August 04, 2015 InForum Issue
The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is in the process of building a new model of regulating legal services, in a manner that is risk-focused, proactive, principled and proportionate. The new approach is designed to be more responsive to a diverse and profoundly changing environment, to enhance the quality of legal services, to encourage ethical legal practice, to foster innovation in legal services and to increase access to justice.
Visit the new Entity Regulation section of the website for ongoing information as the initiative progresses.
See how the emerging entity regulation framework is shaping up, with NSBS Regulatory Objectives and outcomes sought, 10 core elements for legal entities in establishing Management Systems for Ethical Legal Practice, and the Triple-P, risk-based approach at the heart of the new regulatory model.
Framework summary chart: Laying the foundation for entity regulation (pdf)
For ongoing updates on the movement toward entity regulation in Nova Scotia and elsewhere:
- see #EntityReg news,
- read the blog by the Entity Regulation Steering Committee,
- subscribe to the new Entity Regulation Update e-newsletter, and
- follow the Society on Twitter @NSBS, and look for the hashtag #EntityReg.
Resources: The reports & resources section includes research and progress reports from the Society and its project consultants, reports from other organizations, and relevant links to other online resources. For detailed explanations of specific components of entity regulation, visit the FAQs and glossary of terms.
Project governance: Leading this initiative are the Society’s Entity Regulation Steering Committee, Communications & Engagement Working Group, Legislation & Regulation Working Group and Regulation & Risk Working Group, with its Solo & Small Firm Subcommittee.
The Steering Committee serves as a bridge between Society staff, Council and the Entity Regulation Working Groups. Chaired by Past President Tilly Pillay QC, its members also include Chairs of each working group; NSBS Executive Director Darrel Pink; Victoria Rees, NSBS Director, Professional Responsibility; Sir Graham Day QC, Counsel, Stewart McKelvey; Don Thompson QC, Executive Director, Law Society of Alberta; and Andrew Garbutt, Independent Risk and Regulation Consultant and former Director for Risk, Solicitors’ Regulation Authority of England and Wales.
Consultation: The Society continues to consult widely with the legal profession and other stakeholders in creating a truly ‘made-in-Nova Scotia’ solution. See a list of ongoing and upcoming consultation sessions and other engagement opportunities. Please contact us with your questions, feedback and examples of innovative legal practice in Nova Scotia.
The Courts are now developing enhancements to how the Civil Procedure Rules of Nova Scotia are published on the Courts of Nova Scotia website. Rule text will be in HTML, providing faster and more mobile-friendly access. Keyword searching of Rules content only within the Courts’ website will be provided. The official, consolidated Civil Procedure Rules and Forms will continue to be available on the site as entire documents in PDF.
As the Courts implement these enhancements, Society staff in Library & Information Services are working with Lexum and CanLII to migrate the annotations currently on the Nova Scotia Annotated Civil Procedure Rules onto CanLII Connects, the new platform aggregating online Canadian case law commentary.
Library & Information Services staff are also working with the Courts to determine what other value-added content may be transferred to the Courts’ website, including editable MS Word versions of Forms.
The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society will maintain the Nova Scotia Rules page on its website, providing quick access to key resources on the Courts’ website, as well as the table of concordance from the 1972 Rules to the new Rules.
As announced in the April 13, 2015 issue of InForum, the Society expects to implement these changes and remove the Nova Scotia Annotated Civil Procedure Rules from its website by the end of August 2015.
We welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback. For the Society, please contact Deborah Copeman, Librarian, at email@example.com. For the Courts, please contact John Piccolo, Director of Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum:
The Winds of Change
SLAW | July 29, 2015
By Karen Dyck
BLOG: TWU’s Mandate Conflicts With LSUC’s
SLAW | July 19, 2015
by Omar Ha-Redeye
Faith-based law school battle heads for appeal
The Lawyers Weekly | July 17, 2015 issue (by subscription only)
TWU’s law school still TBD: An Ontario-Nova Scotia comparison
Trinity Western University v The Law Society of Upper Canada, 2015 ONSC 4250 (CanLII)
CanLII Connects | July 14, 2015
by Jennifer Taylor, Stewart McKelvey
Ontario poll results show ‘big support’ for entity regulation
LAW TIMES | July 13, 2015
‘Frightening’ ruling allows Ontario to reject Christian law school’s grads
LifeSiteNews | July 06, 2015
Allnovascotia.com (subscription only)
Biz Byte: Bar Society Election (July 28)
Lawyer pleads guilty to assault (July 14, 2015)
For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Friday, July 24, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website: http://nsbs.org/council-materials.
The next regular meeting of Council is scheduled for Friday, September 18, 2015 at the Society’s offices at 9:00 am.
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:
- Richard Martin Jordan
- Sara Jennifer Knight
The following members have changed to Non-Practising status:
- Jennifer Elaine Barnes
- Nina Elizabeth Johnsen
- David Nelson Muise QC
- Erin Elaine Nauss
The following member has changed to Retired status:
- Michael J. Butler
The following members have resigned:
- Amy Paige Anderson
- Clare F. Beckton
- Giuseppa Bentivegna
- Robin Lyn Bolivar
- Kenneth David Crawford QC
- Kimberly Margaret Dewar
- Kenneth Charles Fowlie QC
- Peter Walter Clifford Johnson
- Dr. Angus Hugh MacLennan
- Jacqueline Anna Porter
- Kim Guy Von Arx
- Mark Lorne Zinck
The new Barristers’ Library Discovery Catalogue is now live at catalogue.nsbs.org.
With one search, find
- texts, case law reporters, legislation, forms & precedents collections, and other print material available in barristers’ libraries;
- online resources (WestlawNext Canada, O’Brien’s Online) licensed for in-library use in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney; and
- NS Continuing Professional Development papers in full-text.
Tell us what you think – or for assistance or information, please contact Library & Information Services at email@example.com, 902 425 2665, or 1 866 219 1202 (toll free).
The July 2015 newsletter from the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice is now available online at http://www.cfcj-fcjc.org/newsletter.
The new edition features the following articles:
- Need a divorce? Wevorce will help you do it online!
- Innovation and the Access to Justice Conference (Oct. 1-2 in Montreal)
- Summer Round Up: Our picks for must-read news and articles from the CFCJ this summer
Instructions for subscribing to the newsletter are online.
Interested in sharing your own knowledge and experiences? Assisting a mentee develop their legal career? Expanding your own professional network? Boosting your own professional development?
The LIANS Mentorship Program offers opportunities to network, gain knowledge about practice management issues, and receive support from the Risk and Practice Management program. We match based on areas of interest and criteria identified by both mentor and mentee, and provide a mentorship plan to assist in developing areas of focus and goals for the upcoming year.
Mentors are the cornerstone of any successful mentorship program. We are currently looking for those who have nine years at the Bar and an interest in assisting junior members of the Bar reach their full potential. To learn more about becoming a mentor, visit the LIANS website at http://www.lians.ca/services/mentorship-program.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 902 423 1300 ext. 345.
LIANS has been received numerous reports of the following scam attempt purportedly from “Reegan Newton” of CGC Dredging, requesting representation in making a large commercial purchase.:
From: Reegan Newton [mailto: reegnewton1 @ gmail. com]
Sent: 30 juil. 2015 03:35
Does your firm handle purchase & sale transactions and agreements? If not, a referral will be appreciated
15 Alacrity Place,
Henderson, Western Australia 6166
Postal: PO Box 48,
Wattleup, Western Australia 6166
This has 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 email@example.com or 902 423 1300, x346.
The following contains, in part, an article excerpt from Homewood Human Solutions™, your health and wellness provider.
Children and stress? What do kids have to be stressed about? The answer to that is simple: the same things adults get stressed about – relationships, bullies, doing well at work/school, meeting the expectations of others, lack of relaxation time, violence, money, the list goes on. In addition, today’s kids are exposed to images, events and threats that those of us who grew up in earlier times never imagined.
However, not all stress is negative. Stress can spur kids to play harder to win the championship game or study longer to pass an important test. Problems arise when stress overwhelms them. Are your kids struggling with too much stress? Each child responds differently, but the key is to identify your child’s physical, behavioural or emotional signs. Look for behaviours that are not typical for your child. Common symptoms include physical aches and pains, trouble sleeping, changes in appetite or social withdrawal.
Is your child stressed? Ask these questions. Six or more means your child’s stress level is high. Two to five means stress levels are average.
A stress test for kids
- I often feel tense, anxious and upset.
- I get stomach aches a lot.
- I get headaches a lot.
- People in my family often make me feel upset.
- People at school often make me feel upset.
- I have trouble sleeping.
- I worry about school, even at night and on weekends.
- I find myself eating a lot or not being able to eat when I get nervous.
- I have trouble concentrating on things because I’m worrying about something else.
- I have a lot of things that have to be done by certain times at school or at home.
How to help kids cope with stress
- Make sure your children are eating a healthy diet and getting enough rest. Good nutrition and proper rest can boost resilience to stress.
- Exercise is a great stress reliever for kids and adults alike. Something as easy as shooting hoops in the driveway or a 15-minute walk are great mood lifters.
- Realize that some things may not be an issue for adults but can cause significant stress for kids. Let them know that you understand they’re stressed and don’t dismiss their feelings.
- Make time for your kids each day. Play a board game, read a book together or watch a favourite funny movie as a family. Don’t try to make them talk, even if you know what they’re worried about. Sometimes kids just feel better when you spend time with them.
- World news can cause stress. Kids who see disturbing images on TV or online may worry about their own safety and that of the people they love. Talk with children about what they see and hear so that you can help them understand what’s going on.
- Are your kids too busy? Like adults, children need time to relax. Kids who complain about all their activities or who refuse to go to them might be overscheduled. Talk with your kids about how they feel about extracurricular activities. If they complain, discuss the pros and cons of stopping one activity. If stopping isn’t an option, explore ways to help manage your child’s time and responsibilities to lessen their anxiety.
- Do your children hear you and your partner talking about troubles at work, worrying about a relative’s illness or arguing about financial matters? Try not to discuss such issues if children are within earshot, as they may pick up on adult anxieties and start to worry themselves.
- Encourage your older children to keep a journal. Writing down thoughts and feelings can help get frustrations off his/her mind and into some perspective.
- Tension is contagious. Set a good example when it comes to managing your own stress. Your kids are watching you.
Some kinds of stress – moving to a new grade or new school, squabbles with friends or feeling anxious about a school project – are inevitable in every child’s life. Teaching healthy coping skills today will help kids weather life’s ups and downs as they get older.
For more information and support in helping your child deal with stress, along with resources and counselling to improve your health and wellness, visit the NSLAP website at www.nslap.ca. Please note that LAP is your “company” name when you register. When you call the LAP number at 1 866 299 1299, your call will be answered any time, day or night, 365 days per year.
