INFORUM

March 20, 2017 InForum Issue

Society news

The recent acquittal in Halifax of an accused charged with sexual assault has drawn considerable public attention to our criminal justice system and, as individual cases often do, it has sparked an important public discussion of systemic issues surrounding sexualized violence. 

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society cannot speak to the specifics of the March 1, 2017 decision and this statement must not be taken as a comment, in any way, on the appropriateness of that decision. That is not the role of the Society. In a free and democratic country, we entrust judges to make important decisions and they must be free to do so within the limits of the law. The independence of the judiciary is an essential component of Canada’s criminal justice system and there are processes in place to deal with individual decisions, including the appeal process.

But we are hearing from the public that the issues are much bigger than one decision. As the regulator of the legal profession in Nova Scotia whose primary mandate is protection of the public, we recognize that the Society has a role to play in addressing the legitimate concerns regarding sexualized violence and how it is addressed in the criminal justice system. The issues are far too complex for any one organization to tackle alone. Addressing these issues is a shared responsibility of government, the courts, the community, the legal profession and other organizations across the justice system. Failure to recognize and address those concerns will only erode the public’s confidence in the criminal justice system and collectively, we cannot let that happen. 

Over the last several years the Society has, though education and workshops, been addressing the prevalence of sexualized violence in our communities. One important initiative underway is #TalkJustice, through which the Society has been asking Nova Scotians to share their stories and experiences with us on all aspects of legal services and the justice system. Through #TalkJustice, we have been hearing concerns around sexualized violence and we want members of the public to know the Society respects and values their input and perspectives.

The Society’s work has shown these issues to be of major concern for lawyers and the public. Through a number of initiatives, we are partnering with organizations such as Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, YWCA Canada and Be the Peace Institute. We are working diligently to develop better ways of responding to sexualized violence. We recognize the harm caused and are working across the justice system for improvement for all who are impacted by violence of this nature.

In addition, one of the Society’s new strategic initiatives is to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action – these include the call to develop trauma-informed approaches to dealing with sexual violence.

This year, our Equity & Access Office is focusing much of its work toward ensuring more culturally competent and trauma-informed lawyers across Nova Scotia. Here are a few of the ways in which the Society is supporting lawyers and firms in their efforts to build the skills, attributes and attitudes necessary for meeting Nova Scotians’ legal needs in ways that respect the dignity of all persons:

  • Through #TalkJustice, the Society and other partners in the Access to Justice Coordinating Committee are asking Nova Scotians to share their stories and experiences through an online tool at talkjustice.ca. The results of this input will help to inform and shape future changes across the system.   
  • The Society is building a section of trauma-informed education resources in our online Equity Portal, ranging from articles and best practices to short educational videos. These will have educational value for others in the justice system, not just lawyers.
  • The Equity & Access Officer provides in-person cultural competence training to a wide variety of audiences including articled clerks, law students and attendees of multiple conferences, including one that addressed the needs of survivors of sexualized violence.
  • The Gender Equity Committee (GEC) is working with community groups and the Equity & Access Office in designing an education seminar on trauma-informed and women-centered lawyering. It will assist legal service providers in recognizing the signs of trauma in their clients, in helping to mitigate further traumatization of clients during the criminal justice process, and in identifying supports and services available for survivors of sexual violence in Nova Scotia.
  • Work continues in researching and collecting best practices and other resources for lawyers who assist survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • The Society is partnering with Be the Peace Institute on its 2017-2019 initiative addressing the roots and consequences of violence against women and girls in Nova Scotia. Through the GEC, we provide support and advice as the Institute designs and develops alternatives to the traditional justice models.
  • For our annual Wickwire Lecture in partnership with the Schulich School of Law, we invited law professor Elaine Craig to discuss The Ethics of Sexual Assault Lawyering on December 1, 2016. She explored the ethical obligations of Crown attorneys and defence lawyers, and how the attitudes and practices of some lawyers can further contribute to the harms experienced by sexual assault complainants. 

There is work to be done, and we are committed to ongoing improvement so the public is better served by its justice system. We want to hear from you.  

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

Recent #TalkJustice coverage:

Allnovascotia.com (subscription only)

  • Lawyer Richard Bureau Insolvent (March 14)
  • Lawyer Duane Rhyno Reinstated By Regulator (March 10)
Council

Four Council members were elected on March 20 in the Society’s Halifax District Election, and will begin their two-year terms following the 2017 Annual Meeting on June 17.

The successful candidates were John Bodurtha and Deanna Frappier, both of the Department of Justice Canada; Loretta M. Manning QC of Cox & Palmer; and Sheree L. Conlon QC of Stewart McKelvey.

2017 HALIFAX DISTRICT ELECTION RESULTS

  • John Bodurtha – 385 votes (26%)
  • Loretta M. Manning QC – 352 votes (24%)
  • Sheree L. Conlon QC – 351 votes (24%)
  • Deanna Frappier – 238 votes (16%)
  • Ian Gray – 164 votes (11%)

Voter turnout for this election was 29.02%, with 520 of a total 1,792 eligible voters casting electronic ballots. To learn more about the newly elected Council members, see their bios and election statements on the Halifax District Election webpage.

Acclaimed Members of Council for 2017-2019
By the February 15 deadline, two candidates were nominated in Cape Breton and Central Districts and one candidate in Southwestern District, so elections were not required in those districts. The following nominees (all incumbents) were therefore acclaimed as Council members for the 2017-2019 term:

Cape Breton District 
Jillian MacNeil
​Diane L. McGrath QC

Central District
Ellen R. Burke
Kelly R. Mittelstadt

Southwestern District
Andrew S. Nickerson QC

Role of Council
Council members ensure that the Society acts in the public interest and as a fair, visionary and respected regulator. Council requires committed lawyers who understand the responsibilities associated with self governance of an independent legal profession. A diversity of representation on Council plays an important role in setting and implementing the Society’s strategic direction and ensuring that the Society’s activities have a positive impact on the public’s interest in the Nova Scotia legal profession.

Council for 2017-2019 will consist of 21 members: the three officers (Julia Cornish QC, President; Frank E. DeMont QC, First Vice-President; and Christa Brothers QC, Second Vice-President), 10 members elected and acclaimed in the judicial districts, three At Large members elected from the entire province in an election April 17 to 24, three public representatives, the representative of the Attorney General and the Dean of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.

Details of the Society’s election process are outlined in the Society’s Regulations 2.4 (District Elections), 2.5 (At Large Elections), and 2.6 (Second Vice-President Elections).

 

The next regular meeting of Council is scheduled for this Friday, March 24, 2017, starting at 9:00 am. The agenda and meeting documents are available on the Council materials page of the Society's website.

Professional Responsibility

The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society gives notice that pursuant to a Resolution of the Society's Complaints Investigation Committee made under Section 37(1) of the Legal Profession Act, Duane Rhyno, of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, has been permitted to return to the practice of law effective March 8, 2017, subject to the following conditions:

Duane Rhyno must:

  1. Practice under supervision of a Practice Supervisor, Brian Bailey, to be paid for by Mr. Rhyno. Payment of the Practice Supervisor in a timely manner is a condition of Mr. Rhyno’s continuing to practice;
  2. The Practice Supervisor will meet in Mr. Rhyno’s office and review all open files at least weekly, for the 1st month, and thereafter as determined by the Practice Supervisor and may provide such other advice and guidance as appropriate and as requested by Mr. Rhyno;
  3. The Practice Supervisor will prepare monthly written reports for the Director of Professional Responsibility;
  4. Fully cooperate with the Society’s ongoing investigations; and
  5. Cooperate with the Society obtaining a mirror image of his laptop hard drive by a technical expert retained and paid for by the Society. The Society will not access the mirror image without an Order of the Supreme Court or consent of Mr. Rhyno.  

Please contact the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society at 902 422 1491 with any questions.

Credentials

This feature is available in every edition of InForum, for timely updates on changes of category.

The following member has changed to the Practising Lawyer category:

  • Ashley Dawn Anne Dutcher
Professional development

DISMISSAL OF EMPLOYEES

  • THE LAW AND PRACTICE OF WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS / Shearer, Gillian; Israel, Peter – Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2017. [KB 60 S539 2017]

FEES

  • IMPLEMENTING VALUE PRICING: A RADICAL BUSINESS MODEL FOR PROFESSIONAL FIRMS / Baker, Ronald J – Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2011. [KB 261 B167 2011]

LAW AND ECONOMICS

  • RULES FOR A FLAT WORLD: WHY HUMANS INVENTED LAW AND HOW TO REINVENT IT FOR A COMPLEX GLOBAL ECONOMY / Hadfield, Gillian K – New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. [K 27 .E2 H129 2017]

TREATIES

  • LIVING TREATIES: NARRATING MI'KMAW TREATY RELATIONS / Battiste, Marie – Sydney, NS: Cape Breton University Press, 2016. [KB 79.I6 B336 2016]
Access to Justice

From the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) | March 13, 2017

The NSRLP has embarked on a major project involving “legal coaching,” another form of unbundled legal service delivery we believe responds to the needs (and budgets) of self-represented litigants. Legal coaching is a form of unbundling that envisions an ongoing relationship between the lawyer and the client from the start of the file, empowers clients to take the next step in their litigation on their own, and provides them with more control over their matter by assuming a partnership with their lawyer.

NSRLP Research Fellow Nikki Gershbain has been meeting with lawyers, self-represented litigants and other justice sector stakeholders to secure feedback on this innovative model. Nikki’s preliminary research reinforces our belief that legal coaching is the next logical step in the unbundling model. Legal coaching has the potential to make the justice system more accessible to people who cannot afford full representation, but who can purchase some legal services, particularly in family law, where we are piloting this program.

We need your input!

Nikki has created a survey for family lawyers, which you can access here. Whether you have or have not delivered unbundled or coaching services in the past, we’d like to hear from you about the challenges and possibilities of this model. Your feedback will inform the development of a training program for family lawyers interested in building a coaching practice, which is a specialized and challenging area of practice.

