September 14, 2015 InForum Issue

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Society news

Library & Information Services, in collaboration with Lexum and CanLII, have migrated the annotations from the recently ceased Nova Scotia Annotated Civil Procedure Rules onto CanLII Connects, the new platform aggregating online Canadian case law commentary. Read More

The Courts have developed enhancements to how the Civil Procedure Rules are published on the Courts’ website. On their interactive Rules and Forms pages, all Rule text is now in HTML, providing searchable, faster and more mobile-friendly access. Read More

The following media reports were published since the last edition of InForum: Lyle Howe’s suspension lifted by bar society STEVE BRUCE COURT REPORTER Chronicle Herald | September 14, 2015 Read More

Loretta Manning has been elected to Council in the Society’s At Large Byelection, and will commence her two-year term effective immediately. Ms. Read More

The next regular meeting of Council is scheduled for this Friday, September 18, 2015. The agenda and meeting documents are available on the Council materials page of the Society's website:  Read More

Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) adopted a package of omnibus amendments to the Model Code on October 10, 2014. The package included amendments to the definitions section, new rules on language rights, revisions to the conflicts rules flowing from the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Canadian National Railway Co. v. Read More

This feature is available in most editions of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category: Hanaa Ahmed Al Sharief Gordon Wallace Blackmore Meghan Eileen MacGillivray Case The Society welcomes the following new articled clerks: Read More
Professional development

The new Barristers’ Library Discovery Catalogue is now live at With one search, find Read More
Access to Justice

Family Law Nova Scotia ( has produced a new workbook to assist self-represented parties in preparing for court. Read More
Tips from LIANS

With September comes back to school and back to work. Here are some tips to help you get back on track after saying goodbye to the sun and downtime: Read More

The following email purportedly from “Nao Mizuno” of Eikoh/KIC Trading requests representation in a business transaction: From: Nao Mizuno [mailto: debramv80. dv @ gmail. com]Sent: September 10, 2015 8:49 PMSubject: Inquiry Read More

We all carry on an internal dialogue with ourselves that continues more or less nonstop throughout our waking hours. But for many of us, much of our internal dialogue is negative, which, in turn, can have negative consequences on our actions (e.g., quitting at tasks instead of persisting, becoming creatures of habit rather than trying new, unexplored things). Read More

The 7th annual LIANS Risk and Practice Management Conference will be held November 6, 2015 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax.  Read More

People who want to resolve their legal problems in court will have access to free legal advice and information at the Halifax Law Courts (Upper Water Street). The “Free Legal Clinic” opened its doors on September 17. Read More

For the next phase of the HVAC renovation project underway at the Law Courts at 1815 Upper Water Street, the Barristers’ Gowning Rooms — separate change rooms and washrooms for men and women and a shared lounge — have moved to the third floor at the Law Courts, on the south side of the building. 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

The amended Limitation of Actions Act was proclaimed on September 1, 2015. The Act establishes a two-year basic limitation period (including motor vehicle claims) and creates an ultimate limitation period of 15 years. It does not apply to real estate matters, nor does it apply to sexual misconduct and abuse in an intimate or dependent relationship. 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 August 17 edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:    Read More
Other news

The Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia has released its final report on the Nova Scotia Powers of Attorney Act.  The report is available on the Commission’s website, here. Read More

My name is Alison Morgan and I’m an associate in private practice. Like many of you, I am deeply concerned about the Syrian refugee crisis and want to know what I can do to help. It seems that as advocates and protectors of human rights, we as lawyers especially should help in any way that we can to respond to a crisis of this magnitude. Read More

The Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada have elected 87 new Fellows, including Dr. Richard Devlin, Professor of Law at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.   Read More

Jennifer Mickelson has been appointed as a Crown attorney in the Halifax office of the Public Prosecution Service. "With her unique background and experience in criminal prosecutions, Ms. Mickelson is a strong addition to our team of Crown attorneys," said Martin Herschorn, Director of Public Prosecutions, in his September 9 announcement. 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

Application for this year’s program (2015-2016) due now!Overseas Placements In Africa, The Caribbean and Asia: 2015-2017 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

McInnes Cooper is among the top business law firms in Canada, with nearly 500 members and seven offices, serving clients across North America and abroad. 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

