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Introducing our New Library Name: The Gordon F. Henderson Library

Cross-posted from the CCLA/ABCC website:

The County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA) is pleased to announce the new name of their library.

Thanks to the generous title-sponsor level contributions by Gowling WLG (Canada) to the CCLA Renovations Campaign, the CCLA Library will now proudly bear the name of The Gordon F. Henderson Library.

Gordon F. Henderson CC QC (1912–1993) was an intellectual property lawyer who joined Henderson Herridge & Gowling (now Gowling WLG) in 1937, and later became its chairman. He was known for his advocacy on intellectual property matters as well as his involvement with intellectual property organizations throughout his career. Gordon Henderson was not just an IP lawyer; he excelled in every branch of the law he touched. His love of learning and of the law, as well as his high ethical and work standards infected all who were exposed to him.

Henderson was an active participant in professional associations both within and outside the legal community. He established the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and was president of the Canadian Bar Association. He was the founding editor of the Canadian Patent Reporter in 1941 and was its editor until his death. Henderson served on the Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa, and from 1991-1993, he was chancellor of the university.

Henderson was also a philanthropist, humanitarian and civic leader in Ottawa, having founded or lent his support to numerous causes. He was awarded Canada’s highest civilian honour, a Companion of the Order of Canada, for his decades of service to his community and his profession.

Within the the Library, visitors can now find both a portrait of Gordon F. Henderson, as well as an art installation dedicated to his life and influence in the community.

The Gordon F. Henderson Library is located in the Ottawa courthouse at 161 Elgin Street. Established in 1888 to provide a legal research materials to Ottawa lawyers and judges, the Gordon F. Henderson Library remains a vital research hub for the Ottawa legal community, and serves lawyers, judges, paralegals, and students.


CCLA Conference Papers Database: On Hiatus

Following our post from earlier this week about the CCLA Library Catalogue, we’d also like to note that our Conference Papers Database is currently unavailable.

If you would like to receive a copy of a CCLA conference paper, please feel free to email us in the library.

If you would like to review the contents of past conference binders, a PDF and Word document version of the contents for each conference from 2010 to the present are available directly from the conference page on our website.

We will be sure to update everyone when the papers are available online again.


CCLA Library Catalogue: 1990-2019

Big changes are underway at the CCLA Library with regard to our online catalogue. It was in 1990 that the CCLA replaced the old card catalogue with an online system, as announced in the newsletter below. Sorry to everyone who wants the actual old card catalogue for their home – it’s long gone!

From the August 1990 CCLA Bulletin

From our understanding, this was the first courthouse library catalogue in the province. Go us! In time, however, the Law Society’s Great Library catalogue (Advocat) came into being, and more recently, their Infolocate search engine, which looks through library holdings for every courthouse library in Ontario (including the CCLA) *and* the online CPD materials prepared by the Law Society.

Due to required software and hardware upgrades at the CCLA, it was time to decide what to do with our now redundant catalogue. We have made the call to sunset our dear old catalogue in favour of the admittedly far superior Great Library catalogue. We’ve updated the links on our website and in-library computers.

Some much better features of the Great Library catalogue software that CCLA Library users will enjoy:

  • Fuzzy searching: You don’t have to spell everything exactly right to get results. This was a huge drawback of our old in-house catalogue
  • Tables of contents: Lots of the entries for texts books or looseleafs will have a table of contents in the item record. You can look at what’s in a resource without leaving your computer.
  • Law Society of Ontario CPD materials: When searching the catalogue, you’ll also pull up hits for individual PDFs of relevant conference papers from LSO CPD.

Please Note: Selecting the CCLA Library

When you access Infolocate, the default is to search all of the Ontario courthouse libraries.

If you wish to limit this to just Ottawa, select Carleton County in the drop down  menu:


Upcoming SCC Case: Keatley Surveying Ltd. v. Teranet Inc.

