INFORUM

August 18, 2014 InForum Issue

Society news

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

A helping hand in legal aid: Heather McNeill QC, 2014 DSA Recipient 
Dal News | August 7, 2014
by Lindsey Hunnewell

Chronicle Herald | August 11, 2014
by Michael Lightstone

Allnovascotia.com (subscription only)

  • Wanna Buy Into A Law Firm? (Aug. 18)
  • Charlie MacIntosh: 60 Years a Lawyer (Aug. 18)
  • Lawyer Daniel MacIsaac In Hot Water Yet Again (Aug. 13)
  • Heather Ann McNeill Gets Top Legal Nod (Aug. 7)
Regulation

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada has launched its first public consultation on draft amendments to the Model Code of Professional Conduct. The proposed amendments have been drafted by the Federation’s Standing Committee on the Model Code of Professional Conduct, which was created in 2011 to monitor changes in the law and to recommend improvements over time as the Model Code is implemented.

“The Model Code of Professional Conduct has been implemented in a number of law societies and is under review in the others,” President Marie-Claude Bélanger-Richard QC explained in a July 31 announcement on the Federation’s website. “The Model Code is a living document that must remain contemporary and reflect changes in the law.”

The proposed amendments include changes to eliminate language that stigmatizes those suffering from mental health problems or that could be interpreted as discriminating against equity-seeking groups. In addition, the amendments clarify a lawyer’s duty to report to the law society the conduct of another lawyer that jeopardizes the interests of that lawyer’s clients, simplify rules that prohibit lawyers from coaching or tampering with witnesses, add guidance on communicating with expert witnesses, and clarify a lawyer’s obligation to inform clients and the professional liability insurer of any errors or omissions.

The consultation period ends November 24, 2014. Submissions can be addressed to the Federation online at consultations@flsc.ca

Credentials

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category.

The following former member has received a judicial appointment since July 12:

  • Daniel Arthur MacRury QC, now a Provincial and Family Court Judge in Halifax.

The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category:

  • Allison Marie Hines
  • Bryen Elizabeth Mooney
  • Jennifer Lynn Young

The following members have changed to Non-Practising status:

  • Erica Ann Fraser
  • Sara Jennifer Knight
  • Anne E. McFarlane
  • Sarah Martina McGrath White
  • Krista Kathleen Smith
  • Ashley L. Thomas

The following members have changed to Retired status:

  • Marc J. Belliveau
Professional development

CHARITABLE BEQUESTS
CHARITABLE GIVING IN CANADA / Hoffstein, Maria Elena; West, Laura Elizabeth – Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2013. [KB 110 H698 2013]

DISCRIMINATION
EMPLOYMENT EQUITY IN CANADA: THE LEGACY OF THE ABELLA REPORT / Agocs, Carol; Abella, Rosalie Silberman – Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014. [KB 252 A275 2014]

DISPUTE RESOLUTION
CIVIL JUSTICE, PRIVATIZATION, AND DEMOCRACY / Farrow, Trevor C.W – Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014. [KB 125 .A7 F239 2014]

EQUALITY RIGHTS
MANAGING DIVERSITY: EXPERT SOLUTIONS TO EVERYDAY CHALLENGES – Boston, MA. Harvard Business Press Books, 2009. [KB 252 M266 2009]

EVIDENCE
THE LAW OF EVIDENCE IN CANADA / Sopinka, John; Bryant, Alan W; Lederman, Sidney N; Fuerst, Michelle K – 4th ed. – Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2014. [KB 192 S712L 2014]

GUARDIANS
ONTARIO GUARDIANSHIP LAW / Graham, A. Sean; Graham, Christopher M.B – Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2014. [KB 137 G738 2014]

INFORMATION STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEMS
CLOUD COMPUTING FOR LAWYERS / Black, Nicole; American Bar Association. Law Practice Management Section – Chicago: ABA, 2012. [KB 267.C2 B627 2012]

LANDLORD AND TENANT
RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES / Feldman, Richard A; Lamont, Donald H – 10th ed. – Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2014. [KB 170 L234 2014]

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE
ACCELERATE: BUILDING STRATEGIC AGILITY FOR A FASTER-MOVING WORLD / Kotter, John P – Boston, MA. Harvard Business Press Books, 2014. [KB 267.P2 K87 2014]

ROCKING THE BOAT: HOW TO EFFECT CHANGE WITHOUT MAKING TROUBLE / Meyerson, Debra E – Boston, MA. Harvard Business Press Books, 2008. [KB 267.P2 M612 2008]

PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT
LAWYERS AS LEADERS / Rhode, Deborah L – New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. [KB 267 R475 2013]

YOU RAISED US - NOW WORK WITH US: MILLENNIALS, CAREER SUCCESS, AND BUILDING STRONG WORKPLACE TEAMS / Rikleen, Lauren Stiller – Chicago: ABA Book Publishing, 2014. [KB 267.P2 R481 2014]

POWER OF ATTORNEY
POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND CAPACITY: PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE / Sweatman, Jasmine M – Toronto: Canada Law Book, 2014. [KB 103 .P8 S974P 2014]

SENIOR CITIZENS
ETHICS IN THE PRACTICE OF ELDER LAW / Flowers, Roberta K; Morgan, Rebecca C – Chicago: ABA, 2013. [KB 137.S1 F644 2013]

WRITING
THE LAW OF THE WRITTEN WORD: A LEGAL GUIDE FOR WRITERS IN CANADA / Mah, Douglas R; Bodnar, Jason J.J – Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2013. [K 14.4 M214 2013]

Access to Justice

The Associations des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AJEFNE) is proud to announce that it has received a grant of over $1,000,000 from Justice Canada for the creation of its bilingual access to justice center in Halifax.

The official opening is schedule for Friday, November 21, 2014 in conjunction with its annual meeting and the celebration of the AJEFNE’s 20th anniversary. This grant will cover a four-year period and within that time period, the Association has to find partners starting in year one to meet its financial obligations and become self sufficient by year five.

The success of similar access to justice centres in other Canadian provinces prompted the AJEFNE to evaluate the different models being used before implementing its own center here in Nova Scotia following the positive response obtained.

This four-year pilot project will allow the AJEFNE to respond to the legal needs of the citizens by creating a venue where free legal information, support and referral services to appropriate agencies will be accessible. Me Réjean Aucoin, C.R. president of the AJEFNE explains that, “The goal of the Centre is to facilitate access to justice for all citizens, by offering free legal information in person, by telephone, or via internet, in conjunction with the existing resources. Studies have shown that more and more people are self-representing at trial, often misunderstanding the inner workings of the legal system which clogs up the court system. Further, unresolved legal issues lead to other problems.”

Adds Executive Director Nancy Hayes: “We aim to offer a one-of-a-kind resource for legal information to the entire population of Nova Scotia, taking into consideration that clients are quite capable of taking charge of their own legal situation and act in their own best interest.”

The Centre will offer services in both official languages by establishing a needs-based legal information and referral service for Acadian and Francophone clients but also for the general population; the first of its kind in the province. The project is founded on the following principles:

  • Promoting access to justice through information, support and referral services in both official languages;
  • Offering legal information and referral services within reach of everyone with the object of making judicial services more accessible;
  • Offering legal information and referral services based on the individual needs to ensure they find the proper resources and lawyer they require in order to answer their questions and resolve their problems.

Persons wishing to attend the official opening and the banquet to follow are asked to reserve in advance at the address below. The guest speaker for the banquet to be held at the Four Point Sheraton will be the Hon. Chief Justice Pamela Williams of the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia. Tickets are $50.00 per persons

For more information please contact l’Association des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AJEFNÉ) by telephone at 902 433 2085, by email at Information@AJEFNE.ns.ca or download the program schedule and registration form at www.ajefne.ns.ca.

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) at Dalhousie is looking for lawyers to supervise projects in the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year.

PBSC is a national organization with chapters at 21 Canadian law schools devoted to providing pro bono legal services in the community. We match organizations with our students to work on law-focused volunteer projects.

Each PBSC project needs to be monitored by a lawyer supervisor who can review and provide feedback on the work of student volunteers. That is why we need you! The role does not require a big time commitment, but still provides a great help to our student volunteers and community partners.

