February 17, 2015 InForum Issue

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Society news

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

Dartmouth lawyer Julia Cornish QC to be Second Vice-President for 2015-2016 Read More

In October 2013, the Federation of Law Societies’ Standing Committee on the Model Code of Professional Conduct sought feedback from all law societies on a number of proposed amendments to the Code. One of those amendments relates to the provision of short-term limited legal services.  Read More

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following former members received judicial appointments on February 6, 2015: Read More
Professional development

New to the practice of family law? Think you know it all (but would like to check to make sure...)? Read More
Access to Justice

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) invites you to save the date for its very first Pro Bono Symposium March 27th, 2015 at the Halifax Central Library.     Read More

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD) is inviting nominations for the recipient of the 2015 Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing. Read More
Tips from LIANS

Learn and network with legal technology experts from April 16-18, 2015 at the Hilton Chicago, bringing you the latest in CLE-related legal technology news and tools to benefit your practice. Read More

With winter weather in full swing, office disruption from flooding and power outages are just a couple of issues lawyers have recently faced. Having a disaster plan already in place will help get your office back up and running with minimal impact on your clients. Here are some important considerations when creating your plan: Read More

LIANS has been received numerous reports of the following scam attempt from “Andy Liu”: From: Andy Liu <andyliu324 @gmail. com>Date: Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 6:00 AMSubject: litigation Read More

The following article is from Homewood Human Solutions™, your health and wellness provider. When you begin taking positive steps towards putting these tips to work for you, you’ll not only feel better, you’ll look better, too! Read More

Three new appointments at the Courts of Nova Scotia were announced on Friday, February 6, 2015: the Hon. Justice Elizabeth Van den Eynden, the Hon. Justice C. LouAnn Chiasson and the Hon. Justice Jeffrey Hunt. Read More

Notice to the Profession: The Long Trial Intake Schedule for courtroom #6 in Provincial Court on Spring Garden Road in Halifax was posted on February 3. This schedule covers the period between June 1 and December 31, 2015.  Read More

The Hon. Justice Doug Campbell of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court Family Division has published a new instalment of his Family Law Practice Tips for family law practitioners. Read More

Nova Scotia's newest correctional facility will add 150 beds to the correctional system and enhance safety and security for offenders and staff. The Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility, located in Priestville, Pictou Co., opened on Monday, February 9. Read More

Government is looking for people to share their knowledge and experience to help prevention efforts and improve support for victims and survivors of sexual violence. Read More

Pursuant to regulatory amendments (link below) effective July 1, 2010, the Cap on Minor Injuries must be reviewed annually to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index for Nova Scotia, not seasonally adjusted, as published by Statistics Canada, for the previous calendar year. Should the CPI number be negative the Minor Injury amount for the previous year will stand. 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 can give their thoughts and comments about taxes, the tax system and the upcoming provincial budget, in a number of ways until February 28. 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

(February 13, 2015) — The Federation of Law Societies of Canada says Friday’s Supreme Court of Canada decision, striking down certain provisions of Canada’s Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act and regulations pertaining to the legal profession, is an important statement about core principles that are at the heart of Canada’s legal system. Read More

Please join the Women’s Forum of the Nova Scotia branch of the CBA in the third annual International Women’s Day collection drive for women’s shelters and transition homes throughout the province.  Read More

Justice Canada announcements 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

(February 5, 2015) McInnes Cooper lawyer Daniel Wallace has filed a Notice of Application with the Federal Court, Halifax, on January 19, 2015, on behalf of disabled military veteran Fernand Kenney of Quebec. By launching this proposed class proceeding, Mr. Read More

The provisions in the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act (the Act) that provide for the enactment of First Nation laws regarding on-reserve matrimonial real property came into force on December 16, 2013. Read More

Last year former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children settled a class action over allegations of abuse. The Court has approved a plan for the distribution of the settlement funds. Read More

A newly formed Law Firm is looking for an experienced legal assistant to work with a senior Partner with a busy practice in employment and labour law. You will help the Partner manage his busy practice by: Read More

20 years experience; including, but not limited to, litigation, property, family proficient in MS Word, Outlook, PC Law, spreadsheet applications, etc. proven performer in accurately preparing court documents excellent communication skills ability to work both independently and as a team player Read More

Legal Aid Saskatchewan is seeking a lawyer for its Prince Albert Area Office to practise in the areas of adult/youth criminal law. This position may involve travel in small aircraft to several northern communities.     Read More

