August 08, 2017 InForum Issue

Society news

Society Record, Vol. 35 No. 1: Special #TalkJusticeThe Summer 2017 edition of The Society Record is now available online.

The new issue is a #TalkJustice summer reading special, with a number of essays, poems and reflections inspired by the #TalkJustice initiative. The Society extends thanks to two guest editors who gathered a number of contents for the cover feature: Halifax writer and educator El Jones and “R.”, a resident of a provincial corrections facility.

See the new edition for these articles and more:

Special #TalkJustice cover feature:

  • The power and potential of ‘finding voice’ and listening – El Jones, Guest editor
  • Joining the justice conversation – ”R.”, Guest editor
  • Senator Kim Pate: Issues of criminalization and imprisonment 
  • ESSAYS & POEMS by residents of provincial institutions
  • 50 Shades of Brown – a poem by Killa Atencio
  • National recognition for “Untitled: The Legacy of Land in North Preston”
  • #TalkJustice: What’s next? – Jane Willwerth, Strategy & Engagement Officer
  • Our most vulnerable – Paul Vienneau
  • #TalkJustice in the community
  • A young voice of resilience and a judge who listened – Ammy Purcell
  • Community conversations inform justice improvements – Emma Halpern, Equity & Access Officer

Regular contents:

  • The President’s View: Excerpts from inaugural address by President Julia Cornish QC
  • LIANS – Tips from the Risk & Practice Management Program: Limited scope retainers, unbundling of legal services and access to justice
  • Diversifying the Bench in Nova Scotia – The Hon. J. Michael MacDonald, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia
  • A2J update from Nova Scotia Legal Aid – Charlene Moore, Service Delivery Director
  • Informal ADR reduces appeals and builds greater understanding 
  • Restorative justice program expands, succeeds in NS 
  • SUMMATION: Let’s think big together about access to justice – The Hon. Thomas Cromwell

The family of the late Steven G. Zatzman QC invites Society members and guests to a memorial celebrating Steve's life on Sunday, September 10, 1:30 pm at the Beth Israel Synagogue located on 1480 Oxford Street, Halifax.

The family is grateful to receive any stories and/or photographs of Steve. These can be forwarded to

Mr. Zatzman practised in Dartmouth at Wolfson Schelew Zatzman and more recently, BOYNECLARKE LLP. He passed away on May 1, 2017 in Toronto. See his obituary in the Globe and Mail.

Guidelines for Lawyers: Supporting Trans* & Gender-variant Clients, Colleagues & EmployeesThe Society has introduced the following new resource on its online Equity Portal, Guidelines for Lawyers: Supporting Trans* & Gender-variant Clients, Colleagues & Employees.

Prepared by the Equity & Access Office, these guidelines aim to provide lawyers with a baseline understanding of how to support trans* and gender-variant clients, colleagues and employees in the workplace. The guidelines define basic terms, explain the principles of trans* and gender-variant inclusion, and provide further resources for respecting gender identity and promoting a culture of inclusion.

The Society launched the guidelines on Thursday, July 20 during its Pride Week workshop led by community educators with The Youth Project. In attendance were members of the legal profession, Society staff and a number of Council and committee members.

Find the new guidelines on the NSBS Equity Portal, on the Sexual orientation and gender identity resource page in the Employment Equity section.

It's also worth noting a new resource produced recently by the Equity Committee of the Canadian Bar Association-Nova Scotia Branch, Trans Terminology and Etiquette: A Primer for Respectful Interactions with Trans People. Written by Jack Townsend and Kilian Schlemmer, this primer is a good general language and etiquette piece that complements the Society's new guidelines, which are geared more toward workplace practice.   


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

Supreme Court reversal allows LGBTQ groups to take part in case involving B.C. Christian university 
Toronto Star | Aug. 1, 2017
By JACQUES GALLANT, Legal Affairs Reporter (subscription only)

  • Independent Paralegals Delayed By Province (July 27)

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

The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category:

  • Thomas Patrick Blackburn
  • Kaitlin Patricia Duggan
  • Meaghan Claire Mahadeo
  • Sheena Louise O'Rielly
  • Meryn Allison Steeves
  • Alexa Steponaitis
  • Robin Lynne Thompson

The Society welcomes the following new articled clerk:

  • Charlotte Jane Edwards

The following members have changed to Non-Practising status:

  • Michael Andre Arseneau
  • Mario Alberto Garcia Chavez
  • Angus Donald Douglas Gibbon
  • Stacey Dawn O'Neill
  • Meghan Eloise Russell
Professional development


  • HONSBERGER'S BANKRUPTCY IN CANADA / Honsberger, John D; DaRe, Vern W — 5th ed. — Toronto: Canada Law Book, 2017. [KB 113 D911 2017]


  • PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT / Frater, Robert J — 2d ed. — Toronto: Canada Law Book, 2017. [KB 89.G7 F844 2017]


  • DISABILITY INSURANCE LAW IN CANADA / Schjerning, Eric J; Norwood, David — 2d ed. — Toronto: Carswell Thomson Reuters, 2017. [KB 140 S291 2017]


  • LAW IS A BUYER'S MARKET: BUILDING A CLIENT-FIRST LAW FIRM / Furlong, Jordan — Sausalito, CA: L21Press, 2017. [KB 267 F985C 2017]


  • SECURITIES LAW IN CANADA / Condon, Mary G; Anand, Anita I; Sarra, Jannis P; Bradley, Sarah P — 3d ed. — Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2017. [KB 65 C746 2017]
Access to Justice

The Law Foundation of Nova Scotia has released a significant report on access to justice needs in the province. In the report, the Law Foundation maps major A2J challenges for Nova Scotia and makes the case for better coordination among justice sector players.

The report is available on the Law Foundation’s website at

The report is the culmination of the Law Foundation’s Grants Review and Future Directions Project, which took place from April 2016 to March 2017. As a result of the report’s findings, the Foundation has identified some priorities:

Future Grants: The primary focus of future grants should continue to be services that address the legal needs of vulnerable Nova Scotians including:

  • direct services to individuals – information, navigation, assistance with applications etc.
  • services that help prevent legal problems through education and information
  • services that provide information and resources to front line staff and intermediaries who assist vulnerable individuals
  • services that address a priority unmet need

Project funding: Should revenues increase, consideration will be given to allocating a portion of future annual budgets to project funding.


The Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters launched the #justiceforall campaign designed to raise public understanding of accessible justice challenges as a component of a healthy democracy.

A next step in transforming the A2J landscape is to engage the public by raising awareness of the importance of justice issues in Canada. Building a public understanding of the importance of legal health and the predictability of legal issues throughout one’s life will benefit individuals and will transform the access to justice conversation into an issue relevant to citizens, decision makers, and voters. As long as access to justice challenges are only understood within the justice system, the possible solutions will be limited to the scope of influence, resources and imagination of the justice system.

The Action Committee is asking the A2J leaders in Canada, to help raise the profile of A2J efforts. If you are a leader in A2J, a bencher, a legal academic, a judge or a lawyer with a personal following, we would also welcome your participation in collectively raising this issue. To participate in the social media campaign or add a button on your website, there are links, instructions and graphics available at:

Starting a public conversation about access to justice will shift the perception of the issue to a holistic understanding of the law as a part of daily life that can be understood and managed throughout one's life, often with the help of legal professionals.

