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DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Cecil Clarke

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First Session

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2006

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 984, IWK Aux.: Vols. - Congrats., The Premier 1993
Vote - Affirmative 1993
Res, 985, Justice - Drugged Driving Legislation: MPs - Lobby,
Hon. M. Scott 1993
Vote - Affirmative 1994
Res. 986, N.S. Sheep Producers' Assoc. - N.S. Tartan: Creation - Role,
Hon. B. Taylor 1994
Vote - Affirmative 1995
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No. 117, Members and Public Employees Disclosure Act,
Hon. M. Baker 1995
No. 118, Income Tax Act, Ms. D. Whalen 1995
No. 119, Elections Act, Hon. M. Baker 1995
No. 120, Motor Vehicle Act, Mr. S. McNeil 1995
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 987, Forest Hill Drug Mart/Staff - Britten Leadership Award,
Mr. K. Deveaux 1996
Vote - Affirmative 1996
Res. 988, Thibodeau, Lisa: Special Olympics - Participation,
Mr. W. Gaudet 1996
Vote - Affirmative 1997
Res. 989, Sears, Jim: Scottish Athletics & Culture - Promotion Congrats.,
Mr. P. Dunn 1997
Vote - Affirmative 1998
Res. 990, United Memorial Church - Anniv. (85th),
Ms. Maureen MacDonald 1998
Vote - Affirmative 1999
Res. 991, Gov't. (N.S.) - Chignecto Game Reserve: Clear-Cutting - Cease,
Mr. L. Glavine 1999
Res. 992, Hamilton, Richie - Afghanistan Tour of Duty: Gratitude -
Express, Mr. C. Porter 1999
Vote - Affirmative 2000
Res. 993, Pictou Town Accommodations Group: Inn-Keeping with
Christmas Traditions - Congrats., Mr. C. Parker 2000
Vote - Affirmative 2001
Res. 994, Highland Village Museum: Efforts - Recognize,
Mr. S. McNeil 2001
Vote - Affirmative 2002
Res. 995, Sackville Peewee AAA Hockey Team - Moosehead Cup,
Hon. B. Barnet 2002
Vote - Affirmative 2002
Res. 996, Pyke, David: Holes-in-One - Congrats., Mr. G. Gosse 2003
Vote - Affirmative 2003
Res. 997, Tree of Life: Shoppers Drug Mart Fundraising - Congrats.,
Mr. H. Theriault 2003
Vote - Affirmative 2004
Res. 998, Lun. Acad. & HS/Robertson, Patti - Healthy Eating Prog.,
(by Hon. J. Muir) Hon. M. Baker 2004
Vote - Affirmative 2005
Res. 999, Milton Dambusters - Swimming Prog.: Vols. - Recognize,
Ms. V. Conrad 2005
Vote - Affirmative 2006
Res. 1000, East. Kings Chamber of Comm. - Kings Co. Bus. Awards:
Recipients - Congrats., Hon. M. Parent 2006
Vote - Affirmative 2006
GOVERNMENT BUSINESS:
PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 17, Criminal Notoriety Act 2007
Hon. M. Scott 2007
Vote - Affirmative 2007
No. 21, Justice Administration Amendment (2006) Act 2007
Hon. M. Scott 2007
Mr. K. Deveaux 2007
Vote - Affirmative 2008
No. 58, Justice Administration Amendment (Fall 2006) Act 2008
Hon. M. Scott 2008
Vote - Affirmative 2009
No. 75, Securities Act 2009
Hon. M. Scott 2009
Vote - Affirmative 2009
No. 23, Wills Act 2009
Hon. M. Scott 2009
Vote - Affirmative 2009
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON BILLS AT 9:37 A.M. 2010
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 9:43 A.M. 2010
CWH REPORTS: 2010
PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 114, Engineering Profession Act 2011
Hon. M. Scott 2011
Mr. J. MacDonell 2011
Hon. M. Scott 2012
Vote - Affirmative 2012
No. 95, Municipal Government Act 2012
Hon. J. Muir 2012
Mr. P. Paris 2013
Ms. D. Whalen 2013
Hon. J. Muir 2015
Vote Affirmative 2015
No. 115, Architects Act 2015
Hon. M. Scott 2015
Mr. J. MacDonell 2016
Hon. M. Scott 2016
Vote - Affirmative 2017
PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 62, Tobacco Access Act 2017
Hon. B. Barnet 2017
Vote - Affirmative 2017
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Mon., Nov.17th, at 2:00 p.m. 2018
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 1001, Carey, Danny - Ins. Agency: Relocation - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2019
Res. 1002, Dixon Mary: Photo Exhibit - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2019
Res. 1003, S.S. Caribou Commemorative Comm.: Theatre Prod. -
Congrats., The Speaker 2020
Res. 1004, Can. World Youth: Student Exchanges - Comment,
Mr. C. Porter 2020
Res. 1005, Bowes, Debbie: Orchid Salon & Day Spa - Opening,
Mr. C. Porter 2021
Res. 1006, Avon River Heritage Soc.: Bd. Members - Vol. Efforts,
Mr. C. Porter 2021
Res. 1007, Dr. Arthur Hines Sch. - Anniv. (40th), Mr. C. Porter 2022
Res. 1008, Card, Ian: Eagle Scout Award - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 2022

