January 23, 2017 InForum Issue

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The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society has conducted a review of its current trust account assessment. This assessment is written by lawyers wishing to open a trust account. The review has resulted in the creation of a list of competencies and a new trust assessment that tests lawyers’ knowledge of the trust regulations as well as their ability to apply the regulations to a simulated scenario. Read More

Lawrence Rubin is the new Director of Insurance at the Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia (LIANS). Mr. Read More

The 26th Annual F.B. Wickwire Memorial Lecture in Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics took place on Thursday, December 1 at the Schulich School of Law, co-presented by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. Read More

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

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

Halifax lawyer Christa Brothers QC will be Second Vice-President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society for the 2017-2018 Council year.  Read More

For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Friday, January 23, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website.  Read More

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category. The following former members received judicial appointments on January 23, 2017: Read More
Professional development

Ottawa-based Supreme Advocacy LLP recently posted its Supreme Court of Canada 2016 Year-in-Review providing a "complete legal snapshot of all the law from the SCC in 2016”. Read More
Access to Justice

The following blog item was posted by United Way Halifax on Dec. 23, 2016 United Way Halifax is working with the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society (NSBS) to improve access and experiences within our legal and judicial systems. Read More
Tips from LIANS

At LIANS, we have seen an increased amount of “phishing” email correspondence being circulated to our membership. A phishing email is an email message that looks legitimate (from a colleague or client) but induces the recipient to provide personal information to the sender. Statistics reveal that approximately 20% of phishing emails sent will receive a response from the recipient. Read More

Be advised that a sophisticated scam disguised as a Gmail login has been circulating. The user receives an email that appears to be from a legitimate contact, using a generic subject line. When the email is opened, a valid-looking Gmail login page appears, prompting the user to “sign in” to view an attachment. Read More

The following is an article from Homewood Health™, your health and wellness provider, on behalf of the Nova Scotia Lawyers Assistance Program (NSLAP). Read More

The Honourable Catherine Benton and the Hon. Ronda Vanderhoek are the newest judges of the Provincial and Family Courts of Nova Scotia. Read More

This is to inform you that a Notice to Parties and the Profession (Access to Digital Audio Recordings of Federal Court of Appeal Proceedings) was issued on December 21, 2016, by the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal. Read More

As announced in April 2016, Service Nova Scotia (SNS) is modernizing the Registry of Joint Stock Companies. To support the modernization, a Request for Proposals for a new IT system was issued on December 21, 2016. SNS expects to have signed a contract with a new IT system partner by summer 2017 and to be operating the Registry with the new IT system about 18-24 months after that. Read More

The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (CCH) is launching a research project that will build on efforts to better quantify the social impacts of culture in Nova Scotia. The research will explore the nature of culture through Nova Scotians' own experiences to better understand the different facets of our cultural landscape. Read More

Nova Scotians are encouraged to present their views about the province's first accessibility legislation, Bill 59, to the Law Amendments Committee. Read More

Candidates seeking a job with the Nova Scotia public service can now find job listings on This change moves the hiring and application process almost exclusively online which means less paperwork and quicker internal processing. Read More

The four Atlantic provinces are joining together to proclaim Jan. 23 to 27 as Red Tape Awareness Week. Read More

The Province has placed industrial approvals issued by the Department of Environment online at . The information can be accessed without cost.  Read More

Partners of Child, Youth and Family Supports: On Wednesday, December 28, Government proclaimed the amendments to the Children and Family Services Act. That means the changes that were passed in 2015 will be implemented, beginning on March 1. Read More

No proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum. Read More

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: The following announcements since the last edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:   Read More
Other news

Dalhousie Legal Aid’s annual Social Justice Soirée is on March 25, 2017. This year, we are hosting an Art Battle. Artists from the legal community will have two hours to produce a work of art related to what social justice means to them. Read More

