April 03, 2017 InForum Issue

Society news

Are you looking to practise law in Nova Scotia? Did you earn your law degree outside of Canada? There are many things to consider and complete before being admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar.

The Society has developed a new Guide for Applicants with Foreign Law Degrees. It provides information on all steps that need to be taken, as well as helpful resources to assist with the completion of the transfer application and the admission process. The new 30-page guide is available on the website, under Applicants with foreign law degrees

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

  • David I. Jones QC, Life Member, Dartmouth – March 2, 2017 Obituary (with online guest book)
The Chronicle Herald | March 4, 2017
Dartmouth History Blog | March 3, 2017
by David Jones (grandson), historian and archaeologist
Local Xpress obituary | March 3, 2017 


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

Constructing Competence: One Student’s Experience in Legal Education | March 30, 2017 | By Sunil Sharma, Guest Blogger

Unbundling for the underserved family law client
Legal Report: Family Law
Canadian Lawyer | March 27, 2017 | by Mallory Hendry

Lyle Howe's lawyer argues most evidence against him should be thrown out
CBC News | March 28, 2017 | By Blair Rhodes

Panel imposes deadline on lawyer Lyle Howe's disciplinary hearing
CBC News | March 27, 2017 | By Blair Rhodes

Closing arguments continue at Lyle Howe disciplinary hearing
CBC News | March 22, 2017 | By Blair Rhodes

Closing arguments underway in Lyle Howe disciplinary hearing
CBC News | Mar 21, 2017

ANALYSIS: How Lyle Howe made race the centre of his disciplinary hearing
Polarizing Halifax lawyer says the case against him isn't about missing court dates — it's about race
CBC News | Mar 21, 2017 | By Blair Rhodes (subscription only)

  • Deanna Frappier Cracks Onto Barristers' Council (March 21)

For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Friday, March 24, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website.

The next regular meeting of Council is scheduled for Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Society’s offices at 9:00 am.


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

The following former members received judicial appointments on Friday, March 31, 2017:

  • The Honourable Rickcola Brinton is now a Judge of the Provincial and Family Courts of Nova Scotia.
  • The Honourable Rosalind Michie is now a Judge of the Provincial and Family Courts of Nova Scotia.
  • The Honourable Samuel Moreau is now a Judge of the Provincial and Family Courts of Nova Scotia.
  • The Honourable Amy Sakalauskas is now a Judge of the Provincial and Family Courts of Nova Scotia.

The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category:

  • Julia Elizabeth Clark
  • Victoria Keats Stokoe

The following member has changed to Non-Practising status:

  • Anne MacLellan Malick QC

The following member has changed to Retired status:

  • Jonathan R. Gale

The following member has resigned: 

  • Danardo Sanjay Jones
Access to Justice

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

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

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

“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.”


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 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

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

Police Media Releases – Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017

Halifax Regional Police will hold Voluntary Surrender on Saturday, April 29, at the Dartmouth North Community Centre, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. This inaugural event will enable people with outstanding warrants for non-violent offences to resolve the warrants voluntarily in a neutral environment, avoiding arrest at home, in front of their family and children, at work or during a traffic stop.

People who attend Voluntary Surrender will have their warrants resolved, which means police will no longer be looking to arrest them, and the warrant will be replaced with a court date. Voluntary Surrender is not an amnesty program; participants will need to appear before the court at a later date to answer to pending charges.

HRP’s goal is to reduce the number of outstanding warrants in our area by providing a more appealing opportunity for people to surrender voluntarily. There are 684 outstanding warrants on file with HRP.

At Voluntary Surrender, a booking area will be set up so that officers can process warrants. Participants will be asked to present ID and will have their fingerprints and a photo taken. In most cases, they will then receive a new court date. Participants will have the opportunity to contact Legal Aid, which will be available for telephone consultation. Also, referral information for various community services and supports will be available on site.

Voluntary Surrender is tailored to people with warrants for non-violent offences, but individuals with an outstanding warrant(s) for any type of offence may participate. Unlike those with warrants for non-violent offences, however, individuals with warrants for violent offences will likely be taken into custody.

While Voluntary Surrender is a first-time initiative for HRP and a first of its kind in Canada, similar initiatives have been successful in the United States.

For more information, including contacts and FAQs, see

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 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.


If you have any questions or comments about this project, please contact Nikki at

See the original post on the NSRLP website:

Tips from LIANS

During a recent LIANS committee meeting, the issue of data security while travelling abroad was raised. With increased border security, it is becoming much more commonplace for agents to request your passwords, thereby gaining access to client information stored on your mobile device. To combat this potential breach, some firms are now providing lawyers who travel abroad with “burner phones”. These mobile phones contain no client or business information and have a freshly installed operating system and applications, their own hotspot and VPN (virtual private network, which allows you to access your files remotely). Once the lawyer returns, the device is returned to the firm wherein it is wiped clean of any sensitive information to be used by the next traveller.

Using burner phones not only prevents breaches at the border, but also keeps your client information secure should your device become lost or stolen.

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 or call 902 423 1300 ext. 345.

Numerous lawyers continue to receive emails from various potential “clients” requesting representation to purchase large construction equipment (e.g., dredgers, cranes, drilling rigs, etc.). For example:

From: frank moss < mossfrank 0010 @ gmail. com >
Date: March 22, 2017 at 1:20:18 PM MDT
Subject: Request For Escrow Service

Dear Sir, 

I am purchasing a used construction equipment (Crane) in your country,Canada
and the purchase agreement requires escrow services, I want to know if
you can provide the closing and escrow services for this purchase. 

