July InForum: Committee Opportunities, Watch Our Latest Webinars, Introducing our Equity and Access Team & more
- Committee Opportunities: Gender Equity, Supreme Court of NS (Family Division) Liaison Committee
- Watch the Latest NSBS Webinars
- Introducing the Society’s Equity and Access Team
- 2021 Queen’s Counsel Appointments
- Council News
- COVID-19 FAQs & Updates
- Call for Participation in External Independent Review of Systemic Discrimination in the NSBS
- Equity in Action: Reviewing Your Social Activities
- Recognizing Emancipation Day on August 1: Resources for Members
- Creating Affirming Spaces for the 2SLGBTQIA+ Community.
- Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia
- Changes in Category: June 24, 2021-July 29, 2021
- Notice of Referral to Hearing: Christopher Ian Robinson
- Notice of Referral to Hearing: Nash Brogan
- For Your Information
- News from the NS Courts
- Career Opportunities
- Upcoming Events
Committee Opportunities: Gender Equity, Supreme Court of NS (Family Division) Liaison Committee
Gender Equity Committee
The Society’s Gender Equity Committee (GEC) is passionate about ensuring the Committee’s composition is reflective of the membership and public. They are seeking an Indigenous voice to add to their diverse committee.
The GEC advises, monitors, and supports Council in the work and governance of the Society on gender equity issues. Gender equity issues are those related to the protection, advancement, and promotion of those who are equity-seeking based on gender, gender identity and sexuality.
The Committee meets approximately six times per year on average. Committee members are not required to attend meetings in person at this time and can participate via video conference.
Are you interested in being considered for this appointment? To be considered, please complete our online expression of interest form which includes a field to upload your brief resume (1-2 pages) and our skills & attributes matrix.
Submit this expression of interest form by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.
We value diversity on all our committees and welcome applications from all employment equity groups.
Questions or assistance? Please contact Katie Lister, Governance, Policy & Planning Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division) Liaison Committee
The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division) Liaison Committee is seeking to fill four vacant membership positions.
This Joint Committee provides a means for ongoing liaison and communication between the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division) and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society about matters of mutual concern and interest and provides an avenue for the Bench and Bar to meet and work towards improvements in practice.
Experience in the area of child protection is necessary for one vacancy. Given the recent expansion of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division), we welcome applications from lawyers practicing throughout the province to ensure regional contribution on issues affecting the court.
If you’re interested in being considered for an appointment, please send the following to Katie Lister, NSBS Governance, Policy & Planning Advisor, at email@example.com by 4:00 PM Friday, July 30, 2021:
- A brief expression of interest (max. 1 page) – please describe why you’re interested in a particular committee and the skills, attributes and experience you could bring to that committee’s work.
- A brief resume (1-2 pages)
- A completed Skills & Attributes Matrix
We value diversity on committees and welcome applications from all employment equity groups. We also have the technology required for volunteers to attend meetings online via video conferencing.
Watch the Latest NSBS Webinars
Did you miss our recent educational webinars?
- Watch our June 9th webinar ‘Anti-Money Laundering/Client ID and Verification‘
- Watch our July 13th webinar ‘File Retention and Destruction: Taking the Straightest Path‘
Introducing the Society’s Equity and Access Team
We are happy to introduce our new Equity and Access Manager, Jennifer Dickison. Jennifer started with the Society July 5th after she was selected through a rigorous process involving a panel comprised of Society staff and members of our equity committees. We also recently welcomed Jubanti Toppo as our Equity and Access Advisor on July 19th.
We are fortunate to have Jennifer and Jubanti as part of the NSBS team!
About Jennifer Dickison
Jennifer is a Registered Social Worker with over a decade of experience as a respected legislative and policy advisor to senior leadership of provincial organizations working to improve the equity and well-being of citizens.
Highlights of her career so far include working as the Director of Research and Policy with the New Brunswick Women’s Council, Research Officer with the New Brunswick Nurses Union, and Research and Planning Officer with the Government of New Brunswick’s Executive Council Office – Women’s Equality Branch. All of these previous roles developed Jennifer’s expertise providing strategic and evidenced-based advice on intersectional equity issues to organizations with a regulatory mandate.
Jennifer currently volunteers her time on various boards and committees including the Sexual Violence New Brunswick (SVNB) Operations Committee and St. Thomas University Research Ethics Board. She is also an SVNB Support Line volunteer.
Beyond her social work education, Jennifer has training in group facilitation, cultural competency, and trauma-informed crisis intervention. Throughout her career, Jennifer has worked with many lawyers in various capacities.
