INFORUM

October 11, 2016 InForum Issue

Society news

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

  • Michael E. Dunphy QC, Halifax – October 11, 2016  

Please note: Mr. Dunphy’s funeral is scheduled for this Saturday, October 15 at 10:00 am at St. Thomas Acquinas Canadian Martyrs Parish, 1725 Oxford Street, Halifax. His obituary was not yet available at the time of InForum publication but further information will be available shortly on the J.A. Funeral Home website. 

A partner in Cox & Palmer's Halifax office, Mr. Dunphy was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1982. He was consistently recognized across Canada as a leading practitioner in commercial insurance litigation, corporate commercial litigation, personal injury and product liability litigation, professional liability and construction law, among other areas of practice. 

Mr. Dunphy received his Queen's Counsel appointment in 1999 and was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (2013), Litigation Counsel of America (2008) and the International Society of Barristers (2000).

Results from the 2016 Annual Lawyer Reports have been tabulated, and the new Statistical Snapshot is now online. For easy reference anytime, it’s located under About us on the homepage at nsbs.org.

The numbers are mainly based on the 1,916 Annual Lawyer Reports filed for June 30, 2016. The new statistics show that the membership includes 1,934 practising lawyers and 878 non-practising lawyers (including retired members).

Key among the findings is the continuing aging of the lawyer population in Nova Scotia. A decade ago in 2006, 24.5 per cent of the total practising membership had been called to the Bar more than 27 years prior. In 2016, that group now comprises almost 30 per cent of practising lawyers – and 50 per cent of sole practitioners. In 2006, just under 50 per cent of practising lawyers had spent 17 or more years at the Bar while in 2016, nearly 53 per cent are in that group.

Another trend that has continued to emerge is growth in the number of lawyers identifying their employment type as “Government or Public Sector”. From 2006 to 2016, the number of lawyers identifying their employment type in this way has grown by 21 per cent (from 417 to 502 lawyers). The number of associates and sole practitioners has increased about 10 per cent over the same time period, while the number of partners has decreased by 10 per cent. 

See the Statistical Snapshot page for more information from the past seven years regarding geographic distribution, gender and diversity data, areas of practice, and more. Further details are also available in the Annual Lawyer Report – 2016 Analysis memo in the documents for the Council meeting on September 23, 2016. 

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

City hall offers small reprieve to North Preston families: New municipal tax break covers homeowners affected by the province's land title mess
The Coast | Oct. 6-12, 2016
By Francella Fiallos

Lawyer Duane Rhyno pleads guilty to breaching court order
Lower Sackville lawyer to be sentenced in December
CBC News | Oct. 7, 2016
By Blair Rhodes

Lyle Howe's adjournment request for disciplinary hearing denied: Howe's doctor testifies lawyer suffers from 'acute adjustment reaction'
CBC News | Oct 3, 2016
By Blair Rhodes

Allnovascotia.com (subscription only)

  • Barristers' Society Targets Aging Lawyers (with new Succession Plan Task Force) (October 3)
Regulation

The next application for disposal of undistributed trust funds has been set for November 10, 2016.  Submissions should be received at the Society's office no later than November 4, 2016.

If you wish to make an application for the disposal of undistributed trust funds, please refer to the Procedure and Sample Documents (available on the Trust accounts and Forms pages of the Society’s website) or contact Elaine Cumming, Professional Responsibility Counsel at (902) 422 1491 or ecumming@nsbs.org.

Several proposed new Professional Standards were introduced to Council at the September 23 meeting. Consultations are taking place with the membership on the following: 

  • New Family Law Standard #15 – Electronic Information and Social Networking – Robert Chipman QC introduced a new standard proposed by the Professional Standards (Family) Committee. It is now being communicated to the membership for review and consultation, and will be brought back to Council for approval. See the Request for Input on Family Law Standard #15. Input is due by October 21.​
       
  • New Criminal Law Standards #2 and #3 – A Guilty Plea and Withdrawal of a Guilty Plea – Luke Merriman and Mark Scott QC introduced new standards proposed by the Professional Standards (Criminal) Committee. They will soon be communicated to the membership for review and consultation, and brought back to Council for approval.
     
  • New Real Estate Standard #2.7 – Subdivision/Consolidation – Matthew Moir, on behalf of the Professional Standards (Real Estate) Committee, introduced a new standard proposed by the Committee. It was communicated to the membership for review and will be brought back to Council for approval. See the Request for Input on Real Estate Standard #2.7Input was due by October 7. 
Credentials

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:

  • Christine Dawn Black
  • Aleta Carrie Cromwell
  • Nicole Eveline Godbout
  • Dianne Pothier
  • Aaron Matthew Lucis Ward

The following members have changed to Non-Practising status:

  • Susanne Margaret Litke
  • Andrew James McGarva
  • Marc Christopher Wagg
Professional development

The Nova Scotia Legislative Library has digitized the annual statutes of Nova Scotia, 1836 to 1997, making these publicly available via the Legislative Library catalogue.

The revised statutes – all but RSNS 1989 – have also been digitized and linked.

Note: These annual statute volumes are large PDF files that may take several minutes to load and open.

The digitization of Nova Scotia statutes is nearly complete; annual statutes from 1998 to the present and statutes at large (1758 to 1835) are provided on the Office of Legislative Counsel website.

Watch for the RSNS 1989 to be digitized and available by spring of 2017.

For assistance in locating acts not online or tracing a legislative history, contact Society staff at the Barristers’ Library at nsbslib@nsbs.org, 902 425 2665 or 1 866 219 1202 (toll free).

Also see our curated list of time-saving links on the Society’s website: Legislation.

ACTIONS AND DEFENCES

  • ANNUAL REVIEW OF CIVIL LITIGATION 2016 / Archibald, Todd L; Echlin, Randall Scott — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2016. [KB 190 A673 2016]

BANKS AND BANKING

  • CANADIAN CASH AND TREASURY MANAGEMENT / Sherman, Jeffrey D — 5th ed. — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2016. [KB 117 S553 2016]

BIOGRAPHIES

  • BURNLEY "ROCKY" JONES REVOLUTIONARY: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Jones, Burnley "Rocky"; Walker, James W. St. G; Clarke, George Elliott — Halifax: Roseway Publishing, 2016. [K 19 .K65 J76 2016]

CONFLICT OF LAWS

  • CONFLICT OF LAWS / Pitel, Stephen G. A; Rafferty, Nicholas S — 2d ed. — Toronto: Irwin Law, 2016. [KB 127 P681 2016]

CONTRACTS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • THE WRITTEN CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT / Harris, David; Alexander, Kenneth — Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2016. [KB 60 H313E 2016]

EMPLOYEE RIGHTS

  • THE LAW OF EMPLOYEE MONITORING IN CANADA / Bueckert, Melanie R; Michaluk, Daniel J — 2d ed. — Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2016. [KB 60 .P9 B928 2016]

FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY

  • FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION / Canter, David — New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. [KB 93.F5 C232 2010]

FORENSIC SCIENCE

  • THE LAWYER'S GUIDE TO THE FORENSIC SCIENCES / Pakosh, Caitlin — Toronto: Irwin Law, 2016. [KB 93.F5 P152 2016]

HUMAN RIGHTS

  • HUMAN RIGHTS: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION / Clapham, Andrew — 2d ed. — New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. [KB 24.C65 C588 2015]

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

  • DESIGNING A SUCCESSFUL KM STRATEGY: A GUIDE FOR THE KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL / Barnes, Stephanie; Milton, Nick — Medford, NJ: Information Today Inc, 2015. [KB 267 B261 2015]

INTERPRETATION AND CONSTRUCTION

  • THE ANNOTATED FEDERAL INTERPRETATION ACT / McCormack, Nancy; Bueckert, Melanie R — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2016. [KB 29.S8 K26 2016]
  • STATUTORY INTERPRETATION / Sullivan, Ruth — 3d ed. — Toronto: Irwin Law, 2016. [KB 29.S8 S951 2016]

LABOUR LAW

  • CROSS-CANADA GUIDE TO HUMAN RIGHTS LAW IN EMPLOYMENT / Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers — 2016 ed. — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2016. [KB 60 C212C 2016]

MUSICIANS

  • MUSICIANS AND THE LAW IN CANADA: A GUIDE TO THE LAW, CONTRACTS AND PRACTICE IN THE CANADIAN MUSIC BUSINESS / Sanderson, Paul — 4th ed. — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2014. [KB 79.A7 S216 2014]

PERSONAL INJURIES

  • ASSESSMENT OF PERSONAL INJURY DAMAGES / Bruce, Christopher J; Rathje, Kelly A; Weir, Laura J — 5th ed. — Markham. Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2011. [KB 183.D3 B886 2011]

PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE

  • CAUSE OF ACTION: PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE / Morgan, Eric — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2016. [KB 183 .P5 M847 2016]

RISK MANAGEMENT

  • CANADIAN CONTROLLERSHIP GUIDE - VOLUME I: PLANNING AND REPORTING / Sherman, Jeffrey D — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2015. [KB 267 S553P 2015]
  • CANADIAN CONTROLLERSHIP GUIDE - VOLUME II: OPERATIONS AND CONTROL / Sherman, Jeffery D — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2015. [KB 267 S553O 2015]

TORTS

  • ECONOMIC TORTS IN CANADA / Burns, Peter; Blom, Joost — 2d ed. — Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2016. [KB 180 B967 2016]

TRUSTS

  • DRAFTING TRUSTS AND WILL TRUSTS IN CANADA / Kessler, James; Hunter, Fiona — 4th ed. — Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2016. [KB 154 K42D 2016]

WITNESSES

  • EXAMINATION OF WITNESSES IN CRIMINAL CASES / Levy, Earl J — 7th ed. — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2016. [KB 192 L668 2016]

YOUNG OFFENDERS

  • A GUIDE TO THE YOUTH CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT, 2017 / Tustin, Lee; Lutes, Robert E — Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2016. [KB 91.J9 T964 2016]

Free training in WestlawNext Canada is available at these Barristers’ Libraries on the following dates:

  • November 8 & 9 in the Barristers’ Library, Halifax
  • (Note: The November 10 session in Kentville has been postponed.)

Please call L&IS at 425 2665 or 1 866 219 1202 (toll-free) to book a one-hour session at a time that is convenient for you. You can bring members from your firm; please let us know at the time of booking.

Library & Information Services licenses WestlawNext Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney.

The platforms within our licensing agreement – CriminalSource, FamilySource, Estates&TrustsSource – provide access to key updated commentary.

