Disaster Recovery Efforts

Dear Friends,

As September winds down, I want to thank you for opening your doors to me when I was out visiting neighbourhoods this summer, and for reaching out to me to share your concerns at other times too.

The Legislature will open its Fall Session on October 12th and I’ll be carrying those concerns with me to raise with the government.

I continue to chair the province Public Accounts Committee, and next week we will deal with issues related to the province’s ambulance service. Earlier this week, our Auditor General, Kim Adair, delivered a performance audit on Ground Ambulance Services.

The audit makes 14 recommendations related to the service’s management and monitoring by the Department of Health and Wellness and its delivery by Emergency Medical Care Inc., the company contracted by the province to deliver the service for the past quarter century. 

The recommendations include re-instating accountability on response times and the direction to clearly define who is accountable for directives at both the Department, and at Nova Scotia Health relating to offload delays at emergency departments.

Find the report and other materials here

PS – Don’t forget the 2nd annual Bedford Fall Market is this Saturday at DeWolf Park from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There’s more information below!

Aftermath of flooding in Bedford

As you may know, Councillor Tim Outhit and I have been working to assist Bedford residents severely impacted by the flooding. We have called on governments to come together to purchase homes severely impacted by the flooding on Union Street.

Last week, Councillor Outhit brought a motion to council to do just that. It passed with overwhelming (although not unanimous) support.

So, at Cabinet Outs last week (when I was filling for Official Opposition Leader Zach Churchill), I was interested to hear what the Premier had to say when questioned about it by Keith Doucette of The Canadian Press.

The Premier said there was no program to buy homes. Mr. Doucette pointed out it had been done before. The premier pointed out again there was no program. 

I’ll keep you posted on these developments; you can read more about the aftermath of the flooding below.

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The Housing Crisis

📌 I was pleased to see the province follow our call to eliminate the HST on multi-unit builds. The Federal Government has moved to eliminate the federal share of the HST.  However, more work is needed on the Housing front; every level of government needs to work together to ensure all Nova Scotians have a safe, affordable place to live. Read more...

The Healthcare Crisis

🏥 Many Bedford residents remain without a family physician or nurse practitioner. The latest numbers from the Health Authority show more than 142,000 Nova Scotians are waiting for a family doctor – that’s nearly double the numbers from two years ago. Read more...

Disaster Recovery

🏡 Residents of Union Street weren’t the only Bedfordites impacted by the flooding. Many residents will be paying out of pocket following the storm. It's concerning to see the number of people who must find new places to live and who cannot afford to move (twice) and replace their damaged furniture. Read more...


Community Spotlight

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

If you have a home project underway, you may want to check out the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Burnside for your furniture or building needs.

The ReStore is a building supply and home renovation store that accepts and resells new and gently used building materials, furniture, and home décor items. Proceeds from The ReStore help fund Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia.

I popped in there recently to drop off some gently used bathroom taps and was surprised by the large amount of stock they have.

The ReStore is located at 81 Wright Avenue in Dartmouth and is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. (Donations are accepted until 4 pm).

By the way, Habitat for Humanity has a major fundraiser tomorrow night, the Huge House Party with Jann Arden! Check it out here.

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What's on in Bedford Basin?

🟧 September 30 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Across the country, you can find local activities organized to commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools. Read more...

📚 What's up on Wednesdays? is back at the library with after school fun activities every Wednesday.  Read more...

🏃‍♀️ Join the Community Health Team with their 4-part series to explore creative ways to get more movement in your day and keep the change going for long-term success. Read more...

🎃 Take part in the Halloween Scavenger Hunt happening from October 10th to 22nd at the library. Read more...

🍂 Visit the 2nd annual Bedford Fall Market for another awesome market filled with 30+ unique vendors this weekend. Read more...

🇺🇦 The first East Coast Ukrainian Festival will be held on October 1st, from 11am to 5 pm at Pier 21. Read more...

🚶‍♀️ This years Halifax Kidney Walk will be on October 21st at Dewolf Park. Read more...