INFORUM

October 02, 2017 InForum Issue

Society news

The next meeting of the Court of Appeal Liaison Committee will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 3:30 p.m..

The Committee is comprised of members of the Court of Appeal and a range of private and public sector appellate counsel, both in the criminal law and civil law fields.

The three main tasks of the Committee are to identify practice and policy issues of mutual concern and interest to the Bench and Bar; recommend means for addressing these issues; and communicate the results of this process to the Court and to the Society for further communication to the profession or elsewhere.

If you have any issue, project or proposal that you wish to see brought before the Committee, please contact the Committee’s Co-Chair, Peter C. McVey QC, at peter.mcvey@novascotia.ca.

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

After 200 years without land title, Nova Scotia black communities offered hope
Black Loyalists, Black Refugees were given land, but no title, in 1775 and 1812
CBC News | Sep 28, 2017 | By Sherri Borden Colley

Nova Scotia announces $2.7M to help black residents get titles to their land
The Canadian Press/Globe and Mail, Global TV, other media | Sept. 27, 2017 | By Keith Doucette

'Accessible avenues' to justice system paramount, Nova Scotia's chief justice says: Chief Justice Michael MacDonald spoke with CBC about his career, saying cases involving children are toughest
CBC News | Sep 25, 2017 | By Joan Weeks
(includes references to the Access to Justice Coordinating Committee, of which NSBS is a member)

UN tells N.S. government to do more to help blacks with land title issues
Province will make announcement on Land Titles Clarification Act Wednesday
CBC News | Sep 25, 2017

N.S. judge apologizes to trans woman for calling her 'sir'
Jessica Dempsey instructs judge: 'Your Honour, I'm not a sir'
CBC News | Sep 21, 2017 | By Elizabeth Chiu

Allnovascotia.com (subscription only)

  • NS Barristers Society Needs Reps (Sept. 27)
  • Tax Lawyer Queues Up For Bar Society Presidency (Sept. 25)
Credentials

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

The following former member – and former NSBS Council Member for Cape Breton District – received a judicial appointment on September 19, 2017:

The Honourable Diane McGrath is now a Judge of the Provincial and Family Courts of Nova Scotia.

The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category:

  • Angus Donald Douglas Gibbon
  • Susanne Margaret Litke
  • Justin Donald Morrison
  • Hon. Michel Paul Samson

The Society welcomes the following new articled clerks:

  • Rebecca Maria Alleyne
  • Daniela Morgana Loggia
  • Rachel Maria Taylor
  • Madison Einsley Veinotte

The following members have changed to Non-Practising status:

  • Elizabeth Marie Brachaniec
  • Heidi Nicole LeBlanc
  • Caroline Katrina Evangéline McInnes
  • Alan V. Parish QC
  • Baljinder Singh Tung

The following member has changed to Life Member status:

  • Paul Murphy QC
Professional development

COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION

  • A PRACTITIONER'S GUIDE TO COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION / Huberman, Marvin — Toronto: Irwin Law, 2017. [KB 125 .A7 H877 2017]

MENTAL HEALTH LAW

  • MENTAL DISORDER AND THE LAW: A PRIMER FOR LEGAL AND MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS / Bloom, Hy; Schneider, Richard D — 2d ed. — Toronto: Irwin Law, 2017. [KB 93 B655 2017]

REAL PROPERTY

  • CHESHIRE AND BURN'S MODERN LAW OF REAL PROPERTY / Cheshire, Geoffrey; Burn, Edward; Cartwright, John — 18th ed. Oxford University Press, 2011. [KB 170 C524M 2011]
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
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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.  

 

The possibility of being confronted by an angry person – a coworker, colleague or client - during your career is quite high. Here are some tips on how to de-escalate the situation and help calm that person as quickly as possible:

  • Ignore what the person is saying. This will prevent you from becoming emotional and engaging in what might become an unproductive exchange.
  • Do not ask them to “calm down”.
  • Acknowledge that they are angry or frustrated. This allows them to process their feelings, which studies have shown assist in helping the person calm down.
  • Identify the cause of the anger or frustration by asking open-ended questions.

Anger is universal and it is important that you deal with a person who is angry or frustrated calmly and respectfully. This will allow that person to effectively communicate with you and allow you to possibly assist with its resolution.

If you have any questions on these or any other risk- or practice-related matters, do not hesitate to contact Stacey Gerrard, LIANS Counsel with the Risk and Practice Management Program, at sgerrard@lians.ca or call 902 423 1300 ext. 345.

 

A number of construction equipment emails have recently been circulating – example here:

 

From: IDRECO B.V. [mailto:wim.snippe56@gmail.com]
Sent: September-23-17 06:24 PM
Subject: legal service

Dear Lawyer,

We would like to retain your firm to help us draft a purchase and sales agreement with a buyer in your region. A referral will be welcomed if this is not your area of practice.

Looking forward to your response for more details,

Regards,

Wim Snippe

(President/CEO)
IDRECO B.V.
(International Dredger Constructions)
Logistiekweg 4, 7007 CJ Doetinchem
Netherlands
Tel:+31 314 667 001
http://www.idreco.nl/

 

These have been confirmed as scam attempts – any communication from this individual 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 lians.ca, and to report or seek advice on dealing with fraud and scam attempts, contact Cynthia Nield at cnield@lians.ca or 902 423 1300, x346.

 

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

 “Mindfulness ... is the practice of being intentional, accepting, and non-judgmental while focusing one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts, and sensations occurring in the present moment.1 Daily practice of mindfulness has been shown to improve both mental and physical states, including, memory, sense of self, empathy, and it reduces stress, anxiety, addiction, pain, psoriasis, and blood pressure.2/3"

Read "Mindfulness: Meditation and everyday practice" from your NSLAP provider, Homewood Health™.

Visit the NSLAP website at www.nslap.ca. For more information and support with mindfulness, along with resources and counselling to improve your health and wellness, register with Homewood Health™ https://www.homeweb.ca. Please note that NSLAP is your “company” name when you register.

Call in confidence, 24 hours a day: 1 866 299 1299 (within Nova Scotia) | (See the website for details about calling from outside Nova Scotia) | 1 866 398 9505 (en français) | 1 888 384 1152 (TTY).

Courts

The Honourable Chief Judge Pamela Williams is pleased to welcome senior Crown prosecutor Diane McGrath QC as the newest judge of the Provincial and Family Courts of Nova Scotia.

Attorney General and Justice Minister Mark Furey made the announcement on September 19. The appointment is effective immediately.

“I’m thrilled that Nova Scotia has another strong and experienced woman on the Bench, especially one with Judge McGrath’s background and expertise,” Chief Judge Williams said in a Sept. 19 statement released by the Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary.

“As a prosecutor, Judge McGrath always had a reputation for being fair and professional, and I’m confident she will carry those traits over to her duties as a judge.”

Having worked 23 years as a lawyer, Judge McGrath has extensive experience in both criminal and family law. She served as a Domestic Violence Educator and Co-trainer with the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service and helped develop and implement the Domestic Violence Court Program in Sydney. As a Crown, she was also a member of the prosecution service’s Sexual Assault Working Group.

Judge McGrath was a dedicated volunteer with the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. She was elected to NSBS Council for Cape Breton District in 2013, 2015 and again in 2017, and had just begun her third term on Council at the time of her judicial appointment. She was a former Vice-Chair and a member of the Credentials Committee (2006-2014), a member of the Complaints Investigation Committee, Entity Regulation and Risk Working Group and the Supreme Court Liaison Committee (2003-2007). She also volunteered with the Bar Admission Course.

Before she joined the PPS, Judge McGrath practised in Sydney with Nova Scotia Legal Aid and in private practice with H.F. Macintyre & Associates. She received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2011. Judge McGrath has also been involved in several community organizations over the years, including Canadian Parents for French, the Kiwanis Club of Sydney, the Girl Guides, Scouts Canada, and her local church.

Judge McGrath was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Bench when former Provincial Court Judge Anne Derrick was appointed to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal in July.

This appointment brings the Provincial and Family Courts to a full complement of 35 full-time sitting judges and nine part-time judges, 19 of those being women (17 full-time and two part-time female judges). For more information on the Courts and the Nova Scotia Judiciary, please visit www.courts.ns.ca.   

This edition includes:

-       An update on staffing changes at the Prothonotary’s Office;

-       Court dockets for October, November and December;

-       A reminder about document filing protocols for estate and estate-related matters in Probate and Supreme Courts; and

-       Reminders about Liaison Committees and the Free Legal Clinic at the Law Courts.   

See the October 2, 2017 Hints and Tips from Nova Scotia’s Prothonotary/Registrar for details.

To view an archive of the Hints & Tips newsletters, see the bottom of the Information for Legal Professionals page on the Courts of Nova Scotia website: http://courts.ns.ca/Bar_Information/bar_home.htm.

Also follow the Courts on Twitter for links to decisions, notices, news and other updates via the Courts of Nova Scotia’s Twitter service: http://courts.ns.ca/General_Content/twitter.html.

September 25, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada 

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, is proud to announce the Government’s Action Plan for Enhancing the Bilingual Capacity of the Superior Courts. This multi-faceted approach will ensure that people dealing with Canada’s court system have improved access to justice in both of Canada’s official languages.

