Jennifer Walker

Re-Ordered Procedure Titles

A quick note to mention that these two incredibly popular titles have recently been re-ordered and received in the library. If you would like to consult either of these books, please speak with a CCLA Library staff member. We’ve had to purchase these titles several times as other copies have gone missing, so we’d like to remind everyone that all books – even these – are for use in the courthouse only.

Image of "Ontario Courtroom Procedure" and "The Law of Civil Procedure in Ontario"

If you’d like to purchase copies of these for your own library, LexisNexis will gladly exchange your money for books. You can pick up the most current edition of these books at the following links:

Finding Bella Kealy

A few months ago, when reading the infamous “Blue Book” of CCLA History, I stumbled upon the bit about the first CCLA librarian. Her name was Bella Kealy (alternatively spelled Kealey, but Kealy seems to be the correct spelling), and it said:

The first County librarian was engaged in 1889. She was Miss Bella Kealy. The early minutes not only record and confirm her spinsterhood but also, by painfully slow degrees, the increases in her salary which started at $0.75 a day for each day’s attendance. The terms of her contract required that she attend in due time five days a week, starting ultimately at 9:00 in the morning and staying until 4:00 p.m. ‘”except during the sittings of the Court when she must remain until the Court rises.”

Immediately, I was intrigued. The old spinster cat lady librarian trope is well-worn, but for me, well-loved. “Confirmed spinster” Bella Kealy, what was her story?

Through the excellent (who are absolutely not paying me for this blog post – I just think it’s a splendid website), I was able to dig into this. I had spent some time looking at census records before, but somehow missed our Bella. Finding more about her in old news articles certainly helped.

From what I can piece together, Isabelle Kealy was born in Ottawa on June 15, 1875. Her father was Thomas Kealy, and her mother Mary (nee Kilt). They were a fairly traditional working class Irish Catholic family, from what the census records show: several children (most of whom lived to adulthood), and her father was listed as a carter (which, from the brilliant occupation naming conventions of old, meant he moved things around in a cart).

“Hold up, Jen,” you’re thinking. 1875? But she was hired in 1889? This has stymied me too, but unless the census is wrong, and the writing on her entry is quite legible, it looks like 1875 was indeed her birth year, making her 14 or so at that time. The 1881 census lists her birth date as considerably earlier, but from the 1901 census onward, she is listed as being born in 1875. If she was indeed older, and fudged the number for the census, the reason for that is lost to me (to history?) for now.

I’ve since gone back to the minute books to try and tease this out more, and from what I can gather, she actually started working, in some capacity, for the Association in 1888. I like to think she was a bookish and bright girl at the Rideau Street Convent, and someone-who-knew-someone-who-knew the Mother Superior asked them for someone to help straighten books and tidy up in the library.

As the minutes do confirm, she was offered her permanent position as librarian in 1891, though she had been working for the Association continually before then.

The news reports on her are scant for the next several decades. She was heavily involved in the Catholic community, serving on several boards and serivce groups.

I wish this story had a nicer ending than what I found online, but regretfully it doesn’t. On December 17, 1944, Kealy had a heart attack on her way to church. She was with one of her sisters, and brought immediately to a doctor, but unfortunately that wouldn’t be enough. Her funeral was held two days later, and from the news article, was well attended by judges and lawyers from the community. The paper describes her as the “librarian for Carleton County Law Association for many years,” which, if she was still employed at that time, and my math is right, means she worked for the association for 56 years. I would hope that would have earned her a 50 Years umbrella. The blue book confirms that “she served as County librarian for over 30 years” – her retirement date (were she so lucky to have had one) is currently unknown to me. A curiosity of our Association is we don’t always have the most complete set of records from the 20th century, so as time permits, and the record allows, I’d love to continue to dig more into our history (and perhaps close the loop on Kealy’s tenure here).

It is mind-boggling to me that we’ll be moving back into the newly renovated space some of the very books she acquired and processed over 100 years ago, but such is the unique beauty of a law library collection.  We plan to have a nice tribute to Isabelle Kealy in the library once we’re done renovations – but for more on that, you’ll have to wait and see!