Let me know if this is within your service capacity so that I can
email a copy of the  escrow instruction for your review. 

If you cannot provide this, Please I will appreciate if you can
recommend who does it.

Thank you while I await your response,

Mr Frank Moss
3830 South 66th St
Omaha, NE 68106

Emails are sometimes accompanied by bogus electronic supporting documents, such as a Guarantor form and personal IDs. These have been confirmed as scam attempts – any communication from these individuals may be simply dismissed.

Be vigilant with every request for services that you receive. Fraudulent requests for services can be made by email, paper mail and courier, as well as individuals who arrive in person to retain you and use your trust account to receive and disburse funds. Be cautious with all cheques received, especially if they exceed an agreed upon amount.

Visit our Fraud section to read more on current reported scams and how to avoid them. Remember that you must always confirm a prospective client’s identification in accordance with the Client ID Regulations of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

If you decide to proceed with a transaction, be sure to go to the bank website to verify branch transit number, address and phone number on the cheque. Wait until the bank confirms that the funds are legitimate and are safe to withdraw from the deposit. Where possible, use the Large Value Transfer System (LVTS), an electronic funds transfer system that allows large payments to be exchanged securely and immediately.

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

“There’s a darker side to how social media can affect us, however. According to researchers, the more time you spend on social media, the more likely you are to suffer from mental health issues.This is especially true in children and teens, however, prolonged and excessive use presents dangers that have become more evident in adults as well. Multiple studies have begun to focus on the disturbing association between online social networking and a variety of negative feelings and psychiatric disorders.”

Read "The dangers of social media on your mental health" from your NSLAP provider, Homewood Health™.

Visit the NSLAP website at For more information and support with mental health, 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).


The Honourable Chief Judge Pamela Williams was delighted by the March 31 announcement that four new judges have been appointed to the Provincial and Family Courts of Nova Scotia, including two African Nova Scotian lawyers and an advocate for LGBTQ rights.    

“We’re always pleased to welcome strong, new, and experienced legal minds to the Nova Scotia bench,” Chief Judge Williams said in a news release. “The fact that several of these new judges come from diverse backgrounds is a bonus, because as we all know, a well-rounded judiciary that reflects the society and the people it serves goes a long way to increasing people’s confidence in the legal system.”

Joining the Bench, effective immediately, are Judge Rickcola Brinton, Judge Samuel Moreau, Judge Amy Sakalauskas, and Judge Rosalind Michie.

Chief Judge Williams, who was the first female Chief Judge in Nova Scotia, said the appointments are a big step toward gender parity on the provincial bench.

“It’s exciting to see more women breaking into what traditionally has been a very male-dominated profession,” she said. “It’s important that practising female lawyers and young women aspiring to be in the legal profession see themselves reflected at the highest levels of the justice system.”

With these new appointments, there are now 38 full-time sitting judges and six part-time judges on the Provincial and Family Courts of Nova Scotia. Eighteen of the full-time judges are female.

Judge BrintonJudge Brinton of Dartmouth was a managing lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid’s Youth Office in Halifax, and served in the legal profession for more than 15 years. An African Nova Scotian woman and an active volunteer, Judge Brinton is viewed by many as a leader in her community. She is active in her local church, including taking mission-related trips to Plymouth, England, Botswana, Sweden, Ukraine, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and she has also served as a board member of Coverdale and Open Door Women’s Centre.


Judge SakalauskasJudge Sakalauskas, originally from North Sydney, now lives in Dartmouth. She was a lawyer with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, practising most recently in child protection. In her 13 years as a lawyer, she also served in private practice in the Annapolis Valley and Bedford. Judge Sakalauskas is past president of the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia Branch, a former member of the boards of directors of Halifax and Region Family Resource Centre and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kings and Annapolis counties. She has also worked nationally on issues of importance to the LGBTQ community.


Judge MoreauJudge Moreau of Antigonish was a managing lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid in Port Hawkesbury, where he chaired a committee on child welfare. He practised law for 18 years. Judge Moreau is a volunteer coach with St. Francis Xavier University’s football team and sat on the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Hearing Committee. An African Nova Scotian, he has also sat on the board of the Council on African Canadian Education.


Judge MichieJudge Michie of Digby had been a senior Crown attorney with the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service since 2012. She was admitted to the Bar almost 20 years ago, and has been an active presenter for the Canadian Bar Association, RCMP and other organizations, largely on criminal justice topics. Her volunteer work includes service with the Digby Area Learning Association and Digby Elementary School. Judge Michie is also bilingual, increasing the number of Provincial and Family Court judges available to hear cases in French.


For more information on the Nova Scotia Courts and members of the Judiciary, please visit   

Further reading:

A robing ceremony for the Honourable Judge Ronda van der Hoek of the Provincial and Family Courts will be held in Halifax at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 21.

For more details, see the following notice on the Courts of Nova Scotia website.

We would like to advise you of forthcoming changes to the security measures in place at each of our Courts and how this will affect your members.

The Courts Administration Service (CAS) is implementing a number of physical security enhancements intended to ensure that our Courts remain a secure environment for members of the Courts, court users, employees and the public in attendance. While the majority of these measures will be imperceptible to court users, security screening of visitors and their belongings in CAS locations will affect all those who access court facilities.

We hereby ask you to advise your members that CAS is installing new security screening equipment in all its locations across the country over the coming months. In addition, effective March 27, 2017, members of the Bar and their belongings will be subject to security screening prior to having access to the Courts. We also recommend that lawyers apprise their clients of these requirements so that they can plan their arrival at Court accordingly. Details of the processes and a comprehensive list of items prohibited in the Courts are now available on the Courts and CAS websites.

