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DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Alfie MacLeod

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Second Session

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2007

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS:
Public Trustee Anl. Rept., March 31, 2007,
Hon. C. Clarke 659
Surplus Crown Property Disposal Rept.,
Hon. M. Scott 659
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 520, Christmas Daddies Telethon: Collective Effort -
Congrats., The Premier 660
Vote - Affirmative 660
Res. 521, SMU: ACOA Funding - Congrats., Hon. K. Casey 661
Vote - Affirmative 661
Res. 522, Yarmouth Hosp. Fdn.: Fundraising - Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 661
Vote - Affirmative 662
Res. 523, LeBlanc, Yvonne/Yarmouth Reg. Hosp. Women's Aux.:
Fundraising - Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont 662
Vote - Affirmative 663
Res. 524, C.B. Reg. Police Serv. - Membertou First Nation: Policing -
Best Wishes, Hon. C. Clarke 663
Vote - Affirmative 663
Res. 525, MacLeod, Chief Edgar: N.S. Serv. (35 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 664
Vote - Affirmative 664
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No. 56, Workers' Compensation Act, Ms. Maureen MacDonald 664
No. 57, Student Aid Act, Mr. L. Glavine 664
No. 58, Uranium Mining Moratorium Act, Mr. G. Steele 665
No. 60, Forests Act, Mr. C. Parker 665
No. 61, Saint Mary's University Act, 1970, Mr. L. Preyra 666
No. 62, Government Purchases Act, Mr. C. MacKinnon 666
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 526, Currie, Most Rev. Martin - Archbishop of St. John's:
Installation - Congrats., Mr. D. Dexter 666
Vote - Affirmative 666
Res. 527, Int'l. Day of Disabled Persons (03/12/07) - Recognize,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 667
Vote - Affirmative 667
Res. 528, O'Halloran, Glenn (Head Coach): N.S. AAA Atom Hockey
Team - Championship, Mr. C. Porter 667
Vote - Affirmative 668
Res. 529, Lt. Gov.'s Intergenerational Awards: Inaugural Winners -
Congrats., Ms. M. More 668
Vote - Affirmative 669
Res. 530, Immigration - Savage Liberal Gov't.: Success - Acknowledge,
Ms. D. Whalen 669
Res. 531, Smith, Ian/Nicholas, Lea: SMAC Creation - Congrats.,
Mr. P. Dunn 670
Vote - Affirmative 671
Res. 532, Craig, Jessie & Janie - Breast Cancer Fdn.: Fundraising -
Congrats., Mr. C. Parker 671
Vote - Affirmative 671
Res. 533, Carter, Joyce - Veterans Independence Prog.: Campaign -
Recognize, Mr. M. Samson 672
Vote - Affirmative 672
Res. 534, MacIntosh, Kathy: PSC Serv. (30 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Mr. K. Bain 672
Vote - Affirmative 673
Res. 535, NSLEO - Disabled People: Advocacy - Thank,
Mr. L. Preyra 673
Vote - Affirmative 674
Res. 536, Ellsworth, Darren - IWK Golf Tournament: Success -
Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 674
Vote - Affirmative 675
Res. 537, Hunter, David: Windsor - First Green-Friendly Bus.,
Mr. C. Porter 675
Vote - Affirmative 675
Res. 538, Wadden, Don - Live Fire Training: Establishment - Congrats.,
Mr. C. MacKinnon 676
Res. 539, RCL Preston Br. - Veterans & Spouses: Christmas Dinner -
Provision Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 676
Vote - Affirmative 677
Res. 540, Relay for Life (Pictou Co.): Organizers - Congrats.,
Mr. P. Dunn 677
Vote - Affirmative 678
GOVERNMENT BUSINESS:
PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 24, Dental Hygienists Act,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 678
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 679
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 682
Mr. J. MacDonell 683
Ms. D. Whalen 684
Hon. C. d'Entremont 686
Vote - Affirmative 687
No. 16, Human Rights Act,
Hon. C. Clarke 687
Ms. M. Raymond 688
Mr. M. Samson 690
Hon. C. Clarke 693
Vote - Affirmative 694
No. 4, Pension Benefits Act,
Hon. M. Parent 694
Mr. D. Dexter 695
Ms. D. Whalen 697
Ms. Maureen MacDonald 698
Mr. K. Colwell 700
Hon. M. Parent 703
Vote - Affirmative 703
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Tue., Dec. 4th at 12:00 noon 703
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 541, Sears, Mike/Triff, Joe: Nat'l Firefighters Championships -
Congrats., Mr. D. Dexter 704
Res. 542, Read, Julie/Speranza, Andrea: Nat'l Firefighters Championships,
Congrats., Mr. D. Dexter 704
Res. 543, Triff, Joe: Nat'l Firefighters Championships - Congrats.,
Mr. D. Dexter 705
Res. 544, Griffin, Darlene: PSC Serv. (30 yrs.) - Applaud,
Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 706
Mr. C. Porter
Res. 547, Sabean, Barry: PSC Serv. (35 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 707
Res. 548, Avon View HS Boys Rugby Team: Stamina/Determination -
Applaud, Mr. C. Porter 707
Res. 549, d'Entremont, Carrie: Lt.-Gov.'s Medal - Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 708
Res. 550, Fischer Boulter, Pernille: Accomplishments - Congrats.,
Mr. S. McNeil 708
Res. 551, MacDonald, Jeff/McIntyre, Nicole/Gillis, Cale/Penney, Sarah:
Awards - Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 709
Res. 552, Rankin, Sheila: Health Care Award - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 709
Res. 553, Hirtle, Brian: Commun. Sports - Commend,
Mr. L. Glavine 710
Res. 554, Penny, Jean: Fundraising Efforts - Commend,
Mr. M. Samson 710
Res. 555, Youthscape: Value - Recognize,
Mr. L. Glavine 711
Res. 556, Discover the Wines of N.S. Fest.: Organizers - Congrats.,
Mr. H. Theriault 711
Res. 557, Ryl. N.S. Int'l. Tattoo: Importance - Recognize,
Mr. H. Theriault 712
Res. 558, Order of Nova Scotia: Recipients - Congrats.,
Mr. S. McNeil 712
Res. 559, Le Courrier de la Nouvelle-Ecosse - Anniv. (70th),
Mr. W. Gaudet 713
Res. 560, Defenders Motorcycle Club: Charitable Efforts - Recognize,
Mr. K. Colwell 714
Res. 561, Christmas Seals Campaign - Donate/Support,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 714
Res. 562, Belliveau Motors: CIBC Run for the Cure - Congrats.,
Mr. W. Gaudet 715
Res. 563, Wooden Monkey Rest.: Owners - Congrats.,
Ms. D. Whalen 715
Res. 564, Robertson, Jacob/Bearne, Katherine: TV Stardom -
Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 716
Res. 565, Cheticamp Search & Rescue - Anniv. (35th),
Congrats., The Premier 717
Res. 568, St. Clair, Jim/Levert, Yvonne: History/Cuisine Release -
Congrats., The Premier 718
Res. 569, Ritcey-Conrad, Chris: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 718
Res. 570, Rand, Stewart: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 719
Res. 571, MacNeil, Will: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 719
Res. 572, Creaser, Caitlin: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 720
Res. 573, Colp, Kyle: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 720
Res. 574, Eddy, Rachel: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 721
Res. 575, McIntosh, Jessica: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 721
Res. 576, Pottie, Ann: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 722
Res. 577, Faulkenham, Bria: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 722
Res. 578, Kpolugbo, Chuko: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 723
Res. 579, Bressmer, Isabel: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 723
Res. 580, Bell, Rebecca: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 724
Res. 581, Pineo, Rachael: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 724
Res. 582, Stobbe, Megan: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 725
Res. 583, Hatheway, Oliver: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 725
Res. 584, Sanches, Fernando: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 726
Res. 585, Smith, Morgan: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 727
Res. 587, Stabenow, Alexander: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 727
Res. 588, Barkhouse, Brittany: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 728
Res. 589, Bishop, Aaron: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 728
Res. 590, Myers, Chris: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 729
Res. 591, Laing, Eduardo: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 729
Res. 592, Barnes, Jeremy: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 730
Res. 593, Creaser, Alison: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 730
Res. 594, Getson, Ryan: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 731
Res. 595, Burke, Meghan: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 731
Res. 596, Jorgenson, Maia: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 731
Res. 597, Morrison, Andrew: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 732
Res. 598, Ross, Joe: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 732
Res. 599, MacLennan, Logan: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 733
Res. 600, Frauzel, Sarah: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 733
Res. 601, Tanner, Kayleigh: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 734
Res. 602, McIntosh, Rachel: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 734
Res. 603, Wolter, Mattias: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 734
Res. 604, Haughn, Luke: NSSAF Title - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 735
Res. 605, Eno, Coach Shane - Athletes: Dedication - Congrats.,
Athletes: Dedication - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 736
Res. 607, MacKinnon, Coach Heather - Athletes: Dedication - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 736
Res. 608, McDow, Coach Dean - Athletes: Dedication - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 737
Res. 609, Murray, Sandra - S. Shore Big Brothers Big Sisters Assoc.:
Exec. Dir. - Appt. Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 737

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HALIFAX, MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2007

Sixtieth General Assembly

Second Session

7:00 P.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Alfie MacLeod

DEPUTY SPEAKER

Mr. Wayne Gaudet

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. We will now begin with the daily proceedings at this time.

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I beg leave to table the Public Trustee Annual Report for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007.

MR. SPEAKER: The report is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I would like to table the Surplus Crown Property Disposal Report for the year ended March 31, 2007.

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MR. SPEAKER: The report is tabled.

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 520

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 there is no greater gift at Christmas than helping others less fortunate than ourselves; and

Whereas for 44 years, the Christmas Daddies Telethon has gathered support from across the Maritimes - this year the generosity of so many means that over $874,370 and counting will be pledged towards the work of The Salvation Army and its efforts to assist those in need; and

Whereas along with the thousands who donate or raise dollars to assist with this great cause, CTV donates the air time and equipment and Aliant employees volunteer to assist with phone duty and so many others do their part to help with its success;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate this collective effort, which ensures so many will have a happy Christmas this year, and thank all Maritimers who donated and showed they hold the true spirit of the Christmas season in their hearts.

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.

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The honourable Minister of Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 521

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

Whereas Ottawa has pledged $2 million to Saint Mary's University for the high-tech facility that will house computer labs, a video conferencing centre and an ocean research network; and

Whereas Saint Mary's University students work very closely with those in the community for community development; and

Whereas the new atrium and global Learning Commons will be used to house some of the university's industry partners;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend congratulations to Saint Mary's University for being the recipients of $2 million in funding from ACOA for their new high-tech facility.

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.

RESOLUTION NO. 522

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas an aging population and high rates of chronic illness place a growing demand for renal dialysis services in communities around Nova Scotia; and

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Whereas dealing with dialysis is very challenging for individuals and their families, and getting treatment within the community improves quality and access to services; and

Whereas the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation, through their annual Spring gala fundraiser, generated $30,000 towards the purchase of two new renal dialysis units to improve access to services for the residents of Yarmouth County;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation, local businesses, volunteers, and individuals in the community for their continued efforts and support for the well-being of their fellow residents.

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.

RESOLUTION NO. 523

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Women's Auxiliary at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital raises funds to help purchase equipment for the hospital to improve services for both staff and clients; and

Whereas the Women's Auxiliary was named South West region's outstanding volunteer fundraising group by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Nova Scotia chapter; and

Whereas for over 100 years, the Women's Auxiliary has made significant contributions of money, time and effort to the hospital, staff and patients;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Yvonne LeBlanc, president of the Women's Auxiliary, the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation

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and the countless number of volunteers who work tirelessly to improve the quality of care at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital.

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. 524

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

Whereas the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have been an important community partner with the Membertou First Nation and RCMP members assigned to Membertou have, over the years, made a strong and vital contribution to community safety and to the community as a whole; and

Whereas the Cape Breton Regional Police Service does a tremendous job of ensuring the safety and security of Cape Breton's largest municipality; and

Whereas on November 30th, Membertou officially commenced a new tradition by welcoming the Cape Breton Regional Police Service to their community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank the RCMP for their excellent work at Membertou and wish the Cape Breton Regional Police Service all our best for the continued successful policing of the Membertou First Nation.

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 Minister of Justice.