Justice Annemarie Bonkalo’s Report on Family Legal Services in Ontario

Last week, the former chief justice of the Ontario provincial court, Annemarie Bonkalo, reinforced support for legal coaching in her report on the provision of family legal services in Ontario. Justice Bonkalo has recommended that the legal profession “support the development of legal coaching and offer continuing legal education opportunities to ensure lawyers are equipped to offer these services.” She goes on: “Lawyers should be encouraged to take these training programs, and to offer and advertise coaching services. The Law Society of Upper Canada and LawPRO should consider providing incentives for lawyers to make legal coaching an integral part of their practice.”

We could not agree more! We are thrilled that Justice Bonkalo has formally recognized this new and important form of legal service delivery. Her report, which also includes key recommendations relating to unbundling, paralegal practice and law students, can be found here. If you have feedback on her recommendations, please send your comments by email to commentsflsr@lsuc.on.ca by 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2017.

We Want to Hear From Litigants Too!

We want to hear from all stakeholders in the system, including litigants. Whether you are representing or have represented yourself in a legal matter, have benefited from unbundled legal services or legal coaching, or had a lawyer for your matter but have ideas about coaching, we are looking for your input.

Be on the lookout for our next newsletter, which will include a link to our legal coaching questionnaire for self-represented litigants.

Feedback?

If you have any questions or comments about this project, please contact Nikki at nikki.gershbain@utoronto.ca.

See the original post on the NSRLP website: https://representingyourselfcanada.com/are-you-a-family-lawyer-do-you-have-ideas-about-legal-coaching-fill-out-our-lawyer-survey-today/

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) has posted a new resource in the Legal Information Topics section of its website.

“Racial Profiling: Know Your Rights” is an article written by Angela Simmonds, a third-year law student at Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law, as part of a 2016 Public Law Placement with the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia.

Read it online at http://www.legalinfo.org/legal-information-topics/racial-profiling.html.

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

Tips from LIANS

An integral part of effective communication is listening. Here are some tips to help you improve your effective listening skills:

  1. Remove distractions and interruptions by closing your door and turning off your mobile device. Request all calls be forwarded directly to either voice mail or staff.
  2. Keep an open mind and do not anticipate where the story is going.
  3. Picture in your mind what the speaker is trying to convey to you. This allows you to stay fully alert and focused.
  4. Do not start suggesting solutions until you understand the issue.
  5. Wait for the speaker to pause before asking your questions and ask only to assist with understanding, not confirming what you already understand.

Effective listening means less wasted time and fewer errors that could possibly lead to claims. 

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 being a “Summons to court” featuring potentially virus-laden links has recently been circulating – example here:

From: Joy Lloyd [mailto: billing @ avrupaofis-kale. com]
Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2017 3:42 PM
Subject: Summons to court # 9255444

SUMMONS NOTICE TO THE DEFENDANT:

1. A LEGAL PROCEEDING HAS BEEN COMMENCED AGAINST YOU by the Plaintiff.

2. YOU NOW HAVE 22 DAYS after receiving this summons to file a written answer with the court and serve a copy on the other party or take other lawful action with the court (28 days if you were served outside of this state).

3. If you will not reply within the time allowed, judgment may be entered against you .

03-CV-2017-910105.00

FILED ON 4/24/2017 1:03:08 PM

******* NOTICE TO DEFENDANT *******

-YOU ARE BEING NOTIFIED OF THE HEARING DATE AND TIME OF THIS CASE BY DOCUMENTS PROVIDED IN THE LINK.

-IF DEFENDANT WILL NOT APPEARIN COURT, A JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AGAINST
THE DEFENDANT FOR THE RELIEF SOUGHT BY THE PLAINTIFF.

YOU MUST READ AND PRINT ATTACHMENT IN THE LINK AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS SHOWN THEREIN.

PRINT ATTACHMENT

*** If that link doesn't work, you have move that letter from Spam Folder to Inbox. ***
* This is an automatically created notification, DO NOT REPLY **

If the link is clicked and the user does not have anti-virus software or firewall programs on their computer, their system may become 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 or malware.

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 articles are from Homewood Health™, your health and wellness provider, on behalf of the Nova Scotia Lawyers Assistance Program (NSLAP).

"We have heard it before, eating well and regular exercise are important factors in maintaining a healthy body, but what do those actions mean for your mental health? In this edition of Life Lines, we explore ways in which you can improve your mental health through exercise and eating nutritious foods."

Read "Linking exercise and nutrition to a healthy mind" from your NSLAP provider, Homewood Health™.

 

Visit the NSLAP website at www.nslap.ca. For more information and support with exercise and nutrition, along with resources and counselling to improve your health and wellness, register with Homewood Health. 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

Hon. Judge Catherine BentonThe robing ceremony for the Honourable Judge Catherine Benton will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 24, 2017, at Provincial Court in Bridgewater, Courtroom #4, 141 High Street.

Attendees are asked to arrive by 1:45 pm. As per the Guidelines for Media & Public Access to the Courts, video cameras and still photography will be permitted inside the courtroom during the ceremony.

Judge Catherine Benton of Auburndale, Lunenburg County, was a lawyer for 22 years before her appointment to the Bench on January 23, 2017. She worked as a researcher with the Union of Nova Scotia Indians and the Mi’kmaq Grand Council before getting her law degree from Dalhousie University in 1993. She also served as a member of the board of directors for the Tawaak Housing Association, and is a former board member with the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre and the Mi’kmaq Justice Institute, a forerunner of the Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network. She received her Queen’s Counsel designation in January 2016.

Read more about her appointment on the Courts of Nova Scotia website.

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

 

 

Province

The Province will improve its support of women, children and other victims of sexual assault in the criminal justice system.

"What I have heard clearly from women and support groups is that we need to provide better supports for victims of sexual and domestic violence in the criminal justice system," Justice Minister and Attorney General Diana Whalen said in a March 7 announcement. "Government has invested $6 million in the province's first Sexual Violence Strategy, but there is more work to do."

Nova Scotia has also been working on several initiatives to better respond to the needs of victims of sexual assault. Ms. Whalen announced those actions on March 7. They include:

  • hiring two special prosecutors in the Public Prosecution Service to handle sexual assault cases
  • seeking to partner with the federal government to provide free, independent legal advice for victims of sexual assault so they can better understand options and navigate through the court system, as well as work with the Public Prosecution Service to provide specialized training for Crown attorneys
  • auditing to ensure police have the appropriate capability to investigate sexual assaults
  • urging that the criminal justice system's response to sexual assault complaints are a priority agenda item at the next federal-provincial-territorial meeting of justice ministers and attorneys general
  • opening a new Domestic Violence Court in Halifax Regional Municipality, and
  • continuing to invest and expand services for survivors of sexual violence.

"Sexual assault complaints must be treated fairly and effectively, with sensitivity, respect and compassion in our system," said Ms. Whalen. "Nobody should feel deterred from coming forward with a complaint."

Judges and justices of the peace can now issue emergency protection orders for families living in First Nations communities.

Justice Minister Diana Whalen announced the change on March 15. It gives Mi'kmaw families the same access to protections from domestic violence that other Nova Scotians have. Until now, Mi'kmaw families could call 911 for immediate relief from an abusive spouse, but could only get a peace bond from the court to help keep that spouse away during regular working hours. Emergency protection orders allow a family to get court protection more quickly.

"Mi'kmaw families dealing with violence in the home can benefit from emergency protection orders just as other Nova Scotians do," said Ms. Whalen. "We are glad to support a process that respects First Nations laws that extend important protection to families in crisis."

Justices of the peace and family and provincial court judges are authorized to issue emergency protection orders under Nova Scotia's Domestic Violence Intervention Act. However, that provincial law does not extend to First Nations communities. They can now issue such orders in First Nations communities under federal or First Nations laws.

The Government of Canada passed the Family Homes on Reserve and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act to provide a framework for family law matters in First Nations communities. Emergency protection orders will be issued under First Nations law where that exists, otherwise under the federal law.

"Applying emergency protection orders on reserves gives Mi'kmaw families increased well-being and reduces the risk of harm in times of crisis," said Paula Marshall, executive director of Mi'kmaq Legal Support Network. "Having more options available to high-risk families is paramount to safety."

People living in First Nations communities should visit the Nova Scotia Family Law website at www.nsfamilylaw.ca to find out how to apply for an emergency protection order in their community.

Two young women from Sipekne'katik First Nation, Hants County, were part of Canada's delegation to the United Nations 61st Congress on the Status of Women in New York.

Shurenda Michael and Michaela Julian presented a workshop on Wednesday, March 15, on indigenous girls' leadership. It featured the story of Nova Scotia's Peaked Cap Project, which is a Mi'kmaq approach to the United Nations Girls' Roundtable model.

"It's a great opportunity to bring back to young women in my community, to show them there are possibilities for us, and there is a world out there that we are part of," said Ms. Michael prior to the trip.

The presenters were joined by Joanne Bernard, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act, and their mentors from Leave Out Violence Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Native Women's Association.

"The Peaked Cap Project was a great opportunity for the girls to find their voices and to share their ideas," Ms. Bernard said in a March 13 announcement. "Through the Project we heard about stereotypes, how people define who they are, and how this needs to change. We also heard about possibilities, potential and future paths for themselves and their people. The girls developed tools to define what their future is going to be.

"It has been a tremendous experience for them. I'm proud that they'll be sharing their success at the United Nations Congress on the Status of Women and exchanging ideas about indigenous women's empowerment on an international stage."

The Peaked Cap Project offered a leadership and discussion opportunity for Mi'kmaq girls based in their community. It involved coming together to discuss and share their unique perspectives, challenges and gifts with one another, and to embrace Mi'kmaq culture.

"The Nova Scotia Native Women's Association has been working tirelessly with giving voice to missing and murdered indigenous women and girls," said Cheryl Maloney, association president. "We have shared the pain and tragedy of this legacy with our communities, allies and governments. This is our tragic past that we as Canadians are working to overcome, and this has impacted our girls tremendously.

