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vLex Canada Tip: Canada Gazette Part II

Ever get mired down in trying to dig up old federal regulations on the government’s antiquated Canada Gazette Archives? Fortunately, vLex Canada is here to help with that. Following our previous tips on Irwin Law Essentials and MLB Topics, today we’ll have a quick look on how to find older regulations in Part II of the Canada Gazette, now available on the new vLex Canada platform.

The easiest way to get to the Gazette from the vLex homepage is to click on “Browse” in the lefthand toolbar. From there, click on the “List of Sources” tab in the top under the search bar, and you will come to a screen like the following. The Canada Gazette is one of the first listed, with the French equivalent Gazette du Canada found a little further down.

Clicking on the Gazette will bring you straight to the most recently published edition. To find older editions, simply click the “Older Issues” button in the righthand sidebar, and it will pop up with an option to select which month you are interested in:

As you can see, coverage on the platform goes back to January 1998.

After selecting the issue you are interested in, a table of contents will open where you can click through to the Regulation that you are looking for.

Perhaps what is best about all this though, is that search bar at the top of the page. If you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, you can search through all the available issues of the Canada Gazette by using the search with the Gazette filter on. This provides better functionality than the official government website for the same – plus the clean interface of vLex’s platform which is much easier on the eyes!

 


Ottawa Blog Roll: September 2017

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

Civil Litigation

Proving Negligence in a motor-pedestrian collision: beware of s. 193 of the HTA
– Sherif Rizk, Codified Law Blog

Unnamed Insured May be Able to Recover Damages For Denial for Benefits of Another Insured
– Mitch Kitagawa and Chantel Helwer, Kelly Santini LLP

Cost Savings in Summary Judgment Motions
– Mitch Kitagawa and Chantel Helwer, Kelly Santini LLP

Not all Medical Examination Consent Forms are Created Equal
– Mitch Kitagawa and Chantel Helwer, Kelly Santini LLP

“Opportunistic” MVA Plaintiff Misses Deadline to Sue for Damages
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Update on Injured Ontario Workers and Bill 148
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Using the “Transmission of Force” Principle in MVA Claims
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

The Economic Loss Expert
– Najma Rashid, OTLA Blog

Construction Lien Act Amendments, Part 1 – Prompt Payment Rules
– Bryce Dillon and Keith MacLaren, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l

Construction Lien Act Amendments, Part 2
– Bryce Dillon and Keith MacLaren, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l

Automated vehicles – disrupting the traditional city
– Michael S. Polowin & Jacob Polowin, Gowling WLG

Condominium Law

The Limited Jurisdiction of the New Condo Authority Tribunal
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

New condominium law to help regulate financial transparency
– Merovitz Potechin LLP

The Complaint Process under the CMSA
– Melinda Andrews, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Proposed Code of Ethics for Condominium Managers has been released
– James Davidson & Melinda Andrews, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

New Proposed Regulations under the CMSA
– James Davidson & Melinda Andrews, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

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vLex Canada Tip: MLB Topics

Last time we had a look at the Irwin Law Essentials collection which is now available on vLex, and continuing with our tips for the new database, today we’ll be having a peek at the MLB (Maritime Law Book) Topics and how they can help your research.

If you’ve ever taken any legal research training sessions from us, you’re probably aware that we are very much fans of skipping keyword searching altogether. It’s messy, ugly, and for the most part you get dumped on with a load of garbage.

Ok perhaps I’m exaggerating, but instead of wasting time picking through thousands of cases, we very much advocate for whatever publications or shortcuts you can use to cut down your research time. MLB topics are one of those shortcuts: they group similar cases by topics, so if you find a case that is relevant, you can click on the topic you’re interested in and find similar cases really quickly. You can also browse the topics, as we’ll see below.

From the homepage of vLex, select “Browse” from the sidebar. From there, navigate to “MLB Topics” in top menu. You’ll see a list of alphabetical topics you can now either search or peruse through.

Clicking on any one of these topics will bring up a listing of all the specific topics under that heading. For example, Contracts:

From here you can click through to any topics that interest you to find links to cases that are under that topic.

Similarly, if you are looking at a case on vLex, at the top of the case all the MLB topics will be listed so you can select your issue and find similar cases on that point of law. At the top of each case it will look something like this:

Clicking on any one of those magnifying glass will search that classification and bring up a list of cases on the topic. So skip the keyword case searching and browse through the MLB topics instead!

 


Sites Unseen: Robichaud’s Criminal Law Precedents

Precedents are easily the most common type of research material we are asked for here at the CCLA library. Earlier this year, we were very excited to hear that Sean Robichaud, Criminal lawyer in Toronto, was starting an ambitious project to upload and allow access to his firm’s Criminal Law Precedents Database (you can read more about their reasoning behind their decision here). As librarians, we love everything about this; from access to justice, to the power of open information, to the simple recognition of where a lawyer’s real value lies (also, extra points for the excellent use of the word ‘bastioned’).

