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HANSARD 07-16

DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Alfie MacLeod

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Second Session

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2007

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
INTRODUCTION OF VISITORS 1637
PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS:
TIR - MSVU: Half Light - Install,
Ms. D. Whalen 1638
TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS:
Moving Toward Equity - Affirmative Action and Diversity, Rept.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 1638
Anl. Rept. of Civil Service Disclosure of Wrongdoing Regs. & Pol.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 1638
Anl. Rept. of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs,
Mr. L. Glavine 1638
STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS:
NSLC - Lots of Ways Prog., Hon. L. Goucher 1639
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 1390, Legislative Staff - Salute,
The Premier 1640
Vote - Affirmative 1641
Res. 1391, Smith, Chris/Jamieson's Irish House & Grill - Anl. Open
House Christmas Day Dinner, The Premier 1641
Vote - Affirmative 1642
Res. 1392, Econ. Dev.: Trade Team N.S. - Congrats.,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 1642
Vote - Affirmative 1642
Res. 1393, Jessup, Lt.-Cmdr. Pat: Accomplishments - Acknowledge,
Hon. R. Hurlburt 1643
Vote - Affirmative 1644
Res. 1394, O'Neil, Justice Lawrence - Supreme Court Appt.,
Hon. C. Clarke 1644
Vote - Affirmative 1644
Res. 1395, PSC - Diverse Representative Workforce: Importance -
Recognize, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 1645
Vote - Affirmative 1645
Res. 1396, CBC - Food Bank Day: Participants - Congrats.,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 1645
Vote - Affirmative 1646
Res. 1397, Jackson, Dr. Peter/Belen, Dr. Jamie/ Murray, Dr. Kenneth:
Contributions - Recognize, Hon. C. d'Entremont 1646
Vote - Affirmative 1647
Res. 1398, River Hebert DHS (Grade 11) - Study Skills Presentation,
Hon. K. Casey 1647
Vote - Affirmative 1648
Res. 1399, Clapp. Harold & Diane: Species At Risk - Recovery,
Hon. M. Parent 1648
Vote - Affirmative 1649
Res. 1400, N.S. Archives and Records Mgt.: Geneaology Web Site -
Launch, Hon. W. Dooks 1649
Vote - Affirmative 1649
Res. 1401, Smith, Prof. David B. - NSCAD: Pres. - Appt.,
Hon. M. Parent 1650
Vote - Affirmative 1650
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No. 111, House of Assembly Act,
Hon. C. Clarke 1651
No. 112, Information "211" Act,
Mr. S. McNeil 1651
No. 113, Education Act,
Mr. L. Glavine 1651
No. 114, Joseph Howe Day Act,
Ms. D. Whalen 1651
No. 115, Education Act,
Mr. L. Glavine 1651
No. 116, Residential Tenancies Act,
Ms. D. Whalen 1651
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 1402, MacLennan, Patrick (Louis) - Duke of Edinburgh Award
Mr. D. Dexter 1652
Vote - Affirmative 1652
Res. 1403, Bourgeois, Ronald: Musical Accomplishments - Congrats.,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 1652
Vote - Affirmative 1653
Res. 1404, Margaree Salmon Association - Anniv. (25th),
The Premier 1653
Vote - Affirmative 1654
Res. 1405, Healy, Margaret: Holy Redeemer Church Music Celebration
Night - Featured Musician, Mr. G. Gosse 1654
Vote - Affirmative 1655
Res. 1406, Papa Noël/Christmas Daddies - Clare Fundraiser: Vols. -
Congrats., Mr. W. Gaudet 1655
Vote - Affirmative 1655
Res. 1407, Farrell, Betty/Boularderie Sch. - Secret Santa Proj.,
Mr. K. Bain 1656
Vote - Affirmative 1656
Res. 1408, Dart. Choral Soc.: Members/Guest Musicians/Supporters -
Congrats., Ms. M. More 1656
Vote - Affirmative 1657
Res. 1409, MSVU - Half Light: Installation - Support,
Ms. D. Whalen 1657
Res. 1410, Ski Wentworth - Birthday (75th),
Hon. M. Scott 1659
Vote - Affirmative 1659
Res. 1411, Pictou New Horizon Seniors' Club/Airfield Engineering
Flight (144): Expansion - Congrats., Mr. C. Parker 1659
Vote - Affirmative 1660
Res. 1412, Robar-DeCoste, Twila: Commun. Contributions -
Recognize, Mr. L. Glavine 1660
Vote - Affirmative 1661
Res. 1413, Kyte, Denise: Achievements - Congrats.,
Mr. P. Dunn 1661
Vote - Affirmative 1661
Res. 1414, Brunswick Street Mission Bd./Westin N.S. Staff: Fundraising -
Commend, Mr. L. Preyra 1662
Vote - Affirmative 1662
Res. 1415, Festermaker, Bill & Carol: Pineapple Award - Congrats.,
Mr. W. Gaudet 1662
Vote - Affirmative 1663
Res. 1416, Porter, Everett - Educ. Dept. Award of Excellence,
Mr. C. Porter 1663
Vote - Affirmative 1664
Res. 1417, Teen Possibles: Members/Supporters - Congrats.,
Ms. M. Raymond 1664
Vote - Affirmative 1664
Res. 1418, Wincey, Dave - L'Ardoise Br. E. Coast Credit Union:
Manger - Appt., Mr. M. Samson 1665
Vote - Affirmative 1665
Res. 1419, Tusket Residents; Christmas Spirit - Applaud,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 1666
Vote - Affirmative 1666
Res. 1420, Stone, Tom - Waverley Legion Dieppe Br. 90:
Cenotaph Rebuilding - Congrats., Mr. P. Paris 1666
Vote - Affirmative 1667
Res. 1421, Hampsey, Pat/McKenna, Anne: "Exit 15: A History of Berwick" -