"The Peaked Cap Project and support of Nova Scotia and our community partners has allowed us to give voice and foster leadership and agency within our young women, who are the future of this country."

The girls involved with the Peaked Cap Project from Sipekne'katik First Nation created a video that can be viewed at https://youtu.be/OcQziFQK7wA.

Indigenous women and children fleeing domestic violence will soon have a safe new place to call home, with the help of government funding for affordable second-stage housing.

Joanne Bernard, Minister responsible for Housing Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women, joined MP Andy Fillmore, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, on March 17, at the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre in Halifax to make the announcement.

"Making sure women and children fleeing domestic violence have a safe place to go is an important priority for the government," said Ms. Bernard. "We know indigenous women need a culturally sensitive approach that supports their specific needs. This unit will help women and children get the support and help they need to improve their lives."

Second-stage housing is longer-term, individual housing, where tenants can live for an extended time. It offers programs and services to help them transition to independent living.

The provincial and federal governments have committed up to $824,000 for the four-unit development, addressing the unique needs of urban indigenous families. Through this project, the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre plans to provide support services for victims of domestic violence, including counselling, parenting and employment programs.

"The peace of mind that comes with having a secure and stable home is invaluable," said Mr. Fillmore. "These new units, managed by the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre, are another example of our government's commitment toward ensuring that victims of domestic violence are able to enjoy a safe and stable environment."

The Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre is a registered not-for-profit organization, working to improve the lives of urban indigenous peoples.

"This project is a game changer for indigenous women and children in need, creating a culturally appropriate and safe space for them," said Pamela Glode-Desrochers, executive director, Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre. "Our organization recognizes that partnerships with the federal and provincial governments help to change the future for all our communities. These projects help achieve true reconciliation for our communities."

In August 2016 both governments announced investments in affordable housing under the 2016 federal budget, which included support for victims of domestic violence. Housing Nova Scotia is investing $5.2 million in federal funding to support the construction and renovation of shelters for victims of domestic violence and transition houses.

Halifax Regional Police and the provincial government are taking additional steps to help solve the homicides of three men in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

The homicides of Tyler Ronald Joseph Keizer, Rickey Walker and Terrence Patrick Izzard have been added to the Major Unsolved Crimes Program. The program provides up to $150,000 to anyone who shares information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for these homicides.

"Each death by violence is painful for the family and community involved," Justice Minister Diana Whalen said in a March 8 announcement. "We're adding these crimes to the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program to encourage people who may have information to help solve these crimes."

At about 2:50 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2016, Rickey Walker was found in medical distress behind John McNeil Elementary School on Leaman Drive in Dartmouth. He was transported to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy confirmed Mr. Walker's death as a homicide.

On Nov. 14, 2016 at about 11:07 p.m., a 911 call was received about a gunshot in the area of Cragg Avenue, Halifax. Police found Terrence Patrick Izzard laying in front of 2412 Cragg Ave. An autopsy confirmed that Mr. Izzard's death was a homicide as a result of being shot.

On Nov. 21, 2016, shortly before 11 p.m., police and EHS responded to a weapons call in the area of Gottingen Street and Falkland Street in Halifax. There, they found Tyler Ronald Joseph Keizer, who was transported to the QEII Health Sciences Centre and later pronounced dead. The investigation determined that Mr. Keizer was the victim of a homicide.

"We want the families of these three men to rest assured that we're actively investigating these crimes with the goal to bring those responsible for these senseless murders to justice," said Supt. Jim Perrin, officer-in-charge of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division. "We hope the monetary incentive will encourage people who have information on these cases to do the right thing and come forward with what they know."

Police believe there are people who have information that could result in an arrest and possible charges. Anyone with information should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090.

Those who come forward with information must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded.

The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was launched in October 2006 as an additional tool to help police gather information on unsolved crimes. For more information about these cases and others, visit http://novascotia.ca/just/Public_Safety/Rewards.

The RCMP and the provincial government are offering up to $150,000 for information about the murder of an elderly Colchester County man. The homicide of Elmer Yuill in 1991 has been added to the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program.

"Families who have lost loved ones to violence deserve answers," Justice Minister Diana Whalen said in a March 16 announcement. "I urge anyone with information about this crime to tell police what they know." 

In the early morning of Oct. 26, one or more people hid in the loft of Mr. Yuill's barn in Beaverbrook and shot him two times as he tended his cows. Mr. Yuill was discovered by an employee face down on the barn floor.

"We believe there are people with critical information in relation to Mr. Yuill's death and adding it to the program is one more investigative tool we can use to help track down that information," said Cpl. Calvin Byard, Northeast Nova Major Crimes Unit. "Our goal is to find the person or persons responsible to bring them before the court and provide long-awaited answers to the family."

Anyone with information that could result in an arrest and possible charges should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090.

Those who come forward with information must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded.

The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was launched in October 2006 as an additional tool to help police gather information on unsolved crimes. For more information about this case and others, visit http://novascotia.ca/just/Public_Safety/Rewards.

Government is taking immediate action to address the increase in illicit fentanyl and other synthetic opioids in Nova Scotia with more than $1 million in funding.

The Department of Health and Wellness is spending $564,000 to expand access to naloxone, a medication that blocks the effect of opioids and can reverse an overdose. This funding will support the purchase and distribution of naloxone kits through a range of community and health care organizations, including community pharmacies and municipal police.

"Our first priority is to save lives. We have learned from other provinces that illicit opioids are a serious risk to anyone using street drugs and, more often, that includes young people," Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine said in a March 10 announcement.

"These drugs are becoming more widely available in Nova Scotia, which is why we're taking action now before this becomes a crisis in our own province."

Government is also investing $559,000 to support three community-based harm reduction organizations in 2017/18:

  • $160,000 in new funding to Northern Healthy Connections Society, Truro
  • an increase of $247,000 to Mainline Needle Exchange, Halifax
  • an increase of $152,000 to Sharp Advice Needle Exchange, Sydney

"These investments support and enhance the good work already underway in our communities," said Mr. Glavine.

Life-saving naloxone is already available in ambulances and emergency rooms throughout Nova Scotia, and, when necessary, to those being discharged from correctional facilities.

Pilot programs in Halifax and Sydney have made naloxone kits available directly to people who use drugs through community organizations and treatment programs. Since these programs began, the kits have been used more than 30 times to save lives.

"Opioid overdoses needlessly take lives, place significant stress on communities and can overwhelm first responders and emergency departments," said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health. "By putting the resources in the hands of the people who need it most, we can treat overdoses quickly and save lives."

Sixty people died of opioid overdoses in the province in 2016, four of which involved illicit fentanyl.

Mainline Needle Exchange has been operating in Halifax for 25 years. It is a health promotion program that provides harm reduction supplies to people who use drugs, education, peer support to assist with detox and treatment programs and help to access government and community services, including legal support, housing, and food.  

"In the last 15 years, demand for our services has increased by more than a thousand per cent," said Diane Bailey, director, Mainline Needle Exchange. "Our Mainline site is open seven days a week. This increase in funding will allow us to expand our central mobile outreach project to seven days a week as well, and to work with our partners to reach at-risk groups in communities right across the province."    

A full opioid response plan is being developed by government and is expected to be completed this spring.

Government will work to enhance and better coordinate mental health supports offered to children and youth, through school facilities like youth health centres. This is one of four recommendations put forward by the Minister's Advisory Panel on Innovation in Mental Health and Addictions. The province will implement all four recommendations.

"We know the need for mental health and addictions support is growing across the province and we need to find new ways to reach those who need help," Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine said in a March 20 announcement. "I thank the panel for its work. We will now work with schools, mental health professionals, Nova Scotia Hospital Authority and the IWK Health Centre, to address these recommendations."

In June 2016, a panel of eight experts was appointed to examine Nova Scotia's current approaches to mental health and addictions. As part of its work, the panel looked at early intervention, improving community support, and innovative practices in mental health and addictions from other jurisdictions that could be applied in Nova Scotia.

"It is gratifying to see such an immediate and strongly supportive response to the recommendations that our committee has presented," said Dr. Stan Kutcher, panel co-chair. "I am personally and professionally hopeful that as these directions are implemented, the province will continue firmly on its path towards improving the mental health and access to quality mental health and addictions care for all Nova Scotians."

"I am confident these recommendations will have a positive impact on Nova Scotians," said Starr Dobson, panel co-chair. "We are committed to reflecting the mental health needs of all Nova Scotians and are already moving forward on putting more innovation to work in our province."

The province will also provide an additional $4.4-million as a permanent investment in SchoolsPlus by 2019-20. This will support all schools in the province and add about 51 new mental health clinicians, SchoolsPlus facilitators and community outreach workers.

The four recommendations include:

  • create a single web and mobile-based platform and 24/7 live answer, toll-free phone line to provide consistent access to mental health and addictions information, support and services province-wide. Ensure access to live counselling for youth
  • ensure developmentally appropriate, evidence-based, consistent mental health and addictions curriculum at the primary to six level, as well as for students in grades nine and grade twelve
  • develop a standard model for mental health/health-care delivery by integrating the supports and services offered by youth health centres, Schools Plus and Early Development Centres. The services provided must be evidence and needs-based, client-focused and youth-friendly, providing a full scope of needed supports and interventions
  • all mental health service providers must receive evidence-based suicide risk assessment and suicide risk management training.

A copy of the recommendations and government's response is available online.

The province paid tribute to those who prevent crime and make Nova Scotia communities safer with the Minister's Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention on March 9. The ceremony recognized 11 individuals and organizations who developed partnerships and programs that address root causes of crime, provided leadership in the community, and supported others in their efforts to make our communities safer.

"I am inspired by the depth of recipients' commitment to bettering their communities," Justice Minister Diana Whalen said in a March 9 announcement. "They are putting their heart and soul into their work, and it's making an impact.

"I'm always impressed by the willingness of all parties to change tactics, to try new things, and to work together to support at-risk youth and those in conflict with the law."