The Call for Abstracts deadline for the second International Conference on End of Life Law, Ethics, Policy, and Practice is Feb. 15. Download the application and  details about the conference, which will be held Sept. 13 to 15 in Halifax. Read More

January 23, 2017, Kentville, NS – Taylor MacLellan Cochrane has elected a new Managing Partner and added a new Partner. Read More

Elsie Ross of Halifax passed away on December 15, 2016. Her family is seeking a copy of her will, believed to have been prepared about 15 years ago. Her date of birth was August 25, 1926. If you have information about the location or existence of this will, please contact her son Neil Ross at 902 826 2913 or  Read More

The family of Waide Winston Young is seeking to locate his Last Will and Testament, and believe he had one prepared approximately six weeks before he passed away on December 13, 2016. Mr. Young’s date of birth was May 23, 1945 and he resided at 68 Robert Drive in Ellershouse. Read More

William John Taylor died in April 2016 at age 89. He had resided at 3200 Micmac Street in Halifax. Lawyers with any information about the existence or location of a will for Mr. Taylor are asked to please contact his sister Marie Kennedy of Victoria, B.C., at 1 250 385 7306.   Read More

I am a 2016 graduate of Dalhousie Law School, currently articling with the Ministry of the Attorney General in Toronto. My office provides legal services to a tribunal cluster which administers 30+ statutes, so I am especially familiar with administrative, insurance/consumer protection, police-oversight and privacy law. Read More

Seeking part-time, full-time or flexible hours I am an Australian lawyer (with practising experience) who has permanently moved back to Halifax. As I cannot practise in Nova Scotia yet, I am looking for other positions as paralegal, legal research, etc.  Experience in: Read More

Seeking Senior Lawyers for work in the North Read More

The Halifax office of Blois, Nickerson & Bryson LLP is expanding and seeks to hire an additional associate lawyer. Read More

Bedford Law has an opportunity available for additional lawyer(s) to join our firm in a partnership capacity. We are a busy, full service, established firm in the heart of Bedford. Our beautifully appointed offices are located on the ground floor of a professional office building with high visibility, prominent signage and free parking. Read More

Casey Rodgers Chisholm Penny Duggan LLP, Dartmouth is seeking an associate. Ideally the individual will have 2-3 years experience in the areas of litigation, with an emphasis on personal injury and/or real estate law. Interested candidates may apply in confidence to   Read More

Reference Number: 3244-17NSP ​Business Unit: LegalType of Employment: Regular, Full TimeLocation: CA – Halifax, Nova ScotiaDate Posted: January 20, 2017 Read More

Second year law student from UdeM seeking summer employment. I am fully bilingual and I am receiving my legal education in French. I also attended SMU in English (Criminology). I come from a family of lawyers, so I understand the business aspect of law in private practice. I also understand the value of mentorship at this point in my career. Read More

Stewart McKelvey is an innovative, client-driven law firm committed to providing the highest quality of ethical legal services, earning clients' trust and striving to meet and exceed expectations.  Since becoming the first regional law firm more than 20 years ago, Stewart McKelvey has grown to become one of the 20 largest law firms in Canada, with six offices across four provinces. Read More

Newton and Associates, a well-established full service law firm located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, has an immediate position available for an ambitious, hardworking general practice associate lawyer. There will be a heavy emphasis in the area of Family Law. You will have the opportunity to develop your practice and client base within our busy firm. Read More

Labour and Employment Lawyer - Yellowknife McLennan Ross LLP has an immediate opening for a Labour and Employment Lawyer to join our busy Yellowknife office. Read More

CLYDE A. PAUL & ASSOCIATES Position: Legal Assistant/Paralegal, full-time position  Our company is a small, long established law firm located in Halifax. We are seeking a dedicated legal assistant to join our busy team in a full-time role. Read More

(English to follow) Le centre d’information juridique Accès Justice est situé au centre-ville d’Halifax et offre aux résidents de la Nouvelle-Écosse de l’information juridique dans tous les domaines du droit. Le service est gratuit et disponible en français et en anglais.  Read More
Volunteer and Pro Bono

