INFORUM

March 06, 2017 InForum Issue

Society news

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society invites all lawyers across Nova Scotia to this annual event, Women – Strength in Leadership: Remembering Dara Gordon QC.

It is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Discovery Centre Level 3 Foyer. This year’s keynote speaker will be the Honourable Justice Linda Lee Oland of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.

See the Event info for complete details. 

The Society wishes to advise members of the recent deaths of the following colleagues. We extend our condolences to their friends and families.

  • Colin Hunter MacLean, Halifax – February 21, 2017
  • David T.R. Parker QC, Truro – March 4, 2017 Obituary

Note: Mr. Parker’s exemplary service as an Adjudicator with the Small Claims Court spanned more than two decades in locations across the province. He also served as a dedicated long-time volunteer with the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, on the Professional Standards Committee (Law Office Management).     

Further reading:

IN MEMORIAM: Colin MacLean (LLB '90)
The Schulich School of Law website | February 24, 2017 | by Jane Doucet

EDITORIAL: Colin MacLean, a teacher and builder
The Chronicle Herald | February 24, 2017

'Visionary' Colin MacLean of Waterfront Development Corp. dies in Halifax
'He was a visionary and realist. It’s a combination you don’t often see,' says Mayor Mike Savage
CBC News | Feb 22, 2017 | By Susan Bradley

Colin MacLean leaves legacy of passion
The Chronicle Herald | February 22, 2017

Editing the way journalists write about social justice
The media needs to do better when covering issues that touch marginalized people.
The Coast | Jan. 28, 2017 | By Rebecca Dingwell

Allnovascotia.com (subscription only)

  • Lyle Howe Shut Down In Latest Defence Tactic (Feb. 22)
Council
 
For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Friday, February 24, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website.
 
The next regular meeting of Council is scheduled for Friday, March 24, 2015 at the Society’s offices at 9:00 am. 
Credentials

This feature is available in most editions of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category.

The following former member received a judicial appointment on February 17, 2017:
  • The Honourable Sandra Maria Sukstorf is now a Judge of the Military Judicial Bench.

The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category:

  • Andrew James Fanning
  • Michael Arthur Levin
  • Zoe Catherine Roberts

The following members have changed to Non-Practising status:

  • Jeannine Yvette Bakeeff
  • Robyn Elizabeth Helen Kennedy
  • Kent Edward John McNally
  • Alison F. Strachan

The following members have changed to Retired status:

  • Janet Nolan Conrad
  • John William Smithers, BA
Professional development

Recently a regular client visited the Halifax Barristers’ Library to sign out some books. This lawyer seems to get a fair amount of professional reading done, along with the demands of family and a busy practice.

Curious, I asked: “How do you find time to read?” The answer: “I don’t read. I mine books.”

The lawyer explained a professor friend described it thus – not reading the whole book, just ‘mining for the nuggets’.

This strategic approach to efficient engagement with non-fiction material is outlined in a post by HBR author Peter Bregman in How to Read a Book a Week.

Hint: Skim to the five bolded steps (the nuggets).

Looseleaf commentary listed below available in print at the Halifax Barristers’ Library is now current to January 2017. We have implemented a new approach to loose-leaf publications: for the majority of titles, where usage and value warrants, we purchase the complete contents of a publication every two to three years.

Note: eCommentary in the areas of criminal evidence and procedure, estate litigation and planning, trusts, child custody and support, divorce and matrimonial property is also available at barristers’ libraries in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney via in-library authenticated Westlaw access.

BANKRUPTCY

CLASS ACTIONS

  • CLASS ACTIONS LAW AND PRACTICE / Eizenga, Michael A; Peerless, Michael J; Wright, Charles M; Callaghan, John E; Agarwal, Ranjan K — 2d ed. — Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Butterworths, 2008. [KB 190 E34 2008]

CONFLICT OF LAWS

  • CANADIAN CONFLICT OF LAWS / Castel, J.G; Walker, Janet — 6th ed. — Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Butterworths, 2005. [KB 127 C348 2005]

CRIMINAL EVIDENCE

DISCRIMINATION

DISMISSAL OF EMPLOYEES

EMPLOYMENT

  • EMPLOYMENT LAW IN CANADA / Christie, Innis; England, Geoffrey; Wood, Roderick; Barnacle, Peter — 4th ed. — Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Butterworths, 2005. [KB 60 C555E 2005]

ENTERTAINERS

IMMIGRATION LAW

NATIVE PEOPLES

  • NATIVE LAW / Woodward, Jack — Toronto: Carswell, 1989. [KB 79.I6 W899N 1989]

PLANNING

PRACTICE OF LAW

REAL PROPERTY

STOCKHOLDERS

WILLS

  • FEENEY'S CANADIAN LAW OF WILLS / Feeney, Thomas G; MacKenzie, James; Hull, Ian; Popovic-Montag, Suzana — 4th ed. — Markham, Ont: Butterworths, 2000. [KB 153 F295 2000]

Looking to bring this two-day workshop to Halifax on a date yet to be determined in the first two weeks of May 2017. See description of the workshop here: www.aptusrx.com/workplace-investigations.

If we can secure 10 participant registrations, then there will be no charge for the venue.

If interested, please contact Andrea MacNevin at AMacNevin@dwc-law.ca.

 

Access to Justice

The Courts of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Department of Justice, Nova Scotia Legal Aid and the Schulich School of Law are working together on a new approach to public engagement. It’s called #TalkJustice.

The Society initially launched the project in 2014 as a public conversation on what justice means to different people, and how individuals in marginalized communities access legal services and the justice system.

This second phase focuses on gathering people’s experiences with legal services and the justice system. We want people from across the province – and from inside and outside ‘the system’ – to share their stories using the online tool at www.talkjustice.ca.

“Too many people still view our legal system as unfamiliar and intimidating. We must do better,” said the Honourable Michael MacDonald, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, in a public announcement on February 23. “This is about putting the public first and improving access to justice for all Nova Scotians.”

#TalkJustice

The tool was developed using research software called SenseMaker® and information gathered during sharing circles last September. Until now, there has been no effective way to measure the complexity of people’s experiences with the justice system. This tool will change that. Basically, the information people share will be added to a database using software that reveals the stories’ patterns and relationships. What you’re left with is the statistical data that government and organizations need to plan justice programs, policies and services.

Our hope is that by gathering these stories, we’ll gain a better understanding of what’s working in the system and what isn’t, so we can make changes that will improve people’s experiences in the future.

“We are committed to improving access to justice for all Nova Scotians and your feedback is critical in our effort to become a more people-centred, diverse and responsive justice system,” said Justice Minister and Attorney General Diana Whalen, who along with Chief Justice MacDonald is Co-Chair of the Access to Justice Coordinating Committee (A2JCC). “We want to hear directly from Nova Scotians who have experience with the justice system.”

People can share their stories using the online tool at www.talkjustice.ca. There is a free app that can be downloaded for Android and iPhone, and paper copies of the questionnaire are also available by calling Jane Willwerth at the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society at 902-422-1491 or by email at jwillwerth@nsbs.org.

Participants are encouraged to share regularly and at no time will they be asked for their name or other identifying information.

The Society first launched #TalkJustice in 2014 as a community engagement campaign. The project is now a joint initiative of the Society, the Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice and Nova Scotia Legal Aid. These groups are all represented on the Access to Justice Coordinating Committee (A2JCC), a group working to make Nova Scotia's family, civil and criminal courts more efficient, effective, less costly and easier to navigate for all citizens.

For more information on #TalkJustice and the SenseMaker® project, visit www.talkjustice.ca

The Criminal Justice Transformation Group provided this February 7 memo to all criminal law practitioners in Nova Scotia.

Over the past three years, the Criminal Justice Transformation Group (CJTG) has been working to improve the efficiency of Nova Scotia’s criminal justice system. This Group consists of a team of high-level decision-makers from all the organizations that make up the criminal justice system in Nova Scotia. It includes the Judiciary, the provincial and federal Prosecution Services, the provincial and federal Departments of Justice, police, Nova Scotia Legal Aid, the Nova Scotia Criminal Lawyers’ Association, and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R. v Jordan in July 2016 dealing with delay in bringing cases to trial has transformed the criminal justice system. It establishes time ceilings for criminal trials to respect an accused person’s constitutional right to a trial within a reasonable time, and society’s desire that criminal matters be dealt with as expeditiously as possible. Since the Jordan decision, the CJTG has been focusing its efforts on criminal court efficiencies to reduce delay.

Triaging of criminal matters is a way of prioritizing cases so that they may be dealt with more efficiently. One aspect of a triaging approach is the early resolution of cases. A Halifax Region Early Resolution Working Group, chaired by Chief Judge Pamela Williams of the Provincial and Family Courts, has met on several occasions over the last six months. Representatives from Nova Scotia Legal Aid and the PPS have recently agreed on an approach to be piloted in the Crown Attorneys’ offices in Halifax and Dartmouth, where all Crown Attorneys are being asked to prepare early resolution positions so that these can be communicated to Defence counsel and shared with accused persons.

Will Mathers of the Dartmouth Crown Attorneys’ Office has developed an Initial Sentencing Position "ISP" form. The initial draft was distributed to other Crowns for input. A final draft was agreed upon and the form has been printed and distributed to every Crown Attorney in the Halifax region. Additional copies are available in the Halifax and Dartmouth Crown Offices. Chief Judge Williams has agreed that "ISP" forms will be available in each Provincial courtroom in Halifax and Dartmouth. A sample of this form is attached.

The form is intended to be used for relatively straightforward matters that are identified as potentially amenable to early resolution. Examples of such cases would include breach of court order offences, minor property offences, first offence breathalyzer or refusal matters, and low level assaults.

