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DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Alfie MacLeod

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Second Session

MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2007

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
Law Amendments Committee, Hon. C. Clarke 1251
Law Amendments Committee, Hon. C. Clarke 1252
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. No. 1006, Burke, Matt: Homeless Shelter - Donation,
The Premier 1252
Vote - Affirmative 1253
Res. No. 1007, Pengrowth - Anniv. (25th),
The Premier 1253
Vote - Affirmative 1253
Res. No. 1008, Com. Serv.: Child Care Ctr. Staff - Applaud,
Hon. J. Streatch 1254
Vote - Affirmative 1254
Res. No. 1009, Int'l. Human Rights Day (10/12/07) - Recognize,
Hon. C. Clarke 1255
Vote - Affirmative 1255
Res. No. 1010, RCMP/911 Call Ctr.: Partnership - Acknowledge,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 1255
Vote - Affirmative 1256
Res. No. 1011, Ryl. N.S. Int'l. Tattoo: Organizers/Vols./Participate -
Recognize, Hon. W. Dooks 1256
Vote - Affirmative 1257
Res. No. 1012, Kaiser, Ruth: N.S. Cattle Producers Assoc. Serv.
(30 yrs.) - Congrats., Hon. B. Taylor 1257
Vote - Affirmative 1258
Res. No. 1013, Brannen, Bertha: Excellence in Nursing Award - Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 1258
Vote - Affirmative 1258
Res. No. 1014, Urban Farm Museum Soc. (Spryfield) - International
Award, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 1259
Vote - Affirmative 1259
Res. No. 1015, Landscape N.S. Horticultural Trades Assoc. - Awards of
Excellence, Hon. B. Taylor 1259
Vote - Affirmative 1260
Res. 1016, Celtic Colours Int'l. Fest. - Event of the Yr. Award,
Hon. W. Dooks 1260
Vote - Affirmative 1261
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No. 93, Motor Vehicle Act, Mr. D. Dexter 1261
No. 94, Poverty Reduction Working Group Act,
Mr. S. McNeil 1261
No. 95, Mental Healthcare Accessibility Act,
Ms. J. Massey 1261
No. 96, Municipal Elections Act,
Ms. D. Whalen 1261
No. 97, Motor Vehicle Act,
Mr. L. Preyra 1261
No. 98, Sales Tax Act,
Mr. H. Theriault 1261
No. 99, Gaming Control Act, Mr. L. Glavine 1261
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. No. 1017, Comeau, Jessica: Write for Rights - Commend,
Mr. D. Dexter 1261
Vote - Affirmative 1262
Res. 1018, Pearson, Lester B. - UN Peacekeeping: Role - Recognize,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 1262
Vote - Affirmative 1263
Res. 1019, Summer Street Industries: Fundraising - Congrats.,
Mr. P. Dunn 1263
Vote - Affirmative 1264
Res. 1020, Gilby, Kenton: Disaster Preparedness - Commend,
Mr. J. MacDonell 1264
Vote - Affirmative 1264
Res. 1021, Human Rights Day (10/07/12) - Recognize,
Mr. M. Samson 1265
Vote - Affirmative 1265
Res. 1022, MacDonald, James: Highland Brigade Bk. - Congrats.,
Mr. K. Bain 1266
Vote - Affirmative 1266
Vote - Affirmative
Res. 1023, Northumberland Fishermen's Assoc.: Lobster Research - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Parker 1266
Vote - Affirmative 1267
Res. 1024, Foundation United Baptist Church - Anniv. (5th),
Mr. K. Colwell 1267
Vote - Affirmative 1268
Res. 1025, Wightman, Dr. Howard: Heart Health - Promotion,
Mr. C. Porter 1268
Vote - Affirmative 1269
Res. 1026, Spatz, Jim/Southwest Properties - Bus./Comun. Success,
Mr. L. Preyra 1269
Vote - Affirmative 1269
Res. 1027, Hanrahan, Linda: Cdn. Breast Cancer Fdn. - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 1270
Vote - Affirmative 1270
Res. 1028, Fish. & Aquaculture: Environmental Monitoring Proj. Team -
Congrats., Mr. P. Dunn 1270
Vote - Affirmative 1271
Res. 1029, Inverness Consolidated Mem. Hosp.: Health Team -
Appreciation Extend, Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1271
Vote - Affirmative 1272
Res. 1030, Belliveau Motors: CIBC Run for the Cure - Congrats.,
Mr. W. Gaudet 1272
Vote - Affirmative 1272
Res. 1031, N. Victoria Support Serv. Soc. - Directors/Chairs: Work
Ethic - Applaud, Mr. K. Bain 1273
Vote - Affirmative 1273
Res. 1032, Goreham-Smith, Mrs. Lee/Grade 5/6 Students - IWK Fundraising,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1273
Vote - Affirmative 1274
Res. 1033, Fish. & Aquaculture: Seal Problem - Action,
Mr. H. Theriault 1274
Vote - Affirmative 1275
Res. 1034, Kirumira, Dr. Abbey: Bioscience Award - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 1275
Vote - Affirmative 1276
Res. 1035, Ram "bling" Rosie's Chap./Red Hatters East. Passage/
Cow Bay - Acknowledgement, Ms. B. Kent 1276
Vote - Affirmative 1276
Res. 1036, Versteeg, Willy - N.S. Fed. of Agriculture: Pres. - Appt.,
Mr. L. Glavine 1276
Vote - Affirmative 1277
Res. 1037, Hoskins, Dr. Alice: Hon. Deg. - St. F.X.,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 1277
Vote - Affirmative 1278
Res. 1038, Pierscape 2007 - Anniv. (10th),
Mr. G. Gosse 1278
Vote - Affirmative 1278
Res. 1039, Orenda Canoe Club - Anniv. (30th),
Mr. K. Colwell 1279
Vote - Affirmative 1279
Res. 1040, Woolfitt, Wayne: Terry Fox Fdn. - Fundraising,
Hon. B. Taylor 1279
Vote - Affirmative 1280
Res. 1041, Guy's Frenchys: IWK Fundraising - Congrats.,
Mr. W. Gaudet 1280
Vote - Affirmative 1281
Res. 1042, Johnston, Angela: Environmental Philosophy - Recognize,
Hon. M. Parent 1281
Vote - Affirmative 1281
Res. 1043, Cdn. Student Debating Fed. - Anniv. (35th),
Mr. H. Theriault 1281
Vote - Affirmative 1282
Res. 1044, Whitwham, Robyn: Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
Hon. L. Goucher 1282
Vote - Affirmative 1283
Res. 1045, Leach, Ron, et al: Campaign for Kids Prog. - Fundraising,
Mr. L. Glavine 1283
Vote - Affirmative 1284
Res. 1046, Huskilson, Logan: 4-H Public Speaking Contest - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 1284
Vote - Affirmative 1284
GOVERNMENT BUSINESS:
PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 39, Rental Property Conversion Act 1285
Hon. J. Muir 1285
Mr. G. Gosse 1286
Hon. J. Muir 1286
Vote - Affirmative 1286
No. 27, Hospitals Act 1287
Hon. C. d'Entremont 1287
Vote - Affirmative 1287
No. 41, Municipal Government Act 1287
Hon. J. Muir 1287
Ms. B. Kent 1288
Mr. K. Colwell 1288
Vote - Affirmative 1289
No. 43, Municipal Elections Act 1289
Hon. J. Muir 1289
Ms. B. Kent 1290
Vote - Affirmative 1290
No. 49, Civil Service Collective Bargaining Act 1291
Hon. C. d'Entremont 1291
Mr. G. Gosse 1291
Mr. C. MacKinnon 1291
Mr. L. Glavine 1292
Mr. K. Colwell 1292
Vote - Affirmative 1293
No. 52, Credit Union Act 1293
Hon. A. MacIsaac 1293
Vote - Affirmative 1293
No. 11, Civil Forfeiture Act 1293
Hon. B. Barnet 1293
Mr. W. Estabrooks 1293
Vote - Affirmative 1294
No. 12, Evidence Act 1294
Hon. B. Barnet 1294
Mr. W. Estabrooks 1294
Mr. Manning MacDonald 1294
Vote - Affirmative 1295
No. 13, Probate Act 1295
Hon. B. Barnet 1295
Vote - Affirmative 1295
No. 15, Small Claims Court Act 1295
Hon. B. Barnet 1295
Vote - Affirmative 1295
PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 38, Consumer Protection Act 1296
Mr. P. Paris 1296
Mr. Manning MacDonald 1298
Hon. J. Muir 1298
Mr. P. Paris 1299
Vote - Affirmative 1299
No. 54, Maintenance Enforcement Act 1300
Mr. W. Estabrooks 1300
Vote - Affirmative 1302
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON BILLS AT 8:50 p.m. 1302
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 8:54 p.m. 1302
CWH REPORTS 1302
HOUSE RECESSED AT 8:54 p.m. 1303
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 9:23 p.m. 1303
PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
Law Amendments Committee, Hon. C. Clarke 1303
Law Amendments Committee, Hon. C. Clarke 1303
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Tue., Dec.11th at 12 noon. 1304
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 1047, Gillis, Eric/Marriotts Cove TIR Base: Work - Thank,
Hon. J. Streatch 1305
Res. 1048, Campbell, Darrell/Beechville TIR Base: Work - Thank,
Hon. J. Streatch 1305
Res. 1049, Wells, Roisin Fundraiser: Ewing, Chris/KOC12917 - Thank,
Mr. W. Estabrooks 1306
Res. 1050, Billard, Lew/Dart. Hist. Assoc. - Joseph Howe Award,
Ms. M. More 1306
Res. 1051, Serv. Can. Employees: Glace Bay Food Bank - Donation,
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 1307
Res. 1052, Windsor Alpines: Windsor Hockey Heritage Hall of Fame -
Induction, Mr. C. Porter 1307
Res. 1053, Avon Valley Greenhouses: Work Ethic - Applaud,
Mr. C. Porter 1308
Res. 1054, Hantsport Midget Boys Division Four Basketball Team -
Provincial Title, Mr. C. Porter 1308
Res. 1055, Middleton, Laura - Gov.-Gen.'s Caring Cdn. Award,
Mr. C. Porter 1309
Res. 1056, Parsons, Cathryn/Hines, Adam - Lt.-Gov.'s Medals,
Mr. C. Porter 1309
Res. 1057, RCMP - Race Against Drugs: Participants - Commend,
Mr. C. Porter 1310
Res. 1058, Taylor, Leon: Accomplishments - Recognize, Mr. C. Porter 1310
Res. 1059, States, Lawrence: Commun. Spirit - Recognize, Mr. C. Porter 1311
Res. 1060, West Hants Mun. Cheerleaders: Awards - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 1311
Res. 1061, Eggleton, Wendy: Book Publication - Congrats, Mr. C. Porter 1312
Res. 1062, Geddes, Scott/Cocoa Pesto Bistro: Marketing Approach -
Congrats., Mr. C. Porter 1312
Res. 1063, Walton Lighthouse: Local Involvement - Congrats,
Mr. C. Porter 1313
Res. 1064, Robinson, Amanda - ICANS Scholarship, Mr. C. Porter 1313
Res. 1065, Rogers, Bre: Remembrance Day Tribute - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 1314
Res. 1066, Goreham, Stephen: Mexican Orphanage - Fundraising,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1314
Res. 1067, Shelburne Co. Flames: Hockey Championship - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1315
Res. 1068, Nat'l. Music Mon. Prog.: ERMES Participation - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1315
Res. 1069, Swim, Jody: Golf Success - Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 1316
Res. 1070, Nickerson, James: Sports Teams - Encouragement,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1316
Res. 1071, Bell, Jack & Audrey - Shelburne Mun. Prov. Vol. Rep.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1317
Res. 1072, Island & Barrington Vol. FD: Firefighters - Commend,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1317
Res. 1073, Maxwell, Ira & Bobbi: Missionary Accomplishments - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1318
Res. 1074, Hawk Daze: Participants - Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 1318
Res. 1075, Cox, Hailey: Amistad Crew - Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 1319
Res. 1076, Goulden's Shell: Soldiers' Photo Display - Commend,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1319
Res. 1077, Stoddard, Gordon: Woods Hbr. Vol. FD Serv. (25 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1320
Res. 1078, Ross, Gordie: Woods Hbr. Vol. FD Serv. (25 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1320
Res. 1079, Moher, Gerry & Fam.: Hypermesis Gravidarum - Fundraising,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1321
Res. 1080, El Jakl, George: Commun. Serv. - Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 1321
Res. 1081, Forest Ridge Acad.: Fundraising - Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 1322
Res. 1082, Family Matters Teams (Barrington): Relay for Life -
Fundraising, Mr. S. Belliveau 1322
Res. 1083, Crowell, Evan: Sportsmanship/Dedication - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1323
Res. 1084, Evelyn Richardson Mem. Elem. Sch.: Grade5/6 - Piping Plover Prog.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1323
Res. 1085, Campbell, Bryan: Judo Medal - Congrats., Mr. P. Dunn 1324
Res. 1086, MacIntosh, Justice Alexander: Death of - Tribute, Mr. P. Dunn 1324
Res. 1087, Juvenile Diabetes Research Fdn.: Pictou Co. Fundraising -
Congrats., Mr. P. Dunn 1325
Res. 1088, Bossé, Alain - Pictou Co. C of C Award, Mr. P. Dunn 1325
Res. 1089, Desmond, Layton: Appreciation - Send, Mr. P. Dunn 1326
Res. 1090, Terry Fox Run: Pictou Co. Fundraising - Congrats.,
Mr. P. Dunn 1326
Res. 1091, DeCoste, Kyle: N.S. Youth Choir - Acceptance, Mr. P. Dunn 1327
Res. 1092, Manos, Angelina, Helyn & Mary: Achievements - Congrats.,
Mr. P. Dunn 1327
Res. 1093, MacKean, Marian: New Glasgow Florist Bus. - Congrats.
Mr. P. Dunn 1328
Res. 1094, Russell, Ella - Pictou Co. Health & Welfare: Contribution -
Congrats., Mr. P. Dunn 1328
Res. 1095, McLean, Lolly: Achievements - Congrats., Mr. P. Dunn 1329
Res. 1096, Neenah Paper: Work - Congrats., Mr. P. Dunn 1329
Res. 1097, Mosher, Vesta: Commun. Contribution - Congrats.,
Mr. P. Dunn 1330
Res. 1098, Lodge, Dorothy: Commun. Contribution - Congrats.,
Mr. P. Dunn 1330
Res. 1099, Borden, Walter: Cultural Contribution - Congrats.,
Mr. P. Dunn 1331
Res. 1100, Visser, Faye/Teammates: U.K. Dragon Boat Fundraiser -
Congrats., Mr. P. Dunn 1331
Res. 1101, MacLean, Georgina/Teammates: U.K. Dragon Boat
Fundraiser - Congrats., Mr. P. Dunn 1332
Res. 1102, MacLellan, Marlene/Teammates: U.K. Dragon Boat
Fundraiser - Congrats., Mr. P. Dunn 1332
Res. 1103, Sutherland, Evelyn/Teammates: U.K. Dragon Boat Fundraiser -
Congrats., Mr. P. Dunn 1333
Res. 1104, Weaver, Phyllis/Teammates: U.K. Dragon Boat Fundraiser -
Congrats., Mr. P. Dunn 1333
Res. 1105, Westlake, Pat/Teammates: U.K. Dragon Boat Fundraiser -
Congrats., Mr. P. Dunn 1334
Res. 1106, Wilkinson, Linda/Teammates: U.K. Dragon Boat
Fundraiser - Congrats., Mr. P. Dunn 1334
Res. 1107, Anderson, Howard - Pictou Co. Business Person of Yr.,
Mr. P. Dunn 1335
Res. 1108, Summer St. Industries: Pictou Co. - Non-Profit Org. of Yr.,
Mr. P. Dunn 1335
Res. 1109, Little, Linda: Pictou Co./Antigonish Libraries -
Writer-in-Residence, Mr. P. Dunn 1336
Res. 1110, Williams, Briana/O'Neill, Jonathan - Lt.-Gov.'s Medals,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 1336
Res. 1111, Riley, Ann/Brophey, Shawn - Lt.-Gov.'s Medal, Hon. A. MacIsaac 1337
Res. 1112, Boucher, Tony: Commanding Officer's Gold Coin - Congrats.,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 1337
Res. 1113, E. Antigonish Table Tennis Teams - Congrats.,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 1338
Res. 1114, Gerrior, Alex: Nat'l. Handball Championships -
Gold Medals, Hon. A. MacIsaac 1338
Res. 1115, Lambke, Taylor - Bathurst Titans: Draft - Congrats.,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 1338
Res. 1116, Boyd, Anne, et al - Strait Reg. Sch. Bd.: Retirement - Congrats.,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 1339
Res. 1117, Stewart, Joe & Pat - Hockey N.S. Award, Hon. A. MacIsaac 1339
Res. 1118, MacInnis, Nick: Golf Cup - Congrats., Hon. A. MacIsaac 1340
Res. 1119, Brophy, Erin: Hockey Can. Camp - Success Wish,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 1340
Res. 1120, Antigonish Skating Club: Members - Congrats.,
Hon. A. MacIsaac ~ 1341
Res. 1121, 4-H Members: Accomplishments - Congrats., Hon. B. Taylor 1341
Res. 1122, Curtis, Jeremy - French-speaking Debating Championship,
Mr. S. McNeil 1342
Res. 1123, Wood, John - Vol. Tutor Award, Hon. R. Chisholm 1342
Res. 1123, Wood, John - Vol. Tutor Award, Hon. R. Chisholm

