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    Pleased to announce that the Government of Canada is providing the Municipality of the District of Barrington with a $70,393 investment, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), to undertake waterfront infrastructure improvements on Cape Sable Island’s McGray Avenue. The project involves refurbishing an existing rock retaining wall, constructing a new boardwalk and upgrading the parking area. These improvements will enhance the community’s capacity to attract visiting pleasure boats, ensure safe access to and from the waterfront and increase visitor traffic to local businesses. The more accessible waterfront will also allow the community to expand its current tourism festival and event offerings.
    Jul 23, 2015 7:15 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Pleased to be in Shelburne County yesterday to announce two funding initiatives through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF). Town of Shelburne: $203,000 for the construction of a new Guild Hall. Community consultations have concluded that a new multifunctional events space suitable for concerts, festivals and the Shelburne Farmer’s Market is needed. The consultations have developed a consensus to cease spending on the aging and impractical current building and to construct a new Guild Hall on the same site to meet current and anticipated community needs. Town of Lockeport: $55,000 for the Town of Lockeport to allow them to continue to revamp its community tourism infrastructure, including upgrading the original boardwalk system and replacing outdated waterfront lighting with an efficient LED alternative. The project will also contribute to the expansion of community murals, the establishment of a directional signage program, and involve refurbishments to Seacaps Memorial Park. These improvements will assist Lockeport in its efforts to attract additional festivals and events, provide tourists with key points of interest, and generate increased tourism traffic for local businesses. Photo: MP Gerald Keddy shares his congratulations with Karen Mattatall, Mayor, Town of Shelburne, outside the current Guild Hall along Shelburne’s beautiful waterfront. Photo: MP Gerald Keddy and Darian Huskilson, Mayor, Town of Lockeport, check out the aging boardwalk and lightening system at the entrance to the Town.
    Jul 23, 2015 6:22 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Another great news announcement for Chester this morning! On behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), I had the pleasure of announcing funding totalling $115,783 for the Chester Art Centre. The Chester Art Centre Association will receive $75,569 in funding through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Cultural Spaces Fund” for the renovation and expansion of the Centre, both indoors and outdoors. The expanded centre will be able to offer more programs and accommodate a higher volume of people. Funding of $2,000, provided under the “Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program”, will allow the Centre to present the 8th edition of the Chester Art Festival. This celebration of arts and heritage includes performances and demonstrations by local artists and artisans, children’s activities, and an art exhibit. And finally, the Government of Canada is also providing $38,214, through the “Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program” to assist with upgrades and improvements to the Association’s art centre home. Work will include expansions to the building, creation of an accessible washroom and the improvement of lighting throughout the space.
    Jul 21, 2015 11:19 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Pleased to be in Chester this morning to announce that the Government of Canada has approved a funding contribution of $75,253, via the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, for the former Gold River-Western Shore Elementary School in the Municipality of the District of Chester. Funding will assist the Municipality to complete architectural, electrical and mechanical upgrades to the building’s interior, install IT infrastructure and equipment, create a community space and install a new pitched roof. The former Gold River-Western Shore Elementary School in the Municipality of the District of Chester will be transformed into a community centre and recreational space.
    Jul 21, 2015 10:35 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Pleased to announce Government of Canada funding of $70,583 for the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC), through the Canada 150 Infrastructure Improvement Fund, in partnership with the Town of Bridgewater and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg. This project will enable the LCLC to complete improvements to ensure the sustainability and to further enhance users’ experience at the Centre. These improvements include: upgrading the arena’s dehumidification system; installing a heat pump to control the pool environment; and installing additional security / surveillance cameras. For more information on the Canada 150 Infrastructure Improvement Fund, please visit: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/eng/ImLookingFor/ProgramInformation/Pages/Canada-150-Infrastructure-Program.aspx Picture (from left to right): Andrew Tanner, Chair, Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre, Don Downe, Mayor, Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore – St. Margaret’s, and David Walker, Mayor, Town of Bridgewater.
    Jul 20, 2015 10:48 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Had the pleasure of visiting Lea Boutilier at Fort Point Museum, in LaHave, this morning. Lea is the recipient of “Young Canada Works” funding which offers students and recent graduates the chance to put their skills to the test, build career equity, earn money for their education or get started on the right career path. The Lunenburg County Historical Society, which operates Fort Point Museum, was approved for funding by the Canadian Museums Association for funding in 2015, under the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations (summer work experience) program for 4 summer jobs. Two summer jobs were also approved at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and one summer job was funded at the Knut-Rhuland House Museum. A student of Memorial University, this is Lea’s fourth summer at the Museum. She has accepted the role of Assistant Museums Manager. Congratulations, Lea and all the best for a successful summer season! For more information on the Young Canada Works program, please visit: http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1359469433851/1359469516523#h2
    Jul 20, 2015 7:29 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Very pleased to announce Building Canada funding for the Towns of Bridgewater and Lunenburg this morning. The Town of Bridgewater is receiving $444,514 in federal funding for water infrastructure improvements, through the Small Communities Fund, of the New Building Canada Fund. Bridgewater will use this funding to improve water and sewer infrastructure along King Street. Work includes upgrading water mains, sanitary sewer mains and storm sewer mains. The project will make the community’s water treatment and distribution system more efficient, reduce wastewater overflows, and provide residents with more reliable access to high-quality drinking water. The Town of Lunenburg is receiving $433,448 in federal funding for water infrastructure improvements. This project involves replacing 900 metres of the drinking water distribution main along Kaulbach Street and Dufferin Street. This work will help ensure that residents of Lunenburg have reliable access to high-quality drinking water for years to come. For BOTH projects, the Government of Canada will contribute up to one third of the total eligible project costs under the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The Government of Nova Scotia will also contribute one third of the project costs and the Towns of Bridgewater and Lunenburg will be responsible for the remaining costs of their respective projects. For more information on the Small Communities Fund, please visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/sc-cp-eng.html
    Jul 02, 2015 7:43 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's

