Public safety and business competitiveness will be enhanced with streamlined technical safety legislation. Government introduced today, May 12, a bill that merges five acts into one updated act for safe operation of certain equipment. The five acts regulate steam boilers, pressure vessels, power engineers, crane operators, elevator and lifts, amusement devises and electrical installations and equipment. The new act will also include existing fuel safety regulations. “The proposed legislation will make it easier for operators to keep pace with industry changes, without requiring legislative change,” said Mark Parent, Minister for Labour and Workforce Development. “We have consulted extensively with stakeholders throughout the process and will continue to do so to ensure the legislation is not only practical, but importantly, maintains Nova Scotia’s excellent safety record in this area and enhance public safety.” The new act will also allow recognition of tradespeople who hold licences or other credentials from outside the province, which will help trade mobility. The act will take effect six months after it has been passed in the House. Initially, it will replace and repeal the Steam Boiler and Pressure Vessel Act, the Crane Operators and Power Engineers Act and include Fuel Safety Regulations. The remaining acts will be repealed and phased-in over the next two years. The new act follows government’s Better Regulation Initiative to reduce administrative burden while ensuring the safety of Nova Scotians. It will provide common definitions for equipment operator regulated activities, and a more consistent approach to licensing and permitting, providing further clarity for individuals, tradespeople, contractors and owners.
The Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE) submitted the report on the alleged Central Bank bond scam to Parliament today.The report recommends that legal action be taken against former Central Bank Governor Arjun Mahendran over the bond scam. COPE chairman Sunil Handunneththi presented the report to Parliament when the House met today. Handunneththi said that the final report was not changed from the original document despite some divisions in the COPE committee. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the Government will respect the report and proposed that it be sent to the Attorney General for further action.The joint opposition called for a debate in Parliament on the contents of the report. Wickremesinghe said the Government is ready to debate the report once it is printed. (Colombo Gazette)