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HALIFAX, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2006

Sixtieth General Assembly

First Session

9:00 A.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Cecil Clarke

DEPUTY SPEAKER

Mr. Wayne Gaudet

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. We will now commence with the daily routine.

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, this morning I rise on a point of privilege in relation to my response to a question from the Leader of the Liberal Party on November 15th. My comments related to a telephone discussion between a departmental staff member and an employee of Wilson Fuel Company on November 1st, which was a price-setting day, not November 2nd, the day I cited in my answer. I now believe that one party was using hyperbole to emphasize a point, rather than to state a company attitude or intended course of action. The comments were simply a moment of frustration resulting from a perceived disadvantage at that particular time resulting from gas regulation. I want to point out they were made well in advance of the difficulties of supply to rural retailers.

The comments were made without advance knowledge or sanction by the Wilson family. Indeed, Ian Wilson, president of the company, has indicated that this type of comment in no way reflects the position of Wilson Fuel, and I accept this without question. His concern over such a statement is consistent with the company's five-generation history.

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Wilsons has been in operation in Nova Scotia for over 100 years and its track record as a corporate citizen is second to none. One only has to look at Parrsboro Metal Fabricators and Ski Wentworth as examples of the Wilson family's commitment to rural Nova Scotia.

I have known the Wilson family all my life, and as I've said in the past, they are known for their integrity and their support of all things Nova Scotian. I'm very pleased that Wilson Fuel has resumed supply to rural dealers. I can assure all concerned that the department will continue to work co-operatively with the Wilson company on any points of contention regarding gas regulation. Thank you. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Liberal Party.

MR. MICHEL SAMSON: Mr. Speaker, I just want to take this opportunity to commend the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations for having been able to clarify the unfortunate comments that were initially made here in this House. I think, as the Premier indicated, during Question Period we all make statements that we sometimes may wish we either had not made or certainly not made them in the sense they were made.

I believe all members of this House recognize that for a fuel supply company, I don't think any other company would enjoy the respect that Wilson Fuel enjoys here in the Province of Nova Scotia and the work that they have done in educating not only elected officials, but Nova Scotians, to try to get a better understanding of the gas system here in our province.

I'm certainly pleased the minister has been able to correct the comments that were made, and hopefully we'll all govern ourselves accordingly as we move forward in the House. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: We'll continue with the daily routine.

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

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RESOLUTION NO. 984

HON. RODNEY MACDONALD (The Premier): Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas each year hundreds of volunteers play a vital role in the work of the IWK Health Centre, helping to provide the best care to Maritime women, children, youth and families; and

Whereas this May the auxiliary of the IWK celebrated a special anniversary - six decades of service to others; and

Whereas this milestone reminds us all of the great importance of our volunteers and the hours this 60 years equates to in acts of love and kindness of the auxiliary members to the Maritimes' children and their families;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the IWK auxiliary volunteers, present and past, for the generosity of spirit exhibited throughout these last 60 years.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Justice.

RESOLUTION NO. 985

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas all Nova Scotians deserve to be safe while driving and walking along our roads and highways; and

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Whereas law enforcement officers have a difficult time dealing with drivers suspected of being on drugs, and sometimes face legal problems in arresting someone suspected of using drugs and operating a motor vehicle; and

Whereas the federal government plans to introduce new laws to target drugged drivers;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House and all Nova Scotians are encouraged to call on their Member of Parliament to support any legislation that will improve the safety of our highways.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Agriculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 986

HON. BROOKE TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Nova Scotia weaver Bessie Baily Murray was asked to create a 14-foot fabric mural depicting the Highland culture for display by the Nova Scotia Sheep Breeders' Association at the Farm and Fisheries Exhibition in Truro; and

Whereas as a result of that fabric design, which hangs in the Barrington Woollen Mill Museum in Shelburne County, Mrs. Murray was asked by Premier Angus L. Macdonald to weave several tartan designs for his review; and

Whereas the blue tartan chosen by Premier Angus L. Macdonald was later officially recognized in the Nova Scotia Tartan Act;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Nova Scotia Sheep Breeders' Association for their role in creating the official Nova Scotia

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tartan, which is a symbol of our roots, and Mrs. Murray for her creation - and I would add that the Nova Scotia sheep breeders are holding their annual meeting in Truro tomorrow.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

Bill No. 117 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 4 of the Acts of 1991. The Members and Public Employees Disclosure Act. (Hon. Michael Baker)

Bill No. 118 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 217 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Income Tax Act. (Ms. Diana Whalen)

Bill No. 119 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 140 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Elections Act. (Hon. Michael Baker)

Bill No. 120 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 293 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Motor Vehicle Act. (Mr. Stephen McNeil)

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MR. SPEAKER: Ordered that these bills be read a second time on a future day.

NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

RESOLUTION NO. 987

MR. KEVIN DEVEAUX: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

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Whereas Forest Hill Drug Mart has been a fixture in the community of Musquodoboit Harbour for over 30 years, providing excellent service to the residents in the area; and

Whereas Forest Hill Drug Mart has been actively involved in the development of alternative service delivery models for ensuring that customers have access to the medication they require; and

Whereas the James Britten Senior Leadership Award is an annual award presented by the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia to those who have bettered the lives of Nova Scotians living with schizophrenia;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Eric Hill, Martin Singh and all the staff of the Forest Hill Drug Mart for receiving the James Britten Senior Leadership Award from the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Clare.

RESOLUTION NO. 988

MR. WAYNE GAUDET: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Lisa Thibodeau of Saulnierville participated in the Special Olympics Canada 2006 Summer Games in Brandon, Manitoba, July 17th to July 23rd; and

Whereas Lisa won a bronze medal for Team Nova Scotia in the five pin bowling competition; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia won 56 medals at these games, 15 gold, 22 silver and 19 bronze medals;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate Lisa Thibodeau and all the athletes on Team Nova Scotia at the Special Olympics Canada 2006 Summer Games.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 989

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Jim Sears, a well-known athlete, educator and vocalist from Pictou County; and

Whereas his enormous size, 6-foot 7-inch, 340-pound frame helped him to become a tank-like scoring machine in rugby for New Glasgow High School and a dynamic force with the St. Francis Xavier University football team when they won their first conference championship; and

Whereas his greatest accomplishments came in track and field where he became nationally known as a record-breaking champion in the caber toss, competing at the Antigonish Highland Games for 45 consecutive years and was involved with the formation of a national association called the Canadian Scottish Athletic Federation;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate and thank Jim Sears for the numerous years he contributed to Scottish heavy events in Canada, and for his lifelong commitment to promoting Scottish athletes and culture.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

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Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 990

MS. MAUREEN MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the United Memorial Church was founded in North End Halifax in 1921, four years after the Halifax Explosion of 1917 had destroyed the buildings of Grove Presbyterian Church and Kaye Street Methodist Church, leaving the two congregations to unite into one church four years before the founding of the United Church of Canada; and

Whereas United Memorial Church has been the site of many memorial services for the victims and survivors of the Halifax Explosion and was the original home, from 1921 until 1985, of the 14 carillon bells now installed at the Halifax Explosion Memorial Bell Tower at Fort Needham; and

Whereas the United Memorial Church and its current minister, Reverend Sandra Cox, will celebrate the 85th Anniversary of the church this Sunday morning, November 19, 2006, with guest speaker Reverend Norman Marple, along with a presentation of historical vignettes and music, titled Down Through the Ages, being held that evening;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate the United Memorial Church, Reverend Sandra Cox and the congregation on the occasion of its 85th Anniversary, and extend their best wishes to the United Memorial Church for continued service to the community.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 991

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas our game sanctuaries are precious areas where animals are protected and allowed to roam freely without danger of being hunted; and

Whereas animals such as the mainland moose and other species of wildlife require an abundance of trees to provide food and shelter, and are an intricate part of their habitat; and

Whereas the Government of Nova Scotia is allowing 215 hectares of wilderness in the Chignecto Game Sanctuary to be clear-cut;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly strongly urge the Conservative Government to cease the clear-cutting in the Chignecto Game Reserve before the long overdue recovery plan for the mainland moose becomes obsolete and the ongoing debate about the chloroform of moose will be moot.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Hants West.

RESOLUTION NO. 992

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas our Canadian Forces are helping to rebuild societies, who stand up for what's right amid injustice and ignorance, and who stand solidly for freedom; and

Whereas the biggest hardship to serving is perhaps being away from their loved ones back home, especially around the holiday season; and

Whereas Richie Hamilton of Three Mile Plains began his second tour of duty in Afghanistan and is away from his wife, Leslie, and their three children;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House express our deepest gratitude for Richie, his family, and the many hundreds of other Nova Scotian military families whose loved ones put their lives on the line to defend all we hold dear.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou West.

