MLA Report, By Larry Harrison
Commission report offers strong recommendations on improving our economy
We all know February is the shortest month of the year, but for many of us it can feel like the longest. The excitement of Christmas is a distant memory and the warm, sun-filled days of spring feel like they’ll never get here.
But for so many people in Colchester County February is yet another month they’re struggling to keep warm on a limited budget. If you know someone in this situation there are several programs designed to help:
- The provincial government’s Heating Assistance Rebate Program (www.homeheatinghelp.ca)
- The Salvation Army’s Good Neighbour Energy Fund (www.salvationarmy.ca/maritime/gnef/)
- Efficiency Nova Scotia (www.efficiencyns.ca)
You can find out more information on their Websites or you can pick up application forms at the constituency office at Mastodon Ridge in Stewiacke.
Do you know someone who you believe has made a significant and long lasting contribution to their community and deserves to be recognized for it? The province is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Order of Nova Scotia. Since 2001, 72 Nova Scotians have been acknowledged for their dedication to their community, their art and their career. Any Canadian citizen who currently lives in this province or who was formerly a long-time resident may be nominated for the award. You may even nominate someone posthumously, if it’s within a year of their death. Nomination forms for the Order or Nova Scotia can be picked up at Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley constituency office or can be found on the Website at http://novascotia.ca/iga/order.asp.
Like so many of you, I was pleased to see the results of the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy. As a father and grandfather I am excited by the Nova Scotia of the future the report allows us to envision. We must ensure we don’t allow this good work to fall by the wayside.
Jamie Baillie, the leader of the PC Party, has written to the Premier to endorse the Commission’s recommendation that population growth, economic development, governance and fiscal goals be set in law. As Baillie stated in a recent editorial: “During the last election, the Progressive Conservative Party platform, Change that Works, set real population goals and economic recovery plans that fit nicely with the Ivany Commission recommendations. We spelled out a detailed plan to get the economy going, get our finances in order and grow the population. We remain as committed to that plan today as we did before and during the election.”
And finally our best wishes go to Kylee Graham of Eastville who is competing in the Miss Teen Canada competition later this month. Graham, who is the daughter of Jerrold and Jody Graham, is the only competitor chosen to represent Atlantic Canada at the newly revamped Miss Teen Canada, which focuses mainly on personality and attitude. Part of the scoring also comes from on-line voting on the Miss Teen Canada Website (www.missteencanadatm.com).
For more information about any government programs, or if you need assistance with an issue, please drop by our constituency office located at 87 Main Street West (Mastodon Ridge) in Stewiacke, or you can call the office at 639-1010 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you know someone who is celebrating a milestone birthday or anniversary, please let us know so we can ensure they’re sent a certificate to commemorate the event.
Progressive Conservative Larry Harrison is the MLA for Colchester Musquodoboit Valley. He lives in Brookfield.