INFORUM

January 05, 2015 InForum Issue

Society news

Employment equity is improving overall in the province’s legal profession, according to a new statistical analysis from the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. A much greater diversity of lawyers have entered the profession in the past 25 years, particularly in the public sector, though a number of gaps and disparities are still evident.

In the fall of 2014, the Society commissioned R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd. to conduct a review of current employment equity within the legal profession, using membership data collected over the past eight years and other information.

“It was time to take a close look at the numbers and trends, given the Society’s commitment to diversity in the profession and the fact that we now have access to multi-year data,” says President Tilly Pillay QC.

“The report’s findings reflect very positively on programs and initiatives pursued by the Society and by legal employers in Nova Scotia to support employment equity over the past 20 years or so. By identifying remaining gaps, this analysis will also be very helpful in planning for future improvements.”

Summary of results

  • Nova Scotia’s legal profession has become increasingly diverse since 1990.
  • Nova Scotia has seen a significant increase in women entering the legal profession.
  • Also notable is the increase in members of some equity-seeking groups entering the legal profession.
  • Most improvement has occurred in the public sector – in particular, the provincial and federal governments and Nova Scotia Legal Aid, which have been proactive in implementing measures and programs to improve the hiring and retention of lawyers from equity-seeking groups.
  • The greatest area of imbalance remains in senior positions at law firms, such as partnership and senior management. Few women and other equity-seeking groups are represented at this level, though many are represented at the associate level.

Data collection and analysis
The Malatest report represents the first in-depth analysis of demographic trends over time for Nova Scotia’s legal profession. Since 2006, the Society has collected self-identifying data on its Annual Lawyers Report, which is completed by all practising lawyers. Used to support equity-related projects and initiatives, this demographic data is reflected in the Society’s annual Statistical Snapshot to provide an annual picture of the legal profession. 

The Malatest review focused on Year of Call, Type of Practice (in 2014) and Membership in a Designated or Equity-seeking Group. The data shows that the majority of lawyers who self identify as members of an equity-seeking group have joined the legal profession since the inception of the Society’s equity work.

While much of the improvement is being seen in government and the public sector, clear indications show that private practice is becoming more accessible to members of designated groups. Those who have been recently called to the Bar are being employed as associates in law firms more often than in the past, so it can be anticipated that the current imbalance at the partner level in law firms may eventually begin to decrease.

“Certainly there is much more work ahead but the numbers demonstrate that efforts to improve employment equity are working, and the legal profession is moving forward in the right direction,” says Ms. Pillay. 

History of NSBS equity initiatives  
In response to concerns raised by the Marshall Inquiry in the late 1980s, the Society initiated numerous efforts to improve employment equity in the province's legal profession. In addition to the introduction of its Equity Office (1997), Gender Equity Committee (1991) and Racial Equity Committee (1989), the Society works with university law programs such as the Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq Initiative at the Schulich School of Law, the Government of Nova Scotia and the federal government to develop programs to encourage the members of equity-seeking groups to enter the legal profession. For more detail on these efforts, see the Equity Program section on the Society’s website.

Data notes

  • The report's findings are not representative of all equity-seeking groups in Nova Scotia. Due to complexities in collecting and measuring statistics for racialized groups, the analysis was unable to provide accurate results for racialized lawyers who are not Black/African Nova Scotian. The Society is endeavoring to address this in future data collection.
  • Equity-seeking groups represented in the analysis include women lawyers, African Nova Scotian/Black lawyers, Aboriginal lawyers, French/Acadian lawyers, lawyers with disabilities and lawyers in the LGBT community.
  • The analysis did not address demographic comparisons between the legal profession and the general population in Nova Scotia. This is another area for further study to ensure the profession is representative of the overall population. 

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. 

These Standards are creating greater consistency in transparency, processes and timeliness with regard to complaints handling across the country. As we’ve seen in recent media reports from other provinces, significant public concerns remain around transparency and access to this type of information.

