June 16, 2021
Friday, June 18th – Voting Results in the Hants East Constituency for a candidate for the next election
Monday, June 21st @ 7:30pm - PC Women's Caucus Zoom Meeting - Discussion with Pharmacist Rose Dipchand (BSc.Chem, BSc. Pharm), President of the Atlantic Federation of Musicians, Local 571
Topics for Discussion:
- “Healthcare Needs to see a Pharmacist”- Opportunities to improve access to healthcare services realized through the pandemic. Lessons learned.
- “Live Music is Important”- To our culture, musicians and the economy. Rebuilding a sustainable music industry.
June 24-26th – Voting to choose a candidate in the Colchester North Constituency via on line ballot.
June 24-26th – Voting to choose a candidate in the Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank Constituency via on line ballot.
Tuesday, June 29th – Voting concludes in the Yarmouth Constituency for a candidate for the next election via a mail-in ballot.
Given the Provincial COVID-19 Restrictions in Nova Scotia and to ensure a safe environment for our members, the PC Party continues to act in compliance with any provincial directives. The safest resources for you to follow guidelines are through Public Health officials. In Nova Scotia, you can learn what measures you should be taking and see what restrictions are in place:https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/
On June 8th two new members joined the Executive of the Party: Rob Jackson(Eastern Passage) is the new District 9 DVP and George White (Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River is Constitution Chair and Legal Counsel. Thank you to Liz Doyle and Adam Rodgers who had formerly served in these positions.
The Dartmouth South Virtual AGM was held on May 27th. The following Table Officers were elected: Larry Varin, President; Irene Durnford, Secretary; John Hughes, Treasurer; Adam Bowser, Vice President and Grant Witham, Director
The Sackville Preston Chezzetcook EDA draw for 25lbs of lobster lucky winner was Joclyn Malloy. Thanks to all that supported our fundraiser.
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June 11th - Happy 55th Anniversary to Roseanne & Hugh MacIsaac (Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River)
June 14th - Happy Birthday to MLA Colton LeBlanc (Argyle)
June 19th - Happy Birthday to honourary party president Doug Marshall (Cumberland South)
June 29th - Happy Birthday to form MLA and premier the Hon. Roger Bacon (Cumberland North)
June 29th - Happy Birthday to provincial executive member, DVP Michael Salterio (Halifax Needham)
June 10th - William (Bill) Singer (Yarmouth) passed away at the age of 96. Mr. Singer is remembered fondly by many senior party members as an organizer at Party Headquarters under premiers Robert Stanfield, Ike Smith, and John Buchanan. He completed his working career as Chairman and CEO of the Nova Scotia Liquor Control Board. Our condolences to his family including daughter Linda (Willard) D’Eon, Yarmouth, grandson Joel (Dr. Maya) D’Eon, San Diego, California, granddaughter Dr. Tara (Gordon) Coletta and great grandchildren Brennan, Aila, and Emmeline Coletta of Cobham, United Kingdom. Here is a copy of his obituary Rest in Peace Bill and thanks for your service.
June 13th – Ted Worthington (Halifax Citadel-Sable Island) passed away at the age of 90 after a brief illness. Ted was a well known and proud Haligonian who enjoyed politics and people during his long and active life. Ted’s only foray in elected politics was in 1979 when he ran for Halifax City Council in Ward 10. After a judicial recount he lost by only 10 votes. Ted was an avid runner. He competed in many events including the Johnny Miles Marathon, the Chicago Marathon, the Cabot Trail 24 Hour Relay and he finished 2nd in his age category at the Richmond 10K in BC, which is perhaps the most competitive 10K in Canada. Ted retired from his career in the shipping industry as the Chairman of the Atlantic Pilotage Authority, a crown corporation. In the years after his retirement Ted became a fixture on Spring Garden Road and was known to many as the "Mayor of Spring Garden Road". Condolences to his family including sons Cristian, Charles and daughter Caroline.
Notes of Interest
We welcome our latest candidates: Darryl Johnson, acclaimed on June 15th in Cole Harbour and Jill Balser on June 9th in Digby-Annapolis.
At the close of the nomination deadline, in Hants East, three candidates are in nomination: John A. MacDonald, Dorinda MacIsaac and Tim McDemott. Members are voting via mail in ballot. The ballot must be received at PC Headquarters at 1003-1660 Hollis Street, Halifax NS B3J 1V7 by noon on June 18, 2021.
Voting to choose a candidate for Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank will take place on June 24-26, 2021. Members will be able to vote via the Internet or telephone between 8:00 am on the 24th and 7:00 pm on the 26th. Members must have a valid PC Party membership to participate in the nomination process. Membership sales cease at 5:00 pm on June 15, 2021. Memberships must be submitted to the PC Headquarters at 1003-1660 Hollis Street, Halifax by that time to be eligible to vote. Any person who has had a membership expire in the previous 365 days prior to June 24, 2021 can renew their membership prior to 11:59 pm on June 25, 2021 and be eligible to vote.
