The Animal Protection Act, 2018, SS 2018, c A-21.2, is proclaimed into force September 17, 2018. According to the government news release, the legislation gives “clearer direction for animal protection officers providing intervention or relief of distress. Animals are not considered to be in distress if kept according to the codes of practice that are listed in The Animal Protection Regulations. Additionally, the Act proposes that veterinarians will be required to report suspected animal neglect or abuse to animal protection agencies.”
The Privacy Amendment Act, 2018, SS 2018, c 28, is proclaimed into force September 15, 2018. According to a government news release, The amendments “will allow a person whose intimate image has been distributed without their consent to sue the person who distributed the image. It will also shift the onus of proof to the person that circulated the image, requiring them to show that they had a reasonable basis to conclude consent had been granted to do so. Additionally, the amendments will remove the requirement that a lawsuit under The Privacy Act proceed only in the Court of Queen’s Bench. Plaintiffs will have the option to proceed with an action in either small claims or the Court of Queen’s Bench. This will permit plaintiffs in these cases to choose the less expensive and quicker small claims process, where they are claiming damages less than $30,000.”
The Heritage Property Amendment Act, 2018, SS 2018, c 12, is proclaimed into force September 17, 2018. The amendments update the role of the heritage property Review Board.
The Saskatchewan Value-added Agriculture Incentive Act, SS 2018, c S-35.001, is proclaimed into force September 20, 2018. According to the government news release, “The new incentive … is designed to improve investment attraction and retention outcomes in the province’s value-added agriculture sector.”