#ThrowbackThursday: Information Highway

I think technology-related throwbacks have to be my favourite simply due to how fast everything changes. Perhaps one of the earliest buzzwords for the internet: remember the “Information Superhighway”?

A while ago I found this Magazine holder in the back of the library – the associated publication long since weeded, unfortunately – but the holder was still here:


It now resides on my desk and makes me happy every time I see it.

Ottawa Blog Roll: September 2016

Below are links to blog posts or articles authored by the Ottawa legal community in September.

Civil Litigation

Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits – A Primer
– Najma Rashid, OTLA Blog

Ottawa’s Cyclist Safety Crisis
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

What is a “Rule 49” Offer to Settle?
– Alexandra Ormond, Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall LLP

Corporate Commercial Law

Agreements of Purchase and Sale Must be Completed in Good Faith
– Noah Potechin, Merovitz Potechin LLP

Video Blog – Management Buyout as Succession Plan Option
– Robert P. Kinghan, Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall LLP

Criminal Law

A Picture May Be Worth a Thousand Words, But the Fairness When It Comes to the Justice System is Priceless
– Michael Spratt, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Can’t Sneak That Third Party In The Back Door
– Dallas Mack, Mack’s Criminal Law

Objective Validity: Is That Sufficient?
– Dallas Mack, Mack’s Criminal Law

Invitation To Knock? Depends If You Are Investigating Or Searching…
– Dallas Mack, Mack’s Criminal Law

The Basics of Bail
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

August Criminal Law Round-up
– Anne-Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Employment & Labour Law

“Age is an impediment”: Fair severance for older employees in Ontario
– Paul Willetts, Vey Willetts LLP

Surviving Your Performance Improvement Plan
– Andrew Vey, Vey Willetts LLP

For Your Eyes Only – Privacy and Digital Technology
– Paul Taylor-Sussex, Labour of Law

Being “Reckless With the Truth” Not Just Cause for Termination
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Will Wood Finally Answer the Question of Benefits? There’s Hope.
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Emotional Upset Not Enough for Award of General Damages: ONCA
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

It’s All In Your Head! When Should You Report A Head Injury?
– Peggy King, Labour of Law

Terminations during the Probationary Period: Three Common Assumptions
– Colleen Hoey, Mann Lawyers

Fiduciary Employees Held to a Higher Standard
– Jill Lewis, The Workplace Matters

Restrictive Covenants: What Are My Rights Post-Employment?
– Stephanie Lewis, The Workplace Matters

Family Law

Attending Kids’ Events: Whose Turn is It?
– Dana Du Perron, The Family Connection

Donor Sperm: Buyer Beware?
– Erin Lepine and Paul Taylor-Sussex, The Family Connection

Cost Recovery in Family Law Litigation
– Tess Brown, LMR Family Law

Continue reading

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

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

Family Matters

Daher v Khanafer (2016 ONSC 5969)
father — access — passport — travel — child
Justice J. Mackinnon

Branson v Branson (2016 ONSC 4534)
spousal support — retroactive increase — children — post-separation income — motion
Justice L. Sheard

Urban v Urban (2016 ONSC 5821)
father — motion heard — offer to settle — fix — offsetting
Justice J. Mackinnon

Abu-Zahra v Hendy (2016 ONSC 5800)
school — child — father — daycare — attend
Justice M. Shelston

Cayen v Skotnicki (2016 ONSC 5695)
tuition — child support — costs — life insurance — pay
Justice A. Doyle

Walts v Walts (2016 ONSC 5848)
costs — age — motion — colleague — fix
Justice J. Mackinnon

Casas v Lajoie (2016 ONSC 5731)
spousal support — dependent — income — household expenses — interim
Justice A. Doyle

Continue reading

Weekend Edition – September 24 & 25

Howdy, Ottawa legal community! It’s the weekend, so the reference desk is closed. But to give you some inspiration, here’s what we’re reading, watching, and listening to this weekend.


Jen: Bryant & May and the Burning Man
This is one of my favourite British detective / mystery series guilty pleasure reads. I saw this on the new arrivals shelf at the public library and scooped it up.

Emily: Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language
Language history is always fascinating, and this book was next on my non-fiction reading queue.


Brenda: Psych
I have no idea how I missed this show when it was on TV, but I’ve recently discovered it on Netflix and am loving this fun procedural.

Listening To

Jen: “Money Tree” – Episode 51 of Criminal podcast
Do you listen to Criminal yet? You must. It is hands down one of my favourite podcasts. Each episode looks at some manner of criminal activity, with stories that are captivating and, quite often, moving. 

Brenda: “King of Kings I” – Show 57 of Hardcore History podcast
I love Dan Carlin’s History series, and as a Classics/Medieval Major I’m very excited to start listening to the episodes on the Persian Empire.

Emily: “I Don’t Have To Answer That” –  Radiolab podcast
Radiolab is definitely one of my favourite podcasts. I’ll be catching up on some of the newer episodes this weekend!

Newly Received Materials from LSUC CPD

Below are some of the most recent CPD materials added to the library collection. Each title links to the book record where you can view more details and the full table of contents. All materials are available in print at the library, or if you’re interested in only a couple of articles, feel free to email us a request for a scanned copy.

The Six-Minute Labour Lawyer 2016 (May 26, 2016)

  • Federal labour law 2016: back to the future / Graham Clarke
  • Six recent OLRB cases you should know about / Paula Turtle
  • Criminal liability for workplace hazards / Nadine Zacks
  • Effective remedies for breach of privacy / Katherine Ferreira

The 13th Annual Real Estate Law Summit (April 20-21, 2016)

  • The “stuff” that crossed my desk this past year: new issues and old / Sidney Troister
  • The shape of things to come: real estate effects of demographic and economic change / Russell Mathew
  • Family law considerations for intergenerational transfers / Sarah Boulby
  • Condominium disputes: noise, nuisance & negligence and sometimes nasty neighbours / Nancy Houle

The Six-Minute Municipal Lawyer (May 4, 2016)

  • The test of no new net shadows: is it appropriate in an urban context? / David Bronskill
  • Parkland requirements: latest developments and guidance from the courts / Ira Kagan
  • Municipal accountability / Jennifer Smout
  • Interesting decisions you may have missed over the past year / Chris Barnett

Introduction to the Law on Impaired Driving (June 11, 2016)

  • Roadside stops – what’s the law? / Leila Mehkeri
  • Valid approved instrument demands / Margaux Peck
  • Drinking patterns defenses : now & then / Mitchell Eisen
  • The exclusion of evidence in drinking & driving cases / Jonathan Rosenthal & Shannon O’Connor

Resource Spotlight: CHRR Online

Once a month, Robeside Assistance will feature a resource that we purchase for the library that you might not know we have. Our collection is full of great books, databases, programs, and other materials, so definitely visit us in the library if you’d like to use anything mentioned here!

As we frequently remind researchers (and even ourselves), there’s no one complete source for case law. Neither Westlaw, Quicklaw, nor CanLII has everything. One supplemental product that we have at the library to address gaps in electronic versions of decisions is the Canadian Human Rights Reporter Online. This is the most complete source of human rights cases in Canada, featuring a database that goes back to the first edition of the reporter in 1980, and also includes many unreported decisions.

In addition to having the full text of decisions (and where available, the decision in either French or English as well as the original language), there is an note-up functionality built-in.


As you can see in the above example, Hendry v. Ontario is listed as being cited by 10 other decisions in the CHRR database. A pop-up window will let you review that list, and link through the to text of those decisions as well. The advanced search function is fairly simple and easy to use, allowing you to search by topic, specific tribunal type, and of course by year, jurisdiction, and any keywords or names you want to look for.

Unfortunately, due to licensing restrictions, access to this database is only available to one person at a time, so please see us at the library desk if you want to use this yourself. Alternatively, if you require any decisions from this service, you can always let us know, and we’ll send them over to you.

Weekend Edition – September 17 & 18

Howdy, Ottawa legal community! It’s the weekend, so the reference desk is closed. But to give you some inspiration, here’s what we’re reading, watching, and listening to this weekend.


Brenda: Devil in the White City
Finally getting to this after having borrowed it for years. As a fan of anything true crime, I am loving it!

Jen: How Green Was My Valley
I’m going to Wales next month, so I’m getting in the spirit with this classic Welsh novel.

Emily: The Girl Who Drank the Moon
This book was recommended to me by Neil Gaiman fans, so I had to pick it up. 


Do Blue Jays count? -said ad nauseam until October

Jen: “The Night Of” – Episode 3
This show is so gripping and intense that I’ve had to space out my viewing of the episodes. No spoilers!

Emily: “The Secret Lives of Plants” – TED Talk Playlist
I’m interested in botany and have been enjoying this playlist. This weekend I’ll be watching the second video, “The Mysterious Lives of Giant Trees”.

Listening To

Brenda: “Seth Godin tells lawyers how to make art and start a ruckus” – Episode 10 of Building New Law podcast
Fascinating listen on the future of the legal profession; I highly recommend to anyone in the industry.

Jen: “Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: Mommie Dearest” –  Episode 92 of You Must Remember This podcast
You Must Remember This is essential listening for anyone who loves old Hollywood stories. This miniseries on Joan Crawford is excellent, but if you’re a new listener, go check out the series from last summer on Charles Manson.

