INFORUM

September 27, 2018 InForum Issue

Society news

The elevation of John Bodurtha to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has left a vacancy in the Second Vice-President position of the Society.

Council has requested the Governance & Nominating Committee (GNC) bring forward a recommendation for a qualified person to fill the office. To ensure that anyone who might be willing to assume the responsibilities of the office has an opportunity to be considered, Council has directed that this notice be provided to all lawyers in the province.

If you are interested in being considered for this appointment you should, by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, signify your interest by advising:

Julia Cornish QC
Chair, Governance & Nominating Committee
jcornish@scclaw.ca

with a copy to Tilly Pillay QC, Executive Director, tpillay@nsbs.org

In light of the timing of the vacancy, Council has determined there will not be a byelection, but rather the GNC will review all applicants and candidates through a process of evaluating suitability. The GNC will consider the following with respect to each candidate:

  • reasons outlined in the expression of interest
  • leadership experience in regulatory, not-for-profit, or other organizations
  • experience in regulation, governance or access to justice matters (particular areas of focus in the Strategic Plan)
  • experience in financial oversight and reporting
  • unquestionable integrity and respect for others
  • communication skills
  • strategic thinking
  • consensus building
  • other specific skills and attributes
  • knowledge of/familiarity with the work and strategic direction of the Society, and
  • ability to commit to the time and workload of the office.

The GNC may chose to interview some of the candidates.

Consistent with all Society appointments, the GNC is required to ensure that the Society’s leadership reflects our commitment to substantive equality, diversity and inclusiveness.

The Second Vice-President would in the normal course continue on the leadership ladder through First Vice-President and then President in 2020-2021.

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society’s strategic priorities are to transform regulation in the public interest, enhance access to legal services and the justice system in Nova Scotia and promote equity, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society’s strategic priorities are to transform regulation in the public interest, enhance access to legal services and the justice system in Nova Scotia and promote equity, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Council committees have a key role in advancing these strategic priorities.

The Society seeks to populate its committees with both members of Council and other people with skills that will enable committees to develop and carry out their work plans. Council committees should reflect and broaden the diversity of our profession and our communities. We will not only consider diversity of individuals based on geographic location and practice area, but also on gender, Indigenous identity, cultural identity, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

This year, the Governance & Nominating Committee will make recommendations to Council for individuals to be appointed to regulatory and Council committees generally for two-year terms commencing January 1, 2019. What follows is a brief description of vacancies to be filled, and the skills and attributes that are sought. A full description of committees and their terms of reference may be found at: http://nsbs.org/about_us/committees

Individuals interested in being considered for appointments should send their expression of interest and completed skills and attributes matrix to the Executive Director by email at tpillay@nsbs.org no later than Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 4pm.

Read the Committee Descriptions list for more details. You should describe the reasons for your interest in a particular committee and the skills/attributes/experience you could bring to that committee’s work. Then fill in the Skills and Attributes Matrix and send it along with your expression of interest.

If you have questions or require assistance, please contact the NSBS Governance Officer, Julia Schabas (jschabas@nsbs.org).

The Society is committed to ensuring a transparent process in the selection of Committee appointments for the 2019-2021 term. At its September 21, 2018 meeting, Council approved the appointment of a subcommittee of the Governance & Nominating Committee to undertake the Committee appointments process. The subcommittee will include individuals from the Equity Committees, a member of the Governance & Nominating Committee, an Officer (past or current) of the Society and some members who are not currently involved with the Society’s work, so the subcommittee has as broad a perspective as possible.

To assist those interested in seeking appointment to a Committee, we are holding an information session on October 11 from 12 noon to 1:00 pm at the Society’s offices. Our goal for this is to provide information about the role of committees and the expectations and demands of serving on one. A review of the Call for Committee Expressions of Interest: 2019-2021 would be advantageous to anyone considering joining a committee.

Attendance may be in person or via teleconference by calling 1-866-862-7608 and entering the Conference ID “623 3560” followed by “#” when prompted.

For further information any member may feel free to contact the Society’s Officers, Governance & Nominating Chair or Executive Director by email or phone:

Frank DeMont QC, President            902 755-9200, frank@demonts.ca

Carrie Ricker, First Vice-President     902 414-2403, carrie@rickerlaw.ca

Julia Cornish QC, GNC Chair            902 466-2500, jcornish@scclaw.ca

Tilly Pillay QC, Executive Director     902 422-1491, tpillay@nsbs.org

For any questions relating to the logistics of the Committee appointments process, please contact Julia Schabas, Governance Officer (jschabas@nsbs.org).

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

Tax lawyer's appointment as judge increases diversity of Nova Scotia courts
The Canadian Press | Aug. 31, 2018 | By Michael Tutton

Justice Canada counsel appointed to Nova Scotia Supreme Court
The Lawyer's Daily | September 6, 2018 | By John Chunn

Allnovascotia.com (subscription only)

  • Bar Society Scrambles To Line Up New Prez (Sept. 10)
  • Bodurtha Named Judge (Aug. 31)

 

Council

For details about matters discussed at Council's meeting on Friday, September 21, please see the Council Highlights and Documents, available on the Council materials page of the Society's website: http://nsbs.org/council-materials.

The Society extends thanks to Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn, Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative, Millbrook First Nation, for hosting the meeting at the Millbrook Community Hall, and to members of the community and Indigenous Bar who participated.

The next regular meeting of Council is scheduled for Friday, November 23, 2018 at the Society’s offices at 9:00 am.

Credentials

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

The following former member received a judicial appointment on August 31, 2018:

The Honourable John Patrick Bodurtha is now a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.

The following members have changed to the Practising Lawyer category:

Cassandra Lee Anne Armsworthy
Sheherazade Ghorashy
Joel Daniel Henderson
Shawna Yvonne Hoyte QC
Matthew Mark MacLean McEwen
Meghan Eloise Russell
Tracy Suzanne Smith

The Society welcomes the following new articled clerks:

Sarah Marie Flanagan
Sara Caitlin Gillett
Emily Jane Mason
Nakita Samson

The following members have changed to Non-Practising status:

Dildeep Singh Bhatti
Jill Louise Chisholm
Karl Helmut Schmitz Clancey
Sophie Joan DeViller
Erinn Gerard Moore
Anthony Douglas Rosborough

The following member has changed to Retired status:

Murray Judge

The following member has resigned:  

Colleen Elizabeth Hepburn

Access to Justice

The CBA Women Lawyers Forum, together with the OBA WLF, are pleased to present a truly unique event – the 25th Anniversary commemoration of the CBA Gender Equality Task Force Report, “Touchstones for Change: Equality, Diversity and Accountability”.

Four of the Task Force members, the Honourable Judge Corinne Sparks, Dr. Sharon McIvor, Daphne Dumont QC, and Dr. Melina Buckley, will come together to provide their insights and reflections on the work of the Task Force, as well as their thoughts and comments on the progress that has been made to date and the work still to be accomplished.

The event will also be webcast so those unable to attend in person can be part of this historic event. We encourage you to join us for these exceptional presentations and discussions.

PROGRAM SPEAKERS
The Honourable Judge Corinne Sparks
Dr. Sharon McIvor
Daphne Dumont QC
Dr. Melina Buckley

CHAIRS
Kelly McLaughlin, Secretary, WLF
C. Rebecca Brown, Member-at-Large, WLF

PROGRAM DETAILS

Date:               Friday, October 12, 2018
Time:               4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Program
Location:         Toronto and online

PROGRAM PRICE

CBA Member: $25* | CBA Student Member: $15* | Non-Member: $25*

*plus applicable taxes

To register and find out more, see this September 24 news item on the CBA website.

Tips from LIANS

Join us Thursday, October 25, 2018 for LIANS' 10th annual Risk and Practice Management Program conference from 9am-3:45pm at the Delta Halifax.

Early rate: $225+HST
(after Oct 17th: $275+HST)

  • Residential real estate agreements standard forms update with Lisa White, CPA, CA, Associate Broker
  • Procrastination and avoiding claims with Director of the Law Society of Manitoba, Tana Christianson
  • Legal Services Support: What we’re hearing from you with Jennifer Pink and Rob McCleave of NSBS Legal Services Support
  • Current practice issues in Criminal law with Mark Scott QC, Alexander MacKillop and Jade Pictou
  • Equity in the legal workplace with Angela Simmonds and Jane Willwerth of the NSBS Equity & Access Office
  • Mental health and lawyers: Signs, policies, problems and self-care with Doron Gold, JD, MSW, RSW, CPCC

Register online
(or register by telephone or email with Alex at 902-423-1300 x325 or agreencorn@lians.ca)

Sessions may be eligible as CPD hours.

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

 

LIANS' 2017 Annual Report presents an overview of its activities and financial performance over the last year, and outlines our direction for future initiatives.

Read LIANS' 2017 Annual Report

 

Bogus Interac e-Transfer texts and emails purportedly from "Bell Mobility” have been circulating heavily of late – examples here:

Texts

"Free Bell msg: You received a refund from your mobility operator. Learn more: htts://uz-nx.co.uk/index2.tml"

"Bell Mobility: You have been overcharged on a previous payment htts://bit.ly/2xnh9w"

Email

"From: INTERAC e-Transfer
Subject: INTERAC e-Transfer: Bell Mobility sent you money (refund for $200.00 (CAD) #94884DE3)

Hello,
You have received a refund from Bell Mobility for the amount of $200.00 (CAD) for charge back.
Click to accept funds."

As these have been confirmed as scam attempts, you may simple dismiss and delete these messages. As always, links and attachments in unsolicited or unanticipated emails or texts should not be accessed unless the sender can be positively verified, as they may contain viruses, or may be an attempt to solicit your banking information. It is best to contact the company or person directly (without responding to that email or text), in order to verify the sender.

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

 

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

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


Visit the NSLAP website at www.nslap.ca. For more information and support with mental health, along with resources and counselling to improve your health and wellness, register with Homewood Health https://www.homeweb.ca/ Please note that NSLAP is your “company” name when you register. Call in confidence, 24 hours a day: 1 866 299 1299 (within Nova Scotia) | (Visit the NSLAP website for details about calling from outside Nova Scotia) | 1 866 398 9505 (en français) | 1 888 384 1152 (TTY).

 

Courts

John Bodurtha

Aug. 31, 2018 – News release from the Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary

The Honourable Joseph Kennedy, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, extended a warm welcome on August 31 to the province’s newest judge, Justice John Bodurtha, who is now presiding on the Supreme Court in Halifax. 

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, made the announcement in a news release on August 31. Justice Bodurtha replaces Justice Glen McDougall, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective May 14, 2018.

Justice Bodurtha’s appointment was effective immediately and he was officially sworn in at a robing ceremony on September 14. Photos of the ceremony are available on the Nova Scotia Courts’ Twitter feed at @CourtsNS_News.   

“We are thrilled to have someone of Justice Bodurtha’s caliber appointed to the Bench,” Chief Justice Kennedy said. “I have no doubt his expertise will prove valuable on this Court, and his involvement with the committee work outside the courtroom shows his commitment to an efficient, effective and representative judicial system. We are fortunate to have him.”

Justice Bodurtha was born and raised in Halifax. He received his law degree from Dalhousie University and was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1996. He spent a year with Nova Scotia Legal Aid before joining the Tax Law Services section in the Atlantic Regional Office of Justice Canada as a tax litigator in 1997. Until his appointment, he was director of the Tax Law Services section in the Atlantic Regional Office and a member of various committees within the office and national departmental committees.

Justice Bodurtha was also an active member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. He was elected to Council in 2015 for the Halifax District and was appointed Second Vice-President in 2017. At the time of his appointment to the Bench, Justice Bodurtha was First Vice-President.

At the Barristers’ Society, he served on various committees, including the Executive, Finance, Governance & Nominating, and Complaints Investigation Committees. He also served as Co-Chair of the Racial Equity Committee and was the Society’s representative on the Advisory Committee on Provincial Judicial Appointments.

Justice Bodurtha’s volunteer activities include being a long-standing member of the Board of Directors for Dalhousie Legal Aid, a board member for Halifax City Soccer Club, and a past member of the Board of Directors for Phoenix House.

With his appointment, there are now 20 full-time and nine supernumerary judges sitting on the Supreme Court, and another 14 full-time and three supernumerary judges presiding on the Supreme Court – Family Division. For more information on the Nova Scotia Judiciary and the Courts of Nova Scotia, please visit www.courts.ns.ca.

Further reading:

The next meeting of the Court of Appeal Liaison Committee will be held on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 3:30 p.m..

The Committee is comprised of members of the Court of Appeal and a range of private and public sector appellate counsel, 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, Q.C., at peter.mcvey@novascotia.ca.

Province

Dear Member:

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

The criteria for these appointments are:

  1. fifteen years or more as a member of the Bar of Nova Scotia as of September 30, 2018 and eligible to practise law in Nova Scotia;
  2. demonstrated professional integrity, good character and outstanding contributions to the practice of law through one or more of:
  1. recognition by other members of the profession as an exceptional barrister or solicitor,
  2. exceptional contributions through legal scholarship, teaching or continuing legal education,
  3. demonstration of exceptional qualities of leadership in the profession, and
  4. engaging in activities of a public or charitable nature in such a way as to raise the esteem in which the legal profession is held by the public;
  1. the Advisory Committee on Queen’s Counsel Appointments is asked to consider regional, gender and minority representation among the persons recommended for appointment as Queen’s Counsel.

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

A complete application or nomination package must consist of:

  1. An original and one copy of the Authorization for Disclosure of Information and Release Form; and
  2. An original and twelve copies of the following documents:
    1. Application or Nomination Form;
    2. Information form. (Ordinarily the information will be confined to the Form provided. However, if you find the space on the Form insufficient, you may provide up to an additional two pages. Material exceeding the additional two pages will not be forwarded to the Committee); and
    3. Two Letters of Reference. (One letter is to come from within the Bar or Judiciary. The second letter is to come from outside the Bar and Judiciary.)  

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

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

Your complete application or nomination must be received by Justice Bourgeois no later than 4:00 pm, Friday, September 28, 2018. It may be mailed or delivered to:

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

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Yours truly,

Karen Hudson, QC
Deputy Minister of Justice

Education, buildings and shared spaces in Nova Scotia will soon be guided by accessibility standards.

Minister responsible for the Accessibility Act, Mark Furey was joined by the Accessibility Advisory Board and stakeholders on Sept. 21 for the release of the province's implementation strategy for achieving accessibility.

Access by Design 2030 identifies priorities to achieve the goals set out in the Accessibility Act.

"I am proud of the collaboration that led to the Accessibility Act being passed last year. This historic piece of legislation will make a real difference in the lives of people with disabilities in Nova Scotia," said Premier Stephen McNeil.

Beginning in 2018, committees will be established to develop accessibility standards for education and the built environment, which includes buildings, streets, sidewalks and shared spaces.

These standards are expected to be rolled out starting in 2022 and will be implemented in the years following. The strategy also identifies actions to improve public awareness, build collaboration and increase compliance with existing regulations.

"Access by Design 2030 outlines how government, businesses, communities, and individuals will work together to create a province that is inclusive and accessible to all," said Mr. Furey. "The priorities outlined in the strategy and the continued input we receive from Nova Scotians will guide our work to make this province more equitable and inclusive."

The first Government of Nova Scotia Accessibility Plan (2018-2021) was also released on Sept. 21. The plan outlines actions for improving access to the provincial public service and to government information, infrastructure, programs, and services for persons with disabilities.

"As an employer, and as Nova Scotia's largest program and service provider, it is important we lead by example," said Premier McNeil. "Government's plan sets out concrete actions that will be taken over the next three years to ensure that accessibility is considered in the development and delivery of our policies, programs and services, and in our workplace."

Both the strategy and the plan were developed with input from Nova Scotians, including persons with disabilities and their families, those who provide services to persons with disabilities, municipalities, and representatives from the non-profit, education, health, and business sectors, and in collaboration with staff who work directly on the development and delivery of government programs and services.

A summary of the consultation findings, Access by Design 2030, and the Government of Nova Scotia Accessibility Plan are available at novascotia.ca/accessibility.

"It's an exciting time to be a part of the efforts the province is making to improve accessibility," said Clary Stubbert, member of the disabled community and student of the NSCC Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program. "The training I'm receiving from the Rick Hansen program will allow me to assess buildings in order to remove some of the barriers faced by people with disabilities."

Government will continue to consult with persons with disabilities and those impacted on the development of standards and the implementation of actions outlined in the strategy and government plan.

"We are looking forward to working with standard development committees and continuing our consultation with persons with disabilities and others as we develop recommendations for the first standards, said Doug Foster, chair of the Accessibility Advisory Board. "The success of the Accessibility Act can only be achieved when the voices of those directly impacted are heard."

The Accessibility Act was passed in 2017, setting a goal of an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030. It outlines how we will improve accessibility in our province to ensure that every Nova Scotian can participate in our society.

Legislation was introduced Sept. 11 to prohibit the use of a discriminatory and harmful therapy that attempts to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of young people who identify as 2SLGBTIQ+.

"Nova Scotia does not condone sexual orientation or gender identity change efforts or the concept that anyone from the 2SLGBTIQ+ community requires treatment because of their sexual orientation or gender identity," said Justice Minister Mark Furey. "A person's sexual orientation is something to be respected, especially in a proudly diverse and inclusive province like Nova Scotia."

The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Protection Act will protect and uphold the rights of 2SLGBTIQ+ Nova Scotians by prohibiting people in positions of trust or authority from undertaking such change efforts with minors. 

The legislation will also prohibit regulated health professionals from providing any practice or service that seeks to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of Nova Scotians under the age of 19, the age of majority in the province.

The act will enshrine in law that these practices are not medically insured services in Nova Scotia. In addition, the legislation will ensure that public funds are not used to support organizations that provide or advocate the use of the intervention.

"This is an excellent step toward protecting 2SGLBTIQ+ youth by ensuring that people in power and health professions do not engage in these harmful conversion practices," said Matthew Numer, an advocate and former chair of the Rainbow Action Project. "This legislation is the most progressive we have seen in Canada."

Sexual orientation or gender identity change efforts refer to practices that attempt to change a 2SLGBTIQ+ person's sexual orientation or gender identity through various means including counselling, behavior modification and/or the use of medications.

"The practice of conversion therapy is harmful, it is not evidenced based and is not in the spirit of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act," said Dr. Gus Grant, registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. "This practice does not belong in medicine. The profession condemns this practice and this condemnation is echoed in this new legislation."

Services and programs that provide support, understanding, acceptance or help with coping, identity exploration or development will not be affected by this legislation and it will not impact gender-confirming surgeries and associated services.

"Halifax Pride is pleased that the government is taking this important step to protect vulnerable queer persons from the harmful, and widely condemned, practise of sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts," said Morgan Manzer, chair of Halifax Pride.

Law enforcement officers and Nova Scotians will benefit from changes the government is introducing to make communities safer. The Body Armour Control Act, introduced Sept. 14, will regulate the possession of body armour in Nova Scotia.

The act will restrict the possession and sale of such equipment to police officers, sheriffs, corrections officers, special constables, conservation officers, bylaw enforcement officers, security guards, paramedics and others who legitimately require it due to the nature of their employment.

"This is about protecting police, other law enforcement officers and Nova Scotians", said Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mark Furey. "Police have told us the use of body armour by criminals is a concern. Those possessing it often engage in violent activities, placing our officers and our citizens in harms way."

The legislation creates offences and provides authority to seize body armour from anyone not authorized to possess it.

The legislation also includes:

  • authority for peace officers to search for and seize body armour that is unlawfully possessed
  • authority for peace officers to lay charges for the unauthorized possession of body armour and to allow a person to forfeit their body armour without being charged
  • provisions allowing the creation of temporary permits and the addition of other exempted groups, to be added by regulation

"This is an extremely important piece of legislation for law enforcement in our province," said Peter McIsaac, chief with the Cape Breton Regional Police. "We know that body armour is being used to advance criminal activity. Controlling its use - keeping it out of the hands it's not intended for, and in the hands of those it's meant to protect -  will improve the safety of both first responders and the public."

The proposed legislation is similar to laws in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba. There will be time in advance of the act coming into effect for those who currently possess body armour but who do not belong to one of the exempt groups, to turn it over to local police or the RCMP.

NOTE: The following is a September 13 op-ed piece from Justice Minister Mark Furey.

Bullying today goes far beyond the playground, campus, or workplace; it can be online and quickly seen and shared by many, where the victim has no escape. 

The rapid growth of smartphones, social media and the anonymity of the online world has created increasing opportunity for cyberbullying and the unwanted sharing of intimate images. These behaviours can result in psychological damage and trauma to the victim and sometimes with tragic consequences.

As both a parent and a concerned citizen I want those who are bullied online, or who are victims of the unwanted sharing of intimate images, to have access to justice and to the supports they need.

The Intimate Images and Cyber-Protection Act was adopted in July, in response to the growth of these issues. It provides victims with support and alternatives to criminal prosecution.

This legislation is about increasing access to justice. Victims can now access free dispute resolution services, including advice, negotiation and mediation. They can also seek a protection order through the courts for the alleged offenders to stop the activity, remove online content, prohibit further contact from the alleged offenders and seek compensation for damages.

The province's CyberScan unit will work with victims to help them understand their options and navigate the justice system. Where possible, CyberScan will seek to resolve the matter informally through voluntary dispute resolution. Experience has shown us that many people want and are able to resolve matters outside of court. Often, the victim simply wants to have the harmful and hurtful content – whether it is a photo or an offensive post removed and removed quickly.

We are confident that many incidents of cyberbullying and the unwanted sharing of intimate images will continue to be resolved through restorative approaches.

The department has developed tools that are understandable and easy to access, including a step-by-step guide on the legislation, found at https://novascotia.ca/cyberscan/ .

We have also partnered with the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia to provide victims and others with free legal information and referrals to lawyers.