Publication, Mr. L. Glavine 1667
Vote - Affirmative 1668
Res. 1422, Nowlan, Conner/Rose, Nick/Long, Brad: Anti-Bullying Stance -
Congrats., Hon. B. Barnet 1668
Vote - Affirmative 1668
Res. 1423, Brannen, Joan - Int'l. Exchange Prog./ Ryl. Cdn. Sea Cadets Prog.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1669
Vote - Affirmative 1669
Res. 1424, Porter, LaVerne: Cdn. Troops/Afghan Children - Care
Packages, Hon. D. Morse 1669
Vote - Affirmative 1670
Res. 1425, Pictou Landing First Nation: Participatory Democracy -
Commend, Mr. C. MacKinnon 1670
Vote - Affirmative 1671
Res. 1426, Lobban, Nancy: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 1671
Vote - Affirmative 1672
Res. 1427, East. Passage Scouts, 2nd/Leaders: Cdn. Jamboree -
Participation, Ms. B. Kent 1672
Vote - Affirmative 1672
Res. 1428, White, Joe: Retirement - Congrats.,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 1673
Vote - Affirmative 1673
Res. 1429, Roblee, Coach Bill - Lunenburg HS Mariners Volleyball Team:
Championship - Congrats., Hon. M. Baker 1673
Vote - Affirmative 1674
Res. 1430, Kings Co. Mun. - Online Farmers Market: Participants -
Congrats., Hon. M. Baker 1674
Vote - Affirmative 1675
Res. 1431, Arnold Keddy Contracting Ltd. - NSHBA Award,
Hon. D. Morse 1675
Vote - Affirmative 1676
Res. 1432, Russell, Tristan/Sheridan, Joseph/Lighthouse Publishing -
Smoking & Alcohol Dangers: Essay - Commend,
Hon. M. Baker 1676
Vote - Affirmative 1677
ORAL QUESTIONS PUT BY MEMBERS:
No. 139, MacTara - Closure: Workers Assistance - Plan,
Mr. D. Dexter 1677
No. 140, Prem.: Physicians - Collaborative Practices, Mr. S. McNeil 1678
No. 141, Econ. Dev. - MacTara: Prov. Funding - Amounts, 1679
Mr. D. Dexter 1679
No. 142, Prem.: U.S. Travel Requirements - Economic Effects,
Mr. D. Dexter 1681
No. 143, Educ.: Univ. Funding - MOU Negotiations,
Mr. L. Glavine 1682
No. 144, Immigration: Settlement Model - Precedent,
Mr. L. Preyra 1684
No. 145, Econ. Dev.: Film Tax Credit - Meetings,
Mr. C. MacKinnon 1685
No. 146, Justice: Taser Usage - RCMP Recommendations,
Mr. M. Samson 1686
No. 147, Environ. & Lbr.: Uranium Mining - Moratorium,
Mr. G. Steele 1688
No. 148, Com. Serv.: Women's Centres - Underfunding,
Ms. D. Whalen 1689
No. 149, Com. Serv.: Small Option Beds - Expansion,
Mr. T. Zinck 1690
No. 150, Educ.: East Passage HS - Priority,
Ms. B. Kent 1692
No. 151, TIR: Meteghan River Bridge - Replacement,
Mr. W. Gaudet 1693
No. 152, TCH - Nat'l. Portrait Gallery: Halifax Location - Support,
Ms. M. Raymond 1694
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON BILLS AT 2:21 P.M. 1696
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 4:27 P.M. 1696
PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
Committee of the Whole House on Bills, Hon. C. Clarke 1696
PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 6, Smoke-free Places Act 1697
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 1697
Vote - Affirmative 1697
No. 51, Education Act 1698
Mr. L. Glavine 1698
Vote - Affirmative 1698
No. 72, Retail Business Holiday Closing Act 1698
Mr. S. McNeil 1698
Mr. D. Dexter 1698
Mr. M. Samson 1698
Vote - Affirmative 1699
PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 7, Motor Vehicle Act 1699
Hon. M. Scott 1699
Ms. Maureen MacDonald 1700
Vote - Affirmative 1700
No. 19, Class Proceedings Act 1701
Hon. C. Clarke 1701
Vote - Affirmative 1701
No. 55, Public Service Superannuation Act 1701
Hon. A. MacIsaac 1701
Vote - Affirmative 1701
PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 111, House of Assemby Act 1702
Vote - Affirmative 1702
PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 111, House of Assembly Act 1702
Vote - Affirmative 1702
PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
Law Amendments Committee, Hon. C. Clarke 1703
Law Amendments Committee, Hon. C. Clarke 1703
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON BILLS AT 4:43 P.M. 1704
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 4:52 P.M. 1704
CWH REPORTS 1704
PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
Private and Local Bills Committee, Mr. C. Parker 1705
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON BILLS AT 4:54 P.M. 1705
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 4:56 P.M. 1705
CWH REPORTS 1705
PRIVATE AND LOCAL BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 83, Halifax Regional Water Commission Act 1706
Ms. D. Whalen 1706
Vote - Affirmative 1706
PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 94, Poverty Reduction Working Group Act 1707
Mr. S. McNeil 1707
Vote - Affirmative 1707
No. 54, Maintenance Enforcement Act 1707
Mr. W. Estabrooks 1707
Vote - Affirmative 1708
No. 38, Consumer Protection Act 1708
Mr. P. Paris 1708
Vote - Affirmative 1708
No. 14, Assets Management and Disposition Act 1708
Hon. C. Clarke 1709
Mr. G. Steele 1709
Vote - Affirmative 1709
No. 10, Gunshot Wounds Mandatory Reporting Act 1709
Vote - Affirmative 1710
ADJOURNMENT
MOTION UNDER RULE 5(5):
Environ. & Lbr. - Boularderie Island/Point Aconi: Strip Mining -
