INFORUM

November 24, 2014 InForum Issue

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Society news

In July 2014, Council approved adoption of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s National Discipline Standards. These will be effective on January 1, 2015 for the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.  Read More

In January 2012, Council approved a refocusing of the purpose and direction of Library & Information Services, moving away from a role as a publisher of legal information, as that service is provided by CanLII, the Courts, and various private publishing houses. Read More

The Fall 2014 edition of the Society Record is now online at http://nsbs.org/society-record. The new issue provides updates on the Society’s current priorities to enhance access to legal services, and transform regulation and governance in the public interest. Read More

Visit the Society’s blog, In the Public Interest, for two new articles of interest: Read More

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: Read More
Council
Regulation

The next application for disposal of undistributed trust funds will be made in December 2014. Submissions should be received at the Society's offices no later than November 28, 2014. Read More
Credentials

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following member has changed to the Practising Lawyer category: Sarah Martina McGrath White The following member has resigned:  Clara Elizabeth Gray  Read More
Professional development

WestlawNext Canada a maintenant une interface utilisateur en français WestlawNext Canada a maintenant une interface utilisateur en français pour permettre aux personnes qui effectuent des recherches de travailler en français. Read More
Access to Justice

Bilingual Accès Justice Access centre now open in Halifax The Association des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AJEFNE) introduced the legal community to the future home of Nova Scotia’s first bilingual access to justice hub, the Accès Justice Access centre. Read More

The CBA Legal Futures Initiative has launched Do Law Differently, a space for celebrating and encouraging innovation in the Canadian legal profession. Read More
Tips from LIANS

The 6th annual LIANS Risk and Practice Management conference will be held November 28, 2014 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax.     Read More

We often talk about the importance of documenting your files, starting with engagement letters. But what do you do if you are not retained to represent a client? Read More

Confirmed email scam attempts purportedly from "Ryan Robert” have been circulating – one of the reported examples is below: From: Robert R Ryan [mailto: jimmyng @ totalability.com.my]Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2014 08:27 AMSubject: Sale Transaction Read More

The following contains, in part, an article excerpt from Homewood Human Solutions™, your health and wellness provider. We are continuously exposed to messages about the need to keep our bodies fit and in shape. But what about our minds? What do they need to be healthy? The following tips offer suggestions for keeping our minds sharp, flexible, quick and capable: Read More
Courts

Effective December 1 and running through Phase 5 of the HVAC Project in The Law Courts, the Society will allow exclusive occupation of the Barristers’ Meeting Room in the lounge on the first floor to the Public Prosecution Service. This is necessary to accommodate the requirements of the PPS during this very challenging process. Read More

The Hon. Justice Doug Campbell of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court Family Division has published three instalments so far of his Family Law Practice Tips for family law practitioners. Read More

A new video for the public is available on the Courts of Nova Scotia website; it will be a useful resource to share with your clients. It is intended to help people understand what happens when the Child Protection Agency becomes involved in their family’s life. Titled “Child Protection, The Court, And Your Family,” it is also accompanied by a booklet.  Read More

CIRCULAR NO. 005/2014 – November 3, 2014 Summer Recess The Federal Court will have a reduced schedule for both general and special sittings from July 27 to August 7, 2015.  General Sittings  Read More

Please note: The Society’s preparation and publication of this list of new decisions will cease with the InForum issue on December 22, 2014. Read More

Please note: The Society’s re-publication of this list of new SCC decisions will cease with the InForum issue on December 22, 2014. Read More
Province

The Department of Labour and Advanced Education continues its consultation process for Phase 2 of the Workplace Health and Safety Regulations. Read More

Bold change is recommended in Charting a Path for Growth: Nova Scotia Tax and Regulatory Review. The report, written by Laurel Broten, was released Nov. 19 and makes 22 recommendations about taxes, and 20 more for regulations, fees and related areas. It is the first comprehensive assessment of Nova Scotia's tax and regulatory system. Read More

The Nova Scotia Department of Justice is expanding the Administrative Recalculation of Child Maintenance Program. This Program permits the automatic recalculation of the table amount of child support where a court order or registered agreement so authorizes. Read More

Nova Scotians will have additional time to provide feedback on the province's first accessibility legislation. The deadline for written, telephone, online and email submissions has been extended until Friday, December 19.   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 announcements since the last edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:    Read More

The following proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum: Read More
Other news

