Jennifer Walker

CALL / ACBD 2018 Preview

Brenda and I are heading off to the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) conference in Halifax this weekend, and as always, are very much looking forward to it. The theme this year is “Build Bridges / Broaden Our Reach,” a sentiment that resonates with our library and our drive to do more and work with more people. The CALL conference is an excellent opportunity for us to meet and learn from our colleagues across the country, and this year, we’ll both be contributing to the programming! Here are some of the upcoming topics:

Knowledge is Power: The Role of Law Librarians in the Future Legal Market 

Law is becoming a buyer’s market. Armed with unprecedented access to industry data, clients are ready to forge a new relationship with law firms, which themselves are facing competition from alternative legal services providers while coping with shrinking retainers and internal succession crises. In this time of upheaval, many old assumptions are falling away, and new approaches to the business of law are emerging.

In the coming years, law firms will generate revenue from a diverse range of sources — including technology-driven products and the contributions of skilled “non-lawyers” — rather than from the billable efforts of lawyers alone. The critical elements in these new offerings will be knowledge, data and information — and that will make law librarians and legal knowledge managers some of the most important people in the legal world.

Jordan Furlong, a leading legal market analyst and industry consultant, will explain the forces that have brought about such widespread change in the law, describe the key features of both tomorrow’s clients and tomorrow’s law firms, and share his insights and forecasts about the role that law librarians and legal knowledge managers will play in the law firms of the future.

Competitive Intelligence & Government Docs: Find, Use & Create Actionable Intelligence

Locating and analyzing government information can be a daunting and convoluted task, however honing these skills can give you an edge in conducting competitive intelligence (CI) and business research for lawyers and their clients. Among other things, government information can be used to:

  • Keep lawyers and clients abreast of regulatory and legislative changes,
  • Gather intel on clients and client competitors, and
  • Provide data for benchmarking and forecasting.

This hands-on session will present a few case studies- employing analytical CI frameworks and government information to create actionable intelligence. A variety of government information including regulatory changes, access to information requests, parliamentary, and ministerial/departmental information will be covered. Attendees will leave this session with an understanding of basic CI frameworks, how to locate a variety of government information, and how to combine these to create actionable intelligence.

The Crown, The Copyright, and The Law

November 7, 2017 marked five years since the 2012 Copyright Modernization Act was implemented, a point by which a review of the Act is mandated. Surrounding months have seen wide discussion of Canada’s copyright regime. Librarian Amanda Wakaruk launched ePetition E-1116, a laudable attempt to assure availability of government publications. Digging deeper, there is a plausible argument that with respect to primary law of Canada – legislation and case law – Crown copyright, or indeed copyright protection generally, has never subsisted, nor should it.

This session will pursue an analysis of Canadian copyright legislation, judicial interpretation, theory, and comparative law including Indigenous law, to elucidate the contention that primary law is a copyright-free zone in this country and should be formally recognized as such. The session will also explore the possibilities and implications that might arise from such recognition, particularly for wide publication of open primary law and creative opportunities.

As I mentioned above, Brenda and I will also be presenting this year. Brenda will be leading a session on the super useful website Canva, which allows you to make really nice graphics without being a designer, while I’ll be giving a lightning talk on our Will Check program. It’s going to be a busy, but undoubtedly excellent, conference!

#ThrowbackThursday: Demolition Before and After

We are getting SO CLOSE to the renovation of the library side of our space being complete! For a project that has taken so many years to get going, that we’re a few weeks away from the new library side of the space is pretty unbelievable. I went in for some recent photos, and lined up a before and after. This week we’ve had flooring installed (as well as some other major milestones, but I won’t spoil the surprise on that!).


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Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Boutros v. Kanaan (2018 ONSC 2805)
child support — income — separation agreement — expenses — application
Justice T. Engelking

Pinate v. Rodriguez (2018 ONSC 2771)
child — father — access — uncontested — custody
Justice J. Audet

Jordan v. Beauchamp-Kiss (2018 ONSC 2677)
easement — parking — park — property — owners
Justice A. Doyle

N.H. v. J.H. (2018 ONSC 2658)
parents — father — disclosure — sessions with the children — psychologist
Justice J. Audet

Civil Matters

Fuego Digital Media Inc. v. DAC Group (Holdings) Limited (2018 ONSC 2897)
arbitrator — software — tab — adjournment — draft
Justice J. Parfett

Gatling-Coquelet v. Allan (2018 ONSC 2889)
assessment process — costs — fees — assessment officer — discounted
Justice S. Gomery

Ridley Estate v. Eagan (2018 ONSC 2777)
monies — endorsement — motion — wrongdoing — application
Justice S. Corthorn

Dunn v. TD Waterhouse (2018 ONSC 2776)
non-parties who may be entitled — nominal — victims — monies paid — members of the class
Justice S. Corthorn

Tam v. Arlotta (2018 ONSC 2832)
line of credit — business — debt — franchise — loan
Justice S. Gomery

Cuconato v. Parker Auto Care Ltd. (2018 ONSC 2803)
sexually explicit gesture — dismissal — employment — mitigation — misconduct
Justice R. Ryan Bell

Urbisci v. 2388095 Ontario Ltd. (2018 ONSC 2678)
audited financial statements — shares — prima facie case of oppression — corporation — inspector
Justice R. Ryan Bell

1351150 Ontario Inc. et al v. The Corporation of the Town of Hawkesbury (2018 ONSC 2631)
financial statements — supplementary affidavit of documents — damages brief — re-attend at examination for discovery — cross-motion
Master M. Fortier

Patterson v. Peladeau (2018 ONSC 2625)
jury — mistrial — correcting charge — parked — jurors
Justice C.T. Hackland

