Jennifer Walker

#ThrowbackThursday: Daly and Nicholas, Past & Present

I found today’s entry on the Facebook page for Lost Ottawa. The SAW Video Media Arts Centre is located the building now known as the Arts Court. Of course, that building wasn’t always used for that purpose – many still remember it as the old courthouse. For a new video from SAW, historical and modern photos of the site are merged together to compare the  building as it once was and as it is today.  Click here to watch the full video (it’s only 2:48 long, and totally worth it!).

From the creator:

My video for Issue 9 uses historical photographs of the Arts Courts site and video of the present day site. Using the same vantage point in both the video and the photographs, the images are morphed together, allowing a comparison of the past and the present day view of the site. They reveal architectural changes and the passage of time flowing over these buildings as the surrounding city rises up around them.

This video uses historical photographs of the Arts Courts site and video of the present day site. The images are morphed together, allowing a comparison of the past and the present day view of the site.

New Filter Option in WestlawNext Canada

This is a great new tip we learned about in WestlawNext Canada, from our amazing local trainer Josée Provost.

If you’re anything like us, you love the Canadian Abridgment for quickly and easily finding cases on a specific topic. To make your case law research even easier, you can now filter search results from a note-up in Westlaw by Adbridgment topic. Here’s an example below.

Through noting-up section 13 of the Employment Standards Act, 2000, I’m told there are 190 cases that cite this section. On the left hand side of the screen are your filtering options. Tucked in second from the bottom is “Abridgment Topics.”

If you click on “Select” a box will open up showing you a list of topics from within the Abridgment that have this cases included. You can also search for a topic (if there is nothing, you’ll be told there are no hits).

You can select as many topics as you would like. For this example, I’ll select “Contracts”…

And I have limited the 190 citing cases down to just 3 that have to do with contracts.

This feature is really neat, and I know will come in handy to many people during their case law research. If you’d like to learn more about WestlawNext Canada, we do have a free lunch time training session at the library scheduled for November 22. You can RSVP for this session here.

#ThrowbackThursday: Library Renovations, 1895

I can’t help it – I’m officially obsessed with the goodies I’ve found looking through old scans of The Ottawa Journal. Our last TBT was about the 1940 golf tournament; today’s is even older.

We’ve been deep in the weeds here at the CCLA with renovation planning over the last few months. Finding this news clipping from the December 14, 1895 Ottawa Journal on what was surely the first CCLA “renovation” has totally made my day:

Pictures of this “model law library” are at the very, very top of my wish list (sadly, none exist that we know of). I’m also amused that there was concern even then about room for lawyers to meet with their clients – this has to be one of the most frequently requested things at our current day courthouse!

In happy news, the move out from judges’ chambers was in fact approved by the gaol and building committee:

Black’s Law Dictionary: Now on WestlawNext Canada!

Here’s a cool new feature we just learned about in our library’s WestlawNext Canada subscription.

Black’s Law Dictionary, the most well-known legal dictionary on the market, is now tucked away (but free to use in our library) under the “International” tab.

From the home screen, you will want to select the “International” tab:


From there, you can find a link out to the Black’s Law Dictionary underneath the Westlaw US document titles:

This will open a new screen and log you into the American version of Westlaw’s interface for the Black’s dictionary. There is a dedicated search screen for this title, so you will only be searching within the dictionary itself – not the other American content on Westlaw.

Et voilà, your results list!


If you have WestlawNext at your office, see if this is included in your LawSource package (but of course, be mindful of what charges might be incurred for this search first). As always, any Westlaw work you do at the library is free of charge.

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Curry v. Curry (2017 ONSC 4778)
income — spousal support — tax — capital gains — trust
Justice A. Doyle

Freiman v. Freiman (2017 ONSC 4981)
matrimonial home — spousal support — income — marriage — formerly enjoyed intra-spousal entitlement
Justice T. Engelking

Rubalcava v. Tracey (2017 ONSC 4978)
child — spousal support — access schedule — parent — custody
Justice M. Labrosse

Burgess v. Karam (2017 ONSC 4977)
expenses — paid by monthly payments — share — child support — overpayment
Justice S. Kershman

Guertin v. Dumas (2017 ONSC 4979)
father — change the child s school — catchment area — boundary — kilometers
Justice M. Shelston

Clark v. Moxley (2017 ONSC 4971)
school — afterschool — mid-week overnight — parenting schedule — best interests
Justice L. Sheard

Civil Matters

4381840 Canada Inc. v. Charron, Langlois LLP et al. (2017 ONSC 5043)
actions — consolidated — alias — waiver of solicitor-client privilege — lawyers
Justice P. Roger

Asselin v. Fournier (2017 ONSC 5035)
plastic surgeon — settlement funds — disfiguration — psychological — evidence
Justice S. Corthorn

Carleton Condominium Corporation No. 166 v. Sennek (2017 ONSC 5016)
vexatious litigant — fresh evidence — returnable — endorsement — motion
Justice L. Sheard

Continue Reading…

#ThrowbackThursday: CCLA Golf Tournament, 1940

I was doing some digging on for old Ottawa stories, and came across this write-up about the 1940 CCLA golf tournament. Printed on June 27, 1940 in The Ottawa Journal, this seems to be going for humour, but I think maybe you had to be there (and perhaps know the people in question!).