RESOLUTION NO. 993

MR. CHARLES PARKER: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Pictou Town Accommodations Group has organized Inn-Keeping with Christmas Traditions, a Christmas tour of six Pictou inns and bed and breakfast establishments; and

Whereas all monies raised will go to fight breast cancer and will be donated to the local support group Women Alike; and

Whereas the tour will be held on December 2nd and December 3rd and will include Auberge Walker Inn, Bonnie Brae Bed & Breakfast, Braeside Inn, Consulate Inn, Evening Sail Bed & Breakfast, and Willow House Inn;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Pictou Town Accommodations Group for organizing the Inn-Keeping with Christmas Traditions event in support of breast cancer research.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 994

MR. STEPHEN MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the mandate of the Highland Village Museum is the research, collection, preservation, and sharing of the Gaelic heritage and culture of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the museum is focused on growing the Gaelic language and working with the wider community to facilitate the reconstruction of Gaelic culture in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the Highland Village Museum will host its annual Gaelic Language Day on Saturday, November 18, 2006, and offer students the opportunity to advance their speaking and reading skills;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize the Highland Village Museum and its efforts to promote Gaelic culture, language, and tradition in the Province of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Health Promotion and Protection.

RESOLUTION NO. 995

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HON. BARRY BARNET: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Sackville Flyers Peewee AAA hockey team recently won the Moosehead Cup; and

Whereas the team will have an opportunity to travel to Quebec to play in an international tournament; and

Whereas the team will represent the Halifax Mooseheads by wearing Moosehead jerseys while playing at the Colisee in Quebec;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating the Sackville Flyers Peewee AAA team for their success this past weekend and wish them the best of luck during their upcoming tournament in February.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova.

RESOLUTION NO. 996

MR. GORDON GOSSE: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas on Sunday, October 8, 2006, at the Lingan Golf and Country Club a rare golfing feat transpired; and

Whereas David Pyke, a golfer since the age of 11, shot an almost memorable round, one unprecedented in golf laurels; and

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Whereas David not only shot one, but two holes-in-one in the same round, a feat that has never been accomplished at the Lingan Golf and Country Club;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate David Pyke on his memorable occasion and wish him all the best in his golfing days ahead.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 997

MR. HAROLD THERIAULT: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Tree of Life campaign at Shoppers Drug Mart this summer raised more than $13,000 for local and national charities; and

Whereas the Digby hospital was selected as its local charity, receiving $8,371, with the funds covering the cost of a height-adjustable dialysis and treatment recliner; and

Whereas the patients receiving dialysis and blood transfusions will be able to receive their treatment with more comfort;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions made by the Tree of Life campaign in which the Digby hospital benefited.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

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Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

RESOLUTION NO. 998

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Justice, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Government of Nova Scotia recognizes the importance of promoting healthy eating to students, and is implementing a new school food and nutrition policy in the new year; and

Whereas the Lunenburg Academy and the Lunenburg High School have already begun making changes to the foods being offered to students; and

Whereas Patti Robertson has spearheaded the launch of the healthy lunch program at the Lunenburg schools and has received rave reviews from the students on the lunches she has prepared;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commend the Lunenburg Academy, the Lunenburg High School, and Patti Robertson for their commitment to promoting healthy eating to our students.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Queens.

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RESOLUTION NO. 999

MS. VICKI CONRAD: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Milton Dambusters have completed another successful season in the swimming pool; and

Whereas the Milton swimmers must meet the participation standard of attending a minimum of 60 per cent of practices and meets, in order to qualify for awards; and

Whereas the Milton Dambusters swimming program works with community support and many hours of volunteer work;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Rachael MacNeil-Dixon, Morgan MacKay, Hannah MacNeil-Dixon, Megan Doucette, Nicholas Townsend, Graham Muise, Corban Hart, Molly Fisher, Matt Muise, Eli Fisher and the many volunteers working with Milton Dambusters.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

[9:30 a.m.]

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Environment and Labour.

RESOLUTION NO. 1000

HON. MARK PARENT: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Eastern Kings Chamber of Commerce held its 12th Annual Kings County Business Awards this past November 9th; and

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Whereas this event is one of the premier social and business events of the year in the Kings County area, attracting well over 300 participants; and

Whereas awards are given in the categories of Outstanding New Business of the Year, Outstanding Small Business of the Year, Outstanding Large Business of the Year, as well as the Kings Country Business Lifetime Achievement Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this Legislature congratulate the Eastern Kings Chamber of Commerce and award winners: Happy Day Spa, Absolutely Fabulous Bed Bath and Home, and Wheatons; as well as Lifetime Award winners: Peter Clarke, Peter Herbin, Earl Kidston and Peter Peill.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order of business, Public Bills for Third Reading.

PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 17.

Bill No. 17 - Criminal Notoriety Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, it's a privilege to rise and make a few comments about the Criminal Notoriety Act. Certainly this is something that, I think, all

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members of this House agree that we want to ensure that no one benefits from proceeds of crime and that no one is able to benefit from crimes they've committed. This falls in line with other jurisdictions in this country that we've been asked to join in with them and certainly we appreciate that request and honour that request. So with those few comments, I move third reading of Bill No. 17.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 17. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

Ordered that this bill do pass. Ordered that the title be as read by the Clerk. Order that the bill be engrossed.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 21.

Bill No. 21 - Justice Administration Amendment (2006) Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I would move third reading of Bill No. 21.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

MR. KEVIN DEVEAUX: Mr. Speaker, I wanted to put on the record for third reading, a specific point with regard to this bill. There was a clause in this bill with regard to ungranted Crown land that somehow may have been accidently granted by others and the Department of Natural Resources is in the process of resolving the sort of conflicts that has created over, frankly, 300 years of Crown grants, or not grants, as the case may be.

Mr. Speaker, a couple of points were raised on this, particularly by the member for Halifax Atlantic. We met with the Department of Natural Resources and there was some resolution that I think everyone would agree is better for the system, ensuring that there is a deadline, and it's the date of proclamation of this bill, so I encourage the government to proclaim it as soon as possible, because the worry was, from our Party's position, that if we were not to set a deadline that eventually you could have others claiming that they somehow had rights to ungranted Crown land, afterwards, like 10, 20 years from now.

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So by putting a deadline in place, we're talking about historic claims to ungranted Crown land, not future claims, and I think that's a very important point to be made and one that we were very glad to work with the Department of Natural Resources - and I want to commend particularly Joanne Himmelman, who is the Director of Crown Land Management for the department, a very good bureaucrat who I know I have dealt with on an oftentimes basis. I think that has made the bill better, I think it has made this process better and I am glad to see that our interventions were helpful and I am glad to see this bill pass.

MR. SPEAKER: Has the question been called?

[The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 21.]

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

Ordered that this bill do pass. Ordered that the title be as read by the Clerk. Ordered that the bill be engrossed.

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 58.

Bill No. 58 - Justice Administration Amendment (Fall 2006) Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I move third reading of Bill No. 58, the Justice Administration Amendment (Fall 2006) Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 58. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

Ordered that this bill do pass. Ordered that the title be as read by the Clerk. Ordered that the bill be engrossed.

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 75.

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Bill No. 75 - Securities Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I move third reading of Bill No. 75, the Securities Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 75. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

Ordered that this bill do pass. Ordered that the title be as read by the Clerk. Ordered that the bill be engrossed.

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 23.

Bill No. 23 - Wills Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I move third reading of Bill No. 23, the Wills Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 23. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

Ordered that this bill do pass. Ordered that the title be as read by the Clerk. Ordered that the bill be engrossed.

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, I move that you do now leave the Chair and that the House resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House on Bills.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

[9:37 a.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Bills with Deputy Speaker Mr. Wayne Gaudet in the Chair.]

[9:43 a.m. CWH on Bills rose and the House reconvened. Mr. Speaker, Hon. Cecil Clarke, resumed the Chair.]

MR. SPEAKER: The Chairman of the Committee of the Whole House on Bills reports:

THE CLERK: That the committee has met and considered the following bills:

Bill No. 7 - Registered Nurses Act.

Bill No. 9 - Municipal Government Act.

Bill No. 11 - Licensed Practical Nurses Act.

Bill No. 15 - Municipal Government Act.

Bill No. 84 - Wind Turbine Facilities Municipal Taxation Act.

Bill No. 91 - Trade Union Act.

and the chairman has been instructed to recommend these bills to the favourable consideration of the House, each without amendment.

MR. SPEAKER: Ordered that these bills be read a third time on a future day.

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order of business, Public Bills for Second Reading.

PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 114.

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Bill No. 114 - Engineering Profession Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, it's a pleasure to rise on second reading of Bill No. 114, Engineering Profession Act. This is an Act that has not been reviewed or updated for many years. It brings this professional group in line with other jurisdictions. It's something they've advocated for quite some time.

Mr. Speaker, with those few comments, it's my pleasure to move second reading of Bill No. 114, and look forward to it going to the Law Amendments Committee for public input and debate on the issue.

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Hants East.

MR. JOHN MACDONELL: Mr. Speaker, I'm glad to give a few comments on this bill. I have to say that it sounds, from the minister, like this is certainly housekeeping. When the minister says, bringing in line with other jurisdictions, then we know that this would be legislation that engineers would deem is necessary to bring their work and their role in line with what their counterparts would do in other jurisdictions. I certainly hope that in terms of governance that this would clear up any problems they've encountered in the past.

It sounds as though this is legislation that's long overdue, and the minister indicated that it has been some time since this legislation was updated. We certainly are glad to see that. It's nice to see the government respond to any organizations that feel that because of the way that professions change and the demands on those professions that they see that, over time, legislation is inadequate to address the role that they have, the changing roles into the future. So, to their benefit and on their behalf, I think this is timely. We look forward to seeing this legislation move through the House.

MR. SPEAKER: If I recognize the minister it will be to close the debate.

The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I move second reading of Bill No. 114.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 114. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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Ordered that this bill be referred to the Committee on Law Amendments.

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 95.

Bill No. 95 - Municipal Government Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, government receives requests regularly for amendments to the Municipal Government Act from municipalities and from UNSM. As well, minor points of clarification are regularly required as things are noted from day to day, working within the legislation. The amendments in this bill are primarily of a housekeeping nature and to provide additional authorities to municipalities to carry out their responsibilities.

For example, under one of the amendments, we're changing the word owner to vendor in the tax collection provision of the legislation. This is in response to a court case that stated the existing provisions in the legislation were too vague. Under another amendment, Clause 6 provides the authority for a development officer to discharge a site plan. The reason for this amendment is because it is a development officer who approves these site plans, not council. Clearly, giving a development officer the ability to discharge the plan is much more user-friendly and, to be quite frank, if they approve it, why can't they discharge it?

Mr. Speaker, under another amendment, Clause 11 adds bylaw-making power to regulate or prohibit access to controlled access streets. This provides clarification, because municipalities could create controlled access streets, but it wasn't clear who had the authority to enforce controlled access.

Another amendment brought forward as a result of a request from the UNSM and HRM, will allow municipalities to levy charges to recover the capital costs of new or expanded solid waste management and transit facilities. Mr. Speaker, this adds to the current list of capital costs that can be recovered in this way, which now includes costs for roads, sewers, storm water and water facilities. These costs will arise from new development in new subdivisions or in areas without these services.

Mr. Speaker, my government has regularly brought the Municipal Government Act into the House for revisions, and we're committed to keeping it current and meeting the needs of the municipality. This bill continues to deliver on this commitment.

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Mr. Speaker, with those few words, I now move second reading of Bill No. 95.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank.

MR. PERCY PARIS: Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to rise with respect to Bill No. 95. I do agree with the minister, for the most part, that this bill is somewhat in the way of housekeeping. However, I would just caution that sometimes when we deal with things around housekeeping, when we're dealing with policies and human resources, then it may be more than just housekeeping.

The bill deals with some human resource issues, which I trust are not calling for the need of new recruits and new hirings. I was wondering, certainly in Clause 6, where the amendment calls for the minister to appoint an assistant provincial director, Mr. Speaker, one of the things I think I would express here today, is that I would like to ensure that that appointment would come from within, from the Public Service Commission, itself, and it wouldn't be a new hiring or a new recruit.

We do understand, and I certainly understand that the bill was to increase the authority for a development officer with respect to site-plan discharges, and we see that as a good thing. The bill also acknowledges and respects municipal councils throughout the Province of Nova Scotia and adds to the ability of municipalities to be better at administration of their affairs. Mr. Speaker, I agree, again, for the most part, it is housekeeping, and my only concern would be around the human resource, Clause 6. I look forward to this bill moving on to the next stage.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park.

MS. DIANA WHALEN: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. It is a pleasure to rise today and just say a few words on Bill No. 95, which are amendments to the Municipal Government Act. I think it's important that we recognize that all of our legislation, over time, issues arise that require amendments or changes just because of the practices of individual municipalities and cases that have come up. A number of the changes that are in this bill have arisen because of just trying to streamline or improve the practices at the municipalities. We have to, I think, always listen to the people who are working on the ground in things like site approval and land development, to see what is the best way for them to carry on their business in their municipalities. So we have a few things in there that will improve it.

Clauses 8 and 9 that are in this have to with the site plan. I like that because it will allow, I think, for greater control on things like landscaping and some of the esthetics around property development, and I think that's very important for all of us. I know in an urban environment, as in my riding, where it's very densely populated, the controls around development are very important to how our communities look and feel,

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and that really is true throughout the province. So I think those are important things, that the site plan have a little more authority in that.

The issue around Clause 6, which was raised earlier, is not a concern to me because I understand it's more for signing authority for receiving documents and so on when the provincial director is not available. So I think that again just streamlines our service to municipalities, that things are not held up because the one person with the authority to do something is not there. So I think overall it's a very important bill.