RESOLUTION NO. 525

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

Whereas throughout his time in policing, and especially his 12 years as Chief of the Cape Breton Regional Police Service, Chief Edgar MacLeod has demonstrated great leadership and has been a mentor to those around him; and

Whereas Chief MacLeod is returning to his alma mater, the Atlantic Police Academy in P.E.I., as executive director of this prestigious institution; and

Whereas Chief MacLeod's hard work in law enforcement work, as well as his many years of volunteerism in his community, demonstrates his commitment to the betterment of our province;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Chief Edgar MacLeod on his new position and thank him for his 35 years of dedicated service to the people 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.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

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Bill No. 56 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 10 of the Acts of 1994-95. The Workers' Compensation Act. (Ms. Maureen MacDonald)

Bill No. 57 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 449 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Student Aid Act. (Mr. Leo Glavine)

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

The honourable Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations on an introduction.

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, I draw the attention of the members of the House to the east gallery where we're joined by a representative of the people at another level. The Hon. Gerald Keddy, who is the MP for South Shore-St. Margaret's, is in the House tonight watching us. I might add that earlier today, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture, I had the privilege of joining Mr. Keddy in an announcement that was very good for agriculture in this province, it was made at the AC. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: A warm welcome to all our visitors this evening. Thank you.

Bill No. 58 - Entitled an Act to Enforce a Moratorium on Uranium Mining in Nova Scotia (Mr. Graham Steele)

MR. SPEAKER: Ordered that this bill be read a second time on a future day.

The honourable Leader of the Opposition on an introduction.

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, if I may, I actually have two introductions. I'd like to bring the attention of the House to a couple of groups that are in the gallery today. There are members of the United Steelworkers who are here this evening to watch the progress of the Pension Benefits Bill and, I think, to talk to members of the House about its progress. They are: Don Murphy, Dave Fanning, Lawrence McKay and Dennis Deveau. I would ask the House to welcome our friends to the House this evening. (Applause)

[7:15 p.m.]

And, Mr. Speaker, there are a number of members of the NSGEU who are members of the political lobbying committee attending the Legislature this evening to meet with MLAs regarding various pieces of legislation that may be before the House. They are: Nicole McKim from Cole Harbour; Leo LeFort and Mike Gillis of Dartmouth; James McCormack from Halifax; Gina Boyd from Timberlea-Prospect; Heather Tucker and Cathy Pemberton from West Hants; Nancy Boudreau and Camille Wells from Pictou County; and Delton

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McDonald and Michelle Killam from Cape Breton. I would ask the House to welcome them all. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you.

Bill No. 59 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 10 of the Acts of 1994-95. The Workers' Compensation Act. (Mr. Leo Glavine.)

Bill No. 60 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 179 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Forests Act. (Mr. Charles Parker)

Bill No. 61 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 147 of the Acts of 1970. The Saint Mary's University Act, 1970. (Mr. Leonard Preyra)

Bill No. 62 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 188 of the Revised Statues of 1989. The Government Purchases Act. (Mr. Clarrie MacKinnon)

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

NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Opposition.

RESOLUTION NO. 526

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

Whereas Martin Currie of Marinette, Sheet Harbour, was ordained as a priest in 1968; and

Whereas Martin Currie served as a missionary in Peru, as a pastor of large suburban parishes and of the Basilica, and as Vicar General and Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Halifax, before his appointment as Bishop of Grand Falls, Newfoundland, in 2000; and

Whereas Martin Currie's commitment to social justice here in Nova Scotia and around the world has inspired countless Nova Scotians to dedicate themselves to the cause of peace and development;

Therefore be it resolved that this House join proud residents of the Eastern Shore in congratulating Most Reverend Martin Currie on his installation as the Archbishop of St. John's, which took place on November 30, 2007.

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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 South.

RESOLUTION NO. 527

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

Whereas December 3rd marks the celebration of International Day of Disabled Persons; and

Whereas a new Statistics Canada survey reveals that one out of every seven people in the country is living with a disability; and

Whereas the theme of this year's International Day of Disabled Persons is Decent Work for People with Disabilities, a theme which aims to promote understanding of disabilities and to mobilize support for the rights and dignity of people with disabilities;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly acknowledge the significance of International Day of Disabled Persons and work towards bringing awareness to the challenges faced by disabled people.

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.

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The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Hants West.

RESOLUTION NO. 528

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

Whereas Windsor RCMP Constable Glenn O'Halloran was behind the bench as head coach this past September as he led the Nova Scotia Triple "A" Atom Team to a Gold Medal at the prestigious Canada's Wonderland International Hockey Tournament in Toronto; and

Whereas the Triple "A" Atom team scored with only eight seconds left in the game to win the championship final; and

Whereas the team consists of players not only from Hants West, but across Nova Scotia and are products of the Atlantic Hockey Group based out of Sackville;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Head Coach Glenn O'Halloran and all players for a great tournament, and wish them many more hockey victories.

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 Dartmouth South-Portland Valley.

RESOLUTION NO. 529

MS. MARILYN MORE: 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 on October 17th Her Honour the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia presented the very first Intergenerational Awards, recognizing the value of our younger and older generations working and volunteering together; and

Whereas the awards are co-sponsored by the Department of Seniors, the Youth Secretariat and the Rotary Club of Halifax; and

Whereas the Spryfield Urban Farm won best volunteer group; Doris Evans of Cherry Brook won outstanding volunteer, older generation, for her literacy work; and Kandra Morgan of Lunenburg won outstanding volunteer, younger generation, for her work at the Harbour View Haven nursing home;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the inaugural winners of the Intergenerational Awards and acknowledge the benefits of all generations working together to make our province a great place in which to live.

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 Halifax Clayton Park.

RESOLUTION NO. 530

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

Whereas in attempting to answer a question last week on immigration, the Premier misrepresented the record of the previous Liberal Government and said, "we saw nothing, no steps being taken for the people"; and

Whereas under the Liberal Government of John Savage, Nova Scotia attracted a record number of immigrants at 3,587 in 1995 alone, over 1,000 more than in the province last year; and

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Whereas the Liberal Government succeeded by treating newcomers with respect, unlike the Conservative approach of trying to dupe them out of their hard-earned money;

Therefore be it resolved that this government acknowledge the success of the previous Liberal Government in attracting immigrants to this province and apologize for the disrespect shown to those immigrants who have endured the Tory boondoggle that was the economic stream of the Nominee Program.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled. (Interruptions)

Order, please.

The honourable member for Pictou Centre.

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, permission for an introduction?

MR. SPEAKER: Absolutely.

MR. DUNN: Mr. Speaker, I would like to also introduce three people who have been introduced earlier this evening. From Trenton, people have been in contact and working with, trying to assist and help the employees of the Trenton Greenbrier Plant and, with their titles: Dave Fanning, President of Local 1231 United Steelworkers of America; Don Murphy, Vice-President; and Lawrence MacKay, International Rep. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Pictou Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 531

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

Whereas a new sensitivity training course for people interacting with people facing a disability was recently launched in New Glasgow; and

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Whereas program creator, Ian Smith, who has cerebral palsy, conceived of the program after coming into contact with many people who did not know how, or were uncomfortable interacting with a person who has a disability; and

Whereas the Start Making Abilities Count, or SMAC, was created after Mr. Smith had experienced insensitivity, either intentionally or unintentionally, and wanted to create a resource for people who may not be sure how to help or interact with a person facing a disability and together with Lea Nicholas he hopes to alleviate any misunderstandings that may happen unnecessarily;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations and best wishes to SMAC creators Ian Smith and Lea Nicholas for their innovative approach to a better understanding of those within our communities facing unique challenges.

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. 532

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

Whereas community volunteerism and generosity are fine traits to be encouraged in our children; and

Whereas 11-year-old Jessie Craig and her 9-year-old sister Janie of Seafoam, Pictou County, have spent the past five summers manufacturing and selling assorted garden stones, often decorated with inspirational words, flowers or butterflies, in support of the Atlantic Chapter of the Breast Cancer Foundation; and

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Whereas Jessie and Janie have raised more than $3,100 over the past five years and have channelled their donations through the Richie Mann Invitational Golf Tournament for breast cancer research, an event held each year in Dundee;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Jessie and Janie Craig and their family for their dedication, fundraising efforts and developing the entrepreneurial endeavour of manufacturing and selling garden stones in support of a very worthwhile charity, the Breast Cancer Foundation.

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 Richmond.

RESOLUTION NO. 533

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

Whereas Joyce Carter, of Samsonville, Richmond County, is a veteran's widow who has been fighting a campaign against the federal government to extend Veterans Independence Program benefits to all veterans' widows; and

Whereas this campaign has included many letters to the Prime Minister, federal ministers, MLAs and media throughout the country, including a recent visit to Ottawa to present her case to Stephen Harper; and

Whereas on Thursday, November 15th, Joyce Carter made a presentation to our Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs, where she received the unanimous support of all committee members to encourage the federal government to extend VIP benefits to all widows;

Therefore be it resolved that this Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize the leadership and determination of Joyce Carter in her fight for veterans' widows and call upon

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the federal government to honour their commitment and extend VIP benefits to all widows immediately.

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 Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 534

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Public Service Commission is dedicated to building a service that strives for excellence while recruiting Nova Scotians to meet the needs of a modern and innovative public service; and

Whereas Katherine Elaine MacIntosh of Baddeck, in the constituency of Victoria-The Lakes, was recently recognized for her 30 years of faithful public service with the Nova Scotia Government; and

Whereas Kathy is office supervisor in the Baddeck office of the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the tremendous work ethic and commitment of Kathy MacIntosh of Baddeck for her 30 years of dedicated public service.

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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 Citadel.

RESOLUTION NO. 535

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

Whereas December 3rd has been designated by the United Nations as International Day of Disabled Persons, a day that aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilized support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities; and

Whereas this year's theme is Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities, a theme which focuses on and recognizes the rights of persons with disabilities to work in employment on an equal basis with others; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities, for 28 years, has been in the forefront of the struggle to ensure that all facets of our community are readily accessible to persons with disabilities;

Therefore be it resolved that this House thank the Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities for its advocacy of the rights of people with disabilities and commits itself to promoting and defending the rights of persons with disabilities to work and employment on an equal basis with others.

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.

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The honourable member for Glace Bay.

RESOLUTION NO. 536

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Darren Ellsworth, the greenskeeper at the Passchendaele Golf Course organized the 4th Annual IWK Golf Tournament; and

Whereas Darren has been organizing this event for the past four years as a way of saying thank you for the IWK saving his son Markus' life; and

Whereas this year, the tournament raised $4,400 for the IWK;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Darren Ellsworth on the success of this annual event and thank him for his continuing support to the IWK.

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 Hants West.

RESOLUTION NO. 537

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

Whereas David Hunter, owner of Avonian Place in Windsor, is seeking to become one of the first businesses anywhere in Canada to become totally reliant on green energy; and

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Whereas Mr. Hunter is welcoming the attitude of change and is now in the process of turning this century-old landmark in downtown Windsor into an energy producer instead of a consumer; and

Whereas with Windsor being the "little town of big firsts", business owner, David Hunter, will become the first totally green-friendly business in Windsor;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commend Windsor's David Hunter on his ingenuity and creativity in being a leader toward the use of green energy.

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 East.

RESOLUTION NO. 538

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

Whereas volunteer firefighters throughout the province are able to gain significant training experience by using a live fire trainer unit, enabling them to experience actual fire, smoke and hazard conditions; and

Whereas there are very few of these training units in Nova Scotia, and a three-year process resulted in the acquisition of a live fire trainer unit by the Pictou County Firefighters Association, and this unit is shared with other fire departments within Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Don Wadden, Little Harbour Fire Chief, demonstrated the vision and leadership to pursue this project, with others, enabling the Pictou County Firefighters' Association to hold an annual live fire training weekend;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Don Wadden for his tenacity to establish a live fire trainer unit in Pictou County and commend the Pictou County Firefighters' Association for initiating and continuing to support live fire training exercises for all firefighters in 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 Preston.

RESOLUTION NO. 539

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

Whereas on December 8, 2007, the members of the Centennial Legion in the Preston riding will be hosting a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings for veterans and their spouses from Camp Hill Hospital and the local area; and

Whereas the members and staff of the Centennial Legion ensure each veteran receives a special gift and a stocking filled with goodies from Santa at this event; and

Whereas musical entertainment will be provided by Freda and Friends, who will be playing wartime songs;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the members and staff of the Centennial Legion for providing veterans and their spouses with a special Christmas celebration for the past 10-plus years and congratulate them on continuing this important tradition for honouring our veterans.

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 Pictou Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 540

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

Whereas the second Annual Relay for Life took place this year in New Glasgow in June of this year; and

Whereas co-chairs of the planning committee, Amy Rose and Colleen Proudfoot, were even more successful this year than last; and

Whereas the event, held in the Scott Weeks Parkdale Sports Complex, raised $30,000 more than last year's $56,000, to bring in a total of $90,000 for the Cancer Society;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations and heartfelt thanks to the organizers for this year's Relay for Life in Pictou County and its overwhelming financial achievement.

