Yearly Archives: 2017

The 2017 Clawbie Awards: Our Nominations!

Clawbies Logo

We’re so excited that it’s Clawbie time again! Since there are so, so many superb choices to pick from and we are limited to three nominees, we decided again to stick with what we did last year: highlighting some of our favourite bloggers local to the Ottawa region. So here we go!

Ottawa Employment and Labour Law Blog
Andrew Vey & Paul Willetts (Vey Willetts LLP) / @VW_Lawyers

Andrew and Paul’s blog is so accessible, which is something we really appreciate as members of a law-adjacent profession! We love their writing style and their posts are always interesting, relevant and timely.

Some of our favourite blog posts this year:


Law21 Blog
Jordan Furlong / @jordan_law21

Anyone who’s read a post on Law21 can appreciate how thoughtful, insightful, and forward-thinking they are, and we are no exception. 

Some of our favourite blog posts this year:


Diversonomics Podcast (or on iTunes)
Roberto Aburto & Sarah Willis (Gowling WLG) / @robaburto

A timely and welcome addition to the ever-growing Canadian legal podcast scene, we were delighted to discover the Diversonomics series by local Gowling WLG lawyers. Roberto and Sarah launched season two this year, which continues to take on the difficult topics of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Some of their notable episodes this year:

End of Year Review 2017

This is our last week of posting on Robeside Assistance for 2017, so we wanted to kick things off with our year end review! This year has gone by in a blur, especially these last few weeks as we get the library ready for renovations in the new year. (To answer a question we’re asked a lot: Nope, we didn’t get the month of December off! We’ve been super busy organizing the book collection, furniture, and assorted belongings of the Association. It’s like packing up your house, when you’ve been living in it for 30 years!)

We expect things to be a bit hectic around here for much of the next year, but we’re delighted that we’ll still be able to blog and bring you the latest news in online research, new books, cool throwbacks, and of course, Ottawa blogs and decisions. Tomorrow, we’ll be publishing our Clawbie picks for 2017, so stay tuned for those.

Much like last year, our most-read posts are always the Ottawa decision and blog post round-ups. In case you missed them the first time around, here are some of our other most popular blog posts from 2017:

#ThrowbackThursday: Rules of Practice, 1888 2

We’re right in the middle of moving / weeding / rearranging / packing the library collection, and one set of titles we just moved were our back editions of the Ontario Annual Practice. Before we moved them, our best guess was that we had them back to the 80s. The 1980s. We soon realized it was the 1880s. This item isn’t exactly rare (we have two copies!), but it is certainly cool to look at.

Ottawa Blog Roll: November 2017

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

Civil Litigation

Court Of Appeal Clarifies Pre-Judgment Interest Rate
– Edward Masters, Mann Lawyers

Court Of Appeal Clarifies Collateral Benefits Issues
– Edward Masters, Mann Lawyers

License suspensions mulled for distracted driving in Ontario
– Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP

How Much “Good Faith” Must the Insurer Show its Insured?
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Could Judge Decide MVA Case on “Geometry Alone”?
– Frank Van Dyke, Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Condominium Law

Disclosure Obligations of Condo Directors at AGMs
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Condos?
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

The New Periodic Information Certificate
– Rod Escayola, Condo Adviser

New Airbnb partnership may impact condominium law
– Merovitz Potechin LLP

Helpful Recent Decision About Condominium “Changes”
– James Davidson, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

The New Condominium Authority Tribunal Rules Are Out!
– James Davidson, Nancy Houle and Christy Allen, Davidson Houle Allen LLP

Corporate Commercial Law

Federal Government Responds to Feedback on Proposed Changes
– Alanna T. Mar, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l

Criminal Law

Bail Reform: Naqvi Tells Crown Attorneys to Follow the Law
– Michael Spratt

Bill C-51: On Sexual Assault, Records And The Right To A Fair Trial
– Anne Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

November 2017 Criminal Law Round-Up
– Anne Marie McElroy, McElroy Law

Employment & Labour Law

Brave New World: ONCA Says that in Asset Transaction, an Offer of Employment is Sufficient Consideration for Material Changes
– Sean Bawden, Kelly Santini LLP

Amberber v. IBM Canada Limited: Termination clause fails to rebut employee’s entitlement to reasonable notice
– Paul Willetts, Vey Willetts LLP

Same Game, New Rules: Changes to Ontario’s Workplace Laws
– Paul Willetts, Vey Willetts LLP

Working Notice Inappropriate for Employees on Disability Leave
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Undertaking to Comply with the ESA does Not Displace Common Law Presumption of Reasonable Notice
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Mooch Ado About Nothing: Being Fired Before You Begin
– Sean Bawden, Labour Pains

Failure to Comply With Employment Standards Act Minimum Requirements Is Fatal to Employers
– Jean-Francois Lalonde, Vice & Hunter LLP

Postmedia-Torstar Deal Means Wrongful Dismissal Suits Likely to Follow
– Jean-Francois Lalonde, Vice & Hunter LLP

Continue Reading…

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Gopenko v. Paré (2017 ONSC 6940)
children — father — school — parenting — spousal support
Justice J. Audet