This post also appears online, on the A2J Blog of the Canadian Forum on Civil 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

Tips from LIANS
  • Maintaining client confidentiality in a world where your TV is listening with Phil Brown, LSUC Professional Development & Competence Counsel
  • Alternative dispute resolution with Jim Musgrave QC, Peter MacKeigan QC, and Gus Richardson QC *NEW*
  • Introducing the MSELP self assessment: Tools and support to enhance your practice infrastructure with Jackie Mullenger, NSBS Director of Education & Credentials and Jennifer Pink, NSBS Legal Services Support Officer
  • Trust accounts and new developments with Sean Walker, NSBS Director of Finance & Administration
  • Technology and the future delivery of legal services with Tobias Sallewsky, Vice-President of Marketing with Lawyer Done Deal
  • Targeting Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace with Andria Hill-Lehr of Homewood Health™
  • Active Mindfulness in 10: Moving from reacting to being in choice (a lunch mini-session with Ron Pizzo)

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 from 9am to 3:45pm
Delta Halifax


Register online
(or register by telephone or email with Alex at 902-423-1300 x325 or

Sessions will benefit lawyers, office managers, paralegals and legal assistants from across Atlantic Canada. Lawyers and staff from all sized firms are welcome. Free on-site parking, lunch buffet and coffee breaks for all registrants.  


One of the most often-asked questions we get at LIANS is what product management software we recommend. We give the typical lawyer answer: It depends! Here are some tips we do recommend when considering what software is right for you:

  • Make a list of all the features you would like to have from your software and prioritize them: What is your budget? Do you want the capability to login remotely? Document automation? Online client portal or collaboration tools? Online payment options? Accounting capabilities? 
  • Consider how tech savvy you and your staff are: Will you require software that is a bit more user-friendly? Will you require more in-depth face-to-face training when you purchase your new software? Will you need ongoing tech support? Do you want an “out-of-the-box” product or a product that is more customizable?
  • Do you want to software to be accessible in the Cloud or only onsite? Or a hybrid software program?
  • Lastly – once you have chosen what you believe will be the best software for you, request a demo and have the team participate as well. Everyone on your team has a different role and will assess the software from their own unique perspective.

Choosing the right product management software can be a daunting task but developing a plan will ensure you get the most productivity from your product management software.

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.

Be advised that numerous Nova Scotia lawyers and/or their staff have received the following type of email featuring potentially virus-laden links. These emails appear to be from the Canada Revenue Agency. One version of the message is as follows:

[-Tax Refund Intended for email @ 4860ec8785240bc8
[-Canada Revenue Agency has sent you an INTERAC e-Transfer (previously INTERAC Email Money Transfer).

[-Amount: $521.51 (CAD) 4860ec8785240bc8
[-Sender’s Message:  4860ec8785240bc8
[-A message was not provided 4860ec8785240bc8

[-Expiry Date: 07/24/2017 4860ec8785240bc8
[-Action Required: 4860ec8785240bc8 - 4860ec8785240bc8
[-To deposit your money, click here:
[- refund-cra-arc-qc-ca-ID-email @ email. ca.

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

If you or your staff have received a similar email, simply dismiss and delete this email.

For tips to avoid being victimized, read a list of "Red Flags”, and visit the Fraud section on To report or seek advice on dealing with fraud and scam attempts, contact Cynthia Nield at or 902 423 1300, x346.

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

“If you are a smoker who has tried quitting, you know how difficult it can be. Smoking is very addictive and quitting requires considerable planning, determination, and courage. Our program addresses the psychological and physical dependence and creates a foundation for successful behaviour change ... "

Read "Smoking cessation program" from your NSLAP provider, Homewood Health™.

Visit the NSLAP website at For more information and support in quitting smoking, 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) | (See the website for details about calling from outside Nova Scotia) | 1 866 398 9505 (en français) | 1 888 384 1152 (TTY).


An updated version of the consolidated Civil Procedure Rules and related court forms, reflecting changes made on June 23, 2017, is now online:

July 25 memo from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada

As you know, Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin has announced her retirement effective December 15, 2017. Dinners will be held in her honour in Ottawa and Vancouver on December 14, 2017 and April 27, 2018, respectively.

I have been asked by the national organizing committee to inform law society leaders about these events and to request that this information be publicized to members of the legal profession. Please see the attached notice. Further information will be provided by the organizing committee directly as it becomes available.

Kind regards,

Jonathan G. Herman
Chief Executive Officer
Federation of Law Societies of Canada 

Are you eligible to apply or have you applied for a judicial appointment in Nova Scotia? If so, an introductory Nova Scotia Judicial Mentorship Initiative offers you the opportunity to participate in a mentorship arrangement that is supported by the Honourable Chief Justice Michael MacDonald. Three mentees will be chosen and matched with a Justice who will serve as a mentor to you to assist you, among other things, to demystify the judicial application process and to develop your understanding of the judicial role. This introductory initiative will hopefully be expanded to all eligible lawyers at a later date.

The current selection process will be based on the information provided in the Nova Scotia Judicial Mentorship Enrolment Form. The mentors will be paired with the mentees under a Mentorship Agreement.

Please feel free to make initial confidential inquiries to the people below. Please send your completed confidential Judicial Mentorship Enrolment Form by mail or email to:

Heather McNeill QC (before July 1, 2017)
Prof. Michelle Williams (after July 1, 2017)
Director, Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq Initiative
Schulich School of Law
6061 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Tel:  902 494 1542


The closing date for submitting the enrolment form is September 11, 2017.


Dear Member:

In the fall of this year the Advisory Committee on Queen’s Counsel Appointments, chaired by the Honourable Justice Cindy A. Bourgeois, will consider candidates for the next Queen’s Counsel appointments.

The criteria for these appointments are:

(a) fifteen years or more as a member of the Bar of Nova Scotia as of September 30, 2017 and eligible to practise law in Nova Scotia;

(b) demonstrated professional integrity, good character and outstanding contributions to the practice of law through one or more of:

(i) recognition by other members of the profession as an exceptional barrister or solicitor,

(ii) exceptional contributions through legal scholarship, teaching or continuing legal education,

(iii) demonstration of exceptional qualities of leadership in the profession, and

(iv) engaging in activities of a public or charitable nature in such a way as to raise the esteem in which the legal profession is held by the public;

(c) the Advisory Committee on Queen’s Counsel Appointments is asked to consider regional, gender and minority representation among the persons recommended for appointment as Queen’s Counsel.

In order to be considered as a candidate for a Queen’s Counsel appointment, you must apply or be nominated pursuant to this request. Applications and nominations from previous years will not be considered.

A complete application or nomination package must consist of:

  1. An original and one copy of the Authorization for Disclosure of Information and Release Form; and
  2. An original and twelve copies of the following documents:

(a) Application or Nomination Form;

(b) Information form. (Ordinarily the information will be confined to the Form provided. However, if you find the space on the Form insufficient, you may provide up to an additional two pages. Material exceeding the additional two pages will not be forwarded to the Committee); and

(c) Two Letters of Reference. (One letter is to come from within the Bar or Judiciary. The second letter is to come from outside the Bar and Judiciary.)   

These forms are available on the Queen’s Counsel process page of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society website.

Persons may either apply personally or may nominate a member of the Bar. All applicants will be treated equally by the Committee whether they are nominated, or whether they apply personally.

Your complete application or nomination must be received by Justice Bourgeois no later than 4:00 pm, Friday, September 29, 2017. It may be mailed or delivered to:

Advisory Committee on Queen’s Counsel Appointments
c/o The Honourable Justice Cindy A. Bourgeois
The Law Courts, 1815 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1S7

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Karen Hudson, QC
Deputy Minister of Justice

Foster parents are getting more money to help with the costs of looking after the children in their care.