We are confident that CAS will, on our behalf, continue to introduce effective and efficient security measures while upholding the basic principle of access to justice. We are convinced that each of our Courts will be best served through an appropriate, robust and consistent security program that ensures an adequate level of protection.

Should you have any questions regarding the forthcoming security screening activities and related procedures, CAS Security Services would be pleased to provide further information. You may contact them by email at or by phone at 1 866 556 2359.


Marc Noel, Chief Justice
Federal Court of Appeal

Paul S. Crampton, Chief Justice
Federal Court

B. Richard Bell, Chief Justice
Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada

Eugene P. Rossiter, Chief Justice
Tax Court of Canada

The Honourable John R. Nichols, retired judge of the Provincial Court, passed away on March 17, 2017:



Diana Whalen, Deputy Premier, Justice Minister and MLA for Clayton Park West, says she will not re-offer in the next provincial election. Premier Stephen McNeil thanked her for her service.

"Diana is a hard-working representative," Premier McNeil said in an announcement on March 24. "She is a key member of cabinet and caucus, a strong example for other women entering politics, and a dear friend.

"She was always willing to do what was right for the people of Nova Scotia."

Ms. Whalen served as an MLA since 2003. Before that, she served as a municipal councilor and worked as a management consultant. She is the province's first female deputy premier.

"I entered politics to serve my community, and I'm proud to have been part of this government," said Ms. Whalen. "I'm especially grateful to my constituents for the confidence they've placed in me, and for their continued support and friendship.

"Because of my recent health issues, I have decided it is a good time to a make change. It's been a privilege and honour to serve as minister and MLA. "

Ms. Whalen said she will stay in her role as minister and deputy premier until the next election.

Government is enhancing the Graduate to Opportunity program to encourage more businesses to hire women, people with disabilities and other diverse graduates. Employers will now receive an additional 10 per cent subsidy in the first year for diverse and international hires.

"This program has already created meaningful career opportunities for hundreds of talented new graduates," said Premier Stephen McNeil said in a March 21 announcement in Dartmouth. "Our youth unemployment rate is trending down, and connecting more young people from underrepresented groups will help drive that rate down even further.

"Graduate to Opportunity and other programs like it are part of our strategy to train our youth, keep them home, and support the economic growth of our province."

The program was launched in 2015 and provides salary contributions to eligible businesses that hire recent graduates. The offset is 25 per cent in the first year and 12.5 per cent in the second.

Now employers who hire a female graduate in a non-traditional occupation, a graduate who self-identifies as a person with a disability, a racially visible person, or an Aboriginal person, or an international graduate, are eligible to receive a 35 per cent first-year subsidy.

The program is part of government's Make It Here initiative, which provides more opportunities for young Nova Scotians. Visit the Make It Here website.

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission has launched a free online course to help businesses address and prevent consumer racial profiling. The course, Serving All Customers Better, is expected to train thousands of front-line service staff in Nova Scotia.

"This new free training, the first of its kind in Canada, is a definite win-win for businesses and their customers by helping promote inclusive and welcoming environments," said Christine Hanson, Director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. "We're thrilled by the overwhelming support of Nova Scotia's business community, who partnered with us to create this course."

Serving All Customers Better was officially launched on March 27, at an event at the Halifax Chamber of Commerce.

Consumer racial profiling is a serious issue in Nova Scotia. Visible minority customers are significantly more likely to be followed, searched and ignored than non-minority customers. Under the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act, it is illegal to deny someone service or discriminate against them by treating them differently because of their race, colour or ethnicity.

"The Halifax Chamber of Commerce is excited to share this announcement with our members and the business community at large," says Patrick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. "We encourage our members to use this software and consider how they can integrate it into their ongoing skills development for their workforce. The more information we have on how to be a more welcoming business community, the better it is for us all."

You can learn more about Serving All Customers Better by visiting Join the social media conversation by following @NSHumanRights and the hashtag #ServingAll.

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is pleased to help the business community create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all Nova Scotians. Businesses seeking advice or guidance can contact the commission at 1-877-269-7699 (toll free in Nova Scotia) or visit

All recommendations of the Independent Review of the Police and Prosecution Response into the Rehtaeh Parsons Case have been completed or are underway.

A progress report on the response to the recommendations was released on March 22 and is available online.

The review, released by lawyer Murray Segal in October 2016, is online. It made 17 recommendations for government, the police, and the Public Prosecution Service, intended to strengthen policies and procedures to help victims of sexual assault and cyberbullying.

Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey said tax relief is coming for small businesses in a balanced budget to be delivered next month.

The small business income threshold will rise to $500,000 from $350,000, Mr. Delorey told a Halifax Chamber of Commerce event on March. 28. The result will be more small businesses paying the lower small business corporate tax rate of three per cent.

Government will also continue its concerted effort to reduce red tape. This commitment will be worth $25 million to business in 2017-18, saving them time and money they can reinvest in their enterprises.

"Less tax and less red tape means small businesses will create more jobs," said Mr. Delorey. "We are focused on investing in opportunities for growth.

"On budget day Nova Scotians will see the province is forecasting ending one fiscal year in surplus and beginning another in balance."

It will be the first time in almost 10 years that back-to-back balanced budgets will be tabled in the legislature.

"We got to this point by sticking to our plan, making strategic decisions and by finding new ways to address long-standing problems," said Mr. Delorey. "This has allowed government to invest in key sectors of our economy, expand opportunities for young Nova Scotians, increase exports and social infrastructure."

