Yearly Archives: 2011

New Titles – October & November 2011 2

This month’s post could be alternatively titled: The New Family Law Practice! It’s here! Yes, library users, a fresh shipment of the Ontario Family Law Practice, 2012 Edition from LexisNexis has arrived at the library.  Amanda has prepared the books for the shelves, and we’re excited to announce that we’ve increased our holdings to five copies.  In light of both of our copies of the 2011 edition having gone missing (and thank you, everyone, for using the older versions we had on hand as we waited for the new editions to arrive), we ask that you very carefully print your name and direct phone number on the sign-out cards, and that the book is returned to the front desk at the library (as opposed to on a shelving cart) every time you borrow it for court.

For our non-Family law library users, we have plenty of new materials that might be of interest.  In addition to a good number of yearly updates, we have updates to some favourite titles, such as a new edition of Paciocco and Stuesser’s The Law of Evidence, Hogg’s Liability of the Crown, and a new Administrative Law in Canada by Blake.  We’ve also acquired a new publication that might be of interest to those of you who are new to small claims practice.  Ontario Small Claims Court – A Practical Guide is a new title from LexisNexis that aims to give you the ins and outs of preparing for and appearing in Small Claims court.  If you’ve seen this book advertised and are thinking of picking it up for your own collection, feel free to come take a look at ours and see if it’s the right title for you.  Finally, just yesterday, a brand new publication that even us non-lawyers are interested in reading was delivered – Animals and the Law by Lesli Bisgould.  To my knowledge, there isn’t much else out there on this particular topic, so this title is a great addition to our collection.

Here is our full list for the last two months – you can click on the hyperlinks to see the publisher’s write-up for these titles.


2011 Annotated Employment Insurance Act (Carswell)

2012 Annotated Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Carswell)

2012 Annotated Divorce Act (Carswell)

2012 Annotated Ontario Family Law Act (Carswell)

Administrative Law in Canada, 5th Edition (LexisNexis)

Animals and the Law (Irwin Law)

Annual Review of Civil Litigation 2011 (Carswell)

Canadian Environmental Legislation, 2011-2012 Edition (Canada Law Book)

Canadian Family Law, 4th Edition (Irwin Law)

Canadian Telecommunications Law (Irwin Law)

Consolidated Bank Act and Regulations 2011-2012 (Carswell)

Consolidated Ontario Insurance Statutes and Regulations 2011 (Carswell)

Consolidated Ontario Small Claims Court Statutes, Rules, and Regulations 2011-2012 (Carswell)

Federal Access to Information and Privacy Legislation Annotated 2012 (Carswell)

Legal Ethics, 2nd Edition (Canada Law Book)

Liability of the Crown, 4th Edition (Carswell)

McLeod’s Ontario Family Law Rules Annotated 2011 (Carswell)

Ontario Environmental Legislation, 2011-2012 Edition (Canada Law Book)

Ontario Family Law Practice, 2012 Edition (LexisNexis)

Ontario Small Claims Court – A Practical Guide (LexisNexis)

Supreme Court of Canada Practice 2012 (Carswell)

The Law of Civil Procedure in Ontario (LexisNexis)

The Law of Evidence, 6th Edition (Irwin Law)

The Laws of Government: The Legal Foundations of Canadian Democracy (Irwin Law)

The Law of Torts, 4th Edition (Irwin Law)


Continuing Professional Development

Commercial Mortgage Transactions: Complex Issues in Documentation and Due Diligence (LSUC)

Domestic Contracts in Family Law (LSUC)

Practice Gems: Probate Essentials 2011 (LSUC)

Practice Gems: The Administration of Estates 2011: Avoiding the Pitfalls (LSUC)

Taxation Issues for General Practitioners (What Everyone Should Know) (LSUC)

The Anatomy of a Labour Law Judicial Review: Practical Lessons (LSUC)

The Ontario e-Discovery Institute: e-Discovery For All Cases and All Lawyers (LSUC)

The Six-Minute Debtor-Creditor and Insolvency Lawyer 2011 (LSUC)

The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2011 (LSUC)


Free Westlaw and Quicklaw Training

Mark your calendars for our last two training sessions of the year: December 6 (Westlaw) and December 8 (Quicklaw), each running from 12:00 – 1:00pm. Stop by the CCLA Library for one or both of the sessions to brush up on your research skills before the end of the year – and count it towards your CPD hours! Best of all, it’s free!

