Legislation to ensure that Nova Scotians’ personal information is not disclosed under the U.S. Patriot Act was proclaimed today, Nov. 15. The new Personal Information International Disclosure Protection Act outlines a series of requirements and penalties that protect personal information from inappropriate disclosure. “This legislation will help ensure that Nova Scotians’ personal information will be protected,” said Justice Minister Murray Scott. “The act outlines the responsibilities of public bodies, municipalities and service providers and the consequences if these responsibilities are not fulfilled.” The act provides protection regarding storage, disclosure and access to personal information outside of Canada or in the custody or under the control of a public body or municipality. The legislation comes into effect for government, school boards, universities, district health authorities and other public bodies today and on Nov. 15, 2007 for municipalities. Under the act, the minister of Justice must be notified if there is a foreign demand for disclosure of any personal information of Nova Scotians. It also requires that service providers storing information only collect and use personal information necessary for their work for a public body or municipality. The act also address whistleblower protection for employees of external service providers to ensure they are protected if they report an offense under the act. Whistleblower protection for Nova Scotia government staff already exists under the Civil Service Act. Penalties under the act include up to $2,000 per government employee for malicious disclosure by employees of public bodies and municipalities. The act also creates offences for service providers, with penalties of up to $2,000 for employees and $500,000 for companies. Offences relate to the improper storage, collection, use, or disclosure, failure to notify the minister of Justice of foreign disclosure demands, and improper discipline or termination of employees. Information sessions have been held in Truro and Halifax over the past month to educate partners and stakeholders about the provisions of the act.
Get’em before they’re gone.Tickets are flying out the door for the Brock Badgers basketball doubleheader at the Meridian Centre on Friday, Jan. 27.The much-anticipated Paint the Meridian Red games will see the men’s and women’s basketball teams host the Ryerson Rams in key mid-season tipoffs.General admission tickets and courtside options, for which an additional block of tickets was recently released, are available through Ticketmaster online. Prices are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $35 for courtside. For staff and faculty, use the promo code (GoBadgers) for a reduced general admission ticket price of $8.For anyone interested in watching the game in added style, suites are available to the Brock community for $125 for up to eight people plus the cost of tickets.Food and drinks are available at an additional cost. To book a suite, please contact Amanda Laprise (email@example.com).Free Brock student tickets will continue to be available at the Walker Complex welcome desk, but are limited and expected to sell out.A record was set on campus Monday for the most student sport tickets distributed in a single day, with more than 1,000 making their way into the hands of Badgers fans.The doubleheader will begin with the Badgers women tipping off at 6 p.m. Ryerson currently sits seventh in the country with a 10-2 record while the Badgers have a 4-8 record.The men’s game will follow at 8 p.m. when the Badgers, ranked sixth in Canada with a 8-4 record, play the Rams, ranked fourth with a perfect 12-0 record.Special halftime performances are planned for the games.