The 29th annual DCAO / CCLA Criminal Law Conference kicks off Saturday at Montebello. With that in mind, here’s a little look at the conference program from 10 years ago!
Today’s Throwback doesn’t directly have to do with law, but I just stumbled across this portion of the CBC website and definitely wanted to share it.
In the digital archives of the CBC, they’ve built an “On This Day” feature that allows you to watch a news clip from the top story of a day from some point in CBC’s broadcasting past. They’ve selected topic for each day of the year, with some incredibly varied new stories.
As today is September 28, their news story for the day dates from 2000 – “Pierre Trudeau Dies at 80.”
HeinOnline has recently announced that the Canadian Bar Review, the journal of the CBA, has now been added to their database. Available issues date all the way back to volume 1 from 1923. As LSUC members, you have free access to HeinOnline, right from your desk. The password changes regularly, so get in touch with us here at the library if you need the most up-to-date version.
Since it is Thursday, here’s a Throwback to the intro to the first article in the first volume. The title is “Law as a Link of Empire” and it’s authored by The Right Honourable Lord Shaw of Dunferline.
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.
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:
I was doing some digging on newspapers.com 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!).
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.
Ever wondered how the city developed over time? You can now take a peek back to 1930s Ottawa city plan thanks to reddit user Ben Niven (/u/niv71). His web map features a slider to compare aerial photos from 1933 vs satellite coverage of the city today.
Who knew Tunney’s Pasture was actually a pasture?! Check it out and play around with it yourself here!
You’re thinking “Who?” At least to me, Lord Monck, Viscount Monck, or any other variation isn’t exactly a household name. With confirmation yesterday, however, that Julie Payette will be the next Governor General of Canada, I started looking at the history of that position, and who the first person to hold it was.
Charles Monck, later 4th Viscount Monck, later still Baron Monck, was born in Ireland, has the distinction of being both the last Governor General of the Province of Canada, and the first Governor General of Canada after Confederation. He was also a lawyer, having done law school at Trinity College in Dublin and called the bar at King’s Inn in 1841. According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, “Monck displayed considerable diplomatic skill in dealing with the serious Canadian-American tensions of the day. A keen advocate of the defence and political consolidation of BNA, Monck was one of the architects of the Great Coalition, devised to carry Confederation, and he worked assiduously to overcome opposition to Confederation in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.” Fun fact: Rideau Hall was purchased and established as official viceregal residence during his tenure. You can see here a picture of Lord Monck with his family and staff outside of the building in 1866:
When Lord Monck’s term was over, he returned to Ireland. He was succeeded by the second Governor General of Canada, with a name many of us are likely much more familiar with, at least in passing: John Young, 1st Baron Lisgar.
As many of us eagerly await the new light rail service, we’re throwing it back 126 years today, to June 29, 1891, when the Ottawa Electric Railway Company first opened electric street railway service in Ottawa. The new trams replaced the horse-drawn streetcars that had been used previously. The city operated these new electric trams in a wide network, as can be seen in the map below.
So what happened to them? In the 1940s the company was purchased by the city and became the Ottawa Transportation Commission. By the late 1950s, it had fallen into financial trouble and was plagued with a fleet of aging streetcars. A consultant survey recommended replacing the fleet with diesel buses, and the OTC began removing the streetcar system. The last electric car ran on May 1, 1959, 68 years after they had first been introduced.