If you are interested in becoming a lawyer supervisor, please email us at probono@dal.ca, or reach us by telephone at 902 402 4249. 

Tips from LIANS

The 6th annual LIANS 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. Earn CPD hours with sessions including: “Let’s Talk About Tax” with Daren Baxter QC, and a motivational session with two-time kayaking World Champion and two-time Olympian Karen Furneaux.

As of August 23, 2014, residents and business owners in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island will be required to start using the area code + telephone number for all local communications. This means reprogramming telephone function and communication equipment to comply with 10-digit local dialing such as:

  • speed-dial lists;
  • call forwarding;
  • fax machines;
  • internet connections;
  • security systems;
  • smartphones and other wireless devices.

Any attempts to complete a local call using only a 7-digit code as of August 23 will be interrupted by a network announcement before being connected. Effective November 16, 2014, local calls not beginning with the area code will not be completed as dialed.

Be advised that area code 782 will be gradually introduced to co-exist with the current 902 area code in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island but will apply only to new telephone numbers.

If you have any questions on these, or any other risk- or practice-related matters, do not hesitate to contact Stacey Gerrard, LIANS Counsel with the Risk and Practice Management Program at sgerrard@lians.ca or call 902 423 1300 ext. 345.

Confirmed email scam attempts purportedly from "Jonathan Maxwell" involving a "Mitchell Gates" have been circulating for some time – one of the many reported examples is below:

From: JONATHAN MAXWELL
Subject: LEGAL ASSISTANCE

I went through your profile and i believe you will be able to help me. I borrowed money to my in-law who has paid me only 20 percent of the money and has refused to pay me the balance so I want legal action to be taken. Your urgent assistance will be highly appreciated. You can contact me via this email address:

Mr. Jonathan Maxwell

Upon responding, lawyers receive another email explaining that while the sender is based out of Japan, he is currently in hospital in the UK, and a “Mitchell Gates” owes him a large amount of money. Although details in the email may vary slightly, the scam process is consistent with commonly seen fraud attempts. Any communication from these individuals may be simply dismissed.

Be vigilant with every request for services that you receive. Fraudulent requests for services can be made by email, paper mail and courier, as well as individuals who arrive in person to retain you and use your trust account to receive and disburse funds. Be cautious with all cheques received, especially if they exceed an agreed upon amount.

Visit our Fraud section to read more on current reported scams and how to avoid them.

Remember that you must always confirm a prospective client’s identification in accordance with the Client ID Regulations of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

If you decide to proceed with a transaction, be sure to go to the bank website to verify branch transit number, address and phone number on the cheque. Wait until the bank confirms that the funds are legitimate and are safe to withdraw from the deposit. Where possible, use the Large Value Transfer System (LVTS), an electronic funds transfer system that allows large payments to be exchanged securely and immediately.

For tips to avoid being victimized, read a list of "Red Flags”, and visit the Fraud section on lians.ca. To report or seek advice on dealing with fraud and scam attempts, contact Cynthia Nield at cnield@lians.ca or 902 423 1300, x346.

The following contains, in part, an article excerpt from Homewood Human Solutions™, your health and wellness provider.

Children and stress? What do kids have to be stressed about? The answer to that is simple: the same things adults get stressed about – relationships, bullies, doing well at work/school, meeting the expectations of others, lack of relaxation time, violence, money, the list goes on. In addition, today’s kids are exposed to images, events and threats that those of us who grew up in earlier times never imagined.

However, not all stress is negative. Stress can spur kids to play harder to win the championship game or study longer to pass an important test. Problems arise when stress overwhelms them. Are your kids struggling with too much stress? Each child responds differently, but the key is to identify your child’s physical, behavioural or emotional signs. Look for behaviours that are not typical for your child. Common symptoms include physical aches and pains, trouble sleeping, changes in appetite or social withdrawal.

Is your child stressed? Ask these questions. Six or more means your child’s stress level is high. Two to five means stress levels are average.

A stress test for kids

  1. I often feel tense, anxious and upset.
  2. I get stomach aches a lot.
  3. I get headaches a lot.
  4. People in my family often make me feel upset.
  5. People at school often make me feel upset.
  6. I have trouble sleeping.
  7. I worry about school, even at night and on weekends.
  8. I find myself eating a lot or not being able to eat when I get nervous.
  9. I have trouble concentrating on things because I’m worrying about something else.
  10. I have a lot of things that have to be done by certain times at school or at home.

How to help kids cope with stress

  • Make sure your children are eating a healthy diet and getting enough rest. Good nutrition and proper rest can boost resilience to stress.
  • Exercise is a great stress reliever for kids and adults alike. Something as easy as shooting hoops in the driveway or a 15-minute walk are great mood lifters.
  • Realize that some things may not be an issue for adults but can cause significant stress for kids. Let them know that you understand they’re stressed and don’t dismiss their feelings.
  • Make time for your kids each day. Play a board game, read a book together or watch a favourite funny movie as a family. Don’t try to make them talk, even if you know what they’re worried about. Sometimes kids just feel better when you spend time with them.
  • World news can cause stress. Kids who see disturbing images on TV or online may worry about their own safety and that of the people they love. Talk with children about what they see and hear so that you can help them understand what’s going on.
  • Are your kids too busy? Like adults, children need time to relax. Kids who complain about all their activities or who refuse to go to them might be overscheduled. Talk with your kids about how they feel about extracurricular activities. If they complain, discuss the pros and cons of stopping one activity. If stopping isn’t an option, explore ways to help manage your child’s time and responsibilities to lessen their anxiety.
  • Do your children hear you and your partner talking about troubles at work, worrying about a relative’s illness or arguing about financial matters? Try not to discuss such issues if children are within earshot, as they may pick up on adult anxieties and start to worry themselves.
  • Encourage your older children to keep a journal. Writing down thoughts and feelings can help get frustrations off his/her mind and into some perspective.
  • Tension is contagious. Set a good example when it comes to managing your own stress. Your kids are watching you.

Some kinds of stress – moving to a new grade or new school, squabbles with friends or feeling anxious about a school project – are inevitable in every child’s life. Teaching healthy coping skills today will help kids weather life’s ups and downs as they get older.

For more information and support in helping your child deal with stress, along with resources and counselling to improve your health and wellness, visit the NSLAP website at www.nslap.ca. Please note that LAP is your “company” name when you register. When you call the LAP number at 1 866 299 1299, your call will be answered any time, day or night, 365 days per year.

Courts

Caroline McInnes, Provincial Prothonotary and Registrar of the Court of Appeal,  has commenced a one-year term of absence starting on Monday, August 18, 2014. Ms. A. E. Anselm has been appointed to serve in Ms. McInnes’ absence.

From March 2012, Ms. Anselm has served as Supreme Court Prothonotary at the Halifax Law Courts, and Deputy Registrar of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. Prior to that, she was the Registrar of Probate at the Yarmouth Justice Centre. Ms. Anselm holds a JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence/Law) from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston and a BA in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University. She has extensive legal experience and is a former academic.

Effective August 18th, Ms. Anselm can be reached at 424-8962 or via email at anselmae@gov.ns.ca.

See the original announcement on the Information for Legal Professionals page at www.courts.ns.ca.

This edition includes:

  • A staffing update regarding the office of the Prothonotary – Registrar;
  • court dockets for September and October;
  • a reminder about the Liaison Committees for Bench and Bar, for both the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia; and  
  • a reminder from the Supreme Court to counsel to include their contact information on documents filed with the Court.

See the AUGUST 14, 2014 Hints and Tips from the Prothonotary-Registrar for details.

To view a complete archive of the Prothonotary-Registrar's Hints & Tips, visit the Information for Legal Professionals page on the Courts of Nova Scotia website: http://courts.ns.ca/Bar_Information/bar_home.htm.

Also choose to follow the Courts on Twitter, for links to decisions, notices, news and other updates via the Courts of Nova Scotia’s Twitter service: http://courts.ns.ca/General_Content/twitter.html.

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. This notice has been prepared by Society staff in Library & Information Services.