Our CriminalSource subscription now includes former CriminalSpectrum (Canada Law Book) content, including Ewaschuk's Criminal Pleadings & Practice in Canada, McWiliams’ Canadian Criminal Evidence, and Salhany's Canadian Criminal Procedure.

WestlawNext Canada offers an all-in-one search box and customizable interface, as well as the ability to browse content collections and drill down into commentary sources.

L&IS is pleased to offer training sessions on WestlawNext Canada with Thomson Carswell’s Executive Learning Consultant, Sam MacKenzie.

Access to Justice

You are invited to a half-day Refugee Law Workshop at the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

The first part of the workshop, led by Julie Chamagne of the Halifax Refugee Clinic, will be an examination of case studies and a discussion of the significant access to justice gaps faced by refugees in Nova Scotia. Elizabeth Wozniak and Laura Hambleton will then provide some practical tools that will be useful in assisting refugees with a range of legal issues.

November 8, 2016, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (lunch provided)
Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Classroom
Cogswell Tower, 800–2000 Barrington Street, Halifax

PDF invitation

Please RSVP to Jessica Habet at jhabet@nsbs.org by October 26, 2016.

This workshop is a partnership between the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax Refugee Clinic, Atlantic Refugee and Immigrant Services and Refugee Sponsorship Support Program – Halifax section.

We have identified a number of gaps in the provision of legal services to immigrants and refugees in Nova Scotia. The purpose of this workshop is to begin to fill these gaps by increasing and developing expertise in refugee law and by building a roster of trained lawyers who can offer pro bono or low bono services in these areas. We hope your attendance at this workshop will allow you to engage in this work more broadly by becoming aware of the scope of need and the range of opportunities available.

Presenters:

  • Julie Chamagne is the Executive Director of the Halifax Refugee Clinic – a pro bono clinic that offers legal services to immigrants and refugees in Nova Scotia. Julie will open the workshop with a discussion of the current gaps in legal services for immigrants and refugees. 
  • Laura Hambleton is the Atlantic Trainer with the Private Refugee Sponsorship Program.
  • Elizabeth Wozniak is a lawyer with North Star Immigration Law in Halifax.

reachAbility offers free form-filling assistance at two drop-in locations in the HRM, as well as by appointment in our Halifax office. Our form-filling clinic is designed to help people through the process of any application, form or document they may need assistance to complete.

These are some of the things this service can provide:

  • Assistance filling out simple applications
  • Assistance filling out government forms
  • Assistance filling out court forms
  • Information on how to get started on a particular application or procedure
  • Help finding legal information and other resources
  • Providing referrals to other legal, social or community programs

Our friendly, helpful staff is comprised of students from the Schulich School of Law at in cooperation with Pro Bono Students Canada’s Dalhousie chapter.

Times and locations:

Wednesdays, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
YMCA Employment Centre
118 Wyse Road, Dartmouth

Fridays, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Chebucto Connections
531 Herring Cove Road, Spryfield

See the October 3 announcement on the reachAbility website. 

Tips from LIANS

The 8th annual LIANS Risk and Practice Management Conference will be held Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax.

Morning sessions will focus on Real Property and the LRA – for complete program details and registration information, see the conference listing in the Upcoming Events section.  

File retention and succession planning continue to be two of the most often-asked questions we get at LIANS. Retaining physical files is expensive and storage is limited. The new Limitation of Actions Act did not completely absolve your requirement to retain old(er) files but the thought of scanning years of old files is – at best – daunting. So what’s the solution?

Students from high school and community colleges who participate in co-op programs are required to complete work terms as a part of their curriculum. Hiring a student allows them to fulfil their requirements and offers you the opportunity to get assistance tackling tasks that might otherwise never be completed. While we are not suggesting your student spend their entire work term scanning files (doing so may not allow them to meet their curriculum requirements), this is an opportunity for both parties to fulfil their obligations in a cost-effective manner.

Remember: it is prudent to have your student sign a confidentiality agreement before their work term begins. You can find a sample agreement on the LIANS website.

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 sgerrard@lians.ca or call 902 423 1300 ext. 345.

We have received numerous reports from Nova Scotia lawyers who’ve received the following scam attempt from “Andris Georgijs”. The response emails were as follows:

From: Andris Georgijs [mailto: andrisgeorgijs2001 @ gmail. com]
Sent: 05 October 2016 16:42
Subject: Further Details.

Thank you for your quick response to our email. See further details with regards to our inquiry for your better understanding of the matter. We ordered for some goods from “JB Global Ltd” in August, 2015 and the terms of the sales contract demands us to pay 50% of the total cost of the ordered goods before delivery and the balance after we have received the same goods. However, after we paid the initial deposit, we did not receive any goods as required. The goods ought to be delivered on the 28th of October, 2015. More time was given to them to deliver the goods which they were still unable to meet with. Hence, we requested for a refund.

We have made several efforts to have them refund the initial deposit, but to no avail. We have therefore decided to resort to legal means since there is a legal document (sales agreement) prior to this transaction. Find below details of the supplier for your conflict check.

“JB Global Ltd”
DC2
Viscount Way
South Marston Industrial Estate
Swindon
SN3 4TN

We have suffered so much loss as a result of this failed transaction and we are ready to proceed with litigation if the need should arise. Let us know the best way to approach this issue and we will comply as long as we get results. Furthermore, we have some concerns and would like you to respond in detail in your reply.

Are they any foibles you see in this case?

If litigation is involved, the distance gives us some concern with regards to court appearances. How can this be handled?

How much is your legal fee? Do you charge on hourly basis or contingency?

What should we expect from you? Any guarantees?

Please advise on your assessment of this case. A quick response will be appreciated.

Best Regards,
Andris Georgijs.
Operations Manager
Hotronic Tools & Chips Company,
Shop 1, G/F Tak Lee Court 10 Ko Shan
Road To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 0085-25-8087510.
Email: headoperations @ hotronics-tool. com
Email: andrisgeorgijs2001 @ gmail. com
web: hotronics-tool. com

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 cnield@lians.ca or 902 423 1300, x346.

Many aspects of work can be stressful: co-worker issues, a demanding boss, an unhappy customer, a looming deadline, too much paperwork and so on.

It is important to take time during our busy workdays to replenish and re-energize. Taking time to relax in the workplace is important, and it doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. Sometimes even a small investment of time for relaxation can have a big payoff. In fact, the following exercises can free up more time than they use because, when you refresh yourself, you are more productive and efficient.

Read "Mental wellness at work" from your NSLAP provider, Homewood Health™.

For more information and support in improving your mental wellness, along with resources and counselling to improve your health and wellness, visit the NSLAP website at www.nslap.ca. Please note that NSLAP 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.

Courts

The next meeting of the Court of Appeal Liaison Committee will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. The Committee is comprised of members of the Court of Appeal and a range of private and public sector appellate counsel.

The Committee’s role is to support the Society’s Executive Director in ensuring effective liaison with the Court of Appeal, while providing a means for ongoing communication between the Court of Appeal and the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society about matters of mutual concern and interest.

The three main tasks of the Committee are to identify practice and policy issues of mutual concern and interest to the Bench and Bar; recommend means for addressing these issues; and communicate the results of this process to the Court and to the Society for further communication to the profession or elsewhere.

Recent meetings have addressed issues such as education and support for self-represented litigants, electronic filings, sealing orders, pro bono initiatives, and the ineffective counsel protocol.

If you have any issue, project or proposal that you wish to see brought before the Committee, please contact the Committee’s Co-Chair, Peter C. McVey QC, at peter.mcvey@novascotia.ca.

Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia supports NSLA clients in Kentville & surrounding areas

Great news from the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission on October 6, during Mental Illness Awareness Week (#MIAW2016): The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia has provided a grant to the Court Monitored Mental Health Program (CMMHP) in Kentville.

“The grant is specifically for assisting our clients with transportation to and from their biweekly court appearances. CMMHP participants reside throughout West Hants and Kings Counties, with little or no access to public transportation. This grant has made a tremendous difference for our rural clients, allowing them to access the CMMHP and thereby resulting in better legal outcomes.”

Read more in this October 6 announcement on the Nova Scotia Legal Aid website.

Mental Health Court team took part in annual Festival of Hope

On October 4, 2016, the Mental Health Court team in Dartmouth took part in the 9th annual Festival of Hope, an annual celebration to mark Mental Illness Awareness Week. This was the third year that the event was held in Alderney Landing in Dartmouth, and the first time that the Court has taken part.

For photos and further information about the event, see this “Community Outreach” update on the Courts of Nova Scotia website.

The Honourable Justice Arthur W. D. Pickup has retired from Nova Scotia Supreme Court, after almost 14 years on the Bench and more than 40 years in the legal profession. Read more on the Courts of Nova Scotia website ...

Province

Parents have used the birds and the bees to talk to their kids about sex for generations. The province is now using them to talk to teens about sexual violence.

Poster

On October 4, Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard launched the Sexual Violence Strategy's public awareness campaign, Sexual Violence with the Birds and the Bees, to grades 10 to 12 students at Millwood High School in Middle Sackville. Aimed at Nova Scotians aged 14 to 20, the campaign uses an animated, modern twist on the popular metaphor to broach subjects like consent.

"We worked with young people to find a way of talking about sexual violence that would make sense to them," said Ms. Bernard. "We consulted with diverse groups of teens, people in their twenties and our provincial committee every step of the way. We're really excited to see what kind of conversations it sparks."

The campaign consists of 30 and 60 second videos featuring bird-and-bee-type characters animated in the style of popular shows like Bojack Horseman and The Simpsons. The episodes deal with situations of sexual violence that youth told us they are facing in today's world. The first 60-second video takes place at a house party and explores the issue of alcohol and consent.          

The videos are available on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. They'll also be shown in cinemas across the province. The campaign website at birdsandthebees.ca includes useful information on where to get help and how to support a friend who has been subjected to sexual violence. Campaign materials have been designed so they can be easily used by organizations around the province.

The campaign is a key commitment of the Sexual Violence Strategy, launched in June 2015. The strategy is a three-year commitment with a total budget of $6 million. It is focused on the co-ordination of services to better respond to the needs of victims and survivors, and ultimately preventing sexual violence from happening in the first place. Strategy actions have been identified in three main categories: services and supports, education and prevention, and approach and accountability.

Read more in the October 4 announcement from the Department of Community Services

 

Nova Scotians are encouraged to nominate individuals or groups for the 2016 Human Rights Awards. The awards are presented each year by the Human Rights Commission and Partners for Human Rights, a group of organizations dedicated to creating more respectful communities through promotion of human rights.

