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Roxanne Toth-Rissanen, Law Librarian
444 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie
Chris Wyskiel, Library Technician
Brant County Courthouse, 70 Wellington Street, Brantford
Laurie McDonald, Library Assistant
County Court House, 207 Cayley Street, P.O. Box 818, Walkerton
Ottawa Courthouse, Gordon F. Henderson Library
Jennifer Walker, Head Librarian
Brenda Lauritzen, Reference Librarian
Amanda Elliott, Library Technician
Ottawa Courthouse, Law Library, 161 Elgin Street, Room 2004, Ottawa
Marie-Josee Filio, Law Librarian
Court House, 48 Spruce Street North, P.O. Box 274, Timmins
Marilyn Elkin, Law Librarian
51 Zina Street, Orangeville
Jennie Clarke & Lee Holstead, Law Librarians
Court House, 150 Bond Street East, Oshawa
Alex Bradley, Law Librarian
4 Wellington Street, St. Thomas
Doug Hewitt, Kemala Vranjes, & Cathleen Croshawas, Law Librarians
245 Windsor Avenue, Windsor
Jackie Hassefras, Library Technician
Frontenac County Courthouse, 5 Court Street, Kingston
Ronn Cheney, Library Technician
611 - 9th Avenue East, Owen Sound
Lena Witzel, Library Assistant
55 Munsee Street North, P.O. Box 459, Cayuga, N0A 1E0
Karen Cooper, Law Librarian
Shega Berisha firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Richmond email@example.com
Wendy Spearing firstname.lastname@example.org
45 Main Street East, Suite 500, Hamilton, L8N 2B7
Judith Dale, Library & Information Technician
Quinte Consolidated Courthouse, Suite 2900 - 15 Bridge Street West, Belleville
Barb Alcock, Library Assistant
Court House, 3rd Floor, One The Square, Goderich
Maria Berezowski, Library Technician
Court House, 216 Water Street, Kenora
Karen Lauterbauch, Library Assistant
425 Grand Avenue West, Room 402, Chatham
Michelle Gerrits, Library Manager
700 Christina Street N. Suite 104, Sarnia
Liz Mitchell, Library Assistant
43 Drummond Street East, Perth
Lynda Cavanagh, Library Technician
County Court House, 41 Court House Square, Brockville
Carol Sirman, Library Assistant
97 Thomas Street East, Napanee
Kelly Elliott, Library Technician
Ken McGowan Law Library, 59 Church Street, St. Catharines
James Weppler, Lawyer
705-282-3354 (not toll-free)
Cynthia Simpson, Law Librarian
Shabira Tamachi, Library Technician
Court House, 80 Dundas Street, Ground Floor, Unit "N", London ON, N6A 6A1
Patricia Harris, Library Assistant
Court House, Law Library, 3 Dominion Street, Bracebridge
Amanda Adams, Librarian
Nipissing Law Library, 360 Plouffe Street, North Bay
Lena Witzel, Library Assistant
50 Frederick Hobson VC Drive, Suite 502, Simcoe, N3Y 0E4
Ciara Ward, Librarian
Court House, 860 William Street, Cobourg
Carolyne Alsop, Librarian
415 Hunter Street, P.O. Box 1678, Woodstock
Patricia Harris, Library Assistant
District Court House, Law Library, 2nd Floor, 89 James Street, Parry Sound
Melissa Firth, Librarian/ Administrator
A. Grenville & William Davis Courthouse, 7755 Hurontario Street, Suite 160, Brampton
Sarah Bittle, Librarian
Court House, 1 Huron Street, Stratford
Laura Dobbie, Librarian
Peterborough County Court House, Lois C. Davidson Law Library, 470 Water Street, Peterborough
Michelle Landriault, Library Assistant
1027 Queen Street, Box 540, L'Original
Margaret Katona, Library Assistant
District Court House, 333 Church Street, P.O. Box 276, Fort Frances
Laurie Stoddard , Library Assistant
James W. Fraser Law Library
297 Pembroke Street East, Suite 1211, Pembroke
Court House, 4th Level, 75 Mulcaster Street, Barrie
Denise Lortie, Librarian
Court House Library, 29 Second Street West, Cornwall
Rannah Sopha, Library Technician
District Court House, 155 Elm Street West, Sudbury
Shannon Whitmaack, Library Assistant
Court House, 393 Main Street P.O. Box 3020, Haileybury
705-672-5655 (not toll-free)
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Helen Heerema, Library Technician
Courthouse, 2nd Floor, 125 Brodie Street North, Thunder Bay
Joan Rataic-Lang, Executive Director/Library Director
361 University Ave., Toronto
Gabrielle Gignac, Library Assistant
Court House, 440 Kent Street West, Lindsay
85 Frederick Street, Kitchener
Mary-Jo Petsche, Executive Director
R. Boak Burns Law Library, 102 East Main Street, Welland
John Kerr, Library Technician
Court House, 74 Woolwich Street, Guelph
Betty Dykstra, Librarian
Newmarket Courthouse, 50 Eagle Street West, 3rd Floor, Newmarket
InfoLocate (Search & location tool for resources held in the Great Library and the County & District Law Libraries)
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NEW MOBIL PORTAL
The Ontario Courthouse Libraries Association (OCLA) is excited to roll-out their new mobile friendly and lawyer-centric portal to all County and District Law Libraries in Ontario.
On the site, you'll find individual law library profiles highlighting services being offered.
• Highly visible quick link icons to contact information, location-based mapping, weather, and Association websites.
• Quick catalogue access to diverse resources, directly from the home page.
• A persistent header with a drop-down menu for easy navigation by Association or city.
• Information about hours, access, electronic resources, parking, robing rooms, lounge facilities, value added extras, and more.
Enhance your travel experience to another jurisdiction by visiting http://oclanet.com/webapp/
As you know, FOLA has long been advocating for increased funding for our law libraries. This advocacy has ramped up considerably in light of the Law Society’s recent budget cuts. It is critical that the LSO understands the importance and specific use of our libraries. Over March 2021, FOLA conducted a Courthouse Library Use Survey and we will be releasing a White Paper shortly.
Concerned about the cuts to your local Courthouse library? Contact your Regional and local Benchers to let them know how important your library, the library resources, and the activities that take place there are to you! Are you on social media? We have some suggested messages and images ready for you to use! Alternatively, you can create your own! FOLA will share ALL your library-related posts!
FOLA ADVOCACY WITH BENCHERS FOLLOWING THE LSO BUDGET CUTS
BENCHER CONTACT LIST (PDF)
* for Excel version, see Bencher List in the Download section
OTHER ASSOCIATION LETTERS
As you may know, the Law Society has been working to reduce costs across the board. As such, at their November Convocation, it was announced that LIRN would be receiving a 10% cut to their 2021 budget.
FOLA's position throughout this matter has been that the cost of maintaining a collection has not kept up with inflation nor the rising costs of materials. We have consistently pointed out that local Associations are using their own resources to meet the shortfalls which have arisen. Finally, we have pointed out that this is an issue effecting competence and that ensuring resources are available to all members should be a priority.
In an effort to avoid a significant reduction in funding, which has clearly been signaled by a group of benchers who are supportive of fee reductions, LIRN’s original budget proposal called for maintaining the current level of funding, with a view to developing a plan to maintain the quality of our collection but find efficiencies within the system including a more strategic approach to negotiating with legal publishers.
However, to accommodate this 10% cut in funding, the LIRN Finance and Audit Committee and the full Board met several times to discuss how to reduce the budget in a way that did not disproportionately affect any of the libraries. Their decision was not made lightly. Ultimately, the LIRN Board decided to reduce grant amounts based on $50,000 incremental thresholds as follows:
• 0 to $50,000 – 2%
• $50,000 to $100,000 – 4%
• $100,000 to $150,000 – 6%
• $150,000 to $200,000 – 8%
• $200,000 to $250,000 – 10%
• $250,000 to $300,000 ¬ 12%
• Over $300,000 – 14%
FOLA understands that it will not be easy for your associations and the libraries to implement these reductions, and we will do our best to support you throughout this challenging process while continuing to advocate for greater levels of funding.
COVID-19 NOTICE FROM LIRN - MARCH 2020
It is critical that Law Society Benchers and fellow lawyers understand and appreciate the enormous value Ontario's Courthouse libraries offer the practicing bar and their clients. FOLA hopes you find the suggested social media posts helpful and thanks you in advance for sharing them on social media. Don't forget to tag @LawSocietyLSO (the Law Society) @LIRN_Inc, @OCLALibraries, and @Ont_Law_Assoc (FOLA) on all your tweets! We'll retweet!
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As the world shifts, libraries are going to look different, but there will always be a need for them, especially as electronic resources increasingly require prohibitive fees for access. The legal community needs a library where they can access those resources. @LawSocietyLSO @OCLALibraries @Ont_Law_Assoc @LIRN_Inc
My Courthouse Library is absolutely essential for comprehensive research tools and thus essential to ensuring access to justice @LawSocietyLSO @OCLALibraries @Ont_Law_Assoc @LIRN_Inc
Courthouse libraries provide lawyers in rural and remote communities with colleagues that they would not otherwise have. @LawSocietyLSO @Ont_Law_Assoc @OCLALibraries @LIRN_Inc
Courthouse libraries offer a one-stop-shop for key resources small firms and sole practicing lawyers cannot otherwise afford. @LawSocietyLSO @Ont_Law_Assoc @OCLALibraries @LIRN_Inc
Courthouse librarians offer lawyers the ability to provide informed counsel and representations to the Court, especially for clients that cannot afford the costs of other legal research providers. @LawSocietyLSO @Ont_Law_Assoc @OCLALibraries @LIRN_Inc
Our Courthouse Libraries provide for access to harder-to-find or niche resources, especially on issues that arise outside of main practice areas. @LawSocietyLSO @Ont_Law_Assoc @OCLALibraries @LIRN_Inc
Courthouse Libraries provide access to resources that are prohibitively expensive for sole or small firm practitioners @LawSocietyLSO @Ont_Law_Assoc @OCLALibraries @LIRN_Inc
Courthouse Libraries are Absolutely essential for comprehensive research tools and thus essential to ensuring access to justice @LawSocietyLSO @Ont_Law_Assoc @OCLALibraries @LIRN_Inc
“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A Librarian can bring you back the right one” Neil Gaiman @neilhimself @LawSocietyLSO @Ont_Law_Assoc @OCLALibraries @LIRN_Inc
Our Courthouse Libraries provide access to librarians to help make research more efficient and effective. @LawSocietyLSO @Ont_Law_Assoc @OCLALibraries @LIRN_Inc
Courthouse Libraries offer access to peers and senior counsel so that they can learn from each other, be collegial, and discuss cases – opportunities otherwise unavailable to sole practicing lawyers. @LawSocietyLSO @Ont_Law_Assoc @OCLALibraries @LIRN_Inc
Our Courthouse Libraries provide a physical space for the private, practicing bar to facilitate mentorship and to support professional development. @LawSocietyLSO @Ont_Law_Assoc @OCLALibraries @LIRN_Inc
Increasingly, Courthouse library staff are counted upon to respond to research and legal information requests by unrepresented individuals. @LawSocietyLSO @Ont_Law_Assoc @OCLALibraries @LIRN_Inc
Courthouse libraries are a living breathing part of the practice of law in many jurisdictions. It is a haven; an office; a provider of therapy; a matchmaking centre for mentors; a conduit to the Courts and Judiciary; an ideation place; a technology learning centre; and a law learning centre. @LawSocietyLSO @Ont_Law_Assoc @OCLALibraries @LIRN_Inc
The services, resources, and assistance from librarians through our Courthouse libraries can make the difference between being a good lawyer and a great lawyer. @LawSocietyLSO @Ont_Law_Assoc @OCLALibraries @LIRN_Inc
Your Courthouse Libraries help ensure that the public is served by legal professionals with high standards of learning and competence. @LawSocietyLSO @Ont_Law_Assoc @OCLALibraries @LIRN_Inc
Courthouse Libraries supports ongoing learning and development with a specific emphasis on the use and application of legal information, legal research, legal training and education, and social activities. @LawSocietyLSO @Ont_Law_Assoc @OCLALibraries @LIRN_Inc
What would lawyers working in Ontario or even our own law associations be without their Courthouse librarians? Do you know? Courthouse libraries and their staff work to provide research and reference services, access to legal materials and databases that have prices which are out of the reach of solo and small firms, as well as facilitating continuing education programming, along with networking and mentorship opportunities. Lawyers Daily
FOLA's 1st Vice Chair, Nathan Baker, in Lawyer's Daily. Lawyers Daily
Ontario's Courthouse Law Libraries, or Practice Resource Centers, remain a fundamental issue of interest for FOLA and its members. The preservation, improvement and sustainability of the system has been at the forefront of FOLA since before the inception of LibraryCo.
Timeline at a Glance
1800-1827: Establishment of the Great Library and it’s collections
1879: Committee formed to look at establishing “branch” libraries across province
1883: Consolidated Municipal Act, 1883, 46 v. c. 18. ss. 465 and 469 requires cities and towns to provide space in the local courthouse for the local bar
1980: County and District Law Presidents’ Association (CDLPA) established (now FOLA)
1987: Ontario Courthouse Librarians’ Association established -Brian Land’s report received by the LSO
1988: Book catalogues produced by the Law Society for county and district law libraries
1994: The “Hennessey Report” on funding of County and District Law Libraries
1995: The “Topp Report” on Funding of County and District Law Libraries
1998: Establishment of the Working Group that became known as the Elliott Committee
2001: LibraryCo established
2004-2006: Integration Task Force founded and begins work
2007: LibraryCo restructured
2020:Formation of LiRN
History: Before 2000
In the 1990’s libraries existed in all of the County Courthouses across Ontario. They were owned and operated by the local associations. They were funded, in large part and to varying degrees by the Law Society, who recognized that access to legal information was a critical part of assisting small town lawyers in serving their clientele and facilitating access to justice.
LibraryCo – 1st Generation
LibraryCo originally came about as the result of the efforts of the Law Society and FOLA to organize the County and District law libraries across the province, to establish a stable funding base for the libraries across the province, and to try and provide for some centralized administration and purchasing for the library system; while at the same time allowing the local County and District Law Associations to continue to manage the libraries and develop their collections in accordance with local needs. This came to be referred to as the “blended system”. LibraryCo was incorporated in 2001.
The first Unanimous Shareholders Agreement called for a Board of Directors of 15. The original Board of Directors included representatives of the Ontario Bar Association, the Ontario Courthouse Librarians Association, FOLA and the Law Society.
In April of 2002, LibraryCo produced its first five-year business plan entitled “Outof the Box and Beyond the Walls”. The Great Library was notably absent from that business plan. It appeared that the Great Library and LibraryCo were to exist in parallel universes.
As part of that business plan, LibraryCo embarked on a number of initiatives to organize and direct the County and District law libraries across the province. Among the less controversial initiatives was the development of a tiered system of libraries with five regional libraries, fifteen area libraries, and twenty-eight local libraries; the establishment of a core collection list and an“essentials” collection list for the libraries at each level; the establishment of salary bands and job descriptions for library staff; the provision of inter-library document delivery; the use of a uniform accounting package for each library through the Simply Accounting program.
As part of the “tiered” system of libraries, LibraryCo initially proposed to “de-staff” a total of fifteen local law libraries and impose certain restrictions on staffing and budgets for the remaining local law associations. This was the first effort to have legal information provided to lawyers in smaller centers without the benefit of local staff. The plan to de-staff fifteen local libraries was abandoned after vigorous protest from FOLA.
From FOLA’s perspective, LibraryCo also got itself in trouble early on when it started telling Associations how much to pay the library staff, started telling staff members what they did or did not have to do for the Associations, referring to the libraries as “LibraryCo libraries” and attempting to direct library staff on the management of the Law Association libraries without consulting the Law Associations.
It further appeared that from the Law Society perspective, LibraryCo got itself in trouble with its financial reporting to the Law Society. It seemed that the Law Society was not particularly pleased at the time with the form of the financial reporting.
At the time that those issues were coming to a head,LibraryCo had established the “Integration Task Force” to examining ways that LibraryCo and the Great Library could work more closely together. It became very clear very quickly that there were fundamental governance issues with LibraryCo.
LibraryCo – 2nd Generation
LibraryCo had a major corporate overhaul in 2007 which resulted in the Board of Directors being reduced from 15 to 8 seats, a new unanimous Shareholder’s Agreement, the “USA”, between the Toronto Lawyers Association, FOLA, and the Law Society, and an Administrative Services Agreement under which the Law Society was contracted to provide most of the administrative and technical support which LibraryCo required.
At that same time,LibraryCo and the GreatLibrary developed a new and closer working relationship. Also, commencing in 2004, the Great Library and the Toronto Lawyers Association library worked together to rationalize some of their collections and worked together towards a more coherent approach to providing library services to lawyers in the Toronto area. LibraryCo has existed basically in this form since that time.
Issues from 2013 – today
In 2013 the Law Society appointed a Legal Information and Support Services (LISS) committee, with members from the Law Society, FOLA, TLA, OBA and the Advocates Society, to review the current system to identify and provide advice on areas that need further review. A report of LISS was widely distributed in the fall of 2014 but was not acted upon by the Law Society.
In 2015 the Law Society insisted that qualitative and quantitative data on library system use and future needs was required to inform the work of the Transition Committee and to satisfy the demands of Convocation for evidence-based policy making. While FOLA initially resisted this further study as a duplication of effort and time (given the LISS report), the consultant, Phase 5, was retained and a report was provided to the LibraryCo board and Transition Committee in the fall of 2016. The work of the Transition Committee was essentially put on hold during this time.
In the fall of 2016, the Audit & Finance Committee of the Law Society rejected the initial 2017 LibraryCo draft budget and, in particular, its request for a 2% budget increase on the premise that the LibraryCo Transition Committee had not made progress towards a viable reform plan. Following appeals by the LibraryCo board, the draft budget was approved, but the Law Society warned that future budgets would not be approved unless and until a viable reform plan was developed.
The LibraryCo board decided that the full Phase 5 report would not be released publicly. The Phase 5 report largely confirmed what FOLA already knew and believed about the system:
· the system is highly valued by those who use it;
· library staff are seen as the greatest asset in the system;
· the system is under-utilized and many lawyers do not fully appreciate or understand the breadth of services already available;
· investment is needed to introduce new services and meet the demands of lawyers into the future;
· opportunities for reform and revitalization exist in the system, but the report is largely silent on important matters of governance.
A high-level review of the Phase 5 report was presented at the 2016 November Plenary and FOLA passed a unanimous motion calling for the Law Society to reinstate a separate “Library Levy” on lawyers’ annual statements.
The Transition Committee met in November and December 2016 to consider the Phase 5 report and to begin to map out a plan. The December meeting was cut short and progress inexplicably stalled. FOLA wrote to the Law Society in December 2016 to express its frustration with the delays in the Transition Committee and the Law Society responded with an invitation to the other shareholders (FOLA and TLA) to attend a meeting where they would all “lay their cards on the table”.
FOLA and the TLA met with the Law Society on January 30, 2017, where the Law Society expressed its belief that LibraryCo is an “expensive and unnecessary corporate structure”. The Law Society once again determined that LibraryCo should be dissolved and the operations moved internally to the Law Society.
Following spirited discussions, all of the shareholders agreed that:
· the support of a “centralized” system management would be beneficial to the entire operation (and was always the intent of LibraryCo), but the shareholders had different views on that model;
· if the Law Society could assure FOLA and the TLA that it is not intending to cut funding, then there is enough basis to continue discussions;
· another meeting of the shareholders should take place as soon as possible and at that meeting a formal exchange of ideas should take place.
Further discussions between the shareholders ensued and at the November 2017 Plenary, the FOLA Executive presented an update on the status of negotiations and identified the risks and “political realities” facing the negotiators. The Executive was pleased to also inform the Presidents that the Law Society had agreed that implementing the full scope of LIRN was not possible, but that certain interim reforms were needed.
As a result, a scaled down version, “LIRN 3.0”, was presented. It featured:
· reiteration that an opportunity exists to re-set and revitalize “LibraryCO”;
· explicit focus on “competence”;
· a re-set for the governance of the entity with a “skills-based nominated board” with accountability to the shareholders;
· mandate to the new Board to hire a Director/Senior Manager with a mandate to build and revitalize the system;
· reiteration that the existing association staff relationship should remain with no change to their status;
· a guarantee of funding for five years and an opportunity to make the case for growth;
· making the “Library Levy” a “Competence Levy”.
With the support of the Presidents, FOLA agreed to endorse a move forward with the next steps which is to retain a consultant to develop criteria for the skills matrix needed by the new Board of Directors and endorse the shareholders moving forward to recruit that new Board based on the criteria.
From November 2018 until January 2019, prospective board members were interviewed and selected with FOLA being part of that selection committee. That board is not yet in place as the new corporation has yet to be formed with proper constating documents. The LSO has provided new draft documents to the TLA and FOLA for their respective review. It is the understanding of FOLA that these documents are meant to preserve the rights and obligations contained in LibraryCo’s Unanimous Shareholder Agreement.
On November 14th 2019, FOLA's membership unanimously passed the Universal Shareholders Agreement (LIRN USA). It is now awaiting formal approval by the Law Society of Ontario.
Applications are open for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which helps small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown effective December 26, 2020.
To receive the grant, a small business must:
Main Street Relief Grant for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provides up to $1,000 for PPE costs to eligible small businesses across Ontario with 2 to 9 employees.
You will need the documents and information listed below to apply.
For all Main Street Relief Grant and Property Tax and Energy Cost Rebate Grant:
Main Street Relief Grant application:
The federal government is covering up to 75% of an employee’s wages for qualifying eligible employers, with this subsidy rate in effect until March 13, 2021. The wage subsidy supports you to keep and re-hire your employees and avoid layoffs.
As a Canadian employer who has seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of your employee wages, retroactive to March 15, 2020.
This subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers, help prevent further job losses, and ease your business back into normal operations.
How claim periods work
Each CEWS claim period is a specific period of 4 weeks, beginning on a Sunday.
The wage subsidy does not renew automatically. Each period, you must confirm that you're eligible and calculate your amount according to that period's rules before you apply.