June

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    Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Canada Day!
    Jun 30, 2015 4:59 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    We've received a few calls to our office today regarding a phone call that people have received from a gentleman claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). He is asking for personal banking information. Please note that this is a SCAM and that the CRA is aware that it is taking place. If someone calls you or emails you, claiming to be from the CRA asking for your personal information, such as a social insurance number, credit card, bank account, and/or passport numbers, do NOT provide this information. These fraudulent communications typically insist that this personal information is needed so that you can receive a refund or benefit payment. Other communications urge you to visit a fake CRA website where you are then asked to verify your identity by entering personal information. These are SCAMS and taxpayers should NEVER respond to these fraudulent communications, or click on any of the links provided. If you receive one of these calls, please hang up and call the CRA directly at 1-800-959-8281 or your local RCMP. Here is a link to CRA's website with more helpful information regarding these scams: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/ntcs/bwr-eng.html Please SHARE this post. Thank you!
    Jun 29, 2015 12:19 pm | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Pleased to announce $8,300 in Government of Canada funding for the Peggy's Cove Area Festival of the Arts. Funding is being provided through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program. These funds will enable the organization to host the 5th Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts, starting July 9, 2015. The activities include musical performances, an art exhibit and workshops in stained glass, painting, jewellery making, stone carving and rug hooking. The Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts Society is a local non-profit organization that works towards emphasizing the lush local culture and artistic heritage. The theme of this year’s festival is “Oceans of Artistry.” Over eight days of festivities, there will be works from 184 artists, live music, demonstrations and various activities. For more information, please visit: http://peggyscoveareafestivalofthearts.com/
    Jun 25, 2015 7:26 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Pleased to announce Government of Canada funding of $11,000 to the Harmony Bazaar: Festival of Women & Song Society. This funding is being provided under the Canada Arts Presentation Fund. It will allow Harmony Bazaar: Festival of Women & Song Society to host the 10th edition of the music festival from July 10 to 12 in Lockeport. The lineup includes 17 performances of music and dance by women from various provinces and the United States, as well as workshops and art exhibits that are open to the public. Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women & Song is a non-profit organization that gives female artists an opportunity to promote their music in an ideal atmosphere. For more information, visit their website: http://harmonybazaar.com/
    Jun 23, 2015 9:33 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Was great to be in Gerald Keddy country this evening! Visited the Ross Farm Museum and enjoyed a Father's Day Dinner at the Forties Community Centre.
    Jun 21, 2015 6:29 pm | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Pleased to announce funding of $30,620 for 13 groups and organizations, in South Shore - St. Margaret's, through the Department of Canadian Heritage's "Celebrate Canada Program." This funding will support these organizations in hosting Canada Day events, including fireworks, parades, live entertainment, flag-raising ceremonies, and Aboriginal and ethnocultural experiences. A list of the organizations receiving support and a breakdown of the funding is available by clicking here: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=1&nid=988419&crtr.tp1D=930&_ga=1.41048738.1811095178.1423153503
    Jun 18, 2015 6:34 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Pleased to announce Government of Canada funding of $40,600 for the 30th edition of Privateer Days in Liverpool. From June 26 to 28, 2015, Privateer Days, Liverpool, Nova Scotia will present a live encampment, battle re-enactments by the King’s Orange Rangers, Old Burial Ground tours, an artisan workshop, a privateer play, as well as musical and dance performances. For more information on Privateers Days, please visit: http://privateerdays.ca/
    Jun 08, 2015 6:16 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    New Horizons for Seniors - Call for Proposals!! The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), has announced the launch of TWO (2) New Horizons for Seniors calls-for-proposals. The calls are for both the (1) Pan-Canadian and (2) Community-Based streams of the New Horizons program. Both calls close on Friday, July 10, 2015. Here is a link to information & application forms: http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/seniors/funding//index.shtml This is a VERY popular funding program - please LIKE & SHARE.
    Jun 02, 2015 4:54 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's

