INFORUM

October 24, 2016 InForum Issue

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Society news

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: Nova Scotia property values flat, stable: assessor THE CHRONICLE HERALD | October 19, 2016 Read More
Council

The next regular meeting of Council is scheduled for this Friday, October 28, 2016, starting at 9:00 am in the Society’s offices. The agenda and meeting documents are available on the Council materials page of the Society's website.  Read More
Regulation

The next application for disposal of undistributed trust funds has been set for November 10, 2016.  Submissions should be received at the Society's office no later than November 4, 2016. Read More
Credentials

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following former members received judicial appointments on October 20, 2016: Read More
Professional development

The Nova Scotia Legislative Library has digitized the annual statutes of Nova Scotia, 1836 to 1997, making these publicly available via the Legislative Library catalogue. The revised statutes – all but RSNS 1989 – have also been digitized and linked. Read More

Free training in WestlawNext Canada is available at these Barristers’ Libraries on the following dates: Read More
Access to Justice

You are invited to a half-day Refugee Law Workshop at the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Read More

reachAbility offers free form-filling assistance at two drop-in locations in the HRM, as well as by appointment in our Halifax office. Our form-filling clinic is designed to help people through the process of any application, form or document they may need assistance to complete. These are some of the things this service can provide: Read More
Tips from LIANS

Many lawyers were hesitant to upload their Windows Operating System but here is something that may be the silver lining: Cortana. Cortana is your digital intelligent personal assistant who can help you navigate through your day over various (Windows) devices. Here are some of the tasks it can do: Read More

Several US law societies are reporting that numerous lawyers have been receiving emails purporting to be from their law society demanding payment of overdue annual fees. Although we have not received any reports of a similar scam attempt in Nova Scotia, the subject line may appear as: Read More

We all have good and bad habits. But sometimes, these habits can become addictions, and being addicted to anything can have a detrimental effect on our physical and psychological well-being. Habits and addictions are at opposite sides of the dependency scale, and while differentiating between the two can be challenging, it’s an important distinction to make. Read More
Courts

October 20, 2016 announcements from the Department of Justice Canada The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced the following appointments on October 20, effective immediately: Read More

(October 13, 2016) – Most courthouses in Nova Scotia now offer FREE guest Wi-Fi access for lawyers, self-represented individuals and other visiting the building. Check at the front counter and a temporary user name and password will be provided. PLEASE NOTE: Users must follow the policies for using electronic devices in courthouses and courtrooms. Read More

Three Canadian judges, including the Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, will travel to Ukraine at the end of October as part of a national effort to advance democracy and the rule of law in the politically troubled eastern European country. Read More

The Mental Health Court has asked the Society to distribute its new brochure to all lawyers in Nova Scotia. The new brochure contains information about the Mental Health Court Program and the Court Monitored Drug Treatment Program. Read More

La version consolidée mise à jour des Règles de procédure civile de la Nouvelle-Écosse est maintenant disponible en français. The updated consolidated version of the Civil Procedure Rules is now available in French. Read More

The next meeting of the Court of Appeal Liaison Committee will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. The Committee is comprised of members of the Court of Appeal and a range of private and public sector appellate counsel. Read More
Province

A public consultation on changes to Nova Scotia’s guardianship law launched on November 1. Read More

An October 24 update from nsfamilylaw.ca The Justice Education Society of BC has launched FamiliesChange.ca, a new national website to help kids, teens and parents deal with separation and divorce. Read More

Victims of crime in Nova Scotia will benefit from a new $3.75 million multi-year agreement announced October 12. This federal-provincial agreement provides a 50 per cent increase in funding per year from the Government of Canada for victim services when compared to the previous five-year agreement. Read More

The province is inviting Nova Scotians with creative ideas on how to prevent sexual violence to apply for grants through the Sexual Violence Strategy. Read More

Government introduced changes to the Residential Tenancies Act on Oct. 21, which aim to benefit both tenants and landlords. Read More

A new pilot program will help international students stay and build a life in Nova Scotia after they graduate. Read More

More Nova Scotia social enterprises will be able to start, grow, expand into new markets and strengthen communities as a result of support from the Invest Nova Scotia fund. Read More

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: 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

(Dal News, October 7, 2016) – Dalhousie has made important strides in embracing a broader group of students, faculty and staff in recent years, including launching a strategic initiative on diversity and inclusiveness in 2015. Read More

