The Colchester Wire
3 things to know this week
PARRSBORO FESTIVAL RETURNS WITH A CHANGE
Plans are underway for the fifth annual Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival only with a difference this year.
Although the festival, from June 17 to 20, will be in person, unlike last year’s virtual event, ongoing coronavirus concerns will see selected participants restricted to 20 artists from only the Atlantic provinces.
The application fee has also been reduced for this event and 12 spots are available for painters. Applications must be made online. For more information, log onto: https:// www.parrsborocreative.com/artists-prospectus .
PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON VEHICLE RELATED REGULATIONS
The provincial government continues to seek input on Traffic Safety Act draft regulations.
Nova Scotians can now provide feedback on proposed regulations that will outline the rules for businesses and people who are licensed to sell and inspect vehicles, as well as for those who train drivers of passenger and commercial vehicles.
This is the fourth set of draft regulations being shared for public comment. They focus primarily on strengthening consumer protections, while easing unnecessary administrative burden on businesses.
Nova Scotians can get more information and provide feedback at: https://novascotia. ca/traffic-safety-act-public-engagement/
The deadline for feedback on the business license regulations is Feb. 22.
NOVA SCOTIA LAUNCHES NEW FOIPOP PORTALS
Nova Scotians have a new, easy, and secure online portal to submit and receive Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) requests.
The recently launched new portal allows the public to submit information requests, track the progress of requests, pay fees, and receive responses online. A new and updated disclosure site was also launched to replace the temporary site and will give the public access to previously released information requests.
Additional safeguards have been also put in place to support increased security and privacy protocols.
For more information on accessing the FOIPOP Portal, log onto: https://iaprequest.novascotia.ca/