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 Government House Leader.

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HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order of business, Public Bills for Second Reading.

PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 24.

Bill No. 24 - Dental Hygienists Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Health.

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, I'm very proud to stand today to start second reading of this bill, the Dental Hygienists Act.

On November 27th, I was very pleased to introduce this bill. Nova Scotia's approximately 600 dental hygienists are deeply committed to providing high quality preventive dental care in communities big and small across our province.

Oral health and general health are inseparable. Good oral health allows us to eat the healthy and wholesome foods that deliver the nutrients and vitamins that we need. Poor oral health is closely connected to cardiovascular disease, respiratory ailments and poor pregnancy outcomes. Dental hygienists deliver important dental hygiene treatments and they arm patients with information to prevent diseases and disorders of the teeth and mouth. This information allows Nova Scotians to take charge of their own health.

Today dental hygienists work side by side with dentists to perform cleanings and scalings, they apply fluoride, and take and develop X-rays. They're employed in a variety of places - in dental offices, hospitals and clinics, educational institutions, government agencies and private industry. This legislation ushers in changes to the way dental hygienists traditionally practice and as a government we are determined to seek out and find innovative and sustainable health care solutions.

Nova Scotians highly value timely access to health care services that they need and they deserve. It is critically important that we allow our professionals to practice to their full capacity, that we use all of our resources creatively and effectively, and that we build on our successes in recruitment and retention. This legislation will help improve access to preventive dental care, particularly for our seniors and others with mobility challenges.

Under this Act, Nova Scotia's dental hygienists will have greater autonomy and will be able to practice in independent settings. This paves the way for dental hygienists to deliver preventive dental care services in non-traditional locations. For a resident of a long-term care

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facility, this may mean direct access to dental health in a place that they call home. Dental hygienists will also be able to independently perform a greater range of preventive dental care, duties like scaling and planing, providing that they have completed additional training and contraindications are not present.

Under this new legislation, Nova Scotia's dental hygienists will establish a self-regulating body, this is similar to how dentists, nurses, doctors and pharmacists are regulated in our province. It is our belief that they are in the best position to regulate their own profession. Their practice will be regulated by ensuring that high standards are established and maintained and a complaints and discipline process will be established to enforce the standards, and to deal with concerns that come from the public.

Dental hygienists will be required to meet standards set out by a self-regulating, professional body and we are able to introduce this innovative legislation thanks to the collaborative effort of dental hygienists, the Nova Scotia Dental Hygienists Association, the Nova Scotia Dental Association and the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia.

This new autonomy means that our dental hygienists will join the ranks of others in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec, who are already working under similar models. It will provide Nova Scotians with better access to preventive oral health care and it will allow dental hygienists to explore innovative ways to adapt and meet the changing health care needs of our province.

Mr. Speaker, with that I look forward to hearing comments from other members of this House on this very important piece of legislation. I move second reading of the Dental Hygienists Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Sackville-Cobequid.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise this evening to talk for a few minutes on Bill No. 24. I think it is important that we recognize that dental hygienists are an important part of health care here in the province. Oral health is important to an individual, to all Nova Scotians. It often leads to a decrease in overall health when oral health isn't provided, or isn't accessible, to Nova Scotians.

I want to first start by saying how professionally the dental hygienists and the associations have worked, over the past several years now, throughout this process. They have worked very hard to ensure the steps they have taken to get to this point, that everything was looked after. It was important for them to recognize that by creating a self-governing body, that there were protections in place and those protections were the public protections and public advantages of having such a college created.

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The public protections, like in any self-regulating body, are there to regulate the licensing of a special profession, such as dental hygienists, and it ensures that the standards in the qualifications of an individual practising in that discipline are met. There is also an importance placed on quality insurance, ensuring that the individual who is practising and is licensed in the province is at the highest level they can be and if there are any changes within the profession, that they're educated to the point where they can proceed with those new changes in a competent way.

The public advantages for this self-regulating body, I think the most important thing in this one is the increase in access to care. I think with this legislation, what it does, when it goes through the process, is it opens up oral health care to so many Nova Scotians who cannot get it right now; those individuals who don't have an employment opportunity, who aren't working, who might not have a private medical plan. I'm fortunate, you're fortunate, Mr. Speaker, to have that for yourself and your family, but there are thousands of Nova Scotians who don't have that and they go without. This piece of legislation is important because it will address that.

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Another area or another group of individuals, Mr. Speaker, which I think far too often is overlooked when we need to ensure they get and receive the services they need, is those in long-term care or in group homes, those individuals who cannot work, obviously, but may not have family, may not have a plan or a private plan or the means to have a private plan, go without. I think by passing this piece of legislation it gives them that opportunity to improve oral health care, which I think would lead to an improvement in their overall health, so that's important.

I must stress, Mr. Speaker, there were several individuals over the last several years I have met with, who I know that my colleague, the Health Critic of the Liberal Party, has met with and government members, to get this moving - people like Sue MacIntosh, who I believe is from Pictou County, who I met I think a couple of years ago in my first meeting with her, who worked hard to get this to this point, through all the ups and downs.

I must say that the dental hygienists in this province have been very flexible when it came to getting this piece of legislation ready. They came to government; it wasn't a government initiative, I must be strong in saying that, this was driven by the hygienists themselves who recognized there was a huge need in this province for this. It was people like Sue MacIntosh who came forward and moved on a lot of items that they probably could have dug their heels in and said no, this is what we want. They recognized that it is a give-and-take process, Mr. Speaker. They consulted with MLAs, they consulted with residents, they consulted with the dentists of this province, the dental association. I know they have had concerns over the process on certain segments of this legislation, and I must say that overall they supported the idea and the initiative of self-regulating bodies.

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I want to commend the dentists also, the dentists association of Nova Scotia, for ensuring that those individuals who work for them are recognized. It just says the title of the bill states, an Act Respecting Dental Hygienists. I think that says a lot, Mr. Speaker, about respecting the work they do and the work they want to do in the future. I think it's important that we recognize the hard work and the flexibility that dental hygienists have displayed over the last several years.

I also want to make mention that my good friend, the member for Cape Breton Nova mentioned to me that there was a hygienist who worked hard in Cape Breton and her name was Wanda Fedora. She's a hygienist from Cape Breton. I believe she was just elected president of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association. So it is people like that who have moved this to ensure that it gets to this point today and hopefully through the process in the Legislature.

I just want to commend all the dental hygienists here in the province not only for what they've done in the past, but what they are going to do in the future and to those individuals who will benefit from their professionalism here in Nova Scotia. So with that, we'll support this piece of legislation going through the process and we look forward to the improvements, I think, of the profession of dental hygienists here in Nova Scotia. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Agriculture on an introduction.

HON. BROOKE TAYLOR: Thank you very much. Mr. Speaker, you would recall that the Boston Red Sox won the World Series this Fall. In the east gallery this evening we have three gentlemen who are very committed to bringing the World Series trophy to Nova Scotia; in fact, they're working with the Boston Red Sox, working with the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, and I'm very proud to play a small part in the initiative. As well, I would ask these gentlemen to stand as I name the individuals and perhaps we could give the folks a warm round of applause.

From Kingston, in the Valley, Mr. Don Hyslop; from New Minas, Mr. Jim Prime; and from Kentville, Mr. Dave Ritcey. These gentlemen, along with Mayor Peter Kelly and the United States Consul General, and as I said earlier, Minister Dooks, are facilitating the bringing of the World Series trophy to Nova Scotia - in fact we believe it will come to the Nova Scotia Legislature. I wonder if the MLAs would give our guests a warm round of applause. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Glace Bay.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, I hope it doesn't take our guests as long to get the World Series trophy here as it took the dental hygienists to get self-regulating legislation through. (Interruption) When you make an opening, one usually goes through it, that's all I can say.

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Mr. Speaker, this is something we have dealt with quite often here, self-regulating legislation, in this case to allow hygienists to practise independently. Why I made that point is because this is not the first time it happened; this has taken far too long to bring this legislation before this Legislature. The hygienists have been working for years, literally years - long before I was the Health Critic, which has been for quite a few years for the Liberal caucus - the hygienists have been coming to us as MLAs, looking for our support to bring about this legislation. And that was after most provinces in this country had already passed self-governing legislation for them, for many professions.

So it was a shame, a shame, that it took the dental hygienists so much of an effort and so long a time to finally have this legislation brought before us to deal with and to be recognized here. This is legislation that would allow the hygienists to provide the services as and where needed, and it is preventive and educational. They are specialists in oral care, Mr. Speaker, as we all know.

This legislation, as the hygienists recently pointed out at a news conference, is not going to change the scope of their work, the work that can be done by a hygienist, but it will enable them to provide care within a variety of independent settings, Mr. Speaker, and it will improve access. The bottom line is how much it improves access to dental care in our province for those groups who previously would have been hesitant, or unable, to get to a dental office; for instance, seniors and those who are housebound, or rural and remote communities, and patients with physical and mental disabilities and students who are studying away from home. All of those groups will finally get access - the key word, "access" - to dental health care in this province, whereas normally they would not have.

Mr. Speaker, as with other forms of self-regulating legislation, public safety is protected. It will be done through licensing and continuing educational requirements, and standards and a code of ethics, and a formalized disciplinary process. We understand that some matters concerning professional education requirements have been left to a solution by regulation and we understand that the Minister of Health has provided a letter to both the hygienists and the dentists in this regard. We hope that the hygienists won't have to wait too long to see those regulations in place.

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: They are in the development stage.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): I am glad to hear the minister say they are in the development stage. That's fine, I didn't say that they didn't hope to wait too long to see them develop, I said I hope they won't have to wait too long to see them finally come to a conclusion, because as we have seen in the cases of the massage therapists and dispensing opticians, Mr. Speaker, they are still waiting for their legislation - and the paramedics, as well.

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Mr. Speaker, the midwives, for example, are concerned with the rollout of their legislation, as well, and proper collaboration and planning is what is required to ensure that these self-regulating laws and regulations are rolled out properly.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate the Nova Scotia Dental Hygienists Association. There are a couple of people, my colleague from the NDP has mentioned two notable people who have been there from the very beginning: Sue MacIntosh and Wanda Fedora have been there. There have been groups from all over this province.

Mr. Speaker, you know there are dental hygienists in your riding of Clare. They come from the Valley. They came from all over and came to our offices to lobby us years and years ago - to lobby us, to finally have this come to fruition. So I would like to congratulate them.

Mr. Speaker, if you'll permit, I will leave you with a quick story. When I was in the news media for quite a long time, along with another colleague of mine from the NDP, we used to post on the newsroom office a cartoon. It was a cartoon of a pelican and that pelican had just tried to swallow a frog, but that frog reached out and put his hands around the pelican's neck. The lesson was never give up, never give up. Perseverance will pay off. In this case, perseverance has paid off for the dental hygienists in this province and, again, we're asking the minister to finally come to agreements on the terms of this arrangement and honour the dental hygienists with a quick set of regulations and we look forward to this bill going for further debate and to finally passing it - finally passing it - in the Legislature.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Hants East.

MR. JOHN MACDONELL: Mr. Speaker, I'll be brief. I think my colleague, the Health Critic for the NDP, and the member for Glace Bay - I think they both have pretty well encapsulated the tone of this bill. I want to say that because of Norma MacIntyre in my constituency, who is a dental hygienist and has kind of kept me abreast of what has been going on with this legislation and her desire to see this bill get through the House - I want to say that I'm pleased to see the government bring this bill forward. I'm glad to see it move on through second reading.

I think that we can only agree that this is a good piece of legislation for dental hygienists and for Nova Scotians, Mr. Speaker. It does declare, I think, to the province and to the people the pride that dental hygienists have in their profession and they have the autonomy now to show the people of the province their skill and in a professional way that marks them as professionals.

I want to say that the member for Glace Bay, I think, raised a good point when he mentioned - well, he mentioned the frogs - but when he mentioned the regulation that should go along with this piece of legislation like so many pieces of legislation. I certainly don't want to hear from my constituent too many months down the road that even though the bill

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has gotten through the House, that there's difficulty implementing it due to the time lag in getting the regulation ready so that the extent of the bill can be implemented. So I'm very pleased to see the bill come forward. I know the Dental Hygienists Association has really worked hard on this and I look forward to seeing it go to the Law Amendments Committee.