BANKRUPTCY Wilcox (Re), Court No. 36792; Estate No. 51-1681518, Cregan, Registrar in Bankruptcy, August 1, 2014. 2014 NSSC 291

BANKRUPTCY Rose (Re), Court No. 37826; Estate No. 51-1617375, Cregan, Registrar in Bankruptcy, August 1, 2014. 2014 NSSC 292

COMPANY LAW Proost v. Ferncroft Equities Ltd., Hfx. No. 416894, Moir, J., August 12, 2014; August 6, 2014 (orally). 2014 NSSC 302

CONTRACTS Jones v. Bob Blumenthal Auto Wholesalers Inc., S.C.C.H. No. 424836, Knudsen, Adjudicator, July 21, 2014. 2014 NSSM 33

CRIMINAL LAW R. v. Johnston, C.A.C. No. 429755, Bryson, J.A., August 5, 2014, July 31, 2014 (orally). 2014 NSCA 78

CRIMINAL LAW R. v. MacInnis, No. 2569826, Atwood, J.P.C., July 31, 2014. 2014 NSPC 55

CRIMINAL LAW R. v. Leggette et al., No. 2704276; 2704277, Derrick, J.P.C., July 25, 2014. 2014 NSPC 57

CRIMINAL LAW R. v. Wournell, CR.H. No. 423716, Kennedy, C.J., August 1, 2014. 2014 NSSC 305

CRIMINAL LAW R. v. Cater, C.A.C. No. 392039, Saunders, J.A., August 13, 2014. 2014 NSCA 74

CRIMINAL LAW R. v. Denny, No. 2569704, Atwood, J.P.C., July 28, 2014. 2014 NSPC 58

CRIMINAL LAW R. v. Jardine, No. 2740307; 2740309, Atwood, J.P.C., August 6, 2014. 2014 NSPC 59

EMPLOYMENT LAW MacLeod v. W. Eric Whebby Ltd., Hfx. No. 279354, Chipman, J., August 15, 2014. 2014 NSSC 306

EMPLOYMENT LAW MacKenzie v. AMEC Environment & Infrastructure Ltd., S.C.C.H. No. 422265, Knudsen, Adjudicator, July 21, 2014. 2014 NSSM 34

FAMILY LAW Knowles v. Green, No. 1201-064449; S.F.H.D. No. 069490, Jollimore, J., July 30, 2014. 2014 NSSC 290

LANDLORD AND TENANT Pearson v. Jreige, S.C.C.H. No. 429879, Parker, Adjudicator, August 8, 2014. 2014 NSSM 35

MAINTENANCE Carroll v. Richardson, S.F.H.M.C.A. No. 069321, Jollimore, J., August 7, 2014. 2014 NSSC 293

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.

 

Province

Dear Member:

In the fall of this year the Advisory Committee on Queen’s Counsel Appointments, chaired by the Honourable Justice Peter Bryson, will consider candidates for the next Queen’s Counsel appointments.

The criteria for these appointments are:

(a) fifteen years or more as a member of the Bar of Nova Scotia as of September 30, 2014 and eligible to practise law in Nova Scotia;

(b) demonstrated professional integrity, good character and outstanding contributions to the practice of law through one or more of:

(i) recognition by other members of the profession as an exceptional barrister or solicitor,

(ii) exceptional contributions through legal scholarship, teaching or continuing legal education,

(iii) demonstration of exceptional qualities of leadership in the profession, and

(iv) engaging in activities of a public or charitable nature in such a way as to raise the esteem in which the legal profession is held by the public;

(c) the Advisory Committee on Queen’s Counsel Appointments is asked to consider regional, gender and minority representation among the persons recommended for appointment as Queen’s Counsel.

In order to be considered as a candidate for a Queen’s Counsel appointment, you must apply pursuant to this request. The Committee will not consider applications or nominations from previous years.

A complete application or nomination package must consist of an original and 12 copies of the following documents:

(a) application or nomination form;

(b) authorization for disclosure of information and release; and

(c) Information form. Ordinarily the information will be confined to the form provided. However, if you find the space on the form insufficient, additional material that you may wish to provide (not exceeding two pages in length), will be considered by the Committee. Material exceeding two pages will not be forwarded to the Committee.

These forms are available on the Queen’s Counsel process page of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society website. In addition, please ensure you have provided with your application materials a current telephone number where you can reached. If you wish, you may include two letters of reference for consideration by the Committee. The inclusion of reference letters is optional.

Persons may either apply personally or may nominate a member of the Bar. All applicants will be treated equally by the Committee whether they are nominated, or whether they apply personally.

Your complete application or nomination must be received by Justice Bryson no later than 4:00 pm, Tuesday, September 30, 2014. It may be mailed or delivered to:

Advisory Committee on Queen’s Counsel Appointments
c/o The Honourable Justice Peter Bryson
The Law Courts, 1815 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1S7

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Yours very truly,
Judith F. Ferguson, Deputy Minister of Justice

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

Proclamations are published in the Royal Gazette, Part II, which is issued every other week and is available by subscription. Unofficial copies of the Royal Gazette, Part II are available online through the Registry of Regulations website.

The Office of the Legislative Counsel maintains a Proclamations of Statutes database, providing the effective dates of proclamations for statutes from 1990 to date. The database is updated with information received weekly from the Executive Council Office. To access the database, go to the Office of the Legislative Counsel’s website, then select Proclamations from the list of links on the left side of the page. The information provided by the database is for convenience only. For purposes of interpreting and applying the law, please consult official sources.

The orders in council authorizing the proclamations can be searched via the Orders in Council database maintained by the Executive Council Office. This database contains information about orders in council dating back to 1991.

This notice has been prepared by Society staff in Library & Information Services.

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:   

JUSTICE: Find all DOJ announcements at http://www.gov.ns.ca/just/communications/

SNSMR: Find all news releases at http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/

INTERNAL SERVICES--Accessing Government Services with 10-Digit Dialing Aug. 13

COMMUNITY SERVICES/HOUSING N.S.

  • Government Improves Social Housing for Seniors in Enfield, Aug. 11
  • Government Invests in Seniors Social Housing, Aug. 9

COMMUNITIES, CULTURE AND HERITAGE--Government Promotes National Acadian Day, Genealogy Pavilion, Aug. 14

ENVIRONMENT--Exercise Caution with Surface Water Sources, Aug. 6

HEALTH/WELLNESS--Government Publishes Information on Serious Reportable Events, Aug. 14

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION--Holland v. Tri-County Regional School Board and CUPE Remedy Hearing, Aug. 12

NATURAL RESOURCES/TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL--Tentative Donkin Mine Agreement Encouraging, Aug. 12

PREMIER'S OFFICE--Premier Offers Condolences on Passing of Purdy Crawford, Aug. 12

Other news

After two years of study, national consultations, original research and the contributions of lawyers from across Canada and diverse practice settings, the Canadian Bar Association’s Legal Futures Initiative is pleased to share its findings and recommendations in its comprehensive report:

Within the report, the Initiative offers insights on the changing legal marketplace, the value that lawyers will bring to the future of legal services in Canada, and the opportunities that arise from lawyers choosing to adapt to change. For more details, visit http://cbafutures.org/.    

The Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia has extended the deadline to respond to its Discussion Paper on the Powers of Attorney Act to October 15, 2014.

The paper proposes a series of reforms to the Act, and poses a number of questions for discussion. The paper proposes new provisions that will clarify the donor’s rights, the attorney’s scope of authority and corresponding duties, and the rights and liabilities of third parties. As well, the proposed reforms will provide more extensive opportunities to monitor attorneys’ actions and take corrective action where necessary. The paper also proposes reforms to provide better protection by public authorities against abuse of enduring powers of attorney.

The Discussion Paper is available through the Commission's website: www.lawreform.ns.ca. Print copies are available on request. 

For more information about the Powers of Attorney Act project, or the Commission's other work, please visit the Commission's website, or email info@lawreform.ns.ca.

Volunteer legal counsel sought to assist Springhill Volunteer Citizens Committee prepare evidence and presentation for hearing before the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.

This committee has intervenor status in relation to an application for the dissolution of the Town of Springhill and requires legal assistance to prepare for this hearing. The hearing is scheduled for several days, starting on December 15, 2014.

Please contact Murray at 902 597 3040 or via email at brookside1953@hotmail.com

The Society wishes to advise members of the recent death of the following colleague. We extend our condolences to his friends and family.