The seven-point action plan includes strategies for enhanced tools to verify and assess the bilingual capacity of judicial applicants, examine language training for current members of the judiciary, and confirmation of the Minister’s commitment to collaborative consultations with Chief Justices with respect to the bilingual capacity needs of their courts. The Government is also committed to consulting with provinces and territories on relevant bilingualism initiatives,

These measures build on the reforms to the superior courts appointment process introduced in October 2016, which were aimed at reinforcing public confidence through openness, increased transparency and accountability, and by promoting diversity and gender balance on the bench. Among the reforms was a requirement for greater detail regarding applicants’ self-identified bilingual capacity, the possibility of language assessments, and a new reporting requirement. The Action Plan announced today builds on those changes and takes important new steps in the areas of information gathering, training, and collaboration for and among many stakeholders. The Minister is pleased that this approach also addresses many of the recommendations made by the Commissioner of Official Languages in his 2013 report.

“All Canadians are entitled to have fair and equitable access to the justice system, which should be able to respond to their needs in the official language of their choice. The measures contained in the Action Plan will allow our Government to take stock of where we are in terms of providing equal access to the superior courts in both official languages, and, where we find gaps, taking concrete steps to fill them,” said Minister Wilson-Raybould in the September 25 announcement.

Quick Facts

 

New child protection booklets for parents are now available in French and English; Mi’kmaq version coming soon: www.courts.ns.ca/Child_Protection_Videos/CP_videos_Eng.htm

Province

Nova Scotia has introduced a new act that will recognize the autonomy and independence of adults who have diminished capacity while protecting those who cannot make certain decisions for themselves.

The proposed Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act introduced on Monday, October 2 replaces the outdated Incompetent Persons Act. The previous act was struck down by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in June 2016 because of its all-or-nothing approach to capacity.

Parts of the former Incompetent Persons Act were ruled unconstitutional because they gave complete control to a guardian for all aspects of a person's decision-making, even if the person had the capacity to make some decisions for themselves.

The Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act recognizes the individual's right to live their own life and make their own decisions. Where that isn't possible because of an impairment in their capacity, it offers an avenue for someone to represent them and make necessary decisions on their behalf.

"We want to respect the court's ruling and are using this as an opportunity to update the legislation," said Mark Furey, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, said in the Oct. 2 announcement. "This legislation addresses concerns raised by the courts. It will better serve adults with diminished capacity and their families when important decisions need to be made."

The bill ensures protection of the adult's well-being and financial interests. It aligns with Canada's interpretation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Key provisions of the proposed legislation are:

  • every adult has the capacity to make decisions, unless the contrary is shown;
  • decisions made for the adult will reflect the least intrusive, least restrictive course of action possible
  • representatives have clearly defined duties, including encouraging the adult to take part in decisions as far as reasonable, and considering the adult's prior instructions, wishes, values and beliefs when making decisions;
  • representation orders will be reviewed within a timeline specified by the court;
  • courts will protect the adult's autonomy by limiting a representative's decision-making authority to those areas where the adult does not have capacity to make decisions for themselves;
  • health professionals who are authorized to carry out capacity assessments include physicians, psychologists, nurses, occupational therapists and social workers;
  • a complaints process; and
  • penalties if a representative acts in bad faith and causes harm.

The legislation must take effect on Dec. 28, 2017 as ordered by the courts.

 

Government is updating the Solemnization of Marriage Act to make it more inclusive, to align with federal legislation and to provide enhanced security to those who are marrying.

Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan introduced amendments to the Act on Monday, Oct. 2. The proposed changes include:

  • changing the name of the act to the Marriage Act;
  • enhancing identity security by requiring both people who wish to marry to complete the Marriage License Affidavit needed to get a marriage licence;
  • aligning the act with federal legislation by removing the authority to allow people under the age of 16 to marry; and
  • removing outdated language such as the terms spinster and illegitimate child.

In addition, the bill also proposes to remove specific religious references to ensure it is inclusive of all faiths

"Regulations around marriage should reflect the practices of today," Mr. MacLellan said in an announcement. "These changes benefit Nova Scotians by providing greater security for those marrying and by making the act more inclusive and easy to understand."

"This represents a genuine advance in both a practical and important symbolic sense," said Gerald Filson, Baha'i Community of Canada. "It will allow our growing community to more efficiently solemnize Baha'i marriages with local representatives as approved by our national governing body, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada.

"In a symbolic sense, it represents a significant signal of respect which the Government of Nova Scotia will now convey to the Baha'is of Nova Scotia and beyond to the Baha'is of Canada." 

These changes are part of Service Nova Scotia's ongoing work to modernize its legislation to better meet the needs of Nova Scotians.

 

 

See the original September 25, 2017 news release from the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission 

After visiting Nova Scotia and other parts of Canada last fall, a United Nations working group is raising serious concerns regarding ongoing systemic discrimination faced by people of African descent.

The UN Expert Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent presented its report to the UN Human Rights Council on Sept. 25 and in Geneva on Sept. 26.

"The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission continues to see evidence of racism and discrimination faced by African Nova Scotians," said Christine Hanson, the commission's Director and CEO. "We call on communities and governments at all levels to examine and develop policies and practices to address the report's recommendations."

In its published report, the working group stated that it is deeply concerned by the structural racism that lies at the core of many Canadian institutions and the systemic anti-Black racism that continues to have a negative impact on the human rights situation of African Canadians. Canada's history of enslavement, racial segregation and marginalization of African Canadians has left a legacy of anti-Black racism which must be addressed in partnership with the affected communities. African Nova Scotians make up the largest racially visible group in Nova Scotia.

Among its observations, touching on human rights, justice, employment, health and other areas, the report also recognizes efforts in Nova Scotia to improve the situation of people of African descent. For instance, it welcomed the restorative inquiry for the Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children, as a model of collaborative and restorative approaches in addressing issues affecting people of African descent.

The working group also expressed concerns over the lack of implementation of the Land Title Clarification Act, which is aimed at resolving outstanding land claim issues within historically Black communities. (Note: See the Nova Scotia government’s September 27 announcement on this issue.)

"The commission is pleased the government is taking action to address this long-standing issue," said Ms. Hanson.

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Act mandates the commission to address allegations of racism and discrimination and build inclusive communities through human rights public education.

The commission recently announced that it hired independent expert Scot Wortley to examine Halifax police street check data and to make policy recommendations to the Halifax Police Board of Commissioners. In March, the commission launched an education campaign in partnership with the Nova Scotia business community, Serving All Customers Better, free online training for front line retail staff to address and prevent consumer racial profiling. The training has already reached thousands of people. 

"We are grateful that the UN Expert Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent came to Nova Scotia," said Ms. Hanson. "We welcome their recommendations as they will help inform our work with partners, stakeholders and the community."

The United Nations Decade for People of African Descent runs until 2024. The UN, in proclaiming this decade, recognizes that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected.

The working group's report that will be presented to Human Rights Council is publicly available on the United Nations high commissioner for human rights website at: https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G17/239/60/PDF/G1723960.pdf?OpenElement

See the original September 27, 2017 announcement from the provincial Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs and the Department of Natural Resources

Government will invest about $2.7 million over two years to help residents in five communities get clear title to land on which they live.

The support includes funds to assist with legal fees and costs related to estate administration and migration, and new full-time positions dedicated to the land title clarification areas of North Preston, East Preston, and Cherry Brook in Halifax Regional Municipality and Lincolnville and Sunnyville in Guysborough County.

"Our government is taking action with new ways to address disparities and systemic discrimination that African Nova Scotians have faced," said Tony Ince, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. "We're turning a corner with new supports that will help remove the barriers to the legal title to the land on which many African Nova Scotians live."

The new initiative includes:

  • funding to assist with legal and other fees and costs associated with clarifying ownership of land;
  • hiring two community liaison officers to help residents in the land title clarification areas to navigate the process to obtain clear title;
  • hiring a surveyor and two survey technicians to complete surveys and/or compiled plans in support of Land Titles Clarification Act applications;
  • administrative support from Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission for issuing certificates to applicants;
  • support for clarifying ownership of land through the Land Titles Clarifications Act, estate administration through the Probate Act and Intestate Succession Act, and migration under the Land Registration Act; and
  • government will also consider amending legislation to reduce barriers.

"With clarity of ownership, residents will be in a better position to enjoy and use their land and resolve problems that can result from lack of clear land ownership," said Agriculture and Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell, on behalf of Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller. "This plan is a response to recommendations from the communities, and we believe this new approach offers good options and resources to help people get clear title." 

For more information on the project and the application process, go to https://novascotia.ca/natr/titles-clarification/.

Bernie Miller QC has been appointed Deputy Minister of the Office of Strategy Management, effective October 1.

"Mr. Miller has been an important voice in government over the past several years and has the skills necessary to ensure progress on the priorities that are most important to Nova Scotians," Premier Stephen McNeil said in a September 21 announcement. "I am pleased that he has accepted the appointment."

The Office of Strategy Management was announced in the Speech from the Throne and will replace the Premier's Delivery Unit. It will be responsible for the collaborative development, communication and measurement of government priorities as identified by the premier and Executive Council. It will translate priorities into specific outcomes in departments, track performance and report progress in key areas to Executive Council.

Staff from the Premier's Delivery Unit will become part of the new office, which will have five staff positions in addition to the deputy minister. 

Nova Scotians who are visually impaired or those with other print disabilities will now have additional access to books and materials in a variety of alternative formats.

Communities Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine announced Sept. 28 that government will fund access to the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) beginning Oct. 1.

"We all want quality public library services for each and every Nova Scotian and that means equal access to books, information and resources," said Mr. Glavine. "Government will continue to make that possible by promoting creativity and innovation, vital parts of the province's Nova Scotia's Culture Action Plan."

CELA is an accessible library subscription service whose content is owned by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and other accessible content sharing services.

The Nova Scotia Provincial Library also provides access to accessible format collections for Nova Scotians with print disabilities through membership in the National Network for Equitable Library Services. 

The importance of the treaty relationship with the Mi'kmaq and the achievements and leadership of elders and youth were celebrated on Treaty Day, Oct. 2.

"Treaty Day is a time to reflect on the importance of our special relationship and engage in conversations about how to make it even stronger in the future," said Premier Stephen McNeil, who is also the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. "It is a day to renew promises and an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Mi'kmaw elders and youth."

Celebrated for the last 31 years, the Mi'kmaq and the provincial government have been coming together to collaborate and share lessons learned during Treaty Day. Some of the Treaty Day activities Monday included a flag raising at Government House, a prayer service and a veteran's march. At an awards ceremony, awards were presented to elders and youth from Mi'kmaw communities across the province. (See the Oct. 2 announcement for the list of recipients.)

"Treaty Day is an annual affirmation of our shared rights and responsibilities as allies, embedded within the treaties of peace and friendship signed by our ancestors," said Grand Chief Ben Syliboy. "These treaties bind us together and remind us of the importance of cooperation and dialogue moving forward, and that we are all treaty people."

Work on treaty education continues after the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Mi'kmaq leaders on Treaty Day 2015. The MOU outlined the sharing of Mi'kmaq history in public schools, among the public service and with the general public.

"Through awareness and understanding we create an environment where reconciliation can be fostered. We are committed to this important work and strengthening our treaty relationship," said Premier McNeil.

Treaty Day began in 1986 with the signing of a proclamation by then Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. October is Mi'kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia.

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

Accessibility Act, S.N.S. 2017, c. 2, s. 73

NS Gaz Pt 2, 09/29/2017

NS Reg 137/2017

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

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: http://novascotia.ca/news/

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

JUSTICE: Find all DOJ announcements at novascotia.ca/just/communications/

  • Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act to Respect Autonomy of Adults in Decision-making (Oct. 2) 
  • Offender Assaulted at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (Sept. 22)

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

  • Government updating the Solemnization of Marriage Act (Oct. 2) 

First Session of 63rd General Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature, Speech from the Throne (Sept. 21)

Government Mandate Letters Posted: see http://novascotia.ca/exec_council/letters.html

AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIAN AFFAIRS/NATURAL RESOURCES--Government Helping Communities Get Clear Title to Land (Sept. 27)  

AUDITOR GENERAL--Auditor General to Audit IWK (Sept. 19)

COMMUNITIES/CULTURE/HERITAGE

  • Combat Sports Authority Act Introduced (Sept. 28)
  • New Accessible Library Format Offered (Sept. 28)

EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

  • Amendments to Pre-primary Education Act (Sept. 27)
  • 52 Classrooms in 45 Locations Welcome Pre-Primary Children (Sept. 25)
  • Provincial Student Attendance and Engagement Policy Effective Oct. 1 (Sept. 20)

ENVIRONMENT--Cap and Trade Legislation Introduced (Sept. 29)

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL--Bernie Miller appointed Deputy Minister, Office of Strategic Management (Sept. 21)

FINANCE/TREASURY BOARD

  • New Board Chair Appointed to NSLC (Sept. 28)
  • New Investments, Balanced Budget (Sept. 26)

HEALTH/WELLNESS

  • Naloxone Now Available in Pharmacies (Sept. 29)
  • Paramedics Recognized on Fifth Annual Medic Monday (Sept. 19)
  • Auditor General Audit Welcome, Statement by Minister (Sept. 19)

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION--Serious Concerns Raised by UN Regarding Systemic Discrimination Faced by African Nova Scotians (Sept. 25)

INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS--Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Starts (Sept. 22)

INTERNAL SERVICES--Government Improving Information Access, Transparency (Sept. 28)

LABOUR/ADVANCED EDUCATION--Amendments Improve Access to PTSD Benefits (Sept. 27)

MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS--Legislative Amendments to Enhance Municipal Expense Policies and Practices (Sept. 28)

PREMIER'S OFFICE

  • Premier to Attend Meeting of National Indigenous Leaders and First Ministers (Oct. 2)
  • Throne Speech Commits to Inclusive, Innovative and Entrepreneurial Nova Scotia (Sept. 21)

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION--Premier Recognizes Excellence and Dedication in Public Service (Sept. 26)

STATUS OF WOMEN--Women to Benefit from Universal Coverage for Mifegymiso (Sept. 22) 

Other news

The Law Reform Commission has released a Final Report recommending changes to Nova Scotia’s family property legislation. It is now available online at lawreform.ns.ca:

Read the Final Report: Division of Family Property – Final Report – 2017

The Report makes recommendations for how married spouses’ and common law partners’ family property should be divided at the end of a relationship. It also recommends changes to how the law addresses property brought into a relationship, including business assets, trusts and other assets. The research process leading up to the final report included extensive public consultation.   

The Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia is an independent agency, supported by the Law Foundation of Nova Scotia and the Government of Nova Scotia. 

The East Coast Prison Justice Society will hold its inaugural Annual General Meeting on Thursday, October 26 in Halifax.

All persons interested in prison law advocacy are welcome to attend the AGM, which will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at University Hall in the Dalhousie University Macdonald Building, located at 6300 Coburg Road.

The keynote speaker for the AGM is the Honourable Justice Deborah Gass of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court Family Division.

The new society will also host a free workshop on Friday, October 27 from 12:00 to 5:00 pm, at the same location.

Download and print out the AGM & Workshop poster (pdf). 

The panel discussions are intended to introduce lawyers and advocates to several common prison law matters such as parole hearings and institutional charges and proceedings. Other highlights include a session on habeas corpus with the Honourable Justice Elizabeth Van den Eynden of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. A light lunch will be provided at the workshop.

The ECPJS workshop is supported by the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie Legal Aid Service and the Law, Justice, Society Program at Dalhousie University.

Please RSVP to jessica.rose@dal.ca and indicate whether you are attending the AGM, workshop or both.

For updates, follow the East Coast Prison Justice Society event page on Facebook.

 

Looking for a missing will for the late Maureen M. Potter-Smith, late of Deep Brook NS and Bear River, NS, who died on August 11, 2017.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of a Will for Maureen M. Potter-Smith, please contact:

Fiona Imrie QC
Solicitor for the Public Trustee
Office of the Public Trustee of Nova Scotia
5670 Spring Garden Road Suite 405
P.O. Box 685
Halifax, NS B3J 2T3
Phone 902-424-7760
Fax 902-424-0616
Email: fiona.imrie@novascotia.ca

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Reporting to the Director, Finance & Administration, the Trust Assurance Auditor conducts risk based compliance audits in accordance with the Society’s Trust Account Regulations to ensure compliance with the rules and regulations that relate to lawyers’ trust accounts, including those regulations relating to other client property, unclaimed trust funds, client identification and verification rules, and applicable Practice Standards.

In addition, the Auditor will be responsible to:
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the Administrator, Trust Assurance with respect to the planning and performance of the Trust Audit program and responding to trust account inquiries.
  • Conduct visits to new and established law firms throughout NS to perform compliance audits to ensure lawyers comply with the trust accounting rules and to identify potential and actual regulation violations and risks related to trust accounts handling.
  • Work with the Education & Credentials department to educate lawyers on the skills and competencies required to appropriately open and operate a trust account.
  • Provide feedback to lawyers regarding their level of compliance with the rules and what steps should be taken to remedy any deficiencies, and make recommendations for education or further investigation of non-compliant firms.
  • Review annual Trust Report submissions (Lawyer and Accountant) and use professional judgment to determine the risk level and response when a firm is non-compliant.
  • Compose letters and review correspondence from lawyers regarding Trust Reports, Regulation violations and other risk matters.
  • Oversee the process of working with lawyers to clear out unclaimed trust fund balances and ensure that proper documentation and materials are provided in support of Court applications by the Society for this purpose. 
  • Respond to inquiries regarding trust accounting, trust administration and trust account rule interpretation.
  • Support and assist other staff with interpretation of trust account Regulations, accounting procedures and analysis of trust accounting issues.
  • Participate in the review and refinement of the Trust Assurance Program, including the continued development of audit procedures, review and revision of the Trust Account regulations, and reference material such as the on-line Trust Account FAQs and other resources.
  • Assist in developing and delivering resources and tools to new firms or those opening new trust accounts to assist them in understanding and applying the trust account regulations and best practices.
  • Provide support as needed to the Professional Responsibility department regarding complaints and investigations, when required.
  • Support the Society by providing research and advice in areas of potential risk and fraud including E-Commerce, cybercrime, money laundering and other.
  • Liaise with Trust Audit counterparts across the country.
The Trust Assurance Auditor should possess the following qualifications, skills and competencies:
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation is required
  • At least 5 years of Auditing or related experience  
  • Advanced training in fraud related courses or CFE, CIA or CAMS designation considered an asset.
  • Considerable knowledge of computer applications including accounting software, related technology and audit techniques is required.
  • Knowledge of the business operations of professional service organizations/firms is an asset.
  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to engage with and educate lawyers through different means such as presentations and facilitated training sessions.
  • Confident and professional demeanor when dealing with complex and risk situations 
  • Ability to work independently in an environment where a high level of attention to detail, accuracy and confidentiality are paramount.
  • Travel will be required so must have a valid NS Driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
Closing date: Applications required by October 18, 2017, however, this posting will remain open until the position is filled.
 
