Brenda Lauritzen


CCH Content Now on Lexis Advance Quicklaw

We’re happy to report that former CCH looseleafs have been added to our Quicklaw Subscription. You can now access the following resources in electronic format on our library computers:

  • Canadian Insurance Law Reporter
  • Ontario Real Estate Law Guide
  • Ontario Corporations Law Guide
  • Canadian Commercial Law Guide
  • Canada Corporations Law Reports
  • Canadian Estate Administration Guide
  • Canadian Family Law Guide
  • Canadian Employment Benefits & Pension Guide
  • Canadian Labour Law Reporter

The easiest way to get to these is to click on “Browse” in the top toolbar, and then click on Sources. From there you can browse or search for whatever you would like! There are now also a wealth of newsletters available that you can subscribe to, including Ontario Real Estate Developments, Canadian Family Law Matters, Accident Benefits Cases Summaries, Labour Notes, and many more.

Still feeling a little iffy about the new Quicklaw Advance inferface? Come join us for a free training session on March 22! All are welcome; please RSVP here.


Ottawa Blog Roll: February 2017

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

Civil Litigation

So You Want to Appeal… (Part 3): Appealing a decision from Small Claims Court
– Megan E. Fife, Maclaren Corlett

What is Vision Zero and How Can It Prevent Traffic Injuries and Fatalities?
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Driverless Cars: Just as Safe for Pedestrians?
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Suing a Landlord for Negligence: Limitation Periods
– Najma Rashid, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Blog

Dog Walkers Beware! Important Dog Bite Decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal
– Andrea Girones, Girones Lawyers

Condominium Law

More Regulatory Proposals for the Condo Industry
– Rodrigue Escayola, Condo Adviser

New Disclosure Obligations for Condo Directors
– Rodrigue Escayola, Condo Adviser

New Mandatory Training for Condo Directors
– Rodrigue Escayola, Condo Adviser

Licensing of Condominium Managers-What does it mean to have an address for service in Ontario? (Blog No. 7 in a Series)
– James Davidson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Licensing of Condominium Managers – What information (about licensees) will be available to the public? (Blog No. 8 in a series)
– James Davidson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Proposed Regulatory Changes: Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO), Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) and the Condominium Authority Tribunal
– Kristen Bailey, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Summary of Draft Regulations under the Condominium Act – Director Training
– James Davidson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Corporate Commercial Law

Conflict of Interest: An Often Misunderstood Concept
– Michael A. Chambers, Maclaren Corlett

Is Your Promissory Note a Security?
– Paul Franco, Mann Lawyers

Anticipating Increased Interest in Canada as a Place to do Business
– Dirk Bouwer, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP

SECURITIES ALERT – Regulators Review Rights Offerings
– Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP

Criminal Law

Conservatives Are Up to Their Old Disingenuous Tricks
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

February 2017 Criminal Law Round-Up
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Avoiding An Otiose And Absurd Result
– Dallas Mack, Mack’s Criminal Law

Cataloging The Basis For An Inventory Search
– Dallas Mack, Mack’s Criminal Law

Intentionally Present
– Sarah Sullivan, Mack’s Criminal Law

Continue Reading…


State of Washington & State of Minnesota v. Trump

It’s hard to stay away from the news these days, but those closely following the appeal from Trump’s Immigration Ban in the United States might be interested to see that due to interest in the case, the 9th Circuit has put up a webpage for all of the related court documents. Some light reading for those inclined.

There’s been quite a legal flurry north of the border in response to the ban as well. Courthouse Libraries BC has arranged an upcoming webinar entitled “Canadian Lawyers and the Impact of the US Executive Orders (Muslim Ban)”, to take place on Monday, February 27th, 3:30-4:30 PM EST. BC lawyer Peter Edelmann will be joined by US attorney Nikhil Shah to discuss:

  • The EO and whom it affects.
  • The effects of the various injunctions (MA, NY, CA, etc.) and appeals and what this means practically for affected people seeking access to the US.
  • Legal procedure and rights at the US Border.
  • Some expectations/predictions re future banned countries.
  • Canada’s next possible moves (e.g. Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement).
  • Information about the Canadian and US lawyer alliances/participation in this crisis.
  • What you, the lawyer on the front lines (or who wants to get involved) needs to know, e.g. what you can accomplish v. what you should expect.

You can register for the webinar here.


