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Friday, June 28, 2013

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In this issue:
Government Seeking Submissions for FOIP Consultation
Payment Card Industry Compliance
Unclaimed Personal Property and Vested Property Act

Government Seeking Submissions for FOIP Consultation

On June 13, 2013, the provincial Associate Minister of Accountability, Transparency and Transformation Don Scott announced that the provincial government is undertaking public consultation aimed at improving Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) as part of a larger mandate to enhance accountability, transparency and transformation in the provincial government.

FOIP originally came into force on October 1, 1995 for provincial government bodies and was extended to school boards, health care bodies, post-secondary institutions and municipalities in 1998/99. The last substantial review and amendment to FOIP occurred in 2002.

A schedule of public meetings and instructions for written submissions are available online and the deadline for submissions is July 31. The feedback will be compiled into a summary report after the consultation closes and will then be posted online for further comment.


Payment Card Industry Compliance

As of July 31, 2013 credit card payments via email, fax, mail and telephone will no longer be accepted at Court locations and Transcript Management Offices across the province. The only exception will be mail in payments on violation tickets and notices of conviction that specifically allow for credit card information to be written on the ticket or notice.

Read the complete letter for full details.


Unclaimed Personal Property and Vested Property Act

The Unclaimed Personal Property and Vested Property Act made certain changes to legislation for corporations, societies, companies and cooperatives which become effective this year. Specifically, these entities cannot be revived after the expiry of five years from the date they were dissolved (corporations, societies, cooperatives) or struck off the register (companies). As the new provisions came into force on September 1, 2008, the first five year period will end on August 31, 2013, making Sept 3, 2013 the last day for revival. Entities dissolved before September 1, 2008 have until September 3, 2013 to be revived. Lawyers are reminded of this change and may want to make some of their clients aware. Please keep in mind that it may take time to revive an entity, so plan early.


Alberta Lawyers Assistance Society

Alberta Lawyers Assistance Society (ASSIST) offers independent, confidential, professional counselling at no cost to lawyers and their families for Disaster Recovery and Loss whether personal or property,  trauma, stress, anxiety, as well as identifying and helping someone in distress.

ASSIST also offers peer support where we will match a trained lawyer who has overcome something similar, with a lawyer seeking help for guidance, encouragement and support. Fore more information visit their website.


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