"Foster families are loving and caring people who open their hearts and homes to children in need of care. We want to make sure we support the important work they do," Kelly Regan, Community Services Minister, said in a July 27 announcement. "Over the years, the cost of caring for children has increased, but foster parent rates haven't always kept up with those costs. That's why we are making these improvements, based on what we've heard from foster parents directly. This will mean better supported children and parents, stronger families and a stronger Nova Scotia."

As of Aug. 1, foster parents will receive more financial supports for things including babysitting rates and per diems. In addition, reimbursement for travel expenses will move to an automatic payment system, making it easier for foster parents. The total cost is an additional $1.6 million annually.

The funding would allow the department to:

  • increase the per diem rate for children up to nine years of age from $17.50 to $19, and for children 10 years of age and older from $25.43 to $27.50
  • increase the babysitting rate for children up to 12 years of age from $4 to $10.60 per hour for the first child. The rate for each additional child is $4 per hour, for up to four children per household
  • introduce a new monthly auto-payment for mileage of $50 per child.

Currently there are 619 foster parents across Nova Scotia. A campaign to raise awareness is underway to increase that number so that more children can live with a safe, loving family.

For more information on how to become a foster parent, go to

Government will take immediate action to enhance mental health services and support for young people in Cape Breton. On Aug. 2, Dr. Stan Kutcher, an expert in adolescent mental health, released his recommendations on actions government can take to improve the situation on the island.

In late June, at the request of Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey and Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Zach Churchill, Dr. Kutcher spent three days in the region meeting with families, school officials and the community, to discuss how to better address the island's youth mental health concerns.

Dr. Kutcher's work focused on identifying gaps in mental health support for young people in Cape Breton, and identifying ways to bridge those gaps through existing and new initiatives.

Government will begin with:

  • enhancing support for the CaperBase initiative, which provides resources, mentoring and programming focused on building resilience and adaptive capacity among youth
  • ensuring the provincewide mental health crisis line has more staff to respond to higher numbers of calls
  • providing funding for the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board to hire two more guidance counsellors and one social worker.

Dr. Kutcher also recommended the following measures:

  • create a single structure to address all school-based mental health policies, plans, oversight and evaluation with direct reporting to the ministers of Health and Wellness and Education and Early Childhood Development
  • use nationally recognized expert input to update and revise the provincial suicide prevention framework
  • revise the School Code of Conduct Policy to clarify the use of evidence-based interventions related to student conflict, bully and cyberbullying
  • work with mental health experts to create an approved list of social-emotional learning and mental-health programs for all grades
  • develop a provincial policy that addresses the responsible use of students' personal communication devices on school grounds.

A copy of Dr. Kutcher's recommendations is available under reports at

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

SERVICE NOVA SCOTIA: Find all news releases at www.novascotia/sns

  • Enhanced Protection for Nova Scotian Consumers (Aug. 3)
  • Illegal Tobacco Seizure (Aug. 2)

COMMUNITY SERVICES – Province Announces Changes to Foster Care Rates and Reimbursements (July 27)

ENVIRONMENT – Approvals Issued for Spraying (Aug. 1)

EVENTS EAST GROUP – Annual Reports Now Available for Trade Centre Ltd. and Scotiabank Centre (July 27)

FINANCE/TREASURY BOARD – Public Accounts for 2016-17 Released (July 27)

HEALTH/WELLNESS/EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT – Government Accepts Recommendations on Youth Mental Health in Cape Breton (Aug. 2)

LABOUR/ADVANCED EDUCATION – Tentative Agreement Reached in Halifax Herald Labour Dispute (Aug. 5)

N.S. BUSINESS INC. – 2016-17 Annual Report Available (July 27)

PREMIER'S OFFICE – Premier's Mission to England, Scotland and Wales (Aug. 4)

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

We are recruiting participants for a research study looking at the experiences of 'minority' professionals in law, social work and academia. The team is Kim Brooks (Law), Brenda Beagan (Occupational Therapy), and Merlinda Weinberg (Social Work) at Dalhousie University. We are focusing on everyday experiences of inclusion and exclusion in work-related contexts, the subtle and not-so-subtle experiences of belonging and marginalization within the professions.

Right now, we’re seeking participants who are lawyers and who self-identify as members of ‘minority’ groups in terms of disability, race, ethnicity, Indigeneity, LGBTQ identity, and/or working class/impoverished family origin. Participants must:

  • be insured to practise law, and
  • have practised for a minimum of five years in Canada.

They may work in any field of law, and be of any age.

Participating means a single interview about 60-90 minutes long, on the phone or in person. It would be with one of our research assistants, or a team member if you prefer. See our website at:

If you might be interested (or perhaps willing to participate), please get in touch with our research assistant Brenda Hattie, who will send more information.

Brenda.Hattie@MSVU.CA   902-457-6712

If you know anyone else who might be eligible and potentially interested, please forward this!

Brenda Beagan, Professor
School of Occupational Therapy
Dalhousie University

After 10 years in the St. Paul’s Building, we moved our offices to 5475 Spring Garden Road on Friday, August 4. Our new location is spacious and bright and reflects who we are as a law firm.

Contact information:
North Star Immigration Law Inc.
Suite 701, 5475 Spring Garden Road, P.O. Box 272
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2N7
Tel: 902 446-4747 or 446-5353
Fax: 902 446-4745

At a July 25 ceremony in Montreal, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the National Association of Friendship Centres signed a partnership agreement to help Indigenous peoples in urban centres across Canada find the information and services they need to fight back against discrimination.

Both organizations are celebrating the partnership as an important affirmation of the human rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada. For complete details, see the July 25 announcement.

 “Access to justice is about putting people first and connecting directly with people at the grassroots level — something the Friendship Centres have been doing for over fifty years,” said Chief Commissioner Marie-Claude Landry. “Thanks to this partnership, we will have a stronger connection to the people we are here to serve. They need to know we are here to help.”

Mr. Christopher Sheppard, Executive Director of the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre in St. John’s Newfoundland and President of the National Association of Friendship Centres, commented on the significance of formalizing a relationship with the Commission: “This partnership is significant for Friendship Centres and the thousands of clients they serve daily because as service providers, we recognize that rights violations happen all too often to Indigenous peoples. The more we inform ourselves about what our rights are, the less likely we are to be impacted.”

It is the hope of both organizations that the agreement will bolster awareness among Indigenous peoples of their human rights and how they can uphold them. “When an Indigenous person visits a Friendship Centre seeking support or services, they should also be able to find information on what they can do and where they can go if they feel their human rights have been violated,” said Chief Commissioner Landry. “And likewise, when they call us looking for help, we’ll make sure they can find out where their nearest Friendship Centre is. Without awareness, there can be no access to justice.”

The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) is a network of 118 Friendship Centres and seven Provincial and Territorial Associations in more than 100 cities and towns throughout Canada. For over half-a-century, Friendship Centres have been facilitating the transition of Indigenous people from rural, remote and reserve life to an urban environment. For many Indigenous people, Friendship Centres are the first point of contact to obtain referrals to culturally based socio-economic programs and services.

As Canada’s human rights watchdog, the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) operates independently from government and is responsible for holding it to account on matters related to human rights. The Commission administers the Canadian Human Rights Act, which protects people in Canada from discrimination based on grounds such as race, sex and disability.

I am seeking a Last Will and Testament of Wayne Alexander Rose, of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Mr. Rose passed away at Lunenburg on June 21, 2017.

