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We are now into the holiday season with Christmas shopping and folks are busy with Christmas baking, craft sales, church services, Christmas concerts and homes and businesses well decorated. All of these activities provide opportunities for us to celebrate with family and friends.

Christmas is also a time for giving. Children are excited and wait in anticipation for the gifts that they will receive on Christmas morning. The happiness and excitement shows in their faces. It is important however, to remember that not all children are fortunate enough to experience this happiness and excitement and many of those children are here in our own communities.

Many of you do take this opportunity to “make” Christmas for the less fortunate. There is nothing more exciting than shopping for a family who you know is in need. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the appreciation on the faces of those who answer the door when you drop off their gifts.

We often forget that those in need may be our neighbours. One of the strengths of our province and its rural communities, is that people do care for one another. Pause for a moment, think about the folks in your community and make a commitment to make some child’s Christmas morning something positive to remember. The gift may be small, but it may be the only gift that child receives and even though the gift is small, the reward is huge. The sense of satisfaction that you feel in your heart is one not easily forgotten. Your own Christmas morning will be better knowing that you have helped put a smile on the face of some child.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support and to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.

Karen Casey, MLA Colchester North

2019/2020 Legislative Page Program

The House of Assembly is accepting applications for the 2019/2020 Legislative Page Program.

The Page Program allows students and recent graduates to participate in the legislative process.  As well as being a great educational opportunity, it is a way to earn income during the academic year.

To learn more about the Legislative Page Program, students can go online to the Nova Scotia Legislature website – CLICK HERE.  Or alternatively, going to and proceed to the employment section listed under Get Involved.

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 November 19, 2018. It’s easy to apply with our new online application.

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

Heating Assistance Rebate Program

Applications are now open for Nova Scotia's Heating Assistance Rebate Program. An additional 5,000 people are eligible this year for up to $200 in savings on their home heating bill.     For More Information CLICK HERE

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.


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.

For More Information CLICK HERE


As the conversation continues regarding gold exploration rights in the province of Nova Scotia and in particular the Warwick Mountain area in Colchester and Cumberland County areas, I wish to provide the following update.

On March 12th, the Municipality of the County of Colchester copied me on a letter to the Honourable Margaret Miller, the Minister of Natural Resources for the province. That correspondence focused on the development of best management practices for exploration, in particular, the French River Watershed.

The County’s primary concern was that an RFP (Request for Proposal) for such exploration rights must include the specific standards and practices needed to regulate such exploration activity. That correspondence also welcomed the assurance that the RFP will emphasize community engagement including community influence. Municipal Council also requested a delay in the issuance of the RFP.

I was pleased to be copied on that correspondence and to support the request from the Municipality. I am also pleased to learn that the issuing of the RFP has been delayed and that input from both the Municipal Government and the public will be considered as the RFP document is finalized.

 On March 14th, I responded to those concerns from Colchester County residents, including constituents in Colchester North and others who had contacted my office, with the following:

“I want each of you to know that I have raised your concerns with Minister Margaret Miller. The responsibility of the Municipality with respect to exemption in a watershed is one that I would support. I have received a copy of the letter from the County to the Minister to delay the RFP and it is one that I was pleased to see. I will keep you informed of any updates.”

Since that time, I have spoken to the Minister on several occasions and have met individually with representatives of Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia (SUNNS) on April 3rd. At that time I agreed to their request for a meeting with Minister Miller. That meeting was held on April 18th. On behalf of concerned constituents, I have also raised the concerns with the Minister of Environment.

It is important to me, as your MLA, to ensure that Municipal water supply, water shed lands be protected. Decisions regarding mineral exploration in the province would be guided by the Mineral Resources Act and Regulations and the Environment Act. These Acts are administered by the Minister of Natural Resources (Minister Miller) and the Minister of Environment (Minister Rankin).

With the opportunity for input from the public, I would encourage all constituents in Colchester North and others to take advantage of that opportunity. The delay in issuing the RFP provides that opportunity. I also encourage the Municipal Government to take full advantage of that consultation period. I have shared my concerns and yours with both Departments and will continue to work on your behalf to ensure residents continue to have a safe supply of water.

Karen Casey, MLA

Colchester North

Christmas Office Hours

Closed - December 21, 2018

Opening - January 2, 2019

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