Monthly Archives: January 2017

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Boyer v Brown (2017 ONSC 501)
child support — evidence — impute income — expenses — motion
Justice L. Sheard

Gibeau v Parker and Rivard (2017 CanLII 2296)
costs — table child support — settlement — pay — successful
Justice M. Shelston

Bailliu v Chaloux (2017 ONSC 628)
spousal support — costs — offers to settle — lump — child support
Justice A. Doyle

Civil Matters

Walker v Hulse, Playfair and McGarry (2017 ONSC 358)
aggravated damages — termination — dismissal — deputy — distress
Justice R. Beaudoin

Soulliere (By his Guardian) v Intact Insurance (2017 ONSC 419)
structured portion of the settlement — non-structured portion of the settlement — draft — endorsement — payee
Justice S. Corthorn

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Fighting the Good Link Rot Fight

One of the things that keeps librarians up at night is something known as link rot (don’t get us even started on “fake news” and information literacy). There was an article highlighting this issue in the NY Times a couple of years ago, but basically, link rot happens when you cite something on the web that ends up moving its URL, changing its form somehow, or being deleted altogether. As the internet grows naturally from its infancy and more things change, it becomes harder and harder to identify sources, and more and more links lead to dead ends.

This is happening in case law and the legal world as well as the scholarly one, and you can understand how this might be important when the footnotes and links are referring to the basis of legal precedent. The Times article identified that in 2013, a study found that 49% of their Supreme Court decisions links no longer worked. There have been a couple initiatives to try and rectify this since then, the largest of which being, which archives and gives permanent links to resources so that they will no longer change.

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada revealed a similar project they have been working on, their depository of Internet Sources Cited in SCC Judgments (1998 – 2016), which contains permanent links to documents referred to in SCC decisions. Here is their news release regarding the service:

January 26, 2017

OTTAWA – Recognizing that web pages or websites that the Court cites in its judgments may subsequently vary in content or be discontinued, the Office of the Registrar of the SCC has located and archived the content of most online sources that had been cited by the Court between 1998 and 2016. These sources were captured with a content as close as possible to the original content cited. Links to the archived content can be found here: Internet Sources Cited in SCC Judgments (1998 – 2016).

From 2017, online internet sources cited in the “Authors Cited” section in SCC judgments will be captured and archived.  When a judgment cites such a source, an “archived version” link will be provided to facilitate future research.

An important step forward. Hopefully we will see similar initiatives by other courts to help address this issue.

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 Family Law Lawyer 2016 (November 29, 2016)

  • Defeating claims for the partition and sale of the matrimonial home / Cheryl Suann Williams
  • SCC watch 2016 / Martha McCarthy and Linsey Sherman
  • What’s new in collaborative law? / Brian Galbraith
  • Six recent custody and access cases you should know / Daniel S. Melamed and Jennifer L. Wilson

19th Annual Estates and Trusts Summit (November 3-4, 2016)

  • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) issues in estate and guardianship litigation / Nimali Gamage
  • Strategies for success in “doomed” dependants’ support claims / Angela Casey and Angelique Moss
  • Case update : 2015-2016 / K. Thomas Grozinger
  • Changing trustees / Jordan Atin, Lesley Donsky, and Elizabeth Legge

Civil Litigation Practice Basics 2016 (October 5, 2016)

  • The initial client meeting and starting and defending the case / Andrew Kalamut
  • Pre-trial conferences and settlements: the basics / Andrew Winton
  • Preparing for trial and post-trial issues / Dena Varah

5th Annual Human Rights Summit (December 8, 2016)

  • Testing for drug and alcohol in the workplace / Bruce Demers
  • Addressing systemic discrimination through the law: a reflective and questioning perspective / Michael Gottheil
  • Major case law update: focus on disability and harassment / Melanie McNaught
  • Accommodating workplace stress, mental disability and other invisible disabilities / Anne M. Gregory

Research Tip: Using Google to Site Search

In the course of online legal research (especially legislative) it’s not uncommon that you come across a website’s built-in search engine that refuses to cooperate with what you want it to do. Whether that be a lack of filters, spurious results, or just a bad user interface, there are many offenders (especially, sadly, on our government websites). This at best can lead to frustration and at worst to wasting hours of time not being able to find what you’re looking for. Fortunately, there’s a underused method to leverage Google’s search engines to assist, which I’ll detail below.

But let me start by giving an example. Say we’re looking for Hansard Debates or Committee Proceedings on the Ontario Legislative Assembly website that discuss the Police Services Amendment Act of 1997. I was able to pull up the page for the bill, as seen below, but I unfortunately soon discover that the Act was earlier than when they start directly linking out to any related debates or committee reports from that page.

Knowing, however, that they do have the Debates and Committee Documents online dating back to at least the 1970s, there must be a way to find them. You could try using their built-in search engine at the top right, or even their Advanced Hansard search, but by doing so I’ve usually found myself wading through multiple long documents, most of which do not pertain to what I am looking for.

Fortunately, there’s a quicker way, and Google can be used to do a lot of the heavy lifting here. You can easily narrow a generic Google search to search only a single website. To do this, in a regular google search just type in:

site: police services act 105

This will search all of the Ontario Legislative Assembly’s website for the keywords Police Services Act and 105 (I used the bill number to narrow it down from other amending acts). Voila, you can see below our more relevant results linking directly to committee reports, in the usual Google format we are familiar with.

You can do this with any website whose search engine might not be the best. Just use:

site:[url] [keywords]

And let Google do its thing.

#ThrowbackThursday: Ottawa Public Library

There was an intriguing op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen this week regarding the hot-button issue of the location of a new Ottawa Public Library main branch. In a piece by architect Allan Teramura, the argument is made for building a new show-stopping library in Confederation Park (which, oh hey, is right across the street from the Courthouse!). I’m personally a huge fan of the current darling of the library world – the Halifax Public Library central branch, mentioned in the op-ed – and if we can have something of that caliber in our city, it would be truly exciting.

This lead me to thinking about the OPL main branch, and particularly what I had heard of but had never seen for myself – pictures of the previous main branch, which was a Carnegie library. Carnegie libraries were libraries built at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries with money donated from Andrew Carnegie. If you’ve never heard of these, here’s the wiki (and with 125 built in Canada, there’s a decent chance there was a Carnegie library near you at some point! Here’s some more information on Canadian Carnegies specifically.). Ottawa’s Carnegie library was opened in 1906, at the same location as the current main branch, and this is probably my favourite picture of it:

Swoon! This blog post from Unforgotten Ottawa has a great collection of pictures, and a lot more information on this library, including why and when it was eventually replaced with the building we have today.

Lexis Advance Quicklaw Updates

If you use Lexis Advance Quicklaw at the CCLA Library (or any of the other Ontario courthouse libraries), you may be delighted to hear about some of the new content included in our subscription. As of the beginning of the year, we now have access to a considerable amount of international case law. Available at no additional cost to you, you can now download decisions from the following case collections:

  • All England Law Reports
  • Northern Ireland Law Reports
  • Scottish Civil Law Reports
  • European Court of Human Rights Cases
  • Australian Law Reports
  • New Zealand Law Reports
  • U.S. Decisions from the Supreme Court, Appeal Courts, and District Courts
  • And more!

As always, you’ll have to come into the library to make us of this subscription (no remote access, we’re afraid), or you can get in touch and we’ll see how we can help you remotely. Also, if you’d like some training on using Quicklaw (remember: there’s a new platform interface!), we’ll be holding a training session on March 22nd here in the library. You can RSVP for this free session at this link.

Recently Published Ottawa Decisions

Find below recently published Ottawa decisions, available for free through

Family Matters

Deslauriers c Pommainville (2016 ONCS 8149)
arbitrage — dépens — motion — école — garderie
Juge A. Doyle

Birkett v Love (2016 ONSC 8148)
income — mid-range of spousal support — company — variation — dividends
Justice A. Doyle

Deslauriers v Russell (2016 ONSC 7931)
offer to settle — three-hour questioning — costs — school — motion
Justice L. Sheard

Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa v J.S (2017 ONSC 108)
children — maternal grandparents — access — father — motion for summary
Justice M. Shelston

Tanner v Tanner (2016 ONSC 7182)
spousal support — pension — income — marriage — amount
Justice L. Sheard

Pitre v Lalande (2017 ONSC 208)
child support — income — share of post-secondary education expenses — amount — motion
Justice S. Corthorn

Pey v Pey (2017 ONSC 285)
security for costs — motion to vary — nonpayment — spousal — child support
Justice P. Kane

McCormick v Burns (2017 ONSC 289)
child support — university — arrears — student loan debt — adult
Justice P. Kane

Civil Matters

Heerkens v Lindsay Agricultural Society (2017 ONSC 240)
cross-motion for leave to amend — based in unjust enrichment — two-year limitation period — invoice — contract
Justice S. Corthorn

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New Titles – December 2016 & January 2017

Along with the new year, we’ve been receiving lots of new editions of titles. We’ve also received titles that are entirely new to our collection, such as The Lawyer’s Guide to the Forensic Sciences and Parliamentary Immunity in Canada.

Another notable addition is the 6-volume set of Canada’s Residential Schools : The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. We have copies in both English and French, which can be found in the New Books section at the front desk.

Check out our list of new acquisitions below:

Federal Courts Practice 2017 (Carswell)

McLeod’s Ontario Family Law Rules Annotated 2016-2017 (Carswell)

The 2016-2017 Annotated Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Carswell)

The 2017 Annotated Ontario Family Law Act (Carswell)

Ontario Family Law Practice, 2017 Edition (LexisNexis)

The 2017 Annotated Divorce Act (Carswell)

The 2017 Annotated Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of Canada (Carswell)

Annotated Ontario Rules of Criminal Practice 2017 (Carswell)

Les droits linguistiques au Canada, 3e édition (Carswell)

The 2017 Annotated Ontario Employment Standards Act (Carswell)

Police Services Act of Ontario: An Annotated Guide, Third Edition (Canada Law Book)

Musicians and the Law in Canada, 4th Edition (Carswell)

Aboriginal Law: Supreme Court of Canada Decisions (Carswell)

Military Justice in Action: Annotated National Defence Legislation, Second Edition (Carswell)

Parliamentary Immunity in Canada (LexisNexis)

Law of the Constitution: The Distribution of Powers (LexisNexis)

Annotated Ontario Securities Legislation, 45th Edition, 2017 (LexisNexis)

The Lawyer’s Guide to the Forensic Sciences (Irwin Law)

Cross-Examination: The Art of the Advocate, 4th Edition (LexisNexis)

Statutory Interpretation, 3rd Edition (Irwin Law)

Conflict of Laws, 2nd Edition (Irwin Law)

Public Lands and Resources Law in Canada (Irwin Law)

The Law of Charitable and Not-for-Profit Organizations, 5th Edition (LexisNexis)

Conduct of a Lien Action 2017 (Carswell)

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Upcoming Research Training

We’re busy planning our training for this year, and are happy to announce the following upcoming sessions are now open for registration! All of our training is open to any member of the legal community, and can count for 1 hour Substantive CPD each (LSUC). We hope to see you there!

HeinOnline Webinar

February 23, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Join us for a lunchtime training webinar on HeinOnline, a legal research tool that LSUC lawyers can use for free from your home or office! In this session you will learn about the varying wealth of legal materials available in this database and how to access them quickly and efficiently. We will also cover how to browse and download articles and historical legislation, and how to save time by optimizing your searches.
Location: Online
Cost: 10$
Register here!

Lexis Advance Quicklaw Training

March 22, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Quicklaw’s new research platform, Lexis Advance, has arrived! In this session, learn to search Quicklaw’s collection of Canadian primary and secondary sources using a new design that features a streamlined single intuitive search box. As well, you will learn how selecting favorite sources or pre-search filters can help narrow your starting point. Discover how to search by name, by source or topic, citation or keyword; navigate and refine search results; deliver documents; and note up cases and statutes.
Location: CCLA Library, 161 Elgin Street, Suite 2004
Cost: Free
Register here!

WestlawNext Training

April 6, 2017, 12:00 – 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. There is no charge for this session.
Location: CCLA Library, 161 Elgin Street, Suite 2004
Cost: Free
Register here!


#ThrowbackThursday: CCLA’s Anniversary Month

Happy new year, Ottawa legal community! We’re back on the blog, and for our first Throwback Thursday post of 2017, we’re looking at CCLA history. The CCLA has been around since 1888, and while the first meeting to discuss the formation of the association was actually held in December 1887, it was in the following month that we came into being! This year we celebrate being 129 years old (which, believe it or not, does not make us the oldest law association in the province!).

On the occasion of our 100th anniversary, a book was published detailing the history of our association. The following excerpt comes from this book:

On December 17, 1881, in the Lecture Room of the Literary Society of Ottawa, a meeting of local lawyers was held for the purpose of exploring the idea of establishing an association of the members of the practising Bar in the community similar to that in place in other cities. The meeting was chaired by the Honourable Mr. Justice W.A. Henry. The result was a neatly printed circular dates at Ottawa on the 4th of January, 1888 requesting the presence of members of the Bar at a meeting to be held in the same Lecture Room, 25 Sparks Street, Ottawa, on January 7, 1888 at 4:30 in the afternoon. The circular is reproduced for posterity.

“Ottawa, January 4th, 1888
Dear Sir,

At a meeting of the Members of the Bar, held on the 17th December, in the Lecture Room of the Literary Society, it was decided to organize a Bar Association for the County of Carleton, and a Committee was appointed for the purpose of making all necessary enquiries with respect to simiar associations in other cities and drawing the declaration and a scheme for organization for submission to a future meeting.

The Committee so appointed have prepared a scheme under the rules of the Law Society of Upper Canada for organization, and have drawn for approval and signatures, the declaration for registration under the Literary Associations Act, which it is intended to submit to the adjourned meeting to be held in the Lecture Room of the Library Society, 25 Sparks Street, on Saturday, next, the 7th January Instant, at 4:30 pm.

It is proposed to sign and complete the declaration at that meeting and to elect the Trustees who are to be the governing body of the Association, and whose names must appear in the declaration; and it is of the utmost importance for the future success of the Association that the meeting should be a general meeting of the Barristers and Solicitors of the City of Ottawa.

Your presence is respectfully requested at the above meeting on Saturday afternoon next at 4:30.

W.A. Henry (Justice Supreme Court), Chairman
R. Lees, Q.C.
W. Mosgrove
F.H. Chrysler
R.J. Wicksteed
G.M. Greene
G.E. Kidd
F. Bebbington, Secretary

The meeting took place and the minutes have survived. Details of the event were apparently of enough local interest to have appeared in the Ottawa Citizen the following Monday.

At the meeting it was resolved that an association composed of barristers and solicitors practising in the County of Carleton to be called “The County of Carleton Law Association” be established. The first trustees were the following: Robert Lees; Francis Henry Chrysler; John N. Greene; David O’Connor; William Mosgrove; John Alexander; Duncan Byron MacTavish; Napoleon A. Belcourt; and Francis Robert Latchford. It is a legitimate assumption that the trustees were a representative sampling of members of the practising Bar in Ottawa who numbered at the time approximately 60 souls.

From: David W. Scott, Q.C., “County of Carleton Law Association The Early Years: 1888-1920” in William C.V. Johnson, ed., The First Century: Essays on the History of the County of Carleton Law Association by Various Hands on the Occasion of the Association’s Centenary, 1888-1988 (Ottawa: Bonanza Press Ltd., 1988) 6.