As always, the sessions are held in the CCLA Library, located in Room 2004 on the main floor of the Ottawa Courthouse, at 161 Elgin Street. If you would like to attend either of the following, or if you have any questions at all, drop me a quick email at Bring your lunch with you, and light refreshments will be provided. I hope to see you there!

Westlaw Tools, Tuesday, December 6th, 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Skip the keyword search. Learn how to use the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest, Canadian Abridgment, and KeyCite features to very quickly narrow and find the most relevant case law, legislation, and commentary that you need. Westlaw basics will also be reviewed.

Quicklaw Tools, Thursday, December 8th, 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Let them narrow the search results for you. Learn how to use Quicklaw’s Canada Digest, Canada Quantums, and Quickcite features to search within the most relevant case law, legislation, and commentary, instead of starting from scratch. Quicklaw basics will also be reviewed.

For experienced members, these programs count for 1 Substantive Hour toward the annual LSUC CPD requirement. These CPD hours are not accredited for the new member requirement.

Greetings from the West!

As Jen kindly introduced, my name is Brenda and I’m taking over as Reference Librarian here at the CCLA! It’s obvious to me that Katie did an amazing job here and it’s my biggest hope that I can continue on in that tradition.

By way of a brief introduction – I obtained my Masters in Information Studies at the University of Toronto, before doing some work at the Ontario Securities Commission law library. Most recently I have come from working as the Librarian at the Hamilton Law Association, the CCLA’s equivalent in Hamilton. On a more personal note, I’m probably one of the biggest nerds out there – video games, sci-fi/fantasy, board games – you name it! So stop by and say hello sometime, I promise I won’t bite (unless it’s the zombie apocalypse of course, then all bets are off).

Needless to say I’m extremely excited to be here and am really looking forward to working with and getting to know the legal community in Ottawa. And of course if you have any research questions my email ( and phone line (613-233-7386 ex.222) are always open!

Loading Conference Papers Onto Your iPad

This week, registrants for the Civil Litigation conference will be emailed a link to where they can download conference papers from our online system. If you are wondering how or if these papers can be loaded onto an iPad, the CCLA Library is here to help!

Join us on Wednesday, November 9th at 4:00 PM in the library for a short session to get you ready for the conference.

Please RSVP (or send any questions) to Jennifer Walker at

You’ll need to bring:
1.  Your iPad
2.  The email address that was used to register you for the conference
3.  The registration number you received in an email to that email address once your payment was received
4.  Your Apple ID name and password (for downloading the App to read PDFs)

It’s important to have all of these with you for the session – you will not be able to download anything without them.

1.  You’ll have an application that can read and store PDFs installed on your iPad (if you don’t have one already)
2.  All your conference papers for the Civil Litigation conference will be saved on your iPad
3.  You’ll know how to retrieve the papers later, when you need them at the Montebello

Some other information on apps:
There are many applications that can read PDFs, both paid and free, available from the App Store.  Feel free to download whichever app you would like.  During the session, we will be going through the process of downloading an app if there isn’t already one on your iPad.  I’ll walk you through both the paid and free apps, though you only need to download one.  We will be selecting “DocAS Lite” for a free option, and “GoodReader” as a paid option (the current cost is $4.99).  If you want to follow along with the session directly, please go ahead and download one of these apps before the session.  You can find them by searching for those exact names in the App Store.  Alternatively, I’ll show a bit of each program before I download them, so if you’d like to see the program in action, you can wait until we’ve looked at both and then download the program you prefer.  As always, if you choose a paid app, you must either have a credit balance on your Apple store account (from an Apple gift card), or have a credit card attached to the account for billing.


Our New Reference Librarian!

The CCLA is extremely excited to welcome our new reference librarian, Brenda Lauritzen, to the staff !  As you know, our previous reference librarian Katie departed from the CCLA at the end of August.  After a search with many, many excellent candidates, we’re thrilled to have Brenda joining us.  Most recently, Brenda held the role of Reference Librarian at the Hamilton Law Association (in other words, the CCLA’s equivalent in Hamilton).

Brenda’s first day will be Monday, November 7, 2011 – this coming Monday!  We  hope you’ll stop by to give her a friendly East Region hello and welcome her to the city.

