Nova Scotians will have an opportunity to learn and ask questions about the Office of the Ombudsman’s role in investigating complaints against provincial and municipal government departments, agencies, boards and commissions. The Office of the Ombudsman is hosting outreach sessions across the province as part of Fairness Week, Oct. 12-16. The province is celebrating the week as part of the 200th anniversary of the world’s first legislative ombudsman. “Fairness Week is an opportunity to show Nova Scotians what the Office of the Ombudsman can do to help,” said Dwight Bishop, the Ombudsman for Nova Scotia. “By visiting communities, we hope to spread the word about our services, and teach people about the complaint process.” The Ombudsman’s office will host the sessions in Amherst, Dartmouth, Inverness, Port Hawksbury, Sydney and Yarmouth. The office will also have an open-house in Halifax on Friday, Oct. 16. The ombudsman’s role is to ensure government’s policies and procedures are fair and implemented in a consistent manner. The Ombudsman does not assign blame, but resolves complaints in a just and practical manner. The Ombudsman provides disputing parties an opportunity to be heard. The Nova Scotia Office of the Ombudsman was established in 1971.The office represents fairness, integrity and good governance for the province. For more information about the Office of the Ombudsman and the complaint process, visit www.gov.ns.ca/ombu .