Remembrance Day: Lest We Forget

Dear Fairview Clayton Park,

During the fall Legislative session our Liberal Caucus introduced many bills that underscore our commitment to enhancing the well-being of all Nova Scotians like the Highway Cellular Coverage Act, The Affordable Heat Act, The Expansion of Breast Screening for High Breast Density Patients Act, and the Heating Rebate Program Expansion Act.

After many days of late nights and lengthy debates, our Liberal team was able to pass a resolution with all-party support to help bring job-protected leave to Nova Scotians suffering from serious illnesses, like cancer. Job-protected leave for illness is currently only three days. Our policy will expand protected leave to up to 26 weeks, so no Nova Scotian will have to worry if they have a job to return to after they undergo treatment such as chemotherapy. If you think Nova Scotians battling serious illness deserve job protection, please sign our petition

Two bills I would like to highlight are the School Lunch Program Act which is critical to address food insecurity in our schools and our communities. Nearly one in four households in Nova Scotia are touched by this issue. This is the second time we have introduced this bill in the hopes that the provincial government would take action. Our proposal aims to establish a universal school lunch program in all public schools, ensuring that every child has access to a nutritious meal.

Additionally, our Working Families Power Bill Reduction Act is designed to empower working families to make their homes more energy-efficient while prioritizing health and safety. This initiative would offer grants of up to $5,000, enabling families to install heat pumps and radon detectors, among other improvements. We recognize the importance of energy efficiency in reducing utility bills and enhancing the quality of life for Nova Scotians. It's important to note that this is one of the only grants which would be available to single people living either alone or together. Far too often the struggles of those who are unmarried or without dependents are ignored.

We will continue to advocate for these crucial changes to ensure Nova Scotians can continue to afford to live, work, and excel in our Province.

Warm regards,

MLA Radon Detector Program

Did you know the heating months are the best time of year to test for radon gas?

Radon is a radioactive gas that can build up in homes undetected. Health Canada recommends testing your home in the heating months as radon levels may be higher. With windows and doors shut tight during the colder months, radon levels can accumulate higher.

There are no radon free homes, and the only way to know if your home has high levels is to test for it. We have partnered with LungNSPEI to host the MLA Radon Detector Loan Program to increase community access points to borrow a short-term digital radon detector. These detectors provide a brief snapshot of potential radon levels within a home and access to radon education materials.

If you are interested in borrowing a short-term digital radon detector, reach out to my office.

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Top-Priority Topics

Healthcare Updates

🩺 YourHealthNS is a new mobile app available for healthcare information, resources, and services in Nova Scotia. Learn more...

📅 Standard and high dose Flu Vaccination and Covid boosters are now available. Book your COVID-19 or Flu vaccine appointment now. Learn more...

Accessing Grants and Rebates

🏠 The Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) is now open for 2023. The HARP helps low-income Nova Scotians with the cost of home heating. Eligible applicants will receive $600 this year. Learn more...

💲 Seniors can apply for the annual Seniors Care Grant program, which helps with expenses that allow them to stay in their homes longer and improve their quality of life. Learn more...

Community Engagement

📝 The biannual call for applications for Nova Scotia's many agencies, boards, and commissions are now open. Learn more...

🔎 The municipality is updating its solid waste strategy. As part of this review, they want to hear from you! Your feedback will help create a solid waste system. Learn more...


Community Spotlight

Stockings for Seniors Program

Golden Living - Senior Lifestyle Support is delighted to open the "Stockings for Seniors" program for the
2023 holiday season.

Seniors in need are invited to apply for this program from now until November 24th.

This initiative is open to all seniors aged 65 and above who may be experiencing social isolation, loneliness, or are simply in need of some extra holiday cheer. Eligible seniors must reside within the Halifax Regional Municipality.

The goal is to brighten their holiday season by providing them with a surprise stocking filled with all of their favorite goodies.

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What's on in Fairview-Clayton Park?

🎖️ Everyone is invited to attend a Remembrance Day Ceremony to honour and remember Canada's Veterans. Learn more...

🎁 The 2nd Annual Fairview Clayton Park Craft Fair will be happening again this year, just in time to kick off the holiday season. Learn more...

📲 Halifax Transit has launched a new mobile fare payment app, HFXGO, allowing customers to purchase and use tickets and passes from the convenience of their smartphones. Learn more...

📎 Halifax Regional Municipality residents who may require more support during emergency situations can now be added to a Voluntary Vulnerable Persons RegistryLearn more...