The Society has been a leader in compliance with these Standards, and all have been implemented in Nova Scotia for some time, with the exception of Standard #19 regarding online access to the discipline histories of our members. We will be adding this feature to the online Member Directory in early January 2015. 

For purposes of this Standard, ‘discipline history’ refers to any public decision by the Complaints Investigation Committee (CIC) or a Hearing Panel. This does not include staff Letters of Advice, CIC counsels or cautions.

Council has determined that the histories available in the Directory will cover the period from 1993 forward – this is the date when all public discipline decisions from Nova Scotia were posted on CanLII

It is important to note that all historic discipline decisions to be added are already publicly available from the Society, in files at the Prothonotary, or on CanLII. Making this information more easily accessible on the Society’s website is an important step in our commitment to transparency and protection of the public interest. 

A number of Canadian jurisdictions have had this information available to the public through their member directories for some time. Council has determined that in addition to circulating this general notice to the membership, the Society will be writing to each individual member whose online membership record will be amended, in order to confirm the information that will be included on the website.

For more details, visit the National Complaints and Discipline Standards section of the Federation’s website at www.flsc.ca.

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. The duplication of these services was deemed not an effective use of Society resources in alignment with the Society’s Strategic Directions and Priorities. The Society subsequently notified the membership of these changes in InForum and the Society Record.

The process of divesting the Society’s legal publication services has been ongoing since that date. The next phase in this project is ending the production and redistribution of lists of newly released decisions from the Courts of Nova Scotia and the Supreme Court of Canada.

For many years, Society staff in Library & Information Services have prepared a linked list of newly released decisions from the Courts of Nova Scotia for publication in InForum. This list was generated out of the same work to produce the Society’s online database, Law News Online, and print publication, Nova Scotia Law News, which indexed, digested and disseminated newly released decisions of the Courts of Nova Scotia. The print publication was discontinued and online database no longer maintained as of April 2012. 

This linked list does not make use of information-sharing platforms – such as Twitter and RSS feeds – that have since emerged to provide this kind of current awareness. This is especially true of the excellent options available through CanLII, the online product owned by all the law societies in Canada.

Also, it is important to note that ceasing this service aligns with efforts by CanLII and the Courts to block indexing of Nova Scotia court and tribunal decisions by Google.

We are aware that the Courts receive complaints from the public about Nova Scotia court decisions appearing in Google search results. Publishing this linked list of new Nova Scotia decisions in InForum has permitted the circumventing of the Courts and CanLII’s efforts to block Google indexing of decisions. Ceasing the publication of the linked list will eliminate this unintended circumvention.

For these reasons, the Society’s preparation and publication of this list of new decisions ceased with the December 22, 2014 edition of InForum. The Society’s re-publication of new SCC decisions, with subject headings and summaries prepared by the Supreme Court of Canada, also ceased with the December 22, 2014InForum issue.

Tools to customize your current awareness
To subscribe and receive notification of new SCC decisions directly, follow the links to the Mailing List and RSS Feeds on the Supreme Court of Canada Judgments website.

There are several freely available online alternatives available for practitioners to keep current in Nova Scotia case law.

The Courts of Nova Scotia provide Twitter feeds on the Court decisions webpage for decisions newly released from the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Provincial Court and Small Claims Court. If you do not have a Twitter account, you can simply click on the Twitter feed to review the decisions released each day.

Alternatively, CanLII provides RSS feeds for all 21 of its databases of Nova Scotia courts and tribunals. Each feed provides the style of cause, citation, date and five subject words describing the case. These subject words, while lacking precision, do assist in assessing relevancy.

For more tips on customizing your own current awareness using Twitter, RSS and email, see Keeping current in the Library services section of the Society’s website.

Please contact Deborah Copeman, Librarian, with any questions or concerns. 

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. 