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

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Family Matters

Seman v. Handl (2018 ONSC 1218)
father — costs — child in the school — legally aided — bad faith
Justice D. Summers

Menard v. Jodoin Feres (2018 ONSC 1320)
arrears — child support — tax — amounts — income
Justice T. Engelking

D.S.M. v. R.M.M. (2018 ONSC 1197)
spousal support — offer — child — settle — successful
Justice M. Shelston

CAS v. C.L. (2018 ONSC 1185)
child — request to withdraw — father — access — affidavit
Justice J. Mackinnon

CAS v. C.L. (2018 ONSC 1241)
child — necessity — interview — evidence — father
Justice J. Mackinnon

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Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

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Family Matters

Jones v. Jones (2018 ONSC 1069)
costs — favourable — partial indemnity — offer to settle — equalization
Justice P. Roger

Fortier v. Lauzon (2018 ONSC 946)
self-represented litigant — matrimonial home — rollover — costs — equalization
Justice M. Shelston

CAS (Ottawa) v. C.R. (2018 ONSC 911)
assessment — children — parenting — motion — ordered
Justice D. Summers

CAS (Ottawa) v. M.M. (2018 ONSC 786)
father — statements — child protection worker — hearsay — counsellor
Justice D. Summers

Civil Matters

Bouchard c. CECCE & Dupuis (2018 ONSC 1129)
dépens — offres — taux d indemnisation — transaction — écoles catholiques
Juge S. Gomery

Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority v. Mion (2018 ONSC 1114)
contempt — wetland — penalty — replant — fine
Justice R. Ryan Bell

Cahill v. Cahill (2018 ONSC 1059)
costs of the interpleader motion — solicitor-client account — partial indemnity — endorsement — disbursements
Justice S. Corthorn

Abou-Gabal v Merovitz (2018 ONSC 991)
bills — reissued — fees — special circumstances — accounts
Justice S. Gomery

Tesla Estate v. Tesla-Johnson (2018 ONSC 973)
estate — financial statements — notice of objection to accounts — general ledgers — passing
Justice R. Ryan Bell

Cornelis Grey Construction Inc. v. Folz (2018 ONSC 647)
homeowners — contractor — work — roof — contract
Justice C. MacLeod

Cimtel Inc. v. TSV Holdings Ltd. (2018 ONSC 894)
examination for discovery — corporate representative — personal knowledge — officer — reseller
Justice R. Ryan Bell

Bergeron v. Movati Athletic (Group) Inc. (2018 ONSC 885)
bonus — termination clause — employment — notice period — reasonable notice
Justice M. O’Bonsawin

Mesfin-Tesfaye v. Riverpark Place Retirement Residence (2018 ONSC 882)
duty of care — three-month probationary period — terminated — argues — license
Justice S. Kershman

Noreast Electronics Co. Ltd. v. Danis (2018 ONSC 879)
suppliers — invoices — injunction — evidence — accounts
Justice S. Gomery

Criminal Matters

R. v. Wilson (2018 ONSC 964)
dangerous offender — assessor — talk-talk-overs — proposed — gmail
Justice C. Hackland

Divisional Court Decisions from Ottawa Judges

Fernandes v. Darrigo (2018 ONSC 1039)
matrimonial home — motion — fresh evidence — child — best interests
Justices B. Abrams, W. Matheson, and R. Ryan Bell

Court of Appeal Decisions of Local Interest

R. v. Constant-Booth (2018 ONCA 154)
sentence imposed — unfit — serious — conviction — cowardly
Justices J. MacPherson, G. Huscroft, and G. Trotter

R. v. D.D. (2018 ONCA 134)
post-traumatic stress disorder — victim — offences — mental — mitigating
Justices K. Feldman, D. Brown, and J. M. Fairburn

Lee v. McGhee (2018 ONCA 128)
drafted — amend — bring it within the jurisdiction — solely — redress
Justices K. Feldman, D. Paciocco, and J. M. Fairburn

Carleton Condominium Corporation 116 v. Sennek (2018 ONCA 118)
condominium corporation — vexatious litigant application — self-represented — proceedings — frivolous
Justices H. LaForme, P. Rouleau, and D. Paciocco

#ThrowbackThursday: Our Winter Olympics Appreciation Post

Readers, I hope you’ll forgive our non-legal related Throwback Thursday this week, as we head into the Winter Olympics. We simply can’t help ourselves around here: we love the Olympics. Winter or summer, it doesn’t matter. Brenda handled the summer Olympics a couple of years ago on the blog, and with the opening ceremonies tomorrow in Pyeongchang, I’m taking a look at the winter games today. Here are four big stories tied to today’s date from Canadian Winter Olympics history.