The form could potentially be used in mid-range cases, such as break-and-enters involving businesses or dwellings, and more serious assaults, including those inflicting bodily harm. The form is not intended for use in matters such as sexual assault, sexual offences against children, significant property loss, or where significant violence has been used.

The form is drafted in such a manner that it can be completed quickly. It focuses Crown Attorneys on possible types of resolution (e.g. fine, probation, conditional sentence, jail) and reminds them of potential ancillary orders (e.g. forfeiture, restitution, firearms prohibition). Any offer that is made is time sensitive and will not be offered later in the proceedings.

The form is in duplicate. One copy is to be given to Defence counsel and the other is to be kept in the provincial Public Prosecution Service’s file. The PPS will be developing a means by which to track the success of this initiative.

If you have questions or require further information on this pilot initiative, please contact:

Paul Carver QC
Chief Crown Attorney (Halifax Region),
Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service
Suite 1325, Maritime Centre, 1505 Barrington Street
paul.carver@novascotia.ca

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Media coverage:

Nova Scotia Court Delays: It's an idea that's worked in the medical world but can triage find success in the courtroom?
(Interview with Martin Herschorn, Director, Public Prosecution Service of Nova Scotia)
CBC News Ottawa | Feb 21, 2017

N.S. prosecutors encouraged to offer plea bargains for minor crimes as cases pile up: A new pilot program is an effort to cut down on a backlog of criminal cases tying up courtrooms
CBC News | Feb 18, 2017 | By Shaina Luck

Nova Scotia to offer early plea bargains in bid to speed up justice system
The Canadian Press | Feb. 17, 2017 | By Adina Bresge

Nova Scotia to offer plea bargains on minor cases to make way for criminal trials
Globe and Mail | February 15, 2017 | By Sean Fine 

 

Tips from LIANS

We have received a request to share with the membership our favourite password tips. As requested, here are some important reminders and tips:

  • Many experts recommend that a strong password should be 12 characters long and include numbers, symbols, uppercase and lowercase letters.
  • Each online account you have needs a different password.
  • Think passphrase rather than password! Example: “My favourite team is the San Francisco 49’ers!”
  • Use an online password manager to manage your passwords. A few of this year’s top picks include LastPass, Keeper, Zoho, True Key and Log Me Once.

Using a strong password or passphrase that you remember will help ensure your client and business information remains confidential. If you have any other suggestions or requests for future Risk and Practice Management Tips, please contact us at the coordinates below!

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.

An email purportedly from "David Lim & Partners LLP”, which features a virus-laden PDF attachment, has recently been circulating – example here:

From: David Lim & Partners LLP [mailto:dl @ davidlim. com. sg]
Sent: February-27-17 11:09 AM
Subject: Retainer

Greetings,

Please find enclosed payment confirmation for retainer deposit made to your company account on behalf of our client to your receiving bank dated 27/02/2017NB: Confirm remittance on attached swift copy and advice accordingly.

Thank you in advance for your humble co-operation,
David Lim & Partners LLP

Main Office
50 Raffles Place #17-01
Singapore Land Tower
Singapore 048623
Tel No.: +65 6744 0564/ +65 6744 0034 
Fax No.: +65 6744 0546

If the attachment is opened and the user does not have anti-virus software or firewall programs on their computer, their system will be infected. As always, links and attachments in unsolicited or unanticipated emails should not be accessed unless the sender can be positively verified, as they may contain viruses.

For tips to avoid being victimized, visit the Fraud section on lians.ca, and to report or seek advice on dealing with fraud and scam attempts, contact Cynthia Nield at cnield@lians.ca or 902 423 1300, x346.

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

"With maternity, parental or even short medical leaves, the timing and reasons for an employee’s extended absence are generally well understood and straightforward to accommodate. The entire team may rally around the employee, sometimes showing support with small gatherings making him or her feel valued. As a manager, the obligations may require you to hire a contract role to backfill for the employee who is away, or redistribute the workload to cover things off.

In scenarios where employees have been absent for extended periods resulting from treatments for addiction, mental health disorder(s), and/or physical injuries, the factors and considerations to take into account are often more complex and require careful planning on your part."

Read "Supporting a successful return to work" from your NSLAP provider, Homewood Health™.

 

Visit the NSLAP website at www.nslap.ca. For more information and support with supporting returns to work, along with resources and counselling to improve your health and wellness, register with Homewood Health www.homeweb.ca Please note that NSLAP is your “company” name when you register. Call in confidence, 24 hours a day: 1 866 299 1299 (within Nova Scotia) | (Click here if outside Nova Scotia) | 1 866 398 9505 (en français) | 1 888 384 1152 (TTY).

Courts

The Free Legal Clinic in Sydney is now open to help self-represented litigants with their civil matters in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal: http://www.courts.ns.ca/Self_Reps/NSCANSSCFreeLegalClinicSydney.htm

The Court of Appeal has launched a video tutorial to guide self-represented litigants through the steps of a civil appeal: www.courts.ns.ca/Appeal_Court/NSCA_tutorial_videos.html

The Long Trial Intake Schedule for July to December 2017 in Courtroom #6 at Provincial Court in Halifax is now available: http://www.courts.ns.ca/Bar_Information/documents/nspc_notice_courtroom_6_intake_17_03.pdf

 

 

Please note, the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada has announced changes to the practice for allotting time for oral argument at the hearing of an appeal, as provided for by Rule 59 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Canada. For details, see the March 2017 item in Notices to the Profession on the SCC website: www.scc-csc.ca/ar-lr/notices-avis/17-03-eng.aspx.

This is to inform you that a Notice to the Parties and the Profession (Summer Recess) was issued by the Honourable Paul Crampton, Chief Justice of the Federal Court, and has been published on the Website of the Federal Court.

Avis aux parties et à la communauté juridique (Vacances judiciaires d’été)

La présente est pour vous aviser qu’un amendement à l’Avis aux parties et à la communauté juridique (Vacances judiciaires d’été) a été émis par l’honorable Paul Crampton, juge en chef de la Cour fédérale, et a été diffusé sur le site Web de la Cour fédérale.

Please visit this link on the Courts of Nova Scotia website to read an Open Letter from the Chief Justice of Nova Scotia to members of the Bar: View letter (PDF)

The Mental Health Court team has updated the eligibility requirements for consideration in Nova Scotia's Mental Health Court Program.

 

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal is now accepting applications for its annual Clerkship Program. The deadline to apply is March 17. For details, visit the Courts of Nova Scotia website

Province

The Society congratulates the following 14 lawyers – including two members of Council – on their new Queen's Counsel designations, announced February 23 by the Honourable Diana Whalen, Minister of Justice and Attorney General:

  • Sheree Lynn Conlon QC, Halifax​
  • Loretta Marie Manning QC, Halifax​
  • Randall P.H. Balcome QC, Kentville​
  • Peter James Craig QC, Halifax
  • Kathryn M. Dumke QC, Bridgewater
  • David Gerald Henley QC, Dartmouth
  • Megan Longley QC, Halifax
  • Pamela Marche QC, Sydney​
  • Bernard Miller QC, Halifax
  • Richard W.P. Murphy QC, Yarmouth
  • Jane O’Neill QC, Halifax
  • Kathryn A. Raymond QC, Dartmouth
  • Kelly J. Serbu QC, Dartmouth
  • Candace L. Thomas QC, Dartmouth

The QC designation is awarded each year to members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional merit and outstanding contribution to the legal community.

"This designation recognizes the great contributions made by some outstanding Nova Scotia lawyers and their personal and professional commitment to our province," said Ms. Whalen. "We educate and are served by some of the best lawyers in the country. Nova Scotia is proud of them."

An independent advisory committee makes Queen's Counsel recommendations to cabinet. In addition to merit and legal contributions, criteria include a minimum of 15 years as a member of the Bar of Nova Scotia, demonstrated professional integrity and good character.

The next deadline for applications or nominations will be in September 2017. Details and forms will be available in the spring on the Queen’s Counsel process page of the Society’s website, and updates will be published in InForum

Changes to the Children and Family Services Act that will help protect Nova Scotians from 16-18 years of age, improve child safety, streamline court processes and ensure children have a safe and lifelong family relationship, took effect on March 1.

"We've heard from communities that our existing legislation needed to change to better reflect the realities facing many of the children and families that need our support," said Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard. "We will continue to listen to communities and get their feedback on ways to improve services to vulnerable children, youth and families."

The amendments to the act were passed in December 2015, and proclaimed in December 2016. The policies and regulations put in place to support the changes to the act will evolve over time to respond to changing circumstances.

The changes to the act include:

  • broadening the definition of a child in need of protective services
  • streamlining court processes and defined time frames for hearings
  • addressing the gap in the protection of youth by providing services for 16-18 year olds
  • defining the duty of people to report abuse or risk of abuse
  • requiring cultural connection plans for children in care to honour and preserve children's culture

"Foster parents in Nova Scotia are excited with the improved changes to the Children and Family Services Act and feel they were long overdue," said Wendell Fraser, chair of the Federation of Foster Families of Nova Scotia. "We feel the changes will be beneficial in many ways to the children in Nova Scotia in need of care.

"The federation has a strong working relationship with the Department of Community Services and we will continue to work in the best interest of the children, our future."

Before the amendments were passed in 2015, government invested about $2 million to create the Families Plus program and increase the number of Parenting Journey programs from 12 to 27. Other programs were modified to better respond to cultural needs of African Nova Scotian, Mi'kmaq and Acadian and francophone children and families.

"Earlier intervention will help prevent child abuse and neglect," said Ms. Bernard. "By broadening the definition of a child in need of protective services, the department can get involved with families earlier, when the difficulties they face are more likely to be remedied with community-based services."

For more information about the changes go to https://novascotia.ca/coms.

