Mental Health Team & Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The members of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs met with the Nova Scotia Mental Health Team on Friday May 6, 2016.  The Senate Committee is tasked with ‘examining and reporting’ on matters of delay in the criminal justice system (CJS), but they are also interested more widely in new and innovative options for the CJS.  Nova Scotia is world renowned for its Restorative Justice Initiatives, not only in the CJS but in other areas – schools, Dal Dentistry, etc. and so the Senate chose this venue, their first outside of Ottawa to convene hearings.

They were interested in the Nova Scotia Mental Health Court Program so the Team, including our own, Kelly Rowlett, gave them a presentation and answered their questions.

The Team was well received and hope that their meeting will assist the Committee in their task.

CPP Book Written by Doug Lloy, Staff Lawyer

Doug Lloy practices criminal defence law and Canada Pension Plan (CPP) litigation from the Legal Aid Office in New Glasgow. His new text, the CPP Disability Pension Guide (2d), published on March 10, 2016 by LexisNexis, is the largest compendium of practical litigation advice on all CPP benefits. The text includes precedent case summaries per topic and disability as well as, in Legal Aid fashion, an appendix entitled “Tell Me What I Need to Know” which gets to the point of the relevant topic in summary style. Doug hopes that this text may be of use to his colleagues in this complex area of the law and welcomes CPP inquiries.

That was Then… This is Now

Please find here a copy of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission’s Strategic Plan, entitled: That was Then… This is Now. Click here to view. (PDF) This can be found under: About Us, Legal Aid Publications.

NSLA Business Plan 2016-2017

Census 2016 Jobs Available

Staff is needed for a variety of supervisory and non-supervisory jobs across Canada for the 2016 Census.

These jobs are ideal for students, recently retired persons, stay-at-home parents, and those wanting to supplement their income.

Jobs offer:

  • flexible work hours
  • competitive wages
  • work in both rural and urban areas.

Apply now

Due to the volume of applications for census positions, only those candidates who are successful at each step of the hiring process will be contacted to proceed to the next step.

The 2016 Census is Coming!

Canada’s next census will be conducted in May 2016.

Early in May, census packages will be delivered to households across Canada, providing residents with the information they need to complete their questionnaire online or on paper.

Completed questionnaires will provide valuable information that will be used by all levels of government to make decisions about your neighbourhood and community. Information obtained through the census is needed to plan services such as child care, schooling, family services, housing, public transportation and skills training for employment.

Every person, young and old, must be included in the 2016 Census.

For more information about the 2016 Census, visit

Did you know NSLA has an Aboriginal Social Worker?

Did you know NSLA has an Aboriginal Social Worker, Alana Lee? Alana works with lawyers and aboriginal parents in child protection cases”.

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A New Year – A New Look

Welcome to the new Nova Scotia Legal Aid website focused on providing more help to Nova Scotians.