December 08, 2014 InForum Issue

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Society news

In January 2012, Council approved a refocusing of the purpose and direction of Library & Information Services, moving away from a role as a publisher of legal information, as that service is provided by CanLII, the Courts, and various private publishing houses. Read More

The next two editions of InForum will be published on Monday, December 22, 2014 and Monday, January 5, 2015. Please submit notices by noon on the Thursday prior to each publication.  Read More

In July 2014, Council approved adoption of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s National Discipline Standards. These will be effective on January 1, 2015 for the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.  Read More

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: 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: Catherine Marie Hirbour Jennifer Hay Ross The Society welcomes the following new articled clerk: Read More
Professional development

BANKRUPTCY THE 2014-2015 ANNOTATED BANKRUPTCY AND INSOLVENCY ACT / Houlden, Lloyd W; Morawetz, Geoffrey B; Sarra, Janis P – Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2015. [KB 113 H838 2014(2)] Read More
Access to Justice

The Equity Committee of the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia Branch established this Award to recognize a legal workplace striving to advance equity and diversity in the legal profession and/or the general community.  Read More

The Indigenous Blacks & Mi'kmaq (IB&M) Initiative at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law has been named this year’s recipient of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) Award of Excellence in Education. Read More

Bilingual Accès Justice Access centre now open in Halifax The Association des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AJEFNE) introduced the legal community to the future home of Nova Scotia’s first bilingual access to justice hub, the Accès Justice Access centre. Read More
Tips from LIANS

With the holiday season fast approaching, many lawyers take this opportunity to connect with colleagues and clients. Here are some tips to ensure your holiday cards are well received at this festive time of year: Read More

Confirmed email scam attempts purportedly from "Korin Electronics” have been circulating – one of the reported examples is below: From: Korin Electronics Co Ltd [mailto: korinelectronicscoltd @ gmail. com]Sent: Saturday, November 29, 2014 08:46 AMSubject: consultation Read More

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

The Federal Courts Rules Committee is seeking feedback from lawyers and the public on its Discussion Paper on Limited Scope Representation in the Federal Courts. The discussion paper is available in both official languages on the websites of the Federal Court of Appeal and the Federal Court. Read More

The Provincial Court has several new Forms related to Rowbotham Counsel and now part of Rule 2.1(1). The Court has also created five new Practice Directives and documents related to applications for state-funded counsel. Read More

The Long Trial Intake Schedule for courtroom #6 in Provincial Court on Spring Garden Road in Halifax has been drawn up. This schedule covers the period from January 1 to May 31, 2015. Read More

Effective December 1 and running through Phase 5 of the HVAC Project in The Law Courts, the Society will allow exclusive occupation of the Barristers’ Meeting Room in the lounge on the first floor to the Public Prosecution Service. This is necessary to accommodate the requirements of the PPS during this very challenging process. Read More

The Hon. Justice Doug Campbell of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court Family Division has published several new instalments of his Family Law Practice Tips for family law practitioners, since the last edition of InForum: Read More

The Courts of Nova Scotia will provide a live webcast of the application by Trinity Western University for judicial review of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society decision relating to TWU’s proposed law school.  The Complex Chambers Hearing is scheduled for December 16, 17, 18 and 19, starting daily at 9:30 am. Read More

Please note: The Society’s preparation and publication of this list of new decisions will cease with the December 22, 2014, InForum issue. (For details, see Updated: InForum new decisions list ceasing December 22.) Read More

The Society’s re-publication of this list of new SCC decisions will cease with the December 22, 2014, InForum issue. Read More

The Honourable Madam Justice Suzanne Côté was sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court of Canada before The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, and the judges of the Court in a private ceremony on December 2, 2014. A formal welcome ceremony will take place on a date to be announced. Read More

A new video for the public is available on the Courts of Nova Scotia website; it will be a useful resource to share with your clients. It is intended to help people understand what happens when the Child Protection Agency becomes involved in their family’s life. Titled “Child Protection, The Court, And Your Family,” it is also accompanied by a booklet.  Read More

Memo from the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, Correctional Services DivisionNovember 27, 2014 Read More

The Department of Labour and Advanced Education continues its consultation process for Phase 2 of the Workplace Health and Safety Regulations. 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

An agreement between the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the Nova Scotia Native Women's Association will ensure that more projects consider the perspective of Aboriginal women. Read More

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

The Society wishes to advise members of the recent death of the following colleague. We extend our condolences to his friends and family. R. Lorne MacDougall QC, Truro – December 4, 2014 Obituary  Read More

EMMLAW (formerly Evans, MacIsaac, MacMillan) is pleased to announce that it will be opening an office in Antigonish on January 5, 2015.  Read More

