Friday, December 1, 2017

This Just In - November

This Just In is a list of titles the  library received in the month of November

The 2017-2018 Annotated Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act  KF 1536 .ZA2 C36 Bi 2017-2018
The 2018 Annotated Divorce Act  KF 535 C36 D 2018
The 2018 Annotated Ontario Family Law Act  KF 505 .ZB3 O58 F 2018
Ontario Motor Vehicle Insurance Law & Commentary, 2018  KF 1218 O586 2018
Practitioner’s Goods and Services Tax Annotated, 2017, 36th edition  KF 6600 C363 2017

Each LSUC CPD title has a hyperlink to the library catalogue AdvoCAT, and the T.O.C.

18th Annual Employment Law Summit  KF 3320 .ZA2 E475 2017
20th Annual Estates and Trusts Summit Day One  KF 750 .A2 E884 V. 1 2017
20th Annual Estates and Trusts Summit Day Two  KF 750 .A2 E884 V.2 2017
Advanced Issues in Domestic Contracts in Family Law  KF 529 .A75 L393 2017
Bankruptcy and Fraud Recovery Law  KF 1536 .ZB3 L393 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017

Recent Brantford Decisions

Recent Brantford Decisions released on CanLII

Luciani v. Luciani, 2017 ONSC 5209 (CanLII)
Justice R. J. Harper
Sankar et al v. Millard, Rouse & Rosebrugh LLP et al, 2017 ONSC 5491 (CanLII)
Justice R. J. Harper

9646035 Canada Limited et al. v. Kristine Jill Hill et al., 2017 ONSC 5252 (CanLII)
Justice R. J. Harper
9646035 Canada Limited et al. v. Kristine Jill Hill et al., 2017 ONSC 5453 (CanLII)
Justice R. J. Harper
Children’s Aid Society of Brant v. R.E.M., 2017 ONCJ 659 (CanLII)
Justice K.A. Baker
Pam Mclaughlin Services Inc. v Solutions Into Motion Limited, 2017 CanLII 67331 (ON SCSM)
Paul Oddi, Deputy Judge, Brantford Small Claims Court

Vidal v. Terejko, 2017 ONSC 6183 (CanLII)
Justice R. J. Harper
R. v. Green, 2017 ONCJ 705 (CanLII)
Justice  P.N. Bourque

Library Files - Finding Forms & Precedents

Library Files - Finding Forms & Precedents

Forms and Precedents: What are they and why do I need them?
Precedents are templates of common legal documents. These include legal agreements, court pleadings, court forms, etc., and can save you time from having to create a document from scratch. The library has hundreds of precedents that will fit almost every need. Even if you can’t find just the right document, you can combine two or even three precedents together into one document. If you have trouble finding any of the precedents in the collection, don’t hesitate to ask to ask for help. Here is run down of some of the key Forms & Precedents available in the library or online.

Canadian Forms and Precedents on Quicklaw (in-library shortcut on desktop) contains a large selection of forms and precedents for Canada, covering all major subjects and  areas such as Banking & Finance, Commercial Tenancies, Corporations, Debtor-Creditor, Employment, Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Land Development, Licensing, Municipal Law,  Ontario Court Forms-Williston & Rolls, Sale & Operation of a Business, The Practitioner's Criminal Precedents, 2nd Edition (Gold), Sale, Distribution & Transport of Goods, and Wills & Estates.

e-discovery and e-trial model documents can be located on the OBA website.
AdvoCAT’s Annotated Document Series has a large selection of templates that contain commentary and tips. Many of the titles are found in the library along with the accompanying CD-ROM. If you’re lucky enough to have a CD| DVD drive on your computer you can access the documents in Microsoft Word, Corel WordPerfect, and Rich Text Format.
The Law Society of Upper Canada Access CLE Database contains many forms and precedents. Articles and precedents older than 18 months can be downloaded free of charge.
O'Brien's Encyclopedia of Forms (in-library shortcut on desktop)
Access to O'Brien's is available in the library through the database or in print format. Documents from the database can be downloaded in Word format on to a flash drive for easy editing. The encyclopedia also includes commentary and handy checklists.
Robichaud's Criminal Defence Litigation have a large collection of free forms and precedents which can be printed or saved to your desktop or flash drive.
I’ve also listed some of the forms & precedents that are available in our text collection below.
Agency Powers of Attorney and Capacity: Practice and Procedure / M. Jasmine Sweatman.
KF 1347 S94 2014
Civil Procedure
Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Canadian Precedents of Pleadings, 2nd ed., Volume 1-2.
KF 8868.1 B85 2013
How Do You Plead? Breaking the Bonds of Boilerplate / LSUC CPD. KF 8870 A2 H68 1994
Breaking the Bonds of Boilerplate / LSUC CPD. KF 8870 L393 2015

Civil Litigation: A Practical Handbook, 5th ed. / David Stockwood. KF 8840 ZB3 S86 2004
Commercial Behind and Beyond Boilerplate: Drafting Commercial Agreements, 3rd ed. / Cynthia L. Elderkin and Julia S. Shin Doi. KF 889 E54 2011

Construction Liens Conduct of a Lien Action / Duncan W. Glaholt. KF 900 G533 2017

The Practitioner’s Criminal Precedents, 4th ed. / Alan D. Gold. KF 9620 .ZA2 G65 2014
The Executor's Handbook, 5th ed. / Jennifer A. Greenan. KF 778 G74 2015

The Practitioner's Guide to Estate Practice in Ontario, 5th ed. / Margaret Rintoul.
KF 778 R56 201

Preparation of Wills and Powers of Attorney: First interview to Final Report, 4th ed. / Mary L. MacGregor. KF 755 M32 2011

Guardianship Ontario Guardianship Law / A. Sean Graham & Christopher M.B. Graham.
KF 553 G72 2014
Leases The Commercial Lease: A Practical Guide, 5th ed. / Harvey M. Haber.
KF 593 .C6 H32 2013

Libel & Slander Libel, 3nd ed. / Peter A. Downard. KF 1266 D69 2014

Mortgages A Practical Guide to Mortgage Remedies in Ontario, 2nd ed. / Judith M. Wolf.
KF 695 W65 2013
Sale of Goods Sale and Supply of Goods, 2nd ed. / Kevin McGuinness. KF 913.1 M34 2010

Trusts Drafting Trusts & Will Trusts in Canada, 3rd ed. / James Kessler, Fiona Hunter.
KF 730 K472 2011

MMP - Keyboard Tricks

MMP - Keyboard Tricks

We can all use a refresher, even for those of you who are hardcore. I’m offering some keyboard tricks and tips for today’s MMP.

Have you closed a tab accidently? Try pressing CTRL + SHIFT + T or Cdm + SHIFT + T on a Mac to reopen the closed tab.

CTRL + Z will undo a file that’s been deleted or moved and puts it right back to its original location.
The easiest way to Subscript is to highlight a word or letter and hit CTRL and the "+ =" key.

Superscript highlight the word or letter and hit CTRL + Shift and the "+=" key.
Need to view your system information quickly, press the Windows Key + Pause/Break key and a system information panel will open on the screen.

I right click a lot during day, there is a better way. Select anything in a document and press the menu key (it's the key located next to the Windows key). The right click context menu will magically appear on the screen.
Rename a file by pressing F2 when the file is selected.

CTRL + Shift + V will paste the text from any source into plain text (Cdm + Shift + V on a Mac) – no formatting!

Friday, November 3, 2017

This Just In - October

This Just In is a list of titles the library received in the month of October.

2018 Annotated Ontario Building Code Act KF 5701 O58 2018
Consolidated Ontario Insurance Statutes and Regulations KF 1164 O58 I 2017
Martin’s Ontario Criminal Practice KF 9620 .ZB3 M37 2018 2018
Ontario Insurance Law & Commentary KF 1164 O586 2018
Ontario Superior Court Practice 2018 + Forms KF 8816 .ZB3 O586 2018
Practitioner’s Income Tax Act 2017, 52nd edition KF 6499 ZA2 P72 2017

Each LSUC CPD title has a hyperlink to the library catalogue AdvoCAT, and the T.O.C.

Civil Litigation Practice Basics 2017 KF 8840 .ZB3 L393 2017b
Commercial Real Estate Transactions 2017 KF 665 .A75 L393 2017
Practice Gems: Administration of Estates 2017 KF 778 .A2 L393 2017
Practice Gems: Probate Essentials 2017 KF 765 .A75 L393 2017
The Twelve Minute Civil Litigator 2017 KF 8840 .ZB3 L393 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

Recent Brantford Decisions

Recent Brantford Decisions released on CanLII

R. v B.H., 2017 ONCJ 377 (CanLII)
Justice Robert S. Gee

Torto v Irving, 2017 CanLII 27112 (ON SCSM)
Paul Oddi, Deputy Judge Brantford Small Claims Court

Craven v. Osidacz and Osidacz; and Craven v. Osidacz, 2017 ONSC 4396 (CanLII)
Justice J. Lofchik

R. v. C.B., 2017 ONCJ 545 (CanLII)
Justice Robert S. Gee

Vidal v. Terejko, 2017 ONSC 5331 (CanLII)
Justice R. J. Harper

S.N.S. Industrial Products Limited v. Omron Canada Inc., 2017 ONSC 5469 (CanLII)
Justice D.A. Broad

Brown v. Elliott, 2017 ONSC 180 (CanLII)
Justice R. J. Harper

MMP- StayFocused

MMP - StayFocused

Wikipedia, Twitter, Ravelry, Facebook, email (all 4 accounts), Instagram, Fragrantica, Pinterest, and the Daily Kitten are some of my guilty web pleasures that have me spending hours blowing off that deadline driven report. If you spend your day surfing the net, and need to focus on productivity, then this browser extension might just be the ticket.

StayFocused is a Google Chrome extension that blocks distracting | time-wasting websites while you’re working. The extension is customizable, allowing you to block distracting sites for a specific time, date, or you can even set it for a time limit. Go ahead block pages, sites, and even in-page content, and conquer your inner mouse potato to become a productivity ninja.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

This Just In - July

This Just In is a list of titles the library received in the month of July.

The 2017 Annotated Ontario Highway Traffic Act  KF 2209 O58 H 2017
The 2017 Annotated Ontario Provincial Offences Act  KF 9620 .ZB3 O58 P 2017

Each LSUC CPD title has a hyperlink to the library catalogue AdvoCAT, and the T.O.C.

7th Annual Business Law Summit  KF 1415.ZB3 L393 2017b
Entertainment & Media Law Symposium 2017 2017  KF 4290 .A75 E57 2017
The Annotated Financial Statement for Family Law Lawyers  KF 535 .A2 L393 2017
The Six-Minute Business Lawyer 2017  KF 889 .A2 L393 2017
The Six-Minute Employment Lawyer 2017  KF 3320 .ZB3 S594 2017
The Six-Minute Labour Lawyer 2017  KF 3320 .ZB3 S592 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

MMP - Geeky Beach Reads

MMP - Geeky Beach Reads

I’ve put together a few beach reads with a tech slant that are suspenseful, heartwarming, and even have a little romance added to the mix. Enjoy these selections for the summer of 2017.

Blackout by Marc Elsberg
A tech thriller about terrorist hackers taking out the electrical | nuclear power grid in Europe, and the U.S. A million plus best seller world-wide.

The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman
If you’re into virtual reality you’ll enjoy this intelligently written book about love, involving an obsessed gamer, teacher, and artist.

The Sixth Idea by P.J. Tracy
Part of a series, this book revolves around a group of genius computer hackers and the police trying to solve the murders of the descendants of the team responsible for the H-bomb. 

Constant Fear by Daniel Palmer
An action packed thriller about a doomsday prepper and his hacker son who become involved in a modern-day Robin Hood tale. Add 2 million in bitcoin, a drug cartel, and you have roller coaster ride of a plot.

A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install
Ben (who doesn’t do much of anything) and his wife Amy (a barrister) are experiencing a rough patch in their marriage. Along comes Tang, a robot in need of repair, who teaches Ben about love, and friendship. A feel-good read that will make you laugh out loud!

Cyber Storm by Matthew Mather
Set in New York City, this book explores how mankind survives a full-on computer cyber-attack. This might be the read for you if you enjoy a doomsday storyline.

Friday, July 21, 2017

This Just In - June

This Just In is a list of titles the library received in the month of June.

2017-2018 Ontario Annual Practice  KF 8816 .ZB3 O57
Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law, 2nd edition  KF 1536 .ZA2 W66 2015
Canadian Family Law Guide, 6th edition  KF 505.ZA2 P392 2015
Child Support Guidelines in Canada, 2015  KF 549 P39 2015
Conflict of Laws, 2nd edition  KF 411 P58 2016
Court, Litigants, and the Digital Age: Law, Ethics and Practice, 2nd edition  KF 8733 E48 2016
Criminal Law, 6th edition  KF 9220 .ZA2 R62 2015
Defending Drinking and Driving Cases 2017  KF 2231 G64 2017
Handling Provincial Offence Cases in Ontario 2017  KF 9620 .ZB3 A743 2017
A Guide to the Youth Criminal Justice Act, 2018  KF 9780 .ZA2 T872 2018
Insurance Law, 2nd edition  KF 1164 B65 2015
Practitioner's Goods and Services Tax Annotated 2017, 35th edition  KF 6600 C363 2017
Watt's Manual of Criminal Evidence 2017 KF 9660 W38 2017

✦ Each LSUC CPD title has a hyperlink to the library catalogue AdvoCAT, and the T.O.C.

Evidence in Small Claims Court for Paralegals  KF 8769 .A75 L393 2017
Recreational Property Transactions 2017  KF 570 .A2 L393 2017
The Six-Minute Municipal Lawyer 2017  KF 5692 .A5 S59 2017
Solo and Small Firm Conference 2017: Building a Smarter Practice  KF 300 .A2 S653 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

Recent Brantford Decisions

Recent Brantford Decisions released on CanLII

Children’s Aid Society of Brant v. C.H., 2017 ONCJ 276 (CanLII)
Justice K. Baker 

Craven v Osidacz, 2017 ONSC 1757 (CanLII)
Justice T.R. Lofchik 

Peters v Swayze, 2017 ONSC 1779 (CanLII)
Justice R. J. Harper 

Children’s Aid Society of Brant v. K.N., 2017 ONCJ 202 (CanLII)
Justice K. Baker 

R. v. R.V., 2017 ONCJ 190 (CanLII)
Justice R.S. Gee 

Justice D.A. Broad

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Library Files - Canada 150

The Library Files - Canada 150

We decided to create a display in the library to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. The display includes feature sheets on some notable Brantfordtonians such as Lawren Harris, Thayendanega (Joseph Brant), Arthur Sturgis Hardy, and Walter Allward. 

Fact sheets also make up the display and highlight our various birthdays
  • 1892 and Canada’s First Criminal Code SC 1892, c 29 [assented to 9th July, 1892]
  • 1917 The Income Tax War Act SC 1917, c 28 [Assented to 20th September, 1917] A “temporary” measure to help pay for Canada’s involvement in World War I.
  • 1967 the year in which the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism released its first report calling for a fully bilingual country.
The small side table features some information on the Charter and includes a list of the top 5 facts. The library has the British North America Act, 1867, 30-31 Vict., c. 3 (U.K.) An Act for the Union of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, and the Government thereof; and for Purposes connected therewith. [29th March 1867]. The text on display is from the sheriff’s office, and is dated 25th of June 1868. 

Also located on the table, 100 hundred years forward, is a case from the Ontario Reports, Atwell et al. v. Knights, [1967] 1 O.R. 419, High Court of Justice. The defendant, Knights, operated a caged hen-laying business in the village of Tavistock. The plaintiffs in the case lived within 1,000 feet of the operation, and as you might expect provided evidence as to the unavoidable smell. The Court decided that the offensive smell emanating from the hen-houses was a nuisance and granted an injunction against the defendant. The case is even referenced in two volumes of Halsbury’s Laws of Canada. If you have a chance, drop by the library to read the judgment, just for the interesting use of language.

We invite you to visit and see the display. Take a pin, a temporary maple leaf tattoo, a maple leaf cookie or a flag. While you are here don’t forget to drop your business card in the ballot box to win one of three birthday prizes - A short book of bad Judges, Law is a buyer’s market: building a client-first law firm; and for those of you with a sweet tooth, a tin of maple cream chocolates.

Happy Birthday Canada!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Library Files - InfoLocate

The Library Files - InfoLocate

You're all familiar with the library catalogue AdvoCAT, but what if I told you there was another option. Brought to you by the LSUC | Great Library, InfoLocate lets you search for books, journals, online CPD articles, e-books, e-journals, and websites. When searching you can refine your results to a resource type, subject, author, library, and publication date.

I think one of the best features of this discovery tool is that you can you see how many items any given library has on a particular subject area. The other nice feature is that search results for a text, in most cases, will display the book cover.

InfoLocate also contains the full text of all the individual LSUC Continuing Professional Development (CPD) articles since 2004, that's over 6,000+ CPD articles. The articles that are 18 months or older are free to download, and print. Online access to the newer articles (post 18 months) is available, and so is a pdf download option (secured view - no printing). 

Articles from CPD programs can also be found on AccessCLE. Articles older than 18 months are free. More recent articles cost between $25 and $35.

The LSUC CPD materials offer a great starting point for any research project, but also provide practical advice from experts in the field.

This Just In - May

This Just In is a list of the titles the library received in the month of May.

The 2017 Annotated Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act KF 1536 .ZA2 C36 Bi 2017
An Advocacy Primer, 4th ed., KF 8915 S88 2015
Children's Law Handbook, 3rd ed., KF 479 Z85 2015
Debtor-Creditor Law KF 1536 .ZB3 B33 2015
Ontario Employment Standards Act: Quick Reference, 2017 ed., KF 3455 R64 2017
Preparation of Wills and Powers of Attorney: First Interview to Final Report, 4th ed. KF 755 M32 2011

Each LSUC CPD title has a hyperlink to the library catalogue AdvoCAT, and the T.O.C.

14th Annual Real Estate Law Summit KF 570 .A2 R437 2017
Administrative Law Practice Basics 2017 KF 5402 .A5 L393 2017b
Business Law Practice Basics 2017 KF 1415 .ZB3 L393 2017
Criminal Law Practice Basics 2017 KF 9220 .ZA2 L383 2017
The Six-Minute Estates Lawyer 2017 KF 778 .A2 S59 2017