Summer Webinar: CanLII & Lexbox

Nothing says summer like sitting inside at your office desk!

Ok well, I guess that’s not quite how the saying goes. But at least you can break up the monotony and brush up on your research skills (plus get a substantive CPD hour!) by attending our upcoming webinar on CanLII & Lexbox, taking place on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.

You’re probably familiar with Canada’s great free legal research tool CanLII, but we’ll go beyond the keyword search and show you how to quickly find what you’re looking for. We’ll also look at Lexbox, which is the nifty app for Google Chrome that allows you to save your research and set up notifications for when new cases come out or legislation is amended.

Registration is $10 to attend, HST included. Please register here!

The day before the session, we’ll send you an email with the link you need to get into the webinar. You will need computer speakers or headphones in order to listen.

See you then!


Save the Date! HeadStart Ottawa 2017

We in the library are busy working away on a cool new project (details soon!), and a tonne of reference questions (we love hearing from you!), so this post is brief, but important!

Save the Date! Our 6th annual HeadStart Ottawa: Legal Research for Articling & LPP Students will be happening on Friday, August 18, 2017!

This half-day session on legal research has been getting new articling and LPP students ready for the year ahead since 2012, and we’re thrilled to bring it back again for 2017. The session will be held, as always, at the Ottawa Courthouse, and will give students a chance to meet us librarians, learn about the resources they have at our library, and get a great refresher on legal research.

We’ll be announcing all the details, as well as how to register, over the summer, so stay tuned for that!


Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through CanLII.org.

Family Matters

Melis v Zwanenburg (2017 ONSC 2847)
insurance — support — payor — collateral mortgage — estate
Justice R. Beaudoin

Akimov v Markhnatch (2017 ONSC 2860)
income — child support — arrears — father — payor
Justice A. Doyle

Luckman v Luckman (2017 ONSC 2800)
child support — income — atrial fibrillation — access — children
Justice M. Shelston

St-Pierre c. Bélisle (2017 ONCS 2889)
intimées — offres — échelle d indemnité — dépens — litige
Juge M. Labrosse

Civil Matters

Kuhnle v Fisher (2017 ONSC 2905)
property — right-of-way — easement — parcel — access
Justice T. Ray

Carby-Samuels II v Carby-Samuels (2017 ONSC 2911)
arguments — attenuated process — copy — dismissal — requisition
Justice R. Beaudoin

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#ThrowbackThursday: 2007 GCTC / CCLA Lawyer Play

With the 2017 GCTC / CCLA Lawyer Play just around the corner, this week’s Throwback Thursday is looking at the 2007 play!

 

 

Just in time for this year’s play, too, we are excited to announce that we’ve added a new Lawyer Play page to the CCLA website, with all the posters from years past. Also, if you still need tickets to this year’s performance – Macbeth – you can get those from the GCTC website.


Information Security Checkup

Are you protected? The WannaCry ransomware wreaked havoc on the world’s information systems this weekend and it continues to spread; and you know what they say, the best time to make sure your information systems are up-to-date is yesterday. The second best time, of course, is now. Trust is infinitely harder to regain than it is to lose, so it’s important you don’t fall into the “it won’t happen to me” fallacy. It’s important you take the time to make sure your firm and your personal information systems are adequately secured.

Here are some bare minimum steps you should be taking to protect your data.

  1. Ensure all of your software is legitimate and up-to-date. WannaCry, as does other malware, propagates itself through flaws discovered in older versions of software. Microsoft patched the vulnerability a month ago, but the ransomware was still able to target systems that had not made the update. It is extremely important to make sure that your software has installed the latest patches. Equally as important is that your software is not so old that it is no longer being supported by the developer.
  2. BACKUPS, BACKUPS, BACKUPS. I can’t stress this enough: you need to consistently backup your data! Attacks such as WannaCry can be easily avoided by just restoring your files from a recent backup. If you’re dealing with your personal system, there is plenty of free software out there to do this, and some low cost cloud options as well. Make sure you can restore your systems easily in case of an emergency.
  3. Don’t click on links from emails until double-checking. Even if it’s seemingly from someone you know, double-check where the link goes first by hovering, or checking with the person who sent it. Better safe than sorry.
  4. Use a password manager. Many problems occur because passwords are too simple and open to a brute force solution by a computer. Additionally, reusing the same passwords on different sites allows easy unauthorized access. Use different, complex passwords on different sites, and use a password manager so you don’t have to worry about remembering all the variations.
  5. Have you been pwned? Check if your email address or passwords have been included in any breaches, and be emailed if it is in any future breaches. If you administer multiple emails across a domain you can check if any are on the lists. If you are; don’t panic! Change your passwords and enable two-factor authentication wherever possible.