Applications are invited until Friday, March 27, 2015 for the position of Law Clerk to the Judges of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.  Place of Work:  The Law Courts, 1815 Upper Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia  Period of Employment:  One year – Commencing July 2015 or August 2015  Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 12:30
Shining a Light on Off-Duty Misconduct: When is it cause for discharge? Thursday, February 19, 2015, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Issues: 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: Thursday, February 19, 2015 (All day)
Understanding our communication style and how we interact with others is essential to positive and productive relations. Effective communication requires us not only to be aware of ourselves, but also to be responsive and aware of others. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:00
In the ongoing discourse regarding Ethics, Professionalism and Practice Management, it is important to include a program that focuses with great specificity on the texts and scenarios set out in the pan-Canadian Model Code of Professional Conduct. 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: 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 (All day)
Conflict has many sources, including disagreements, stress, personality differences and differences of opinions. While the results of conflict impact us individually, it also often has negative effects on the performance of groups. Many conflicts would not spiral out of control if people used conflict resolution techniques that are easy to learn and utilize. 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 - 12:00
Increase the likely success of your next client’s Guardianship Application by brushing up on your management plan and guardianship plan drafting skills with this essential session. Our panel of experts will get you up to speed on the latest substantive and practical issues, including: Read More
Event Date: Monday, February 23, 2015 - 12:00
"Aboriginal Water Rights in Nova Scotia" Speaker: Derek A. Simon, Burchells LLP  Read More
Event Date: Monday, February 23, 2015 - 17:00
Join us on Monday, February 23 to hear Jamie Simpson, Executive Director of ECELAW, speak on “How far will Section 7 Go? The Charter and Environmental Rights”.  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: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 12:00
"HST Issues in Real Estate Transactions"If time permits, the speaker may also touch upon capital gains issues in real estate transactions. Speaker: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 17:30
"An evening with the Labour Board of Nova Scotia" Speakers: Douglas Ruck, Chairperson Mary-Lou Stewart, CEO  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 (All day)
  The Department of Justice Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development are hosting a conference entitled Tackling Early and Forced Marriage and "Honour" Based Violence in Canada on Thursday, February 26, 2015. The conference will be held at 111 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, Ontario. 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 - 12:30
Anti-Social Media: Pulling the plug on electronic bullies Thursday, February 26, 2015, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Issues: 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
Event Date: Friday, February 27, 2015 (All day)
The Artists' Legal Information Society (ALIS) presents the second edition of their entertainment law conference "On the Edge of Now". Focused primarily on the film/television/digital media industry, this year's conference takes a hard look at the emerging trends in OTT services, videogames and more. Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 27, 2015 - 12:00
[REVISED] Assisted Reproductive Technology Policy: Can We Get Past the Roadblocks? Dave Snow, Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University  Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 27, 2015 - 19:00
2014-2015 Public Lecture Series Presents Tim Rollins & Angel Abreu, K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) Friday, February 27, 2015   Representatives from organizations who work with high-risk youth populations are encouraged to attend this talk and share information across their networks. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:30
Who's Running the Shop?: Balancing employer rules against employee privacy Thursday, March 5, 2015, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Issues: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 02:30
Robert Miedema, partner with Boyne Clarke, and Jim MacGowan of Deloitte, will be examining selected tax issues to consider when using Inter-vivos trusts, such as Alter Ego and Joint Partner Trusts, as part of an estate plan.  Read More
Event Date: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 17:30
The Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq (IB&M) Initiative at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University invites you to join our  25th Anniversary Gala Celebration on the evening of Friday, March 6th, 2015 at the Westin Hotel.  Read More
Event Date: Monday, March 9, 2015 - 12:30
When your clients ask your advice on hiring temporary foreign workers, do you know where to begin? Even if your response is to ultimately refer them to an immigration law practitioner, it would be prudent to know the basics yourself. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 16:00
The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society invites all lawyers across Nova Scotia to this annual event:    Women – Strength in Leadership: Remembering Dara Gordon QC An annual event supported by McInnes Cooper    Read More
Event Date: Friday, March 13, 2015 - 12:00
On Becoming a Mother and Disengaging from Injection Drug Use Fiona MartinDepartment of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University Read More
Event Date: Monday, May 4, 2015 (All day)
  Threat Assessment, Stalking and Cyber-Bullying – Assessment and Management Strategies  Vancouver, British Columbia – Hampton Inn and Suites May 4-6, 2015 (early rate deadline April 4)    Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 09:00
Pre-Conference WorkshopTuesday, May 12, 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Grievance Arbitration Advocacy: Winning strategies, practical tips, reducing costs, and more Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 09:00
Pre-Conference WorkshopTuesday, May 12, 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Mastering Mediation and Interest Arbitration: Preparing and presenting a persuasive case Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 08:45
Human Rights and Labour Law Conference May 13 - 14, 2015 at The Westin Nova Scotian More information and registration Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 16:30
The Schulich School of Law and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society cordially invite you to attend the twenty-fourth annual F.B. Wickwire Memorial Lecture in Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics. “Rethinking Outreach for Greater Access to Justice” Read More
Event Date: Friday, March 27, 2015 (All day)
The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) invites you to save the date for its very first Pro Bono Symposium March 27th, 2015 at the Halifax Central Library. Read More
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