April 26, 2018 InForum Issue

Society news

The Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children Restorative Inquiry (Inquiry) is seeking lawyers who would be interested in participating in a dialogue circle in Halifax on May 14. The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is supporting the Inquiry process by facilitating this meeting with members of the Bar.

NSHCC Restorative Inquiry: Lawyers’ Dialogue Circle
Monday, May 14, 2018 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm
NSBS Offices (Classroom)
Cogswell Tower, 8th Floor
2000 Barrington St., Halifax
Refreshments provided

Please note that seating is limited; the Inquiry is reaching out in particular to lawyers who have experience and knowledge in areas central to the issues it is mandated to explore.

The Government of Nova Scotia has committed its full support to the Inquiry’s work looking into the history and legacy of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children (Home) and the abuse that occurred within that institution. While the Inquiry has the full powers, privileges and immunities of a public inquiry, it is seeking to use collaborative processes to foster shared understanding and collective action to address the issues related to the history and the impacts of the Home.

The Inquiry has, therefore, been hosting a series of dialogue circles with various groups, organizations and institutions to share information and discuss issues relating to the Home. In particular, the Inquiry is seeking to engage with lawyers on the issue of responses to institutional abuse, with a particular focus on the Home and what might be learned from this case for the future.

For detailed information on the work of the Inquiry, please visit To find out more about how a dialogue circle works, see the Inquiry’s process overview backgrounder. It is hoped, as a member of the legal community, you can comment on whether there are identified themes, lessons or suggested actions that could assist the Inquiry in its work.

If you are interested in taking part on May 14, please confirm your attendance by contacting Emma Pink at or (902) 422-1491. Thank you in advance for your participation.

The next meeting of the Court of Appeal Liaison Committee will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

The Committee is comprised of members of the Court of Appeal and a range of private and public sector appellate counsel, working 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 Bar 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

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

N.S. law firm registration process opens up channels of communication
The Lawyer's Daily | April 4, 2018 | By Carolyn Gruske

The Unrealized Potential of Courthouse Libraries | April 18, 2018 | Louis Mirando

Lawyer convicted of fraud in Knowledge House case shuts down practice
Blois Colpitts agreed to shut down his practice at RBC Law Inc.

CBC News | Apr 9, 2018 | By Jack Julian (subscription only)

  • New Lawyers Called To The Bar (April 23)
  • Former Bar Prez Jill Perry goes national (April 4)

For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Friday, March 23, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website:

The next meeting of Council is scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Society’s offices at 9:00 am.


The Criminal Law Standards Committee is seeking input from the membership on the introduction of the following new Standard:

Please submit comments and suggestions pertaining to this Standard to by May 2nd, 2018.


The Ethics and Unauthorized Practice Committee (Committee) of the Law Society of Nunavut (LSN) serves to report and make recommendations regarding any complaint of unauthorized practice submitted to the Committee, as mandated under s.32(1)(c) of the Rules of the Law Society of Nunavut. We would like to request your assistance in drawing your members’ attention to the issue of unauthorized practice of law in Nunavut.

Requirements for practising law in Nunavut

The Society is not a signatory party to the National Mobility Agreement (NMA) rather it abides by the Territorial Mobility Agreement (TMA). This means that in order to be entitled to practise law in Nunavut, a lawyer must either:

  1. become a member of the LSN; or
  2. apply for a Restricted Appearance Certificate (RAC), which allows a lawyer to actively practise law in Nunavut on up to three legal matters for one year. 

Unauthorized practice of law in Nunavut

In the past years, we have received reports of a number of lawyers engaging in unauthorized practice in Nunavut. In some of these instances, the lawyers claimed they were unaware that the LSN was not subject to the NMA, and had assumed that they would be able to practise law in Nunavut for a limited period without getting licensed. There are serious concerns when members of the public entrust legal matters to unlicensed persons. It is important that anyone who wishes to provide legal services in Nunavut follow the proper procedures of either becoming a member of the LSN or applying for a RAC.

We need your help

We ask your assistance in drawing your members’ attention to this matter by reminding your members that practising law in Nunavut requires a membership in the Law Society of Nunavut or a Restricted Appearance Certificate.

Thank you for your anticipated assistance. If you or your members have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Society by email at or by phone at (867) 979-2330.


Shelley Miller, Chair
Ethics and Unauthorized Practice Committee
The Law Society of Nunavut


Professional Responsibility

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society hereby gives notice as follows:

In consultation with the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, R. Blois Colpitts has advised that he has voluntarily withdrawn from the practice of law effective April 9, 2018 on an interim basis, until further notice. Mr. Colpitts’ practice at RBC Law Inc. has been assumed by Warren Chornoby of RBC Law Inc. and clients may continue to contact Mr. Chornoby relating to their matters.


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

The Society welcomes the following lawyers, called to the Nova Scotia Bar on April 20:

  • Esther Adebola Akinkugbe
  • David Alexander Burton
  • Maria Margaret Conroy
  • Ogemdi Chijioke Egereonu
  • Danielle Renee Fostey
  • Andrew Leonard John
  • Madhav Nath Kaushal
  • Lyse Claire Markert
  • Amy Catherine Smeltzer

The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category:

  • Ella Wendell Dodson
  • Heather J. Goodfellow
  • Shauna Claire Elizabeth Hall-Coates
  • Reginald Mark Lea Ryer

The following members have changed to Non-Practising status:

  • Sarah Michelle Lennerton
  • Catherine Jean Alexandra Walker

The following member has changed to Retired status:

  • John Pearson Merrick QC







Professional development


  • A HANDBOOK ON AVIATION LAW / McKeegan, George P; Ranieri, William — Chicago: American Bar Association. Section of Litigation, 2017. [KB 44 M154 2017]
  • LITIGATING THE AVIATION CASE / Harakas, Andrew John — 4th ed. — Chicago: American Bar Association. Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2017. [KB 44 H254 2017]


  • THE 2018 SOLO AND SMALL FIRM LEGAL TECHNOLOGY GUIDE : CRITICAL DECISIONS MADE SIMPLE / Nelson, Sharon D; Simek, John W; Maschke, Michael C — 10th ed. — Chicago: American Bar Association. Law Practice Management Section, 2018. [KB 267.C2 N431 2018]


  • THE CORPORATE COUNSEL SURVIVAL GUIDE / Kruse, William Eugene — Chicago: American Bar Association. Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2017. [KB 109 K91 2017]


  • THE LAW OF EVIDENCE IN CANADA / Sopinka, John; Bryant, Alan W; Lederman, Sidney N; Fuerst, Michelle K — 5th ed. — Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2018. [KB 192 S712L 2018]


  • THE LAWYER'S GUIDE TO COLLABORATION TOOLS AND TECHNOLOGIES : SMART WAYS TO WORK TOGETHER / Kennedy, Dennis; Mighell, Tom; American Bar Association. Law Practice Management Section — 2d ed. — Chicago: ABA, 2018. [KB 267 K35 2018]


  • MODEL RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT / American Bar Association. Center for Professional Responsibility — 2018 ed. — Chicago: ABA, 2018. [KB 265 A512 2018]


  • UNBUNDLED LEGAL SERVICES : A FAMILY LAWYER'S GUIDE / Mosten, Forrest S; Scully, Elizabeth Potter — Chicago: American Bar Association. Section of Family Law, 2017. [KB 252 M915 2017]


  • THE MANAGEMENT OF NONPROFIT AND CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS IN CANADA / Seel, Keith — 4th ed. — Markham, Ont. LexisNexis Canada, 2018. [KB 110 M981 2018]


  • THE MILLENNIAL LAWYER : HOW YOUR FIRM CAN MOTIVATE AND RETAIN YOUNG ASSOCIATES / Box, John P — Chicago: American Bar Association. Law Practice Management Section, 2018. [KB 252 B662 2018]


  • PUTTING TRIALS ON TRIAL : SEXUAL ASSAULT AND THE FAILURE OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION / Craig, Elaine — Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2018. [KB 94.S5 C886 2018]

Last month we were delighted to announce that law journal articles and newsletters are now available in CanLII’s Commentary section, and now we get to tell you that we have added more books and reports.

Why expand CanLII’s publishing to commentary?

First, users have been asking for it for a long time. As a matter of fact, this was singled out as a long-term potential objective in the early 2000s in documents that presented to the law societies the idea of creating a “legal information institute”.

Second, it’s in our mission. This brings us (or at least our new “subsidiary”) back a little, but before Lexum started publishing the Supreme Court decision in 1993, accessing a single decision from Canada’s highest court via the internet cost $200-300 per document. Granted, the web was still almost just an experiment back then and the idea of using it for commercial purposes was so new that some frowned upon it. Still, even with the internet starting to reach more and more people in the late ‘90s, a report from 2008 mentions that between 1995 and 1998 (when most “ordinary people” joined the internet), the cost of legal information rose by 25%. Today, Canadian primary law dating back to CanLII’s founding (and much more) is in CanLII’s open web of legal information.

Continue reading the complete April 20 announcement at

Access to Justice

Sent on behalf of Sonia Bjorkquist, President, The Advocates’ Society

The Advocates’ Society, established in 1963, is a not-for-profit association of more than 6,000 members throughout Canada. The mandate of The Advocates’ Society includes, among other things, contributing to the improvement of access to justice, the administration of justice and the practice of law by advocates.