Anyone having prepared a Last Will and Testament for Mr. Rose is asked to contact David R. Hirtle, Barrister and Solicitor, Hirtle Legal Services Inc. at (902)634-8713 or by email at

The family of Esther Madeline Stewart is seeking to locate her Last Will and Testament. Ms. Stewart was born on November 8, 1920, and passed away on May 16, 2017. She had a Will prepared in 2012, in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia. Ms. Stewart formerly resided at 4904 Highway 201, RR #4, Bridgetown, Nova Scotia, and passed away at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Lawyers with any information about the location of a Will for Ms. Stewart are asked to contact her son, Robert Stewart, at 902-892-5425 or


Anderson Sinclair is a small, collegial firm with offices located in Kentville and Bedford. We are looking for a young lawyer to join our team. You should have a preference for litigation, but be prepared to be involved in all areas of a general practice.

The successful candidate will work primarily from the Kentville office but will also be required to assist with files from the Bedford office.

If you are interested in this position, please contact the Managing Partner, Bernie Conway, via e-mail at

All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

My name is Vickie and I am seeking employment as a legal office assistant. I just graduated with high honours from a two-year course. I really enjoyed family and criminal law.

Finding a career is hard, as I am fresh out of school and find experience is required. If not given a chance, I can not gain experience.

I am a quick learner and dependable, hard-working, trustworthy, and dedicated to my employer.

If you have an open position or an upcoming position, please contact me at or 902-402-2564, and I will provide my cover letter, resume, reference letters, diploma and transcripts.

Thank you for your time in reading this. I look forward to meeting with you.

Job title: Legal Counsel IV
Job ID: 14571
Location: Yellowknife
Full/part time: Full-Time
Regular/temporary: Regular

Department information

The mandate of the Department of Justice is to support the office of the Attorney General and administer justice, including policing, community justice, victim’s services and corrections in the Northwest Territories. This mandate will be carried out in a manner which respects community and aboriginal values and encourages communities to assume increasing responsibilities.

Legal Division

Legal Division provides legal advice and representation to all government departments and specified public agencies. Our lawyers conduct litigation in all areas of the law including, Aboriginal law, Constitutional and human rights, labour and employment, participate in regulatory and administrative law hearings and provide legal opinions and advice. Legal Division does not provide direct services to the public.

Transfer Assignments

Transfer Assignments may be considered.

Job Information

We are seeking one (1) Legal Counsel with a minimum of 10 years’ relevant practicing experience to provide advice and services to departments and agencies of the GNWT primarily in the area of litigation.

The GNWT’s litigation includes a wide variety of matters before all levels of courts in the Northwest Territories, including complex multi-party litigation, tribunals and arbitrators/mediators; as well as in the following areas of law:

  1. Constitutional issues, including the application of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
  2. Labour and employment law (including collective bargaining) & Human Rights matters;
  3. Aboriginal issues and land claim/self-government matters;
  4. Regulatory and administrative law matters before various administrative boards and tribunals;
  5. Environmental, natural resources and regulatory compliance;
  6. Procurement matters (Contracts, RFP’s and Tenders); and
  7. Rendering legal opinions as requested.

Responsibilities could include other areas of law in which Legal Division lawyers’ practice.

The position requires excellent analytical, communication, interpersonal and practice management skills. Some travel will be required, depending on responsibilities assigned.

Applicants should demonstrate in which of the forgoing area or areas they are experienced. Experience in the relevant fields of law will be an asset.

A Law Degree and minimum ten years’ experience as legal counsel practicing in the same or similar areas of the law is generally required.

Bona Fide Requirement

Candidates must be members in good standing of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories or be eligible for membership in the Law Society of the Northwest Territories. Membership in the Law Society of the Northwest Territories is a prerequisite to employment.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $64.22 per hour to $76.68 per hour (approximately $125,229.00 - $149,526.00.) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.00.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory vulnerable sector check if they are contacted for an interview. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace. If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 14571

Closing Date: August 8, 2017- 23:59, Mountain Standard Time

GNWT Inquiries
Inquiries Only:
Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445

Established in 1864, Blois, Nickerson & Bryson LLP is one of Halifax’s original full-service law firms. With new and modern offices located in the heart of the downtown core (and a satellite office on Sackville Drive) we are committed to delivering professional, effective and resolute representation and legal services to those we serve.   

We are seeking to hire a legal assistant to work primarily with family law lawyer Michelle Axworthy.   

This position represents a great opportunity within a dynamic, challenging and professional environment.

Qualified candidates who are interested in this opportunity should email, in confidence, a cover letter and resume with the subject line “Legal Assistant Application” to:  

Michelle Axworthy
Blois, Nickerson & Bryson LLP
1100-1645 Granville Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 3B7

Visit us online at:

Seeking an experienced associate lawyer to work with a busy general practitioner. Minimum five years’ experience in real estate, litigation and corporate/commercial matters. Our well-regarded firm of eight lawyers also has opportunities for work in the areas of family, criminal, and wills and estates.

We offer a comfortable work environment with great comraderie among lawyers and staff. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.

Reply to Peter Coulthard QC, Sealy Cornish Coulthard:

Position: Contract Staff Lawyer position in Sydney, NS 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 repreesnting 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 detemrined by the Commisison at time of hire plus benefits.

Closing date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Reply to:

Barry Whynot, IOD
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 3M8
Fax  902-420-3471

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

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board is offering an opportunity to work with counsel who appear before the Board in a unique paid internship position. This opportunity is available to persons from historically disadvantaged groups.

This will be of interest to anyone considering:

  • applying to be a Board Member in future.
  • working for the Board as a professional.

This internship is intended to:

  • Help people from historically disadvantaged groups understand what the Board is and what it does with a view to considering a career as either a Member or employee.
  • Help communities of historically disadvantaged persons become familiar with the Board so they are more comfortable participating before the Board.
  • Help the Board with our goal of being an employer that represents the diversity of Nova Scotia.

To qualify for consideration, you must:

  • Be a person from one or more of the historically disadvantaged groups.
  • Be a practicing lawyer in good standing with the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.
  • Have at least 10 years of post qualification experience.

We are offering the following:

  • A part-time paid engagement to participate with Board Counsel or the Consumer Advocate in one or more proceedings before the Board.
  • An opportunity to become familiar with the Board and what it does.

What you will do:

  • Be assigned as part of either the Board Counsel or Consumer Advocate’s professional legal team to one or more matters.
  • Review the evidence and other information filed in the assigned matter.
  • Analyze and report on parts of the file you are assigned to.
  • Attend one or more public hearings.
  • Summarize information and prepare briefing notes.
  • May be asked to work with Board staff to understand what they do.
  • Work with professional accountants, engineers, Board Members, lawyers, executives, administrative staff and Clerk staff.

General terms:

The following terms will apply:

  • Terms will be very similar to you accepting the Board as a professional client.
  • You will be a professional contractor, not an employee. That means that you will NOT be able to participate in our benefit programs.
  • The hourly rate for services offered is $100 per hour.
  • A total of about 30 hours of work is expected, spread out over several months as the file is processed and public hearings occur.
  • You will submit invoices for hours worked.
  • The exact hours of work are flexible. However, you will need to be available during regular office hours for meetings or hearings.
  • You can be employed by someone else during the internship. However, that other employment cannot cause a conflict for the Board or you. For example, you cannot work for both the Board and a company the Board regulates. You must also comply with the Code of Professional Conduct for lawyers.
  • You are expected to manage your assignments with any existing employers or clients.
  • You will have access to confidential information. You must sign and comply with a confidentiality agreement. That agreement will remain in place after the internship ends.
  • You will be reimbursed for any travel expenses necessary to attend hearings away from the office.
  • You will be provided parking or reimbursed for parking costs for those days you are at our office.