There is an interesting case being heard at the Supreme Court of Canada next Friday (March 29), which has a good number of people in the legal community excited. Keatley Surveying Ltd. v. Teranet Inc. is a case on appeal from the Ontario courts to do with the issue of the copyright of land surveys.  Here is the summary of the proceedings to date, as it appears on the Supreme Court website:

The respondent manages the Province of Ontario’s electronic land registry system (the “ELRS”). Documents that were prepared by land surveyors such as drawings, maps, charts and plans (collectively “plans of survey”) are registered in the ELRS. The public can obtain on-line copies of registered plans of survey through the respondent for a fee prescribed by statute, no part of which constitutes fees or royalties paid to the land surveyors who prepared them. The appellant is the representative plaintiff in a certified class action brought on behalf of approximately 350 land surveyors whose plans of survey were scanned and copied into the respondent’s digital database and made available on-line. The appellant claims that the respondent is in breach of copyright by reaping substantial profits at the expense of surveyors. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice dismissed the appellant’s motion for summary judgment, granted the respondent’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed the class action. The court found that as a result of the legislative regime requiring registration or deposit of the plans of survey in the land registry office, ownership in the property of the plans of survey, including copyright, is transferred to the province. They are then “published by or under the direction or control of Her Majesty” pursuant to s. 12 of the Copyright Act. The Ontario Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal, holding that provincial Crown copyright is by virtue of s. 12 of Copyright Act, not the provincial legislation.

As section 12 of the Copyright Act is rarely judicially considered, particularly so at the Supreme Court level, interest in this case has been high. Several groups have successfully attained intervenor status for this case, including the Federation of Law Societies, CanLII, the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL), and the Attorneys General of Canada and three provinces. For those of you with a keen interest in intellectual property and copyright, this is undoubtedly one to watch. (Which of course, you can do, as a webcast!)


Law Society of Ontario Bencher Elections 2019

The LSO 2019 Bencher Election season is upon us, and it feels more active and exciting this year than in the past.  A few of our favourite online legal contributors have set up special (and free!) features to cover the election and provide platforms for candidates to share their message, so we thought we’d spotlight those here.

LSO 2019 Bencher Election by Colin Lachance: Our friend and legal technology enthusiast Colin Lachance has set up a website for the 2019 election that aims to consolidate and organize information by and about Bencher candidates so that you, the voters, can make informed decisions. We really like that you can look up specific issues facing the incoming Benchers, and see what your candidates have to say on those topics. To use a completely random and unbiased example, here is what candidates have contributed so far on the topic of funding for courthouse libraries.

Of Counsel: Bencher Series by Sean Robichaud: Bencher candidate Sean Robichaud is taking his podcast “Of Counsel” on a special diversion for the election – the “Bencher Series” of interviews with candidates. The format is simple: candidates get nine minutes and are asked the same questions. You can listen directly in your web browser, or through your podcast app.

Bencher Elections 2019 from Law Times: Law Times has been heavily active this Bencher election season. Many candidates are linking right to their Law Times profile in their promotional materials.

CCLA Bencher Emails: An easy plug for our own service, but worth mentioning! As we have done in the past, the CCLA will be sending three emails to our mailing list at the beginning of April. One email will be for Toronto candidates, one for East Region candidates, and one for people from all the other areas of Ontario. There is no cost to either be on our mailing list (you can do that here), nor for candidates to send this message out. Details on that can be found on our website.

 


Pan-Canadian Project to Translate Court Decisions 1

The following message was shared on the Canadian Association of Law Libraries listserv, and we think it might be of particular interest to some of our readers.

 

Pan-Canadian Project to Translate Court Decisions
TARGET DATE : MARCH 8th 2019

Greetings. 

We have received funding from the Department of Justice Canada to compile an initial list of selected unilingual decisions requiring translation. The ultimate aim of the project is to increase the number of court decisions available in both official languages in all provinces and territories and thus to ensure that caselaw emanating from all over Canada is accessible to all. 

The project will favour the translation of court decisions which are more likely to have a serious impact on citizens’ private lives, notably in the field of family law and penal law. While decisions in these fields would be translated as a priority, other areas of law are certainly not excluded. We recognize that access to leading cases and landmark decisions in all fields of law is of paramount importance for the Canadian legal system. 