May

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    My office has been getting a lot of calls enquiring about funding for "Canada 150" celebrations. Happy to announce that funding details are now available: http://canada150.gc.ca/eng/1424795454758
    May 07, 2015 4:56 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Pleased to have met two 4-H members from my riding last week at the 4-H Canada 2015 Citizenship Congress on Parliament Hill. From left to right: Leah Rhodenhizer, MP Gerald Keddy & Stephanie Lantz. 4H is a great organization that empowers young Canadians to become skilled, engaged, and responsible leaders who are passionate about making meaningful contributions to the world around them. For more information on 4H in Nova Scotia, visit their website: http://novascotia4h.ca/
    May 05, 2015 7:25 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    It’s World Lyme Day today. Are you wearing lime? I am! I am proud of our Government’s support on Lyme Disease. Our Government has launched a Lyme disease action plan which includes: - a public awareness campaign; - enhanced surveillance and field studies; and - increased support for research and prevention efforts. The Government of Canada supports Lyme disease research primarily through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Since 2006, CIHR has invested approximately $4.6 million in Lyme disease research. In addition, our Government was pleased to work with all parties in order to support further work on Lyme Disease through our support of Elizabeth May’s Private Members Bill - Bill C-442, an act respecting a National Lyme Disease Strategy. Our Government voted in favour of this Bill. I am proud to report that on December 16, 2014, this Bill was passed by the Senate where it received Royal Assent. I had the honour of participating in the debate on Bill C-442 in the House of Commons. You can view my statement in the House of Commons by visiting this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKxQVvl0aDg I am proud to say that this Bill is a truly non-partisan effort. As Member of Parliament for South Shore – St. Margaret’s, and a resident of Lunenburg County, I know full well how much Lyme Disease affects us all. I look forward to the federal and provincial ministers responsible for health working with representatives of the medical community and patients’ groups for the purpose of developing a comprehensive federal framework to address the challenges of the recognition and timely diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.
    May 01, 2015 8:47 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's

