Brenda Lauritzen

HeadStart Ottawa: Legal Research for Articling and LPP Students 2017

We’re excited to bring back our annual HeadStart legal research session again this year! Every year we put on this three-hour morning training seminar on legal research, emphasizing the fundamental research skills that students will need to ensure successful articling and a rewarding legal career.

This year the session will take place on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:30 PM. Registration will begin at 8:30 am on the 3rd floor of the courthouse across from the elevators.

The program will focus on practical research tips and will cover:

  • Finding and Updating Legislation
  • Case Law Research
  • Secondary Sources
  • Tips for Efficient Research & Bad Habits to Avoid

The cost of registration – only $25 plus HST – also includes a year of CCLA Student Membership and an invaluable research guide! To register (or to register on behalf of your students), please click here!

If you are already a CCLA student member, please sign in to the site before proceeding and the HeadStart registration will be free.


Following our HeadStart program, the CCLA would like to invite all 2017-2018 articling and LPP students to a Luncheon in the CCLA Library, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. This informal time will give attendees the chance to network with other new articling and LPP students here in Ottawa, take a tour of the CCLA Library, and meet the CCLA Staff. There is no additional cost for attending the lunch. If you would like to attend only the lunch, please RSVP with Brenda Lauritzen.

Ottawa Blog Roll: June 2017

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

Civil Litigation

SCC Upholds Costs Order Against Lawyer Personally
– Margaret R. Truesdale, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP

Saadati v. Moorhead: The repudiation of a dubious perception of mental illness
– D. Lynne Watt, Gowling WLG

What is an Occupational Therapist?
– Najma Rashid, OTLA Blog

Relief From Forfeiture Granted Where a Tenant Failed to Deliver a Timely Written Notice of Their Intention to Renew the Lease
– Rob de Toni, Merovitz Potechin LLP

Does the Insurer have a Duty to Defend the Insured Based on the Policy’s Coverage?
– Mitch Kitagawa & Kentt Coburn, Kelly Santini LLP

Insurers Must Provide Actual Reason(s) for Examinations Under Oath
– Mitch Kitagawa & Kentt Coburn, Kelly Santini LLP

Joint Retainers: When Multi-Parties Share the Same Lawyer
– Eric Appotive, Kelly Santini LLP

Using Expert Evidence in Medical Malpractice Claims
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

ODSP Rate Increase for Medical Travel: Moving in the Right Direction
– Emily Cumbaa, RavenLaw

Condominium Law

Can Condos Prohibit the Display of Canadian Flags?
– Jocelyn Duquette, Condo Adviser

Will Toronto’s Proposed Airbnb Regulation Help Condos?
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

How Much will the Condo Authority Cost Condo Owners?
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Construction Law

It’s finally here! Ontario reforms the Construction Lien Act
– Gowling WLG

Corporate Commercial Law

New Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Rules in Effect as of July 1, 2017
– Ian McLeod, Mann Lawyers

Criminal Law

Jordan, Cody And Some Friendly Reminders On Delays In The Courts
– Anne Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Lessons Learned In Criminal Law
– Anne Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

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

Employment & Labour Law

Ontario Court: ‘total payroll’ must be considered when assessing employer severance pay obligation
– Paul Willetts, Vey Willetts LLP

Wrongful Dismissal Cases are Appropriate for Resolution by way of Application: ONSC
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Can Employers Opt-In to the Common Law to Opt-Out of the Canada Labour Code?
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Mind the Gap – What Happens When Details Are Missing From a Settlement?
– Sean T. McGee, Nelligan O’Brien Payne

Family Law

Securing Support with Life Insurance: The Dagg v. Cameron Estate Case
– Kathleen Wright, Mann Lawyers

School Registration
– Caspar Van Baal, Mann Lawyers

Indigenous Law

Own-Source Revenue – Reconcili-action?
– Michel Nolet, Nelligan O’Brien Payne

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#ThrowbackThursday: Ottawa Electric Street Railway

As many of us eagerly await the new light rail service, we’re throwing it back 126 years today, to June 29, 1891, when the Ottawa Electric Railway Company first opened electric street railway service in Ottawa. The new trams replaced the horse-drawn streetcars that had been used previously. The city operated these new electric trams in a wide network, as can be seen in the map below.

So what happened to them? In the 1940s the company was purchased by the city and became the Ottawa Transportation Commission. By the late 1950s, it had fallen into financial trouble and was plagued with a fleet of aging streetcars. A consultant survey recommended replacing the fleet with diesel buses, and the OTC began removing the streetcar system. The last electric car ran on May 1, 1959, 68 years after they had first been introduced.