  • Harold Purdy Crawford QC, Toronto – August 12, 2014 Obituary

Also see: 

OBITUARY: Purdy Crawford was the firm hand on Canada’s business tiller
The Globe and Mail | Friday, Aug. 15 2014

Five Islands native and prominent Canadian lawyer/businessman Purdy Crawford dies at age 82
Truro Daily News | August 13, 201

‘Business giant’ will be missed: Five Islands Purdy Crawford dies at age 82
Truro Daily News | August 13, 2014

Remembering CBU’s Friend and Mentor: Purdy Crawford
Cape Breton University | August 13, 2014

Now that we have successfully completed the transition of the Journal of Environmental Law & Practice (JELP) to its new editorial team, we are writing to remind the Canadian environmental law and policy community to consider JELP for your environmental law publications.

There appears to be no shortage of environmental issues deserving further analysis and discussion, from the Lac Megantic disaster and the Northern Gateway project to the recent Mount Polley tailings breach, as well as significant developments in related areas of law, such as Aboriginal law (e.g., the recent Supreme Court decision in Williams v. British Columbia).

The next submission deadline for JELP is late August, but we welcome submissions anytime, as we publish three issues a year and our publication process is relatively quick. We welcome all submissions, but contributions from established academics are critical to the continuing success of the journal.

We are very honoured to serve as the editorial team for what is still Canada’s only faculty run environmental law journal. We believe JELP is a critical communication and research dissemination tool for the environmental law community in Canada. In a world where it is easy to drown in information, it is wonderful to be able to turn to one journal for leading research and ideas in this critical area of law.

To this end, we have developed a website for JELP (www.jelp.ca), which we hope will serve as a place for all of us to share the latest thinking in Canadian environmental law.

For any comments or questions related to JELP, please do not hesitate to contact us at jelp@usask.ca.

See the original Call for Submissions as posted on August 9 at www.jelp.ca. For more details about the recent editorial transition and the continuing involvement of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, see http://jelp.ca/about/.   

Starting August 23, business and residential consumers in the 902 region will have to adopt 10-digit dialing – the area code followed by the phone number – for all local communications.

The introduction of 10-digit dialing is the result of a decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and will pave the way for the addition of a new area code, 782, starting on November 30, as the 902 area code reaches capacity.

For your local calls, you will always enter 10 digits (area code + local number).

Anyone who already has a number with area code 902 will keep the same number.

For complete details, follow these links:

DATES TO REMEMBER

Starting now: Business and residential customers can start dialing the area code followed by the 7-digit phone number for all local calls. Both 7- and 10-digit local dialed calls will be connected without interruption.

Starting August 23: Business and residential customers will have to adopt 10-digit dialing – the area code followed by the 7-digit phone number – for all local calls. If the area code is not dialed, the caller will hear a reminder message before the call is completed.

Starting November 16: 10-digit dialing will be mandatory: business and residential customers will have to dial the area code followed by the 7-digit number for all local calls. If the 10-digit number is not dialed, the call will not be completed.

After November 30: A new area code, 782, will be gradually introduced and will be used in the same region as area code 902.

Please note, the 9-1-1 emergency number remains a three-digit number.

Paul Huber, age 79, Honorary/Adjunct Professor with the Department of Economics at Dalhousie University, recently sustained a serious brain injury. Lawyers with any information on the location or existence of a will or living will for Mr. Huber are asked to please contact: 

Urs Frei
802-8707
ursandreas@gmail.com

Awards and congratulatory messages

The Society is pleased to announce that Heather Ann McNeill QC will be the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Established in 1999, the award is presented to a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society who has made significant contributions to the community, the legal profession and the Society. 

Heather McNeill QCMs. McNeill is a practising lawyer with the Dalhousie Legal Aid Service, where she also supervises law students. As a passionate and effective advocate, Ms. McNeill embodies traditional Aboriginal concepts of respect and sharing with her legal talents to advance the interest of marginalized individuals and communities in Nova Scotia. Through her lawyering at Dalhousie Legal Aid Service, her volunteer work and her leadership in the Mi’kmaq First Nation, she demonstrates a strong personal commitment to putting others first.

Having worked for a decade as a registered nurse prior to her legal career, Ms. McNeill brings a talent for healing in her approaches to dispute resolution and her service to the less fortunate. She distinguishes herself as a mentor of young lawyers, as a role model for Aboriginal youth, and as one who daily manifests the highest ideals of the legal profession.

Her community service includes serving as a member of the Indigenous Blacks & Mi'kmaq Initiative Advisory Council and the IB&M Standing Committee at the Schulich School of Law, and she provides pro bono legal services to individuals through the Immigrant Settlement & Integration Services (ISIS). She is also a board member for the Tawaak Housing Association and the Nova Scotia Health Promotion Clearinghouse, and a member of the Minister's Advisory Committee on Child Welfare. 

A former Commissioner with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, Ms. McNeill has also served on the boards for the Mi'kmaq Justice Institute, the Premier's Task Force on Employment Equity, and the Public Legal Education Society (now known as the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia). She is a former President and board member with the Mi'kmaq Native Friendship Centre, and has also served on the Halifax Regional Police Diversity Project and the Aboriginal Justice Committee.   

At the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, Ms. McNeill currently volunteers as a member of the Fitness to Practise Committee (since June 2012) and the Racial Equity Committee (since June 2009). She also served on the former Legal Ethics Committee, from 1996 to 1999. She was called to the Bar in 1995.

The Distinguished Service Award will be presented on September 19 at the Society’s annual Recognition Reception. For details and RSVP information, see the Upcoming events page: nsbs.org/events. Several other achievements will also be honoured at the reception:

  • 60-Year Certificates to Charlie MacIntosh QC and Edwin LeBlanc QC; and 50-Year Certificates to David F. Curtis QC and David Grant
  • The 2014 NSBS Presidents’ Leadership Award, received by Emilie Coyle upon her graduation from the Schulich School of Law; and the Presidents' Leadership Summer Internship, received by law student Paul Calderhead; and  
  • The 2014 Race and the Law Essay Prize, received by recent Schulich law graduate Meaghan Mahadeo for her paper, “What’s in a name?: An Analysis of the Politics of Band Membership Codes in the Canadian Indigenous Quest for Self-Determination.”
The nomination process for the 2015 Distinguished Service Award will take place early next year; nominations may be submitted by members of the Society and the public. 

 

Careers

BOYNECLARKE LLP has an immediate opening for an experienced Commercial Real Estate Lawyer.

Located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, with breathtaking views of Halifax Harbour, BOYNECLARKE LLP is a dynamic, fast-growing but firmly established law firm. Our firm prides itself on a collaborative working environment with state-of-the-art Document Management technology.

Position Overview:

As a key member of our Business Law Team, the successful candidate will have depth of experience in all aspects of business law but with a specific focus on commercial real estate and commercial financings, including but not limited to, complex financings (lender and borrower), property development, sale and acquisitions of commercial property, construction and commercial leasing. This is a significant opportunity for a candidate with the requisite experience who is also hard-working, entrepreneurial, creative and people-orientated. This position offers the prospect for considerable future growth which will be very appealing to the right candidate.

 Core Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provide sound legal advice, guidance, and counsel to a wide variety of commercial real estate clients;
  • Facilitate timely and accurate commercial real estate transactions and related financing;
  • Strategic business development through various channels to enhance existing client relationships and attract new clients.
  • Enhance and improve processes and procedures related to commercial real estate transactions;
  • Mentor junior associates and articling clerks.   

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • A member of the Nova Scotia Bar (or potential to become a member) with 5-10 years experience focused in the area of commercial real estate law;
  • Knowledge of federal and provincial corporate, property, and securities legislation;
  • A motivated, self starter who has the ability to work well both autonomously and in a team environment;
  • Exceptional attention to detail and proven organizational skills.

Salary and benefits will be extremely competitive and commensurate with experience. BOYNECLARKE LLP provides a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, life and dependent life insurance, Group RSP, EAP and Health & Wellness initiatives. We offer a friendly and professional work environment. Our offices are located in Metropolitan Place, 99 Wyse Road in downtown Dartmouth across the street from the Dartmouth Sportsplex. Our website www.boyneclarke.ca offers more information about our firm.  