Jennifer is grateful for the opportunity to help the profession become more diverse and inclusive as well as improve access to legal services.
About Jubanti Toppo
Jubanti holds both a Masters in Social Work and Adult Education and diplomas in Development Leadership and Human Resource Management.
Highlights of her career thus far include roles, both in Nova Scotia and abroad, with various community-based organizations serving equity deserving groups including most recently an internship with the Diversity and Inclusion Department of Nova Scotia Public Service Commission, Immigrant Support Program Manager with the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Project Coordinator with the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia. All of these roles have developed Jubanti’s expertise in program planning and management as well as evidenced-based research and advice on intersectional equity issues.
Jubanti has substantial experience as a volunteer member of various community boards and committees and has recently participated as a Canadian Delegate at the 63rd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
Questions for the Society’s Equity and Access team? Contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 Queen’s Counsel Appointments
In the fall of this year (2021) 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 QC designation is awarded each year to members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional merit and outstanding contribution to the legal community.
Members may either apply personally or nominate another member of the Bar. All applicants will be treated equally by the Advisory Committee whether they are nominated or apply personally.
Queen’s Counsel Application or Nomination Process
Your complete application or nomination must be received by Justice Bourgeois no later than 4:00 p.m., Thursday, September 30, 2021. 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
Please do not send your application or nomination to the Society.
As our governing body, Council ensures we carry out our purpose to uphold and protect the public interest in the practice of law. Council members lend their voices and unique insights to decisions that impact Nova Scotia’s legal profession. Review our 2021-2023 Council bios.
COVID-19 FAQs & Updates
We’ve moved our COVID-19 related information on the Society’s website. Review all of the FAQs for the legal profession, updates and more.
Call for Participation in External Independent Review of Systemic Discrimination in the NSBS
The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society has acknowledged the existence of systemic discrimination in the justice system and within the Society. In its acknowledgement the Society stated, in part:
We not only acknowledge and regret the existence of systemic discrimination within the justice system and the Society, but also recognize the need for action and education to address it. The Society is committed to reducing barriers created by racism, unconscious bias, and discrimination. We are committed to continuing our efforts to learn, to adapt, to improve our processes and to lead Nova Scotia’s legal profession by example. In collaboration with our members, the legal entities we regulate, stakeholders, and justice system partners, we will work diligently towards eliminating all forms of discrimination in the justice system and in the Society.
As part of its commitment to eliminate systemic discrimination I have been retained by the society, as set out in the Terms of Reference to undertake a comprehensive external, independent review of the Society’s policies and processes to identify and address any areas of systemic discrimination that exist within the Society.
I am writing to request the assistance and input of members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the general public to share your experiences, views and opinions with me in relation to this review as outlined in the Terms of Reference.
If you wish to speak with me or provide your views in writing I may be contacted at the dedicated email address set up by the Society at email@example.com.
The review is being conducted on a confidential basis. Any conversations, interviews, or thoughts and opinions submitted in writing will be entirely confidential and any comments will be anonymized to remove any indicators of identity.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated assistance in the review.
Douglas G. Ruck, Q.C.
Equity in Action: Reviewing Your Social Activities
This Equity in Action blog post was written by Asha Pelly, NSBS Summer Law Student
Have you reviewed your workplace social activities with an equity lens?
In this latest blog in our Equity in Action, we’ll discuss step two from our Six Steps to Make Your Legal Workplace More Equitable – reviewing your social activities. Many workplace social activities cannot be enjoyed by employees for various reasons including their race, gender, religious beliefs, family situation, and income.
Recognizing Emancipation Day on August 1: Resources for Members
August 1st is officially designated as Emancipation Day in Canada. Emancipation Day is the day the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 became law across the British Empire, including Canada. It is recognized as the day that the practice of slavery officially ended for millions of African people and their descendants in Canada.
We encourage our members and all Nova Scotians to use Emancipation Day as an opportunity to learn more about the history of African Nova Scotian people and communities, and to continue to address and put an end to anti-Black racism.
This day will allow us to reflect and acknowledge our shared history of the enslavement of people of African descent in Canada. Most importantly the inaugural Emancipation Day will provide us with an opportunity to maintain ongoing meaningful conversations around race relations and inclusive society.