NOTE: The following is a March 2 statement from Minister of Finance and Treasury Board Randy Delorey.

It is important that Nova Scotians have as many options as possible to ensure financial security in their later years. That's why government has taken steps to improve retirement income security for Nova Scotians.

Government is pleased to announce another important milestone has been reached in the implementation of improvements to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). The federal legislation to bring the CPP enhancements into force has been proclaimed, as agreed in principle between the federal government and provinces in June 2016. The approved enhancements will improve income security for future generations of Nova Scotians.

Too many Nova Scotians are without the security of their own pension plan, registered retirement savings plans or other retirement savings. The CPP enhancements will help these individuals.

The CPP improvements will:

  • increase the maximum CPP benefit by about 50 per cent
  • replace one third of average annual earnings on retirement, up from one quarter
  • increase the upper earnings limit at which this replacement rate maxes out to about $82,700.

Starting in January 2019 the rate employers and employees pay into CPP will be gradually increased over seven years. The upper earnings limit will be increased over two years starting in 2024. An increase to the Working Income Tax Benefit will help protect low-income earners from the rate increase.

The changes to CPP improve this important retirement safety net while being modest, affordable and giving citizens and businesses time to adjust.

A summary of the enhancements and more information can be found at www.fin.gc.ca/n16/data/16-113_3-eng.asp

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.

Culture touches all of us – as individuals as well as communities. Our diverse and vibrant culture includes the arts, cultural industries, heritage, cultural identities, museums, libraries, languages, traditions, food, spirituality and how we interact with the natural world around us. Nova Scotia's cultural landscape is influenced by the beauty of the land, our relationship with the sea, and our desire to not only preserve our roots, but also, nurture the growth of new roots.

Using a specialized online process (SenseMaker), we are asking colleagues to share their stories about culture and what it means to them. Once a story has been captured, the participant is asked a series of followup questions that help define the meaning of their story. Please share as many stories as you wish.

We hope that you will not only promote this project to your peers, but also participate yourself, which can be done in any language you wish. To do so, please visit www.novascotia.ca/culturestories and follow the instructions provided.

Please note that sections of this project do not follow a traditional format, so we ask for your patience and careful attention when submitting your responses. Completing the process should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Understanding what culture means to Nova Scotians is of utmost importance to the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. By sharing your stories, you are helping inform the decisions we make about our programs and services, thus ensuring that our support aligns with citizens' vision of culture in this province.

Thank you,
CCH Research Team

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/

  • Nova Scotia Lawyers Receive Prestigious QC Designation (Feb. 23)

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

AUDITOR GENERAL — February 2017 Report on Followup of 2013 and 2014 Recommendations (Feb. 22)

COMMUNITIES/CULTURE/HERITAGE — Celebrate 150 Years of Remarkable Nova Scotians (Feb. 27)

COMMUNITY SERVICES

  • Government Enhances Workplace Support Program (Feb. 28)
  • Changes to Children and Family Services Act Take Effect in March (Feb. 24)

EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT — Hundreds of Teachers Apply to the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions (March 1)

FINANCE/TREASURY BOARD — Statement from Minister on Canada Pension Plan Improvements (March 2)

FISHERIES/AQUACULTURE

  • Update on Shelburne Harbour Aquaculture Site (March 6)
  • Nova Scotia Launches International Seafood Brand (March 2)
  • Storm Damage to Fish Farm in Shelburne County (Feb. 24)

HALIFAX CONVENTION CENTRE CORP. — CEO Appointment (Feb. 22)

HEALTH/WELLNESS — Nova Scotia Adopts Electronic Public Health Information System (March 2)

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION — Call for Human Rights Art Submissions from Nova Scotia Youth (Feb. 28)

INNOVACORP — Startups Selected for Clean Technology Acceleration Program (March 3)

INTERNAL SERVICES — Open Data Contest Winners Announced (March 6)

LABOUR/ADVANCED EDUCATION — Students Connect Learning to Community Projects (March 2)

PREMIER'S OFFICE — Government Launches Nova Scotia's First Culture Action Plan (Feb. 22)

STATUS OF WOMEN — New Grant Helps Vulnerable Indigenous Women in Cape Breton (Feb. 28)

TOURISM NOVA SCOTIA — Record-setting Tourism Numbers for Nova Scotia in 2016 (Feb. 24)

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL — Two Public Consultations Added on Highway Twinning (March 3)

The following proclamations were published in the Royal Gazette, Part II since the last issue of InForum:

An Act to Amend Chapter 24 of the Acts of 1998, the Public Archives Act, S.N.S. 2016, c. 15, s. 13
NS Gaz Pt 2, 03/03/2017
NS Reg 19/2017

An Act to Amend Chapter 7 of the Acts of 1995-96, the Government Records Act, S.N.S. 2016, c.8 , s. 9
NS Gaz Pt 2, 03/03/2017
NS Reg 21/2017

This notice has been prepared by Society staff in Library & Information Services.

Other news

In recognition of International Women's Day – officially on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – the Society encourages lawyers and firms to support the initiatives of the CBA Women's Forum:

  • The 5th Annual International Women's Day Collection Drive for shelters and transition houses throughout Nova Scotia. This year's theme is "Be Bold for Change" and a number of law firms are serving as drop-off locations, Read more ...
  • Not Just a Bystander: A CBA Podcast on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault – In 2015, the CBA National Women Lawyers Forum began the #WriteYourWrong campaign, which asked Canadian lawyers to tell their stories of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace. These stories were the inspiration for the "Not Just a Bystander" podcast, which launches on March 8 and calls upon us to move away from the sidelines and start taking action. Join CBA for an engaging and important conversation that aims to answer the following questions: Why do sexual assault and sexual harassment happen in the first place? What do sexual assault and sexual harassment mean, legally? What can we as lawyers, clients, and as a community do to fix this problem? Read more ...  

Looking for more #IWD2017 events in your area? Check the events calendar posted by the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women: http://women.gov.ns.ca/events-calendar

Here are just a few examples happening at the Schulich School of Law: 

  • Pay Equity and the Legal Profession: The Dalhousie Feminist Legal Association and the CBA-NS Young Lawyers Section are hosting this International Women's Day panel discussion at 6:00 pm in Room 207 of the Weldon Law Building. Find out more via the Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/409843586027539
  • The Abominable Crime: This film screening and discussion is hosted by the CBA-NS Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law Section, from 7 to 9:30 pm at the Schulich School of Law. The panel will be led by Maurice Tomlinson, a lawyer based out of Toronto (but originally from Jamaica), who is a prominent LGBT and HIV activist in the Caribbean. The discussion will relate to the movie, which explores the issue of homophobia in Jamaica. Read more ...

And a reminder that the Society is hosting the fifth annual Women – Strength in Leadership: Remembering Dara Gordon QC event on March 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the new Discovery Centre.This year’s keynote speaker will be the Honourable Justice Linda Lee Oland of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. See the event info for complete details and RSVP information. 

Sydney Sheriff Services in partnership with Cape Breton Regional Police Service, Scotiabank, Sobeys and the Canadian Cancer Society are having our 6th Annual Cops Against Cancer Auction. We are looking for donations from businesses to help us raise money for this worthwhile cause.

All funds received from this auction will be given to the Canadian Cancer Society to be allocated to local kids who are dealing with cancer. Our goal is to allow them to partake in Camp Goodtime, a camp dedicated to children with this illness. As always, any donation would be greatly appreciated.

The auction will take place at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, Sydney Waterfront, on Sunday, June 10, 2018 starting at noon. Last year we raised just over $13,000 to help send kids to camp! Find out more about Cops Against Cancer

For further information, or if you have a donation, please contact:

  • Deputy Kurt Gilbert, Sheriff Services at 902-565-4668
  • Deputy Peter Smits, Sheriff Services at 902-577-4563 

CorbinPartners has released the 2016 Year in Review of Social Science Evidence. This report catalogues references to survey and other social scientific evidence in Canadian legal and regulatory proceedings, as well as in expert literature. Read more...

 

Dear friends and colleagues,

I am very pleased to announce, and invite you to attend, Children's Participation in Justice Processes: Finding the Best Ways Forward, a two-day national symposium scheduled for 15 and 16 September 2017 in Calgary.

Finding the Best Ways Forward is aimed at gathering together a broad, multidisciplinary spectrum of leading stakeholders to share information and dialogue about how children’s voices are heard, how their interests are protected and how their evidence is received in justice processes. The symposium is intended to generate innovative proposals for policy reform, best practices, and recommendations for future research about children’s participation in justice processes. Subjects to be discussed at the symposium will include:

  • the role of children’s counsel; 
  • the child in family law proceedings, child protection proceedings and youth criminal justice proceedings; 
  • the practical and legal effect of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child within Canada; and,
  • best practices for children’s legal clinics, representing children, judicial child interviews, and child interviews by lawyers and mental health professionals.

The symposium is open to anyone with an interest in children's participation in justice processes. We welcome the participation of: judges, lawyers and articled students; academics, researchers, graduate students and post-doctoral students; social workers, clinical psychologists, counsellors and other mental health professionals; and, government decision-makers, policy-makers and administrators. Please contact me for more information about the symposium, or please visit its website at www.findingthebestwaysforward.com.

The symposium has issued a call for papers that is open until 7 April 2017. I encourage anyone with an interest in children’s participation in justice processes to submit a proposal for a workshop. Find out more at www.findingthebestwaysforward.com/call_for_papers.htm

Finding the Best Ways Forward is a joint project of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family and the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate Alberta, and has been generously funded by a grant from the Alberta Law Foundation. 

Please forward this email and its attachment to any of your contacts who might be interested in the symposium. 