Decision Reconsider:
Mr. G. Gosse 1711
Hon. M. Parent 1714
Mr. L. Glavine 1716
HOUSE RECESSED AT 5:33 P.M. 1718
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 6:29 P.M. 1718
PRIVATE AND LOCAL BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 46, Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission Act 1718
Hon. J. Muir 1719
Vote - Affirmative 1719
No. 61, Saint Mary's University Act, 1970 1719
Mr. L. Preyra 1719
Vote - Affirmative 1719
PRIVATE AND LOCAL BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 46, Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission Act 1719
Hon. J. Muir 1720
Vote - Affirmative 1720
No. 61, Saint Mary's University Act 1720^^^^
Mr. L. Preyra 1720
Vote - Affirmative 1720
ARRIVAL OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR 1721
BILLS GIVEN ROYAL ASSENT:
Nos. 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 19 1721
Nos. 24, 27, 31, 36, 38, 39, 41, 43, 45, 46, 49, 51, 52, 54, 55, 61,
63, 72, 83, 94, and 111 1722
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again at the call of the Speaker 1724
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
No. 1433, Dart. Gen. Hosp. Aux.: Vol/Fundraising Serv. - Congrats.,
Ms. M. More 1725
No. 1434, Billard, Allan/Barnett, Donna: Waterfalls: Nova Scotia
Masterpieces - Publication, Ms. M. More 1725
No. 1435, Dart. Lawn Bowls Club (Sr. Ladies): Championships,
Ms. M. More 1726
No. 1436, Alice Housing: Bd./Staff/Vols. - Thank,
Ms. M. More 1726
No. 1437, Victoria Rd. Seniors Club: Charter Members - Recognize,
Ms. M. More 1727
No. 1438, Lun. Co. Christmas Tree Producers Assoc.: Donation -
Thank, Hon. M. Baker 1727
No. 1439, Sisters of Saint Martha Scholarships: Recipients - Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 1728
No. 1440, Radio Halifax Metro: Proj. - Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 1728
No. 1441, Surette, Jean-Paul: Lifesaving Actions - Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 1729
No. 1442, C.B. Senior Abuse Prevention Network: Members -
Recognize, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 1730
No. 1443, Kings. Co. Senior Abuse Prevention Network: Members -
Recognize, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 1730
No. 1444, Cooke, Heidi: Motorcross Racing - Congrats.,
Hon. B. Taylor 1731
No. 1445, MacDonald, Clare: Harness Racing Achievements - Congrats.,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 1731
No. 1446, Fullerton, Mike: Bravery - Congrats.,
Mr. E. Fage 1732
No. 1447, Mason, David - Bk. Publication/Literacy Award Nomination,
Mr. E. Fage 1732
No. 1448, Amherst Reg. HS Band - Boston Music Fest. Award,
Mr. E. Fage 1733
No. 1449, Mattatall, John: Skating Accomplishments - Congrats.,
Mr. E. Fage 1733
No. 1450, Duizer, David: Heroic Actions - Congrats.,
Mr. E. Fage 1734
No. 1451, Carter's Sports Cresting Ltd. - BBB Award Finalist,
Mr. E. Fage 1734
No. 1452, Cumb. Health Ctr.: Coffee/Gift Shops - Anniv. (5th),
Mr. E. Fage 1735
No. 1453, Amherst FD - Long Service Pin Awards: Recipients - Congrats.,
Mr. E. Fage 1735
No. 1454, Amherst - Town Officials: Environmental Measures - Congrats.,
Mr. E. Fage 1736
No. 1455, Megeney, Vern - Amherst FD Vol. of Yr. (2997),
Mr. E. Fage 1736
No. 1456, TIR - Club Rd. (Hatchet Lake): Paving - Time Frame,
Mr. W. Estabrooks 1737
No. 1457, Stright-MacKay Ltd. - Pictou Co. Bus. of Yr. Award,
Mr. P. Dunn 1737
No. 1458, Ocean View Manor Soc. - Anniv. (40th),
Ms. B. Kent 1738
No. 1459, Adderly, Paul/Morris Lake Residents' Assoc.: Dev. Efforts -
Congrats., Ms. B. Kent 1738
No. 1460, Higgins, Sonja - Healing Animal SCARS: Efforts
Recognize, Ms. B. Kent 1739
No. 1461, Hbr. Authority of East. Passage: Exec. Members - Congrats.,
Ms. B. Kent 1739
No. 1462, Lockeport Vol. FD: Firefighters - Commend,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1740
No. 1463, Marciano, Luke/Faye, Alex: Hit Movie - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1740
No. 1464, Crowell, Lynn: Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame -
Induction, Mr. S. Belliveau 1741
No. 1465, McKay Mem. Library: Summer Reading Club - Cograts.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1741
No. 1466, Scott, Marcel: STIHL World Championship Log Rolling
Boom Run (2007) - Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 1742
No. 1467, Blades, Michael: Skeet Shooting Accomplishments - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1742
No. 1468, Christie, Muriel: Skipbo Comp. - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1743
No. 1469, Enslow, Nicholas: Toys "R" Us Scholarship - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1743
No. 1470, Muise, Norma: Class Ring - Return Commend,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1744
No. 1471, Ohio Vol. FD: Firefighters - Commend,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1744
No. 1472, Chetwynd, Paul: Loyalist Road Race - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1745
No. 1473, Pet Projects Team: Dog Jog - Fundraisers,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1745
