Jennifer Walker

Resource Spotlight: The Comprehensive Guide to Legal Research, Writing & Analysis

Our newest “Oh my god, I love that book” title in the library is the excellent The Comprehensive Guide to Legal Research, Writing & Analysis. The second edition of this book came out last year, and it has won the praise of our library staff, both experienced and novice. Brenda and Emily enjoy the clear instructions for performing specific legal research tasks, particularly the wonderful use of full-colour screen grabs. Brenda (our more experienced law librarian) has found the book quite useful for researching jurisdictions outside of Ontario, for which this book has a chapter dedicated to each province and territory. Emily, who is a newer librarian, has enjoyed referring to the book for a wide variety of tasks, especially for those tricky numbers like finding Hansard debates. She’s even photocopied excerpts from the book to keep close at hand in case she needs them in the future.

We’re currently hoarding this book behind the main counter, but you will be able to find it soon at KF 240 M33 2016 in the “Reference” stacks (near the work tables).

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Bloom v Bloom (2017 ONSC 1568)
children — father — status quo — will — matrimonial home
Justice A. Doyle

Aden v Mohamud (2017 ONSC 1629)
spousal support — agencies — marriage — income — trips
Justice T. Engelking

Dieng c Seck (2017 ONCS 1479)
séparation — aliments — divorce — contrat familial — entente
Juge P. Roger

Gill v Dhillon (2017 ONSC 1565)
child support — income — spousal support — daycare — pay
Justice T. Engelking

Dallaire c Brunet (2017 ONSC 1564)
motion — aliments — dépens intégrals à compter — offre — reflète
Juge P. Roger

Mccafferty v St.Jean (2017 ONSC 1431)
litigation — offers to settle — financial disclosure — costs — speedy
Justice M. Linhares de Sousa

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Upcoming CPD: Social Media Social

To our out-of-town readers (and people already registered – thank you!), please forgive this small bit of promotion! There’s a really neat CPD program coming up in Ottawa next month, and we just had to write about it for the blog.

On April 4, the CCLA will be holding the “Social Media Social” – a gathering of some really excellent bloggers and social media pros from the Ottawa legal community (and also me – how did I get on this invite list?!). What started out as local lawyer Sean Bawden (author of the Clawbie Award-winning “Labour Pains” blog) tweeting “Hey, who wants to get drinks and talk about blogging?” has morphed into a half-day session on topics related to blogging, vlogging, and Twitter. You can take a look at the full agenda here. By my count, there are five Clawbie winners speaking that afternoon, so I think it’s safe to say we’ll know a thing or two about legal blogging! The session has been accredited for 1.25 professionalism hours and 1.75 substantive hours, too, so if you’re already getting to work on your 2017 CPD hours, you can snag a few here.

Registration for the session is available online. Brenda and I will both be there, so we look forward to meeting more of our readers in person!

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Birkett v Love (2017 ONSC 1231)
income — offers to settle — costs — support — motion
Justice A. Doyle

Shouldice v Shouldice (2017 ONSC 1045)
offer — spousal support — parenting — settlement — child support
Justice J. Mackinnon

Pitre v Lalande (2017 ONSC 1043)
post-secondary education — substantial indemnity — motion — dental expenses — offers
Justice S. Corthorn

Civil Matters

Canadian Council of the Blind v Burt (2017 ONSC 1135)
national office — e-mail — governance — defamatory — leave to amend
Justice M. Labrosse

Scarf et al. and Ottawa Athletic Club (2016 ONSC 7968)
proposed — reformulation — negligent misrepresentation — motion — fresh
Justice R. Pelletier

Scharf et al. v. Ottawa Athletic Club Inc. et al. (2016 CanLII 95644)
carrying on business — summary judgment motion — costs — succeeded — presumptively
Justice R. Pelletier

Criminal Matters

R. c. Faucher (2017 ONSC 913)
peine d emprisonnement avec sursis — attentat à la pudeur — victimes — couronne — délinquant
Juge P. Roger

Court of Appeal Decisions of Local Interest

R. v. Cameron (2017 ONCA 150)
dissociative state — defence expert — jury — killed his daughter-in-law — automatism
Justices D/ Doherty, J. Laskin, and L. Roberts

Sennek v. Carleton Condominium Corporation No. 116 (2017 ONCA 154)
interlocutory — perfect — litigation guardian — sanction for non-compliance — extension
Justice G. Pardu

R. v. R.S. (2017 ONCA 141)
pre-sentence custody — sentence — victim — pre-conviction custody — offence
Justices J. MacPherson, P. Rouleau, and D. Brown

R. v. L.F.P. (2017 ONCA 132)
preliminary inquiry — victim — offence — count — published in any document
Justices A. Hoy, D. Doherty, and B. Miller

#ThrowbackThursday: Ottawa-Carleton Practice Guide

How many of you remember this item? Better yet, how many still have one kicking around the office?