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HALIFAX, MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 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 begin the daily routine.

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, as Chairman of the Committee on Law Amendments, I am directed to report that the committee has met and considered the following bill:

Bill No. 45 - Companies Act.

and the committee recommends this bill to the favourable consideration of the House, with certain amendments.

MR. SPEAKER: Ordered that this bill be referred to the Committee of the Whole House on Bills.

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The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, as Chairman of the Committee on Law Amendments, I am directed to report that the committee has met and considered the following bills:

Bill No. 24 - Dental Hygienists Act.

Bill No. 31 - Medical Act.

and the committee recommends these bills to the favourable consideration of the House, without amendments.

MR. SPEAKER: Ordered that these bills be referred to the Committee of the Whole House on Bills.

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 1006

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 to remember the true reason for this special season, we need to look no further than a teenager right in our own capital; and

Whereas instead of spending all his spare time playing video games or focusing on what was coming his way for Christmas, Matt Burke spent the last several months collecting footwear to donate to a homeless shelter to keep the feet of those less fortunate warm this winter; and

Whereas this past weekend he delivered 250 pairs of shoes to the Metro Turning Point shelter, with the assistance of many generous donors in his community and beyond;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House salute the selfless efforts of this outstanding Nova Scotian who has shown that he carries the true spirit of Christmas in his heart all year round.

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 Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 1007

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

Whereas Pengrowth will soon celebrate a quarter century in business; and

Whereas the company has played a significant role in the development of our offshore as well as our onshore, and our people and communities; and

Whereas special thanks go to CEO Jim Kinnear for taking such personal interest in the success of our energy sector development and investing in Nova Scotians through initiatives like the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship Program;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Pengrowth as it celebrates such a significant milestone and thank its team for their investments 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.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Community Services.

RESOLUTION NO. 1008

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

Whereas this government is committed to supporting Nova Scotian families and we have developed a 10-year early learning and child care plan in consultation with various stakeholders, from parents to child care workers, to help us keep that promise; and

Whereas part of that commitment is not only helping to provide quality child care, but to also ensure awareness and information about child care options for parents; and

Whereas parents of daycare-age children can now more easily identify licensed child care centres around the province, with the help of a new government-developed symbol;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the highly skilled and appreciated work that child care centre staff provide every day for Nova Scotia children and encourage families to look for this new symbol for licensed child care centres, which reinforces the quality of the daycare and provides assurances of regular inspections to uphold that quality.

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.

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HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, before I begin, I just want to thank my honourable colleague, the member for Halifax Atlantic, who joined the event that I will speak of today.

The honourable Minister of Justice.

RESOLUTION NO. 1009

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

Whereas on December 10, 1948, members of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to ensure that the inherent dignity of every person is valued and protected, and proclaimed December 10th International Human Rights Day, which is celebrated across the province and the world every year; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and Partners for Human Rights continue to hold an annual International Human Rights Day celebration to remind Nova Scotians of the importance of human rights for everyone; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission has recognized Janice Smith, co-chair of the Uniacke Square Tenants Association and the Cole Harbour Boys and Girls Club with Human Rights Awards for their contributions to countering racism and discrimination in our communities;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize today as International Human Rights Day and encourage all Nova Scotians to promote and protect human rights in their communities, and congratulate the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and Partners for Human Rights on another successful event.

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 Emergency Management.

RESOLUTION NO. 1010

HON. CAROLYN BOLIVAR-GETSON: 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 a vital partner in the success of our province-wide 911 program; and

Whereas in July of this year, they celebrated the grand opening of their operational communications centre in Truro; and

Whereas it is within this facility that 911 call-takers handle more than 40 per cent of all 911 calls;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge the partnership of the RCMP in providing this vital service to the citizens of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.

RESOLUTION NO. 1011

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

Whereas the American Bus Association's Top 100 Events in North America is an annual summary of the best events for group travel in the United States and Canada; and

Whereas winners are chosen from hundreds of celebrations, festivals, fairs and commemorative events; and

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Whereas the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo was named number one on the list announced by the ABA in September;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and congratulate the organizers, volunteers and participants of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo for their incredible contribution to tourism 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 Minister of Agriculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 1012

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Cattle Producers Association represents the cattle industry in this province, and Ruth Kaiser has been the consistent and steady voice of this organization and its predecessors for 30 years; and

Whereas Ruth Kaiser has decided to join the wonderful world of retirement after many years of service to this organization as the office manager who ran the budget, responded to the inquiries and assisted the board chair and the president; and

Whereas Ruth Kaiser will be missed by all involved with the Nova Scotia Cattle Producers Association and the industry not only because of her depth of knowledge, but because of her sincere personality;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs congratulate Ruth Kaiser on her 30 years of service to Nova Scotia's cattle industry and offer her best wishes on a well-deserved retirement.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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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. 1013

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 in May 2007 the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia held their annual awards banquet in Dartmouth to present the Excellence in Nursing Administration Award, which recognizes recipients for promoting nursing practices by acting as a positive role model, demonstrating strong leadership and empowering other nurses to perform to the best of their abilities; and

Whereas Bertha Brannen, RN, administrator of Nakile Home for Special Care since 1989, is well-known throughout the nursing community for providing continuing education sessions to RNs as a college facilitator in the western region and for facilitating a community grief support group; and

Whereas Bertha Brannen was nominated for the award by the nurses of Nakile because they believed that Nakile has an exceptional reputation and is a healthy workplace due to her leadership and vision;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Bertha Brannen for her excellence in nursing and administration, for her dedication, diligence and guidance to the residents and staff of Nakile Home for Special Care, and encourage her to continue her work for many years to come.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Seniors.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1014

HON. CAROLYN BOLIVAR-GETSON: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, the Honourable Mayann E. Francis, announced in her inaugural speech last year, her commitment to advancing two areas of interest - recognizing healthy communities and the wisdom of elders; and

Whereas an award, the Lieutenant Governor's Intergenerational Award, was created by the Department of Seniors to foster interaction and bonding between Nova Scotians of different ages by celebrating and promoting inspiring intergenerational programs existing in communities across the province; and

Whereas the Rotary Club of Halifax sponsors the Outstanding Volunteer Group Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House congratulate the Urban Farm Museum Society of Spryfield for promoting intergenerational events and activities within their community.

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 Agriculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 1015

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

Whereas the Landscape Nova Scotia Horticultural Trades Association recently held its Awards of Excellence Gala in Halifax; and

Whereas the ornamental sector is the single largest sector in horticulture and represents a farm gate value of $2.1billion annually and with value added, is worth around $12 billion annually and employs people from Yarmouth to Sydney; and

Whereas the landscape horticulture industry has a commitment to the preservation of a sustainable environment and is one of the fastest-growing sectors in agriculture;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this Legislature congratulate the Landscape Nova Scotia Horticultural Trades Association and all award winners, and wish them continued growth and success in the coming new year.

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 Tourism, Culture and Heritage.

RESOLUTION NO. 1016

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

Whereas the Tourism Industry Association of Canada hosted their National Awards for Tourism Excellence on November 5th in Victoria, British Columbia; and

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Whereas the awards attract national attention within the tourism community for celebrating Canada's best tourism products, services and people; and

Whereas the Event of the Year Award was presented to Cape Breton's Celtic Colours International Festival;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Celtic Colours International Festival for its achievement and for bringing national and international awareness to music and the culture 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

Bill No. 93 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 293 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Motor Vehicle Act. (Mr. Darrell Dexter)

Bill No. 94 - Entitled an Act to Establish a Poverty Reduction Strategy Working Group in Nova Scotia. (Mr. Stephen McNeil)

Bill No. 95 - Entitled an Act to Require a Consultation Process Respecting the Accessibility of Mental Healthcare Services in Nova Scotia. (Ms. Joan Massey)

Bill No. 96 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 300 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Municipal Elections Act, to Prohibit Provincial Plebiscites in Conjunction with Municipal Elections. (Ms. Diana Whalen)

Bill No. 97 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 293 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Motor Vehicle Act. (Mr. Leonard Preyra)

Bill No. 98 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 31 of the Acts of 1996. The Sales Tax Act. (Mr. Harold Theriault)

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Bill No. 99 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 4 of the Acts of 1994-95. The Gaming Control Act. (Mr. Leo Glavine)

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. 1017

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

Whereas on December 10th Human Rights Day is observed across Canada and throughout the international community; and

Whereas thousands of people will participate in a letter-writing campaign, called Write for Rights, in support of Amnesty International and human rights around the world; and

Whereas Cole Harbour District High School student Jessica Comeau is organizing a massive one-day letter-writing campaign event at her school where students, teachers and many others will join together to produce about 1,300 letters to champion the issue of human rights;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend Jessica Comeau for leading the Write for Rights event at Cole Harbour District High School on December 10th and extend congratulations to her for bringing together students, teachers and others to participate in the letter-writing campaign to focus on human rights issues around the globe.

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.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1018

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

Whereas it has been 50 years since a remarkable Canadian, Lester Bowles Pearson, was honoured with the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize for establishing an international police force to resolve the 1956 Suez Crisis; and

Whereas this in effect created the UN's first designated peacekeeping mission and the blueprint for the UN's now well-recognized role in peacekeeping; and

Whereas throughout his career and lifetime, Pearson was a strong advocate of the UN's role in peacekeeping, firmly believing that Canada had a responsibility in active participation in any international activity that would lessen the chances of war and end ongoing conflict;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize the significant role Lester B. Pearson played not only as one of Canada's greatest Prime Ministers, but also as an international statesman with a vision of peace.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 1019

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

Whereas earlier this year Summer Street Industries, in New Glasgow, held its 13th annual Summer Street Scramble; and

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Whereas the popular golf tournament raised an impressive $125,000 for the well- known charity that provides work and a supportive community for those living with intellectual challenges; and

Whereas for the 13th consecutive year CIBC Wood Gundy entered a team and this year Howie Anderson, David Whittemore, Marc Comeau, John Forbes, and Manoj Vohra raised an outstanding $29,700 in donations;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations and thank you to the Summer Street Industries on yet another successful fundraising event, and to CIBC Wood Gundy for its continued support of this important Pictou County charity.

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 East.

RESOLUTION NO. 1020

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

Whereas preparation to ward off or minimize disaster shows concern for loved ones, as well as a realization that disasters don't always just happen to others; and

Whereas Mr. Kenton Gilby of Enfield had the foresight to prepare an evacuation plan and rehearse it with his children in fear of a fire in their home; and

Whereas the morning of December 2nd saw Mr. Gilby's son, Jacob, put that plan into action when he not only got himself and his cousins out of the basement where fire erupted, but additionally, upon exiting the home, put a ladder to his sister's window, waking her in order that she escape the home as well;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend Kenton Gilby for his foresight in preparing his family for disaster, and applaud the bravery of Jacob Gilby whose efforts helped save members of his family.

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. 1021

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

Whereas Human Rights Day 2007 marks the start of a year-long commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and

Whereas since its adoption in 1948 the declaration has been, and continues to be, a source of inspiration for national and international efforts to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms; and

Whereas the theme for 2008, Dignity and Justice for All of Us, reinforces the vision of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a commitment to universal dignity and justice;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize December 10th as Human Rights Day and continue to support such important mandates declared by the United Nations.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

MR. KEITH BAIN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and if I may be permitted to do an introduction prior to bringing forward my resolution.

MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

MR. BAIN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In the gallery this evening there is a constituent from Victoria-The Lakes, Ken Jardine. Ken is here to observe the workings of the House and I would ask that he please rise and receive the warm welcome of the House. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 1022

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

Whereas Honour Roll, a book written about Nova Scotia's Highland Brigade, was unveiled this summer; and

Whereas Honour Roll was written by Baddeck's James MacDonald and is a compilation of names and details on the brigade soldiers who died while serving in the First World War; and

Whereas Mr. MacDonald attempted to name every soldier, noting that more than 700 individuals are named in the book with their date of birth, family origin, vocation along with enlistment details, and the date and location where they were killed in action, along with their final resting place;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this House of Assembly, through this resolution, applaud Baddeck's James MacDonald for his penmanship and his two-year effort in compiling this integral component of Cape Breton history.

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.

[7:30 p.m.]

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1023

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

Whereas the Pictou waterfront-based Lobster Stock Enhancement Research Project has been an outstanding success in its first year, raising 25,000 lobster larvae to stage four for release into the Northumberland Strait; and

Whereas the Northumberland Fisherman's Association was the driving force behind the hatchery in contributing $84,000 to cover construction and initial operating costs; and

Whereas other fishing groups have expressed an interest in their project, including most recently the 20,000 member Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union from Newfoundland and Labrador;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate the Northumberland Fisherman's Association on their new initiative and wish them, along with manager Keith Munsie and biologist Roy Parker, continued successes.

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 Preston.

RESOLUTION NO. 1024

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

Whereas November 4, 2007, marked the fifth year anniversary service for the Foundation United Baptist Church in Porters Lake; and

Whereas Reverend Earl MacDonald gave praise and thanks to all those who attended the service and for those who have contributed to the success of the new building; and

Whereas the church is still, and will continue to be, an important and stable symbol to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate the Foundation United Baptist Church on celebrating its 5th Anniversary in its new building and wish them many more years of success to come.

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. 1025

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

Whereas Dill Road resident Dr. Howard Wightman, a practising cardiologist since 1991 in Kentville, and staff from the Valley Regional Hospital's Cardiology Department,

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provide an entertaining and informative educational session to students of local schools every year during Heart Health Month, which is February; and

Whereas Dr. Wightman attempts each and every time to provide younger students with a quick and easy understanding of what the heart actually is and how to keep it healthy; and

Whereas with November being CPR Awareness Month, it is important to recognize there are approximately 40,000 cardiac arrests each year in Canada and 80 per cent of them occur outside of hospitals, while claiming in excess of 50,000 lives annually;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud Dr. Wightman and his staff for their ongoing efforts to promote heart health at an early age and at an early stage in life.

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 Citadel.

RESOLUTION NO. 1026

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

Whereas Southwest Properties is a Halifax based development company that owns and operates a wide variety of properties throughout Atlantic Canada; and

Whereas Southwest Properties has been a finalist for the past two years for the Better Business Bureau of the Maritime Provinces, Maritime Business Ethics Award; and

Whereas Southwest Properties founder and CEO, Jim Spatz, was recently inducted into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame, along with his late father, Simon Spatz;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Jim Spatz and Southwest Properties on their business and community successes and applaud them for being a model of ethical business practices and corporate social responsibility.

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 Glace Bay.

RESOLUTION NO. 1027

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 Linda Hanrahan, a resident of Glace Bay and a volunteer with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, organized an auction in Glace Bay on May 25th, 2007; and

Whereas Linda has one sister who is a breast cancer survivor and lost another to the disease, which prompted her to become personally involved with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation; and

Whereas with the help of her husband, Roger, Linda travelled to many businesses and locations in Cape Breton to obtain donations;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate Linda Hanrahan for her many years of tireless fundraising efforts as well as her dedication to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

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. 1028

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 Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture's Environmental Monitoring Program team has done an incredible amount of work over the past three years, implementing the first comprehensive program for more than 330 marine agriculture sites throughout Nova Scotia; and

Whereas recently the team was singled out for its work ensuring that aquaculture is environmentally sustainable in Nova Scotia at the Premier's Award of Excellence dinner and ceremony held in Halifax earlier this year; and

Whereas Pictou County native, Alan J. MacNeill was one of the nine-person team recognized for its innovative and effective program that is not only a first for the province, but a first for the industry;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Alan J. MacNeill and his eight teammates for their important work in aquaculture. The team's work has attracted interest from across Canada and as far away as Chile and Norway.

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 Sackville-Cobequid.

RESOLUTION NO. 1029

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

Whereas its important that we express our gratitude to health care professionals around the province; and

Whereas the dedicated health care team at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital provides day surgery services to residents of the surrounding area; and

Whereas the ability to get day surgery services as close to home as possible is a benefit to all communities;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly extend our appreciation to the health care team by providing day surgery at the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital and for keeping quality care in their community.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Clare.

RESOLUTION NO. 1030

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

Whereas on September 20th,the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation held its 8th Annual CIBC Run for the Cure in Church Point in West Pubnico; and

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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 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.

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. 1031

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 North Victoria Support Services Society is celebrating their 25th Anniversary in 2007; and

Whereas the North Victoria Support Services Society offers an array of support to individuals wanting to stay and establish business connections in the local area; and

Whereas Service Canada's manager in North Sydney, Bernadette Theriault, believes strongly that the North Victoria Support Services Society brings services closer to the people;

Therefore be it resolved that the former Director of the North Victoria Support Services Society, Mabel Best, present Chairman of the Board of Directors, Jody Stockley, along with all society directors, be applauded by all MLAs in the House today for their outstanding work ethic and wanting to make life better for individuals coming to see them about opportunities.

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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 Shelburne.

RESOLUTION NO. 1032

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

Whereas Mrs. Lee Goreham-Smith and her Grade 5/6 students participated in a celebration concert April 14, 2007, at the Woods Harbour Calvary Baptist Church; and

Whereas a total of $11,640 has been donated to the IWK Grace Health Centre over the past four years through school and community fundraising events; and

Whereas each year, the students are invited to attend the telethon day to present their donation on live television;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Mrs. Lee Goreham-Smith and her Grade 5/6 students for all their hard work and dedication to raising donations on behalf of the IWK Children's Hospital - a truly inspiring act of children helping children.

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 Digby-Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 1033

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

Whereas the fishing industry has been the backbone of the Nova Scotia economy for nearly 400 years, and hopefully will continue to be; and

Whereas Nova Scotia's groundfish fishery is not recovering from its present downward cycle, at no fault of the fishing industry; and

Whereas at a recent world science fisheries forum, held in Halifax, it was stated that if the growing number of seals in Nova Scotia's coastal waters were not dealt with soon, we will see the complete collapse of our 400-year-old groundfish fishery;

Therefore be it resolved that this government take immediate necessary action to correct this problem before we see the end of our 400-year-old fishery and become an even bigger have-not province.

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.

Order, please. Order. The noise level is creeping up and it's very hard to hear the speakers.

The honourable member for Hants West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1034

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

Whereas Dr. Abbey Kirumira is the President and CEO of Biomedica Diagnostics in Windsor; and

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Whereas Dr. Kirumira was presented with a prestigious award on October 17th in London, England, at the London Science Museum as the 2007 The Economist magazine's Innovation Award recipient in the bioscience category; and

Whereas Dr. Kirumira was chosen as the magazine's innovation award recipient for his outstanding work and research with regard to the development of rapid diagnostic HIV testing;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize the significant innovative discovery accomplishments of Dr. Abbey Kirumira, and wish him continued success as one of Nova Scotia's leading scientists.

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 Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

RESOLUTION NO. 1035

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

Whereas the Red Hat Society is a network of women dedicated to showing the world that there is fun after 50, with its formal mission to work towards higher visibility for women and to reshape the way they are viewed by today's culture; and

Whereas the Red Hatters Club offers fun, laughter and friendship to senior women in our community; and

Whereas the Ram"bling" Rosie's Chapter of the Red Hatters is active in the communities of Eastern Passage and Cow Bay;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly acknowledge and encourage the endeavours of the Ram"bling" Rosie's Chapter of the Red Hatters of Eastern Passage and Cow Bay.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

[7:45 p.m.]

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1036

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

Whereas during the coming year the farm community in Nova Scotia, under the leadership of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture executive, will be challenging policy-makers with a number of ideas and concepts directed at achieving a competitive and sustainable agricultural economy in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas at their 112th Annual General Meeting, farmers elected William (Willy) Versteeg as their new president and spokesperson for the coming year; and

Whereas Mr. Versteeg owns and operates Barneybrook Farms, a dairy and raspberry operation located at Milford Station, and looks forward to a positive year of change and transition for Nova Scotia farmers;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Willy Versteeg as the new president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, and work with industry officials to ensure that our primary industries are a priority.

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 Economic Development.

RESOLUTION NO. 1037

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

Whereas Antigonish resident Alice Hoskins received an honorary degree from St. F.X. - the degree Doctor of Laws honoris causa was conferred upon Alice Hoskins during Fall convocation ceremonies this past weekend; and

Whereas Ms. Hoskins was honoured as an artist, author, teacher, and philanthropist from Antigonish who has made significant contributions to her community and beyond; and

Whereas Alice Hoskins has inspired countless people with her dedication and passion as a lifelong learner, educator, and philanthropist;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Dr. Alice on receiving her honorary degree.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova.

RESOLUTION NO. 1038

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

Whereas Pierscape 2007, presented by the Whitney Pier Society for the Arts, was held from September 24th to September 30th in the community of Whitney Pier; and

Whereas 2007 marked the 10th Anniversary of this renowned arts festival; and

Whereas the theme of this year's festival was 10 years of multicultural creativity;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Whitney Pier Society for the Arts on the celebration of their 10th Anniversary and for their ongoing dedication and commitment to the arts community.

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. 1039

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

Whereas the Orenda Canoe Club was formed in 1977 so that the youth of Lake Echo could practise their sport in a place they could call their own; and

Whereas recently the Orenda Canoe Club celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a dinner reuniting old friends, competitors and coaches with an evening of reminiscing; and

Whereas to this day, the club is a thriving organization with approximately 150 members pursuing their love of canoeing and kayaking, setting many Canadian and world records;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Orenda Canoe Club on their 30th anniversary and thank them for providing a competitive training and fun environment for young people in the community.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Agriculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 1040

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

Whereas Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted saying, "a walk is one of the secrets of dodging old age"; and

Whereas Brookfield's Wayne Woolfitt walks between 10 and 12 miles a day; and

Whereas Wayne is an avid sports enthusiast and in 2006 was recognized by the Nova Scotia director of the Terry Fox Foundation for raising $1,200.50 toward cancer research;

Therefore be it resolved MLAs in this Legislature recognize the healthy lifestyle exercised by Brookfield's Wayne Woolfitt and wish him continued daily enjoyment with his daily walking.

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 Clare.

RESOLUTION NO. 1041

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

Whereas with the help of the customers and various businesses throughout the Tri-County area, Guy's Frenchys has raised significant funds for the IWK; and

Whereas this past year, Guy's Frenchys has raised over $70,000 through various events coordinated by staff and volunteers from all their stores; and

Whereas the money from this year's activities will go to purchase an eye care system for the hospital;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate all those involved in the fundraising efforts of Guy's Frenchys for 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 Minister of Environment and Labour.

RESOLUTION NO. 1042

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

Whereas Angela Johnston has been the owner of the Valley Cloth Diaper Company in Port Williams, N.S., since October, 2005; and

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Whereas Environment Canada has declared cloth diapers as a superior choice to disposable diapers; and

Whereas Environment Canada's statements supports and helps validate the whole environmental philosophy behind the use of cloth diapers versus disposable ones;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Ms. Johnston's provision of a wise alternative to 'throw away' attitudes, her commitment to the promotion of healthy lifestyles and her environmentally friendly approach.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 1043

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

Whereas the Canadian Student Debating Federation is an organization of over 600 high schools across Canada devoted to promoting and coordinating debate and public speech activities; and

Whereas the federation has encouraged educational debating and public speech for 35 years; and

Whereas the Canadian Student Debating Federation recently held their Canadian National Debating Week, which recognized the importance of debate and speech;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate the Canadian Student Debating Federation on its 35 years of achievement and extend its best wishes for continued success.

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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 Minister of Immigration.

RESOLUTION NO. 1044

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

Whereas the Lieutenant Governor's Medal is presented to a high school student who demonstrates leadership, service and commendable academic performance; and

Whereas Robyn Whitwham was selected for the 2007 Lieutenant Governor's Medal and is one of the two students chosen for this award at Charles P. Allen High in Bedford; and

Whereas Robyn has been chosen by Charles P. Allen for having shown commendable performance in each of the areas highlighted by the award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Robyn, who has demonstrated a high quality of leadership and service in the school and in the community.

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 Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1045

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

Whereas Ron Leach, Mike L'Oiseau, Marc Whittier and Ken Barrett are climbing Mount Aconcagua in Argentina to raise funds for Campaign for Kids; and

Whereas Campaign for Kids is a non-profit organization which has been providing Kings County residents with essential skills for families, including training in positive parenting, medical support for summer camps and child abuse prevention; and

Whereas these four individuals are mapping their progress and posting updates, using computers and satellite technology and one of their goals is to have kids actively involved by mirroring their efforts, by using climbing walls and running cross-country to match their distance;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House applaud the efforts of Ron Leach, Mike L'Oiseau, Marc Whittier and Ken Barrett and their quest to raise funds for the Campaign for Kids Program.

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 Human Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 1046

HON. CAROLYN BOLIVAR-GETSON: 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 4-H Clubs are recognized for the excellent programs they provide for young people; and

Whereas Lunenburg County 4-H members are provided the opportunity to learn, improve and demonstrate public speaking skills; and

Whereas the 2007 Lunenburg County 4-H Rally held a public speaking contest for its members;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Logan Huskilson of the Lapland 4-H Club on his participation in the public speaking competition.

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.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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

PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 39, the Rental Property Conversion Act.

Bill No. 39 - Rental Property Conversion Act.

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

HON. JAMES MUIR: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am pleased to have the opportunity to rise once again to speak about the Rental Property Conversion Act, Bill No. 39. What I am going to do is simply to remind members of some of the comments I made during second reading and then I will be moving third reading.

Just to refresh the members' memories, the concept of condominiums really entered the real estate market in a fairly big way back in the 1980s, although there was a building in Halifax that was a sole-purpose condominium built back in the 1970s. At that time, condominiums being a big thing, a lot of landlords considered converting rental units into condos. This Rental Property Conversion Act was then created to protect tenants from being suddenly displaced from their living arrangements with very few options. What it does, Mr. Speaker, the bill gives tenants the right to remain for an extended 12-month period following notification from the landlord of a proposed conversion.