Voting to choose a candidate for Colchester North will take place on June 24-26, 2021. Members will be able to vote via the Internet or telephone between 8:00 am on the 24th and 6:00 pm on the 26th. Voters must have a valid PC Party membership to participate in the nomination process. Membership sales cease at 5:00 pm on June 15, 2021. Memberships must be submitted to the PC Headquarters at 1003-1660 Hollis Street, Halifax by that time to be eligible to vote. Any person who has had a membership expire in the previous 365 days prior to June 24, 2021 can renew their membership prior to 11:59 pm on June 25, 2021 and be eligible to vote.
Voting to choose a candidate for Yarmouth will take place in June 2021. Members will be able to vote via mail in ballot. The ballot must be received at PC Headquarters at 1003-1660 Hollis Street, Halifax NS B3J 1V7 by 12:00 pm (noon) on June 29, 2021. Voters must have a valid PC Party membership to participate in the nomination process. Membership sales cease at 5:00 pm on June 15, 2021. Memberships must be received at the PC Headquarters in Halifax by that time to be eligible to vote. Any person who has had a membership expire in the previous 365 days prior to June 29, 2021 can renew their membership prior to 11:59 pm on June 21, 2021 and be sent a ballot.
Meet the newest candidates:
Greg Morrow won the nomination on June 5th to be the PC Candidate in Guysborough-Tracadie for the next provincial election. The virtual nomination meeting where 491 PC members voted. That’s about seven times the number of people who voted in the Liberal leadership race. Morrow has worked in the radio industry for more than 23 years, telling the stories of people in his community. He has seen first-hand the impact the healthcare crisis has had on people and how the lack of economic opportunities has driven people away. “I’m proud to be joining Tim Houston’s PC Team, which is putting forward real solutions to our healthcare crisis,” says Morrow. “Tim is a leader who does more than criticize the government. He has offered common sense ideas about what should be done every step of the way, and I’m excited to help bring those plans forward.” Morrow is an avid supporter and promoter of community events, sports and fundraisers. He coached women’s minor hockey for the past seven seasons, along with coaching school sports. He has moderated candidates’ debates for elections at all three levels of government and was on the organizing committee when the Stanley Cup came to the area in 2010. “Greg cares deeply about his community and he has a real understanding of the needs of the people of Guysborough-Tracadie,” says PC Leader Tim Houston. “I welcome Greg to our PC team and look forward to working with him as we deliver dignity for seniors, universal mental health care, and better access to primary care for Nova Scotians.” A graduate of Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College, Morrow lives in Tracadie with his wife Suzanne, their two daughters Kate and Lucy, and their dog Hanna. Three other candidates offered in nomination: John Garth MacDonald, Darren Parsons and Marcus Wilmott.
In the constituency of Lunenburg West Becky Druhan was acclaimed on June 3rd. Druhan is a skilled lawyer who has represented hundreds of individuals, businesses and organizations. She has firsthand experience in the operation of a range of government systems including health care, transportation, energy, justice and community services. Druhan currently works in the nonprofit sector where she leads programs to expand the availability of nursing, home and community care in Nova Scotia. “Tim Houston and the PC Party have a vision for a healthier and more prosperous Nova Scotia,” says Druhan. “I’m excited to be joining a team with common sense plans that will make a real difference in our communities.” A desire to help people solve problems and a sense of responsibility to use her skills in service of community and province have led Druhan to make the leap into politics. “I’m happy to have such a passionate and capable advocate on our team,” says PC Leader Tim Houston. “Becky is a problem-solver with an impressive record of helping others and she will make a great MLA for the people of Lunenburg West.” Druhan also volunteers her time. She has served on and volunteered with associations and boards including the Friends of Keji Cooperating Association and the Eastern Admiralty Law Association. She has also provided pro bono legal work in support of access to services for children with disabilities and for provincial environmental programs. Becky lives in Italy Cross with her husband Anthony and their two children Gabriella and Cullen.
In the constituency of Antigonish, the nominated candidate is Michelle Thompson. Four candidates offered in nomination and we thank Garrett Juurlink, Mike MacEachern and Richelle MacLaughlin for offering in the nomination contest. Nursing home CEO and community volunteer Michelle Thompson will be the PC candidate in Antigonish in the next election. “I believe in the power of rural communities,” Thompson said. “As MLA I will work to create more opportunities for Antigonish to fulfill its incredible potential as a place to live and do business.” Thompson has been a Registered Nurse for 29 years, working both on the frontlines as a care provider and in leadership roles. She is CEO of RK MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish, teaches nursing part-time and is a part-time therapist for a non-profit organization. “PC leader Tim Houston’s vision for healthcare, long-term care and mental health is more than a soundbite. He is offering real solutions,” Thompson said. “I can’t wait to use my professional experience to support these very important priorities as part of the PC team.” Thompson is president of the Continuing Care Association of Nova Scotia and her extensive community involvement includes being a past board member of the Antigonish Celtics Soccer Club, the PHAST swim team, L’Arche, and Arts Health Antigonish – AHA! “Michelle Thompson’s extensive knowledge of our health care system and incredible compassion for her community will make her a remarkable MLA,” Houston said. “I can’t wait to work with her. She will be a real asset as a member of our PC government.” Michelle lives in Cloverville with her husband, Darren and has three adult children.
