COLUMN: Bill’s Blog with MLA Bill Horne

Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank Liberal MLA Bill Horne speaks at a provincial press conference in Fall River last year. (Healey file photo)

Summer Events in Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank

I hope you had the opportunity to experience and enjoy the many events and recreational actives available in our beautiful communities. I have enjoyed meeting and talking with many of you at our local concerts, church fairs, AGM’s and festivals.

Heading into September, Waverley Gold Rush Days are September 5-9 and there are events for everyone to enjoy.

The event schedule can be found on Facebook at Waverley Gold Rush Days.

Applying for Agencies, Boards and Commissions

Serving on one of Nova Scotia’s 155 agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs) can help you grow personally and professionally while making a real impact on your community.

ABCs are created by government to provide advice and services in different areas, including health, policing, agriculture, education, culture, environment, transportation, professional regulation and more.

ABCs include advisory committees and councils, corporate boards and adjudicative (quasi-judicial) bodies. You can check ABC Profiles which give more information about what they do and how often they meet, as well as selection criteria and any payments members receive at .

Helping Nova Scotians Living on Low Incomes

Nova Scotians living on low incomes will soon be able to earn and keep more money.

The new Personal Items Allowance will support people temporarily living in homeless shelters and transition houses. The allowance will provide $101 every month to help with buying essential items, including those for personal hygiene.

The Poverty Reduction Credit is doubling, from $250 to $500 annually, helping many single adults and couples with no children. It gives more money to help with their basic needs. The first adjusted cheques were issued on July 4th and were retroactive to April 1st.

Clients on income assistance will no longer have child support payments deducted from their monthly payments. The first adjusted cheques were distributed August 1st.

On October 1, the province will introduce part one of the Standard Household Rate, a wage exemption that will allow clients to keep more of the money they earn before seeing a reduction in their Income Assistance. This will help clients stabilize their income while they move into the workforce.

CONTACT US – Please call my office, 902-576-3411, or drop by at Suite 101, 1265 Fall River Rd. to discuss any concerns you may have.

I am at the Hub Office at the Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre every second Monday of the month.

Our e-mail is and you can follow me on twitter @bill_horne .