Submit your application (including cover letter, resume and salary expectations) via email to hr@nsbs.org. The Society will also accept applications from those interesting in working less than full time (e.g., 75 – 80%).

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. 

 

POSITION OVERVIEW
We are seeking a corporate lawyer with at least three years of experience to join our Legal Services Centre (LSC) in Halifax. In this role, you will review non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) for key clients, revising them to meet the clients’ requirements, advising on provisions, and negotiating with counterparty’s counsel. You will work as part of a team with colleagues in our Toronto office to carry out this work quickly and accurately in accordance with established policies and procedures. This work offers the successful candidate an opportunity to engage in challenging, important work in a flexible and collaborative setting. Successful candidates will be provided with necessary training and professional support to ensure their success in this position.

The ideal candidate will have experience working as a corporate lawyer at a top law firm, financial institution, private equity firm or pension fund, have a strong service orientation, excellent time management and organizational skills and superior attention to detail, and be able to work quickly and accurately on a high volume of NDAs.
 
SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
  • experience drafting or reviewing agreements as a corporate associate at a top law firm, financial institution, private equity firm or pension fund
  • excellent time management and organizational skills and attention to detail
  • excellent judgment, a high degree of professionalism, excellent interpersonal skills and a willingness to work collaboratively with client personnel and constructively with counterparty’s counsel
  • ability to work independently and as a part of a team to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines while working on several NDAs in a fast paced environment
  • ability to adapt to changing priorities and timelines
  • willingness to contribute to NDA process improvement initiatives
  • ability to work flexible hours when required to meet client demands. Some weekend work from home may be required.
  • member of good standing of a provincial bar and willing to be called to the Ontario bar
ABOUT TORYS 
Torys LLP is a highly respected international business law firm with offices in Toronto, New York, Calgary, Montréal and Halifax. We focus on maintaining long-term relationships with Canadian and international clients who demand the best advice and service from their outside counsel. We believe that our continuing success over many years has come from adherence to our core values of excellence, client service, collaboration, long-term thinking and utmost professionalism and integrity. Dedication to professional excellence and outstanding client service is Torys’ hallmark. Of equal importance is our commitment to maintaining a collegial working environment – one that brings together individuals with diverse backgrounds, personalities and styles in an atmosphere of friendship and team spirit. As a Torys employee, you will enjoy both an exciting, fast-paced work environment and a supportive, collegial and team-based culture. At Torys, we take pride in our ability to attract and retain individuals who excel in their respective fields. We do this by providing stimulating work and learning and development opportunities, as well as a competitive compensation and benefits package.
 
Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Torys Legal Services Centre is designed to enhance the value Torys provides to its clients by meeting more of their important legal needs. The LSC supports lawyers across Torys offices with fully integrated and specialized expertise in essential corporate services. Work conducted by the LSC is integrated seamlessly into our client relationships. The LSC’s legal and paralegal professionals represent a broad range of law firm and in-house experience.

HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should forward their resume in confidence to Kimberly Sheldrake-Head at ksheldrake@torys.com. We foster an inclusive and accessible environment and are committed to providing support to applicants and firm members with disabilities. If you require immediate accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please contact Kimberly Sheldrake-Head, Senior Manager, Professional Resources.
 

POSITION OVERVIEW

We are currently seeking a mid-level associate to join our Legal Services Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is a unique role as your work will be focused with one of our key clients. As a mid-level associate in this role, you will have key oversight of the closing process from beginning to end. You will work closely with your team to ensure a high level of efficiency, accuracy and expertise throughout the process.

The ideal candidate will have at least 5-7 years' experience working as a corporate associate at a large law firm. We are seeking someone who can adapt easily to new processes and technologies and who wants to engage in important work for a prestigious client in a flexible and collaborative setting. You must also be willing to learn and to develop your skills, and have a strong sense of initiative and personal accountability. You must have excellent judgment, attention to detail, organizational skills, and superior communication skills. The LSC team includes lawyers with a range of practice experience (from 4 years to 10+ years).

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

At least 5 years' experience as a corporate associate, including exposure to some or all of the following:

  • draft pricing supplements and notes (determine which precedent to use when preparing the pricing supplements, understand the various structures and spot inconsistencies/issues, signing off on documents, etlc.)
  • advise on incidental securities law matters (e.g. prospectus renewals, timelines, pre-clearance and filing requirements)

Providing support and training to the senior and junior paralegals
Exceptional attention to detail and excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to collaborate
Ability to work independently and as a part of a team and works well under pressure
Superior client service skills and a strong work ethic
Ability to deal easily with ambiguity and change, including changing priorities, timelines and processes
Ability to work in fast-paced enviornment and manage multiple hard deadlines
Excellent judgment and the ability to embrace new challenges and focus on continuing professional development
Member of good standing of a provincial bar and willing to be called to the Ontario bar

ABOUT TORYS

Torys LLP is a highly respected international business law firm with offices in Toronto, New York, Calgary, Montréal and Halifax. We focus on maintaining long-term relationships with Canadian and international clients who demand the best advice and service from their outside counsel. We believe that our continuing success over many years has come from adherence to our core values of excellence, client service, collaboration, long-term thinking and utmost professionalism and integrity. Dedication to professional excellence and outstanding client service is Torys' hallmark. Of equal importance is our commitment to maintaining a collegial working environment - one that brings together individuals with diverse backgrounds, personalities and styles in an atmostphere of friendship and team spirit. As a Torys employee, you will enjoy both an exciting, fast-paced work environment and a supportive, collegial and team-based culture. At Torys, we take pride in our ability to attract and retain individuals who excel in their respective fields. We do this by providing stimulating work and learning and development opportunities, as well as a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Torys Legal Services Centre (LSC) is designed to enhance the value we provide our clients by meeting more of their important legal needs. The LSC supports lawyers across Torys offices with fully integrated and specialized expertise in essential corporate services. Work conducted by the LSC is integrated seamlessly into our client relationships.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates should forward their resume in confidence to Kimberly Sheldrake-Head at ksheldrake@torys.com.

We foster an inclusive and accessible environment and are committed to providing support to applicants and firm members with disabilities. If you require immediate accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please contact Kimberly Sheldrake-Head, Senior Manager, Professional Resources.

 

The Newfoundland & Labrador Legal Aid Commission is proud to provide an innovative and collaborative legal aid system that responds to the needs of low income persons.  Our services promote access to justice through the provision of quality legal assistance for criminal, family and some administrative law matters.  Legal services are provided through a staff based delivery model via eleven full service offices, five project offices and duty counsel services province wide.

We are currently seeking a Staff Solicitor to fill a 1 year contractual position in our Secondary Conflict Office – St. John’s.

The successful applicant will have a mixed practice with a wide range of responsibilities including but not limited to: 
  • conducting hearings, trials and appeals in the St. John’s Office and in other judicial centers across the province 
  • providing legal opinions
  • addressing legal problems which are complex and unique and require initiative, creativity, research and self-direction
  • ensuring that legal services are provided in a timely, effective and efficient manner in order to provide the highest level of service to clients
  • providing duty counsel services to persons arrested by the police who are appearing in Provincial or Youth Court who would otherwise be unrepresented
  • taking carriage of complex files on short notice which may require travel to various locations, including overnight stays
The successful candidate will hold a Law Degree from a recognized school of law, be a member in good standing or, be able to become, a member in good standing with the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.  Five years at the bar is preferred - with experience in both criminal and family law practice.  Candidates must have strong verbal and written communication skills, excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, and the ability to handle difficult situations and problem solve as needed. Exceptional accuracy and attention to detail is a must, along with a strong work ethic and the ability to take initiative.  Additionally, you must possess a positive attitude, a passion for providing service and high standards of ethics, professionalism and confidentiality and a demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast paced and challenging legal environment.

The successful candidate will be required to provide a Certificate of Conduct with Vulnerable Sector Check prior to commencing employment.

Employees of the Newfoundland and Labrador Legal Aid Commission are covered under the Provincial Government Pension Plan and Health Plan.  An optional Dental Plan and Disability Plan are also available.  The salary for this position is based on the Solicitor I – IV Pay Scale ($48,110 - $129,017 annually).

Interested applicants should send resumes to humanresources@legalaid.nl.ca position will be posted until filled.

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

Blois, Nickerson & Bryson LLP is expanding and seeking to hire two (2) additional lawyers.   

Established in 1864, BNB 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 located in Lower Sackville, we are committed to delivering professional, effective and resolute representation and legal services to those we serve.

The positions represent a great opportunity within a dynamic, challenging and professional environment.   Preference will be given to entrepreneurial candidates who have an existing client base in the Halifax Regional Municipality and who are interested in joining an established and reputable firm.   

Qualified candidates who are interested in this opportunity should email, in strict confidence, a cover letter and curriculum vitae (PDF format) to: 

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

Email: ijoyce@bloisnickerson.com

Visit us online at: www.bloisnickerson.com

The Newfoundland & Labrador Legal Aid Commission is proud to provide an innovative and collaborative legal aid system that responds to the needs of low income persons. Our services promote access to justice through the provision of quality legal assistance for criminal, family and some administrative law matters. Legal services are provided through a staff based delivery model via eleven full service offices, five project offices and duty counsel services province wide.

We are currently seeking a Staff Solicitor (Permanent) to join the team in our Grand Falls-Windsor Office.