And we continue to focus on prevention by educating Nova Scotians on the harmful impacts of cyberbullying and the unwanted sharing of intimate images. Since 2013, CyberScan staff have already connected with over 24,000 Nova Scotia young people through public and class presentations. This will continue to be a significant focus of their work.

As the online world continues to evolve, new mediums and social networks will present new challenges and opportunities. It is important that we stay on top of them, and that we ensure this legislation remains responsive, current and effective. Because what is most important is that victims are protected and that they have access to the supports they need.

If you believe you are the victim of cyberbullying or that an intimate image of you was shared without your consent call CyberScan:

  • 902-424-6990 (within HRM)
  • 855-702-8324 (toll-free)

Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan introduced amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act on Sept. 18 that will benefit both tenants and landlords.

"Our goal is to make the act more inclusive, accessible and balanced for tenants and landlords," said Mr. MacLellan. "These changes are largely based on consultations with tenant and landlord groups. While we are pleased to adopt these amendments now, we will continue to work with these groups on other opportunities for improvement."

The following changes will improve clarity and consistency in the law, increase efficiency and help balance interests of tenants and landlords:

  • both tenants and landlords will have alternate ways to serve documents, such as electronically, in addition to only through personal service or registered mail
  • reducing the minimum timeframe landlords are required to store abandoned property from 60 days to 30 days
  • currently, new homebuyers who do not wish to be landlords may only make an application to evict a tenant after a home is purchased and in their possession. The proposed changes allow the seller to initiate the eviction upon proof of sale
  • allowing tenants to give notice to change their yearly tenancy to month-to-month instead of asking for a landlord's permission
  • providing landlords with entry times to show an apartment to a prospective tenant or purchaser where there is a fixed-term lease in place
  • terminating a lease the next month after a single tenant dies to eliminate unnecessary financial hardship for family of the deceased. Currently, a family of a deceased tenant must give one month's formal notice to end the tenancy and could be responsible for up to two months' rent, depending on when the notice is given.

There are over 300,000 people living in over 110,000 rental properties across Nova Scotia.

These changes are part of ongoing work to modernize the Residential Tenancy Program and support government's commitment to cut red tape for business and citizens, modernize legislation and make government services more accessible and efficient for Nova Scotians.

Amendments announced Sept 19 to the Vital Statistics Act introduce X as an option for gender identity on the Nova Scotia birth certificate and make the display of the sex field optional.

"Introducing these changes to the birth certificate is another example of how Nova Scotia is recognizing and supporting all persons in their right to have their gender and identity recognized and respected," said Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan. "Adding X to the birth certificate will allow people who don't identify exclusively as male or female to more accurately reflect their gender identity." 

The fee to change the sex indicator on a birth certificate will be waived at the same time the changes come into effect. There will still be the option to have M or F on the birth certificate.

A child's sex will still be recorded as M or F at the time of birth on the birth registration.

"The proposed changes take many important steps toward meeting the needs of Nova Scotians who do not wish to be identified by sex," said Shae Morse, non-binary teacher and community advocate. "Providing Nova Scotians with additional options to identify themselves or their children removes a significant barrier facing the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. While there is work left to do to remove barriers for our community, passage of this legislation will truly be worth celebrating."

X has been added as an option for gender identity in Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Saskatchewan and Ontario have the option to not display the sex field on the birth certificate. The federal government uses X on passports.

Additional amendments to the Vital Statistics Act that support a more inclusive birth certificate process include:

  • removing the requirement for anyone 16 years of age and older to get a statement from a professional to change the sex indicator on their birth certificate
  • providing Nova Scotia residents born outside the province with a means of getting documentation that reflects their gender identity

Prior to making these changes, broad consultation occurred with individuals from the 2SLGBTIQ+ community from across the province.

Other amendments to the Vital Statistics Act include:

  • allowing all parents the same rights to register the birth of their child with any surname of their choice
  • providing Nova Scotians with the most secure and cost- effective access to online birth, marriage and death certificates by creating the ability to restrict third party vendors selling these services online.

Mr. MacLellan also introduced amendments to the Change of Name Act. The changes will shorten the time a person born outside of Nova Scotia has to live in the province before they can legally change their name. The residency period is being reduced to three months from one year, which aligns with other jurisdictions.

All changes are expected to come into effect January 2019.

Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan tabled changes to the Senior Citizens' Property Tax Rebate Act on Sept. 20 that will help more low-income seniors access the program.

The rebate program provides up to $800 on municipal property taxes paid during the previous tax year.

Eligibility criteria are being expanded to allow a rebate to include seniors who move out of their primary residence but have paid the previous year's municipal taxes. With this change, up to 150 more people could be eligible for a rebate.

Ownership of the act is also being transferred from the Department of Community Services to Service Nova Scotia. Service Nova Scotia plans to introduce service delivery efficiencies that will enhance service to clients.

"The rebate program is meant to help older Nova Scotians with low-incomes remain in their homes longer," said Mr. MacLellan. "These changes extend the rebate to more people and will support improvements in how we deliver services to those who need it."

Mr. MacLellan also tabled administrative amendments to various Service Nova Scotia acts that streamline processes, clarify and strengthen language and increase enforcement responsibility.

Highlights of the amendments include:

  • giving the Deputy Registrar General of Vital Statistics increased enforcement responsibility to terminate a cleric's and religious body's registration to solemnize marriages if they fail to comply with the Marriage Act
  • update and harmonize limitation periods at three years to make the acts consistent. If someone is in violation of the act, they have three years to be charged. (Collection Agencies Act, Consumer Creditors Conduct Act, Consumer Protection Act, Consumer Reporting Act, Direct Sellers' Regulation Act, Mortgage Regulation Act)
  • update and correct language, for example remove gendered terms like his and workmanlike to ensure the acts apply equally to all Nova Scotians, regardless of gender and marital status (Consumer Protection Act, Petroleum Products Pricing Act, Consumer Reporting Act)
  • clarify and enhance regulation-making authority, for example allow the registrar to set new application form requirements (Consumer Protection Act, Consumer Reporting Act)
  • update and/or repeal reference to courts and programs that no longer exist, such as removing references to county court and the appeal division (Money-lenders Act, Unconscionable Transactions Relief Act).

These changes are part of ongoing work to modernize legislation and streamline regulations and supports government's commitment to making services more accessible and efficient for Nova Scotians.

Nova Scotia's entrepreneurs will soon benefit from the lowest incorporation fees in the country.

On Sept. 7, Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan introduced amendments to the Corporations Registration Act and announced a regulation change to the Companies Act to help new Nova Scotia businesses in the start-up phase. The amendments will eliminate the annual registration fee in the first year of incorporation and reduce the incorporation fee. 

"We are going from having one of the highest incorporation fees in Canada to the lowest in the country," said Mr. MacLellan. "It is all part of our work to build a stronger and more inclusive economy, one that creates more jobs for younger Nova Scotians and allows them to focus on what's most important - growing their business."

There are two fees a limited company must pay at start up - an incorporation fee and a registration fee. With today's announcement, the incorporation fee for a limited company will go from $336.40 to $200.

The annual $118.35 registration fee will stay the same but will be waived in the first year of incorporation.

Mr. MacLellan also announced new service standards for starting a business. Entrepreneurs and business owners will be able to start their new businesses sooner. A new three-day service standard will replace the current five to 10-day wait to complete their incorporation.

"Making it faster and less costly to set up a new business in Nova Scotia is welcome news for the province's entrepreneurs," said Jordi Morgan, vice president Atlantic, Canadian Federation of Independent Business. "Setting up a new business is challenging and this will lighten the load. We're pleased to see the government reducing red tape for small businesses in Nova Scotia."

The new fee schedule will come into effect January 2019.

Changes to the service standard will come into effect immediately.

More than three thousand new Nova Scotia companies were incorporated in 2017-18.

Increasing fines for funeral home owners is one of the many steps government is taking to introduce stricter and transparent rules for funeral homes and crematoriums. Amendments introduced Sept. 18 to the Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act and the Cemetery and Funeral Services Act will protect families and bring greater accountability to the funeral home industry.

"The serious and significant issues families experienced with certain funeral homes over the last few months were unacceptable. No one should experience such devastating situations," said Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan. "We are helping to protect families and improve the public trust and accountability in the funeral home industry."

Amendments include:

  • increasing fine amounts from $500 to up to $25,000 for individuals and up to $300,000 for businesses. Licensees can also be prosecuted for offences up to three years after the incident happens or the registrar becomes aware of the incident
  • making hearing schedules, decisions, convictions, fines and penalties for licensees public
  • requiring funeral homes and crematoriums to label human remains at all times while in their custody.
  • introducing two official positions for consumer representatives on the Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. This means, non-industry members, including the registrar, will increase to 43 per cent of the board 

The amendments align with the recommendations in the report prepared by the board following an inquiry earlier this year into funeral services provided by Serenity Funeral Home.

Consultations were also held with the board, the Funeral Services Association of Nova Scotia and licensed funeral directors.

In addition, Service Nova Scotia and the board will work with families on a case-by-case basis should they want to observe a hearing.

"The Nova Scotia Board of Registration has fully endorsed and supported the consultation phase and implementation of these changes regulating the funeral sector. This board will continue to work with Service Nova Scotia to put into place the necessary regulations to ensure the people of Nova Scotia feel more confident in the processes of body identification and practices within the funeral homes in our province," said Adam Tipert, chairman, Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.

Service Nova Scotia licenses and regulates funeral homes. The board, under provincial legislation, is responsible for licensing and regulating funeral directors, including a professional code of conduct.

Most changes will come into effect upon proclamation. Board appointments will take effect in spring 2019 to allow the board to transition to the new structure.

There are 87 funeral homes and 16 crematoriums in the province.

Amendments to the Securities Act introduced today, Sept. 27, will create consistency with other provinces and improve enforcement of securities laws.

"Changes to the act will improve standards and efficiencies and ensure we remain consistent with other provinces," Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey said in a news release.

To enhance enforcement, certain powers of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission will be extended to the recognized self-regulatory organizations that it oversees, such as the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada. This will allow the organizations to file administrative orders with the court to enable the collection of fines and costs as if they were civil judgments, compel evidence from witnesses during an investigation and during a hearing, and provide statutory immunity to the self-regulated organizations staff, directors, officers and agents.

The section of the act that requires the attorney general's consent to initiate quasi-criminal proceedings will be repealed. That decision will then rest with the Securities Commission.

In addition, the amendments will add provisions to establish and regulate financial benchmarks, enhance Community Economic-Development Corporations regulations, and extends existing immunity for employees of the commission from being called as a witness in private civil proceedings or being required to produce documents and written evidence obtained in the conduct of the commission's duties.

