August 17, 2015 InForum Issue

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Society news

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. Read More

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. Read More

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Some Lessons From South of the Border?  SLAW | August 12, 2015 by Amy Salyzyn Read More
Professional development

The new Barristers’ Library Discovery Catalogue is now live at With one search, find Read More
Tips from LIANS

With today’s technology, it’s easier and more efficient for a lawyer to rely on electronic documentation rather than paper. Still not convinced it’s for you? Here are some benefits you may have not have considered: Read More

The following email purportedly from “Chan Wong” requests representation in a real estate purchase: Dear Sir/Ma, Read More

The following contains, in part, an article excerpt from Homewood Human Solutions™, your health and wellness provider. How to avoid being overwhelmed, and how to support a single parent Read More

The main floor at the Law Courts on Upper Water Street reopened on Monday, August 10. The first floor (off the parking garage) is closed for the next phase of renovations, until early in 2016. There is no public access to the building from the parking garage. Read More

OTTAWA, August 12, 2015 — The Chief Justice of Canada, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., has announced the appointment of Mr. Gib van Ert, counsel with Hunter Litigation Chambers, to the position of Executive Legal Officer of the Supreme Court of Canada. Read More

A new Limitation of Actions Act ​– which sets standard time limits to file civil lawsuits – was passed by the Nova Scotia Legislature in the fall of 2014. Subsequently this legislation was amended in the spring of 2015. The new Limitation of Actions Act will be proclaimed in force and effective on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Read More

Dear Member: 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: 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

Janet Fuhrer of Ottawa became president of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) at the 2015 CBA Legal Conference in Calgary on August 16. She began her one-year term at the close of the conference, succeeding Michele Hollins QC, of Calgary. Read More

The Society wishes to advise members of the recent death of the following colleague. We extend our condolences to his friends and family. Read More

The family of the late Carol Mae MacPhee, of Central Onslow, is trying to locate a copy of her will. Mrs. MacPhee was born on July 13, 1941, and passed away on August 14, 2015, at the age of 74. It is believed that a Truro lawyer drafted the will. Anyone with information is asked to please contact David MacMillan, Mrs. MacPhee’s son, at 1 647 770 8213 as soon as possible.   Read More

August 5, 2015, TORONTO – The Board of Directors of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) announced that Sarah P. Bradley has been selected as the organization’s next Ombudsman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective September 14, 2015. Read More
Awards and congratulatory messages

The Society is pleased to announce that Ron J. MacDonald QC is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award. Read More

Cox & Palmer is a full-service, top-ranked Atlantic Canadian law firm with knowledge and experience clients rely on for solid legal solutions.The firm prides itself on a collegial work atmosphere and supportive team environment. We hire self-motivated, team-minded individuals with a strong work ethic, integrity and a commitment to client service.  Read More

Rowe School of BusinessDalhousie UniversityLecturer or Assistant Professor of Business Law The Rowe School of Business invites applications for a 10-month limited-term appointment in Business Law at the rank of Lecturer or Assistant Professor commencing December 1, 2015. Read More

Busy Dartmouth firm seeking an Associate with an existing or growing client base, with a focus in one or more areas of wills & estates, corporate/commercial, family, real estate. Flexible on a cost share or fee split type arrangement. Contact in confidence at (902) 404-3150 or via email at    Read More

Cox & Palmer is a full-service, top-ranked Atlantic Canadian law firm with knowledge and experience clients rely on for solid legal solutions. The firm prides itself on a collegial work atmosphere and supportive team environment. We hire self-motivated, team-minded individuals with a strong work ethic, integrity and a commitment to client service.  Read More

If you are an ambitious individual looking to practice law in a rural community but in a busy practice with interesting and different types of work, we would like to talk to you. Pickup MacDowell, a well-established law firm in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, is seeking an Associate Lawyer. Read More

FAMILY LAWYER   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. Read More

CBCL Limited is one of the largest employers of Consulting Engineers and Environmental Scientists in Atlantic Canada.  We value the commitment and capabilities of our employees and know that the strength of our firm comes from within.  Operating successfully in the region for 60 years, we credit our success to the relationships we build with each and every member of our staff.  We are a forward Read More

The Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation is a provincial Crown corporation accountable for managing the regulated gaming industry in the province in an economically sustainable and socially responsible manner for the benefit of Nova Scotians and their communities. Read More

BOYNECLARKE, one of Atlantic Canada’s largest law firms, is looking to add an experienced family law lawyer to our thriving Family Law Team. BOYNECLARKE prides itself on emphasizing client service above all else and needs a dedicated associate lawyer to join this practice team to maintain our high standards of client service. Read More

Are you a senior leader excited by the opportunity to play a strategic leadership role with a progressive and complex Nova Scotian organization? Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

A full compliment to our board will strengthen our ability to fulfill our mission and mandate. Our vision is of healthy, hopeful and empowered individuals, supported by a caring and involved community. We need people that understand the challenges, stigmas, and systematic issues faced by women and girls involved in, and at risk of involvement with the criminal justice system. Read More

Veith House is a multiservice non-profit located in Halifax’s North End. We offer a wide range of programs focusing on three key areas for children, families, and individuals: healthy minds, healthy bodies, and healthy relationships. We believe that these are the pillars that build healthy neighbours, who together create heathy neighbourhoods. Read More

The On-Point Volunteers Association, a new non-profit organization in Nova Scotia, is seeking professionals for advisory support and board positions as it incorporates. The organization aims to focus on group volunteer events, with the hope that volunteering together can build confidence for people who: Read More

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. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Friday, September 11, 2015 - 08:30
  CLE Day 2 - One and DoneA 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. Read More
Event Date: Friday, September 18, 2015 - 16:00
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 pmBluenose Ballroom, Delta Halifax1990 Barrington Street Read More
Event Date: Friday, September 18, 2015 - 09:00
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?  Read More
Event Date: Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 18:30
You are cordially invited to the Cape Breton Barristers’ Society 2015 Bench & Bar Dinner honouring Justice Robin C. M. Gogan, Justice Robert M. Gregan, Justice Lee Anne MacLeod-Archer, and Judge Daniel A. MacRury.   WHEN: Saturday, November 28, 2015 TIME: Reception - 6:00 pm; Dinner - 7:00 pm  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 12:00
"Proposed Changes to the NSNP Skilled Worker and Family Business Streams" Speaker: Lena Diab, Minister of Immigration  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 12:00
"Protest and Permanent Injunctions in the Aboriginal Context" Nunatukavut Community Council v. Nalcor Energy Speaker: Jason Cooke, Burchells LLP  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 13:00
"The Implied Duty of Good Faith in Contract Performance" Speakers: Michael Pugsley & Sean Foreman - Department of Justice    Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 08:30
Builders' Lien Act – Personal Liability for Breaches of Trust Ceilidh Construction v. Optimum Construction Speaker: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 12:00
"Maximizing the Impact of Your Own Expert - Before Trial." Speaker: Glenn R. Anderson, Q.C., Nova Scotia Department of Justice  Read More
Event Date: Monday, October 5, 2015 (All day)
RECEIVABLES MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP Small Claims Court – Judgment Enforcement – Credit Risk Management - Collections Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 (All day)
RECEIVABLES MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP Small Claims Court – Judgment Enforcement – Credit Risk Management - Collections Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 (All day)
Program Chairs: Read More
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