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Bernard v. Fuhgeh (2017 ONSC 4727)
motion — conference — urgent — bias — affidavit
Justice J. Audet

Bielser v. Bielser (2017 ONSC 4703)
motion — costs — characterizes — primary residence of the children — reasonableness
Justice T. Engelking

Crofts v. Crofts (2017 ONSC 4676)
child is habitually resident — custody — jurisdiction — email — motion
Justice T. Engelking

Yovcheva v. Hristov (2017 ONSC 4660)
indemnity rate — costs to be paid — proper — represented — endorsement
Justice T. Engelking

K.E.L.(L) v. S.L. (2017 ONSC 4656)
motion — custody — access — children — submits
Justice T. Engelking

Civil Matters

D.L. v. Kay (2017 ONSC 4724)
anti-psychotic medication — treatment — declining — appreciation test — psychiatrists
Justice C. Hackland

Continue Reading…

#ThrowbackThursday: Statutes of Canada 1888

This week’s Throwback was scheduled to be something else, but I found this book while weeding the legislation section of the library yesterday and couldn’t resist.

Below, pictures from one of our volumes of the Statutes of Canada 1888, where someone (the librarian? A lawyer?) pasted legal stories from the newspaper into the first pages of the book. A nice time capsule item of how legal information was captured way-back-when.





Library Titles Available for Cost of Shipping

As we prepare to renovate the CCLA Library, we are removing select titles from our print collection. We’d like to see as many of these items as possible land in happy new homes, so we’re going to keep an updated list of items that we have available for the taking up here on the blog. If you see anything on this list that you would like, please get in touch. All items are free but for the cost of shipping (if you have a shipping account number we can charge to, that would be the absolute best).

Additionally, if there is something specific you’re on the lookout for, please let us know – we might just have it but haven’t marked it for weeding yet.

You can email us at, or give us a call at 613-233-7386 extension 221 (or toll-free in Ontario at 1-866-637-3888).

Updated August 8, 2017

Legislation – Canadian

Statutes of Canada, Various Years (Contact for specific volume information)

Revised Statutes of Canada 1970

Revised Statutes of Canada 1985 (missing volume 1)

Alberta Statutes, 1960-2008

British Columbia Statutes, 1960-2002

British Columbia Revised Statutes 1960

Manitoba Statutes, 1960-1966

New Brunswick Statutes, 1960-2002

Newfoundland and Labrador Statutes, 1952-2007

Prince Edward Island Statutes, 1960-2008

Quebec Statutes, 1959-60-2008

Quebec Revised Regulations 1981

Quebec Gazette Part 2, 1977-1988

Saskatchewan Statutes, 1960-2008

Yukon Statutes, 1994-2008

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Yovcheva v. Hristov (2017 ONSC 4647)
offer — depleting — motion — costs — attempting to inflict financial harm
Justice T. Engelking

Assaf v Al-Shehimi (2017 ONSC 4534)
father — motion — sole custody of the child — access — successful
Justice J. Audet

Bloom v Bloom (2017 ONSC 4506)
income — set-off amount — spousal support — imputed — interim
Justice A. Doyle

CAS v R. & F. (2017 ONSC 4483)
contact — provided that the can arrange — notify — supervised — access
Justice P. Roger

Nolan v Nolan (2017 ONSC 4465)
matrimonial home — children — spouse — equalization — value of pre-marriage assets
Justice T. Engelking

Munyal v Dhillon (2017 ONSC 4438)
delay — prejudice — motion for summary — evidence — reinstated
Justice L. Sheard

N.H v J.H. (2017 ONSC 4414)
motion — re-open — urgency — temporary — orders
Justice C. MacLeod

Nderitu v Kamoji (2017 ONSC 4373)
costs — offers to settle — successful — table child support — spent
Justice M. Shelston

Luckman v Luckman (2017 ONSC 4364)
bad faith — successful — costs — offer to settle — arrears
Justice M. Shelston

Evans v Evans (2017 ONSC 4345)
pre-trial questioning — litigation — appreciate the reasonably foreseeable consequences — mental — depressive
Justice A. Doyle

Civil Matters

Frantz v. NB Thrilling Films 4 INC. et al. (2017 ONSC 4637)
policy — bond of an insurer — security for costs — dog bite — adequate substitute
Justice C. Hackland

Uriu v. Rivadeneyra (2017 ONSC 4574)
secondment — relocate — will — correspondence — riddled
Justice L. Sheard

Paquette v Hemish (2017 ONSC 4505)
brother — draft amended statement of defence — power of attorney — lawyer — litigation guardian
Justice H. Williams

6443923 Canada Inc. v Panahi (2017 ONSC 4489)
indemnity — summary judgment motion — costs — must decide the scale — actions
Justice C. MacLeod

ORBCOMM Inc. v Randy Taylor Professional Corporation (2017 ONSC 4488)
motions — divest — defamation — costs — modest
Justice C. MacLeod

Allianz v Canada (Attorney General) (2017 ONSC 4484)
non-settling — settling — crossclaims — litigation — indemnity
Justice C. MacLeod

1550988 Ontario Limited v Burnford Realty Limited (2017 ONSC 4407)
alleged breach of the lease — motion — costs — substantive — success
Justice S. Corthorn

Ramos v Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. (2017 ONSC 4413)
without prejudice — separation package offer — buy peace — letter — wrongful dismissal
Justice R. Ryan Bell

Carleton Condominium Corporation No. 282 v Yahoo! Inc. (2017 ONSC 4385)
originator of the emails — yahoo com — bona fide — defamatory — information
Justice R. Ryan Bell

Criminal Matters

R. v Ali (2017 ONSC 4531)
sentencing — binding — plainly wrong — mandatory minimum punishment — comity
Justice L. Sheard

R. v Wammes (2017 ONSC 4336)
delay — charges — transitional — disclosure — preliminary inquiry
Justice C. MacLeod

R. v. D.B. (2017 ONCJ 501)
child pornography — sexual — offences — presentence custody — sentence
Justice R. Wadden