Low- and modest-income Nova Scotians may now apply for home heating assistance under the province’s Heating Assistance Rebate Program. The Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) offers a cash rebate of up to $200 for eligible applicants who heat their homes with oil, electricity, wood, propane, wood pellets, natural gas, or coal. Families with net annual incomes under $42,000 and single people under $27,000 qualify for the rebate. “The rebate program will help more than 70,000 Nova Scotians heat their homes, making life more affordable this winter,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “I encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible, to apply for the rebate.” More than 54,000 applications were mailed to recipients of last year’s rebate to encourage them to apply for home heating assistance. However, they must meet all program requirements for this year to receive the rebate. Applications are available at Access Nova Scotia centres, MLA offices, Department of Community Services’ offices, online at www.homeheatinghelp.ca , or by calling 1-800-670-4357. It may take up to six weeks for completed applications to be processed and eligible Nova Scotians to receive the rebate.
The province is encouraging anyone with information in the death of Keya Simon to come forward through the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes program. Anyone who shares information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Ms. Simon’s death could receive up to $150,000. “I know it has been difficult for Ms. Simon’s family to know that so many people were present the night she died and yet so little information has come forward,” said Justice Minister Lena Diab. “I would urge anyone with any information, no matter how small it seems, to contact the rewards line and help police solve this case.” Shortly after 11 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2011, Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a stabbing at 117 Pinecrest Dr., in Dartmouth. Officers found Ms. Simon suffering from a single stab wound to the chest. A large crowd at the site provided limited information. Investigators believe there are people with information that could result in an arrest and possible charges. “Major crime investigators believe that people in our community have information about Keya’s death that would assist in progressing the police investigation and we are hopeful the incentive offered through the reward program will encourage them to speak up,” said Chief Jean-Michel Blais of Halifax Regional Police. “We encourage these people to do the right thing and report what they saw or heard to police so we can move forward with the investigation.” People with information should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090. In July 2012, the program helped the RCMP arrest and charge two people with first-degree murder in the disappearance of Melissa Dawn Peacock. In October 2013, information received through the program helped lead to the arrest of a person for the homicide of Narico Danfue Downey. Those who come forward with information must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. The program was launched in October 2006 as an additional tool to help police gather information on unsolved crimes. For more information on this case and others, visit www.gov.ns.ca/just .
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