"All Nova Scotians have a role in creating more inclusive and supportive communities," said Diana Whalen, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Commission. "During periods of violence, local and international conflict, I urge Nova Scotians to take the time to nominate those who devote themselves to fostering an awareness of human rights and setting an example for others."

Award recipients are chosen in three categories: youth, individual and organization. The individual award has been named the Dr. Burnley Allan "Rocky" Jones Award in honour of the late community leader. Nominations should include people or groups that support projects which advance human rights.

Past winners include students from Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School, Scott Jones of New Glasgow, Warren (Gus) Reed, Dr. Afua Cooper, Sgt. Craig Smith of Halifax and the Nova Scotia Mass Choir.

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, November 4 at 4:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Human Rights Day, December 10 in Halifax.

For more information and to download the nomination form, visit http://humanrights.novascotia.ca.

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.

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/

SERVICE NOVA SCOTIA: Find all news releases at http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS – Treaty Day Celebrated (Oct. 3)

COMMUNITIES, CULTURE AND HERITAGE – Recreation Facility Funding for Eskasoni Project (Oct. 4)

COMMUNITY SERVICES – Province Launches Sexual Violence Awareness Campaign (Oct. 4)

EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT – New Guide for Mi'kmaq Community Supports Children (Sept. 30)

HEALTH/WELLNESS

  • Home Support Waitlists for Victorian Order of Nurses Eliminated in Nova Scotia (Oct. 7)
  • Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia Receives Mental Health Grant (Oct. 6)
  • Stronger Health-care Teams Across Nova Scotia (Sept. 28)

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

  • Seeking Nominations for 2016 Human Rights Awards (Oct. 3)
  • Chief Andrea Paul of Pictou Landing First Nation Reappointed to Human Rights Commission (Oct. 3)
  • Kennedy v. Strait Regional School Board, Board of Inquiry Adjourned (Oct. 3)

INTERNAL SERVICES – Government Committed to Improved Transparency (Sept. 27)

MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS – Vote in Municipal Elections, an op-ed from Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill (Oct. 5)

NATURAL RESOURCES

  • Fines Increased for Illegal Cutting on Crown Land (Oct. 4)
  • Province Extends Fire, Water Services (Sept. 29)

PREMIER'S OFFICE

  • Tall Ships 2017 Outport Program Announced (Sept. 30)
  • 2016 Medal of Bravery Recipients Honoured (Sept. 28)

SENIORS – Grants Improve Seniors' Health and Safety (Sept. 28)

Other news

Strengthening justice for victims of international crimes

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has awarded $2.5 million for the next five years to a partnership of leading Canadian academics and non-governmental, to strengthen justice for victims of international crimes such as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

The project is led by Fannie Lafontaine of Laval University’s Law Faculty in Quebec City and co-directed by Jayne Stoyles of the Canadian Centre for International Justice in Ottawa. It involves 22 other academic researchers, including Professor Robert Currie at the Schulich School of Law, as well as NGO partners from 12 organizations.

Examining sexual assault on university campuses

Professor Wayne MacKay, the Yogis and Keddy Chair in Human Rights Law, is a co-applicant researcher in a partnership grant totalling almost $2.5 million over seven years. It will be used to form a partnership that will cross disciplines, institutions and sectors to examine and address rape culture in universities.

Professor MacKay’s work on this project is being conducted under the umbrella of the Human Rights Chair as part of the Chair’s mandate to advance human rights on campus and beyond. The sexual equality of women is a vital aspect of human rights, and part of that is freedom from sexual violence in all aspects of their lives.

In addition to identifying the roles of various institutional players in facilitating rape culture on campus, the project is designed to identify specific and practical ways in which each player can improve the situation and effectively address the real problems of sexual violence.

Read more about both research efforts in this September 27 announcement on the Schulich School of Law website. 

Launched on October 3, the Serving You Better consultations are a forum for small and medium businesses and professional accountants to share valuable insights that the CRA can use to make its programs and services more streamlined and client-focused.

This fall, the CRA is inviting small and medium business owners and accountants to share feedback with CRA senior officials in cities across Canada.

Note: The Nova Scotia consultation is scheduled for Tuesday, October 18 in Dartmouth. Register through the Halifax Chamber of Commerce.

To participate in the consultations or find out more about the CRA’s action plan to better serve small and medium businesses, go to canada.ca/cra-serving-you-better.

Those who cannot attend the consultations in person can provide input online at cra-engage-arc.ca/en.

I am looking for my mother’s Personal Directive and/or Enduring Power of Attorney, which was likely completed at the same time as her last Will in the latter part of the 1990s. She was, until the past month, a resident of Halifax. Her name is Ramona Constance O’Laughlin.

If you have any information at all, can you please contact me by email or by telephone:

Constance Elaine O’Laughlin
email: claugh54@telus.net OR colaughl@justice.gc.ca
telephone: 403-299-3125 OR 587-775-8794 OR 403-803-3061

Dear members of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, 

On behalf of the Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC), a national, non-profit organization providing leadership in awareness, education and advocacy for ADHD across Canada, I would like to present our new paper, “The Benefits of Recognizing and Treating ADHD in Canadian Justice and Corrections Systems”. We are sharing this paper with Ministries of Justice and Corrections, some Ministries of Youth, law/bar associations, and courts with the hope that increased awareness will result in a dialogue on the implementation of screening, assessment and treatment of this disorder throughout the system.

ADHD symptoms of impulsivity, along with common coexisting executive functioning impairment, and emotional dysregulation create general impairment in self-regulation. When we combine all of this with the self- medication of unrecognized symptoms through substance use, it is easy to understand how those with ADHD become at a higher risk for involvement with the criminal justice system. Implementing screening and assessment procedures within all areas of the justice system would increase the chance that those with ADHD could be flagged and receive appropriate treatment.

Early detection and treatment of ADHD would benefit offenders and society, and reduce costs to the justice system.

Heidi Bernhardt
President / Executive Director
Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC)
7800 Kennedy Road Suite 303A, Markham, ON  L3R 2C7
T: 416-637-8584 F: 905-475-3232 Direct: 905-471-3524
www.caddac.ca

The joint boards of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) and the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) have voted to work towards the creation of one nursing regulator for the province of Nova Scotia. This historic decision enables both organizations to join together to strengthen our commitment to Nova Scotians through an enhanced consistent, efficient and collaborative approach to nursing regulation.

What does this mean to nurses across Nova Scotia? While the boards, staff and operations of the two regulators will ultimately merge to create one nursing regulator, each category of nurse – LPNs, NPs and RNs – will remain distinct as they are now with their own standards, scopes of practice and unique roles within the nursing profession. This decision means that LPNs, NPs and RNs will all be regulated by the same new college.

We have been working to ensure members are kept informed of developments throughout this process of exploration, which began in the fall of 2015, and we are committed to doing so in the future. While it is still early in the process, immediate action will be taken to establish board and operational advisory groups to work on future planning that will include setting deliverables and establishing milestones. This will include a formal request to government to seek approval for new legislation to form one nursing regulator.

For more detailed information, please check out:

Sincerely,

Ruth Whelan, MN RN
CRNNS President

and

Jacqueline MacCallum, LPN
CLPNNS Board Chair

The Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and Food Lawyers of Canada are bringing together national and international leaders from the field of food law and policy at a two-day conference in Halifax to explore law’s changing role in Canadian food systems.
 
Join over 40 presenters speaking on a range of topics including food safety, sustainable food systems, food security, animal rights and welfare, food labelling and global trade. Our keynote speakers include award-winning chef and food justice advocate Bryant Terry, who is currently Chef-in-Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco; Ronald Doering, former President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and counsel at Gowlings WLG; and Michael Roberts, Executive Director of the Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy at the UCLA School of Law.
 
 
This conference will be the first national event of its kind on food law and policy in Canada. Don’t miss the chance to be part of an exciting new network of practitioners, researchers and policy-makers who will help to shape the direction of this emerging field. We look forward to welcoming you to Halifax in November.
Awards and congratulatory messages

The Society is pleased to announce that Gail Rudderham Chernin QC of Sydney is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award, which was presented October 28 at the annual Recognition Reception. Established in 1999, the award is presented to a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society who has made significant contributions to the community, the legal profession and the Society.  ​

2016 Recognition Reception

Ms. Chernin is a practising lawyer at The Breton Law Group, and has also worked in smaller firms and as a sole practitioner. Highly regarded among her clients, her peers and the judiciary, she received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2004 and has been recognized a number of times in the area of personal injury litigation as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada. Since her 1987 Bar admission, her main areas of practice have also included insurance, product liability, professional liability, mediation and alternate dispute resolution. 

A tireless volunteer within the profession and her community, Ms. Chernin served as President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in 2003-2004, and is currently Vice-Chair of the Hearing Committee. She was a member of Council from 1995 to 1998 and again from 2001 to 2005, and has served on numerous committees from 1996 onward. She was also Vice President and then President of the Cape Breton Barristers’ Society in the 1990s. She is pictured here at the Recognition Reception with current President R. Daren Baxter QC, TEP (at right) and Marc Njoh, articled clerk at Stewart McKelvey, recipient of the 2016 NSBS Presidents' Leadership Award (at left).  
 
Ms. Chernin received the Constance R. Glube Spirit Award in 2009 from the Canadian Bar Association's Nova Scotia Branch. She is an active mentor and assists in planning committees for professional development events, law day events and Bench & Bar Dinners to honour judicial appointments. A member of the Sydney Rotary Club since 1989, she has also served as Chair of the Cape Breton United Way, Chair of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic and, presently, as Secretary of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – National. 
 
Several other achievements were recognized at the reception, which took place at the Delta Halifax: 

The Recognition Reception is an annual opportunity to honour lawyers and law students for their contributions that demonstrate the profession’s commitment to excellence and public service.

 

Careers

Position: Staff Lawyer position in Amherst, Nova Scotia, practicing criminal and family law.

Qualifications: Successful candidate must be a practicing, insured member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society with a thorough understanding of Criminal & 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. Start date to be determined.

Salary range: Per Legal Aid salary scale based on "Relevant Experience" as determined by the Commission at time of hire.

