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Canada compensating former employees for damages caused by Phoenix pay system

The Government remains determined to address the impacts that the implementation of the Phoenix pay system has had on public servants. 

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Publication date : 2019-11-30
Prosecutors question impact of UCP plan to double articling program
Prosecutors question impact of UCP plan to double articling program

A day after the province announced the doubling of its articling program for Crown prosecutors, the association overseeing them questioned the value of the plan.

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Publication date : 2019-11-26
Crown attorneys association urges province to address staffing shortage in northern courts
Crown attorneys association urges province to address staffing shortage in northern courts

Manitoba prosecutors are calling on the provincial government to do something about a "crushing workload" in northern courts, which they say is putting a strain on the province's entire criminal justice system.

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Publication date : 2019-11-26
‘Something has to give’: Alberta justice system braces for budget cuts
‘Something has to give’: Alberta justice system braces for budget cuts

Crown attorneys, clerks and others in the Alberta justice system are warning provincial budget cuts risk adding more backlogs to an already strained system.

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Publication date : 2019-11-21
Undervalued and stressed: Morale low in Manitoba’s justice department, staff survey says
Undervalued and stressed: Morale low in Manitoba’s justice department, staff survey says

'They don't feel that they're being valued at work,' MGEU president says following staff engagement survey

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Publication date : 2019-11-21
LARRY HAIVEN: Government’s offer to prosecutors amounts to wage cut
LARRY HAIVEN: Government’s offer to prosecutors amounts to wage cut

The recent Crown attorneys dispute is a conflict on several fronts. The battlefield is public opinion. It’s a war of words. 

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Publication date : 2019-11-02

Rick Woodburn

President, Canadian Association of Crown Counsel

 

Rick is a Senior Crown Attorney currently practicing as a front line prosecutor with the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service. He began his prosecuting career right out of law school for the Halifax Regional Municipality, and shortly thereafter, he moved to the Public Prosecution Service.

 

As a member of the Nova Scotia Crown Attorneys’ Association (NSCAA), Rick became Vice President in 2002 and became President shortly thereafter. He remained President until 2013, and continued to lead the NSCAA Bargaining Committee to the completion of its first Employment Agreement in 2014.


Further to his role in the NSCAA, Rick has been involved in the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel for the past 10 years. He has had the pleasure of serving as Vice President for two years, before becoming President in 2012.


Rick holds a B.A. and a Master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University and an LL.B. from Dalhousie University Law School.