Each year, hundreds of thousands of Canadian families welcome new children into their lives – and they must balance their work and care responsibilities during this important time. Read More

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) would like to invite your organization and its members—as important stakeholders in the development of the national model codes—to take part in the fall 2016 public review of proposed changes to the  Read More

I am looking for my mother’s Personal Directive and/or Enduring Power of Attorney, which was likely completed at the same time as her last Will in the latter part of the 1990s. She was, until the past month, a resident of Halifax. Her name is Ramona Constance O’Laughlin. If you have any information at all, can you please contact me by email or by telephone: Read More

The Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and Food Lawyers of Canada are bringing together national and international leaders from the field of food law and policy at a two-day conference in Halifax to explore law’s changing role in Canadian food systems.    Read More
Awards and congratulatory messages

The Society is pleased to announce that Gail Rudderham Chernin QC of Sydney is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award, which was presented October 28 at the annual Recognition Reception. Read More
Careers

We are seeking an associate to join our busy practice. Preference will be given to candidates with at least one year post-call experience. Read More

Provincial Tax Commissioner Office of Service Nova Scotia Program Modernization Branch Registries Division Competition # SNS2130SIPay Band: EC 14 Salary Range: $89,549 - $111,937Closing Date: October 26, 2016 Read More

Seeking an ARTICLING CLERK position within Atlantic Canada. I have recently graduated with my Juris Doctor (JD) and a Masters of Laws (LLM) specializing Alternative Dispute Resolution. I have previously obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island. Read More

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is seeking a Solicitor for a permanent, full-time position for the Solicitor Services Team, primarily providing legal services in real property. Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