Budget 2017-18 will be tabled on April 27 in the House of Assembly.

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date:

The following announcements since the last edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:  

JUSTICE: Find all DOJ announcements at

  • Two Homicide Cases Added to Rewards Program (March 30)
  • Progress Update on Segal Report Recommendations Released (March 22)

SERVICE NOVA SCOTIA: Find all news releases at

AGRICULTURE — Feedback sought on Agriculture Policy Framework (March 28)

BUSINESS — Local Projects to Improve Rural Internet Access (March 27)


  • Province Supports Social, Recreation Centre for Lake Loon-Cherry Brook Community (March 30)
  • Investment Supports Black Cultural Centre (March 24)


  • Action on Initial Recommendations by Council to Improve Classroom Conditions (March 29)
  • Commission on Inclusive Education Named (March 24)

ENERGY — Government Works with First Nations to Create Home Efficiency Program (March 31)


  • Government Approves Writeoffs for 2016-17 (March 31)
  • Balanced Budget, Small Business Tax Cut, Red Tape Relief Coming (March 28)

HALIFAX CONVENTION CENTRE CORP./EVENTS EAST GROUP — Halifax Convention Centre Corporation Announces New Name and Structure (April 3)


  • Chronic Disease Innovation Fund Will Support Opioid Harm Reduction (March 31)
  • College of Paramedics Effective April 1 (March 30)


  • Enhanced Affordable Housing and Repair Programs for Nova Scotia (March 29)
  • Preserving Social Housing in Mulgrave Park (March 28)

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION — New Education Campaign Helps Businesses Address Consumer Racial Profiling (March 27)

IMMIGRATION — Province Finds Success with New Pilot Program (March 31)

LABOUR/ADVANCED EDUCATION — More Graduates Get Help to Launch Their Careers in Nova Scotia (March 21)

NATURAL RESOURCES: Check Before You Burn Now Online (March 21)

NOVA SCOTIA BUSINESS INC. — Payroll Rebate Amendment Approved (March 21)

NOVA SCOTIA POLICE REVIEW BOARD — Hearing Scheduled in Sydney (March 31)

N.S. SECURITIES COMMISSION — Commission Issues Investor Alert (March 23)


  • Four New Judges Bring Gender Balance, Diversity to Bench (March 31)
  • Government Commits More Than $13 Million to the Action Plan for an Aging Population (March 30)
  • Premier Stephen McNeil Thanks Diana Whalen For Her Service (March 24)

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION — Summer Jobs for Students (March 23)

SPEAKER'S OFFICE — Third Session of the Sixty-Second General Assembly to Resume April 25 (March 23)

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL — Province Building Active Transportation Trail Connections for Off-highway Vehicles (April 3)  

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.

Other news

March 30, 2017 – The Law Foundation of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that Mary Hamblin will become our new Executive Director, effective April 2017.

Mary comes to the Foundation from her most recent position as Consultant, Investors Group. She also serves currently as Vice President of the Dalhousie Law Alumnae Board.

Mary graduated from Dalhousie University in 1999 with MBA and LLB degrees, having attained a BA there previously and a BEd from Saint Mary's University. In 1999, she was appointed Director of the Dalhousie MBA Program in the Faculty of Management, after which she alternately taught in the Faculty of Business, Nova Scotia Community College; served as Chair for Halifax for the Employment Insurance Board of Referees (appeals); and served as a Public Member on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, where she sat on a number of Hearings and chaired the Policy and Governance Committee.

Her not-for-profit work has provided experience in various sectors including mental health, education, Aboriginal affairs, women's issues, politics, and aging.

The Board of the Law Foundation of Nova Scotia is delighted to welcome Mary as Executive Director.  


The Public Prosecution Service recently announced the appointments of the following new Crown attorneys in Halifax, Dartmouth and Antigonish.

Halifax: Katharine Lovett   

A native of Cole Harbour, Ms. Lovett graduated in 2012 from Carleton University with an honours bachelor of arts in criminology and criminal justice and in 2015 from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. She articled with Sealy Cornish Coulthard in Halifax and in 2016 was appointed an associate with Luke Craggs, Barrister and Solicitor, where she concentrated on criminal law.

Ms. Lovett is a former core member of the Seventh Step Society of Nova Scotia facilitating weekly meetings to support offenders and ex-offenders in achieving successful reintegration and rehabilitation. As an honours student at Carleton University, she conducted research on gender differences in offence patterns in youth at the Shelley Brown Gender and Crime Research Lab. She is an associate member of the Canadian Prison Law Association.

Steven Degen – Dartmouth

Mr. Degen, a native of Dartmouth, graduated in 2006 from Saint Mary's University with a bachelor of arts in criminology and from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in 2010. He articled with Mill Pittman in Clarenville, NL. In 2011 he was appointed an associate with Bristow Moyse Lawyers in St. John's where he concentrated on criminal and family law. In 2013 Mr. Degen was appointed a Crown prosecutor in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

Mr. Degen was elected regional vice-president of the Alberta Crown Attorneys Association in 2016. He was a member of the association's team negotiating with the Government of Alberta for Crown attorney benefits. 

Courtney MacNeil – Antigonish

A native of Antigonish, Ms. MacNeil graduated from St. F. X. University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and developmental studies and from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax in 2015. She articled with Legal Aid Ontario in Windsor concentrating on criminal and family law. In 2016 she was appointed a lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid in Sydney where she focused mostly on family law.

