Nova Scotia Domestic Violence Action Plan Update 2012
Domestic Violence Action Plan
On Nov. 20, 2012, Justice Minister Ross Landry announced the Transgendered Persons Protection Act. This Act makes it clear that Nova Scotians cannot be denied a job, a place to live or service at a business because they are transgender. Nova Scotia is the fourth jurisdiction in Canada to include a specific reference to gender identity in its human rights legislation.
The province ordered an independent investigation into the arrest and detention of Victoria Rose Paul by the Truro Police Service on Aug. 28, 2009. While in custody, Ms. Paul suffered a massive stroke and was transferred to hospital on Aug. 29. The 44-year-old Indian Brook woman died on Sept. 5, 2009 in a Halifax hospital.
The review falls under Section 7 of the Police Act and will be led by Nadine Cooper Mont of Cole Harbour. Ms. Cooper Mont is commissioner of the Nova Scotia Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner, and has extensive experience in investigating police actions.
A final report of the investigation was published on May 24, 2012 and is downloadable here (PDF).
Nadine was appointed the Nova Scotia Police Complaints Commissioner in December of 2001. She studied at Dalhousie University, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Bachelor of Laws Degree, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. She has extensive experience in public service, private business and in the community.
In her career with the Province of Nova Scotia, she first served as a Senior Policy Executive with the Department of Consumer Affairs, then as Deputy Solicitor General, and finally as Deputy Minister of Housing and Consumer Affairs. Nadine was instrumental in the restructuring the Nova Scotia Police Commission and the Policing Services Division of the Department of Justice and implementing recommendations that arose from the Donald Marshall Inquiry.
Nadine is also the owner and president of a successful business in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Review of Arrest and Detention of Victoria Paul Completed, Release, May 24, 2012
Investigation to Examine Police Actions Related to Victoria Paul, Release, August 25, 2011
Terms of Reference (PDF)