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    Tatamagouche Regional Academy Official Opening

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    Karen with students and staff at the Official Opening of Tatamagouche Regional Academy

  • Boston Tree

    Karen was pleased to enjoy the hospitality of the City of Boston during the annual Christmas Tree Lighting !

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    Karen and an RCMP officer were guests on the Channel 5 broadcast of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Boston.

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    50th anniversary of the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital

  • Take your MLA to Work Day

    Karen with Pharmacist Todd MacKinnon for Take your MLA to Work Day at Bayside Pharmacy in Bass River

  • Fire Department

    Karen and Chuck Porter, Minister of Municipal Affairs, with North River Fire Brigade receiving funding from the Emergency Services Provider Fund

Welcome

profile sm4As the MLA for Colchester North, I'm pleased to provide this website as a useful and informative resource.

My committment as a MLA is to be open and approachable to all residents of Colchester North. I invite you to share your ideas, concerns and/or questions. Together we can seek solutions.

Karen Casey

Ticks & Lyme Disease

As the temperature rises, many of us will be spending more time enjoying the outdoors in Northern Nova Scotia.  It is important to take steps to reduce the risk of being bitten by a tick.

Nova Scotia is a suitable climate for many types of ticks. The black-legged tick (also called the deer tick) can carry and transmit the bacterial infection that causes Lyme disease.   This infection initially appears as a rash near the tick bite. It may look like a bulls-eye target, and it usually appears 7 to 10 days after the bite. It can show up approximately 3 to 30 days afterward. Infected individuals also can experience flu-like symptoms such as fever, headaches, tiredness, stiff neck, joint and muscle pain. If identified early by a health care professional, it can be treated with antibiotics.  

Here are some things you can do to help prevent tick bites and Lyme disease:
Recognizing what a black-legged tick looks like is an important first step. Black-legged ticks are much smaller than dog ticks. They have no white markings on the large part of the body; whereas dog ticks usually have white markings or silver colored spots. Unattached ticks can also vary in size depending on the stage of their life cycle.   Very small (young) ticks, called nymphs, can be the same size as a poppy seed. Larger adult male and female ticks are similar in size to a sesame seed.  

Left to right: female black-legged tick, groundhog tick, dog tick (https://novascotia.ca/ticksafety/)

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Top to Bottom: Engorged female dog tick, engorged female black-legged tick (https://novascotia.ca/ticksafety/)

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Black-legged ticks are found throughout our province, and Northern Nova Scotia is now considered a higher risk area for Lyme disease.  These types of ticks thrive in damp woods and forests where there is shade and leaf litter to provide cover. It is important to note that black-legged ticks cannot jump or fly. They attach to their host by climbing on plants and waiting for the host to rub against them. They then climb onto the host body and try to attach and feed.

Adult black-legged ticks are most active in the spring and fall. They can remain active until the first snowfall or until the air temperatures are consistently below 4°C.  Larvae and nymphs (younger ticks) are usually more active in the spring and summer.  

 You can protect yourself from ticks by using insect repellent that contains DEET or Icaridin.  Follow the directions on the package carefully. DEET use is different for different ages. Do not use DEET or Icaridin on infants less than six months old.

 If you do find a tick attached to you or someone else, remove the tick as soon as possible to help prevent the transmission of the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. 

 Karen Casey, MLA

Colchester North

 

Grow your career. Serve your community.

Serving on an agency, board, or commission can help you grow personally and professionally while making a real impact in your community. The deadline for some applications is May 22, 2019. It’s easy to apply with our new online application.


To learn more and apply visit novascotia.ca/abc or call 1-866-206-6844 (toll free).

Health Professionals Join Collaborative Family Practice Teams in Northern Zone

March 2019

Four communities in Northern Nova Scotia are welcoming six new nurses who have joined collaborative family practice teams.

“We are focused on making sure more people are getting the care they need, when they need it,“ said Colchester North MLA Karen Casey. “By hiring these nurses and creating more health teams in our communities, we are able to improve access for more Nova Scotians.”

Over the last seven months the positions filled include:

3 Nurse Practitioner (New Glasgow, Truro, Amherst)

3 Family Practice Nurses (Truro, Elmsdale, Amherst)

 Four new teams have been created and an existing team has been strengthened as a result of the hires.

 “Creating more collaborative family practice teams supports enhanced access to comprehensive primary health care,” said Karen Pyra, Director, Primary Health Care, Family Practice, and Chronic Disease Management, Northern Zone, NSHA. “Many family doctors and nurse practitioners want to work as part of a team, and by creating more collaborative family practice teams, this supports our ability to recruit and retain primary health care professionals in our communities.”

130 health professionals such as nurses, social workers and dietitians, have been hired in Nova Scotia since March 2017 as Government and Nova Scotia Health Authority continue to create and expand collaborative family practice teams across.

With the help of these teams we are seeing progress. The number of people on the 811 Need A Family Practice Registry has declined four months in a row. More than 75,000 Nova Scotians have found a family practice in the past two years, including almost 10,000 people in the Northern part of the province.

No Child Should Ever Go Hungry

Through Nourish NS, your Nova Scotia Liberal government is expanding the school breakfast program to provide a healthy breakfast to every single student in the province, five days a week.

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Caregiver Benefit Program

About 600 more Nova Scotians will receive support for providing care to adults living at home through the expansion of the Caregiver Benefit Program.

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Contact Information

Our New Office Location
10653 HWY. 2, MASSTOWN
Debert, Nova Scotia  
B0M 1G0
(grey office building beside the Petro Can opposite the Masstown Market)
 
Phone: 902-641-2200
Fax: 902-641-2266
 
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Monday – Thursday  8:30 – 3:30
 
Tatamagouche office: 
3rd Thursday each month at the Tatamagouche Fire Hall
Hours: 1:30 – 3:30 pm