The 2015 Publication schedule and submission guidelines for the e-newsletter are now available at the top of the InForum webpage.

InForum is the electronic newsletter for the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, published every second week on the Society’s website and emailed to lawyers and other subscribers. It provides regular updates on news and events of relevance to Nova Scotia’s legal profession, and is a forum for consultation and discussion.

If you are not a member of the Society but would like a free subscription to the InForum email notifications, send your email address to communications@nsbs.org.

Instructions for content submissions
Submissions to InForum are due by noon on Thursdays prior to each edition. Send notices in a plain text email or MS Word document (no graphics or PDF files please).

Please note: For the online submission forms, do not cut & paste text from an MS Word document directly onto the web forms; please remove formatting first via Notepad or another program.

Submit any InForum questions, concerns or suggestions to communications@nsbs.org

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

Disciplinary info to go online in Nova Scotia
Canadian Lawyer / Legal Feeds | December 29, 2014
by donalee Moulton

The Rick Howe Show
News 95.7 | December 23, 2014
We discuss the Nova Scotia Barristers Society’s objection against Trinity Western University with Nova Scotia Barristers Society president Tilly Pillay. (Listen around the 9:15 am mark.)

Daily XTra | Jan 5, 2015
By Jeremy Hainsworth
 
Canadian Lawyer /Legal Feeds | Jan. 3, 2015
by Alice Woolley
 
The News (New Glasgow, NS) | Dec. 31, 2014
by Gerard Veldhoven
 
Daily XTRA | Dec. 29, 2014
by Robin Perelle, Managing Editor
Credentials

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:

  • Leah Eleanor Hutt
  • Paul Gregory McNeil
  • Johnette Maureen Royer

The following members have changed to Non-Practising status:

  • Jennifer Lee Campbell
  • Angele Mina Comeau
  • Tyler Jay Langdon
  • Karlan Sebra Modeste

The following member has changed to Retired status:

  • Walter Wayne Matheson
Professional development

LAW FIRMS
GOING IT ALONE: A START UP GUIDE FOR THE SOLE PRACTITIONER / Oughtred, Wendy E – 2d ed. – Toronto: Canada Law Book, 2014. [KB 267 O93 2014]

MANAGEMENT
GREAT BY CHOICE: UNCERTAINTY, CHAOS, AND LUCK - WHY SOME THRIVE DESPITE THEM ALL / Collins, Jim; Hansen, Morten T – London: Random House Books, 2011. [KB 267 C712G 2011]

NATIVE PEOPLES
REVISITING THE DUTY TO CONSULT ABORIGINAL PEOPLES / Newman, Dwight G – Saskatoon, Sask. Purich Publishing Ltd. 2014. [KB 79.I6 N552 2014]

POLICE
INDIAN ERNIE: PERSPECTIVES ON POLICING AND LEADERSHIP / Louttit, Ernie – Saskatoon, Sask. Purich Publishing Ltd. 2013. [KB 79.I6 L893 2013]

PRACTICE OF LAW
THE LAWYER BUBBLE: A PROFESSION IN CRISIS / Harper, Steven J – New York: Basic Books, 2013. [KB 252 H293 2013]

RECORDS MANAGEMENT
HOW TO DEVELOP A RETENTION SCHEDULE / Montana, John – Overland Park, KS: ARMA, 2010. [KB 56 M764 2010]

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. 

The importance of equity and diversity in the legal community has been much discussed in recent years. The Equity Committee wants to highlight legal workplaces that put thoughts into action by developing initiatives that champion equity and diversity.

Eligibility
All legal workplaces in Nova Scotia, with at least one CBA member in good standing, are eligible. A legal workplace is one that supports the practice of law and its primary role and can be a private firm or other business, legal aid, government, or a non-profit organization.

