Monday Memos Feed
Cyber Security Awareness Month
In recognition of Cyber Security Awareness Month here are the Top 10 Cyber Security Tips
- Password Strength: Ensure your online accounts have strong, unique passwords. Use a mix of upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters. Consider using a reputable password manager to keep them secure.
- Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Enable 2FA whenever possible. It adds an extra layer of security by requiring something you know (password) and something you have (usually your phone) to log in.
- Regular Updates: Keep your software, operating system, and antivirus programs up to date. Cybersecurity threats often exploit vulnerabilities in outdated software.
- Beware of Phishing: Be cautious of unsolicited emails, messages, or links. Cybercriminals often use phishing to trick you into revealing sensitive information.
- Secure Wi-Fi: Protect your home Wi-Fi with a strong password and encryption. Avoid using public Wi-Fi for sensitive tasks like online banking.
- Data Backup: Regularly backup important data to an external drive or a secure cloud service. In case of a cyberattack, you'll still have your vital information.
- Cyber Hygiene: Educate yourself and your colleagues about good cyber hygiene. It's crucial to know how to recognize and respond to potential threats.
- Privacy Settings: Review and adjust privacy settings on your social media profiles and apps. Limit the amount of personal information you share online.
- Secure Online Shopping: When shopping online, use reputable websites, and ensure the connection is secure (look for "https://" and a padlock symbol in the address bar).
- Report Suspicious Activity: If you suspect any cyber threats or incidents, report them to your organization's IT department or the appropriate authorities promptly
Remember, cybersecurity is an ongoing effort. By following these tips, you can help protect your digital life and the sensitive information you handle.
Update from RCMP Contract Management Committee
Here's a pdf Record of Decision (ROD) document (176 KB) for you to review.
Please find some highlights below. There is also new information on the rollout of the Body-Worn Cameras (BWC) for all RCMP officers.
The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) has provided a proposed collective agreement to the National Policing Federation (NPF) that TBS feels is reasonable. TBS anticipates hearing back from the NPF in early September. The RCMP Contract Management Committee has acknowledged that a 3.5% annual salary increase is a reasonable rate to expect but the rates proposed and agreed to remain confidential at this time.
TBS also noted that the NPF may be waiting for outcomes of the Ontario Provincial Police and the Toronto Police Service collective bargaining to use wage increases in those collective agreements as benchmarks in their pursuit of monetary increases for its members.
Built Environment Accessibility Standard
Nova Scotia’s proposed Built Environment Accessibility Standard work is now available for review and comment!
This is an important milestone in the development of Nova Scotia’s first accessibility standard. The goal of this standard is to address barriers to accessibility in buildings and outdoor spaces.
- The Accessibility Advisory Board made recommendations for accessibility standard regulations to be enacted under the Accessibility Act, recommendations for amendments to the Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations, recommendations for amendments to the Nova Scotia Fire Safety Regulations and recommendations for guidelines. See all materials at Accessibility Directorate
- There is a legislated requirement to make proposed accessibility standards available for feedback for 60 days. This provides you with an opportunity to review and respond to these proposed standards directly. To provide feedback, visit Public Review of the Proposed Built Environment Accessibility Standard
- The target for enactment of the Built Environment Accessibility Standard Regulations is early 2024. Except as otherwise specified, these regulations apply to aspects of the built environment that are newly constructed or redeveloped on or after April 1, 2026
- The Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations follow a separate enforcement process. Once a new set of Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations is released, all new building permits will be required to meet the updated Building Code requirements. See Article 6 on Scope and Application for implications for existing buildings
- No later than April 1, 2026, Accessibility Plans required to be prepared under the Act must include a plan for addressing the availability of accessible washrooms in buildings. See Section 39 (1) and Section 42 of the Accessibility Act for Accessibility Plan requirements for municipalities
Code of Conduct Recommendations and Framework Survey
This communication was sent on behalf of Mayor Mood, Town of Yarmouth and Code of Conduct Working Group Chair
Following the consultations on municipal and village codes of conduct that took place in September 2022 and February 2023 on content to include in the code, sanctions, and complaint/investigator process, the Code of Conduct Working Group (COCWG) has finalized their recommendations for final feedback.
The attached document (including a PDF and Word version) outlines all the recommendations from the COCWG, including the rationale, and the complete code of conduct framework. Feedback is only being sought on recommendations that have been revised or added since the last consultation process.