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

MS. DIANA WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, I did want to rise this evening to just address this bill for a few minutes. In June, I had the opportunity to attend the annual meeting of the dental hygienists that was actually held in conjunction with the Dental Association or dentists of the province. So there was a good co-operation between the two professional groups and certainly on the agenda of the dental hygienists at their annual meeting was the discussion about where the legislation was at and whether there were any further areas that needed to be resolved before it could come before the House. At that time, in June, they were very optimistic that things were going well and, as has been pointed out by previous members, this has been a long-standing aim of the profession of dental hygienists here in the province and something they've been working very hard to attain.

So seeing it reach this stage of second reading and moving forward to the Law Amendments Committee is a very important time and something I think that the dental hygienists should be congratulated for, for their perseverance and for their commitment, in fact, to the health of Nova Scotians because the services that they provide go a long way to improving health and providing it outside of dental offices will make it available to so many more people. I think that has been an important thing, particularly for nursing homes.

When we had our first briefing on this, shortly after I was elected in 2003, in fact it was a member from your own riding, Mr. [Deputy] Speaker, a dental hygienist who had come with a group of others from the university and elsewhere to bring this issue to all of our attention again, and it was not the first briefing but it was my first briefing, and what I thought was so important was that at this point in time, and previously, a dental hygienist could not make a trip to a nursing home and provide oral health to the residents there because that was not allowed under our rules. That is a service that can go a long way to ensuring the health of elderly people, and I think that is very important. So I was very impressed by their efforts and the work that they have done to iron out the difficulties.

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I think it is important to note that the work they do is very much preventive health care, and that is where we need to put our emphasis. Mr. Speaker, a couple of years ago, the guidance teacher at Fairview Junior High School called me and told me of students who are coming to the office who need Aspirin or pain killers because their teeth are so bad, and these are little children 12 and 13 years old. They are not covered by health care, they haven't had the oral health care that they need, and even people on social assistance are only allowed

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emergency - regular dental care is not considered part of their package of care and costs that are covered. That is really short-sighted, because these young people, their health is being compromised, they are in pain, they are not able to learn, and this particular guidance teacher had called me to ask if there was any program, or anywhere she could access some sort of affordable help like that, or even dentists who would do the work without charging. It's very much hit and miss for somebody like her to try to find somebody in the community who would do the work and would be able to cover that, and we are still in that situation today.

This is something happening in our Province of Nova Scotia, there are kids and, I'm sure, many older people, who have tooth pain and problems and they are not being addressed. I think this will help because it will allow people to have care even in our schools, as we talked about. I am sure that the dental hygienists could be arranged to make trips to the schools and do some preventive health care there, and I would like to certainly suggest it to them. I know that they mentioned, themselves, a program where they offer a certain number of hours free of charge within the dental practices to help in exactly this kind of work. So they are already answering that call, and I think once they become a regulated profession it can go even further, Mr. Speaker.

So I would certainly like to congratulate the dental hygienists in their long work to bring this to fruition and I hope we will hear more if it does go to the Law Amendments Committee. My understanding is there are no outstanding issues at this point in time. I think they may have ironed out most of them or perhaps there may be one that will come up. (Interruption) The minister indicates there might be one. But I think that it has been a long, hard process to come to an understanding between two separate professions that work collaboratively. The dental hygienists, I know, understand very much their scope of practice, and that has been the important thing - where does their work stop and the work of a dentist begin? They do understand that.

Mr. Speaker, there is one other aspect I wanted to just raise while we are discussing this because it does relate to regulated professions. I am sure I am not alone in having been visited by another regulated profession that falls under health, and that is the counsellors of Nova Scotia. I am not sure of the exact term that they use but they are people who provide counselling, similar to psychologists but they are not licensed psychologists. (Interruption) Therapeutic counsellors, thank you very much. They have been lobbying the government for a number of years as well, because right now there is no consumer protection when it comes to going and engaging somebody who would act as a therapist or a counsellor for people who are in distress, or grief, or dealing with emotional problems. That's an area that you or I could perhaps say that we were qualified to do because there are no standards set that would determine who can hang out a shingle and offer that kind of assistance.

I think it is important, from a provincial point of view, that we look at allowing that professional group to regulate themselves, to determine what their scope of practice would be and how they work within the health care system because, again, it is one part of it.

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So, Mr. Speaker, I hope that the government will look seriously at the therapeutic counsellors, as well, and see the merit of their claim, because we hope that theirs will not take as long.

In the meantime, I look forward to this moving to the Law Amendments Committee. Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

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

The honourable Minister of Health.

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, just to comment a little bit on one of those last comments. When it comes to self-governing bodies or colleges, one thing we have difficulty in - when they are the smaller groups - is to have enough people to constitute that college or board. I think what we need to do within the Department of Health is to look at sort of having a broader group that can take in a number of these smaller ones that they could share administrations or boards and do that kind of thing. I know the challenge for us when we were doing the midwifery piece, it was really trying to find enough midwives to constitute that board and other professionals that could work with them in order for it to work.

I can say that this has been a very difficult and long-time coming piece of legislation. I agree with the member for Glace Bay - it's not often I agree with him, but I'll agree with him on this particular case - the issue, really, was to try to find a common ground amongst the organizations of exactly how this was going to work. I want to thank the Nova Scotia Dental Hygienists Association for their perseverance on this one, as well as the Nova Scotia Dental Association and the Provincial Dental Board for their co-operation in putting this together.

There is, really, one outstanding issue of which really has to be left to the governing body itself to decide what that further training is - that if you're going to work on your own, here's the extra certifications you're going to need in order to do this. We felt it was better put in the hands of the dental hygienists and that self-regulating body to come up with what that is going to be. So, it's for them to decide upon over the next number of months as we put this together.

Ultimately, will this change how dental hygiene is done in this province? I want to say yes, but we're not going to see it off the get-go. I would say about 95 per cent of dental hygienists who do work in private practices today with other dentists will continue that, but I think it will be a step in the right direction that they will be able to move into their own practices and go to long-term care facilities, go to homes for special care and offer that service where it has not been able to be offered in the past.

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I've been happy to move this one forward as it came across my desk soon after becoming Minister of Health. In a little under two years, we were able to put this one - pardon the pun - put it to bed and get it into this House for discussion and moving forward. So, I can say that I've been very happy to pull this one forward.

Just one final comment, basically it came from the member for Sackville-Cobequid when he was talking about dental hygienists working for dentists. Mr. Speaker, from this day forward, it will be dental hygienists working with dentists. With that, I'd like to move second reading of Bill No. 24, the Dental Hygienists Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 24. 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 Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 16.

Bill No. 16 - Human Rights Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased today to rise on second reading of Bill No. 16, amendments to the Human Rights Act.

The Human Rights Act is one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nova Scotia. In essence, it defines and protects the rights of the people of our province. Nova Scotia's Human Rights Act affirms that every person is free and equal in dignity and rights without regard to age, race, colour, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, ethnic, national or Aboriginal origin, family or marital status, source of income or political belief, affiliation or activity.

These amendments to the Human Rights Act will modernize the Act to ensure it remains effective and responsive to the needs of our citizenry. I'd like to add that these amendments are based on recommendations from the Human Rights Commission, specifically the amendments will empower the commission to carry out an annual performance appraisal of the director of the commission in the prescribed form and submit it to the minister. It will elaborate the roles and responsibilities of the Manager of Race Relations, Equity and Inclusion. It will impose a one-year term limit on the filing of complaints; provide the commission with express authority to dismiss complaints which the

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commission or the director considers to be trivial, vexatious, frivolous or not made in good faith; will empower a board of inquiry to order costs where authorized by and to the extent permitted by regulation; impose an obligation on boards of inquiry to issue their decision within six months of the conclusion of a hearing. They will update key definitions in the Act to ensure they are consistent with Charter requirements and human rights legislation in other jurisdictions, and update the Act so that there is a uniform use of gender-neutral language that any references to the courts accord with the Judicature Act.

Mr. Speaker, I look forward to the support of other Parties and look forward to the interventions from honourable colleagues in moving this bill forward. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. The honourable member for Halifax Atlantic.

MS. MICHELE RAYMOND: Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and thank you for affording me a few minutes to address the changes which are being brought forward to the Human Rights Act. As my honourable colleague has made mention, the Human Rights Act is, in fact, one of the most important Acts in the Legislature today. It is, however, a subject matter which occupies a dark corner in the consciousness of many and I tend to think of it as the autoimmune disease of all other legislative areas. It is something where things turn out to be human rights when we know something is wrong. We don't know what it is, something is definitely wrong but it is something that we have been unable to identify in any other way.

Things don't often come to the Human Rights Commission. It is usually possible to identify what the problem is. The Human Rights Commission doesn't actually see all that many complaints at the end of the day. I really welcome a lot of the modernization which is being brought to this Act. I think it is very important to include the definition of harassment because harassment is really not much more than the grownup form of what we call bullying. As we all know, it is an important issue that needs to be addressed, that is being addressed in the schoolyards of our province but it is not necessarily being addressed as it should be in the grownup schoolyards - in the workplaces and in some of the highest and most important areas of our province.

We must address bullying, whether we call it bullying or whether we call it harassment, and we must do more than don pink shirts, although it's an important gesture to make and we all welcome and commend those who make that first step. We must back up those who will speak out against bullies and those who harass.

Having identified harassment as one of the grounds of the Human Rights Act I think is a very important step forward. Harassment and bullying are the damages that are done to people not for who they are, not for what they say but for what they are. These are the things that single people out for characteristics which they cannot and, quite possibly, would not

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ever change. This is the most profound form of unfairness that we can see in our province today, or in any jurisdiction.

It is important to point out, and people sometimes come to me with questions about the Human Rights Act not understanding this. It is very important to point out that our Human Rights Act, like that of many other provinces, is not the same as the Human Rights Codes of the United Nations and other broader jurisdictions. Our Human Rights Act does not define the rights which any human being is entitled to; it does not talk about sleep, food, air, water, shelter. It does not entitle anyone to any specific acts. What it does do is ensure that no person in this province can be deprived of the same set of rights that everyone else is entitled to.

Having said that, I hope that nobody in this province at the end of the day will be deprived of any of the rights which we are at least all entitled to.

What I would say, however, is that I have some concerns and will be introducing amendments about the breadth of the grounds of dismissal of complaints. Many other provinces have modernized their Human Rights Act to allow for dismissal on a series of bases which the Minister of Justice has referred to, but I think it is important that we ensure that the decision to dismiss a complaint before it ever reaches the hearing stage is not that of any single person. If, in fact, a complaint is frivolous, vexatious, not in good faith, not in the best interests of the complainant, it would seem to me that it should be obvious to all, to an entire commission, that it is something which does not even merit a hearing. I hope that we will not place in the hands of any single individual the decision that a complaint, which has already been whittled down and has been through many, many fine meshes before it reaches the Human Rights Act, I hope that we will not place in the hands of any single individual, the jurisdiction to dismiss such a complaint before it reaches a hearing stage.

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There is an average of six or seven decisions coming forth from the Human Rights Commission every year. This is obviously not an overwhelming number and there are many stages - intake, complaint, officer review - at which a complaint can be dismissed. Therefore, I hope we will not allow complaints to be dismissed by a single person before it ever reaches any of these stages at which it could subsequently be dismissed. I will be introducing, or I believe we will be looking at, amendments to ensure that this receives at least a full review before a complaint is finally dismissed.

Having said that, however, I believe that there are already serious deterrents to frivolous complaints and I know that we are certainly not looking at lessening those. I look forward to the debate in the Law Amendments Committee and with that, I would proceed. Thank you.

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Richmond.

MR. MICHEL SAMSON: Mr. Speaker, it's a pleasure to rise once again this evening, the first time this evening, but it was a busy day Friday with some of the Justice bills and we're back to them tonight. Bill No. 16 is an important bill in that it amends the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act.

One of the first things that you notice with the introduction of this bill and with the different things that were highlighted by the Minister of Justice in introducing second reading is that he indicated that the changes being brought forward in Bill No. 16 are the result of recommendations from the Human Rights Commission. Immediately, as legislators, we know where these changes are coming from. We know who it is that is responsible for bringing forward this piece of legislation and who it is that has taken the time to review the legislation and bring forward these types of changes.

Mr. Speaker, you will recall that on Friday, when I was talking about a number of the Justice bills being brought forward, it was unclear as to who was bringing forward these changes. The Small Claims Court Act, for example, was one that I pointed out where we really had no idea who was pushing for these changes. Was it lawyers? Was it the judiciary? Was it the Department of Justice? Was it the committee that the minister has referred to that has been reviewing the Small Claims Court Act? We don't know. In fact, it was ironic that on Friday, when the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal was introducing one of the last pieces of legislation, he made it a point to reiterate, on numerous occasions, which body was bringing forward the changes so obviously he listened to the concerns that I raised. I hope that the Minister of Justice will take into consideration that when bills are being brought forward, it is our duty, as legislators, to know exactly who is responsible for bringing forward these changes and we've seen that as a problem in the past.