These terms will be set out in a formal engagement letter.

You will usually be working in Halifax from Board Counsel’s office, the Consumer Advocate’s office, or the Board’s office. However, public hearings may occur at the Board’s offices or other places in the Province.

Historically disadvantaged groups:

  • Aboriginal Persons
  • Racially visible persons
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Women

Important dates:

  • Your application must be received at the Board by not later than Tuesday, August 15, 2017
  • The work term will run from approximately September 5, 2017 to December 15, 2017.

Want more information?

Until August 8, contact Human Resources Officer, Eva Lechpammer at:

After August 8, contact Executive Director, Paul Allen 


Since 1999, Community Justice Society has been administering the Restorative Justice Program for the Department of Justice. The Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program works with youth (12-17 years old) and Adults (18 & over) providing an alternative avenue to the court system and to repair the harm caused by their actions.

Their long-serving Executive Director is retiring and the board of directors is seeking a passionate individual to lead this widely-respected organization into the future.

What qualities are needed as Executive Director?

Above all, you are known as an advocate and have a passion for the restorative justice process. You are an outstanding leader who can blend long-term, visionary thinking with the day-to-day running of a very busy organization. Personally, you are someone who has a strong commitment to social justice and have demonstrated that you truly care about others through your actions and work experience.

As the senior staff person in the organization reporting to the board of directors, you will have an understanding of governance in the not-for-profit sector. You will work closely with the Board in policy development, program planning, and strategic direction – keeping them fully apprised of all external and internal issues that could affect the organization.  

Preferably you have a degree in criminology or a background in law or law enforcement in addition to your experience running an organization that includes: operations, human resources, government relations, finance, community partnerships, communications, volunteer management and programming.  

You are comfortable in community outreach and advocacy roles. Here, you will build and maintain good working relationships with volunteers, staff, clients, law enforcement, government, funders, elected officials, media, and other community groups and agencies.

And, finally, you are an exceptional leader of people. Someone who is consistent, calm and composed in stressful and confidential situations. You are also unbiased and you bring inclusivity and, most important, respect for the clients.

Is this you? If so, please forward your resume and a letter explaining clearly how your background and experience will meet the needs of Community Justice Society. Applications can be emailed to Gerald Walsh Associates Inc. at, quoting project number 1729 in the subject line. 

Position: Contract Staff Lawyer position in Antigonish, NS practicing family and criminal 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 and Criminal 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 the time of hire, plus benefits.

Closing date: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Reply to

Barry Whynot, IOD
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 3M8
902-420-3471 FAX

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

Position: Contract Staff Lawyer position in Bridgewater, NS for a mixed practice.

Qualifications: Successful candidate must be a practicing, insured member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society with a thorough understanding of Family and Criminal 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 "Relevent Experience" as determined by the Commission at time of hire plus benefits.

Closing date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Reply to:

Barry Whynot, IOD
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 3M8
FAX  902-420-3471

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

One of Halifax's leading law firms, Burchells LLP, provides a wide range of legal services to regional, national and international clients, including multinational corporations, small business owners, major banks, individuals, insurance companies and all levels of government.

Providing support to the lawyers of Burchells is a group of hard working and enthusiastic professionals who take pride in exceptional client service and team work.   

Burchells is currently recruiting for a fulltime, permanent legal assistant to provide support in the Creditor Rights and Recovery Group working in the collections practice area.

Job Description – Legal Assistant – Collections


  • Enhance lawyer effectiveness and the delivery of quality legal services through production of timely, accurate work that meets our work standard of “Do it once, do it right”.
  • Manage secured collections matters to the satisfaction of the client and responsible lawyers.
  • Provide efficient, accurate and knowledgeable support in relation to collections.
  • Support lawyers and co-workers in a timely, accurate and helpful manner.
  • Collection team members recognize growth and comprehension of the collection process through increased self-sufficiency.



  • Open new files in accordance with firm and client policies and procedures.
  • Proceed with collection process independently from beginning to end.
  • Work with and monitor the third party systems for notes and statuses and process accordingly.
  • Communicate with debtors to make payment arrangements.
  • Follow bring forward system to ensure next steps in collections matters are brought to the attention of the responsible lawyers.
  • Document production such as letters, claims, emails, etc.
  • Communicate verbally and written with the applicable courts.
  • Process incoming payments.
  • Understand and work as part of a larger team of assistants working on collections files.
  • General office duties including handling mail, filing, couriers, telephone calls, etc.
  • Posting time entries and soft costs, requisitioning trust and general cheques, running basic accounting reports and bills.
  • Cull and close physical files.

General Administrative and Collections Support

  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities as available.
  • Achieves organization goals by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests and exploring opportunities to add value to position accomplishments.

Position Requirements

  • Formal Legal Assistant/Paralegal education
  • Sound judgment in high-pressure situations.
  • Flexibility, initiative, organization and prioritization skills are critical.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Excellent computer knowledge – full Microsoft Office Suite 2010.
  • Working knowledge of third-party software would be considered an asset.
  • Above average ability to work in a team environment with all members of the firm. 

Burchells offers a competitive salary and full comprehensive benefit package.

Send resume and cover letter to:

Charlene F. Harrison
Office Manager

Applications will be accepted up to August 11, 2017. We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service
Competition # 2887

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy and we welcome applications from Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on your application form, cover letter, or on your resume.


You will report to the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, to whom you are accountable for the provisions of competent prosecution services related to sexualized violence. You will deliver training programs to Crown Attorneys across the Province of Nova Scotia. You will develop resources to assist Crown Attorneys prosecuting sexual violence cases. You will develop measures for monitoring performance of sexual violence cases. You will collaborate with other justice partners working to address sexual violence. You will work with police in providing pre and post charge legal advice upon request. You will conduct sexual violence cases either alone or in partnership with colleagues as directed by the Deputy Director. Although this position is normally located in Halifax, the successful applicant may be required to travel to all parts of the province to train and/or to prosecute cases.


A practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (or eligible for such membership) with a minimum of four years’ prosecution experience or related criminal law experience, and a thorough understanding of the prosecutions process and competence in the areas of criminal procedure, evidence and substantive criminal law and particularly those of criminal law and procedure pertaining to sexual assault. Sound understanding of issues pertaining to gendered violence and trauma-informed approaches.

Successful applicants may be required to provide a current Certificate of Standing from their law society, including all jurisdictions of which they are members, whether non-practicing or practicing.

Salary range: $84,057 - $135,922

Closing date: September 15, 2017

To apply, visit:

For questions or concerns, please contact

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. This is an Association position initially restricted to current Nova Scotia Crown Attorney employees. In accordance with the Crown Attorney Employment Agreement, the order of consideration will be ‘Expression of Interest’ EOI applicants, internal applicants then external applicants.

Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer or will result in termination of your employment.

I currently have 9 years experience as a property paralegal and although I am currently employed, I'm looking for a change. 

Proficient in Land Registration forms, Hot Docs, Microsoft Office.

I look forward to hearing from you.

please email

I am a qualified/licensed lawyer from New Delhi, India. I have nine years of experience of practicing law in a Commonwealth Nation. I passed my degree B.A. LL.B (Hons.) in the year 2008 and since then I have been enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi, India. In March, 2017 I received permanent residency status in Canada.    