While at Dalhousie, Ms. MacNeil was the vice president of the Environmental Law Students' Society, a pro bono student advisory committee volunteer and a senior law student volunteer with the Salvation Army Atlantic Refugee and Immigration Service.

Department of Justice Canada announcement in Yarmouth on March 31, 2017

The safety and security of Canadians are of paramount importance to our Government, and public confidence in the criminal justice system is essential. Victims and survivors of sexual assault often face significant barriers in reporting crimes to police and testifying in court. Understanding the impacts that trauma can have on victims of sexual assault is critical to properly addressing these barriers.

On March 31 in Yarmouth, Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova, and Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore – St. Margarets on behalf of the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced funding support to the Tri-County Women’s Centre of Nova Scotia to enhance the supports they offer to victims and survivors of sexual violence in the criminal justice system.

The Tri-County Women’s Centre will use the $75,929 in funding to work with non-governmental victim service providers and professionals in law enforcement and justice in Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby counties to provide training sessions on sexual assault. This training will cover topics such as, the neurobiology of trauma, the lived experience of victims and survivors, and challenging myths and stereotypes. The funding will also help develop resources in English and in French to better inform victims of and survivors of sexual violence about the criminal justice system.

“This funding will enable us to provide specialized training on understanding trauma and practices that service providers can apply in working with victims of sexualized violence who live with trauma,” said Bernadette MacDonald, Executive Director of the Tri-County Women’s Centre.

Lisanne Turner, the centre’s Sexualized Violence Intervention Services Coordinator, added: “These opportunities for service providers to train together, from justice and law enforcement professionals to community-based agencies, will improve our collective practices and encourage closer working relations across all services. By applying these best practices, victims of sexualized violence will feel safer in coming forward for services.”

Read more quotes and quick facts in the March 31 news release from the Department of Justice Canada.  

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

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

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

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

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

Office   +1.403.216.0340
Direct   +1.403.216.0341
Twitter   @JP_Boyd_CRILF

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


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

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. 

Casey Rodgers Chisholm Penny Duggan LLP is seeking a permanent, full-time legal assistant to join our family law group. Applicants with a minimum of two years experience in family law preferred. Must be comfortable working independently in a fast-paced environment.

Please apply confidentially to or   

Salary and benefits negotiable and commensurate with experience. 

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada (the “Federation”) is the national coordinating body of the 14 law societies that regulate Canada’s more than 117,000 lawyers, Quebec’s 4,500 notaries and Ontario’s nearly 8,000 licensed paralegals in the public interest. The Federation promotes the development of national standards, encourages the harmonization of law society rules and procedures, undertakes national initiatives, and speaks out on matters of national importance, all as directed by its member law societies. 
The Federation is hiring an experienced policy counsel to play a key role in the development of policy on a wide range of matters at the core of the Federation’s mandate. Duties will include:
  • conducting research,
  • monitoring and analysing legislative initiatives and regulatory developments,
  • preparing briefing materials, reports and submissions, and
  • providing input and advice on a broad range of policy matters and government relations. 
Candidates must be, or be eligible to be, a member in good standing of a Canadian law society. The ideal candidate will have 4-10 years of experience. Experience in a professional regulatory or association environment would be desirable. Candidates must be bilingual and must possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills, superior analytical skills, sound judgment and a strong team orientation. 
If this exciting Ottawa-based opportunity is of interest to you, please forward your résumé to Frederica Wilson at by May 31, 2017
La Fédération des ordres professionnels de juristes du Canada (la « Fédération ») est l’organisme coordonnateur national des 14 ordres professionnels de juristes du Canada qui ont le mandat de réglementer plus de 117 000 avocats du Canada, les 4 500 notaires du Québec et près de 8 000 parajuristes autorisés de l’Ontario dans l’intérêt du public. La Fédération favorise l’élaboration de normes nationales, encourage l’harmonisation des règles et procédures des ordres professionnels de juristes, entreprend des projets à l’échelle nationale et se prononce sur des dossiers d’intérêt national, tel que ses membres, les ordres professionnels de juristes, lui demandent de le faire. 
La Fédération est à la recherche d’un conseiller ou d’une conseillère en matière de politiques avec expérience qui sera chargé de jouer un role essentiel dans l’élaboration de politiques sur une vaste gamme de sujets se trouvant au coeur du mandat de la Fédération. Ses tâches seront:
  • notamment de mener des recherches,
  • de surveiller et d’analyser les initiatives prises en matière de législation et les faits nouveaux en matière de réglementation,
  • de préparer des documents d’information, des rapports et des mémoires, et
  • de présenter des commentaires et des avis sur diverses questions de politique et de relations avec le gouvernement. 
Le candidat ou la candidate choisi doit être membre en règle d’un ordre professionnel de juristes canadien ou y être admissible. Idéalement, il ou elle a de 4 à 10 ans d’expérience. Une expérience dans le milieu de la réglementation ou au sein d’une association professionnelle est souhaitable. Le candidat ou la candidate doit être bilingue et faire preuve de compétences exceptionnelles en communication écrite et orale, de compétences supérieures en analyse, de bon jugement et d’un esprit d’équipe solide. 
Si cette occasion unique à Ottawa vous intéresse, veuillez faire parvenir votre curriculum vitae à Frederica Wilson, à au plus tard le 31 mai 2017


Are you a senior strategic leader excited by the opportunity to make a significant contribution to a progressive and complex Nova Scotian organization?

The Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation (NSPLCC) is a Crown corporation responsible for managing the regulated gaming industry in the province in an economically sustainable and socially responsible manner for the benefit of Nova Scotians and their communities.