December 5, 2014 – BOYNECLARKE LLP is pleased to welcome Marc LeClair LL.B. to the firm. Marc joins our established and growing Business Law team, practising primarily in the areas of Commercial Financing, Commercial Real Estate and general Corporate Law. 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

Vous avez un sens aigu de la justice? Vous aimez aider les gens? Venez contribuer concrètement à une justice plus accessible!! Accès Justice est un nouveau centre 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 avec les ressources existantes. Read More

Legal Aid Saskatchewan provides legal services through a staff-lawyer program to people who are financially unable to secure these services from their own resources for criminal, family and child protection matters.    Read More

Attorney BB1-3 Attorney Regular/full-time; Term/full-time (2 - Winnipeg; 1 - Thompson) Manitoba Justice Legal Aid Manitoba Thompson MB, Winnipeg MB Read More

20 years experience in most areas of practice proficient in MS Word, MS Outlook, PC Law, spreadsheet applications, etc. proven performer in accurately preparing court documents excellent communication skills ability to adapt well in a fast-paced environment Read More

The Law firm of Noseworthy Di Costanzo Diab requires a property paralegal to cover a maternity leave.   Interested candidates must have a post secondary legal secretarial/paralegal course, with at least 2 years of previous experience working as a property paralegal, specifically working with purchases, sales, title migrations and condominium transactions.   Read More

Newly renovated office space in the village of Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia, across the river from Annapolis Royal. 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

Our vibrant boutique law firm is currently seeking a lawyer (possibly two) to join our team. A complimentary practice involving corporate and commercial law, property law and/or wills and estates law is preferred but not a requirement. Read More

I am a recent graduate of the Schulich School of Law and I am seeking an articling position. I have taken a wide variety of law courses, and received awards for having the highest mark in four of my courses. Read More

I am an experienced Paralegal/Legal Assistant seeking full-time employment. I come with a Paralegal Diploma as well with 2+ years experience. I possess skills in the areas of Labour and Employment, Litigation and Personal Injury, however, I am extermely adaptable as I enjoy all areas of law as this industry is my passion.   Read More

Atlantic Central is currently accepting applications for the vacant position of Legal Counsel to manage Legal Services and provide legal, policy and compliance services, including drafting and reviewing various legal documents; conducting legal and legislative research; providing legal opinions and advice; assisting with the development and maintenance of corporate policies and Read More

Legal Aid Saskatchewan is seeking a lawyer for its Yorkton Area Office to practise in the areas of adult/youth criminal law and/or family law for the period of February 17, 2015 up to and including October 16, 2015.    Legal Aid Saskatchewan promotes access to justice for eligible persons through the provision of quality legal assistance.    Read More
Upcoming Events
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
Event Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:30
Canada's ports of entry are busier than ever, processing large numbers of applications – from tourists and business visitors, to temporary foreign workers and new permanent residents seeking to land. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:30
Whether or not you have a paperless office, the reality of legal practice today is that significant quantities of confidential information is stored in electronic formats. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014 (All day)
Day One - Thursday, December 11, 2014 Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014 (All day)
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Event Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:00
On September 19, 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada issued the seminal decision of Bank of Montreal v. Marcotte ("Marcotte").  This case changes conventional interpretation which had limited the application of provincial laws to federal entities. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014 (All day)
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Event Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 09:00
Ensure you are prepared to represent your corporate clients who are subjects of investigations or prosecutions under the Consumer Protection Act (“CPA”). In today’s credit-based economy, our marketplace is rife with opportunities for fraud, misrepresentation and other unfair business practises. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 20:00
Please come out to join the Halifax Refugee Clinic on International Human Rights Day! Beer, wine and a specialty Candy Cane Martini will be available for purchase, along with complimentary savoury and sweet treats. There will be a variety of performers and speakers entertaining throughout the evening. Read More
Event Date: Friday, December 12, 2014 (All day)
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Event Date: Friday, December 12, 2014 (All day)
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Event Date: Friday, December 12, 2014 (All day)
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Event Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:00
Our substantive program for wills and estates practitioners has been designed to address pertinent and timely questions that pertain to the law, as well as explore the questions posed by clients and faced by lawyers, in this important area of practice.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 14:00
Our substantive program for family law practitioners has been designed to address pertinent and timely questions that pertain to the law, deliver an examination of legal issues that lie at the intersection between family law and other areas of law, and explore questions of ethics in this important area of practice.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 14:00
Our substantive program for residential real estate law practitioners has been designed to address pertinent and timely questions that pertain to the law, provide updates, and explore questions posed by clients and faced by lawyers in this important area of practice.  Read More
Event Date: Friday, January 23, 2015 - 10:00
Advising family-owned businesses often brings together a mix of business law, estate planning, tax and even mediation skill sets. From basic matters such as the identity of the client in a familial business setting, through to ownership, succession, compliance and growth concerns, matters for legal counsel abound. Read More
Event Date: Friday, January 23, 2015 - 14:00
For franchisors and franchisees, an awareness of provincial franchise legislation is of the utmost importance in forestalling any exposure to business, compliance and reputational risk. For counsel advising them, that awareness must be coupled with other concerns relevant to the operation of their clients, from employee management to trademark issues, and from financing to restructuring. Read More
Event Date: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 14:00
Immigration law has undergone myriad changes over the past half decade, and the pace of change continues apace. For the busy practitioner, staying abreast of it all requires the acquisition of legal updates and know-how in as efficient a manner as possible. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 14:00
This program presents an educational opportunity for civil litigators. Pithy and information packed, with two hours of easily accessible, relevant, and re-visitable information for the busy litigator, the program will cover three timely litigation topics. Stay on top of developments with a program presented by our faculty of seasoned counsel.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:00
For the injured, the pursuit of redress and care as legally available can be both complex and intimidating. It is the role of the personal injury law practitioner to render the complex simple, and the intimidating approachable. As part of that process, which is essential to serving their clients, such practitioners must constantly keep abreast of evolutions in both law and process. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 14:00
Our annual program dedicated to the practice needs and challenges of female lawyers once again promises presentations by thought-provoking, high-achieving, experienced and innovative female practitioners. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 10:00
The Commons Institute presents a morning program on patents and trademarks law. Join us for three hours of practice-oriented information from five experienced practitioners, covering topics such as IP remedies, theCopyright Modernization Act, the legalities of online selling, and the U.S. Supreme Court's Decision in Alice v. CLS Bank.  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 14:00
The Commons Institute presents an afternoon program on the law of pharmaceuticals and life sciences. Join us for four hours of practice-oriented information from eight experienced practitioners, covering topics such as patent infringement, biosimilars, regulatory developments, and amendments to the Patent Act.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 12:30
Issues Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 10:00
From matters concerning compliance to the management of externalized projects, business law is perennially charged with decision points and the need for strategic advice. Our annual program on this area of law has been designed to bring timely topics to the fore, for information, exploration and analysis.  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 14:00
Premised on the resolution of disputes through the activation of contractual rather than state-sponsored mechanisms, the understanding and promotion of arbitration is of critical importance to commercial actors, legal practitioners and academics. In furtherance of the objectives that underpin commercial arbitration, the topics within this program are focussed on practicalities. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 14:00
Technological advancements, the prevalence of international business deals, and a trans-boundary marketplace have rendered cross-border litigation a persistent reality. In response, this half day program aims to cultivate practitioner skills by delving into examinations of selected and topical cross-border litigation concerns. Who should attend? Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 20, 2015 - 10:00
From digital music through to errors and omissions and celebrity representation, this year’s Entertainment Law Informer promises updates and legal perspectives from no less than eight seasoned practitioners, all within a compact, half day format. Join us for what promises to be a broad-based and enlightening program on entertainment law.  Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 20, 2015 - 15:15
Mining, and the law that enables it, is of great consequence to Canadian industry, and to the Canadian ethos. For mining law practitioners, remaining at the vanguard of developments local and international is critical to effective client service as well as to profit maximization. Our half day program has been developed with the mining practitioner in mind. Read More
Event Date: Monday, February 23, 2015 - 10:00
The practice of law is faced with a number of novel challenges. In a fast-paced world, ethical conundrums have become more complex, and questions loom large for practitioners in areas such as advocacy, client capacity, and communications. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:00
Typical of a dynamic and rapidly growing area of concern, Aboriginal Law possesses interesting challenges and unavoidable considerations for legal practitioners as well as industry. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 10:00
Our program dedicated to Municipal Law will once again bring practitioners together to examine pertinent issues and trends, gain insights, and strengthen competency in this important area of law. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:00
Constitutional and human rights advocacy occupies a place of fundamental importance for a society ruled by law. For practitioners engaged in such advocacy, client representation necessarily takes on the hues of social design. It is thus of some importance to review the lay of the land, and gain perspectives. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 14:00
Labour an employment law is rapidly evolving, with legislative changes as well as new jurisprudence relevant to a broad range of concerns. In addition, this area of law is unique in touching upon both the livelihoods of the populace as well as the workings of industries. Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 27, 2015 - 14:00
Whether you are in a think tank, in-house, in private practice, in government or just interested in environmental law, our program promises to inform your practice needs. Thus, from jurisprudential updates to climate change adaptation, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of environmental law considerations.  Read More
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