Moving forward, our organization will now be known as Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, or ISANS. Read More

McGinty Doucet Walker is pleased to announce that Kay Rhodenizer is joining its family law practice as counsel. Kay brings over 28 years of legal experience to the firm. Most recently, she has been working as a sole practitioner in Dartmouth. Read More

BOYNECLARKE LLP is pleased to announce that Business Law Partner, Robert L. Read More

McInnes Cooper has announced that Ross Haynes QC will be retiring from the firm on December 31, 2014. Read More

Since 1985, the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) has continuously fought and won battles for equality that have positively changed the lives of women and girls across Canada. Read More

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies sponsors several scholarships that provide recent graduates from Canadian law schools with an excellent opportunity to pursue graduate studies abroad. Read More
Careers

The Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights and Allied Workers (ACRC) is part of one of North America's largest and most progressive building-trades unions, with nearly half a million members in the construction and wood-products industries. Read More

LaFosse MacLeod, a Sydney law firm, is looking to hire a book-keeper/accountant for a full time term position to fill in when our present accountant goes on maternity leave. Preference will be given to individuals who have training and experience in PC Law. Read More

The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia is a public charitable foundation dedicated to building stronger communities throughout Nova Scotia. Read More

L’Association des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (ci-après appelée « AJEFNE ») est à la recherche d’un(e) directeur(trice) général(e) pour gérer son nouveau centre ‘‘Accès Justice Access’’ dont la mission est de promouvoir l’accès à la justice en favorisant la participation des citoyens par des services d’information, de soutien et d’orientation offerts en complémentarité Read More

Nova Scotia Power’s greatest source of energy is our people. In a culture focused on safety, we’re committed to providing exceptional service to our customers and rewarding jobs to our employees. We’re hiring solution-minded people excited to help us grow into the future. We are currently looking to fill the position of Solicitor. Read More

Vous avez un sens aigu de la justice? Vous aimez aider les gens? Venez contribuer concrètement à une justice plus accessible!! Accès Justice est un nouveau centre dont la mission est de promouvoir l’accès à la justice en favorisant la participation des citoyens, par des services d’information, de soutien et d’orientation, offerts en complémentarité avec les ressources existantes. Read More

