May 25, 2015 InForum Issue

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Society news

Practising lawyers in Nova Scotia are required to complete a total of 12 hours of qualifying CPD annually, including a minimum of two hours in each of the following: Read More

At its meeting on April 24, Council approved the Society’s budget for 2015-2016, and set the fees necessary for the membership year beginning July 1, 2015. Read More

The Spring 2015 edition of the Society Record is now online at The new issue provides updates on the Society’s current priorities to enhance access to legal services, and transform regulation and governance in the public interest. Read More

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

For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Friday, May 22, 2015, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website: Read More

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The Society welcomes the following new articled clerk: Robin Lynne Vernest The following members have resigned:  Anthony W. Brown R. Dan Harasemchuk Steven Rhys McCardy  Read More
Access to Justice

Have thoughts on or are you interested in pro bono in Nova Scotia? The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) wants to hear from you! Read More

Academic, researchers, practitioners, policy analysts, policy makers, government officers and other stakeholders will gather in Montréal on October 1 and 2, 2015 to explore the future of access to justice in Canada. VISION STATEMENT Read More
Tips from LIANS

LIANS will host two final webinar/in-house sessions in May – these may be eligible as CPD hours (Note: you must register for each desired session separately – spaces are limited): May 27 (noon to 1:00 pm) Read More

Raise your hand if you have a smartphone (iPhone, Android or BlackBerry device) and use it for more than phone calls. According to the Neilsen Report, 89 per cent of lawyers own smartphones. Read More

LIANS has been received numerous reports of the following scam attempt from “Mike Kapoor”: From: kapoormichael77 @ gmail. com [mailto: kapoormichael77 @gmail .com]Sent: May-16-15 11:03 AMSubject: debt matter  Read More

The following is an article excerpt from Homewood Health, your health and wellness provider. Not all stress is bad for us. Some stress is good – it helps our minds focus and our senses sharpen. However, continual high levels of stress have the opposite effect, actually interfering with our ability to Read More

The Professional Standards (Real Estate) Committee has published a new standard for 'Condominiums' in Nova Scotia. According to the Committee, "acting on the purchase of a condominium unit has become more complex over time, with amendments to the Condominium Act and judicial decisions in Nova Scotia and elsewhere in Canada. Read More

Please read the following for information and dates regarding the permanent closure of several Land Registration offices within Nova Scotia. Notice of Land Registration Office Closures  Read More

The Honourable Justice R. Lester Jesudason will be sworn in to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court Family Division at a ceremony on Monday July 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the courtroom at Summit Place - 5th floor - 1601 Lower Water Street in Halifax. Read More

The 16th installment of the Hon. Justice Doug Campbell's Family Law Practice Tips has been posted on the Courts of Nova Scotia website. #16 - "Parenting Time" (includes spreadsheets) is available here:  Read More

Enhancing the use of video appearances in the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia is one several initiatives of the Criminal Justice Transformation Group (CJTG). The CJTG is an action group that is transforming the province’s criminal justice system. Read More

Premier Stephen McNeil on May 11 appointed Fred Crooks as Nova Scotia's first Chief Regulatory Officer. Reporting to the premier, Mr. Crooks will lead the newly created Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness. Read More

Government is launching its second new immigration stream this year called Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry. Read More

The power and reach of social media will be used to its full potential to better protect children and certain vulnerable adults who are abducted in Nova Scotia. Read More

Sydney will be the location of a new team of sexual assault nurse examiners. These registered nurses have specialized training to provide emotional support for victims, crisis intervention and forensic evidence collection. 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

GROWTH…Our roots are in family law. We are branching out to Personal Injury and Estate Litigation. Read More

Parkland is Canada’s largest independent marketer and distributor of fuels, managing a nationwide network of sales channels for retail, commercial, wholesale, and home heat. Through our operations we deliver competitive fuel products and serve communities through local operators who care. Read More

Small Dartmouth firm looking for a legal assistant/paralegal to be responsible for organizing, coordinating and providing a broad range of both real property paralegal services, along with other matters such as wills and estates, corporate-commercial matters and general litigation. Read More

Are you an entrepreneurial, autonomous and engaging lawyer who is looking to join a general practice firm? We are looking to add an associate to our small firm in Dartmouth. The ideal candidate would be willing to work in a variety of areas of law. Our lawyers serve individuals and businesses of all sizes. Read More

Privacy Coordinator Regular Full-Time (1.0 FTE) Legal Services, Strategy and Organizational Performance IWK Health Centre Read More

The Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (WCB) is a dynamic organization working to build a culture of workplace safety in Nova Scotia. With a vision of a Nova Scotia safe and secure from workplace injury, the WCB provides workplace injury insurance to 18,800 employers and their 300,000 workers across the province. Read More

I am currently an Ontario law student seeking membership with the Law Society of Nova Scotia. Before being called to the NS Bar, I have to complete a six month articling term and as such, I am looking for any opportunities that may be available to satisfy this requirement. Read More

Hello, I am an eager and enthusiastic recent graduate from the Schulich School of Law, and I am seeking articling opportunities in Nova Scotia beginning anytime.I have lived in Nova Scotia for the past seven years and I am eager to stay in my new home. Read More