Truro office of busy law firm requires an experienced legal assistant to commence full time employment immediately. Experience in family law highly desirable, with a minimum of two years legal experience. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. Please direct resumes, in confidence, to:     Read More

20 years experience in most areas of practice worked for major firms in Toronto and Halifax proficient in MS Word, MS Outlook, PC Law, spreadsheet applications and conducting research on the internet proven performer in accurately preparing and managing court documents and correspondence  Read More

Noseworthy Di Costanzo Diab is a well established law firm located in Halifax and currently has opportunities for associates to join our growing practice.    We are seeking lawyers who are self-motivated and preferably have an existing clientele.  Please reply in confidence to John Di Costanzo at  Read More

The Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association (CLIA) provides professional liability insurance for lawyers practicing in 7 of Canada's province's and its 3 territories. The non-profit association was created to be a reliable and cost-effective source of insurance for the members of its subscribing Law Societies. Read More

Reference Number:  032-15 EECompany: Emera EnergyLocation:  Halifax, NSType of Employment:  Regular Full TimeNumber of Positions: 1  Read More

Nova Scotia Legal Aid  Legal Assistant position in Kentville, Nova Scotia (contract) to commence November 1, 2015    Qualifications – desired experience and training: Grade 12;  accreditation from a recognized secretarial/commercial school;   Read More

I am a property paralegal with over 7 years experience in a high volume position.   Looking for full time not maternity  Email:    Read More

Support Staff Employment Opportunity: Senior Administrative Officer, Faculty of Law UNB Fredericton   Competition #: #061-15.16  Read More

We are looking for an energetic lawyer to join our practice in Halifax. The ideal candidate will have a particular interest in civil litigation and administrative law, including union-side labour law, employment law, human rights, professional regulation, and pension and benefits law. Read More

Small firm in Glace Bay, Cape Breton, looking to hire someone who has recently finished their articles, or has practiced 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. Contact:  Read More

Small firm seeking an associate with an interest in family and property law. We offer opportunity for growth, flexibility and work life balance.  Compensation based on a fee split arrangement, open for negotiation based on "fit", experience and existing client base. Open to experienced counsel and newly called lawyers. Read More

Power, Dempsey, Leefe & Reddy, located in Bridgewater, is one of the longest serving law firms in the South Shore region. Read More

Irving Shipbuilding, located at 3099 Barrington Street Halifax NS B3K 5M7, is part of the J.D. Irving Group of companies and is in the business of building quality ships and repairing vessels. The company’s primary site is Halifax Shipyard, with three other locations in the Maritime Provinces. Read More

Nova Scotia Legal Aid is seeking a part-time (3 days per week) Legal Assistant for its Truro Office (contract position) Desired experience and training: Read More

A small, community based practice with a social justice focus is seeking an Associate to assume carriage of family law and child protection files for the Managing lawyer and to develop their own practice on a long term basis. Read More

Position: One year contact Staff Lawyer position in Antigonish, NS, practicing criminal and family law. Read More

We are looking for an energetic lawyer to join our practice in Halifax. The ideal candidate will have a particular interest in civil litigation and administrative law, including union-side labour law, employment law, human rights, professional regulation and pension and benefits law. Read More

Crown AttorneyLF1-3 Legal Counsel 1-3 Regular/Full-time Manitoba Justice, Manitoba Prosecution Service Dauphin, MB   Advertisement Number: 30811Salary(s):  LF1-3 $70,394 - $141,999 per yearClosing Date: September 29, 2015  Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

Are you interested in gaining hands on experience in a wide variety of areas of law including entertainment law, intellectual property law, wills and estates, tax or just have an interest in the needs of local artists? If so, ALIS might be an organization that would interest you! We have an active board where each director participates in chairing different committees within the Board. 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

