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In London (UK), Karen took the opportunity to visit students and teachers in their classroom,
In London for the The Education World Forum, Karen took the opportunity to visit students and teachers in their classroom, and to engage with them on the curriculum.
Enjoying a visit at the Lower Onslow Community Centre daycare.
Karen in discussions with Premier Stephen McNeil and Minister Diana Whalen
Karen joins the River Restoration Crew on the Waugh River as they construct fish ladders and other areas to support and protect the fish population.
The Tatamagouche Branch of Scotia Bank celebrates100 years of service !
The Tatamagouche Branch of Scotia Bank celebrated 100 years of service to the community. Former and current staff joined in the celebration.
As MLA for Colchester North, I'm pleased to provide this website as a useful and informative resource. With constant updates you can remain informed of my participation in local events and in the House of Assembly as your representative.
My committment to my constituents is to be open and approachable, and to provide assistance and support to all residents of Colchester North. I invite you to share your ideas, concerns and/or questions. Together we can seek solutions.
Volunteerism can be described as one of the most basic of human behaviours. It is founded on the principle of donating time and energy for the benefit of others in a community. Most important, it is a social responsibility and is carried out to fulfill that purpose rather than for any financial reward.
Volunteerism describes how individuals use their energy, their talents, their knowledge and their resources for mutual benefit. The coming together of these forces has the potential to enhance the well-being of individuals and of their communities. In fact, many communities would be hard-pressed to function without volunteers.
The importance of physical activity in youth 12 -15 years of age has been recognized by the Liberal Government and we are investing $282 000 in projects throughout the province. After the Bell Programs that are supported through this investment, focus on youth who are participating in hockey, swimming, rock climbing, skating, outdoor trails and other recreational sport activities.
Education, according to the Canadian Constitution, is the responsibility of the provinces and territories. To that end, there is no federal department or federal minister. However, the framework that does exist includes a council of provincial ministers, known as the CMEC (Council of Ministers of Education Canada). The Council meets regularly to share concerns, best practices and solutions to common problems. Although each province and territory may have circumstances specific to their own geography, the one common priority is quality education for our students.
Our Government recognized that many low income seniors were struggling to pay for the increased costs of prescription drugs and many were making tough decisions about whether to buy food or medications. This is unfair, unacceptable, and just not right. To that end, we have introduced changes to the Seniors’ Pharmacare program which will provide relief and support for our friends, families and neighbours who may be in this situation. Those changes are effective April 1, 2016 and I am proud to be part of a Government that has responded in such a positive way.
During the planning for other changes to the Seniors’ Pharmacare program, concerns were raised by other seniors regarding the impact this may have on them. To that end, Premier Stephen McNeil has committed to further consultations with seniors across the province to ensure that they become part of the solution. Our Premier has spoken to Nova Scotians through an open letter (see below) as well as a news release to help clarify our position and to reinforce our support for low income seniors.
Premier's Open Letter (pdf) CLICK HERE
News Release CLICK HERE
Power rates in Nova Scotia went down on January 1. Residential customers are seeing their rates reduced by just under 1%, and rates for small businesses have decreased by more than 2%. As the MLA for Colchester North, I am pleased with this announcement. It is consistent with our Government position to implement the province’s electricity plan, introduced through legislation in December 2015. We are implementing key elements of the province’s new electricity plan with this new legislation and in keeping with our commitments made to the people of Nova Scotia.