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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 always important to have and to keep jobs in Nova Scotia. Recent trends in jobs and unemployment statistics are reasons to be optimistic. However, it is equally important for the voices of business owners to be heard. As employers, they are the economic drivers in our communities. Their success is our success.

As the One Nova Scotia Report states very clearly, “we need business and community leadership in the pursuit of economic growth: these sectors need to pull the economy forward rather than it being pushed by government policies and investments”.

I recently met with business leaders in Colchester County to hear their concerns and their opinions. Two recent Tax Reforms were well received by the industry, and Government was encouraged to move forward gradually with other measures.

Business leaders who met with me also acknowledged the importance of programs to support young graduates in finding employment. Wage subsidies to employers are a huge incentive. Graduate to Opportunity funding helps graduates find their first job and Innovate to Opportunities encourages employers to create research focused jobs for new graduates. Tuition for apprentices receiving technical training has been eliminated, and the Apprenticeship START program provides incentives for businesses to hire apprentices from underrepresented groups and those from rural Nova Scotia.

The two Tax Reforms introduced last year will have an impact beginning on January 1, 2018.

  1. Income taxes for every Nova Scotian earning less than $75 000 have been reduced. This was achieved by increasing the basic personal exemption from $8 481 to $11 481, a

$3 000 or 35.4% increase. More than 500 000 Nova Scotians will save $85 million a year. What is most important is that more than 60 000 people will no longer pay any provincial tax at all. That is a 28% increase and it means a total of 283 000 people in Nova Scotia will not have to pay provincial tax. This is more money staying in the pockets of recent graduates, low income and retired Nova Scotians, single parents, working families, and small business owners.

  1. A small business can now earn up to $500 000 and only be taxed at the lower corporate rate of 3%. This will allow small business owners to invest more in their business, hire more employees and improve productivity.

Those in the hospitality, food/beverage and accommodations industry have acknowledged that the largest tourism season on record in Nova Scotia in 2018 has paid benefits.

As the MLA for Colchester North I recognize the importance of job opportunities for my constituents. I also recognize the importance of employers who own the business that drives the economy, not only here but across the province.

I want to thank those business leaders who recently took time to meet with me, as well as all others who provide employment opportunities in our communities. It is important to our Government that both the employees and employers be successful so that we can continue to have an economy that is recognized by Bond Rating Agencies and Parliamentary Budget Officers as one of only two provinces in Canada that is on a fiscally sustainable path.

When the Liberal Government took office in 2013, the province was borrowing money to pay its bills. This is not sustainable. Today we are living within our means and balancing a budget for the third consecutive year. Thanks for your support. We all care about the future of this province for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren.

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