All of the amendments are in keeping with Nova Scotia's commitment as part of the Council of Ministers to harmonize securities regulation and promote improved enforcement of securities laws in Canada.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Strategies to Make Nova Scotia Accessible by 2030 (Sept. 24)
  • Act to Restrict Possession and Sale of Body Armour (Sept. 14)
  • Supporting Victims of Online Bullying, an op-ed from Justice Minister Mark Furey (Sept. 13)
  • Protecting Rights of 2SLGBTIQ+ Youth with Prohibition on Harmful Therapy (Sept. 11)
  • Death in Correctional Services Custody (Sept. 11) 
  • Preparing for the future: Enhancing programming and services at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility, an op-ed from Justice Minister Mark Furey (Sept. 6)
  • Marking One Year of Progress on Overdose Awareness Day (Aug. 31)

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

  • New Gender Identity Option for Birth Certificates (Sept. 20)
  • Strengthening Residential Tenancies Act for Tenants and Landlords (Sept. 20)
  • Changes to the Senior Citizens' Property Tax Rebate (Sept. 20)
  • More Stringent Regulations for the Funeral Industry (Sept. 20)
  • Introducing the Lowest Incorporation Fees in the Country (Sept. 7)

AGRICULTURE

  • Repeal of the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission Act (Sept. 26)
  • Changes to the Animal Protection Act (Sept. 13) 

BUSINESS

  • Legislation for Halifax Convention Centre (Sept. 21)
  • Develop Nova Scotia Gets Provincewide Mandate (Sept. 7) 

COMMUNITIES/CULTURE/HERITAGE--Investing in Community Transportation Along the South Shore (Sept. 10)

COMMUNITY SERVICES

  • Community Projects to Reduce Poverty (Sept. 14)
  • Expanded Program Connects Youth to Resource Sector Jobs (Aug. 29)

EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

  • Members Appointed to Provincial Advisory Council on Education (Sept. 27) 
  • Amendments to Day Care Act (Sept. 11)
  • Enhanced Roles for School Advisory Councils New for September (Aug. 30)

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE--Help for Residents Affected by Water Shortage in Southwest Nova Scotia (Sept. 18)

ENERGY/MINES--Tidal Permit Issued to Black Rock Tidal Power (Sept. 20) 

FINANCE/TREASURY BOARD

  • Amendments to Securities Act Creates Consistency Among Provinces (Sept. 27)
  • Budget Update Shows Surplus Growth (Sept. 27) 
  • Update of Anti-Gambling Program (Sept. 21)
  • Amendments to Liquor Control Act Repeal Prohibition Era Plebiscite Requirement (Sept. 11) 

HEALTH/WELLNESS

  • Government Pilots New Model for Youth Health in Schools (Sept. 17)
  • Expert Advisory Panel to Recommend Improvements in Long-term Care (Sept. 5)
  • Students Welcomed Back with New Breakfast Programs (Sept. 4)
  • Partnership, Investment Supports Nova Scotians Living with Acquired Brain Injury (Aug. 30)  

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY--New Health-care Committee (Sept. 14)

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION--Decision for Reed, Marston, Vienneau, MacDonald and McKenna v. Province of Nova Scotia (Sept. 7)

INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS--Legislation Introduced to Remove Provincial Trade Barriers (Sept. 12)

INTERNAL SERVICES

  • FOIPOP Annual Report Released (Sept. 27) 
  • Public Information Disclosure Website Online (Sept. 5)

LABOUR/ADVANCED EDUCATION

  • Funding Supports Arts and Culture at Cape Breton University (Sept. 26)
  • More Leave Time for Nova Scotia Employees and their Families (Sept. 13)

MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS

  • Establishing Minimum Land Use Planning Requirements for Municipalities (Sept. 25)
  • Legislation to Support Windsor and West Hants Consolidation (Sept. 25)

NOVA SCOTIA GAMING CORPORATION--Annual Campaign Highlights Responsible Gambling (Sept. 26)

OMBUDSMAN--Annual Report Released (Sept. 27) 

PREMIER'S OFFICE

  • Provincial Population Hits Record High (Sept. 27) 
  • Nova Scotia Receives Highest-Ever Credit Rating (Sept. 18)
  • Throne Speech Outlines Nova Scotians' Success, Province's Momentum (Sept. 6)

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION--Premier Recognizes Excellence and Dedication in Public Service - honourees include Michael Sampson, DOJ (Sept. 25)

SPEECH FROM THE THRONE--Second Session of the 63rd General Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature Speech from the Throne (Sept. 6)

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL--Province Launches Off-highway Vehicle Pilot in Six Communities (Sept. 24)

Other news

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada has asked NSBS to share this information with lawyers who practise real property law. The Canadian Bankers’ Association has provided an updated list of bank officials to contact in the case of delays in the discharge of mortgages.

The Society has forwarded the complete list directly to real estate practitioners via email. If you didn’t receive it but require this information, please contact Tilly Pillay QC, NSBS Executive Director, at tpillay@nsbs.org for a copy.   

You may also find redacted versions of the updated lists (in English and/et en français) on LIANS' Mortgage Discharge Escalation Contact List webpage.

Ray Adlington

Ottawa – Canadian Bar Association news release – September 4, 2018

Ray Adlington of Halifax started his year-long tenure as President of the Canadian Bar Association on September 1st.  Adlington takes over from outgoing president Kerry L. Simmons QC of Victoria, BC. The Board of Directors also welcomed six newly elected members: Christopher Buchanan (NWT), Jason Cooke (NS), Kevin J. Haché (NB), Vincent Larochelle (YK), Thomas Laughlin (PEI), and Bradley Regehr (MB).  They join six other board members who will be completing the second year of their two-year term.

In response to a membership survey, the board has identified two advocacy priorities for the coming year: Access to Justice and Solicitor-Client Privilege. Adlington is also committed to his personal priority of advancing inclusivity in the profession.

 “Diversity is a noble goal, but there’s no true diversity without inclusivity,” says Ray Adlington. “My daughters plan to become lawyers, and I want them to join a profession that will not only accept them, but will welcome them as unique individuals.”

Adlington is a prominent tax lawyer and a former managing partner and CEO of McInnes Cooper based in their Halifax office. He has been an active member of the Nova Scotia Branch since 1997 and is a member of the CBA Taxation Law Section, which he chaired from 2004-2006. He also served as a member of the CICA/CBA Joint Committee on Taxation from 2005-2009.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ray Adlington received his LL.B from Dalhousie University, and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1997.
  • He has been a member of the CBA since 1997.
  • Adlington was appointed Chair of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council in September 2017.
  • He has been recognized by Best Lawyers™ in Canada  for his practice in Tax and Trusts and Estates since 2011, and received the Best Lawyers 2018 Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” award in Halifax.

USEFUL LINKS

The appointments of two new Crown attorneys were announced on September 25 by the Public Prosecution Service. They are Adam McCulley in Halifax and Katrina Trask in Dartmouth. On September 5, the appointment of Crown attorney Keavin Mathieu Finnerty in Sydney was announced.

Adam McCulley is from Lower Sackville. He graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts and from the Nova Scotia Community College in 2006 with a paralegal diploma.

While working as a litigation paralegal with the child protection team at the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, Mr. McCulley entered the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University graduating in 2017. He articled with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. He is chair and past treasurer of the Sackville Heights Community Centre Board. He is a certified Hockey Canada coach. 

A native of Winnipeg, Katrina Trask graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts and in 2012 with a Juris Doctor. She articled with Taylor McCaffrey in Winnipeg. In 2013, she was appointed a research lawyer with the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal. In 2016 she was appointed decisions administrator for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. In 2018 she was appointed a Crown prosecutor for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice in North Battleford.

Ms. Trask is a former board member of the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies and has volunteered with the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, the Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba. She is fluent in both official languages.

"Mr. McCulley and Ms. Trask each have a unique legal background," said Martin Herschorn, Director of Public Prosecutions. "Their experience and enthusiasm will be an asset to our team."

A native of Ottawa, Keavin Mathieu Finnerty graduated from Carleton University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in law and from the French common law program at the University of Ottawa law school in 2017. He graduated with the highest standing in advanced criminal law procedure and criminal law sentencing.

Mr. Finnerty articled with Legal Aid Ontario in Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin Island, focusing on criminal law and family law. He was a recent member of the Youth Advisory Council of the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario and a volunteer judge of the Capital Cup Undergraduate Moot competition in Ottawa. Mr. Finnerty is fluent in both official languages.

"I am very pleased to have Mr. Finnerty join our team of Crown attorneys," said Mr. Herschorn. "His education and deep interest in the criminal prosecutorial process will be invaluable to the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service."

Please note the new address for McKiggan Hebert, as of October 1, 2018: 

McKiggan Hebert
Purdy’s Wharf, Tower I
1959 Upper Water Street
Suite 502
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 3N2

Phone: 902-423-2050
Fax: 902-423-6707
Website: www.mckigganhebert.com

OFFICE SPACE for rent (sub-lease) with two independent sole practitioners in the Mumford Professional Centre, Mumford Road, Halifax. One or two offices with one or two work stations available.

Please contact David B. Robert at 902 445-2500, ext. 1.

Diggstown

Hennessey Casting is looking for young, well-dressed lawyer types (think “The Wolf of Wall Street”) for “Diggstown”, a new CBC TV series filming in HRM – and we’d love to cast actual lawyers in these important background roles!

Here are some important details:

* The shoot date is Wednesday, October 3.
* You must be available the entire day for filming.
* You need to be 18 years-old or older to apply. 
* The location is in HRM; you must have your own transportation.
* The rate of pay is $12.25/hour (you won’t get rich but you WILL have fun!)

What’s “Photo casting”?

Regular background casting can be anyone who fits the specs. "Photo Cast" means the role is a little more 'featured' in the scene. Our director will review several different people for specific roles based on their photos. It is imperative that you can commit to the dates and the job if you apply.

Diggstown

To apply, visit http://www.hennesseycasting.com/talent-sign-up/ and fill out the form. You’ll need to have a couple of photos handy, and all your clothing sizes. Once your profile is complete, send an email note to casting assistant Lindsay Watters to let her know and she’ll add you to the project file. lindsaywatters@hotmail.com

We will contact those who are selected. Thank you!

In the photos: The cast for Diggstown includes actors Vinessa Antoine and Dwain Murphy. Created by Halifax’s Floyd Kane, the series is set for a winter 2019 broadcast. Find out more on CBC’s website: https://www.cbc.ca/mediacentre/program/diggstown    

Congratulations to Professor Kim Brooks of the Schulich School of Law, who has been appointed Dalhousie’s fourth Purdy Crawford Chair in Business Law.

“Purdy was one of the first people I met when I arrived at Dalhousie,” says Professor Brooks, who was Dean of the law school from 2010 to 2015. “Everyone referred to him as the Dean of the Corporate Law Bar, and he is widely regarded as a giant in the Canadian business law landscape. What fewer people know is that he started his legal career in tax.”

Read more in this September 4 news item on the Schulich School of Law website.

Other recent news from the Schulich School of Law:

Seeking a missing will for Beverly Advent, who was born on September 24, 1950 and passed away on July 24, 2018. She lived on Princeton Court in Truro. Her family believes the will was originally prepared in Ontario and later updated by a lawyer in the Truro area.

Lawyers with any information on the location or existence of a will are asked to please contact her son Jason (Jake) Harrison at (902) 814-7800.

Seeking missing will for Neil Gordon Carbert, November 13, 1935 - August 19, 2018 (age 82). He lived at an unknown location in Halifax during his posting with the Canadan military.

Anyone with information is asked to please contact Susan Carlyle at Carlyle Peterson Lawyers LLP; 7-717 Richmond Street, London, ON N6A 1S2; 519-432-0632; scarlyle@cplaw.com

Careers

Health Association Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit, non-government, membership-based association with almost 60 years’ experience in delivering shared services, policy support and expertise our customers can count on.  Serving over 130 organizations from across the province of Nova Scotia, our core fee-for-service/cost recovery services are Clinical Engineering Services, Labour Relations and Compensation Analysis, Group Benefits Solutions and Shared Financial Services.  The Health Association also provides policy support to its continuing care members and is a joint sponsor of the Nova Scotia Health Employees’ Pension Plan.  Our Labour Relations and Compensation Analysis Service provides comprehensive labour law and compensation consulting support to subscribing member organizations. In total, we manage over 171 collective agreements on behalf of 84 employers.  In addition to our core Labour Relations Program, we offer a fee-for-service employment law service, Legal and Human Resources Support for Non-union and Management Employees.   

Reporting to the President/CEO, the Director of Labour Relations and Compensation Analysis is responsible for providing strategic leadership, vision and coordination of a broad range of services for the provincial health sector, including labour relations strategic planning, sector coordination, and capacity development; negotiation of collective agreements, dispute resolution and collective agreement administration; and compensation design and analysis.  As a key member of the Health Association’s Senior Leadership Team, you contribute to the strategic leadership and planning of the Association by developing, promoting and representing a vision and customer service model of the association to key stakeholders and influencers in health sector labour relations; coordinating and supporting development and execution of strategic labour relations, including collective bargaining, arbitration management and labour relations education initiatives in a province-wide system; and leading a team of professionals responsible for delivery of these range of services to employers in the health care sector.  

As the ideal candidate, you are an experienced strategic leader with extensive knowledge in labour relations and employment law, including demonstrated skills in collective bargaining and labour arbitration.  You possess a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field from an accredited university.  A MBA is preferred and a Bachelor of Law Degree with specialization in Employment Law would be considered an asset.  You have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the area of labour relations and people management skills with a demonstrated background in leadership, team building, mentoring, change management, and conflict resolution. You have proven your ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with clients and key stakeholders, including union partners and key decision-makers within government.  Previous labour relations experience in the broader public sector environment, including health care, would be considered an asset.  

If you are interested in pursuing this rewarding leadership opportunity, email Health Association Nova Scotia at careers@healthassociation.ns.ca with a detailed resume by October 10, 2018.  All applications will remain strictly confidential.

To view the entire job description, please visit www.healthassociation.ns.ca

Position:  Staff Lawyer position in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, practicing Criminal and Social Justice Law.  This is an eighteen (18) month contract position to cover a Maternity Leave.

QualificationsSuccessful candidate must be a practicing, insured member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society with a thorough understanding of criminal and social justice law.  Candidates should have experience in representing clients before the courts.  Competency to conduct legal proceedings in both the English and French languages would be an asset.  Start date to be as soon as possible.

Salary Range: Per Legal Aid salary scale based on "Relevant Experience" as determined by the Commission at time of hire plus benefits.

Closing Date:  Friday, September 14, 2018 at 4:30 PM

Reply To

Evelyn Adesida, Human Resources (HR) Specialist

Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission

920-1701 Hollis Street

Halifax, NS   B3J 3M8

Email:  Evelyn.Adesida@nslegalaid.ca

Fax:  902-420-3471

 

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 Disabilites, 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.

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

 

Apply By: 9/14/2018  

Justice  Solicitor 1-3, Permanent, HALIFAX   Competition # 15942 

About Us

The Department of Justice, Legal Services Division, is the law firm for the Province of Nova Scotia.  Justice lawyers have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of legal issues, providing legal services to government and agencies and promoting the fair and lawful administration of public affairs in accordance with the law.  The Legal Services Division consists of Solicitor Services, Litigation Services and the Registry of Regulations.  We are currently recruiting for a lawyer for one of our Solicitor Services teams. About Our Opportunity The Solicitor is responsible for providing effective and efficient legal counsel to the Government of Nova Scotia and its agencies, and ensuring that public affairs are administered in accordance with the law.  In this role, you will provide legal advice and opinions on matters of law and legal policy to senior government officials.  As a Solicitor, you will conduct research, prepare and review legal documents, and draft and interpret contracts, legislation and regulations.  Excellent research, analytical, drafting and organizational skills are required.  The ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing, and the ability to function with minimum supervision in a team environment is a must. Your proven background in providing quality legal services under demanding circumstances is essential to meeting the diverse needs of our clients.  Clients rely on your ability to anticipate problems and offer creative and innovative solutions to complex challenges.  Solicitor's must have flexibility to adapt and thrive in a continuously changing and demanding environment.  

About You As our successful candidate, you will:

  • Be a practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society (or eligible for practicing membership), in good standing
  • Have a minimum of three years of law practice experience
  • Possess a working knowledge of computer software programs, internet and electronic mail
  • Have experience in contracts law, real property, real estate development, financing and security

Your experience working with public administration policies and programs and/or experience advising government departments or agencies would be considered assets in this role. As our successful candidate, you will possess excellent research, analytical and organizational skills.  You communicate effectively and persuasively, orally and in writing, and function with a minimum of supervision in a team environment.  You have demonstrated abilities to effectively respond to client needs for quality legal services, to anticipate problems, and to work effectively with your clients toward resolutions.  In addition, you offer creative and innovative solutions to complex challenges, and use your flexibility to adapt and thrive in a continuously changing and demanding environment. We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.

Pay Grade:  MCL 20 - MCL 26   Salary Range:  $2,768.00 - $5,307.00 Bi-Weekly   

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

Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Link to apply:

https://jobs.novascotia.ca/job/HALIFAX-Solicitor-1-3-NS-B3J-2L6/359198317/

For questions or concerns, please contact Competitions@novascotia.ca  

Solicitor 1-3  

Date:  Sep 20, 2018      

Apply By: 10/4/2018   

Justice

Solicitor 1-3, Term, HALIFAX   

Competition # 16405   

About Us

The Legal Services Division of the Department of Justice is the government’s law office, responsible for the provision of all legal services (excluding prosecutions) to the Province of Nova Scotia.  As such, the lawyers in the Legal Services Division are accountable for providing legal services on a broad range of matters to the Government and many of its agencies, boards and commissions. The Legal Services Division consists of Solicitor Services, Litigation Services and the Registry of Regulations.  

About Our Opportunity

The solicitor is responsible for providing effective and efficient legal counsel to the Government of Nova Scotia and its agencies, and to ensure that public affairs are administered in accordance with the law.  In this role, you will provide legal advice and opinions on matters of law and legal policy to senior government officials.  

As a Solicitor, you will conduct research, prepare and review legal documents, and draft and interpret contracts, legislation and regulations. In this role, you will provide legal advice to the Crown.  

About You

As our successful candidate you will:  

•Be a practicing member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (or eligible for practicing membership)

•Have a minimum of one year of practice experience  

Your experience advising government departments or agencies would be considered an asset in this role, as would practice experience in one or more of the following areas: administrative law, family law, contracts law, constitutional law, enforcement of civil judgments, and legislative drafting and interpretation.  

As our successful candidate, you will possess excellent research, analytical and organizational skills.  You will communicate effectively and persuasively, orally and in writing, and function with a minimum of supervision in a team environment.  You have demonstrated abilities to respond to client needs for quality legal services, to anticipate problems and to work effectively with your clients toward resolutions.  In addition, you are effective in demanding circumstances, you offer creative and innovative solutions to complex challenges, and use your flexibility to adapt and thrive in a continuously changing and demanding environment.  

We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.  

Other Considerations  

This is a term position on the Justice/LAE/OAA Solicitor Services team.  

Pay Grade:  MCL 20 - MCL 26   

Salary Range:  $2,768.85 - $4,469.80 Bi-Weekly  

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

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

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  For questions or concerns, please contact Competitions@novascotia.ca.

To apply go to: https://jobs.novascotia.ca/job/HALIFAX-Solicitor-1-3-NS-B3J-3L6/359441417/

Growing general practice firm, Highlander Law Group, in Tantallon is seeking a like minded lawyer to join our team.

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

To learn more about our firm visit highlanderlaw.ca

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

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

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY COUNSEL

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is part of the J.D. Irving Group of companies and is in the business of building quality ships and repairing vessels. The company’s primary site is Halifax Shipyard, with three other locations in the Maritime Provinces. Irving Shipbuilding is currently working on a number of significant projects for the Department of National Defence and has been chosen to build 15 Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) vessels for the Royal Canadian Navy under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) (CSC Project). 

The Intellectual Property Counsel role is a full-time position. Reporting to the Vice-President and General Counsel, the Intellectual Property Counsel will work closely with the CSC Project team, supported by an Intellectual Property Paralegal, and advise on all intellectual property aspects of the CSC Project. 

Responsibilities:

  • Provide timely, responsive and proactive legal advice on all intellectual property aspects of the CSC Project.
  • Advise the CSC Project team on the development and management of an intellectual property database for the CSC Project. 
  • Work with other members of the Legal Department and CSC Project team to review and assess intellectual property related issues in the context of defence and commercial contracts for the CSC Project and other projects, as required.
  • Develop and implement intellectual property related processes and procedures for the CSC Project and Legal Department and conduct any necessary training.
  • Assist in the negotiation of intellectual property terms and agreements.
  • Advise on disputes that develop with third parties concerning intellectual property.
  • Monitor and advise on legal developments that may impact the CSC Project.
  • Supervise the Intellectual Property Paralegal on a day to day basis.
  • Provide advice to the CSC Project team on other contractual matters.

Qualifications:

  • A Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree or Bachelors of Laws (LL.B).
  • A member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society or eligible to become one.
  • Preferred range of experience is 2-5 years as a lawyer.
  • Intellectual property experience is beneficial but not essential. Keen intellect and ability to learn is more important.
  • Experience with commercial agreements and contract drafting.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills, and ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • High level of attention to detail

All successful applicants must meet requirements for Canadian Controlled Goods Program (CGP), Canadian Government Security clearance, and U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

What We Offer:

  • Irving Shipbuilding is proud to offer a competitive salary commensurate with the experience of the Candidate and benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental and vision. 

 To Apply for this Career Opportunity:

Please complete the online application form at https://careers.jdirving.com/jd-irving-careers-current-openings-irving-shipbuilding/jobs/intellectual-property-counsel-8723, with an up-to-date resume of past experience and education is required.  All applications will be reviewed by one of our recruiters.  

If the recruiter sees a potential opportunity (current or future) that matches your skills and experience, you will be contacted to discuss your qualifications for a position with Irving Shipbuilding We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  

To learn more about our products and services, click here.    

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in its employment practices and to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment for all employees.

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies, and we are not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

Apply By: 9/14/2018  

Justice  Solicitor 1-3, Permanent, HALIFAX  

Competition # 16001   

About Us  

The Department of Justice, Legal Services Division, is the law firm for the Province of Nova Scotia.  Justice lawyers have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of legal issues, providing legal services to the Crown and promoting the fair and lawful administration of public affairs in accordance with the law.  The Legal Services Division consists of Solicitor Services, Litigation Services and the Registry of Regulations.  We are currently recruiting for a lawyer for Litigation Services. 

About Our Opportunity  

As a member of one of the general litigation teams, you will be responsible for the effective and efficient representation of the Crown in the course of civil proceedings before trial and appeal courts, boards and tribunals.  Although this position is primarily based in Halifax, the successful applicant will be required to travel to other parts of the province from time to time as required. 

About You  

As our successful candidate, you will: 

  • be a practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society (or eligible for practicing membership), in good standing;
  •  have a minimum of 3 years of practicing experience in the area of general litigation.   

The following are considered to be asset qualifications: 

  • Practicing experience in one or more of the following areas:  administrative law, creditor/debtor, tort/personal injury, and contracts
  • Experience advising government departments or agencies

Our successful candidate will have excellent research, analytical and organizational skills.  You communicate effectively and persuasively, orally and in writing, and have the ability to function with minimal supervision in a team environment.  Our ideal candidate will have demonstrate the ability to offer creative and innovative solutions to complex challenges, and have the flexibility to adapt and thrive in a continuously changing and demanding environment. 

We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.  

Pay Grade:  MCL 26 

Salary Range:  $2,768.00 - $5,307.00 Bi-Weekly   

All current employees who wish to be considered an internal candidate, please click here

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

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

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

For questions or concerns, please contact Competitions@novascotia.ca

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is seeking a permanent Solicitor for the Solicitor Services Team, primarily providing legal services in real property.  We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women in non-traditional positions, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal persons. HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.

HRM Legal Services provides quality, cost effective, timely and accessible legal services to meet the needs of HRM through its Council, various departments, boards, commissions, and employees. This Solicitor would be a member of the Solicitor Services Team, reporting to a Team Lead and the Director, and would provide legal services to the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM).

The Solicitor is responsible for providing legal advice and assistance to HRM staff conducting daily business and long term planning for the HRM. The Solicitor will provide accessible, efficient and expert counsel in legal matters responsive to client department needs. The Solicitor will be a client focused and self-motivated individual who will work both independently and with a team of lawyers and support staff, including another real property lawyer and paralegal, in the delivery of legal services to HRM client departments.

Qualifications, Education and Experience:

  • Law Degree from a recognized university;
  • Minimum two (2) years relevant experience in the practice of law;
  • Member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society or be qualified to be admitted;
  • Experience in the following areas of practice: property/real estate transactions, corporate, commercial;
  • Experience in municipal, corporate and/or commercial law would be considered an asset.

Competencies:  Communication; Customer Service; Organization and Planning; Organizational Awareness; Values & Ethics; Valuing Diversity

Job Status:  This is a permanent, full time position, 35 Hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.  The work location is 5251 Duke Street, Duke Tower, 3rd Floor, Halifax, Nova Scotia.  This is a non-union position salary commensurate with education and experience.

CLOSING DATE:  Applications will be accepted up to Midnight on October 14, 2018

During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request an accommodation.  Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process.

Qualified HRM retirees may also be considered for competitions. In these circumstances, a form of employment may be offered, including term and/or contract employment.

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

My name is Jeremy Rintoul. I am recent graduate of the Schulich School of Law. I am looking for an articling position here in Nova Scotia. I have a particular interest in litigation and criminal law practice. I have court room experience through the Schulich School of Law Criminal Clinic where I represented the Crown on several simple matters and participated in a voir dire. If you are interested I can provide references, my CV, a writing sample, and/or my transcripts.

Please contact me at jeremydrintoul@gmail.com.

Noseworthy Di Costanzo Diab requires Legal Assistant-Receptionist, the successful candidate will have: a post secondary legal assistant/paralegal course; 50+ WPM; excellent spelling and communications skills and attention to detail; personable demeanour, and ability to prioritize on the fly. Experience in a similar environment an asset. Position entails greeting clients, directing phone calls, generating invoices, processing payments, arranging couriers, transcribing correspondence and legal documents, and admin support to lawyers when required.

Please forward resume in confidence to:

Noseworthy Di Costanzo Diab

6470 Chebucto Road, Halifax, NS B3L 1L4

c/o jdicostanzo@eastlink.ca

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

Location

Downtown Halifax Office - 1801 Hollis Street

Work Schedule

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

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Accurate and timely preparation of legal documents and correspondence
  • Covering for Legal Assistants during periods of absence
  • Photocopying/collating/binding
  • Scanning and filing
  • Assisting with periodic clean up and organization of storage areas/corporate records
  • Completion of other administrative tasks and projects as assigned

Qualifications

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

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

About Us

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

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

Applications are encouraged from all interested and qualified individuals.

Burchell MacDougall LLP is a full service law firm with offices in Truro, Halifax, Wolfville and Elmsdale.We require a legal assistant for our Halifax office for a 15 month contract commencing November 1, 2018.   The role will include:

  • preparing correspondence and legal documents
  • managing incoming correspondence and emails
  • communicating in a professional manner with clients, courts and others
  • maintaining organized and complete client files
  • preparing legal accounts
  • calendar maintenance, scheduling and organizing

 Qualifications and skills:

  • two years’ prior property and corporate experience in a law firm (preferred)
  • completion of paralegal educational program (preferred)
  • strong computer skills
  • strong verbal and written communication skills
  • excellent  analytical  skills  with  attention  to  detail
  • strong organizational and time management skills
  • excellent proofreading skills
  • ability to work independently, follow instructions with minimal supervision and take initiative
  • willingness to learn and contribute to the team.

 The position is a full-time, contract position. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including:

  • Health, dental, life and disability insurance and fitness allowance
  • RRSP savings programs. 

 Please direct cover letter and resume in confidence to L. Hyndman, Director of Finance & Administration by email at lhyndman@burchellmacdougall.com. Burchell MacDougall LLPP.O. Box 1128Truro, N.S. B2N 5H1

Khattar & Khattar Barristers & Solicitors, Sydney, NS

Elaine Gibney is looking for a Legal Assistant to fill a full time position in the area of Family Law commencing immediately.  Significant experience working in a family law practice and a good working knowledge of legal terminology, family law rules, documentation and court procedures is required.  The following skills and abilities are essential:

  • Initial drafting of documents such as Application to the Court, Financial Statements, and Property Statements;
  • Accuracy in working with columns of numbers and preparing spreadsheets
  • Preparation, issuance, and arranging for service of documents and subpoenas;
  • Tracking status of case through the Court with regard to filing deadlines etc.;
  • Obtaining information from new clients and contact with clients as directed

The successful candidate will also display the following:

  • Ability to work independantly, take initiative on file work and to use good judgment in matters of confidentiality and sensitivity; ability to manage a busy practice as directed;
  • Excellent typing, oral, grammar, spelling, and written communication skills, including attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and balance multiple priorities; ability to work under pressure;
  • High degree of organization and pride in work; good attitude and willingness to improve;
  • Proficiency with personal computers including knowledge and facility with programs including PCLaw and Microsoft Office;
  • Ability to learn and use Quicklaw.

This is a full time position with a health/dental benefits package.  Salary will commensurate with experience.  Please apply in confidence to sherri@khattar.ca or fax to 902-562-7147.

Brogan McKeough is looking for a full-time paralegal, must be able to handle all aspects of civil litigation and property.  This position requires an individual who is prepared to work with the least amount of supervision and must have excellent typing skills.  This is a fast-paced legal environment that requires a paralegal to meet consistent deadlines.  Competitive wages.  Please forward resumes to broganlaw@belalliant.com

PARALEGAL 

Irving Shipbuilding, located at 3099 Barrington Street Halifax NS B3K 5M7, is part of the J.D. Irving Group of companies and is in the business of building quality ships and repairing vessels. The company's primary site is Halifax Shipyard, with three other locations in the Maritime Provinces. Irving Shipbuilding is currently working on a number of significant projects for the Department of National Defense and the Canadian Coast Guard. The company's commitment to health, safety and care for its employees and the environment is an integral part of its business.

This is a permanent full-time staff role based in Halifax, NS. Reporting to the Vice-President and General Counsel, the Paralegal will be responsible for a broad range of paralegal and administrative duties to support Irving Shipbuilding’s Legal Department.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide effective general administrative support for the Legal Department and coordinate with internal departments as required.
  • Contract administration – maintain contract database and follow-up on contract requirements within applicable deadlines as required.
  • Manage and administer Serengeti, PPSA, and contract management databases.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of practice innovation technologies and processes.
  • Prepare responses to access to information requests.
  • Organize and coordinate document preparation for litigation/dispute resolution.
  • Open and manage files, including archiving.

 Qualifications:

  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work in a fast paced environment while adhering to deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail, proven administrative skills, and excellent communications skills, both written and oral.
  • Prefer at least five (5) years previous legal administrative experience.
  • Post-secondary education, preference given to formal paralegal training.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products is essential.
  • Previous experience with legal software packages is preferred.

All successful applicants must meet requirements for Canadian Controlled Goods Program (CGP), Canadian Government Security clearance, and U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

What We Offer:

  • Irving Shipbuilding is proud to offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, and vision

 To Apply for this Career Opportunity:

Please complete the online application form at https://careers.jdirving.com/jd-irving-careers-current-openings-irving-shipbuilding/jobs/paralegal-8733, with an up-to-date resume of past experience and education is required.  All applications will be reviewed by one of our recruiters.  If the recruiter sees a potential opportunity (current or future) that matches your skills and experience, you will be contacted to discuss your qualifications for a position with Irving Shipbuilding 

We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  

To learn more about our products and services, click here.    

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in its employment practices and to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment for all employees.

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies, and we are not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

One of Halifax's leading law firms, Burchells LLP, is currently recruiting for a part-time, permanent receptionist. 

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

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

Summary

  • Enhance lawyer effectiveness and the delivery of quality legal services through production of timely, accurate work that meets our work standard of “Do it once, do it right”.
  • Provide efficient, accurate, professional and knowledgeable reception coverage.
  • Coordinate receiving and shipping of all packages, maintain and prepare boardrooms.
  • Support and work with your co-workers in a timely, accurate and helpful manner.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Proven ability to provide above-average client service.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision in a fast paced environment.
  • Resourceful and exercises good judgement.
  • Experience in a professional services office environment is preferred.
  • Flexibility, initiative, organization and prioritization skills are critical.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Proficient computer skills are a must.
  • Professional etiquette on the phone and in person.
  • Above average ability to work in a team environment with all members of the firm. 

Burchells offers a competitive salary and full comprehensive benefit package.  The hours of work are Monday to Friday from 8:15 am to 12:30 pm each day.  The morning receptionist is required to work full days from time to time to cover the afternoon receptionist.   If you are an experienced receptionist who would like to work on a permanent part-time basis, we would like to hear from you.

Please visit our website www.burchells.ca to learn more about our firm.

Send resume and cover letter to:

Charlene F. Harrison
Office Manager
charrison@burchells.ca

Deadline for submission of applications is Tuesday, September 18, 2018.  We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Volunteer and Pro Bono

The Nova Scotia Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is seeking volunteer lawyers to participate in its free wills program located in Guysborough County. LISNS is a charitable non-profit organization that has provided Nova Scotians with information and resources about the law for over 30 years.  For the last three 3 years LISNS has implemented a free wills program in the Preston and surrounding communities in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. 

The free wills program is offered in partnership with Minister Keith Colwell, volunteer lawyers and community organizations. The objective is to assist low-income individuals with planning their affairs by helping them have a will (and personal directive and power of attorney, if necessary), prepared at no cost. 

Through the support of the Department of Lands and Forestry, we now have the opportunity to expand this program into Guysborough County for the communities of Sunnyville and Lincolnville. LISNS will offer free wills to individuals from these communities who are participating in the Land Titles Initiative and will work with the Community Navigators to identify these individuals. To successfully launch this program, we are building a roster of lawyers to offer pro bono wills preparation services for eligible individuals.  

For more information on this program please contact the Program Coordinator at tess.panzarasa@dal.ca.

The 1588 Barrington Building Preservation Society is currently seeking volunteers to join its Board of Directors.

The 1588 Barrington Street Building Preservation Society is a not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to acquire and restore the iconic Khyber Building, and to sustain it as a cultural and arts hub in the heart of downtown Halifax. In May 2018, HRM Regional Council voted to sell the Khyber Building to the Society for $1.00. More information about the Society and its plans for the building can be found at www.1588society.ca

The Society is currently seeking individuals to join the Board of Directors. We seek to be ethnically diverse and gender-inclusive while maintaining a balance of community and professional competencies. Legal experience, especially in real estate, contracts, and/or charities law, would be considered an asset, as would experience in fundraising. 

The individual who joins the Board will support the Society’s vision and mission and will be able to commit approximately 5-10 hours per month to board-related work, including monthly meetings. 

Interested applicants should provide their resume or direct any questions to Emily Davidson, President at makework.design@gmail.com.

Are you a lawyer who does wills and estates work? Volunteer with the Estate Planning Legal Health Program!

The Estate Planning Legal Health (EPLH) program is a pilot medical-legal partnership between the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia.  The EPLH pilot will offer free estate planning legal help to eligible patients with a life-limiting illness who are receiving palliative care through the QEII – Victoria General Building in Halifax.  The pilot will happen in November 2018.

Eligible patients will receive free legal information, summary advice, and a will or power of attorney, prepared by a volunteer lawyer. 

For more information and to volunteer, go to www.legalinfo.org/lawyers/estate-planning-legal-health-program
or contact Wendy Turner, Legal Info Services Manager, Legal Info NS, at 902-454-2198 or questions@legalinfo.org

The Free Legal Clinic provides support and free legal advice to individuals representing themselves on civil law matters and most family law appeals in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. Private one-hour sessions are available, by appointment, at the the Law Courts, 1815 Upper Water St., Halifax. The clinic is open most Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for the following dates:

Oct. 4, 11, 18 & 25
Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Dec. 6

This initiative provides a valuable service to litigants who may not otherwise have access to a lawyer, and is a rewarding experience for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering on one or more of the above dates, please contact Meaghan Gillis in the Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary at 902-424-3690 or by email at Meaghan.Gillis@courts.ns.ca.

Upcoming Events
Event Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 09:00 to 15:45

Join us Thursday, October 25, 2018 for LIANS' 10th annual Risk and Practice Management Program conference from 9am-3:45pm at the Delta Halifax.

Early rate: $225+HST
(after Oct 17th: $275+HST)

  • Residential real estate agreements standard forms update with Lisa White, CPA, CA, Associate Broker
  • Procrastination and avoiding claims with Director of the Law Society of Manitoba, Tana Christianson
  • Legal Services Support: What we’re hearing from you with Jennifer Pink and Rob McCleave of NSBS Legal Services Support
  • Current practice issues in Criminal law with Mark Scott QC, Alexander MacKillop and Jade Pictou
  • Equity in the legal workplace with Angela Simmonds and Jane Willwerth of the NSBS Equity & Access Office
  • Mental health and lawyers: Signs, policies, problems and self-care with Doron Gold, JD, MSW, RSW, CPCC

Register online
(or register by telephone or email with Alex at 902-423-1300 x325 or agreencorn@lians.ca)

Sessions may be eligible as CPD hours.

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

 

Event Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 09:00 to Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 09:00

Registration is open until the Friday before the Online Land Registration Act training program. Cost for this program is $650 plus HST and registrants have the first two weeks to review the materials and the final week to complete the assessment.

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

Register

Event Date: Monday, October 1, 2018 - 09:30

On October 1st, RELANS is presenting our Annual Real Estate Law Conference.

RELANS 2018 CONFERENCE AGENDA

9:30-10:00 Registration & Refreshments sponsored by STEWART TITLE

10:00-11:05  REAL ESTATE SHORT SNAPPERS
• Railway Crossings: Issues and Some Solutions
• To AirBNB or not to AirBNB, that is the question – What to Consider When Putting your Hamlet on the Vacation Rental Market
• Up in Smoke: Living in Shared Spaces with Pot Smokers and Vapers - How are Condo Corps and Landlords Dealing with these Issues
• The Green Layer – Where Are We Now?

11:05-11:35  CLAIMS, FILE RETENTION AND DATA SECURITY: HOW TO BE PROACTIVE

11:35-12:05  APPEALS TO THE RG: HOW TO WIN YOUR CASE

12:05-12:25 Refreshment Break & Exhibitor Visits   12:25-12:55  LET'S SHACK UP, I LOVE YOU... FOR NOW:  COHABS, PRENUPTS AND THE PURCHASING PROCESS

12:55-2:00 Conference Luncheon sponsored by DO PROCESS

2:00-2:45  FROM THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH TO THE BRIGHT BLUE SKY:  LAND OWNERSHIP, MINING & AIR RIGHTS

2:45-3:10  THE REAL DEAL:  RESIDENTIAL SALE vs. COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS - HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE

3:10-3:30 Refreshment Break & Exhibit visits sponsored by CENTUM Home Lenders

3:30-4:30  THE RG’s CORNER: MAPPING - WHEN CAN IT BE CHANGED, AND OTHER MAPPING QUESTIONS YOU'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK

We have a great faculty lined up:: Ian MacLean, Q.C.; Melinda Fleming; Devon Cassidy; Dean Benedict, Registrar of Crown Lands NS; Lawrence Rubin; Matthew Moir; Matt Conrad; Matt Doreen; Sean Glover; Mark Coffin, Director of Land Programs and Registrar General; Sandi Waterman, Deputy Registrar General Mapping Land Programs  

We also have some great exhibitors: Chicago Title   •   TitlePlus  •   FCT  •   Lawyer Done Deal  •  CENTUM Home Lenders  •   Stewart Title   &   DO PROCESS

Our conference Chair is lola doucet.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Click here to REGISTER

Registration is via this system only. We cannot take registrations via email or on the phone.
Registrants will receive an invoice via our online payment system by email to the email address provided in this registration system.
You can either pay the invoice by Paypal or credit card; or you can print it and send a cheque in to the RELANS office by mail. Those are the two payment options. When payment is received, your registration will be considered complete.  
All those who register in advance will need to make payment by the end of day on September 21st. Those not paid will be removed from the Registered List and we will offer places to those on the Waiting List.

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

REGISTRATION FEE FOR LEGAL ASSISTANTS:
$175.00 + HST = $201.25 - For Legal Assistants *

Any non-Member registrant joining RELANS for 2019 will be offered the RELANS Member registration rate for this conference. - - - - -

 

For more information, please click here

Event Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 12:00

Indigenous communities have long sought political recognition and nationhood, but only recently have the affairs and governance of Canadian Indigenous peoples been recognized for containing some of the most pressing policy questions of our time, including questions about water governance, health practices, and self-determination. In May 2016, Canada officially removed its objector status to the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, indicating the Crown’s intention to reset its relationship with Canadian Indigenous peoples. A new relationship, created on the principles of Nation to Nation governance, must be supported by a strong policy framework. In the coming years, Indigenous and Crown leaders will navigate through law and policy to determine how to address issues concerning resources, identity, autonomy and culture. This discussion focuses on some of the obstacles and opportunities decision-makers face as they try to reform our system of governance.

Speakers:

John Paul - Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat

Cheryl Simon - Mi’gmawe’l T plu’taqnn

Ingrid Waldron - Dalhousie University, School of Nursing

Event Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 18:00

Please join Dr. Ingrid Waldron for her free Halifax book launch From Africville to Alton Gas: A Pop-Up Book Launch for There's Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities. Ingrid will be joined by friends and colleagues who will read passages from the book and contribute their own experiences and perspectives on the issues and stories documented in the book.

The following speakers will be joining Ingrid to deliver talks: 

Geri Musqua-LeBlanc, Elder, Dalhousie University Elders in Residence Program

Lenore Zann, Nova Scotia NDP Party

Ellen Sweeny, Atlantic PATH

Mikiko Terashima, School of Planning, Dalhousie University

Irvine Carvery, Africville Genealogy Society

Michelle Paul, Environmental Activist

Louise Delisle, South End Environmental Injustice Society

Dorene Bernard, Grassroots Grandmothers Circle 

Free refreshmentsIngrid will be signing copies of her book, which will be available for purchase. 

Event Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 17:30 to 20:00

Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University, 2018 SCC 32 –  balancing individual freedoms against the profession’s statutory objectives. A Panel Discussion

Panel: Brian Casey QC, BoyneClarke LLP, Marjorie Hickey QC, McInnes Cooper, and Jack Townsend, Cox & Palmer, will take part in a moderated panel discussing the recent Supreme Court of Canada TWU decision and related cases.

Event Date: Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:00

Wills & Estates

The Union of Nova Scotia Indians is hosting a Legal Information Session on Wills & Estates with Mi’kmaq lawyer, Tuma Young.

 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Membertou Trade & Convention Centre

10am - 4pm

 

The Union of Nova Scotia Indians will be hosting a Legal Information Session to educate lawyers, including Mi’kmaq Lawyers and lawyers who provide legal services to UNSI’s six member First Nations, who are not familiar to the specifics on completing a will or settling an estate within a First Nations community. This legal information session is free of charge. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please contact Kirstin Ward to register and reserve your spot now!

 

Contact:

KIRSTIN WARD

Capacity Development Coordinator

kward@unsi.ns.ca (902) 537-2173

 

 

 

Event Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

Evans Estate: A Tale of Crown Prerogative, Income Taxes, and Funeral Expenses

Featured Speakers: Scott Campbell, Stewart McKelvey, and Timothy Matthews, QC, Stewart McKelvey

Event Date: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:30

Racing with Testosterone: Regulating Women's Hormones in Elite Sport
w/ Katrina Karkazis
Global Health Justice Partnership, Yale University

A light lunch will be set out by noon in Rm 312.

This free series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute.
See www.dal.ca/hli/seminar-series for a full series schedule.

Event Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 02:00 to Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 12:00

The program is intended as a comprehensive review of important and developing issues for local government lawyers, both in-house counsel and those in private practice.  There is a full day on Canadian municipal law (October 19th - page 14) but the entire program is open to all attendees and have Canadian topic included.  Topic include Land Use, Employment Law, Construction Contracts, Legalized Marijuana, Telecommunications, Municipal Finance, Managing Public Records, Public Law Litigation and Professionalism Issues for Outside Counsel, Ethics & Opioid Crisis to name a few.

Event Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 07:00

There are communities in Canada in 2018 without access to clean drinking water. This is a problem which disproportionately affects marginalized communities. Dr. Ingrid Waldron leads a discussion about the ethics of access to clean water.A $5 donation is appreciated, but not required. 

Refreshments provided.

Getting it Right are smaller, casual, and informative gatherings led by experts on the topic. These events offer an opportunity to learn about a variety of social, cultural, and economic perspectives through conversations about the ethical aspects of the issues of the day led by an expert in the topic.

Event Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

Commercial Leases

Speaker: Jim Musgrave, QC, Cox & Palmer

Event Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 (All day) to Saturday, October 27, 2018 (All day)

Clarity is a professional association that promotes the use of plain legal language internationally. With more than 500 members in 30 countries, Clarity is the largest organization of its kind.Its members consist of judges, lawyers, government representatives, researchers, professors, NGOs and business people—all convinced of the benefits of plain legal language.Some are writers, editors, researchers, consultants and trainers who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in making language more accessible.Clarity has official representatives in 30 countries as well as a team of devoted volunteers who promote plain language over formal legal terminology.Every second year, Clarity holds an international conference together with a local partner.

 

Schedule 2018: https://clarity2018.org/ressources/program-for-Clarity-2018.pdf

 

 

Event Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:00

Objections based on Crown Immunity and Confidential Informant Privilege

Speaker: Peter C. McVey, QC, Nova Scotia Department of Justice

The Crown continues to enjoy certain privileges and immunities against compelled testimony, discovery examination and pre-trial production of documents, in addition to privileges or immunities that are enjoyed by all private persons or entities.  While Crown privileges and immunities may be removed by an act of a Legislature or Parliament, they remain important considerations in civil litigation, whether the Crown is a party or a non-party custodian of evidence.

Event Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 19:00

On Friday, October 26, 2018, local amateur musicians will take up their instruments to battle for the title of "Halifax's Best" at Rock for Dimes Halifax, a musical fundraiser for March of Dimes Canada. In 13 years, Halifax has raised over $310,000 to support Canadians living with disabilities, and our goal for 2018 is to raise another $50,000.

Join your colleagues from McInnes Cooper, Cox & Palmer, Burchells LLP, NS Dept. of Justice, Stewart McKelvey, Wagners, BMO Financial Group at our NEW location in the Schooner Room at Casino NS for an evening of music, dancing, silent auction and much more. Funds raised at Rock for Dimes Halifax will benefit March of Dimes Canada's Conductive Education® (CE) program in Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Aphasia Camps.

This year's theme is 'Hali-fornia Dreamin', It’s a Friday Night and it’s almost Halloween…. so walk through the Purdy’s Pedway and come on over and watch your legal colleagues and corporate clients do their best impression of California cool. Get into the Halloween spirit and dress up. Wear your California clothing or your favourite band t-shirt, bring your sunglasses + beach balls and be prepared to have fun singing along to all things California.

Competing for “Best RFD Halifax Band” and “Most Funds Raised by a Halifax Band“ will be: Fishy Business, Terminal Road, The Showcase Showdowns, Verdant Places, The Goldilocks Effect, and Red C

Sponsors include:
• Agency 59
• Long & McQuade
• Hill Street Beverage Company
• McInnis Cooper
• Stewart McKelvey
• BraunAbility
• Permobil
• Wagners
• Cox & Palmer
• BMO Financial Group
• Casino Nova Scotia
• Gem Health Care Group
• Royal Fundy
• Global News
• Q104

Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2018 at Schooner Room in Casino NS. The event is open to the public so bring your clients and friends along with you.

VIP tickets with table seating are $50 per person. General Admission tickets are $30 per person.

Get your tickets soon as this years’ event at our new location attached to Purdy’s Wharf should be a sellout. For more information or to order tickets please visit www.rockfordimes.ca/halifax or call 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7380.

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

Event Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 01:00

Want to give yourself a competitive advantage in law? Pay more attention to the quality of your writing. Studies show that readers – including legal readers – strongly prefer clear, efficient, accurate prose. They find it easier and faster to read and understand, and they are more likely to start and finish reading what you write. Understanding that your goal is comprehension - not perfection - removes a lot of the barriers to building your skill as a writer. In this convenient, 90-minute webinar, lawyer and writing instructor Ryan Standil offers you a new focus for improving what is a significant component of your daily work. Ryan will examine five writing issues that create misunderstandings between writers and readers, and offer an easy to follow checklist for achieving a clearer, more understandable style. You’ll learn how to produce writing that sufficiently makes your point, in less time, and you’ll enjoy writing more. With use of Ryan’s five rules of thumb, many other hallmarks of good writing will follow naturally. Every day you get dozens of opportunities to build and improve your relationships with readers – through memos, letters, emails, court documents and more. With a little extra care, and a few insider tips, you can leverage these opportunities to become a more considerate writer and a better lawyer. Don’t miss this chance to refocus your writing with five simple rules you can use for the rest of your career.

Live webinar with chat includes 60 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: Friday, November 2, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:30

Guaranteed Income and Health
w/ Kwame McKenzie
Wellesley Institute and University of Toronto Dept. of Psychiatry

A light lunch will be set out by noon in Rm 312.

This free series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute.
See www.dal.ca/hli/seminar-series for a complete series schedule.

Event Date: Friday, November 2, 2018 (All day)

2018 Isaac Pitblado Lectures: Reimagining Justice: Trust, Truths and Transformation(s)

November 2, 2018 – 8:30 am to 4:45 pm

Fort Garry Place, Grand Ballroom, Winnipeg

Early Bird Registration ends September 28, 2018

Registration closes October 24, 2018

This year’s Pitblado Lectures will shine a spotlight on the topic of the administration of justice. The Canadian justice system is rooted in the concept of fairness for all, yet in the wake of some recent high profile cases, many Canadians expressed a lack of trust in the system’s ability to deliver justice.

Public Needs - What does the public need or want from its justice system? Whose justice is it?

Bad Publicity? - Is the system working but it just needs a better P.R. agent?

The Media - What role do the media play in the public perception of justice? Do they reflect or distort what really happens?

Transformative Change - What can or should lawyers, judges, and legal educators do about the administration of justice?

The 2018 Lectures will challenge you to reimagine justice by speakers who will address the truths about what exists, examine how to create trust in our communities and share their ideas for change and their experiences with real life transformations.

This year’s Organizing Committee is pleased to have award-winning author, investigative journalist and retired co-host of CBC’s The Fifth Estate Linden MacIntyre join us as one of those experts.

Other Speakers Include

- Felix Walker, Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN), Family & Community Wellness Centre, CEO

- Dr. Trevor C.W. Farrow, Professor and Associate Dean (Academic), Osgoode Hall Law School

- Chief Justice Glenn Joyal, Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench

- Victoria Espey, Chair, The Hub Table

- James Favel, Executive Director, Bear Clan Patrol

- Trevor Anderson, Senior Scholar, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law

Event Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 (All day)

Attend The Advocates’ Society’s premier fullday continuing professional developmentand networking event for civil litigators in Atlantic Canada. The 2018 Atlantic AdvocacySymposium is your opportunity to be inspired by senior members of the bar and bench andlearn about recent developments in the law and advocacy.

Keynote Speaker:The Right Hon. Richard Wagner, P.C.,Chief Justice of Canada

Program Chairs:
Michelle C. Awad, Q.C., McInnes Cooper
John Keith, Q.C., Cox & Palmer

Faculty Includes:
The Hon. Justice J. Michael MacDonald, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia
The Hon. Justice Marc J.C. Richard, Chief Justice of NewBrunswick
The Hon. Justice Peter M.S. Bryson, Court of Appeal of Nova Scotia
The Hon. Justice Joel E. Fichaud, Court of Appeal of NovaScotia
The Hon. Justice Joshua M. Arnold, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
The Hon. Justice Patrick J. Duncan, Supreme Court ofNova Scotia
The Hon. Justice Colette M. d’Entremont, Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick

Event Date: Friday, November 23, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:30

Of Bricks and Blood: Institutional Conscience Objections to MAID and Abortion
w/ Daphne Gilbert
Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

A light lunch will be set out by noon in Rm 312.

This free series is hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute.
See www.dal.ca/hli/seminar-series for a complete series schedule.
 

Event Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 09:00 to Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 12:00

This is a working conference. We will learn together, talk together, and plan together for future collaborative, transformative action.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Robyn Maynard, Author of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present.Robyn Maynard is the author of Policing Black Lives: State violence in Canada from slavery to the present (Fernwood 2017). The book, her first, is a national bestseller in its second printing. It was designated as one of the "best 100 books of 2017" by the Hill Times and shortlisted for an Atlantic Book Award. This work also received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, as well as glowing reviews in the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, Now Toronto, Maclean's, and the Ottawa Citizen. 

GUEST SPEAKERS:
Angela Simmonds, Equity & Access Manager, Nova Scotia Barristers Society. Simmonds advocates against street checks and for Land Title for Indigenous African-Nova Scotians.
Benjamin Perryman, Human Rights Lawyer and Counsel for Abdoul Abdi whose deportation was overturned by the Federal Court and collective advocacy.
Keisha Jefferies, Registered Nurse and PhD Student at Dalhousie University. Jefferies’ research examines the critical role of African-Nova Scotian nurses in advancing health.
El Jones, Poet and Nancy’s Chair for Women’s Studies at MSVU. El is an abolitionist, activist, artist, teacher and WWW Board member.Bianca Mercer, Experienced Advocate for criminalized women.
Martha Paynter, Registered Nurse, Activist and Chair of

WWW.CONFERENCE DETAILS:
Time: November 24 - 25, 2018
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 9am - 12pm
Venue: Chebucto Family Centre, 3 Sylvia Avenue in Spryfield, Nova Scotia.
Registration is limited to 50 people.
Free child care is provided on site.
Fees vary for members/non-members.
$90 Regular
$60 Member or Student
$0 Women and transgender/non-binary people who have experienced criminalization may register free of charge.

THEME & OBJECTIVES:
Women’s Wellness Within is a feminist, anti-racist, pro-LGBTQ2S+ organization working to support criminalized women and transgender/non-binary people. We see the intersection of racism, misogyny, incarceration and reproductive control. Through support, education, and advocacy we are working for equity and decarceration.

Event Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 08:30 to Friday, December 7, 2018 - 16:30

CBA Nova Scotia’s Annual Conference will take place on Thursday, December 6th and Friday, December 7th, 2018 at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. Attendees may choose from 28 sessions delivered over 2 days to earn up to 12 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) hours. There is something for everyone!

For the latest details, please follow the link. https://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_CON2DAY18

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