Grow your career. Serve your Community Serving on an Agency, Board, or Commission (ABC) can help you grow personally and professional while making a real impact in your community. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 12:00
Family Trust Administration Speaker: Greg Leslie, CPA, CA, Partner, Collins Barrow Nova Scotia Inc. Register  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 12:00
Crown Duty to Consult with Aboriginal Peoples Speaker: Diane Rowe, Solicitor, Department of Justice http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_jtabgv1016  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 12:00
Pro Tips from the Prothonotary Speaker: Caroline McInnes, Prothonotary of the NSSC and Registrar of the NSCA Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 17:30
Joint Family Law & Elder Law Section Dinner Meeting Speaker: Ann Levangie, Patterson Law http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_JTFAEL1016  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 19:00
Connect: Women in Law Connect: Women in Law is a joint event co-hosted by the Women's Section and Law Students' Section of the CBA and sponsored by Schulich School of Law's Career and Development Office. Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 (All day)
The Nova Scotia Criminal Lawyers' Association is holding its 2016 Fall Conference, Defending Sexual Offences, on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (lunch included) at the Delta Halifax, 1900 Barrington Street, Halifax. Presentations will include: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 19:00
The Arctic Ocean, Environmental Stewardship, and the Law of the Sea All are welcome. Reception to follow in the Atrium. Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 - 09:00
This course is intended to deepen your understanding of the financial management of a law practice. You will be engaged in discussions about topics such as the key factors affecting profitability, operation of trust accounts, concepts of time-keeping, liabilities and capital funding.   By the end of this module you will be able to:  Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 - 16:00
R. Daren Baxter QC, TEP, President of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, invites you to attend the 2016 Recognition Reception:  Friday, October 28 |  4:00 - 6:00 pm Delta Halifax Bluenose Ballroom 1990 Barrington St., Halifax  Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 - 13:00
This course is intended to deepen your understanding of the structure of the legal services market in Canada. You will be engaged in discussions about the key commercial and practical issues facing law firms, and the advantage and disadvantages of the principle business vehicles used by legal service providers.   By the end of this module you will be able to: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 12:00
The statutory right to access government-held information can, in various circumstances, be effectively used to gather facts, knowledge and evidence to assist your clients. Whether you are corporate or ligation counsel, join our expert faculty to explore: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 12:00
Practice Before the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board Speaker:  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 12:00
Regardless of a tax lawyer’s area of expertise, the potential for a domino effect is constantly present; decisions made in one context may have unintended consequences in another. It is imperative to remain up to date on developments that could have impact on your clients. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016 (All day)
The Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and Food Lawyers of Canada are bringing together national and international leaders from the field of food law and policy at a two-day conference in Halifax to explore law’s changing role in Canadian food systems. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 17:00
The Annual Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Section Meet and Greet with Members of the OUTlaw Society from the Law School.  This annual event is a great opportunity for law student members of Dalhousie OUTLaw Society to meet with the Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Section of CBA-NS. Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 4, 2016 (All day)
For program information and registration, please go to the Canadian Tax Foundation's event page.  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 (All day)
The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society licenses WestlawNext Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney.  Free training is offered at the Barristers' Library in Halifax on November 8 & 9, 2016. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 11:00
Filling the gaps: a workshop on refugee law    Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 17:30
Please join us for an encore performance of our “Three Legal Tenors” program from 2010, where an esteemed panel of current and former Superior Court Justices will provide their insights regarding recent Court decisions involving municipal and planning law cases. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 08:30
It is well established that competent family dispute resolution practice, including collaborative practice, requires professionals to assess whether the proposed process is likely to be safe and effective for the client. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016 (All day)
The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society licenses WestlawNext Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney.  Free training is offered at the Kings County Barristers' Library on November 10, 2016. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 18:30
Come and socialize with members of the YLD (Central Division) Section and your new YLD Executive for 2016-2017. Newcomers welcome! Be sure to bring your colleagues and a stack of business cards, as you will have many new contacts to pursue by the end of the night. Don’t miss this opportunity to mix and mingle with your peers, add to your existing network, and further your career. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 19:00
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs and The ENRICH Project are pleased to present Indigenous Perspectives, as part of the ongoing Racism series. Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 7pm Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 07:30
What do you do when an anonymous individual or group posts content online which defames your client or infringes their intellectual property rights? How do you find the perpetrator behind the posting, and what steps can you take to have the content removed? Join us to explore this tricky online dilemma, as our experts unravel: Read More
Event Date: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 12:00
A Primer on the Law Amendments Committee Speakers: Gordon Hebb, QC & Karen Kinley, Legislative Counsels Register  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 08:00
Who is a Constructor under Nova Scotia’s Occupational Health and Safety Act?R. v. McCarthy’s Roofing Limited Speaker: Jeff Aucoin, McInnes Cooper Register  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 12:00
Legal Opinions – Including Trends and Changing Practice Speaker: Jared Schwartz, Patterson Law Register  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 12:00
Data security and privacy are among the most important issues facing organizations across Canada. With a wave of recent regulatory activity and class action litigation, legal requirements and risks have emerged as a major focus. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 07:30
Top of mind for many young lawyers is how to plan for and achieve financial stability and career success.  Our panel of experienced professionals will share their strategies for career planning and financial management.  Join us for an in-depth discussion on how to effectively tackle law school debt, what to consider during your transition from associate to partner, what it takes to finance a b Read More
Event Date: Monday, November 21, 2016 - 08:00
The province of Nova Scotia is taking a leadership role in convening this year’s National Restorative Justice Symposium. Nova Scotia has expanded the use of restorative justice to adults across the province, in public schools, and within the Human Rights Commission. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 12:00
Canada prides itself on being a diverse society that welcomes and encourages people of various cultural backgrounds. In this increasingly multicultural environment, it is not uncommon for you to find yourself in a cross-cultural situation where clients are bringing different cultures to the table. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 12:00
Not-for-Profit Financial Concepts for Lawyers Speaker:  Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 25, 2016 - 12:00
Join your peers in the follow-up to our popular program, Bringing International Human Rights Cases to the Canadian Courts. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 17:30
Join us for one of our most popular programs. Our exceptional faculty will discuss, debate and possibly disagree on the most recent cases from our Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. Don't miss this opportunity to question the panel on the cases discussed and how they will work in practice. This is a unique evening that will be both entertaining and educational! Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 08:30
Join your municipal and planning law colleagues at our annual professionalism program to gain insights and best practices on the unique practical and ethical issues faced in these practice areas. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 08:30
Many interesting appeals have passed through the door of the Court of Appeal in the last year. Join us to hear from counsel who acted on the “top” civil litigation appeals decided by our top court.  We will examine topics and issues that are relevant to both in-house and external counsel. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 17:30
With the passing of Bill 163, Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder), 2016, and the WSIB Policy which followed, there is a great deal of interest in PTSD in the compensation community. Read More
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