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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

 

As a result of our recent weeks of dry weather, hot sun and no rain, forests in our province became tinder dry and conditions were perfect for forest fires. Unfortunately, those fires did erupt and over the past few weeks, volunteers, local fire department members, trained firefighters with Natural Resources and support from other provinces have worked long and hard to contain several fires in our province. Since many of us live in rural Nova Scotia, we know the risk of forest fires as we are completely surrounded by trees. We value and appreciate our forests and we also know how quickly they can be destroyed by fires.

 

I commend our Minister of Natural Resources, Lloyd Hines for his quick action during this extremely dry season. Back on June 27th, the Minister restricted campfires in Nova Scotia’s camping parks. This was in addition to the ban on campfires outside of provincial parks, but the risk became too high to allow any campfires in any part of our province. The imposing of restrictions was necessary to ensure the protection of forests, public and private properties, large and small woodlots, homes, businesses and lives. This precaution was absolutely critical. These restrictions are a small price to pay as we prepared to avoid the risk of wild fires.

In addition to these restrictions, on August 8th, Minister Hines announced new measures to help prevent additional fires. These restrictions were placed on all travel and other activities within our woodlands and this included hiking, camping, fishing, and the use of off highway vehicles. Although these restrictions may have posed an inconvenience for Nova Scotians and our visitors, the top priority for the Department and our Government had to be one of safety.

Conditions in some regions of our province were the driest in 15 years, we could not afford to take a chance. These restrictions also applied to forestry and other commercial activities on Crown Land. The forest industry recognized that the situation in our province required the cooperation of everyone who uses our forests.

Wild fires were reported in Maitland Bridge, Annapolis County, Greenfield, Queens County, 7 Mile Lake, Annapolis County, 10 Mile Lake, Queens County, Perch Lake, Pictou County and a small fire in Collingwood, Cumberland County. To date all fires have been contained. As we see in our local fire departments, mutual aid is critical and effective. On a larger scale, resources including fire bombers and firefighters from Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland came on site to share their expertise and to assist.

As the MLA for Colchester North, a resident of rural Nova Scotia and a small woodlot owner, I sincerely thank all crews and volunteers who worked around the clock to fight fires and to support the firefighters. One example of ordinary people doing extraordinary things is the 12 year old girl from Bridgewater who received $100 for her birthday. She in turn wanted to purchase $100 of bottled water and to send it to firefighters on the front line. However, before she sent it she took the time to mark on the bottle cap a big THANK YOU. This story brought tears to the eyes of some of the firefighters and prompted Premier Stephen McNeil, who was visiting the front line and who heard this story, to give this young girl a personal call to thank her for her kindness.

Many employers gave their firefighters time off from work and many local restaurants closed their doors and devoted all of their time to prepare food for the firefighters. These acts of kindness and volunteerism are the things that make our province and our people so special. We all share in thanking you and I know folks in Colchester North would step up to the plate in similar circumstances.

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