There are other amendments I would like to see come up in the Municipal Government Act at another time, and I think this might be a good opportunity to mention one of them in particular, and that is the issue around tree retention, Mr. Speaker, on properties that are being developed. My concern is not big resource properties, it's urban properties that have a lot of tree cover.

As you will know, Mr. Speaker, Halifax is known as the "city of trees". We had a tree planting program in place for many, many decades and all new streets have trees planted along them, and also a lot of the properties are fully treed as they were in my area before it was developed. We don't have any restrictions on people cutting trees on their private property and that has led to some lots being completely decimated and even new areas that are going to be developed for a new small subdivision being completely destroyed in the sense that every tree is taken down. It's blasted out because a lot of it is rock and then reconstructed with a few new little street trees. I know this is a concern for people in the city and I think further afield, probably in other communities.

So I would like to raise that, and perhaps the minister will just make a mental note that tree retention would be a really good amendment as well to just help with the aesthetics of our communities and help people feel that is being looked at. I think it ties into a green plan and I think it ties into air quality - and those are important issues for me. As I say, there are quite a number of clauses in the bill, but having been walked through them - and I should say that we do thank the department for its staff coming in and giving us a briefing on the individual clauses, just so there are no questions as to why they have arisen or what they are about - overall I think they're all very important changes and we will look forward, as well, to the comments that come at the Law Amendments Committee stage.

MR. SPEAKER: If I recognize the minister it will be to close the debate.

The honourable Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, I welcome the comments from the Opposition Critics and I would now ask that the bill be put to the vote on second reading.

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MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 95. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

Ordered that this bill be referred to the Committee on Law Amendments.

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 115.

Bill No. 115 - Architects Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, it's an honour to rise and share a few comments about Bill No. 115, the Architects Act. This bill is being introduced to modernize legislation governing architects and harmonize it again with legislation in other jurisdictions and provinces across Canada. The new legislation will help to ensure Nova Scotia has up-to-date legislation governing architects and brings our province in line with those other areas.

Mr. Speaker, the Nova Scotia Architects Association has been involved in a process of updating its governing legislation, regulations, and bylaws for some time now. The amendments are based in large part on model legislation developed in other jurisdictions to facilitate mobility of architects working across jurisdictions. The new Act will substantially strengthen the powers of the association to uphold the member requirements and conduct; it will also enable them to deal more effectively with those practising architecture illegally. The association has consulted its membership and the key stakeholders to support the development of this new legislation. So with those few comments, I move second reading of Bill No. 115, the Architects Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Hants East.

MR. JOHN MACDONELL: Mr. Speaker, and I'll speak briefly - I guess similar comments, my comments to the last bill.

Bill No. 115, an Act Respecting the Practice of Architecture - I will take the minister's word on the necessity of the legislation to bring the practice of architecture in line with that of other jurisdictions, and I would say probably in the problems foreseen by those who work in the practice of architecture, they would like to see this Act modernized for the present and into the future.

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A fairly lengthy piece of legislation, I have to say, Mr. Speaker. In this Act, the association has the rules or can set the rules actually, but has a mechanism for establishing a council, and I would say that to the benefit of architects and certainly to the benefit of the public, which is something that they deemed necessary in this legislation.

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One of the purposes listed in the legislation for the association is for the protection of the public. So they want to be sure that there are rules around professional conduct and professional competence, ethics, and the minister mentioned around illegal practice. So it would certainly seem appropriate that for those people who practice architecture or wish to, and deem themselves to be good public citizens and professional in this profession, that they would see rules that would ensure that the name of the profession is held at some level of competence, at some level of esteem.

This bill, as I said, is fairly lengthy but it does set up a mechanism for the establishment of electing their members to their council, and I think actually includes a couple of appointments. There are rules around membership, licensing, discipline and enforcement. So certainly it would be our understanding that this legislation brings the association in line with other jurisdictions and that they would be in support of this moving forward and so we would be as well, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: If I recognize the minister it will be to close the debate.

The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I would like to move second reading of Bill No. 115, the Architects Act, to go on to the Law Amendments Committee.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 115. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

Ordered that this bill be referred to the Committee on Law Amendments.

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order of business, Public Bills for Third Reading.

PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 62.

Bill No. 62 - Tobacco Access Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Health Promotion and Protection.

HON. BARRY BARNET: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to move third reading of Bill No. 62. Just a few brief remarks. I want to thank the staff at Health Promotion and Protection who have done a fabulous job of moving forward the agenda of this government, and that's to make Nova Scotia the healthiest province in the country. As well, I would like to thank those advocates and others who provided input into the production of this bill. I want to say how we've come a long way. Our overall smoking rates have dropped from 30 per cent to 21 per cent but there is still more work to be done and with the passage of this bill we will see Nova Scotia add one more piece to that complex puzzle to make us the healthiest province in Canada.