April

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    Yesterday was a full day down in Shelburne County. Had the pleasure of announcing six New Horizons for Seniors grants totaling $121,150. The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 80 in Lockeport is receiving $25,000 to renovate its kitchen and purchase new appliances so that seniors can continue to participate in community events, services and workshops. The Sable River Community Hall is receiving $25,000 to upgrade its two washrooms to make them accessible. This project will allow seniors with physical challenges to participate in social activities at the Hall such as Bingo, card nights, dances and community events. The Parish of Christ Church Shelburne is receiving $25,000 to renovate its kitchen, purchase tables and chairs as well as pew cushions. This project will allow seniors to continue to participate in dinners, concerts and social events. The Samuel Wood Historical Society in Woods Harbour is receiving $25,000. This funding will allow the Society to drill a well, install a sound system and renovate a room. These improvements will allow seniors to continue to participate in trivia nights, bean suppers, teas and quilting. The Leisure Hour Club in Port Saxon is receiving $12,500 to assist the organization in replacing its building’s siding and windows as well as upgrade their parking area. These improvements will allow the organization to continue to offer seniors a place in which to participate in card parties, weekly yoga classes, potlucks and socials. The Greenhill Senior Citizens Group in Upper Port LaTour is receiving $8,650 to replace its roof. The replacement of its roof will contine to allow seniors to hold potluck suppers as well as information nights with guest speakers. For more information on the New Horizons for Seniors program, please click here: http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/seniors/funding//index.shtml PHOTO (Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 80) - from left to right: Howard Roszel, Sergeant at Arms, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 80, Richard Buchanan, 1st Vice-President, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 80, Roger Taylor, Warden, Municipality of the District of Shelburne, Anne Roszel, Secretary, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 80, Monty Andrews, President, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 80, Gerald Keddy, MP, South Shore – St. Margaret’s, Don Harlow, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 80, Joann Swimm, Councillor Town of Lockeport, Chris Collishaw, 2nd Vice-President, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 80.
    Apr 10, 2015 5:57 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Apr 08, 2015 11:08 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    This morning I had the pleasure of announcing New Horizons for Seniors funding for six organizations in Lunenburg County totaling $94,105. Flourish: Family Well-Being Society in Bridgewater is receiving $23,800 to allow seniors, involved with the Society, to establish an entrepreneurial senior mentorship program as well as hold workshops on positive aging for seniors. The Mi’kmaq Burial Grounds Research & Restoration Association in Bridgewater is receiving $22,840 which will allow seniors involved with the Association to organize intergenerational workshops and mentoring in traditional Mi’kmaq songs and hand drumming. The Bridgewater Parks, Recreation and Culture Department, in partnership with South Shore Health, is receiving $20,766 which allows active seniors in the community to lead a volunteer mentorship program designed to improve health, fitness and socialization opportunities to the more frail and vulnerable seniors in the community. The Town of Mahone Bay’s Age Friendly Committee is receiving $11,700 which will allow seniors to plan, organize and host a one day Age-Friendly Conference to strengthen senior social networks that will create linkages to volunteer organizations. The Helping Hands to Enrich Learning & Lifestyles Programming Society in Fox Point is receiving $7,965 to allow seniors involved with the Society to plan, lead and attend weekly arts and crafts classes that will engage other seniors in new programs at the Centre. The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 24 in Bridgewater is receiving $7,034 to repair the floor, ceiling tiles and walls of the lounge. These improvements will allow seniors to continue to participate in Bingo, card nights, dances and community events. For more information on New Horizons for Seniors, please click here: http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/seniors/funding//index.shtml
    Apr 08, 2015 6:40 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Just had the pleasure of announcing that our Government, through ACOA’s Business Development Program, is providing a $500,000 repayable contribution to Sustane Technologies - a clean technology startup working to commercialize and globally market a new disruptive technology that diverts municipal waste from landfills and safely converts it into clean energy and other recyclable materials - to help establish their first commercial demonstration plant, in the Municipality of the District of Chester. They’ve already proven their waste-to-clean energy technology on a large pilot scale. Now, they will grow and showcase it at full commercial scale, right here in our backyard. Sustane could have chosen any location for their first plant. But they chose Nova Scotia, following careful consultation with ACOA and the Municipality of the District of Chester. Work is now well underway. Engineers are testing and finalizing the design for the plant, which is set to be completed by mid-2016. This project will generate additional work here over the course of construction and operation. Once the plant is up and running, the Municipality will see all of its garbage removed from the landfill - at a rate of 200 tons per day. Moving forward, this will result in significant savings and a greener, cleaner community. Our Government is pleased to support the growth of a cutting-edge cleantech firm that is introducing new technology and clean energy processes, right here in the Municipality of Chester. For more information on Sustane Technologies, click here: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/eng/Agency/mediaroom/NewsReleases/Pages/4535.aspx
    Apr 07, 2015 11:11 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Pleased to announce today that our Government, through ACOA’s Business Development Program, is supporting Muwin Estate Wines, located in New Ross, in its continued growth with a repayable investment of $147,500. This investment will help Muwin to expand their facility and purchase new equipment. It will also contribute to branding and marketing costs, which will help the company fulfill rapidly increasing export demand for its signature, authentic Bulwark craft cider. This expansion will help raise awareness and demand for Nova Scotian products globally as well as create opportunities for the province’s wine industry to explore new markets. Did you know? Nova Scotia’s wine industry is recognized as a major economic driver and it continues to expand. We have achieved great success here in Nova Scotia— growing from one winery in 1980 to 20 today which inject approximately $196 million into the economy annually… and that doesn’t even include ciders!
    Apr 07, 2015 9:30 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's

