November 10, 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, November 14, 2014. The agenda and meeting documents are available on the Council materials page of the Society's website:  Read More

At its meeting this Friday, November 14, Council will be conducting a workshop on its regulatory reform initiative. Discussions will take place regarding policy decisions that will soon be required to move this work forward. Several new resources are available on the Society’s Transform Regulation webpage: Read More

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

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category: Judith Ann McPhee QC Paul Francis Sampson The following members have changed to Non-Practising status: Read More
Access to Justice

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) has given a shout-out to the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. Read More

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is pleased to announce that our Legal Information Line and Lawyer Referral Service is now open longer. The new hours are: Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Closed from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Call the Legal Information Line and Lawyer Referral Service at: Read More

If so, the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is inviting you to sign up to be on a roster of lawyers to be administered by the Prothonotaries of the Regional Justice Centres (excluding HRM). 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

‘Failing to plan is planning to fail’. We might be paraphrasing a little but the sentiment is true: failing to plan your day and week in advance could result in important client work being overlooked. Here are some tips on how to avoid that: Read More

Inheritance or beneficiary email scams involve lawyers receiving ‘requests’ where their own names are incorporated into the letter or message itself. These scams refer to a deceased individual who shares the last name of the lawyer being targeted. This format is an effective tactic that catches the attention and time of the lawyer while they determine the legitimacy of the communication. Read More

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

On November 5, 2014, the Nova Scotia Mental Health Court marked its fifth anniversary with the release of a 20-page progress report. Read More

Justice Doug Campbell will soon begin preparing and distributing a series of practice tips for the benefit of Family Law Practitioners appearing in the Supreme Court - Family Division throughout the province. Read More

It has come to the Courts’ attention that Counsel do not always file two copies of Briefs as required by Civil Procedure Rule 40.03 (1)(2) >> Read More

Monday, December 15, 2014 has been set as the date for the swearing-in of the Honourable Justice Cindy Cormier to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court – Family Division. The ceremony will be held at the Supreme Court Family Division courthouse on Devonshire Ave. (#3380) in Halifax, beginning at 2:30 pm. 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

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

Following amendments to the Direct Sellers’ Regulation Act in the spring, Service Nova Scotia is undertaking a consultation on proposed changes to the Direct Sellers Regulations. In future, the salesperson permit will be eliminated in most cases. Read More

A new Limitations of Actions Act, introduced Oct. 29, aims to eliminate time limits for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence who want to file lawsuits. It will also set standard time limits for filing other civil lawsuits. Read More

Nova Scotians will have additional time to provide feedback on the province's first accessibility legislation. The deadline for written, telephone, online and email submissions has been extended until Friday, December 19.   Read More

Do you want to make a difference in Nova Scotia?  The Province of Nova Scotia is seeking energetic and enthusiastic Nova Scotians to serve on its various Adjudicative and Non Adjudicative Agencies, Boards and Commissions (ABCs). Read More

The following proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum: An Act to Amend Chapter 1 of the Acts of 1995-96, the Education Act, S.N.S. 2014, c. 13, s.4 NS Gaz Pt 2, 10/31/2014 NS Reg 156/2014 Read More

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: The following announcements since the last edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:    Read More
Other news

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

Halifax, NS (October 29, 2014) – Jim Musgrave QC, C. Med. is the 2014 recipient of the national Lionel J. Read More

HARRIS NEWTON LAW is pleased to welcome Denise Mentis-Smith to join its Law Team. Denise was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1996 and over the past 18 years has practised personal injury law with an emphasis on motor vehicle accidents and occupiers liability. Denise also established an extensive practice in mediation and dispute resolution.  Read More

The Society wishes to advise members of the recent deaths of the following colleagues. We extend our condolences to their friends and family. Read More

News releases from the federal Department of Justice are available at this link: The following announcements were released since the last edition of InForum: Read More