Paralegal currently studying Paralegal Studies at Eastern College, Halifax. Experience working in: Civil Litigation, Personal Injury and Long Term Disability with Resolute Legal, NS, PEI & NB. Looking for Part time, mornings 8am-12pm as I attend school at 1pm. My previous position involved work from home on all cases. Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education (NSCECE) is a non-profit organization that provides training and certification to early childhood educators. Located in Halifax, the College has a staff of over 50, which includes College staff and faculty as well as early childhood educators who teach at our three child care centres. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Monday, November 24, 2014 - 12:00
Speaker: Alex Cameron, NS Department of Justice “Tobacco: Quotas and Licensing Issues in the Aboriginal Context”  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 (All day)
Free training on WestlawNext Canada is available on November 25, 26 & 27 at the Barristers’ Library in Halifax. Library & Information Services licenses WestlawNext Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney.  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 12:00
Most trusts and estates practitioners are familiar with passing of accounts; however, how do you handle the complicating factors in a difficult case? Deepen your expertise in the passing of accounts with an in-depth exploration of several advanced issues. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 09:00
Attend this practical, “hands-on” program to gain the fundamental knowledge and strategies you need to draft, review and negotiate commercial agreements. This “how to” program is relevant to lawyers entering any area of commercial or transactional practice who are interested in improving their drafting and negotiating skills. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:30
When insolvency and construction law, two highly specialized and complex areas of practice converge, the resulting issues can become confusing.  Our panel of experts with extensive experience  in both insolvency law and construction cases will explain the latest trends and developments in this challenging area, including a discussion on the impact of the recent decision in Royal Bank of Can Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 28, 2014 (All day)
LIANS’ 6th annual Risk and Practice Management Conference will be held November 28, 2014 from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm at the Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 14:00
Our program on practice management and substantive strategies for the wills and estates practice has been designed to address pertinent practice questions, client management and process concerns for practitioners in this important area of practice.  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 14:00
Our program on practice management and substantive strategies for the wills and estates practice has been designed to address pertinent practice questions, client management and process concerns for practitioners in this important area of practice.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 12:00
Patrick I. Cassidy, QC, Cassidy Nearing Berryman The meeting will include consideration of the Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission form of purchase and sale agreement, Mr. Cassidy’s form of new construction sale agreement, condominium finances, reserve funds and other subjects that lawyers representing buyers and sellers should consider.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 08:30
Understanding the structure, procedural rules and evidentiary requirements of the ERT − including the hurdles in obtaining a stay of regulatory actions − is key to building a successful strategy. Attend this program to hear lessons learned and advocacy tips for appearing before the ERT, from  experienced counsel. PROGRAM CHAIR Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 14:00
Whether you are in-house, in private practice, in government or just interested in transportation law, you will readily agree that a broad-based restatement regarding this vast and important area of practice is often of benefit. Thus, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of different transportation law considerations. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 09:00
Complete all of your Professionalism Hours at this half-day program designed specifically for municipal lawyers. Stay up to date on legal developments, new case law impacting you, and receive practical pointers and strategies for successfully appearing before the Ontario Municipal Board and council. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 18:30
Once again, we are delighted to announce the return of one of our most popular dinner programs. The Honourable Kenneth Campbell, Susan Reid and Frank Addario will discuss, debate and maybe even disagree on the most recent cases from our Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 18:15
Join us for a unique opportunity to discuss the latest developments in construction lien law directly with the Masters of the Construction Lien court. Read More
Event Date: Friday, December 5, 2014 - 08:30
Every law firm in Ontario, from solo practitioners to the largest multinational law firm, should take note of the challenges and successes experienced in the United Kingdom withthe implementation of ABS. Read More
Event Date: Monday, December 8, 2014 - 09:00
Do tax issues pop up in your corporate transactions? Are you interested in expanding your understanding of corporate taxation concepts?  Our panel of seasoned professionals will arm you with the most effective tools to address a compliment of tax-related challenges.    PROGRAM CHAIRS Read More
Event Date: Monday, December 8, 2014 (All day)
Our annual conference, Investing in Aboriginal Canada, is unique in terms of inspiration and offering. Bringing together Aboriginal leaders, businesses, entrepreneurs, researchers, government actors, consultants, negotiators and others, the conference delivers offerings across a broad spectrum, enables networking, and presents a showcase of research findings, services, and best practices.   Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 (All day)
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Event Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 (All day)
On Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, RELANS is hosting "RELANS TWENTY FOURTEEN" – our annual Real Property Conference at the Westin Nova Scotia. It is open to RELANS Members and non-Members alike, and also to Real Estate Paralegals and Assistants. We have some excellent topics lined up for RELANS TWENTY FOURTEEN, including:  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 9, 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: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 (All day)
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Event Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 (All day)
One of the most difficult and often overlooked aspects of moving into a supervisory or management position is developing the skills necessary to truly manage people. Like all skills, management skills must be learned. This workshop presents the crucial skills for managing employment relationships from beginning to end, with particular focus placed on hiring and performance management. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:30
Canada's ports of entry are busier than ever, processing large numbers of applications – from tourists and business visitors, to temporary foreign workers and new permanent residents seeking to land. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 (All day)
Day One - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:30
Whether or not you have a paperless office, the reality of legal practice today is that significant quantities of confidential information is stored in electronic formats. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 (All day)
(3-day) Due to the high demand for this workshop and its relevance to many workplaces, CTRI  offers a train-the-trainer program for our De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations™ workshop. Training an internal trainer to deliver this workshop both enhances organization know-how and saves costs at the same time. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014 (All day)
Day One - Thursday, December 11, 2014 Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014 (All day)
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Event Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014 (All day)
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Event Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 20:00
Please come out to join the Halifax Refugee Clinic on International Human Rights Day! Beer, wine and a specialty Candy Cane Martini will be available for purchase, along with complimentary savoury and sweet treats. There will be a variety of performers and speakers entertaining throughout the evening. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 09:00
Ensure you are prepared to represent your corporate clients who are subjects of investigations or prosecutions under the Consumer Protection Act (“CPA”). In today’s credit-based economy, our marketplace is rife with opportunities for fraud, misrepresentation and other unfair business practises. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:00
On September 19, 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada issued the seminal decision of Bank of Montreal v. Marcotte ("Marcotte").  This case changes conventional interpretation which had limited the application of provincial laws to federal entities. Read More
Event Date: Friday, December 12, 2014 (All day)
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Event Date: Friday, December 12, 2014 (All day)
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Event Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 12:30
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