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CBA E-News - November 2015

Bhason v Hrynew: A Duty to Act in Good Faith or a Duty Not to Act in Bad Faith?

Michael T. Pugsley and Sean Foreman, lawyers with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, examine the Supreme Court’s decision in Bhasin v Hrynew, asking the question: does it create a duty to act in good faith, or the duty not to act in bad faith? There’s a significant difference, they say.

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The John Tait Award of Excellence

The Public Sector Lawyers Forum is accepting nominations for the John Tait Award of Excellence. This award recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of Public Sector Lawyers in Canada. For more information or to nominate someone, please visit the award website. Deadline for applications: November 20, 2015

CBA Young Lawyers International Program 2015-17

If you are aware of young lawyers who may be interested in applying for an international internship, please forward them the following link: http://www.cba.org/CBA/IDP/yiip/.

Public Sector members connect on LinkedIn

In order to create networking opportunities and a forum for discussion and exchange on subjects relevant to the Public Sector Lawyers Forum, we have recently created a group on LinkedIn. This professional networking site allows you to:

  • Establish connections with other professionals;
  • Access liaising opportunities;
  • Share cases and accomplishments; and
  • Keep informed about upcoming Public Sector Forum events and activities.

If you’re already a LinkedIn member, we invite you to join our group. Simply click on the “Groups” tab, type “CBA Public Sector Lawyers Forum” in the search box and select the “Join Group” option. If you are not already a member, membership in LinkedIn is free and easy to join by visiting the website. We look forward to meeting you on LinkedIn.

National Sections: Children’s Law Committee

National Sections recently established a Children’s Law Committee to coordinate activities, provide advice, and respond to law, policy, and legal research developments on matters affecting Canadian children. More information is available on the new Children’s Law Committee webpage.

Join the Children’s Law Committee listserv!

Interested CBA members are strongly encouraged to join the Children’s Law Committee listserv. This is an ideal way to stay informed of Committee activities and get directly involved. The listserv also provides a forum to network and exchange ideas with leading practitioners who share your interests.
Membership is free to CBA members.

Join the listserv (CBA membership number required)


Digest (August 2014)

Please consider providing a submission for the next edition. We are looking for articles of interest to Forum members. Our next publication will feature the theme: ethics and the public sector lawyer. Your submissions on this topic are welcomed and may include:

  • Updates on recent/upcoming activities including substantive developments in your jurisdiction;
  • Case summaries;
  • New legislation;
  • Articles about your personal/professional experience as a public sector lawyer.

Here are a few guidelines to help:

  • Articles only need to be between 300 and 1,000 words;
  • Articles over 1,000 words must be accompanied by a summary or précis (100-300 words);
  • Articles can be submitted in French or English.

Please send your submissions to cbapublicsectorlawyers@cba.org . Please also canvass your co-workers and colleagues and ask if they would be interested in making a submission to the newsletter.

Thank you very much for your participation in creating a must-read newsletter for our Forum.


Purpose and objects 

The Forum is a platform for CBA members who are employed as lawyers at various levels of government or in public sector agencies.

Its objectives are to:

  • Provide mechanisms for public sector lawyers to exchange information and ideas;
  • Serve as a national network to enable public sector lawyers to connect on shared issues;
  • Advance the understanding of the roles played by public sector lawyers;
  • Raise the profile of its members by ensuring public sector lawyers interests are represented within the CBA;
  • Bring to the CBA the unique perspective of practicing law within a government setting;
  • Serve as the national voice of public sector lawyers within the activities of the Forum and those of the CBA;
  • Promote networking and delivery of programs through the Forum’s provincial and territory branches.

Please use the links on the menu on the left to learn more about the Forum. The PSLF publishes a newsletter, The Forum, twice a year with articles of interest to public sector lawyers, including profiles of individual lawyers and developments in Crown compensation across the country. We also give an annual award, the John Tait Award of Excellence.

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