On this Day, 1948 (Ottawa Connection!): 70 years ago today was the closing of the 1948 Winter Olympics, held in St. Moritz, Switzerland. It was the first Winter Olympics held after WWII, and was where Ottawa figure skater Barbara Ann Scott won gold in the women’s competition. Two factoids on this skate: 1. The skating rink was outdoors (!), and during her skate a low-flying plane overhead (!!) caused some audio distraction; and 2: in 1948 there were no Zambonis, so she had to just skate around the chopped up ice from the hockey game the night before.

Here’s a video of her skate:


On This Day, 1998: On this day in 1998, Ross Rebagliati won the first ever gold in snowboarding at the Nagano Olympics. Now there’s your legal connection: remember everything that happened after that? You can find the Court of Arbitration for Sport decision on his case here.


On this day, 2002: 16 years ago today was the opening ceremonies of the Salt Lake City Games. Some of you may remember this as a games where both the Canadian Women’s and Men’s hockey teams won gold. There was one major news story, however, that dominated those games:


On this day, 2014: We’ll end on a happy note – the Dufour-Lapointe sisters! Who doesn’t love this story of the sisters winning Gold and Silver in the Ladies’ mogul event in Sochi?

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

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Family Matters

Milne v. Milne (2018 ONSC 614)
father — child support — offer — settle — successful
Justice A. Doyle

Labrèche v Labrèche (2017 ONSC 615)
costs — bad faith — equalization — offer — rates
Justice H. Williams

Derakhshan v. Narula (2018 ONSC 537)
joint family venture — unjust enrichment — renovations — common-law relationship — evidence
Justice L. Sheard

Jirova v. Benincasa (2018 ONSC 534)
arbitration — email — evidence — process — partner
Justice J. Audet

K.F. v. Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (2018 ONSC 364)
grandparents — openness — statutory timeline — parens patriae jurisdiction to extend — gap
Justice J. Audet

Civil Matters

Daly Square Inc. v. 1786097 Ontario Inc. and Camille Mikhael (2018 ONSC 745)
limitation period — notice of motion — statute-barred — factum — dismissal
Justice H. Williams

Mohamed v. Dakhil (2018 ONSC 626)
solicitor-client account — motion record — settlement — dispensing with the requirement — funds
Justice S. Corthorn

Greenough v. Maple Ridge Media Inc. (2018 ONSC 660)
heating — heat — system — slabs — house
Justice S. Gomery

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#ThrowbackThursday: Demolition Before & After

The old library half of our space is in full on demolition mode right now, which is incredibly exciting and interesting for us to see! Every morning when we come in there is something new missing – the carpets, the ceiling, occasionally an entire wall!

I was flipping back through photos on my phone from December, and found a photo taken from the same angle as one I took today. Check out some of the demo work that’s been happening:




Goodbye, old photocopy room!

Resource Spotlight: Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Canadian Precedents of Pleadings, 3rd Edition

I was tempted to title this post “Omg, we love this book!” Don’t mistake my staid title for a lack of enthusiasm, though: we still really love this book, and were very excited to grab the newest edition when it came out at the end of last year. You may have noticed it in our most recent round-up of new titles in the library, but this is such a favourite of ours that it deserves its own post. You may recall we highlighted the second edition, so if you’ve become a fan of this book too, here’s your notice that a new edition is out!

The third edition of Canadian Precedents of Pleadings has grown to a rather thick three volumes. A comparison of the (excellently detailed) table of contents reveals new sections on the following:

  • Aboriginal Law
  • Arbitration
  • Aviation
  • Debtor-Creditor
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Immigration
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Plain Language
  • Restitution
  • Wills and Estates

As with previous editions, this title comes with a CD-ROM of precedents, which is quite useful if you decide you’d like to use any of these in your practice. You can find this book in our temporary library at KF 8868.1 B85 2017, or ask any of the library staff for help.


Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

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Family Matters

Logue v Mackenzie (2018 ONSC 411)
line of credit — disclosure — lawyer — owes to the date — bank
Justice H. Williams

Clark v Collins (2018 ONSC 333)
father — full-time employment — retroactive child support — motion to change — lawyer
Justice H. Williams

Blackstock v Comeau (2018 ONSC 193)
spousal support — income — marriage — interim — disability
Justice H. Desormeau

Milne v. Milne (2018 ONSC 169)
income — father — child support — expenses — parent
Justice A. Doyle

La Société à l’aide de l’enfance c. T.S. et al. (2018 ONCS 160)
pupille — soins — résidence — véritable — placement
Juge J. Audet

Laframboise c. Lepage (2018 ONCS 22)
renseignements confidentiels — nouveau cabinet — dossier — client — conflit
Juge A. Doyle

Bazinet c. Faubert (2018 ONCS 13)
nouveau cabinet — renseignements confidentiels — client — dossier — lignes directrices
Juge A. Doyle

Civil Matters

St. Laurent Automotive Group et al v Sami’s Garage Ltd. et al (2017 ONSC 6649)
summary judgment motion — pre-trial conference — costs — placed on a trial list — argue
Justice H. Williams

Graves v. Intact Insurance Company (2018 ONSC 402)
appraisal — coverage — jury — presumption of inadmissibility — settlement privilege
Justice M. Labrosse

Foustanellas v Foustanellas (2018 ONSC 366)
draft — benefit of the minor beneficiaries — personal representative of the estate — cost of the mediation — trust
Justice H. Williams

Ridley Estate v. Eagan, Desjardins Financial Security et al. (2018 ONSC 209)
endorsement — service of the motion record — documents — email — behalf
Justice S. Corthorn

Dunn et al. v. TD Waterhouse and Eagan (2018 ONSC 204)
motion — endorsement — behalf — service — documents
Justice S. Corthorn

Gervais v. Depatie (2018 ONSC 139)
reached the age of majority — minor — subrule — name of the litigation guardian — continue
Justice S. Corthorn

Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority v. Mion (2018 ONSC 104)
contempt — restoration — stockpiled — wetland area with native vegetation — organic material
Justice R. Ryan Bell

Criminal Matters

R. v. Chamoun (2018 ONSC 235)
delay — judicial pre-trial — pre-trial conference — co-accused — presumptive ceiling
Justice M. Linhares de Sousa

Online Research Training Options

As we’re unable to host any training sessions in the Library for the next while, we wanted to direct you to some online legal research training options. We’ll be holding online sessions of our own over the year (dates will continue to be added), but these are some options available for you to do from your own office right now:

For WestlawNext Canada / Thomson Reuters ProView …

Canada Professional Development Centre

Thomson Retuers continually offers webinars on their online products, such as Westlaw and ProView, that are both free and CPD accredited.

Interactive eLearning Experiences

These modules (listed in blue towards the top of this page) will give a simulated learning experience for Thomson products.

WestlawNext Canada Self-Paced Learning

Find out more about specific features of WestlawNext with these short videos and PDF files.

For Lexis Advance Quicklaw…


Sign up for a free webinar on Lexis Advance Quicklaw from the selection available in their online calendar.

Self-Study Modules

Browse this list of quick YouTube videos for using the Advance platform.

For JustisOne…

Training Webinar

This quick video will show you the basics of this British database.

User Guide

Follow this link if you would prefer a PDF user guide.

For HeinOnline...

Training Videos

These YouTube videos can teach you basics of searching through HeinOnline.

Training Guides

If you’d rather text-based instruction, there are a series here covering many different aspects of the Hein database.

*Note: Law Society of Ontario licensees have access to HeinOnline from the own computers! Click here to learn how to set up access.

For CanLII…

CCLA Webinar – Thursday, February 22, 2018

We’ll be leading this webinar that looks at everyone’s favourite free resource, CanLII. There is a small charge for this session.