March

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    Pleased to welcome the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries & Oceans, to my riding on Saturday where she announced $11.2 million for Small Craft Harbours throughout the riding. Investments in Shelburne County will support the following harbour projects: - Bear Point – replacement of the deteriorated wharf - Clark’s Harbour – replacement of a deteriorated section of the wharf - Cripple Creek – basin dredging - Newellton – reconstruction of the stem and outer sections of the wharf, and installation of a new electrical system on the entire wharf - Stoney Island – construction of a breakwater - Falls Point – completion of the installation of a new electrical system, which began last year - Ingomar – replacement of deteriorated floating wharves Lower Sandy Point – completion of wharf repairs, which began last year Investments in Lunenburg County will support the following harbour projects: - Dublin Shore — construction of an extension to the existing breakwater; - Little Harbour (Cherry Hill) — replacement of the existing deteriorated wharf with a new structure; - Voglers Cove — replacement of the existing wharf with a new structure; and - Blandford (Shoal Cove) — replacement of the existing deteriorated wharf with a new structure and installation of two floating wharves.
    Mar 30, 2015 5:41 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Congratulations to the LaHave River Credit Union! They are the proud recipients of the Prime Minister's Volunteer Award for Business Leadership. The LaHave River Credit Union is a member owned financial institution whose mission is to provide financial and social leadership to its membership and its community in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. PHOTO: The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, presents Corey Rogers, CEO of the LaHave River Credit Union with their award.
    Mar 20, 2015 7:34 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Yesterday was a beautiful day in Mersey Point. I was honoured to announce $25,000 for the Mersey Point Community Hall. This funding is being provided through the Government of Canada’s “New Horizons for Seniors Program”: http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/seniors/funding//index.shtml Roger Savage, Board Member, Mersey Point Community Association: “The Mersey Point Community Association is very appreciative of this funding from New Horizons for Seniors. This will help finance our community hall's insulation upgrades; renovations to the washrooms will make a wheelchair accessible washroom as well as a new wheelchair entry door to the building. The improved facility will give more seniors and families in Mount Pleasant, Mersey Point, Western Head, and Sand Beach safe accessibility to community events in the Mersey Point Community Hall." PHOTO: MP Gerald Keddy shares his congratulations with Mersey Point Community Association Board Members (from left to right) Roger Savage, Nelson Bolands and Charlotte White. Photo Credit: Heather Kelly, QCCR 99.3 FM
    Mar 20, 2015 5:13 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Pleased to announce Government of Canada funding, on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, yesterday for the Chester Theatre Council Society. The Society is benefiting from a boost of $28,098 to its fundraising efforts through the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Theatre Foundation. The Government of Canada is providing this funding to the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Theatre Foundation to manage and invest on behalf of the Chester Theatre Council Society through the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund, which encourages Canadians to donate to professional arts organizations. Through the Endowment Incentives, the Government of Canada provides matching funds of up to one dollar for every dollar raised from private donors. For more information on the Endowment Incentives program, please visit: http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1268614803109
    Mar 20, 2015 5:11 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Thank you, Minister Shea, for announcing federal funding for repairs and upgrades to the Indian Falls fishway!! This project will contribute to stock conservation in the area along the LaHave River. http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=1&nid=945869
    Mar 09, 2015 8:08 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's