The successful applicant will have a mixed practice with a wide range of responsibilities including but not limited to: conducting hearings, trials and appeals in the Gander Office and in other judicial centers across the province, providing legal opinions and ensuring that legal services are provided in a timely, effective and efficient manner in order to provide the highest level of service to clients. 

The successful candidate will hold a Law Degree from a recognized school of law, be a member in good standing or, be able to become, a member in good standing with the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. Five years at the bar is preferred - with experience in both criminal and family law practice. Candidates must have strong verbal and written communication skills, excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, and the ability to handle difficult situations and problem solve as needed. Exceptional accuracy and attention to detail is a must, along with a strong work ethic and the ability to take initiative. Additionally, you must possess a positive attitude, a passion for providing service and high standards of ethics, professionalism and confidentiality and a demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast paced and challenging legal environment.

The successful candidate will be required to provide a Certificate of Conduct with Vulnerable Sector Check prior to commencing employment.

Employees of the Newfoundland and Labrador Legal Aid Commission are covered under the Provincial Government Pension Plan and Health Plan. An optional Dental Plan and Disability Plan are also available. The salary for this position is based on the Solicitor I – IV Pay Scale ($48,110 - $129,017 annually).

Interested applicants should send resumes to humanresources@legalaid.nl.ca, position will remain posted until filled.

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

Life is too short to stay at a job you don’t love.

Highlander Law Group is seeking a lawyer interested in growing a practice primarily focused on Corporate and/or Estate Planning. 

Our ideal candidate embodies ‘work hard, play hard’ and is looking for a firm that does more than pay lip service to ‘work/life balance’. Our firm has no arbitrarily imposed billable targets. We will work hard to help you build your practice at a pace you choose through internal referrals, and a comprehensive marketing program.  Ample admin support and modern support systems will also allow you the flexibility to work remotely if that’s more your style. 

To learn more about our firm visit highlanderlaw.ca or check us out on facebook or twitter.

Compensation is negotiable. We are open to cost sharing, fee splitting or for the right fit, an ownership stake.

Contact info@highlanderlaw.ca in confidence for more information.

The Atlantic Regional Office of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) is seeking private-sector lawyers or law firms with experience prosecuting or defending criminal matters to assume responsibility for the conduct of prosecutions and related proceedings arising from the enforcement of various federal statutes, and to assist the Atlantic Regional Office in the following locations:
  • Halifax County (to assist in occasional appearances in the court locations of Halifax and Dartmouth) (Ref NS 40)
  • Lunenburg, Queens and Shelburne Counties (court locations of Shelburne and Bridgewater) (Ref NS 41)
  • Cape Breton and Victoria County (court locations of Sydney and Eskasoni (Ref NS 42)
  • Yarmouth County (court locations of Yarmouth and Digby – excluding DFO files) (Ref NS 43)
Applications will be accepted from Sept 25, 2017 to Oct 27, 2017.
 
You are invited to visit the “Fixed Term Agreement Opportunities” section of the PPSC Agent Affairs website to obtain forms and further information with regards to this competition:
 
Please submit your completed application to:
 
Paula Taylor
Atlantic Regional Office
Public Prosecution Service of Canada
Suite 1400, Duke Tower
5251 Duke Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 1P3
Fax: 902 426 7274
 
For any questions, please contact Linda Sparks at 902 426 7023.
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Avis de possibilité d’entente à terme fixe à titre de mandataire du Directeur des poursuites pénales
 
Le Bureau régional de l’Atlantique du Service des poursuites pénales du Canada (SPPC) recherche des avocats ou des cabinets du secteur privé qui possèdent de l’expérience en poursuites ou en défense pénale, pour prendre en charge la conduite de poursuites et de procédures connexes découlant de l'application de diverses lois fédérales, et pour aider le Bureau régional de l’Atlantique dans les endroits suivant :
  • Comté de Halifax (pour aider de temps en temps aux tribunaux de Halifax et Dartmouth) (Réf. NS 40)
  • Comtés de Lunenburg, Queens et Shelburne (tribunaux de Shelburne et Bridgewater) (Réf. NS 41)
  • Comtés de Cape Breton et Victoria (tribunaux de Sydney et Eskasoni (Ref NS 42)
  • Comté de Yarmouth (tribunaux de Yarmouth et Digby – à l’exclusion des dossiers MPO) (Réf. NS 43)
Les demandes seront acceptées du 25 septembre 2017 au 27 octobre 2017.
Vous êtes invité à consulter la section des « Possibilités d’entente à terme fixe » au site  du Programme des mandataires du SPPC afin d’obtenir les formulaires ainsi que  plus amples informations relativement à ce concours: 
 
 
Prière de soumettre votre demande complétée à :
 
Paula Taylor
Bureau régional de l’Atlantique
Service des poursuites pénales du Canada
Pièce 1400, tour Duke
5251, rue Duke
Halifax, Nouvelle-Écosse
B3J 1P3
Téléc :  902 426 7274
 
Si vous avez des questions, veuillez contacter Linda Sparks – 902 426 7023.

 

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is seeking a temporary Solicitor for the Solicitor Services team, primarily providing legal services in corporate/commercial law and contract review for up to a one year term.

We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women in non-traditional positions, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal persons in the workplace. HRM encourages applicants to self-identify. HRM Legal Services provides quality, cost effective, timely and accessible legal services to meet the needs of HRM through its Council, various departments, boards, commissions, and employees.

This Solicitor would be a member of the Solicitor Services Team, reporting to a Team Lead and the Director, and would provide legal services to the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). The Solicitor is responsible for providing legal advice and assistance to HRM staff conducting daily business and long term planning for the HRM. The Solicitor will provide accessible, efficient and expert counsel in legal matters responsive to client department needs. The Solicitor will be a client focused and self-motivated individual who will work both independently and with a team of lawyers and support staff in the delivery of legal services to HRM client departments.

Qualifications, Education and Experience:
• Law Degree from a recognized university;
• 2-8 years relevant experience in the practice of law;
• Member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society or be qualified to be admitted;
• Experience in the following areas of practice: corporate, commercial, contracts;
• Experience in real property, administrative and municipal law would be considered an asset.

Competencies: Customer Service, Communication, Organizational Awareness, Risk Management, Decision Making, Values and Ethics, Valuing Diversity

Job Status: This is a temporary, up to 12 months position, 35 Hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm. The work location is 5251 Duke Street – 3rd floor (Duke Tower). It is a non-union position with a salary range of $60,000 – 88,500, commensurate with education and experience.

CLOSING DATE: Applications will be accepted up to Midnight on September 24, 2017.

During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request an accommodation. Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process. Qualified HRM retirees may also be considered for competitions. In these circumstances, a form of employment may be offered, including term and/or contract employment.

For a more detailed description and to apply for this position please go to our website: http://www.halifax.ca/employment/index.php.

Patterson Law is an established Nova Scotia law firm with offices in Truro, New Glasgow and Halifax and with clients whose interests range from global to purely local. Our 115 lawyers and staff are dedicated to meeting our clients’ diverse legal needs.

Patterson Law is seeking an energetic, team-oriented, and highly motivated lawyer to join our Litigation team in the Halifax office. The successful candidate will have been called to the Bar for two to four years, and must have strong litigation experience, with excellent technical, problem-solving, negotiation and drafting skills, strong advocacy skills, and proven client management experience.

We want to attract people who are committed to meeting the needs of our clients, are committed to the practice of law and committed to working at a firm that has the highest standards of practice. Our associates work in a challenging and rewarding work environment that is motivating and supportive of their long term goals. Associates are provided with solid mentoring and support for their professional growth and success at our firm.

Candidates must be a member in good standing of a provincial bar and eligible for membership in the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society.

Interested candidates should apply in confidence to Susan Shute at careers@pattersonlaw.ca.

Please note that only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All Applicants must apply online at www.flyjazz.ca/careers in order to be considered for this position.

Description:

  • Reporting to the Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, this position will provide legal support on commercial, corporate and regulatory issues as well as to other areas of the business.
  • Perform duties in accordance with established policies and procedures while giving primary consideration to personal safety, and the safety of co-workers and customers
  • Other related duties as assigned.

 Qualifications:

  • A candidate must be a practicing member of, or eligible for admission to, the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society or another law society in Canada.
  • At least 2 - 4 years of corporate and commercial law experience in either private practice or as corporate counsel.
  • Aviation or transportation sector experience preferred.
  • The successful candidate will work best in a collaborative, fast paced environment.
  • Proficiency in French would be an asset.
  • Experience with securities regulations and labor law would be an asset.

Legacy Law is a busy vibrant law practice with a new name and ownership in a well-established office in Bedford, Nova Scotia. We pride ourselves in providing professional, timely service to our clients in an open and congenial atmosphere.  

Our practice is growing and we have an immediate opening for a Family Law practitioner. Preference will be given to someone with experience in all aspects of Family Law including litigation. While we have many client files to impart to the successful candidate, we welcome lawyers with an established practice of their own.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society;
  • Experienced counsel preferred however we are open to receiving all serious inquiries;
  • Ability to work independently and at times collaboratively in a busy environment;
  • Strong work ethic and desire to build a practice in the Bedford area. 

Our offices are well appointed and centrally located with good visibility and are wheelchair accessible with ample free parking. If you are interested in discussing this exciting opportunity please submit your résumé in confidence to laurie@nslegacylaw.com

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

Following our recently announced merger with Walker Law, we are seeking an Associate Lawyer to work alongside Cathy Walker at the established Quinn Street office in Halifax.