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

Shared office space available for rent, commencing January 1, 2015 with three independent, experienced lawyers, in the Mumford Professional Centre in the west end of Halifax. Large, furnished corner office with separate paralegal station. All infrastructure in place, including shared conference room, telephone system, fax, computer server, copier, scanner, etc. Read More

Morneau Shepell Inc provides human resource consulting and outsourcing services. The firm’s solutions are designed to help organizations reduce costs and improve their competitive positions by assisting employers with managing the financial security and well-being of their employees with an array of consulting, administrative outsourcing and training services. Read More

Paralegal currently studying Paralegal Studies at Eastern College, Halifax. Experience working in: Civil Litigation, Personal Injury and Long Term Disability with Resolute Legal, NS, PEI & NB. Read More

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

Crown AttorneyRegular / Full-TimeManitoba Justice, Manitoba Prosecutions Service, Thompson MANITOBA Advertisement Number: 29447Salary Range: $70,394 to $141,999 per year plus Remoteness Allowance, if applicableClosing Date: December 1, 2014 Read More

We are seeking an associate to join our expanding family law practice.  Preference will be given to candidates with at least one year post-call experience in family law. We are a busy firm in an excellent location in the Clayton Park West area, with a solid reputation in the community. Read More

Position: One year contract Staff Lawyer position in Antigonish, NS, practicing criminal law. Read More

We are currently seeking a Legal Assistant to join our team for a 1 year term. The successful candidate should have successfully completed a recognized course or have previous experience in a law firm environment together with the interpersonal skills required to work in a busy environment.  Full time employment (35 hours per week)    Read More

Do you want a career in a law firm that rewards you for a commitment? 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

muttarts law firm is seeking an experienced full-time paralegal, primarily in the area of family/civil litigation. Location: Kentville, Nova Scotia Requirements: Read More