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society has been working for the past several months with seven lawyers on a pro bono initiative in North Preston. This pilot project is designed to assist residents in the Preston area with gaining legal ownership of land that has been in many families for generations. Read More

Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – The Free Legal Clinic at the Halifax Law Courts is looking for lawyers and law students to volunteer their time during the 2017 winter session. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 12:00
Estate Bullying Speaker: Cora Jacquemin, Registrar of Probate Register  Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 07:00
The speaker is Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada. The world faces the biggest refugee crisis we have seen in close to 70 years. Most attention has focused on the Syrian refugee crisis, but there are similar stories from Central Americans crossing through Mexico and Eritreans held hostage by gangs in the Sinai Peninsula. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 17:00
The New Mobility in Nova Scotia Speakers:  Read More
Event Date: Friday, January 27, 2017 - 01:00
This year, the 12th annual International Humanitarian Law conference will be held at the Schulich School of Law. The event will be hosted by the Canadian Red Cross, Dalhousie's JERILS Society, and Schulich Law's Law and Technology Institute. Read More
Event Date: Friday, January 27, 2017 - 12:00
Online User Rights: Privacy Rights in Litigation Speaker: Derek Brett, Burnside Law Office Join us for an interesting discussion on this evolving area. We will be considering the relevant issues through a case study of user rights on online gambling and pornography sites. Read More
Event Date: Friday, January 27, 2017 - 12:30
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Event Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 12:00
Rectification Case Law Update Speaker: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 08:30
The CBA-NS Mid-Winter Conference will take place on Thursday, February 2 and Friday, February 3, 2017. Full registration to this 1.5 day conference offers 10 CPD hours which can be applied towards your yearly professional development plan that includes a minimum of 12 CPD hours.   Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 3, 2017 - 13:30
CBA-NS Friday Afternoon Workshops 2017 HOW TO WORKSHOP YOUR WAY TO TECHNOLOGY NIRVANA Speaker: Read More
Event Date: Monday, February 6, 2017 - 13:00
Join us for a unique event and intimate discussion of the challenges and opportunities in the practice of law today. Hear a first-hand account of the professional journeys of three Justices from the Supreme Court of Canada in small group settings where you can engage in a discussion with each Justice. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 09:00
One only needs to look at the recent run of insolvencies involving the retail sector, natural resources and real estate, to know that being familiar with the issues surrounding insolvency and restructuring law is now a prerequisite for all legal practitioners. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 09:00
The pension and benefits landscape in Ontario continues to evolve and change. Are you staying on top of all the recent developments? An experienced faculty of pensions and benefits practitioners will provide updates on the recent changes and trends in this area of the law. Stay current by joining us and hear from experts on: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 09:00
Join us to explore the current legal context in which charities and not-for-profits operate, with a particular emphasis on when charity law intersects with other areas of law in unique and potentially litigious ways (e.g. corporate law, employment law, wills and estates, tax, real estate).  When do charities, their directors, or legal advisors most commonly get into trouble?  Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 09:00
Counsel who practice construction and infrastructure law must think strategically at every stage of the litigation process, especially when determining what steps to take and what collection remedies to pursue. Join us to hear from an experienced faculty on these timely topics: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 13:30
Is the litigation process getting you down?  Are the timelines you face too lengthy?  Do you feel like your cases drag on for years? There is relief! There are strategies and processes that will assist you in speeding up the resolution of your cases. There are ways to ensure that justice delayed is not justice denied. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 13:30
In September 2016, Bill 132, aimed at protecting Ontarians from sexual violence and harassment, came into effect, and amended various statutes including the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 13:30
In today’s changing legal environment, staying informed of current trends and market practice will help lawyers gain a competitive advantage. Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 13:30
Citizenship and immigration laws and policies are constantly evolving, and further changes are expected in the upcoming months. Keep up to date on recent developments by attending this engaging program with your colleagues. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 08:30
Public concern over issues in service provision on-reserve, when compared to services provided to neighbouring non-reserve communities, has increased in recent times, especially after the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision in the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society case. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 08:30
