Jennifer Walker

#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

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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Research Tip: New CanLII Highlighting Feature 1

While we were preparing for the holidays and wrapping up those last minute reference questions in 2016, a cool new feature was quietly rolled out in CanLII – so quietly that we didn’t even notice until last month! If you’re a regular user of CanLII, you’ll want to check this out.

Highlighting terms within CanLII has always been a handy feature. If you’re performing a keyword search, CanLII will highlight where the words appear in the document you select and read from your search results, allowing you to scroll through the text to find those terms. Now, you can edit those terms right from within your search!


As in this photo, the keyword search was for “Constructive Dismissal.” The instances of that phrase in the document are highlighted in blue. Now, if you wanted to add another word or phrase, you can click on the little pencil icon next to the down arrow…


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#ThrowbackThursday: The Carleton Medal

Of the four awards handed out annually by the CCLA, the Carleton Medal is our oldest and most prestigious. This award celebrates someone from our community who has made a significant impact on the profession over the course of their career. The list of recipients of the Carleton Medal is truly impressive – you can check out the full list here.

Carleton Medal – Kenneth Jarvis, R.C.A. (1988)

The history of the Carleton Medal is told with great detail in the book that was written for the 100th anniversary of the CCLA. The Medal was actually struck in that year to mark the centenary, and was designed by Kenneth Jarvis, Q.C., R.C.A. The design was based on the armorial bearings of Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester. Here’s what The First Century has to say:

The main element of his armorial achievement was the broad arrow, and this has been incorporated in the design of the Carleton Medal in two modes; on the obverse it appears in the naturalistic form of the arrowhead plant, a hardy and familiar native of Canadian lakes and streams. In this form it represents growth and vigour, striving upward towards the light, and producing, in due season, fine white blossoms. At the top of the obverse of the medal are the buds of future flowers symbolic of continuing growth. The two plants with their leaves and blooms represent the French and English components of the Association.

The motto, vicimus virtute, may be translated victory through merit and combines the ideas of conflict and the just resolution of it in favour of the more meritorious or deserving. … The motto relates also to Guy Carleton’s motto, quondam his vicimus armis, which may be translated, with these arms of yore we conquered.

(From: William C.V. Johnson, ed, The First Century: Essays on the History of the County of Carleton Law Association by Various Hands on the Occasion of the Association’s Centenary, 1888-1988 (Ottawa: Bonanza Press Ltd., 1988).)

The recipient of this year’s Carleton Medal will be announced in the coming weeks, and will be presented at the CCLA Awards Dinner on March 7.


Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Boyer v Brown (2017 ONSC 501)
child support — evidence — impute income — expenses — motion
Justice L. Sheard

Gibeau v Parker and Rivard (2017 CanLII 2296)
costs — table child support — settlement — pay — successful
Justice M. Shelston

Bailliu v Chaloux (2017 ONSC 628)
spousal support — costs — offers to settle — lump — child support
Justice A. Doyle

Civil Matters

Walker v Hulse, Playfair and McGarry (2017 ONSC 358)
aggravated damages — termination — dismissal — deputy — distress
Justice R. Beaudoin

Soulliere (By his Guardian) v Intact Insurance (2017 ONSC 419)
structured portion of the settlement — non-structured portion of the settlement — draft — endorsement — payee
Justice S. Corthorn

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#ThrowbackThursday: Ottawa Public Library

There was an intriguing op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen this week regarding the hot-button issue of the location of a new Ottawa Public Library main branch. In a piece by architect Allan Teramura, the argument is made for building a new show-stopping library in Confederation Park (which, oh hey, is right across the street from the Courthouse!). I’m personally a huge fan of the current darling of the library world – the Halifax Public Library central branch, mentioned in the op-ed – and if we can have something of that caliber in our city, it would be truly exciting.

This lead me to thinking about the OPL main branch, and particularly what I had heard of but had never seen for myself – pictures of the previous main branch, which was a Carnegie library. Carnegie libraries were libraries built at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries with money donated from Andrew Carnegie. If you’ve never heard of these, here’s the wiki (and with 125 built in Canada, there’s a decent chance there was a Carnegie library near you at some point! Here’s some more information on Canadian Carnegies specifically.). Ottawa’s Carnegie library was opened in 1906, at the same location as the current main branch, and this is probably my favourite picture of it:

Swoon! This blog post from Unforgotten Ottawa has a great collection of pictures, and a lot more information on this library, including why and when it was eventually replaced with the building we have today.

Lexis Advance Quicklaw Updates

If you use Lexis Advance Quicklaw at the CCLA Library (or any of the other Ontario courthouse libraries), you may be delighted to hear about some of the new content included in our subscription. As of the beginning of the year, we now have access to a considerable amount of international case law. Available at no additional cost to you, you can now download decisions from the following case collections:

  • All England Law Reports
  • Northern Ireland Law Reports
  • Scottish Civil Law Reports
  • European Court of Human Rights Cases
  • Australian Law Reports
  • New Zealand Law Reports
  • U.S. Decisions from the Supreme Court, Appeal Courts, and District Courts
  • And more!

As always, you’ll have to come into the library to make us of this subscription (no remote access, we’re afraid), or you can get in touch and we’ll see how we can help you remotely. Also, if you’d like some training on using Quicklaw (remember: there’s a new platform interface!), we’ll be holding a training session on March 22nd here in the library. You can RSVP for this free session at this link.