September 27, 2018 InForum Issue

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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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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 Read More

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: Read More

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: Read More
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”. Read More
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. Read More

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 More

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

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

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. Read More

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: Read More

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. Read More

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+. Read More

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. Read More

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.  Read More

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

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. Read More

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. Read More

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

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. Read More

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. Read More

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

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: The following announcements since the last edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:    Read More
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. Read More

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

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. Read More

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:  Read More

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.  Read More

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

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. Read More

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. Read More

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 Co Read More

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. Read More

Apply By: 9/14/2018   Justice  Solicitor 1-3, Permanent, HALIFAX   Competition # 15942  About Us Read More

Solicitor 1-3   Date:  Sep 20, 2018       Apply By: 10/4/2018    Justice Solicitor 1-3, Term, HALIFAX    Competition # 16405    About Us Read More

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


Apply By: 9/14/2018   Justice  Solicitor 1-3, Permanent, HALIFAX   Competition # 16001    About Us   Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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: Read More

Khattar & Khattar Barristers & Solicitors, Sydney, NS Read More

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 resu Read More


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. Read More
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. Read More

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

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

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. Read More
Upcoming Events
Event Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 09:00
Join us Thursday, October 25, 2018 for LIANS' 10th annual Risk and Practice Management Program conference from 9am-3:45pm at the Delta Halifax. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, November 14, 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. Read More
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 Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 17:30
Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University, 2018 SCC 32 –  balancing individual freedoms against the profession’s statutory objectives. A Panel Discussion Read More
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.   Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 12:00
Evans Estate: A Tale of Crown Prerogative, Income Taxes, and Funeral Expenses Featured Speakers: Scott Campbell, Stewart McKelvey, and Timothy Matthews, QC, Stewart McKelvey  Read More
Event Date: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:00
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. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 02:00
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  Read More
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. Read More
Event Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 12:00
Commercial Leases Speaker: Jim Musgrave, QC, Cox & Palmer  Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 (All day)
Clarity is a professional association that promotes the use of plain legal language internationally. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 12:00
Objections based on Crown Immunity and Confidential Informant Privilege Speaker: Peter C. McVey, QC, Nova Scotia Department of Justice Read More
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. Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 2, 2018 - 12:00
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. Read More
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 Read More
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. Read More
Event Date: Friday, November 23, 2018 - 12:00
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. Read More
Event Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 09:00
This is a working conference. We will learn together, talk together, and plan together for future collaborative, transformative action. Read More
Event Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 08:30
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! Read More
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