Even though, I am in process of becoming a licensed lawyer in Nova Scotia, Canada, I have skills such as, proficiency in software like MS-Office, Adobe etc., proven organizational skills, critical thinking coupled with strong problem solving skills, ability to deal directly with clients, document production such as letters, claims emails etc., file, time and schedule management skills, professional communication with the courts, expertise in drafting documents and professional communication with clients and debtors, cull and close physical files, working in a team, legal research etc., required to perform tasks assigned to a Legal Assistant in a law firm. In addition, as I have experience of working as a legal practitioner I have the understanding to handle every aspect of legal work required to conclude a task up to the satisfaction of the client.

Gurpreet Singh Chandok

My E-mail address is:



Founded in 1950, The John Howard Society of Nova Scotia is a provincial not-for-profit organization comprising and governed by people whose goal is to understand and respond to problems of crime and the criminal justice system. With a head office in Halifax and regional offices in Truro and Westville, members of The John Howard Society of Nova Scotia share a commitment to effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime.

Now, with the retirement of their Executive Director, the Board of Directors seeks a passionate and strategic leader to steward the organization and its dedicated team of professionals and volunteers into the future.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will provide executive leadership and management for the society’s strategic plan, administration, programs and services, and play a vital role in assuring The John Howard Society of Nova Scotia’s success. With full operational responsibility, the Executive Director will lead the organization in a variety of areas including finance, IT, human resources, facilities management, advocacy, fundraising and community development strategies. The Executive Director is responsible for attaining the operational and service objectives set by the Board within its established mandate, policies and budget.

As the ideal candidate, a post-secondary degree in the social sciences or related field is preferable, but an equivalent combination of training and experience is acceptable. This will be paired with a passion for the cause – the energy, strategic foresight and management experience to make a difference. As a natural leader, you not only have experience working with a Board but you also bring valuable business and financial acumen, and have a solid background in operations management. A dynamic relationship builder, you can engage and galvanize donors, constituents, volunteers, levels of government, community partners and other key stakeholders. You lead by example and, with your well-adapted communication skills, can inspire and motivate others to achieve a shared vision. Knowledge of the federal and provincial criminal justice systems is essential and experience working in a not-for-profit or government organization is desirable.

To learn more about this exciting and unique opportunity, contact Kit Waters at 902-412-6839 or please apply online at

Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette is Atlantic Canada’s leading human capital consulting firm with over 40 years of experience in recruitment, career transition and human resource consulting.

Position: Contract Staff Lawyer position in Dartmouth, 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:  Friday, August 18, 2017 at 4:30 PM.

Reply to: 

Barry Whynot, Internal Operations Director
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
920-1701 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS   B3J 3M8
902-420-3471 Fax

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

Department of Justice Canada - Canada's Legal Team
Atlantic Regional Office Halifax (Nova Scotia)
EC-03 Permanent Position $59,756 to $67,614

For further information on the organization, please visit Department of Justice Canada

Closing date: 18 August 2017 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

Apply online

Competition Number: 85E17
Position Type: Staff
Position Closing Date: Friday, August 11, 2017
Date of Posting: August 3, 2017
Department: Comptrollers Office
Position: Risk & Contracts Officer
Hours of Work: 37.5 hours per week
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications

Term: August 15, 2017 – October 15, 2018

Reporting to the Risk Manager, the Risk & Contracts Officer will support the operational risk management needs of the University.  This position is responsible for supporting the Risk Manager in the areas of contract management, commercial insurance and Board of Governors’ policies and procedures.


Contract Review and Support

Assist the Risk Manager in the support and ongoing development of contract management for the University, including the following:

  • Provide contract initiators and others with guidance and advice regarding contracts including pre-review of contracts, interpretation of contracts/contract language, and advice on the impact of specific terms and conditions.
  • Reviewing and approving the following types of agreements: fee for service contracts, service contracts, secondment agreements, memorandums of understanding, memorandums of agreement, and other university agreements as assigned by the Risk Manager or the Comptroller
  • Review agreements for compliance with the University’s policies and procedures and ensure that all appropriate contract processes/approvals have been followed prior to contract execution
  • Maintain and monitor contract database and a tracking system for contract expiry dates and renewals• Coordinate the contract execution process with the assistance of administrative support staff
  • Develop and maintain contract information on the University website, including contract approval process, templates and FAQs• Work closely with Comptroller’s Office and Research Services in supporting efficient review and processing of contracts.
  • Create educational materials, tools and resources for creating awareness of contract administration requirements• Assist the Risk Manager in reviewing current contract templates and developing new templates
  • Research and preparation of memorandums in regards to contractual issues as directed by the Risk Manager
  • Other duties as assigned.

Insurance/Claims Management

Provide support to the Risk Manager in regards to the oversight of the University’scommercial insurance portfolio and claims management, including:

  • Assisting the Risk Manager to prepare annual reporting and asset review as required by insurance providers• Provide advice to University community on insurance coverage for various activities
  • Handling general, professional or other liability claims or potential claims against the University, including receiving incident reports in relation to property and liability, notifying appropriate insurers, gathering all pertinent claim information, assisting in investigation, and liaising with external legal counsel
  • Develop, maintain and monitor a database

Policy Development and Oversight

Assist the Risk Manager in supporting the development and maintenance of Official University Policy, including:

  • Assist the Risk Manager in the review of the policy development and approval process
  • Develop, revise, amend and review official University Policy related to risk management
  • Coordinate the review and development of University Policy with various levels of management
  • Ensure policy is vetted by the appropriate University faculty and staff and is presented to external legal counsel for review, as required
  • Complete appropriate research related to current policies and practices at other similar institutions
  • Provide regular updates to the University community relating to new or changes policies


Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or an equivalent combination of education and related work experience.  Experience with commercial insurance, contract review and/or policy development would be beneficial. A Bachelor of Law degree would be considered an asset.


  • Demonstrates the ability to work independently
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of contract law, indemnity, insurance, liability, waivers and contract management
  • Experience in conducting investigations and gathering information pertinent to claims would be an asset.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Must demonstrate strong problem solving skills and the ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks
  • Must have experience interacting with various levels of a large organization.

Application Instructions: Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website ( you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

One of Halifax's leading law firms, Burchells LLP, is currently recruiting for a full-time, permanent legal assistant to work in the area of Corporate/Commercial law assigned directly to a lawyer(s).

Burchells provides a wide range of legal services to regional, national and international clients, including multinational corporations, small business owners, major banks, individuals, insurance companies and all levels of government.

Providing support to the lawyers of Burchells is a group of hard working and enthusiastic professionals who take pride in exceptional client service and team work.


  • Enhance lawyer effectiveness and the delivery of quality legal services through production of timely, accurate work that meets our work standard of “Do it once, do it right”.
  • Provide efficient, accurate, professional and knowledgeable support to the lawyers you report to and in turn the firm’s clients.
  • Support and work with your co-workers in a timely, accurate and helpful manner.
  • In addition to providing substantial Corporate/Commercial legal assistant support, this position also performs occasional duties relating to Real Property and Estate Planning matters.


  • Formal Legal Assistant/Paralegal Education.
  • Minimum two years’ experience.
  • Experience in the area of Corporate/Commercial law is required.
  • Organization and prioritization skills are important.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Excellent computer knowledge – full Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Minimum typing speed of 60 wpm.
  • Knowledge of other software programs will be considered an asset.
  • Ability to work in a team environment with all members of the firm.

Burchells offers a competitive salary and full comprehensive benefit package. If you are an experienced corporate/commercial legal assistant we would like to hear from you.

Please visit our website to learn more about our firm.