In Nova Scotia, generally three or four conversions a year at this time, but the number of units that can be affected by conversion can be significant, depending on the size, obviously, of the apartment building. If, as the result of a conversion, you ended up with 30 or 40 or 50 or 60 families looking for housing in a specific neighbourhood, at the same time probably the chances of them finding suitable accommodations within the necessary time frame would be minimal.

Anyway, because of this, there were consultations with landlords, and we also received some feedback from the real estate community, and a number of amendments to the existing legislation were developed - first of all, to clarify the information that had to be filed by a landlord who was seeking to convert his or her property and, secondly, to specify that the notification requirements to clarify that the 12-month extension, which I previously mentioned, begins on the proposed date of conversion.

I want to tell you, Mr. Speaker, that these amendments aren't intended to restrict or prohibit the conversion of rental properties, it's simply intended to provide tenants with enough time to find adequate housing. What this amendment does, it does create certainty - no longer will landlords or tenants be uncertain as to when the 12-month notice begins.

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I should add, as well, Mr. Speaker, these amendments also apply to mobile home parks. When landlords seek to close a mobile home park, once again, the tenants are entitled to 12 months notification of these closures.

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Mr. Speaker, these amendments will help make the Act clearer and easier to follow for everybody, and they do so without weakening the protection in place for tenants or landlords.

With those few comments, I move third reading of Bill No. 39.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova.

MR. GORDON GOSSE: Mr. Speaker, I, too, rise tonight to speak on the Rental Property Conversion Act. I think it's a good idea with these amendments to the Act for people who have been there for a long period of time, whether they've been in a rental agreement or in a mobile home or trailer park, that they would have the option of having 12 months at the day of the proposed conversion. I think it's a good thing that it is a minimum time. But what I worry about, sometimes, are the older families and older people who have been there for many, many years. This 12 months will give them actual time, and maybe we can help them in some way, or something, to find new living arrangements.

I, too, am in agreement with the amendments in this bill, and look forward to this becoming law for the protection of tenants who find themselves in these situations. Now it is clearer that the proposed conversation date will be the date of the 12 months given to the tenants who are living there in the trailers or rental properties turned into condominiums. So I, too, will look forward to this bill becoming enacted.

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

The honourable Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for Cape Breton Nova for those supportive observations, and I now close debate on third reading of Bill No. 39, the Rental Property Conversion Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 39. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 27.

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Bill No. 27 - Hospitals Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Health.

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. This is a pretty easy one, so I move third reading of Bill No. 27, the Hospitals Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No.27. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 41.

Bill No. 41 - Municipal Government Act.

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

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise again to say a few words about Bill No. 41, the Municipal Government Act. As everyone in the House knows, the MGA is the legislation that lays out the framework used by municipalities to govern their citizens. At this time, at the request of the Halifax Regional Municipality, the province is providing it with the authority to allocate supplementary education funding where the municipality believes it will make the most impact. The amendment will allow an agreement reached between HRM and the Halifax Regional School Board to move forward and to take effect.

At the same time, Mr. Speaker, the amendment to the Act will give municipalities the authority to assign more accurate civic addresses to parks and recreational areas, or indeed, areas which do not have dwellings. The present legislation says that civic address could only be provided to properties with structures and this, obviously, makes sense that, with all emphasis on recreation and fields and all of these things these days, if some emergency should occur, that these properties be designated by a civic address.

So, Mr. Speaker, the amendments which we have submitted are the direct result of consultation with municipality stakeholder groups and other provincial departments. I guess, in summary, I would say that the amendments to the MGA are a clear example of the positive

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steps we need to take if we are to continue to strengthen local government and to build a stronger Nova Scotia for the future. Mr. Speaker, with those few words, I move third reading of Bill No. 41, the Municipal Government Act.

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

MS. BECKY KENT: Mr. Speaker, I rise tonight in support of Bill No. 41, the Act to Amend the Municipal Government Act. I certainly support the provision of civic numbers on vacant lots. I think this is an important health and safety issue that needs to be addressed. As well, as the honourable minister noted, it is a strengthening of local government and the Halifax Regional School Board and HRM have struggled with supplementary funding for many number of years. This provision will allow for some betterment to the students who are under their care.

I just want, for the record, Mr. Speaker, to note as well, again, I do feel that this is a Band-Aid to a larger issue of an unnecessary drain on taxpayers. I don't believe that the HRM taxpayers should have to pay this tax. The government, I believe, should be appropriately funding education in our schools, fairly funding them within the Halifax Regional School Board and HRM. I want that for the record, but in the meantime, I, and my caucus, will be supporting this bill.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Preston.

MR. KEITH COLWELL: Mr. Speaker, it is with pleasure I rise to speak on this bill. The minister has a nervous look over there when I stand up and speak about this bill. He doesn't have to this evening.

The truth of the matter is, as my honourable colleague has indicated, this funding should not come from the taxpayers, it should come from the Province of Nova Scotia. There should be no supplementary funding in the Halifax Regional Municipality and it has been unevenly distributed in the past. With the change that has been put in place in the rural areas now, there is going to be a significant, and I mean a significant increase in property taxes in the rural area, which will have a detrimental effect on so many people who are retired and on a fixed income.

It's going to be devastating to some people and as the tax rate increases in HRM,, which it has dramatically through assessments, some people have had four times increase in their property taxes in the last few years, totally due to assessment - this is only going to drive our property tax up higher. There are going to be more and more people dropping into our offices, trying to struggle with the battle of paying their mortgage with the high property taxes in there and it's time the province took on the responsibility, 100 per cent of education, and provide our children with the badly needed funding that is needed for our schools to ensure they have the materials.

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I can remember giving a couple of bundles of paper - 1,000 sheets of printer paper - to a parent one time who was on the school advisory board and I thought I gave her $100,000. They had no paper to run their photocopiers with. It was just unbelievable. This is what has been happening in the Halifax Regional School Board and it's very difficult for the teachers to do their jobs, very difficult for the children if they don't have the supplies to deal with the issues.

I know the former Minister of Education - now the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations - has tried to tackle this problem in the past and I appreciate that effort, but we have to do many more things in this regard to ensure our children have every advantage they possibly can to get the best possible education in today's very competitive world. Again I stress that this is a regressive tax and it really doesn't do anything to cure the root problem of inadequate funding from the province.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 41. Would all those in favour of the motion, please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 43.

Bill No. 43 - Municipal Elections Act.

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

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, the changes to the Municipal Elections Act are a result of a review process which occurs each time a municipal election is held in light of feedback that we get from municipal returning officers.

The last review was during the 2004 municipal election and what happened was, the department listed the concerns that these knowledgeable people expressed and because of these concerns - they appeared to have a great deal of validity - the changes were submitted to the House for approval.

What happens to change the Act that had been proposed is, it will give councils more flexibility by allowing for different ways of public notification about elections; it will align procedures in municipal elections with provincial and federal electoral practices by providing

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and using common language and guidelines; further clarify the term electronic voting - and that is one which did attract probably more interest than any other part of this bill; next, to define and clarify process involving school board elections; and to keep the legislation current.

Along with the amendments, the department has taken the opportunity to clarify and update some of the language that appears in the Act because strengthening local government is, and will continue to be, one of the major focuses of the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. With those few comments, I'm pleased to move third reading of Bill No. 43.

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

MS. BECKY KENT: Mr. Speaker, again I rise this evening to support Bill No. 43 to amend the Municipal Elections Act. Much of what is in this bill are really housekeeping amendments and are relatively uncontentious.

I am pleased to see the enabling legislation go forward. I think in this day and age, the electronic age, that voting opportunities will increase. I would like, though, to note, I think it's important for those municipalities that will take advantage of this to exercise caution and give much thought and due diligence to the safeguards that are required for this type of opportunity as they would put in all voting methods, quite frankly.

These are serious concerns in a day of electronics, you hear of horror stories out there of things that can go wrong and I just encourage them to be very thoughtful and mindful of those and take the due diligence required to put these safeguards in place. But overall, Mr. Speaker, I, and my caucus, we believe this is a hope that will increase voter participation. It's a responsible bill and I can support it.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 43. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 49.

Bill No. 49 - Civil Service Collective Bargaining Act.

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Health.

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise on behalf of the Minister of Human Resources who wanted to pass her thanks on to everyone on their support of this bill. I would like to move third reading of Bill No. 49, the Civil Service Collective Bargaining Act.

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova.

MR. GORDON GOSSE: Mr. Speaker, I, too, rise on the Civil Service Collective Bargaining Act. We, in the Legislature - I have said this before when this bill was being debated, before it went to the Law Amendments Committee - this bill came about because of a Supreme Court decision in June. The casual workers, now in the Province of Nova Scotia after working 10 weeks, will receive benefits. So it will be another, approximately, I heard, about 2,000 members of the NSGEU now with benefits and medical and dental. That is a good thing for workers in our province. This is a good bill and I whole-heartedly support this bill and I thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Pictou East.

MR. CLARRIE MACKINNON: Mr. Speaker, I, too, rise in support of Bill No. 49. I would like to just take a moment to thank the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union and CUPE, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, for keeping this issue alive for so long. I would like to think that I played a small role in this issue by bringing it to the attention of several ministers - two in particular - along with the Natural Resources Critic from the Liberal Party, the member for Kings West. We, on a number of occasions, put forward our views in relationship to this issue with the Minister of Natural Resources because many of the employees who are affected by this are, in fact, Natural Resources staff.

Mr. Speaker, I would also like to think that this came about through the repeated efforts of hundreds and hundreds of workers who pointed out the tremendous discrepancies that existed with the way the system operated. However, the reality of this is that it came about because of a decision, a Supreme Court Decision, in another jurisdiction in this great land. So the British Columbia Supreme Court Decision, the Supreme Court of Canada decision in British Columbia, is where the government was finally forced to act on this issue.

The situation is that in Natural Resources, on many occasions, we saw people doing the same job. Two enforcement officers, for example, traveling in the same vehicle, one being paid a fair rate and another not much more than the minimum wage. The other side of that was not just related to wages, but we had a situation where one person had a health program and another person did not. One person had a pension program and another person

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did not. We are very pleased, regardless of how this came about, I'm glad, I'm even elated that this has come forward. I'm sorry that it has taken so many years, because some of these people were, in fact, in the positions that they were in for up to 30 years and beyond.

So, Mr. Speaker, I want to bring this to a close, I don't want to hold it up any longer, I'm going to take my place but I hope this comes into place very, very quickly. I hope that this is proclaimed quickly and that this great injustice is finally going to be behind us and the blur on our Human Resources' record will be wiped out.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Kings West.

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to rise this evening on third reading of Bill No. 49. It is a very, very good piece of legislation that has finally come to the floor of the Assembly here. It has been a long time in the making. While we know that the Supreme Court decision in B.C. had an impact, I would have to say, in my view, while the critic of the Official Opposition, along with myself and the Minister of Natural Resources, had a number of key meetings to present this to the minister affected, I would have to say that more than anything, perhaps the tenacity of the workers affected, I think, was key to having this piece of legislation come before us.

One of the things that was happening in that vital area of tourism workers, Natural Resources' workers, was that they were highly skilled, loved their jobs, but were certainly having opportunities elsewhere for full-time employment. So I think it's going to plug an enormous problem for the casual workers. With that, moving this forward and into the next season of casual workers is very, very important.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Preston.

MR. KEITH COLWELL: Mr. Speaker, I too am going to speak in support of this bill. I think it's a great thing. Many people in my area who worked for Natural Resources in particular, were deprived of many benefits that they should have had and I want to commend my colleagues for working very hard on this and making a difference in employees' status. Many of these people are very experienced and provide excellent service to us as Nova Scotians and indeed help our tourism industry as well as helping enforcement and so many other things, on a casual basis. They are as valuable as full-time employees and I'm pleased to see that is happening, and will happen, and hopefully this bill will be proclaimed very soon so the employees can take advantage of this and feel as if there are a part of the province. In today's society, it's hard to believe that it was so many years getting this in place. This is something like you would see someone from a business trying to do and not a government and I'm pleased to see that now the government has realized that along with my colleagues who have helped make this happen.

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MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 49. Is the House ready for the question? Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 52.

Bill No. 52 - Credit Union Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Acting Minister of Finance.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, I move that this bill be now read for the third time.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading on Bill No. 52. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 11.

Bill No. 11 - Civil Forfeiture Act.

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

HON. BARRY BARNET: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Justice, I am pleased to move third reading of Bill No. 11, the Civil Forfeitures Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Mr. Speaker, as the Justice Critic for the NDP, I would entertain the fact that this is a bill that should proceed through third reading. I would

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like to thank again the Department of Justice for their patience in dealing with this ex-school principal with the details of civil forfeiture - it's an entanglement process which I have much to learn about yet, but it's a piece of legislation that we are willing to support. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 11. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, will you please call Bill No. 12.

Bill No. 12 - Evidence Act.

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

HON. BARRY BARNET: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Justice, I'm pleased to move third reading of Bill No. 12.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Mr. Speaker, this is an important piece of legislation. The government has responded to a need, in particular, when it comes to court documents. It is testimony to the fact that there are good things that come out of terrible disasters - because of Theresa McEvoy's terrible tragedy, because of the recommendations of Justice Merlin Nunn, this particular legislation has come forward. I think it's important again to put on the record that I thank the government for responding to the 21st Century need for electronic documents - unfortunately it takes a terrible tragedy such as the McEvoy accident for it to proceed. But on those points I certainly do, on behalf of the NDP caucus, support this piece of legislation. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of our Justice Critic, the honourable member for Richmond, we, too, in the Liberal caucus thank the government for bringing this forward - it is an important piece of legislation. Like our colleagues in the NDP, we agree that this is a bill that should go forward and we support the bill. Thank you.

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MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 12. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 13.

Bill No. 13 - Probate Act.

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

HON. BARRY BARNET: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Justice, I am pleased to move third reading of Bill No. 13.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 13. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 15.

Bill No. 15 - Small Claims Court Act.

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

HON. BARRY BARNET: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of my colleague, the Minister of Justice, I am pleased to move third reading of Bill No. 15.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for this reading of Bill No. 15. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order of business, Private Members' Public Bills for Second Reading.

PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 38.

Bill No. 38 - Consumer Protection Act.

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

MR. PERCY PARIS: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to stand in my place this evening to speak very briefly about Bill No. 38. I think I will start off by saying that gift certificates, gift cards, are a convenience. They make good sense to a lot of shoppers and they certainly make good sense and good business to a lot of stores in North America. I would say that probably this year alone, about 40 per cent of Canadians will be shopping for gift cards and using gift cards, compared to, according to stats that I have received, somewhere well over 60 per cent of Americans, over the past year, have used gift cards of some sort.

