INFORUM

December 21, 2015 InForum Issue

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Society news

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

The next edition of InForum will be published on Monday, January 4, 2016. The 2016 Publication schedule and submission guidelines for the e-newsletter are now available at the top of the InForum webpage. Read More

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

See the December 9 announcement from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Message en français à la suite Dear Colleagues, Read More
Professional development

The Society is pleased to announce a comprehensive new online resource portal: Developing an equity strategy in your legal workplace. Find it on the Society’s website under Equity & access, in the Res Read More

The mandatory CPD Requirement for practising lawyers in Nova Scotia is evolving into a more effective regulatory tool for ensuring ongoing professional development. Read More
Access to Justice

The December 2015 newsletter from the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice is now available online at http://www.cfcj-fcjc.org/newsletter. The new edition features the following articles: Read More
Tips from LIANS

The following is an article excerpt from Homewood Health™, your health and wellness provider. Read More

With the new year fast approaching, it’s a good time to reflect on our successes and consider some changes we can implement to ensure 2016 is as productive and prosperous as possible. Here are a few resolutions to consider: Read More

You should always be vigilant to fraud, but particularly so before a holiday weekend. Scammers frequently target firms just before a holiday weekend, hoping that the extra banking holiday will further delay detection of an attempted scam. Read More
Courts

Have you heard about the Free Legal Clinic at the Halifax Law Courts? The Free Legal Clinic is for people who want to resolve their legal problems in court by representing themselves but have limited or no experience in the courts. Read More
Province

The 2015 Nova Scotia Human Rights Awards were presented at Government House on Dec. 10, commemorating the 65th International Human Rights Day. Individuals and organizations are nominated annually by their peers to recognize contributions to the community in the field of human rights. Read More

The final report of the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission was released on Tuesday, December 15, and Premier Stephen McNeil said Nova Scotia will answer its call to action. "The suffering caused as a result of the residential school system in Canada is felt across generations and throughout our country," said Premier McNeil, who is also Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. Read More

Effective December 17, most prospective immigrants to Nova Scotia are able to apply to immigrate through a new online system. "E-processing is more convenient for applicants, giving them immediate feedback on incomplete files," said Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab. "It should speed up their completion of applications and will reduce our burden of paper-based files." 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

No proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum. Read More
Other news

The Workplace Culture Program is designed to help Nova Scotia employers, people managers and HR professionals: Read More

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs and The ENRICH Project are pleased to present a four-part series on Racism: White, Black, Indigenous, and Immigrant Perspectives. Read More

HALIFAX, Dec. 11, 2015, McInnes Cooper – The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has declared the province's cyberbullying law to be unconstitutional. Read More

Frederick Warren Strum, late of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, passed away January 17, 1994 at the age of 80 years. He was survived by his wife Leona Elaine Strum and his son Peter Strum. Read More

Earl Granville Coffin (DOB September 19, 1932) passed away on November 7 at the Halifax Infirmary at age 83. A son of the late Charles and Isabella (Campbell) Coffin of Bay Fortune, PEI, he is survived by his beloved wife Josephine (Deveau) Coffin. Read More

Courthouses throughout Nova Scotia are an integral part of the community. Physically, they each represent a unique and beautiful design. Many rural courthouses in Nova Scotia are now being closed and reachAbility wanted to capture their essence before they are lost to history. Artist Alix Wilson was commissioned to do ink drawings of the courthouses. 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

Firm established for more than 60 years seeks buyer. Real estate can be rented, purchased or optioned. Seller may finance. Area is bedroom community for Halifax. Seller may assist in transition. Call 902 798 5997  Read More

20 years experience as a legal assistant worked for major firms in Toronto and Halifax proficient in MS Word, MS Outlook, PC Law, PC Docs, spreadsheet applications, internet searches proven performer in accurately preparing and managing court documents excellent interpersonal, communication and relationship-building skills  Read More

The law office of Lorway MacEachern Barristers and Solicitors seeks a Legal Secretary or Paralegal with a minimum of three years experience in general practice, experience in litigation documentation (personal injury, family, criminal, property, wills and estates, and corporate). Read More

Legal Aid Saskatchewan is seeking a lawyer for its Meadow Lake Area Office to practise in the areas of adult/youth criminal law with an element of family law. This position may involve travel in small aircraft to northern communities. The position is a term position from January to December 2016. Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

The Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (RSSP) was launched in Ottawa in October 2015 and brings together pro bono lawyers, law students and sponsorship experts to offer direct support to Canadians seeking to sponsor Syrian refugees http://refugeessp.ca/home/. The SSP has three primary components: Read More

The Halifax Refugee Clinic is looking to expand its Board of Directors. We are the only organization in Atlantic Canada that provides no cost legal and settlement services to refugee claimants. If you’re passionate about refugee rights, knowledgeable about non-profit governance, and possess relevant fundraising, accounting, communications, legal or other skills, we’d like to hear from you. Read More