On behalf of our client, we are seeking a Litigation Paralegal to join their team in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Read More

The Law Society of the Northwest Territories is seeking a highly-motivated and resourceful individual for the position of Executive Director at its office in Yellowknife, NT.  Under the direction of the Executive of the Law Society, the Executive Director will be responsible for the management and coordination of all phases of the operation, administration, finances, organization and supervisio Read More

I am a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society offering legal research services. I have extensive experience in legal research and legal writing projects. My hourly rate is $75. Please feel free to contact me for further information:  Read More

Davis Reierson is seeking an experienced legal assistant to work in our busy family law practice. The ideal candidate will have at least 2 years of experience in a litigation practice. Family law experience is preferred. Excellent client service and communication skills are required. Read More

MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law is a civil litigation boutique firm with offices in New Glasgow and Halifax. We represent people who have suffered serious injury in a car accident, injuries or loss at the fault of another, or those being denied benefits from an insurance company including long term disability payments. Read More

20 years experience in most areas of practice worked for major firms in Toronto and Halifax proficient in MS Word, 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

Avis de possibilité d’entente à terme fixe à titre de mandataire du Directeur des poursuites pénales Read More

Nickerson Jacquard Fraser is seeking an associate to join its well established and growing practice. We are a regional full service law firm serving western Nova Scotia. We have extensive general practice in Family Law, Criminal law, Corporate Commercial transactions, Fisheries law, Real Estate and Civil Litigation, Wills and Estates. Read More

Dartmouth law firm has an immediate opening for an associate lawyer. Please apply in confidence to  Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is a registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of Nova Scotians living with mental illness and their loved ones. We raise funds for vital programs and services that help make this possible, province-wide. We work to eliminate stigma related to mental illness by generating awareness and understanding. Read More

The Dartmouth Heritage Museum Society is a not-for-profit association whose goal is to deliver excellent educational programming and interpretation of our social history in our community. In collaboration with the Halifax Regional Municipality, we manage our collection of roughly 48,000 artifacts and two registered historic houses: Evergreen (1867) and Quaker Whaler House (1785). Read More

The 211 Information and Referral Services Association is a non-profit organization, established to provide 24 hour information and referral services to the public for all nature of human, social and community related needs across Nova Scotia. We are looking for an experienced lawyer to join our volunteer Board of Directors. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Monday, May 25, 2015 (All day)
Library & Information Services licenses WestlawNext Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney. Free training is offered at the Simon J. Khattar QC Memorial Barristers' Library on May 25, 2015. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 17:00
Please join us on Tuesday, May 26 from 5:00 - 6:30 for this FREE CPD event - just in time for year-end NSBS reporting!   Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 12:00
The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Response to the CBA Futures Report Speaker: Tilly Pillay, QC, President of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society More information:  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 09:00
One of the OBA's most unique and in demand CLE programs is back again this year with the most exciting agenda yet! Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 (All day)
Exploring the Impact of Inter-Personal Violence28th Atlantic Crime Prevention Symposium Keynotes by: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 10:00
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Event Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 08:30
Achieving a settlement with the regulator can be tricky, especially where ERT approval of the settlement is required and there are multiple parties or intervenors.  Learn how to successfully negotiate a settlement with the regulator and manage the myriad of issues involved. PROGRAM CHAIR Alexandria Pike, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 08:30
(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. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 12:00
Planning and Implementing Your Technology Strategy with C-Level Execswith Scott Amyoony, Legal Chief Information Associate at C-Level Executive Solutions LP  Register: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 13:00
Gain a practical guide on the nuts and bolts of bankruptcy law, with a basic overview of creditors' rights and debtors' rights. Our seasoned panel will share practical tips and strategies for the general practitioner faced with representing creditors or debtors. PROGRAM CHAIRS Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 18:00
Mindfulness for Lawyers Wednesdays: May 27, June 3, June 10 & June 17 6pm - 7:15 Living Well IHC 2176 Windsor Street, Halifax led by Pamela Rubin, CCC, RCT-C, Ll.B., and Pat Ullman, Ll.B. $25 per class or $85 for the series (drop-ins are fine!) Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 02:00
Christine van Cauwenberghe, author and Assistant VP, Tax and Estate Planning, in the Advanced Financial Planning department of Investors Group (Winnipeg), will be presenting a seminar titled "Estate Planning Tips and Traps". This will be followed by STEP Atlantic's Annual General Meeting, and all STEP members (and prospective members) are encouraged to register and attend.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 08:30
This intensive program will take you through the critical steps and issues in a real estate transaction and provide you with a refresher on the fundamentals as well as important developments and updates that you need to know. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 09:00
Young Lawyers Division (Central) assembled a panel of experts to guide you through the lateral interview process. Refine your interviewing skills!  Topics include: Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 29, 2015 (All day)
Lawyers know that very few disputes actually end up in court. That means effectively employing altrenate dispute resolution mechanisms is becoming essential to an effective practice. Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 29, 2015 (All day)
** This conference has been approved for ELEVEN (11) HOURS of Mandatory Continuing Professional Development credits.** Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 29, 2015 - 09:00
If your practice touches on human rights law, this program is a must-attend event for you. Get up-to-date on the latest developments and take-away helpful strategies on handling current issues in human rights. Our exceptional faculty will provide the expertise you need: from navigating parallel proceedings to drafting releases and much more. Additional information to come. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 12:00
Personal Directives and the SCC Carter Decision on Physician Assisted Death: What lies Ahead? Speaker: Peter C. Rumscheidt, TEP, Cox & Palmer More information:  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 12:00
MacKean v Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada, 2015 NSCA 33: A discussion on motions for assessment of damages Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 02:00
This program is based on a truth best stated by Daniel Webster: “The power of clear statement is the great power of the bar.” It gives participants a systematic, powerful approach for creating documents that are as clear, forceful, and persuasive as possible.Designed for litigators, the program focuses on four critical aspects of advocacy writing, with an emphasis on writing persuasive factums: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 18:00
Mindfulness for Lawyers Wednesdays May 27, June 3, June 10 & June 17 6pm - 7:15 Living Well IHC 2176 Windsor Street, Halifax led by Pamela Rubin, CCC, RCT-C, Ll.B., and Pat Ullman, Ll.B. $25 per class or $85 for the series (drop-ins are fine!) Read More
Event Date: Friday, June 5, 2015 - 09:00
On March 5, the CRTC issued its first Notice of Violation under CASL with an accompanying fine of $1.1 million. As CRTC enforcement is on the rise, ensure that you and your clients aren't next on the list. Read More
Event Date: Friday, June 5, 2015 (All day)
The annual Nova Scotia Legal AId CFSA Day will take place on Friday, June 5, 2015, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Italian Canadian Cultural Association, 2629 Agricola Street, Halifax, NS. Read More
Event Date: Friday, June 5, 2015 - 09:00
On March 5, the CRTC issued its first Notice of Violation under CASL with an accompanying fine of $1.1 million. As CRTC enforcement is on the rise, ensure that you and your clients aren't next on the list. Read More
Event Date: Monday, June 8, 2015 (All day)
A comprehensive 40 hour program which aims to prepare learners to effectively act as an impartial decision maker to resolve disputes. LEARNERS WILL Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 13:00
In this user-friendly online training session, you will: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 16:00
Mindfulness for Lawyers Wednesdays May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17 6pm - 7:15 Living Well IHC 2176 Windsor Street, Halifax led by Pamela Rubin, CCC, RCT-C, Ll.B., and Pat Ullman, Ll.B. $25 per class or $85 for the series  (drop-ins are fine!) Call 902 406 1500 to register — space is limited Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 11, 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, June 13, 2015 - 08:30
See registration details below. Saturday, June 13, 2015 8:30 am to 12:00 pm Cape Breton University 1250 Grand Lake Road Sydney, NS Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 17, 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, June 17, 2015 - 18:00
Mindfulness for Lawyers Wednesdays May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17 6pm - 7:15 Living Well IHC 2176 Windsor Street, Halifax led by Pamela Rubin, CCC, RCT-C, Ll.B., and Pat Ullman, Ll.B. $25 per class or $85 for the series  (drop-ins are fine!) Call 902 406 1500 to register — space is limited Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015 (All day)
Halifax, Nova Scotia The Westin Nova Scotian Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm     Read More
Event Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015 (All day)
Emotionally intelligent people are able to identify and assess their emotions and those of others and then use that information to guide their actions and influence the actions of others. While cognitive skills are important, it is emotional intelligence that has the greatest impact on people’s ability to be productive and work well with others. Read More
Event Date: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 02:00
About the Program: Read More
Event Date: Monday, September 28, 2015 - 14:00
Are you carrying a heavy case load, completing work at the last minute, plagued by constant interruptions, inundated with information, drowning in paper, overloaded by email, handling too much work yourself, or spending too much time at the office? In short, do you have too much to do and not enough time? Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 16, 2015 (All day)
Everyone encounters difficult people on a regular basis and typically conversations with them leave people feeling frustrated, stressed, angry and tired. This workshop will analyze what is happening in those exchanges and demonstrate how people can adapt their strategies to bring about more productive conversations with those they find difficult. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015 (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: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 (All day)
The multiple demands of work necessitate that employees know how to prioritize their responsibilities, work with proficiency, be resourceful and complete tasks in a systematic and organized manner. The content presented in this workshop provides a comprehensive review of performance basics and is geared for front line workers. Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 27, 2015 (All day)
For those who work in an environment where there is potential for violence, it is important to develop the skills needed to defuse dangerous situations. This workshop is designed to teach people to de-escalate potentially violent situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015 (All day)
When two people are in conflict, the negative impact of the dispute typically affects more people than just the disputants. Others often get drawn into a conflict that becomes time consuming and limits the productivity of everyone. When people involved in conflict cannot resolve it on their own, a third party facilitator may be what is needed to resolve the dispute. This skills-based workshop i Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016 (All day)
This year’s leadership retreat focus will be on the 2 questions all great leaders ask themselves continuously: Read More
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