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.

New Titles – September 2019

It was a slower month for new books, but we did receive a handful of great titles from Emond Publishing and the ever popular Martin’s Annual Criminal Code! Check out the whole list below!

2019-2020 Annotated Ontario Personal Property Security Act (Thomson Reuters)

The Anatomy of Criminal Procedure: A Visual Guide to the Law (Irwin Law)

Canadian Business Law, 3rd Ed. (Emond Publishing)

Civil Litigation, 3rd Ed. (Emond Publishing)

Code criminel annoté 2020 (Éditions Yvon Blais)

The Contracts Handbook: A Practical Guide to Reviewing, Revising, and Negotiating Commercial Contracts (Emond Publishing)

Employment Law for Business and Human Resources Professionals, Revised 4th Ed. (Emond Publishing)

A Guide to Consent & Capacity Law in Ontario, 2020 Ed. (LexisNexis)

Legal Accounting, 2nd Ed. (Emond Publishing)

Martin’s Annual Criminal Code, 2020 Ed. (Thomson Reuters)

Ontario Residential Real Estate for Practitioners (Emond Publishing)

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Jassani v. Jacob (2019 ONSC 5294)
children — father — access — records — work-related stress
Justice D. Summers

Mejia v. Page & Cousineau (2019 ONSC 5182)
grandmother — father — costs — offer to settle — child
Justice A. Doyle

Naegels v.Robillard (2019 ONSC 5151)
costs thrown away — adjournment — spousal support — wasted — fixed non-variable
Justice D. Summers

Civil Matters

Lewis Pelicos, Executor and Trustee of the Estate of James Pelicos v. The Estate of Stelios Pelicos (2019 ONSC 5304)
property — vesting — estate — gifts to the residual legatees — deceased
Justice A. Doyle

GoodLife Fitness Centres Inc. v. Hicks (2019 ONSC 4942)
non-judicial proceedings — emails — vexatious litigant — reconsideration — reprisal
Justice S. Corthorn

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Upcoming Library Training

Now that our newly-renovated CCLA lounge is open, we’re pleased to announce our Library Training dates for the fall! All of these sessions will take place in our new boardroom, Suite 2004 at the 161 Elgin St courthouse. You will need a courthouse security pass to enter through the lounge doors, or if you do not have a security pass you can come to the library front desk and we can direct you to the space.

Mark your calendars and RSVP at the links below! These sessions are free to attend.

WestlawNext Canada

Monday, September 23, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 PM; CCLA Nepean Boardroom (161 Elgin St, Suite 2004)

WestlawNext Canada contains a wealth of Canadian primary law, renowned commentary and value-added tools. In this session, we will cover how to:

  • Browse the CED, Canadian Abridgment and other exclusive WLNC content
  • Find specific documents by Citation or Name/Number
  • Link to Citing References and Other Related Documents (Noting up)
  • Perform searches using Plain Language or Boolean Connectors
  • Organize and filter Search Results
  • Work with Documents (Print, Email, Download)
  • Access Your Research History

This program has been LSO accredited for 1.0 CPD hour toward the annual Professionalism Requirement.


Thomson Reuters ProView

Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 PM; CCLA Nepean Boardroom (161 Elgin St, Suite 2004)

Many legal secondary sources are now being purchased by firms and courthouse libraries in an electronic format. One of the most popular e-book readers for legal texts is Thomson Retuers ProView. Join us as we welcome trainer Josée Provost for an hour-long session on using this new platform, which holds many of our most popular titles in the library.

ProView is the next generation platform that allows you to view your CCLA looseleaf subscriptions in an online format. In this session, we will discuss:

  • Working with the Table of Contents
  • Performing Keyword Searches
  • Creating PDFs for sharing and printing
  • Locating the latest updates
  • Accessing other ProView titles

This program has been LSO accredited for 1.0 CPD hour toward the annual Professionalism Requirement.


Lexis Advance Quicklaw

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 PM; CCLA Nepean Boardroom (161 Elgin St, Suite 2004)

Join us on Wednesday, October 30 a for an hour-long training session on Lexis Advance Quicklaw! If you use this database but could use some fresh instruction on how to use it more effectively, this is the session for you.

In this session:

  • Learn to search the broadest collection of Canadian primary and secondary sources using a refreshingly new design that features a streamlined single intuitive search box allowing you to search as you like. As well, you will learn how selecting favourite sources or pre-search filters can help narrow your starting point.
  • Access extensive content coverage including Canadian Case Law; Case Summaries; Citators; Administrative Decisions; Acts; Regulations; Court Rules; Constitutions; Forms and Precedents; and Textbooks including Halsbury’s Laws of Canada.
  • Discover how to search by name, by source or topic, citation or keyword; navigate and refine search results; deliver documents; note up cases and statutes using the QuickCITE® Case Citator and the QuickCITE® Legislation Citator.
  • Discover how the ‘History Content Pod’ can help you streamline your workflow by viewing your search history, search terms, most recently opened documents, or, by viewing a graphical map of your search activities allowing you to jump right back into any part of your research.
  • See how highlighting and annotating can help you keep track of important and relevant material by saving them to customizable and sharable folders.

This program has been LSO accredited for 1.0 CPD hour toward the annual Professionalism Requirement.



Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 PM; CCLA Nepean Boardroom (161 Elgin St, Suite 2004)

Your legal research doesn’t have to be time-consuming and expensive. Learn to effectively use one of Canada’s best free resources – Conduct case law searches, browse recent court and tribunal decisions, find and note up bilingual point-in-time legislation, setup alerts for new cases, and much more!



Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Marchand v. MacKenzie (2019 ONSC 5062)
custody — costs — offers — litigation — access
Justice M. Linhares de Sousa

Fournier v. Labranche (2019 ONSC 4651)
income — child support — non-recurring gain — clinics — dental
Justice T. Engelking

Trudel v. Ward (2019 ONSC 5047)
father — access — child — autistic — will
Justice J. Audet

Mullen v. Campeau (2019 ONSC 4805)
daycare — school — child — parenting time — fulltime
Justice T. Engelking

Masci v.Slobodzian (2019 ONSC 4954)
supervised access — counsellor — alternate weekends — material change — best interests
Justice D. Summers

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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.

Ottawa Blog Roll: July-August 2019

Please find below links to blog posts or articles authored by the Ottawa legal community in July and August.

Civil Litigation

Cleanup in Aisle 5: Recent Occupiers’ Liability Cases at Commercial Establishments
– Ashley Bennett & Caleb Timmermann, Soloway Wright LLP

Condominium Law

What Would I Change About Condo Law?
– James Davidson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Do Condos Have a Duty to Accommodate Disabled Residents?
– Kelli-Anne Day, Chuck Merovitz & Bram Potechin, Merovitz Potechin LLP

Court Upholds Condo Smoking Ban
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Can Condos Reimburse Budgetary Surpluses to Owners?
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Condos Must Step in When an Aggressive Owner Goes Too Far
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Are your Condo Fees Too High?
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

An Update on Annual Fire Code Testing
– Andrea Daly, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Can New Condominium Corporations Get Out of Their Cost-Sharing Obligations for Shared Facilities?
– David Lu, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Email Messages Are Not Condominium Records
– James Davidson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Owners Are Not Entitled to Email Addresses of Other Owners
– James Davidson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Gender Inclusivity
– James Davidson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

A Condominium Corporation’s Access Rights
– James Davidson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Construction Law

Bonding with the Queen over construction projects
– Louis-Pierre Grégoire, Gowling WLG

ADR Chambers Appointed Authorized Naming Authority
– David Contant, Nelligan O’Brien Payne

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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:

New Titles – August 2019

See the list below for new titles now available at the CCLA library!

2019-2020 Annotated Contraventions Act (Thomson Reuters)

2019-2020 Annotated Ontario Employment Standards Act (Thomson Reuters)

2019 Annotated Ontario Highway Traffic Act (Thomson Reuters)

Advertising and Marketing Law in Canada, 6th Ed. (LexisNexis)

Annual Review of Criminal Law 2018 (Thomson Reuters)

Assessment of Personal Injury Damages, 6th Ed. (LexisNexis)

Black’s Law Dictionary, 11th ed. (Thomson Reuters)

Canadian Personal Property Security Law, 2nd Ed. (Thomson Reuters)

Capacity and Undue Influence, Second Ed. (Thomson Reuters)

Constitutional Remedies in Canada, 2nd Ed. (Thomson Reuters)

Defending Drinking, Drugs and Driving Cases 2019 (Thomson Reuters)

Employment Contracts Handbook, Fourth Ed. (Thomson Reuters)

A Guide to the Youth Criminal Justice Act, 2020 Ed. (LexisNexis)

Handling Provincial Offence Cases in Ontario 2019 (Thomson Reuters)

Legal Problem Solving – Reasoning, Research and Writing, 8th Ed. (LexisNexis)

Managing Domestic Violence: A Practical Handbook for Family Lawyers (LexisNexis)

Martin’s Ontario Criminal Practice, 2020 Ed. (Thomson Reuters)

Ontario Annual Practice 2019-2020 Ed. (Thomson Reuters)

Ontario Planning Legislation 2019 (Thomson Reuters)

Ontario Provincial Offences 2020 Pocket Ed. (Thomson Reuters)

Ontario Small Claims Court Practice 2020 (Thomson Reuters)

Practitioner’s Ontario Taxes Annotated 2019 (Thomson Reuters)

Stikeman Income Tax Act Annotated 2019, 66th Ed. (Thomson Reuters)

The Ultimate Guide to Canadian Legal Research, 4th Ed. (LexisNexis)

Watt’s Manual of Criminal Evidence 2019 (Thomson Reuters)


Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Cohen v. Cohen (2019 ONSC 4456)
dependant — bifurcation — spousal support — will — deceased
Justice J. Audet

Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa v. H.D. (2019 ONSC 4402)
children — care — emotional — school — home
Justice J. Audet

Barber v. Edwards (2019 ONSC 4637)
spousal support — income — expenses — dog — marriage
Justice D. Summers

Malboeuf v. Belter (2019 ONSC 4573)
wording — terms of the settlement — draft — expenses — life insurance
Justice P. MacEachern

Blackmore v. Abdi (2019 ONSC 4550)
trustee — home — undischarged bankrupt — property — assignment
Justice A. Doyle

Simmonds v. Ring (2019 ONSC 4714)
father — child — paternal grandmother — school — contact
Justice J. AudetContinue Reading…