I raised that on Friday and won't repeat them all here today, but I hope the Minister of Justice will take the time to review some of the comments that I did make on Friday because I think it goes a long way in determining how quickly legislation can make its way through the House and what certainty we can have, as Opposition critics, on behalf of Nova Scotians, to be able to say we clearly have a sense of who is bringing forward these changes and whether these changes have been properly thought out.

It is with interest, I note, that the critic for the Official Opposition has already indicated that there are amendments that they are considering to this legislation, so obviously it will be an interesting process through the Law Amendments Committee with some of the presentation we may or may not receive, but it has already been signaled that there could be amendments coming to this bill as has been presented.

As has been mentioned by the Minister of Justice, one of the changes will be to allow the Human Rights Commission to do a yearly review of the director of the commission. I

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think that is an important change because the director of the commission plays an important role. Not only in the administration of this, but I think in many ways - when you look at the last number of directors that we have had, Nova Scotians view this person as being the embodiment of the Human Rights Act and being able to carry forward the principles of the Human Rights Act. I believe a yearly review is something that's appropriate and something that one would expect of senior management in government to start off with.

Mr. Speaker, one of the interesting changes that is being recommended is the one-year time limit on the filing of a complaint. It would be interesting if the minister were able to provide us with some of the statistics as to how long people waited to file a complaint under the Human Rights Act. Are we talking a year and a day, two years, three years, four years, five years? Has this been a problem in the past and how much of a problem has it been that we're now being asked to put a strict, one-year time limit on the filing of a complaint? Maybe there are statistics that can be provided to us, through the Human Rights Commission, to give us a better understanding of why that change is being sought at this time.

Mr. Speaker, as has been pointed out, now the commission will have the ability to dismiss complaints which are deemed to be trivial and factitious. The question is, what is going to be the definition of trivial and factitious in the eyes of the commission in dismissing a complaint and who will be making that decision? Will there be an ability to appeal such a decision under the changes that are being sought? So that's clearly an area where we're going to need a bit more information in order to determine whether this change is one that's going to be in the best interests of Nova Scotians in dealing with the Human Rights Act.

Mr. Speaker, as well, some of the changes will now allow the commission to order costs to the parties involved in a Human Rights complaint, but interestingly, once again, we're told that those costs will be determined through regulation. So, unfortunately, we're being asked to give our approval to legislation that will once again allow the Cabinet to go behind closed doors and make the determination of exactly what costs can be - and under what conditions that costs can be provided - and that those are issues which will not be brought before the House of Assembly which, as I've said on many other pieces of legislation, causes me concern.

Mr. Speaker, one of the positive changes that I see clearly in this is that the commission will now be required to provide a decision within six months after a hearing has finished. Now, again, it would be interesting to see some of the statistics from the Human Rights Commission as to how long it has been taking to get decisions rendered, but I can tell you, Mr. Speaker, I dealt with one file which was going between two and three years before a decision was being granted, which clearly was an unreasonable amount of time to ask anyone to wait for a decision regardless of what level of court you might be dealing with. So on first glance, from my own experience, I believe the six month time limit is an appropriate one. Again, one has to question whether regulations will be put in such that will allow that

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six- month time period to be renewed and, again, how long will people possibly be made to wait before a decision is finally granted.

Mr. Speaker, some of the changes that have been mentioned by the minister as to gender-neutral language is something that I believe we would expect would be taking place throughout most of our legislation here in the province now. I believe there is still work to be done. I remember when the former Minister of Justice had brought forward some changes to the language in some of our existing legislation that used language which is clearly unacceptable today. I remember the Catholic Women's League had pushed for some of those changes and I commend the minister again - the now Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal - for bringing forward those changes because it's clear that that is language which Nova Scotians no longer find acceptable and certainly has no place in the legislation of this province.

Mr. Speaker, I think one of the most important elements of the Human Rights Act -and if it's going to have a positive impact in our province - is through education. I know that the Human Rights Commission has been undergoing a significant amount of different opportunities to educate Nova Scotians, to educate employers, to educate employees, and educate Nova Scotians in general about what's acceptable and what is not acceptable in today's workforce and in today's society. We cannot emphasize the importance of education. We talk about it for so many other items and it's certainly clearly an essential element for the proper operation of the Human Rights Act and for a just and fair society here in Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, what's interesting is that this bill is being called on the International Day of Recognizing People with Disabilities. I think that speaks volumes of the effect that the Human Rights Act has had, the effect that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms has had on our society. People with disabilities today are celebrated, and they are celebrated for their accomplishments. We all know that years ago that was not the case, people with disabilities were not celebrated. I believe that shows exactly how far we have come as a society. I believe when you look here in Nova Scotia at how our social fabric is changing, it is changing in many ways because of the new cultures, the new religions, people of different races and from different backgrounds who are being welcomed here in this province.

Mr. Speaker, I think all members of this House would say that has been a positive change for our province and it certainly changed the cultural mosaic of our cities and many of our communities throughout the province. Basically our whole history of Nova Scotia is based on different cultures coming together and living as one province, and it's because of the Human Rights Act, and the Charter, as I mentioned before, that people want to come to Nova Scotia not only because of the way of life we have here, but they know that they have the protections that are put in place and that we have legislated protections to make sure that people are not discriminated against on the prohibited grounds that the Minister of Justice indicated earlier in introducing this bill.

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So, Mr. Speaker, I think it's important that we not forget that, and we not forget the importance of recognizing the rights that exist to everyone here in Nova Scotia regardless of their race, regardless of their religion, regardless of their background, that we make sure that everyone welcomed to our province realizes that is the society that we have here in Nova Scotia and that we continue to cherish.

Mr. Speaker, I do look forward to the presentations that we may receive at the Law Amendments Committee on this specific piece of legislation. I'm curious to see whether there are any amendments from the Official Opposition, which we will certainly be more than interested in looking at, and following the presentations we may have some amendments of our own to bring forward. But the fact again, allow me to state, that this bill is being brought forward as a result of the recommendations of the Human Rights Commission gives me a sense of comfort and a sense of confidence that these are the appropriate changes for this House to be considering.

I urge the government, throughout all the ministries, that when they're bringing forward legislation they do their homework beforehand and let this House know exactly who is seeking the changes, what consultation is taking place, and which groups have been given the opportunity to make comment on legislation before it arrives here at the House. Bringing legislation first and doing consultation later is not the appropriate way to do it, and it is not the way for effective Opposition Parties to be able to give due consideration to legislation.

Bill No. 16 is the right way to do it. Hopefully the Minister of Justice in all of his future legislation will follow the same course of action prior to bringing legislation to this House. With that, Mr. Speaker, I look forward to this bill passing second reading and making its way to the Law Amendments Committee. Thank you. Merci.

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

The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my honourable colleagues for their comments this evening. As indicated, we look forward to providing clarity to some of the questions they have raised, and through now and to the Law Amendments Committee process we will make every effort to provide as much dialogue, as well work with the commission on any of the perspectives and the opinions that have been raised. So I definitely will take that, and as it was mentioned by my colleagues, any of the follow-up for the Law Amendments Committee consideration, will do that.

Mr. Speaker, in thanking them, I also would like to move second reading of Bill No. 16, the Human Rights Act.

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MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 16. 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 Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 4, the Pension Benefits Act.

Bill No. 4 - Pension Benefits Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Environment and Labour.

HON. MARK PARENT: Mr. Speaker, I want to welcome our guests in the gallery and add my words of welcome to them.

It's a pleasure to rise and speak about our proposal to increase protection for pension plan members in Nova Scotia, because it is a proposal that focuses on fairness and protection of workers in our province. On November 23rd, along with my colleague, the member for Pictou Centre, I announced our government's intention to introduce changes to the Pension Benefits Act.

It's a pleasure to rise and speak about our proposal to increase protection for pension plan members in Nova Scotia, because it is a proposal that focuses on fairness and protection of workers in our province. On November 23rd, along with my colleague, the member for Pictou Centre, I announced our government's intention to introduce changes to the Pension Benefits Act.

Mr. Speaker, I did that on behalf of the government, because this government respects the contributions of working families in this province. That is why, today, I am announcing a small change to my original bill. Looking at the situation cautiously, an effective date of May 1, 2007, will help ensure that Trenton workers, employees, have the benefit of the legislation, as well as any companies in the future. (Applause)

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So, Mr. Speaker, our proposed amendment will protect all pension plan members in municipal, university, and private sector pension plans. What does that mean for pension plan members in Nova Scotia? Well, in simple terms, it means that if this amendment passes, we will have done all that we can do to ensure that companies fully fund all benefits of a

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defined pension plan. It means that Nova Scotians, when they lose their jobs because their company is closing or relocating, will know that the funds that their company put into the pension plan will be enough to secure their pension benefits.

Mr. Speaker, Nova Scotians are amongst the hardest working people in Canada and they deserve to have their financial future protected. Our proposed amendment does that to the best extent possible. If this amendment is passed, the employer will be responsible for paying enough money to the plan to ensure that members receive the full value of their pension benefits.

Companies can go out of business for many reasons, Mr. Speaker, as you know. The company can be placed in receivership, voluntarily or by a creditor, or can declare bankruptcy. So this bill is not the panacea to protect all pensioners from the events that may occur when there's a voluntary windup, but what we are proposing here in Nova Scotia is adopting the same measures that have been put in place in six other jurisdictions across Canada. Government is not stopping with this amendment. With our aging workforce, pension issues are becoming increasingly important to Nova Scotians and, as a government, we want to make sure that our legislation is modern, effective and efficient. That is why I also announced our intention to establish an advisory committee to review our current legislation to ensure best practices are being followed to protect pension plan members in this province.

The advisory committee will consist of experts in the field, and I am happy to report, Mr. Speaker, that we are well on our way to getting our advisory committee finalized. That committee will consult with stakeholders and will make recommendations to government for changes that will help protect pension plans and their members.

A full review of the current pension benefits legislation will address pension issues in a sustainable and a comprehensive fashion. Mr. Speaker, our pension advisory committee will research the very best pension management practices in Canada and we will build on those practices to ensure that here, in Nova Scotia, all workers have legislation that is fair, efficient and modern. Government is committed to helping Nova Scotians ensure that their retirement years are spent doing things they enjoy, without the stress and uncertainty of worrying about whether their pensions are there.

So, Mr. Speaker, with those brief words of introduction, it is my pleasure to move second reading of Bill No. 4, the Pension Benefits Act. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Opposition.

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It is my pleasure to join the debate on Bill No. 4 this evening, the Pension Benefits Act. I couldn't help but reflect, as my colleague from Cape Breton, the member for Richmond was speaking on the previous bill,

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he talked about the necessity to know where these bills come from. I think in that spirit we should recognize that this bill has come from the hard work of many people on behalf of the workers at Trenton Works, and in particular through the leadership of the United Steelworkers. They lobbied many, many people, both on the government side and on the Opposition side, to make sure that this kind of protection was put in place for working people not only at the Trenton plant, but indeed for other employers as well. We should be cognizant and thank them for the work they have done in relation to this piece of legislation. (Applause)

The minister is absolutely correct when he says that this kind of legislation is put in place in order to protect the interests of working people. I absolutely agree with that and I think, really, this is the kind of legislation that should have been in place before, but it was not. Now, to have it come forward at this point, at least when major industries in this province close down, there will, in fact, be some protection for the employees in those plants.

Pensions are deferred wages. In the collective bargaining process, the union and the employer bargain around a whole series of issues and they trade off between receiving current benefits, like wages, against the notion of having security in retirement. That's how pension benefits are arrived at, it is through the collective bargaining process. I think people have the right to expect that the pension benefits, which they have bargained for over the years and for which they have decided to give up other benefits, should be there when they come to retire.

I'm not claiming to have intimate knowledge of all of the collective agreements that exist in this province or in other provinces, but I do know that in cases like what happened in Nackawic up in New Brunswick, where that mill closed down - I'm given to understand that what happened there was that people expected there were going to be benefits available under the pensions that had been negotiated. At the end of the day, because the plan was underfunded, many of them who felt they were going to have pensions, which were going to stand them in good stead throughout their retirement, found that they were getting something in the order of half of what they expected to receive. That simply isn't fair and I don't think any member of this House would expect that kind of result, as a result of an industrial closure, is fair to working people.

I know that - I guess I'll make this point first. Prior to this legislation, it wasn't just people who retired after the closure of the plant who were going to be affected by the reduction in their pensions. It would go as far as to mean that those pensioners who were already in receipt of their pensions would also have their benefits cut, if you can imagine, because the plan was not fully funded. Again, because of this legislation, that problem will be remedied.