John-Paul E. Boyd, M.A. LL.B.
Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers
Executive Director
Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family
308.301 14th Street NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 2A1

Office   +1.403.216.0340
Web     www.crilf.ca
Direct   +1.403.216.0341
Email   jpboyd@ucalgary.ca
Twitter   @JP_Boyd_CRILF

The family of the late James Leonard MacNeil of New Victoria, Nova Scotia is seeking to locate his Last Will and Testament. Mr. MacNeil’s date of birth was July 5, 1949 and he passed away on December 29, 2016. He was also known by the nickname “Jimmy Jake” and his surname sometimes appeared as McNeil. 

If you have any information about the location or existence of a will, please contact his son Kyle MacNeil and daughter-in-law Margaret Anne MacKinnon at 416-277-5647 or margaretanne.mackinnon@dentons.com

Once again, the Charitable Irish Society of Halifax is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with an elegant evening set for Friday, March 17, in the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront’s ballroom – and you won’t want to miss it.

What an event we’ve planned for you! You'll enjoy a superb meal and top-flight entertainment, featuring the Nova Scotia Irish Dancers, under the direction of Zeph Caissie, and live traditional music by Harbour Town (Jeremy Finney and Décota McNamara). 

We are proud to announce that we will be honouring Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia with our highest honour, the Service Award. The Service Award recognizes outstanding service to the community by those of Irish heritage. In addition, we will welcome Professor John Prendergast of Saint Mary’s University, this year’s Ireland Canada University Foundation Irish Language Scholar, as our guest speaker.  

Tickets are $75 each or $600 for a table of eight. Reserve your space today by contacting Theresa Marie Underhill (reeunderhill@gmail.com, 902-478-4084) or Elizabeth MacDonald (acappella2002@gmail.com, 902.233.3015).

We look forward to greeting you warmly on March 17!

Find out more about the Charitable Irish Society of Halifax at www.charitableirishsocietyofhalifax.ca

Subject: Consultation - Fourth Series of Proposals to Harmonize Federal Law with the Civil Law of the Province of Quebec and to amend certain Acts in order to ensure that each language version takes into account the common law and the civil law

The Department of Justice Canada will be conducting, from February 1st to May 1st, 2017, a consultation regarding the Fourth Series of Proposals to Harmonize Federal Law with the Civil Law of the Province of Quebec and to amend certain Acts in order to ensure that each language version takes into account the common law and the civil law.

Follow the links to the following two documents:

These documents are also available on the Department of Justice Canada’s website.

This consultation (which pertains to proposed amendments to 51 acts) is the continuation of the initiative undertaken by the Department of Justice Canada to harmonize federal legislation with the civil law of the Province of Quebec. The initiative is based on the constitutional framework and principles that establish how the interaction between federal law and provincial private law rules operates. This framework and these principles are reaffirmed in sections 8.1 and 8.2 of the Interpretation Act. The initiative is also in keeping with the Department of Justice Canada’s Policy on Legislative Bijuralism (1995) and the Cabinet Directive on Law-Making (2003).

The purpose of the harmonization initiative is to ensure proper application of federal legislation where it touches on provincial private law rules, institutions or concepts, in civil law and common law environments. Legislative bijuralism entails that to be accessible and for its rules to be applicable in any province or territory, federal legislation must respect in its expression not only both official languages, but also, in the field of property and civil rights, both the common law and the civil law when necessary.

The harmonization work has already led to the adoption of three harmonization acts: the Federal Law-Civil Law Harmonization Act, No. 1, S.C., 2001, c. 4, the Federal Law-Civil Law Harmonization Act, No. 2, S.C., 2004, c. 25, and the Federal Law–Civil Law Harmonization Act, No. 3, S.C. 2011, c. 11 .

If you have any comments on the fourth series of proposals, I invite you to send them to the address indicated in the Introductory Note.

Comments received will be considered during the preparation of a potential fourth harmonization bill.

Harmonisation du droit fédéral avec le droit civil - Consultations 2017

OBJET : Consultation - Quatrième série de propositions visant à harmoniser le droit fédéral avec le droit civil de la province de Québec et modifiant certaines lois pour que chaque version linguistique tienne compte du droit civil et de la common law

Le ministère de la Justice du Canada tiendra, du 1er février au 1er mai 2017, une consultation portant sur la Quatrième série de propositions visant à harmoniser le droit fédéral avec le droit civil de la province de Québec et modifiant certaines lois pour que chaque version linguistique tienne compte du droit civil et de la common law.

Vous trouverez ci-joints les deux documents suivants:

Ces documents sont également disponibles sur le site Internet du ministère de la Justice du Canada.

Cette consultation (qui porte sur des modifications proposées à 51 lois) s’inscrit dans la poursuite de l’initiative entreprise par le ministère de la Justice du Canada pour harmoniser la législation fédérale avec le droit civil de la province de Québec. L’initiative est fondée sur le cadre constitutionnel et les principes qui établissent comment opère l’interaction entre le droit fédéral et le droit privé des provinces. Ce cadre et ces principes sont réaffirmés aux articles 8.1 et 8.2 de la Loi d’interprétation. L’initiative est également conforme à la Politique sur le bijuridisme législatif (1995) du ministère de la Justice du Canada et à la Directive du Cabinet sur l'activité législative (2003).

L’objectif de l’initiative d’harmonisation est d’assurer l’application appropriée de la législation fédérale lorsqu’elle touche à des règles, institutions ou concepts de droit privé provincial, dans les environnements de droit civil et de common law. Le bijuridisme législatif implique que pour être accessible et pour que ses règles s’appliquent dans toute province ou tout territoire, la législation fédérale doit respecter dans son expression non seulement les deux langues officielles, mais aussi, en matière de propriété et de droits civils, tant le droit civil que la common law lorsque nécessaire.

Jusqu’ici, les travaux d’harmonisation ont mené à l’adoption de trois lois d’harmonisation : la Loi d'harmonisation n° 1 du droit fédéral avec le droit civil, L.C. 2001, ch. 4, la Loi d'harmonisation n° 2 du droit fédéral avec le droit civil, L.C. 2004, ch. 25 et la Loi d'harmonisation n° 3 du droit fédéral avec le droit civil, L.C. 2011, ch. 21.

Si vous avez des commentaires à propos de la quatrième série de propositions, je vous invite à les faire parvenir à l’adresse indiquée dans le document de présentation.

Les commentaires reçus seront utiles à la préparation d’un éventuel quatrième projet de loi d’harmonisation.

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.

At the end of the battle, the works of art will be voted on by a special panel. All artworks will then be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to help support Dalhousie Legal Aid Service.

If you are an artist, budding or otherwise, please contact Reena Davis (reena.davis@dal.ca) or Billy Sparks (Billy.sparks@dal.ca) for signup information.

Careers

Applications are invited from members (or persons eligible to become members) of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador for the position of Crown Attorney, Public Prosecutions in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL.

DUTIES: The successful candidate will be responsible for the prosecution of offences under the Criminal Code of Canada and provincial statutes. Matters prosecuted include homicide, assault, sexual assault, impaired driving, break and enter, theft, fraud, speeding and other driving offences. Crown Attorneys also provide legal advise to departments and agencies that enforce provincial statutes, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

QUALIFICATIONS: Membership in the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, either current or imminent is required. Preference will be given to those candidates with experience in prosecutions. Candidates must demonstrate relevant knowledge, including Common Law, Substantive Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence and Ethics. A general knowledge of Public Prosecutions' policy would be considered an asset. Candidates must demonstrate effective decision making, analytical, organizational and communication abilities. Applicants must also exhibit their ability to take initiative, build and maintain positive working relationships and to demonstrate leadership.

The Provincial Government offers a benefit package including paid leave, pension plan, health, dental and vision care.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Travel throughout the province is required; therefore candidates must possess or acquire a valid driver's license as a condition of employment. This position is considered a "Position of Trust" and therefore, a job offer will be subject to a satisfactory security check.

SALARY: Within Solicitor's Pay Plan ($48,110 - $129,017)

CLOSING DATE: March 14, 2017

Expressions should be forwarded by e-mail or fax to:

Kim Cooper, Executive Assistant
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
Department of Justice and Public Safety, 4th Floor, East Block
Confederation Building, P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NL  A1B 4J6

Telephone Number: (709) 729-2868
Fax Number (709) 729-2278
kimcooper@gov.nl.ca

Fitch Violande Barristers and Solicitors is a four lawyer firm located on Cunard Street, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We are primely situated to have easy access to the Halifax Provincial Court, Law Courts, and Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division). We are a very energetic firm with a combined 20 years of experience. Lawyers and staff work well together and there is no drama. 

We are seeking a lawyer who wishes to rent space within our office. The individual will have the benefit of being able to use our boardroom, copier, property paralegal, and trust account for $1,500 a month. We are flexible on a lease term. 

Interested individuals may contact James Violande at James@fitchviolande.com

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal is now accepting applications for its annual Clerkship Program. The deadline to apply is March 17. For details, visit the Courts of Nova Scotia website

Reference Number: 3280-17 EMA
Job Title: Solicitor/Senior Solicitor
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Type of Employment: Full Time, Term (12 months)

Emera Inc. is a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Emera companies and investments are working in Canada, the USA and in four Caribbean countries. Following the acquisition of TECO Energy in July 2016, we have approximately $27.5 billion CAD in assets and 2015 pro-forma revenues of $6.3 billion. Our investments are in:

  • electricity generation, transmission and distribution
  • gas transmission and distribution
  • utility energy services

Our strategic focus is on transforming our sector from high-carbon to low-carbon energy sources. Our success comes from integrating our diverse investments to get solid results for shareholders, partners and customers.

Emera requires a skilled lawyer in either a Solicitor or Senior Solicitor position for a 12 month term to cover a maternity leave by a member of its legal team.