All of these might sound a little obvious, but they are simple safeguards to take especially when you are dealing with potentially sensitive information.

 


Federated Searching on WestlawNext Canada

There’s a been a great new featured rolled out in WestlawNext Canada!

“Federated searching” is one of those fancy terms that I think librarians might use but isn’t necessarily clear to other people. What’s meant by federated searching is the ability to search for something across multiple platforms, instead of just one. In this case, you would be searching within WestlawNext, but it’s also searching in their ProView platform, which is where a lot of looseleaf titles are kept (and we talked about here and here). Your results will now show relevant hits from the WestlawNext database and hits from the ProView platform.

Here’s an example:

In this example, I’m running a simple search for wrongful dismissal within the same paragraph as pregnancy. I’m doing this from the homepage of WestlawNext Canada.

 

 

This brings back a results screen, where the default is to give you an overview of what WestlawNext has. You can see in the larger pane on the right hand side that your results are broken down into the categories for you to quickly glance at and get a sense of what is there, such as “Cases and Decisions” and “Canadian Encyclopedic Digest.”

 

The new category that’s been added to these search results is “eLooseleafs on ProView.” You can see that on the left side pane (and it would also be in the right side pane like above if you scroll down further). If you click on that heading in the left pane, it will bring up a full list of what hits come back from eLooseleafs on the ProView platform. If we don’t have a subscription to that title, it will say “Out of Plan” at the very far right. If we do have a subscription, however, you can click on the title and go straight to that book.

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ThrowbackThursday: Solicitors Conference 1993

The CCLA’s 23rd Annual East Region Solicitors Conference is coming up in a mere two weeks, so this week we’re throwing back to the first ever edition of this conference. The conference was held in November of 1993, with the educational sessions being held at the Manoir Papineau as opposed to the Château Montebello itself. The Solicitors Conference was held in the latter part of the year until 2002, which is the first year the conference was held in May. I’m quite partial to Montebello in the springtime, so I’d say that’s an excellent decision for this conference!

 

 


Sites Unseen: Slavery in America and the World – History, Culture & Law

The library staff is back from the CALL/ACBD conference, where we had several full days of great educational sessions and learned a lot about new features to the research products we use every day. We’ll be featuring some of these developments on the blog as they become available, starting with today’s entry on the HeinOnline special collection “Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law.”

Many of you already know that LSUC members have free access to HeinOnline, but this new collection from Hein is actually available for free of charge to anyone, and we’re sure many of you would be quite interested to look at the materials contained within. From their website:

“We have created the most comprehensive database available to date on the topic of slavery in the United States and the World. Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law brings together every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, all federal statutes related to slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery. The database also contains hundreds of books and pamphlets written about slavery. HeinOnline is dedicated to the dissemination of information and knowledge on this important subject. For the first time, we are making a HeinOnline database available to anyone in the world who would like access, at no cost! While there is no charge for access to Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law, we do encourage everyone who registers for access to the valuable material in this database to donate to the NAACP, the United Negro College Fund, or another charity of the user’s choice which supports civil rights, equality, or the advancement of people of color. Making a donation is voluntary, and is not required to access the database.”

To register for access to this database, you can click here. They are noting that registration will take a bit longer than usual due to high demand for this product, but we’re sure it will be worth the wait for such a rich and important collection.


Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through CanLII.org.

Family Matters

Gauthier v Gauthier (2017 ONSC 2781)
spousal support — child support — income — material change of circumstances — variation
Justice A. Doyle

McCarthy v Labonté (2017 ONSC 2775)
costs — offers — cross-motion for summary — offer to settle — motions
Justice M. Labrosse

Syed v Syed (2017 ONSC 2588)
husband — wife — income — non-dissipation — equalization payment
Justice A. Doyle

Clermont v Addie (2017 ONSC 2643)
representing a top-up for child — costs — top-up for child support payments — offer — successful
Justice T. Engelking

Civil Matters

Wallace. v Campbell (2017 ONSC 2767)
motion — costs outline — materials — indemnity — properties
Justice R. Beaudoin

Cahill v Cahill (2017 ONSC 2707)
passing of accounts — removing as the sole trustee — respect — conference — additional costs
Justice S. Corthorn

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