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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 nslegislature.ca 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 novascotia.ca/abc 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.

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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.

For More Information CLICK HERE

It is that time of year when many of us are thinking ahead to the winter season and that means among other things, prepare our homes for the cold weather that we can expect. The Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) launched October 15, offers rebates that range from $100 to $200. This helps low income Nova Scotians with the cost of heating their homes. Each winter the program helps thousands of Nova Scotians manage their heating costs. The online application process is easy, fast and convenient and it has helped people get their rebate sooner.

The HARP program is available to Nova Scotians who buy energy to heat their homes with oil, electricity, natural gas, wood, wood pellets, coal, or other heating source. To qualify for the rebate, the income threshold for one-person households is $29 000 and $44 000 for households with more than one person. More than 42 000 people received rebates in 2017.

 

To apply you must pay for your own heat and meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • Have a net income of $29 000 or less and live alone with no kids or dependents

  • Have a combined net income of $44 000 or less and live with kids, dependents, or other adults

  • Receive Income Assistance from the Department of Community Services

  • Receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) or the Allowance from Service Canada

It should take 8 weeks to get your rebate. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your application has not been filled in correctly. You will be contacted if additional information is required to process your rebate. There is no cost to apply for the rebate.

Make sure you have:

  • a heating bill or receipt for oil, electricity, natural gas, wood, wood pellets, coal or other heating source dated between 01 January 2018 and 31 March 2019

  • signatures for all adults in the application

  • social insurance numbers and dates of birth of all adults in your home

  • 2017 Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment for you and any other adults in your home

  • Proof of change in marital status

  • Landlord Declaration Form if you rent and pay for your own heat

  • Firewood Declaration Form if you harvest your own firewood to heat your home

  • Wood Invoice Form if you use wood to heat your home but do not have a receipt

  • Canada Child Benefit Form

  • Citizenship application

  • GST/HST payment information form

HARP is an initiative that takes financial burden off everyday people. Many Nova Scotians have applied for the rebate in previous years and they are always relieved that at least part of their heating expense will be covered by the rebate.

Applicants can check the status of their application using an online status checker. People can also register with Canada Revenue Agency for direct deposit into their bank accounts. The program closes March 31, 2019.

For those who do not wish to use the online process, paper application forms can be picked up from Access Nova Scotia Centres, Community Services offices, at more than 70 community groups across the province, or at my office in Masstown (10653 Hwy. 2 or phone Bonnie at 902-641-2200). For more information and to apply online, visit www.novascotia.ca/heatinghelp.

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