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

Monday, May 22, 2017

MMP - Replacement Tips

MMP - Replacement Tips  

I had a retro moment today while thinking about the band the Replacements. I remember watching them on SNL (1986) and was blown away by the performance (you'll know what I mean if you Google the SNL episode). The only thing about today's MMP in common with the band, is the name.

When texting or emailing I often include my email address in the body of the message. Most often than not, I make a mistake typing the address because I'm in a hurry. Instead of typing out the address use a code to insert the email automatically into the message. To set up text replacement for an iPhone or iPad:
  1. Go to Settings - General - Keyboard - Text Replacement
  2. Tap the Text Replacement and in the upper right corner of the screen tap the + 
  3. In the Phrase box type in your email address i.e.
  4. In the Shortcut box type in two @@
  5. Tap Save
As you are typing out your message or email press the @@ and space. Your email will be inserted into the message - no more typing it out! If you have secondary email address that you use, follow the same steps but use three @@@ instead for the code.

The second replacement tip is for Word. When writing a letter or report I usually consult a thesaurus to check for synonyms. Highlight the text that you want to find a synonym for, and press Shift + F7. A panel will pop up on the right side of the screen showing a list of related terms to choose from. Such a nifty tip courtesy of MS Word.

Monday, May 1, 2017

MMP - Jing

Jing Screen Capture 

There are a number of screen capture utilities out there and I'll talk about some of them as extensions to Chrome in an upcoming Monday Mouse Potato post. But, today I wanted to let you in on my favourite screen capture program Jing. The reason I like Jing is that it's really easy to use; the icon sits discreetly at the top or side of you screen; offers some nice features to add to the capture; and I can avoid going to the Start menu to try to find the Windows Snipping Tool - bonus!

So let's get down to what Jing can do. Once you've downloaded the program a sun will appear on the screen. Hover the mouse pointer over the sun and 3 rays pop out from the icon.

To capture something on the screen, click on the circle with the + sign. A cross-hair appears. Press the left mouse button down to draw a rectangle over the area you want to capture. Let go of the mouse button and the capture will pop-up with 4 choices:
  1. Capture Image (Icon with a square within a square)
  2. Capture Video (Video strip icon)
  3. Redo Selection (Arrow icon)
  4. Cancel (X icon)
 Choose capture image, and then add arrows, text, captions and highlights if needed. Once you're happy with the capture, save it to your computer as a PNG file (Portable Network Graphics) to use in reports, emails and presentations.

You can also capture action, up to 5 minutes long and save it as a video file (files can be large) with voice over if needed. Videos captured in Jing are saved as SWF files or flash videos. F.Y.I. you'll need Flash Player on the machine in order to play the videos.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

This Just In - April

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

Annotated Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security Act, 16th ed. KF 3649 C36 P 2017
The Practitioner's Income Tax Act 2017, 51st ed. KF 6499 ZA2 P72

✦Each LSUC CPD title has a hyperlink to the library catalogue AdvoCAT, and the T.O.C.
7th Annual In-House Counsel Summit KF 1425 .A75 L393 2017
11th Annual Family Law Summit KF 505 .ZB3 L393 2017b
Family Law Practice Basics 2017 KF 505 .ZB3 L393 2017
The Six-Minute Criminal Lawyer 2017 KF 9620 .ZA2 L393 2017