Reporting to the President & CEO, the Vice-President, Finance & Strategy will be an integral member of the Senior Management Team and will serve as the Corporation’s chief strategy officer, chief financial officer, and chief social responsibility officer. As the Vice-President, Finance & Strategy, you will be responsible for contributing to strategy formulation and execution of initiatives to realize NSPLCC’s vision and achieve organizational goals. You will be accountable for providing strategic leadership to the Corporation’s financial management and internal controls. In this critical role, you will also be responsible for advancing public support for regulated gaming, as well as furthering the Corporation’s social responsibility commitments to ensure the integrity of the gaming industry.

As the ideal candidate, you have an CPA designation or law degree, combined with your track record of success as a leader in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment. With a well-developed understanding of what it takes to make an organization successful, you have an eye for developing a thorough professional  business plan. Your ability to translate complex details into big picture implications will allow you to identify potential issues, analyze options, and make sound recommendations to the President & CEO and Board of Directors. A natural relationship builder and leader of people, you have proven your ability to build strong stakeholder relationships and develop high performance teams.

To learn more about this opportunity please contact Kevin Stoddart or Kristin Hewlett at (902) 424-1103 or apply online at

Competition # 1186
Office of Service Nova Scotia, Halifax


The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the policy section of Business Programs, within the Registries Division of the Office of Service Nova Scotia. They will oversee the Policy Coordinators and related positions to deliver the programs and services responsible to the Director of Business Programs/Registrar of Joint Stock Companies. They will be responsible for the correct interpretation of the Business Programs legislation. The Deputy Registrar will act in full authority of the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies in the absence of the Registrar.

The Deputy Registrar will be responsible for administering, applying, and interpreting legislation and regulations by assessing, managing, and reviewing claims. They will also provide expert advice regarding any matter arising from the Business Programs legislation and supporting regulations, policies, standards, and processes. The Deputy Registrar will plan, manage, and meet the priorities for yearly and long-term work and risk management. This position plays a critical role in developing and maintaining relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, such as the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. These relationships will be managed through service management, data sharing, and other agreements with stakeholders. The Deputy Registrar will also support the Director/Registrar of Joint Stock Companies in the short and long-term for operational planning, short- and long-term budget planning, and Human Resources planning and development.


University degree, preferably in law and several years experience. Candidates with an acceptable equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered. Previous legal experience will also be considered an asset.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate experience in the following areas:

  • Reviewing, interpreting, and delivering legislation and regulations;
  • Decision making, preferably in an Administrative Law context;
  • Managing staff;
  • Conducting performance reviews;
  • Strategic and business planning;
  • Risk assessment;
  • Prioritization skills;
  • Innovative thinking and implementation;
  • Leadership skills;
  • Relationship building skills with internal and external stakeholders; and
  • Presenting to senior management.

Posting closing date: April 12, 2017   

To find out more about this opportunity, see the posting for Competition #1186 on the provincial government’s Careers website.

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

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 18,500 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, poised to celebrate 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.

Dalhousie’s Human Resources partners with the university community to advance the mission and priorities of Dalhousie by attracting, supporting and rewarding the best faculty and staff. The Director, Academic Staff Relations reports to the Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources and is accountable to the Provost and Vice-President Academic in the provision of services to senior academic leaders including senior executives, Deans, Directors, Chairs and Heads. The Director leads a team of HR professionals with a focus on academic labour relations, advice on collegial processes including tenure, promotion and academic recruitment process and academic appointments administration. The Director, Academic Staff Relations has overall responsibility for the development of strategies, policies and plans consistent with the strategic direction and goals of the university. This role works closely with partners across campus including colleagues in Human Resources, the Provost’s office, Legal Counsel’s office, Human Rights and Equity Services and Financial Services. The Director plays a key leadership role in creating a positive and effective working environment and is a role model for respect and inclusion.

Dalhousie has a large, complex workforce of more than 6,000 staff and faculty. There are three  academic bargaining units; the Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA) representing approximately 960 academic staff (professoriate, librarians, instructors, counselors) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) representing approximately 1200 members (part-time academics and teaching assistants) and the Public Service Alliance of Canada, representing approximately 130 post doctoral fellow employees. There are also several hundred Clinical Medical and Dental Faculty who are not unionized. This critical position plays a central leadership role within the Human Resources department and regarding the labour relations strategy for faculty and the institution. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • As member of the senior leadership team in Human Resources, advance HR strategies and university wide initiatives
  • Supervise a team of HR professionals within Human Resources
  • Advise Provost & Vice President Academic and other senior academic leaders on institutional obligations and best practices regarding academic staff
  • Lead collective bargaining processes for academic staff negotiations, including acting as the University spokesperson during the collective bargaining and conciliation processes
  • Maintain and develop relationships with the university's academic unions
  • Lead reporting and other administrative responsibilities under the academic staff collective agreements
  • Manage grievance and arbitration processes Act as a key leader in creating a positive and supportive climate for academic staff to achieve success
  • Provide leadership, mentorship, and direction to University managers and other HR professionals in labour relations matters, including administering academic staff Collective Agreements

Qualifications: Qualified candidates will possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. Industrial Relations or Law) with preference to candidates who are practicing lawyers. Qualified candidates will also possess considerable experience in a senior labour relations role demonstrating progressive accountability. An established leader, the candidate has the ability to build capacity and foster individual, team and organizational progress. The candidate will have a demonstrated ability to develop trust and credibility with internal and external stakeholders. The successful candidate will demonstrate well-honed analytical, judgement, self-awareness and decision-making skills. With significant experience in collective bargaining, the successful candidate will be a highly skilled negotiator with exceptional knowledge of labour and employment legislation. Familiarity with a University setting would be a significant asset. 

Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.

Apply online by 10:00 p.m. on March 30, 2017 to competition EXAD-17003 here:

Heritage House Law Office, a Downtown Dartmouth Law Firm, is seeking a Legal Assistant for Corporate, Commercial, Foreclosure and Litigation. Applicants with a minimum of 2 years experience in these areas preferred. Applicant must be comfortable working independently and have a knowledge of PCLaw, Microsoft Word, Excel, Hot Docs and Word Perfect. 

Please forward your Resume to the attention of Christine Hatcher at

We thank all applicants who do send in a resume, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted by us.

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is hiring a full-time Legal Information Provider. You must show a strong commitment to access to justice, and have an ability to work collaboratively to build on LISNS role as a key legal triage and referral navigator for Nova Scotians.

You are the ideal candidate for this position if you:

  • Have a strong working understanding of the legal system
  • Are aware of the diverse access to justice needs of Nova Scotians
  • Are compassionate and non-judgmental in service delivery
  • Can think innovatively and adapt your approach to meet the needs of service users
  • Are able to ‘think on your feet’ and quickly respond to legal information inquiries, in a common sense, practical manner
  • Can readily translate complex legal issues into plain language
  • Have excellent research, written and verbal skills
  • Work well on your own, and with a team
  • Are familiar with a broad range of legal and social services available in NS
  • Have experience building successful community partnerships.

Job responsibilities will include:

  • Answering calls to LISNS’ Legal Information Line. Assist callers to identify key legal issues, resources, and potential options for solving their legal problems
  • Making appropriate referrals to community resources, including LISNS’ Lawyer and Mediator Referral Services
  • Providing high-quality legal information, orally and in writing
  • Working with the LISNS team and community partners to develop and maintain plain language legal information resources and programs for delivery in a variety of formats
  • Orientation, coordination and supervision of LISNS’ volunteers, including law students
  • Assisting with development of LISNS online legal information presence, including legal information content and social media.
  • Assisting with project development and implementation.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field, including Law or Social Work, with a minimum of 2 years prior work and/or volunteer experience in the justice or non-profit services sector.

A practising member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, or eligible for membership, an asset, but not required.

Salary and benefits:

This is a full-time contract position of 35 hours per week. Salary will be determined on appointment.

Applications, including a CV and cover letter, should be sent to:

Heather de Berdt Romilly
Executive Director
Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia
email (

or mail to
1663 Brunswick Street
Halifax NS B3J 3Z6

Deadline: April 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm.

As the successful candidate for this opportunity in Berwick, Nova Scotia, you have at least five years of experience in a law firm, you have experience with Property-OnLine migrations, PC Law Accounting, and you are proficient in Corel WordPerfect. You are comfortable with real estate transactions, wills and general office matters. You have exceptional reception, organization and prioritization skills, and the ability to vary deadlines with little advance notice. You have initiative, excellent communication skills and you can work well with a team and independently.

Qualified, interested candidates, please submit your resume and cover letter including three references by email to, or by mail to the attention of the Office Administrator, PO Box 208, Berwick, Nova Scotia, B0P1E0.  

All applications will be held in strictest confidence.

Volunteer and Pro Bono

With retirements, LIANS is seeking expressions of interest to fill six (6) upcoming vacancies on its 12 member Board of Directors. Though all members are welcome to respond, with a view to having representation on the Board from all regions of the province, expressions of interest from the South Shore, Valley, Fundy and Highland regions are particularly welcomed. As well, interested parties do not have to be members of the Society though it is expected that a majority of the Board will be members.  

New for this year, as part of your expression of interest, we require the completion of a skills matrix. Though individual Board members need not have all of the skills being sought, it is expected that the Board and its committees will, as a collective, have them all.  

In addition, members are welcome, and encouraged, to forward this request for expressions of interest to anyone they believe has the skills being sought and would be interested in being a member of the Board.  

LIANS offers interested individuals the opportunity to participate in the management of a non-profit association that provides the mandatory professional liability coverage for Nova Scotia lawyers. With Board membership also comes the opportunity to sit on one of LIANS’ standing committees:

  • audit,
  • investment,
  • governance,
  • claims and
  • the legal assistance program.  

Those interested in serving on LIANS’ Board are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and the skills matrix to LIANS’ Governance Committee c/o LIANS’ Director at The deadline for submissions is April 21, 2017.

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 (phone: 902-860-3861).

Upcoming Events
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 - 12:00 to 13:00

Personal Directives


  • Martina Munden, General Counsel to the Nova Scotia Health Authority


In April consider bringing a non-member buddy to a Section meeting. Sections provide opportunities for lawyers to further their professional education and to keep ahead of current developments within the profession. The Nova Scotia Branch wants to show non-members what they’re missing! Your buddy must register and pay the registration fee as well – spread the word so as not to miss out on this opportunity!

Event Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 17:30 to 20:00

Young Lawyers Night: Discussion of Recent Decisions of Interest


  • Dante Manna, Stewart McKelvey
  • Nicola Watson, Pink Larkin
  • John Boyle, Cox & Palmer
  • Caroline Spindler, McInnes Cooper


In April, consider bringing a non-member buddy to a Section Meeting. Sections provide opportunities for lawyers to further their professional education and to keep ahead of current developments within the profession. The Nova Scotia Branch wants to show non-members what they’re missing!! Your buddy must register and pay the registration fee as well – spread the word so as not to miss out on this opportunity!