With that, Mr. Speaker, I move third reading of Bill No. 62.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 62. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

Ordered that this bill do pass. Ordered that the title be as read by the Clerk. Ordered that the bill be engrossed.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, I move that the House do now rise, to sit on this coming Monday. The hours that the House will be sitting will be from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for the House to now rise and meet on Monday at the hour of 2:00 p.m.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The House is adjourned.

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[The House rose at 10:04 a.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 1001

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Bridgewater and area residents have enjoyed 45 years of service from Danny Carey's Insurance; and

Whereas Danny Carey's Insurance started on North Street in Bridgewater in 1961 and later moved to Dufferin Street in 1972; and

Whereas a changing environment has led to the company's need to expand;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Danny Carey's Insurance Agency on its move back to North Street and wish them all the best for many more successful years in their new complex Generation Square.

RESOLUTION NO. 1002

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Newcombville photographer Mary Dixon's, Earth Air Water Spirit, is currently on display at ViewPoint Gallery in Halifax; and

Whereas Earth Air Water Spirit is Ms. Dixon's first major photo show in three years; and

Whereas the images are about people celebrating the peace, beauty and earthy spirituality of being in touch with nature in their natural state;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Mary Dixon on her show and wish her all the best on her next exhibits.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1003

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Speaker)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas on Saturday, October 14, 2006, members of the community gathered in the Lecture Theatre at Memorial Composite High School, Sydney Mines, to watch a play called Remember the Caribou; and

Whereas the Bartown Festival Society and the SS Caribou Commemorative Committee, which includes representatives from the Cape Breton Naval Veterans Association, local Legions, and the Armed Forces, came together to make this play possible; and

Whereas the re-enactment was an opportunity to remember those who lost their lives;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating this committee on a job well done and to be ever mindful of the sacrifices made, both military and civilian, to keep our country strong and free.

RESOLUTION NO. 1004

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Canada World Youth creates many opportunities for student and volunteer exchanges; and

Whereas the aim of these exchanges is to encourage the volunteers to think globally and act locally about sustainable community development, as well as offering travel and cultural experiences in a positive way; and

Whereas nine local families in the Windsor-West Hants area are currently hosting young adults from Jamaica, between the ages of 17 and 21, until the first week of December;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend Canada World Youth and the local project supervisor, Andrew Sisk, for their efforts in promoting political and cultural understanding between Jamaica and Canada.

RESOLUTION NO. 1005

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas spas are places we can go to relax from our day- to- day stresses, lift our spirits and be pampered; and

Whereas opening a spa takes a great deal of upfront investment to create a warm and inviting atmosphere, to offer a wide range of services as well as well-qualified, professional staff to provide those services; and

Whereas the Orchid Salon and Day Spa recently opened in Falmouth;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Debbie Bowes and her team for providing a place where the good people of Hants West can go to make them feel even better about themselves.

RESOLUTION NO. 1006

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Avon River Heritage Society in Avondale helps promote the area's rich shipbuilding heritage, as well as an important economic generator for the area; and

Whereas the Avon River Heritage Society Board runs a museum at Newport Landing in Avondale which boasts a fabulous view of the Avon River which visitors can enjoy while sitting on the wharf - and their tea room, gift shop and shipyard; and

Whereas the Avon River Heritage Society held their first annual Heritage Jamboree this summer to help fundraise to sustain all of these worthwhile aspects of their operation, to keep the museum alive in their community;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the board members of the Avon River Heritage Society for their tireless volunteer efforts in their community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1007

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas our schools are an important resource that has helped many Nova Scotian children to learn, grow, and prosper; and

Whereas the Dr. Arthur Hines School in Summerville opened its doors 40 years ago; and

Whereas staff and students celebrated their 40thAnniversary in October under the banner of "It takes an entire community to raise a child";

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate staff and students at Dr. Arthur Hines School for marking this significant milestone and for all of their accomplishments over the past 40 years.

RESOLUTION NO. 1008

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Eagle Scout is the highest obtainable honour for a Boy Scout in the United States; and

Whereas only about 5 per cent of Boy Scouts will ever earn the rank of Eagle Scout; and

Whereas Ian Card, grandson of Laurie and Donna Card who reside on Wentworth Road just outside of Windsor, obtained the rank of Eagle Scout this past summer in Connecticut, where Ian and his family currently reside;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this Legislature join the list of people to congratulate Ian on his outstanding achievement, with the list already including United

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States President George Bush, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and our own Premier Rodney MacDonald.