Engaging service providers, whether they are law firms or alternative legal providers, to handle legal matters is often a critical part of an in-house counsel’s role. In-house counsel must ensure that the provider will deliver satisfactory and timely results on budget. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 08:30
Recent advances in understanding how people think can help you improve your skills as a lawyer. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 08:30
The world of tax is constantly evolving, and when changes happen, clients will turn to you for advice. Hear from our expert faculty about developments in the substantive law, as well as changes that affect the procedural and practical aspects of running a capable and effective tax practice. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 11:00
Youth records can contain particularly sensitive and personal information about a young person. Who can access the records of young people? How do their privacy rights impact any such access? From education to youth criminal justice, and child welfare to mental and other health records, join our expert faculty to explore: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 11:00
The recent activity at the courts and in the legislature has led to many changes in environmental law over the last year. Hear about a range of issues that could impact your clients, including Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 11:00
As a lawyer in a sole, small firm or general practice, you should understand the fundamentals of franchise law. Many clients are moving towards the franchise model as another way to earn their livelihood and income and you need to know how to assist them. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 11:00
Expert reports play a big role in the practice of law, especially insurance law. Do you know the ins and outs of how to effectively and efficiently use expert reports? Areas of insurance law in Ontario have changed significantly in the past year. Are you confident that you fully grasp the impact these changes have on your daily practice? Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 14:30
Incorporating cultural competency in ADR broadens the analytical spectrum of problem-solving, enhances the prospects for successful outcomes, and supports efforts to increase access to justice for all Ontarians. Join Michael F. Charles, lawyer and principal of Change DeZign Consulting to explore tools and strategies to: Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 14:30
All students have a right to an education, including students with disabilities whose behaviour poses a risk-of-injury to others. At the same time, school staff, including teachers and educational assistants, have a right to a safe workplace. How should school boards balance these rights when they are in conflict? Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 14:30
What subtle and not-so-subtle gendered issues do women lawyers continue to face in the courtroom? How far have we come in creating an inclusive and diverse environment for women to practice litigation? Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 14:30
With the increasing recognition of privacy claims, and changes in the legislative and regulatory landscape, it is essential that you have the most up to date knowledge to advise your clients on potential privacy risks and liabilities. Join our exceptional faculty to unravel the applicable standard of care, and gain strategies for ensuring this standard is met. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 07:30
Start the day off with a valuable discussion on the latest strategies in offering targeted legal services. Whether you are a litigator, or do transactional work, learn how you can incorporate targeted legal services into your practice.  Find out how to protect yourself when providing these services. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 09:00
The importance of effective closing documents in real estate transactions is often overlooked and underappreciated.  Join your peers and our expert faculty to analyze some of the critical issues in closing documentation and to gain helpful tips to protect yourself and your clients. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 09:00
Ensure you are up-to-speed on the current issues impacting who is appearing and who gets a say in administrative proceedings. From public interest intervention to trends in expert evidence, our exceptional faculty will share critical insights on important developments in the field, and how to manage the tricky situations. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 12:00
Insurance for Not-for-Profits Speaker: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 12:00
Treaty History and Treaty Rights Litigation in the Maritimes Speaker: Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 13:30
Join us to delve into the nuanced issues encountered by estates and trusts practitioners at any level of practice, whether your practice focuses on planning, administration or litigation. Gather helpful strategies and expert insights from senior practitioners, as well as recent case updates to keep you on top of current developments in the field. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 13:30
The Internet of Things (IoT) is here, disrupting how individuals and businesses conduct their day-to-day lives and operations through a growing web of network connectivity. As IoT and connected devices expand, so too do the possibilities for the ecosystem of interconnected and integrated payment transactions. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 13:00
Bring your next litigation or transaction in on time and budget! This program explains how lawyers who manage multi-person teams can use the basic principles of project management to organize, plan, and monitor a variety of legal projects. Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 07:30