This is the seventh year the awards have been handed out. This year's winners are:

Individual Award

  • Carlos Beals, senior outreach worker, Ceasefire Halifax. As a leader within Ceasefire, a violence-reduction project that saves lives, redirects high-risk youth, and strengthens community, Mr. Beals promoted teamwork, flexibility, understanding and diversity
  • Jennifer Bernier, executive director, Centre for Building Resilience Through Anti-Violence Education, Halifax. Ms. Bernier is dedicated to ensuring the centre can offer free services and practical support to prevent future criminal behaviour in at-risk girls and their families

Corporate Award

  • Luke MacDonald, part owner, Aerobics First, Halifax. Mr. MacDonald organizes a running and reading program in several elementary schools in at-risk communities

Youth Award

  • Andrew Henneberry, student, Saint Mary's University, and administrative assistant, RCMP, Dartmouth. Mr. Henneberry volunteers with the RCMP's victim services program, offering emotional support, court support, case information assistance, and referrals to people impacted by crime or trauma

Community Group/Organization Award

  • Tony Robinson and Ron Cheverie, civilian co-ordinators, Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers, Dartmouth. Under the leadership of Mr. Robinson and Mr. Cheverie, Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers has been an invaluable tool for concerned citizens to remain anonymous when reporting criminal activities

Policing Award

  • Const. Nathan Sparks, RCMP, Guysborough. Mr. Sparks championed a hybrid hub model for youth intervention in Guysborough County, which has been instrumental in helping troubled youth before they end up in court
  • Const. Mark Stevens, Halifax Regional Police. Mr. Stevens works closely with the many volunteers who operate the Demetreous Lane Community Centre, ensuring constructive information sharing built on mutual trust and respect between the police and the community
  • Sheila Serfas, crime analyst, RCMP, Dartmouth. Ms. Serfas shares her expertise on crime prevention and reduction, speaking at national and international training conferences, as well as local universities

Restorative Justice/Restorative Approaches Award

  • Richard Derible, staff supervisor, Halifax Regional School Board. Mr. Derible encouraged the use of restorative approaches, which foster a community of staff, teachers, students, and parents that know how to support and care about one another, in schools across Nova Scotia. His work has helped to establish Nova Scotia as a world leader in the use of restorative approaches to resolve conflict
  • Const. Colin Helm, school safety resource officer, RCMP, Digby. Mr. Helm has taken an active role in promoting positive relations with African Nova Scotian and Aboriginal communities

For full bios of all the award winners, please visit http://novascotia.ca/just/cp_awards/cp_awards_2016.asp.

Improvements to the Employment Support and Income Assistance Program will help those Nova Scotians who need it most get support to become more independent and help youth as they become adults.

Some youth on income assistance are now able to access supports and services from both that program and Children, Youth and Family Services. Youth, who are at risk and willing, can receive help in many ways, including therapeutic services and educational and financial support.

The allowable asset levels have doubled for people receiving assistance from $1,000 to $2,000 for individuals and from $2,000 to $4,000 for families.

"Doubling the asset levels will help clients be more independent and included in their communities," Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard said in a March 15 announcement.

Changes to the asset levels will allow people to apply for income assistance without having to exhaust all their savings. It will make it easier for people in the program to save more money and have greater flexibility in how they choose to spend their money.

Government is changing programs to better support vulnerable Nova Scotians and create a more sustainable social support system. Immediate improvements are also being made when possible.

Government is investing in a project that will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation by celebrating the historic relationship between the Mi'kmaq and Acadians.

Premier Stephen McNeil announced $300,000 in funding from the 150 Forward Fund to Grand-Pré 2017 - A Peace and Unity Gathering of the Mi'kmaq and Acadian Nations, on March 17.

"I'm pleased to announce government support for a project that aligns closely with Nova Scotia's Culture Action Plan and government's priority to celebrate Canada 150," said Premier McNeil. "This brings communities together, celebrates creativity, and promotes cultural diversity and inclusion."

Grand-Pré 2017 is a series of cultural and educational events presented by the Ulnooweg Development Group. They take place during a four-day, multi-disciplinary festival in August 2017.

"I believe Grand-Pré 2017 is a transformative event on many levels that will bring national exposure to the historic relationship between the Mi'kmaw and Acadian people," said Morley Googoo, regional chief, Assembly of First Nations, representing Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. "We as the Mi'kmaw First Nation have taken a proactive approach in promoting and integrating reconciliation at events that unite and educate through song, dance, culture and tradition."

Federal funding has also been provided through four departments and agencies: the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Parks Canada, and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. 

"Grand-Pré 2017 will provide the entire country with a wonderful showcase of the values on which Canada was founded and will commemorate and celebrate a friendship that has endured for more than 400 years - a relationship that helped forge our country," said Marie-Claude Rioux, executive director, Acadian Federation of Nova Scotia and co-chair of Grand-Pré 2017.

For more information on programming and schedules visit http://www.grandpre2017.ca.

Nova Scotia is adopting changes to the National Building Code, which include increasing the maximum height of wooden residential buildings from four to six storeys.

The Fire Safety Act and Regulations will also be changed to enhance safety requirements for the taller wood buildings.

"These changes will align the provincial building code with the latest National Building Code standards," Zach Churchill, Minister of Municipal Affairs, said in a March 17 announcement. "Allowing taller wooden buildings will open up new, sustainable opportunities for the forestry sector in our province."

The province is also updating its own accessibility regulations to improve barrier-free provisions in washrooms, requirements for power door operators and barrier-free paths of travel.

"Nova Scotia's accessibility requirements are stricter than the ones in the National Building Code," said Mr. Churchill. "I want to thank the disability community for their feedback on the building code changes, which will improve barrier-free design in our province."

The changes will come into effect on April 1.

The province consulted on building code changes with representatives of persons with disabilities, the construction industry, building officials, and other industry groups. It was a complementary process to the ongoing Accessibility Act consultations.

For more information on the regulations, visit https://novascotia.ca/dma/firesafety/BuildingCode/.

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

Proclamations are published in the Royal Gazette, Part II, which is issued every other week and is available by subscription. Unofficial copies of the Royal Gazette, Part II are available online through the Registry of Regulations website.

The Office of the Legislative Counsel maintains a Proclamations of Statutes database, providing the effective dates of proclamations for statutes from 1990 to date. The database is updated with information received weekly from the Executive Council Office. To access the database, go to the Office of the Legislative Counsel’s website, then select Proclamations from the list of links on the left side of the page. The information provided by the database is for convenience only. For purposes of interpreting and applying the law, please consult official sources.

The orders in council authorizing the proclamations can be searched via the Orders in Council database maintained by the Executive Council Office. This database contains information about orders in council dating back to 1991.

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

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: 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 www.gov.ns.ca/just/communications

  • Colchester County Homicide Case Added to Rewards Program (March 16)
  • Emergency Protection Orders Now Available in First Nations Communities (March 15)
  • Individuals, Organizations Honoured with Crime Prevention Awards (March 9)
  • Three Recent Homicide Cases Added to Rewards Program (March 8)
  • Province Expands Services to Protect Women and Address Sexual Violence (March 7)

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

COMMUNITIES, CULTURE AND HERITAGE

  • Infrastructure Investment for National Special Olympics in Antigonish (March 20)
  • Government Invests in Grand-Pré 2017 (March 17)
  • Government Continues to Support Celtic Colours (March 13)

COMMUNITY SERVICES – Income and Employment Support For Those Who Need it Most (March 15)

EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

  • First Meeting of Council to Improve Classroom Conditions Set (March 14)
  • Council to Improve Classroom Conditions in Place (March 7)

ENVIRONMENT – Government Seeks Input on Cap and Trade Program Design (March 8)

HEALTH/WELLNESS

  • Government Responds to Mental Health Panel Recommendations (March 20)
  • Government Takes Action to Prevent Opioid Overdose and Save Lives (March 10)

HOUSING NOVA SCOTIA

  • New Affordable Second-Stage Housing for Indigenous Women and Children (March 17)
  • New Affordable Rental Housing for Seniors (March 13)

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – Y.Z. v. Halifax Regional Municipality Hearing Resumes (March 16)

LABOUR/ADVANCED EDUCATION/MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS – Funding Helps Young Nova Scotians Connect with Businesses (March 7)

MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS – Building Code Changes Coming April 1 (March 17)

N.S. SECURITIES COMMISSION – Investor Alert for Best-Trades.com (March 13)

SENIORS

  • Ecology Action Centre Receives Age-Friendly Community Grant for Cape Breton Food Box Program (March 14)
  • Chebucto Connections Receives Age-Friendly Community Grant (March 14)

STATUS OF WOMEN

  • Girls from Sipekne'katik First Nation Present Story of Peaked Cap Project in New York (March 13)
  • International Women's Day Focuses on Gender Equality and Women in Leadership, an op-ed by Joanne Bernard, Minister Responsible for the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act about International Women's Day

WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT CORP. – Input Sought on Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (March 9)

Other news

March 20, 2017 -- Amnesty International Canada is pleased to announce the 2016 Youth Media Award winner is: “Untitled: The Legacy of Land in North Preston”, produced by Radio-Television-Journalism students* at Nova Scotia Community College. They are the second winners of the Youth Media Award for human rights journalism from a Canadian post-secondary institution.

Amnesty International judge, Rick MacInnes-Rae, describes “Untitled as a digital documentary that explores the denial of land ownership to blacks in Nova Scotia. It is framed as a 200 year-old injustice in which a group of Canadians are still being refused title to their own property because of the colour of their skin.”

The award will be presented at the annual Amnesty International Media Awards gala event on Wednesday, April 5 at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. The Awards honour excellence in human rights coverage in Canadian media.