No. 1474, Deinstadt, Rebecca: Angel Hair for Kids Prog. - Donation,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1746
No. 1475, Davis, Richard/Chetwynd, Paul: Horseshoe Tournament -
Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 1746
No. 1476, Penney, Robin: Prom Efforts - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1747
No. 1477, Madden, Roy: Exercise Prog. - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1747
No. 1478, MacKay, Daniel/Holmes, Katie/Faye, Alex - Shelburne Radio:
Work - Congrats, Mr. S. Belliveau 1748
No. 1479, Boyd, Kathy - Soap Box Derby Trophy,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1748
No. 1480, Henneberry, Mark - Soap Box Derby Trophy,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1749
No. 1481, Harlow, Riley - Soap Box Derby Trophy,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1749
No. 1482, Harlow, Rob - Soap Box Derby Trophy,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1749
No. 1483, Goreham, Stephen: Bus. Init. - Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 1750
No. 1484, Pippy, Steven - Shelburne Reg. HS: Work/Dedication -
Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 1750
No. 1485, Enslow, Terra: Scholarship Contest - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1751
No. 1486, Krafve, Tobi: Sportsmanship/Dedication - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1751
No. 1487, Mullins, Val: Retirement - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1752
No. 1488, Smith, Vanessa: Int'l. Exchange/Ryl. Cdn. Sea Cadet Progs. -
Participation 1752
No. 1489, Bullick, Virginia: Dog Rescue - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1753
No. 1490, Holden, Wayne & Anna: Commun. Serv. (61 yrs.) -
Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 1753
No. 1491, Mullins, Wayne: Retirement - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1754
No. 1492, Blades, Wylie: Int'l. Championship Dory Comp. - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1754
No. 1493, Moir, Yvonne: Commun. Serv. - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1755
No. 1494, Kenney, Anna: Barrington Mun. Rec. Ctr. Job - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1755
No. 1495, Fish. & Aquaculture - Aquaculture Harvest Fest. Shelburne Co.:
Site Selection Thank, Mr. S. Belliveau 1756
No. 1496, Care Clowns - Roseway Hosp.: Mission - Thank,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1756
No. 1497, Friendly Feeding Line: Pilot Prog. - Thank,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1757
No. 1498, Cameron, Kim: Bread Tag Collection - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1757
No. 1499, Relay for Life - Wilson's Shopping Ctr.: Participants -
Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 1758
No. 1500, Christmas by the River Tour: Familie/St. Matthew's Church -
Thank, Mr. S. Belliveau 1758
No. 1501, Malone, Noah: Heroism - Commend, Mr. S. Belliveau 1759
No. 1502, Townsend, OC Brady: Biathlon Medals - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1759
No. 1503, Bower, OC Evan: Biathlon Medals - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1760
No. 1504, Jones, CP02 Harold: Biathlon Medals - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 1760
No. 1505, Torch of Life - Liverpool Area Schools: Support -
Recognize, Ms. V. Conrad 1761
No. 1506, N. Queens Elem. Sch. - Lun./Queens Dist. Masonic Order
Donation - Recognize, Ms. V. Conrad 1761
No. 1507, Liverpool Reg. HS Exchange Students - Welcome,
Ms. V. Conrad 1762
No. 1508, Ernest, Kathleen: Bartling Mem. Fund Bursary -
Congrats., Ms. V. Conrad 1762
No. 1509, VanDyk, Nichole: ChronicleHerald Cookie Contest -
Congrats., Ms. V. Conrad 1763
No. 1510, Singing Apple Man (James Morton) - Apples & Peaches:
Local Market - Provision, Ms. V. Conrad 1763
No. 1511, Dean, Andy - Paintings: Fundraising - Recognize,
Ms. V. Conrad 1764
No. 1512, Byrne, Brian/Ball, Gerald: CNIB (Queens Co.) - Fundraising,
Ms. V. Conrad 1764
No. 1513, Greenwood-Welton, Mahalia: Heroic Actions - Recognize,
Hon. D. Morse 1765
No. 1514, Wolfville & Area Inter-Church Coun.: Food Bank - Congrats.,
Hon. D. Morse 1765
No. 1515, Sheppard, David/Price, Travis: Anti-Bullying Message -
Recognize, Hon. D. Morse 1766
No. 1516, Harris, Bev: Diabetes Educator of Yr. (2007) - Congrats.,
Hon. D. Morse 1766
No. 1517, Rowan-Legge, Michael & Susan - Bedford South Sch.:
Proj. China - Hosting Thank, Hon. L. Goucher 1767
No. 1518, Wagstaff, Andrew - The Citizen: Editor - Appt.,
Hon. M. Scott 1767
No. 1519, LaRocque, Penny: N.S. Sport Hall of Fame - Induction,
Hon. B. Barnet 1768
No. 1520, Hatt, Stacie Lynn: Performing Arts Comp. - Congrats.,
Hon. B. Barnet 1768
No. 1521, Fairfax, Rev. Donald/Borden, Walter - SMU: Hon. Degs. -
Contrats., Hon. B. Barnet 1769
No. 1522, Jacques, Hector: Order of Can. - Induction,
Hon. B. Barnet 1769
No. 1523, Tracadie United Baptists Church - Anniv. (185th),
Hon. B. Barnet 1770
No. 1524, Mosher, Dorothy - House of Assembly Christmas Care:
Painting - Congrats., Hon. B. Barnet 1770