We encourage you to recognize Emancipation Day and to continue your learning this day and on an ongoing basis by reviewing the following resources:
- Understanding Anti-Black Racism and How to Be an Ally
(Video/Panel Discussion – Government of Canada, Patricia Harewood)
- Nova Scotia Street Check Report
- CBC – 8 Documentaries That Explore Race, Racism and Policing in North America
(Government of Canada)
- Supporting Each Other in Anti-Racism Work
(Webinar – CBA-NS)
- How to be an Ally
(PowerPoint –The Hon. Judge Aleta C. Cromwell, 2020)
- RDS vs. A Story of Race and Justice
(Video – Canadian Race Relations Foundation)
- Anti-Racism Bookshelf: Tools for Entering a Difficult Conversation
(Resources – Niki Bains, BA (Hons), JD and Sylvie Vigneux, BA, MA, JD)
- In Their Shoes: Stories of systemic racism from the legal profession
(Article in CBA National Magazine – 2020)
- Working Together for Change: Strategies to Address Issues of Systemic Racism in the Legal Professions
(Law Society of Ontario Report)
- The Marshall Inquiry: Royal Commission on the Donald Marshall, Jr., Prosecution
- The Society’s Equity Lens Toolkit
- Nova Scotia Provincial Library – Reading List for Emancipation Day 2021
Valuable related organizations:
- Canadian Association of Black Lawyers – Nova Scotia Chapter
- African Nova Scotian Affairs
- Black Loyalist Heritage Centre
- Africville Museum
- Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia
- Game Changers 902
(Mission is to centralize African Nova Scotian experience, culture and history.)
- Government of Nova Scotia – Office of Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives
- Government of Nova Scotia – African Nova Scotian Justice Institute Launched
The Society’s Acknowledgement of Systemic Discrimination & Review
- NSBS Acknowledgement of Systemic Discrimination: Our Commitment Moving Forward
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Systemic Discrimination Resources
- Call for Participation in External Independent Review of Systemic Discrimination in the NSBS
Creating Affirming Spaces for the 2SLGBTQIA+ Community.
Join the Society in collaboration with the Youth Project for our upcoming virtual Pride workshop ‘Creating Affirming Spaces for the 2SLGBTQIA+ Community.’
When: Thursday, August 12, 2021 – 12:00-1:00 PM
Registration: Please register in advance for this workshop held via Zoom at https://bit.ly/NSBS-2021-Pride-Workshop
In this workshop, Nik (they/them), the Education and GSA Coordinator at the Youth Project, will offer participants a framework and tangible, actionable items to create a space and service provision that is safe, inclusive, and affirming for 2SLGBTQIA+ people.
Nik encourages (and appreciates) questions, comments, and discussion, so please come ready to participate and be engaged!
Questions and Accessibility Requests
Closed captioning will be provided. Please let us know if you have any other accessibility accommodation requests to facilitate your participation. Send your questions or requests in advance to Kerry Foss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Youth Project:
The Youth Project’s mission is to make Nova Scotia a safer, healthier, and happier place for 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, +) youth under 26 since being founded in 1993. As a multiservice organization, we host an education team, programming team, and support services team with an aim to further the inclusion and wellness of 2SLGBTQIA+ youth through an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, trauma-informed framework which centres youth voice and community leadership.
Connect with The Youth Project at www.youthproject.ns.ca or on Instagram at @nsyouthproject.
Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia
Changes in Category: June 24, 2021-July 29, 2021
In every issue of our newsletter InForum, we provide updates on category changes.
