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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Seeking second-generation Nova Scotians who’ve made a difference

ISANS is looking for nominees to profile in a new book on the long-term benefits of immigration.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 4:51 PM

CANADIAN MUSEUM OF IMMIGRATION AT PIER 21
  • Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

The Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia is looking for some second-generation Canadians to share their stories for a new book on the long-term benefits of immigration.

Anyone can nominate either themselves or someone they know (with the nominee's permission) provided they were born in Canada to an immigrant parent.

Selected nominees will be photographed and profiled in the upcoming book that will be published in hardcover, with individual stories shared online and over social media.

“The way we do such a project is to collect a large number of nominations and then sort them for diversity, to have people from different cultural backgrounds, areas of work, parts of Nova Scotia, age, et cetera,” reads a media release from ISANS public relations coordinator Clancy Waite. “The final selection is therefore dependent on who is nominated.”

From 2011 to 2016, Nova Scotia saw a 15-percent increase in immigration, with the total number of landed immigrants and permanent residents in the province totalling 55,675.

The Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia helps many of those newcomers by assisting with employment support, language help, community integration and other support services.

This Friday, September 7, the organization will also be co-hosting an immigrant fair at the Canadian Immigration Museum at Pier 21. New residents will be able to hear from entrepreneurs who also recently arrived in Nova Scotia, and access resources to help them settle into their new home.

To nominate yourself or someone else for ISANS’ upcoming book, send their name, email address and phone number, age, city/community, occupation, heritage and a small write-up of their community impact to kread@isans.ca by next Friday, September 14.
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Nova Scotia FOIPOP website somewhat back online

Freedom of Information web portal partially returns, five months after the province discovered an obvious and massive security flaw.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 3:49 PM

A familiar site by now for the province's journalists. - VIA NOVA SCOTIA
  • A familiar site by now for the province's journalists.
  • VIA NOVA SCOTIA

Five months after being taken offline to address some basic security flaws, the province has finally brought back its Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy web portal—albeit in a limited format.

The new-and-improved FOIPOP site provides previously completed Freedom of Information requests (used by the public, politicians, academics and journalists to access public data not routinely released by the government). But it doesn’t at this time accept any electronic submissions for filing a new FOIPOP request. That option will be rolled out later this fall, according to the province.

“Only publicly released access to information requests are available on the site,” reads a short press release announcing the relaunch. “The site does not host any personal information and is not connected to the case management ”

The site relaunched Wednesday, over 150 days after it was accidentally discovered that several thousand confidential documents had been downloaded without authorization.

Files on the site, often containing unredacted personal information, could be accessed by the general public simply by sequentially altering the numbers at the end of the HTML web address.

Over 7,000 documents were found to have been inappropriately downloaded because of the security flaw, a few hundred of which contained “highly sensitive” personal information.

A squadron of 15 Halifax Regional Police officers would end up arresting a 19-year-old for accessing the documents. Three weeks later and after international ridicule, the police announced via press release they would not be charging the teen.

Service provider Unisys—the company that maintains the FOIPOP site—had its contract with the province renewed over the summer, but only for a single year and with the restriction that Unisys will no longer be in charge of the public disclosure portion of the site.

Meanwhile, two separate investigations into the government's handling of the breach—headed up by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner and auditor general Michael Pickup, respectively—are both still ongoing. 
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