A Robing Ceremony will be held for the Hon. Justice Robert Gregan on Friday, September 4 at 11:00 am in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court courthouse in Amherst. The public is invited.
Justice Gregan was appointed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court Family Division on June 24 by Peter MacKay QC, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
Find more details about the appointment on the Courts of Nova Scotia website.
Please take note of Circular 04/2015, a Notice to the Profession regarding recommendations from the Federal Court Case Management Working Group. It was issued by the Honourable Paul Crampton, Chief Justice of the Federal Court, on June 25 and published on the Courts Administration Service website.
The Working Group, composed of judges and prothonotaries, was tasked by the Chief Justice to consult with the Bar and make recommendations for improving case management of actions. Several initiatives were considered, including earlier involvement of trial judges; streamlining and limiting oral examinations for discovery; limits on interlocutory motions and appeals with respect to pleadings and discovery issues; earlier exploration of settlement and expanding the use of case management.
The initial recommendations are designed to modernize and improve practice and procedure, with the overarching goal of achieving increased proportionality in proceedings before the Court. Additional matters will be the subject of future consultation and Notices to the Profession.
OTTAWA, July 28, 2015 – The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, welcomes the appointment by Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Justice Russell S. Brown to the Supreme Court of Canada.
“Justice Brown is a distinguished jurist,” said Chief Justice McLachlin. “He brings a rich background as an academic, practitioner and judge. I look forward to his contributions to the Court.”
Justice Brown’s appointment is effective August 31, 2015. He will be sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court of Canada on a date to be announced.
Premier Stephen McNeil announced changes to Executive Council on July 24.
"As premier, I am fortunate to have a very strong and capable team around me," said Premier McNeil. "As we move forward, I expect to see a greater concentration on the overall priorities of government, which include efforts to grow our population and ensure more opportunities for young Nova Scotians to develop the skills they need to thrive in the workforce."
Diana Whalen accepts the Great Seal of the Province from Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant
after becoming Attorney General and Minister of Justice on July 24.
The changes to cabinet:
- Diana Whalen retains her position as Deputy Premier and becomes Attorney General and Minister of Justice;
- Randy Delorey becomes Minister of Finance and Treasury Board, and retains the portfolio of Gaelic Affairs;
- Former Justice Minister Lena Metledge Diab is the Minister of Immigration;
- Andrew Younger will return to cabinet as Minister of Environment;
- Zach Churchill is the new Minister of Municipal Affairs and Emergency Management Office, and Minister of Communications Nova Scotia;
- Lloyd Hines, MLA for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie, will join cabinet as the new Minister of Natural Resources;
- In addition to her duties as Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Karen Casey will become Chair of Treasury and Policy Board; and Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan will take on the additional responsibility of Minister Responsible for Youth.
"In part, these cabinet reassignments are designed to promote a more aggressive approach to attracting new Canadians to Nova Scotia," Premier McNeil said. "By having a minister dedicated to immigration, I believe Nova Scotia will benefit from a more focused approach to growing our population."
The changes to Executive Council are effective immediately. For a complete list of cabinet roles and responsibilities, visit http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/people/cabinet/.
See the original July 24 announcement.
The province's Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness says it will be well positioned to work toward a more competitive business environment in Nova Scotia after the hiring of four key staff. Fred Crooks, the new Chief Regulatory Officer of Nova Scotia, announced the new team on July 30.
"This team, while small, represents a powerful combination of proven leadership and practical experience. Each of them is a leader in their field and has an impressive track record of getting things done," said Mr. Crooks.
Fred Morley will join the office as chief economist, responsible for policy and research. Mr. Morley has been a senior policy leader and economic advisor to both business and government and most recently served as executive vice-president and chief economist of the Greater Halifax Partnership. He will bring to the office a capacity for objective policy and economic analysis, a key requirement for understanding the true impact of regulation and regulatory change on business and citizens.
Joan Penney will serve as executive director of project implementation and customer service. Ms. Penney is a former vice-president of customer care at Bell Aliant, where she led thousands of customer-facing employees and focused on customer service results and cost efficiency. She will drive project implementation and oversee the office's customer service improvement agenda.
Leanne Hachey will join as executive director of stakeholder relations and intergovernmental initiatives. Ms. Hachey is currently a director at EfficiencyOne and previously served as vice-president, Atlantic, of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. She has a deep appreciation of the perspective of business on regulation. She will ensure businesses and citizens are properly consulted and informed about the work of the office, and oversee initiatives to eliminate inconsistency and duplication of regulations between provinces.
Dana MacDonald will serve as director of regulatory modernization. Ms. MacDonald currently serves as director of procurement for the province with the Department of Internal Services and has strong experience in leadership, negotiation, and project management. She will lead development of a sustainable process within government to ensure regulations are developed and changed with meaningful consultation with stakeholders, and appropriate assessment of the impacts of these changes.
In March of this year, Premier McNeil and New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant announced the two provinces would work together to reduce red tape.
"We appreciate the support we've seen from the business community for this initiative and look forward to working collaboratively," said Mr. Crooks. "Fred, Joan, Leanne, and Dana have a strong passion for the task ahead and an appreciation of the urgency and economic significance of regulatory reform. We're very lucky to have them on board."