Accountabilities:

Reporting to the General Counsel, you will be part of a legal team that supports a dynamic organization focused on growth and value creation for its customers, employees and shareholders. Your primary duties will include providing advice and guidance on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters affecting Emera and its diverse business interests. You will also contribute to Emera’s business development and financing initiatives, including acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic investments, project development, debt financings and capital markets transactions. In addition, you will support the sound and progressive governance and compliance practices of the Emera group of companies.     

Skills, Capabilities and Experience:

The successful candidate must be a member in good standing of a provincial law society, be eligible for admission to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, and have at least 4 years of post-call experience in private practice and/or a sophisticated in-house environment (for the Solicitor position; a higher degree of experience is required for the Senior Solicitor position). The ability to work independently and to communicate in an effective and non-technical manner is essential, as are exceptional project management skills. The successful candidate will be a proactive team player with excellent interpersonal skills. A broad range of experience with corporate and commercial law matters, in both the transactional and advisory contexts, is preferred. Background or experience with the energy industry is an asset, but not essential.

You will be responsible for personal safety and that of co-workers, by observing all Occupational Health and Safety Rules and Regulations.

Reports to: General Counsel, Emera Inc.

Application Requirement: To apply, please click on the APPLY button at the end of the job posting, complete all required information fields, and copy and paste your covering letter and resume into the online form.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Deadline: March 8, 2017

Recruitment and Promotion Policy: When filling vacant positions, we are determined to hire the best candidates available. We are committed to providing employees with a fair and equal opportunity to compete for jobs. Hiring and promotion of employees is based on skills, capabilities, knowledge and demonstrated abilities.

We value diversity in the workplace and strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates including African Nova Scotians and other members of the visible minority community, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and women in non-traditional roles. Applicants from these designated groups wishing to self-identify may do so through a series of questions in the on-line application process.

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.

There are presently two vacancies on the Nunavut Court of Justice Bench. Lawyers with ten years at a bar of the Provinces or Territories are eligible to apply. Please find attached a notice and invitation for applications for Appointment to the Nunavut Court of Justice. Applications are considered in the order in which they are received. 

Please note, applications submitted prior to October 21, 2016 are no longer valid.  All candidates wishing for consideration must apply using the process set out in the attached ad.
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JUDICIAL VACANCIES NUNAVUT COURT OF JUSTICE

The Government of Canada has announced reforms to the judicial appointments process which will make the process more transparent, accountable and reflective of the diversity of Canadian society.

As a result of these changes, all interested candidates must submit their applications pursuant to the new rules and using the new forms.

Currently, there are two (2) vacancies for the Nunavut Court of Justice.

Therefore, the Judicial Advisory Committee for Nunavut invites applications for these judicial positions.

The minimum requirement to apply to be a judge on a superior court is ten (10) years completed membership as a barrister and solicitor at the Bar of one of the Provinces or Territories of Canada.

All candidates wishing to apply must submit nine (9) completed copies of the current (October 2016) Questionnaire for Federal Judicial Appointments. This application will be valid for a period of two (2) years at which point a candidate must reapply for continued consideration.

If you wish to apply and need a current Questionnaire, or if you would like further information, please consult the website of Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs http://www.fja-cmf.gc.ca/home-accueil/index-fra.html or call the Commissioner’s Office at 613-992-9400 or 1-877-583-4266 (toll free).

All completed applications must be sent, either by courier, mail or hand delivery, to:

Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada
99 Metcalfe Street, 8th floor
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 1E3

Canada’s judiciary should reflect the diversity of the society it serves. Applications from members of all backgrounds are encouraged.

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POSTES VACANTS À LA MAGISTRATURE DE LA COUR DE JUSTICE NUNAVUT

Le gouvernement du Canada a annoncé une réforme du processus de nomination des juges, lequel sera plus transparent et responsable et reflètera davantage la diversité de la société canadienne.

En raison de ces changements, et peu importe si vous avez précédemment soumis votre candidature, tous les candidats intéressés doivent soumettre leur candidature conformément aux nouvelles règles et au moyen des nouveaux formulaires.

Deux (2) postes sont actuellement à pourvoir à la Cour de justice du Nunavut.

Par conséquent, le Comité consultatif de la magistrature fédérale du Nunavut sollicite les candidatures pour ces postes de juge.

Pour présenter sa candidature au poste de juge de la Cour de justice, le candidat doit obligatoirement être membre du barreau de l’une des provinces ou de l’un des territoires du Canada à titre d’avocat depuis au moins dix (10) ans. Tous les candidats qui souhaitent postuler doivent présenter neuf (9) exemplaires du questionnaire en vigueur (octobre 2016) rempli relatif au poste de juge de nomination fédérale. La candidature sera valide pour une durée de deux (2) ans à compter de la date à laquelle elle est examinée, après quoi le candidat doit postuler de nouveau s’il veut que sa candidature soit examinée.

Si vous souhaitez postuler et avez besoin d’un questionnaire en vigueur, ou si vous désirez obtenir davantage de renseignements, veuillez consulter le site web du Commissariat à la magistrature fédérale http://www.fja-cmf.gc.ca/home-accueil/index-fra.html ou téléphoner au bureau du commissaire au 613-992-9400 ou au 1-877-583-4266 (sans frais).

Toutes les candidatures complètes doivent être envoyées par messager, par la poste ou par livraison en mains propres à l’adresse suivante:

Commissariat à la magistrature fédérale Canada
99, rue Metcalfe, 8e étage
Ottawa (Ontario) K1A 1E3

La magistrature canadienne devrait refléter la diversité de la société canadienne. Les membres issus de tous les milieux sont invités à présenter leurs candidatures.

IFE Eriksen AG is a wind and solar developer based in Oldenburg, Germany. A well-capitalized renewable energy developer, investor and operator. IFE is expanding its' operations to Atlantic Canada and is building a new team to be based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

We are looking for motivated candidates to join us in this exciting new opportunity:

LEGAL MANAGER Onshore Wind Canada

Your Tasks

  • Provide legal advice, draft and negotiate contracts, subcontractor and procurement agreements and other agreements fot the organization, especially in the legal fields such as renewable energies, licensing procedure law, contract law and real estate & building law, project rights, joint venture agreements
  • Advice on various commercial, administrative, personnel and contractual matters

Candidate Profile

  • University degree in law, 3-5 years´work experience, preferably in the renewable energy industry, high academic standards
  • Good knowledge of international commercial contracts and law in general
  • Advanced communication skills on an international basis 

Are your interested? Please send your application documents including your salary requirement and the earliest possible starting date to our email address at jobs@ife-eriksen.de.

My name is Vickie Robar and I am a graduate of a 2 year Legal Office Assistant program from Center Of Distance Education. I am graduating within the month and with High Honors (Presidential List). I have a reference letter and am very eager to work in this field.

Please contact me at vsteadman66@gmail.com and I will forward my cover letter, resume, reference sheet and reference letter. I look forward to hearing from your firm

CWD Law Incorporated is a business law firm located in Bedford. We require an administrative assistant to join our team, full time or permanent part time.

You will support a single lawyer by maintaining and organizing office and client files, assisting to maintain a continuously growing library of corporate minute books, opening new matters, making time and expense entries, preparing some draft documents and letters and certain other administrative duties such as sometimes taking phone calls and scheduling appointments. You will coordinate a portion of your workflow with a corporate paralegal in the office.

We are looking for a team player that is dependable, highly organized, detail oriented, can work independently when required and will maintain high standards of service to our clients. We reward good work.

About you:

You have either (i) an administrative assistant or legal assistant diploma from a recognized institution plus at least two years of recent uninterrupted work experience at a law firm, or (ii) more than five years of uninterrupted experience as an executive assistant or similar. You have a demonstrable strong proficiency in MS Office and a proven ability to learn new application software typically found in a law practice, such as PC Law.

About Us

We have been serving clients since 2002 with a focus on business, estate and some tax law. Our clients are in HRM and throughout other parts of Nova Scotia. Our office is in Bedford, close to all amenities, on the mezzanine level of Sunnyside Mall.

Start date can be immediate.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Remuneration includes salary, benefits and vacation.

Send cover letter, resume, an indication of your availability and your salary expectations to apply2017@cwdlaw.ca.

Thank you to all applicants, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted by us. All submissions will be held in strict confidence.

Employer: Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
Position Type: Permanent, Full-time
Job Location: Halifax, NS

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society regulates the legal profession in Nova Scotia in the public interest. Ensuring that lawyers are competent and ethical, and practise law in accordance with the standards set by the Society, is how we fulfill our public interest mandate.

Financial Systems Analyst
Reporting to the Controller, this permanent position is considered to be highly technical and is responsible for financial analysis, report writing, general accounting functions and administration of the accounts payable and accounts receivable processes.

The Financial Systems Analyst ensures that all Society revenue is accurately billed and collected in a timely manner in accordance with established policies and timelines. He/she is responsible for processing financial information in the membership database system and plays a major role in advancing the improved use of the system through report writing, training and liaising with staff and the profession.

As this position is responsible for the complete accounts payable and accounts receivable processing cycles, the Financial Systems Analyst analyzes, posts and prepares cheques for vendor invoices, employee expenses and credit card purchases. He/she also prepares, posts and distributes contribution and sales invoices and credit adjustments to member and other client accounts, which may include grantors and sponsors. In addition, he/she prepares, posts and deposits payments received from these clients.

This position requires a very high level of attention to detail, technical competence, discretion and the ability to work with limited supervision on highly technical projects as well as routine work and tasks while also being able to identify when direction is required.

