By Larry Harrison-As the Christmas season winds down, I’d like to wish you the very best of the New Year and remind you there are people in our community who are having difficulty making ends meet.
Assistance for home heating will be available
Christmas, for all of the joy and peace it brings to many of us, can also be a time of hardship. If you know of anyone who could be helped by the government’s Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP), and they meet the criteria, encourage them to drop by our office and we will help them fill out the HARP application and send it in for approval. Or they can get a copy of the application at: www.homeheatinghelp.ca . It could take up to six weeks to process the application so it is best to get it done as soon as possible.
The Salvation Army’s Good Neighbour Energy Fund is also available for eligible low-income families and individuals to assist in paying for firewood, home heating oil, coal, propane and electric heat. Starting Jan. 15 applications will be available at Salvation Army churches, thrift stores and website (www.salvationarmy.ca/maritime/gnef/), and at our office located in Stewiacke.
For 21 years the province and Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters have offered the License of a Lifetime, giving the winners free hunting and fishing licenses for a year, and this year both winners are from Colchester County. Congratulations to Don Ferguson of MacKay Siding and Mike Drummond of Truro who were chosen from tickets sold across the province. The money raised each year assists the federation with their work to conserve and propagate wildlife in our province.
And finally, did you know that the government has a schedule for getting roads plowed after a storm? The 100-Series and trunk highways along with other high traffic roads are cleared within eight hours after the snow stops. Secondary routes and medium volume roads are cleared within 12 hours after the snow stops and local paved roads, residential streets and gravel roads and cleared within 24 hours after the snow stops. There are more than 500 vehicles servicing the roads in our province so if you have an emergency that requires an ambulance and your road is not plowed inform the 911 operator. They will contact the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal who will send a plow to clear the road for an emergency vehicle.
Our constituency office is located at Mastodon Ridge in Stewiacke. Stop in if you have any questions or issues that you would like to discuss. When the Legislature is sitting and I have to be in Halifax feel free to chat with my constituency assistant, Paula. She will be happy to help you.
My wife Susanne and I would like to wish a very happy and prosperous New Year to you and your family.
Larry Harrison is a Progressive Conservative MLA serving Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley since October, 2013.