“The NS Community College Radio-Television-Journalism students showed initiative and enterprise by securing a variety of interviews and the confidence of frustrated families who were persuaded to trust students to tell their story. The producers recognized that telling the story of the past was key to understanding the future, and found the video and archival pictures that let them do it with flair and fairness. As one lawyer points out, part of the problem is that the Nova Scotia government views this as a land issue and not a human rights issue, which takes in a racial bias,” commented MacInnes-Rae.  “As a consequence of the NSCC documentaries, the provincial government was moved to take the first of what may lead to other steps to resolve this historic indignity.”

“Even-handed, journalistically-sound and hard-headed, "Untitled" demonstrates human rights issues violations are not just the stuff of distant places.  They can be in our own back yard, and need to be brought into the light.”

The Amnesty International Youth Media Awards were judged by Rick MacInnes-Rae and John Tackaberry. Rick MacInnes-Rae spent 38 years with CBC as an award-winning war correspondent, host and producer. His recent journalism examined international affairs and conflict studies and was the focus of his program Dispatches.  He is presently Associate Professor of Journalism at Humber College. John Tackaberry was Media Relations Officer at Amnesty International Canada 1991-2016 and is a former reporter for Inter Press Service and Pacifica Radio News.

The Amnesty International Canada Youth Media Awards are given to student journalists, to encourage them to use their creativity to produce journalism that increases awareness and understanding of human rights issues.

Read the original March 20 announcement on the Amnesty International Canada website, which includes a list of students who participated.

The Crown is appealing the March 1 sexual assault acquittal of Bassam Al Rawi, a Halifax taxi driver.

Mr. Al Rawi was charged with sexual assault stemming from a late-night, May 23, 2015, incident in his taxi involving a female passenger. Following a trial in Halifax Provincial Court, Judge Gregory Lenehan acquitted Mr. Al Rawi citing the Crown's failure to prove the complainant's lack of consent.

"We have conducted a legal analysis of the judge's decision and have concluded there is a solid basis to appeal the ruling," Denise Smith, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, said in a March 7 announcement.  

The grounds of appeal are as follows:

  • the provincial court judge erred in law in holding the Crown had adduced no evidence of lack of consent on the part of the complainant
  • the provincial court judge erred in law by engaging in speculation on the issue of consent rather than drawing inferences from the facts proven in the evidence
  • the provincial court judge erred in law by failing to give proper legal effect to the facts found by him
  • the provincial court judge erred in law in his interpretation and application of the test for capacity to consent
  • the provincial court judge erred in law by failing to direct himself on the provisions of section 273.1 of the criminal code
  • the provincial court judge erred in law by failing to determine whether the accused had taken all reasonable steps to ascertain that the complainant was consenting
  • such other grounds of appeal as may appear from a review of the record under appeal.

A notice of appeal has been filed with the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.

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

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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.

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 

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

Careers

Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, North Star Immigration Law Inc. is the largest immigration law firm in the Maritimes. We pride ourselves on our exceptional client service and practical and creative approach to Canadian immigration matters. The lawyers in our office work collaboratively in a happy and bright office space in a historic building in Halifax’s downtown core. 

We are seeking an associate lawyer or articled clerk to join our team. The area of work will include:

  • Canadian work permits and study permits,
  • LMIA applications,
  • IMWU and visa applications,
  • changes/extensions of status,
  • temporary resident permits,
  • rehabilitation applications,
  • Express Entry and NS Provincial Nominee Program applications,
  • citizenship and PR Card renewals,
  • and Canadian border issues.

If interested, we can also offer litigation work such as Federal Court matters and proceedings at all divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board. 

Applicants interested in the associate lawyer position must be a member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society (or be eligible for membership) and have 1-4 years’ experience in law practice. Some immigration law work or volunteer experience is essential. 

Applicants interested in the articling clerk position must be eligible to article in Nova Scotia and have a demonstrated interest in immigration law (through course work, previous work experience, volunteer work and clinical law programs).  

In addition to the above, all applicants must:

  • have excellent verbal and written communication skills (writing sample is required);
  • have impeccable attention to detail;
  • be able to work in a collaborative setting as well as independently;
  • be interested and inspired by this dynamic area of law and our unique practice setting.

Please forward your resume, a short cover letter and writing sample by March 24, 2017 to the attention of Cameron MacLean and Lara Green: 

cmaclean@nsimmigration.ca 
lgreen@nsimmigration.ca 

or drop off Monday-Friday between 9:00-5:00 at 1684 Barrington Street, 5th Floor

or by mail to

North Star Immigration Law Inc..
P.O. Box 272
Halifax, B3J 2N7

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.

Human Rights Legal Officer – PEI

The Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commission is an independent, administrative tribunal with jurisdiction to investigate, adjudicate and educate on human rights issues in the Province. The Commission requires a Human Rights Legal Officer. 

Website: www.peihumanrights.ca

Duties will include but are not limited to:        

  • Plan and conduct investigations of Human Rights complaints;           
  • Research, interpret and apply Human Rights Law to complaints;           
  • Answer inquiries and provide Human Rights Education;           
  • Attempt to effect settlement of complaints;           
  • Present evidence at Panel Hearings and represent the Commission at the Supreme Court  and Appeal Court on Judicial Review Applications or Appeals.           

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor Degree and eligibility for membership in the Law Society of Prince Edward Island 

Other Qualifications:

  • Understanding of discrimination and human rights law including the PEI Human Rights Act;
  • Advocacy experience before Administrative Tribunals and at the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal;
  • Ability to evaluate analytically and use impartial judgment; Experience in investigation and interviewing skills;
  • Experience in conflict resolution techniques;
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills in English; Experience with Word, Excel and PowerPoint or similar software;
  • Ability to work collegially in a small-office setting; Ability to communicate effectively with the public; and
  • Willingness and ability to travel in and out of province. 
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills in French will be considered an asset. 

Salary Range: $62,000 - $78,000, plus benefits. 

Closing Date: March 28th, 2017, 4:00pm 

A more comprehensive list of duties, responsibilities and qualifications is available by calling Lorraine Buell at (902)368-4180 or 1-800-237-5031, or by emailing lbuell@peihumanrights.ca   

Please send or drop in applications to: 
Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commission
3 Water Street, PO Box 2000
Charlottetown PE C1A 7N8

or email: bpicard@peihumanrights.ca

Re: Human Rights Legal Officer Competition
Attention: Brenda Picard 

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. 

Seeking part-time, full-time or flexible hours

I am an Australian lawyer (with practising experience) who has permanently moved back to Halifax. As I cannot practise in Nova Scotia yet, I am looking for other positions as paralegal, legal research, etc. 

Experience in:

  • Family violence 
  • Mental health law
  • Real estate,
  • Wills
  • basic civil

I can quickly become comfortable in new areas.
Please contact me for my resume. References available upon request.

Contact koralee@hotmail.com

Imagine practicing law in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere just minutes from Halifax. Providing legal advice with a commitment to exceptional, caring, client service. Taking pride in the contributions made by your law office as a respected member of the surrounding business and family focused community. Having the opportunity to learn from a senior practicing lawyer who also wants to offer you an ownership opportunity in Fall River Law with great flexibility, if needed, over several years.

Does this sound like a place you would like to plant roots to build and grow your legal career?  

Fall River Law is looking for an experienced lawyer that has strong experience in specific areas of law as well as a willingness to learn and grow a practice in the other areas: 

Our practice deals with a number of areas of law including:

  • real estate
  • wills, probate and estate work
  • small business corporate matters
  • collaborative family law

Our ideal candidate will have a clear understanding of why they got into law and it won’t be for the title on the business card.  They will have a passion for what they do and a strong moral compass. As well as:

  • Demonstrated commitment to client service
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong communication skills (verbal & written)
  • 3-5 years’ post-call experience in the areas of real estate and wills/estate work is required
  • Prior experience in the other areas would be an additional benefit to the firm
  • Membership in good standing with a provincial bar and eligible for membership in the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society

If reading this provokes you to make a change in your life I want to hear from you at barb@fallriverlawoffice.ca. Please forward your resume and a letter telling me why you are my best choice by March 31, 2017.

www.FallRiverLawOffice.ca

We have an immediate opening for a Resource Assistant at our downtown Halifax location. Reporting to the HR Manager, the Resource Assistant will provide legal & administrative support to the Firm, along with providing vacation and relief coverage as needed. A variety of work tasks are completed by the Resource Assistants depending on staff absences and the needs of the Firm.

Location: Halifax Office – 1801 Hollis Street

Work Schedule: Standard work hours are 34.5 per week. Some flexibility and occasional overtime may be required.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Accurate and timely preparation of legal documents and correspondence
  • Covering for Legal Assistants during periods of absence
  • Providing relief coverage for Reception – breaks, vacation coverage
  • Photocopying/collating/binding
  • Scanning and filing
  • Assisting with periodic clean up and organization of storage areas
  • Completion of other administrative tasks and projects as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of Paralegal diploma or equivalent
  • Excellent proofreading, spelling, and grammar skills
  • Strong keyboarding skills and an affinity to learn new technology
  • Energetic, flexible, and willing to pitch in wherever necessary
  • Organized, highly detail-oriented, and able to effectively prioritize
  • Accurately follows instructions and asks questions to clarify requirements & ensure work is done properly
  • Thrives on change and is able to effectively shift priorities with short or no notice
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Transcription experience is a definite asset
  • Prior reception experience and experience in a similar professional work environment would be considered assets 

The new Resource Assistant is needed as soon as possible. If you are interested in this dynamic role and meet the requirements of this position, please apply with resume and cover letter to careers@pattersonlaw.ca.

About Us

Patterson Law is an established Nova Scotia law firm with offices in Truro, New Glasgow and Halifax and with clients whose interests range from global to purely local. Our more than 100 lawyers and staff are dedicated to meeting our clients’ diverse legal needs. We endeavour to maintain the highest standard of service to our clients. This can only be accomplished by employing qualified, educated and motivated staff.

We are pleased to offer our staff a competitive salary, group insurance coverage, and pension plan membership after a year.

Patterson Law hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to employment equity and welcome diversity. Applications are encouraged from all interested and qualified individuals.

