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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



Webster describes destination as “a place to which a person is going”. In the Tourism sector, a destination is a location to which people are attracted and which offers many opportunities and experiences.

Tatamagouche and area has quickly become a destination. Many attractions along the North Shore provide those opportunities for visitors, whether they are from within our province, from other provinces in Canada, or from beyond our borders. From beaches to parks, to markets and museums, to small open farms, there is much to do and learn in the area.


My congratulations to all of the local business owners who have created a business opportunity, but have also provided an educational opportunity for tourists. Whether it is the Farmers’ Market at the Creamery Square, the Tatamagouche Brewery, Remember Adventures, or the Train Station Inn, these owners have opened their doors to hundreds of visitors.

Other provincially owned and operated facilities provide recreational experiences including Nelson Park, Trans Canada Trail, Balmoral Grist Mill Museum, and Sutherland Steam Mill Museum.

Visits to the Sugar Moon Farm, Yost Vineyards, Appleton Chocolate Factory and Meadow Brook Farm provide an opportunity to experience quality food produced locally using local ingredients and supporting local agriculture. Many of these owners have received regional, provincial and national recognition and have been selected as a top destination in Atlantic Canada.

Many historical and cultural learning experiences take place in these informal settings. Culture and Arts are also celebrated and demonstrated at Sara Bonnyman Pottery, as well as the Fraser Cultural Centre, the Balmoral Kirk, the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre and the Margaret Fawcett Norrie Heritage Centre. To add to the local community spirit, many of these destinations can be visited by the Tatamagouche Road Train, a first in Nova Scotia. Adventures along the North Shore are endless.

The largest Oktoberfest east of Kitchener-Waterloo takes place on the last full weekend of September each year, with over 3000 party goers visiting Tatamagouche to attend the North Shore Bavarian Society’s Oktoberfest.

In 2017, Nova Scotia welcomed more than 2.4 million visitors to our province. That is the fourth consecutive year where Tourism numbers have increased. With the estimate of Tourism revenues at $2.7 billion, a large number of those visitors chose the North Shore as their destination. A strong Tourism Industry is important to Nova Scotia’s economy, supporting business opportunities and jobs in a vibrant community like Tatamagouche. This was the highest number of tourists to ever visit our province and we are on track to meet or exceed that number in 2018.

Koodos to those business owners who have helped make this area the destination that it is and thanks to all residents along the shore who provide a warm welcome.

Karen Casey, MLA

Colchester North

Christmas Office Hours

Closed - December 21, 2018

Opening - January 2, 2019

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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
Send Karen an Email: Click Here
Monday – Thursday  8:30 – 3:30
Tatamagouche office: 
3rd Thursday each month at the Tatamagouche Fire Hall
Hours: 1:30 – 4 pm