The mandate of the office is to reduce the regulatory burden on citizens and businesses while protecting public health and safety, the environment, and employee and consumer interests. It will also focus on collaboration with New Brunswick to eliminate regulatory overlap between the two provinces and improve policy collaboration.
Since its establishment, the office has begun discussions with the other Atlantic provinces to explore opportunities to remove barriers to interprovincial trade and for regulatory and service co-ordination. It has also started identifying areas of highest priority to streamline regulation in Nova Scotia and opened initial channels with the province's business community.
See the original July 30 announcement.
Service Nova Scotia is looking to see if there is industry interest and expertise to partner with government to provide some registry services. A vendor pre-qualification will be issued later this summer on providing motor vehicle, land and companies registry services. It will also ask interested companies or vendors for their qualifications.
Initial analysis has indicated that alternative service delivery offers a potentially viable option to make the registries more sustainable while providing more benefits to Nova Scotians. For example, the technology and infrastructure needed to maintain and operate the registries is in need of investment. Under an alternative service delivery partnership, the responsibility for ensuring the most up-to-date technology is available to support the registries would be transferred to a partner.
"We know that an industry sector partner is in a better position to adopt the latest technologies and can upgrade much more quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively than government," Service Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey said in a July 21 announcement. "This would not only increase the reliability of the technology, but would allow government to focus more of its limited capital resources on core priorities such as education and health care."
Other provinces have experienced increased operational efficiency and enhanced client service levels from alternative service delivery partnerships between industry, labour and government.
The process will provide more information as to whether alternative service delivery is the best method for the identified registry services. The recommendation is expected to be ready between late fall and early winter. The vendor pre-qualification does not commit the government to undertake any further action.
"Although no decision has been made to proceed with alternative service delivery at this time – and no decision will be made without a supporting business case – our objective is that if a decision is made to proceed, it will be a partnership between government, labour and industry," said Mr. Furey. "This is about leveraging the resources of a partnership between industry, labour and government to benefit Nova Scotians and create a sustainable path forward for government; it is not about achieving cost savings or staff reductions."
Should a decision be made to continue exploring a partnership, the next phase would be a request for proposals which typically takes several months, followed by negotiation and implementation phases. Any potential alternative service delivery model would see government retaining ownership of the registries and client data, as well as control and responsibility over policies and regulations governing the registries.
"These processes take time and we are not rushing any decisions," said Mr. Furey. "Every stage of this exploratory work is being grounded in thorough analysis to ensure any decisions are evidence-based. No matter what decision is made, this analysis work and research will help us determine the best path forward to make the registries more sustainable while providing better service to Nova Scotians."
Vendors will have five weeks to respond and may choose which of the three registries they are interested in. There is no requirement for a vendor to express interest in all three registries as a bundle.
In the fall of this year the Advisory Committee on Queen’s Counsel Appointments, chaired by the Honourable Justice Peter Bryson, will consider candidates for the next Queen’s Counsel appointments.
The criteria for these appointments are:
(a) fifteen years or more as a member of the Bar of Nova Scotia as of September 30, 2015 and eligible to practise law in Nova Scotia;
(b) demonstrated professional integrity, good character and outstanding contributions to the practice of law through one or more of:
(i) recognition by other members of the profession as an exceptional barrister or solicitor,
(ii) exceptional contributions through legal scholarship, teaching or continuing legal education,
(iii) demonstration of exceptional qualities of leadership in the profession, and
(iv) engaging in activities of a public or charitable nature in such a way as to raise the esteem in which the legal profession is held by the public;
(c) the Advisory Committee on Queen’s Counsel Appointments is asked to consider regional, gender and minority representation among the persons recommended for appointment as Queen’s Counsel.
In order to be considered as a candidate for a Queen’s Counsel appointment, you must apply pursuant to this request. The Committee will not consider applications or nominations from previous years.
A complete application or nomination package must consist of an original and one copy of the Authorization for Disclosure of Information and Release Form, and an original and twelve copies of the following documents:
(a) Application or Nomination Form;
(b) Information form. (Ordinarily the information will be confined to the Form provided. However, if you find the space on the Form insufficient, additional material that you may wish to provide [not exceeding two pages in length] will be considered by the Committee. Material exceeding two pages will not be forwarded to the Committee); and
(c) Two Letters of Reference.
These forms are available on the Queen’s Counsel process page of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society website
Persons may either apply personally or may nominate a member of the Bar. All applicants will be treated equally by the Committee whether they are nominated, or whether they apply personally.