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Many stores, fortunately, have already taken it upon themselves to eliminate an expiry date on gift certificates. Unfortunately, such is not the case for all stores. I think what this bill is trying to do with respect to gift certificates is to see that consumers get their money's worth regardless of the timeline between the date of the purchase of the gift certificate and the time that they do cash it in.

I also think that gift certificates make good sense from a store perspective, because I think probably - for an example, Mr. Speaker, if I have a $100 gift certificate and I go to redeem that gift certificate, chances are that I'm going to spend more than the $100 that the gift certificate is worth. So it's good business for stores to also have gift certificates and it also makes sense that if there was no expiry date, then that expenditure, although it's an immediate gain for the store for today, they also have something to benefit from down the road when I spend beyond that $100, which would be beyond the value of the gift certificate itself.

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If this legislation passes, Mr. Speaker, we will be the third province in Canada to have such legislation. I see that as an advantage, because right now they have legislation in Ontario and they have legislation in Manitoba. We do know now, from history, that the legislation in Ontario has had some difficulties. We know that the legislation in Manitoba has been reconstructed. So to avoid some of those same difficulties that they've experienced in Ontario, we have the luxury now, the benefit of that history.

So as this Bill No. 38 moves on to the Law Amendments Committee, anybody from the public and from the business sector will be more than able to come forth and make any suggestions that they have with respect to the bill around amendments. This legislation is necessary to ensure that we, as consumers, and that we, as Nova Scotians, get value for our money. We work hard for our money. We know that money doesn't come easy for a lot of people.

Just very briefly, I know about a year ago - I think it was longer than a year ago now - I had received a gift certificate from a family member, one of my sons gave me a gift certificate. He lives outside the province, so with the cost of shipping things now, a gift certificate seemed a simple way for him to go. So he sends us a family gift certificate and well beyond Christmas, I took the family out and we were going to cash in on this gift certificate. We went to a local restaurant. We sat down, we had a nice meal and lo and behold, when it came time to pay for the bill, I get the bill and I pull out the gift certificate, not reading the fine print. Mr. Speaker, it had an expiry date on it which had expired. The waitress kind of looked at me and said, well, excuse me, sir, but this has expired. I said oh well, do you take a cheque? She said, no, but just hold on, I'll go talk to the manager.

Fortunately for me, the manager came out and he honoured the gift certificate even though it had expired, which I was very, very pleased about and to this very day we continue to go to that store, just because of that PR, just because of that public relations deal that they did for me that night. Certainly I felt bailed out and actually we stayed and ate dessert, because I was debating whether or not we should have had dessert, but when I looked at the value of the gift certificate and the gesture of kindness by the manager, we stayed and had dessert and had an enjoyable meal.

I just want to reiterate again that if this bill goes on to Law Amendments Committee, that it certainly will give the public and businesses an opportune time to come in and express their concerns, if they have any concerns, over the legislation. We can have the best legislation in Canada, and again based on history.

One of the things that I did find out very recently is that 27 per cent of the individuals - of that 62 per cent that I mentioned earlier - 27 per cent of the people in the U.S. who get gift certificates do not redeem them. Mr. Speaker, that is a contribution of $8 million to American business. That's a huge contribution. In Canada, we are looking at - because the population size of Canada, we contribute $100 million every year because we don't cash in

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gift certificates or they have expired and they are no longer valid. So I think that's another good reason to look at this legislation very seriously, because again, companies should not be able to profit without us getting a return for our dollar, and that's exactly what expiry dates do with gift certificates.

I've already mentioned how this makes good sense to stores and I think it encourages people to shop at stores, I think one of the things I want to mention is that if I buy a gift certificate for Christmas for a member of my family or for a friend, chances are, when they redeem that gift certificate, it will be after Christmas, it will be during the slow periods of the year when the stores need that additional revenue, because I'm going to go beyond what the value of that gift certificate is. Mr. Speaker, if that gift certificate is worth $100, in fact, if I only spend $50, I do not get $50 back. So I have to spend that other $50 at that store for the full value of the $100. The chances are, that with HST, with provincial sales tax and the prices of goods going up and up, that I am going to exceed the value of the gift certificate every time.

What gift certificates also do is they allow those stores, during the off-peak times, to pick up some added revenue. So with that, Mr. Speaker, I'd like to pass it on to other members of the House who may want to speak to this.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Yes, thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. The Consumer Protection Act is an important Act in anything that we might be talking about, about the protection of consumers in this province and this is no different, it is a good bill. As a matter of fact, when you are talking about gift certificates, it is ironic that there would be some businesses that put expiry dates on it because, in fact, the gift certificate itself is paid for in advance, so the store owner already has his money. If the person doesn't come back with it, then he's in that amount of money, but at least if the person came back they should be able to go back at any time in the future and get what is rightfully theirs, merchandise for the amount of money that they have already paid, or somebody has paid on their behalf.

The bill is a good one, we support the bill and I'd like to see if there's going to be anybody come to Law Amendments Committee on this bill. I doubt if the halls will be filled with with people on this one but certainly it's a good bill and we support it.

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

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, it pleases me to rise before the House to discuss the proposed amendments to Bill No. 38, the Consumer Protection Act. As members will know, consumer protection is one of the main responsibilities of the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The Consumer Protection Act and a number of other

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Statutes are in place to provide Nova Scotians with protection against unfair, or at least perceived perhaps unfair, business practices.

I guess, Mr. Speaker, most of us in the House, particularly in the game in which we are working, can appreciate what removing the expiry date on gift cards would mean to Nova Scotian consumers, particularly at this time of the year. I'm thinking one of the things, this is silent auction season and most of us go to these silent auctions and inevitably buy something and, quite frequently, it may be a gift card which you never get to use.

Now, the fact is with these silent auctions the money is going to a good purpose so it's not a big thing but, anyway, the other part of that is that I think at this time of year it's rather appropriate, too, because many of us will be receiving gift cards over the holidays, as the member for Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank said, and he was very fortunate that he met a very generous soul who would honour the certificate. I can tell you from a personal experience some time ago, it involves an agency which it's probably better I don't talk about here in the House (Interruption) No, I didn't. They wouldn't honour it. Finding out that a gift card is no longer valid when you go to pay for something is not a pleasant surprise.

Mr. Speaker, what this amendment does though, quite seriously, is it allows regulations on expiry dates to be developed. Over the past several years, gift cards have become a very popular choice for shoppers, particularly from the bigger retail chains. A recent Statistics Canada study shows that over 80 per cent of the large retailers offer gift cards and it makes up for a significant amount of their holiday sales.

Now, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations is continually reviewing the Consumer Protection Act to see that it accurately reflects practices found in the retail market. Business trends are always shifting and it's important that this Act does remain up to date to make sure that Nova Scotians are protected when they make purchases. We've also been following what has been happening in other jurisdictions with gift cards and I know that Ontario and Manitoba are in the process of putting in place regulations that limit the restrictions that retailers can place on gift cards, specifically concerning expiry dates.

Mr. Speaker, consumer protection for Nova Scotia continues to be one of my department's main priorities and we feel that Bill No. 38, the amendments to the Consumer Protection Act are in line with the intention of the Act.

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

The honourable member for Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank.

MR. PERCY PARIS: Mr. Speaker, if you'll allow me a little leeway here since this is my first bill to come in front of the House, so I want to enjoy the moment while I can. Having said that, I certainly want to pass my thanks on to the minister and also to my Liberal

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colleagues for their endorsement of this bill. I would like to move second reading of Bill No. 38.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 38. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 54.

Bill No. 54 - Maintenance Enforcement Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Bill No. 54 attempts to deal with an issue which I know we all, as MLAs, on occasion, face in our office. The many occasions when that telephone call comes the first time, you answer the phone - I can tell you I can sense the frustration in people's voices when I hear from an injured worker. That injured worker is frustrated, angry, concerned about the process and the delays which he or she has faced.

I also hear other concerns, of course at times when I hear, usually from women, when they bring up the magical words of the Maintenance Enforcement Program. For those particular women, in many cases - although I want you to know that on one occasion I did deal with a student of mine who had the responsibility of his own children and he was dealing with a lady who was not contributing her necessary dollars each month - you sense the frustration and the concern in the Maintenance Enforcement Program.

Now I want to be very clear on this, this is no reflection on the people who work at Maintenance Enforcement. When I have the opportunity to deal with people in Maintenance Enforcement, I find the staff to be professional, I find them to be prompt, I find them to be very concerned about the backlog and the delays which they're facing. But, on many occasions, they've said to me, Bill, my hands are just tied, we don't have the flexibility to be able to proceed with some of the things you're asking for in Maintenance Enforcement. Particularly when it's someone who lives in another province, in some cases, lives in another country, and we get into jurisdictions between one province and another province.

To me, as a school teacher, I don't want to hear the legalities of what's right or what's wrong, I want the problem solved, and I want this young mother, along with her children, to

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make sure she has access to the funds which she needs to continue to live. That's the concern that we hear on many occasions when it comes to maintenance enforcement. I've heard from members of my caucus who've brought this issue to my concern and to my attention, before.

Bill No. 54, the amended Maintenance Enforcement Act, gives the director of Maintenance Enforcement additional powers to obtain information from the courts that may assist the enforcement of maintenance orders.

This legislation is in response to the June 2007 report from the provincial Auditor General into the state of maintenance enforcement in Nova Scotia. At that time, the AG made a number of recommendations, in total, 18 of them. We are dealing with one, and this is an important one for this caucus and is an important one for anyone in Nova Scotia who's been involved with maintenance enforcement. The amendment specifically addresses recommendation 5.6 of the Auditor General's Report.

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In interviews with the staff of Maintenance Enforcement, the Auditor General heard that maintenance orders issued by courts often do not include - I would like to read this into the record - the Auditor General heard that maintenance orders issued by the courts often do not include information such as social insurance numbers, employment information, business ownership, personal financial information, and other information which could assist in the enforcement of maintenance orders.

This amendment, if passed, as it goes through this stage and over to the Law Amendments Committee, this amendment would ensure that such information will be included in future maintenance orders; it would include, thereby strengthening the administration and the enforcement of maintenance orders. It's important that the courts make as much information available to the Maintenance Enforcement Program as possible. We cannot assume this information is available because of the technicality and the jurisdictions which sometimes we have to face.

The AG also goes on in his report, when he asked the department to review and assess the managerial needs of the program and apply sufficient resources and expertise to effectively and efficiently manage the program.

The people who work at Maintenance Enforcement are professional. They have a concern for every one of their clients but, in many cases, as you know, Mr. Speaker, and other members of this House know, they just have too many of them. So, as legislators, we have a responsibility to make their job as easy and as accessible as possible. This is what this amendment will do, it will allow the people who work at Maintenance Enforcement to do their job in a more effective manner.

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The minister also claimed in the House last week that progress is being made in reducing the cases in arrears. I'm glad to hear that. I hope the minister fulfills the commitment that he gave to me in the House that he will provide the information for the cases that are being cleared up in the proverbial backlog.

In our caucus, we strongly encourage the House to support this amendment. This amendment makes common sense, it will be an asset to those affected, it will be an asset for the professionals in maintenance enforcement and it will be an asset for the people of Nova Scotia. It is with honour that I move second reading of Bill No. 54.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 54. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

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

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

The motion is carried.

[8:50 p.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Bills with Deputy Speaker Mr. Wayne Gaudet in the Chair.]

[8:54 p. m. CWH on Bills rose and the House reconvened with Deputy Speaker Mr. Wayne Gaudet in the Chair.]

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

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

Bill No. 24 - Dental Hygienists Act.

Bill No. 31 - Medical Act.

Bill No. 45 - Companies Act.

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

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, I move that we take a short recess.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

[8:54 p.m. The House recessed.]

[9:23 p.m. The House reconvened.]

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. I will now call the House back to order, please.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I request the consent of the House to revert to the order of business, Presenting Reports of Committees.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, as Chairman of the Committee on Law Amendments, I'm directed to report that the committee has met and considered the following bill:

Bill No. 36 - Liquor Control Act.

and the committee recommends this bill to the favourable consideration of the House, without amendment.

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MR. SPEAKER: Ordered that this bill be referred to Committee of the Whole House on Bills.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, as Chairman on the Committee of Law Amendments, I'm directed to report that the committee has met and considered the following bills:

Bill No. 4 - Pension Benefits Act.

Bill No. 7 - Motor Vehicle Act.

Bill No. 16 - Human Rights Act.

Bill No. 63 - Oil Refineries and L.N.G. Plants Municipal Taxation Act.

and the committee recommends these bills to the favourable consideration of the House, with certain amendments.

MR. SPEAKER: Ordered that these bills be referred to the Committee on the Whole House on Bills.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, that concludes the government's business for today. I move the House do now rise to meet tomorrow at the hour of 12:00 noon and sit until 8:00 p.m. Following the daily routine, we will consider Public Bills for Third Reading, Bill No. 45, the Companies Act; Bill No. 31, the Medical Act; Bill No. 24, the Dental Hygienist Act. We will consider Private Members' Public Bills, second reading, Bill No. 72, the Retail Business Holiday Closing Act; Bill No. 94, the Poverty Reduction Strategy. We will consider, if time avails, Private and Local Bills for Second Reading, Bill No. 46, the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission Act; Bill No. 61, Saint Mary's University Act, 1970; Bill No. 83, the Halifax Regional Water Commission Act.

I move that we now rise and meet again tomorrow.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is that the House do now rise to meet again at 12:00 noon tomorrow. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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[The House rose at 9:26 p.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 1047

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas on November 3, 2007, Mother Nature decided to remind Nova Scotians just how powerful she can be; and

Whereas post tropical storm Noel came barrelling towards our shores with wind speeds in excess of 130 kilometres per hour and more than 70 millimetres of rain; and

Whereas as the power was disrupted all across Chester-St. Margaret's, Eric Gillis and his crew of men at the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal base in Marriott's Cove were out and about to ensure that our highways remained open and accessible to vehicles;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Eric Gillis and the staff at the Marriots Cove Base for their dedication and hard work during post tropical storm Noel and wish them much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1048

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas on November 3, 2007, Mother Nature decided to remind Nova Scotians just how powerful she can be; and

Whereas post-tropical storm Noel came barrelling towards our shores with wind speeds in excess of 130 kilometres per hour and more than 70 millimetres of rain; and

Whereas as the power was disrupted all across Chester-St. Margaret's, Darrell Campbell and his crew of men at the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal base in Beechville were out and about to ensure that our highways remained open and accessible to vehicles;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Darrell Campbell and the staff at the Beechville Base for their dedication and hard work during post tropical storm Noel and wish them much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1049

By: Mr. William Estabrooks (Timberlea-Prospect)

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

Whereas on Friday, August 23rd, the Knights of Columbous Council 12917 of the Sacred Heart Church held a successful fundraiser for Roisin Wells, a 4 year old little girl from Sackville; and

Whereas the Knights of Columbus raised over $17,000 on the evening of August 3rd; and

Whereas the event was coordinated by Chris Ewing with many other helping hands in support;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank Chris Ewing and the Knights of Columbus Council 12917 for their leadership and initiative and commend all involved with the successful August 23rd fundraising event on behalf of Roisin Wells.