Closing date: Monday, October 17, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Reply to:

Barry Whynot
Internal Operations Director
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 3M8
Email: Barry.Whynot@nslegalaid.ca

NSLA has an employment equity policy and encourages candidates from historically disadvangted groups. While we appreciate all applications, only applcants selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications held in confidence.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission (NSLAC) is an independent Commission legislatively mandated to provide legal representation to vulnerable Nova Scotians.  Our focus is criminal, family and social justice law. The Commission works collaboratively with other justice stakeholders to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our criminal and family justice systems. The mandate of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission, to the extent that Government funding permits, is:

        (a) To deliver quality legal services to qualified applicants with priority for matters involving the liberty and civil rights of individual clients and for matters involving the integrity and protection of an individual's family;

        (b) Such other legal services as Government may contract with the Commission to provide to individuals or groups.

The NSLAC is seeking an Executive Director to serve as the Commission’s executive head. Accountable to the Commission you will be responsible for the general administration of the legal aid plan and staff in accordance with the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Act and the Regulations. As the Executive Director, you will provide strategic direction and management to an organization of 176 staff (of which 97 are lawyers), offices across the province and a total budget of $25million. You are a champion of excellence in client service and will, through sound operational and financial stewardship, enhance the organization’s ability to improve access to justice for vulnerable Nova Scotians. You bring strategic vision and management acumen to this leadership position as the organization undergoes change to support the sustainability of access to justice in Nova Scotia. You are comfortable working with key stakeholders including: clients, agencies, courts, justice officials and various government departments.

The NSLAC seeks a leader with demonstrated experience in a complex, dynamic and client centre environment. You have held positions of leadership with the need to balance and represent various interests in a fair and equitable manner. You hold yourself to the highest standards of professional service using collaboration, innovation, equity and honesty. You are committed to supporting and contributing to the maintenance and development of an efficient and effective justice system that protects the constitutional rights and due process of individuals and promotes their economic stability and social wellbeing.

Being a barrister in good standing; having knowledge of the Statutes of NS, criminal law, constitutional law, family law, administrative law and civil litigation procedures; experience in legal aid and ability to communicate in both English and French will be considered assets.

If you are interested in this opportunity, submit your application / resume by email at astewart@wickwireholm.com or by mail to the attention of:
Audrey Stewart
Wickwire Holm
PO Box 1054
Halifax, NS B3J 2X6

All applications must be submitted before midnight, October 21, 2016.

While we appreciate all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications held in confidence.

Sole practitioner firm in Kentville seeking part-time assistant for roughly 24 hours/week for a term of roughly one year with the possibility of becoming a permanent position. Days and times flexible if required.

  • Must have minimum one years' experience in Real Estate transactions (purchases, sales, and refinances), and some knowledge in Probate.
  • Must have experience in PC Law, Word Perfect, Microsoft Word and Outlook.
  • Experience in Family Law, and drafting Wills, Powers of Attorney and Personal Directives would also be considered an asset.
  • Ideally, the candidate would have strong spelling, grammar, punctuation and mathematical skills with a strong attention to detail along with the ability to multitask, establish priorities, and work independently under minimal supervision at times.

Please send your cover letter and resume in confidence to marion.hill@hilllaw.ca and reception@hilllaw.ca.

Salary to commensurate with experience.

Seeking an ARTICLING CLERK position within Atlantic Canada.

I have recently graduated with my Juris Doctor (JD) and a Masters of Laws (LLM) specializing Alternative Dispute Resolution. I have previously obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island.

Please feel free to contact me at 902-213-6533 or jrcoffin@live.ca if you require additional information including resume and transcripts. I am available to interview at your earliest convenience. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Regards,
Jeremy Coffin

Power, Leefe, Reddy & Rafuse (PLRR) is one of the longest serving law firms in the South Shore region. We pride ourselves in the fact that we have provided dedicated service to both clients and the community for over 30 years.

PLRR is currently seeking an Associate litigation lawyer. The ideal candidate will have at least three years' experience, and will have expertise in all forms of civil litigation, as well as experience in family and/or criminal law related litigation. Any experience in employment related law would also be an asset.

The lawyers and staff at PLRR are active in a number of community minded initiatives, and we believe the South Shore of Nova Scotia is a great place to practice law. PLRR offers a work-life balance, as well as a competitive compensation package commensurate with skills and experience.

Please check out our website at www.lawpower.ca.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Please reply in confidence to:
Gail M. Tracey
Office Manager
e-mail: gail@lawpower.ca

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is seeking a Solicitor for a permanent, full-time position for the Solicitor Services Team, primarily providing legal services in real property.

HRM Legal Services provides quality, cost effective, timely and accessible legal services to meet the needs of HRM through its Council, various departments, boards, commissions, and employees. This Solicitor would be a member of the Solicitor Services Team, reporting to a Team Lead and the Director, and would provide legal services to the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM)

The Solicitor is responsible for providing legal advice and assistance to HRM staff conducting daily business and long term planning for the HRM. The Solicitor will provide accessible, efficient and expert counsel in legal matters responsive to client department needs. The Solicitor will be a client focused and self-motivated individual who will work both independently and with a team of lawyers and support staff, including another real property lawyer and paralegal, in the delivery of legal services to HRM client departments.

Please go to www.halifax.ca/employment/index.php for complete details and to submit your application.

QUALIFICATIONS
 
Education and Experience:
  • Law Degree from a recognized university;
  • Minimum eight (8) years relevant experience in the practice of law;
  • Member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society or be qualified to be admitted;
  • Experience in the following areas of practice: property/real estate transactions, corporate, commercial
  • Experience in municipal, corporate and/or commercial law would be considered an asset.

Technical and Job Specific Knowledge:

  • Technical Skills: possesses strong legal skills with emphasis on an understanding of the fundamentals of real property law, ability to analyze legal documents, litigation basics and ability to write comprehensive and concise legal opinions.
  • Research Skills: possesses a sound knowledge of legal research techniques and software. Has the ability to research and synthesize complex legal and factual materials.
  • Business Fundamentals: understands tactical business fundamentals and risk/benefit analysis and incorporates them into decision making or advice provided. Also able to use basic rules: uses "rules of thumb", common sense, and past experiences to identify problems.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook).
COMPETENCIES: Quality of Work: Client Services; Communication
 
WORK STATUS: Permanent, full time position
 
HOURS OF WORK: Hours of work are Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Work outside of regular business hours may be required to meet organizational needs.
 
SALARY: Non Union Salary, Solicitor 2 ($77,500 - $122,000 per annum)
 
WORK LOCATION: 5251 Duke Street, Duke Tower, 3rd Floor, Halifax, Nova Scotia
 
CLOSING DATE: Applications will be received up to midnight on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. Please apply at www.halifax.ca/employment/index.php
 
During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request accommodation. Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process.
 
We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women in non-traditional positions, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal persons in the workplace. HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.
 
Qualified HRM retirees may also be considered for competitions if other qualified candidates are not available, and the retiree possesses specialized knowledge and/or a unique skill set not otherwise available. In these circumstances, a form of employment may be offered, including term and/or contract employment
  • over 20 years experience as a legal assistant
  • proficient in Office 365, MS Word, PC Law, MS Outlook, spreadsheet applications
  • quick and astute with the ability to learn new areas of law and technology
  • appointed a Commissioner of Oaths of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
  • demonstrated success in preparing and managing court documents
  • excellent interpersonal, communication and relationship-building skills
  • ability to adapt well in a fast-paced environment by reorganizing schedule to accomodate priority issues

I am self-motivated and a professional. I thrive in a challenging environment. I am interested in full time, part time or contract employment. Please email whynotv@ns.sympatico.ca or call 902-240-4336 and I would be most happy to send you my resume.

EMM LAW of Port Hawkesbury is busy and needs a lawyer to help share the workload with nine other lawyers.

Our preference would be to hire a lawyer who wishes to focus on litigation, including family law, and who has practiced law in the range of two to five years.

We operate out of a modern, attractive and comfortable office building located on the waterfront. We have an outstanding and experienced staff of twelve. Our community has a modern Justice Centre which provides a great working environment for lawyers involved with litigation.

We wish to attract an individual who enjoys rural life, who likes to drive to work in less than five minutes and/or who may wish to raise children in a family-friendly environment. 

The salary offered will reflect your experience.

Interested applicants may forward their resume to:

Wayne MacMillan
409 Granville Street
Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
B9A 2M5

or by e-mail: wayne.macmillan@emmlaw.ca

Enquiries will be held in strict confidence. Only persons offered interviews will be contacted.

Volunteer and Pro Bono

Homes for Independent Living (HIL) is a non-profit organization. We support individuals with physical disabilities and run a life skills program where individuals develop skills needed to live independently in the community.

Term

Members at large are expected to make a commitment to the BOD on an annual basis, though we are seeking community members who intend to make a long term commitment to this organization.

Duties

The BOD is a source of public accountability and support for the workers and participants of HIL. Regular attendance at BOD meetings is expected, as well as reading of program reports and minutes in advance of the meeting and involvement in HIL community activities.

Qualifications & Skills

HIL’s board is comprised of up to 10 individuals with a diverse set of disciplines and expertise.

  • Keen interest in supporting the HIL community.
  • Ability to make the minimum time commitment as detailed below.
  • Skills and expertise in any of these areas are an asset:

-   Finance
-   Health Care (e.g., Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nursing, Medicine)
-   Law
-   Construction and Infrastructure
-   Provincial Policies (e.g., experience with the NS Department of Health and Wellness)
-   Work with or community connection to adults with physical disabilities

Personal Benefits:

  • Opportunity to represent a long-standing local non-profit organization in Halifax.
  • Adds to your curriculum vitae by demonstrating active involvement in the community.
  • Opportunity to broaden yourself and your ability to relate to our community.
  • Opportunity to offer your skills, expertise and enthusiasm to a good cause.

Approximate Time Requirements:

  • Full board meetings = 8/yr x 2hrs each
  • HIL Community Events (annual general meeting, holiday parties) = 2/yr x ~3hrs each
  • Meeting preparation (document review, research, etc) = 8/yr x ~0.5hrs each
  • Total Commitment = 26hours/yr

Contact Betty Strugnell (Vice Chair BOD ) betty_strugnell@apsea.ca and Lee-Anne Penny (Executive Director) hil@hfx.eastlink.ca. for more information or to obtain an application form. Applications due Monday, 17 October 2016.

Recruitment of Legal Members for the Nova Scotia Health Research Ethics Board

The Nova Scotia Health Authority Research Ethics Board (NSHA REB) is recruiting new members to fill the role of legal representatives. The NSHA REB’s primary mandate is to approve the initiation of and conduct periodic reviews of research studies involving NSHA patients, staff and resources in order to protect the rights, safety and well‐being of research participants.