The Financial Systems Analyst should possess the following qualifications, skills and competencies:

  • Undergraduate degree in Business or Commerce (accounting focus preferred). Formal accounting designation (CPA, CMA, CGA, CA), completion or in progress considered an asset.
  • Three to five years of accounting and/or financial analysis experience, or a relevant combination of formal education and experience.
  • Experience with a membership database, accounting system administration and report writing required. Experience with iMIS membership database system and SAGE/Acc-Pac Accounting system considered an asset.
  • High level of proficiency with MS Office products (MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook) required with intermediate to advanced Excel experience an asset.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment meeting tight timelines and standards while demonstrating an excellent level of attention to detail.
  • Able to take initiative and work with limited supervision utilizing a high level of problem-solving ability.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Effective coaching/training skills.

Closing date: We are looking to fill this position immediately. This competition will remain open until the position is filled.

Submit your application (including cover letter, resume and salary expectations) via email to hr@nsbs.org.

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted. 

Volunteer and Pro Bono

The Bryony House Board is a volunteer Board composed of both men and women from various disciplines. We are seeking one or possibly two lawyers who might be interested in serving on our Board. The entire Board meets every 4th Thursday of the month. However, board members are expected to serve on at least one committee.

Interested board members are asked to send a cover letter as well as a copy of their resume to Judith Bates, MSW, at batessjudith@gmail.ca (phone: 902-860-3861).

Upcoming Events
Event Date: Monday, March 6, 2017 - 13:30 to 15:30

Event date:   

Pictou Landing First Nation
Monday, March 6, 2017 – 1:30 to 3:30 (Health Center)     

Matrimonial Real Property law

Provincial laws regarding Matrimonial Real Property (MRP) do not apply on reserve land. Under the Constitution Act, 1982, the Federal government has jurisdiction over “Indians and Lands reserved for the Indians”. This legislative gap left little protections or legal remedies for married or common law partners in the event of a breakdown of a relationship or upon death of a partner. Recently, five Nova Scotia First Nation Communities enacted their own MRP laws including:

  • Pictou Landing First Nation
  • Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation
  • Sipekne'katik
  • Bear River First Nation
  • Millbrook Band First Nation

Their MRP laws address not only the division of real property on reserve, but also the process of applying for an Exclusive Occupation Order and Emergency Protection Order on First Nation lands.

These information sessions are being hosted by The Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq. All lawyers interested in Mi’kmaw MRP laws are invited to attend any of the sessions. Should you have any questions, please direct them to Giancarla Francis at 902 266 4465 or email giancarla@eastlink.ca

Event Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

An Informal Conversation with the Co-Chairs of the Nova Scotia Government's Immigration Advisory Council, Mr. Wadih Fares and Dr. Colin Dodds.

Speakers:

  • Mr. Wadih Fares
  • Dr. Colin Dodds
    Co-Chairs of the Nova Scotia Government's Immigration Advisory Council

Location: 
McInnes Cooper
1300-1969 Upper Water Street
Halifax NS

Cost: 
$11.00 incl. HST (in person)
$10.00 incl. HST (conference call

Register

Event Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 18:00

In Nova Scotia, Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities are threatened disproportionately by polluting industries and other environmental harms. How do communities organize to resist environmental racism, and how can law and policy help to secure communities’ access to justice? 

Please join the Marine & Environmental Law Institute and the Environmental Law Students’ Society at the Schulich School of Law for a panel discussion featuring: 

  • Dorene Bernard (Elder, Sipekne’katik First Nation)
  • Stuart C.B. Gilby (Lawyer, Burchells LLP)
  • Lisa Mitchell (Executive Director, East Coast Environmental Law Association)
  • Ingrid Waldron (Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University) 

Event info

Event Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 13:30 to 15:30

Event date:  

Sipekne’katik
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – 1:30 to 3:30 (Community Center)

Mi’kmaw Matrimonial Real Property law

Provincial laws regarding Matrimonial Real Property (MRP) do not apply on reserve land. Under the Constitution Act, 1982, the Federal government has jurisdiction over “Indians and Lands reserved for the Indians”. This legislative gap left little protections or legal remedies for married or common law partners in the event of a breakdown of a relationship or upon death of a partner. Recently, five Nova Scotia First Nation Communities enacted their own MRP laws including:

  • Pictou Landing First Nation
  • Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation
  • Sipekne'katik
  • Bear River First Nation
  • Millbrook Band First Nation

Their MRP laws address not only the division of real property on reserve, but also the process of applying for an Exclusive Occupation Order and Emergency Protection Order on First Nation lands.

These information sessions are being hosted by The Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq. All lawyers interested in Mi’kmaw MRP laws are invited to attend any of the sessions. Should you have any questions, please direct them to Giancarla Francis at 902 266 4465 or email giancarla@eastlink.ca

Event Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

The Role of Mediation in Estate Law and Elder Law/Elder Care Matters

Speaker:

  • Paula Wedge, Wedge Mediation Services

Register

Event Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 13:30 to 15:30

Event date:

Bear River First Nation
Thursday, March 9, 2017 – 1:30 to 3:30 (Band Office)    

Matrimonial Real Property law

Provincial laws regarding Matrimonial Real Property (MRP) do not apply on reserve land. Under the Constitution Act, 1982, the Federal government has jurisdiction over “Indians and Lands reserved for the Indians”. This legislative gap left little protections or legal remedies for married or common law partners in the event of a breakdown of a relationship or upon death of a partner. Recently, five Nova Scotia First Nation Communities enacted their own MRP laws including:

  • Pictou Landing First Nation
  • Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation
  • Sipekne'katik
  • Bear River First Nation
  • Millbrook Band First Nation

Their MRP laws address not only the division of real property on reserve, but also the process of applying for an Exclusive Occupation Order and Emergency Protection Order on First Nation lands.

These information sessions are being hosted by The Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq. All lawyers interested in Mi’kmaw MRP laws are invited to attend any of the sessions. Should you have any questions, please direct them to Giancarla Francis at 902 266 4465 or email giancarla@eastlink.ca

Event Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 19:00 to 21:30

The Abominable Crime

A panel discussion and movie showing is being held as part of International Women’s Week. The panel will be led by Maurice Tomlinson, a lawyer based out of Toronto (but originally from Jamaica), who is a prominent LGBT and HIV activist in the Caribbean. The discussion will relate to the movie, which is called “The Abominable Crime”, which explores the issue of homophobia in Jamaica.

Register

Event Date: Friday, March 10, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:30

End-of-Life Decision-Making in the US, with some Canadian Comparisons
Barbara Noah, Western New England University School of Law

Note: Light lunch set out by noon in Rm 312, Faculty Lounge
No registration required. All welcome!

dal.ca/hli/seminar-series

This series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute with support from the Schulich School of Law.

Event Date: Friday, March 10, 2017 - 13:30 to 15:30

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Millbrook Band First Nation
Friday, March 10, 2017 – 1:30 to 3:30 (Community Hall)

Matrimonial Real Property law

Provincial laws regarding Matrimonial Real Property (MRP) do not apply on reserve land. Under the Constitution Act, 1982, the Federal government has jurisdiction over “Indians and Lands reserved for the Indians”. This legislative gap left little protections or legal remedies for married or common law partners in the event of a breakdown of a relationship or upon death of a partner. Recently, five Nova Scotia First Nation Communities enacted their own MRP laws including:

  • Pictou Landing First Nation
  • Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation
  • Sipekne'katik
  • Bear River First Nation
  • Millbrook Band First Nation

Their MRP laws address not only the division of real property on reserve, but also the process of applying for an Exclusive Occupation Order and Emergency Protection Order on First Nation lands.

These information sessions are being hosted by The Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq. All lawyers interested in Mi’kmaw MRP laws are invited to attend any of the sessions. Should you have any questions, please direct them to Giancarla Francis at 902 266 4465 or email giancarla@eastlink.ca

Event Date: Friday, March 10, 2017 - 19:00

Women's Wellness Within: An Organization Serving Criminalized Women is a feminist, pro-choice, inter-professional collective working together to advance health and justice for criminalized women and trans individuals in Nova Scotia. After working together in an ad-hoc manner for five years, we incorporated in 2017. Join us!
 
Memberships: Regular $20, Students $10.
 
We provide individual client services including doula support, midwifery care, and parent support. Our members include nurses, lawyers, social workers, midwives, doulas, and others. We work in partnership with the National Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, the Chebucto Family Centre, the IWK Health Centre and Halifax LEAF.
Event Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 13:30 to 15:30

Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation Band Office
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – 1:30 to 3:30 (Band Office)

Mi’kmaw Matrimonial Real Property law
Provincial laws regarding Matrimonial Real Property (MRP) do not apply on reserve land. Under the Constitution Act, 1982, the Federal government has jurisdiction over “Indians and Lands reserved for the Indians”. This legislative gap left little protections or legal remedies for married or common law partners in the event of a breakdown of a relationship or upon death of a partner. Recently, five Nova Scotia First Nation Communities enacted their own MRP laws including:

  • Pictou Landing First Nation
  • Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation
  • Sipekne'katik
  • Bear River First Nation
  • Millbrook Band First Nation

Their MRP laws address not only the division of real property on reserve, but also the process of applying for an Exclusive Occupation Order and Emergency Protection Order on First Nation lands.These information sessions are being hosted by The Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq. All lawyers interested in Mi’kmaw MRP laws are invited to attend any of the sessions. Should you have any questions, please direct them to Giancarla Francis at 902 266 4465 or email giancarla@eastlink.ca

Event Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 06:00 to Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 12:30

Join LIANS for ABA TECHSHOW 2017 Conference and EXPO (March 15-18 in Chicago), where lawyers, legal professionals and technology come together. Through the EXPO Hall, CLEs, and presentations, ABA TECHSHOW teaches you how technology can work for you. Learn to practically, and ethically, implement and integrate technology into your practice to enhance client service and gain efficiency. ABA TECHSHOW is dedicated to helping you understand what technology will best suit your needs, and is formatted for “Beginners through to the Techiest of Techies”. This year’s topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Technology in your practice: Cost effective purchases
  • Business continuity and disaster planning in a digital world
  • Improving internal/external communication through process and technology
  • Sessions for Windows and Mac/iOS users
  • Cybersecurity: Protecting your office

Attend the Conference on a full SuperPass – with ten registrations, each member will pay only $499.50 USD per person! Contact Stacey Gerrard with your intent to attend, and she will coordinate payment with one cheque or credit card number for the registration fee (Code EP1722). Early registration deadline is February 6, 2017. For additional information, contact Stacey Gerrard, LIANS Counsel, 902 423 1300 x 345 or sgerrard@lians.ca.