Criteria
Excellence in Equity and Diversity can be demonstrated in many ways. The Nominations Committee will consider examples in the following areas, taking into consideration the available resources of the Nominee:

  • employee hiring and promotion;
  • workplace environment, including policies and practices that support lawyers from diverse backgrounds;
  • employee training;
  • relationships in the greater community;
  • other examples of promoting equity and diversity.

Presentation
The Award will be presented at the President's Reception, Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, January 28, 2015 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Free Admission for all attendees.

Nomination Procedure
A written nomination must be submitted, by a CBA member in good standing, and must include:

  • The Nominator's name, contact information, and CBA membership number;
  • Confirmation that a representative of the Nominee organization, in a management role, has been advised of the nomination;
  • Examples of how the Nominee organization fits the above-noted criteria of Excellence in Equity and Diversity.

For nomination forms and complete details, please visit CBA-NS:
http://cbans.ca/Member-Resources/Awards/Excellence-in-Equity-and-Diversity-Award.aspx

Deadline: January 15, 2015

For more information, please contact:

Canadian Bar Association - Nova Scotia
5991 Spring Garden Road, Suite 1050
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada  B3H 1Y6
Tel: (902) 422 1905
Fax: (902) 423 0475
E-mail: cbainfo@cbans.ca

Tips from LIANS

One of the cornerstones of the Risk and Practice Management Program is getting feedback from our membership. Was the presentation helpful? Will you implement some of the suggestions you learned? Are there other topics you would like to see covered? These are some of the questions we ask so we may tailor the program to fulfil our obligation to you.

But what about your obligations to your clients? Here are a few helpful feedback questions you could ask of your clients:

  • Did our staff respond to your inquiries within 24 hours?
  • Did the associate return completed work by the assigned deadline?
  • Were you kept apprised of your matter throughout the process?
  • Is our billing clear?
  • Did you feel you were getting value for your money?
  • Is there anything you would like us to know that would help us do a better job for our clients?
  • Was there an issue that was not addressed to your satisfaction?

Tailor your questions with the following goals in mind: problems to be fixed; strengths to build on; new ideas. The purpose of feedback is not to criticize or blame, but rather to improve the service you are offering to your clients.

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.

LIANS has received several reports of the following scam attempt from “Zhi-Yuan Hu”:

From: Chu Kong Group Shipyard Co Ltd [mailto: teste @ gs. com. br]
Sent: December 23, 2014 5:16 PM
Subject: Dear Counsel

Dear Counsel,

This letter is to inquire if your law firm handles Purchase transactions and agreements in your area.
A referral will be welcome if this is not your area of practice or Jurisdiction

Sincerely,
Zhi-Yuan Hu
Director
Chu Kong Group Shipyard Co Ltd
93 Hing Wah Street West
2/F Chu Kong Group Shipyard Building
Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon , Hong Kong.

As this had been confirmed as a scam attempt, 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 article is from Homewood Human Solutions™, your health and wellness provider. 

Money. It is a simple five-letter word, but for many of us it has the ability to stir up feelings of uncertainty and worry. We often feel that our financial resources (or the lack of them!) control our lives, and it’s true that many lifestyle choices are determined by how much or how little money we have at our disposal. In order to maintain a healthy perspective, it is important to develop an understanding of how to manage money in ways which are aligned with our short-term objectives and long-term goals.

Managing money is a learned skill – not something we are born with. Applying smart, responsible money management skills is the best way to eliminate financial stress. And when we are in good shape financially, we create happier, healthier, wealthier and less-stressed families. So let's begin!

People often think that money management is a hugely complex process, when in fact simple, consistently applied steps can help us achieve very dramatic results. The way to begin is to take stock of your current financial situation. Knowing where you stand now is the foundation on which you can build your financial plans. Even if you don't like what you see, an accurate and realistic assessment of your current situation lets you determine the steps you need to take to see improvements. Start by listing all your ongoing monthly expenses in these five key areas:

Housing costs: Mortgage/rental payments, property taxes, gas, hydro, rented appliances, home insurance, improvements and maintenance.