  • The successful candidate will work primarily on transactional real estate law, including but not limited to residential real estate, as well as Wills & Estates matters.
  • The Associate will proactively manage a high quantity of files both independently and under Cathy’s mentorship.
  • Our ideal Associate will come with an established practice and have an eagerness to continually grow and develop that practice. 

Qualifications:

  • Must be a member in good standing of a provincial bar and eligible for membership in the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society.
  • 1-5 years’ minimum post-call experience in the areas of Residential Property and Wills & Estates
  • Must have a desire and proven ability to market and develop a practice
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong client relationships and attract new clients
  • Strong communication skills, demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong work ethic with a professional and positive interest in their work

Our Associates work in a challenging and rewarding work environment that is motivating and supportive of their long-term goals. Associates are provided with solid mentoring and support for their professional growth and success at our firm.

If you are interested and meet the requirements of this position, please apply with resume and cover letter to careers@pattersonlaw.ca.

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

One of our clients (Acces Credit) is seeking in-house Legal Counsel to represent their company. The successful candidate must be a practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society. Candidate should have experience in representing clients before the courts. Competency to conduct legal proceedings in both the English and French is an asset. Other duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Make payments and agreements with clients
  • Write up formal notices, actions in small claims court, payment agreements, letters and seizure procedures. 
  • Fill the proof of claim when clients go bankrupt 
  • Be available to travel to represent the company. 

Qualifications:

  • are members of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • are self-sufficient and resourceful 
  • bilingual is preferred

Advantages: 

  • Bar fees paid
  • Mandatory permanent training fees paid
  • 3 weeks’ vacation

This is a great opportunity for a more junior lawyer that is looking for professional growth and development. Company specializes in third chance lease and finance motor vehicle loans. They are using our agency to find this person because they are new to Halifax and work with us in other locations in Canada.

To apply please email: robyn.black@randstad.ca 

Patterson Law is an established Nova Scotia law firm with offices in Truro, New Glasgow and Halifax and with clients whose interests range from global to purely local.  Our more than 130 lawyers and staff are dedicated to meeting our clients’ diverse legal needs.  We endeavour to maintain the highest standard of service to our clients.  This can only be accomplished by employing qualified, educated and motivated staff. 

We have an immediate opening for an experienced Legal Assistant at our Truro location, 10 Church Street.

The Legal Assistant will provide legal & administrative support to the lawyers in the Truro Litigation Group primarily in the area of family law.

Standard work hours are 34.5 per week.  Some flexibility and occasional overtime will be required.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Support – Provide legal and administrative support to designated lawyers (2)
  • General Accountabilities - Personal liaison with client when appropriate; Liaising with external lawyers and others when appropriate; Booking court dates, discoveries, and communicate with courts/registries; Scheduling and arranging meetings, conferences, seminars, lunches, dinners, travel, etc. when required; Coordination and editing of lawyers’ draft statements; Maintenance and submission of time as appropriate; Dealing with lawyers’ unapplied time reports; Attend to coordination and preparation of bulk mailings to clients and reporting documentation, when directed by the lawyers; Assist lawyers with non-firm activities (e.g. political, community, charitable, etc.)
  • Mail - Open and date stamp mail, and route to the appropriate lawyers; Preparation of signed letters for mailing and ensuring all enclosures are included
  • Transcription - All word processing requirements
  • Records Management - Filing, custody, organization of files and ongoing maintenance of files in accordance with group procedures and manuals; Closing of files, culling, shredding, preparation for filming/scanning; General housekeeping with regard to personal workstation and common areas within the office
  • Telephone Communications - Messages; Arranging appointments, conference calls; Client inquiries; Client liaison re ensuring calls are returned; Advising Reception of whereabouts
  • Correspondence - Preparation of standard form letters; composing draft letters of a routine and more complex nature
  • Documentation - Preparation of standard precedent documents; Organize, assemble, and draft motion documents, notices of action, affidavits, trial and appeal books;  Familiarity with the Firm’s precedent indices; Drafting documents of a routine and more complex nature
  • Other – Additional duties as assigned based on the Firm’s requirements

Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of Paralegal diploma or equivalent
  • At least 3 years of experience as a Legal Assistant
  • Knowledge & experience in the area of Litigation especially family law is required
  • Highly detailed-oriented and impeccably organized
  • Ability to effectively prioritize, track, and follow-up on outstanding items with all parties involved including the lawyers, colleagues, and clients
  • Accurately follows instructions and asks questions to clarify requirements & ensure work is done properly
  • Strong judgment with comfort to act independently and anticipate lawyers’ needs
  • Excellent proofreading, spelling, and grammar skills
  • Strong keyboarding and transcription skills and an affinity to learn new technology
  • Energetic, flexible, and willing to pitch in wherever necessary
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 

If you are interested and meet the requirements of this position, please apply with resume and cover letter to careers@pattersonlaw.ca by Friday, October 6, 2017.

We are pleased to offer our staff a competitive salary, group insurance coverage, and pension plan membership after a year.Patterson Law hires on the basis of merit.  We are committed to employment equity and welcome diversity.  Applications are encouraged from all interested and qualified individuals.

Internal and external candidates may be considered simultaneously for this posting.

I am a recent graduate of the Schulich School of Law, currently seeking articles for the 2017-2018 articling term.

I am eager to learn, ready to work hard, and committed to doing whatever is required to provide your clients with the best possible legal representation. I have excellent verbal and written communication skills, a tireless work ethic, and exceptional interpersonal skills.

I have experience in family, criminal, human rights, and poverty law matters and am highly interested in all of these fields. However, I am always up for a challenge, and would be more than happy to develop my experience in other areas.  

If you have been considering taking on an articling student, please contact me at as796945@dal.ca

I am a recent law graduate currently seeking an articling student position within Atlantic Canada for the 2017-2018 articling term.

I am driven, details-oriented and willing to work until the job is done and done right.

I have practical experience in family, administrative and mental health law litigation. I am tech savvy, with excellent written and verbal communication skills, solid academic credentials, a strong work ethic, and excellent organization and interpersonal skills.

The ideal placement will be in a small-to-medium size firm or sole practice that emphasizes long-term client relationships and superior customer service. Alternative arrangements such as shared articles are also welcome. 

If you could benefit from an experienced, committed articling student, please contact me at jd473161@dal.ca

Volunteer and Pro Bono
Grow your career. Serve your community.
Serving on an agency, board, or commission can help you grow personally and professionally while making a real impact in your community. Nova Scotians from all parts of the province are needed to serve on the province's 155 agencies, boards and commissions.
 
We have just launched a new online ABC applications system. The new system will allow you to more easily:
  • search current opportunities;
  • submit applications and reapplications for ABC appointments;
  • monitor the status of current applications and appointments;
  • review your appointments history; and
  • update your personal contact information and resume.
Please visit our webpage at www.novascotia.ca/abc or follow this link to get started now: https://novascotia.ca/apps/abc/ABCs-Online/Login.aspx.

The deadline for applications to serve on adjudicative ABCs is Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  Applications for non-adjudicative ABCs are accepted at any time but consideration of them may begin as early as Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

To learn more visit www.novascotia.ca/abc or call 902-424-4877 or toll free: 1-866-206-6844 or e-mail executive.council@novascotia.ca

The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy. We welcome applications from Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible people, persons with disabilities, and women. Members of such groups are encouraged to self-identify.
 

The Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary is looking for volunteers to help with the upcoming fall session of the Free Legal Clinic in Halifax. 

The clinic relies on volunteer lawyers and law students to provide support and free legal advice to people in the Halifax area who are representing themselves in court. Private one-hour sessions are available, by appointment, at the Law Courts on Upper Water Street.

Only people with certain types of cases in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court or the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal are eligible for this free service. For more information on who is eligible, visit the Courts of Nova Scotia website.

The Free Legal Clinic is open most Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed for the following dates:

  • November 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

An initiative of Nova Scotia’s Access to Justice Coordinating Committee, the Free Legal Clinic in Halifax began as a five-week pilot project and is now in its third year of operation. The clinic has provided hundreds of hours of assistance to self-represented litigants, and prompted the courthouse in Sydney to open its own clinic in March.

These clinics provide a valuable service to litigants who may not otherwise have access to a lawyer, and are a rewarding experience for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Meaghan Gillis in the Executive Office at 902-424-3690 or by email at Meaghan.Gillis@courts.ns.ca.

ElderDog Canada is a federally incorporated, national charity dedicated to ageing people, ageing dogs, and the important relationship they enjoy. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Nova Scotia, ElderDog continues to grow across the country and now has a roster of 600 volunteers carrying out ElderDog’s work in six provinces. This work includes: assisting and supporting older adults in the care and well-being of their canine companions so that they can stay together as long as possible; providing new homes for older dogs who have lost a senior human companion due to illness, death, or relocation ; and educating about and supporting research on the role of companion animals in the health and well-being of seniors. 

Position Description
The Secretary is an Officer of ElderDog Canada and will work alongside other ElderDog officers and directors.

Duties include: communication of notice of meetings to members; distribution of meeting materials; attendance at all general, special, and executive meetings; management of important records such as meeting minutes and the organization’s bylaws; recording of all votes and minutes of all proceedings; knowledge of the organization’s records and related materials; providing advice and resources to the board on topics such as governance issues, amendments to by-laws, and the like; keeping organization’s records and ensuring all documents are safely stored and readily accessible; ensuring that ElderDog meets any legal requirements such as annual filing deadlines.

Experience working on Boards of charitable organizations an asset. For more information or to express interest in this very rewarding and important volunteer opportunity, contact info@elderdog.ca or 1-855-336-4226.

Upcoming Events
Event Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:30

Supporting Trans and Gender-Variant Clients and Colleagues

Speaker:

  • Gabriel Enxuga, the Youth Project

Register

Event Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 17:00

​Dalhousie University's Schulich School of Law Dean Camille Cameron is moderating this free public discussion panel on the legalization of marijuana in Canada. The panelists' presentations will be followed by a Q&A.

The panelists are:

• The Honourable Anne McLellan, Dalhousie University Chancellor and former deputy prime minister of Canada
• The Honourable Darrell Dexter, former Nova Scotia premier
• Professor Archie Kaiser, Schulich School of Law
• Professor Sylvain Charlebois, Faculties of Management and Agriculture, Dalhousie University
• Professor Eileen Denovan-Wright, Department of Pharmacology, Dalhousie University

dal.ca/law

Event Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

The Decision in Google Inc. v‎ Equustek Solutions Inc., et al.
Protection of Intellectual Property Online and  Injunctions with Extraterritorial Effect

Speakers: 

  • David Fraser, McInnis Cooper, and Keith Lehwald, Burchells LLP‎ 

Register

Event Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017 (All day)

Grounding in Trauma Informed Practice – An introduction to the core concepts in trauma informed practice, this training will provide justice officials, and other interested government and community-based stakeholders, with knowledge that can be applied in their field. This training will provide a basis from which to build on in future training sessions.

Event Date: Friday, October 6, 2017 - 08:00

The Schulich School of Law and The Cape Breton Barristers' Society
invite you to join them for
Breakfast with The Honourable Thomas Cromwell

October 6, 2017
Membertou Trade & Convention Centre

Reception & Breakfast: 8:00AM
Talk (with Q&A): 8:30AM

While there is no fee associated with this event, an RSVP is required.

RSVP by September 29th to lawalum@dal.ca or by phone at 902-494-5100.

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: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Where There’s No Will, There’s Still a Way: Lost and Missing Wills

Speaker: Tanya L. Butler, Cox & Palmer

Register

Event Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 01:00

Too busy to attend a full day evidence seminar? Get up to date in 90 minutes with this highly practical webinar featuring leading litigator and author of the Ontario Litigator’s Guide to Evidence, James Morton. Mr. Morton will sort through recent case law, including Supreme Court of Canada decisions, to bring you incisive and relevant commentary on the latest, most important evidentiary developments affecting civil practitioners. Topics for discussion include:

  • When is an expert not qualified or independent?
  • What disqualifies a judge from hearing a specific case?
  • What is circumstantial evidence and can a civil determination be based on circumstantial evidence alone?
  • Can demeanour be determinative of credibility?
  • How is privilege lost? What are some nontraditional privileges?
  • Does the hearsay rule apply anymore in civil cases?
  • Can the judge Google facts?
  • What are the prerequisites for proof of electronic documents?

Having a current understanding of evidentiary issues is critical for all civil litigators. Don’t miss this condensed presentation containing the latest information you need to represent your clients effectively.

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

Decolonizing Feminism: From Reproductive Abuse to Reproductive Justice
Karen Stote
Women and Gender Studies, Wilfred Laurier University

(Cosponsored with the Dalhousie Chancellor's Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy)

A light lunch will be set out by noon in Rm 312.
No registration or fee required.

This series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute and a full schedule of speakers can be found at www.dal.ca/hli/seminar-series.

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

Effective Report Writing and Interviewing can make or break a case involving sexual assault – Law enforcement officials, and other interested government and community-based stakeholders, will review latest understandings and research on how to interview and record victim/survivor statements in a way that respects the trauma response experienced by victims/survivors of sexualized violence and offers the best chance of successful justice outcomes.

Event Date: Friday, October 13, 2017 - 19:00 to 23:30

On Friday, October 13, 2017, local amateur musicians will take up their instruments to battle for the title of "Halifax's Best" at Rock for Dimes Halifax, a battle of the bands fundraiser. This is the 12th year for the fundraiser. Over $303,000 has been raised to date in Halifax at this annual event and our goal for 2017 is to raise over $30,000.

This year's costume-musical theme for the "two stages" event will be Canada Rocks to celebrate Canada's 150th; we encourage you to dress in RED & WHITE and join us. Watch your legal colleagues and corporate clients pay tribute to their favorite Canadian music artists or bands.

This years amateur musicians who will showcase their talents to music industry professionals will be:

  • Blue M'Ocean (BMO Financial),
  • Clusterfunk (Presse Mason),
  • The Showcase Showdowns (Cox & Palmer - 2016 Winner Best Band),
  • Terminal Road (NS Dept. of Justice),
  • Red C (McInnes Cooper - 2016 Top Fundraiser),
  • Verdant Places (Brian Awad & Friends) and 
  • Project 501 (Stewart McKelvey).

Rock for Dimes Halifax benefits March of Dimes Canada's Conductive Education Programs in Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Aphasia Camps.

Sponsors include:

  • Airgo
  • Agency59
  • Long & McQuade
  • Stewart McKelvey
  • McInnes Cooper, Wagners
  • Presse Mason
  • Cox & Palmer
  • Cunard Centre
  • Emera
  • BMO Financial
  • Scotiabank and
  • media sponsors Global News, Q104 and The Coast.

Special guest appearance and Meet & Greet with Unstoppable Tracy, Author, Leader, Humanitarian, Advocate, Decorated Athlete and International Speaker. www.unstoppabletracy.com

Doors will open at 7:00 pm on Friday the 13th of October, Cunard Centre, Halifax. The event is open to the public.  

Tickets are $30 per person. Order tickets at www.rockfordimes.ca/halifax, call 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7380, contact any band members or call Lynn Wagner at McInnes Cooper 902-455-8279.

March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization providing support services to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada.

Event Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

How to…Conduct a Client Interview

Speakers: Sean MacDonald, Breton Law; Candee McCarthy, Candee McCarthy Law; Margaret (Peg) MacInnis, Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary

This meeting will also include updates on volunteer opportunities at the pro bono legal clinics in Halifax and Sydney.

  • HALIFAX IN-PERSON LOCATION: Stewart McKelvey
  • SYDNEY IN-PERSON LOCATION: Sydney Justice Centre

Register

Event Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 16:00

JOINT SEMINAR: MAP & MELAW

What explains the implementation of the policy in the Norwegian Barents Sea Management Plan?

Ecosystem based management is an ambitious concept that has been notoriously difficult to implement. It should be time to investigate systematically under which conditions successful implementation is possible. Implementation theory offers a platform for this. Gunnar Sander will present an analysis of what explains the results when the policy in the Norwegian Barents Sea Management Plan was put into practice. He will also present ideas for how studies of a Canadian case (the ESSIM process) can be another building block in developing conditional theories for implementation of EBM.  

About Gunnar Sander

Gunnar Sander has a multidisciplinary background with master degrees in planning and the law of the sea. He has worked with integrated planning of land use, transport and the environment for 15 years prior to starting at the Norwegian Polar Institute in 1997 where he was involved in integrated marine planning. He now is a PhD candidate at the Norwegian College for Fisheries Science at the University of Tromsø in Norway, and is visiting Dalhousie University fall 2017.

Event Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 12:30 to 13:30

The Dalhousie Law Hour Society provides a one hour lecture each week geared at engaging our student body and the surrounding community with presentations from prominent legal, academic, and political minds of the day. This forum provides an excellent opportunity to connect the legal issues and ideas learned in law school with how the law actually works in everyday life. Law Hour has been an institution at Dalhousie since the 1960's and has had tremendous support from students, faculty, and members of the community. 

On October 19, 2017, our featured speaker will be Ms. Marie Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Throughout her career, Ms. Landry has worked towards the betterment of lives and helping the vulnerable. She was the President of Centre de santé et de services sociaux La Pommeraie as well as the local Chamber of Commerce. Her leadership and initiative has been greatly recognized including by being honoured the “Voix de l’Excellence” award, as well as the Leadership award from the Association québécoise d’établissements de santé et de services sociaux.

More information

Event Date: Friday, October 20, 2017 (All day)

Cultural Safety – Justice officials, and other interested government and community-based stakeholders, will develop a greater understanding and awareness of the experience of trauma resulting from a history of oppression and violence against an individual’s culture. Service providers will learn how to respond to victims/survivors of sexualized violence in a culturally appropriate way, enhancing safety and empowerment of the individuals they serve. 

Event Date: Monday, October 23, 2017 - 10:00 to 16:45

On October 23rd, RELANS is presenting our Annual Real Estate Law Conference.