Work life balance involves a tradeoff between your career demands and aspirations and your commitments and interests outside of the office. While each person may approach the exercise differently, the challenge of achieving work life balance is common among many professionals. Join a panel of lawyers who have been successful in work and in life to discuss the following big questions: Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 07:45
What is it like to be a lawyer in politics? Whether you are considering a career in politics yourself, or are just curious, join us to explore the opportunities, limitations, benefits and frustrations of being an elected official and a lawyer. Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 09:00
Are service-based applications to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario under section 1 of the Human Rights Code (the “Code”) on the rise? Brush up on the fundamental principles of these claims, and get up-to-speed on current issues and recent developments in three critical service areas. Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 09:00
The practice of family law can be a minefield for even the most careful and conscientious practitioner. Gain practical and timely advice from experienced family law practitioners, judges, and other family law professionals. Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 09:00
Join your colleagues to hear updates on recent developments and trends from another exciting year in Municipal and Planning Law. Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 12:00
Who Has Seen the Asylum? History and Reconciliation in Mental Health Erika Dyck, Department of History, University of Saskatchewan Note: Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312, Faculty Lounge No registration required. All welcome! Read More
Event Date: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 13:30
Ethical issues arise in many areas of health law and raise complex issues that legal practitioners must tackle on a daily basis. The protection of confidentiality and privacy of patients, health care institutions and health professionals must be balanced against statutory access rights and disclosure obligations, raising challenging ethical considerations. Read More
Event Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 09:00
Success in pre-trial motions are often the key to a successful trial. What's the best way to argue a delay motion after Jordan? How does the Crown lead similar fact evidence?  What are the limits of disclosure? What admissions should either side make and how? Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 09:30
  TD Bank, Pride at Work Canada / Fierté au travail Canada and the 519, Canada’s largest LGBTQ community centre, will facilitate a practical workshop exploring the Creating Authentic Spaces toolkit and why a trans-inclusive workplace benefits all your employees and customers.    Read More
Event Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 13:00
This information-packed, how-to webcast focuses on the drafting challenges experienced transactional lawyers face in balancing precision and flexibility when drafting corporate documents. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 13:30
Issues In this session, experienced lawyers and physicians will share insights on effective ways of getting the medical information you are entitled to and need in your capacity as an employer or union representative, while also respecting employee privacy. The panelists will address such questions as: Read More
Event Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 (All day)
Register Now for the Justice Canada Knowledge Exchange on the Criminal Justice System’s Responses to Sexual Assault Against Adults Read More
Event Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 13:30
Issues Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 (All day)
Day One - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 14:00
They’re called experts for a reason. Expert witnesses are fully informed on the topic at hand. Trial victory requires you to exploit that information to educate yourself and your judge or jury, and to use it to challenge the testimony of your opponent’s expert. You cannot always be confident that your expert has the gift to explain complex matters in understandable terms. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017 (All day)
Learn techniques for not just surviving - but flourishing - in the courtroom or in any high-pressure situation! Getting your audience to hear you, to believe you, and to act on your words is essential to what you do every day. If you want to be consistently more persuasive, you need to do more than simply follow your instincts. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 (All day)
Medical reports may contain information that is highly personal and sensitive in nature. As a result, a request for medical information from an employee in the workplace raises a host of privacy and human rights concerns. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017 (All day)
Medical reports may contain information that is highly personal and sensitive in nature. As a result, a request for medical information from an employee in the workplace raises a host of privacy and human rights concerns. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 (All day)
Day One - Thursday, May 18, 2017 Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (All day)
Medical reports may contain information that is highly personal and sensitive in nature. As a result, a request for medical information from an employee in the workplace raises a host of privacy and human rights concerns. Read More
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