Legal members represent the legal and ethical perspective for research participants. Their role is to ensure that the information being provided to research participants is readable, correct and can be understood. It is not expected that legal members understand the science behind the studies. It is the responsibility of the other Board members to simplify the research study protocols so everyone understands what is happening within the study and what is expected of the research participants.

To exemplify the importance of the legal representative, it is a legal requirement by Health Canada that a legal representative be present at all research ethics board meetings. A common point in all local, national and international regulations and guidelines is that a legal representative must be present in order to have a duly constituted research ethics board.

The NSHA REB is currently in need of three new legal members. The commitment to the Board would be for a three year period requiring attendance to one meeting per month. Meetings are scheduled a year in advance and are held on Mondays from 4:00 ‐ 6:00 pm.

Members of the Board find the experience on the NSHA REB both informative and rewarding as they are exposed to leading edge clinical research within various health fields.

If you are interested in participating as a legal member on the NSHA REB please contact Nadine Gillam, Research Ethics Office Administrative Coordinator to set up an appointment with the Office Manager.

Contact information:

Phone: 473‐2126
nadine.gillam@nshealth.ca
Room 118, Centre for Clinical Research
5790 University Avenue
Halifax, NS B3H 1V7

Upcoming Events
Event Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 12:00

How can your company build a healthy compliance ecosystem, including an effective “tone from the top”?

Our expert panelists will share their insight into effective strategies for training, risk assessment, whistleblower investigations, and benchmarking. Their practical tips will help you implement, or boost, the anti-corruption and compliance program at your company.

Registration

Event Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 14:30

Hear the stories behind some of the most successful women in the legal profession and how they seemingly manage to have it all. Join us to hear our unparalleled faculty of women speakers share with you their key strategies and learned lessons on achieving success in the legal profession and maintaining balance.

Our speakers will share their powerful stories of courage, frustration and triumphs, and chronicle their individual choices often made against considerable odds to create full and engaging professional lives. Attend this program to gain practical advice on how to navigate the demanding professions we have chosen and find the elusive work-life balance.

Stay for the networking reception where you will have the opportunity to meet and get into more in-depth conversation with some of our inspirational speakers.

Registration

Event Date: Friday, October 14, 2016 - 08:30

Biosimilars are a rapidly emerging segment in the global biopharmaceutical sphere. Explore the current biosimilar approval pathway in Canada, including Health Canada's recently proposed revisions to the guidance documents.

Experts from Health Canada and industry will share an update on the biosimilars approved for marketing in Canada to date, along with some challenges these products have encountered. With litigation already heating up, hear from those involved on recent biosimilar proceedings that may frame the litigation landscape for biosimilars in Canada into the future.

Registation

Event Date: Friday, October 14, 2016 - 12:00

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has increased resources and targeted programs aimed at detecting taxpayers who have been non-compliant with their filing and reporting obligations, including an increase in audits and initiatives to obtain audit leads. Stay ahead of the curve with this in-depth review of the CRA’s audit and voluntary disclosure processes.Join our expert panel as they discuss tips and traps, and offer best practices to help you ensure your clients’ needs are covered. Deepen your knowledge on the CRA’s recently implemented audit processes, which employ more sophisticated methods in their audits of individuals, corporations and trusts.

Hear about recent trends in verification programs, and gain practical advice for addressing what has become a complex and time-consuming audit process.Additionally, get up to date on the Voluntary Disclosure program, including prerequisites for acceptance by the CRA, the process of making a voluntary disclosure, manners of addressing unique circumstances, and some best practices in advising and assisting clients in making disclosures.

Registration

Event Date: Friday, October 14, 2016 - 09:00 to 12:00

Grounded in the fundamentals of the functional areas of business, including marketing, human resources, and finance, this course is an overview intended to equip you with the knowledge, skills and competencies required for the successful management of a law practice. You will have discussions and be introduced to an overview of the key factors to consider in the structure and management of a law practice such as hierarchy of structure, what impacts profitability, key developments impacting the future of the legal service industry, and the regulatory framework underpinning the legal profession.  

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • List the principal business vehicles which are used by legal service providers when establishing a law firm
  • Explain the structure of a ‘typical’ law firm by reference to the concept of ‘gearing’ and the hierarchy of partners, associates, articled clerks, paralegals and legal assistants
  • Understand the overall administrative function and value of ‘typical’ law firm departments including marketing, human resources, professional development, finance and libraries
  • List some of the key factors which can impact upon the profitability of a law firm including billable/non-billable hours and work-in-progress (WIP), and understand the means by which lawyers and their clients can agree to the level of and control of legal fees
  • List some of the key developments which might impact on the future development of the legal services industry
  • Understand the regulatory framework which underpins the work that lawyers do and the way in which they conduct their business 

This module is part of the Law Practice Management program and can be taken as a stand-alone course which can also be applied as credit towards the full Certificate program.

For more information or to register, please visit: dal.ca/execed/lpm

Event Date: Friday, October 14, 2016 - 09:30

Making the tough call: writing-up workplace decisions (4 hr CLE workshop)

“Justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done.”

This workshop assists executive directors, directors and managers to make and communicate fair and just decisions when wrongs must be made right in a workplace. This interactive half-day workshop will explore:

  • ways to handle conflict in collaborative, relationship-building ways to repair harms in a workplace
  • what justice is and how do we ensure justice is done by a manager
  • how to write up basic decisions to correct a workplace problem and repair harms to the workplace
  • how to address human rights issues within the written decision

The Nova Scotia Provincial Tribunal Access to Justice Committee and the Canadian Rights and Freedoms Center are hosting this professional development training. The workshop will be facilitated by Lisa Teryl, Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc, legal management consultant and former Senior Legal Counsel at the NS Human Rights Commission.

For more information:

Contact Andrea Smillie, Appeal Commissioner with the Nova Scotia Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal at Andrea.Smillie@novascotia.ca or Lisa Teryl at Lisa@terylscott.ca (902-233-6660)

Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 1:00 pm,
Location: 2nd floor seminar room, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Hollis Street, Halifax
Price: $165 plus HST

Event Date: Friday, October 14, 2016 - 13:00 to 16:00

This course is intended to deepen your understanding of the fundamentals of client care. You will be engaged in discussions about ethics, systems and process for client care, risk management, and strategies for follow-up, retention and client satisfaction.

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the regulatory and ethical framework within which law firms operate
  • Analyse the various ways in which client care is integral to a law firm’s business, its ability to attract clients, and its continued success
  • Understand risk management, including the most common complaints that clients levy against their lawyers
  • Develop strategies for best practices including client follow-up, satisfaction, and retention

This module is part of the Law Practice Management program and can be taken as a stand-alone course which can also be applied as credit towards the full Certificate program.

For more information or to register, please visit: dal.ca/execed/lpm 

Event Date: Friday, October 14, 2016 - 08:45

SAVE THE DATE! LEAF Halifax's Annual Persons Day Breakfast on October 14 will honour and feature Nasha Nihjawan and Kelly McMillan.

Tickets, tables and sponsorships will be available soon! 

Event Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 09:00 to 12:00

This course is intended to strengthen your capacity for employee attraction and retention. You will be engaged in discussions about current HR theories, including the role of emotional intelligence in professional development, and the importance of teamwork.  

By the end of this module you will be able to:·     

  • Apply different human resource and management theories within the context of a law firm
  • Appreciate the role of emotional intelligence as a tool for professional development and human resource management
  • Understand the importance of teamwork within a law firm, including the skills and behaviours that enable effective teamwork

This module is part of the Law Practice Management program and can be taken as a stand-alone course which can also be applied as credit towards the full Certificate program.

For more information or to register, please visit: dal.ca/execed/lpm 

Event Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 13:00 to 16:00

This course is intended to deepen your understanding of the skills, tools and tactics required to be strategic and successful in the sales and marketing of a law practice. You will be engaged in discussions about market research, social media and digital strategies. You will participate in hands-on activities designed to develop your competency to create integrated legal services sales, marketing and communication plans.  

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Ask the right questions about markets, focusing on the marketing of legal services and the organization of data into relevant information
  • Apply tools and techniques for discovering new market opportunities such as cross-selling, referral marketing, sponsorship, and media or other publicity
  • Understand how to use technology and social media proactively to reach out to clients and prospects
  • Create a marketing plan that includes clear target markets, as well as price and communication strategies 

This module is part of the Law Practice Management program and can be taken as a stand-alone course which can also be applied as credit towards the full Certificate program.  

For more information or to register, please visit: dal.ca/execed/lpm 

Event Date: Monday, October 17, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, October 18, 2016 (All day)

The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society licenses WestlawNext Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney. 

Free training is offered at the Simon J. Khattar QC Memorial Barristers' Library on October 17 & 18, 2016.

Please call L&IS at 425 2665 or 1 866 219 1202 (toll-free) to book a one-hour session at a time that is convenient for you. You can bring members from your firm; please let us know at the time of booking. 

The platforms within our licensing agreement – CriminalSource, FamilySource, Estates&TrustsSource – provide access to key updated commentary. Our CriminalSource subscription now includes former CriminalSpectrum (Canada Law Book) content, including Ewaschuk's Criminal Pleadings & Practice in Canada, McWiliams’ Canadian Criminal Evidence, and Salhany's Canadian Criminal Procedure.

WestlawNext Canada offers an all-in-one search box and customizable interface, as well as the ability to browse content collections and drill down into commentary sources. It offers new functionality in managing your search results with search filters and visual indicators.

L&IS is pleased to offer training sessions on WestlawNext Canada with Thomson Carswell’s Executive Learning Consultant, Sam MacKenzie.

Event Date: Monday, October 17, 2016 - 13:45

Most serious legal malpractice claims and problematic bar disciplinary actions are brought not for debatable violations of provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct, but, in fact, for clear breaches of obvious, well-defined ethical obligations (e.g. don’t take money from the client trust account, keep clients reasonably informed about the developments in a case or a transaction – even when it’s bad news, be candid with the court., etc.) It’s not rocket science. In fact, anyone who has sat in on a basic Professional Responsibility class would know such conduct is ethically problematic. And yet it happens.

This engaging, highly interactive CPD workshop provides a fresh and practical perspective on why lawyers might breach well-defined ethical obligations. Vignettes from an engaging original short film, written and co-produced by ReelTime CLEfounders, Michael Kahn and Chris Osborn, serve as the catalyst for a practical and informative consideration of the intersection of ethical decision-making and the manifold sources of stress encountered by lawyers in managing the day-to-day practice of law.

