The province is accepting applications from Nova Scotians who are interested in serving the public on non-adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions. Non-adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions make decisions or recommendations to government on financial, regulatory, business or policy matters. Their work has far-reaching implications for Nova Scotians in areas such as housing and health authority boards, law reform and licensing boards. “The involvement of men and women in this process is vital to the success of democratic government,” said Frank Corbett, deputy president of the Executive Council. For a complete list of opportunities, or to learn more about the appointment process, visit the Executive Council Office website at www.gov.ns.ca/exec_council/abc or call 902-424-4877 or toll free 1-866-206-6844. The government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy and welcomes applications from Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible people, persons with disabilities and women. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your application, covering letter or resume.
“The safety and security of Nova Scotians is of vital importance to us,” said Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan. “As the office responsible for consumer protection, we are continuously updating various pieces of our legislation to ensure that Nova Scotian consumers are treated fairly and are better protected.” These changes are part of Service Nova Scotia’s ongoing work to modernize its legislation to better meet the needs of Nova Scotians. amending the Mortgage Regulation Act to remove the requirement for mortgage borrowers to obtain independent legal advice before waiving deadlines for disclosure. This will ensure mortgage borrowers will not face extra expenses or burden by having to consult a second lawyer in order to sign a mortgage on the same day they receive disclosure on the mortgage amending the Cemetery and Funeral Services Act to authorize the registrar to allow funeral homes to retain an administrative fee for prepaid funeral plans at an additional time in certain instances. Funeral homes will continue to be permitted to only charge the fee once amending the Consumer Protection Act, Consumer Reporting Act, and Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act to authorize the registrars under those acts to request additional information from permit applicants. Similar to other provincial legislation, this is valuable in cases where an applicant has other related businesses or if the registrar suspects criminal activity or outstanding judgements correcting typographical errors and outdated references in various statutes. Government introduced proposed legislative changes today, Oct. 3, to six consumer protection statutes that will better protect Nova Scotia consumers. Two of the proposed changes to the Consumer Protection Act will help ensure borrowers in Nova Scotia are better protected. They will require payday lenders to display and provide financial literacy material to borrowers comparing the costs of payday loans to other credit products. The changes will also provide government with more tools to fight illegal lending in the province, including the ability to warn the public about illegal lenders. The other changes are: