giving the Deputy Registrar General of Vital Statistics increased enforcement responsibility to terminate a cleric’s and religious body’s registration to solemnize marriages if they fail to comply with the Marriage Act update and harmonize limitation periods at three years to make the acts consistent. If someone is in violation of the act, they have three years to be charged. (Collection Agencies Act, Consumer Creditors Conduct Act, Consumer Protection Act, Consumer Reporting Act, Direct Sellers’ Regulation Act, Mortgage Regulation Act) update and correct language, for example remove gendered terms like his and workmanlike to ensure the acts apply equally to all Nova Scotians, regardless of gender and marital status (Consumer Protection Act, Petroleum Products Pricing Act, Consumer Reporting Act) clarify and enhance regulation-making authority, for example allow the registrar to set new application form requirements (Consumer Protection Act, Consumer Reporting Act) update and/or repeal reference to courts and programs that no longer exist, such as removing references to county court and the appeal division (Money-lenders Act, Unconscionable Transactions Relief Act). Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan tabled changes to the Senior Citizens’ Property Tax Rebate Act today, Sept. 20 that will help more low-income seniors access the program. The rebate program provides up to $800 on municipal property taxes paid during the previous tax year. Eligibility criteria is being expanded to allow a rebate to include seniors who move out of their primary residence but have paid the previous year’s municipal taxes. With this change, up to 150 more people could be eligible for a rebate. Ownership of the act is also being transferred from the Department of Community Services to Service Nova Scotia. Service Nova Scotia plans to introduce service delivery efficiencies that will enhance service to clients. “The rebate program is meant to help older Nova Scotians with low-incomes remain in their homes longer,” said Mr. MacLellan. “These changes extend the rebate to more people and will support improvements in how we deliver services to those who need it.” Mr. Maclellan also tabled administrative amendments to various Service Nova Scotia acts that streamline processes, clarify and strengthen language and increase enforcement responsibility. Highlights of the amendments include: These changes are part of ongoing work to modernize legislation and streamline regulations and supports government’s commitment to making services more accessible and efficient for Nova Scotians.
Out of the five admins of the group, one has been arrested. The arrested man has been identified as Nikhil Verma, a resident of Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh. According to Deccan Chronicle, 20-year-old Verma is an unemployed commerce graduate.As per The Hindu, other administrators of the WhatsApp group are Mumbai resident Satyendra Chauhan, Delhi’s Nafis Raza and Zahid, and Noida’s Adarsh. Calling the activity a “global crime”, the CBI busted the racket on the basis of intelligence inputs. The members of the group — KidsXXX — included members of foreign countries like the US, China, Pakistan and Brazil, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nigeria, Mexico and New Zealand, besides India. An investigation has revealed that Sri Lankans are part of a WhatsApp child-porn racket.India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has busted a multi-national child-porn racket running through messaging platform WhatsApp and conducted raids in Delhi, Noida, Kannauj, and Mumbai, Times Now reported. The CBI clarifies that sharing, seeing, uploading and downloading explicit videos pertaining to sexual activities is a crime in India. (Colombo Gazette) The agency has registered a case against members of the WhatsApp group for allegedly uploading and circulating child pornography videos. The WhatsApp group had 119 members. A case has been filed against them under Section 67-B of the Information Technology Act and the provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). The WhatsApp child pornography group had been active for about two years. The central agency is planning to write to the investigators of the foreign countries concerned, whose members are part of the group.The minor victims in the videos and photos are, however, yet to be identified, a CBI spokesperson said.The CBI on Tuesday also searched the premises of the group’s administrators in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra and recovered computers, hard disks, phones and incriminating videos and photos of children being sexually abused. CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said they are investigating all angles in this case including a well-organised racket shooting children’s sexual abuse videos and selling them in the virtual world.
A new Brock University program will give high school students the opportunity to spend two weeks at Brock tuition free.The summer has arrived, but school is about to begin for a select group of Niagara high school students.Brock’s University Preparation Program (UPP) is a two-week, tuition-free summer experience for students who may not typically be interested in pursuing post-secondary education. It’s more than just a summer camp, though. The UPP participants will have access to support and services from Brock University through the rest of their high school careers.Research has shown that certain segments of the population are less likely to continue their education beyond secondary school. Among other factors, these under-represented groups include youths who: have parents with no post-secondary education; come from a lower income family; live in a rural area; identify as Aboriginal; or have a disability.Students participating in the two-week Brock UPP sessions were identified by their schools or social service agencies as having the potential to succeed at university, but who may not see post-secondary as a viable option because of some of the perceived barriers mentioned above.The students come from Fort Erie, Welland, St Catharines, Lincoln and Niagara Falls and range in age from those entering Grades 10 to 12 in the fall.“The UPP program intervenes during the critical high school years when young people are having to make important choices that will impact their future,” said Youth University Director Kate Cassidy. “This experience will provide participants with the opportunity to build relationships with university student mentors, become comfortable with the culture and ways of post-secondary, and get a sense of what their future might look like at university”.The first of four UPP sessions begins Monday, July 6 with programs involving career and post-secondary preparation workshops, recreation, leadership training and volunteer work.After the program is finished, all of the UPP participants will receive access to support and services from Brock University throughout their remaining high school careers. During their two weeks at Brock, the students will:– Developing transferable skills, learn about leadership styles, work on communication and presentation skills, build conflict management strategies, explore interests, and begin to build a professional portfolio– Experience hands-on activities in manufacturing, life sciences, green and digital technology to talk about career options– Take part in in recreational activities such as our Olympic-sized pool and high ropes challenge course– Participate in an on-campus community service project – Meet with Brock’s Student Development Centre, Student Awards and Financial Aid Office, Student Life and Community Experience, Recreation Services, the Student Union, Career Services, the Department of Residences, and Brock’s Off Campus Living Office– Visit the Goodman School of Business’ BioLinc, the Centre for Lifespan Development Research, and the Centre for Digital Humanities– Learn about the emerging sectors from guest speakers such as David Evans of Phantom Compass, a Brock graduate who has used his passion and transferable skills to become an entrepreneur in the field of digital media and video game design, and Becky Oehler from Walker Industries to learn how university prepared her for a career in Green Technologies