Yearly Archives: 2010

Library Holiday Schedule

The library will have reduced hours over the next few weeks.  Here’s our schedule for the holiday season:

Monday, December 20 – Thursday, December 23 – 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, December 24 – 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Monday, December 27 – CLOSED
Tuesday, December 28 – CLOSED
Wednesday, December 29 – Thursday, December 30 – 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, December 31 – 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Monday January 3 – CLOSED

If you’re a CCLA member, you will still be able to access the library during those times when it is closed.

We’ll be back to our regular schedule on Tuesday, January 4, 2011.

We Like it Free: Legal Info on the Web

by Katie Tribe

Increasingly, Canadian legal information is made freely accessible online. Unless historical research is needed, it is rare to have to consult paper materials for legislation; it is now updated online very quickly after the law has changed, whereas it may take weeks for print materials to reflect the changes. While paid databases still offer valuable features, such as automatic citing references and links to secondary sources, notable cases of interest are also regularly made available via a number of government and not-for-profit sites, and come directly from the court where they were heard. Arguably, and of course depending on the particular skills of the researcher, certain types of primary legal information are now more reliable and authoritative when found online than when they are in print.

Perhaps the best and most well-known example of this is CanLII, the website run by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, which compiles Canadian legislation and case law and makes it searchable and downloadable via a user-friendly database. CanLII is a wonderful resource, as it allows researchers to enter search terms in the same way they might when using other popular search engines. It also has some very impressive features, especially when considering that it is a free resource. It recently added a “Reflex Record,” feature, which allows researchers to view related decisions and legislation and cases cited, and also adds subject headings, or keywords, below each case in its search results.

While CanLII is wonderful at organizing and helping researchers find Canadian legislation, it’s not the only option out there. Researchers and legal professionals can also often go directly to the source. The Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Canada, Ontario Court of Appeal, Tax Court of Canada, and nearly all Ontario Administrative Tribunals make their recent decisions, if not all decisions, available for free online. The federal and provincial governments also make all legislation, including bills and regulations, freely available online, and their databases aren’t too bad, either. The CCLA Library maintains a list of Legal Links to government and not-for-profit sites that are useful for general legal research. We encourage you to have a look, check back often, and email us if you have any suggestions for new sites that may be useful to the legal community.

On that note, you’ll notice via the front page of the CCLA Website that we are currently looking for official CCLA Website Contributors for the Practice Portal areas of our site. The Practice Portal areas of the site are where we post articles, resources, forms, and website links that are relevant to specific practice areas, for example Family Law or Criminal Law. We’d really appreciate any and all content submissions, and no suggestion is too large or small; it may be a simple link, form, or resource suggestion, or a comprehensive opinion piece, article, or case summary – we’d love to see it either way. Help us to increase the amount of Canadian legal info available for free on the web by submitting some content. Send us a quick email to and we’ll be in touch! For more details, check out the recent call for submissions on the CCLA Website.

New Titles – November 2010

From amongst November’s new titles, there are several we’re excited to highlight in this post. The first is Canada Law Book’s brand new Liquor and Host Liability Law in Canada. The first stand-alone title on this subject (possibly in Canada, and certainly in this library), it’s a great overview of the topic and may likely be of interest to many of you. You’ll find it in our Texts section soon.

Another exciting new addition is an Ontario Bar Association CLE binder on charity and not-for-profit law titled Doing Good, While Avoiding Legal and Liability Problems: A Primer for Lawyers on Advising and Sitting on Non-Profit Boards and Charities. A library client requested this title as an interlibrary loan some time back, and we’ve decided to bring this into our collection permanently. Not only are all of our materials on not-for-profit and charity law quite popular in the library, but as many of you in the community are involved with a wide variety of charities, this might be of personal interest to you if you weren’t able to attend the seminar when it was held in Toronto. It will also be located in the Texts area of our library once it has been fully processed.

In our family law section, we’re re-introducing an old looseleaf for which we suspended our subscription in 2006.  Based on library user feedback, we’ve updated our holdings for Enforcement of Family Law Orders and Agreements.  We hope to now update this title at least once a year.  As a note to our library users: if you find there is an invaluable looseleaf title in our collection that we have stopped updating, please speak to us!  We love to hear what our clients find useful, which areas we could use more resources for, and other suggestions for purchase.

Coming soon to our Reserve section are two new editions that we’re thrilled to have on our shelves. A very popular text on evidence, The Law of Evidence by David Paciocco and Lee Struesser, has recently been released in a revised 5th edition. While the original 5th edition was only published in 2008, decisions from the Supreme Court necessitated a complete re-write of the ninth chapter. Finally, possibly one of the most exciting additions of all, is the new edition of Trotter’s The Law of Bail in Canada. The 2nd edition of this title, published in 1999, continues to be frequently consulted in the library, so we’re pleased to shelve the 3rd edition – now in looseleaf form – in the Reserve area of the library.


The 2010 Annotated Employment Insurance Act (Carswell) Reference KF 3675 C36 Ei 2010
Supreme Court of Canada Practice 2011 (Carswell) Reference KF 8816 .ZA2 C72
Annual Review of Civil Litigation 2010 (Carswell) Reserve KF 8840 .ZA2 A557 2010
The 2011 Annotated Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Carswell) Reference KF 1536 .ZA2 C36 Bi 2011
The 2011 Annotated Ontario Rules of Criminal Practice (Carswell) Reserve and Reference KF 9620 .ZB3 S43 
Ontario Environmental Legislation, 2010 – 2011 Edition (Canada Law Book) Texts KF 3775 .ZB3 O573 E
Liquor and Host Liability Law in Canada (Canada Law Book)  In Processing
Police Services Act of Ontario: An Annotated Guide (Canada Law Book) Reference KF 5399 O587 2009
The 2011 Annotated Copyright Act (Carswell) Reference KF 2994 C36 C 2011
Canadian Environmental Legislation, 2010 – 2011 Edition (Canada Law Book)  Texts KF 3775 .ZA2 C363 E
The Law of Evidence, Revised 5th Edition (Irwin Law) Reserve KF 8935 .ZA2 P32 2008b
The Law of Bail in Canada, 3rd Edition (Carswell) Reserve KF 9632 T76 2010
Enforcement of Family Law Orders and Agreements: Law and Practice (Carswell) Texts KF 537 W54 1989

Continuing Professional Development

Doing Good, While Avoiding Legal and Liability Problems: A Primer for Lawyers on Advising and Sitting on Non-Profit Boards and Charities (OBA)

10th Annual Civil Litigation for Law Clerks (LSUC)

Missing Books 2

I am currently halfway done our annual shelf reading of the CCLA’s library collection.  A shelf reading involves taking a printed list of everything that should be on our shelves, and actually checking each title, one by one, to see if it’s there. We do this annually to put the books in their proper order and to determine which books have gone missing during the past year.  While our collection is non-circulating, we still have many books that disappear and never find their way back home.  Many of these books are left around the courthouse or taken to a firm’s office.  It is very costly to replace books that have gone missing, when it cuts into our budget to purchase new books that could help expand our collection.  I have listed below some of our books that have gone missing recently from our collection:

  • The 2010 annotated Ontario Family Law Act (Carswell)
  • The law of contract in Canada (Carswell)
  • Annotated Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security Act (CCH Canadian)
  • High conflict people in legal disputes (Janis Publications)
  • New lawyer practice series : civil litigation (LSUC)
  • New lawyer practice series : family law : 2008 (LSUC)
  • Economic negligence : the recovery of pure economic loss (Carswell)
  • Best practices for commercial mortgage transactions (LSUC)
  • Special lectures 2002 : real property law : conquering the complexities (LSUC)
  • Probate essentials 2008 (LSUC)
  • Construction Lien Essentials (LSUC)
  • New developments in personal injury law 2009 (Middlesex Law Association)
  • Libel (Butterworths)
  • Corporate transactions for law clerks : the changing environment (LSUC)

If you come about any of these texts, or any other books belonging to the CCLA , we would appreciate it if they were returned to the library.  You can give them directly to a library staff member, or even just leave them on a book cart in the library.  Once I have completed my shelf read I will list a few more books that I have discovered to be missing, in hopes of seeing their return.

New Titles – October 2010

With October mailings came many a delivery of Law Society of Upper Canada “Continuing Professional Development” materials, the new name for what was formerly “Continuing Legal Education” or CLE.  The binders are always full of really interesting papers, so to be getting some new titles at the library is pretty exciting.  I’m personally pretty thrilled about the new binder from their “Annotated Document Series” entitled Annotated Business Agreements 2010.  We are often asked for just such precedents, so it’s nice to have a new resource to offer our clients.  As always, materials from every Law Society CPD session are sent to the CCLA library, usually within a month of the event.  Some of these materials are still being processed, so if the binder you’re looking for is not on the shelf yet, it will be soon!

New editions of annually updated titles are also continuing to arrive.  Certainly of excitement to a great number of our clients will be the new 2011 edition of the Ontario Annual Family Practice.  Our two copies of this title aren’t on the shelf for long each morning – I think they might be tied with the Martin’s Criminal Code for most frequently borrowed items!


Continuing Professional Development

  • Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law 2010 (LSUC) – Text > KF 1257 .A5 L393 2010b
  • 9th annual Real Estate Law for Law Clerks (LSUC) – Texts > KF 670 .A2 L393 2010
  • Opening Your Law Practice 2010 (LSUC) – Texts > KF 318 .A2 L393 2010
  • Annotated Business Agreements 2010 (LSUC) – Texts > KF 889 .A2 L393 2010b
  • Practice Gems: Drafting and Administering Power of Attorney for Personal Care and Property (LSUC) – Text > KF 1347 .A75 L393 2010
  • Practice Gems: Probate Essentials 2010 (LSUC) – Texts > KF 765 .A75 L393 2010
  • The 12-Minute Civil Litigator 2010 (LSUC) – Texts > KF 8840 .ZB3 L393 2010
  • Employment Issues Arising on the Purchase and Sale of a Business 2010 (LSUC) – Texts > KF 3320 .ZB3 L393 2010
  • Criminal Law and the Charter 2010 (LSUC) Texts > KF 9620 .ZA2 L393 2010b
  • The 6-Minute Debtor-Creditor and Insolvency Lawyer 2010 (LSUC) – Texts > KF 1536 .ZB3 S592 2010
  • Corporate Law for Law Clerks 2010 (LSUC) – Texts > KF 1415 .ZB3 L393 2010b

CCLA Library Access

The CCLA recently began offering memberships to law students and paralegals, and this has created some confusion about what individuals may access the CCLA Library and its resources. We’ve outlined the details of library access below, and encourage members of the legal community to read it in order to clarify some of this confusion.

The CCLA Library is paid for via the membership dues of lawyers accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada. As part of their Law Society membership, lawyers pay a library levy which is then allocated to libraries in regions across Ontario. The CCLA Library is also partially funded by the County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA) via its members. For these reasons, the library is meant only for the aforementioned individuals. The CCLA has recently opened memberships to law students and paralegals so that they can also access the library and its resources; however, they must purchase a CCLA membership in order to do so. The CCLA Library also allows those that are working directly under a lawyer, at the lawyer’s firm, to access the library on the lawyer’s behalf, which is why articling students have historically been permitted to access the library.

To reiterate, only lawyers accredited by the Law Society, CCLA Members, and individuals working under the above groups at their firm may access the CCLA Library’s services.

We hope this helps to clarify some confusion. Please note that CCLA Members also receive a number of other benefits offered by the CCLA, such as 24/7 library access, free Wi-Fi, discounts for CCLA Events, and exclusive services via businesses in the Ottawa community. If you are interested in becoming a CCLA Member, we encourage you to check out the Membership section of CCLA’s Website.

Want a Starbucks gift card? Take our survey!

By Jennifer Walker

The CCLA Library would like your feedback, and we’re not above giving away Starbucks gift cards to get it!

We’ve put together a very short survey for you to answer – just five questions about our library services. If you’d like a chance at winning one of two gift cards for Starbucks, just leave your name and contact information at the bottom of the survey. If you’d rather remain anonymous, we’d still love your feedback – you can just leave the contact information area empty. Unfortunately, you can’t win a gift card, but we might just have a chocolate treat for you as thanks if you stop by the library. The survey will be open until November 19, 2010. We’ll be letting the two lucky respondents know they’ve won on the following Monday!

With this survey, we’d like to hear more from Ottawa-area legal professionals about what they like about the library, which of our products and services they use, and any improvements we can make. With the results, we hope to better tailor our library service and collection for today’s legal community, and make the CCLA Library your first stop for legal research.

We thank you very much for taking the time to fill out this survey, and good luck!

To take the survey, please click here.

Conference and Website Updates

By Jennifer Walker

While the rest of the CCLA staff members are busy with preparations for both our Criminal Law and Civil Litigation Conferences at the Montebello, we librarians are gearing up for a conference of our own. Katie and I will be in Toronto this coming Thursday and Friday for an annual conference for Ontario courthouse librarians. This session is a chance for us to meet with the other librarians in our system (the same librarians that so graciously lend us books when you need them!), as well as a wonderful dinner at Osgoode Hall. This year, Katie and I will be delivering a presentation on the new CCLA website, which includes this blog, our Twitter account, and our Conference Papers Database. Amanda will be here while we’re out of the library (she has an amazing professional development workshop next month, don’t worry!), so you can check with her for reference assistance.

Speaking of the CCLA website, we couldn’t be more thrilled about two new developments. The first is the aforementioned Conference Papers Database. After some considerable behind the scenes work, we’ve now made it possible to search the database without logging into the website. If you’d like access to the PDF files contained, you’ll still need to be a CCLA member and log-in, but for a quick browse to see just how many great papers we have filed away, you can do that easily and quickly. Find it under the “Library” tab of the website, or click here.

The second project we’re excited about is this very blog. We gave hosting the blog on the CCLA website the ol’ college try, but in the end, Katie and I were just not thrilled with the results. And so, hopefully within the next week or two, we’ll be moving everything over to our brand new blog! We’ve seen the design prototype from our website designers, and it looks fantastic. The new blog will be built on a WordPress platform (which is much, much easier to use for blogging than this website, and will make doing all manner of “blog things” easier). Stayed tuned for this change – we think you’ll love it.

New Titles – September 2010

By Jennifer Walker

We’ve continued to receive many new 2011 editions of popular titles this month. As of today, I believe all of the new Criminal Codes and civil practice guides are in, as well as a few of the other annotated legislation titles that update annually. As always, our most recent copies of annotated acts are kept in the Reference section (that’s the section immediately to your left in the seating area). We like to keep them close and easy for you to access, but as always, let us know if you need a hand finding anything in the collection.

Also, one final note on Continuing Legal Education materials. The summer is always a slow time for us for collecting these valuable resources. Now that autumn is here, we expect to be getting many new titles from the Law Society, other law associations in Ontario, and from our own programming. If there is a seminar from another organization (such as the OBA) that looks interesting, please let us know – with the sheer volume of materials we get from the aforementioned groups, we tend to purchase very few CLE titles. We’d love your input and suggestions for purchase!

Reminder – Free Westlaw Training

By Katie Tribe

A quick reminder from the CCLA Library that we are hosting the first of a series of free training sessions on our most popular legal research databases this Thursday over the lunch hour. This week, Josée Provost, a Senior Learning Consultant with Carswell, will be joining us to feature Westlaw Canada. I can tell you from personal experience that Josée is an excellent researcher and trainer; as a librarian, I find her training sessions invaluable, and always learn something new each time I attend.

The session is free, so feel free to send or bring along your staff, assistants, or articling students. The training session takes place from 12:00-1:00 PM right in the CCLA Library, located in the Ottawa Courthouse. Send me a quick email if you’d like to attend, or drop by if you’re in the building. Hope to see you there!

For details about future training sessions, click here.