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

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

The Nova Scotia Health Authority Research Ethics Board (NSHA REB) is recruiting new members to fill the role of legal representatives. Read More
Upcoming Events
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: Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 17:00
Featuring speakers: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 09:00
FREE LEGAL CLINIC OPENING this Thursday (Sept 17) at Halifax Law Courts (Upper Water Street) Free legal advice and information in private, one-hour sessions with a practicing lawyer – for self-represented litigants dealing with civil or family law matters in the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeal (some restrictions apply – by appointment only). 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: Friday, September 18, 2015 - 12:00
Rethinking Legal Capacity from a Disability Rights Perspective: Pitfalls and Possibilities  Michael Bach, PhD Canadian Association for Community Living; and Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 19:00
Saint Mary’s University, Department of Philosophy and CCEPA present:   THE MARSHALL LECTURE IN PUBLIC PHILOSOPHYRobots, Relinquishment and Responsibility: The Delegation of Human Decision-Making to Machines Read More
Event Date: Monday, September 21, 2015 - 09:00
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. 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: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 17:30
Corinne Boudreau of Two Certainties Law Inc. will provide her insights on legal innovation, focusing on how new Pricing Models and Legal Technology are shaping how legal services are going to be delivered in the future.  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 16:00
The Screening of "She's Beautiful When She's Angry"A documentary about the women's rights movement Followed by: A relaxed discussion at La Fasca (buy your own drinks/appetizers) Deadline to register is Monday, September 14, 2015 Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 23, 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, 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: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 17:30
"Pre-Trials and Case Management" Speaker: The Hon. Associate Chief Justice Lawrence I. O'Neil , Supreme Court of Nova Scotia Family Division  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 12:00
"All You Need to Know" Elections Act Amendments Effective January 1, 2016 Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 09:00
Legaltech® is coming to Canada as Legaltech® Toronto! Read More
Event Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 12:00
"Nova Scotia's New Pension Benefits Act – What You Need To Know" Speakers: Hugh Wright, McInnes Cooper Kiersten Amos, McInnes Cooper  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 18:00
  The Indigenous Speakers Series is back for a second year, and we're thrilled! We've added some new members to the organizing committee and have another great lineup of events.    Last years inaugural series attracted nearly 700 people for six events, and we're pleased to build on the excitement from last year.     Read More
Event Date: Monday, September 28, 2015 - 17:00
"Tricks For Your Treasure Hunt: A Refresher On Legal Research" Speaker: Jennifer Taylor, Stewart McKelvey  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: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 08:45
Human Rights & Labour Law Conference DAY 1 Registration and Hot Breakfast Buffet 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM Introductory remarks by Co-Chairs 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM  Panel 1 Gender Identity and Gender Expression in the Workplace: Responding to an emerging issue 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 09:00
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! Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 17:30
"New Model CCAA and Receivership Orders, with a view from the Bench" Speakers: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 (All day)
View brochure here: Cloud 2.0 – Drafting And Negotiating Effective Cloud Computing Agreements Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 02:30
Ruth March (KPMG) and Sarah Dykema (McInnes Cooper) will review changes to the Income Tax Act coming into effect on Jan.1, 2016, including: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 08:45
Following on the heels of the work of the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, this Conference presents a unique opportunity for everyone within the administration of justice to consider how best to work towards reconciliation. 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: Monday, October 5, 2015 - 02:00
You've likely seen dozens of trial advocacy instructors. Many were probably very good - some great. But you haven't seen anybody like Mike Cash. Cash's timing and gift for delivery are important aspects of his presentations at trial and his skill as a seminar leader. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 13:00
Meeting Description:In this user-friendly online training session, you will: 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: Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 16:30
  2015 Keynote Speaker: Michael Landsberg TSN Host & Mental Health Advocate   Master of Ceremonies: Scott Boyd   With: Louise Bradley President and CEO Mental Health Commission of Canada J.P. Cormier Musician & Singer, Songwriter Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 19:00
Join us for the 7th Annual Douglas M. Johnston Lecture to be held in the Ondaatje room at Dalhousie University on October 8th from 7-830pm. We are pleased to announce, our guest speaker is Dr. Elliott Norse, Founder and Chief Scientist, Marine Conservation Institute, Seattle WA. Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 9, 2015 - 16:00
"You Be the Judge: Demystifying the Path Towards the Bench" Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 23, 2015 (All day)
For those moments when yu say to yourself "Hmm...I need to run this by a property lawyer or an estate lawyer or an accountant" or those moments when you find yourself in need of a refresher course on the law of evidence or civil procedure issues that arise in your family law practice – this conference is for you!  Read More
Event Date: Monday, October 26, 2015 - 01:30