The Ottawa-Carleton Practice Guide was first published in 1993, and was a place to keep the CCLA by-laws, local practice directions, and back copies of the CCLA Bulletin. It was available only to members in good standing, and to be honest, this is a really nice quality binder, so I can see why! As tempting as it is to revive this publication (librarians: we’re all obsessed with stationery products), you could say our website performs this same function today. Bylaws! Practice directions! Newsletters!

Thomson Reuters ProView: Part Two

Yesterday I wrote about the Thomson Reuters ProView eReference collection – what it contains, and how you can get access to it at our library. Today, I’m going to focus on a few quick primers for using the platform, and also provide some links to even better training materials. Click on any of the images below to see them a bit bigger.

Basic Navigation Tips

When you enter into the ProView platform at the CCLA Library, you will have a huge screen containing images of all of the titles we have available in our subscription. To find a title, you can scroll through the whole page (it’s organized by subject), or you can also use the box right above the images:

Here I’ve searched for “remedies” in the title field.


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Thomson Reuters ProView: Part One

We’ve been meaning to do a post on the Thomson Reuters ProView eReference platform for a long time; as it turns out, we’re going to do two posts! In this first post, I’ll talk about what that big long title (“Thomson Reuters ProView eReference”) means, what’s included in it, and how you find it here at our library. Tomorrow, I’ll post more about how to use the platform, and some great links to online tutorials.


Thomson Reuters ProView eReference Collection – What’s That?

This is the proper name for the online versions of some of the looseleafs published by Thomson Reuters. Some of their looseleafs are only available in Westlaw, and some are only available on the ProView platform. If that seems a little complicated to keep straight, it’s because it is! To help keep it all straight, we’ve put a sticker on all of the looseleaf binders here at the library that have online versions available. You can see a picture of that here.

What’s Included?

Currently, the CCLA library has 80 titles available in our ProView subscription. For the time being, all of these titles are also available in print in the library, but that is likely to change over the course of this year. Some of the titles include:

  • Canadian Employment Law
  • The Law of Costs
  • Construction, Builders’ and Mechanics’ Liens in Canada
  • Compensation and Duties of Estate Trustees, Guardians and Attorney
  • Evidence in Family Law
  • Insurance Law in Canada
  • Remedies in Tort
  • Law of Real Property
  • And many, many more.

How Do I Access This?

The first question everyone has: can I use this from my office if it’s online? And the answer, regretfully, is no. You’ll still have to visit the library to access these online titles. On each of our public computers, you can access ProView through the CCLA Library Toolkit icon. There should be no additional steps to accessing this platform from there.

While you still have to venture into the library, many people will find the ability to search the book using keywords to be an excellent additional value. You may also appreciate the ease with which you can email excerpts of the books to yourself, or save them to a memory stick. Also, since we also have a Westlaw subscription at the library, you can easily link to case law from the book you are reading.

Tomorrow, we’ll look at how to use the ProView platform. This program is unlike Westlaw, and also unlike more traditional e-books (like those you might borrow from the library, or purchase for your Kindle or Kobo), so you’ll want to check out how to best use this service.


#ThrowbackThursday: “Online Searching – What can it do for YOU???”

As previously discussed on this blog, we love references to old technology, old terminology, and old librarianship topics. I was flipping through the old CCLA Bulletins, and found this delightful piece on online searching.


This was written almost exactly 24 years ago, and obviously in that time online searching has become the first (and for many people, last) stop in their research. I don’t think I’d have to work this hard to convince many people nowadays to try searching online! I found the tidbit about Quicklaw having “peak hours” for researching to be particularly interesting – that is certainly from before my time as a law librarian (and those prices – ouch!).

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions 2

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Leedy v Leedy (2017 ONSC 868)
temporary spousal support — access — unwise — generous — ordered
Justice C. Hackland

Smith v McQuinn (2017 ONSC 859)
costs — offer to settle — motion — post-secondary educational expenses — support
Justice A. Doyle

Verhey v Verhey (2017 ONSC 837)
jurisdiction to vary — post-secondary education — married — agreement — separation
Justice M. Shelston

Wood v Evans (2017 ONSC 891)
mental health — child support — costs orders — private investigator — meritless
Justice T. Ray

Melis v Zwanenburg (2017 ONSC 613)
payee spouse — income — equalization — pension — double recovery
Justice R. Beaudoin

Civil Matters

Mannion Heating & Plumbing, Strang and Strang Management, v, Bam Industries and Bruce Minty Ltd. (2017 ONSC 934)
clients — entitled to accept unsolicited work — injunction — solicitation — enjoins
Justice M. Labrosse

McLeish v Daines (2017 ONSC 903)
jury — correcting instruction — analogy — police officer — cash grab
Justice R. Smith

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