Welcome to our new articled clerks:
|Rheanne Nicole Alisch Sherman|
|Roland Marko Simmonds|
These members have changed to Practising status:
|Nicole Louise Baker|
|Craig Reginald Berryman|
|Cameron Lyall Foster|
|Catherine Grace Gribbin|
|M. Blair Kasouf|
|Donald A. (Rollie) Thompson, QC|
These members have changed to Non-Practising status:
|Emad A. Al-Sharief|
|Katie Elizabeth Armstrong|
|Tracy Lynn Bannier|
|Jane Elise Bates|
|Joseph Eric Berljawsky|
|Sarah Emily Charlotte Cyr|
|Guilhem Pierre Gonzague de Roquefeuil|
|Richard James Freeman|
|Samantha Claire Higgins|
|Morgan Stowell Knickle-Smith|
|Bianca Cherie Krueger|
|Peter Lawrence Luttmann|
|Bruce Tait MacIntosh, QC|
|Misty Rose Morrison|
|Dorianne Margaret Mullin|
|Tess Piera Panzarasa|
|Brianna Therese Renou|
|Guy-Etienne Yves Richard|
|Gail Rudderham Chernin, QC|
|Magdalene Isabella Sequeira|
|Jin Won Song|
|Joseph Royden Trainor, Jr., QC|
|John Underhill, QC|
|Naomi Helen Veniot|
|Katelyn Elizabeth Christel Viner|
These members have Retired:
|Barry Stephen Allen|
|Deborah May Baker|
|Clarence Alexander Beckett, QC|
|Thomas Owen Boyne, QC|
|Joseph Mark James Cooper, QC|
|Janice Blanche Crawford|
|Mary Elizabeth Cusack, QC|
|James Alexander Fyfe|
|Paula Evelyn Kinley Howatt|
|Phillip George Russell Hunt|
|Joseph Stuart McInnes Koskie|
|Ian H. MacLean, QC|
|Carman Gordon McCormick, QC|
|Suzanne L. Pelham Belliveau|
|John Timothy Rafferty, QC|
|Janice Siobhan Rea|
|Heather Lynne Redden|
|Bernard James Thibault|
|Leon E. Trakman|
|Bruce Harris Wildsmith, QC|
|Linda Lorraine Zambolin|
These lawyers have resigned:
|Carolyn Rebecca Brown|
|Sylvia Katarzyna Domaradzki|
|Douglas Bernard Hanna|
|Kelsey Audrey Theresa Jones|
|Ted L. McDorman|
|Jennifer Ruth Mickelson|
|Joanne Sandra Norman|
|Oladeji Samuel Omotosho|
|Linda Marie Rankin|
|Ebson Anthony Ross, QC|
|Barry Edward Wadsworth|
|Anthony Wen-Tsun Wong|
For Your Information
National Well-Being Survey Reminder
A reminder to members that you’re invited to participate in a research study on the mental health and well-being of legal professionals in Canada entitled Towards a Healthy and Sustainable Practice of Law in Canada.
The study was developed by Professor Nathalie Cadieux and her research team at Université de Sherbrooke in partnership with the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, the Canadian Bar Association and all law societies across Canada.
Notification to Immigration Representatives
Notice to Express Entry candidates: changes to requirements for proof of settlement funds
This is to notify you that the requirements for proof of settlement funds has changed for 2021. We ask that you distribute this information to your clients.
Settlement funds are only required for certain candidates depending on the programs they qualify for. Please note that we are contacting Express Entry candidates to inform them of this change, and asking them to check the Express Entry Proof of Funds webpage on the IRCC website to make sure that they have enough funds to be eligible to immigrate to Canada.
They may have to update their Express Entry profile by July 15th, 2021 to prove they have the required funds. If they do not have sufficient funds, their profile will be removed from the Express Entry pool.
- How do I update my Express Entry profile before submitting it?
- I already submitted my Express Entry profile. Can I still update it?
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Law Practice for Sale
Law practice for sale
And for those who dream of establishing a family away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, how about having access to an English or French school and living in a village of 2,500 people, nestled between the mountains and the sea, on an internationally renowned island recognized for its irresistible natural attractions.
How about heading to the village wharf to buy your lobster and snow crab directly from the fisherman, reside five minutes from a National Park and enjoy the Celtic Colours International Music Festival.
In business for 28 years, this firm boasts an enviable reputation and is recognized nationally in the matter of linguistic rights of Francophone Canadians and Acadian communities. Other privileged fields are real estate law for about 50%, corporate and commercial law and the remainder is divided between criminal and family law as well as wills and estates.
The office, equipped with fiber-op internet access and electronic client files, facilitates a hassle-free transition, especially if you are interested in leasing the existing office. Although the sale comes unmanned, a transition period is possible and desirable. Although the court is 150 km away, most appearances are done by telephone, except for trials.
The clientele served is French and English-speaking and come from a radius of at least 100 km. The potential for expansion in immigration and taxation, to name these two areas, is quite great as the region has hundreds of commercial fishermen and an influx of immigration seekers, and many tourists during the summer period.
In addition, over the past few years, the practice has been very busy without the need to advertise outside the area, and within two years the only other lawyer in the area is also considering retirement.
Having a knowledge of French would be an asset, but not compulsory. If this life style and purchasing this rural practice established since 1993 is of interest to you, please contact email@example.com
Nova Scotia Association of Architects is Recruiting a Public Representative
The Nova Scotia Association of Architects (NSAA) is seeking to appoint an individual to serve as one of its two public representatives on the NSAA Governing Council. The NSAA is the regulatory body for the architectural profession, whose purpose is to serve and protect the public interest in the practice of architecture in Nova Scotia. The NSAA seeks to foster and encourage diversity and inclusivity among its membership and Council, regardless of race, age, gender, identity, or disability.