Your complete application or nomination must be received by Justice Bryson no later than 4:00 pm, Wednesday, September 30, 2015. It may be mailed or delivered to:
Advisory Committee on Queen’s Counsel Appointments
c/o The Honourable Justice Peter Bryson
The Law Courts, 1815 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1S7
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Tilly Pillay QC, A/Deputy Minister of Justice
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:
JUSTICE: Find all DOJ announcements at http://www.gov.ns.ca/just/communications/
- 2005 Murder Case Added to Rewards Program (July 22)
SERVICE NOVA SCOTIA: Find all news releases at http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/
- Annual Gaming Report Released (July 23)
- Alternative Service Delivery Update (July 21)
COMMUNITY SERVICES — Campaign Encourages LGBTI Community Members to Consider Foster Parenting (July 22)
COMMUNITIES CULTURE AND HERITAGE — Bell's Baddeck Residence now a Provincial Heritage Property (July 30)
- Ministers Appoint New Chair of Offshore Petroleum Board (July 31)
- Nova Scotia and British Columbia Collaborate on Tidal Energy (July 21)
- Energy and Mines Ministers Conference Concludes (July 12)
FINANCE/TREASURY BOARD — Public Accounts for 2014-15 Released (July 30)
HEALTH/WELLNESS — Government Seeks Input on Continuing Care Plan (July 30)
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
- Clattenburg-Pace, Clattenburg v. Boutilier's Glen Campground Inquiry Set (July 31)
- Brown v. St. Vincent De Paul Reach Settlement Agreement (July 29)
LABOUR/ADVANCED EDUCATION — Officers Investigate Workplace Fatality (July 30)
MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS — Helping Municipalities Reduce Flood Risk (July 24)
NATURAL RESOURCES — Changes Coming to Sunday Hunting Rules (July 23)
N.S. PROVINCIAL LOTTERIES/CASINO CORP. — Gaming Revenue Unchanged (July 23)
N.S. SECURITIES COMMISSION — Settlement Agreement Approved for Quadrus (July 30)
ONE N.S. COALITION — Coalition Meets, Will Focus on Connected Economic Efforts (July 21)
PREMIER'S OFFICE — Premier Announces Changes to Executive Council (July 24)
REGULATORY AFFAIRS/SERVICE EFFECTIVENESS — Regulatory Reform Team in Place (July 30)
TRADE CENTRE LTD. — Annual Reports now Available (August 4)
TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL — Exhibition Park to Cease Operations This Fall (July 30)
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.
Gayle Karding has been appointed as a Crown attorney in the Dartmouth office of the Public Prosecution Service.
"Ms. Karding's background in criminal prosecutions along with her experience in forfeiture matters make her a solid addition to our team of Crown attorneys," said Martin Herschorn, Director of Public Prosecutions, in announcing the appointment on July 31.
From Halifax, Ms. Karding graduated from Dalhousie University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts and in 2007 with a Master of Arts. She graduated from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in 2010. As a law student, Ms. Karding participated in work placements in the United Kingdom. She was also a Law School Admission Test instructor for the Princeton Review Canada.
Ms. Karding articled with the Ontario Ministry of Justice, Crown Law Office. She worked as a per diem counsel and later as assistant Crown attorney for several Crown offices in the greater Toronto area. She prosecuted criminal matters at both the provincial and superior levels of court.
In 2014, she was appointed Crown counsel at Ontario's Civil Remedies for Illicit Activities Office, providing legal advice to the assistant deputy Attorney General, drafting documents and arguing motions and applications for forfeiture in the Superior Court across Ontario.
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.
I am available to start immediately. Please contact me for my CV: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notice of Opportunity for Fixed-Term Agreement as Agent of the Director of Public Prosecutions
The Atlantic Regional Office of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) is seeking private-sector lawyers or law firms with experience prosecuting or defending criminal matters to assume responsibility for the conduct of prosecutions and related proceedings arising from the enforcement of various federal statutes, and assist the regional office in the judicial districts listed below:
- Kings County, including the court location of Kentville (REF NS –28)
- Annapolis County, including the court location of Annapolis Royal (REF NS 29)
- Digby County, including the court locations of Digby and Comeauville (REF NS – 30)
- Yarmouth County, including the court locations of Yarmouth and Comeauville, Fisheries Act only (REF NS – 31)
Applications will be accepted from July 17, 2015 to August 30, 2015.
You are invited to visit the “Fixed Term Agreement Opportunities” section of the PPSC Agent Affairs website to obtain forms and further information with regards to this competition:
Please submit your completed application to:
Atlantic Regional Office
Public Prosecution Service of Canada
Suite 1400, Duke Tower
5251 Duke Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Fax: 902 426 7274
For any questions, please contact Linda Sparks at 902 426 7023.
Avis de possibilité d’entente à terme fixe à titre de mandataire du Directeur des poursuites pénales
Le Bureau régional de l’Atlantique du Service des poursuites pénales du Canada (SPPC) recherche des avocats ou des cabinets du secteur privé qui possèdent de l’expérience en poursuites ou en défense pénale, pour prendre en charge la conduite de poursuites et de procédures connexes découlant de l'application de diverses lois fédérales, et pour aider le bureau régional dans les districts judiciaires énumérés ci-dessous :
- Comté de Kings, y compris le tribunal de Kentville (REF NS –28)
- Comté d’Annapolis, y compris le tribunal d’ Annapolis Royal (REF NS – 29)
- Comté de Digby, y compris les tribunals de Digby et Comeauville (REF NS – 30)
- Comté de Yarmouth, y compris le tribunal de Yarmouth et Comeauville, Lois sur les pêches seulement (REF NS -31)
Les demandes seront acceptées du 17 juillet 2015 au 30 août, 2015.
Vous êtes invité à consulter la section des « Possibilités d’entente à terme fixe » au site du Programme des mandataires du SPPC afin d’obtenir les formulaires ainsi que plus amples informations relativement à ce concours:
Prière de soumettre votre demande complétée à :
Bureau régional de l’Atlantique
Service des poursuites pénales du CanadaPièce 1400, tour Duke
5251, rue Duke
Téléc : 902 426 7274
Si vous avez des questions, veuillez contacter Linda Sparks – 902 426 7023.
One year contract Staff Lawyer position in Yarmouth, NS practising criminal and family law.
Successful candidate must be a practising, insured member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society with a thorough understanding of Criminal and Family Law. Candidate should have experience in representing clients before the courts. Competency to conduct legal proceedings in both the English and French languages would be an asset. Position to start as soon as possible.