Ottawa Blog Roll: January 2017

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

Civil Litigation

When Doctors Are Actually “Hired Guns”
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Civil Lawyers Raise the Alarm on Case Delays
– Andrea Girones, Girones Lawyers

Construction Liens – Vacating Your Lien Does Not Mean Losing It!
– Patrick Simon, Vice and Hunter LLP

Condominium Law

Condo Manager Licensing in Ontario: The “General” licence
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Condo Managers With a Limited Licence Will Have to Work Under Supervision
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Who Will Be Exempt from Mandatory Licensing of Condo Managers?
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Licensing of Condominium Managers – Who Needs to be Licensed? (Blog No. 1 in a Series)
– Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Licensing of Condominium Managers- Licensing Timeframes and Requirements (Blog No. 2 in a Series)
– Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Licensing of Condominium Managers-Restrictions on Managers who have a Limited Condominium Management Licence (Blog No. 3 in a Series)
– Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Licensing of Condominium Managers-Who can obtain a licence to be a condominium manager? (Blog No. 4 in a Series)
– Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Licensing of Condominium Managers- Six Questions Answered (Blog No. 5 in a Series)
– Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Licensing of Condominium Managers-What are some of the statutory obligations placed upon licensees? (Blog No. 6 in a Series)
– Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Suspended Access Equipment- New OHSA Regulation Amendments in Effect January 1, 2017
– Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Corporate Commercial Law

Ontario Court of Appeal confirms Two-Year Limitation Period to Enforce American Judgments in Ontario
– Shawn O’Connor & Allison Russell, Startup.Buildup.Sellup.

It is a Governance Issue or a Management Issue? An Often Made Misdiagnosis
– Michael A. Chambers, Maclaren Corlett

Criminal Law

January 2017 Criminal Law Round-up
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Justice Denied: Delay in Criminal Court and the Right to a Speedy Trial
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

You Are Not The Reasonable Person
– Louise Tanset, Mack’s Criminal Law

Continue Reading…


Fighting the Good Link Rot Fight

One of the things that keeps librarians up at night is something known as link rot (don’t get us even started on “fake news” and information literacy). There was an article highlighting this issue in the NY Times a couple of years ago, but basically, link rot happens when you cite something on the web that ends up moving its URL, changing its form somehow, or being deleted altogether. As the internet grows naturally from its infancy and more things change, it becomes harder and harder to identify sources, and more and more links lead to dead ends.

This is happening in case law and the legal world as well as the scholarly one, and you can understand how this might be important when the footnotes and links are referring to the basis of legal precedent. The Times article identified that in 2013, a study found that 49% of their Supreme Court decisions links no longer worked. There have been a couple initiatives to try and rectify this since then, the largest of which being Perma.cc, which archives and gives permanent links to resources so that they will no longer change.

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada revealed a similar project they have been working on, their depository of Internet Sources Cited in SCC Judgments (1998 – 2016), which contains permanent links to documents referred to in SCC decisions. Here is their news release regarding the service:

January 26, 2017

OTTAWA – Recognizing that web pages or websites that the Court cites in its judgments may subsequently vary in content or be discontinued, the Office of the Registrar of the SCC has located and archived the content of most online sources that had been cited by the Court between 1998 and 2016. These sources were captured with a content as close as possible to the original content cited. Links to the archived content can be found here: Internet Sources Cited in SCC Judgments (1998 – 2016).

From 2017, online internet sources cited in the “Authors Cited” section in SCC judgments will be captured and archived.  When a judgment cites such a source, an “archived version” link will be provided to facilitate future research.

An important step forward. Hopefully we will see similar initiatives by other courts to help address this issue.


Research Tip: Using Google to Site Search

In the course of online legal research (especially legislative) it’s not uncommon that you come across a website’s built-in search engine that refuses to cooperate with what you want it to do. Whether that be a lack of filters, spurious results, or just a bad user interface, there are many offenders (especially, sadly, on our government websites). This at best can lead to frustration and at worst to wasting hours of time not being able to find what you’re looking for. Fortunately, there’s a underused method to leverage Google’s search engines to assist, which I’ll detail below.

But let me start by giving an example. Say we’re looking for Hansard Debates or Committee Proceedings on the Ontario Legislative Assembly website that discuss the Police Services Amendment Act of 1997. I was able to pull up the page for the bill, as seen below, but I unfortunately soon discover that the Act was earlier than when they start directly linking out to any related debates or committee reports from that page.

Knowing, however, that they do have the Debates and Committee Documents online dating back to at least the 1970s, there must be a way to find them. You could try using their built-in search engine at the top right, or even their Advanced Hansard search, but by doing so I’ve usually found myself wading through multiple long documents, most of which do not pertain to what I am looking for.

Fortunately, there’s a quicker way, and Google can be used to do a lot of the heavy lifting here. You can easily narrow a generic Google search to search only a single website. To do this, in a regular google search just type in:

site:http://www.ontla.on.ca/ police services act 105

This will search all of the Ontario Legislative Assembly’s website for the keywords Police Services Act and 105 (I used the bill number to narrow it down from other amending acts). Voila, you can see below our more relevant results linking directly to committee reports, in the usual Google format we are familiar with.

You can do this with any website whose search engine might not be the best. Just use:

site:[url] [keywords]

And let Google do its thing.


Upcoming Research Training

We’re busy planning our training for this year, and are happy to announce the following upcoming sessions are now open for registration! All of our training is open to any member of the legal community, and can count for 1 hour Substantive CPD each (LSUC). We hope to see you there!