Karina Sanford is the PC candidate for Cole Harbour-Dartmouth in the next provincial election. She was acclaimed on May 5th. Sanford is the president of the Cole Harbour and Area Business Association, a community volunteer, and a real estate entrepreneur. If elected, Sanford will fight for business growth, increased access to affordable housing and improved education and the learning experiences. She also wants to see addictions and mental health services expanded and made more accessible through the PC’s Universal Mental Health Care strategy. “As a life-long resident of Cole Harbour, I know that the key to our community’s success is a strong education system, a thriving business community and access to mental and physical health care for people of all ages,” says Sanford. “I look forward to being part of a team that shares these values and has real strategies to address these challenges.”
Sanford attended Saint Mary's University and worked in the service industry before building her real estate business. She says it is through being a business owner that she learned the value of building relationships and budgeting effectively - two lessons she hopes to bring to government. Sanford says that her experience in real estate also provided insight on the government’s lack of investment in affordable housing. As a real estate agent, Sanford says that people look for communities where they can raise their family and thrive, and that the role for government is to build communities where people are welcomed and want to stay. Along with being active in the business community, Sanford is an avid supporter of local sports and she raises funds to support minor sports in her community. As an MLA, her goal is to make Cole Harbour-Dartmouth a better place to live, play and shop.
Lifelong educator and community advocate for African Nova Scotians, Archy Beals, will carry the PC banner for Preston in the upcoming provincial election. Beals has supported thousands of students in their education and career development as the Student Advisor and African Canadian Support with the Nova Scotia Community College. He served as the elected African Nova Scotian Representative of the Halifax Regional School Board and is currently serving his second term as a ministerial appointee on the Provincial Advisory Council on Education. “My measure of success has been the success of the students I’ve supported,” says Beals. “I’ve had the privilege of watching students work hard and enter the workforce as stronger people. There’s no greater feeling than knowing you played a part in someone’s success.” Beals was born and raised in the community of North Preston. He is the Co-Chair of the Preston Township Emergency Response and Impact Team, which received the 2020 Nova Scotia Human Rights Award. He is also currently the Co-Chair of the Nova Scotia Community College Black and African Canadian Employee Resource Network. “If this pandemic taught me anything, it’s the incredible kindness of your neighbours and your community,” says Beals. “I’d be honoured to represent Preston in the legislature and help people and our community reach its full potential.” Beals is married to Caroletta Downey-Beals, the father of three girls and the proud grandfather of one granddaughter.
The following candidates have been officially nominated for the next provincial election: Annapolis: Jennifer Ehrenfeld-Poole; Antigonish:Michelle Thompson; Argyle: Colton LeBlanc; Bedford South: Sura Hadad; Cape Breton East: Brian Comer; Chester- St. Margaret’s: Danielle Barkhouse; Clare: Carl Deveau; Clayton Park West: Nargis DeMolitor; Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley: Larry Harrison; Cole Harbour: Darryl Johnson; Cole Harbour-Dartmouth (Karina Sanford); Cumberland North: Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin; Cumberland South: Tory Rushton;Dartmouth East: Tim Halman; Digby-Annapolis: Jill Balser; Eastern Passage: Barbara Adams; Eastern Shore: Kent Smith; Fairview-Clayton Park: Nicole Mosher; Glace Bay-Dominion: John White; Guysborough-Tracadie: Greg Morrow; Halifax Needham (Scott Ellis); Hammonds Plains-Lucasville: Julie Chaisson; Hants West: Melissa Sheehy-Richard;Inverness: Allan MacMaster; Kings North: John Lohr; Kings South:Derrick Kimball; Kings West: Chris Palmer; Lunenburg: Susan Corkum-Greek; Lunenburg West: Becky Druhan; Northside-Westmount:Murray Ryan; Pictou Centre: Pat Dunn; Pictou East: Tim Houston; Pictou West: Karla MacFarlane; Preston: Archy Beals: Queens: Kim Masland;Richmond: Trevor Boudreau; Sackville-Cobequid: Steve Craig; Sackville-Uniacke: Brad Johns; Shelburne: Nolan Young; Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River: David Ritcey; Victoria-The Lakes: Keith Bain
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