Salary Range: Per Legal Aid salary scale based on "Relevant Experience" as determined by the Commission at time of hire plus benefits.
Closing Date: August 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm
Reply to: Joseph Cameron, Internal Operations Director
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS, B3J 3M8
or Fax: 902-420-3471
NSLA has an employment equity policy and encourages candidates from historically disadvantaged groups. While we appreciate all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications held in confidence.
Small firm in Glace Bay, Cape Breton, looking to hire someone who has recently finished their articles, or has practised for a year or two (or more), and is looking for work mostly in family law, and with opportunity to develop other practice areas of personal interest.
Legal Counsel acts as a corporate resource to the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA). He/she provides sound legal and medical/ethical guidance to employees, medical staff and the Leadership of the NSHA, taking into consideration other activities within the NSHA and established health, human resource, corporate and administrative law practices across the country.
Legal Counsel also provides advice and strategic direction in the coordination of risk identification, reduction, assessment, investigation, management and resolution.
- Bachelor of Laws from a recognized Canadian University
- Practising or current eligibility to become a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
- 1-5 years in active practice of law preferred though consideration will be given to candidates who are in their first year of practice
- Experience in Healthcare Law and Risk Management, including legislation governing health authorities and public bodies an asset
- Experience in Administrative and Commercial Law also an asset
- Experience or knowledge of legal issues in research also an asset
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and negotiating skills
- Ability to function independently
- Demonstrated competent research and practical analytical skills
- High degree of tact and diplomacy
- Demonstrated computer skills
- Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
The James S. Palmer Chair in Public Policy and Law, named after James S. Palmer, Q.C. (LL.B. 1952) and established in 2015, was created through the generous support of James S. Palmer and the Palmer Family. The Palmer Family wishes to encourage James Palmer’s passionate interest in the importance of informed public policy and his belief that education in the field of Public Policy would directly contribute to good governance throughout Canada through their support of the James S. Palmer Chair in Public Policy and Law at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.
We invite applications for a tenure-stream appointment to the Palmer Chair in Public Policy and Law at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, to commence July 1, 2016. The term for the chair is five years and is renewable. The appointment is subject to budgetary approval. Applications received before September 30, 2015 will be given the fullest consideration.
The Faculty seeks applications from exceptional scholars in the field of public policy and law. The chair holder will provide intellectual leadership at the Law School, and will be actively engaged in projects that seek to have an impact in the public policy and law field locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. The chair holder is expected to contribute to teaching and supervision at both the J.D. and graduate levels. Applicants should have an outstanding academic record, a record of scholarly engagement, and demonstrated (or potential) teaching excellence. At the time of appointment, the successful candidate will hold an LL.B. or J.D. and is expected to have a relevant Master’s degree or a doctorate. Dalhousie University and the Schulich School of Law is home to the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance. The James Palmer Chair in Public Policy and Law is expected to contribute actively to the Institute.
About the Schulich School of Law
The Schulich School of Law plays an extraordinary role in the fabric of Canadian legal education. We are the most nationally representative law school in the country, with a large number of students drawn from and returning to every region. We graduate leaders, with alumni holding every form of governmental office, teaching in most Canadian law schools, innovating in the provision of private and public sector legal services, advancing policy in the executive branch of government, rendering decisions on courts across the country, and offering service to non-governmental bodies, and non-profit and community organizations. We have always been marked by our commitment to unselfish public service.
We are rooted in our university context. We embrace the interdisciplinary opportunity of working in a university, we value the creation and dissemination of new knowledge, and we are firmly committed to students and to teaching and learning excellence.
We care about the history of the place where we find our roots. We are Atlantic Canadians – conscious of the difference we make to law reform, adjudication, legal service, and community engagement at home. We value the contributions of the founding communities in this province, the Mi’kmaq Nation, Acadians, African Nova Scotians, and British, and we open our doors to the world.
How to Apply
Applications, including a CV, a statement of teaching and research interests, and the names of three referees, should be forwarded by September 30, 2015 to:
Schulich School of Law
6061 University Ave.
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Tel: (902) 494-2114 | Fax: (902) 494-2102
Applications may be made by e-mail, addressed to email@example.com
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University is an Employment Equity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons and women.
One year contract Staff Lawyer position in Sydney, NS practicing in family law.
Successful candidate must be a practicing, insured member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society with a thorough understanding of family law. Candidate should have experience in representing clients before the courts. Competency to conduct legal proceedings in both the English and French languages would be an asset. Position to start as soon as possible.
Salary Range: Per Legal Aid salary scale based on "Relevant Experience" as determined by the Commission at time of hire plus beneftis.
Closing Date: August 7, 2015 at 4:30 PM
Joseph Cameron, Internal Operations Director
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS, B3J 3M8
or Fax: 902-420-3471
NSLA has an employment equity policy and encourages candidates from historically disadvantaged groups. While we appreciate all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications held in confidence.
Patterson Law is an established Nova Scotia law firm with offices in Truro, New Glasgow and Halifax and with clients whose interests range from global to purely local. Our 100 lawyers and staff are dedicated to meeting our clients’ diverse legal needs.
We are seeking an experienced lawyer for our Corporate/ Commercial/ Tax practice to provide service to our clients in Central Nova Scotia. This position will be based in our Truro office.