Food/household: Groceries, telephone (including cell phones and calling cards), cable and internet service, computer repairs, personal care items, hair care, clothing, pet costs, laundry/dry cleaning and life insurance.

Transportation: Car lease/purchase payments, gas, repair/maintenance, car insurance, licence renewal, parking and public transit costs.

Discretionary expenses: Savings, RRSP, vacation, education, tobacco/alcohol, dining out, entertainment, clubs, child care, medical/dental, school, hobbies, gifts and donations, spending money, allowances, gym memberships and subscriptions.

Debts: Payments for lines of credit, credit cards, home improvement loans, consolidation loans and Canada Student loans.

After you have completed this exercise, compare the total of these five expense areas to your total net or take-home income earned each month. If the results show that you are spending more than you are making, it is time to take these positive steps:

  • Examine ways to cut back by setting clear priorities about what is and is not important, and adjust accordingly. Look at your lifestyle in terms of likes and dislikes – you may be surprised how you have changed but your spending habits haven't.
  • Write down every single thing you pay for over the course of the next month – groceries, gas, takeout lunches, video rentals and outings to the movie theatre. Remember to include incidental purchases like newspapers, magazines, coffee and popcorn at the movies. Keeping track of your spending lets you find situations in which you casually spend money or pay more than you need.
  • Use a debit card instead of cash. This way, you will have a monthly bank statement to help you keep track of exactly where your money is being spent.
  • Form a plan of attack that is realistic. It should focus on necessary day-to-day expenses, realistic long-term goals and reducing any overspending that is creating problems.
  • Be proactive rather than reactive. Reduce your number of credit sources down to one or two.
  • Consider consolidating all your credit into a single loan in order to pay down your debt. This option can be especially attractive if you have outstanding debts at a relatively high rate of interest (for example, the interest charged on many retail store cards or credit cards).

Finally, if you are still feeling overwhelmed after reading this, consider an appointment with a financial counsellor through NSLAP (contact info below), which offers budgeting advice, support, cash flow analysis and referrals to community resources to help you take control of your financial life.

Ultimately the key to wealth is to "live within your means and spend less than what you make." And the key to happiness is to be grateful and appreciative for what you already have!

For more information and support on a money makeover, along with resources and counseling in other life topics, visit the NSLAP website at www.nslap.ca. Please note that NSLAP is your “company” name when you register. When you call the NSLAP number at 1-866-299-1299 (Français: 1-866-398-9505; TTY: 1-888-384-1152), your call will be answered any time, day or night, 365 days per year.

Courts

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. Please circulate it to your colleagues and others who may have an interest in providing their feedback and comments on this topic.

To make written comments, please email or write by January 30, 2015 to:

Ms. Chantelle Bowers
Secretary to the Federal Courts Rules Committee
Federal Court of Appeal
90 Sparks Street
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0H9
Chantelle.Bowers@fca-caf.gc.ca

Province

Nova Scotians are invited to contribute their thoughts and ideas to a review of the Mineral Resources Act.

The Mineral Resources Act is legislation that establishes the rights and obligations around the responsible development of Nova Scotia's geological resources. It was last reviewed in 1990.

Last month, government released a discussion paper in preparation for the public consultation.

The discussion paper explores several key areas of the act including land access, royalties, reclamation and bonding, and community engagement, although the complete act and regulations are open for comment and review.

Nova Scotians can access the discussion paper, the current Mineral Resources Act and the consultation questionnaire online at www.novascotia.ca/natr, or by calling 902-424-8186.

The consultation period will run from Jan. 2 to Feb. 2.

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.

On January 22, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, the Committee will be holding a focus group for lawyers. If you’re interested in participating in the focus group, please email MEPReview@novascotia.ca, and include your name and a telephone number. 

The focus group will be held at the offices of the Department of Justice at 1690 Hollis Street, Halifax.