Criminal Matters

R. v. Barra and Govindia (2018 ONSC 2659)
bribe — conspiracy — offence — obtain the contract — extradition
Justice R. Smith

R. v. M.D. (2018 ONSC 2792)
offender — sexual assault — sentence — probation — victim
Justice C. MacLeod

Divisional Court Decisions from Ottawa Judges

Helmer v. Belairdirect Insurance Company (2018 ONSC 2888)
accident — services — injured — attendant care benefits — interpretation
Justices C. Horkins, B. Conway, and C. MacLeod

Sarangan v. Morguard Nar Canada Limited Partnership (2018 ONSC 2864)
humid conditions in the unit — hot — tenancy — mould in the unit — tropical
Justices C. Horkins, B. Conway, and C. MacLeod

AACR Inc. v. Lixo Investments Limited (2018 ONSC 2774)
motion judge erred — unjust enrichment — quantum meruit — costs — contract
Justices K. Swinton, H. Sachs, and S. Corthorn

MacKay v. Thomas (2018 ONSC 2935)
procedural fairness — prejudice — duty of fair representation — alleged — coercion
Justices C. Horkins, B. Conway, and C. MacLeod

Court of Appeal Decisions of Local Interest

Caron c. Perrier (2018 ONCA 422)
ordonnances — fraude — compétence — outrage — prétend
Les juges P. Rouleau, K. van Rensburg, et G. Pardu

Caron c. Perrier (2018 ONCA 423)
aujourd hui — motion — jca — permettons — questionnait
Les juges P. Rouleau, K. van Rensburg, et G. Pardu

#GetLoud: CMHA Mental Health Week 2018

This week (May 7 to 13 2018) is the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Week. As we did last year, we’d like to again take a brief pause in our regular Robeside Assistance programming to remind our readers of the mental health supports that are available to members of the legal community.

The Member Assistance Program, provided through Homewood Health, is a confidential health service that is funded by, and runs entirely independently of, the Law Society of Ontario. A variety of counselling options are available through their service (online, telephone, and in-person), to address all manner of mental health care issues (such as stress, anxiety, anger, depression, and much more). This is available to all lawyers, paralegals, law students, and judges in Ontario, as well as their partners and children.

To find out more, check out, or call 1-855-403-8922.


Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Jiang v. Parham (2018 ONSC 2706)
father — child support — income — financial — motion
Justice J. Mackinnon

Saunders v. Patricelli (2018 ONSC 2650)
spousal support — income — employable — range — retroactive
Justice P. Roger

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

Paquin v. Lamoureaux (2018 ONSC 2480)
parenting — children — status quo — motion — temporary
Justice T. Engelking

N.H. v. J.H. (2018 ONSC 2266)
father — cell phone — text messages — disclosure — records
Justice J. Audet

CAS v. R.J. (2018 ONSC 2309)
children — father — police — wife — genuine
Justice J. Mackinnon

A.-Z. v. A.H. (2018 ONSC 680)
children — income — passports — supervised access — restraining
Justice T. Engelking

Civil Matters

Barresi v. Jones LaSalle Real Estate Services, Inc. (2018 ONSC 2579)
offer to settle — favourable — substantial indemnity costs — damages for negligent misrepresentation — declaratory
Justice C. Aitken

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#ThrowbackThursday: Demolition Before and After

We should have some exciting news on the renovations project coming soon (subscribe to the CCLA newsletter for all the latest info, of course), but in the meantime, here’s a recent progress shot for you.

This was the old view when you came in through the front doors. Us library staff never particularly liked that we were tucked around the corner, which lead to plenty of awkward moments of people coming in and not knowing where anyone was to talk to.

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New Titles from The Advocacy Club

Recently, John Hollander was so kind as to stop by the library with copies of these three titles for our collection. Many of you know of The Advocacy Club, which has been instructing new lawyers in advocacy skills for over ten years now. These three volumes make up a series of books from the Advocacy Club, and we think they’ll be popular with our students and new lawyers.


The three titles are:

  • Trial Advocacy: How Canadian Lawyers Prepare For and Conduct Civil Cases
  • Outlining: How to Structure Examinations in Civil Litigation
  • Estate Litigation: Trial Advocacy Techniques in Canadian Estate Cases

These are currently in process at the library, but please let us know if you’d like to see them and we’ll be happy to get them for you.

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Menard v. Jodoin Feres (2018 ONSC 2228)
arrears — child support — outstanding balance — payments — mistake
Justice T. Engelking

Everett v. Carey (2018 ONSC 2166)
father — tutoring — access — surf boards — child
Justice J. Mackinnon

Derakhshan v. Narula (2018 ONSC 2125)
costs — offer to settle — litigation — research — properties
Justice L. Sheard

Dwaydar v. Mohsen (2018 ONSC 2037)
costs — motion — bad faith — cross-motion — step
Justice J. Audet

Mwadi c. Mihalache (2018 ONSC 2052)
visites — pierre tombale — motion en variation — définitive — courriel
Juge M. O’Bonsawin

Serpellini v. Serpellini (2018 ONSC 1954)
father — income — care — business — overnight
Justice J. Audet

Civil Matters

10313033 Canada Inc. v. 2418973 Ontario Inc. et al. (2018 ONSC 2406)
franchisees — arbitration — interlocutory injunction — franchisor — fees
Justice S. Gomery

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#ThrowbackThursday: Annual Institute of Family Law 1998

As folks head up to Montebello for the 2018 Annual Institute of Family Law this weekend, we’re doing a throwback to the conference from 20 years ago. The 1998 conference was held on May 8th that year, and as was the custom at the time for the Family Law conference, was held in town (in this particular case at the University of Ottawa). Take a look at the program: