INFORUM

September 03, 2013 InForum Issue

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The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society and its partners are pleased to celebrate the launch of the Internationally Trained Lawyer Observership Program. All interested lawyers are invited to join us on September 19 at Kababji Restaurant to share delicious Lebanese food and meet others who are involved with the program. Read More

The Canadian Bar Association presented a national award to Emma Halpern, Equity Officer for the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, during its recent 2013 CBA Legal Conference in Saskatoon. Read More

The Barristers’ Society has signed a two-year agreement with Carswell, a Thomson Reuters Business, licensing Westlaw Canada and O’Brien’s Online for use by members in the Barristers’ Library in Halifax, and the two locations where Remote Collections are mainta Read More

The following are several media reports published since the last edition of InForum: U of Ottawa profs at odds over AG’s comments on Trudeau pot use Postmedia News, August 27, 2013 Read More

The Society wishes to advise members of the recent death of the following colleague. We extend our condolences to his friends and family. Walter Owen Newton QC, Halifax/Port Williams – August 27, 2013 Obituary  Read More
Credentials

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category: Eric Patrick MacRae Paul Gregory McNeil The Society welcomes the following new articled clerks: Read More
Professional development

COMPANIES ACT NOVA SCOTIA COMPANIES ACT AND COMMENTARY : 2014 EDITION / Bradley, Sarah P -- Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2013. [KB 109 B811 2013] -------------------------------------------------------------------- Read More
Tips from LIANS

The fifth annual LIANS Risk and Practice Management Conference will be held November 8, 2013 from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm at the Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax. Earn 6 hours of CPD with:  Read More

The RPM program has consistently advocated (strongly!) the need for lawyers to use retainer agreements with their clients. So why aren’t we using them? Retainer agreements (or engagement letters, if you prefer) are more than just establishing how much your client can expect to pay, and should reference the following: Read More

We have received reports from several lawyers who received the following scam email from “Helen Polase”. The message appears as below: From: Helen PolaseSent: Monday, August 26, 2013 10:58 PMSubject: Assistance. Dear Counsel, Read More

The following are brochures from Homewood Human Solutions™, your health and wellness provider. Flu season is a few short months away. Absenteeism, lost productivity, interruption of service and increased health benefit costs are just a few of the challenges employers face when flu strikes the workplace. Read More
Courts

In cases below where no link is present, the decision was not yet available on CanLII at the time of InForum publication. Consult the Courts of Nova Scotia Twitter feeds or Decisions Database. Read More

No new decisions have been released on the Supreme Court of Canada Judgments website since the last InForum. This notice has been prepared by Society staff in Library & Information Services.  Read More
Province

On August 29, Premier Darrell Dexter announced the appointment of Lynn Hartwell as deputy minister of the Department of Community Services. Read More

The following proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum: Cyber-safety Act, S.N.S. 2013, c. 2, s.42 NS Gaz Pt 2, 08/23/2013 NS Reg 273/2013 Read More

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: http://novascotia.ca/news/ The following are some announcements since the last edition of InForum:    Read More

A number of new Land Registration Act and Registry Act Error & Omission notices have recently been posted online. Please note the new notices from the Cape Breton, Colchester, Digby, Pictou, Queens and Richmond County Land Registration Offices. Read More
Other news

SASKATOON — A new report released by the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) calls on the legal community, politicians and the public to become engaged and make a difference in redressing the imbalance in a world "thick in law but thin in legal resources." Read More

We’re moving! Please note, effective Friday, September 6, 2013, our new address will be as follows: 2016 Quinn Street (corner of Quinpool Road and Quinn Street) Halifax, Nova Scotia B3L 3E6 Phone, fax and email contacts remain the same, but now we’ll have parking! Read More

I have important information for anyone connected to the Probate Action of the estate of Alain (or Alan) Moloney, deceased December 25, 2000, in Halifax, and his wife (also deceased) Rita. The executor is Ms. Denise Moloney (or Thomas). Please contact: Petty-Officer-First-Class Alan Macdonald (705) 424 7841 (home) or (705) 424 1200, local 2809 (work). Read More

The Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice is offering older publications (printed prior to 2009) at a greatly reduced price. Please see our website for details: http://www.ciaj-icaj.ca/en/books.   Read More

Nova Scotia’s new CyberSCAN unit will be up and running this month. The final piece of the Province’s new Cyber-safety Act, the unit will have five investigators who will investigate all complaints of cyberbullying, whether the victim is a minor or an adult. Read More

A Technology Entrepreneurship project being conducted through Venture Lab, Stanford University, seeks to determine lawyer interest in a proposed online platform that creates a new law practice revenue stream while improving public access to legal information. Read More
Careers

If you are an ambitious individual looking to practice law in a rural community but in a busy practice with interesting and different types of work, we would like to talk to you. Read More

I am a legal assistant/litigation paralegal with 20+ years of experience in the legal field.  I am currently looking for full time employment in the Halifax/Dartmouth area, and am available immediately. My preferred area of practice is litigation/personal injury but I would welcome the opportunity to learn a new area of law. Read More

I am a legal assistant with 11 years experience looking for full or part time work. I am very dependable and well organized. Please contact for further information.  Read More

POSITION #: 78606786 BUSINESS UNIT: Legal, Insurance and Risk Management Service, Halifax Regional Municipality  DIVISION: Prosecution DATE: September 4, 2013 Read More

I am a legal assistant currently looking for full time or part time work within the HRM. I have experience working with MS Word, Excel, Worldox, Word Perfect, Outlook, GroupWise and Adobe Acrobat. I work effectively both independently and as a team member and am well organized and dependable. Please contact me at mcelsih@gmail.com  Read More

I am an experienced paralegal/legal assistant with over 20 years of experience. Areas of concentration are child protection, personal injury and litigation. Willing to relocate. Contact me by email: mt-macdonald@hotmail.com.    Read More

The law office of LaFosse MacLeod in Sydney, Nova Scotia is seeking a lawyer to work in a term position (approx. 4- 6 months) starting immediately. The ideal candidate will have experience in civil and family litigation, including child protection. Read More

Are you an experienced legal assistant looking to take on a new challenge?   Working as a legal assistant on our float team offers a valuable opportunity to develop skills and expand your knowledge in practice areas across litigation, insurance, corporate/commercial and employment and labour.  Read More

East Coast Environmental Law (ECELAW) is a non-profit environmental law organization seeking to fill the position of Executive Director. ECELAW responds to community inquiries, carries out legal and policy research and presents educational resources and opportunities to increase public awareness of environmental laws in Atlantic Canada. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 12:30
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Event Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013 (All day)
Join us for a ‘best ball’ golf tournament in support of Dalhousie Legal Aid on Thursday, September 19. This fundraiser will be held at Lost Creek Golf Club located at 222 Ridge Avenue in Waverly, NS. Read More
Event Date: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 12:00
Join us for our lunch time Health Law and Policy Seminar Series.    Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 12:30
Register Now Moderators Julie Nichols, Arbitrator/Mediator Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 (All day)
Registration is open until the Friday before the Online Land Registration Act training program.   Cost for this program is $600 plus HST and registrants have one week to complete the course.   Dates for next LRA course: September 25 to October 2, 2013 Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 26, 2013 (All day)
Start by Believing: a conference to address issues of sexualized violence September 26-27, 2013The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites, Halifax, Nova Scotia Read More
Event Date: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 08:00
These are challenging and dynamic times in employment and labour relations and both management and labour representatives are eager to ensure they have the latest information and insights in these developing areas of the law, policy and practice. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 12:00
Professor Judy Fudge Innis Christie Visiting Professor Faculty of Law, University of Victoria  Registration Deadline:  Friday, SEPTEMBER 6, 2013 (please email lawdean@dal.ca for a registration form) Read More
Event Date: Monday, October 7, 2013 (All day)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM    The experts: John Illingworth, Employer Counsel, Gowlings Troy Winters, Senior Officer, Canadian Union of Public Employees  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 (All day)
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Event Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 (All day)
Day One - Wednesday, October 9, 2013 Update from the WSIB: Examining policy and rate changes Process Changes, Policy Updates: Important developments, significant changes Psychological Disabilities: Controversial issues of entitlement and compensation  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013 (All day)
CIAJ's Annual Conference Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 (All day)
ACCLE (Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education) is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its Fourth Annual Conference at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from October 16-19, 2013.     Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 (All day)
Major Caselaw and Legislative Round-Up Drawing the Thin Blue Line: The role of the police in labour disputes Managing Industrial Conflict: Difficult calls made by labour boards in strike situations  Read More
Event Date: Monday, October 28, 2013 (All day)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 09:00
Pre-Conference Workshops - Monday, October 28, 2013 Read More
Event Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013 (All day)
This one-day program will examine how tribunals should apply the Charter and Human Rights Codes? Should they be required to use the traditional analyses employed by the courts, or should tribunals be permitted/expected to develop analyses suited to their particular jurisdiction? Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 08:30
Toronto Stock Exchange has rules that govern corporate finance transactions, including private placements, acquisitions and prospectus offerings. At this hands-on, half-day workshop Toronto Stock Exchange staff will explore these requirements to provide you with a broad overview of the rules and help ensure your transactions are structured in compliance with the rules. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 (All day)
Effective leaders inspire positive growth, change and healthy work relationships. This workshop focuses on providing leaders with a set of tools to bring out the best in the people they lead. It will examine the mindset necessary to lead others through the difficult moments they encounter in their working careers. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 12:30
Issues Anger is a natural, and sometimes even productive, reaction in certain situations. However, sometimes individuals become angry in inappropriate situations or express their anger in inappropriate ways. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 12:30
Issues A host of legal issues can arise when an employee is expecting a child, making it important for workplace parties to know their duties and obligations. How far must an employer go in accommodating the preferred alternative work schedules of pregnant employees? Can parental leave be split into multiple absences from work, or must it be taken as one continuous period of leave? Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 08:00
DRI’s Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium is the premier professional educational event on thesubject of insurance coverage and claims. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (All day)
Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to identify and assess the emotions of oneself and others and then to use that information to guide one’s actions. While cognitive skills are also important, it is emotional intelligence that has the greatest impact on people’s ability to be productive and work well with others. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 12:30
Issues Every day, employers may deal with a range of challenges such as workplace conflict, employee misconduct and unsatisfactory performance. It is often difficult to determine whether counselling or discipline is the appropriate response and when operational decisions or counselling might cross the line into grievable discipline. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 08:00
DRI’s Professional Liability Seminar will give you the know-how to provide best practices representation to your clients in 2014 and beyond. This seminar is dedicated to addressing the educational needs of attorneys and insurers who represent the interests of all professionals, including accountants, attorneys, officers, building professionals, and insurance producers. Read More
Event Date: Monday, March 24, 2014 (All day)
Miscommunication caused by personality differences often leads to conflict that negatively affects both personal efficiency and the collaboration process necessary for healthy teamwork. No matter how skilled or dedicated people are, the ability to communicate effectively with others will determine ones' effectiveness and a group's productivity. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 08:15
Although many have been defending asbestos-related claims for decades, the science and technology involved remains cutting edge. Keep on top of new developments in medicine, epidemiology, and industrial hygiene, while refreshing your knowledge of state-of-the-art defenses. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 (All day)
Conflict has many sources, including disagreements, stress, personality differences and differences of opinions. While the results of conflict impact us individually, it also often has negative effects on the performance of groups. Many conflicts would not spiral out of control if people used conflict resolution techniques that are easy to learn and utilize. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 08:00
DRI’s Construction Law Seminar is designed to enhance the practice of all construction industry professionals — from experienced defense attorneys, to risk managers, to construction executives, and even to those who are new to construction litigation. Read More
Event Date: Monday, December 2, 2013 (All day)
In many organizations it is common to find large numbers of employees suffering from the adverse effects of stress. Left unmanaged, stress can lead to unproductive patterns and result in loss of focus and productivity at work. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 07:45
DRI’s Nursing Home/ALF Litigation Seminar is the preeminent seminar for attorneys in private practice,in-house counsel, claims specialists, and other professionals involved in the defense of claims againstlong-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, and other aging services providers across the country. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013 (All day)
The multiple demands of work necessitate that employees know how to prioritize their responsibilities, work with proficiency, be resourceful and complete tasks in a systematic and organized manner. The content presented in this workshop provides a comprehensive review of performance basics and is geared for front line workers. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 (All day)
For those who work in an environment where there is potential for violence, it is important to develop the skills needed to defuse dangerous situations. This workshop is designed to teach people to de-escalate potentially violent situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 (All day)
Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to identify and assess the emotions of oneself and others and then to use that information to guide one’s actions. While cognitive skills are also important, it is emotional intelligence that has the greatest impact on people’s ability to be productive and work well with others. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 16:00
  The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society and its partners are pleased to celebrate the launch of the Internationally Trained Lawyer Observership Program. All interested lawyers are invited to join us on September 19 at Kababji Restaurant to share delicious food and meet others who are involved with the program.    Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 (All day)
For those who work in an environment where there is potential for violence, it is important to develop the skills needed to defuse dangerous situations. This workshop is designed to teach people to de-escalate potentially violent situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 5, 2014 (All day)
In many organizations it is common to find large numbers of employees suffering from the adverse effects of stress. Left unmanaged, stress can lead to unproductive patterns and result in loss of focus and productivity at work. This workshop will help participants identify personal stress factors and introduce them to practical methods for successfully managing stress. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 12:30
Issues In their pursuit of information to find the best person for the job, employers can run afoul of human rights and privacy laws, even with well-meaning questions and tests. In unionized workplaces, provisions in collective agreements may require employers to adhere to additional standards when hiring or filling vacancies. Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 07:00
Eighth Annual Rock for Dimes Halifax – November 1, 2013 Here Comes the 70s Event date: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 7:00 P.M. Location: Cunard Centre - 961 Marginal Road, Halifax Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 (All day)
Essential leadership attributes and management skills often mean the difference between thriving or failing as a manager. This workshop is designed to help new or existing managers increase their abilities to lead teams. They will gain skills to assess team dynamics and to improve trust and influence with those they are leading. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 12:30
Issues There is often a tension between the free speech rights of employees and the interests employers have in controlling their public image and protecting their reputation. This tension is especially strong in the public service where employees and unions may seek to make public comments about a wide range of government policies and can invoke Charter protection for their comments. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 12:30
Issues: On the popular sitcom Seinfeld, the character Frank Costanza created an alternative holiday called "Festivus" in response to the commercialism and pressure that has come to dominate Christmas. In Canada's diverse workplaces, Christmas and other holidays can cause stress for reasons that Frank may not have had in mind. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 07:15
The Annual Meeting is all about you—your career and your life. Our meeting gets off to a great start, as we invite our first-time attendees to join DRI leadership for the inaugural First-Time Attendee Orientation on Wednesday at 5:00 pm in the Exhibit Showcase. Come learn how DRI can work for you to enhance your career and assist you in navigating the Annual Meeting. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (All day)
Everyone encounters difficult people on a regular basis and typically conversations with them leave people feeling frustrated, stressed, angry and tired. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 12:30
Issues On June 14, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its ruling in Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 30 v. Irving Pulp & Paper, Ltd., a decision with broad implications for drug and alcohol testing in the workplace. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 15:00
Claims of assault, molestation, and unwelcome sexual conduct against religious institutions, medical providers, schools and universities, and youth organizations continue to dominate headlines worldwide.Among the series of challenges facing such organizations is the prospect of civil liability. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 (All day)
Registration is open until the Friday before the Online Land Registration Act training program.   Cost for this program is $600 plus HST and registrants have one week to complete the course.   Dates for next LRA course: November 13 to November 20, 2013 Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 07:45
The DRI Life, Health and Disability Committee is once again sponsoring a program for lawyers who are new to the practice. The program will be taught by highly experienced attorneys and will be aimed at providing a basic understanding of the concepts applicable to life, health and disability litigation. Read More
Event Date: Monday, December 16, 2013 (All day)
Everyone encounters difficult people on a regular basis and typically conversations with them leave people feeling frustrated, stressed, angry and tired. This workshop will analyze what is happening in those exchanges and demonstrate how people can adapt their strategies to bring about more productive conversations with those they find difficult. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 08:00
Are Smart Cars truly smarter? Or are we just looking at more and different litigation? DRI’s StrictlyAutomotive Seminar returns to the heart of automotive country, where these and other up-to-the-minutetopics will be presented by leading in-house counsel and experts from around the country. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013 (All day)
Essential leadership attributes and management skills often mean the difference between thriving or failing as a manager. This workshop is designed to help new or existing managers increase their abilities to lead teams. They will gain skills to assess team dynamics and to improve trust and influence with those they are leading. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014 (All day)
This workshop is designed for managers, human resource professionals, social service providers and anyone seeking a better understanding of the complexities that surround mental illness. While it is not your responsibility to diagnose mental illness, it can be both important and helpful for you to be aware of the signs and symptoms that indicate someone is experiencing a mental illness.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013 (All day)
This workshop is designed for managers, human resource professionals, social service providers and anyone seeking a better understanding of the complexities that surround mental illness. While it is not your responsibility to diagnose mental illness, it can be both important and helpful for you to be aware of the signs and symptoms that indicate someone is experiencing a mental illness. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 (All day)
Understanding our communication style and how we interact with others is essential to positive and productive relations. Effective communication requires us not only to be aware of ourselves, but also to be responsive and aware of others. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 12:30
Issues Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time, but many people experience anxiety that goes well beyond butterflies in the stomach before giving a speech or nervousness in a new situation. Read More
Event Date: Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 11:00
  3RD ANNUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE PUBLIC INTEREST FAIR  NOVEMBER 16th, 2013  11:00 - 4:30pm   Kantary Hills Hotel  44 Nimmanhaemin Road, Soi 12, Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai   FREE ENTRY! Donations welcome   ABOUT  Read More
Event Date: Monday, December 2, 2013 (All day)
HRPA Recertification The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) has approved Lancaster House as a Recertification Partner, guaranteeing that participation in our conferences, workshops and audio conferences will be accepted by the HRPA for recertification credit. Day One - Monday, December 2, 2013 Read More
Event Date: Monday, December 2, 2013 (All day)
Ability Starts Here Conference is taking place December 2nd and 3rd, 2013 at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. Sponsored in part by Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, Collaborative Partnership Network, and Disabled Persons Commission, this year marks the 6th year of the conference which commemorates the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Read More
Event Date: Monday, December 9, 2013 (All day)
Crunching the Numbers: Costing, ability to pay, and total compensation Getting to Yes, Dealing with No: Negotiation strategies in an interest arbitration world Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 (All day)
Day One - Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Economic Update: Are we out of the woods? A Tightening Noose? Legislative restrictions on bargaining Climate Change: Bargaining under the heat of political pressure Winning Hearts and Minds: Managing media and membership campaigns during negotiations Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 (All day)
Day One - Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Current Decisions, Upcoming Issues: Major caselaw and legislative roundup Damages Beyond the Norm: Measuring losses in exceptional cases Hired Guns or Impartial Guides? Expert medical evidence at arbitration  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013 (All day)
Dealing with Difficult People: Surviving bullying bosses, coping with cranky co-workers and creating a respectful workplace What Arbitrators Really Want: Smart approaches to presenting cases Read More
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