The Department of Labour and Advanced Education continues its consultation process for Phase 2 of the Workplace Health and Safety Regulations. Complete details are posted on the OHS page. Please note, the original December 19, 2014 deadline for comments/submissions has been extended to February 27, 2015.

As you may be aware, we are currently in phase two of a three-year consolidation and amendment of the regulations under the authority of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which will form the Workplace Health and Safety Regulations (the "WHSRs"). The WHSRs are meant to be more user-friendly, ensure consistency with national standards, and improve workplace health and safety. 

Throughout this process, we are committed to consulting with you, learning from you and working with you to ensure we have the most effective and achievable regulations for Nova Scotia's workers and workplaces. Regulations are meant to improve workplace safety for our province's workers. Phase two of the WHSRs focuses on:
 
  • Occupational Health;
  • First Aid; 
  • Sanitation and Accommodation;
  • Personal Protective Equipment; 
  • Excavation and Trenching; 
  • Blasting Safety; 
  • Confined Spaces;
  • Surface Mine Workings; 
  • Occupational Diving; and
  • Committees and Representatives. 
In order to provide optimal opportunity for your feedback, the consultation steps in phase two will include:
 
  • Discussion workshops (completed in November and early December 2014);
  • Targeted focus groups (December 2014)
  • "What We've heard" workshops (January and February 2015). 
Please advise us of your interest in participating in a workshop on "What We've Heard" by January 2, 2015. To do so, please email LAEPOLICY@novascotia.ca or phone Meagan Mahoney at 902 424 3322. Individuals and/or organizations that have expressed interest will be advised by email of the dates, times and locations of the workshops. 
 
Please see our website at http://novascotia.ca/lae/healthandsafety/ for more information on the consultation and how to provide us with feedback. 
 
Thank you, 
Duff Montgomerie, Deputy Minister 
Department of Labour and Advanced Education  

 

Memo from the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, Correctional Services Division
November 27, 2014

I am writing to advise you that after 66 years of service, the Antigonish Correctional Facility (ACF) and after 115 years of service, the Cumberland Correctional Facility (CCF) will close on January 7, 2015. As you may be aware, these two smaller correctional facilities are being decommissioned and replaced by the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (NNSCF) set to open in early February.

The opening of a new correctional facility requires a high level of staff training and orientation. To accommodate this period of training, the ACF and CCF will close as of 0900 hours on January 7, 2015. Offenders who would otherwise be held in custody at the ACF and CCF will be held in one of the other correctional facilities in the province. The ACF and DDF will not be accepting newly sentenced or remanded offenders as of January 2, 2015 at 0900 hours.

Correctional Services will work closely with you during this transition to ensure the efficient transport of offenders for court appearances. Court Administrators will be asked to liaise with the judiciary to seek court times which will accommodate travel within the province if such arrangements are possible without disrupting the flow of the court operations.

The above process, although logistically challenging, is necessary to ensure the NNSCF correctional staff are provided with all necessary training and familiarization required for the operation of this new facility.

Please distribute this correspondence within your service as you consider appropriate. If you have any questions or concerns with this arrangement, please do not hesitate to contact Tim Caroll, Superintendent, NNSCF at (902)478-7982.

Sincerely,
William A. (Bill) Smith
Executive Director, Correctional 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 announcements since the last edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:   

SERVICE NOVA SCOTIA: Find all news releases at http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/

  • Most Popular Baby Names in Nova Scotia in 2014 (Dec. 31)

EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

  • Choosing the Right Child-care Setting, op-ed (Dec. 29)
  • Changes for Council on African Canadian Education Clarified (Dec. 23)

ENERGY – Efficiency Tax Comes Off Power Bills (Dec. 30)

NATURAL RESOURCES – Consultation Begins on Mineral Resources Act (Jan. 2)

PREMIER'S OFFICE – Minister's Portfolios Reassigned (Dec. 23)

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.