Registration

Event Date: Monday, October 17, 2016 - 18:00

Are you new to, or interested in breaking into the entertainment law field? The OBA’s Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Section wants to help. Join us for our second annual Mentoring Event to meet and gain invaluable advice from experienced practitioners in film and TV, sports, music and other entertainment law fields.

Our mentors will share insights on what it means to be an entertainment lawyer, career and profile management, rewards and challenges of a career in this field, and much more!

Gain different perspectives and maximize your opportunity to get those burning questions answered. Find out what these leading lawyers wish they had known when they were starting out.

Registration

Event Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

Taking the Temporary Out of the TFW Program

Speaker: Jordi Morgan, Vice President, Atlantic of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)

We have invited Jordi Morgan, Vice President, Atlantic of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), to join our meeting. CFIB published a report last year, Taking the Temporary Out of the TFW Program, outlining policy recommendations, which are now being reflected by the federal government in proposed legislative changes. CFIB is developing its next report and have invited us to contribute to the policy discussion and to advocate for changes that will benefit our small- and medium-sized business clients.  

Registration

Event Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (All day)

Program Agenda:

  9:00 am - 10:00 am - Challenging Credibility of the Sympathetic Witness
10:00 am - 10:50 am - Challenging Credibility of the Expert Witness
11:00 am - 12:00pm - Addressing Credibility in Closing Arguments

Credibility is the foundation of every case. Learn from judges and senior counsel in live and video demonstrations as they show you how to attack and defend credibility of both lay and expert witnesses. Watch counsel carefully cross-examine witnesses, challenge expert testimony and rehabilitate credibility in closing arguments. Hear judges and counsel discuss techniques and strategies for effectively marshalling the evidence while making sure that your witnesses remain credible.

Register for the morning only, featuring demonstrations and presentations. Or, stay for the full day, including the optional afternoon learning-by-doing skills workshop on tendering exhibits and conducting impeachment techniques, where you will take part in hands-on exercises and receive individualized feedback from leading advocates from Nova Scotia. Afternoon workshop materials will be distributed electronically two weeks prior to the program. Advance preparation is required for the afternoon skills workshop.

Event Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

Real Property Law Section Meeting
“Tax Sales” 

Speaker:

  • Matthew Moir, Weldon McInnes

Tax Deeds: An Overview of the Tax Sale Regime and its Place in Conveyancing Practice. Matthew J.D. Moir of Weldon McInnis will discuss the history of the legislative regime governing tax sales and tax deeds, and their application in review of title in conveyancing practice.

Register

Event Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 07:45

What is mindfulness and how can you integrate it into the practice of law? Hear from a senior partner and lawyer who are also certified yoga instructors and a psychologist who will discuss the benefits of mindfulness in stress management and mental health.

Join us and learn about the practical application of mindfulness in your everyday practice as we share tips on how to stay focused, motivated, and present.   

Registration

Event Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 09:00
 
Morning or Afternoon session (includes lunch and breaks): $150+HST
 
Full day early-bird rate: $200+HST
Full day rate after October 7th: $250+HST
 
Morning
  • Changes in practice under the LRA; Removal of interests by operation of law; How land titles work in New Brunswick with Catherine Walker QC, Mark Coffin (Registrar General, Land Titles NS), Jan McNenly (Deputy Registrar General, Land Registry Manager NS), Raffi Balmanoukian, J Washington and Serge Gauvin (Registrar General, Land Titles NB): 9am-12:15pm
  • Cameron McInnes of Chicago Title (title insurance)
Afternoon
  • Duty to report: Assistance for colleagues in mental health crisis with Elaine Cumming (NSBS) and Pat Cassidy QC: 1pm
  • Assisted dying legislation and palliative care issues with Jeanne Desveaux: 2pm
  • Top Risk and Practice Management Tips 2016 with Stacey Gerrard (LIANS): 3pm
Register online: members.nsbs.org
(or register by telephone or email with Alex at 902-423-1300 x325 or agreencorn@lians.ca)
 
Sessions will benefit lawyers, office managers, paralegals and legal assistants from across Atlantic Canada. Lawyers and staff from all sized firms are welcome. Free on-site parking for all registrants.
Event Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 12:00 to Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 13:00

Business Immigration

Speaker:

  • Sarah McInnes, McInnes Cooper

Register

Event Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

Planning Sessions and Topics of Interest

This meeting will focus on planning sessions and topics of interest for our section members for the upcoming year. 

Meeting Chair:

  • CBA-NS Aboriginal Law Section Chair Bryana Hatt, Barteaux Durnford

​Register

Event Date: Monday, October 17, 2016 - 12:00

The Society is offering an interactive workshop entitled The Dream and the Drama of Cultural Diversity at our offices on October 17, 2016. The session will start at noon in the Borden Room and should last until about 4:30 p.m. A light lunch will be provided.

The following is a brief description of the session and a brief biography for Paul Hutchison who will be facilitating the workshop:

Description – an interactive workshop created to give participants a facilitated space to explore the connection between conflict and cultural diversity.

  • What is conflict?
  • What is its relationship to cultural diversity?
  • How can we nurture healthy workplaces and practice, with colleagues, clients and other agencies/organizations?

Facilitator: Paul Hutchinson is a native of Northern Ireland with an international practice in Mediation, the Arts and Therapeutic Practices. He utilizes the tools of conflict transformation and peace-building to assist individuals and organizations to look at pertinent and challenging issues.

If you are interested in attending this session, please email Olivia Marshall at omarshall@nsbs.org as the deadline is Thursday, October 13. Space is limited so if you wish to attend, please advise as soon as possible.

Event Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 08:00 to 09:00

SCC Decision in Ledcor Construction v. Northbridge Indemnity

Speaker:

  • Kevin Gibson, McInnes Cooper

http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_con_1016

Event Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 08:15

How can the partner compensation model at your firm be improved?

Evaluate the advantages and drawbacks of the open model versus the closed model. Discuss various methods of measuring the contributions of partners. Leave with practical advice on boosting partner satisfaction with your firm’s compensation system while balancing profitability.

Registration

Event Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 17:00

In January 2016, after almost nine years of litigation, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal found that the Government of Canada is discriminating against First Nations children in the provision of child welfare services.

Join Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, Dr. Cindy Blackstock, and counsel for the Society, Sarah Clarke, as they share the practical, political, and procedural lessons learned in this groundbreaking case, and gather insights on how those lessons apply to current and potential future human rights applications on behalf of First Nations youth and communities.

Registration 

Event Date: Friday, October 21, 2016 - 12:00

Provincial statutes confer significant and various powers, duties and functions on Minsters of the Crown.  The Municipal Act, 2001 authorizes municipalities to delegate powers and duties under that and other Acts. Join us to unravel the complexities of delegation of authority at both the provincial and municipal levels, including:

  • Is a Minister required to perform every statutory responsibility? If not, who may do so and subject to what limitations?
  • How do municipalities delegate responsibilities under the Municipal Act, 2001?
  • What are the risks associated with delegations of authority, and how can these risks be mitigated?
  • Best practices to avoid concerns about an absence of authority 
  • What is the designated administrative authority model and what are its implications?

Registration

Event Date: Friday, October 21, 2016 - 12:00

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has increased resources and targeted programs aimed at detecting taxpayers who have been non-compliant with their filing and reporting obligations, including an increase in audits and initiatives to obtain audit leads. Stay ahead of the curve with this in-depth review of the CRA’s audit and voluntary disclosure processes.Join our expert panel as they discuss tips and traps, and offer best practices to help you ensure your clients’ needs are covered. Deepen your knowledge on the CRA’s recently implemented audit processes, which employ more sophisticated methods in their audits of individuals, corporations and trusts.

Hear about recent trends in verification programs, and gain practical advice for addressing what has become a complex and time-consuming audit process.Additionally, get up to date on the Voluntary Disclosure program, including prerequisites for acceptance by the CRA, the process of making a voluntary disclosure, manners of addressing unique circumstances, and some best practices in advising and assisting clients in making disclosures.

Registration

Event Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

Crown Duty to Consult with Aboriginal Peoples

Speaker:

  • Diane Rowe, Solicitor, Department of Justice

http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_jtabgv1016

Event Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

Family Trust Administration

Speaker:

  • Greg Leslie, CPA, CA, Partner, Collins Barrow Nova Scotia Inc.

Register

Event Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00

Pro Tips from the Prothonotary

Speaker: Caroline McInnes, Prothonotary of the NSSC and Registrar of the NSCA

A presentation by and Q&A with Caroline McInnes, Prothonotary of the NSSC and Registrar of the NSCA, about recent amendments to the Civil Procedure Rules; navigating the Courts’ website; filing dos and don’ts; dealing with self-represented litigants; an overview of appeal procedure; courtroom attire and decorum; and more!

NOTE: If you would like to submit a particular question in advance, please email Caroline at Caroline.McInnes@courts.ns.ca

Register

Event Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 17:30 to 20:00

Joint Family Law & Elder Law Section Dinner Meeting

Speaker: Ann Levangie, Patterson Law

http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_JTFAEL1016

Event Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 19:00 to 20:30

Connect: Women in Law

Connect: Women in Law is a joint event co-hosted by the Women's Section and Law Students' Section of the CBA and sponsored by Schulich School of Law's Career and Development Office.

During this evening, female law students will have the opportunity to rotate though stations and connect with female lawyers in a variety of legal fields. This event provides the valuable and inspiring opportunity for female law students to meet successful female lawyers working in Nova Scotia and learn about their experiences in the legal profession.

If you are interested in participating as a lawyer, please register. Your insights and experiences are invaluable to students who are about to begin their legal careers. If you are interested in participating, please register soon as spots will fill up fast!

Registration is limited to 20 for lawyers, 20 for students. Registration is free. 

Event Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 (All day)

The Nova Scotia Criminal Lawyers' Association is holding its 2016 Fall Conference, Defending Sexual Offences, on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (lunch included) at the Delta Halifax, 1900 Barrington Street, Halifax.

Presentations will include:

  • Alcohol and Consent
  • Similar Fact Applications
  • Third Party Records Applications
  • The Collateral Fact Rule
  • Defence Counsel and the Media
  • The Importance of Cross Examination
  • Assessments, Counselling Issues
  • Reintegration into the Community

   ...and much more!

You also don't want to miss our Keynote Speaker, Christie Blatchford, and her thoughts Post-Ghomeshi

Fees:

  • $150.00 - Clerks, Students, Lawyers with less than 5 years at the Bar
  • $200.00 - NSCLA Members
  • $250.00 - Non Members (includes NSCLA membership)

To Register:

Contact Stephanie Webber at stephanie.webber@nslegalaid.ca or 902-420-7801.
Please provide contact information and any dietary restrictions.