No. 1525, LeBlanc, Daniel - Obstacles: Overcoming - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1771
No. 1526, Imamovic, Nadina/Ayer, Joel - Tennis Acad: Opening -
Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1771
No. 1527, Rand, Stephen - Home Rebuilding: Louisiana - Commend,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1772
No. 1528, Estabrooks, Garnet: CD Release - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1772
No. 1529, LeBlanc, Judith - Meals on Wheels: Contribution - Applaud,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1773
No. 1530, Sackville Area Drug Awareness: Race Against Drugs -
Applaud, Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1773
No. 1531, MacKenzie, Trevor: Hockey Awards - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1774
No. 1532, Ellis, Cuthbert: Sackville Contributions Recognize,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1774
No. 1533, Martin, Mike: NSABBA Championships (2007) - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1775
No. 1534, Garon, Danny: NSSABBA Championships (2007) -
Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1775
No. 1535, Snow, Jason: NSABBA Championships (2007) -
Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1775
No. 1536, Mayhew, Ron: NSABBA Championships (2007) -
Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1776
No. 1537, Jaquard, Randall: NSABBA Championships (2007) -
Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1776
No. 1538, Gillis, Betty: Harmony Connection Choir - Formation,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1777
No. 1539, Great Nova Scotia Pici-Me-Up - Community Proud Init.:
Commitment - Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1777
No. 1540, Atl. Geocaching Assoc. - Community Proud Init.: Commitment -
Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1778
No. 1541, Sackville Rivers Assoc. - Community Proud Init.: Commitment -
Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1778
No. 1542, Sackville Dr. Bus. Assoc. - Community Proud Init.: Commitment -
Thank, Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1779
No. 1543, Fultz House - Community Proud Init.: Commitment -
Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1779
No. 1544, Friends of First Lake - Community Proud Init.: Commitment -
Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1780
No. 1545, Second Lake Park Assoc. - Community Proud Init.: Commitment -
Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1780
No. 1546, Gateway Community Church - Community Proud Init.:
Commitment - Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1781
No. 1547, Knox United Church - Community Proud Init.: Commitment -
Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1781
No. 1548, St. John Vianney Church - Community Proud Init.: Commitment -
Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1782
No. 1549, Sackville Christian Fellowship Church - Community Proud Init.:
Commitment - Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1782
No. 1550, Sackville Kinsmen - Community Proud Init.:
Commitment - Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1783
No. 1551, Great Lengths Hair Salon - One X One: Fundraising - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1783
No. 1552, Sack-a-wa Canoe Club - First Lake Regatta: Host - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1784
No. 1553, MacPherson, Scott - Emergency Services Achivement Prog.:
Graduation - Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1784
No. 1554, Williams, Sherise - Emergency Services Achievement Prog.:
Graduation - Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1785
No. 1555, Larade, Justin - Emergency Services Achievement Prog.:
Graduation - Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1785
No. 1556, Miller, Anthony - Emergency Services Achievement Prog.:
Graduation - Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1786
No. 1557, Giles, Matthew - Emergency Services Achievement Prog.:
Graduation - Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1786
No. 1558, Goodwin, Adrian - Emergency Services Achievement Prog.:
Graduation - Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1787
No. 1559, Jordan, Jason - Emergency Services Achievement Prog.:
Graduation - Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1787
No. 1560, Richardson, Nicole - Emergency Services Achievement Prog.:
Graduation - Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1788
No. 1561, Salter, Chris - Emergency Services Achievement Prog.:
Graduation - Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1788
No. 1562, Brake, Shawna-Lynn - N.S. Secondary Sch. Students' Assoc.:
Pres. - Appt., Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1789
No. 1563, Legay, Natasha: Humanitarian Efforts - Applaud,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1789
No. 1564, Sackville Silver & Gold Seniors' Ctr.: Computers Made
Easy Prog. - Applaud, Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1790
No. 1565, Strugnell, Ken/Student Councils: Cobequid Commun.