Send resume and cover letter to:

Charlene F. Harrison
Office Manager

Deadline for submission of applications is August 18, 2017. We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Legal assistant needed for our growing Spring Garden Road location. Experience an asset, but not required. Please send resumes to

Justice Canada has funded a pilot project in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice to deliver a program that funds up to four hours of independent legal advice so that eligible victims/survivors of sexual assault can understand their rights and the supports available to them, and make informed decisions about how they will address the harm they have experienced.

Applications are being accepted for lawyers to provide this service. While we will have an ongoing application process, the initial deadline for applications being accepted to launch the program is September 1, 2017, with one or two days of training for approved applicants tentatively scheduled for late September/early October.

Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview after the deadline application date. Our goal is to have a diverse group of lawyers who are interested in delivering this service. We welcome lawyers from diverse backgrounds to apply for these positions, including but not limited to women, lawyers from the Indigenous and African Nova Scotian communities, as well as other Racially Visible lawyers, and lawyers from the LGBTIQ+ community.

Am I eligible? 

  • You are a practising lawyer.
  • You are insured.
  • You are a member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.
  • You agree to the project legal advice rate of $95 per hour.
  • You agree to attend a selection interview.
  • You agree to complete an online training module and attend in-person training.
  • You are interested in expanding your knowledge of criminal trial practice.
  • You are interested in expanding your knowledge on the issue of sexual assault
  • You are interested in being part of a Community of Practice to share promising practices.
  • You have never been listed on a Child Abuse or Sexual Offender register.

Do I qualify? You may qualify if you have one or more of the following assets:       

  • You have experience in criminal law practice.
  • You have experience with sexual assault cases.                                
  • You have experience in community or civic activities related to working with sexual assault victims.
  • You are involved in professional associations that are related to working with vulnerable populations and/or victims/survivors of trauma.              
  • You have teaching or presentation experience related to the impact of trauma on victims/survivors, or legal issues facing victims/survivors of sexual assault.                    
  • You have published on topics that may be related to this work.            
  • You have specialized training/experience in an area that may be of benefit to this work: mental health, intimate partner violence, persons with disabilities, cultural competency, addictions, working with diverse populations.

Please apply:                               

Our Summerside Office is currently seeking a lawyer. The successful candidate will have a minimum of one year legal experience post-call (but could have considerably more), with demonstrated competency in property, wills and estates, and corporate commercial work. Family, litigation or fisheries law experience is considered an asset.

To view the job posting, please visit our website:

Volunteer and Pro Bono

Are you a lawyer or law student in Nova Scotia and seeking to improve access to justice for disenfranchised communities? If so, consider registering for some of reachAbility’s pro bono opportunities! We know that calling any member of the legal profession busy is an understatement, so all our programs ask for a maximum of a single hour annually. On top of that, our volunteer opportunities all count towards the NSBS’ Continued Professional Development Requirement for lawyers.

Who We Are:

reachAbility is a registered charity dedicated to equalizing the playing field for people facing barriers. It was started in 2000 by award-winning executive, Tova Sherman. By 2008, it received the Nova Scotia Human Rights Award from the NSHRC and by 2016, it received official thanks and recognition from the Government of Nova Scotia. In addition to our legal services, we also offer free employment counselling services to our clients, as well as self-awareness and recreational programs.

Legal Referral Service:

Our Legal Referral Service connects persons inclusive of disabilities with a volunteer lawyer for a free one-hour consultation in Nova Scotia. Our legal services team works hard to ensure that the process is as simple as possible for both the client and the lawyer. All that is required of our volunteer lawyers is to perform a brief conflict of interest check and the consultation itself. We take care of matching the area of law with your expertise as well as distilling the legal issues and questions from our clients’ problems. While the referrals can be in any area of law and does not have to relate to disability, they also do not place any long-term obligations on the volunteer. After the one-hour consultation is finished, the lawyer and client are free to make an arrangement depending on the needs of both parties.

Community Outreach Initiative:

A Community Outreach Initiative is a free, ninety-minute information session on a legal topic relevant to persons with disabilities. These talks give those with disabilities a unique opportunity to learn more about legal issues that matter to them, and to participate in a discussion on that topic with a legal expert. Typically, members of the legal community prepare very basic legal tips and information on an area of law. Recent examples include talks on disability rights, mental health and the law, as well as the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords.

Form Filling Clinic:

reachAbility has partnered with the Halifax YMCA and Chebucto Connections to provide a weekly form filling clinic for anyone who requires assistance for forms such as criminal record pardons, lease agreements and more. We are seeking law students to help with our clinic in Spryfield at Chebucto Connections, 531 Herring Cove Road from 11:15am–1:15pm. We are also hoping to expand the clinic to a more central Halifax location with the help of volunteers. 

Registering with reachAbility is as easy as sending us your email signature and the areas of law you practice. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Nathan Kaulback at or at (902) 429-5875. You can also visit our website at

The Government of Canada has launched an open selection process to fill member positions on the Atlantic Pilotage Authority (APA) Board. The application period is currently open and will close at 11:59pm Eastern Time on August 7, 2017.

The NS Barristers’ Society is a valued community stakeholder. As such, I want to ensure that you and your organization’s employees and stakeholders are aware of this selection process and have the opportunity to participate.

The mandate of the Atlantic Pilotage Authority (APA) is to establish, operate, maintain, and administer, in the interest of navigation safety, an effective pilotage service in the Atlantic region. The APA exercises public regulatory authority, and also issues, suspends or revokes pilot licenses and certificates.

The APA’s Board is composed of a Chairperson and six Members who represent a broad spectrum of stakeholder interests.

The Government’s rigorous approach to Governor-in-Council (GIC) appointments is built on an open, transparent, and merit-based selection process that allows for the recommendation of high-quality candidates who truly reflect Canada’s diversity, and will bolster Canadian’s confidence in important organizations such as the NS Barristers’ Society.

Further information on the new GIC appointment policy and this selection process can be found on the GIC appointments website. Further details on how to apply for a member position on the APA Board can be found here. Those who applied for the previous opportunity, between June 16 and July 17, 2017, need not re-apply to be considered for this position. All other interested candidates must apply online by 11:59pm Eastern Time on August 7, 2017.


Captain Sean Griffiths
Chief Executive Officer

Hello, my name is Kashmala. I am a paralegal student at Eastern College expecting to graduate this spring. I am looking for a part-time volunteer position that will provide me with experience for my future career. I am organized, efficient, and a fast typer and editor. Please let me know if I would be a suitable match for your firm and I will provide you with my resume and, if requested, my transcript.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Kashmala Khan

Upcoming Events
Event Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 12:00

Weldon McInnis is proud to sponsor The Links for Legal Aid Golf Tournament

Saturday, September 30 with a 12pm shotgun start. Join us at the beautiful Glen Arbour Golf Club for afun-filled day of golf, contests, prizes and more! 

Enter in one of two ways:

  • Pay the registration fee of $150 ($100 for students) (Click here for payment) OR
  • Raise donations in the amount of $250 per person or $1000 per team and come for free! Get your sponsorship form from                                                                                                     

Included in registration:                                                   

  • 18 holes of golf
  • Golf cart
  • Dinner
  • Give-away bags from our sponsors
Event Date: Friday, October 6, 2017 - 13:00 to 16:00

Trauma-Informed Legal Services for Workplace Sexual Harassment and Assault

NEW DATE: Friday, October 6, 2017 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Speakers: Representatives from Avalon Sexual Assault Centre

Cost: Registration is free. There is no Conference Call for this event.  