New Titles – August & September 2011

This past month, I had a brief moment of understanding what the frenzy must be like at Chapters when a new Harry Potter/Game of Thrones/Book-in-a-Popular-Series is published, as someone remarked, with (moderate) excitement, “Oh! The new Small Claims practices are here!”  New books – we have ’em.  Here’s your round-up for the months of August and September.  You’ll notice a good number of annual updates, including our new Treemear’s Criminal Code, the Ontario Civil Practice, and of course, Ontario Cmall Claims Court Practice.  We’ve also acquired a fair number of new editions to popular texts, such as the third edition of Drafting Trusts and Will Trusts in Canada, and the third edition of Kirsh & Alter: A Guide to Construction Liens in Ontario.

Consolidated Native Law Statutes, Regulations, and Treaties 2011 (Carswell)

The 2011 Annotated Ontario Highway Traffic Act (Carswell)

Ontario Small Claims Court Practice 2012 (Carswell)

Code Criminel Annoté 2012 (Éditions Yvon Blais)

Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and Commentary, 2012 ed. (Lexis)

Stikeman Income Tax Act Annotated 2011, 50th ed. (Carswell)

The 2012 Annotated Ontario Personal Property Security Act (Carswell)

Législation Canadienne en Propriété Intellectuelle 2012 (Éditions Yvon Blais)

Ontario Provincial Offences 2012 (Carswell)

Législation Canadienne en Faillite et Insolvabilité 2012 (Éditions Yvon Blais)

The 2011 Annotated Ontario Provincial Offences Act (Carswell)

Consolidated Ontario Estate Statutes and Regulations 2012 (Carswell)

Mental Disorder in Canadian Criminal Law (Carswell)

The 2012 Tremeear’s Annotated Criminal Code (Carswell)

Assessment of Personal Injury Damages, 5th ed. (Lexis)

Residential Tenancies in Ontario, 2nd ed. (Lexis)

Commercial Insolvency in Canada, 2nd ed. (Lexis)

Canadian Extradition Law Practice, 2012 ed. (Lexis)

Drafting Trusts and Will Trusts in Canada, 3rd ed. (Lexis)

Ontario Civil Practice 2012 (Carswell)

Canadian Agency Law (Lexis)

Executive Legislation, 2nd ed. (Lexis)

Impaired Driving – The Charter Cases (Lexis)

Canadian Franchise Law – A Practical Guide, 2nd ed. (Lexis)

Dental Law in Canada, 2nd ed. (Lexis)

Annotated Ontario Building Code Act, 2012 ed. (Lexis)

The 2012 Annotated Ontario Education Act (Carswell)

A Guide to Consent and Capacity Law in Ontario, 2012 ed. (Lexis)

Kirsh & Alter: A Guide to Construction Liens in Ontario, 3rd ed. (Lexis)







Library Services in October

For the period of October 3rd through October 14th, we’d like to give our clients advance notice of some small reduction in library services.  Our library will be open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (normally 5:00 pm), during which time all of our materials will still be available.  Reference assistance at the library will be limited to the following:

– Case retrieval (both print and online)
– Book requests, including borrowing books from other libraries
– Straightforward reference questions (e.g.: locating materials on a certain topic)

Should you require more in-depth assistance during this time, we’d like to refer you to our lovely colleagues – Gail Brown and Cynthia Simpson – at the Middlesex Law Library in London, Ontario.  While you can’t sit down with them in person (unless you’re up for an incredibly long drive), please feel free to give them a call at their toll-free number – 1-866-556-5570 – or write an email –  They can direct you to suitable materials available online, or here at the CCLA.

Also, as a reminder: the Courthouse (and thus, the CCLA) will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Monday, October 10th.  As always, CCLA members can access the library 24/7, including holidays.

Resources for Paralegals and Law Clerks

While most of our collection is geared towards lawyers, the CCLA Library has a small but excellent collection of materials intended for paralegals and law clerks.  As part of our partnership with the Great Library and the Law Society, we receive all of the continuing professional development print materials from LSUC events geared to this audience.  Here are some of the titles we’ve added to our library collection in the past year:

9th Annual Real Estate for Law Clerks

9th Annual Family Law for Law Clerks

10th Annual Civil Litigation for Law Clerks

Best Practices for Paralegals Appearing Before the  Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

Best Practices for Paralegals Appearing Before the Ontario Court of Justice 2011

Corporate Law for Law Clerks

Estate Administration for Law Clerks 2010

FSCO Update for Paralegals

Personal Injury for Law Clerks: Recent Changes That You Need to Know About

Small Claims Court Update 2011

These titles, along with many others, are shelved along with our regular Text collection, ordered by subject.  Next time you’re in the courthouse, or would like to read up on a new legal topic, consider stopping by to take a look at these great resources.