RESOLUTION NO. 1050

By: Ms. Marilyn More (Dartmouth South-Portland Valley)

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

Whereas the Dartmouth Historical Association instituted the Joseph Howe Fellowship Award to recognize outstanding people who have helped to preserve heritage, culture or have been leaders in community service; and

Whereas this award was presented to Lew Billard, retired educator who continues to document the visual history of his community, including the 37 colour photos in the 2006 Dartmouth in Recent Memory publication; and

Whereas Lew's other volunteer activities include member of the Rotary Club of Dartmouth, Christ Church Historical Committee and former treasurer of the Dartmouth Historical Association and Museum Society;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Dartmouth Historical Association and Lew Billard on the occasion of his Joseph Howe Fellowship Award presentation May 31, 2007 and thank him for his many contributions to the community of Dartmouth.

RESOLUTION NO. 1051

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 employees of Glace Bay Service Canada offices made a donation for $1,036 to the Glace Bay Food Bank; and

Whereas the 40 member staff of the Service Canada offices, located at Senator's Place in Glace Bay, organized a Support Our Troops campaign with the employees paying $2 each to wear red on Fridays; and

Whereas the Service Canada employees had also started a Hunger Hurts campaign that collected funds and food that were donated to the Glace Bay Food Bank;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate the 40 Service Canada employees for their outstanding efforts as well as their generosity towards the Glace Bay Food Bank.

RESOLUTION NO. 1052

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 1973-74 Windsor Alpines Hockey Club was inducted into the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society's Hall of Fame during the society's annual dinner in late September at the Avon Valley Golf and Country Club; and

Whereas the Windsor Alpines were members of the Maritime Senior Hockey League that season, and despite losing in five games to eventual champion Charlottetown, provided plenty of hockey talent, mixed in with a few fisticuffs, to practically sell out the old Hants Exhibition Arena in Windsor; and

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Whereas the Alpines team captain from that season, Carl "Chook" Smith, an icon in Windsor hockey circles, accepted a certificate from the society on the Alpines' induction on behalf of the team;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this Legislature applaud the significant hockey history which is alive and well in Windsor and congratulate the 1973-74 Windsor Alpines for their memories and recognition and to players Chook Smith, Brian Redden, Grant Veinot, Johnny Boyd, Billy Boyd, Roddy Bossy, Mike Hughes and Hal Hunter for their participation in this year's dinner in which former NHL great, Brad Park, was guest speaker.

RESOLUTION NO. 1053

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 Avon Valley Floral/Greenhouses Limited of Falmouth was founded in 1935 and incorporated in 1942, and continues to play a vital role in the local Windsor-West Hants business community; and

Whereas Avon Valley Floral/Greenhouses is the seventh-largest greenhouse operation in Canada and, during peak times of the year, can employ more than 400 people; and

Whereas Avon Valley Greenhouses Limited is an integral leader in the supply of floral products across Nova Scotia as well as Eastern Quebec and Eastern U.S. markets, with product lines ranging from plant material to florist supplies, along with others such as flowers for resale, and potted foliage plants;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud the tremendous work ethic of workers at Avon Valley, while congratulating the company on their 72 years of operation.

RESOLUTION NO. 1054

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

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

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Whereas Head Coach Paul Warren led his Hantsport Midget Boys Basketball Team to the Division 4 Basketball Nova Scotia Provincial Championship this past April in Sackville; and

Whereas Hantsport defeated the Canadian Martyrs 57 to 53 in the provincial championship game; and

Whereas the Hantsport Division 4 Midget Team received strong performances from players Chris Babin, who was named tournament MVP, and Mike Carpenter, who was named to the provincial tournament all-star team;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the significant achievements of the Hantsport Midget Boys Division 4 Basketball Team on winning 2006-07 provincial honours and wish them continued success through the 2007-08 season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1055

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 Laura Middleton of Mount Uniacke was one of six Nova Scotians to receive the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award in 2006; and

Whereas the Caring Canadian Award is presented to Canadians who exemplify outstanding and selfless contribution to their community and to Canada; and

Whereas the Uniacke Heritage Society knows what a special person Laura really is and initiated her nomination which, in turn, spurred on a number of other community groups that also realize what a tremendous person Laura is;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this House of Assembly recognize the tremendous goodwill of Mount Uniacke resident, Laura Middleton, and congratulate her on receiving the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award.

RESOLUTION NO. 1056

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

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

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Whereas the Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor's Award, first awarded in 1961, is presented annually to one male and one female Grade 11 student in each Nova Scotia school who performs commendably in their respective courses and who also demonstrates qualities of leadership and service in their school and community; and

Whereas the 2006-07 recipients of the Lieutenant Governor's Award at Avon View High School in Windsor were Cathryn Parsons and Adam Hines; and

Whereas both Cathryn and Adam maintained high academic standing and are dedicated to the betterment of school and life in their community;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs of this House recognize both Cathryn Parsons and Adam Hines for their hard work and determination which will serve them well into the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1057

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 elementary school students from Windsor-West Hants participated last Spring in an educational workshop held at the Hantsport school on the awareness of drug and substance abuse as part of the RCMP's campaign entitled Race Against Drugs; and

Whereas the RCMP campaign was launched in partnership with the West Hants Addictions Committee and the Hants Community Health Board; and

Whereas the Windsor and Hantsport Lions Clubs, Nova Scotia Power, along with Grade 9 students from the Hantsport school and various other groups and individuals volunteered their time and services in putting on this critical educational workshop;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this House of Assembly recognize and commend everyone involved for their diligent work on providing students with the knowledge of the dangers associated with drugs and substance abuse.

RESOLUTION NO. 1058

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

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

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Whereas for more than 60 years, beginning in the Fall of 1947, Falmouth farmer and horse owner, Leon Taylor, has shown his Clydesdale horses in classes at the Hants County Exhibition; and

Whereas Mr. Taylor has spent his entire life associated with draft horses, something his father was also closely involved with; and

Whereas Leon, on different occasions, has been a Nova Scotia Grand Champion Ploughman, is a Clydesdale horse breeder, and a well-known blacksmith and retired dairy farmer;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this Legislature recognize the tremendous accomplishments of Falmouth farmer, Leon Taylor, including his exemplary sportsmanship and the many ribbons he has won over the years showing his prized Clydesdale draft horses.

RESOLUTION NO. 1059

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 former champion Lawrence "Lonnie" States, and better known to some as "Blue Chip", has been involved in the sport of boxing for decades and has always been a supporter of youth; and

Whereas Lonnie formed the Windsor-Three Mile Plains Boxing Club in 2005 out of love for the sport and to help local youth by providing a safe environment while developing discipline, dedication and physical activity; and

Whereas Lonnie believes the focus of the club is to recruit those potentially at-risk youth in the communities who can only benefit from formal participation in an organized sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this Legislature recognize the genuine community spirit shown by Lawrence States - even though his boxing career may be over, his career as a fighter for the area youth continues to thrive.

RESOLUTION NO. 1060

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 a local West Hants team of 18 girls called the West Hants Municipal Cheerleaders attended a National Cheerleading Association Camp in Bangor, Maine, in July; and

Whereas the team and their coach, Nadine Brown, brought home numerous awards from the competition; and

Whereas the awards won included the Herkie T.E.A.M. trophy, the All-American Cheerleader Team Award, bids for NCAA National Events Award, as well as the Herkie Coaching Award, with two of the girls receiving All-American honours at the Bangor event;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud this special group of girls and coach Nadine Brown for their many accomplishments, and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1061

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 Murder Makes Mischief is a new book, and available at local merchants in Windsor-West Hants; and

Whereas the author is Wendy Eggleton who resides on the Walton Woods Road in Lower Burlington; and

Whereas the book is self-published, an excellent mystery, and full of suspense;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly, through this resolution, congratulate Wendy Eggleton on the success of publishing her first book, while wishing for many more to come along.

RESOLUTION NO. 1062

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

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

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Whereas Scott Geddes is a local entrepreneur and owner of the popular Cocoa Pestro Bistro at the corner of King and Albert Streets in Windsor; and

Whereas the Windsor business owner enjoys street catering "just for the fun of it"; and

Whereas Scott certainly showed what he meant this summer when he started handing out free, pulled pork sandwiches to a variety of people in Brooklyn, Hantsport, and Windsor, with the final giveaway total exceeding over one thousand sandwiches;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this House of Assembly, through this resolution, congratulate Scott Geddes for his unique marketing approach, while satisfying hungry tastes and drawing even more customers into his Bistro.

RESOLUTION NO. 1063

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 Walton Lighthouse scenery is absolutely breathtaking, with an admission charge anyone could afford, because it is free; and

Whereas the lighthouse was home to a record number of visitors in 2006; and

Whereas a total of 15,805 individuals came to the picturesque Walton Lighthouse in a variety of ways, including tour buses;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this House of Assembly, through this resolution, congratulate the number of local individuals involved with the Walton Lighthouse and for keeping the light burning in many hearts of young and old alike.

RESOLUTION NO. 1064

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 Falmouth resident Amanda Robinson was the recipient of one of four Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia (ICANS) student scholarship awards this year; and

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Whereas Amanda is now attending Saint Mary's University, studying for her Bachelor of Commerce degree, after graduating from Avon View High School in June; and

Whereas Amanda, an above-average student, participated in a number of school committees and was athletically involved with different sports teams, while also volunteering in community events and working part-time during her graduation year;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Amanda Robinson on her scholarship, and wish her every success as she strives toward a university degree and becoming a chartered accountant.

RESOLUTION NO. 1065

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 Claude Perry, a World War II veteran, passed away in 2002; and

Whereas each November, leading up to Remembrance Day, great-granddaughter Bre Rogers, a Grade 6 student this year at Brooklyn Elementary School, does a personal tribute to her great-grandad for her classroom after having done extensive research, collecting his memorabilia, while also penning a poem in her great-grandfather's memory; and

Whereas this year being her last in elementary school, Bre read the moving poem which she wrote in the first-person tense, being the voice of her great-grandfather to the students and visiting veterans at the school;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud Bre Rogers, an 11 year old who believes that "all soldiers, past, present and future, will be remembered."

RESOLUTION NO. 1066

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Stephen Goreham of Lower Wood's Harbour, Shelburne County, rebuilt a 65 foot long whale; he gathered the decaying bones from Outer Island, taking him nearly three months to transport the bones to his home in Lower Wood's Harbour; and

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Whereas Stephen was part of a contingent from Shelburne County that helped build the Dulce Refuggio Orphanage in Aqua Scalientes, Mexico; and

Whereas Stephen set up a donation box for the orphanage to help children who possess absolutely nothing and who live in challenging conditions;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate and thank Stephen Goreham for his hard work rebuilding the whale from Outer Island to help less fortunate children in Mexico.

RESOLUTION NO. 1067

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas the Shelburne County Flames won the Atom " A" Provincial Championship on March 11, 2007, in Cheticamp, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the Flames won over the host team seven points to three and were undefeated in their regular game season; and

Whereas the Flames took home the gold medal in the Shelburne County Fall Classic and a gold medal in Amherst Invitational Atom "A" Tournament;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Flames and their coaches for their dedication and perseverance during the 2006-07 hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1068

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas all 161 students and 22 staff participated in the National Music Monday Program on May 7, 2007; and

Whereas ERMES music teacher, Amber Hiltz, organized the event introduced by the coalition of music education in Canada to celebrate the importance of music in people's lives and in schools; and

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Whereas all ERMES participants joined in unison to sing a selected song, which was followed by vocal presentations and piano solos by several individual students;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate ERMES for their participation in the National Music Monday Program and thank ERMES for their good work and extend wishes for pleasant harmony in celebrating sounds of music with inspiring school spirits.

RESOLUTION NO. 1069

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Jody Swim, a River Hills Golf and County Club 15-year-old veteran, made the provincial team and went to the Canadian Nationals in Chester, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Jody captured the Nike Nova Scotia Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship at the links at Penn Hills in Shubenacadie in June of 2007; and

Whereas Jody's final round of an even par 72 put him at one under, over the 36 hole tournament and guaranteed him a spot on the provincial team to compete at the Canadian Men's Mid- Amateur Championships at the Oaks Golf Club in Delaware, Ontario;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Jody on his golfing success in 2007 and extend best wishes towards incessant victories and for bringing attention to River Hills Golf and County Club as a strong golfing area in Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 1070

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas James Nickerson, a resident of Bear Point, Shelburne County, has been our number one fan, offering colourful flair and booming encouragement to local sports teams throughout the county; and

Whereas James' repetoire of familiar chants - come on down, warm up the bus - has provided an inspiring presence to three generations of athletes as well as invigorating laughter he has brought to the fans; and

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Whereas over the past 40 years, James has spurred on numerous sports teams, some of which are the Wood's Harbour Whalers, Bear Point Aces, Sable Fish Packers, Clark's Harbour Foggies, Barrington ICE Dogs and Barrington Barons;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize James Nickerson with his given talents along with his constant devotion to the athletes as well as the encouragement and zest James continually brings to the fans.

RESOLUTION NO. 1071

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas in recognition of their contribution to community, Jack and Audrey Bell were chosen to represent the Municipality of Shelburne at the Provincial Volunteer Dinner in Halifax on April 10, 2007; and

Whereas Mr. and Mrs. Bell have given their talents and efforts over the past 50 years to many organizations, including the Canadian Cancer Society, Rebekah Lodge, and Jack being instrumental in the construction of the Jordan Holy Trinity Church hall where the project was finished owing nothing; and

Whereas their commitment to enriching the community and the lives of its citizens is based on their faith and years of strength through their marriage;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Jack and Audrey Bell have made to improve the community and also congratulate them on their efforts, and to extend best wishes for the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1072

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas firefighters are the character of Shelburne County communities and are called upon in times of need regardless of the time, day or night; and

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Whereas the Island and Barrington Volunteer Fire Department responds to a number of alarms annually while always being ready to assist Emergency Health Services, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and fellow fire departments with mutual aid assistance; and

Whereas a community lacking the dedication of volunteer firefighters would be a community in great distress as they voluntarily confront challenges with admirable fortitude and willingly persevere to gain experience through vigorous training activities;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend the firefighters of the Island and Barrington Volunteer Fire Department, for they will continue to risk their lives for the safety and security of their communities, along with acknowledging their courage and reliability in responding to alarms when summoned because of the uncertainty of when an emergency can arise.

RESOLUTION NO. 1073

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Ira and Bobbi Maxwell of Cape Sable Island, Shelburne County, sold all their belongings to serve as missionaries at a children's orphanage in Pan de Vida, Queretaro, Mexico; and

Whereas the couple will be volunteering with the Christian Charitable Organization, Children of Hope, assisting orphaned children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected; and

Whereas Bobbi will be working as an optician fitting children with proper eyeglasses and Ira will be doing maintenance and assisting short-term mission groups at various building sites;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Ira and Bobbi Maxwell on giving of their talents to make a considerable difference in the lives of helpless children and extend best wishes for future missionary accomplishments.

RESOLUTION NO. 1074

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

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Whereas on August 3, 2007, the Hawk Daze held their second annual celebration on The Hawk, Cape Sable Island, Shelburne County; and

Whereas some of the events included a male fashion show, music by Bernard Nickerson and Associates, skits, boat rides from the Hawk wharf to the Cape Light, a beach bash with potluck picnic and a treasure hunt; and

Whereas donations collected through the Hawk Daze will be directed towards the erection of a monument in memory of Hawk community residents who have served their county at war and founding Hawk families;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank all who organized, volunteered and participated in the celebration to bring community together to make the Hawk Daze event a huge success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1075

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Hailey Cox of Shelburne County, the only Canadian to accompany 50 other students/crew aboard the Amistad as it sets sail for the last 16 month, 14,000 mile voyage that traces the original 19th century route of the slave trade; and

Whereas through web logs, re-enactment and storytelling, the crew of students will spread the Amistad story worldwide, also noted as the Freedom Tour; and

Whereas the Maritime museum of the Atlantic in Halifax and the Black Loyalist Society sponsored the four month trip through fundraising and community support;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Hailey Cox for her interest in seizing the opportunity to set sail on the replica ship, the Amistad, to learn and to convey historical events to abolish the slave trade.

RESOLUTION NO. 1076

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

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Whereas Goulden's Shell station in the Town of Shelburne sponsored a photographic display of local soldiers who are serving in Afghanistan; and

Whereas Helen Goulden received a letter from MCpl. Dwayne Williams expressing appreciation for the show of support for soldiers and their families; and

Whereas Dwayne, on behalf of all the soldiers, said, "Thank you for support inspiring us to do our best, bringing the distance from Afghanistan to Shelburne closer";

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commends Goulden's Shell and everyone who took part in gathering photos and information to honour local soldiers who are serving in the war torn country of Afghanistan.

RESOLUTION NO. 1077

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Gordon Stoddard of Wood's Harbour, Shelburne County, received an honorary award for 25 years of service on March 10, 2007; and

Whereas the awards were given at the second annual Shelburne County Mutual Aid Supper held at the Wood's Harbour Fire Department and a turkey supper was hosted by the Wood's Harbour Ladies Auxiliary; and

Whereas Councilor George El Jakl presented the award on behalf of the Wood's Harbour Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years of service as a Captain Pumper;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Gordon Stoddard for his dedication to the fire service, also to his commitment to the community of Wood's Harbour and to his fellow firefighters.

RESOLUTION NO. 1078

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Gordie Ross of Wood's Harbour, Shelburne County, received an honorary award for 25 years of service on March 10, 2007; and

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Whereas the awards were given at the second annual Shelburne County Mutual Aid Supper held at the Wood's Harbour Fire Department and a turkey supper was hosted by the Wood's Harbour Ladies Auxiliary; and

Whereas Councilor George El Jakl presented the award on behalf of the Wood's Harbour Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years of service as Fire Chief;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Gordie Ross for his dedication to the fire service, also to his commitment to the community of Wood's Harbour and to his fellow firefighters.

RESOLUTION NO. 1079

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Gerry Moher of Shelburne County walked for six and one-half hours to raise money and awareness towards research for a medical condition called Hypermesis Gravidarum on Saturday, May 5, 2007; and

Whereas Gerry walked from Shelburne Municipal Building to the Barrington Municipal Building raising $375; and

Whereas Gerry's daughter, who has been affected by this disease, along with family and friends, will be walking a Journey of Hope walk from London, Ontario to Toronto, nearly 50 kilometres a day, in hopes, in the near future, to find a cure for Hypermesis Gravidarum;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank Gerry Moher and his family for their part in raising monies and awareness for pregnant women suffering from this debilitating and potentially life threatening disease.

RESOLUTION NO. 1080

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas George El Jakl of Wood's Harbour, Shelburne County, immigrated to Canada from Lebanon in 1988; and

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Whereas George settled in Shelburne County, is very grateful for his welcome, is the owner of Anthony's Convenience Store in Wood's Harbour and is interested in helping other immigrants who are new to the area and country, having been through the immigration process himself; and

Whereas George prevailed over language barriers and cultural challenges, he became involved in community by representing his area as a municipal councillor;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly would like to thank George El Jakl for encouraging other immigrants who are new to the area as well as for his continuing service to his community as a municipal councillor where George is greatly appreciated and admired for his determination.

RESOLUTION NO. 1081

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Forest Ridge Academy held a mini log run fundraiser on June 9, 2007, the first log to go beneath the railway bridge in the Barrington River would be declared the winner; and

Whereas 400 mini logs were cut from dowels and were sold at $5 each, raising a total of $2,150.00;

Whereas Courtney Rennehan chose the winning log and received a $500 cheque as the winning prize from Forest Ridge Academy;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Forest Ridge Academy's fundraising committee for their creative fundraising idea for a mini log run in the Barrington River with best wishes for future log runs.

RESOLUTION NO. 1082

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

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Whereas Family Matters of Barrington, Shelburne County, was the top fundraising team, consisting of 12 people, raised more than $7,000 for the Southwestern Nova Scotian Relay for Life Cancer Society Fundraiser; and

Whereas the Relay for Life began Friday night, June 15, 2007 and ended Saturday morning, June 16th, raising a total of $151,108; and

Whereas 69 teams from Yarmouth and Shelburne Counties joined together and 781 people and 250 cancer survivors participated in the event;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Family Matters Team for their dedication and participation in the Relay for Life as a celebration of life.

RESOLUTION NO. 1083

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Evan Crowell of Shelburne County, a special Olympian athlete who attended the Winter Games in Shearwater on March 2-4, 2007; and

Whereas Evan and the curling team played five games and won all five games, proceeding to the gold medal game; and

Whereas the curling team won the gold medal on Sunday, March 3, and will represent Nova Scotia at the Canadian National Games in Quebec City in 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Evan for his great sportsmanship and dedication to the game as a team player and good luck and continued success in your athletic future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1084

By: Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Grades 5 and 6 students from Evelyn Richardson Memorial Elementary School participated in a hands-on session with Sue Abbot, coordinator of the Nova Scotia Piping Plover Conservation Program, on April 26, 2007; and

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Whereas the students toured the Stoney Island Beach, Cape Sable Island, and learned about the piping plover habitat - also, students helped to clean the area parking lot where they were surprised and disappointed with the amount of garbage they found; and

Whereas ERMES students formed a "plover patrol" to promote protection and to increase public awareness of the piping plover habitat;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the students at ERMES for their involvement with the Piping Plover Conservation Program, and best wishes in future accomplishments for protecting, respecting and encouraging public education regarding endangered habitats and the environment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1085

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas New Glasgow native and Kanokai Judo Club member Bryan Campbell recently earned a national gold medal at the National Judo Championships in Moncton; and

Whereas 16-year-old Campbell went undefeated in the +81 kilo division to claim the national victory; and

Whereas Campbell was pleased to take part in the competition, and recently returned from two trips to Europe with the Canadian National Team - his goals are to go as far as he can in the sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their sincere congratulations to Bryan Campbell of New Glasgow on his gold medal win at the National Judo Championships.

RESOLUTION NO. 1086

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas former New Glasgow Mayor and Nova Scotia Supreme Court Judge, Justice Alexander MacIntosh, passed away recently; and

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Whereas the Sydney native was 90 years old and well-known not only in the Town of New Glasgow where he also practiced law for 26 years, but throughout the province for many years; and

Whereas he will be remembered for his appointment to the bench of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in 1973, and to his country for his work on the Pension Appeals Board, presiding over cases from all over Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their condolences to the family of Justice Alexander MacIntosh on his recent passing, recognizing the important work Justice MacIntosh did for the Town of New Glasgow, our province and our country.

RESOLUTION NO. 1087

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas this year, organizers for the Pictou County Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes easily surpassed their financial goal of $40,000; and

Whereas coordinator, Crystal MacKinnon-Murray, said that they hope to pass the $50,000 mark and ensure the event as an annual fixture in the county; and

Whereas some of the youth fundraisers have raised as much as $1,000 on their own, and all proceeds go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which guarantees that all monies raised are put directly into promising research towards combatting the disease;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations to the organizers and the citizens of Pictou County on an extremely successful campaign for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation supporting not only an important organization, but fostering an active lifestyle for the community at large.

RESOLUTION NO. 1088

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

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Whereas Alain Bossé, General Manager of the Pictou Lodge Resort, was recently honoured at the Pictou Centre Chamber of Commerce 15th Annual Business Achievement Awards; and

Whereas Alain was presented with the Employee of the Year Award; and

Whereas under his management since 1998, lodge revenues have tripled, high-profile guests have graced its presence, and the lodge has won numerous tourism and human resource awards;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations to Alain Bossé for his dedication to the food service industry and for his leadership in promoting the growth of the Pictou Lodge Resort.

RESOLUTION NO. 1089

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas New Glasgow native, Layton Desmond, demonstrates talent at work every day in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Mr. Desmond won a camera 30 years ago in a raffle when he bought a ticket at New Glasgow's John Brother MacDonald Stadium; and

Whereas over the years he has taught himself the art of photography, and his work covers every subject from scenic landscapes to portraits of his grandchildren;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their appreciation and best wishes to New Glasgow amateur photographer, Layton Desmond, as he provides yet another example of the breadth of talent quietly exhibited every day in Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 1090

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

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Whereas Pictou County once again raised thousands of dollars during this year's Terry Fox Run campaign; and

Whereas more than $8,800 was raised, between runs, head-shavings and other related activities to reach the amount; and

Whereas provincial director for the organization, Cindy Pettipas, was very pleased with Pictou County's contribution and said more was likely on the way after the National School Run campaign was completed;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send congratulations and thanks to the people of Pictou County for their generosity in support of cancer research through the Terry Fox Association, adding proof that small-town Nova Scotians do have big hearts.

RESOLUTION NO. 1091

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas an unprecedented three students from the North Nova Education Centre in Pictou County have been accepted to the prestigious Nova Scotia Youth Choir; and

Whereas all three students are boys, another first for the school and the county according to resident conductor of the provincial choir, Janice Alcorn; and

Whereas Kyle DeCoste was one of the chosen three, and says that although it is a more challenging experience, he's up to it and enjoying every minute of it;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their heartfelt congratulations to North Nova Education Centre student Kyle DeCoste on earning a coveted spot in the Nova Scotia Youth Choir.

RESOLUTION NO. 1092

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

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Whereas sisters Angelina, Helyn and Mary Manos were recognized for their achievements and contribution to the Pictou business community at the Celebrating Women awards event presented by the Pictou Women's Centre; and

Whereas the three sisters took over their father's business, originally started in the 1940s on Provost Street in New Glasgow and offered unique treats, many of which were imported at their London Fruit and Candy store until retirement in 1995; and

Whereas the Manos sisters maintain they loved every minute of their work and, subsequently, experienced no stress over the years and were happy to be a part of the big family that was the main street of New Glasgow;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their warm wishes and congratulations to Angelina, Helyn and Mary Manos on their achievements and contribution to the history and business of New Glasgow and Pictou County.

RESOLUTION NO. 1093

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas popular New Glasgow florist, Marian MacKean, of MacKean's Flowers, was recently recognized for her business contributions to Pictou County; and

Whereas Mrs. MacKean and her husband originally developed the business as a wholesale operation in an effort to remain competitive, switched to a retail outlet with a recent commitment to offering fair trade flowers and products in the store; and

Whereas Mrs. MacKean's granddaughter, Suzanne, has taken over the business, ensuring that it continues to bloom in downtown New Glasgow;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send warm wishes and congratulations to Marian MacKean of New Glasgow on her many years of success as New Glasgow's eminent florist.

RESOLUTION NO. 1094

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas long-time yoga enthusiast, fitness instructor and Pictou County native, Ella Russell, has been honoured for her contribution as a Pictou County business woman; and

Whereas Ms. Russell, who has been instructing others toward a healthier lifestyle for nearly 40 years, started at the Pictou County YMCA and later responded to public demand to lead classes out of her own home and on site at prominent Pictou businesses, Sobeys and Neenah Paper; and

Whereas Ms. Russell maintains that yoga and fitness are a means for improving the quality of life for those who partake, and she enjoys the constant learning required to maintain certification;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations and praise to Ella Russell for her nearly 40-year contribution to the health and welfare of the Pictou County community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1095

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas Lolly McLean has been in business since 1972, the year of the Hector celebrations making Pictou County a popular tourist destination; and

Whereas Ms. McLean has been the engine behind Lolly's Gifts ever since, a business that complimented her career as a mother and wife and provided employment for family members; and

Whereas Ms. McLean has now handed over the reins of the Provost Street shop to her son Shaun so she can be a full-time caregiver to her husband Gerald and looks back fondly on her time in business;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations and warm wishes to Lolly McLean on her more than 30 years of achievements and contributions to the fabric of Pictou County.

RESOLUTION NO. 1096

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By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas Neenah Paper of Canada Ltd. recently celebrated a company milestone; and

Whereas the longstanding Pictou County operation rolled out its eight millionth tonne of pulp and picked up a long-term exporter award earlier this year; and

Whereas the mill continues to weather business storms, especially in light of the dollar's strength, but company officials maintain the employer has no plans to leave Pictou County;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their appreciation and congratulations to all of those at Neenah Paper for their hard work in ensuring its presence in Pictou County, despite some recent industry difficulties.

RESOLUTION NO. 1097

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas Pictou County pianist Vesta Mosher has been honoured at the Celebrating Women gala, hosted by the Pictou County Women's Centre; and

Whereas Ms. Mosher has been teaching young people all over the county for more than 40 years and was organist and choir director for both St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in New Glasgow and Sharon St. John Church in Stellarton; and

Whereas Ms. Mosher, also a published author, writing about the history of the New Glasgow Music Festival in her first book - her current work-in-progress is titled Entertainment in Pictou County 1880-1980 - maintains that keeping an open mind is a key to success;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge the achievements of Vesta Mosher and the contribution she has made to her community for over 40 years.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1098

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas New Glasgow resident Dorothy Lodge has been honoured by the Pictou Women's Centre for her contributions; and

Whereas the accomplished tailor and British ex-pat opened her first business in downtown New Glasgow, expansion happened only a short time later, with the original business being split into two, Inspirations and York Sewing Centre; and

Whereas her businesses now boast generations of loyal customers who use her valuable service and talent, Dorothy enjoys her work, has no immediate retirement plans and advises prospective business women to keep on top of the necessary paperwork;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House praise Dorothy Lodge for her talent and contribution to the New Glasgow community as she represents the diverse possibilities that Nova Scotia has to offer to its citizens and its newcomers.

RESOLUTION NO. 1099

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas New Glasgow native and longtime actor, Walter Borden, was recently honoured; and

Whereas Mr. Borden was granted an Honourary Doctorate Degree from Saint Mary's University at its Fall Convocation services in October this year; and

Whereas Mr. Borden is best known for his superb acting talent regularly displayed at theatres across the province and for his children's library reading sessions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send a hearty congratulations to New Glasgow native and Nova Scotian celebrity Walter Borden for his unique contribution to our province's cultural tapestry.

RESOLUTION NO. 1100

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By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas a New Glasgow team of dragon boat paddlers recently flew to Bristol, England, to compete in the annual Women Alike, Abreast A River breast cancer fundraising event; and

Whereas the team comprised of six survivors and one support team member competed, short handedly, and went on to claim first place in their division; and

Whereas the trip came about when a past dragon boat team member moved to England and invited her former New Glasgow dragon boat teammates to compete in May of this year and bring a Canadian dose of breast cancer awareness with them;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations and best wishes to Faye Visser and her brave teammates who represented the best that Nova Scotia can offer to a person and her community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1101

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas a New Glasgow team of dragon boat paddlers recently flew to Bristol, England, to compete in the annual Women Alike, Abreast A River breast cancer fundraising event; and

Whereas the team, comprised of six survivors and one support team member, competed, short handedly, and went on to claim first place in their division; and

Whereas the trip came about when a past dragon boat team member moved to England and invited her former New Glasgow dragon boat teammates to compete in May of this year and bring a Canadian dose of breast cancer awareness with them;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations and best wishes to Georgina MacLean and her brave teammates who represented the best that Nova Scotia can offer to a person and her community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1102

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas a New Glasgow team of dragon boat paddlers recently flew to Bristol, England, to compete in the annual Women Alike, Abreast A River breast cancer fundraising event; and

Whereas the team, comprised of six survivors and one support team member, competed, short-handed, and went on to claim first place in their division; and

Whereas the trip came about when a past dragon boat team member moved to England and invited her former New Glasgow dragon boat teammates to compete in May of this year and bring a Canadian dose of breast cancer awareness with them;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations and best wishes to Marlene MacLellan and her brave teammates who represented the best that Nova Scotia can offer to a person and her community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1103

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas a New Glasgow team of dragon boat paddlers recently flew to Bristol, England, to compete in the annual Women Alike, Abreast A River breast cancer fundraising event; and

Whereas the team, comprised of six survivors and one support team member, competed short-handed, and went on to claim first place in their division; and

Whereas the trip came about when a past dragon boat team member moved to England and invited her former New Glasgow dragon boat teammates to compete in May of this year and bring a Canadian dose of breast cancer awareness with them;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations and best wishes to Evelyn Sutherland and her brave teammates who represented the best that Nova Scotia can offer to a person and her community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1104

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas a New Glasgow team of dragon boat paddlers recently flew to Bristol, England, to compete in the annual Women Alike, Abreast A River breast cancer fundraising event; and

Whereas the team, comprised of six survivors and one support team member, competed short-handed, and went on to claim first place in their division; and

Whereas the trip came about when a past dragon boat team member moved to England and invited her former New Glasgow dragon boat teammates to compete in May of this year and bring a Canadian dose of breast cancer awareness with them;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations and best wishes to Phyllis Weaver and her brave teammates who represented the best that Nova Scotia can offer to a person and her community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1105

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas a New Glasgow team of dragon boat paddlers recently flew to Bristol, England, to compete in the annual Women Alike, Abreast A River breast cancer fundraising event; and

Whereas the team, comprised of six survivors and one support team member, competed short-handed, and went on to claim first place in their division; and

Whereas the trip came about when a past dragon boat team member moved to England and invited her former New Glasgow dragon boat teammates to compete in May of this year and bring a Canadian dose of breast cancer awareness with them;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations and best wishes to Pat Westlake and her brave teammates who represented the best that Nova Scotia can offer to a person and her community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1106

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas a New Glasgow team of dragon boat paddlers recently flew to Bristol, England, to compete in the annual Women Alike, Abreast A River breast cancer fundraising event; and

Whereas the team, comprised of six survivors and one support team member, competed, short handedly, and went on to claim first place in their division; and

Whereas the trip came about when a past dragon boat team member moved to England and invited her former New Glasgow dragon boat teammates to compete in May of this year and bring a Canadian dose of breast cancer awareness with them;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations and best wishes to Linda Wilkinson and her brave teammates who represented the best that Nova Scotia can offer to a person and her community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1107

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas Howard Anderson was recently honoured at the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce 15th Annual Business Achievement Awards; and

Whereas Howard launched his accounting career in municipal contracting, earning his chartered accountant privileges in 1984 and obtaining the position as Chief Financial Officer with Scotiabond; and

Whereas Mr. Anderson is presently Manager of CIBC Wood Gundy, steadily growing the company's clientele and portfolio holdings;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations to Howard Anderson for being selected as Business Person of the year and for being instrumental in having his company consistently perform among the top branches in Canada.

RESOLUTION NO. 1108

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas Summer Street Industries Limited was recently honoured at the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce 15th Annual Business Achievement Awards; and

Whereas Summer Street is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals with an intellectual challenge; and

Whereas through its facilities, fundraisers and special events, the Summer Street Society, since 1969, has helped hundreds of Pictou County citizens find employment or pursue other lifelong learning opportunities, boosting their self-esteem and productivity;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations to Executive director Bob Bennett, Board of Directors, staff and volunteers for their continuous strong community service and for being selected as the non-profit organization of the year.

RESOLUTION NO. 1109

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas thanks to funding from the Nova Scotia Writers Federation, a new writer-in-residence has been named for the Pictou County and Antigonish Libraries, the only such position in the province; and

Whereas award-winning author, Linda Little, was thrilled with the honour and maintains that the position allows for those in the community interested in writing, to access someone with expertise for help and guidance; and

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Whereas Ms. Little, winner of the 2007 Dartmouth Book Award for Scotch River, started the first six month term in Antigonish and will complete the year-long post starting in January, at the Pictou County Library;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations to Linda Little and the Pictou County and Antigonish Libraries for the opportunity available to not only one of Nova Scotia's writers, but the larger community of Pictou County.

RESOLUTION NO. 1110

By: Hon. Angus MacIsaac (Economic Development)

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

Whereas East Antigonish Academy students Briana Williams and Jonathan O'Neill received Lieutenant Governor Medals; and

Whereas Briana Williams and Jonathan O'Neill were recognized for their community service and academic achievements; and

Whereas Lieutenant Governor Mayann Francis came to Antigonish to award these outstanding students;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Briana Williams and Jonathan O'Neill on receiving Lieutenant Governor Medals.

RESOLUTION NO. 1111

By: Hon. Angus MacIsaac (Economic Development)

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

Whereas Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional High School students Ann Riley and Shawn Brophy received Lieutenant Governor Medals; and

Whereas Ann Riley and Shawn Brophy were recognized for their community service and academic achievements; and

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Whereas Lieutenant Governor Mayann Francis came to Antigonish to award these outstanding students;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Ann Riley and Shawn Brophy on receiving Lieutenant Governor Medals.

RESOLUTION NO. 1112

By: Hon. Angus MacIsaac (Economic Development)

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

Whereas Havre Boucher resident Tony Boucher has received the Commanding Officer's Gold Coin from Brigadier-General Tim Grant; and

Whereas Mr. Boucher was one of two civilians out of 200 to receive this prestigious award; and

Whereas Mr. Boucher volunteered to serve a six-month stint as support in Afghanistan, this award acknowledges that Mr. Boucher has gone above and beyond the call of duty;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Tony Boucher on receiving the Commanding Officer's Gold Coin.

RESOLUTION NO. 1113

By: Hon. Angus MacIsaac (Economic Development)

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

Whereas the East Antigonish Academy Mustangs captured two titles at the NSSAF Table Tennis Provincial Championships; and

Whereas the Antigonish County Girls' Intermediate and Junior Teams played their way to gold medals; and

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Whereas making it a total of 57 NSSAF regional and provincial banners that the Antigonish County Girls have won in a seven-year run;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating the East Antigonish table tennis teams.

RESOLUTION NO. 1114

By: Hon. Angus MacIsaac (Economic Development)

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

Whereas 18-year- old Antigonish resident Alex Gerrior was a double gold medal winner at the National Handball Championships held in Montreal; and

Whereas Alex Gerrior captured the men's C titles in both singles and doubles; and

Whereas Alex Gerrior is heading to St. F.X. in the Fall and would like to initiate a collegiate team at the university;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Alex Gerrior on capturing two gold medals at the National Handball Championships.

RESOLUTION NO. 1115

By: Hon. Angus MacIsaac (Economic Development)

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

Whereas 17-year-old Antigonish resident Taylor Lambke was drafted by the Bathurst Titans in the sixth round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft; and

Whereas Taylor Lambke, who came up through the Antigonish Minor Hockey system and played the last two seasons with the Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets, went 97th overall; and

Whereas Taylor Lambke's excitement is shared by his parents, Rusty and Gina, his brother, Garrett; and his sister, Rebecca;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Taylor Lambke on being drafted by the Bathurst Titans.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1116

By: Hon. Angus MacIsaac (Economic Development)

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

Whereas the Strait Regional School Board honoured its retiring teachers; and

Whereas Antigonish teachers Anne Boyd, Carol Day, Anne MacDonald, and Bernadette MacDougall, were among those honoured for their years of service; and

Whereas these teachers have provided a great service to their students, communities, and the province for many years;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Anne Boyd, Carol Day, Anne MacDonald, and Bernadette MacDougall on their retirement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1117

By: Hon. Angus MacIsaac (Economic Development)

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

Whereas Antigonish residents Joe and Pat Stewart recently received the Hockey Nova Scotia President's Award; and

Whereas the time and energy that they have devoted demonstrates their commitment to the local hockey program; and

Whereas Joe Stewart has dedicated almost four decades to hockey in this province;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Joe and Pat Stewart on receiving the Hockey Nova Scotia President's Award.

RESOLUTION NO. 1118

By: Hon. Angus MacIsaac (Economic Development)

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

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Whereas 17-year-old Antigonish resident Nick MacInnis won the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tournament, hosted in Antigonish; and

Whereas Nick MacInnis carded rounds of 77-78-155 to win the opening tournament of the Atlantic Canada Series; and

Whereas Nick MacInnis' score qualifies him for a spot in the Canada International Friendship Cup at theBeach Grove Golf Club in Delta, British Columbia, in August;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Nick MacInnis, and wish him success at the Canada International Friendship Cup.

RESOLUTION NO. 1119

By: Hon. Angus MacIsaac (Economic Development)

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

Whereas 18-year-old Antigonish resident Erin Brophy has been invited to the Hockey Canada Camp in Calgary; and

Whereas Erin Brophy played this past year with the Antigonish Midget Female Bulldogs; and

Whereas 34 of the 57 players invited to the camp are eligible to represent Canada at the inaugural IIHF World Women's Under-18 Championships to be held in Canada in January 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Erin Brophy, and wish her success at the Hockey Canada Camp.

RESOLUTION NO. 1120

By: Hon. Angus MacIsaac (Economic Development)

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

Whereas Antigonish Skating Club members Darren Bogle and Karey-Beth Delorey earned the right to represent Nova Scotia at the 2008 BMC Skate Canada Eastern Challenge; and

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Whereas Darren and Karey-Beth along with their coach, Connie Frazee, will travel to Mississauga, Ontario, for the championship; and

Whereas Meghan Brophy from the Antigonish Skating Club also qualified to compete at Eastern Challenge, however she has an injury that prevents her from competing;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating the members of the Antigonish Skating Club, and wish them luck at the 2008 Skate Canada Eastern Challenge.

RESOLUTION NO. 1121

By: Hon. Brooke Taylor (Agriculture)

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

Whereas the 4-H program is the largest youth organization in the world that encourages leadership development, care and responsibility for our resources, and builds positive life skills to secure the future of rural communities; and

Whereas for the last 85 years the Nova Scotia 4-H program has helped thousands of our provincial youth develop positive life skills and reach their full potential through learning by doing; and

Whereas during the month of November, 4-H members, volunteer leaders, and supporters across Canada celebrated the many opportunities for skill development and personal growth that the 4-H program offers our young people;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this Legislature congratulate all of Nova Scotia's 4-H members for their accomplishments, and thank the volunteer leaders who teach and support our agriculture, government, business and civic leaders of the future during National 4-H Month.

RESOLUTION NO. 1122

By: Mr. Stephen McNeil (Annapolis)

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

Whereas Jeremy Curtis, a student at Middleton Regional High School, was awarded the distinction of being the top French-speaking debater in the province, and represented

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Nova Scotia in November at the National Student Debating Seminar held in British Columbia; and

Whereas this achievement comes after competing against 12 of the top French-speaking debaters in the province, the majority of whom were from French-speaking schools where English is a second language in the classroom; and

Whereas Jeremy is a great example of proficiency in both official languages and in the art of debate;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Jeremy Curtis on his achievement of being the top French-speaking debater in the province.

RESOLUTION NO. 1123

By: Hon. Ronald Chisholm (Fisheries and Aquaculture)

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

Whereas Sheet Harbour resident John Wood received the Patricia Helliwell Volunteer Tutor Award at the International Literacy Awards Ceremony; and

Whereas this award celebrates the memory of Patricia Helliwell, a volunteer tutor for 14 years who displayed an amazing spirit and was committed to helping adult learners; and

Whereas John has shown his commitment through his volunteer tutoring of adult learners;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate John Wood on his Volunteer Tutor Award.