February

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    Today the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries & Oceans, announced the Members of Ministerial Advisory Committee on Atlantic Salmon. These Committee experts are being tasked with tackling the issue of low Atlantic Salmon Returns on the East Coast. For a list of the members, click on "Backgrounder" link at the end of the press release: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=1&nid=940519
    Feb 27, 2015 6:11 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Good News for Constituents in South West Nova! Today, the Government of Canada announced the opening of passport receiving services within the Service Canada Centre in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, located at 13 Willow Street. Passport receiving agents, located at Service Canada Centres, assist citizens with their standard passport application by: - reviewing it on site for completeness, - verifying supporting documents, - accepting payment, and - forwarding it on for processing. Passport Receiving agents are also located at the Service Canada Centre in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, located at 77 Dufferin Street and of course you can also take your passport directly to Passport Canada, located at the Maritime Centre, 1505 Barrington Street, 15th Floor, Suite 1508 in Halifax, NS. My office is also pleased to assist constituents with their passports. http://www.passport.gc.ca/index.aspx?lang=eng
    Feb 17, 2015 6:44 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    South Shore families, residents and visitors will soon benefit from five trail projects thanks to federal investments to expand and improve snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, off-road motorcycle and non-motorized recreational trails from coast to coast to coast. Today, I announced the following funding: • Queens County ATV Association – Bowater-Mersey Trail (ATV/ORM trail construction) - $41,500 • Safety Minded ATV Association – Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area (ATV/ORM trail upgrades) - $31,721 • Municipality of the District of Lunenburg – District of Lunenburg Trails (trail construction) - $31,370 • Municipality of the District of Shelburne – Tom Tigney Trail (trail & bridge upgrades) - $11,787 • Bay to Bay Trail Association (trail enhancements) - $7,970 Canada has a vast network of recreational trails which allow Canadians to experience the outdoors and appreciate this country’s natural beauty. Thanks to a partnership between the Government of Canada and the National Trails Coalition, $10 million has been made available between 2014 and 2016 to help expand and rehabilitate Canada’s snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle and non-motorized trail system.
    Feb 13, 2015 7:21 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Proud to announce Government of Canada funding (ACOA), in the amount of $420,000, to support the conversion of the iconic Lunenburg Academy. This funding will enable the Town of Lunenburg to enhance local tourism, offer opportunities to develop a cluster of culture-related businesses and organizations, and preserve and strengthen a key piece of community heritage and infrastructure. Through necessary interior infrastructure upgrades, such as electrical and plumbing upgrades, and the provision of new washroom facilities, this project will lead to sustainable and viable economic activity. The proposed upgrades include conversion of the interior space into offices for business and community tenants, a heritage experiential classroom, and venues for community events. Additional support includes $180,000 from the Town of Lunenburg and $150,000 from the Lunenburg Academy Foundation. Photo (from left to right): Gerald Keddy, MP South Shore – St. Margaret’s, Roxie Smith, Chair, Lunenburg Academy Foundation, Rachel Bailey, Mayor, Town of Lunenburg, Scott Burke, Development Coordinator, Town of Lunenburg.
    Feb 12, 2015 9:47 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    On Friday, February 6, 2015 I was pleased to rise in the House of Commons to recognize “Canadian School Counselling Week” and to congratulate the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association on its 50th anniversary.
    Feb 10, 2015 10:39 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's