The Public Representative cannot be a member of the architectural profession. The appointment of the Public Representative(s) is an effective mechanism through which the NSAA demonstrates transparency and accountability. This is a volunteer and unpaid position. The Public Representative will ensure that the public perspective is represented in the decision-making of the NSAA Council. They will have full voting rights, and will be expected to attend monthly Council Meetings, as well as the Annual General Meeting, either in person or virtually (via Zoom or another virtual platform). The Public Representative is also eligible to serve on various Committees within the NSAA; and they are expected to serve on either the Finance and Risk Committee, or the Governance Committee, which also provides oversight relative to Human Resources.
This appointment shall be for an approximate two-year term, from autumn 2021 to no later than autumn 2023.
Desirable attributes of the Public Representative include the following:
- Knowledge of the position;
- Familiarity with the NSAA;
- Understanding of the meaning of “public interest”;
- Experience with community volunteer boards;
- Effective communication and collaborative interpersonal skills and behaviours, grounded in respect, transparency, tact, and discretion;
- Integrity and application of high ethical standards in all actions and exchanges of information;
- Sound business judgement;
- Ability to place the interest of the Association above any personal agenda;
- Freedom from conflicts of interest that would affect the ability to perform duties as an impartial member of Council;
- Ability to commit time to prepare for and attend council and other required meetings, planning sessions, and Association events.
In addition to experience with governing council and volunteer boards, experience with policies and processes in one or more of the following regulatory areas would be an asset:
- Professional registration
- Professional conduct and ethics
- Human Resources
Interested candidates are requested to forward a cover letter indicating their reasons for wishing to serve on the NSAA Council, along with a current resume, no later than September 10, 2021, to the following:
c/o Margo Dauphinee, Executive Director
Nova Scotia Association of Architects
Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission seeking members for Discipline Committee
The Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission (NSREC) is seeking members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society to fill vacancies on our Discipline Committee. The Discipline Committee is responsible to select members to sit on hearing panels for formal discipline hearings of licensees. The Discipline Committee meets on an as-needed basis. Learn more.
Arbitration Advisory Committee
The Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education (LAE) is recruiting members for its Arbitration Advisory Committee. This committee provides advice to the Minister of LAE with respect to the selection of labour relations arbitrators for the Minister’s List of Arbitrators. Learn more.
Name on will: Mary Kriek
Last known residence: Bear River, NS
Any lawyers with information please contact Harmoney Thompson at Soradsoharmony@gmail.com or (604) 989-7642.
News from the NS Courts
- Amendments to the Civil Procedure Rules
- The Hon. Justice Gerald Moir has retired from the Bench
- The Court of Appeal is inviting counsel & others to identify their pronouns & titles for appeal proceedings
- The Hon. Frank Hoskins has been appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
- Crown Prosecutor – HUM010647
- Associate (Litigation) – Halifax, NS
- Corporate Paralegal
- Administrative/Legal Assistant (Halifax)
- Lead Contracts Administrator
- Paralegal Position
- Paralegal/Legal Assistant
- Legal Assistant
- Legal Assistant – Corporate/Commercial
- Corporate Commercial Lawyer
- Property Lawyer
- Crown Prosecutor – HUM010661
- Crown Prosecutor – HUM010682
- Legal Assistant
- Real Estate Paralegal
- Associate Lawyer – Patterson Law, Bridgewater
- IT Coordinator
- Executive Director of Public Safety and Security
- Legal Assistant
- Paralegal – Personal Injury
- Associate Lawyer
- Admin Assistant
- Administrative Support Clerk
- Associate Lawyer
- Paralegal/Assistant (part-time)
- Real Estate Assistant
- Legal Assistant
These events include NSBS events as well as professional development opportunities and related events posted to the events page on our website.
- Current Issues in Health Care Law: Health and safety, accommodation, discipline for off-duty conduct, privacy, and more (August 5)
- Creating Affirming Spaces for the 2SLGBTQIA+ Community (August 12)
- Substance Use and the Workplace: Staying up to date on testing, accommodation, return-to-work conditions, and discharge (August 19)
- Family Law and the 2SLGBTQ+ Community (August 19)
- Homing in on Harassment: Developments in remedies, investigations, and judicial review (Sept. 2)
- Online LRA Qualification Assessment (September 15-October 6)
- Estate Planning Blunders and How to Avoid Them (September 16)
- National Health and Safety Conference (September 29)