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

Why & How to Maintain Professional Distance


  • 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.


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

Technology for Business Lawyers


  • Stacey Gerrard, LIANS Counsel

This presentation will review technology specific to business lawyers including technology to improve efficiency and avoid claims. It will also explore new and upcoming products discussed at the ABA Tech Show recently held.


In April, consider bringing a non-member buddy to a Section meeting. Sections provide opportunities for lawyers to further their professional education and to keep ahead of current developments within the profession. The Nova Scotia Branch wants to show non-members what they’re missing!! Your buddy must register and pay the registration fee as well – spread the word so as not to miss out on this opportunity!

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

Privacy Breach Management


  • Catherine Tully, Information and Privacy Commissioner

Join us for a must-do training session on privacy breach management offered by the Information and Privacy Commissioner. This session is geared specifically to CBA members who deal a little or a lot in privacy matters. 


Event Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 08:00

Stewart Title Lecture Series:

Stewart Title will be holding a breakfast information session of interest to lawyers or paralegals practicing in commercial real estate, or residential lawyers who also do some commercial.

Topics covered will include:

  • Special Places Protection Act and Archaeology in NS – presented by Dr. Steve Davis of Davis McIntyre & Assoc
  • Title Insurance vs an Opinion on Title; Adding to Commercial Title insurance Coverage with Endorsements – presented by Dennis Levandier, Sr. Business Dev. Mgr – Stewart Title
  • A Review of a Variety of Claims Paid in NS Related to Survey, Permits etc.; Mortgage Fraud in Canada – presented by Paul Sampson, Counsel – Claims, Stewart Title

Where: Delta Barrington Hotel

When: April 20, 2017 – 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Presentation will start at 8:30 a.m.

A hot buffet breakfast will be served. Paralegals and legal assistants welcome. There is no registration fee.

Please RVSP to by April 14th.

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

Join us for an afternoon of high quality accredited programming from Canada's only national provider of CLE specifically tailored to Canada's defence bar. Hear from experts on fire loss, accident reconstrucion, and forensic psychiatry and physiatry.

Open to members and non-members, lawyers, insurance adjusters and claims managers.


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

Superboxes and Superordinate Laws


  • 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.


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

The Subdivision Approval Process


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


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


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


Event Date: Friday, May 5, 2017 - 09:00 to 12:00

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

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

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

This module is part of the Law Practice Management program and can be taken as a stand-alone course which can also be applied as credit towards the full Certificate program. For more information or to register, please visit: 

Event Date: Friday, May 5, 2017 - 13:00 to 16:00

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

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

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

This module is part of the Law Practice Management program and can be taken as a stand-alone course which can also be applied as credit towards the full Certificate program. For more information or to register, please visit: 

Event Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 09:00 to 12:00

Human resource management has evolved from personnel administration to managing human resources to accomplish organizational goals.  This module is intended to strengthen your capacity for professional staff management. You will be engaged in discussions about current HR practices, employee attraction and retention, the role of cognitive ability and emotional intelligence in predicting performance, and managing teams. This module will be interactive, involving lively discussions on research studies (evidence-based management), cases, and personality tests. 

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

  • Apply different human resource and management theories to motivate employees
  • Understand the role of emotional intelligence, ability, and personality as a tool for enhancing performance and teamwork 
  • Understand the conditions and behaviours that enable effective teamwork

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

For more information or to register, please visit:

Event Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 13:00 to 16:00

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

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

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

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

For more information or to register, please visit: 

Event Date: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 09:00 to 12:00

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

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

This module is part of the Law Practice Management program and can be taken as a stand-alone course which can also be applied as credit towards the full Certificate program.For more information or to register, please visit:

Event Date: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 13:00 to 16:00

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

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

This module is part of the Law Practice Management program and can be taken as a stand-alone course, which can also be applied as credit towards the full Certificate program. For more information, or to register, please visit: 

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


Event Date: Friday, May 26, 2017 (All day)

The Advocates’ Society invites you to attend our Spring Symposium, the premier continuing professional development and networking event for civil litigators. Coming to Halifax for the first time, this popular and practical program features the latest developments, strategies and tips for success in your everyday practice. If you are a civil litigator this is one program you cannot afford to miss.

The Honourable Thomas Cromwell, retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, will deliver the symposium's keynote address. Numerous local lawyers and seven other judges will be participating in panel sessions:

  • the Hon. Chief Justice Michael MacDonald, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia;
  • from the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, the Hon. Justice Jamie W.S. Saunders
  • from the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, the Hon. Associate Chief Justice Deborah K. Smith, the Hon. Justice Gregory M. Warner, and the Hon. Justice Michael J. Wood;
  • from the Nova Scotia Provincial and Family Court, the Hon. Judge Anne S. Derrick; and  
  • from the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick, the Hon. Justice J.C. Marc Richard.   

More information and registration

See the updated flyer with complete program information.

The agenda's panels include the following: 

  • Lightning Round: Limitation Periods
  • Lessons Learned: Good Faith in Contractual Performance in Commercial Cases 
  • Debate: Arbitrate of Litigate? 
  • Judges' Panel: Effective Appellate Advocacy
  • Recent Developments in the Law of Privilege
  • Recent Developments in Expert Evidence
  • Big Cases in Atlantic Canada
  • View from the Bench: Recovering from a "Knock-down" 

Note: Registrants can count their attendance at this program toward their annual CPD requirement.  

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