Curry v. Curry (2017 ONSC 7028)
income — spousal support — antiques — child support — cottage
Justice T. Engelking

Leduc v. Leduc  (2017 ONSC 6987)
spousal support — income — equalization — daycare — will
Justice C. MacLeod

Fletcher v. Thomas (2017 ONSC 5864)
expenses — child support — orthodontics — income — premiums
Justice S. Kershman

Bernard v. Fuhgeh (2017 ONSC 6953)
daycare — motion — access schedule — child — affidavit
Justice L. Sheard

Continue Reading…

Compendium of Damages Awarded in Personal Injury Actions Across Ontario, January 1999 – October 2017 Update 1

The CCLA Compendium of Damages Awarded in Personal Injury Actions Across Ontario has been updated to October 2017! This invaluable guide is a favourite with local litigators, and has been produced for the CCLA for several years under the leadership of The Honourable James Chadwick and with the assistance of students from the University of Ottawa law school.

To check it out, please click here. For your future reference, you can find this publication on the CCLA website under our “Civil Litigation” practice portal.

Also, if you’re looking for the CCLA’s Compendium of Costs, our most recent update is from 2015 – you can find that here.


#ThrowbackThursday: CCLA Library, 1986 – 2017

It is incredibly hard for us to believe, but this is our last day of normal library service in the CCLA Library as we know it! Starting tomorrow, we’re closed down for the month of December so we can empty the space out and get ready for renovations to start in the new year. We’re going to take a whole load of photos of the library and lounge today, so that we have them to do some incredible before and after shots with later (and for posterity, of course!). I’m hopeful we’ll be able to show you some “In Progress” shots as well over the next year. Stay tuned!

Ontario Courthouse Local Counsel Insight Project

A couple months ago we highlighted Sean Robichaud’s online and freely available Criminal Law Precedent Collection; well, they’re at it again! The firm has taken it upon themselves to compile courthouse information for all the courthouses in Ontario, including information on local (criminal) practice, resources, and contact information for key personnel in each area. This is an out-of-town counsel’s dream!

You can find the Local Counsel Insight Project here.

This is all made possible from submissions from local counsel in each area. If you have information about an Ontario courthouse and would like to contribute to their project, please fill out this form to help them out!


New Titles – November 2017

We’ve received quite a few new books since last month, which are now available here in the library. Check out the full list below!

The 2017-2018 Annotated Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Carswell)

The 2018 Annotated Ontario Construction Lien Act (Carswell)

Annotated Ontario Securities Legislation, 47th ed. (LexisNexis)

Auto Insurance Coverage Law in Ontario (LexisNexis)

Bequest Management for Charities in Canada, 2nd ed. (LexisNexis)

Canada at 150: Building a Free and Democratic Society (LexisNexis)

Canadian Collective Bargaining Law: Principles and Practice, 3rd ed. (LexisNexis)

Canadian Health Law and Policy, 5th ed. (LexisNexis)

Child Support Guidelines in Canada, 2017 (Irwin Law)

Collective Agreement Arbitration in Canada, 6th ed. (LexisNexis)

Disability Management – Theory, Strategy and Industry Practice, 6th ed. (LexisNexis)

Discovery in Canadian Common Law: Practice, Techniques and Strategies (LexisNexis)

Document Registration Guide, 19th ed. (LexisNexis)

A Guide to Consent & Capacity Law in Ontario, 2018 Ed. (LexisNexis)

A Guide to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, 2018 ed. (LexisNexis)

Key Developments in Estates and Trusts Law in Ontario, 2016-2017 ed. (Carswell)

Lawyers’ Ethics and Professional Regulation, 3rd ed. (LexisNexis)

Mental Disorder and the Law: A Primer for Legal and Mental Health Professionals, 2nd ed. (Irwin Law)

Ontario Litigator’s Guide to Evidence, 7th ed. (LexisNexis)

Practitioner’s Goods and Services Tax Annotated with Harmonized Sales Tax 2017, 36th ed. (Carswell)

A Practitioner’s Guide to Commercial Arbitration (Irwin Law)

Practitioner’s Ontario Taxes Annotated 2017, Fall ed. (Carswell)

Sexual Harassment in Canada: A Guide for Understanding And Prevention (LexisNexis)

Torts: A Guide for the Perplexed (LexisNexis)

Understanding Discrimination in Employment Law (LexisNexis)

#ThrowbackThursday: Quicksearch User’s Manual 2

Fellow fans of old tech, behold: a Quicksearch User’s Manual!

As we get ready to renovate the library, we’ve had to do a massive clean out of our belongings. Our ED Rick found this jewel tucked away in the depths of our storage locker.

Quicksearch was the precursor to Quicklaw. Undoubtedly some of you remember the early days of online searching for cases. No fancy interfaces here! Just DOS-like prompts over dial-up modems. This user’s manual was a looseleaf (last updated here in 1993), that showed you how to carry out the (by today’s standards) very complicated search strings needed to retrieve a case. I took a few photos from the book; enjoy! (Click on any picture to make it bigger.)