December 22, 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

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 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

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 member has changed to the Practising Lawyer category: Denika Pamela Heaton  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
Tips from LIANS

Whether or not you believe in New Year’s resolutions, the end of year is a good time to reflect on your practice and think about the ways you can make small but significant changes to make 2015 even more prosperous. Here are a few suggestions: Read More

LIANS has been made aware of a bogus cheque scam that has targeted a Nova Scotia firm in the last two weeks. The lawyer received a paper letter and cheque from “Frederick Stephen” with regard to a breach of a business loan agreement involving “Bertram Hubert”. Read More

The following article is from Homewood Human Solutions™, your health and wellness provider.  Read More

Archived webcasts are available for last week’s hearing into Trinity Western University's application for judicial review of the NSBS Council decision relating to TWU’s proposed law school.   Read More

The Society’s preparation and publication of this list of new decisions will cease with the December 22, 2014, InForum issue. (For details, see Reminder: 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 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 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 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 Society congratulates the following 14 lawyers – including two members of Council – on their new Queen's Counsel designations, announced December 12 by the Hon. Lena Diab, Minister of Justice and Attorney General: Read More

In September 2014, the Minister of Justice announced a client service review of the Maintenance Enforcement Program. The Committee overseeing the review is interested in hearing from lawyers about their experience with the Program and their suggestions for improving the delivery of client services. Read More

Attorney General and Justice Minister Lena Metlege Diab issued a ministerial directive on December 17, to clarify the use of Rehtaeh Parsons's name under the existing publication ban. 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

(December 11, 2014) More than 800 Nova Scotians shared their perspectives to help shape an action plan for the province's first sexual violence strategy. The input helped identify key areas for improving services and supports for victims and families, where current gaps exist, and a need for more public awareness and education on the issue of sexual violence. Read More

Nova Scotia will launch a new immigration stream in January called Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry. Read More

Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard has been appointed chair of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. 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

The following proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum: Protection of Animal Welfare and Security Act, S.N.S. 2013, c.8, s.14 and An Act to Amend Chapter 33 of the Acts of 2008, the Animal Protection Act, S.N.S. 2014, c.40, s.8 Read More

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

December 10, 2014 -- Energy sector lawyer and former McInnes Cooper Managing Partner Wylie Spicer QC is rejoining the firm effective January 1, 2015. The long-time maritime law litigator and oil and gas lawyer will be based in Calgary, Alberta, joining fellow McInnes Cooper lawyer Peter Driscoll, already based in Calgary.   Read More

The Society wishes to advise members of the recent death of the following colleague. We extend our condolences to his friends and family. C. Hanson Dowell QC, Middleton – December 18, 2014 See the Notice of Receivership.   Read More

The Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice has released its Annual Report for 2014, available here.   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

Cragg Law seeks a motivated, ambitious and energetic lawyer to join our practice. The successful candidate will be responsible for handling a variety of matters and service our existing clients with the possibility of developing his or her own niche area. Read More

Crown Attorney Legal Counsel 1-3 (LF1-3) Regular/full-time; Term/full-time Manitoba Justice Manitoba Prosecution Services Winnipeg MB Advertisement Number: 29611 Salary(s):  LF1-3 $70,394.00 - $141,999.00 per year Closing Date:  December 29, 2014 Read More

Burchell MacDougall is seeking a property paralegal to cover a maternity leave in its Clayton Park office. The applicant should have previous experience with mortgage document preparation, title insurance applications, on-line registration, preparation of LRA forms, reports and, generally, working in a transactional environment. Read More

Successful history with customer service, corporate experience, reception experience, property experience. Will gladly provide resume/recommendation letters to those who are interested. Please email me @  Read More

The Law firm of Noseworthy Di Costanzo Diab requires a full time Property Paralegal.  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

THE LANDSCAPE OF GRAND PRE SOCIETY / La Société du Paysage de Grand-Pré Call for Statement of Interest: Standing Offer for Legal Services The Landscape of Grand Pré Society, through its Board of Directors, known as the Stewardship Board, wishes to contract for Legal services to assist in its operation. Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

Are you interested in gaining hands-on experience in a wide variety of areas of law including entertainment law, intellectual property law, wills and estates, tax or just have an interest in the needs of local artists? If so, ALIS might be an organization that would interest you! Read More

Are you interested in gaining hands on experience in a wide variety of areas of law including entertainment law, intellectual property law, wills and estates, tax or just have an interest in the needs of local artists? If so, ALIS might be an organization that would interest you! Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (All day)
Whether you are trying to get launched on the right career path, move up the corporateladder, or find more meaningful work, How to Find a Job You Love and Add Five Days to Your Weekend will help you get on the right track.Should you attend this one-day course? Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (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, 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: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 17:30
Join our panelists, Rollie Thompson, Julia Cornish, Ann Levangie and Cynthia Chewter, to discuss "The Ins and Outs of Matrimonial Property Law Reform". Hear about the inclusion (or not) of common-law couples, and business and pre-marital assets, and the harmonisation (or not) of pensions.   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 - 12:00
Medical Aid in Dying: Reflections on the Quebec Experience Veronique HivonMember, National Assembly of Quebec 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: 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: 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: Thursday, January 29, 2015 (All day)
CBA Nova Scotia Mid-Winter Conference January 29 and 30, 2015 Join with your colleagues to hear from experts and leaders in the legal world at this signature event of the year while earning a total of 12 CPD hours. This conference will offer two full days of concurrent sessions including two morning plenaries. 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: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 06:00
CBA Nova Scotia Bench and Bar Reception and DinnerCasino Nova ScotiaJanuary 29, 2015 We are proud to host a Bench and Bar Reception and Dinner on Thursday, January 29th at the Casino Nova Scotia with special guest Ian Hanomansing, Canadian television journalist with the CBC. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 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: Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 09:00
Join us January 31, 2015 for an in-depth look at skilled trade workers. This Continuing Professional Development program will provide attendees with an understanding of skilled trade workers in Canada and their options for immigrating to Canada. Read More
Event Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 17:30
The Social Justice Soiree With MC Peter Harrison of C100FM During the event the Third Annual “Irving and Ruth Pink Award for Youth Development and Social Justice” will be presented to an individual or organization working with youth in N.S. Saturday, January 31st, 2015 Details: 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, 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: Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 18:00
  On Saturday, February 21, the Rotary Club of Yarmouth will hold a Rotary Club Roast to honour Yarmouth lawyer Phil Star QC.    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: 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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