Renovations: In the Meantime

As the renovation process is a long one, we’ve made some changes here in our space to help fulfill some of our needs or wants for the library in the meantime.  Most of these we’ve been able to do for a very low cost, and usually by using materials or items that we already have in the library.  Re-using  and re-purposing existing materials for these measures has been quite important to us, from both an environmental and financial standpoint.

One of the biggest changes we’ve made – almost everyone comments on it, as you see it as soon as you enter the library – is the construction of a wall in the reference desk area.  Astute observers will know that what started out as three desks in a row became two desks and a wall of bookcases last fall.  Then, earlier this year, two desks became one desk, and the wall shifted forward.  What happened there?  The library staff had been discussing how to make it possible to be “off” the reference desk, even though we were completely out of office space.  We thought (very briefly) about modular walls, but they were a) expensive, and b) not nice to look it.  It would look a little too jerry-rigged for our liking, and if this was a temporary measure, we certainly didn’t want to spend very much money on it.  It came to us one day that a perfectly suitable “wall” could be made with bookcases, doubled up for stability and extra storage, and anchored down.  Not only would it create a partition behind which a private desk could be located, but it was a great visual reminder that we have books behind the desk (really good books, at that!).  It was an immediate success, and after a few months, the wall moved forward just a bit more.  The space behind now houses two desks, with the third, the official reference desk, in front.  While sitting “out front” of the wall, it’s all reference, all the time.  You’re never, ever bothering us when we’re sitting there, we promise!  The space behind the wall affords staff members a bit more quiet space, to do more involved legal research, update the CCLA website, and process new materials for the library.  The move (or rather, moves) were a lot of physical work, but cost almost nothing.*  To paraphrase those Mastercard commercials, having something approximating two new offices in an already maxed out space: priceless.

Less labour-intensive changes have included a re-vamping of our current periodicals display.  By reassigning a wall-mounted display unit from next to the library washrooms to the reading room, we were able to attractively display our new periodicals.  We supplemented this with a new holder for newspapers – something our old periodicals display was ill-equipped to hold – and a new, smaller wall-mounted display unit near the reference desk, and suddenly our displays for new magazines, papers, newsletters, and brochures where clean, tidy, well-stocked, and accessible.  We’ve also tidied up our public computer area.  We’d love to purchase new computer desks, but in the interim, we’ve re-configured how the computers are set-up on the desks, allowing for more work space and less visual clutter.  We also unearthed some very spiffy chairs in storage that look a whole lot nicer than the old computer chairs.   These cost effective and environmentally friendly changes have made quite the difference for the library, and will see us into the renovations nicely.

Our only regrets in this whole process?  The CCLA staff members are the absolute worst for documenting anything with pictures.  Every time we make a change that is truly mindblowing, we realize we should have taken before and after photos.  Maybe some things – like those awful computer chairs – are best just forgotten.

*Total costs amounted to a new cable to run Internet access through, two bulletin boards, and one shawarma dinner for former Reference Librarian Katie’s husband, who has moved around more furniture in this library than he probably cares to remember.

Upcoming Free Quicklaw and Westlaw Training

A reminder that over the next two weeks the library will be hosting free Quicklaw and Westlaw training sessions. The first session, on Westlaw, will be held next Wednesday, August 31st from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. New Articling students are strongly encouraged to attend the upcoming sessions, which are a great overview of how to use specialized tools to find relevant cases quickly and efficiently. The training sessions are also a great opportunity for lawyers, as they now apply towards 9 of the 12 hours of annual CPD, with each hour of training equaling one hour of CPD. And they are free! The sessions will take place on the following dates:

Westlaw Tools, Wednesday, August 31st, 1:00 to 2:00 PM
Skip the keyword search. Learn how to use the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest, Canadian Abridgment, and KeyCite features to very quickly narrow and find the most relevant case law, legislation, and commentary that you need. Westlaw basics will also be reviewed.

Quicklaw Tools, Wednesday, September 7th, 1:00 to 2:00 PM
Let them narrow the search results for you. Learn how to use Quicklaw’s Canada Digest, Canada Quantums, and Quickcite features to search within the most relevant case law, legislation, and commentary, instead of starting from scratch. Quicklaw basics will also be reviewed.

As always, the sessions are held in the CCLA Library, located in Room 2004 on the main floor of the Ottawa Courthouse, at 161 Elgin Street. If you’d like to attend or have any questions, please send a quick email to the Jennifer Walker at Walk-ins are also always welcome. We hope to see you there!