The successful candidate will have 1-5 years’ minimum post-call experience either managing general corporate/commercial law files or corporate/commercial/tax law files including assisting clients with varied commercial, corporate and/or tax needs. We are looking for someone that has the ability to develop and maintain strong client relationships and client attraction.
The Lawyer will focus on developing a strong client base and delivering high quality legal services including but not limited to:
- General Corporate Commercial
- Corporate Restructuring
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Divestitures and Spin-offs
- Estate planning and Succession
Must be a member in good standing of a provincial bar and eligible for membership in the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society.
Candidates must have strong communication skills, demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
We want to attract people who are committed to meeting the needs of our clients, are committed to the practice of law and committed to working at a firm that has the highest standards of practice.
Our lawyers work in a challenging and rewarding work environment that is motivating and supportive of their long term goals.
Interested candidates with a desire to grow their commercial/corporate/tax law practice should apply in confidence via email to Susan Shute at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
We are looking for an associate to join our busy family law practice in Halifax. Must have at least 1 - 2 years of experience in family law/litigation. Consideration may also be given to those with experience in property/wills and estates.
The successful candidate will have excellent client service and communication skills.
Please forward your resume and letter of interest to email@example.com.
Excellent opportunity for anyone interested in serving on a diverse board with a common goal: bringing fresh, accessible and affordable food to the Gottingen Street community. This Board worked hard to make the vision of a community co-operative grocery store come to light and it requires strong and keen members to keep the store moving forward.
You can learn more about the Carrot here: http://www.thecarrot.coop/
The Carrot Board is looking for people with a variety of skills but particularly someone with a human resources background. The commitment includes monthly board meetings with ad hoc participation when required. Please email Norman Greenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Prince Edward Island is playing host to the first annual Summer Sessions for Collaborative Professionals.
- August 10-11, 2015: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice
- August 12, 2015: Bringing Authenticity to your Collaborative Practice – a powerful one-day experiential workshop
- August 13-14, 2015: Advanced Skills for Collaborative Professionals
- Jacinta Gallant (lawyer);
- Dr. Barbara Kelly (psychologist);
- and Gaylene Stingl (CPA, financial professional)
Fulfill your professional development needs and take a vacation on our beautiful Island!
Go to http://www.jacintagallant.ca/summer-institute/ for more information.
A 12-hour extravaganza of CLE featuring the Hon. Justice Tom Cromwell of the Supreme Court of Canada as an evening speaker, sponsored by the Pictou County Barristers’ Society
Fees will be $175, starts at 8:30 am at Pictou Lodge, Braeshore and wraps up by 8:00 pm the same day.
Seating is limited, RSVP to Doug Lloy at Douglas.Lloy@nslegalaid.ca.
Nova Scotia Legal Aid
2015 Recognition Reception
Jill Perry, President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, invites you to attend the
2015 RECOGNITION RECEPTION
September 18, 2015 | 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Bluenose Ballroom, Delta Halifax
1990 Barrington Street
Please join the Society in celebrating excellence in Nova Scotia’s legal profession, as we present the 2015 Distinguished Service Award to Ron J. MacDonald QC, Director of the Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team, and recognize Gerald Regan QC with his 60-year practising certificate.
Several other achievements will also be honoured:
The 2015 NSBS Presidents’ Leadership Award
Now articling with McInnes Cooper, Rohan Rajpal received this award for leadership qualities and volunteer efforts while attending the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.
The 2015 Race and the Law Essay Prize
Recent Schulich law graduate Robin Vernest of Antigonish received the seventh annual prize for her paper, "Land: Inherent to Indigenous Sovereignty – The Crown must honour their solemn promises.” Robin was also selected to participate in the 2015 United Nations International Indigenous Fellowship Program, held in Geneva in July. Read her winning paper at nsbs.org/race-and-law-essay-prize.
- NSBS Presidents’ Leadership Summer Internship – Kathleen Tanner, now in her second year at the Schulich School of Law, spent this past summer as an intern with Bangladesh Legal Aid Services and Trust (BLAST) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The Recognition Reception is an annual opportunity for the Society to honour lawyers and law students for their contributions that demonstrate the profession’s commitment to excellence and public service.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 8 to Shirley Shane at email@example.com.
Are you interested in creating positive and sustainable change in your community? Are you passionate about issues involving mental illness and the criminal justice system?
On behalf of the Hope Not Jail team, I would like to invite you to attend our Community Forum, to be held on September 18, 2015 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Holiday Inn in Dartmouth. This will be an opportunity to share the research findings of the Hope Not Jail Project and become a voice in the decision-making process as we move forward and begin developing strategies for change.
This event is open to the public and we encourage community stakeholders within the mental health and criminal justice systems, individuals with lived experiences, family members of individuals with lived experiences, and any other interested community members to attend!
Limited space available. Please register here: http://bit.ly/1elCecH
To learn more about the Hope Not Jail research project, please visit our website at www.hopenotjail.org or follow us on Twitter!
This two-day seminar on ‘decision writing’, offered jointly by the CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE (CIAJ) and the COUNCIL OF CANADIAN ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNALS (CCAT), is for members of administrative agencies, boards, tribunals, etc.
This seminar provides essential tools for decision writers, new or experienced, to improve their decision writing skills. It includes lectures, discussions, and workshops that stress the nature of good prose, gender neutral language and the special requirements and challenges of decision writing. Since the art of writing is a skill that can be improved through practice, much of the instruction will center on practical written exercises. Each attendee will be assigned an instructor who will read a sample of the attendee’s writing prior to the seminar and coach the attendees during the seminar workshops.
