ACT –Government REGULATIONS – Governor-in-Council BY-LAWS – APGNS Council
Objects do not mention public interest as a key objective of self-regulation New Act now clearly defines serve and protect public interest; preserving the integrity of the profession; and assuring and maintaining public confidence in the proficiency and competency of professional geoscientists.
Change from the Act to the By-laws More flexibility to allow the Association to change as required without going to government. More emphasis on appointments of public representatives on Council.
Many pieces of legislation guide how we can register members Agreement on Internal Trade Fair Registration Practices Act Regulations provide criteria Clear Appeal Process Member is one category of membership so registrant is used to reference all categories
Clearly defined procedures Appointed Complaints and Hearing Committees Includes public representation on Complaints and Hearing Committees Decisions may be referred to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal Reapplications reviewed by the Reinstatement Committee
Fines for Summary Conviction Exisitng Act – from $2000 to 10,000, 3 months Proposed Act – not less than $2000 per day, 6 months This can amount to a significant financial penalty, which will serve as a strong deterrent.
Act establishes that businesses engaged in the practice of professional geoscience must apply for a Certificate of Authorization By-laws will spell out the requirements. Work carried out by or under supervision of a P.Geo Professional Liability Insurance
Government has not shown a willingness to bring in this legislation fore all professions. Asking for 10 years from the date of services provided.
Engineers Nova Scotia Association of Professional Foresters All Regulatory bodies in Nova Scotia Advanced Labour & Education (FARPA, AIT) Constituent Associations in Canada Membership
NO Some minor edits are being made based on consultations. Government has the final say in precise wording – in consultation with the Association. Final is the enacted version.
Be it moved that we the membership accept the recommendation of Council to proceed with proposed Acts and Regulations to seek Government acceptance. Moved by Seconded by Discussion