I am a new graduate of a two-year course in Legal Office Administration from Center of Distance Education. I graduated March 12th, 2017 on the Presidential List with an overall average of 92%. I am looking for a position in a firm, either part-time or full-time. Please contact me at vsteadman66@gmail.com, and I will forward my cover letter, resume, reference letters and reference sheet. Thank you for your time.

Reference Number: 3303-17 EMA
Job Title: Legal Counsel
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 a Legal Counsel position for a 12 month term to cover a maternity leave by a member of its legal team.

Accountabilities:

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. 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: Chief Legal Officer, 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 27, 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.

  • over 20 years experience as a legal assistant
  • proficient in Office 365, PC Law, MS Word, MS Outlook and spreadsheet applications
  • quick and astute with the ability to learn new areas of law and technology
  • appointed a Commissioner of Oaths of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
  • excellent interpersonel, communication and relationship-building skills
  • proven performer in preparing and managing court documents
  • domonstrated success in managing and following up with high volumes of inquires within a demanding law practice
  • ability to multi-task, prioritize workloads and meet deadlines in a timely manner
  • excellent analytical skills with the ability to analyze situations accurately and effectively
  • professional telephone manner with honed communications talents

I'm self-motivated and a professional.  I thrive in a challenging environment. I'm interested in full time, part time or contract employment. Please email whynotv@ns.sympatico.ca or call 902-445-3244 and I will be happy to send you my resume. 

PURPOSE

The Scotiatrust Estate & Trust Consultant works to deepen and strengthen the client's relationship with Scotia Wealth Management advisors and helps grow Scotia Wealth Management by providing clients with customized, needs driven solutions, leveraging the full suite of "Total Wealth" products and services.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  1. Deliver Scotiatrust's estate planning consultancy services to HNW Scotia Wealth Management clients;
  2. Recommend and promote appropriate Scotiatrust products and services, including, but not limited to: Corporate Executorship and Trustee Appointments, Estate Assist and other Agency services, and Philanthropic Advisory Services;
  3. Act as the primary point of contact and strengthen relationships with existing HNW Will clients;
  4. Contribute to the effective functioning of the local Scotiatrust team.

SKILLS:

  1. Expert knowledge of estate planning and administration;
  2. Expert legal drafting and interpretation skills;
  3. Thorough knowledge of relevant estate, tax, trust, incapacity, business, family and charity law;
  4. Expert knowledge of all Scotiatrust products and services;
  5. Thorough knowledge of Scotia Wealth products and services and delivery channels;
  6. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • University Graduate, LL.B. preferred with membership in Provincial Bar;
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Membership and/or Trust Industry accreditation and/or CFP designation preferred;
  • Minimum 3 years Estate Planning experience

To apply: 

https://jobs.scotiabank.com/job/halifax/estate-and-trust-consultant/12570/4147007

Position: Contract Staff Lawyer position in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia practicing family law.

Qualifications: Successful candidate must be a practicing, insured member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society with a thorough understanding of Family Law. Candidate should have experience in representing clients before the courts. Competency to conduct legal proceedings in both the English and French languages would be an asset. Start date to be as soon as possible.

Salary range: Per Legal Aid salary scale based on "relevant experience" as determined by the Commission at time of hire plus benefits.

Closing date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Reply to:

Barry Whynot
Internal Operations Director
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3M8

Fax: 902-420-3471
Email: Barry.Whynot@nslegalaid.ca

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

The law firm of Dianne E. Paquet, Barrister & Solicitor, Truro, NS, is hiring for position of LEGAL ASSISTANT

Seeking a legal assistant supporting one lawyer with a busy family law practice. This position requires a professional who can work independently and ensure all requests are handled accurately and in a timely manner. Minimum requirement of 5+ years’ experience in a legal environment, preferably with an emphasis in family law and collaborative family practice, together with proof of graduation from a recognized post-secondary institution in the area of administrative assistant/secretary. Position requires a very motivated, organized and competent individual who can often work well with minimum direction.

Functions and Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in file management, document control, and management of limitation diaries and counsel’s schedule
  • Excellent skills with drafting documents and correspondence ensuring accuracy and timely completion.
  • Excellent skills utilizing Microsoft office (Word and Excel) and legal accounting system software, preferably PC Law.
  • Proficiency at managing multiple priorities and supporting preparation for family law financial disclosure, applications, and trials.
  • Experience with process and forms for filing of court documents.
  • Customer service/client management skills.
  • Must be effective at contacting clients regarding billing, overdue accounts, and collections.
  • Must be comfortable interacting with and meeting clients in person and on the phone.
  • Excellent communication skill both written and verbal (dealing with client inquiries, requests and relaying of information).
  • Exceptional organizational ability and time management skills.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Strong organization and time management skills to include prioritizing workload, filing and managing demands and changing priorities.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Must be able to display a high level of professionalism, confidentiality, and discretion in dealing with clients and other contacts.
  • A positive attitude and positive work ethic.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Ability to multitask and handle a fast paced environment with short deadlines.
  • Ability to work overtime, when needed.

Remuneration: Our regular work week is 37 hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm and Friday close at 4:00 pm). Very occasionally there is a request to work overtime. This is a permanent full-time position. Salary and benefits are negotiable.

Please respond in confidence with your cover letter and resume to paquetlawoffice@bellaliant.com

Volunteer and Pro Bono

We are seeking expressions of interest to fill up to two (2) vacancies on the Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association (CLIA) Board. The structure of the CLIA Board was altered a few years ago to dispense with the representative requirement and to allow for a smaller, skills based, board. As a result, though interested parties do not have to be lawyers, they should have some, if not all, of the skills identified in the Skills Matrix (linked here). Members are encouraged to forward this information to anyone they feel might have the requisite skills.

Those interested in serving on the CLIA Board are asked to submit a letter describing how they feel their skills would correspond to the Skills Matrix to LIANS’ Director, Lawrence Rubin at lrubin@lians.caThe deadline for submissions is 29 March 2017.

For more information on your insurer, CLIA, please see the following link: www.clia.ca/eng.

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: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:00

The Divisional Court’s decision in the CIBC v Computershare case has changed the landscape of mortgage priorities, mortgage fraud and solicitor’s duties to guard against fraud, and has also changed the law of indefeasibility of title changes again.

Join your colleagues to hear from our expert panel about the case and its potential implications on the future of real estate transactions.

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

What are the formal insolvency procedures a company can face and what happens to IP and IP licenses when one is vommenced?

Speakers:

  • Rob Hunt, Partner and Senior VP, Grant Thornton LLP;
  • Stephen Kingston, Partner, Banking and Litigation lawyer, McInnes Cooper; and
  • Keith Lehwald, IP Section Vice-Chair and Associate, Burchells LLP

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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: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 17:30 to 20:00

How Criminal Orders such as Release Orders with Charges Pending, and Sentences or Ancillary Orders can have an Impact on Family Court

Speakers: A panel discussion featuring:

  • Justice Carole Beaton, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia – Family Division; and
  • Brian Bailey, Bailey and Associates

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Event Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:30

Financial Issues in the Settlement of Dismissal Cases (Union and Non-Union)

Speakers:

  • Daniel Ingersoll, QC, Cox & Palmer
  • Gordon Forsyth, QC, Pink Larkin

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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: Monday, March 27, 2017 - 07:30

From proceedings against police stemming from the G20 summit, to lawsuits filed by inmates related to treatment in penitentiaries, there is no shortage of examples of class actions launched against the government and its institutions. How do these cases differ from class actions against private entities, and from other public law litigation?

Join our expert panel to explore practical strategies for prosecuting or defending public law class actions, including:

  • Navigating the intersection of the Class Proceedings Act and the Proceedings Against the Crown Act
  • Acting for communities: helpful advice for communicating with class members and balancing their interests
  • How does the public element impact the commonality analysis?
  • Unique evidentiary issues
  • Coordinating your litigation strategy with a media/public relations strategy
  • How the underlying remedial objectives of the litigation alter the types of remedies sought

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Event Date: Monday, March 27, 2017 - 08:30

Join your colleagues for an in-depth and engaging day examining the process of buying and selling a business. Gain valuable insights and practical tips from our expert faculty on the steps involved in the purchase or sale of a business, including valuation, due diligence, and tax considerations. If you are a lawyer new to transactions, this program will give you the tools you need to help best serve your clients.

Register now to be a part of this informative session.

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

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Event Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 08:30

Join your colleagues for an informative day examining the intersecting legal issues between municipal & planning law and construction law that impact development and construction projects. Hear from our esteemed faculty on such topics as infrastructure and cost sharing agreements, building permits, building code compliance, site plan approvals and expropriations and injurious affection.

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

Ensure you are up-to-date on recent income tax case law, legislative changes and CRA administrative developments from the past year which could (and likely will) have a significant impact on your estate planning and estate administration files.

Our expert panel will also unravel the portions of the 2017 Federal Budget relevant to estates and trusts practitioners.

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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: Monday, April 3, 2017 - 08:30

A multitude of adjudicative tribunals are responsible for a significant portion of the legal decisions made in Ontario. Ensure you have the skills and insights to master your next hearing, and gather helpful techniques from our expert faculty to set you up for success in your administrative law practice.

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 07:30

Modified Adjusted Gross Revenue (MAGR). Profit participation. These are concepts we, as entertainment lawyers, see repeatedly in agreements; however, they are uniquely challenging to comprehend, negotiate and implement.

Join us to unravel several MAGR definitions and to hear perspectives from counsel for a production company, a financier and talent on how these definitions are negotiated. Get the inside scoop on why certain asks are made, and either given or withheld. You’ll walk away with answers to the questions you have been wanting to ask, and those you didn’t even know you had on this critical (but often neglected) topic.

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 12:00

The natural life-cycle of most charities and not-for-profit corporations in Ontario will include fundamental changes to the structure of the organization, and can include amalgamations, separations, or dissolutions.

Join your colleagues to stay ahead of the curve in these challenging and often logistically complex transactions, and gain best practices from our expert panel on such matters as special governance and operational considerations, navigating the rules of various regulators, and approaching practical matters.

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 12:00

Our expert panel will explore the environment in which political staff work, and the ethical impact for the lawyers (both within and outside of government agencies) who interact with them, including:

  • What is the role of Ontario’s Integrity Commissioner?
  • In the political arena: political acuity as a core competency to achieve goals and objectives
  • Lessons learned from real-life examples of ethical predicaments - from confidentiality to who is your client
  • Avoiding legal conflicts of interest
  • Making sense of “whistle-blowing” rules if conduct crosses the line

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Event Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (All day)
Registration is open until the Friday before the Online Land Registration Act training program.
 
Cost for this program is $650 plus HST and registrants have one week to complete the course.
 
Dates for next LRA course: April 5-12, 2017
 

 

Event Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 08:00

Hear updates from the Ministry and private practitioners about how Ontario’s climate change legislation is performing in practice.  Receive first hand information from the experts about best practices in response to the Ministry’s enforcement of the Cap & Trade regime and how to keep your clients out of trouble and in compliance with the program.

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Event Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 12:00

Significant developments in international treaties, including the seeming demise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the (impending) provisional application of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, are generating important questions in IP law.

Join our panel of experts to explore how these recent changes impact the practice of intellectual property law in Canada, including:

  • Getting up to speed on amendments to the Trade-marks Act
  • How to effectively prepare for new practice changes and court procedures in pharmaceutical regulatory litigation, and other significant changes to Canada’s pharmaceutical landscape
  • Understanding the copyright implications
  • Unraveling the implementation plans set out in Bill C-30
  • Making sense of amendments to the Patents Act and the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations

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Event Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 17:30

Join us for a unique opportunity to hear from your Superior Court of Justice judges in a less formal setting than the courtroom. Gain insights from Estates List judges as they review cases of note, comment on procedural concerns and provide invaluable guidance to trusts and estates practitioners.

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Event Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Why & How to Maintain Professional Distance

Speakers:

  • Jeanie Burke and Natalie Smith of Home Instead Senior Care

Senior care professionals (including lawyers!!!) tend to be naturally empathetic people. They have the ability to put themselves in the client's shoes to try understanding what the person is feeling. But how much client closeness is too much? Learn why it's important to balance empathy with professional distance for the client's benefit and your own.

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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: Friday, April 7, 2017 - 08:30

With constant technological advances and societal changes, privacy law is continually and rapidly evolving. Ensure you have the expertise and insights to tackle a wide array of current issues in privacy law with this timely program. Direct your own learning by selecting from business or health-focused breakout sessions, and share your experiences during our lunchtime roundtable discussion. Register now to take advantage of this information-packed day, and take your privacy law proficiency to the next level.

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Superboxes and Superordinate Laws

Speaker: 

  • Jim Rossiter, Department of Justice Canada – Parks Canada Legal Services Unit

There has been 150 years of confederate government in Canada, and 150 years of inevitable conflicting laws between levels of government. Jim will discuss the latest chapter on paramountcy, in the context of Canada Post Corporation v Hamilton (City), 2016 ONCA 767.

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Event Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 08:30

Pensions and benefits law and tax law converge in critical ways. More often than not, a decision made in one area requires understanding of the potential consequences in the other. Navigating both simultaneously can be challenging. Leading experts will provide a roadmap for you while discussing executive compensation and pension plan investment, two key areas where the law intersects.

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Event Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 17:30

Disclosure plays a key role in franchise law. The September 2016 AllStar Wings decision might have a significant impact on franchisors’ disclosure practices. While the case is under appeal, franchisors need to know now whether their disclosure practices give rise to any potential exposure and, if so, what changes they need to implement to help reduce or eliminate that risk.

Join us for this incredibly practical and informative session where the following will be discussed:

  • Identifying which franchisors are at risk.
  • Providing practical guidance and options to help reduce risk.
  • Should lawyers consider re-visiting advice provided pre-AllStar?
  • Does the pending appeal impact how lawyers advise their clients until the appellate decisions is issued?
  • What should your reporting letter say about AllStar risks?
  • Can disclaimers in a disclosure document reduce (or eliminate) the risk?

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Event Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 08:00

Join your colleagues and get up-to-date on the latest developments in energy regulation in Ontario. Our panel of experts will provide updates on the activities of the Ontario Energy board, the National Energy Board and the Independent Electricity System Operator, and highlight other important issues.

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 08:30

The use of social media and surveillance is growing more and more each year and can have a significant impact on the outcome of insurance cases. Join us at this up to date program and find out how to make the most of social media and surveillance in litigating an insurance file including and how to ensure you have collected and preserved all potentially relevant social media evidence properly. Our experts will also show you how to obtain and make the best use of the surveillance evidence, provide you with tips on effective presentation of this evidence at trial and advise you of ethical responsibilities that can arise.

Social media is also having an increasing impact on the practice of law. Our experts will help you understand how to effectively use social media in promoting and maintaining an insurance law practice while following the Rules of Professional Conduct.

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 17:30

Join us while we examine the coroner’s inquest within a health law context and provide strategic considerations for advising and representing clients. Gain a practical overview of the purpose of a coroner’s inquest and jury recommendations and benefit from examples of issues arising at inquests within this context. We will focus on the process, including the inquest brief, witness list, lines of questioning and practical considerations regarding jury recommendations. Our experienced faculty will also consider the potential impact on both civil proceedings involving health care practitioners and organizational issues at a health care institution.

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Event Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

The Subdivision Approval Process

Speaker:

  • Kevin Warner, Acting Operations Manager, HRM, Development Services

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Event Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:00

Join your peers for a follow-up to our popular 2016 program, Bringing International Human Rights Cases to the Canadian Courts. In today’s globalized world, there is increased pressure from consumers aiming to increase transparency in corporate supply chains and holding corporations accountable for human rights violations. With a potential shift from voluntary-based Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) norms to mandatory legislative regulations, businesses must be vigilant to ensure that all aspects of their supply chains are compliant.

Hear from our expert panel about current CSR standards and legislation, such as the UK’s Modern Slavery Act and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and how these are shaping the legal landscape in Canada. Our faculty will also outline how the role Canadian lawyers currently play may change if more stringent reporting and compliance requirements become the law, and share opportunities to become involved in developing the next generation of CSR norms and shape the future of Canadian law.

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Event Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 13:45

Every successful litigator should have a toolkit of effective litigation strategies to use on motions and when at trial. Dealing with expert witnesses, mistrial motions, striking juries and motions for costs are all part of a litigator’s practice. Sharpen your skills and gain insight from a stellar faculty during this unique program. Perspectives from both the bar and bench will provide a comprehensive look at how these strategies can be applied. Mock demonstrations presided over by Madam Justice MacLeod-Beliveau will further strengthen these techniques.

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Event Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 08:15

The need for good mentoring in law firms cannot be underestimated.  It is one of the most significant factors in career success, firm sustainability, and the overall future health of any partnership at any firm. The need for mentoring extends to management training for the next generation of law firm leaders well before those new leaders take the reins. As with so much in the practice of law, this is easier said than done.

This Managing Partner Roundtable Session will explore how and when to select and train managing partners at your firm. Your takeaways will include tips and traps about facilitating a law firm management succession plan. Join us for a candid discussion with other managing partners on cultivating law firm leaders.

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Event Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 08:30

Well crafted pleadings define your theory of the case and set the roadmap for the conduct of the action. Pleadings frame the factual and legal issues in dispute throughout the litigation process including productions, discovery, each interlocutory step and, of course, at trial. A clear and concise pleading will ensure a more efficient and less costly path to resolution and will enable effective and focused advocacy at each and every stage of your case. 

Join us to hear from experienced litigators who will provide practical advice and examples on how to craft pleadings, bring or avoid motions, and use pleadings effectively to advance your client’s cause.

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Event Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Work Permits, both LMIA-based and LMIA-exempt, plus a discussion about changes to the temporary Foreign Worker program resulting from the new federal budget

Speakers:

  • Suzanne Rix, Cox & Palmer
  • Andrea Baldwin, EY Law LLP

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Event Date: Friday, April 28, 2017 - 07:30

Join us as we focus on recent developments in summary judgment and summary disposition of cases in the context of medical malpractice actions, motor vehicle accidents, and other personal injury actions. We will address the recent Ontario Court of Appeal decisions in Sanzone v. Schechter and its implications for summary judgment motions, as well as the 407 ETR Concession Company Limited v. Day decision and limitation periods. Our experienced faculty will also discuss their experiences with summary procedures in health law cases, two years post-Hyrniak.

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Event Date: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 08:30

Join your peers for an engaging review of common issues within the immigration and refugee bars, and leave equipped with the tools you need to approach these issues with confidence. Our expert faculty will help you get up to speed on business immigration, family class applications, and refugee claims and will provide you with valuable insights in a unique “Things I Wish I Knew When…” session.

You will also gain a greater understanding of common processes related to:

  • Work permits and Labour Market Impact Assessments
  • Interplay between temporary and permanent residency
  • Spousal/Family sponsorship
  • Refugee resettlements and asylum

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Event Date: Monday, April 24, 2017 - 08:30

Join your colleagues at this popular annual program to enhance your financial expertise, and your ability to protect and advocate for your clients’ legal interests while reducing your risk of liability in your legal practice. In this one day course, hear from our expert faculty to gain a greater understanding of essential accounting principles and equip yourself with the tools you need to address complicated financial issues that often arise owing business transactions. Determine the right questions to ask when working with financial experts in order to save your clients time and money.

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Event Date: Monday, April 24, 2017 - 17:30

There are a number of ways to approach contracting and procurement models for development projects. Join your colleagues for an informative panel discussion about the different types of contracting models used on natural resources and energy projects, as well as their benefits, related challenges, and best practices. From considerations around front-end project delivery methods to potential litigation pitfalls, our expert panel will equip you with the tools you need to assist your clients as they prepare to embark upon these types of projects or resolve the disputes that arise.

