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The MLA Report, By Larry Harrison

Provincial agencies, boards, commissions seeking new members

Spring is in the air and that means flowers are starting to sprout out from the melting earth, birds are flying home from the south and new potholes are showing up in our roads every day.

Road crews are now out filling these holes and you can help by letting them know where some of the worst ones can be found. Please call 1-888-432-3233 to reach the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to tell them about the potholes and shoulder washouts in your area.

Apr. 1 marks a new fiscal year for government and that means many new grants and programs are now available for businesses and organizations in our constituency, including:

  • The Department of Municipal Affairs has numerous grants, including for emergency service providers to upgrade equipment that’s used for responding to a fire or emergency; for Royal Canadian Legions to repair and upgrade their buildings; and for community organizations to make their buildings more accessible.
  • The Department of Communities Culture and Heritage is offering grants for a number of arts, culture and heritage programs in our communities, such as the Emerging Culture and Heritage Initiative Program; Arts Nova Scotia funding to organizations and small groups; and the Strategic Development Initiative to develop projects through community organizations, museums, heritage associations, municipal governments and not-for-profit groups that are exploring common heritage objectives.  
  • The Department of Agriculture, in partnership with AgPal, has a number of programs available, including business coaching, business development and market enhancement, and the pollination expansion program.

We couldn’t possibly list all the grants available so feel free to contact the Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley Constituency Office to see if your business or organization qualifies for one.

The deadline is fast approaching to nominate a deserving Nova Scotian for the Medal of Bravery. If you know a hero who deserves to be recognized with this honour you can pick up a nomination form at the constituency office or print one from the website at www.novascotia.ca/bravery. The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2014.

Applications are now being accepted for anyone interested in serving on one of the 165 agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs) in Nova Scotia. Applications for the non-adjudicative ABCs, including the Farm Loan Board, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and the Youth Advisory Council, can be sent in at any time. Consideration of new applications will begin on May 12. Applications for the adjudicative ABCs, including the Farm Practices Board, the Assistance Appeals Board and the Police Review Board, will be accepted until May 19, 2014. For the full list of ABCs in Nova Scotia, drop by our office or go the website at www.novascotia.ca/exec_council/abc/.

The Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for moose hunting licenses at http://novascotia.ca/natr/ or by calling 1-900-565-3377 by midnight on May 31. Applicants must be a resident of our province, be at least 18 years old and have a valid Nova Scotia Wildlife Resources Card. Anyone who received a moose hunting licence between 2009 and 2013 can’t apply for a licence again this year. On June 25 a small number of licenses will be drawn from the applications submitted. Last year nearly 11,000 applications were submitted and 345 licenses were handed out.

National Volunteer Week was Apr. 6 to 12 so I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank the many volunteers in our communities for all of the work they do throughout the year. This year two residents of Colchester Musquodoboit Valley were recognized for their volunteer work at the 40th annual Provincial Volunteer Awards. Gordon Rhys Watson of Dutch Settlement and Roderick Taylor of Stewiacke were among about 70 dedicated Nova Scotians who received this prestigious award. Congratulations to Roderick and Gordon for being chosen by members of your community for the Provincial Volunteer Award.

The Colchester Musquodoboit Valley constituency office is located at 87 Main Street West (Mastodon Ridge) in Stewiacke. Please stop in if you have any questions or issues you would like to discuss; or you can call the office at 902-639-1010, or email us at larryharrisonmla@gmail.com.

Also, if you know someone who is celebrating a milestone birthday or anniversary, 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.

Organizations: Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Department of Municipal Affairs, Royal Canadian Legions Department of Communities Culture and Heritage Department of Agriculture Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley Constituency Office Farm Loan Board Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission Youth Advisory Council Farm Practices Board Assistance Appeals Board Police Review Board Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Colchester Musquodoboit Valley, Stewiacke Brookfield

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