Please send your expression of interest to:

Diane C. Norris
Executive Director
BOYNECLARKE LLP
P.O. Box 876
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 3Z5
Fax:  (902) 463-7500
dnorris@boyneclarke.ca

Working to ensure that the public is well served by a legal profession that is honourable, competent and independent, the Law Society of Manitoba is a self-governing body for lawyers in the province of Manitoba. With a mission to serve the public interest and maintain public confidence in Manitoba’s approximately 2,000 member-lawyers, the Law Society sets and enforces standards for the admission, education, professional responsibility and competence of new and practising lawyers.

As the Chief Executive Officer, you will assume leadership, operational responsibilities and accountabilities for one of the most prestigious, high profile, well respected independently governed professional organizations in Canada. The face of the legal profession and the needs of the public continue to undergo significant change. You will monitor the emerging trends in the provision of legal services and regulation provincially, nationally and internationally. Under the policy governance direction of the Benchers you will play a key role in influencing and shaping the direction of the legal profession and its regulation.

As the Chief Executive Officer, you have demonstrated experience in working collaboratively with a board in a complex environment. Your strategic thinking, energy and drive, and business and financial acumen are compelling. You are a clear and critical thinker with an ability to see the bigger picture and possess good judgment. Your skills in maintaining positive relationships with diverse and informed stakeholders, and building dynamic and committed teams of professionals speaks to your superior relationship-building, influencing and negotiating abilities. You have excellent oral and written communication skills. For the right executive and the right fit, this is an amazing opportunity through which to make a substantial contribution and a wide reaching difference within a challenging and changing landscape.

To explore this opportunity further, please contact Kevin Gormely at 416-309-4495 or at kgormely@boyden.com or Michael Naufal at 416-363-3228 or at mnaufal@boyden.com.

The Law Firm of Taylor MacLellan Cochrane has deep roots in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia dating back to 1835. The Firm, in its modern incarnation, was formed and developed in 1965 when a partnership was entered among K. LeRoy Taylor, J.A. MacLellan, and John Cochrane. From these humble beginnings, the Firm has grown and continues to thrive by providing quality services to individuals, small and large businesses, farms, corporations, and institutions throughout the Valley and beyond. It is this heritage that has led to our adoption of the motto, "Making Service a Matter of Practice since 1835".

We are currently seeking an Associate Lawyer with three to five years of experience to join our team. The successful candidate must be a member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society.

If you have an interest in a career opportunity, establishing roots in the Annapolis Valley, and being a member of our team, please respond in confidence to:

Katherine L. Hanks, C.I.M., P.Mgr.
Operations Manager
Taylor MacLellan Cochrane

50 Cornwallis Street
Kentville NS B4N 2E4
Phone: (902) 678-6156
Fax: (902) 678-6010
Email: hanks@tmclaw.com
www.tmclaw.com

The Law firm of Russell Piggott Jones, located in downtown Dartmouth, is looking for a property paralegal. Interested candidates should have at least 3 years previous experience working as a property paralegal, specifically working with purchases, sales, mortgages and title migrations. Proficiency in typing, computer systems, file management and property online processes is required.

Must be highly motivated, energetic, a quick learner and have excellent interpersonal, organizational and verbal/written communication skills.

Only those candidates selected for an interview shall be contacted. 

Please forward resume and preferred start work date in confidence to: 

Stephen Russell
Russell Piggott Jones
srussell@rpj.ns.ca
Phone: 902 469 3030  

Suite 500 - West Tower
Royal Bank Building
44 Portland Street
Dartmouth, NS, B2Y 1H3

CORRESPONDENCE:
PO Box 913
Dartmouth, NS, B2Y 3Z6

Office Administrator, Legal Services Centre

Torys is seeking a talented and experienced Office Administrator to become part of our innovative Legal Services Centre (LSC) in Halifax. This unique position offers a varied and engaging work experience for someone who thrives in a dynamic and collaborative professional office environment.

Torys is a highly respected international business law firm with offices in Toronto, New York, Calgary and Montréal. We work together to offer seamless cross-border services to our clients all over the world. The LSC will be fully integrated with other Torys offices to provide our clients with high quality and cost effective legal services by performing, at a high level of efficiency, effectiveness and expertise, frequently recurring legal work that is important to Torys’ clients.

Key Accountabilities

Reporting to the LSC Leader, the Office Administrator will have overall accountability for the smooth running of the office at the highest standards of quality, timeliness and service, including:

  • Lawyer secretarial support - Provide legal administrative support to LSC lawyers; prepare, edit, and format complex documents personally and in collaboration with local legal assistant(s) and the Toronto-based Document Services team; prepare correspondence, schedule meetings, coordinate travel arrangements, complete expense reports, and docket time; help to hire and oversee the work of up to two legal assistants for the LSC;
  • LSC Leader support – Work with the LSC Leader to support all aspects of managing the office; prepare and analyze pricing, budget, and project management reports; and administer the budget for the office;
  • Technology support - Work with LSC lawyers and Torys Knowledge Management, Training and IT teams to test, implement and support new technology and work processes; help to develop and oversee document management, scheduling, information and other systems used in the LSC; and,
  • Premises and vendor management - With oversight from the LSC Leader and the support of the Toronto-based Facilities team, manage the delivery of supplies and services to the office premises.

Attributes & Experience

The successful candidate will bring the following to the role:

  • a legal secretarial diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution;
  • at least eight years of office administration experience in a law firm or legal department;
  • a strong track record of providing superior and professional client service with a strong work ethic, confidence, calmness, maturity, and discretion;
  • excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to work collaboratively in a team-based setting alongside colleagues with diverse work styles and backgrounds;
  • an ability to deal easily with ambiguity and change, including changing priorities, timelines and processes;
  • resourcefulness in taking initiative, solving problems, and getting the job done;
  • high proficiency with MS Office 2010, PDF conversion and document management applications, and the ability and willingness to learn new technologies, processes and software; and,
  • experience working with landlords, suppliers, and contractors.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please address your resume and cover letter to:
legalsupportrecruiting@torys.com

Closing date: September 5, 2014

We thank all applicants for their interest in Torys LLP; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

McKiggan Hebert Lawyers

McKiggan Hebert is currently seeking an experienced Legal Assistant to join our team at our new offices on Spring Garden Road in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is a permanent full time position. The successful candidate will support a practice in personal injury law.

Responsibilities will include:

  • client service and correspondence,
  • preparing and managing documents and files,
  • entering time,
  • completing invoices,
  • managing calendars,
  • and other related duties. 

The successful candidate will have a Legal Assistant or Paralegal diploma from a recognized institution, strong technology skills particularly with MS Office and time keeping and billing software, and a minimum of three years’ experience in a Legal Assistant role. Candidates with equivalent experience will be considered. The candidate must be detail-oriented, have exceptional personal integrity, be flexible with changing schedules and duties, demonstrate outstanding client service and communication skills and be a strong team player. 

About Us

McKiggan Hebert was recently founded by senior lawyers John McKiggan, Q.C. and Brian Hebert to carry on their respective practices. John McKiggan was a founding partner of APM Law responsible for that firm’s personal injury practice. He has received recognition as one of the top personal injury lawyers in Atlantic Canada. Brian Hebert has been serving clients in the areas of business, personal injury, environmental and Aboriginal law for 25 years. We serve clients throughout the Atlantic region. 

McKiggan Hebert is strongly committed to client satisfaction. We are focused on delivering results to clients while operating in a respectful and professional work environment. We offer excellent remuneration and continuing professional development opportunities. We value and support the volunteer work and community service of our employees. 

To apply:  Send your cover letter resume and references to emckiel@mckigganhebert.com with the Subject line Personal Injury Legal Assistant .

Qualified candidates will be interviewed as applications are received. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Our reputable and established Dartmouth Law Firm, Newton and Associates, is seeking an associate lawyer to join our firm. One to five years experience in the areas of family law and civil litigation would be considered an asset. Remuneration is negotiable.

All resumes and cover letters should be sent to:

Patrick K. MacEwen
Newton and Associates
192 Wyse Road, Suite 5
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B3A 1M9
or via e-mail at macewen@newtonandassoc.com.