The Public Trustee is committed to the proper administration of estates of deceased persons, incompetent persons, children and missing persons. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 12:15
Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation came into effect on July 1, 2014.  With it have come a host of questions on compliance and enforcement, many arising from the charity and not-for-profit sector. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 (All day)
Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to identify and assess the emotions of oneself and others and then to use that information to guide one’s actions. While cognitive skills are also important, it is emotional intelligence that has the greatest impact on people’s ability to be productive and work well with others. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:30
*Please refer to the Lancaster House website for more information.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 (All day)
Free training on WestlawNext Canada is available on November 12 & 13 at the Simon J. Khattar, QC Memorial Barristers’ Library in Sydney.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 (All day)
The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society invites you to participate in this important conversation facilitated by Dr. Julie Macfarlane.   Working with the Self-Represented Litigant Challenge:  New tools and strategies for lawyers    Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 04:30
Are you interested in doing some pro bono work?Access Legal Help NS may be able to help Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 05:00
Young Lawyers SectionInvites you to a Bench and Bar SocialThursday, November 13, 20145:00 pm – 7:00 pm Art Gallery of Nova ScotiaGallery 5. Join your colleagues from the Bench and Bar at the AGNS for a Cocktail Social, Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 08:15
This year, new anti money laundering regulations have come in to force and more regulatory reforms are anticipated soon. Ensure you have the current knowledge and strategies to prevent money laundering, and to defend your clients who may be accused. Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 14, 2014 (All day)
The Canadian Association of Paralegals (CAP) is proud to invite you to its 2014 Atlantic Conference, which will take place on Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Five interesting conferences Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 14, 2014 - 07:00
Ninth Annual Rock for Dimes Halifax – November 14, 2014 Tribute Bands! Friday, November 14, 2014 - 7:00 P.M Cunard Centre - 961 Marginal Road, Halifax  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 17:30
Join us for one of the most popular Administrative Law Section events. Ensure you are up-to-date on the latest in judicial review jurisprudence and trends. Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 14, 2014 (All day)
This workshop is offered through Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute Inc. For those who work in an environment where there is potential for violence, it is important to develop the skills needed to defuse dangerous situations. Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 14, 2014 (All day)
BRINGING IT HOME: The Third Annual Professional Development Conference of the Cape Breton Barristers’ Society   Friday, November 14, 2014 Membertou Trade & Convention Center   Schedule  8:45 – 9:00  Welcome  Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 14, 2014 - 09:00
Aboriginal rights and interests can be addressed through a variety of fora.  What is the best forum to advance your clients’ Aboriginal claims? Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 14, 2014 - 12:30
Are you are lawyer? Are you interested in doing some pro bono work? Access Legal Help NS may be able to help The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is rolling out its Access Legal Help pilot project across Nova Scotia and we are coming to the Antigonish/Port Hawkesbury Region. Read More
Event Date: Monday, November 17, 2014 (All day)
The ABA Section of International Law invites you to attend the “2014 North America Regional Forum: Doing Business within the Region and Collaborating Abroad” Conference on November 17-18, 2014 at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 12:00
Speaker: Karen McKendry – Conservation Coordinator for Nova Scotia Nature Trust “Gifting Real Estate” Options for giving of Real Property.  Read More
Event Date: Monday, November 17, 2014 - 17:30
The impact of today’s diverse workforce is beginning to be felt in ways which were previously unimagined. Many organizations, including, law firms, are requiring minimum levels of diversity from contractors and suppliers. Implementation of these policies poses new challenges to those very institutions trying to increase diversity. Specifically: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (All day)
As the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 marks its fourteenth year of regulation of franchising in Ontario, franchisors and franchisees are sharing the challenges of complying with new regulations governing their industries while maintaining their focus on operating profitable businesses. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:00
Speaker: Maurice P. Chiasson, QC, Stewart McKelvey “Secured Transactions Part 1 – The Refresher”      Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:00
“ADR Mediation System Designs for Regulatory Bodies” Ronald E. Pizzo, Pink Larkin  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 12:00
“Highlights and Helpful Take-Aways from the 2014 Intellectual Property Institute of Canada’s Annual Professional Development Conference.” Speakers: Cameron Foster, Stewart McKelvey Matt Gorman, Cox & Palmer  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 02:30
This seminar, led by Catherine Watson, TEP, Partner, McInnes Cooper, will examine legal and tax considerations relating to ownership of vacation properties in the US and Europe, with a focus on US estate taxes and civil law issues.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 17:30
In the groundbreaking Decision No. 2157/09, a panel of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal refused to apply statutory and policy limitations on mental stress entitlement in the Ontario workers’ compensation system. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 12:00
Speakers: Richard W. Cregan, QC, Barrister & Solicitor Brenda Wood, Trustee with BDO Canada Professor Micheline Gleixner, Universite de Moncton “Roots of Consumer Insolvency”    Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:00
“Carriage and Control of Litigation in Subrogated Actions” Speakers: Leah N. Grimmer, Stewart McKelvey Wendy J. Johnston, QC, McInnes Cooper    Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 17:30
Mediators, arbitrators, collaborative professionals and the counsel appearing before them encounter a myriad of ethical challenges in their ADR practices. Join us for this interactive program to learn how to tackle the complexities. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 18:00