In partnership with the Indigenous Bar Association and the Law Society of Ontario, The Advocates’ Society has developed the Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples as a resource for litigators working with Indigenous peoples. We hope the Guide will serve as a helpful resource for lawyers to learn about important historical and cultural elements that provide context for the professional relationships among Indigenous persons, their lawyers and other participants in the justice system. The Guide also provides practical tools to help lawyers represent Indigenous clients as effectively as possible. In some small way, we hope this Guide will contribute to the national conversation on reconciliation and access to justice.

On behalf of Bradley Berg and David Nahwegahbow, Co-Chairs of the Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples Working Group, I am pleased to provide you with the link to the Guide, located on The Advocates’ Society’s website:

We continue to welcome your comments and feedback on how we can continue to improve the Guide.

I would also like to invite you to the reception hosted by Treasurer Paul Schabas of the Law Society of Ontario to officially launch the Guide on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto. I invite you to join members of the Indigenous legal community, the judiciary, government and the practising bar to celebrate this important milestone.

Please RSVP to Angie Abrokwa-Ampadu at The Advocates’ Society, via email at or telephone at (416) 597-0243, ext. 129.

Yours very truly,

Sonia Bjorkquist


Measuring the Cost Implication of Various Dispute Resolution Methods

What does it cost to resolve a family law dispute in Canada? Among the processes commonly used to resolve family law problems, are there significant differences in the time that it takes to resolve a problem, client satisfaction, cost, the ability to address urgent problems or the ability to arrive at decisions in the interests of children?

As part of its SSHRC-funded Cost of Justice project, the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice recently published a report that examines the use of collaborative settlement processes, mediation, arbitration and litigation to resolve family law disputes. This project, undertaken with the Canadian Research Institute for Law and Family (CRILF), includes findings from a survey of more than 150 family law lawyers practising in Nova Scotia, Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia.

In addition to benefits and preferences, this study provides an important new glimpse into the relative costs associated with resolving family law disputes using different processes. For example, the average legal fee to resolve low-conflict disputes through collaborative settlement processes was $6,269, and the average fee to resolve high-conflict disputes was $25,110. By comparison, the average fee to resolve low-conflict disputes through litigation was $12,400, and the average fee to resolve high-conflict disputes was $54,400.

“An Evaluation of the Cost of Family Law Disputes: Measuring the Cost Implication of Various Dispute Resolution Methods”, the final report from this study is available on the CFCJ website here. For a quick view, also see the Resolving Family Law Disputes infographic summary.

Further reading:

Family law report shows marked contrast in adversarial and non-adversarial processes
Lawyer’s Daily | April 10, 2018
By John-Paul Boyd, Executive Director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family in Calgary

New Research on the Suitability and Cost of Family Law Dispute Resolution Processes
CFCJ A2J Blog | April 5, 2018
by Lisa Moore, CFCJ Operations Director and Research Coordinator

The Cost of Family Law Disputes | March 23, 2018
By Jean-Paul Bevilacqua, Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution


Tips from LIANS

Bogus emails or telephone calls claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) continue to circulate, either offering money transfers or demanding payment. Victims are asked to send along their social insurance, credit card, bank account and passport numbers to resolve the situation. These communications are scams, and should be dismissed immediately. Additional information and examples are available on the CRA website.

According to their website, the CRA will never do the following:

  • The CRA will not send emails containing any links, nor will ask you to divulge personal or financial information.
  • The CRA will not request personal information of any kind from a taxpayer by email or text message.
  • The CRA will not request payments by prepaid credit cards.
  • The CRA will not divulge taxpayer information to another person, unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer.
  • The CRA will not send emails in English or French only: all communications are in both official languages.
  • The CRA will not leave any personal information on an answering machine.

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


The latest issue of Vitality Newsletter offers "Tips for leading multi-generational teams". This edition provides managers and supervisors suggestions on how to lead a multi-generational team, from baby boomers to millennials.

This resource is provided through your Nova Scotia Lawyers Assistance Program (NSLAP) provider, Homewood Health™.

Visit the NSLAP website at For more information and support with multi-generational teams, along with resources and counselling to improve your health and wellness, register with Homewood Health™ Please note that NSLAP is your “company” name when you register.

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


On April 4, 2018, a new Provincial Court opened in Wagmatcook. The Court is unique to Nova Scotia and among the few in the country that incorporates Indigenous restorative justice traditions and customs. Its creation is in line with a Marshall Inquiry recommendation calling for more Provincial Court sittings on Nova Scotia reserves, as well as the Calls to Action outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report.

This Court includes wellness and Gladue court programs that support the cultural needs of Indigenous people in conflict with the law. The Court also hears Provincial Court matters for non-Indigenous residents of Victoria County.

Find out more on the Courts of Nova Scotia website:

There, you will find answers to the following questions:

  • What services will be provided at this new Court?
  • What is a Gladue Court?
  • What is a Healing to Wellness Court?
  • What areas will this new Court serve?
  • How often will the Court sit?
  • What makes this court unique?


The Nova Scotia Courts are planning a refresh of their website and want to hear from you on how to make it better!

Please follow this link to a short survey:

The survey closes on June 5. 

The Nova Scotia Courts are pleased to present Media and the Law: Working Together to Improve Access and Public Trust, a conference for lawyers, journalists, students, judges and other justice system professionals on May 11 and 12 in Halifax.

This is an opportunity for an open and frank discussion of the important larger issues surrounding the working relationship between the media and the Canadian courts. Staff from the executive office will note any ideas arising from the discussions for consideration by the Nova Scotia Courts’ Media Liaison Committee.

For registration details and the complete program of panels and speakers, visit the Media and the Law Conference page on the Courts of Nova Scotia website.

This edition includes:

  • Update re: the Prothonotary’s Office
  • Court dockets for June, July and August;
  • Reminder: Estate and estate-related matters in Probate and Supreme Courts;
  • Practice Tips:
    • Rule 78.08 – Correcting Errors on Orders
    • Rule 23.14(3) – Ex Parte Motions
    • On Affidavits
  • Notice from the Nova Scotia Registrars of Probate: Parallel Proceedings in Other NS Courts;
  • Free Legal Clinic at the Law Courts; and
  • Liaison Committees.   

See the April 18, 2016 Hints and Tips from Nova Scotia’s Prothonotary/Registrar for details.

To view a complete archive of the Hints & Tips newsletters, visit the Information for Legal Professionals page on the Courts of Nova Scotia website:

Also subscribe for links to decisions, notices, news and other updates via the Courts of Nova Scotia’s Twitter service:


The Society congratulates the following 14 lawyers – including one member of Council – on their new Queen's Counsel designations, announced April 3 by the Honourable Mark Furey, Minister of Justice and Attorney General:

  • Cheryl A. Canning QC, Halifax
  • Victor J. Goldberg QC, Halifax
  • Marcia Brennan QC, Halifax
  • Ingrid Brodie QC, Kentville
  • Lena Metlege Diab QC, Halifax
  • Allen Murray QC, Antigonish
  • Alonzo C. Wright QC, Halifax
  • Denise Mentis-Smith QC, Bedford
  • James Rossiter QC, Halifax
  • Aleta C. Cromwell QC, Truro
  • Gail L. Gatchalian QC, Halifax
  • Andrew Fraser QC, Halifax
  • Kevin Donald Gibson QC, Halifax
  • Jill S. Perry QC, Sydney

The QC designation is awarded each year to members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional merit and outstanding contribution to the legal community. An official ceremony will be held at the Lieutenant Governor's House in May.

"I applaud this year's appointees," said Mr. Furey. "The Queen's Counsel is reserved for those who have represented their profession with the highest integrity and who have contributed greatly to their communities. These individuals represent the diversity and values for which Nova Scotia is so highly regarded."

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

The next deadline for applications or nominations will be in September 2018. Details and forms will be available in the spring on the Queen’s Counsel process page of the Society’s website, and updates will be published in InForum.

(April 19, 2018) Nova Scotia has passed its recreational cannabis legislation, the Cannabis Control Act. Two parts of the legislation are now in effect.

Landlords now have the authority to amend existing leases to put reasonable rules in place about recreational cannabis smoking and cultivation. Landlords must provide tenants four months' written notice of a change before April 30, 2019. When the landlord provides notice, the tenant has one month to consider the change and either agree or terminate the lease. Tenants are required to give the landlord three months' written notice to terminate using a new form from Service Nova Scotia.

For more information and forms, visit

The other part that comes into effect immediately ensures the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) has the ability to prepare for the legalization of cannabis in stores and online. The Cannabis Control Act gives the NSLC the authority to wholesale, store, distribute and sell cannabis and requires the corporation to comply with federal requirements and promote responsible consumption of cannabis.

Other portions of the province's legislative framework for recreational cannabis legalization will come into effect upon proclamation of the federal legislation to legalize cannabis.

Until that federal cannabis legislation is proclaimed, it is still against the law to possess, use, cultivate or sell recreational cannabis in Nova Scotia.

For more information on cannabis legalization, visit

Changes to the Solemnization of Marriage Act, introduced last fall, will come into effect on Tuesday, May 1.

"We are making the act more inclusive and providing enhanced security to couples getting married in Nova Scotia," Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan said in an April 25 announcement.

Marriage licences will now be valid for three months, instead of one year. This change is consistent with how licences are typically used, with over 80 per cent of people getting married within three months of purchasing the licence. It is also consistent with other jurisdictions.

Other 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 licence affidavit needed to get a marriage licence
  • aligning the act with federal legislation by removing the authority for people under the age of 16 to marry
  • removing specific religious references to ensure the act is inclusive of all faiths
  • removing outdated language such as the terms spinster and illegitimate child and adding the term spouse to options for those marrying
  • eliminating the role of the chief judge to recommend justices of the peace for appointment
  • giving the Minister of Service Nova Scotia the authority to prescribe marriage forms.

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

The provincial government has appointed two new full-time members to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. Jennifer Nicholson and Stephen T. McGrath have been appointed as full-time members of the board.

Ms. Nicholson, of Halifax, is an accountant. Mr. McGrath, also of Halifax, is a lawyer who has worked since 2002 in the Legal Services Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. After graduating from Dalhousie Law School in 1992, he began his legal practice with BOYNECLARKE and became a partner at the firm in 2000. He has also been a volunteer with the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, serving as a member of Council from 2013 to 2015 and on numerous committees including the Code of Professional Conduct Committee.  

Announced in an April 25 news release from the Department of Finance and Treasury Board, the appointments result from a rigorous selection process similar to that used for provincial judicial appointments.

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board currently consists of eight full-time members appointed by the governor-in-council. Each full-time member holds office on good behaviour until the age of 70.

The independent, quasi-judicial board has been assigned a number of responsibilities under the Utility and Review Board Act and other legislation. For example, it sets electricity rates, water rates, and gasoline and diesel prices.

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

An Act to Amend Chapter 6 of the Acts of 1994-95, the Maintenance Enforcement Act, S.N.S. 2016, c. 24, s. 28 - s. 4, 13, 21 to the extent that S. 21 enacts clause 42A(1)(c) of the Maintenance Enforcement Act, 23, 24, 26(2) and 27

NS Gaz Pt 2, 04/13/2018

NS Reg 48/2018

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:

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

  • Cannabis Control Act Passes (April 19)
  • Lawyers Appointed to the Queen's Counsel (April 5)
  • Province Introduces Legislative Framework for Legalization of Recreational Cannabis (April 3) 

SERVICE NOVA SCOTIA: Find all news releases at

  • Illegal Tobacco Seized in Colchester County (April 12)
  • Changes to Ticket Lottery Regulations Benefit Non-profit, Charitable Organizations (April 11)  

AGRICULTURE--Canadian Agricultural Partnership Launches in Nova Scotia (April 16)

AUDITOR GENERAL--April 2018 Report on Follow-up of 2014 and 2015 Recommendations (April 3)

BUSINESS/NOVA SCOTIA BUSINESS INC.--Official Start of New Rebate to Spur More Investment, Export Growth (April 11)

COMMUNITIES/CULTURE/HERITAGE--Mi'kmaq Sport Council of Nova Scotia Bidding for 2020 North American Indigenous Games (April 12)


  • Province Awards 51 Grants to Create 570 New Child Care Spaces (April 19)
  • Province, CSAP Continue to Work on New Legislation (April 6)

ENERGY--Tidal Permits Issued to Big Moon Power (April 12)

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL--Applications Now Being Accepted for Positions on Agencies, Boards and Commissions (April 10)

FINANCE/TREASURY BOARD--Financial Measures (2018) Act Introduced (April 6)


  • Physician Incentive Program Changes Add Flexibility, Choice (April 17)
  • Program to Assess Internationally Trained Family Doctors Moves Ahead (April 6) 

IMMIGRATION--Team Heads to Dublin and London to Recruit More Physicians (April 23)

INTERNAL SERVICES--Auditor General to Audit Provincial Privacy Breach (April 23)                  

LABOUR/ADVANCED EDUCATION--Regulations Updated Regarding Canada Day Holiday (April 25)

LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR--2018 Community Spirit Award Call for Submissions (April 13)

MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS--Legislation Introduces Parental Accommodation for Municipal Elected Officials (April 6)

NATURAL RESOURCES--Fund Supports Mineral Sector Growth (April 10)

PREMIER'S OFFICE--Spring Legislative Sitting Wraps (April 18)

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION--Jobs for Students (April 10)

STATUS OF WOMEN--Campaign School for Women, Registration Open (April 12)

Other news


April 16, 2018 – Halifax, Nova Scotia: BOYNECLARKE LLP is pleased to announce and welcome J.W. Stephen Johnston to the firm. Stephen joins our Accident and Personal Injury Team as Counsel. 

Originally from Dartmouth, Stephen has practised law for 32 years within the province. Prior to joining BOYNECLARKE LLP, he worked as In-house Counsel at Intact Insurance for 26 years. In addition to Stephen’s extensive experience in the world of personal injury litigation, he has widespread knowledge of insurance coverage and general insurance litigation.

“We are excited to have Stephen join us as the newest addition to our team,” said Managing Partner James D. MacNeil. “Stephen is a great fit with our firm’s overall vision and culture. He brings tremendous experience and adds depth and diversity to our Personal Injury team. Stephen’s extensive knowledge as in-house counsel working for Intact Insurance will be an asset to both our lawyers and our clients. Our personal injury clients will greatly benefit from having Stephen’s years of experience defending claims.”

Stephen is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and has worked as an adjudicator in small claims court for the past 15 years.

One of Atlantic Canada’s largest law firms, BOYNECLARKE LLP is a blend of personal, business, and institutional lawyers. BOYNECLARKE LLP is a member of TAGLaw, a worldwide alliance of independent law firms and one-third of the TAG Alliance.

Valerie Vaughan-HinesApril 26, 2018 – After 11 years at BOYNECLARKE LLP, Valerie Vaughan-Hines, Director of Corporate Services, is set to retire from her role.
Since beginning her legal career, Vaughan-Hines has worked to support her business law colleagues in all aspects of commercial and corporate transactions. She is a graduate of the Schulich School of Law and is a non-practising member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.
Vaughan-Hines’ last day at the firm was Thursday, April 26. After retirement, she is looking forward to travelling and spending plenty of time with her friends and family.
“I had a tremendous experience here at BOYNECLARKE LLP. I will miss everyone dearly but I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my life,” Vaughan-Hines noted when asked if she was looking forward to retirement.
Currently, in the role of in-house Trade-mark Agent with BOYNECLARKE LLP, Marc Belliveau is set to take on the additional role of Director of Corporate Services.
“Valerie has been such a wonderful resource and a trusted advisor for our firm,” says Marc Belliveau. “I wish her a fun-filled retirement and am very excited about succeeding her as Director of Corporate Services.”
Belliveau joined the firm in 2017 as a Trade-mark Agent and Senior Corporate Paralegal on the Business Law Team. He is a member of the International Practice Management Association and is registered with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office as a Trade-mark Agent.
BOYNECLARKE LLP is one of Atlantic Canada’s largest full-service law firms.  Located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, BOYNECLARKE LLP routinely serves clients throughout Atlantic Canada and beyond. 

Seeking missing will for Robert Allan Smith, born February 27, 1937, age 81. Date of death was April 5, 2018. Both his will and his wife's (Alice Elizabeth Smith, who was named as his executor) were prepared when they resided in the Dartmouth area (Lynn Drive) in April 1973, by Waterfield and Waterfield of Dartmouth, .

Please contact his daughter, Paula Wood or by telephone 902-430-7452.


Signs & Rubber Stamps by Jean-Claude Theriault is a locally-owned small business in Cooks Brook, N.S. My specialty is self-inking stamps but I also produce wood-handle stamps, corporate seals, plastic & magnetic signs, vinyl lettering plus commercial printing such as business forms, cheques and stationery.

See the 2018 "Signs & Rubber Stamps" Brochure for more information. For a competitive quote and fast delivery, email: or call (902) 210-8694.


Full-Time Legal Assistant Position (1) and Part-Time Legal Assistant Position (1)

In 1963, a legislative process was created to clear up land title, and ownership, issues for residents who live in thirteen specific communities within Nova Scotia.  The process allows residents in these Land Title Clarification areas to give information to the government about how they (or those from whom they have inherited or bought the land) have used and occupied the land for at least 20 years.

Position:  Two experienced Legal Assistants, for one-year contract positions, are being sought as part of the Land Titles Clarification Project.  They will be dedicated to the land title clairification areas of North Preston, East Preston, Cherry Brook, Lincolnville and Sunnyville.  These positions will be located in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM).  The successful candidates will provide administrative support to the legal teams working with the residents in the land clarification areas to obtain clear title.  An understanding of the African Nova Scotian community and the unique context of each individual community, its historical significance, and the current challenges whould be an asset.  Start date is to be as soon as possible.

Ideal Abilities and Skills:

  • Minimum Grade 12 High School Diploma.
  • Paralegal or 5 years' equivalent training or related relevant experience in the areas of property and estate law.
  • Experience working with the public and knowledge of real estate, estate & probate and community programs.
  • Ability to work independently, to take initiative and to use judgement in matters of extreme confidentiality and sensitivity.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team setting.
  • The candidate should be proficient in transcription of dictation with excellent typing and communication skills, including attention to detail, accuracy and capacity to work under pressure of deadlines and multiple competing priorities.
  • Ability to work in a high stress enviornment is an asset.
  • Proficiency with personal computers including knowledge of programs such as Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel.

Salary Level:  Clerical Classification and Pay Plan (CL), plus benefits.

Deadline for Applications:  Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Reply To:  Submit resume with cover letter to:

Amy Dickson

Operations Administrative Assistant

Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission

920-1701 Hollis Street

Halifax, NS   B3J 3M8

902-420-3471 Fax

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

These are term opportunities with a scheduled end date of December 2019.

While we appreicate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications will be held in strict confidence.

Job Title:                         Legal Counsel II, III, IV or V (Amended)

Job ID #:                         15266 

Location:                        Yellowknife, NT

Full/Part Time:                Full-Time 

Regular/Temporary:        Regular   


Department Information 

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

Legal Division

Legal Division provides legal advice and representation to all government departments and specified public agencies.  Our lawyers conduct litigation, participate in regulatory and administrative law hearings, practice in a variety of areas including real estate, corporate/commercial, Aboriginal law, Constitutional and human rights, labour and employment, provide legal opinions and advice, and conduct prosecutions of territorial offences.  Legal Division does not provide direct services to the public.

Transfer Assignments 

Transfer Assignments may be considered.

Job Information 

We are seeking one (1) Legal Counsel with a minimum of two (2) years’ relevant practicing experience to provide advice and services to departments and public agencies of the GNWT, primarily as a solicitor. Responsibilities vary but will include a major emphasis on: (a) advice on environmental, natural resources, regulatory compliance and administrative law matters before various administrative boards and tribunals;(b) rendering legal opinions on a variety of subjects, including access to information and protection of privacy issues, real and personal property, corporate and commercial issues, procurement issues, statutory interpretation issues, constitutional issues, administrative law issues, environmental and regulatory issues and aboriginal law issues; (c) and possibly the provision of legal advice to the GNWT in connection with aboriginal land claim/self-government negotiations as a member of one or more negotiation teams.  Responsibilities may also include a minor emphasis on litigation of a wide variety of matters before courts, tribunals and arbitrators in relation to claims by or against the GNWT and certain of its public agencies.

Candidates must be eligible for membership in the Law Society of the Northwest Territories and should have two (2) or more years’ relevant experience that demonstrates legal competencies required to meet the demands of a government legal services environment.  The position requires excellent analytical, research, communication, writing, interpersonal and practice management skills. Some travel will be required, depending on responsibilities assigned.

Bona Fide Requirement 

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

Equivalencies  Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information 

The salary range for this position is from $53.65 per hour to $80.21 per hour (approximately $104,617.50 - $156,409.50) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.00.


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

Criminal Records Check 

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

Affirmative Action 

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

Diversity and Inclusion 

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

Job Opening Information 

Job Opening ID #: 15266   

Closing Date: April 16, 2018 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time


Apply online:


Inquiries Only:

Management and Recruitment Services

Department of Finance

Government of the Northwest Territories

Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor 

P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9

Fax: (867) 873-0445


Conseiller juridique de niveau II, III, IV ou V (modifié)

Renseignements sur le ministère

Le ministère de la Justice a pour mandat d’administrer la justice, y compris les services de maintien de l’ordre, la justice communautaire, les services aux victimes et les services correctionnels, aux Territoires du Nord-Ouest. Ils rempliront ce mandat dans le respect des valeurs locales et autochtones et de façon à encourager les collectivités à assumer de plus en plus de responsabilités. 

Division des affaires juridiques

La Division des affaires juridiques fournit des conseils juridiques et des services de représentation juridique aux ministères du gouvernement des TNO (GTNO) et à certains organismes publics. Nos avocats s’occupent des litiges; participent aux audiences réglementaires et administratives; exercent dans divers domaines y compris l’immobilier, le droit commercial, le droit des Autochtones, le droit constitutionnel, les droits de la personne et le droit du travail; prodiguent des conseils et des avis juridiques et s’occupent d’entamer des poursuites pour les infractions relevant des lois territoriales. La Division des affaires juridiques ne fournit pas de services directs au public. 

Affectation provisoire

Nous prendrons en considération les demandes d’affectation provisoire. 

Renseignements sur le poste

Nous recherchons un conseiller juridique qui possède au moins dix ans d’expérience pertinente; il devra fournir des conseils et des services aux ministères et aux agences du GTNO, principalement comme solliciteur. Il sera chargé, entre autres, de fournir des conseils sur les questions d’environnement, de ressources naturelles, de conformité réglementaire et de droit administratif devant les divers conseils et tribunaux administratifs; de formuler des avis juridiques sur divers sujets, notamment les questions générales et commerciales, constitutionnelles, ainsi que les questions d’accès à l’information et de protection de la vie privée, de biens immobiliers ou mobiliers, d’approvisionnement, d’interprétation des dispositions des lois, de droit administratif et de droit des Autochtones; et de fournir des conseils juridiques au GTNO dans les négociations sur les revendications territoriales et l’autonomie gouvernementale autochtones, en tant que membre d’une ou de plusieurs équipes de négociation. Il peut aussi devoir à l’occasion s’occuper de litiges, dans diverses causes portées devant les tribunaux et les arbitres, en lien avec des réclamations par ou contre le GTNO et certains de ses organismes publics.  

Les candidats doivent être admissibles à l’inscription au Barreau des Territoires du Nord-Ouest, et doivent avoir acquis au moins deux (2) années d’expérience démontrant les compétences juridiques requises pour répondre aux besoins d’un environnement de services juridiques gouvernementaux. Ce poste exige d’excellentes aptitudes pour l’analyse, les communications, les relations interpersonnelles et la gestion des activités. Certains déplacements seront requis, selon les responsabilités attribuées. ExigenceLes candidats doivent être membres en règle du Barreau des Territoires du Nord-Ouest ou être admissibles à l’inscription au Barreau des Territoires du Nord-Ouest. Une preuve d’inscription au Barreau des Territoires du Nord-Ouest est une condition préalable à l’emploi. 


Nous prendrons en considération toute combinaison équivalente de formation et d’expérience. 


Le traitement est compris entre 53,65 $ et 80,21 $ l’heure (soit entre 104 617,50 $ et 156 409,50 $ environ par année), auquel s’ajoute une allocation annuelle de vie dans le Nord de 3 450 $. 


Nous pourrions établir des listes de candidats admissibles à partir de ce concours afin de pourvoir des postes semblables temporaires ou permanents. 

Vérification du casier judiciaire

Les candidats convoqués à une entrevue doivent se soumettre à une vérification des antécédents en vue d’un travail auprès de personnes vulnérables. À défaut de fournir une attestation satisfaisante, le candidat risque de se voir disqualifier du concours. 

Programme de promotion sociale

Pour se voir accorder la priorité en vertu du programme de promotion sociale, les candidats doivent montrer clairement qu’ils y sont admissibles. 

Diversité et inclusion

Le gouvernement des Territoires du Nord-Ouest est un milieu de travail ouvert à tous. Nous encourageons les personnes ayant une incapacité qui nécessite des mesures d’adaptation à nous faire part de leurs besoins, si elles sont retenues pour une entrevue ou une évaluation, afin que l’on puisse prendre de telles mesures dans le cadre de la procédure d’embauche. 

Renseignements sur le concours

No du concours : 15266

Date limite : Le 16 avril 2018, à 23 h 59, heure des Rocheuses 

Renseignements seulement :

Services de gestion et de recrutement

Ministère des Finances

Gouvernement des Territoires du Nord-Ouest

Yellowknife Centre, 5e étage

C. P. 1320, Yellowknife NT  X1A 2L9

Téléc. : 867-873-0445

Courriel :

 MDW Law is seeking a permanent, full-time Lawyer with 2 – 4 years experience to join our family law group. 

We are a family-oriented law firm committed to providing the highest quality of legal services, while balancing work and life style.   

Please apply confidentially with a cover letter and CV to before April 13, 2018 and visit our web site to learn more about us.  


WorkSafeNB is a Crown corporation committed to promoting healthy and safe workplaces for New Brunswick’s workers and employers. While the priority is preventing workplace injuries and occupational disease, WorkSafeNB provides comprehensive rehabilitation and return to work services, and fair compensation benefits when these do occur. We are seeking a new General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to join the executive team and provide the guidance, leadership, and sound legal advice necessary to maintain WorkSafeNB’s culture of excellence and caring. 

Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary will provide legal advice and corporate secretary services as part of the Executive Leadership team. As an experienced and dynamic legal professional, the successful candidate will have a strong background in Administrative law, Civil law, Corporate law and corporate governance.  With a deep and diverse law background and a client centered mentality, this person will have a strong desire to make New Brunswick a better place to work and ultimately live. 

As the main legal advisor for the organization, you will promote high quality performance by providing services through continuous improvement of policies, procedures, and programs. You will be relied upon to use your strong legal knowledge, business acumen, and experience in a multi-stakeholder public service environment to provide sound, practical legal counsel to the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer and senior management. Whether you are General Counsel to a private or public enterprise or in a law firm and looking to make a change, this could be the role for you. Bilingualism (strong written and spoken English and French) is a definite asset. 

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Kevin Stoddart or Erica Armstrong at (902) 421-2009 or apply online at

The Village of Bible Hill is located across the Salmon River from the Town of Truro in Colchester County, Nova Scotia. Incorporated in 1953, the Village today is a vibrant, primarily residential community with a population of over 5,000 people. 

The current Clerk and Treasurer is retiring after 30 years in the job and, on their behalf, we are seeking a highly-respected individual to replace him. 

What qualities are needed in this role?

The Clerk and Treasurer is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Village and is responsible for managing its activities in accordance with the Municipal Government Act of Nova Scotia. Working with an elected body of five Commissioners, including the Chair, you will provide timely guidance to them and under their direction ensure that all policies, programs and services are carried out effectively. 

Ideally, you have several years’ leadership experience in senior administrative, financial, or management roles, preferably in the public sector. You have suitable academic or professional credentials and a track record building consensus among various stakeholders such as elected officials, staff, other levels of government, and citizens.   

You understand the issues and challenges facing smaller municipalities and are familiar with best practices in financial management, administration, operations, human resources,  and governance. You have a successful track record of accomplishments and possess well-developed personal qualities including communications, problem solving,  leadership, and, most important, integrity. 

A strong leader and facilitator, you will support staff in achieving their performance objectives. You will also keep an open line of communication with residents to ensure they are aware of major policies and initiatives being undertaken. Lastly, you have proven experience working with elected officials and bring a complete understanding of governance.  

Does this sound like you? If so, write us a cover letter describing the contributions you can make to the Village of Bible Hill, and merge this into your resume as one document. You can email this information to us at, quoting project number 1756 in the subject line. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

Newly restructured, NYAJEKA GREEN LAW LLP is ready to expand! We are a busy Dartmouth law firm that cares about client service, integrity and professionalism while ensuring a relaxed, supportive and friendly atmosphere. Work environment is important to us, so personality fit is integral.

We are seeking an associate lawyer with either an existing practice, or a willingness to build in an area other than family and real estate. Practice areas that could be a good fit are: general litigation, personal injury, corporate-commercial, and estate and probate, although other areas are also welcome. We get many calls for areas of law we do not currently practice and these calls could potentially be all yours!

If you have a passion for a certain practice area, we would love to hear about it. We will assist in any way we can to help you build your practice, however you must also be willing to work independently in order to thrive. Private practice is both rewarding and challenging, making an entrepreneurial spirit a must. New bar calls welcome to apply. 

Incentive – Bar Fees: We will pay your bar fees. 

Your position also comes with: a fully furnished office, computer, supplies, and fulltime legal support staff. This position is a fee splitting arrangement, however cost sharing is also a possibility. 

Please forward your resume to Tandiwe Nyajeka at

Waterbury Newton is a well-established, progressive firm in the Annapolis Valley offering a full range of legal services to our clients. Our lawyers’ philosophy of quality service to our clients and a commitment to the community is reflected in all we do. Our team consists of knowledgeable partners, innovative associate lawyers, experienced paralegals and administrative staff.

We have offices in Kentville and Berwick and are currently seeking an associate lawyer to join our Kentville team.

The successful candidate must be a member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, have a high degree of commitment to clients, be able to work independently or as part of a team and a desire to build a solid practice. The successful candidate must have an interest in developing a practice in one or more of the following practice areas: criminal law, civil litigation, family law, property or corporate/commercial law.

Remuneration, including benefits package will be based on experience and qualifications.
If you have an interest in a career opportunity in the Annapolis Valley and being a part of the Waterbury Newton team, please respond on or before Thursday, May 31, 2018 in confidence via mail or email:

Waterbury Newton
469 Main St
PO Box 98
Kentville, NS
B4N 3V9

Attn: Raymond Sacrey, Operations Manager
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Highlander Law Group is a growing law firm that has serves the greater Halifax area from our Tantallon office. We are a general practice firm looking to bring on an Associate interested in building a practice focused primarily on Corporate and/or Estate planning practice.

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

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

Contact in confidence with to be considered.

Intermediate / Senior Litigation Lawyer – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Aviva Canada is one of Canada’s leading providers of home, automobile, recreational vehicle, group and business insurance, with more than three million customers.   

We are recruiting for experienced insurance litigation lawyers to join our industry-leading litigation team in the Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office. This is a great opportunity to litigate a range of interesting insurance defence matters in a supportive and collaborative environment with an employer who appreciates the importance of work/life balance.  

You will be responsible for handling tort litigation matters at complexity levels that can vary depending on experience. Matters are handled from assignment to conclusion, including trial and appeal where applicable.  The successful candidates will have at least 5 years of relevant experience, with an emphasis on personal injury, including motor vehicle accident insurance. Additional experience in property, commercial liability, homeowner liability or multi-party construction litigation is an asset but not a requirement. 

Interested candidates are invited to address their resume in confidence to:

David Hicks, AVP National Counsel, Litigation Strategy

Q&A Law (formerly Parkland Law) is an established, modern law firm located in Bedford, with offices overlooking the Bedford Basin.

With one of our lawyers retiring, we are currently looking for a self-motivated associate to join our practice.  Presently our lawyers practice in the areas of Family, Real Estate, Wills and Estates, and Criminal law. The ideal candidate will have his or her own established portfolio in a different area of law than these, or can demonstrate an ability to grow such a practice.  

The Bedford area has a fast growing population and our highly visible office is located in the hub of activity.  As an associate with Q&A Law, you will be working in a modern, friendly, supportive, client-oriented environment. This is a fee-splitting arrangement and we provide the tools to enable a self-reliant lawyer with a strong work ethic to develop a rewarding and lucrative career.  Other arrangements may also be considered.

Please reply in confidence to:

Russ Quinlan Q&A Law - Quinlan and Associates


Position Overview

We are seeking an associate to join our Legal Services Centre (LSC) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In this unique role, you will draft and review credit and security documents, and draft and negotiate opinion letters.  You will work closely with colleagues in the LSC and other Torys offices to carry out this work to the highest level of efficiency and accuracy using systems and processes developed for that purpose. This position will not lead to partnership. Accordingly, you will not be expected to engage in client development activities. 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.

Skills & Experience

The ideal candidate will:

  • have at least four years of experience as a lending associate at a top law firm or financial institution;
  • be able to run a transaction and closing with minimal supervision;
  • have exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • have a high degree of professionalism and excellent interpersonal skills and a willingness to collaborate with colleagues and client personnel;
  • have the ability to work independently and as a part of a team to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines while working in a fast paced environment;
  • have the ability to work efficiently and accurately on a high volume of documents;
  • have the ability to deal easily with ambiguity and change, including changing priorities and timelines;
  • demonstrate excellent judgment and the ability to embrace new challenges and focus on continuing professional development;
  • have a strong service orientation, excellent time management and the ability to work flexible hours when required to meet client demands; and
  • be a member of good standing of a provincial bar and be 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 paralegal and legal 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 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.

LF1 Legal Counsel 1

201-101 1st Avenue NW
Manitoba Justice
Criminal Law, Manitoba Prosecution Service
Dauphin MB

Advertisement Number: 33914

Salary(s): LF1 $74,707.00 - $90,802.00 per year

Closing Date: April 25, 2018

The Manitoba government recognizes the importance of building an exemplary civil service that is inclusive and reflective of the population it serves. We encourage applicants to voluntarily self-declare in the cover letter, resumé or application if they are from any of the following employment equity groups: women, Indigenous people, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities.

Employment Equity is a factor in selection for this competition. Consideration will be given to women, Indigenous people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

An eligibility list may be created for similar positions and will remain in effect for 6 months.


Manitoba Prosecution Service is responsible for prosecuting most offences in Manitoba. These offences are identified in provincial statutes, the federal Criminal Code of Canada and The Youth Criminal Justice Act. This is a unique opportunity with Manitoba Prosecution Service to work in a dynamic office in Dauphin, Manitoba with Crown Attorneys of varying levels of experience. Dauphin is situated in the heart of Manitoba’s most spectacularly scenic region known as the Parkland. For more information on living and working in Dauphin, please visit the Dauphin website.

Conditions of Employment:
• Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
• Eligible for membership or membership (in good standing) with the Law Society of Manitoba
• Satisfactory Criminal Record Search, Adult Abuse Registry Check & Child Abuse Registry Check
• Enhanced Security Screening
• Evening and weekend work as required
• Ability to travel by road and air, including overnight stays

• Litigation experience in the practice of criminal law
• Superior oral communication and presentation skills
• Superior written communication skills
• Superior interpersonal skills
• Excellent analytical skills
• Effective case management
• Excellent organizational skills with the ability to effectively meet short deadlines
• Ability to work independently
• Ability to work in a team environment
• Experience and proficiency with computer software packages including legal research applications, MS Word and Outlook or equivalents

• Prosecutions experience

As a Crown Attorney, you will provide prosecutorial service regarding matters arising under the Criminal Code of Canada and provincial statutes, in the provincial and superior courts. Other duties involve giving legal opinions, reviewing police reports and instructing police with respect to charges and investigations. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in community and other legal education in the areas of criminal law and procedures on behalf of Manitoba Prosecution Service.

Apply Now:
Advertisement # 33914
Civil Service Commission
Human Resource Services
Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, R3C 0C4
Phone: 2049454394
Fax: 204-948-2193

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
Your cover letter, resumé and/or application must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal is seeking a Legal Research Officer. The incumbent will work under the direction of the Chief Justice of Newfoundland and Labrador and the other judges of the Court. In this role he or she will be provided with a unique opportunity to gain insight into the judicial reasoning process and to assist in the development of the law in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The specific duties of the Legal Research Officer will include preparing bench memoranda, summarizing cases in preparation for applications and appeals, attending court to hear argument on applications and appeals, doing research on points of law or other issues assigned by the judges, doing research on Court policies and procedures and the Rules of Court, managing the court database of opinions and other legal research information, participating in meetings and discussion with the judges, completing special study projects, sitting on committees of the Court when requested, and such other duties assigned from time to time by the Chief Justice.

The position is designed for a lawyer who has been called, or will be eligible to be called within a reasonable time, to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar.

This is not an articling clerk position.

Salary: To be negotiated

Duration: One year contractual position from the date of signing with the possibility of a further one year extension.

Please send resumes by Monday, May 07 2018, by email to:

Court of Appeal
Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador


LOCATION - 40 Burns Avenue, Charlottetown

FULL-TIME TEMPORARY POSITION (Commencing immediately for 10 months with Possible Extension)

Created by s. 85 of the Workers Compensation Act, this position provides legal advice, assistance, and legal representation to any of the approximately 5000 employers registered with the Workers Compensation Board of PEI, and to various employer associations across the province concerning all aspects of claims, classifications, assessments, workplace health and safety, and appeals. Duties will include:

  • Advice and assistance to employers and their staff regarding statutory interpretation, application, and administration of the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including policies, regulations, procedures and practices;
  • Gathering employers input through various methods including surveys, personal contact, liaising with employer associations, committees, etc.;
  • Keeping informed on policies, publications, correspondence, press releases, and information produced by the Workers Compensation Board of PEI;
  • Monitoring and analyzing changes to workers compensation/workplace health and safety legislation and issues on an ongoing basis and keeping employers informed of changes;
  • Preparing cases through consultations, investigations, evidence gathering and technical, medical, and legal research;
  • Presenting cases to the Internal Reconsideration Officer (IRO), the Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal and PEI Court of Appeal;
  • Writing regular newsletters for the employer community to keep them informed of WCB policies and decisions;
  • Providing advice and support for the Director as required in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, and administrative processes to improve the overall effectiveness of the position;
  • Developing an annual budget for operating expenses;
  • Preparing an annual report on program activities, achievement, and expenditures for the Workers Compensation Board of PEI and the Minister responsible for the Workers Compensation Board;
  • Managing the office including responsibility for personnel, support systems, maintenance, security, etc.;
  • Other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have a law degree and be eligible to become a member of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island within 45 days of starting the position.
  • Experience in the interpretation of legislation, mandate, policies, procedures, operations and programs.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, problem-solving skills.
  • Must have the ability to exercise good judgment in confidential and sensitive situations.
  • Computer skills and the ability to work independently are essential.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, time management, and public speaking skills.
  • Applicants must have a good previous work and attendance record.
  • The successful applicant must provide a satisfactory criminal records check prior to beginning employment.

Other Qualifications:

  • Additional relevant education and experience in administrative law will be considered an asset.
  • Additional relevant education and experience will be considered an asset.

Preference will be given to UPSE Civil employees.

Applicants are expected to complete the full length of this assignment unless appointed to a permanent position.

Note: Please ensure the application clearly demonstrates how you meet the noted qualifications as applicants will be screened based on the information provided. The successful candidate will be the only individual receiving written notification of competition results. The "Notification of Successful Candidates" list posted on the Employment Opportunity board will serve to inform all other applicants of competition results.

Salary Range: $32.26 - $40.34 per hour (Level 19)
Bi-Weekly Hours: 75.0 hours bi-weekly
PostingID: 132814-0418WATO
Closing Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 5:00 p.m.

Please return forms to PEI Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 2000, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, C1A 7N8. Applications may be sent by fax to (902) 368-4383. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE APPLICANT TO CONFIRM RECEIPT OF THE APPLICATION, BY TELEPHONE OR IN PERSON PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE. Please ensure that the appropriate Posting ID number is stated on all application forms. You can apply online or obtain an application form by visiting our web site at Forms may also be obtained by contacting any PEI Government office, ACCESS PEI Centre, Regional Services Centre, or by telephone (902) 368-4080.

McKiggan Hebert is happy to congratulate one of our legal assistants who will be starting maternity leave shortly. As a result, we have an opening for an experienced Legal Assistant to join our team at our offices on Spring Garden Road in Halifax, Nova Scotia for a minimum term of 6 months (with possible full-time employment to follow). As our practice is growing, there may be longer term opportunities after the initial 6 month term.  

The successful candidate will support one of our senior personal injury lawyers. Responsibilities will include client relationship management, correspondence, preparing and managing documents and files, entering time, completing invoices, managing calendars, and other related duties. 

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a private law firm setting in addition to a diploma from a recognized institution. He or she will be skilled in MS Office, Adobe and PC Law, be detail-oriented, have exceptional personal integrity, demonstrate outstanding client service and communication skills, and be a strong team player. 

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. 

About Us

McKiggan Hebert is one of the top personal injury law firms in Atlantic Canada. We are strongly committed to client satisfaction. We are focused on delivering above average results to injured clients. We do this by pairing one lawyer and one legal assistant to create a PI team. We limit the number of cases assigned to each PI team to improve client satisfaction – our clients are not passed from lawyer to lawyer or assistant to assistant. Each PI team has access to the collective experience of other lawyers and assistants in the entire firm as needed. 

We operate in a respectful and professional work environment based on the continuous improvement model. We offer excellent remuneration and flexible working conditions. We value and support the volunteer work and community service of our employees.  

To apply 

Send your cover letter, resume and references to with the subject line “Personal Injury Legal Assistant” Qualified candidates will be interviewed as applications are received. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Harris North Law is a busy firm of three lawyers that focuses on Family Law, Real Estate Law, Personal Injury Law and Wills and Estates including Probate.

We are looking for a legal assistant to fill in for the maternity leave of our current legal assistant.  We are seeking a self starter who can step in and take over a full range of secretarial, reception and administrative support duties. 

Applicants should be well versed in the following skills:

  • Communication, professionalism and maintaining a high level of confidentiality both in our interpersonal environment and in client relations.
  • PC Law accounting software.
  • Microsoft Office programs.
  • Typing.
  • Paper and electronic file management.   

Organizational skills and the ability to work with minimal supervision will be expected after a reasonable training period.

Previous experience may not be required.  For the right applicant, we are prepared to consider newer graduates of the paralegal course and/or the legal administration course. 

The anticipated start date is the second or third week of May, 2018.

Please forward your resume and cover letter in confidence by email to

Experienced Real Estate/Wills & Estates Paralegal Clyde Paul & Associates Inc., a small longstanding community based law firm, located in suburban Halifax has an immediate opening for a full time experienced paralegal to join our busy practice. The idea candidate will fill the role of a Real Estate and Will & Estates paralegal within our firm and work closely with the firm's lawyers in this role. Functions and Qualifications: 

  • A positive attitude and work ethic;
  • 5+ years work experience and paralegal diploma;
  • Demonstrated experience in file management, document control and management of limitation diaries and lawyer’s schedules;
  • Excellent skills with drafting documents and correspondence ensuring accuracy and timely completion;
  • Must be comfortable interacting with and meeting clients in person and on the phone;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Must be able to display a high level of professionalism, confidentially and discretion in dealing with clients and other contacts;
  • Self motivated;
  • Ability to multitask and handle a fast paced environment with short deadlines;
  • Ability to work overtime, when needed;
  • LRA trained with the Land Registration Act, Regulations, Land Registration Manual and prescribed forms;
  • Preparation of closing documents, Statement of Adjustments  and Statement of Trust Summary;
  • Facilitating full cycle Real Estate transactions and all related work including purchase, sale, refinance and new home construction;
  • Experience with the probate process and forms for filing with the Court;
  • Experience with preparation of Wills, Powers of Attorney and Personal Health Care Directives;

 This position is a permanent, full time position Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30. Salary and benefit negotiable and commensurate with experience.  Only applicants being considered for an interview will be contacted.  Please apply with Resume and cover letter to

Preszler Injury Lawyers was founded in 1959 with one objective: to offer quality, comprehensive legal services to personal injury victims in a timely and efficient manner.We are a full service law firm with respect to all client needs relating to their personal injury matter.

We are looking for an exceptional, experienced administrative assistant/ paralegal to work in our Halifax office.  

Previous legal industry/ civil litigation experience is desired. 

Competitive salaries with benefits and bonus potential.  

Applicants should possess computer proficiency (Word/Excel)Microsoft Word, have an outgoing personality and be ready for a fun, exciting and challenging new role. 

Although we thank all applicants, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted. Please send your resume to Robert Kimball at

Our busy law firm is seeking an individual to assist with data entry and related tasks - approximately 20 hours per week, starting May 22/18 until September 28/18. 


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office – Excel and Word;
  • Attention to detail, strong organization skills, effective time management;
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team to meet set deadlines;
  • Strong data entry skills;
  • Prior experience in a clerical role and/or enrolled in a business (accounting) program;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.


  • Posting time slips, disbursements and cash receipts to client files;
  • Accounts Payable;
  • Maintain client trust accounts including reconciliation to General Ledger;
  • Bank Deposits;
  • Liaise with bank for preparation of wire transfers (Domestic and Foreign).

Please forward cover letter and resume in confidence by April 30, 2018 to   

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Volunteer and Pro Bono
Nocturne Art at Night Society (“Nocturne”) – Corporate Secretary Nocturne is a non-profit organization seeking a volunteer to serve as its Corporate Secretary. Nocturne is an annual fall festival that brings art and energy to the streets of Halifax between 6pm and midnight on a Saturday night in late October.

The completely free event showcases and celebrates the visual arts scene in Halifax. Nocturne is an opportunity for everyone to experience the art of Halifax in a whole new light. Nocturne is a non-profit organization and has been operating successfully for over ten years. 

The Corporate Secretary will be responsible for the following:
- Attending board meetings; 
- Preparing and distributing meeting agendas and giving proper notice of meetings; 
- Preparing and distributing board meeting minutes and other board records; 
- Keeping the minute book of Nocturne in good order; 
- Keeping the Registry of Joint Stock Companies (RJSC) updated with mandatory filings;
- Providing advice and resources to the board regarding Nocturne’s governance; 
- Communicating Nocturne’s bylaws to board members, and making amendments/updates to the bylaws; 
- Assisting the executive director and board members with contracts, risk management, and insurance; and 
- Other duties as assigned from time to time. 
The successful candidate will have a keen interest in non-profit governance, possess a law degree, and be a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (or have eligibility to become a member). 
Time commitment is approximately 4-5 hours per month (including board meetings), with less of a time commitment in the “off-season”, and potentially more in the weeks leading up to the event. Attendance at the monthly board meetings is required for the corporate secretary. 
To find out more about Nocturne, please visit If you are interested in this position please contact our Director of Human Resources, Stephen Pamenter, at

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 (Halifax, NS) – Are you a lawyer or law student in the Halifax area looking to give back to the community and help people solve their legal problems? If so, you should consider volunteering at the Free Legal Clinic at the Law Courts. 

The clinic relies on volunteer lawyers and law students to provide support and free legal advice to individuals representing themselves in court. Private one-hour sessions are available, by appointment, at the Law Courts at 1815 Upper Water St.

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 in Halifax is open most Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed for the following dates in the spring and summer of 2018:

  • May 24 & 31
  • June 7, 14, 21 & 28
  • July 5, 12, 19 & 26
  • August 2, 9, 16 & 23

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

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


Media Contact:
Jennifer Stairs
Nova Scotia Judiciary
Cell: 902-221-5257

Looking for an opportunity to serve your community and build your resume?

People from all communities and walks of life are needed to serve on Nova Scotia’s agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs).

Applications are now being accepted for a wide variety of volunteer opportunities with more than 150 ABCs – ranging from the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and Arts Nova Scotia to police advisory boards and boards of various regulated professions.

All Nova Scotia residents are invited to apply through an online application process.

To learn more about current opportunities and to apply, visit the ABC website or call 902 424 4877 or 1 866 206 6844. The application deadline for some positions is May 15, 2018.

Applicants are assessed based on their skills and qualifications, taking into account the needs of the individual agency, board or commission. Applications will be considered for both current and upcoming vacancies. Typically, appointees are reimbursed for expenses, and in some cases, paid a modest amount for their services.

The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy. Applications from Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible people, persons with disabilities, women and members of other employment equity groups are welcomed. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify when applying for appointment.

The College of Dental Hygienists of Nova Scotia (CDHNS) is seeking lay representatives to serve on the Investigation Committee of the CDHNS.  The CDHNS, in the best interest of the public, regulates members, promotes excellence in care, and advances the profession.

Application Criteria:

It is important that committee members represent the authentic voice of this College and the regulations it abides by. For this reason, individuals applying for service to the CDHNS Investigations Committee are required to self-identify as per the following;

  • Applicants are required to disclose perceived or potential for Conflict of Interest with this committee work. (see definition below).
  • Applicants for the Investigation Committee should have a minimum of five years’ work experience.

Committee Role and Requirements:

The Investigation Committee considers matters of complaint brought before the CDHNS. Public representatives/lay persons bring a public perspective to the College’s governance of the dental hygiene profession.  Individuals applying shall be willing to work toward a sold understanding of self-regulation, governance, the role of the College, and this Committee. 

Committee members are required to attend a one to two-hour orientation on the organization, discipline process and become familiar with all pertinent legislation and other documentation (e.g., the Dental Hygienists Act 2007, the pursuant Regulations, and the Professional Conduct Policy Manual for the CDHNS Investigation Committee).  A telephone or in-person interview will occur prior to appointment. This interview may be conducted by a member of the Council Executive, the Investigations Committee Chair, the Registrar, or a combination. Applicants applying to serve on this Committee are expected to attend all Committee meetings.  Typical meetings are noted below:

  • one face-to-face meeting (typically in Halifax), usually in the Spring but dates to be determined, as required
  • undetermined teleconference calls, as required.

 Note: Committee appointments are for a 3-year term with an option to renew for a total of three consecutive 3-year terms.  Reimbursement of expenses will be consistent with the Council’s Expense Reimbursement and Per-Diem Policies for Committees.  To be considered for a public representative (layperson) position for the Investigation Committee, please submit a resume and cover letter by May 11, 2018 indicating your interest in a position. In the cover letter, please include your reasons for wishing to serve, and your background and experience. Please highlight how your experience, skills, and attributes will support the objects of the CDHNS. Please mail or email applications to: c/o Stacy Bryan, Registrar #11-2625 Joseph Howe DriveHalifax, NS B3L 4G4Email:

Upcoming Events
Event Date: Monday, April 30, 2018 - 11:00

The Nova Scotia Department of Justice is hosting an information session for lawyers on the Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act on April 30th at 11 am at the Department of Justice's Head Office located at 1690 Hollis Street.  The session will be held in the Michael Baker Boardroom on the 9th Floor.  You may also participate in this session by telephone from anywhere in the province. 

To register for this session, please email and indicate whether you would like to attend in person or by telephone. 

Event Date: Monday, April 30, 2018 - 08:00 to 09:00

Arbitrating Construction Disputes: What You Need to Know 

Speaker: Harvey J. Kirsh, Kirsh Construction ADR Services Ltd.


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

Event Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

Discussion of Annual CBA Immigration Conference and planning for 2018/2019 section activities

Facilitator: David Nurse, McInnes Cooper

We would like to invite members to attend the national meeting to share what they learned in an informal setting, and help us plan for 2018/2019.  Sarah McInnes will be taking over as chair this year.


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

Event Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

Women in Law: Negotiating for You

Speakers: Cheryl Canning QC, Burchells LLP, and Jennifer Schofield, Kennedy Schofield & Associates Inc.

This session will tackle the challenges we face when negotiating on our own behalf, whether for salary, benefits, work distribution, or setting a schedule. Learn how to advocate for you so that you are better placed to advocate for your clients! We look forward to seeing you all for this important discussion.


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

Event Date: Monday, May 7, 2018 - 08:30 to Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 16:30
This three-day experiential workshop builds on the skills and processes taught in the Essentials of Conflict Resolution and Interest-Based Mediation. Through case studies, lectures and group discussions, participants will learn and practice advanced techniques and strategies for screening and assessment of the conflict and ways to best prepare themselves and the parties for successful mediation.
Topics will include:
  • Conducting effective information meetings
  • Screening for power imbalances and violence
  • Analysing the conflict and its suitability for mediation
  • Coaching the parties for collaborative decision-making
  • Identifying the key issues and interests to be addressed
  • Techniques for dealing with power imbalances
  • Preparing for mediation/co-mediation
Course Dates
  • May 7, 2018 - 8:30am
  • May 8, 2018 - 8:30am
  • May 9, 2018 - 8:30am
Registration Fee: $769
Course Category: Practitioners Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution
Interpersonal and Workplace Conflict Resolution
Prerequisites: Essentials of Conflict Resolution, Interest-Based Mediation
For more information, please visit the program page or contact us at 902-628-4394 or
KIRSTIN LUND – Instructor
Kirstin Lund, B.A., LL.B., is the CEO of Settlements Inc., providing services as a mediator, facilitator, and conflict resolution coach and trainer since 1996. From 1998 onwards, Kirstin collaborated in the development a UPEI Centre for Conflict Resolution Studies, and has since designed and taught numerous courses in mediation, family mediation, conflict resolution, restorative justice and communication skills. In 1998, she was one of the first in Canada to be certified as a Comprehensive Family Mediator by Family Mediation Canada and has been an Assessor for its national certification program since 2003.
She is a certified MBTI practitioner specializing in personality type and its impact on conflict management. She has worked in partnership to develop a uniquely restorative process for comprehensive and collaborative safety planning for women at high risk after leaving abusive relationships called Circles of Safety and Support. Kirstin is also a co-owner of Winding Path Inc., which offers leadership training, personal and professional development programs, planning and accountability coaching, strategic planning and customized team workshops and retreats.


Event Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 (All day)

This workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and skillset required to conduct a grievance arbitration case or give maximum assistance to counsel/advocates who are doing so. Seasoned arbitrators and top union and employer counsel will lead participants in exploring best practices and developing strategies relating to grievance arbitration advocacy. Participants will also have the opportunity to hone their advocacy skills by working through simulation exercises in small groups, while receiving invaluable guidance and feedback from workshop leaders.Participants will practice the following skills:

  • Identifying the key issues, strengths, and weaknesses of a case
  • Making persuasive opening and closing statements
  • Preparing, examining, and cross-examining witnesses
  • Effectively gathering and presenting evidence and caselaw
Event Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 13:00

In this user-friendly online training session, you will:

- Learn about the responsibilities of the executor and the risk they face while performing these tasks

- Understand the coverage available and the benefits of executor liability insurance for both the executor and the lawyer

- Learn how easy it is to provide executor clients with the protection they need


Event Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 (All day) to Thursday, May 10, 2018 (All day)

Day One - Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Day Two - Thursday, May 10, 2018

Event Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

Access and other Land Registration Act (LRA) Issues

Speaker: Ian MacLean QC, MacLean & MacDonald

Event Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 02:30 to 05:00

Clients today are facing the complaitcaion of aging - they may be approaching seniority themselves or they are assisting or responsible for their aging family members.

In this session Jessica Lyle from Sealy Cornish Coulthard and Tanya L. Butler from Cox & Palmer will address the current state of medical assistance in dying, how to assess capacity, and the implications of inadequate powers of abuse and financial (and other) abuse that may follow as a result.

Event Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

Plain Language Legislative Drafting – Part II

Speaker: Rachel Jones, Registrar of Regulations


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

Event Date: Friday, May 11, 2018 (All day) to Saturday, May 12, 2018 (All day)

Registration is open for Media & the Law: Working Together to Improve Access & Public Trust. The Nova Scotia Courts are pleased to present this conference for journalists, judges, students, lawyers and other justice system professionals.

Friday, May 11 & Saturday, May 12, 2018 | Pier 21, Halifax, N.S.

For information about the session topics and to register, visit the Courts of Nova Scotia website:

This is an opportunity for an open and frank discussion of the important larger issues surrounding the working relationship between the media and the Canadian courts. Staff from the Executive Office will note any ideas arising from the discussions for consideration by the Nova Scotia Courts’ Media Liaison Committee. 


Event Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

How to Prepare Your Solicitor’s File to Withstand Litigation: Estate Planning Professionals in the Witness Box

Speaker: Richard Norman, Cox & Palmer


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

Event Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

How to Run a Small Claims Court Proceeding - Part 2!

Speakers: Augustus (Gus) Richardson, QC, AD+REM ADR Services, and Sara Nicholson, Stewart McKelvey

By popular demand, this will be a continuation of Gus and Sara's first session on Small Claims Court proceedings held in March. (Attendance at the March session is not a prerequisite.)


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

Event Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

Capital Raising Exemptions

Speaker: Patrick G.E. Fitzgerald, Cox & Palmer

A review of available prospectus exemptions – a primer for lawyers who are not securities law specialists – the do’s and don’ts of selling securities.


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

Event Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

Using International Law in Canadian Courts

Speaker: Benjamin Perryman, Sole Practitioner and doctoral candidate at Yale Law School

International law is increasingly part of civil litigation in Canada, especially in the area of public law. In this section meeting, Benjamin Perryman will review leading and recent case law on how to use international law in Canadian courts. Perryman is a sole practitioner and doctoral candidate at Yale Law School.


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

Event Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 12:30

The NS Department of Justice is hosting an information session for lawyers on the Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act on May 23 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at Acadia University in Wolfville. 

To register for this session, please email

Event Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 05:00 to 07:00
Event Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 09:00 to Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 12:00

This year the annual Canadian Association of Law Libraries/L'Association canadienne des bibliothèques de droit (CALL/ACBD) conference  ( is taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia from May 27th – 30th. Members of the Law Society of Nova Scotia are invited to consider attending this conference on a day pass (information below) as attendance at these sessions may be counted towards CPD requirements Applicable sessions are available on May 29th and May 30th. Day Pass Information: Cost: A one day pass for sessions is $115.00 ($100.00 + tax) and includes access to the plenary session and CPD applicable sessions for that day. The registration page can be accessed at - on the registration form is a “One Day Pass - CPD Accredited Sessions Only” registration option with a special rate. Members will need to enter the code CPD2018 in order to get the special rate.  

CPD Applicable Sessions:

Tuesday, May 29

  • Cannabis/Marijuana Plenary Panel: Know Your Rights/ How Will This Affect Us? 9 am – 10:30 am (1.5 hours)
  • Unlocking Dark Data for Legal Decision-Making 11 am -12 pm (1 hour)
  • Competitive Intelligence and Gov Docs: Find, Use, and Create Actionable Intelligence 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm (1.5 hours) OR
  • The Now and Future of Blockchain for Law 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm (1.5 hours)

 Wednesday, May 30

  • Plenary: Connecting Through Digital Transformation 9 am – 10:00 am (1 hours)
  • The Crown, the Copyright, and the Law 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (1.5 hours) OR
  • AI's Infiltration of the Legal Profession 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (1.5 hours)
Event Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 17:30 to 20:00

The 20th Annual Bench and Bar Round Table Dinner Meeting with the Justices of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia Family Division and the Judges of the Family Court for the Province of Nova Scotia.


Event Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (All day)

Whether in the courtroom, boardroom or office,negotiating well for your client goes hand in hand with being a good litigator. Experienced counsel give candid advice on strategies and tactics that work. This program teaches the skills of negotiation planning andhow to ensure you leave a negotiation with the best deal possible for your client. Register for the morning only, featuring presentations by noted faculty. Stayfor the full day including afternoon skills workshop for hands-on exercises. Workshop materials will be distributed electronically prior to the program. Advance preparation is required for the afternoon skills workshop.

Topics Include:

  • Negotiation planning and strategy
  • Settlement offers
  • Advice from the bench
  • Tips for the courthouse steps
  • Dealing with difficult parties andrepresentatives
  • Professionalism and ethical issues
  • Obtaining clear client instructions

Program Chairs:

  • Daniel M. Campbell, Q.C., Cox & Palmer
  • Sheree Conlon, Q.C., Stewart McKelvey
Event Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 (All day) to Wednesday, June 27, 2018 (All day)

Registration is open until the Friday before the Online Land Registration Act training program. Cost for this program is $650 plus HST and registrants have 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.



Event Date: Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 02:00

Musculoskeletal disorders are the largest category of workplace injuries and account for the majority of personal injury claims. Knowing the real mechanism of a back or knee injury or what is and is not trauma-related is crucial to your success as an advocate. In plain-English, and with a sharp focus on the challenges you face, seasoned litigator, and law and anatomy professor Sam Hodge will explain the nuances of the spine and lower extremities in an easy to understand manner that will allow you to better evaluate or defend your case. Professor Hodge, will explain how diagnosis are made and the particulars of medical tests and surgical procedure from the unique perspective of a very successful litigator and teacher. You will:

  • Learn how injuries to the spine & knee really occur.
  • Learn about muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia.
  • Find out the difference between a sprain and a strain.
  • Become comfortable with the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system.
  • Find out how x-rays, Ct-scans and MRIs work as you read actual film

Live webinar with chat includes 30 day replay. This program features real-time audio of the presenter with synchronized presentation slides, and a chat feature that allows for live Q & A. 

Event Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 14:00

This webcast will provide insights and promising practices of how legal professional can go beyond "pride" to celebrate LGBT+ people through the year, and create and maintain inclusive workplaces for LGBT+ people and their allies at all times. 

CCDI prides itself on providing engaging and interactive education. Attendees participating in this webcast will have the opportunity to ask questions during the question and answer session for which accreditation is sought. Additionally, attendees are engaged through a variety of interactive means - such as whiteboards and polling - to ensure active participation and challenge their understanding of the subject.

This course is available as a live webinar in both English (August 22) and French (August 23). The webinar will then be available for rebroadcast for those working for CCDI Employer Partners through CCDI's Knowledge Portal.Licensees working for one of CCDI's Employer Partners are able to watch the recorded version of this webcast through our Knowledge Portal. Attendees viewing the content in this form are encouraged to send follow up questions to the presenters through an email address provided as part of the recording.

Register for this event here:

Event Date: Monday, November 19, 2018 - 14:00

This webcast will examine the fundamentals of mental health, with specific commentary on the impact of mental illness on the legal world. Participants will gain a better understanding of how they can positively impact their colleagues living with mental health concerns.

This course is available as a live webinar in both English (November 19) and French (November 20). The webinar will then be available for rebroadcast for those working for CCDI Employer Partners through CCDI's Knowledge Portal. Attendees participating in this webcast will have the opportunity to ask questions during the question and answer session for which accreditation is sought. Additionally, attendees are engaged through a variety of interactive means - such as whiteboards and polling - to ensure active participation and challenge their understanding of the subject.

Licensees working for one of CCDI's Employer Partners are able to watch the recorded version of this webcast through our Knowledge Portal. Attendees viewing the content in this form are encouraged to send follow up questions to the presenters through an email address provided as part of the recording.

Register for this event here:

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