RELANS 2017 CONFERENCE AGENDA

10:00-10:30 Registration & Refreshments sponsored by STEWART TITLE

10:30-11:30 REAL ESTATE SHORT SNAPPERS

  • Getting Rid of Small Trust Account Balances
  • Change in Use Tax - What Valuation: Market, Assessment or Purchase Price?
  • Gap Issues - How Sub-Searches Can Save Your Bacon

11:30-11:50 Coffee Break & Exhibit Visits

11:50-12:35 CHANGES TO THE BUILDER'S LIEN ACT

  • Timing of Release
  • What to Consider and When to Propse Vacating Liens of Funds Paid Into Court
  • Changes to the Builder's Lien Act

12:35-1:45 Conference Luncheon sponsored by DO PROCESS

1:45-2:45 QUIETING OF TITLES & LAND CLARIFICATION

  • Quieting Procedure - How, When and Alternatives
  • Land Clarification Act - North Preston and Beyond

2:45-3:30 HST ON LAND TRANSACTION

  • Various Types of Transactions with Fact Patterns for Attendee Participation. Mixed Use, Vacant Land, Mixed Commercial Residential, on a Subdivided Lot

3:30-3:50 Refreshment Break & Exhibit Visits

3:50-4:45 THE SURVEY: INS, OUT AND ALL AROUND THE PROPERTY LINE

4:45-7:00 DO PROCESS Cocktail Reception, Lobby Restaurant, Delta Halifax

We have a great faculty lined up:

Mhairi McInnis, NSBS; Ian MacLean, Q.C., MacLean & MacDonald; Matthew Moir, Weldon McInnis; John Kulik, Q.C., McInnes Cooper; John Keith, Q.C., Cox & Palmer; Melinda Fleming, Grant Thornton; and surveyors, H. James McIntosh and Kevin Robb of SDMM.

We also have some great exhibitors:

  • Chicago Title
  • FCT
  • Stewart Title
  • & Do Process

Our conference Chair is lola doucet.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

Registration @ https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RELANS2017

Registratnts will receive an invoice via our online payment system by email to the email address provided in this registration system.

You can either pay the invoice by Paypal or credit card; or you can print it and send a cheque in to the RELANS office by mail. Those are the two payment options. When payment is received, your registration will be considered complete.

All those who register in advance will need to make payment by the end of day on October 13th. Those not paid will be removed from the Registered List and we will offer places to those on the Waiting List.

Registration will close on October 18th.

LAWYER REGISTRATION

$275.00 + HST = $316.25 for RELANS Members
$325.00 + HST = $373.75 for non-Member Lawyers*

REGISTRATION FEE FOR LEGAL ASSISTANTS:

$175.00 + HST = $201.25 for Legal Assistants

*Any non-Member registrant joining RELANS for 2018 will be offered the RELANS Memer registration rate for this conference.

OUR LAST SIX CONFERENCE SOLD-OUT. PEOPLE WERE TURNED AWAY. PLEASE REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO AS TO AVOID MISSING THIS PROGRAM.

Location
DELTA HALIFAX

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations must be received in the office by Friday, October 13th, 2017

Registration closes on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017.

Event Date: Monday, October 23, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Duty to Consult Following the Clyde River and Chippewas Decisions

Speaker: Diane Rowe, Senior Solicitor, Nova Scotia Department of Justice,

This talk will consider the implications for the Crown’s duty to consult with Indigenous peoples, flowing from two decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada released in July, 2017, concerning the National Energy Board.  

Register

Event Date: Monday, October 23, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Practice Before the Utility and Review Board

Speaker: Nancy Rubin, QC, Stewart McKelvey

Event Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (All day)

Back by popular demand at the Prince George Hotel in Halifax, this conference for women advocates is aimed at maximizing your power as a confident litigator.

Hear directly from judges and accomplished lawyers from diverse practice backgrounds about finding your own style and celebrating your success as an advocate.This conference for women advocates is aimed at maximizing your power as a confident litigator. Hear directly from judges and accomplished lawyers from diverse practice backgrounds about finding your own style and celebrating your success as an advocate.

Event Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Nova Scotia Office of Immigration – Program Update

Speakers: Shelly Bent & Kim Jardine, Nova Scotia Office of Immigration

Event Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 12:30 to 13:30

The Dalhousie Law Hour Society provides a one hour lecture each week geared at engaging our student body and the surrounding community with presentations from prominent legal, academic, and political minds of the day. This forum provides an excellent opportunity to connect the legal issues and ideas learned in law school with how the law actually works in everyday life. Law Hour has been an institution at Dalhousie since the 1960's and has had tremendous support from students, faculty, and members of the community. 

On October 26, 2017, our featured speaker will be Ms. Christine Hanson. Ms. Hanson is the Director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. She has earned degrees in law, public administration, and international relations from Dalhousie University, and was awarded the “Building a Better World” alumni award in 2014 from Dalhousie. Ms. Hanson is an international lawyer and diplomat who has worked with Global Affairs and served as the Minister-Counsellor, Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. 

More information

Event Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 17:00 to Friday, October 27, 2017 - 17:00

OCTOBER 26, 7:00 - 9:00 PM — FORMAL AGM

Keynote speaker: The Honourable Justice Deborah Gass

OCTOBER 27, 12:00 - 5:00 PM — WORKSHOP DAY

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch provided

12:30 – 02:15 Habeas corpus with Justice Van den Eynden

02:15 – 02:30 Break

02:30 – 03:30 Grievances / Discipline / Institutional Charges

03:30 – 04:30 Parole

RSVP to jessica.rose@dal.ca

The ECPJS workshop is supported by the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie Legal Aid Service and the Law, Justice, Society Program at Dalhousie University.

For updates, follow the East Coast Prison Justice Society event page on Facebook. 

Event Date: Friday, October 27, 2017 - 09:00 to 17:00

What would a different conversation about the relationship between race, place, space, the environment, and health in Indigenous and Black communities look like?

How can we best acknowledge the links between environmental racism, environmental justice, climate change, climate justice, a justice-based transition to a fossil-free economy, community-based aspects of renewable energy, the built envirionment, gentrification, and planning policies?

What are the possible health advocacy responses to existing or proposed industrial projects and other environmental hazards in Indigenous and Black communities?

This free two-part public and academic symposium will bring together American, Canadian, and Nova Scotian experts to engage in a solution-based, cross-cultural conversation about some of the most salient issues of our times.

The symposium will kick off with a lecture by the "father of environmental justice" Dr. Robert Bullard (Texas Southern University) on Thursday, October 26 from 7 pm - 8:30 pm at Dalhousie's McCain Building.

The symposium will continue the following day on Friday, October 27 from 9 am - 5 pm in the Paul O'Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library. Dr. George Lipsitz (Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara and author of "The Possessive Investment in Whiteness) will deliver the keynote.

The event will be organized around three panels that will bring together community activists, professors, policy makers, and students to discuss how issues related to race, place, space, and the environment can be addressed. The three panels are: 1) Community Activism Panel: 2) Research Panel; and 3) Policy Panel.

Free lunch and refreshments will be provided on Friday.

The event is organized by The ENRICH Project and the Healthy Populations Institute, Dalhousie University

The event will be hosted by Charla Williahms

Performances by: Abena Amoako-Tuffour, Umoja Cultural Diversity Drummers, All Nations Drummers

Event Date: Monday, October 30, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Top Equality Rights Cases - Year in Review

Speaker: Balraj Dosanjh, Pink Larkin

Event Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00

Key Legal Issues for Online Businesses

Speakers: Ben Westelman, eBay Classifieds Group Canada and Tariq Remtulla, eBay Inc.

Event Date: Friday, November 3, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:30

Panacea to Panopticon: Prescription Drug Monitoring in the Opioid Crises
Leo Beletsky
School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University

A light lunch will be set out by noon in Rm 312.
No registration or fee required.

This series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute and a full schedule of speakers can be found at www.dal.ca/hli/seminar-series.

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

2017 PITBLADO LECTURES
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 – www.pitbladolectures.com/program

Jointly presented by:

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

Co-Chairs:

  • 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

www.pitbladolectures.com

Event Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, December 6, 2017 (All day)

Location: Online

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 the first two weeks to review the materials and the final week to complete the assessment.

Lawyers participating in this program MUST have a working knowledge of property law. The review materials provided are not meant to teach the principles of property law but to assist you in reviewing for the assessment.

Register

Event Date: Friday, November 17, 2017 (All day)

Working with Individuals with Disabilities and Other Vulnerable Populations – Justice professionals, and other interested government and community-based stakeholders, will learn effective ways of working with victims/survivors with disabilities that pose a challenge to communication and understanding. Service providers will be better equipped to collaborate with the victim/survivor and, consequently, both parties will feel more empowered moving forward. 

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
$275+HST

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 agreencorn@lians.ca)

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 lians.ca for additional conference details.

Event Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 08:00 to Friday, December 1, 2017 - 16:30

Save The Dates!
November 30 & December 1, 2017
CBA-Nova Scotia’s Annual Two-Day Conference

Our Annual Two-Day Conference (previously identified as the Mid-Winter) will take place Thursday, November 30th and Friday, December 1st, 2017.  

This conference will have several new additions:

  • a new venue at the recently renovated Lord Nelson Hotel, located on the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street;
  • a fourth concurrent stream, dedicated to young lawyers;
  • an option of earn up to 12 hours of CPD;
  • a new deeply discounted Young Lawyer registration rate.

Coming soon – Holiday shopping draws, prizes and discounted hotel room rates.

Register

Event Date: Friday, December 1, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:30

The Use of Research in Veterans' Health Policy-Making
Alice Aiken
Vice-President Research, Dalhousie University

A light lunch will be set out by noon in Rm 312.
No registration or fee required.

​This series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute and a full schedule of speakers can be found at www.dal.ca/hli/seminar-series.

Event Date: Friday, December 8, 2017 (All day)

Advanced Topics in Trauma Informed Practice  – Justice professionals, and other interested government and community-based stakeholders, will be provided with a deeper look into the logic and rationale of using a trauma informed approach when responding to victims/survivors of sexualized violence. Multiple case studies compounded from real-life practice will form the basis of the discussions and exercises.

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