Our reputable and established law firm is seeking an associate lawyer to add to our firm. One to five years experience in the areas of family and civil litigation would be considered an asset. Remuneration is negotiable.

All resumes and cover letters should be forwarded to the attention of:

Patrick K. MacEwen
192 Wyse Road, Suite 5
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B3A 1M9

or email to macewen@newtonandassoc.com

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is the public interest regulator of the legal profession in Nova Scotia. The Society ensures that lawyers are competent, ethical, and practise law in accordance with the standards set by the Society. Through relationships with the Courts, government departments and participants in the justice system, the Society facilitates dialogue and cooperation to improve all aspects of the justice system for Nova Scotians. The Society currently is engaged in a significant strategic review of its approach to regulation with a goal of transforming how it carries out its work.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Finance and Administration holds overall responsibility for corporate services supporting central activities of the Society, including finance, risk, human resources, IT and communications. As someone not afraid to roll up their sleeves and take a hands-on approach, the Director will ensure effective budgeting, financial strength, lead and facilitate the integration of innovative technologies and policies, and improve operational efficiency. Managing a talented team, the Director will build commitment and ensure employees are engaged and aligned with the mission of the Society.

As the ideal candidate you are a solid operational manager who understands how to enable a not for profit business to excel through sound financial, technical and systems management. People know you as someone who is not only a financial expert but also tech savvy. You have a reputation for getting things done, a talent for identifying opportunities to innovate and create efficiencies, and a proven track record of putting effective policies into practice. You have at least 10 years of corporate management experience along with a designation in accounting and a relevant undergraduate degree. To ensure the perfect fit, you are someone who believes in the public interest purpose of the Society and will work to improve their value proposition to the public every day.

If you enjoy the challenge of creating innovative solutions to improve efficiency, this opportunity may be for you. To learn more please contact Mark Surrette or James Laing in our Halifax office at 902 422 4886 or submit your resume online at http://jobs.kbrs.ca/Careers/10484/

I am a recent graduate from the Schulich School of Law. While attending law school I simultaneously completed a Master's degree. I am an efficient and effective worker with strong research and critical thinking skills. I have experience with project management, policy drafting/review, and public engagement. Completing a placement with the Department of Health provided me with an opportunity to engage in legal research and writing outside of the classroom.

I am from Nova Scotia and would be happy to work anywhere in province. If you are looking for an articling student please contact me at karla.bray@dal.ca. I am happy to provide resume, transcripts, and references.

Associate Legal Counsel (Term)
Office of Legal Counsel and Industry Liaison and Innovation

Dalhousie is a leading, research-intensive Canadian university offering a wealth of programs through diverse faculties. With campuses located in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia, as well as a Medical School site in Saint John, New Brunswick, Dalhousie has more than 6,000 faculty and staff who make up the university’s energetic academic community. We are consistently recognized as one of Nova Scotia’s best employers, and we are one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Industry Liaison and Innovation (ILI), a unit of Research Services at Dalhousie University, is the largest network member of Springboard Atlantic. The principle roles of ILI are to grow the private sector funded research enterprise at Dalhousie along with its affiliated teaching hospitals the IWK Health Centre, and the Capital District Health Authority and to support the growth of the regional economy. ILI specializes in the commercialization of new technologies, helping to enhance the competitiveness of the private sector with innovative R&D solutions, and fostering entrepreneurship by facilitating university spin-out companies and working with students and faculty members on new company creation.  

Reporting to General Counsel, and working closely with the Assistant Vice-President, Industry Liaison,  the successful candidate will work with other members of the Legal Counsel team in providing legal services to the university, focusing on intellectual property and commercialization agreements for Dalhousie’s Industry Liaison and Innovation office. The successful candidate will work independently and in a team environment as part of Dalhousie’s Industry Liaison and Innovation office and University Legal Counsel Office.  

Qualifications:  The successful candidate must have a minimum of five years of private practice or in-house experience and must be eligible to be a practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.  Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others in a variety of contexts, strong communication and analytical skills, and the ability to adapt to the dynamic environment of a university community are pre-requisites. 

As an employer of choice, Dalhousie University offers an attractive total compensation package, including a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance plan, and a tuition assistance program.   

This competition closes on August 18, 2014.

Salary Range:  $71,465 - $96,687 per annum (ADM-08)  (This is a provisional classification. Formal classification procedures will be initiated by the Compensation & Job Evaluation Unit in approximately six months.)  This is a Term position until March 31, 2017. This position is part of the Dalhousie Professional & Managerial Group (DPMG).

To apply, please visit www.dal.ca/careers

Legal Counsel - Clearwater Seafoods LP

Clearwater is a leader in the seafood industry. The company is recognized for its quality, diversity and reliable delivery of premium wild seafood. Since its founding in 1976, Clearwater has invested in people, science, technology and resource management to sustain and grow its business in North America, Europe and Asia.

Key responsibilities are:

  • Negotiate and draft agreements for confidentiality, sales, marketing, services, financing, asset purchases and sales, and other commercial matters.
  • Provide advice on employment issues, intellectual property, regulatory concerns, compliance with corporate policies and code of conduct.
  • Administration of subsidiary companies
  • Instruct local and foreign counsel as required and manage costs of legal services effectively.
  • Lead and participate in due diligence processes.
  • Provide legal guidance for various levels of management in domestic and foreign offices
  • Asses legal risk and provide pragmatic solutions
  • Build consensus and gain support of management leaders.

The successful candidate will require the following qualifications and skills:

  • Seven to ten years of post bar admission experience in a corporate/commercial law firm practice
  • Membership in good standing of Nova Scotia Barristers' Society or current eligibility for admission by transfer from another law society in Canada
  • Ability to handle multiple deadlines and priorities
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with all levels of managements.

Contact legalcounsel@clearwater.ca to apply.

How Lawrence White Bowes of Windsor, Nova Scotia, is seeking a paralegal/legal assistant to fill a maternity position to commence in early October.

We are looking for a candidate with experience in family, litigation and estates. Our ideal candidate is extremely organized, client-service oriented and a team player with exceptional interpersonal skills. The perfect fit will thrive working in a fast-paced environment that focuses on attention.

Preference will be given to applicants with a legal/administration background and a demonstrated ability to work under pressure.

We offer a salary, commensurate with experience.

Please forward your resume to jwile@scotialaw.com or fax us at 902 798 8925.

SOLICITOR

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is seeking a Solicitor for a term position of six months up to one year to assist the Solicitors Services Team.With HRM as its client, Legal Services provides quality, cost effective, timely and accessible legal services to meet the needs of HRM through its Council, various departments, boards, commissions, and employees. This Solicitor would be a member of the Solicitor Services Team, reporting to a Team Lead and the Director, and is responsible for providing legal services to the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) supporting this area of responsibility in Legal Services.The Solicitor is responsible for providing legal advice and assistance to HRM staff conducting daily business and long term planning for the HRM. The Solicitor will provide accessible, efficient and expert counsel in legal matters responsive to client department needs. The Solicitor will be client focused and a self-motivated individual who will work both independently and with a team of lawyers and support staff in the delivery of legal services to HRM client departments.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provides general solicitor services to HRM, its agencies, boards and commissions, as assigned, with an emphasis on municipal law, corporate commercial transactions, contracts, real estate transactions and procurement matters, as required
  • Complies with HRM Legal Services’ Client Service Standards and Service Level Agreements
  • Conducts legal research and provides legal opinions
  • Maintains up to date knowledge and expertise in areas of law including statutes, case law, legal proceedings, and trends in the context of public law
  • Represents clients in legal proceedings before courts and administrative tribunals, as required
  • Attends meetings such as community councils or regional council, as required or assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:

  • Law Degree from a recognized university
  • Member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society or be qualified to be admitted
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas of practice: corporate, commercial, contract, real estate, administrative and municipal

Please go to http://www.halifax.ca/employment/ to review the complete posting and to apply. This posting closes midnight, September 5, 2014. 