Event Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 08:30

Get up to speed on the fundamentals of estate litigation and gather helpful strategies to enhance your practice. Hear about the common claims in estate litigation, motions for advice and directions, and the passing of accounts. Our expert speakers will share advice on how to manage challenges to wills, family matters, joint assets and property, and guardianships in the estates litigation context. You will leave this program equipped with key insights to help you handle your next estate litigation file with confidence.

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 13:00

Real property often forms a significant portion of an individual’s wealth, and subsequent estate. Join your peers to explore the critical issues at the intersection of trust and estates, and real property law at this essential program. Hear from our expert faculty from both the real property and estates bars to get up to speed on the important elements to keep in mind when utilizing real property trusts, and dealing with real property in estate planning and administration. Gather insights on a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Key drafting advice for co-ownership arrangements
  • Fundamental and special estate conveyancing considerations
  • Effective advanced estate and tax planning involving real property
  • How to handle real estate in estate litigation

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Event Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 17:45

Racial profiling is both a historic and contemporary aspect of criminal and human rights jurisprudence in Canada. The racial profiling of individuals and the resulting societal damage is well documented by empirical research. In recent years, criminal courts and tribunals have become more receptive to finding that it exists and awarding the appropriate remedy. However, choosing the proper avenue and satisfying the evidentiary burden required has had its own challenges.

As an advocate, you need to be able to identify racial profiling; to understand what types of racial profiling exist and how they manifest in criminal and quasi criminal forums. What venues are available for racial profiling remedies? What are the benefits and disadvantages of these avenues? Do you know what the evidentiary standard is for the specific remedy sought? Is expert or sociological data required to meet existing evidentiary burdens? How can a client of limited resources satisfy the sometimes onerous evidentiary onus required by courts and tribunals?

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Event Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:00

Are you interested in retiring or slowing down your practice? Or perhaps you want to transition to being your own boss with your own practice. Hear practical advice from lawyers with first hand experience with buying or selling their law firm. Our panelists will discuss finding a compatible practice, determining fair value of a law practice, hiring a professional to assist with buying or selling, negotiating the purchase price, and considering your payment options. Learn how to prepare your law practice for sale, attract and interview potential candidates, and draft the purchase agreement. Gain tips on transitioning your practice once it is sold, including law society obligations regarding trust accounts, transferring client files, communicating with clients about the transaction, and closed files.

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Event Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 17:30

Join us for an evening reception with the Honourable Glenn A. Hainey and hear his advice from the Bench for young litigators. This program will give advocates a judge’s perspective on what’s effective in the courtroom. Get your questions ready because this intimate setting will allow you quality one-on-one time with His Honour.

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Event Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 08:30

Transaction lawyers are under increasing pressure to be at the forefront of evolving market practices and emerging trends. Hear from experts at Practical Law Canada as they review the findings of their first annual Market Practice Analysis, outlining current practices and trends in Canadian private M&A transactions. Gain insights into Practical Law’s What’s Market for key provisions in share and asset purchase agreements, including purchase price adjustments, representations and warranties, and indemnification.

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Event Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 08:30

Ensure you have the expertise to confidently advise your employer and employee clients on critical employment law issues with this essential program. Our exceptional faculty will share helpful insights to get you up-to-date on key challenges, recent developments and emerging trends, and help you stay on top of your field.

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Event Date: Friday, May 5, 2017 - 11:30

Our popular annual forum will once again be bringing together representatives from the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), the Ontario Ministry of Finance (MOF), the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Services (OSFI) and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to provide the latest updates and answer your pension law questions.

Following the presentations and questions, we will be ‘turning the tables’ and providing participants with an opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions to FSCO, MOF, OSFI and CRA in a small group setting. If there are topics you would like to discuss and/or questions you would like addressed at the session, please send them in advance to ghuzar@oba.org.

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Event Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 15:30

Join us for a candid and informal discussion with two highly experienced lawyers, Mike Peerless and Mike Eizenga, followed by a cocktail reception, regarding the state and future of certification. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Has certification achieved its policy objectives? 
  • The test, burden of proof and evidentiary requirements for certification:  What, if anything, should be changed or refined?     
  • Is certification necessary?

Veteran practitioners are encouraged to bring newer members of the bar to attend this event.

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Event Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 14:00

Brain freeze? Memory lapse? Whatever you want to call it, thousands of lawyers experience it every day. Forgotten names, client details, key facts… the list goes on. The good news is you can do something about it! You CAN improve your memory…and when you do, you will improve your chances of winning! Practicing the powerful, scientifically proven techniques presented in this seminar will increase your competitive advantage in several ways. You will:

  • cut your prep time in half
  • give a polished presentation during opening statement - without fumbling for notes
  • remember to ask the right questions during cross-examination
  • master your closing argument without the worry of forgetting to make a crucial point
  • have the confidence that your memory will not fail you

Experience the personal and professional benefits of more time, less stress, and better concentration that comes with improved memory function. This is one program you will never forget!

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Event Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 08:30

Our Annual Conference is back again with a focus on the Appeals process. When a WSIB decision is appealed it proceeds to the WSIB Appeals Service Division (ASD) and then, if unsuccessful, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT). In order to navigate this system effectively, you must be familiar with both the WSIB-ASD and WSIAT Practice and Procedures.

Learn how these Appeals systems function and gain practical tips on the required forms, making written submissions and obtaining relevant documents. Understand how to obtain and evaluate medical evidence and advocate at hearings by making effective oral arguments. Leading experts will assist you in dealing with complex medical issues and handling Occupational Disease Appeals. A panel of WSIAT Vice-Chairs and WSIB Appeals Officers will provide key tips on how to present a persuasive case.

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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

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Event Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 08:15

Navigating intergenerational differences is important for law firm management as it can be determinative of long-term firm success or failure. The Veterans, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials – is your firm composed of many or all of these generations? Understanding how each generation views motivations, attitudes and responses is critical to enhance intergenerational communication, performance and commitment to work and the firm. While differences might not be as grand as once perceived, intergenerational cohesion can mean that lawyers at all levels feel valued.

So, how can law firms build a team that will stay together? Join us for a discussion about how to build a more integrated and positive work culture. Hear strategies about fostering cohesiveness and connectedness among associates and partners. Attend this Managing Partner Roundtable session and gain practical strategies on fostering communication between and among generations at your firm.

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Event Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 08:30

You get a panicked call from a client asking for help to stop a former employee, customer or third party from taking steps that might damage their business. You know you must act quickly to determine if an injunction is the right course of action. Myriad questions pop into your mind. Is this case appropriate for such extraordinary relief? Should you proceed ex parte? What crucial information do you need to provide? What relief should you seek? What might you need to provide to experts? What materials will the judge want to review and what questions will she ask? What do you need to explain to your clients about the consequences of injunctive relief?

Our expert faculty of judges, experienced litigators and forensic accountants will help you tackle these key questions and provide you with the critical insights you need to put your best case forward. They will also explain what might go wrong so you can avoid these pitfalls.

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Event Date: Monday, May 29, 2017 - 17:30

If your practice touches on human rights law, this program is a must-attend event for you. Get up-to-date on the latest developments and take-away helpful strategies on handling current issues in human rights. Our exceptional faculty will provide the expertise you need to excel in this area.

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Event Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 08:30 to 16:30

This one-day course is designed to engage participants in intermediate to advanced discussions about a topic of national importance to tribunals and decision makers.

Canadians are diverse in their racial, ethnic, religious and linguistic backgrounds, representing over 200 ethnic groups. A tribunal’s success is influenced by its ability to work effectively in this environment. In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued calls to action for governments and educators which encourages training in cultural diversity, particularly about Aboriginal culture. Decision makers and staff need the appropriate skills and tools to be proactive. Culture competence affects fairness, ethical conduct, and fact-based decision making.

This workshop will help you understand more about the meaning and relevance of “cultural competence” and more about the nature of culture and its potential impact on behaviour. Attendees will examine the possible effect of cultural differences on their communications, judging witnesses, assessing evidence, conducting a fair proceeding, decision making and decision writing. Participants will have an opportunity to identify best practices in dealing with issues of diversity in a tribunal’s handling of its hearings, dispute resolution processes, and other proceedings.

Event Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 17:45

Sexual assault prosecutions are complex and raise many conflicting issues while garnering broad media coverage. The Ontario government recently introduced funding for the provision of legal advice for the victims of sexual assault crimes. How will this affect the evidence of complainants who decide to pursue this route first before they speak to the police and if charges are laid?

With more complainants now represented, how does one prepare a victim for trial? How does a defence lawyer deal with complainant legal representation in terms of disclosure and preparation for cross-examination? How does each side manage the issue of solicitor/client privilege between the complainant and her lawyer and what are the issues that may affect a sexual assault trial? At trial, how do the rape myths come into play? Both Crown and Defence will discuss what they think the other side can do better while with the intention of all sides fully understanding what legal issues are permitted during examination.

Our stellar faculty will tackle these important questions while also considering the pros and cons of the civil process as the possible better route for sexual assault complaints instead of the criminal process.

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Event Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017 (All day)

You know very well what you want to say. The key to effective communication, though, is delivering your message so that the audience — be it judge, jury, co-workers, clients, or opponents — in person, on the phone, or via video — has no doubt what you mean. Nothing commands more professional respect, or is a greater asset to effective representation, than clear, concise communication. Managing impressions is not a gift of birth, it is a learned skill.

Susan Jones has been teaching this skill to successful trial teams across North America for over a quarter of a century. In this course, she will provide you with hundreds of strategies and simple techniques for refining and projecting your professional image in dozens of potential situations.

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Event Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 08:15

What are the best financial metrics (key performance indicators or KPIs) most suitable to measure the ongoing fiscal well-being of your firm? This Managing Partner Roundtable session will explore various financial metrics that can be employed at law firms including utilization rates, value of time written off, average hourly fees billed, practice area gross margin, team member over and under-performance, and billable and billing work-in-progress.

Join us to learn more about why knowing your firm’s KPIs is essential for making key fiscal decisions throughout the year.

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