As of writing there are currently 329 precedents available, representing only 3% of their internal database, with more gradually being added. You can browse the precedents by folder, or search by filename by clicking the magnifying glass in the upper right corner.

They also have a Twitter account that you can follow, which updates when new precedents are added to the database.

This is really a great initiative, and here’s hoping that it’s just the start of more of these types of projects cropping up!

 


vLex Canada Tip: Irwin Law Essentials

As you may have heard or seen in-library, we now have access to the vLex Canada database! We’ll be showcasing some tips over the next couple of weeks to help you get some idea as to the uses and functionality of this new database.

First up: the Irwin Law Essentials Collection!

You might be familiar with these books in print; they are extremely popular in our library and can usually be distinguished at a glance by their characteristic maroon colour. Some of the most well-known titles include: The Law of Evidence by Paciocco and Stuesser, The Charter of Rights and Freedoms by Sharpe and Roach, and Child Support Guidelines in Canada by Payne and Payne. Fortunately, they are now also available in electronic format on vLex Canada!

To access them, simply log in to vLex and click on “Browse” in the sidebar. Under “Books and Journals”, you will then find a link to Irwin Law: The Essentials of Canadian Law. From there, you can see all of the titles currently available on the platform, as can be seen in the screenshot below:

Once you click on a title, it will bring you through to a table of contents where you can browse to find what you need. You can then click through to individual sections and chapters to view the text.

At any time, you can click into the search bar at the top of the screen. If you only want to search the subsection of the content you are viewing, click on the option for “Advanced Search”, as it appears, and that will only search the particular section. You can see an example of this below.

Stay tuned for more vLex tips, and in the meantime, come to the library and play around with it yourself! With an account you will then have 24 hour access from anywhere!

 


Ottawa Blog Roll: August 2017

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

Civil Litigation

Insurers can still face liability after conviction for driving without insurance
– Mitch Kitagawa and Sarah Reich, Kelly Santini LLP

Discoverability and Due Diligence Require more than an Expert Report to Extend the Limitation Period
– Mitch Kitagawa and Chantel Helwer, Kelly Santini LLP

Accident Benefits Disputes Require Notification to the Other Insurer and the Claimant Within 90 days
– Mitch Kitagawa, Kelly Santini LLP

Damages Can Vary Widely for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Court Splits Trial of $20 Million Boating Accident Claim in the “Interests of Justice”
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Condominium Law

Condo Authority of Ontario – Services, Fees and Implementation
– Kelli-Anne Day, Merovitz Potechin LLP

Carleton Condominium Corporation No. 396 v Burdet, 2016 ONCA 394
– Merovitz Potechin LLP

Condominium Authority of Ontario: Monthly Fees and Dispute Resolution Fees Confirmed
– Kristen Bailey, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

SURVEY: Should Marijuana be Allowed in Condos?
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Strict Deadlines to Register Condo Liens when Collecting on Judgments
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Electric Cars and Charging Stations in Condominiums
– Cheryll Wood, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Criminal Law

Justice By Popular Opinion
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Defining Hate Crimes In Canada
– Anne Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

July & August 2017 Criminal Law Round-Up
– Anne Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

No Discretion To Circumvent
– Louise Tansey, Mack’s Criminal Law

Employment & Labour Law

Supreme Court Upholds Termination for Violation of Anti-Drug Policy
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Vey Willetts Launches Ottawa Severance Pay Calculator
– Paul Willetts, Vey Willetts LLP

Everyone Deserves a Second Chance, But How Much Tolerance is Too Much? Part II – Employees
– Rick Norian, Maclaren Corlett

Protecting Employees from Third-Party Harassment
– Andrew Vey, Vey Willetts LLP

Ontario’s Top Court Confirms that Employees May Sometimes be Required to Attend Medical Examination by Doctor of Employer’s Choosing
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Entitlement to Bereavement Leave in Ontario
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Ottawa Judge Rules that Severance Offers Should Not be Pleaded
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

You Can’t Take It With You: Good Faith and Fiduciary Duties of Departing Employees
– James Cameron, Raven Law

Notice Periods for Short-term Employees Who Are Terminated
– Jean-Francois Lalonde, Vice & Hunter LLP

Family Law

Caught in the Middle – Children’s Voices in Disputes About Parenting
– Kathleen Wright, Mann Lawyers

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vLex Canada now available at the CCLA Library

We are pleased to announce that the vLex Canada law database is now available for access at the CCLA Library! vLex is a new database that includes Canadian case law from a multitude of reporters, Irwin law secondary materials, several law journals and integrated access to the Slaw legal magazine.