Advisor, Harassment Prevention/Conflict Management
Human Rights, Equity and Harassment Prevention, Office of the President

Dalhousie is a leading, research-intensive Canadian university offering a wealth of programs through diverse faculties. With campuses located in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia, as well as a Medical School site in Saint John, New Brunswick, Dalhousie has more than 6,000 faculty and staff who make up the university’s energetic academic community. We are consistently recognized as one of Nova Scotia’s best employers, and we are one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The Office of Human Rights, Equity and Harassment Prevention (HREHP) aims to foster and support an inclusive working and learning environment where all members of the University community share responsibility for establishing and maintaining a climate of respect. Reporting to the Provost & Vice-President Academic, the Advisor, Harassment Prevention/Conflict Management is responsible to oversee and administer the Personal Harassment and Sexual Harassment Policies for Dalhousie University.  This position acts as a specialist resource to senior administration, managers and the University community on personal and sexual harassment issues (including sexualized violence). The Advisor also works with employees and managers in areas of conflict coaching, conflict management and mediation.    

Key Responsibilities:·       

  • Develop communications, training materials and workshops to educate the University community on policies, harassment prevention, conflict management, mediation, respectful workplace climate and other relevant topics.
  • Initiate and/or participate in the development, drafting and review of new University initiatives to promote a respectful workplace. 
  • Educate students on issues of sexual harassment/sexualized violence, and provide guidance, advice and referral as appropriate.      
  • Liaise with Departments on complaint processes, providing guidance on policy, investigation procedures, alternative dispute mechanisms, etc.  Facilitate informal resolution processes, including coaching, mediation of disputes and resolution of complaints at the informal stage.      
  • Receive and respond to reported concerns (including referrals as required), and in the case of formal complaints, liaise with the complainant, the respondent and the Administrative Head throughout the process. ·    
  • Prepare records and confidential complaint files, and compile interim and annual reports for Committees and senior administration.        
  • Support and guide the activities of the Advisory Committee on Sexual Harassment and the Sexual Harassment/Assault Resource Group.     
  • In a backup capacity, act for the Advisor, Human Rights and Equity.  ·       
  • Act as a resource to Student Services, Dalhousie Student Union and student groups on a regular basis.   

Qualifications: University degree with considerable related experience, training and knowledge of harassment issues, human rights, mediation and restorative approaches to dispute resolution. Proven experience in handling highly sensitive issues in a complex environment, with a commitment to maintain confidentiality and neutrality required; experience with unionized groups preferred. Experience working in a post-secondary setting would be an asset. Excellent judgment, with well-developed analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills, along with an open and creative approach to problem solving are essential. Knowledge and experience in developing workshops and training materials required.                        

As an employer of choice, Dalhousie University offers an attractive total compensation package, including a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance plan, and a tuition assistance program.

This competition closes on September 4th, 2014.

Salary Range:  $71,465 - $96,687 per annum (ADM-08)  (This is a provisional classification. Formal classification procedures will be initiated by the Compensation & Job Evaluation Unit in approximately six months.) This position is part of the Dalhousie Professional & Managerial Group (DPMG).

To apply, please visit www.dal.ca/careers

McKiggan Hebert Lawyers
McKiggan Hebert is currently seeking an experienced Legal Assistant to join our team at our new offices on Spring Garden Road in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is a permanent full-time position.

The successful candidate will support a practice in personal injury law. Responsibilities will include client service and correspondence, preparing and managing documents and files, entering time, completing invoices, managing calendars, and other related duties. The successful candidate will have a Legal Assistant or Paralegal diploma from a recognized institution, strong technology skills particularly with MS Office and time keeping and billing software, and a minimum of three years’ experience in a Legal Assistant role. Candidates with equivalent experience will be considered. The candidate must be detail-oriented, have exceptional personal integrity, be flexible with changing schedules and duties, demonstrate outstanding client service and communication skills and be a strong team player.

About us
McKiggan Hebert was recently founded by senior lawyers John McKiggan, Q.C. and Brian Hebert to carry on their respective practices. John McKiggan was a founding partner of APM Law, responsible for that firm’s personal injury practice. He has received recognition as one of the top personal injury lawyers in Atlantic Canada. Brian Hebert has been serving clients in the areas of business, personal injury, environmental and Aboriginal law for 25 years. We serve clients throughout the Atlantic region. McKiggan Hebert is strongly committed to client satisfaction. We are focused on delivering results to clients while operating in a respectful and professional work environment. We offer excellent remuneration and continuing professional development opportunities. We value and support the volunteer work and community service of our employees.

To apply: Send your cover letter resume and references to emckiel@mckigganhebert.com with the Subject line “Personal Injury Legal Assistant”. Qualified candidates will be interviewed as applications are received. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Upcoming Events
Event Date: Monday, September 8, 2014 (All day) to Tuesday, September 9, 2014 (All day)

This conference is organized by the CIAJ Legislative Drafting Committee chaired by John Mark Keyes, former Chief Legislative Counsel of Canada.

The conference will address a variety of current issues relating to the use and making of regulatory instruments. It will begin by considering how the concept of “nudging” is changing the regulatory landscape by focusing on prompting behavioural changes rather than dictating conduct through legally binding rules. '

The conference will also look at many important and developing facets of regulatory instruments, including public engagement in regulatory development, drafting questions, incorporation by reference of standards, public access to legislation and parliamentary review of regulation-making.

An update on recent case law relating to regulatory instruments will also be provided as well as an address by Mr. Justice Cromwell of the Supreme Court of Canada on Access to Law.

Event Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 14:00 to 17:00

Global connectedness has rendered Intellectual Property boundless, capable of traveling around the world at the blink of an eye. Trade agreements have sought to rationalize this reality, with the introduction of additional practice considerations as a by-product. So it is that for legal practitioners engaged in the protection and exploitation of related rights, a global awareness, and connectedness with practitioners in far flung places, are imperative.

Join us for a special program examining currently relevant topics in the sphere of intellectual property in Canada, the European Union and the United States. 

Event Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 - 16:00
Tilly Pillay QC, President, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, invites you to attend the 2014 Recognition Reception
 
September 19, 2014 | 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, Cogswell Tower – 8th Floor
 
 
Please join the Society in celebrating excellence in Nova Scotia’s legal profession, as we present the 2014 Distinguished Service Award to Heather McNeill QC of the Dalhousie Legal Aid Service, and recognize Charlie MacIntosh QC and Edwin LeBlanc QC with their 60-Year Practising Certificates and David F. Curtis QC and David Grant with their 50-Year Practising Certificates
 
Several other achievements will also be honoured:
 
  • The 2014 NSBS Presidents’ Leadership Award 
    Now articling with Weldon McInnis, Emilie Coyle received the award for her leadership qualities and volunteer efforts while attending the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. Paul Calderhead, a second-year student, received an honorarium to intern at the Centre for Law and Democracy this summer.
     
  • The 2014 Race and the Law Essay Prize
    Meaghan Mahadeo, a recent Schulich law graduate now clerking at the Federal Court of Canada in Ottawa, received the sixth annual prize for her paper, “What’s in a name?: An Analysis of the Politics of Band Membership Codes in the Canadian Indigenous Quest for Self-Determination.”
The Recognition Reception is an annual opportunity for the Society to honour lawyers and law students for their contributions that demonstrate the profession’s commitment to excellence and public service.
 
Please RSVP by September 12: Shirley Shane, sshane@nsbs.org
Event Date: Monday, September 22, 2014 (All day)

Understanding Financial Statements: A Litigator’s Guide to Persuading With Numbers 

Monday, September 22, 2014 | 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
World Trade & Convention Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia 

Understanding financial statements is critical to making your case in court and properly advising your client. Attend this program and learn how to effectively read and absorb the information contained in financial statements. Hear from senior counsel and the experts themselves on how to properly prepare for expert testimony and select the appropriate type of expert for your case. Watch live demonstrations, enhance your advocacy skills and build your confidence in dealing with financial statements! 

Register for the morning session with presentations by faculty or stay for the full day including afternoon workshop with advanced analysis of financial statements and hands-on exercises with real experts.

Register early to avoid disappointment; afternoon workshop enrollment is limited!

Event Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 14:00 to 17:30

Mental health concerns, ranging from anxiety to depression, and encompassing a variety of disorders, addictions and behaviours, constitute a sizeable issue to the legal profession for a plethora of reasons. For instance, depression rates within the legal profession have climbed significantly over the past few decades. In fact, the rates are approximately ten times higher today than they were two generations ago, with some clinical psychologists pointing to fast-paced, stress-filled lifestyles as a culprit. Whatever the reasons, it is clear that mental health concerns can impact fiduciary relationships, such as those within the legal profession, and in so doing pose a unique set of challenges.