Credit: Library and Archives Canada/PA-176776


Ottawa Street Car System before it was removed, 1948. Source:


Sparks Street, circa 1909. Source:


Resource Spotlight: Law and Law Breaking in Game of Thrones

The new season of Game of Thrones is less than a month away! A couple years ago, Jen (reluctantly) ordered me one of my favourite items in our collection: a short special edition from Lexis on Law and Law Breaking in Game of Thrones. The book contains a series of essays analyzing some of the legal issues brought up in the TV show.

From dispute resolution (trial by combat) to patents (wildfire) to laws of succession, this book is definitely a fun break from your regular reading.

Here are the titles of the essays included:

  • Engagement, authenticity, and resistance : using Game of thrones in teaching law / Mary Heath and Sal Humphreys
  • ‘You will never walk again … but you will fly’ : human augmentation in the known world / Catherine Easton
  • ‘Nothing burns like the cold’ : except for wildfire : how patents could win the game of thrones / Catherine Bond and Stephanie Crosbie
  • And the gods will judge : trial by combat in Game of thrones / John G. Browning and Amanda C. Brown
  • Arbitration by combat / Michael Smith and Raj Shah
  • Exploring imaginative legal history : the legalism of the House Stark in the Game of thrones / Jaakko Husa
  • ‘When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die’ : concepts of justice in George R.R. Martin’s A song of ice and fire / Alyce McGovern, Jenny Wise and Nathan Wise

As a former medieval studies major, I especially enjoyed reading about the history of trials by combat and how they evolved, versus how they are portrayed in the show.

If you need to tide yourself over until the new season, you can find this book on our New Books shelf in the library! Launch

Jen and I are very excited to announce a project that has been a long time in coming…!

We can’t count the number of phone calls we get from members of the public or lawyers looking to find if a will exists. In other provinces there are different solutions to help with this issue that run by different organizations, but we found that in Ontario we were sorely lacking!

So with the help of a FOLA Legal Innovation Award, we set out to see what we could do. We launched the result, Will Check, at our Solicitors conference a couple weeks ago, and got some great feedback!

So what is Will Check and how will it help? In summary:

  • Will Check is a wills registry to store the location information for wills (not the wills themselves), curated by the CCLA Library.
  • If we get a request for a will, ideally we can look up the lawyer who holds the original of that will. We only provide the contact information of that lawyer, not any information about the will itself.
  • Currently requests and submissions can only be made by members of the LSUC.
  • We are beginning the project focused for those who practice in the East Region.
  • The site features simple forms to fill out, making registering wills quick and easy.
  • Sample release available to get client approval.

We will be continually improving and hopefully expanding based on feedback, and are optimistic that this will become an invaluable resource for solicitors who practice in the area of wills and estates. If you have any comments, we’d love to hear them! Let us know.

Ottawa Blog Roll: May 2017

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

Civil Litigation

Boating Insurance Coverage
– Dan Cunningham, Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP

“I Thought I Was OK”—The Invisible Accident Injury
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Is a 6-Year Delay Too Long for Scheduling a Medical Malpractice Trial?
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Jurors in Motor Vehicle Accident Trials: Should All Insured Drivers Be Excluded?
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Is an All-Terrain Vehicle an “Automobile”?
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Are Long Term Disability Settlements Deductible From Other Awards?
– Andrea Girones, Girones Lawyers

Condominium Law

Countdown to your Next AGM (Under the New Condo Act)
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Condos Have More Time Before Changes to Insurance Regime
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Steps Required by Condos to Allow for Electronic Service of Documents on Owners
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Contract Law

Gym Memberships
– Paul Franco, Mann Lawyers

Corporate Commercial Law

Ontario Scale Up Vouchers Program
– Paul Franco, Mann Lawyers

Not-for-Profit Corporations: It May be Time for You to Transition!
– Maria-Cristina Harris, Mann Lawyers

Private Right Of Action Under Anti-Spam Law
– Maria-Cristina Harris, Mann Lawyers

Thinking Ahead to Ensure Your Business is Sale-Ready
– Megan Wallace, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP

Criminal Law

Milling Around In The World Of Internet Privacy
– Dallas Mack, Mack’s Criminal Law

No One Truly Knows a Nation Until One has been Inside Its Jails
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Judicial Poetry
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

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

Digital Privacy And Cell Phone Searches
– Anne Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

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

Employment & Labour Law

Mo Money Mo Problems (A Review of Termination Pay Obligations for Large Payrolls)
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

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Summer Webinar: CanLII & Lexbox

Nothing says summer like sitting inside at your office desk!