Event Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 19:00 to 20:30

Professor David Tanovich of the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor will discuss "Erasing Race in the Criminal Justice System." 

In his 2008 article “The Charter of Whiteness: Twenty-Five Years of Maintaining Racial Injustice in the Canadian Criminal Justice System,” Prof. Tanovich argued that the Charter has not had much impact on anti-Black racism in our criminal justice system, in particular on over-policing, including racial profiling and street checks. Almost a decade later, not much has changed. The colour of constitutional justice in Canada remains White. This talk will explore the missed opportunities in the last decade in Charter cases and why we continue to erase race from constitutional litigation despite more awareness of the nature and scope of the problem. 

Prof. Tanovich teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, evidence, legal ethics, and racial profiling. Two of his critically acclaimed works include The Colour of Justice: Policing Race in Canada and Law's Ambition and the Reconstruction of Role Morality in Canada

FREE PUBLIC LECTURE

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Event Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 16:30 to 18:00

Coping with the Fissured Workplace and Precarious Employment

The modern workplace is changing. Many employers seek efficiencies through franchising, contracting out, hiring casual employees, and outsourcing to other countries. This is causing uncertainty for an increasing number of Canadian workers, particularly women, youth, and other vulnerable minorities. Christie lecturers Michael Mitchell and John Murray are currently advising the government of Ontario on these issues.  

*Free public lecture 

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Event Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 18:00

Please come and engage in a community discussion regarding the disproportionate street checking of African Nova Scotians. Find answers the following questions:

  • “What are street checks and why are they conducted?”
  • “What are my rights during a street check?”
  • “What can I do if I feel that I have been the subject of a discriminatory street check?”

Date: March 16th, 2017
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: North Branch Library, 2285 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS

Keynote speakers include:

  • Chief Blais of the Halifax Regional Police
  • Lana McLean, MSW, RSW, Chair of AUBA Social Justice and 
  • Rickcola Brinton, Managing Lawyer, Nova Scotia Legal Aid

Moderated by Professor Archie Kaiser of Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law

**Light refreshments will be provided**

Event Date: Friday, March 17, 2017 - 08:45

The Fissured Workplace & Precarious Employment:
Creative Responses for Workers, Employers and Labour Market Regulation

The modern workplace is changing. Many employers seek efficiencies through franchising, contracting out, hiring casual employees, and outsourcing to other countries. This is causing uncertainty for an increasing number of Canadian workers, particularly women, youth, and other vulnerable minorities. Christie lecturers Michael Mitchell and John Murray are currently advising the government of Ontario on these issues.

On March 17, three panels consisting of local labour relations specialists will participate in the Innis Christie symposium at the Schulich School of Law and will examine unionized sectors, non-unionized sectors, and issues in the workplace in Atlantic Canada. 

*Please register by Friday, March 3, 2017

Event Date: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:00

Are you a practicing lawyer who works for or near a First Nation community? Writing a will or settling an estate for a Status Indian who lives on reserve does not fall under the Wills Act of Nova Scotia. Join us to learn more about the laws and process that apply to the wills and estates of First Nations people who live on reserve. 

Lunch will be provided. 

Presenter:

  • Angelina Amaral, Barrister and Solicitor 

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Event Date: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Cultural Competence is Not Optional

Speaker Emma Halpern, the NSBS’s award-winning Equity Officer, will lead a discussion on what cultural competence means for how we work with clients and each other, and why it is now a mandatory part of ethical lawyering in Nova Scotia.

Event Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Quantifying Damages - Various Heads of Damages

Speaker: Raymond Wagner, QC, Wagners

To advocate and obtain for your clients appropriate compensation for harms they have suffered it is essential to have the most up-to-date and practical knowledge on developments and trends involving the various heads of damages and their quantification in the tort and personal injury context.

For more details, please follow the link: http://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_ONL0317

Event Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 19:00

Kwame Anthony Appiah - Professor of Philosophy and Law, New York University, was named one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 public intellectuals, and is an internationally recognized speaker and best selling author. In 2015, he was recognized as one of the world's most influential voices as a Global Thought Leader by the World Post. 

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA), in partnership with and the Segelberg Trust, the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University, and the University of King’s College, is pleased to present The Segelberg Lecture:

Sharing with Strangers: Compassion through the Arts and Humanities in an Age of Globalization 

"With the rise of the modern nation state, human beings have come to identify with large collections of people: Canadians with Canada, Chinese with China, Americans with the United States. That identification is possible because citizens absorb national narratives and participate in national cultures. So history, literature, sports and the arts are central to the unity of a nation. Because citizens are too numerous and too various for them to know one another, this unity, and care for one another, has to be made in the imagination. In a globalizing world we need a sense of shared global citizenship. And it, too, must be found through the cultural work of the imagination." 

This event is supported by: University of King’s College, Contemporary Studies Programme, Cosmopolitanism and the Local in Science & Nature, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) project, Dalhousie University, Department of Philosophy, Saint Mary’s University, Department of Philosophy, and the Institute of Human Values at Saint Mary’s University.

WATCH IT LIVE: WWW.CCEPA.CA
To participate in the live chat portion of the event, a Gmail account is recommended for login. Viewers can also ask questions on Twitter @PublicEthicsCA or by emailing admin@ccepa.ca.

Event Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 18:30

Enjoy dinner and drinks with us on Saturday, March 25th as we celebrate social justice in NS. 

We have a great evening lined up for you. We’re presenting the Irving and Ruth Pink Award for Youth Development and Social Justice. This prestigious award is given out to an organization or individual working in development of youth in some capacity in the province.

Art battle: During the evening 5 artists will be painting for your votes. Watch them develop a piece that shows what social justice means to them over a 2 hour period while you dine and mingle. Vote by putting money on your favorite painting. Money raised will benefit DLAS and the charity of the artists choosing (50/50 split).  

And don’t forget our fantastic auction! We have some new items up for grabs this year that we’re excited about and more coming in all the time. 

Ticket Prices:
Table of 10 before March 15: $900 ($932.49 after service charge with Brown Paper Tickets when paying by credit card)

General: $100 by cheque or cash ($104.49 after service charge)

Student/Articling Clerk: $50 ($52.74 after service charge)

Non Ticket: Can’t attend the event but want to support us? Purchase a non-ticket for $50! ($52.74 after service charge if paying by credit card, $50 of which is a taxable donation)  

Time:

  • Doors open at 6:30pm
  • Welcome address 7pm
  • Dinner at 7:30
  • Event to close at 10:30 – pay for and pick up the auction items you’ve won! 

Venue: 
The beautiful Compass Room of Casino Nova Scotia overlooking Halifax Harbour

Tickets can be purchased by cheque or cash at:
Dalhousie Legal Aid Service
2209 Gottingen Street
Halifax, NS B3K 3B5

or online with credit card through Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2885554

Event Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Update from the in-house and government lawyers working group on Legal Services Regulation

Speaker:

  • Jennifer Pink, NSBS

Register

Event Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 17:30 to 19:30

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society invites all lawyers across Nova Scotia to this annual event, Women – Strength in Leadership: Remembering Dara Gordon QC

March 30, 2017 | 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Discovery Centre, Level 3 Foyer
1215 Lower Water Street, Halifax

This annual event is supported by McInnes Cooper.

PDF invitation
RSVP: Please register by March 23 to Jessica Habet at jhabet@nsbs.org 
Refreshments provided. Space is limited.

Questions? Contact Jessica at jhabet@nsbs.org

Honourable Justice Linda Lee OlandKEYNOTE SPEAKER: Honourable Justice Linda Lee Oland, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal

Justice Linda Lee Oland received her LL.B. from Dalhousie Law School in 1976. Following her call to the Nova Scotia Bar, she joined McInnes Cooper & Robertson (now McInnes Cooper), where she became the firm’s first female partner. She was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1997.

In 1998, Justice Oland was appointed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. Two years later, she was elevated to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. She is the first Chinese Canadian to be appointed to an appellate court in Canada.

In 2016, at the request of the Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, Justice Oland completed an assessment and report on how the judiciary could encourage more diversity on the Bench. All the recommendations were accepted and are now being implemented. Justice Oland has served on several judicial and advisory committees throughout her career, including serving as the judicial representative on the advisory committee for the appointment of judges to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. 

Remembering Dara L. Gordon QC
Through the strength of her leadership and as a highly regarded lawyer, Dara Gordon QC made many contributions to her country, her province and her profession. Following graduation from Dalhousie Law School in 1979, she advised government bodies and corporations on major financing and infrastructure projects. She represented Nova Scotia in its complex federal negotiations on the sharing of offshore resource revenues, and was lead counsel for the Government of Canada in the development and operation of the Confederation Bridge. She also served as a director of the Nova Scotia Law Foundation, the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation and the Atlantic Lottery Corporation. 
 
As an entrepreneur, Dara’s most notable business endeavour was her family’s acclaimed Benjamin Bridge winery in the Annapolis Valley. She was a member of the CBA, the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships and, prior to her untimely death in 2009, McInnes Cooper’s Board of Directors.
 
