September 15, 2014 InForum Issue

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Society news

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

The next regular meeting of Council is scheduled for this Friday, September 19, 2014. The agenda and meeting documents are now available on the Council materials page of the Society's website: Read More

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following member has changed to Suspended status: Clara Elizabeth Gray  Read More
Tips from LIANS

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

The new and progressive presents a cleaner design to enhance navigation among our vast resources and services. Easily locate information and receive guidance through LIANS’ key services including: Read More

Nowadays it is not uncommon to see lawyers changing law firms for a myriad of reasons. Here is a checklist of do’s and don’ts to consider when leaving for another firm: Read More

Confirmed email scam attempts purportedly from the "ALS Association" or with regard to a “room reservation” have recently been circulating with a potential virus-infected Word document attached – example here: Read More

Homewood Human Solutions’ e-AP app mobilizes the resources of the Assistance Program for instant, anytime, anywhere access. The app can be used in English (e-AP) and in French (PA-e). Read More

When ordering a CD copy of the audio recordings of court proceedings, you should always use the form available on the Courts of Nova Scotia website here: Read More

Judge Daniel A. MacRury's swearing-in ceremony will take place on Friday, October 10 in Sydney, where Judge MacRury was born and raised and where he spent most of his career as a lawyer. Read More

Please be advised, the lower parkade exit door of The Law Courts on Upper Water Street is closed for the installation of an exterior vestibule, effective September 10, 2014. Construction will take from three to five weeks.  Read More

In cases below where no link is present, the decision was not yet available on CanLII at the time of InForum publication. Read More

The following decisions were released on the Supreme Court of Canada Judgments website since the last InForum. The subject headings and summaries have been prepared by the Supreme Court of Canada. This notice has been prepared by Society staff in Library & Information Services. Read More

Please be aware that the head office of the Department of Justice, located at 5151 Terminal Road in Halifax, is moving to the Joseph Howe Building at 1690 Hollis St, Halifax, NS, B3J 3J9. The move is taking place over a period of several weeks from September 4 to October 17 for the various divisions of the Department of Justice. Read More

The following proclamation was published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum: An Act to Amend Chapter 160 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Maintenance and Custody Act, S.N.S. 2014, c. 19, s. 2, NS Gaz Pt 2, 09/05/2014 NS Reg 131/2014 Read More

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

Nova Scotia Legal Aid has added Social Justice to its menu of core services. Social Justice focuses on helping Nova Scotians strengthen their income and housing security: think EI and CPP Disability applications, residential tenancies and housing grants. It is practical help with everyday problems. Read More

The Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia has released its final report on the enforcement of civil judgments. Read More

Patterson Law congratulates three lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015 as outstanding in their fields: Clarence A. Beckett, QC Insurance Law Legal Malpractice Personal Injury Litigation Read More

Family members are seeking a will for Kenneth Gary Jones, born August 19, 1951 in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Mr. Jones passed away on August 11, 2014 while in Toronto. His principal residence was in Coldbrook, Nova Scotia.  Read More

Seeking a missing will for Joseph Vickers, of Antigonish, NS (born Feb. 6, 1931) who passed on May 29, 2014. Lawyers with any information on the location or existence of a will for Mr. Vickers are asked to please contact his son, Terry Vickers, at 306-949-6780.  Read More

We invite you to attend a Special Evening in Halifax, Tuesday, September 30th to raise much needed research dollars to overcome ovarian cancer, the most lethal of diseases affecting women. Read More

 CIR LAW Inc is centrally located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Read More

Do you want a career in a law firm that rewards you for a commitment to an excellent work product? Are you looking for an employer who facilitates a team-working environment? Are you tired of commuting in rush hour traffic to Halifax? Does state-of-the-art Document Management technology interest you? Read More

McKiggan Hebert Lawyers Read More

Mark Charles Law (, a growing law firm located in downtown Dartmouth, is seeking a part-time bookkeeper to support our accounting activities. This is a part-time contract opportunity for approximately two days per week with potential to grow into a full-time opportunity. Read More

Director, Policy and Market Regulation, and Secretary to the CommissionNova Scotia Securities Commission (Halifax)Competition #WT-1071KG-CB Read More

The City of Saint John is seeking a highly motivated and knowledgeable Solicitor.  Reporting to the City Solicitor, the incumbent is responsible to provide a full range of legal services to Common Council and the administration in the areas of enforcement prosecution, contract and legislative drafting. Read More

Growing law practice in Upper Tantallon is seeking an Associate Lawyer to join a busy sole practitioner in a general practice. The ideal candidate should have an interest in building a litigation practice, including family law and civil litigation. Farrow Law is a practice focused on a high level of service for it's clients in a warm and friendly environment. Read More

Cox & Palmer is seeking a Tax Lawyer to join its Halifax team. The successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial track record and ideally be experienced in domestic and cross-border business taxation, with some exposure to estate planning and personal taxation. Read More