Health Ctr. Fdn. - Fundraising,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1790
No. 1566, Burke, Shirley - Co-Worker: Health Crisis - Assistance
Commend, Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1791
No. 1567, Vogt, Matt - World Vision: Child Sponsoship - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1791
No. 1568, D'Alessio, Jillian: Kaya Medals - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1792
No. 1569, Hillman, Emily: Battle of the Books Comp. - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1792
No. 1570, Doherty, Caitlyn: Battle of the Books Comp. - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1793
No. 1571, Brake, Michelle: Battle of the Books Comp. - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1793
No. 1572, Bennett, Lee: Battle of the Books Comp. - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 1794
No. 1573, Sociétè Saint Pierre; Accomplishments - Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 1794
No. 1574, Conrod, Dr. Burton - Oral Health Care Leadership - Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 1795
No. 1575, Bent, Andrew Michael - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
Mr. S. McNeil 1796
No. 1576, Wedlock, Anna Marlene - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
Mr. S. McNeil 1796
No. 1577, Anna. Ryl. Vol. FD: Lifesaving Effort - Congrats.,
Mr. S. McNeil 1797
No. 1578, Balcom, Chet: Nictaux FD Serv. (50 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Mr. S. McNeil 1797
No. 1579, Anna. Ryl. Club 400 Prog. - Applaud,
Mr. S. McNeil 1798
No. 1580, Lowe, Daniel James - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
Mr. S. McNeil 1798
No. 1581, Meisner, Jacob Spencer - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
Mr. S. McNeil 1799
No. 1582, Martin, Jenna: Cdn. Jr. Athlete of Yr. - Congrats.,
Mr. S. McNeil 1799
No. 1583, Curtis, Jeremy - French-Speaking Debating Championship,
Mr. S. McNeil 1800
No. 1584, Parr-Johnston, Elizabeth - Order of Can.,
Hon. K. Casey 1800
No. 1585, Robertson, Jacob/Bearne, Katherine - "Are You Smarter Than
A 5th Grader?" Prog.: Representation - Congrats.,
Hon. K. Casey 1801
No. 1586, Int'l. Student Prog.: Visiting Students - Welcome,
Hon. K. Casey 1801
No. 1587, Adshade, Sgt. Joshua: Vance Leadership Award - Congrats.,
Hon. K. Casey 1802
No. 1588, Matheson, Gail - Vol. of Yr., Hon. K. Casey 1802
No. 1589, MacDonald, John K. - Vol. of Yr., Hon. K. Casey 1803
No. 1590, Eisener, David: Lun/Queens MADD Poster Contest -
Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 1803
No. 1591, MacCupie, Ann Forbes - Order of Canada,
Hon. K. Casey 1804
No. 1592, Van Zoost - Lt.-Gov.'s Award, Hon. K. Casey 1804
No. 1593, New Ross Christmas Fest. - Anniv. (14th), Hon. J. Streatch 1805
No. 1594, Collicutt, Ashley - Broadband Internet: Research -
Assistance, Hon. J. Streatch 1805
No. 1595, Reeves, Dexter: Track & Field Accomplishments -
Congrats., Hon. J. Streatch 1806
No. 1596, Reeves, Dylan: Track & Field Accomplishments -
Congrats., Hon. J. Streatch 1806
No. 1597, Eastlink: Lun. Co. Internet Bid - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 1807
No. 1598, Lenihan, Evan: Track & Field Accomplishments -
Congrats., Hon. J. Streatch 1807
No. 1599, RCL BR.44 - Anniv. (60th), Hon. J. Streatch 1808
No. 1600, Reeves, Lucas: Track & Field Accomplishments -
Congrats., Hon. J. Streatch 1808
No. 1601, Bell, MacKensey: Track & Field Accomplishments -
Congrats., Hon. J. Streatch 1809
No. 1602, New Ross Consolidated Sch. - WOW Reading Challenge,
Hon. J. Streatch 1809
No. 1603, New Ross U-14 Boys Soccer Team: Success - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 1810
No. 1604, Econ. Dev. - Broadband Announcement: Little Red School
House - Vols. Thank, Hon. J. Streatch 1810
