Jennifer Walker


Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through CanLII.org.

Family Matters

Smoak-Huszar. v. Huszar (2018 ONSC 5223)
alternating week-on week-off schedule — interim spousal support — school — children — matrimonial home
Justice P. MacEachern

Sharaf v. Zahab (2018 ONSC 5204)
motion — offer — bill of costs — access — inclusive of disbursements
Justice P. MacEachern

Cameron v. Cameron (2018 ONSC 5177)
children — nesting arrangement — school — parenting time — primary residence
Justice T. Engelking

CAS v. A.W. (2018 ONSC 5262)
parents — boys — children — hit — belt
Justice D. Summers

Civil Matters

Azur Human Resources Ltd. v The Minister of Revenue (2018 ONSC 5212)
expatriate — remuneration — employer — foreign affiliate — workers
Justice C. Hackland

Noreast Electronics Co. v. Danis (2018 ONSC 5169)
invoices — suppliers — prices — summary — evidence
Justice S. Gomery

Continue Reading…


#ThrowbackThursday: Renovations Before and After (Plus Coats!)

Construction on Phase 2 of the renovations project continues to march forward, and I’ve recently been through the space to take a look. Back when Phase 1 was still being renovated, we had to come into the space far more frequently, so I was able to get more photos. For the second half of the project, my trips in are far more irregular, but it does mean I see more significant changes every time I venture in!

Today’s throwback quite honestly makes me shudder. I’m talking of course about the old coat storage area / corridor when you walked into the lounge. Behold!

Before:

Those dingy ceilings, the inadequate storage, the poor lighting, those carpets! I don’t think any of us will miss any of those. From standing in this perspective now, the view is quite different …

After:

Yes, that’s the same area! We’ve moved the coat storage right out of there (see below for more on coat storage), and raised the ceiling up to the slab. When all is said and done, there are going to be beautiful new light fixtures, new flooring, and our donor wall will be on the wall where the coat closets were. It feels so spacious and bright through this area now – I really can’t wait to see it all finished. For those wondering, to the left is the space for our new training rooms. The perspective on that is a bit hard to show right now, so you’ll have to wait a bit longer to see the reveal there.

So as for coats, as it’s now getting into coat season, let’s look at the new coat storage options!

When all is said and done, there will be three coat closets available.

In the lounge, two of the three closets are currently being constructed. You can see these below (pardon the bad angles – it’s not easy to get a shot of them!):

The third, and biggest, coat closet is located in the library, immediately to your left when you enter the front doors. That space is already open for business, and since this picture was taken, actually has hangers!

In total, these three rooms will provide greater storage capacity for coats that we had previously. This should alleviate the coat mess that erupted every winter in the old lounge. Also not pictured above are new stools currently on order for this space, to aid in boot and shoe removal in the winter months. We will be cracking down on items left overnight in the closet, however: there were far, far too many items left behind and creating clutter in the old lounge, and we hope to keep the new space clean and running smoothly.

 


Book Giveaway! “Indigenous People and the Criminal Justice System”

One of our favourite “finds” of the last few years has been the books of Emond Publishing. We started to collect more from this publisher about five years ago, and in that time, books like Small Claims Court: Practice and Procedure and Civil Litigation have become staples of our collection.

In 2016, Emond Publishing started their Criminal Law Series, an on-going set of titles meant for criminal law practitioners, written by both defence counsel and Crowns. Just this summer, the most recent title in this series was released. We’ve picked up our own copy of Indigenous People and the Criminal Justice System: A Practitioner’s Handbook (written by Jonathan Rudin, the Director of Aboriginal Legal Services), and we’re thrilled to be able to offer a free copy to one of our readers!

 

 

To enter to win, head over to Twitter and give our tweet a “Like”!

Don’t tweet? Send us an email to put in your name! We’ll be drawing a name at random from all entries at the end of the month.

If you don’t want to wait for a copy or try your luck, you can purchase a copy of this book from Emond and use the code ROBESIDE10 for 10% off the price. That code will work until the end of November.

Thanks to Emond Publishing for providing a copy of this book, and a promo code, for this giveaway!


Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through CanLII.org.

Family Matters

Hormillosa v. Tshiani-Levie (2018 ONSC 5092)
pension — motion — disclosure — attend — set aside
Justice A. Doyle

Itani v. Abdelmoghith (2018 ONSC 5140)
children — school — passports — mid-week visit — parent
Justice M. O’Bonsawin

Miller v. Miller (2018 ONSC 5003)
child support — work full-time — spousal support — full-time hours — income
Justice D. Summers

Hammoud v. Rosolen (2018 ONSC 5102)
school — transporting the children — cross boundary transfer — bear their own costs — residence
Justice P. MacEachern

Continue Reading…


Before and After: Furniture Restoration 1

Last week, we posted about our Reserve collection, which is now housed in a charming barrister bookcase that we had refinished. We had a few other pieces restored at the same time, so I figured that I should write a post about them too!

Chairs Before:

These chairs were at the back of our library before the reno, looking pretty unremarkable.

Chairs After:

Their final destination is unknown, but you can find them now at the front of our space, near the reference desk.

Small Square Table Before:

A few of you may remember this as the small table that used to hold the Library printer, and later (and most importantly) the Library phone charging station.

Small Square Table After:

We had this piece cleaned up, and I have to say I completely love it. I didn’t think much of it before, but it looks really sweet now. As soon as we have some art hanging over it, and maybe a more to-scale plant, I think it could look really cute here at the front of the library.

Our tables are made from ash, and using quarter cuts of wood (which is more wasteful, but gives this beautiful appearance). You can see that below:

Large Work Tables Before:

We have four of these tables (2 longer, 2 shorter), and these probably have had the biggest transformation!

Large Work Tables After:

These beauties were lovingly restored, taking out decades of pen and book scratches, old adhesive velcro strips, and treated with a nice durable top coat. The restorers told me they fixed old repairs that had been made at some point, and cleaned up a significant number of cigarette burns (GASP!). We’re all thrilled with how rich and wonderful these look in the back of the library, especially next to the great purple wall and with these comfortable and stylish new chairs (which also were chosen to actually fit under the skirt on these tables). Our restorers figure our tables to be at least 100 years old – how great do they look?

This isn’t a sponsored post, but since several people have asked, all furniture refinishing was done by AJ Furniture Refinishing here in Ottawa. We’ve been incredibly happy with the results!


CanLII Updates

Over the past few months, there has been a flurry of activity at CanLII. It felt like new materials were being added all the time, so now that it’s back to school time (in our hearts, if not in practice!), let’s take a look at the current commentary offerings from CanLII:

Books and Articles:

So many! New books and titles are being added all the time, so check out this link to see the full list.

Reports and Research Papers:

Again, there are lots! This is another new section of CanLII, and there is a whole lot of great content now available. Check out this link for the full list of reports and research papers.

Journals:

  • Alberta Law Review
  • Appeal Appeal: Review of Current Law and Law Reform
  • Canadian Bar Review
  • Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law
  • Canadian Journal of Human Rights
  • Canadian Law Library Review
  • Canadian Parliamentary Review
  • Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies
  • LawNow Magazine
  • Manitoba Law Journal
  • McGill Journal of Dispute Resolution
  • McGill Journal of Law and Health
  • McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law
  • McGill Law Journal
  • Ottawa Law Review
  • University of New Brunswick Law Journal
  • Western Journal of Legal Studies
  • Windsor Yearbook on Access to Justice

Newsletters:

  • Justice as Healing
  • Long term disability in Ontario
  • Siskinds Class Action Case Review

Finally, if you’re an author and wish to submit material to CanLII, check out the CanLII Authors Program.

 


Post-Library Reno Update: Reserve Books

A few people have asked after our old “Reserve” collection – where is it now that we don’t have a row of shelves behind the front desk? The answer: we decided to do away with a large bookshelf wall behind the front desk, and have pared down what we wanted to keep in a Reserve collection. These are the most in-demand texts. All killer, no filler, you might say. As always, books aren’t to leave the courthouse, but if you need the most recent Criminal Code, Family Law Rules, civil practice, small claims guide, or the ever-popular Ontario Courtroom Procedure, stop at the front desk and we can get it for you.

Since we’re only keeping a small number of books in Reserve, this is a great opportunity for us to use our old barrister bookcase, which we had restored over the winter.

Before:

This sweet little shelf sat outside of Rick’s office. The metal mechanisms on the doors were all in terrible condition. Frankly, opening a shelf always felt like a bit of a dare – would this be the opening that broke the metal brackets or glass?! The finish had also turned a bit yellow with age.

After:

How great does it look now? Fun fact: when the refinishers started work, red dye was coming out of the literal woodwork, telling us that this used to be a mahogany colour many years ago. We opted for a more natural wood colour, and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. You can see our small Reserve collection in here for now. We may opt for something more industrial or modern (in keeping with the space) in the future, but for now we quite love how this looks, and the mix of old and new that it brings to the Library.


Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through CanLII.org.

Family Matters

Sanda v. Sanda (2018 ONSC 4142)
equalization — lump sum payment — spousal support — interest in the equity — income
Justice T. Engelking

CAS v. N.N. (2018 ONSC 4849)
children — care — home — taking reasonable steps to ensure — custody
Justice S. Corthorn

Murray v. Choudhary (2018 ONSC 4870)
motion — offer to settle — full indemnity basis — costs — delinquency
Justice S. Corthorn

Murray v. Choudhary (2018 ONSC 2533)
motion — home — recordings — messages — restraining
Justice S. Corthorn

Loach v. Schopf-Loach (2018 ONSC 4878)
letter — possibly shed some light — deceased — paternal — dynamic
Justice T. Engelking

Continue Reading…


Research Refresher: Lexis Advance Quicklaw Quantums

I was looking for quantums in Quicklaw last week and realized a) it had been a while since I had done so, and b) I wasn’t entirely sure how to access them anymore! If you’ve never used the quantums in Quicklaw, you might be surprised to learn the scope of what these gather. In the library’s subscription to Quicklaw, you can access quantums for:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Child Support
  • Defamation
  • Dependants’ Relief
  • Matrimonial Property
  • Medical Neligence
  • Property-Related Torts
  • Sentencing
  • Spousal Support
  • Wrongful Dismissal
  • Personal Injury

I checked online to see if Lexis had made any tutorials for using this feature, and thankfully they have! Check out the video below, and next time you need to figure out “how much,” consider popping over to the library to see what Quicklaw has for you.


#ThrowbackThursday: Renovations Before and After

Visitors to the Library have been raving about our new space, but construction carries on in Phase 2 of our renovations. We haven’t shown too many pictures of the work being done in the Lounge side of the space (simply because we don’t have access to the space like we did to the library), so here are a couple of new before and afters! This side has enormous change happening, and the biggest might be how fresh it feels! So much fresh air and natural light!

Before:

These shots are looking into the library from the Lounge doors. There were cubicle offices along most of the windows, blocking all of the light and views, and lots of bookshelves. Unfortunately, many of the books back here were seldom-used, and aisles became overflow storage.

After:

The lounge will now be extending into this space, and we’ve taken everything off the windows! If you’ve been into the library and seen our massive lights, stay tuned: there will be large, equally impressive lighting going into this space as well. In addition to the nice, new soft seating we’ll have, we’ll also have a long, bar-height counter with stools and power outlets along the windows for a portion of the space (essentially, along the windows where that red work platform is in the first After photo). We expect those seats will be very popular, as the view from this room is pretty great.

Construction of this space is still on schedule, so provided everything continues to go well, we should be ready to welcome you in this fall!