January

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    Pleased to announce that the Government of Canada is providing the Christ Anglican Church with a $6,500 grant, from the Enabling Accessibility Fund, to construct an accessible washroom. Constructed in 1876, Christ Anglican Church is well-known for its Gothic Revival architecture. It’s located at the intersection of Highway 12 and the Forties Road in New Ross, NS. It was registered as a Municipal Heritage Property in 1992. Christ Anglican Church was constructed by Joseph Skerry, a prominent builder in Lunenburg County. Since the launch of the Enabling Accessibility Fund in 2007, the Government of Canada has funded over 1,800 projects, helping thousands of Canadians gain better access to their communities’ facilities, programs and services. http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/eaf//index.shtml
    Jan 16, 2015 9:24 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    This morning I was pleased to announce federal funding for two community projects in Shelburne County, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund: (1) $55,124 for the Sandy Point Community Recreation Group The Sandy Point Community Recreation Group will upgrade the interior and exterior of the Sandy Point Community Centre, the Sandy Point Lighthouse and the waterfront area. Sandy Point has been an important asset to the community for nearly 150 years since the the light was built in 1873. The light is decommissioned now but the recreation centre continues to be a focus for community activities. And when the weather and tide are just right, it’s only a short walk from the centre to the light, a walk that is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. (2) $75,000 for the Municipality of the District of Barrington The Municipality of the District of Barrington is surrounded by sandy beaches, beautiful lighthouses, bird watching areas and more. With this investment, the Municipality will construct a seaside park and tourist rest stop overlooking the North East Point Beach and the Cape Sable Island causeway. Conveniently-located for hikers, this new park will benefit from the recent development of a multi-use trail head which can be accessed near the park grounds. The trail runs through the community of Barrington and continues westward into Yarmouth County. Photo (from left to right): Eddie Nickerson, Warden, Municipality of the District of Barrington, Roger Taylor, Warden, Municipality of the District of Shelburne, Bernice Goodick, President, Sandy Point Community Recreation Group, Gerald Keddy, MP for South Shore – St. Margaret’s & Karen Harris Mattatall, Mayor, Town of Shelburne share their congratulations. In the background is the Sandy Point Light.
    Jan 13, 2015 10:21 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Pleased to announce that the Government of Canada will provide $29,848 to the Mahone Bay Centre Society, under the Legacy Fund, of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program. This funding will support renovations to the Centre, including the renovation of its tower, replacement of a flat roof, refurbishment of the front stairs and ceiling restoration in two rooms.
    Jan 08, 2015 6:38 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    South Shore Opportunities is holding a FREE six week employability program for those 30 and under who are unemployed. Topics Include: •Certifications – WHMIS, First Aid, OHS, Food Handlers and SuperHost •Communication •Personal Development – conflict resolution, stress, personality differences, making decisions, etc. •Entrepreneurship •Career Exploration •Job Skills - resumes, interview skills, cover letters, applications, etc. •Community Awareness & Involvement http://southshoreopportunities.com/upcoming-employability-program/ **Please SHARE.
    Jan 08, 2015 5:12 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Sharing this article for those whom may benefit from this program. Special thanks to the members of “South Shore Helping Hands,” for the great work they do! http://southshorebreaker.ca/2015/01/06/plow-it-forward-campaign-provides-snow-removal-for-those-who-need-assistance/
    Jan 07, 2015 5:10 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's

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    Wishing everyone in South Shore - St. Margaret's a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. Please celebrate responsibility!
    Dec 18, 2014 4:19 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Pleased to have been in attendance for this well-deserved honour. Congratulations, Mr. Hammond and Mr. Hebb! The French Legion of Honour is an expression of France’s wish to honour Canadian veterans who helped liberate the country during World War II. http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=514357
    Dec 16, 2014 4:48 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Call for Applications: Parliamentary Internship Programme, 2015-16 The Parliamentary Internship Programme (PIP) is currently accepting applications for the 2015-16 Intern Year. It is an outstanding work-study opportunity for university graduates in all fields that provides invaluable experience for young Canadians seeking either academic or professional careers. The Programme offers a paid 10-month internship that gives Interns the opportunity to work for MPs on both sides of the House of Commons, participate in a weekly seminar, produce an original research paper and undertake comparative study tours to legislatures in Canada and abroad. All Canadians and Permanents Residents under 35 years old with a university degree are eligible to apply. PIP is independent of government and strictly non-partisan. It is an initiative of the Canadian Political Science Association delivered in collaboration with the House of Commons that is supported by public and private sector sponsors. For more information, and to submit an application, please visit the PIP website at www.pip-psp.org. All applications must be submitted online before midnight on January 31, 2015.
    Dec 11, 2014 4:42 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Proud to deliver this statement in the House of Commons yesterday to help raise awareness for Our Health Centre in Chester, NS.
    Dec 04, 2014 10:57 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's