Other news

Effective January 19, 2015

Nova Scotia Legal Aid – Office of the Executive Director is now located at:

Suite 920
1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS   B3J 3M8

All phone numbers, fax number and email addresses remain the same.

Seeking a missing will for Joyce Barbara Peterson of Dartmouth, NS (born March 10, 1939), who passed on December 12, 2014. Lawyers with any information on the location or existence of a will for Mrs. Peterson are asked to contact her husband, Mr. Frederick (Fred) Eldon Peterson at (902) 462-4652.

Careers

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.

For more details, contact Bill Sutherland at 902-445-2500 Ext. 7

Noseworthy Di Costanzo Diab is seeking an associate lawyer to join their team of lawyers to practise on an income-splitting arrangement. We are looking for a self-motivated person with a very strong work ethic and a desire to build a solid practice. 

At least one year experience is required and an existing client base is an asset.

Noseworthy Di Costanzo Diab is an established four-member law firm which is dedicated to providing the highest level of legal services to a growing client base. 

Interested applicants should contact John Di Costanzo at:

Noseworthy Di Costanzo Diab
6470 Chebucto Road
Halifax, NS  B3L 1L4

jdicostanzo@eastlink.ca      
(T) 902-444-4747 ext 22  
(F) 902-444-4301

Paralegal – Corporate Services

  • 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?

Position Overview:
Look no further. BOYNECLARKE LLP is a dynamic, fast-growing Dartmouth law firm. We are seeking an experienced Paralegal to work with the lawyers in our Business Team. This new position has been created to support our growing business and tax practices. As a member of our Corporate Services Team, we are looking for an organized and motivated team player with a true commitment to client service.      

Responsibilities:

  • Corporate Tax Reorganizations including incorporations associated therewith
  • Asset and Share purchase and sale transactions
  • General Corporate transactions regarding continuances, revivals, share transmissions, share conversions, amalgamations, surrenders
  • Formation of Family Trusts
  • Minute Book reviews and clean-up
  • Incorporations of societies, non- profit corporations, companies limited by guarantee, limited companies and unlimited liability companies
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to develop other team members

 Qualifications:

  • Paralegal diploma with 10 years experience in tax reorganizations is preferred
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously with a high degree of enthusiasm, self-motivation and organization
  • Must be a problem solver and have the ability to handle multiple deadlines
  • A team player
  • Strong computer skills, specifically with Microsoft Word

BOYNECLARKE LLP provides a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, life and dependent life insurance, Group RSP, EAP and Health & Wellness initiatives; salary to be commensurate with experience. 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. BOYNECLARKE LLP supports equity in employment and we encourage all qualified individuals to apply to our firm. Our website offers more information about our firm. Please reply in confidence to: 

Director of Human Resources
BOYNECLARKE LLP
P. O. Box 876 Dartmouth, NS B2Y 3Z5
Fax: (902) 463-7500
hr@boyneclarke.ca
www.boyneclarke.ca

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?

Just ask yourself: Do any of these statements apply to me?

  • I feel under-valued by my employer and should be making more money
  • I’m working in a dead-end job with no opportunity for promotion
  • I’m bored in my current job and want more responsibility and challenge
  • I’m well educated but just can’t seem to get started in the right career
  • I’m seeking a better work/life balance
  • I want a meaningful job that aligns with my values
  • I’ve been laid off and need to know I am properly prepared for the new job search

I am changing careers and need to make a strong case that my experience is an asset

If you answered yes to one or more statements, this one-day course (9:00-4:30pm), delivered by one of Canada’s most experienced executive search consultants, will be of benefit to you. Click here for more information and to register.

Event Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (All day) to Wednesday, January 28, 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.

Dates for next LRA course: Jan 21-28, 2015
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.

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.

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.  

Immediately following will be our fourth annual "meet and greet" with local family law practitioners, Schulich faculty, and interested students. co-hosted by the CBA-NS Family Law section, this annual event has been a great success, giving students and practitioners alike the opportunity to mingle and connect. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there! 