HeinOnline Webinar

February 23, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Join us for a lunchtime training webinar on HeinOnline, a legal research tool that LSUC lawyers can use for free from your home or office! In this session you will learn about the varying wealth of legal materials available in this database and how to access them quickly and efficiently. We will also cover how to browse and download articles and historical legislation, and how to save time by optimizing your searches.
Location: Online
Cost: 10$
Register here!

Lexis Advance Quicklaw Training

March 22, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Quicklaw’s new research platform, Lexis Advance, has arrived! In this session, learn to search Quicklaw’s collection of Canadian primary and secondary sources using a new design that features a streamlined single intuitive search box. As well, you will learn how selecting favorite sources or pre-search filters can help narrow your starting point. Discover how to search by name, by source or topic, citation or keyword; navigate and refine search results; deliver documents; and note up cases and statutes.
Location: CCLA Library, 161 Elgin Street, Suite 2004
Cost: Free
Register here!

WestlawNext Training

April 6, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Skip the keyword search! Learn how to use the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest, Canadian Abridgment, and KeyCite features to very quickly narrow and find the most relevant case law, legislation, and commentary that you need. Westlaw basics will also be reviewed. There is no charge for this session.
Location: CCLA Library, 161 Elgin Street, Suite 2004
Cost: Free
Register here!

 


Ottawa Blog Roll: December 2016

Happy New Year! 2016 was a great year for Ottawa Law Blogs, and we are so pleased that so many Ottawa bloggers showed up in this year’s Clawbies, the Canadian Law Blog Awards. We are so incredibly honoured and grateful that Robeside Assistance was recognized as the winner in the Best Law Library Blog Award category!

Congratulations also to our fellow Ottawa bloggers:

And without further ado, below are links to blog posts or articles authored by the Ottawa legal community in December.

Civil Litigation

So You Want to Appeal… (Part 2): Appealing a decision from Small Claims Court
– Megan E. Fife, Maclaren Corlett

Is WSIB Discriminating Against Workers with Mental Illness?
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Penalties for Drivers in Fatal Pedestrian Accidents – Is Ontario Car-Biased?
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Social Host Liability
– Burke-Robertson LLP

Man Loses Millions to His Kids in Elder Abuse Case
– Vice and Hunter LLP

Minister Facing Numerous Charges in Elder Abuse Case
– Vice and Hunter LLP

Man Bankrupts Mother in Case of Financial Elder Abuse
– Vice and Hunter LLP

Condominium Law

Using a By-law to Control Parking
– James Davidson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Can Condo Owners Lease Out Their Parking Space?
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Airbnb Is Incompatible with The “Single Family Use” Provision of Most Condo Declarations
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Regulations Under the Legislation to Regulate Condo Managers Are Out For Consultation!
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

A Canadian Christmas Story: Remembering the Battle of Ortona
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

The “Airbnb” Decision is Out
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Continue Reading…


End of Year Round-Up

It’s hard to believe it’s almost 2017! (And really, good riddance 2016.) With our Clawbie noms out yesterday, we’re wrapping things up this week before the holiday break. We’re very happy with what we achieved this year with the launch of Robeside Assistance, and we’re excited to go into the new year with a whole bunch of ideas for new content. In the meantime, though, here’s a quick look back at our favourite posts that we made this year.

By far our most popular series are the Recently Published Ottawa Decisions and the Blog Rolls, so we won’t be including those, but here are some others worth a read!

  • How to Find Unreported Decisions – In our technologically-antiquated Ontario court system there’s no real good way of going about finding decisions that were never published, but here we present your best options for getting your hands on those difficult-to-find decisions.
  • Tools We Love: Doodle – We love free things that make our lives easier! Using Doodle to schedule meetings does both of those things, and here’s a quick tutorial to show you how great it is.
  • Sites Unseen: Lipad – In the Sites Unseen series we featured legal research sites and tools that might be lesser known. A newcomer on the scene and one of my favourite new resources is Lipad, which is a new interface for accessing the Federal Hansard Debates.
  • #ThrowbackThursday: Somerset House – We had so much fun researching old Ottawa photos and history for our Throwback Thursdays, and when the Somerset House came into the news this was a perfect opportunity to do so!

Thanks so much for your support and readership this year; it’s been a blast. Wishing you all the very best of holidays and a Happy New Year!

 


Sites Unseen: Avoid A Claim

Avoid A Claim is a site of which we often advise students when they are first starting out, but it is truly a valuable resource for legal professionals at all stages in their careers. The main attraction of the site is their highly informative blog, which details all the small (and large!) things about practice management you might not know but probably should.

The site also features, under the “practicePRO Resources” menu, links to a variety of all-very-useful resources for lawyers such as precedents, checklists, fact sheets and toolkits.

I especially like their Technology section, which has sample policies and links to great articles (some examples seen below) on a variety of technologies of interest to law firms.

All this and more, free! (I’ve never felt so much like a salesperson.) So check it out, and make sure to add their blog to your RSS readers!