Client concerns must be protected, even as the practitioner receives the required aid and attention. Left unaddressed, mental health concerns expose practices, firms and in-house departments to undue risk, prompting a sizeable share of malpractice proceedings, and resulting in brand, capital and human resource loses.

Join us for a unique program aimed at identifying and addressing mental health concerns among legal professionals. The tools, strategies and options discussed and made available will assist in ensuring that such concerns, with their hunger for careers, livelihoods and productivity, do not go unchallenged, and that lawyers are given the tools to thrive despite the challenges.

Event Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 09:00

Overview:

Federal Skilled Worker Class Program will cover a variety of topics as discussed by presenter Ana Rasmusson. Topics include:

  • Purpose of the Economic Class program
  • Minimum Requirements /Eligibility Criteria
  • Roles of CIO-Sydney/Visa Office
  • Tips for a professional submission, including sample submission letters to the Centralized Intake Office in Sydney and Visa Office
  • The importance of advising clients of the risks involved in a constantly evolving system

CPD Accreditation:
ICCRC – 5 hours
The Law Society of British Columbia – 5 hours
The Law Society of New Brunswick – 5 hours

Pricing:
Regular Rate = $120
CPD Elite Loyalty Rate = $108

Membership to Ashton’s CPD Elite Loyalty program is free and easy. All you have to do is sign up and start enjoying the rewards.

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Presenter: 

Ana Rasmusson, LL.B (Hons.), RCICAna Rasmusson earned a Bachelor of Laws degree with Honours from Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Law School, in England. Ana is the founder of Rasmusson & Associates, an immigration-consulting firm based in Toronto. She has many years of experience advising and representing clients worldwide with respect to Canadian immigration matters. In addition to her legal practice, Ana has taught Immigration and Refugee Law at various colleges, including Ashton College, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology and CSIC e-Academy.

Ana has experience developing courses and writes extensively about immigration issues. She is the author of the Immigration and Refugee Law course offered by Sheridan College as part of their Paralegal Program and she is also the author of the online Family Class course offered by CSIC e-Academy. She was a contributor to the first and second edition of the textbook Canadian Immigration and Refugee Law for Legal Professionals published by Emond Montgomery Publications.

Throughout her career, Ana has been active with community organizations. She served as the director of the education committee for the Latin-American Association of Certified Canadian Immigration Consultants (ALCAI). Additionally, she served on the board of directors for Hon. Bryon Wilfert, Member of Parliament for two consecutive terms.

Ana has been interviewed by RCI Radio Canada International, El Correo Canadiense, the Toronto Star, and TV Azteca regarding issues pertaining to Canadian Immigration law.

Event Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 (All day) to Wednesday, October 1, 2014 (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.

Dates for next LRA course: Sept 24- Oct 1, 2014
 
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.

In accordance with the NSBS CPD requirements, lawyers are required to complete 12 hours of CPD relevant to their practice of law, annually. This event will offer the following six sessions that you may find beneficial: 

  • “Let’s talk about tax!” with Daren Baxter QC, TEP
  • “Claims & Claims Avoidance” with LIANS’ Melanie McGrath and Stacey Gerrard
  • “Conflicts of Interest” with Stephen McGrath
  • “Technology to streamline your practice” with Tobias Sallewsky of LawyerDoneDeal® and Tim Anningson of Amicus Attorney
  • “Addictions at work: Alcohol, drugs & gaming” with Andria Hill-Lehr of Homewood Human Solutions™
  • “Five keys to activate your life performance” with Two-Time Olympian Karen Furneaux

Online registration available through the NSBS Members Login section: https://imis.nsbs.org/nsbs/NSBSWEB

Early Bird Rate: $200+tax; after October 28th: $250+tax

Free parking available to all early-bird registrants!! Sessions will appeal to lawyers, office managers, paralegals and legal assistants from across Atlantic Canada. Lawyers and staff from all sized firms are welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Event Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 16:30 to Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 17:00

The Directors College, a joint venture of The Conference Board of Canada and the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, offers participants a Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation upon completion of the five-module program. 

The Chartered Director program focuses on practical governance issues, as well as the cultural and behavioural aspects of good governance.  Board members and senior executives gain understanding of both the processes and behaviours that underpin today’s best practices in corporate governance.

Module 1: Accountability and Change 

Discuss board and director independence. Learn how to contribute, encourage, and benefit from independent thought and effective dialogue.

  • Learn about the different models, theories, and principles of governance.
  • Understand the roles, responsibilities, and accountabilities of the board as a whole - the chairperson, management, and committees.
  • Understand the legal and fiduciary responsibilities of boards and directors and how to recognize red flags to fraudulent activities.

Register online at thedirectorscollege.com

Event Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 16:30 to Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 17:00

The Directors College, a joint venture of The Conference Board of Canada and the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, offers participants a Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation upon completion of the five-module program. 

The Chartered Director program focuses on practical governance issues, as well as the cultural and behavioural aspects of good governance.  Board members and senior executives gain understanding of both the processes and behaviours that underpin today’s best practices in corporate governance.

Module 2: Leadership and Strategy

Learn how to collaborate with management to establish a clear, deliverable, corporate strategy in which all board decisions can be anchored.

  • Learn how to select the best mix of board members who understand the scope and requirements of the job.
  • Learn how the board and CEO relationship works, and the value of an effective succession-planning process.
  • Understand how the board and human resource/compensation committees work to achieve appropriate CEO and director compensation.
  • Know what questions to ask about the corporate IT strategy, management, and performance.
  • Understand the type of information that baords require for ensuring that corporate risks are identified, controlled, mitigated or translated into opportunity.
  • Learn how to capitalize on the individual strenghts of your board team in tackling problems and issues.

Register online at thedirectorscollege.com

Event Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 16:30 to Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 17:00

The Directors College, a joint venture of The Conference Board of Canada and the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, offers participants a Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation upon completion of the five-module program. 

The Chartered Director program focuses on practical governance issues, as well as the cultural and behavioural aspects of good governance.  Board members and senior executives gain understanding of both the processes and behaviours that underpin today’s best practices in corporate governance.

Module 4: Communication and Social Responsibility

What is the link between governance and sustainability?

  • How does emotional intelligence affect board behaviour and functioning?
  • What do directors need to know about corporate communication, disclosure, crisis identifcation and management, and reputation management?
  • How can the governance committee contribute processes, policies, and guidelines for effective board functioning?
  • How can board meetings be efficient, effective, and accomplish set objectives?

Register online at thedirectorscollege.com

Event Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 16:30 to Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 17:00

The Directors College, a joint venture of The Conference Board of Canada and the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, offers participants a Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation upon completion of the five-module program. 

The Chartered Director program focuses on practical governance issues, as well as the cultural and behavioural aspects of good governance. Board members and senior executives gain understanding of both the processes and behaviours that underpin today’s best practices in corporate governance.

Module 3: Oversight and Finance

Discover what directors need to know about, and how to access and assess information on, finance – using accounting principles, financial and non-financial indicators, and risk assessment.

  • Understand the roles, responsibilities, and relationship between the board and the audit committee, the internal auditor, and the external auditor.
  • Explore your ethics guidelines and your ability to apply moral reasoning in governing your organization.

Register online at thedirectorscollege.com

Event Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 16:30 to Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 17:00

The Directors College, a joint venture of The Conference Board of Canada and the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, offers participants a Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation upon completion of the five-module program. 

The Chartered Director program focuses on practical governance issues, as well as the cultural and behavioural aspects of good governance. Board members and senior executives gain understanding of both the processes and behaviours that underpin today’s best practices in corporate governance.

Module 5: The Board Simulation

Put into practice all your experiences and learnings from the previous four modules.

  • Participate as a board member at an actual board and committee meeting, as your experience a "day on the board" of our simulated corporation.
  • Gain personal insight on how your board behaviour, and that of others, affects board process and productivity.

This module, unique to the Directors College, gives candidates a chance to experience realistic board situations. Our participants rate this module as the highlight of the program. 

Register online at thedirectorscollege.com

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