#ThrowbackThursday: Château Laurier

Ottawa woke up this morning to the Château trending on Twitter. What now!? If somehow you haven’t heard, an expansion concept has been released, and to put it mildly, people are not super enthusiastic about it.  This had us scampering to Library and Archives Canada to find some nice, old pictures of the Château from when it was shiny and new.

Photo of the Château taken in 1912.

Believed to be the official opening ceremony, June 1, 1912. (Credit: William James Topley/Library and Archives Canada/PA-009252)


Photo of the Château taken in 1916.

Taken from the east, from the Corry building, 1916. (Credit: Topley Studio Fonds / Library and Archives Canada / PA-011240)


Photo of the interior of the Grand Trunk Railway Station, taken in 1916.

The interior of the Grand Trunk Railway Station, where there was this beautiful tunnel entrance leading to the Château, 1916. (Credit: Topley Studio / Library and Archives Canada / PA-011245)


Photo of the Château, taken in 1937.

With the first expansion wing, 1937. (Credit: Library and Archives Canada / PA-)

Tools We Love: Doodle

Often it’s the seemingly-easy tasks that take up disproportionate amounts of time; for an example of this, you can look no further than trying to schedule a meeting with a multitude of people. Thankfully, there’s Doodle to change all the hassle of that; an easy-to-use and time-saving tool that makes us wonder how we ever got by without it. Best of all, it’s free (and you don’t even need to make an account)!


To get started, simply click on the blue button “Schedule an event” on the homepage, as seen above.

From there, it’s a short step-by-step process as you enter information about your meeting and location. You select possible dates and times, and then can either enter in the attendees’ emails directly, or just copy and paste and send them the link to your poll. Your attendees can then go to the poll and select the times they are available.

Once everyone has responded, the result will look something like this:


As you can see, the results make it easy to tell when everyone is available, and Doodle will go as far as to identify the best time(s) for everyone to be in attendance.

Simple – easy – and no more back-and-forth! Give it a try if you haven’t already.

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

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

Family Matters

Nagle v Demers (2016 ONSC 5566)
child — father — relationship of some permanence — spousal support — best interests
Justice A. Doyle

Aguirre v Aguirre (2016 ONSC 5498)
father — child — costs — will — settle
Justice A. Doyle

Newman v Nicholson (2016 ONSC 5470)
father — child — custody — best interests — will
Justice A. Doyle

Yosef v Shabana (2016 ONSC 5457)
husband — wife — income — expenses — spousal support
Justice A. Doyle

Civil Matters

Etaliq Inc. v Cisco Systems (2016 ONSC 5109)
limitation period — software — examination for discovery — motion — e-mail
Justice S. Corthorn

Scaffidi-Argentina v Tega Homes Developments Inc. (2016 ONSC 5448)
rebuild — building — piles — drawings — estimate
Justice L. Sheard

Carby-Samuels II v Carby-Samuels (2016 ONSC 5626)
motion — leave — two-part test — guardianship — granted
Justice P. Roger

Cahill v Cahill (2016 ONSC 5553)
partial indemnity basis — costs on a substantial indemnity — solicitor-client fees — severally liable — trust
Justice S. Corthorn

Makoundi v Fuhgeh (2016 ONSC 5628)
motions — costs on a partial indemnity — adjournment — factums — unreasonable
Justice P. Roger

Maxrelco Inc. v Jim Pattison Industries Ltd. (2016 ONSC 5554)
misnomer — subsidiary — fire — motion — leave
Justice C. MacLeod

Criminal Matters

R. v Gaurino (2016 ONSC 5624)
motion for a directed verdict — cheques — caregivers — evidence — funds
Justice B. Warkentin

Divisional Court Decisions from Ottawa Judges

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation v TKS Holdings Inc. (2016 ONSC 5525)
taxpayer — assessment — member — technical non-compliance — property
Justice C. Hackland

Court of Appeal Decisions of Local Interest

3716724 Canada Inc. v. Carleton Condominium Corporation No. 375 (2016 ONCA 650)
condominium — full-time security guard — parking spots — unfairly disregarded — common elements
Associate Chief Justice A. Hoy and Justices D. Brown and G. Huscroft

R. v. Logue (2016 ONCA 659)
give a breath sample — drinking — impermissibly — firefighter — impaired
Justices J. Laskin, R. Sharpe, and B. Miller

R. v. Precup (2016 ONCA 669)
dangerous driving — failing to remain — original sentence — fitness — novo
Justices J. Laskin, R. Sharpe, and B. Miller