Ok well, I guess that’s not quite how the saying goes. But at least you can break up the monotony and brush up on your research skills (plus get a substantive CPD hour!) by attending our upcoming webinar on CanLII & Lexbox, taking place on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.

You’re probably familiar with Canada’s great free legal research tool CanLII, but we’ll go beyond the keyword search and show you how to quickly find what you’re looking for. We’ll also look at Lexbox, which is the nifty app for Google Chrome that allows you to save your research and set up notifications for when new cases come out or legislation is amended.

Registration is $10 to attend, HST included. Please register here!

The day before the session, we’ll send you an email with the link you need to get into the webinar. You will need computer speakers or headphones in order to listen.

See you then!

Information Security Checkup

Are you protected? The WannaCry ransomware wreaked havoc on the world’s information systems this weekend and it continues to spread; and you know what they say, the best time to make sure your information systems are up-to-date is yesterday. The second best time, of course, is now. Trust is infinitely harder to regain than it is to lose, so it’s important you don’t fall into the “it won’t happen to me” fallacy. It’s important you take the time to make sure your firm and your personal information systems are adequately secured.

Here are some bare minimum steps you should be taking to protect your data.

  1. Ensure all of your software is legitimate and up-to-date. WannaCry, as does other malware, propagates itself through flaws discovered in older versions of software. Microsoft patched the vulnerability a month ago, but the ransomware was still able to target systems that had not made the update. It is extremely important to make sure that your software has installed the latest patches. Equally as important is that your software is not so old that it is no longer being supported by the developer.
  2. BACKUPS, BACKUPS, BACKUPS. I can’t stress this enough: you need to consistently backup your data! Attacks such as WannaCry can be easily avoided by just restoring your files from a recent backup. If you’re dealing with your personal system, there is plenty of free software out there to do this, and some low cost cloud options as well. Make sure you can restore your systems easily in case of an emergency.
  3. Don’t click on links from emails until double-checking. Even if it’s seemingly from someone you know, double-check where the link goes first by hovering, or checking with the person who sent it. Better safe than sorry.
  4. Use a password manager. Many problems occur because passwords are too simple and open to a brute force solution by a computer. Additionally, reusing the same passwords on different sites allows easy unauthorized access. Use different, complex passwords on different sites, and use a password manager so you don’t have to worry about remembering all the variations.
  5. Have you been pwned? Check if your email address or passwords have been included in any breaches, and be emailed if it is in any future breaches. If you administer multiple emails across a domain you can check if any are on the lists. If you are; don’t panic! Change your passwords and enable two-factor authentication wherever possible.

All of these might sound a little obvious, but they are simple safeguards to take especially when you are dealing with potentially sensitive information.


Ottawa Blog Roll: April 2017

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

Civil Litigation

Contingency Fees
– Bryan Delaney, Delaney’s Law Firm

Changes to the Ontario Insurance Act that will directly impact on your Auto Insurance Benefits – Consumers Beware
– Kevin Cantor, Mann Lawyers

Distracted Driving: Still the #1 Cause of Road Fatalities in Ontario
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Condominium Law

Is your Condo Ready for the Legalization of Marijuana?
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Condo Arrears Include Legal Fees
– Jocelyn Duquette, Condo Adviser

The Final Version of the Licensing Regulations for Condo Managers is Officially Out!
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Corporate Commercial Law

Federal Not-for-Profit Corporations: Board Removal – No; Board Suspension – Yes
– Michael A. Chambers, Maclaren Corlett

Securities Alert – Social Media Tips for Reporting Issuers
– Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP

Criminal Law

Lessons For Canada From 13th
– Anne Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Police Accountability: There is No Right to Silence
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Common Privacy?
– Dallas Mack, Mack’s Criminal Law

Privacy Limitations Defined
– Dallas Mack, Mack’s Criminal Law

March Criminal Law Round-Up
– Anne Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Employment & Labour Law

Women Without Heels and Full Makeup Need Not Apply
– Dana Du Perron, Nelligan O’Brien Payne

Solidarity and Sacrifice: US Athletes Fight For Equality
– Andrew Reinholdt, Nelligan O’Brien Payne

Wrongful dismissal – when does the limitation period clock start running?
– Andrew Vey, Vey Willetts LLP

Termination Clause Unenforceable due to ‘Potential Violation’ of Minimum Standards
– Paul Willetts, Vey Willetts LLP

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