No. 1605, Tancook Island Elem. Sch. WOW Reading Challenge,
Hon. J. Streatch 1811
No. 1606, Walker, Donnie: New Ross Legion Serv. (6 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 1811
No. 1607, Orangedale Station: Preservation Award - Congrats.,
The Premier 1812
No. 1608, Port Hawkesbury Evergreen Club - Anniv. (35th),
The Premier 1812
No. 1609, Delorey, Karey-Beth: Figure Skating Accomplishments -
Congrats., Hon. R. Chisholm 1813
No 1610, Muise, Christian: Accomplishments - Congrats.,
Hon. R. Chisholm 1813
No. 1611, Shebrooke Village: Old Fashioned Christmas - Event Congrats.,
Hon. R. Chisholm 1814
No. 1612, Pinkham, Percy & Josephine - Anniv. (50th),
Hon. R. Chisholm 1815
No. 1613, RBC Guysborough - Anniv. (125th),
Hon. R. Chisholm 1815
No. 1614, RBC Dist. of St. Mary's - Anniv. (110th),
Hon. R. Chisholm 1816
No. 1615, Sherbrooke - Fitness Ctr.: Opening - Congrats.,
Hon. R. Chisholm 1816
No. 1616, Guysborough Mun. - InNOVA Award,
Hon. R. Chisholm 1817
No. 1617, Hants Co. Exhibition - Draft Horse Comm. Members: Efforts -
Recognize, Mr. C. Porter 1817
No. 1618, Hants. Co. Exhibition - Dairy Cattle Comm. Members:
Work - Recognize, Mr. C. Porter 1818
No. 1619, Hants Co. 4-H Awards: Recipients - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 1818
No. 1620, Simpson, Daniel/Nathanial/Gallant, Danny - HRM Path:
Restructuring - Congrats., Mr. T. Zinck 1819
No. 1621, KOC Vol. Dinner: Efforts - Congrats., Mr. T. Zinck 1819
No. 1622, MacCullough Fam./Organizers/Dar. North Commun.:
Crime Issues - Addressing, Mr. T. Zinck 1820
No. 1623, N. Dart. Outreach Resource Ctr: Vols. - Recognize,
Mr. T. Zinck 1820
No. 1624, Liboiron, Denis/ MacLeod, Mary/Moir, David: Scouting Medal -
Congrats., Mr. T. Zinck 1821
No. 1625, Sunlife Commun. Church - Vols.: Efforts - Recognize,
Mr. T. Zinck 1821
No. 1626, Westwood Hills Subdivision: Food Drive - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 1822
No. 1627, Faulkenham, April: S. Shore Work Activity Prog. -
Congrats., Hon. J. Streatch 1822
No. 1628, Rafuse, Brent: S. Shore Work Activity Prog. - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 1823
No. 1629, Ross, Brent: S. Shore Work Activity Prog. - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 1823
No. 1630, Shankel, Bryan: S. Shore Work Activity Prog. - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 1824
No. 1631, MacKay, Charlene: S. Shore Work Acitivity Prog. - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 1824
No. 1632, Weagle, Charlotte: S. Shore Work Activity Prog. - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 1825
No. 1633, Tarbox, Karry-Lynn: S. Shore Work Activity Prog. - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 1825
No. 1634, Balser, Richard: S. Shore Work Activity Prog. - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 1826
No. 1635, Giffin, Sean: S. Shore Work Activity Prog. - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 1826
No. 1636, Blenus, Shawn: S. Shore Work Activity Prog. - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 1827
No. 1637, Gray, Tammy - S. Shore Work Activity Prog., - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 1827
No. 1638, Wilkins, Marilyn - Heritage Can. Award,
Hon. W. Dooks 1828
No. 1639, Antigonish East. Shore Tourist Assoc.: Tourism Award -
Congrats., Hon. W. Dooks 1828
No. 1640, Fairservice, John Garth: Death of - Tribute,
Hon. W. Dooks 1829
Res. 1641, Bible Hill Jr. HS Staff/Students: Food Bank Donation -
Congrats., Hon. K. Casey 1829
Res. 1642, Milne, Jordan - Fencing Medal, Mr. S. McNeil 1830
Res. 1643, Wooler, Katherine Grace - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
Mr. S. McNeil 1830
Res. 1644, Wilkins, Marilyn - Heritage Can. Award,
Mr. S. McNeil 1831
Res. 1645, Taylor, Mildred: Heart & Stroke Fdn. Serv. (25 Yrs.)
