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Independent Review of Police Public Prosecution Service Committed

first_imgPREMIER’S OFFICE–Independent Review of Police, Public Prosecution Service Committed The review will begin as soon as the criminal investigation is completed. This will ensure that nothing jeopardizes the outcome of the criminal and justice process. “Nova Scotians want to continue to support Rehtaeh’s family in whatever way they can, and that includes ensuring that justice is done for Rehtaeh. Nothing can get in the way of that objective,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “At the same time, I have promised that the province will review everything that led up to Rehtaeh’s passing. That includes an independent review of police and the Public Prosecution Service, and I want everyone to be clear that this work must proceed.” Provincial officials are finalizing details on the scope and individuals to conduct the review. Those details will be released soon. The province has also requested an independent review of the Halifax Regional School Board’s handling of the case. That review will begin while the criminal investigation is ongoing and details will be announced soon. -30- —————————————————————The province committed today, April 15, to an independent review of the actions of police and the Public Prosecution Service in the Rehtaeh Parsons case.last_img read more

California opens pathway for cars that lack steering wheel

by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2016 3:43 am MDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email California opens pathway for cars that lack steering wheel California regulators have changed course and opened a pathway for the public to get self-driving cars of the future that lack a steering wheel or pedals.It’s not going to happen immediately — automakers and tech companies are still testing prototypes.But, in a shift, the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles said in a revision of draft regulations released late Friday that the most advanced self-driving cars would no longer be required to have a licensed driver if federal officials deem them safe enough.The redrafted regulations will be the subject of a public hearing Oct. 19 in Sacramento.The DMV has been wrestling for several years with how to oversee the emerging technology.In December, the agency released an initial draft of self-driving car regulations that required a licensed driver in any self-driving vehicle. The industry reacted with great disappointment, as the ultimate vision of many companies is a car that has no wheel or pedals. That approach is based on the argument that humans are not very good at driving, and anyway cannot be relied on as a backup to a car that typically drives itself but might fail in a way that required a person in the driver’s seat who might be distracted or even asleep to snap to attention.The DMV’s new document coincides with the release last week of a 112-page federal proposal under which any self-driving car should pass a 15-point safety assessment before the public can get ahold of it. Among other things, the safety assessment asks automakers to document how the car detects and avoids objects and pedestrians, how hardened it is against cyberattacks and what how its backup systems will cope should the software fail. In incorporating the federal approach, California dropped a proposal that a third-party company certify the safety of self-driving cars.The new draft regulations released Friday include several other new provisions. Among them is wording that would prohibit advertising vehicles with lower levels of automation — such as Tesla Motors’ Autopilot, which on divided highways can keep a car’s lane, brake and accelerate on the understanding that a person is paying attention all the time — from being advertised as “autonomous” or “self-driving.”The company that stands to gain the most from the state’s embrace of cars without a wheel or pedals is Alphabet, where the Google self-driving car project envisions cars that allow no human control other than a start and emergency stop button. A spokesman for the Google self-driving car project did not have a comment Friday on the changes to the proposed regulations.___Contact Justin Pritchard at https://twitter.com/lalanewsman read more