Please RSVP to Cherilyn.macintosh@dal.ca by Friday, January 16, 2014.

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.

Event Date: Friday, January 23, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:30

Medical Aid in Dying: Reflections on the Quebec Experience
Veronique Hivon
Member, National Assembly of Quebec

  • Light lunch set out by noon in the Faculty Lounge (Rm 312).
  • Time is allotted for questions and discussion.
  • No registration required. 
  • No fee.
  • All Welcome!

Series hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute with sponsorship generously provided by Schulich School of Law and the CIHR Training Program in Health Law, Ethics, and Policy (www.hlep.ca)

Event Date: Friday, January 23, 2015 - 10:00 to 12:00

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. Our substantive program on the issue has been designed to address pertinent questions pertaining to the law, and explore questions posed by clients and faced by lawyers.

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. Our substantive program on franchise law has thus been designed to address pertinent questions for practitioners, and to deliver timely updates.

Event Date: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 10:00

Law, perceived as a business, is faced with a number of novel challenges. In a fast-paced world, the conundrums of practice management have become more complex, and for solo or small firms, the need for practice support is very real indeed. Today's practitioners require a robust awareness of concerns beyond knowledge of the law itself. Those concerns engage rules of professional conduct in new ways, in ways that cannot be ignored, and in ways that were firmly non-existent just a decade or less ago. Our program is about the application of rules of professional conduct to the vastly altered and still evolving legal landscape within which sole practitioners and small firms deliver legal services.

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. Thus, whether a seasoned professional or just starting out, highly specialized or doing it all, this program provides a pithy, practice-oriented approach to the enhancement of your knowledge and skills.

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.

Event Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 (All day) to Friday, January 30, 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.

Don't miss out! Register now at http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_MIDWIN_15.

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. Our substantive program on personal injury law has been designed to address pertinent legal questions, and explore the kinds of questions posed by clients and faced by lawyers.

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. From thoughts on female lawyers as public servants to insights on career progression as sole or small firm practitioners, register to gain new perspectives, super-charge your career strategy, and acquire best practices. The program is designed to assist female lawyers in the attainment and preservation of successful practices, thus ensuring their retention within the legal profession.

Event Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 06:00 to 10:00

CBA Nova Scotia Bench and Bar Reception and Dinner
Casino Nova Scotia
January 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.

Don't hesitate and miss out on this popular social event of the legal year.

Buy your ticket(s) now by going to: http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_BB_2015

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: 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.

Presented by Vance Langford, LL.B the Skilled Trade Workers seminar will cover a variety of topics related to Canadian immigration. Topics include:

  • Requirements for eligibility to work in Canada and the evaluation of foreign credentials by provincial regulators.
  • Tips for overcoming inadmissibility and preparing work permit applications.
  • The variety of permanent residence programs, including Federal Skilled Trades Class, Provincial Nominees and the Canadian Experience Class and how each will be impacted by the introduction of the new electronic immigration management system, Express Entry.

The Skilled Trade Workers CPD Seminar has been accredited by the ICCRC for 5.5 CPD hours. 

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:

Reception – 5:30
Dinner Buffet – 6:30
Presentation of Award – 8:00
A tribute to Ruth Pink –8:30
Dance – 9:00

Dress: Semi Formal to Formal
Where: Held in the Compass Room of Casino Nova Scotia

Tickets: $100.00 per person (cash, cheque or credit card).

All proceeds go to Dalhousie Legal Aid Service for our continued efforts on behalf of the low income community in Nova Scotia. Call Reena at 902-423-8105 or email reena.davis@dal.ca for more information or for tickets to the event.

Purchase tickets by credit card online here: http://socialjusticesoiree.bpt.me

A silent auction will also be held during the event.

If you are unable to attend, please consider purchasing a ticket for a student or community member.

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