Those are generally the comments I wanted to make in seeing this bill go forward to the Law Amendments Committee; however, I know that today a letter has been circulating,

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which I think came from one of the municipalities, with respect to concerns they might have about this legislation. I found it an interesting letter, because I think the questions they put in their letter could be reasonably dealt with through inquiries or by making a presentation to the Law Amendments Committee.

I found it interesting, because one of the things they did was they talked about whether or not the legislation might affect municipalities. Of course, this is exactly the opposite position they took when they were asking the Legislature to take away the grow-in benefits under current legislation, which was eventually actually done by regulation and they took away the grow-in benefits. They said these never have to apply to municipalities, because municipalities never wind up, never go bankrupt, never go out of business so, therefore, you don't have to worry about the grow-in benefits with respect to municipalities and, therefore, we shouldn't be subject to the same kinds of solvency tests with respect to the municipal units that other private businesses are.

If that is true, if that was true then, when they were making those kinds of submissions with respect to the grow-in benefits, then they shouldn't have any concerns about the Pension Benefits Act, because if they were saying what they believed at that time, then it's still true today. So, for me, I'm pleased to see this legislation go on to the Law Amendments Committee for all of the reasons that the minister and I have set out here today and I look forward to the Law Amendments Committee process.

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

MS. DIANA WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased today to have a moment to speak about Bill No. 4, which are amendments to the Pensions Benefit Act. This is an important time to bring the amendments forward and, as was said earlier, perhaps it would have been better had they been done sooner so that this wouldn't be happening in a retroactive position because I understand the date is set in the past in order to address the concerns of not only the closure of the TrentonWorks Plant, but also the Hershey's plant, which has closed in Dartmouth.

We want to ensure the future for the people who have worked in those plants, Mr. Speaker. In fact, this is affecting hundreds of employees and their families and one can't as well forget the fact that it has a huge impact on the communities in which these families and these workers live, because when you take hundreds of jobs and lose them in a particular area, it's a devastating blow to a community as well. Everybody suffers and it is important that the people who have worked there be treated fairly.

Many people have put years and years into their employment with various companies and ensuring that the pension benefits are there, either when they reach full retirement or when the time occurs and there's an unfortunate closure of a plant - it's very important to us in the Liberal Party. We want to make sure that people are protected and that their rights and

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benefits are protected in the event of that very unfortunate occurrence. As I said, the concern we have is to help people, to help them transition into new jobs, to help them rebuild their lives, and a big part of that is to ensure that they have the benefits that they have been entitled to.

Other provinces have this legislation, Mr. Speaker. Ontario, in particular, has a requirement that's similar to this at the time of windup. Frankly, I believe that workers here in Nova Scotia should be entitled to the benefits that they would receive if they were working in other provinces in our country. It isn't right to see us accept lesser than is offered elsewhere in our country. I think the intent to pay the fair pension to people is very important and the shortfall that is in the plans should be addressed. In both cases that I referenced, the funds are currently funded at about 91 per cent or 92 per cent. That shortfall, although it doesn't sound so great, can make a huge difference in the pensions that current employees would be receiving upon the wrap-up of the company and the pensioners who are currently already retired and living in the community, they could also suffer because the funds aren't there to continue to pay what was being paid previously.

So as I said, Mr. Speaker, this represents a fundamental change for people and I believe it is right to look very carefully at how we can help to protect them as they go forward. I would also call on government to look at programs that help people to retrain and to seek other employment, to work at community economic development so that they can stay in the communities where they've been living for sometimes generations, but where their homes and where their families are settled.

I think that a transition and a need to address how people are going to go forward after a facility closes is important as well, Mr. Speaker, but that's another part of the role of government, I believe, to address those kinds of crisis as they occur. We should have in place a program, or a method, to come into the areas that are affected and help families and help workers to prepare for the future. I think that is important.

Mr. Speaker, as we go forward, I'll be interested to hear any comments at the Law Amendments Committee. We did receive, as well, the letter today from HRM outlining some of their concerns and, as well, we've been promised a full briefing from the departmental staff, which is set up for tomorrow. So I think that, you know, we will be looking forward to that just so that we can flush out, in our own minds, some of the other ramifications of this change and any other consequences of making a change like this, but from a point of view of looking at protection of workers, we believe this is an important move forward. We want to examine some of the other aspects that may be inherent in the bill but that will wait for tomorrow, and we certainly look forward to hearing people directly at the Law Amendments Committee. Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

MS. MAUREEN MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to take a few minutes to speak on Bill No. 4. I know there isn't any member in this House who doesn't understand how difficult it is to have the loss of a job. We have all had the experience, maybe personally, or through family, or friends, people in our community, but imagine what a devastating blow it is to find out that in addition to losing your job, that the pension benefits that you thought you would have weren't there at the end of the day when a perfectly solvent company decides to close, perhaps taking your job and your pension benefits to an offshore location, out of your community, out of your province, out of your country.

Mr. Speaker, this is all too frequent an occurrence here in our province and in our country, and Bill No. 4 is a piece of legislation that is a means to prevent this from happening, and the minister is to be commended for bringing forward this legislation. It's a good bill. It's a bill about keeping a promise that was made to the workforce who kept their promise to the company, who kept their promise by years of dedication and loyalty, the production of good products and good profit for shareholders. So this legislation is very similar to the kinds of protections that are in place in provinces like Ontario, and Alberta, and British Columbia, so that when a single employer, or a single company, winds up its pension plan, if the assets in the plan are less than the benefits that have been promised to the workforce, then that company, that employer, has to address this shortfall.

Mr. Speaker, the minister has indicated that there will be an amendment to the date on which this bill will come into effect, retroactive to May 2007. This, I think, will clearly offer the protections that are needed for those dedicated members of the TrentonWorks workforce who not only were on the job the day of the last shift in April, but, in fact, who had been laid off previously for as much as a year, and also the pensioners who were already members of that plan and who faced the potential of seeing a reduction in the benefits they were seeing.

So, Mr. Speaker, this legislation will offer protections to those workers and also to the workers at Moirs. This has been mentioned by previous speakers. Two companies that we are seeing are moving their production offshore into Mexico. I hope that this bill will take effect on royal assent, and that is something that we will continue to have, I am sure, some discussions around as it makes its way through the Law Amendments Committee process.

In closing, Mr. Speaker, I welcome the minister's announcement on the expert review of pension benefits legislation in Nova Scotia. Other provinces have either conducted such reviews fairly recently, or reviews are underway. A review of this nature is underway today in Ontario and, as the minister indicated, pension benefits are a very important public policy issue right now, probably because we have seen the loss of a fair number of good-paying jobs in the manufacturing sector. We have an aging workforce and a desire to retain older workers

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in our labour market to address some of the skills shortages, and some pension provisions actually may act as a barrier to encouraging people to stay in the labour force a little longer.

These are very important issues and they're issues I look forward to having more debate and conversation in this Legislature with the minister and with my colleagues. I know the minister has offered an opportunity for a briefing with Labour Critics from the Opposition on his plans with respect to a review of pension legislation. I hope at that time we'll find out more about whether or not there will be good labour representation on the expert panel doing the review, and we will have a chance to talk about the time frame that the minister contemplates for such a review.

With those remarks, I take my place. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. The honourable member for Preston.

MR. KEITH COLWELL: Mr. Speaker, it was with great pleasure and some regret that I participated in the march in Trenton last year. It was great to see all the people mobilized to come out and talk about this very important issue, the closure of a very important industry in a community that certainly didn't need another blow, especially a blow that took away many good salaries and actually an exporter that added a lot of economic value to all of the Province of Nova Scotia, and it was very sad to see.

The saddest part was so many people I spoke with before and after the march said - I can recall one gentleman who came up to me and asked, what am I going to do? I'm 58 years old, I can't get retrained, I don't have enough pension to survive on - what do I do?

I had no answers for him, absolutely none - I'm sure nobody had that day. It would have been nice to say, here's another job that you're qualified for to make the same amount of money, or better money, and you can work until you're 65 or you decide you retire. Unfortunately that option wasn't there - hopefully the gentleman has been able to do something that has really helped him and he has been able to move forward.

The fact that this fund at Trenton was only 91 per cent funded was not acceptable - simply not acceptable. It should have been addressed a long time ago; unfortunately it wasn't. I don't know who would have known the plant was going to close, but somebody surely must have.

It's time these things were changed. It's not only the Trenton plant, everybody's talking about the Trenton plant, but also many constituents of mine work at the Moirs candy factory. The Moirs candy factory as well is underfunded on the pension program. This will capture them as well. It goes almost unnoticed, although there was a tremendous number of high-paying jobs for many people in the community - many people from my community, many people from Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, from all over Halifax who work in this plant.

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I say it goes unnoticed because HRM is so big and there are so many employers here that when one employer goes away it doesn't have the same effect as it does in Trenton - that was the biggest employer in town and that had a serious, devastating impact on Trenton.

But the devastation's just the same; it's just the same. You put an individual in the same spot as the gentleman I spoke about from Trenton who is maybe 58 years old, doesn't have enough money to retire on, too early to get Canada Pension and all the things that go with that, and you have a serious problem on your hands, financially, for your family. That's what we're talking about here - financially for your family.

The other concern I have with this bill - and I'm going to be supporting the bill and I've talked to the minister about this - is enforcing this bill down the road. If Greenbrier moves away from Nova Scotia, there are no assets in Nova Scotia potentially to seize - none - to enforce this bill. So how are they going to get the money? That's a real question and I think that's a question that needs to be addressed at Law Amendments Committee as the process moves forward, because it's great to pass a bill, but if you don't collect the money, it doesn't matter. That's a reality for Trenton Works.

Now with Moirs candy factory, that may not be the case, because there are other assets within Canada that can be attached by the province to hopefully top that fund up. So I think that would be positive. I don't want anyone from Trenton Works to get a false impression by anybody here that they're going to get this thing topped up, because in reality, unless they can collect the money from the company in some way, with some tangible asset they can seize or convince the company they should pay out of the goodness of their heart, because actually with no assets that's basically what it comes down to. It is a U.S. company so that could very easily happen. So that's something we have to be very, very aware of and we have to do everything we can, as legislators, to make sure that the money actually goes to the people who need it the most, the people who are retiring.

I can tell you from many people who I see on a daily basis in my area, who don't have enough pension income, people who are living well below the poverty line, at a time when they worked, when the pensions weren't as good as they are today in many places, I have people in my riding who live on $8,000 a year. Can you own a home and live on $8,000 a year? I can't and I don't think anybody here can and most anybody in Nova Scotia can't, but there are people in my riding doing that and doing it very successfully.

Now there are many times that they can't buy oil, they can't buy groceries and they can't pay some of the bills they've got, but I guarantee you, those people are working hard and with the help of the community, they get through all that and do the things that they should be doing. I would love to see all of them have an excellent income, that they could really enjoy life, because all these people worked very hard their whole lives, from when they were very young until they were forced to retire, from illness, or whatever the case might have been.

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So you can see the dilemma with this bill; it should have been in place sooner. There need to be more provisions for pensions in the province to ensure that when someone becomes a senior and they decide to retire, they've got enough income that they can do the things in life that they want to do - not only what they want to do, but make sure they can maintain their homes, maintain a healthy lifestyle and be able to buy the things that they need to survive as time goes on, because costs are going up higher and higher and in another 20 or 25 years, if you don't have a substantial pension, you're not going to be able to keep your home, at least in HRM you're not, because the taxes are going so high that you are not going to be able to pay them. It is going to be that simple.

Hopefully, and I'm glad that the province came forward and listened to us and our Liberal Party in putting the cost of living and the consumer price index on assessments. That is the single biggest tax break this province has ever had for property tax owners. I can tell you, that is a major improvement for seniors and people with low incomes. It helps them, it really does help them. As we look forward . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. There's too much chatter in the Chamber. I would certainly ask honourable members, if they want to continue their discussions, please take it outside the Chamber, to allow the honourable member who has the floor to be heard by all. Thank you.

MR. COLWELL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As you go through this process, you have to keep people in mind. I know, and I want to congratulate the minister for bringing this forward, I know he has the best of intentions with this Act and hopefully will achieve, with this Act, what needs to be done to protect workers here in Nova Scotia, long-term.

I am pleased to see that he is going to do a complete review of the pension system, a panel review, and hopefully he'll choose, which I'm sure he will, people who are highly skilled in that area, to ensure that we can get an excellent return on it and maybe have some real pension reform in this province, so that when someone becomes retirement age, or whatever they decide that may be for themselves, that they have a reasonable pension of some combination of things that they can retire and live in peace and peace of mind. Peace of mind is being able to buy groceries and pay your oil bill and pay your taxes and do some of the things in life that you want to do. That's what this discussion is all about.