We are therefore inviting all the members of the legal community to participate in this ambitious project, which is a golden opportunity for the Anglophone legal community to obtain English translations of caselaw currently only available in French, but also to see that caselaw currently only available in English is translated for the use of the Francophone legal community. The participation of those involved in penal law and family law, whether as lawyers, professors or judges) would be particularly welcome. 

Please contact us with your suggestions at the address mentioned below. You may use the Proposal Form to transmit your suggestions. 

Note that we are inviting numerous stakeholders to participate in this pan-Canadian project, including members of the judiciary, all law schools, as well as Anglophone and Francophone lawyers).   

Karine McLaren
Director, Centre de traduction et de terminologie juridiques
Université de Moncton


Compendium of Damages Awarded in Personal Injury Actions Across Ontario, January 1999 – October 2018 Update

The CCLA Compendium of Damages Awarded in Personal Injury Actions Across Ontario has been updated to October 2018! This invaluable guide is a favourite with local litigators, and has been produced for the CCLA for several years under the leadership of The Honourable James Chadwick and with the assistance of students from the University of Ottawa law school.

To check it out, please click here.

For future reference, you can find this publication on the CCLA website under our “Civil Litigation” practice portal.

 


The 2018 Clawbie Awards: Our Nominations!

It’s Clawbies time!! For the past couple of years we’ve highlighted some of our favourite Ottawa Law Blogs, so this year we’re going to change gears a bit and nominate our favourite Access to Justice blogs:

National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP)
This has to be one of my favourite reads. The NSRLP’s posts always offer thoughtful, open, intelligent, and on-point discussion on access to justice and self-representation issues in Canada and abroad. 

ReconciliAction (University of Alberta Faculty of Law)
Frequently mentioned and frequently Clawbie-nominated, and for very good reason! It almost goes without saying, but this is one of the most hard-working group of people doing extremely important work. 

Legal Aid Ontario
The LAO blog features interesting topics and interviews, and is always a good site to have on your radar. I also generally love infographics, so the plethora of those tends to lend this blog to my tastes quite nicely. 


Courthouse Libraries Web App Launch

Do you often travel to different jurisdictions for court? Did you know there’s a Courthouse Library in the 47 courthouses across Ontario, and they provide services for visiting counsel? 

The Ontario Courthouse Libraries Association (OCLA) is excited to roll-out our new mobile-device-friendly app. The new website is designed to be a lawyer-centric portal to the County and District Law Libraries in the province. We’ve packaged the individual law library profiles into one convenient site, offering an easy-to-digest overview of the information, and services being offered. Some of the features include:

  • Highly visible quick link icons to contact information, location-based mapping, weather, and Association websites.
  • Find information about hours, access, electronic resources, parking, robing rooms, lounge facilities, value added extras, and more.
  • Quick library catalogue access to diverse resources, directly from the homepage.
  • A persistent header with a drop-down menu for easy navigation by Association or city.

Enhance your travel experience to another jurisdiction by visiting http://oclanet.com/webapp/!

You can also find instructions on how to add a link to this web app to your mobile homepage here!


Meeting Rooms Now Available for Reservation in the CCLA Library

For those of you who have had a chance to come visit our newly-renovated-but-not-quite-finished library space (and if you haven’t, it’s worth the trip!), you may have noticed our two newly-furnished meeting rooms opposite the library computers. To answer your burning question: yes – these are for you!

We’ve been asked about meeting space in the courthouse for years, so we’re happy to now be able to provide these Lees and Kealy Rooms for small groups (4-6 people) to use. Additionally, you can now reserve these rooms by sending us an email with your name, contact information, and the date/time you will need a room. You’ll receive a confirmation by email when the room has been booked.

Of course, before you go crazy here are some ground rules:

  • There are NO CLIENTS permitted.
  • Reservations can be no longer than 3 hours at a time.
  • Food and drink are allowed but please make sure the room is clean and tidy when you leave.
  • If you’re not here within 30 minutes of the start time, we’ll release the room.
  • Please make sure to finish up on time for the meeting ending – if you need to extend your time, check the schedule to see if there is room.
  • Priority may be given to larger groups, or groups who use the rooms less frequently.

 

So let us know if you’d like to book!