Harm It Shouldn’t Bother You
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP.

Kavanagh Confirmation Sows Decades of Judicial Distrust
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

The Liberals are All Vision, No Reform
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Employment & Labour Law

Open Letter Re: Bill 47 and Bereavement Leave
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Court Invalidates Working Notice Period – Qualitative Component Absent
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Court Says New Zealand Lamb Company’s Termination Clause Just Plain Baaa-d
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Sweet Revenge: Business Ordered to Pay Children Minimum Wage for Selling Chocolates
– Andrew Vey, Vey Willetts LLP

Hit Rewind: Ford Government Reverses Bill 148 Changes to Ontario Employment Laws
– Paul Willetts, Vey Willetts LLP

Just cause for dismissal: context is key
– Andrew Vey, Vey Willetts LLP

When is Retraining a Reasonable Approach to Mitigating Loss of Employment?
– Paul Willetts, Vey Willetts LLP

Bill 47 – A Step Backward for Workers in Ontario
– Megan Fultz & Amanda Montague-Reinholdt, Raven Law

Addressing the Gender Wage Gap: The Pay Transparency Act
– Karine Dion & Paul Taylor-Sussex, Nelligan O’Brien Payne

Will They Believe Me? Workplace Investigations and Credibility
– Claire Kane Boychuk, Nelligan O’Brien Payne

Entertainment & Sports Law

Concerned about risk? #METOO : A Discussion on Civil Liability, Sports and the #MeToo Movement
– Jahmiah Ferdinand-Hodkin & Scarlett Trazo, Gowling WLG

An Intro to VR Legal Issues
– Edwards PC, Creative Law

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