November

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    Wishing fishers in LFA 33 a safe and productive dumping day today. The same goes for those in LFA 34 tomorrow. May you all see light winds and prosperous catches this season.
    Nov 28, 2014 7:14 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Today I was pleased to announce that the New Ross Regional Development Society is receiving $2,000 in funding, through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, for the 21st edition of the New Ross Christmas Festival. The Festival takes place from December 5-7, 2014. Residents and visitors in the region will be able to enjoy musical performances, heritage craft demonstrations and historical displays presented by local artists, artisans and historical performers. Traditional carolling will also be featured throughout the Festival. To learn more about the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, please click here: http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267799042836
    Nov 27, 2014 6:49 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Pleased to announce that the Government of Canada is providing $15,000 to the Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation to support a new wetland restoration project in the Petite Riviere watershed. The Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation will develop a remediation plan for an inactive shale pit, in the Petite Riviere watershed, in partnership with wetland experts from East Coast Aquatics. This plan will outline the physical restoration work as well as the in-stream and post-restoration monitoring activities. Results will include a draft shale pit remediation plan. The shale pit is located just north of Wildcat Brook and comes within 20 m of the stream. In addition to the ecological benefits of restoring the shale pit to wetlands, this project has the added benefit of leading to the future improvement of the downstream habitat for the Atlantic Whitefish.
    Nov 18, 2014 7:17 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    REMINDER: The fourth round of funding, under the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, is now open. Interested groups have until December 12, 2014 to submit their projects. http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pnw-ppe/rfcpp-ppcpr/application-soumission-eng.html
    Nov 04, 2014 6:09 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's

October

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    I am pleased to share with you information about an exciting new initiative launched by Genworth Canada, "The Meaning of Home Contest"; which is open to students across Canada until November 10, 2014. "The Meaning of Home" contest is a national writing contest founded by Genworth in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada. Students in grades 4,5 and 6 across the country are invited to submit an essay about what home means to them for a chance to win exciting prizes and to help fund the construction of a Habitat for Humanity home in Canada. Since inception in 2007, the contest has helped direct nearly $700,000 to Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country. The top prize is a $60,000 grant from Genworth Canada to the winner’s chosen Habitat affiliate. The winner also receives an iPad and a pizza party for their entire school. Additional prizes include five $5,000 grants directed to local Habitat builds, iPod touches and classroom pizza parties. Every Entry Helps Habitat With the Dollars for Essays program, $5 per entry is donated to a local Habitat affiliate so every participating student can make a difference in their community. Tools for Educators Teachers can visit www.meaningofhome.ca to download a complete Education Module, including a lesson plan, activity ideas, writing tips and a Habitat fact sheet.
    Oct 29, 2014 10:34 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Please click the link below for a very touching speech from Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “We may sit across the aisle from one another but when faced with attacks on the country we all love and the things we all stand for; I know we will always stand together.” - The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/3854853251001
    Oct 23, 2014 10:58 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    Please click the link below for a very touching standing ovation for House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms, Kevin Vickers, and speech from Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “We may sit across the aisle from one another but when faced with attacks on the country we all love and the things we all stand for; I know we will always stand together.” - The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B39hqjw40muGZlNHQjZWdVUyVzg/view?usp=sharing
    Oct 23, 2014 9:27 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's
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    I would like to thank everyone for your kind words, thoughts and prayers. I am incredibly thankful for the brave men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line for those in our Nation’s Capital yesterday. My condolences to the family and friends of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo who lost his life while on honorary guard at the National War Memorial. I would also like to acknowledge my Executive Assistant, Ben Snair, who spent his day alone locked in our Ottawa office. It was a very emotional day and he handled it very well.
    Oct 23, 2014 6:46 am | Nova Scotia, South Shore—St. Margaret's

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