Registration Fees can be paid by cash, cheque (made payable to Nova Scotia Criminal Lawyers' Association), or by E-Transfer to administration@nscla.ca

http://www.nscla.ca

Event Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 - 09:00 to 12:00

This course is intended to deepen your understanding of the financial management of a law practice. You will be engaged in discussions about topics such as the key factors affecting profitability, operation of trust accounts, concepts of time-keeping, liabilities and capital funding.  

By the end of this module you will be able to: 

  • Analyse some of the key factors which can impact upon the profitability of a law firm
  • Understand the concepts of time keeping, billable/non-billable hours, work-in-progress (WIP) and collections in relation to the importance of a firm’s finances 
  • Understand the means by which lawyers and their clients can agree to the level of and control of legal fees, and the principal means by which clients can fund the legal advice they receive
  • Analyse the way(s) in which a client’s method of funding legal advice might impact upon a law firm’s profitability
  • Understand the role of professional liability insurance, including law office management standards (client files) and claims reporting   
  • Understand the opening and operation of trust accounts, including fiduciary responsibility and regulation
  • Understand and analyse capital funding structures for law firms 

This module is part of the Law Practice Management program and can be taken as a stand-alone course which can also be applied as credit towards the full Certificate program.

For more information or to register, please visit: dal.ca/execed/lpm

Event Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 - 13:00 to 16:00

This course is intended to deepen your understanding of the structure of the legal services market in Canada. You will be engaged in discussions about the key commercial and practical issues facing law firms, and the advantage and disadvantages of the principle business vehicles used by legal service providers.  

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Consolidate your understanding of the structure of the legal market in Canada
  • Analyse some of the key commercial and practical issues that law firms might focus on if they are required to tender for work
  • Explain the principal business vehicles which are used by legal service providers when establishing a law firm
  • Analyse the advantages and disadvantages of these 

This module is part of the Law Practice Management program and can be taken as a stand-alone course, which can also be applied as credit towards the full Certificate program.

 For more information, or to register, please visit: dal.ca/exceed/lpm 

Event Date: Friday, October 28, 2016 - 16:00

R. Daren Baxter QC, TEP, President of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, invites you to attend the 2016 Recognition Reception

Friday, October 28 |  4:00 - 6:00 pm
Delta Halifax Bluenose Ballroom
1990 Barrington St., Halifax 

Gail Rudderham Chernin QC
Please join the Society in celebrating excellence in Nova Scotia’s legal profession, as we present the 2016 Distinguished Service Award to Gail Rudderham Chernin QC, of The Breton Group in Sydney.
 
Several others will also be recognized at the reception:
  • Marc Njoh, articled clerk at Stewart McKelvey, is the recipient of the 2016 NSBS Presidents’ Leadership Award;
  • Lucy Jackson, law student, received the 2016 NSBS Presidents' Leadership Internship scholarship; and 
  • Alison Aho is recipient of the 2016 Race and the Law Essay Prize for her paper, "Identification and Recognition Evidence: Determining Admissibility With Respect to Race".

The Recognition Reception is an annual opportunity to honour lawyers and law students for their contributions that demonstrate the profession’s commitment to excellence and public service.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by October 18 to Shirley Shane at sshane@nsbs.org.  

Event Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 12:00

The statutory right to access government-held information can, in various circumstances, be effectively used to gather facts, knowledge and evidence to assist your clients. Whether you are corporate or ligation counsel, join our expert faculty to explore:

  • When you should be considering an access to information request
  • What types of information you can obtain
  • How to navigate the provincial and federal processes

Registration

Event Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:30

Practice Before the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board

Speaker:

  • John Merrick QC, Merrick Jamieson Sterns Washington & Mahody, will address practice and procedure before the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, the use of technology and what can be learned from the Board’s approach.

http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_admin_1116

Event Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 17:30

It has been almost five months since Bill C-14 received royal assent and the Criminal Code was amended to allow for medically assisted dying. Join us as we hear from Dr. Trudo Lemmens on the current situation health care providers face in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Carter, Bill C-14 and the new Criminal Code amendments.

The new legal framework will be outlined and ethical considerations will be discussed with an eye to understanding how the new legal landscape impacts health care providers and the legal practitioners that advise them.Register now to hear from the expert in this area on these pressing and salient issues.

Registration

Event Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 17:00

Innovative and emerging start-ups need critical legal advice that not only protects their interests, but also fits with their often limited budgets. Whether establishing a brand, or developing a technology or product, intellectual property protections are often essential given the potential value of these assets in the future if the business succeeds.

Join us as we bring together business and IP lawyers to explore how to work together to best represent start-up clients, and hear directly from a start-up entrepreneur on the unique legal needs of these businesses. Plus, take advantage of the opportunity to network and develop relationships with members of the business and IP bar.

Registration

Event Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 11:30

Whether you act for Applicants or Respondents, proceeding with employment cases before the Human Rights Tribunal will almost always be based on one central question – how much does my client stand to gain or lose? Recent jurisprudence has shown that these figures are now on the rise, and increasingly unpredictable. Ensure you are up to date on the latest developments and trends in damages and remedies before the Human Rights Tribunal.

Gain helpful strategies from our exceptional faculty for determining when these damage awards are likely to be made, and valuable techniques for how to put your best foot forward, whether you are employer or employee counsel.

Register now to boost your skills in this critical area.

Event Date: Friday, November 4, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, November 5, 2016 (All day)

For program information and registration, please go to the Canadian Tax Foundation's event page.

Event Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016 (All day) to Friday, November 4, 2016 (All day)

The Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and Food Lawyers of Canada are bringing together national and international leaders from the field of food law and policy at a two-day conference in Halifax to explore law’s changing role in Canadian food systems.

Join over 40 presenters speaking on a range of topics including food safety, sustainable food systems, food security, animal rights and welfare, food labelling and global trade. Our keynote speakers include award-winning chef and food justice advocate Bryant Terry, currently Chef-in-Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco; Ronald Doering, former President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and counsel at Gowlings WLG; and Michael Roberts, Executive Director of the Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy at the UCLA School of Law.

To register, please visit: http://foodlaw.ca/halifax2016

This conference will be the first national event of its kind on food law and policy in Canada­. Don’t miss the chance to be part of an exciting new network of practitioners, researchers and policy-makers who will help to shape the direction of this emerging field.

We look forward to welcoming you to Halifax in November.

Event Date: Friday, November 4, 2016 - 08:30

What is value, why is it important, and how do we differentiate between "value", "fair value", "fair market value", and "imputed value"? Take an introductory look at basic and complex property issues for young lawyers centered on the issues of what is value and how to value property in family law. Learn about limitation periods, disclosure, evidence, and tracing in establishing value. 

Hear advice from chartered business valuators and accountants to understand when you need an expert and what they can do for you. Our expert speakers will also go beyond the basics to demystify trusts and corporate structures and share tips on unusual claims that you can make to add value to your client.

Registration

Event Date: Monday, November 7, 2016 - 12:00

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has increased resources and targeted programs aimed at detecting taxpayers who have been non-compliant with their filing and reporting obligations, including an increase in audits and initiatives to obtain audit leads. Stay ahead of the curve with this in-depth review of the CRA’s audit and voluntary disclosure processes.

Join our expert panel as they discuss tips and traps, and offer best practices to help you ensure your clients’ needs are covered. Deepen your knowledge on the CRA’s recently implemented audit processes, which employ more sophisticated methods in their audits of individuals, corporations and trusts.

Hear about recent trends in verification programs, and gain practical advice for addressing what has become a complex and time-consuming audit process.

Additionally, get up to date on the Voluntary Disclosure program, including prerequisites for acceptance by the CRA, the process of making a voluntary disclosure, manners of addressing unique circumstances, and some best practices in advising and assisting clients in making disclosures.

Registration

Event Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, November 9, 2016 (All day)

The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society licenses WestlawNext Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney. 

Free training is offered at the Barristers' Library in Halifax on November 8 & 9, 2016.

Please call L&IS at 425 2665 or 1 866 219 1202 (toll-free) to book a one-hour session at a time that is convenient for you. You can bring members from your firm; please let us know at the time of booking. 

The platforms within our licensing agreement – CriminalSource, FamilySource, Estates&TrustsSource – provide access to key updated commentary. Our CriminalSource subscription now includes former CriminalSpectrum (Canada Law Book) content, including Ewaschuk's Criminal Pleadings & Practice in Canada, McWiliams’ Canadian Criminal Evidence, and Salhany's Canadian Criminal Procedure.

WestlawNext Canada offers an all-in-one search box and customizable interface, as well as the ability to browse content collections and drill down into commentary sources. It offers new functionality in managing your search results with search filters and visual indicators.

L&IS is pleased to offer training sessions on WestlawNext Canada with Thomson Carswell’s Executive Learning Consultant, Sam MacKenzie.

Event Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 11:00 to 16:00
Filling the gaps: a workshop on refugee law
 
This workshop is a partnership between the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax Refugee Clinic, Atlantic Refugee and Immigrant Services and Refugee Sponsorship Support Program – Halifax section.
 
November 8, 2016, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (lunch will be provided)
Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society classroom
Cogswell Tower, 800–2000 Barrington Street, Halifax
 
 
You are invited to a Refugee Law Workshop at the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
 
We have identified a number of gaps in the provision of legal services to immigrants and refugees in Nova Scotia. The purpose of this workshop is to begin to fill these gaps by increasing and developing expertise in refugee law and by building a roster of trained lawyers who can offer pro bono or low bono services in these areas.
 
Presenters: 
 
  • Julie Chamagne is the Executive Director of the Halifax Refugee Clinic – a pro bono clinic that offers legal services to immigrants and refugees in Nova Scotia. Julie will open the workshop with a discussion of the current gaps in legal services for immigrants and refugees.  
  • Laura Hambleton is the Atlantic Trainer with the Private Refugee Sponsorship Program. 
  • Elizabeth Wozniak is a lawyer with North Star Immigration Law in Halifax.
Both Laura and Elizabeth will be providing lawyers with the practical tools needed to assist this increasing population of newcomers.
 
RSVP: Kindly email jhabet@nsbs.org by Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Thank you!
 
Event Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 11:45

In this ongoing series, the Women Lawyers Forum strives to tackle challenging issues that continue to affect women in our profession disproportionately.

Please join us for candid discussions with lawyer coaches and senior practitioners about negotiating your salary, business issues that may affect your compensation, developing influencing skills, dealing with gender discrimination, working your unique communication styles to your advantage, and more!

Take part in one or more of these important conversations, hone your negotiation and leadership skills and take your career to the next level.