This interactive training will provide a basic introduction to sexualized violence in the workplace (including prevalence and patterns of victimization and perpetration,) the neurobiology of trauma and sexualized violence trauma, the medical, legal, and therapeutic choices that survivors have after being victimized, how to support a survivor through trauma-informed legal practice, as well as vicarious trauma/self and community care measures for supporters. 

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre is a feminist organization working to eliminate sexualized violence and abuse, and change the socio-political culture that fosters sexism, social injustice, and other forms of oppression. Avalon Centre provides a full spectrum of programs and services including: trauma-specific therapeutic counselling for survivors and non-offending parents and partners, a sexual assault nurse examiner program, systems-based advocacy, community education, public awareness, and professional training.

Register now

Event Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (All day)


There are no "do-overs" for advocates who don't present their best case at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT), the final level of appeal for both workers and employers disputing workplace safety and insurance decisions in Ontario. Given the finality of the WSIAT's decisions and the significance of those decisions to workers and employers, it behooves advocates to present polished, convincing arguments supported by appropriate evidence every time they appear before the Tribunal. Employer and worker representatives also require effective negotiation skills to make the best use of the WSIAT's new mediation procedures.Working through interactive exercises and realistic scenarios with the guidance of experienced advocates and adjudicators, participants will gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • Craft an effective advocacy strategy at all stages of an appeal, from receipt of a file to the end of the hearing
  • Make effective use of WSIAT's new mediation procedures
  • Gather and present persuasive evidence
  • Present compelling opening and closing statements
  • Effectively cross-examine witnesses
  • Deal with weaknesses in the case
  • Comply with professional obligations
  • Review WSIAT decisions for errors that warrant a request for reconsideration or an application for judicial review

More information

Event Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (All day)

The effects of violence and harassment in a workplace can be devastating, not only for the immediate targets of this aggressive behaviour but also for co-workers, other bystanders, and workplace morale. In recent years, many Canadian jurisdictions have sought to strengthen their health and safety laws in an effort to combat this threat to health and safety. For example, in Ontario, the passage of Bill 132 and amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act have imposed new obligations on employers with respect to harassment policies, programs, and investigations. In this workshop, experienced counsel will review Ontario and federal requirements for addressing workplace violence and harassment and advance best practices for creating a safe work environment for all employees.Working through interactive exercises and realistic scenarios with the guidance of experienced investigators and counsel, participants will gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • Draft workplace violence and harassment policies in compliance with provincial and federal law
  • Develop and maintain suitable violence and harassment programs
  • Communicate policies, programs, and expected behaviour to employees
  • Conduct fair and appropriate investigations
  • Prepare credible and properly structured investigation reports
  • Identify the root cause(s) of an incident of violence or harassment in the workplace and when to update policies and programs in response

More information

Event Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017 (All day)

Conference Day - Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Event Date: Friday, October 13, 2017 (All day)

Conference Day - Friday, October 13, 2017


Event Date: Friday, October 27, 2017 (All day)

Workshop summary

Various types of disabilities, including substance dependency and mental health disabilities, may cause employees to "break the rules". Employers and unions face a host of challenging issues in cases of disability-related misconduct. Can an employee be dismissed for conduct caused, in whole or in part, by a disability? How should accommodations be implemented in order to assist the disabled employee while ensuring workplace safety and minimizing the risk of future incidents?

This interactive workshop will explore a range of legal issues in this area and provide practical guidance to employer and union representatives who must respond to disability-related misconduct.


Event Date: Friday, November 3, 2017 - 13:30

140th Anniversary of the Law Society of Manitoba

#140Down – Now What? The Future of Lawyering is Here

Friday, November 3
Grand Ballroom, Fort Garry Place Conference Centre, 20 Fort Street, Winnipeg

Over the past 140 years there have been dramatic changes in the world but smaller changes in the legal community. Is it time to revamp our traditions and our expectations for the future?

Topics will include

  • Virtual Courts, real justice? The future of adjudication
  • Building the modern lawyer – What is needed and who is responsible?
  • Technology: will it serve you or replace you?
  • Client centred service in the 21st century and beyond

6.5 EPPM hours, all in one jam packed Friday!
Reserve your seat today! Early bird registration until September 29

Special guest speakers

This year’s Organizing Committee is pleased to have leading analyst and forecaster for the global legal market, Jordan Furlong as our keynote speaker.

In keeping with the Pitblado Lectures tradition, Jordan is joined by a diverse group of innovators and experts from across North America including Shannon Salter, Mr. Justice Leonard S. (Tony) Mandamin, Dr. Larry Richard, Monica Goyal and Darrel I. Pink who will all be leading us in challenging and informative discussions on the future of the legal profession. Read more on this year's speakers –

Jointly presented by:

  • The Manitoba Bar Association
  • The University of Manitoba Faculty of Law
  • The Law Society of Manitoba


  • The Honourable Mr. Justice Chris Martin, Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench
  • David Swayze, Meighen Haddad LLP, Brandon

Planning Committee

  • Andrew Buck, Pitblado LLP
  • Associate Dean Lisa Fainstein, Robson Hall, Faculty of Law
  • Dr. Gerald Heckman, Robson Hall, Faculty of Law
  • Karen Dyck, Manitoba Law Foundation
  • Tana Christianson, Law Society of Manitoba

Event Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (All day)


Allegations or incidents of misconduct can have a serious impact on workplace culture and morale. In such instances, it is essential that an objective, balanced, and thorough disciplinary investigation is conducted. Employers, employees, and unions all have an important role in the investigative process to ensure that it is impartial and effective. In this workshop, experienced investigators and legal counsel will review tips and strategies for conducting fair and comprehensive disciplinary investigations. Working through interactive exercises and realistic scenarios, workshop participants will gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • Understand when the duty to investigate is triggered
  • Develop a fair and effective process for investigating allegations or incidents of misconduct
  • Gather reliable evidence and witness statements
  • Appreciate the role of the union and employees within a disciplinary investigation
  • Draft and respond appropriately to workplace investigation reports


Event Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, November 9, 2017 (All day)

Day One - Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Day Two - Thursday, November 9, 2017


Event Date: Thursday, November 23, 2017 (All day)

Join us Thursday, November 23, 2017 for LIANS' 9th annual Risk and Practice Management Program conference from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Delta Halifax. Sessions may be eligible to count towards your annual CPD.

Registration now open

Sessions include: 

  • Maintaining client confidentiality in a world where your TV is listening, with Phil Brown, LSUC Professional Development & Competence Counsel
  • Alternative dispute resolution, with Jim Musgrave QC, Peter MacKeigan QC, and Gus Richardson QC
  • Introducing the MSELP self assessment: Tools and support to enhance your practice infrastructure, with Jackie Mullenger, NSBS Director of Education & Credentials and Jennifer Pink, NSBS Legal Services Support Officer
  • Trust accounts and new developments, with Sean Walker, NSBS Director of Finance & Administration
  • Technology and the future delivery of legal services, with Tobias Sallewsky, Vice-President of Marketing with Lawyer Done Deal
  • Targeting Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace with Andria Hill-Lehr of Homewood Health™
  • Active Mindfulness in 10: Moving from reacting to being in choice (a lunch mini-session with Ron Pizzo)

Register online
(or register by telephone or email with Alex at 902 423 1300 x325 or

Sessions will benefit lawyers, office managers, paralegals and legal assistants from across Atlantic Canada. Lawyers and staff from all sized firms are welcome. Free on-site parking, lunch buffet and coffee breaks for all registrants.     

Stay tuned to for additional conference details.

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