We believe, as the Liberal caucus, that people come first. This is one thing that is very, very important to us and as we move forward with this bill and other bills in this Legislature, that is the thing we have to keep in mind, the people, and the people in this province, to make sure they have a healthy, safe place to live and work and also when they retire, that they have enough income to do what they are going to do.

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I look forward to this bill going to the Law Amendments Committee and hearing from all the different groups that may come forward, and hopefully lots of groups do come forward with their ideas and some possible amendments that may happen on the bill. I am looking forward to the briefing that we have approached the minister for, from his department. We would have liked to have had it before we had the discussion on the bill, but the intent of the bill is so important, and it is so important to move this forward, that we will take the briefing tomorrow and if we have any amendments we would like to make, we will do that during the Law Amendments Committee process and discussion during third reading.

So, with that, I would like to close my remarks.

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

The honourable Minister of Environment and Labour.

HON. MARK PARENT: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the members opposite for their comments and for their support of this bill. I want to thank our visitors in the gallery for the hard work that they have done, that the Leader of the Opposition noted in moving this bill forward and I look forward to further discussion on it as it goes to the Law Amendments Committee. So, Mr. Speaker, here on the government side, we are very proud to put forward this bill to protect workers' rights and with that I move second reading and close debate.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 4. 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 Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, given the inclement weather, that concludes the government's business for the day. I move that the House do now rise to meet again tomorrow at the hour of 12:00 noon. The house will sit until 8:00 p.m or until the conclusion of business. Following the daily routine, Government Business will be Public Bills for Second Reading and will include, depending on timing: Bill No. 27, Hospitals Act; Bill No. 31, Medical Act; Bill No. 39, Rental Property Conversion Act; Bill No. 41, Municipal Government Act; Bill No. 43, Municipal Elections Act; Bill No. 45, Companies Act; Bill No. 49, Civil Service Collective Bargaining Act; Bill No. 52, Credit Union Act; and Bill No. 55, Public Service Superannuation Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is that the House do now rise to meet again tomorrow at the hour of 12:00 noon.

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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 House stands adjourned.

[The House rose at 9:02 p.m.]

NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 541

By: Mr. Darrell Dexter (Leader of the Opposition)

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

Whereas firefighting is a challenging profession demanding a high level of commitment to training and fitness; and

Whereas from August 30th to September 2nd, Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Service hosted the 2007 Scott Firefit National Championships at Bishops Landing in Halifax where 300 of the fittest firefighters from across Canada competed for top honours; and

Whereas Halifax Regional Municipality firefighters demonstrated the highest level of fitness, competition and training by placing first to win gold medals in many categories;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly extend congratulations to Mike Sears and Joe Triff for their outstanding performances in winning first place and gold medals for a new world record in the Men's NXG2 Relay competition at the National Firefighters Championships held this Fall in Halifax

RESOLUTION NO. 542

By: Mr. Darrell Dexter (Leader of the Opposition)

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

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Whereas firefighting is a challenging profession demanding a high level of commitment to training and fitness; and

Whereas from August 30th to September 2nd, Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Service hosted the 2007 Scott Firefit National Championships at Bishops Landing in Halifax where 300 of the fittest firefighters from across Canada competed for top honours; and

Whereas Halifax Regional Municipality firefighters demonstrated the highest level of fitness, competition and training by placing first to win gold medals in many categories;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly extend congratulations to Julie Read and Andrea Speranza for their outstanding performances in winning first place and gold medals NXG2 Relay competition at the National Firefighters Championships held this Fall in Halifax

RESOLUTION NO. 543

By: Mr. Darrell Dexter (Leader of the Opposition)

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

Whereas firefighting is a challenging profession demanding a high level of commitment to training and fitness; and

Whereas from August 30th to September 2nd, Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Service hosted the 2007 Scott Firefit National Championships at Bishops Landing in Halifax where 300 of the fittest firefighters from across Canada competed for top honours; and

Whereas Halifax Regional Municipality firefighters demonstrated the highest level of fitness, competition and training by placing first to win gold medals in many categories;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly extend congratulations to the president of Westphal-Cole Harbour Firefighters Association and member of Team Halifax, Joe Triff, for his outstanding performance in winning gold medals in competitions for Top Overall Male Firefighter, Top Male Volunteer Firefighter in Canada and first Overall Individual firefighter in the National Firefighters Championships. Championships held this Fall in Halifax.

RESOLUTION NO. 544

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Public Service Commission is dedicated to building a service that strives for excellence while recruiting Nova Scotians to meet the needs of a modern and innovative public service; and

Whereas Darlene Elizabeth Griffin of Windsor in the constituency of Hants West, was recently recognized for her 30 years of faithful public service with the Nova Scotia Government; and

Whereas Darlene is presently the Operations Support Manager in the Department of Economic Development's head office in Halifax,

Therefore be it resolved that all members in this House applaud the tremendous work ethic and commitment of Darlene Griffin of Windsor for her 30 years of dedicated public service.

RESOLUTION NO. 545

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 Nova Scotia Public Service Commission is dedicated to building a service that strives for excellence while recruiting Nova Scotians to meet the needs of a modern and innovative public service; and

Whereas Ms. Janet Marie Burns of Falmouth in the constituency of Hants West, was recently recognized for her 30 years of faithful public service with the Nova Scotia Government; and

Whereas Janet continues in her employment as Deputy Registrar with Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations in Windsor;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend the diligent work ethic and dedication exemplified by Janet Burns of Falmouth over the last three decades in her job as Deputy Registrar with the Province of Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 546

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Public Service Commission is dedicated to building a service that strives for excellence while recruiting Nova Scotians to meet the needs of a modern and innovative public service; and

Whereas Kenneth Carroll has served the Department of Agriculture and Marketing for 30 years and is still doing an excellent job as Aboiteau Superintendent along the Avon River Dyke in Windsor; and

Whereas Ken was recently recognized by the Province of Nova Scotia for his 30 years of dedication and commitment which he has exemplified as an employee with Agriculture and Marketing;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commend Kenneth Carroll of Windsor on his tremendous work ethic and for doing such an outstanding job over the past three decades.

RESOLUTION NO. 547

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 Nova Scotia Public Service Commission is dedicated to building a service that strives for excellence while recruiting Nova Scotians to meet the needs of a modern and innovative public service; and

Whereas Barry Sabean has served the Department of Natural Resources for three and a half decades and is still doing an outstanding job as a Wildlife Biologist and Director of Wildlife Services with the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources; and

Whereas Mr. Sabean, a resident of Mount Denson, was recently recognized by the Province of Nova Scotia for his long-term service;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the tremendous work ethic and commitment of Mr. Barry Sabean to Nova Scotia's Public Service and for a job well done.

RESOLUTION NO. 548

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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 View High School Boys Rugby Team advanced in their Regional High School Rugby Final earlier this Spring, defeating Horton High 19-5; and

Whereas the Avon View High School Boys Rugby Team showed tremendous stamina and spirit in advancing and winning their regional championship game; and

Whereas the Avon View Boys Rugby squad would like to do even more once the 2007-2008 season gets underway this Spring;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the stamina and determination exemplified by the Avon View High School Boys Rugby Team and wish them nothing but continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 549

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas on Thursday, May 24th, the Honourable Mayann E. Francis, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, was at Barrington Municipal High School to present 15 deserving students with the Lieutenant Governor's Medal; and

Whereas Carrie d'Entremont is a Grade 11 student at Drumlin Heights Consolidated School who maintained an overall average of 93 per cent in Grade 11; and

Whereas she is a member of the Drumlin Heights Spirit Committee that promotes school spirit, plays basketball for the school team, performs for the Living Christmas Tree at the Yarmouth Wesleyan Church and volunteers at a summer camp;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Carrie d'Entremont for her outstanding scholastic achievement and dedication to the school and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 550

By: Mr. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Pernille Fischer Boulter is the president and founder of Kisserup International Trade Roots, an organization that helps companies maximize their profits in the international marketplace; and

Whereas Pernille was nominated by the World Trade Centre Atlantic Canada for a Women of Excellence Award; and

Whereas Pernille Fischer Boulter received a Woman of Excellence Award from the Canadian Progress Club - Halifax Cornwallis - an award that was presented November 22, 2007, at the Marriott Halifax Harbourfront Hotel;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly commend Pernille Fischer Boulter on her great accomplishments and wish her much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 551

By: Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay)

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

Whereas Jeff MacDonald, Nicole McIntyre, Cale Gillis and Sarah Penney, Grade 9 students at St. Michael's Junior High School, were acknowledged for academic achievement; and

Whereas Jeff and Nicole were awarded the Allister Metcalfe Memorial Award for excellence in mathematics and Cale and Sarah were awarded the Principal's Award; and

Whereas these students have shown great academic achievements and school spirit over the course of their junior high years;

Therefore be it resolved that Members of the House of Assembly congratulate Jeff Macdonald, Nicole McIntyre, Cale Gillis and Sarah Penney and wish them success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 552

By: Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay)

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

Whereas each year the Canadian College of Health Service Executives Bluenose Chapter give the CEO's Award of Leadership and Innovation in Health Care to a deserving individual or team; and

Whereas the award recipient must display leadership excellence in organization or the health care field, promote the health services profession, show outstanding contribution as a mentor in the field, and demonstrate innovative operational approaches to significantly improve the delivery of health care; and

Whereas this year's recipient of the CEO's Award of Leadership and Innovation in Health Care - Bluenose Chapter - is Sheila Rankin, Director of Human Resources with Annapolis Valley Health;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate Sheila Rankin on this achievement, and recognize her efforts in bringing leadership and innovation to the health services field.

RESOLUTION NO. 553

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas the Burlington Community Club has been in existence since the 1950s, gathering together the community for a wide variety of events; and

Whereas for the past 20 years Brian Hirtle, the Burlington Community Club president, has spearheaded efforts to raise funds and unite the community with the common goal of creating a vital and sustaining community organization; and

Whereas 2007 marks the 20th year that the Burlington Community Club has put together festivities to celebrate Canada Day, a day to look back on the accomplishments of fellow Canadians, the sacrifices that have been made on our behalf, and to reflect on what a great privilege it is to live in this country;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly commend Brian Hirtle on his community minded efforts and recognize the people of Burlington for their dedication to commemorating Canada's anniversary of confederation.

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RESOLUTION NO. 554

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas each Fall many Nova Scotians give their time freely to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation; and

Whereas Jean Penny of St. Peter's has been a passionate supporter and fundraiser for cancer research, raising money each year from residents in St. Peter's and surrounding communities; and

Whereas this year Jean has helped raise an impressive $2,261.00 for the Terry Fox Foundation;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize the dedication shown by Jean Penny in her fundraising efforts and commend her for another successful year of supporting cancer research through the Terry Fox Foundation.

RESOLUTION NO. 555

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas Youthscape is a new national youth engagement initiative focused on shaping the physical and social structures of Halifax Regional Municipality to become more youth inclusive; and

Whereas this program encourages the community to not look at kids as adults-in-waiting or as future leaders, but as important members of the community right now; and

Whereas Sabrina Poirier is the more than capable co-ordinator of Youthscape in HRM and leads an active team of very committed young individuals;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize the value of projects such as Youthscape, and wish Sabrina and her colleagues the very best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 556

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By: Mr. Harold Theriault (Digby-Annapolis)

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

Whereas Discover the Wines of Nova Scotia Festival has been named the Signature Event of the Year at the annual conference of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia annual conference; and

Whereas this is quite an accomplishment considering the fact that this is only the second year that this event has been held; and

Whereas this year's festival was a complete success, with more than 10,000 people attending at 35 venues throughout Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate the organizers of the Discover the Wines of Nova Scotia Festival and wish the festival success in years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 557

By: Mr. Harold Theriault (Digby-Annapolis)

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

Whereas each year the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo takes place in the early weeks of July; and

Whereas the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo attracts visitors from far and wide, giving a much-needed boost to the tourism industry of our province; and

Whereas in September of this year the American Bus Association announced that the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo has been designated as one of the top Internationally Known Events for 2008, and is listed as part of the American Bus Association's Top 100 Events in North America;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize the importance of the royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo to our tourism industry and thank the American Bus Association for their encouraging endorsement.

RESOLUTION NO. 558

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By: Mr. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas the Order of Nova Scotia is the highest honour of the Province of Nova Scotia, recognizing excellence and the outstanding contributions and achievements of Nova Scotians; and

Whereas these individuals bring a sense of pride, honour and prestige to themselves and this province; and

Whereas the 2007 recipients of the Order of Nova Scotia, Joyce Barkhouse, Peter Clarke, Tom Forrestall, the Honourable Flora MacDonald and William Stanish, all exhibit the respectable qualities that this award stands for;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate this year's recipients of the Order of Nova Scotia, the most prestigious honour given in our province.

RESOLUTION NO. 559

By: Mr. Wayne Gaudet (Clare)

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

Whereas for 70 years the Acadians of Clare and elsewhere have had the opportunity to read a French newspaper every week; and

Whereas this newspaper still reflects the everyday life of its readers, and their culture and heritage; and

Whereas this weekly newspaper named Le Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse has been awarded recognition by a national weekly newspaper association;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating the board of direction and staff on the 70th Anniversary of Le Courrier de La Nouvelle-Écosse and wish them continued success.

Monsieur le Président, â une date ultérieure, je demanderai l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

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Attendu que depuis soixante-dix ans, les Acadiens de Clare et d'ailleurs ont la possibilité de lire un journal francophone chaque semaine; et

Attendu que ce journal reflète toujours la vie quotidienne, la culture et le patrimoine de ses lecteurs; et

Attendu que cet hebdomadaire intitulé Le Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse a été primé par une association nationale de journaux hebdomadaires;

Par conséquent, il est résolu que les membres de cette assemblée se joignent à moi pour féliciter le conseil d'administration et le personnel dans le cadre du 70e anniversaire du Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse et leur souhaiter un succès continu.

RESOLUTION NO. 560

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the Defenders Motorcycle Club is an organization comprised of individuals who share the common love of riding motorcycles; and

Whereas all members of the Defenders have served and defended our country in some respect such as the Canadian military or its allies, the Canadian Coast Guard, or the RCMP; and

Whereas the Defenders are active in their communities, having raised $75,000 over the years for their charity of choice, the CHAMP program that is offered through the War Amps organization;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly recognize the charitable efforts of the Defenders Motorcycle Club and wish them well in their future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 561

By: Mr. Manning MacDonald (Cape Breton South)

[Page 716]

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

Whereas for over 100 years the Canadian Lung Association has been dedicated to its mission of promoting and improving lung health for all Canadians; and

Whereas the Lung Association depends on donations from the public to support lung health research, education, prevention and advocacy; and

Whereas Christmas Seals is the Lung Association's largest fundraiser and has been a tradition since 1908;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly encourage all to donate and help support the Christmas Seals Campaign which benefits thousands of Canadians and provides funding for this much- needed organization.

RESOLUTION NO. 562

By: Mr. Wayne Gaudet (Clare)

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

Whereas on September 29th the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation held its 8th Annual CIBC Run for the Cure in Church Point and West Pubnico; and

Whereas Belliveau Motors co-sponsored the annual Run for the Cure again this year; and

Whereas this year's run raised $16,288 for breast cancer research, education programs, as well as diagnosis and treatments;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly extend our gratitude and best wishes to Belliveau Motors for their active role, as well as the countless volunteers and participants who make the national campaign against breast cancer possible each year.

RESOLUTION NO. 563

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

[Page 717]

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

Whereas on June 2, 2004, Lil MacPherson, Christine Bower and Robie Sagar opened the doors of the Wooden Monkey on Argyle Street in Halifax; and

Whereas the Wooden Monkey was founded on the principle of supporting our local suppliers and organic food producers to create a healthy alternative for diners in Halifax; and

Whereas three years later the restaurant is thriving and the owners are regarded as leaders in the business community for their commitment to the philosophy of environmental stewardship and supporting local businesses;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Lil MacPherson, Christine Bower and Robie Sagar on their vision in establishing the Wooden Monkey, and wish them continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 564

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader? is a spinoff of the popular American show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, a show which challenges adult contestants to answer Grade 5- level questions on their quest for a $1 million prize; and

Whereas this summer Jacob Robertson of Bedford and Katherine Bearne of Halifax were chosen to play the role of the classmates, answering the questions and assisting the contestant; and

Whereas Jacob and Katherine were chosen from more than 1,000 applicants to be part of the team of seven classmates for the show;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Jacob Robertson and Katherine Bearne on their TV stardom and wish them every success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 565

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By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (The Premier)

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

Whereas volunteers are the cornerstone of ground search and rescue, and Nova Scotia is very fortunate to have such skilled and dedicated volunteers who will make themselves available at a moment's notice; and

Whereas the Cheticamp Search and Rescue was born out of a local tragedy - the loss of a missing hunter, the late Willie Joe LeLièvre, in the Fall of 1971; and

Whereas Recherche et Sauvetage Cheticamp - Cheticamp Search and Rescue - celebrated its 35th Anniversary on the weekend of October 12 and 13, 2007;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and salute the valuable efforts of all those involved with the Cheticamp Search and Rescue and thank them for their selfless dedication, to helping others in need, for three and a half decades.

RESOLUTION NO. 566

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (The Premier)

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

Whereas the members of the Margaree and Area Volunteer Fire Department have been serving the people of their community for 50 years; and

Whereas answering emergency calls any time of the day or night, their leadership and selfless efforts are appreciated by residents, and a model for all to follow; and

Whereas these local heroes make our community a better and safer place in which to live;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Margaree and Area Volunteer Fire Department on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary and salute members - both past and present - for their kind, selfless deeds undertaken on behalf of their community.

RESOLUTION NO. 567

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By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (The Premier)

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

Whereas there are a number of Nova Scotian-grown wineries and distilleries, providing a quality local product to Nova Scotians as well as to international markets; and

Whereas one example, the Glenora Inn and Distillery in Inverness County, was named visitor Attraction of the Year and Innovator of the Year by Whisky Magazine's Icons of Whisky Canada 2008 ; and

Whereas not only are such products and places unique to the area and a utilization of our local resources, their production provides employment for our community members;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Glenora Inn and Distillery on its ever-growing list of accolades and accomplishments and wish the owners and staff continued success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 568

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (The Premier)

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

Whereas all Nova Scotians enjoy a good cup of tea, a tasty snack, and a good tale; and

Whereas Jim St. Clair, a long-time Cape Breton historian and genealogist, along with Cordon Bleu Chef Yvonne Levert, recently collaborated to bring together the popular topics of food and history; and

Whereas their hard work culminated in the release of Nancy's Wedding Feast and Other Tasty Tales, on September 26, 2007;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Jim St. Clair and Yvonne Levert on the release of their appetizing account of the unique and wonderful Cape Breton history and cuisine.

RESOLUTION NO. 569

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By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Chris Ritcey-Conrad of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 570

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Stewart Rand of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 571

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By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Will MacNeil of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 572

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Caitlin Creaser of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 573

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By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Kyle Colp of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 574

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Rachel Eddy of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 575

[Page 723]

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Jessica McIntosh of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 576

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Ann Pottie of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 577

[Page 724]

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Bria Faulkenham of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 578

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Chuko Kpolugbo of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 579

[Page 725]

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Isabel Bressmer of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 580

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Rebecca Bell of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 581

[Page 726]

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Rachael Pineo of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 582

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Megan Stobbe of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 583

[Page 727]

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Oliver Hatheway of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 584

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Fernando Sanches of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 585

[Page 728]

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Morgan Smith of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 586

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Rachel Peveril of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 587

[Page 729]

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Alexandr Stabenow of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 588

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Brittany Barkhouse of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 589

[Page 730]

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Aaron Bishop of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 590

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Chris Myers of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 591

[Page 731]

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Eduardo Laing of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 592

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Park View Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereascoaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre Senior Track and Field Team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Jeremy Barnes of Park View Education Centre on winning the Provincial Senior Title.

RESOLUTION NO. 593

[Page 732]

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas team sports and school spirit are two essentials for a happy school environment; and

Whereas team sports help promote team spirit and active living; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre athletes are the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Champions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate team member Alison Creaser of Park View Education Centre on winning the provincial intermediate title.

RESOLUTION NO. 594

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas team sports and school spirit are two essentials for a happy school environment; and

Whereas team sports help promote team spirit and active living; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre athletes are the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Champions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate team member Ryan Getson of Park View Education Centre on winning the provincial intermediate title.

RESOLUTION NO. 595

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas team sports and school spirit are two essentials for a happy school environment; and

Whereas team sports help promote team spirit and active living; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre athletes are the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Champions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate team member Meghan Burke of Park View Education Centre on winning the provincial intermediate title.

RESOLUTION NO. 596

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas team sports and school spirit are two essentials for a happy school environment; and

Whereas team sports help promote team spirit and active living; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre athletes are the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Champions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate team member Maia Jorgenson of Park View Education Centre on winning the provincial intermediate title.

RESOLUTION NO. 597

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas team sports and school spirit are two essentials for a happy school environment; and

Whereas team sports help promote team spirit and active living; and

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Whereas Park View Education Centre athletes are the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Champions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate team member Andrew Morrison of Park View Education Centre on winning the provincial intermediate title.

RESOLUTION NO. 598

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas team sports and school spirit are two essentials for a happy school environment; and

Whereas team sports help promote team spirit and active living; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre athletes are the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Champions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate team member Joe Ross of Park View Education Centre on winning the provincial intermediate title.

RESOLUTION NO. 599

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas team sports and school spirit are two essentials for a happy school environment; and

Whereas team sports help promote team spirit and active living; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre athletes are the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Champions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate team member Logan MacLennan of Park View Education Centre on winning the provincial intermediate title.

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RESOLUTION NO. 600

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas team sports and school spirit are two essentials for a happy school environment; and

Whereas team sports help promote team spirit and active living; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre athletes are the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Champions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate team member Sarah Frauzel of Park View Education Centre on winning the provincial intermediate title.

RESOLUTION NO. 601

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas team sports and school spirit are two essentials for a happy school environment; and

Whereas team sports help promote team spirit and active living; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre athletes are the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Champions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate team member Kayleigh Tanner of Park View Education Centre on winning the provincial intermediate title.

RESOLUTION NO. 602

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas team sports and school spirit are two essentials for a happy school environment; and

Whereas team sports help promote team spirit and active living; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre athletes are the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Champions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate team member Rachel McIntosh of Park View Education Centre on winning the provincial intermediate title.

RESOLUTION NO. 603

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas team sports and school spirit are two essentials for a happy school environment; and

Whereas team sports help promote team spirit and active living; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre athletes are the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Champions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate team member Mattias Wolter of Park View Education Centre on winning the provincial intermediate title.

RESOLUTION NO. 604

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas team sports and school spirit are two essentials for a happy school environment; and

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Whereas team sports help promote team spirit and active living; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre athletes are the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Champions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate team member Luke Haughn of Park View Education Centre on winning the provincial intermediate title.

RESOLUTION NO. 605

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas school sports are instrumental in developing physical, social and emotional skills; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre sports a variety of school athletic teams; and

Whereas Coach Shane Eno helped coach Park View Education Centre Intermediate Track and Field team to their 2007 provincial intermediate title;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Coach Shane Eno for his dedication to his athletes.

RESOLUTION NO. 606

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas school sports are instrumental in developing physical, social and emotional skills; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre sports a variety of school athletic teams; and

Whereas Coach Jamie Mason helped coach Park View Education Centre Intermediate Track and Field team to their 2007 provincial intermediate title;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Coach Jamie Mason for his dedication to his athletes.

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RESOLUTION NO. 607

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas school sports are instrumental in developing physical, social and emotional skills; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre sports a variety of school athletic teams; and

Whereas Coach Heather MacKinnon helped coach Park View Education Centre Intermediate Track and Field team to their 2007 provincial intermediate title;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Coach Heather MacKinnon for her dedication to her athletes.

RESOLUTION NO. 608

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas school sports are instrumental in developing physical, social and emotional skills; and

Whereas Park View Education Centre sports a variety of school athletic teams; and

Whereas Coach Dean McDow helped coach Park View Education Centre Intermediate Track and Field team to their 2007 provincial intermediate title;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Coach Dean McDow for his dedication to his athletes.

RESOLUTION NO. 609

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By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas many boys and girls need care and nurturing from a caring adult; and

Whereas many young boys and girls are introduced to caring adults through Big Brothers Big Sisters; and

Whereas the South Shore Big Brothers Big Sisters Association has been very successful in matching children with caring adults;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Sandra Murray, who has been appointed as the executive director for the South Shore Big Brothers Big Sisters Association - Ms. Murray brings to this position many years of experience within non-profit organizations, fundraising initiatives, as well as several years working with the Department of Community Services, Family Support Centre and South Shore Opportunities Inc.