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Provincial announcements

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: novascotia.ca/news/

The following announcements since the last edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:   

JUSTICE: Find all DOJ announcements at novascotia.ca/just/communications/

JUSTICE: Service Dog Act proclaimed

On June 27, new legislation came into effect to protect the rights of service dog users to live, shop, commute and access the same places and services as other Nova Scotians.

For complete information, visit novascotia.ca/servicedogs.

Rural high-speed internet report released

The Department of Business has released the Last Mile Strategy, developed by Brightstar. The strategy provides recommendations about how to connect underserved and unserved households and businesses to high-speed internet.

The document is available on the Department of Business website at https://novascotia.ca/business/internet/.

Halifax lawyer Michelle Kelly reappointed as Chair of national Status of Women coalition

Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women – June 8 announcement

The National Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women held its annual meeting in Halifax June 5 to 6. The meeting ended with a new partnership between the coalition and the Canadian Women's Foundation, and a renewed commitment to advancing women's leadership in Canada.

ENVIRONMENT: Coastal protection consultations begin

Environment Minister Iain Rankin has launched public consultations on future coastal protection legislation. If you live near Nova Scotia's coastline, rely on it for your livelihood, or are concerned about the impact of rising sea levels on coastal communities – it’s time to have your say.

The province is proposing coastal protection legislation with clear rules on what can and cannot be done in areas next to the coast. This will help ensure that new construction happens in places that are less likely to be threatened by coastal erosion, rising sea levels and storm surges.

Applications open for poverty reduction grants

Community Services / Communities, Culture and Heritage – June 11 announcement

Community groups working to reduce poverty and help people find jobs can now apply for a Building Vibrant Communities grant. The program is accepting grant applications until midnight on July 12.

New Executive Director, Court Services Division: Karen Lockerby

The Nova Scotia Department of Justice has appointed Karen Lockerby to join its senior management team as the new Executive Director, Court Services Division. She begins on Monday, July 9.

Provincial announcements

News releases from the provincial government are available at this link, and are searchable by department and date: novascotia.ca/news/

The following announcements since the last edition of InForum may be of interest to the legal profession; see link above for all provincial releases:   

JUSTICE: Find all DOJ announcements at novascotia.ca/just/communications/

Public consultations on accessibility in Nova Scotia: June 4 deadline for input

People are invited to provide input into the province's plan for an accessible Nova Scotia at engagement sessions taking place up to June 4 in various communities.

"We have set a goal of becoming an accessible province by 2030," Mark Furey Minister responsible for the Accessibility Act, said in a May 7 announcement. "This is an ambitious and important goal and it will take all of us working together to achieve it."

Personal Health Information Act review findings released

The findings of the three-year review of the Personal Health Information Act were tabled with the House of Assembly on Wednesday, May 30.

The report is available on the Department of Health and Wellness website at novascotia.ca/dhw/publications.asp.

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