Even better, vLex is partnering with the CCLA to allow users to log in for free from their accounts on site at the library, but then receive 24 hour take-away access to the database from anywhere! This means you can simply log in from the courthouse library and take your work back to the comfort of your own office for 24 hours, without the need for your own subscription. Anonymous access (access without a username/password), is also available for free at the CCLA Library.

For more background on the vLex Canada law database, from an upcoming press release:

vLex Canada is based in Ottawa and led by former CanLII CEO, and CCLA member, Colin Lachance. In November of 2016, Colin led the effort to acquire and re-purpose the Maritime Law Book collection when that company announced its intent to shut its doors after 47 years of publishing Canadian case law. Launched initially as “Compass”, in December of 2016, the new company began its efforts to reinvigorate competition in the Canadian primary law research market. In May Compass announced that it had taken investment from international legal publishers vLex (Spain) and Justia (U.S.) and would shortly re-launch its research service on the vLex platform, and that the CEOs of those companies would join the Compass Board of Directors. Compass also announced the appointment of Ottawa-based and internationally-renowned legal market analyst Jordan Furlong to its Board of Directors.

 

vLex Canada brings several important Canadian legal resources together on a world-leading international technology platform.  With Canadian case law from the Maritime Law Book national and provincial reporter series, as well as up-to-date english-language case law as its base, vLex Canada layers in integrated access to a deep selection of the Irwin Law Essentials of Canada Law series, several Canadian law journals, Slaw legal magazine and several other national and regionally important secondary sources. The advanced vLex research platform serves hundreds of thousands of customers around the globe through intelligent technology and extensive personalization features. Application of Machine Learning and other artificial intelligence techniques on the platform to the Canadian content will support soon-to-arrive features such as similar case recommendations, automatic topical classification of cases, unique visualizations to support research, and detailed court analytics.

We’re very excited to have access to this new resource and to see how it grows! We will be highlighting the features of this new database in the future, but for now you can access it through our CCLA Library Toolkit (on site and take-away). You can also sign up for your free vLex account here.

 


Library Tip: eLooseleafs on Proview Now Included in WestlawNext Searching

We’d like to highlight a new(ish) feature for WestlawNext this week, in that they have added search integration with our Proview looseleafs! Now when you enter a search from the homescreen, hits from looseleafs available on the Proview platform will also show up in the search results, as you can see in the screenshot below:

Like other categories, you can click through the “View All” link to see other results from our looseleafs as well. Clicking on any of the titles will automatically link you over to the Proview platform so you can read the full title from there. Very useful in having one place that will search both platforms!


Ottawa Blog Roll: July 2017

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

Civil Litigation

The Court of Appeal finds Spilt Coffee at a Drive-Through is an Insurable Accident
– Shawn O’Connor and Sasha Willms, Kelly Santini LLP

Was Door-to-Door Salesperson on Lunch Break Still Working for WSIB Purposes?
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

“Self-Diagnosis” Not a Basis for Claiming CPP Disability Benefits
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Compelling Attendance at an Examination Under Oath Requires Notice but not Reason
– Mitch Kitagawa and Sarah Reich, Kelly Santini LLP

Insurers Bear the Burden of Non-Compliance with Non-Renewal Notice Requirements
– Mitch Kitagawa and Chantel Helwer, Kelly Santini LLP

When One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Relationships & the Interpretation of Dependency for the Purposes of Accident Benefits
– Mitch Kitagawa and Kate Craner, Kelly Santini LLP

Risky summer activities: What are you waiving when you sign that form?
– Peter J.E. Cronyn, Nelligan O’Brien Payne

Mental Injury: What’s in a Name?
– Jennifer Aouad, Low Murchison Radnoff LLP

Condominium Law

Defamation: Condos must protect the reputation of its directors
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Condos will Need to Increase Their Fees to Pay for the New Condo Authority
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

New Info on the Education and Examination Requirements for Condo Managers
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Condos will Have to File Yearly Information Returns
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

How Much will a Condo Manager’s Licence Cost?
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

How Much will the Condo Authority Cost and Who will Pay for it?
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Condominium Returns
– James Davidson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Proposed Fees for the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario
– Christy Allen, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Summary of the Proposed Regulations now available: the Condominium Database, and filing Returns
– Kristen Bailey, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

CAO and CAT Proposed Fees
– James Davidson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Constitutional Law

The Case of Omar Khadr
– Delaney’s Law Firm

Twelve Points about the Khadr Saga
– Craig Forcese, National Security Law

A Once & Final Parsing of the Legal Context for the Khadr Settlement
– Craig Forcese, National Security Law

Corporate Commercial Law

New International Commercial Arbitration Act in force in Ontario
– R. Aaron Rubinoff and John Siwiec, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP

New Record-Keeping Obligations for Old and New Ontario Corporations: What are they?
– Philip M. Aubry, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP

Criminal Law

The Art Of Sentencing: Why It’s Time To Revisit Mandatory Minimums
– Anne Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

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