This program annually presents an educational opportunity for civil litigators. Pithy and information packed, with easily accessible, relevant, and re-visitable information for the busy litigator, the program covers timely litigation topics, explores practice challenges, and provides updates. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 02:30
This program explores the body of law that governs the work of administrative and regulatory tribunals, best practices in appearing before such tribunals, as well as required skill-sets for administrative and regulatory tribunal decision-makers. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 12:00
With its focus on the planning needs of clients, insurance is a critical component of individual livelihoods, corporate risk structures as well as the viability of entire economic structures. Our program dedicated to this area of law annually brings practitioners together to examine pertinent issues and trends, gain insights, and strengthen competency. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 02:30
Global connections and technology have transformed the world for all businesses. Companies need lawyers who understand online business, technology deals, as well as the legal issues connected with them. Navigate key legal issues and learn drafting strategies from our seasoned faculty of practitioners. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 12:00
It would be accurate to remark that alternative dispute resolution has come into its own in recent year as a means of settling conflict outside of traditional litigation. As an option, it is especially important in settings in which ongoing relationships are critical. It is an option that is increasingly mandated to augment or proceed ahead of litigation. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 13:00
Interested in practical and experimental learning in the field of conflice resolution? Don't miss the upcoming skill-based half day workshop with special guest Paul Hutchinson. Registration is now open.  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 02:30
Our annual program on industrial relations delivers practice-based presentations by a seasoned faculty on the foundational and advanced skills required of counsel with regard to both management and union representation in a variety of fora – collective bargaining, grievance mediation, and arbitration, to name a few. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 12:00
Shareholder disputes are one of the most common, and complex, types of disputes. To achieve the best results, counsel must have a solid and up-to-date understanding of the array of rights and remedies available and how best to deploy them. Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 30, 2015 - 08:45
This year, LEAF Halifax welcomes an exceptional person and parent, Julie Bilotta, as our guest speaker. Held on remand in the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre in 2012, Julie was put in segregation for crying out during premature labour. She was denied clinical care. She gave birth alone. Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 13, 2015 (All day)
It's one thing to understand the mechanics of a workplace investigation. It's another thing to conduct a workplace investigation that not only gathers the relevant information, but also gets to the root cause of a problem in the workplace and protects workplace relationships. Read More
Event Date: Monday, November 23, 2015 - 12:00
Commercial landlord and tenant updates, rendered clear, concise, and comprehensive. That is the objective of our annual program on commercial leasing for legal practitioners. Maintaining a laser-like focus on developments from the past year and their implications for your practice and your clients, you are assured of an annual resource for keeping up to date and enhancing legal skills. Read More
Event Date: Monday, November 23, 2015 - 14:30
Intellectual Property rights deliver substantial benefits to holders, and due to their nature, also possess substantial challenges related to misappropriation. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 14:30
Charities are faced with many of the same operational and human resource challenges faced by other business, while operating in a highly regulated environment. Additionally, most charities depend on fundraising, which presents some liability risk, including risks for directors and officers. Further, the common law imposes special obligations on the directors and officers of charities. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 12:00
The product liability law has evolved over the last decade. Join your colleagues as we take a look at the underlying principles of the law and look at practical advice to enable you to effectively bring and defend product liability claims. Take full advantage of the availability of our expert faculty by asking questions or laying our scenarios. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 14:30
Covering a wide swath of bankruptcy, insolvency and reorganization topics over the course of an information-packed afternoon, our annual program on corporate reorganization and restructuring is indispensable for practitioners seeking updates, an awareness of best practices, as well as skill augments. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 12:00
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: Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 14:30
From matters concerning compliance to the management of market initiatives, and from shareholder arrangements to the roles and liabilities of various corporate actors, business law is perennially charged with decision points and the need for strategic advice. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 16:30
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 annual program in this area of law has been developed with the mining practitioner in mind. Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 27, 2015 - 12:00
Our program on special topics in civil litigation is dedicated to the exploration of “hot” topics and the provision of actionable solutions. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 (All day)
View brochure here: Managing Cybersecurity Risk 2015 Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015 (All day)
View brochure here: 4th Annual Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance: Coping With the Onslaught Read More
Event Date: Friday, May 13, 2016 (All day)
It's one thing to understand the mechanics of a workplace investigation. It's another to conduct a workplace investigation that not only gathers the relevant information, but also gets to the root cause of a problem in the workplace and protects workplace relationships. Read More
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