Dara was an extraordinary woman of style and grace, with an abundance of wisdom and compassion. She positively influenced the outcomes of many legal issues, the success of the firms and businesses where she practised, and the careers of many lawyers in Nova Scotia. She always challenged us to be our best.
Event Date: Friday, April 7, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, April 8, 2017 (All day)
 
The Association of Collaborative Family Law Professionals of Nova Scotia presents
Identifying, Assessing and Managing Power Imbalance & Family Violence in Family Dispute Resolution Processes
 
Family Dispute Resolution Training with Hilary A. Linton, B.J., J.D.,
LL.M. (ADR), Cert. F. Med.
 
It is well established that competent family dispute resolution practice, including collaborative practice, requires professionals to assess whether the proposed process is likely to be safe and effective for the client. This includes a requirement, shared by all family lawyers and mediators, to conduct an assessment with one’s own client/s to ensure that they will be able to participate effectively in the process, and a positive identification
that court is not a better procedural alternative for that client.
 
This training will use lectures, case studies, group discussion, and role plays to identify the theories, research, strategies and skills required for collaborative professionals to comply, effectively, with their duty to identify, assess and manage the risk of harm being done to a client, child or professional during a collaborative process.
 
Friday, April 07 – Saturday, April 8, 2017, 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Halifax-Bedford, 980 Parkland Drive, Halifax
WORKSHOP FEE: $500
 
Hilary is a Toronto lawyer, mediator, arbitrator and educator whose firm Riverdale Mediation Ltd. provides mediation, arbitration, parenting coordination, training and consulting services.
 
For a complete schedule and event details, please visit our website or email
 
Payment required by March 1, 2016.
 
Please remit to:
The Association of Collaborative Family Law Professionals in NS
c/o Daniel Walker, Patterson Law
1801 Hollis Street, Halifax, Suite 2100, Halifax, B3J 3N4
 
The Association of Collaborative Family Law Professionals in Nova Scotia
Twitter: CFL_NovaScotia
Event Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, April 29, 2017 (All day)

Carleton Law Group presents Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training with the Toronto Collaborative Team Trainers: Victoria Smith, Alison Anderson, and Laurie Stein.

Registration includes continental breakfast, snacks, lunch, cocktail reception, and reservations made at exceptional Saint John restaurants.

Level 1 Introduction to Collaborative Practice training (April 27 & 28, 2017)

  • This training contains 14.0 hours of Continuing Professional Development Credits.

Advanced Collaborative Practice training (April 29, 2017)

  • This training contains 7.0 hours of Continuing Professional Development Credits.

Please contact tiffany@carletonlawgroup.com or 506-634-0001 for more information.

Early bird pricing for this training until March 3rd.
The ECMA's are in Saint John at the same time as the training, so it will be an exciting place to be.

Limited seating - register now!

Event Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 13:00

The internet can be a powerful research tool - with a little digging in the right places, anyone can find a gold mine of information. But if you’ve never taken a formal class to learn how to search effectively, then you’re probably leaving many of the most useful “cyberstones” unturned. Listen and learn from the experts as Mark Rosch and Carole Levitt show you, slide by slide, how to be your own cybersleuth and access valuable information that will give you a decisive advantage in your next case. You’ll learn how to use hidden Google search features and shortcuts to help you:

  • Get background and investigative information about people and companies
  • Find addresses, phone, fax, and cell numbers for service of process, etc.
  • Uncover news from current and archival sources
  • Keep on top of your research using free alerts
  • Save time and money with more targeted results

Don’t miss this convenient, 90 minute course that will help you find more of the information you need to effectively handle your clients’ matters, and meet your ethical duties to be technically competent.

Tickets

Event Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 (All day) to Friday, May 19, 2017 (All day)

Day One - Thursday, May 18, 2017

Day Two - Friday, May 19, 2017

Pre-Conference Workshops - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Register

Event Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 08:45 to Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 04:00

May 9 - 10, 2017
The Westin Harbour Castle

This two-day in-depth training session will provide participants with the knowledge and skillset required to mount a successful grievance arbitration case or to give maximum assistance to counsel or the advocate who is doing so.

On the first day, a seasoned arbitrator and top union and employer counsel will engage participants in an interactive discussion exploring the legal landscape, best practices and winning strategies for grievance arbitration advocacy.

On the second day, participants will have an opportunity to hone their advocacy skills by presenting/responding to a realistic grievance drawn from actual caselaw. Representing either the management or union position, attendees will work in small groups to participate in a full-day grievance arbitration simulation designed to enhance the preparation and presentation skills necessary for grievance arbitration.

Alongside workshop leaders from day one, experienced lawyers and arbitrators will be present throughout the second day to observe participants and offer invaluable guidance and feedback.In this comprehensive training session, participants will gain the skills and expertise necessary to engage in, or assist the counsel or advocate who engages in, the following:

  • Identifying the key issues, strengths and weaknesses of a case
  • Addressing preliminary issues, such as timeliness and arbitrability
  • Obtaining and providing appropriate disclosure
  • Making persuasive opening and closing statements
  • Preparing, examining and cross-examining witnesses
  • Effectively gathering and presenting evidence and caselaw

Program

DAY ONE — INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.BREAKFAST AND REGISTRATION8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. PART 1  Crafting an Effective Advocacy Strategy·        

  • Identifying the key issues, strengths and weakness of a case
  • Investigating the underlying facts of a file and understanding the scope of the issues
  • Best practices for developing a case theory
  • Adapting a case theory to account for new evidence or issues as they arise
  • Tips and strategies for making the arbitration process more cost and time efficient

9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. 

PART 2  Remedies

  • What remedies should parties consider seeking?

9:50 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. 

PART 3  Preliminary Issues

  • Addressing issues of timeliness, arbitrability, jurisdiction, production, particulars and order of proceedings at arbitration
  • Considering the status of third parties
  • Canvassing whether the parties can proceed on an agreed statement of facts

10:20 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. 

PART 4  Obtaining and Providing Disclosure

  • Recognizing the sort of documents that must be disclosed by each side prior to arbitration
  • Understanding what types of documents and information are shielded from disclosure by privilege

10:50 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

MORNING BREAK

11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. 

PART 5  Gathering Evidence

When is it advisable for parties to seek an independent medical examination?

  • Review of arbitral tests for the admission of video surveillance evidence, internet browser history and computer monitoring evidence
  • When, if ever, will arbitrators consider evidence of misbehaviour that is not part of the conduct for which an employee has been disciplined?
  • In what circumstances is post-discharge evidence admissible?
  • Understanding and applying the Wigmore confidentiality test

12:05 p.m. – 12:35 p.m. 

PART 6  Introducing and Presenting Evidence Effectively

  • Understanding who bears the burden of proof
  • What power does an arbitrator have to admit evidence?
  • Choosing between in-person testimonial evidence and documentary evidence
  • Considering the use of hearsay evidence
  • How, and when, to object to evidence

12:35 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.

LUNCH

1:35 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. 

PART 7  Preparing and Examining Witnesses

  • Tips and strategies for witness selection
  • Best practices for preparing witnesses
  • Preparing witness statements
  • Considering the use of a subpoena
  • Review of factors relied on by arbitrators when assessing the credibility and reliability of a witness
  • Should a grievor always be called to testify at arbitration?
  • How to successfully examine and cross-examine a witness
  • Understanding the rule in Browne v. Dunn
  • Considering how, and when, to use expert evidence

2:35 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

AFTERNOON BREAK

2:50 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. 

EXERCISE  Interactive Session

Participants will work in small groups to review a fact scenario based on actual caselaw and develop answers to the questions posed. Discussion will be facilitated by workshop leaders.

3:35 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

PART 8  How to Cite Caselaw and Make Persuasive Opening and Closing Statements

  • How to research caselaw in advance of arbitration
  • Effective strategies for citing caselaw and legislation at arbitration
  • Understanding the purpose of opening and closing statements
  • Review of essential elements for a persuasive opening statement and a winning final argument

4:30 p.m. CONCLUSION  

End of Day One

DAY TWO — MOCK ARBITRATION

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

BREAKFAST AND REGISTRATION

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 

INTRODUCTION  Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. 

PART 1  Crafting a Strong Case

Participants will break into small groups to discuss a realistic scenario grounded in actual caselaw. Based on this scenario, participants will identify the strengths and weaknesses of a file, develop a case theory, decide what remedies to request, pinpoint each party’s disclosure requirements, discuss tactics for streamlining the grievance arbitration process and consider strategies for gathering evidence in advance of the hearing date.

Workshop leaders will lead group discussion and provide feedback following the exercise.

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 

PART 2  Preliminary Issues

Participants will remain in small groups to identify preliminary issues raised by the scenario and discuss effective strategies for addressing these questions at arbitration.

Workshop leaders will lead group discussion and provide feedback following the exercise.

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

MORNING BREAK

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

PART 3  Opening Statements

Participants will remain in small groups to prepare an opening statement for arbitration. Participants will have an opportunity to present an opening statement and receive feedback from workshop leaders.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

PART 4  Preparing and Examining Witnesses

Participants will break into teams of two or three to practice preparing and examining a witness. Workshop leaders will circulate among teams and provide feedback during this exercise.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

LUNCH

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

PART 5  Cross-Examining Witnesses

Participants will remain in teams of two or three to practice cross-examining a witness. Workshop leaders will circulate among teams and provide feedback during this exercise.

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

AFTERNOON BREAK

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. 

PART 6  Closing Statements

Participants will remain in small groups to prepare a closing statement. Participants will have an opportunity to present a closing statement and receive feedback from workshop leaders.

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

CONCLUSION  Final Remarks and Questions

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