Mark Charles Law (, a growing law firm located in downtown Dartmouth, is seeking a legal assistant to support in the areas of corporate law, property law, will and estates. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Friday, October 3, 2014 - 08:00
The Directors Education Program (DEP), jointly developed by the Institute of Corporate Directors and the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, is offered nationally at Canada's top business schools. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:00
This program is also part of the 2014-2015 Trusts and Estates Passport Series. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 17:30
The Supreme Court of Canada has recently delivered two decisions - Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia (a.k.a. Roger William) and Grassy Narrows First Nation v. Ontario (Natural Resources) (a.k.a. Keewatin) - which will drive the law and politics of Aboriginal title and treaty rights for years to come. Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 10, 2014 (All day)
Effective leaders inspire positive growth, change and healthy work relationships. This workshop focuses on providing leaders with a set of tools to bring out the best in the people they lead. It will examine the mindset necessary to lead others through the difficult moments they encounter in their working careers. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 08:00
Make the most of the opportunity to hear from the Ontario Ministry of Finance Pension Policy and Broader Public Sector Pensions Branches on significant Ontario government pension initiatives, including those announced in the 2014 Budget and Speech from the Throne. This program is a must attend for lawyers who want to stay on top of Ontario’s changing pension landscape. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:30
As you know, the Temporary Foreign Worker category has been split into two distinct streams: the Temporary Foreign Worker category which encompasses Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and the International Mobility Program (IMP).  Much has been written and debated about the new LMIA, however, you have probably heard very little about the IMP. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 14:00
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. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 16:00
Culture refers to the unwritten rules that dictate how a group operates, including the way in which group members relate to one another, their work, and the outside world. The culture of a law firm can produce unintended barriers for newcomers and others who may not “fit” the mold. How can you identify and "de-code" unspoken cultural rules? Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 18:00
The Insolvency Institute of Canada (IIC)  is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of excellence and thought leadership in commercial insolvency and restructuring policy and practice in Canada. Read More
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    Read More
Event Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 - 09:00
Back by popular demand, the OBA’s Fifth Annual Bread and Butter Issues in Family Law will provide you with practical, up-to-date perspectives on the latest case law, and expert strategies for solving frequently occurring problems in your family law practice. Read More
Event Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 - 13:30
Complete your professionalism hours with this essential program tailor-made for you, the family lawyer. Gain practical advice on how best to manage your relationships with clients, and how to navigate your way through tricky ethical issues. Learn the key tools and strategies to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your practice. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 18:00
The Artists' Legal Information Society (ALIS), in partnership with the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) and Visual Arts’ Nova Scotia, will present Death and Other Serious Side Effects, on September 18, 2014 from 6-8 pm. The talk will cover what visual artists need to know before creating their wills. Read More
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 pmWorld Trade & Convention Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia  Read More
Event Date: Monday, September 22, 2014 - 17:30
The recent termination of Simcoe Condominium Corporation No. 32 is believed to be the first termination of an Ontario condominium corporation under court supervision and one of only a small handful of condo terminations in Ontario's legal history. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 16:00
Bankruptcy & Insolvency Law and Municipal Law Section Meeting “Municipal Solvency and Dissolution" Speakers:  Read More
Event Date: Monday, September 22, 2014 - 09:00
Are you a young lawyer in private practice, with less than 8 years since your call to the bar? Does even the thought of a Law Society of Upper Canada ("LSUC") Practice Management Review stress you out? Don't let it - get prepared! Join us on September 22nd to hear from LSUC Practice Review Counsel on: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 08:30
Young Lawyers Section Meeting A Young Lawyers Series"Letters to a Young Lawyer" Speaker:  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 12:00
Wills, Estates & Trusts Law Section Meeting “Welcome Back & Updates + Let's Revisit: Bank Practices and Power of Attorneys” Speaker:  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 12:00
Real Property Law Section Meeting“Condominiums – Practice Tips from the Director”  Speaker:  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 17:30
Family Law Section Meeting“The Supreme Court (Family Division) - An Update on Procedural Changes”  Speaker:  Read More
Event Date: Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:00
Taking Flight In Your Career…You Are NOT Immune From Crashing and Burning How to detect, avoid and cope with stress, burnout and/or depression in yourself or others. Speakers:  Read More
Event Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 13:30
Join us for youth dialogue on justice, performances, featured artist panel and reception. Free event, all are welcome!  4th Wall: Justice, Art and Youth Public Forum and Exhibition Opening September 27 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm This is a partnership between the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia  Read More
Event Date: Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:45
Whether you are new to an in-house counsel role or a seasoned general counsel,  strong legal and business skills are essential to build, lead and manage a corporate legal department effectively. Gain best practices in building your in-house team and balancing your professional and ethical responsibilities as a lawyer with your leadership responsibilities. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 08:30
Legal Ethics in the Business Context – Is Quitting the Best We Can Do? Speaker: Sarah P. Bradley, Associate Professor - Dalhousie Schulich School of Law Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 3, 2014 - 12:00
You are invited to attend our lunch time Health Law and Policy Seminar Community Treatment Orders for Psychiatric Patients: Can We Tell if They Work? John DawsonFaculty of Law, University of Otago, NZ Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 3, 2014 - 12:00
Insurance Law Section Meeting“Hollett v. Yeager, 2014 NSSC 207:A Dissussion on Damages”  Speaker:  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 14:00
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. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 17:00
With the Supreme Court settling the framework for the bankruptcy treatment of environmental claims, the Ministry of the Environment has been widening its reach to claim compensation from other responsible parties, including corporate directors. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 14:00
Effective legal business development, the kind that shows up repeatedly in the bottom line, doesn’t just happen, it’s a learned skill, albeit one not taught in law school. To compensate for this dearth of knowledge, lawyers must learn and practice new habits. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 24, 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. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 19:00
5th National Pro Bono Conference: Wednesday, September 24 to Friday September 26, 2014 Regina, Saskatchewan. For Information:  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 14:00
Client service is at the core of the provision of legal services, and it is trite to remark that clients can be especially dependent upon the advice and actions of their counsel in instances that often involve high stakes or substantial monetary amounts. Thus, for practitioners, a focus on client management is rightly perennial, and holds all the more true in challenging circumstances. Read More
Event Date: Friday, September 26, 2014 - 14:00
Litigation demands a special set of lawyering skills, and not surprisingly, it is the subject of a special set of rules pertaining to professional conduct. Regardless of the stakes, for the advocate, professionalism demands unimpeachable conduct in and out of the courtroom, sometimes under the most challenging and stressful of circumstances. Read More
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: Read More
Event Date: Monday, September 29, 2014 - 09:00
Get the knowledge and strategies you need to deliver effective litigation at boards and tribunals. Practitioners in securities, health, immigration and municipal law will discuss the unique mandates and procedures that distinguish boards and tribunals from civil litigation and share practical tips and winning skills and techniques for successful advocacy. Read More
Event Date: Monday, September 29, 2014 - 17:30
Join us to gain guidance from the experts on the practical handling of legal issues surrounding municipal elections, and hear about the newest developments in the area.  Understand the often complex issues that you or your municipal clients are facing by hearing our expert speakers, including municipal lawyers and city officials, share their insights into effectively dealing with: Read More
Event Date: Monday, September 29, 2014 - 09:00
Managing the employment relationship takes skill and commitment. At this year’s conference, you will hear from both labour and management side experts as they address tested approaches for managing your communications, policies and your processes for the best possible outcomes in dealing with workplace discipline and performance issues. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 09:00
Leading constitutional scholars and practitioners will bring you up-to-date on essential developments in Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (“Charter”)jurisprudence. Learn about recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions, upcoming cases and developing trends in Charter law, with a particular focus on the areas of criminal law, religious accommodation, and constitut Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (All day)
Investigating Misconduct and Weighing Discipline: How to conduct a fair process and ensure a proportional response 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Topics Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (All day)
Attendance Management: Reducing absenteeism, accommodating disabilities 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Topics Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 09:00
Progressive Discipline Policies and Procedures – Understanding the Process and Mastering the Practice of Employee Turnarounds Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 13:00
Workplace Dispute Resolution and Mediation – Current Best Practices Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 16:30
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.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 09:00
Find out how the new summary judgment rules are changing the litigation landscape and what changes you should be making in your practice today. Register now to ensure you have the tools you need to provide the best advice to your clients and to win your case. PROGRAM CHAIR Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 17:30
Since the Human Rights Code was amended to allow applicants to pursue human rights applications directly with the Human Rights Tribunal, representatives for workers and employers have been confronted with the challenge of how to respond to the growing overlap between WSIB and Human Rights Tribunal cases. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 08:45
Labour Law Conference October 1 - 2, 2014 The Westin Nova ScotianWednesday, October 1, 2014  Registration and Hot Breakfast Buffet – 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM Introductory remarks by Co-Chairs – 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 3, 2014 - 09:00
When a child is forced to leave home involuntarily, parents continue to have an obligation to financially support him/her; however, many youth in these circumstances find themselves living on the street either unaware of their rights or experiencing challenges enforcing them. Hear from youth who have experience these challenges and the counsel who represent them. Read More
Event Date: Monday, October 6, 2014 - 12:00
How can you better protect your clients’ interests and contribute to their success? Take part in this year’s update on the latest hot topics and current issues in the entertainment field. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 12:30
Advances in technology have created a brave new workplace, blurring the boundary between work and home life and heightening the tension between an employee's privacy rights and an employer's legitimate interests in managing the workplace. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 17:30
The duty of the federal and provincial Crown to consult with Aboriginal peoples is well-established in law; the application of this dity in the administrative law context is less clearly developed. Join our panel of experts as they explore the issues, including: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 08:30
e-Discovery Essentials Thursday, October 9, 2014 8:00 am Registration | 8:30 am - 10:00 am Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 09:00
Court orders and settlements in estate litigation can have unplanned tax consequences that may have a significant negative impact on the result you achieve for your client. Find out how to identify the potential pitfalls and gain a complete understanding of the tax implications of the settlements you reach and orders you seek. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 17:00
On May 27, 2013 in a Kenyan courthouse, Judge Makau found in favour of the petitioners, 11 girls between the age of 3 and 17, all victims of rape. The court held that the government had failed to protect the girls, in violation of their constitutional and human rights, when police refused to enforce existing rape laws. Read More
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