Registration

Event Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 08:30

Discover the newest legal technology and innovation that is reshaping the practice of law. Learn how to incorporate these valuable legal tools into your practice to simplify your workload, maintain your competitive edge in the evolving legal landscape, and safeguard your client data from hackers who are targeting law firms.

This annual event is your chance to get hands-on exposure to software that has been designed for the modern law office and mobile lawyers to improve efficiency, thereby boosting profitability. Increase the productivity of your legal practice with practical tips from our tech-savvy lineup of speakers. Join us to hear about innovative technology in trial law, the emergence of cognitive computing in legal technology, and take a closer look at artificial intelligence in legal practice.

http://cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=ON_16GEN1109C

Event Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016 (All day)

The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society licenses WestlawNext Canada, a comprehensive online legal research product, for lawyers’ use in Barristers’ Libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney. 

Free training is offered at the Kings County Barristers' Library on November 10, 2016.

Please call L&IS at 425 2665 or 1 866 219 1202 (toll-free) to book a one-hour session at a time that is convenient for you. You can bring members from your firm; please let us know at the time of booking. 

The platforms within our licensing agreement – CriminalSource, FamilySource, Estates&TrustsSource – provide access to key updated commentary. Our CriminalSource subscription now includes former CriminalSpectrum (Canada Law Book) content, including Ewaschuk's Criminal Pleadings & Practice in Canada, McWiliams’ Canadian Criminal Evidence, and Salhany's Canadian Criminal Procedure.

WestlawNext Canada offers an all-in-one search box and customizable interface, as well as the ability to browse content collections and drill down into commentary sources. It offers new functionality in managing your search results with search filters and visual indicators.

L&IS is pleased to offer training sessions on WestlawNext Canada with Thomson Carswell’s Executive Learning Consultant, Sam MacKenzie.

Event Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 08:30

For lawyers practicing in traditional fields of law, from real estate, family law and trusts & estates, to personal injury, charity law, health law and civil Litigation, Elder Law is here.  As the baby boomer generation ages, the largest segment of society will soon be those over the age of 65.  Get the knowledge and skill-set necessary to advise and represent older adults with this critical program.

Join our experienced faculty to explore some of the many substantive, procedural and ethical complexities of Elder Law, and gather the tools you need to develop a best-practices approach to serving this growing demographic.

Registration

Event Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 17:30

The Canadian retail market has been hit with a slew of insolvency filings in the last few years by companies we all know well. There are numerous concerns and strategies of key stakeholders in this unique type of insolvency proceeding. What are the options for the company and what are the primary concerns of landlords? Also, what are some of the key issues a liquidator must navigate when facing a sale of inventory in more than one jurisdiction?

Join us and hear from an expert panel as we explore retail insolvencies from all angles and address each of these questions and more.

Registration

Event Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 17:30

The professional regulation of teachers and early childhood educators (ECE) is critical to support the effective and safe education of our children. Whether your clients include ECEs, teachers, unions, parents and children, school boards or the regulators, join us to get up to speed on tricky issues in the context of educator regulation before the Ontario College of Teachers and College of Early Childhood Educators.

Our expert panel will explore:

  • What, when and how much are the various stakeholders required to report to the regulator?
  • Unique challenges facing both regulators and educators during an investigation
  • Ensuring fair process before discipline and fitness to practice committees

Registration

Event Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 05:00

Youth homelessness in Canada is an issue that disproportionately affects LGBTQ youth.  According to the most recent City of Toronto Street Needs Assessment, one in five homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. Our panel of experts will discuss this issue from a legal and social perspective. What are the legal impediments that contribute to the issue of youth homelessness in Canada?

Explore some of the solutions that are being considered, including family counseling and education, the recent opening of a purpose-built shelter in Vancouver, the City of Toronto’s commitment to fund a purpose-built emergency shelter, as well as the recent opening of a transitional housing shelter in Toronto.

Registration

Event Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 08:15

How should your law firm manage your relationship with general counsel? Gain insight into what general counsel are looking for when working with external lawyers. Attend this program to discuss alternative fee arrangements, the sharing and reallocation of work, and service level agreements.

Registration

Event Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 08:30

The litigation of intellectual property (“IP”) matters, from patents to trademarks to copyright, can be a complicated and ever-changing endeavour. Get all the expert insights you need on an array of critical IP litigation topics, both in respect of the case on the merits and essential interlocutory proceedings. Gather key strategies and take away helpful precedents to enhance your IP litigation practice.

Participants will receive a copy of the book Intellectual Property Litigation: Forms and Precedents (LexisNexis, 2016)by Paul Lomic (ed.) as the materials for the program. Each of the speakers will be presenting on the subject of their chapter in the book.

Registration

Event Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 17:30

The Public Sector Lawyers Section, in partnership with the Young Lawyers Division and Student Division is pleased to invite you to an early evening reception and special keynote address.  We are honoured to welcome The Honourable Andromache Karakatsanis of the Supreme Court of Canada as this year’s keynote presenter.

If you are an articling student, LPP student, law student or junior lawyer with an interest in public sector law, join us for this casual, social evening and take advantage of the opportunity to seek advice and insights from senior practitioners. 

Benefit from an invigorating discussion, meet Justice Karakatsanis and network with senior public sector lawyers. Do you practice in the public sector? Come out and share your own experiences on the rewards of a public sector career with great future lawyers. 

Registration

Event Date: Friday, November 25, 2016 - 08:30

Join us for the first ever year-end Pensions and Benefits Hot Spots! Hear from experts on key issues in the area of pensions and benefits law, including the impact of privacy laws on pensions and benefits plans, the challenges of Ontario’s new pension plan asset transfer rules and recent case-law developments. An event not to be missed! 

Registration

Event Date: Monday, November 28, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (All day)

​November 28-29, 2016, Ottawa
Animal Cruelty Prosecution Conference
hosted by the National Centre for Prosecution of Animal Cruelty (NCPAC)

NCPAC provides resources to Crown prosecutors that support the successful prosecution of animal cruelty cases using the Criminal Code of Canada. The centre designs and delivers training to the prosecution community that reflects current best practices in animal cruelty prosecution in order to improve consistency and outcomes across the country.

This conference is open to Canadian Crown prosecutors and representatives of investigative/enforcement agencies (for example, SPCA, RCMP, or Wildlife Enforcement/Conservation officers) and experts (for example, veterinarians) who are actively investigating or assisting in prosecuting animal cruelty. Attendees must obtain approval from NCPAC to attend the conference. Please review, complete and submit the Conference Application to request approval.
 
A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of Crown prosecutors from across Canada. Please review, complete and submit the Crown Grant Application to be considered. Applications must be received by October 14, 2016. Crown Grant applicants need not submit a Conference application.
 
Once you have been approved to attend the conference, please see this information regarding discounts for booking your hotel and flights. The conference is scheduled to begin at 8am on the 28th and end at 5pm on the 29th. Agenda coming soon.
 
Event Date: Monday, November 28, 2016 - 11:30

Take advantage of this valuable opportunity to get “on your feet” with practical oral advocacy experience before members of the Judiciary and Bar. Your session will be videotaped so you can thoroughly understand your public speaking performance and gain a better appreciation for the indispensable feedback that our instructors will provide you.You will walk away from this session with:

  • The ability to articulate your ideas aloud, confidently and clearly
  • Practical guidelines on oral advocacy, including body language and voice control
  • Hands-on oral advocacy experience
  • Essential advice from experienced litigators
  • Videotaped presentations for self-viewing and critique

Registration

Event Date: Monday, November 28, 2016 - 17:30

Service animals provide an important support for people with a variety of visible and invisible disabilities. It is essential that service providers and employers understand the state of the law around service animals to avoid running afoul of their obligations. Join us to explore this important legal area, including::

  • Unraveling the legislative landscape: a cross-jurisdictional comparison
  • What challenges does Ontario’s current legislative scheme pose?
  • Making sense of recent Ontario Human Rights Tribunal decisions on service provider responsibilities
  • Managing religious, cultural and allergy concerns in the employment setting
  • Unique challenges for schools as animals are increasingly being used to support children with autism or mental disability

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Event Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 08:15

Join us as we harness the ideas, energy and experience of many talented lawyers who are committed to helping diverse lawyers advance in their careers. Choose from a vast array of topics that will specifically address the often complex issues that diverse lawyers face including implicit bias, and discrimination in the workplace, and the impact of discrimination on mental health. Our panelists will share the strategies they have used to make partner, open their own practice, become a judge, succeed as corporate counsel, and build their professional support network and personal champions.

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Event Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 07:30

Join us for a critical discussion of some of the key ethical and professionalism issues, developments and trends impacting labour and employment lawyers today. Engage with leading practitioners and regulators to gather the strategies you need to successfully manage these professionalism issues in your practice. Plus, earn all of your professionalism hours in a way that is specifically suited to your role as a labour or employment lawyer!

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Event Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 07:30

Join us for a critical discussion of some of the key ethical and professionalism issues, developments and trends impacting labour and employment lawyers today. Engage with leading practitioners and regulators to gather the strategies you need to successfully manage these professionalism issues in your practice. Plus, earn all of your professionalism hours in a way that is specifically suited to your role as a labour or employment lawyer!

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Event Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 08:30

The insurance claim and litigation process can often be time consuming which is why all those involved must work cooperatively to ensure that the process flows smoothly. Join us to hear brokers, claims examiners, lawyers and experts discuss their experiences and perspectives on how to effectively manage and litigate claims in both local and international forums.

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Event Date: Monday, December 5, 2016 - 08:30

It’s that time of the year again for the Annual Class Actions Colloquium! Once again, the OBA Class Actions Section has gathered an outstanding faculty of speakers who will highlight the most important developments in Class Actions from coast to coast, as well as provide critical insights and practical tips on how to stay at the top of your game in this highly specialized practice area. It has been another big year in class actions, and this annual conference will provide you with the key information you need to know about class proceedings.

Join us to gain exclusive updates and analysis of the past year’s top developments in class actions law from an expert faculty of judges and lawyers engaged in the most cutting-edge issues now being debated in courts across Canada.

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Event Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 14:00

There is a fine line between advocating aggressively for your client and possibly violating rules of ethics and civility. So how do you know where to draw the line? How can you advocate for your client without overstepping this line?

Regardless you need to uphold the rules of civility and still ensure that your client’s interest comes first. This is a tricky dilemma that all lawyers face. Join us to deliberate this issue with a stellar faculty. Hear from a diverse range of members from the legal community who are tackling this issue from all sides.

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