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FINANCE/TREASURY BOARD: Amendments to Securities Act

Amendments to the Securities Act introduced today, Sept. 27, will create consistency with other provinces and improve enforcement of securities laws.

"Changes to the act will improve standards and efficiencies and ensure we remain consistent with other provinces," Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey said in a news release.

SERVICE NOVA SCOTIA: More stringent regulations for the funeral industry

Increasing fines for funeral home owners is one of the many steps government is taking to introduce stricter and transparent rules for funeral homes and crematoriums. Amendments introduced Sept. 18 to the Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act and the Cemetery and Funeral Services Act will protect families and bring greater accountability to the funeral home industry.

JUSTICE: Supporting victims of online bullying

NOTE: The following is a September 13 op-ed piece from Justice Minister Mark Furey.

Bullying today goes far beyond the playground, campus, or workplace; it can be online and quickly seen and shared by many, where the victim has no escape. 

The rapid growth of smartphones, social media and the anonymity of the online world has created increasing opportunity for cyberbullying and the unwanted sharing of intimate images. These behaviours can result in psychological damage and trauma to the victim and sometimes with tragic consequences.

JUSTICE: Protecting rights of 2SLGBTIQ+ youth with prohibition on harmful therapy

Legislation was introduced Sept. 11 to prohibit the use of a discriminatory and harmful therapy that attempts to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of young people who identify as 2SLGBTIQ+.

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: Strategies to make Nova Scotia accessible by 2030

Education, buildings and shared spaces in Nova Scotia will soon be guided by accessibility standards.

Minister responsible for the Accessibility Act, Mark Furey was joined by the Accessibility Advisory Board and stakeholders on Sept. 21 for the release of the province's implementation strategy for achieving accessibility.

Access by Design 2030 identifies priorities to achieve the goals set out in the Accessibility Act.

SERVICE NOVA SCOTIA: New gender identity option for birth certificates

Amendments announced Sept 19 to the Vital Statistics Act introduce X as an option for gender identity on the Nova Scotia birth certificate and make the display of the sex field optional.

JUSTICE: Act to restrict possession and sale of body armour

Law enforcement officers and Nova Scotians will benefit from changes the government is introducing to make communities safer. The Body Armour Control Act, introduced Sept. 14, will regulate the possession of body armour in Nova Scotia.

The act will restrict the possession and sale of such equipment to police officers, sheriffs, corrections officers, special constables, conservation officers, bylaw enforcement officers, security guards, paramedics and others who legitimately require it due to the nature of their employment.

SERVICE NOVA SCOTIA: Introducing the lowest incorporation fees in the country

Nova Scotia's entrepreneurs will soon benefit from the lowest incorporation fees in the country.

On Sept. 7, Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan introduced amendments to the Corporations Registration Act and announced a regulation change to the Companies Act to help new Nova Scotia businesses in the start-up phase. The amendments will eliminate the annual registration fee in the first year of incorporation and reduce the incorporation fee. 

SERVICE NOVA SCOTIA: Strengthening Residential Tenancies Act for tenants and landlords

Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan introduced amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act on Sept. 18 that will benefit both tenants and landlords.

"Our goal is to make the act more inclusive, accessible and balanced for tenants and landlords," said Mr. MacLellan. "These changes are largely based on consultations with tenant and landlord groups. While we are pleased to adopt these amendments now, we will continue to work with these groups on other opportunities for improvement."

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