Alice Housing provides safe second stage housing and supportive counselling for women and chidlren leaving domestic violence. Since 1983, Alice Housing has helped over 1,000 families move past the devastation of family violence and supported them in their quest for family stability and safety. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 02:00
Join Egil “Bud” Krogh as he tells the story of his early years in the Nixon White House, and the personal integrity issues that doomed the Presidency. Appointed at just 29 as staff assistant to the President’s counsel, Bud co-directed the infamous White House Plumbers unit, operatives tasked with fixing information links. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 10:00
The next time you think that preparing witnesses is intuitive, or the next time you think that all a fact witness has to do is to tell their story, walk up to some strangers and ask them to spell their names — ask them to describe something that happened months ago! Testimony is far removed from a conversation. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 09:00
  Introduction to Workplace Culture Offered at ISANS or by distance via live-stream   In this 2-hour workshop, you will be led in a discussion on culture and the workplace and see the direct relationship between your organization’s success and the building of a cross-culturally inclusive workplace.  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 12:00
Elder AbuseIssues facing law enforcement in addressing the issue of Elder abuse with a focus on financial abuse Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 12:00
Insurance for businesses, non-profits, commercial property developers, contractors and condominium associations.  Topics will include: directors and officers liability insurance coverage, liability insurance, construction insurance, product liability insurance, and some key clauses and endorsements. Speaker:  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 12:00
Indian Act By-Law Powers Ms. Metallic will present on the by-law powers under the Indian Act. Recent amendments to the Indian Act have repealed the ministerial disallowance power, giving Bands greater freedom to pass by-laws. The validity of such by-laws, however, will continue to be subject to review by the courts. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 19:00
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs and The ENRICH Project are pleased to present a four-part series on Racism: White, Black, Indigenous, and Immigrant Perspectives.  White Perspectives  Read More
Event Date: Friday, January 15, 2016 - 12:00
Historical Trauma Among Aboriginal Peoples: Implications for Improving Well-Being Amy Bombay, Department of Psychiatry and School of Nursing, Dalhousie University All welcome! No registration. Free. Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312. Time will be allotted for questions and discussion. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 11:00
  Introduction to the “Immigrant-Friendly” Workplace New webinar workshop   This 2-hour workshop explores the question “What makes a workplace supportive to immigrants?”   This workshop will cover 6 key topics:  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 (All day)
Registration is open until the Friday before the Online Land Registration Act training program. The cost for this program is $600 plus HST and registrants have one week to complete the course. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 17:00
  Race, Place & Waste: Exploring the Health Effects of Environmental Racism in African Nova Scotian & Mi'kmaw Communities   Wed. Jan 20, 2016 @ 5-6pm   Featuring Dr. Ingrid Waldron, Dalhousie School of Nursing    Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 08:30
The Mid-Winter Conference will take place on Thursday, January 28th and Friday, January 29th, 2016. We offer two full days of concurrent sessions which will fulfill your 12 hour mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) hours.   http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_MIDWIN_16  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 18:00
This year's Bench and Bar Reception and Dinner will take place on Thursday, January 28th with special guest Justice Murray Sinclair, Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba and the Chair of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 14:00
  Introduction to Workplace Culture Offered at ISANS or by distance via live-stream   In this 2-hour workshop, you will be led in a discussion on culture and the workplace and see the direct relationship between your organization’s success and the building of a cross-culturally inclusive workplace.  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 09:00
  Introduction to the “Immigrant-Friendly” Workplace New webinar workshop   This 2-hour workshop explores the question “What makes a workplace supportive to immigrants?”    This workshop will cover 6 key topics:  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016 (All day)
This year’s leadership retreat focus will be on the 2 questions all great leaders ask themselves continuously: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 19:00
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs and The ENRICH Project are pleased to present a four-part series on Racism: White, Black, Indigenous, and Immigrant Perspectives.  Black Perspectives  Free admission | Reception to follow Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 26, 2016 - 12:00
Dalhousie Health Law and Policy Seminar - Patenting Outside the Law in Canadian Medical History Tina Piper, Faculty of Law, McGill University All welcome! No registration required. Free. Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312. Time will be allotted for questions and discussion. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 09:00
  Introduction to Workplace Culture Offered at ISANS or by distance via live-stream   In this 2-hour workshop, you will be led in a discussion on culture and the workplace and see the direct relationship between your organization’s success and the building of a cross-culturally inclusive workplace.  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 09:00
  Introduction to the “Immigrant-Friendly” Workplace New webinar workshop   This 2-hour workshop explores the question “What makes a workplace supportive to immigrants?”    This workshop will cover 6 key topics:  Read More
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