In partnership with the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, Pamela Callow, author of the Kate Lange thriller series and Julie Sobowale, lawyer/journalist will cover the basics of copyright and contracts and give an insider’s perspective working in the publishing industry. Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:00
Brains on Trial: Neuroscientific Evidence in Canadian Criminal Cases Jennifer ChandlerFaculty of Law, University of Ottawa Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 21, 2014 (All day)
In the end it’s all about compensation. Numbers are everywhere. From future loss calculations and statistics to cost-benefit analysis, and more. Let APTLA sharpen your math skills so you can sharpen your opponent’s pencil with THE NUMBERS GAME, a premiere CLE conference which brings you strategies and techniques from the top experts to improve your performance. Read More
Event Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 08:30
The Law Society of Prince Edward Island and the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society have specific requirements for lawyers practicing in those provinces. In addition to set hours of substantive legal education, lawyers require hours annually in specialty topics such as Risk and Practice Management and Professionalism. Read More
Event Date: Monday, November 24, 2014 - 12:00
Speaker: Alex Cameron, NS Department of Justice “Tobacco: Quotas and Licensing Issues in the Aboriginal Context”  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 12:00
Most trusts and estates practitioners are familiar with passing of accounts; however, how do you handle the complicating factors in a difficult case? Deepen your expertise in the passing of accounts with an in-depth exploration of several advanced issues. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 (All day)
Free training on WestlawNext Canada is available on November 25, 26 & 27 at the Barristers’ Library in Halifax. Library & Information Services licenses WestlawNext Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 09:00
Attend this practical, “hands-on” program to gain the fundamental knowledge and strategies you need to draft, review and negotiate commercial agreements. This “how to” program is relevant to lawyers entering any area of commercial or transactional practice who are interested in improving their drafting and negotiating skills. Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 28, 2014 (All day)
LIANS’ 6th annual Risk and Practice Management Conference will be held November 28, 2014 from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm at the Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 14:00
Our program on practice management and substantive strategies for the wills and estates practice has been designed to address pertinent practice questions, client management and process concerns for practitioners in this important area of practice.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 14:00
Whether you are in-house, in private practice, in government or just interested in transportation law, you will readily agree that a broad-based restatement regarding this vast and important area of practice is often of benefit. Thus, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of different transportation law considerations. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:30
When insolvency and construction law, two highly specialized and complex areas of practice converge, the resulting issues can become confusing.  Our panel of experts with extensive experience  in both insolvency law and construction cases will explain the latest trends and developments in this challenging area, including a discussion on the impact of the recent decision in Royal Bank of Can Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 08:30
Understanding the structure, procedural rules and evidentiary requirements of the ERT − including the hurdles in obtaining a stay of regulatory actions − is key to building a successful strategy. Attend this program to hear lessons learned and advocacy tips for appearing before the ERT, from  experienced counsel. PROGRAM CHAIR Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 18:30
Once again, we are delighted to announce the return of one of our most popular dinner programs. The Honourable Kenneth Campbell, Susan Reid and Frank Addario will discuss, debate and maybe even disagree on the most recent cases from our Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 09:00
Complete all of your Professionalism Hours at this half-day program designed specifically for municipal lawyers. Stay up to date on legal developments, new case law impacting you, and receive practical pointers and strategies for successfully appearing before the Ontario Municipal Board and council. Read More
Event Date: Monday, December 8, 2014 (All day)
Our annual conference, Investing in Aboriginal Canada, is unique in terms of inspiration and offering. Bringing together Aboriginal leaders, businesses, entrepreneurs, researchers, government actors, consultants, negotiators and others, the conference delivers offerings across a broad spectrum, enables networking, and presents a showcase of research findings, services, and best practices.   Read More
Event Date: Monday, December 8, 2014 - 09:00
Do tax issues pop up in your corporate transactions? Are you interested in expanding your understanding of corporate taxation concepts?  Our panel of seasoned professionals will arm you with the most effective tools to address a compliment of tax-related challenges.    PROGRAM CHAIRS Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 (All day)
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Event Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 (All day)
On Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, RELANS is hosting "RELANS TWENTY FOURTEEN" – our annual Real Property Conference at the Westin Nova Scotia. It is open to RELANS Members and non-Members alike, and also to Real Estate Paralegals and Assistants. We have some excellent topics lined up for RELANS TWENTY FOURTEEN, including:  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 (All day)
Everyone encounters difficult people on a regular basis and typically conversations with them leave people feeling frustrated, stressed, angry and tired. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 (All day)
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Event Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 (All day)
One of the most difficult and often overlooked aspects of moving into a supervisory or management position is developing the skills necessary to truly manage people. Like all skills, management skills must be learned. This workshop presents the crucial skills for managing employment relationships from beginning to end, with particular focus placed on hiring and performance management. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 (All day)
(3-day) Due to the high demand for this workshop and its relevance to many workplaces, CTRI  offers a train-the-trainer program for our De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations™ workshop. Training an internal trainer to deliver this workshop both enhances organization know-how and saves costs at the same time. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 (All day)
Day One - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Read More
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