Conference on Innovation and Access to Justice
Thursday, October 1 & Friday, October 2, 2015
Centre St-Pierre, 1212 Panet Street, Montreal (Quebec)
ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE! http://iaj2015.openum.ca/
The Public Legal Education Association of Canada, the CyberJustice Laboratory, the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution, the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice and the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice invite you to attend the Conference on Innovation and Access to Justice.
There is a critical stage in access to justice in Canada. Over any three-year period, nearly half of all Canadians will experience at least one legal problem. Yet, the justice system is increasingly inaccessible to the majority of Canadians. This inaccessibility has led to a national call for increased innovation in the civil and family justice system. Yet, we are only beginning to understand the opportunities and challenges that manifest when we begin to view the problem of access to justice through an innovation lens. In an effort to further explore these challenges and opportunities this conference will focus on questions and themes of related to innovation and access to justice.
View brochure here: Cloud 2.0 – Drafting And Negotiating Effective Cloud Computing Agreements
Cloud 2.0 is here and as customers grow more sophisticated, Cloud computing agreements are evolving to meet regulatory and legal environments and increasing customer needs. However, as the cloud market matures, not all Cloud computing agreements are created equal. Using a balanced approach, we will teach you to understand Cloud agreements, separating the “buzz” from the Cloud. We will offer you practical guidance to drafting and negotiating effective Cloud computing agreements, taking into account the technological, business and legal considerations of your organization’s use of Cloud computing technologies and Cloud providers.
Join us and the experts from law firms and industry who will help demystify Cloud 2.0, answer your Cloud computing questions and discuss both the strategic opportunities and risk management priorities surrounding your organization’s use of Cloud computing. Learn how to differentiate the good from the bad vendors and unbalanced agreements. We will provide you with practical information and approaches that will help you create useful Cloud computing agreements that meet your business and legal requirements. Since the Cloud is being used by virtually every enterprise and organization, this course is a must attend for Directors; Officers, Corporate Counsel and Risk Managers who need to understand how to negotiate and obtain effective Cloud computing agreements, harnessing the benefits and mitigating the risks of the Cloud and maximizing value for themselves and their companies.
- Cloud 2.0 – Evolving Cloud Agreements and Current Contract Trends
- Drafting Balanced Representations and Warranties/ Indemnities
- Demystifying Service Level Agreements - Avoiding the “Gotchyas”
- Best practices for Privacy and Data Security
- Negotiating the Exit – Ensuring Successful Transition
- Clouds for Financial Service Providers
- Clouds for Healthcare Providers/Pharma
- Lisa R. Lifshitz, Partner, Torkin Manes LLP
- Sean Bhagwandin, Senior Legal Counsel, Apotex Inc.
- Brian Bourne, President, Infrastructure Guardian Inc.
- Sean Caragata, Director Legal Services, Cisco Systems
- Eran Farajun, Executive Vice President, Asigra Inc.
- Alaine C. Grand, VP Law, Janssen Inc.
- C. Ian Kyer, In-house Counsel, RPM Technologies
- John Le Blanc, Senior Legal Counsel, Scotia Bank Legal Department
- Nadine Letson, Senior Corporate Counsel, Microsoft Canada Inc.
- Charles McCarragher, Senior Legal Counsel, TD
- Vipul N. Nishawala, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
- Rajeev Sharma, Sharma Lawyers
- Matthew Snell, GTS Canada Senior Counsel, IBM Canada
- Daniel Tobok, Managing Director, Security Consulting and Forensics, TELUS
View brochure here: 7th Annual Information Privacy And Data Protection
Social media, The Internet of Things, targeted advertising - new technologies are challenging our current notions of privacy and the protections that exist for it. In today’s information world, organizations are confronted with increasingly greater privacy and security risks. When technology creates new business models for database applications, privacy and security concerns are heightened. Legislative non-compliance and litigation liability expose the organization to significant financial risks. Integral to corporate responsibility and accountability is the need to deal ethically with consumers and employees, not only in collection practices, but also in protecting databases. Privacy and security concerns extend to the workplace and reputation management. However risks can be managed through effective strategies for privacy compliance and information security. This course is aimed at legal and compliance professionals who seek to have a focused understanding of the core issues facing information privacy and data protection with the objective of achieving corporate responsibility and risk minimization within their organization’s governance practices.
- Big Data and Data Analytics
- Big Data, Online Behavioural Advertising and Programmatic Trading - Update
- Lessons to be Learned – CASL’s Enforcement Process
Case Law Developments – Privacy and Security
- Privacy Issues - Panel Discussion: Workplace snooping
- Social media in the workplace
- Privacy and security in the financial services industry
- Information Security Program
- The Internet of Things
- David Young, Principal, David Young Law
- Kelly Friedman, Partner, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
- Brian Beamish, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario
- Bosco Chan, Chief Privacy Officer and Director, Privacy Risk and Security Management, OACCAC
- Lisa Constantine, Counsel, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
- Jim Halpert, Partner, DLA Piper (Washington)
- Bill Hearn, Counsel, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
- Tamara Hunter, Associate Counsel, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
- Jan Kestle, President, Environics Analytics
- Paul Lewis, Executive Consultant, Security Services, IBM Canada
- Albert Luk, VP, Legal and General Counsel, Jumbleberry Interactive Group Ltd.
- Michael Richards, Partner, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP