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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.

  • Fraser

    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

2019 Order of Nova Scotia Nominations !

PROTOCOL OFFICE--2019 Call for Nominations for Order of Nova Scotia
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Nova Scotians are encouraged to nominate someone in their community for the Order of Nova Scotia.

The order is the province's highest honour and recognizes outstanding citizens for making significant and lasting contributions to their communities. Past recipients have included academics, athletes, volunteers, advocates and artists.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 15.
"The Order of Nova Scotia is a perfect means by which exemplary citizenship is recognized in this province," said Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc, Chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia.

"Those people appointed to our province's highest honour have contributed to the well-being of their fellow citizens or have excelled in their field of endeavour and it is important that we recognize their tremendous efforts."

Since its creation in 2001, 99 recipients have been invested into the order, including ten posthumously. In 2018, a record 128 nominations were submitted.

"This honour reflects the appreciation we have for our fellow citizens who make outstanding contributions," said Premier Stephen McNeil. "I encourage Nova Scotians to think about those deserving of this honour and put forward their names for consideration."

Nomination forms are available at Access Nova Scotia centres, Province House in Halifax, MLA and MP offices, municipal offices and online at www.novascotia.ca/orderofnovascotia .

Nominations will be accepted by mail, fax or email. To renominate someone, a photocopy of the previous nomination package with a new nomination form may be submitted.

For more information, contact the Protocol Office at 902-424-2467, orderofnovascotia@novascotia.ca or visit www.novascotia.ca/orderofnovascotia .

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 conversation in the public continues around the potential of a teachers strike it is important to  speak to all Nova Scotians, especially students, parents and teachers and all who will be impacted by such a strike. As a retired teacher I continue to be committed to students in the classroom. It is what motivated me to join the profession and become a classroom teacher. It is what continues to influence the decisions I make as Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.

 Since forming government in October 2013, I have recognized the importance of listening to teachers who are the experts in the field. Their concerns have driven many of the decisions our government has made in the public school. Some of my most meaningful conversations have been with teachers in a professional and mutually respectful meeting…no cameras…no reporters…just teachers who care about their students. Teachers have told me they were concerned about class size. We responded with reducing class size in primary to grade 6 and will continue into junior and high school.Teachers have told me the curriculum was too broad with too many student outcomes expected. We responded by bringing classroom teachers together with Department of Education and Early Childhood staff, we streamlined the curriculum to one which teachers believed would be more manageable. Teachers told me they needed help responding to students with anxiety and stress related issues. We responding by providing funding to hire mental health clinicians to advise and support teachers.

Do we have more to do to improve the classrooms in this province…absolutely. That is why I continue to ask teachers to share their specific concerns and why I have visited classrooms to better understand those concerns. I have also asked teachers to help with the solutions. There is no question, the classrooms today have many complexities and teachers need help in responding to them.

Teachers are at the heart of the success of our students. They bring dedication and expertise to their work. Students present with a broad range of abilities, behavioral challenges and social issues. Teachers are often asked to respond to individual student needs for which they feel inadequate and which are beyond their training. That is why the response must be a collective one that includes health care professionals, social workers and mental health clinicians.

Teachers also need to be paid a reasonable and fair wage. The current average salary for teachers is $76,000. On two separate occasions, the negotiating teams for both government and the NSTU reached tentative agreements. Those tentative agreements included a wage pattern that the union brought to the table. It was supported by the union leadership and accepted by the government. That wage pattern strikes a balance with what Nova Scotians can afford to pay. That wage pattern is a 3 percent increase over 4 years and has already been accepted by 9 other collective bargaining units and physicians. However, those tentative agreements were not accepted by teachers even though their leadership recommended they accept.

Teachers have now voted to strike. As a government and as the Minister, we want to protect students and parents from this disruption to their school year. Therefore I recalled the conciliator in early November to bring both sides together again. As recently as Friday, November 25, teachers presented a new wage pattern, this time asking for a minimum of 8 percent over 4 years. This translates into an additional $140 million dollars over the life of the contract and is well beyond the ability of the Province to pay.

Each year since we formed government, the funding for Education and students has increased. We will continue to invest in programs and supports in the classroom. Our other choice is to do as the previous NDP government did which was to reduce funding for students and programs and to increase wages for teachers by 7.5 percent for the last three years. That is not the choice of our Liberal government.

As the Minister, I continue to welcome input from teachers. However, the Union has postponed participation in meetings that are responding to the very concerns that teachers have raised. As the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, as your MLA for Colchester North and as a teacher, I will continue to be motivated by students and I invite the Union to join with me as we continue to bring about improvements in our public school system.

Karen Casey, MLA

Colchester North

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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