Jennifer Walker

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

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Family Matters

De Riso v. Randazzo (2018 ONSC 6378)
mid-week overnight access — costs — parenting — alternating — offer
Justice T. Engelking

Uwitonze v. Mugabarabona (2018 ONSC 6334)
family law litigation — context of the family — application — partition — motion
Justice S. Corthorn

Obregon v. Montgomery (2018 ONSC 6070)
restraining — access — temporary sole custody — supervised — sole custody of the child
Justice P. MacEachern

Gundersen v. Gundersen (2018 ONSC 6009)
garnishment — refiling — refund — income tax — costs
Justice T. Nieckarz

Leelaratna v. Leelaratna (2018 ONSC 5983)
father — therapeutic — counselling — access — child
Justice J. Audet

Casault v. McNally (2018 ONSC 5945)
father — expenses — child support — income — after-tax net childcare costs
Justice P. MacEachern

Civil Matters

Leopold Edwin Siberg v. Bruyère Continuing Care Inc. (2018 ONSC 6460)
motion — hospital — substantial indemnity scale — guardian — costs
Justice C. MacLeod

Daly Square Inc. v. 1786097 Ontario Inc. and Camille Mikhael (2018 ONSC 6404)
mortgage — damage — monitoring probe data — engineer — equitable
Justice H. Williams

Scullion v. Munro (2018 ONSC 6371)
valuation — companies — bonding — catch basin — shareholding
Justice C. Hackland

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Family Matters

Hourieh v. Roumieh (2018 ONSC 6076)
income — extraordinary expenses — child support — amount — provided
Justice P. MacEachern

Inthadeth v. Esford (2018 ONSC 6041)
child — parenting — alternate — weekend — access
Justice P. MacEachern

Aleswari v Awad (2018 ONSC 5985)
father — children — lawyer — behaviour — costs
Justice H. Williams

Boyd v. Boyd (2018 ONSC 5993)
sole custody — father — access — child — genuine issue requiring
Justice P. MacEachern

Mulloy v. Mulloy (2018 ONSC 5944)
vehicle — income — driver s license — date of separation — disclosure
Justice P. MacEachern

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New Title: Government Lawyering

Every so often, a new book is published that seems like it was made for expressly for people in this library. When I was looking at new titles from LexisNexis, this one jumped out at me as something I needed to buy for us. If there’s a large population of lawyers anywhere that might be making the move into government, or are there already, Ottawa is it!

Government Lawyering: Duties and Ethical Challenges of Government Lawyers came out at the end of September, and will be available on our shelves soon. As far as I know, this is the only book specifically on this topic, so make sure to check it out!

#ThrowbackThursday: Criminal Law Conference 1988

So about today’s Throwback Thursday: our copy of the 1988 DCAO / CCLA Criminal Law Conference materials doesn’t have a conference program or agenda included. It’s a rather slim volume of materials, and it might actually be comprised entirely of re-prints of other articles and court filings. If we had a version of the agenda saved electronically from back then, we don’t anymore. So I went searching through our old newsletters, and at least found an advertisement for the conference. It’s not a very robust ad (our ad budget obviously extended as far as the paper for the dot matrix printer it came out of), but there’s a rather fascinating note in the guest speakers section:



So, did Dr. Henry Morgentaler speak at that conference? Anyone remember? That would be quite the get, and particularly in spring 1988!

This year’s Criminal Law Conference is taking place next weekend (October 13 and 14) at Château Montebello. Registration is open until October 9th – you can do that from the CCLA website.

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Family Matters

Rathwell v. Rathwell (2018 ONSC 5666)
spousal support — income — daycare — child support — arrears
Justice C. MacLeod

Niranjan v. Rajaghatta (2018 ONSC 5557)
disclosure — property — child — lines of credit — financial
Justice P. MacEachern

Ozturk v. Dogru (2018 ONSC 5531)
child support — equalization payment — matrimonial home — best interests of the children — time
Justice D. Summers

Davidson v. Davidson (2018 ONSC 5463)
possession of the matrimonial home — income — price — child — property
Justice J. Blishen

Piacenti v. Thomson (2018 ONSC 5436)
costs — matrimonial home — offers to settle — child — application
Justice R. Ryan Bell

Brown v. Brown (2018 ONSC 5428)
spousal support — equalization — income — child — twins
Justice P. MacEachern

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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

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#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!


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 …


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

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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

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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!