- Congrats., Mr. S. McNeil 1831
Res. 1646, Anna. Ryl. - Commun. Arts & Culture Award,
Mr. S. McNeil 1832
Res. 1647, Adams, Will: Bridgetown RHS Senior Boys Soccer Team
- Title Congrats, Mr. S. McNeil 1832
Res. 1648, Bent, Jeremy: Bridgetown RHS Senior Boys Soccer Team
- Title Congrats, Mr. S. McNeil 1833
Res. 1649, Burke, Geoff: Bridgetown RHS Senior Boys Soccer Team
- Title Congrats, Mr. S. McNeil 1833
Res. 1650, Saunders, Cale: Bridgetown RHS Senior Boys Soccer Team
- Title Congrats, Mr. S. McNeil 1834
Res. 1651, Frost, Dennis: Bridgetown RHS Senior Boys Soccer Team
- Title Congrats, Mr. S. McNeil 1834
Res. 1652, Caleb, Harlow: Bridgetown RHS Senior Boys Soccer Team
- Title Congrats, Mr. S. McNeil 1835
Res. 1653, Saunders, Jordan: Bridgetown RHS Senior Boys Soccer Team
- Title Congrats, Mr. S. McNeil 1835
Res. 1654, McNeil, Jeff: Bridgetown RHS Senior Boys Soccer Team
- Title Congrats, Mr. S. McNeil 1836
Res. 1655, McOrmond, Greg: Bridgetown RHS Senior Boys Soccer Team
- Title Congrats, Mr. S. McNeil 1836
Res. 1656, Meisner, Jacob: Bridgetown RHS Senior Boys Soccer Team
- Title Congrats, Mr. S. McNeil 1837
Res. 1657, Neily, Alex: Bridgetown RHS Senior Boys Soccer Team
- Title Congrats, Mr. S. McNeil 1838
Res. 1658, Piche, Matt: Bridgetown RHS Senior Boys Soccer Team
- Title Congrats, Mr. S. McNeil 1838
Res. 1659, Rafuse, Gareth: Bridgetown RHS Senior Boys Soccer Team
- Title Congrats, Mr. S. McNeil 1839
Res. 1660, Smith, Robbie: Bridgetown RHS Senior Boys Soccer Team
- Title Congrats, Mr. S. McNeil 1839
Res. 1661, Saunders, Coach Terry: Bridgetown RHS Senior Boys Soccer Team
- Title Congrats, Mr. S. McNeil 1840
Res. 1662, Thompson, Jordan: Bridgetown RHS Senior Boys Soccer Team
- Title Congrats, Mr. S. McNeil 1840
Res. 1663, Warren, Seth: Bridgetown RHS Senior Boys Soccer Team
- Title Congrats, Mr. S. McNeil 1841
Res. 1664, Ennis, Marshall: Commun. Contributions - Recognize,
Mr. L. Glavine 1841
Res. 1665, Palmer, Norm: Berwick Lions Club Serv. (40 Yrs.)
- Recognize, Mr. L. Glavine 1842
Res. 1666, Tessier, Elise - Science Fair Medal, Mr. L. Glavine 1842
Res. 1667, Corbin, Barry: Acadia Univ. - Success Wish,
Mr. L. Glavine 1843
Res. 1668, Harris, Bev.: Diabetes Educator Award - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 1843
Res. 1669, MacAskill, Brian: Berwick Sports Hall of Fame -
Induction, Mr. L. Glavine 1844
Res. 1670, Palmer, Harold: Berwick Sports Hall of Fame -
Recognition, Mr. L. Glavine 1844
Res. 1671, Morse, Larry: Berwick Sports Hall of Fame -
Induction, Mr. L. Glavine 1845
Res. 1672, Ward, Paul: Berwick Sports Hall of Fame -
Induction, Mr. L. Glavine 1845
Res. 1673, Dorey, Rod: Berwick Sports Hall of Fame -
Induction, Mr. L. Glavine 1845
Res. 1674, Van Zoost, Steven - Lt. Gov.'s Teaching Award,
Mr. L. Glavine 1846
Res. 1675, Scotian Gold: Contribution - Recognize,
Mr. L. Glavine 1846
Res. 1676, Goodwin, Councillor Staley: Retirement -
Congrats., Mr. W. Gaudet 1847
Res. 1677, Highfield Park Apartments - Fundraisers:
Vols./Staff - Congrats., Mr. T. Zinck 1847
Res. 1678, McEvoy, Debbie/Carter, Robin:
Cozy Corner Seniors Club - Opening, Mr. T. Zinck 1848
Res. 1679, Beals, Demetreous: Commun. Efforts - Recognize,
Mr. T. Zinck 1848
Res. 1680, Firth, Cory - Orenda Canoe Club: Work/Dedication
- Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 1849
Res. 1681, Comeau, Natalie - Peewee-Midget Atl. Div. Regatta:
Bantam Events - Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 1849
Res. 1682, Coyle, Jordan: CanoeKayak Championships -
Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 1850
Res. 1683, Comeau, Natalie - CanoeKayak Championships:
Midget Events - Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 1850
Res. 1684, Coyle, Jordan: Lake Placid Invitational Regatta
- Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 1851
Res. 1685, Coyle, Jordan: Sprint Canoe Championships
- Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 1851
Res. 1686, Coyle, Jordan: Nat'l. Dev. Team: Qualification
- Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 1852
Res. 1687, Cuvelier, Kelsey: CanoeKayak Championships -
Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 1852
Res. 1688, Forsyth, Hanna: CanoeKayak Championships -
Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 1853
Res. 1689, Gardiner, Ryan: CanoeKayak Championships -
Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 1853
Res. 1690, Jacobi, Alex: CanoeKayak Championships -
Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 1854
Res. 1691, Lancaster, Brandon - Jr. Nat'l. Dev. Team: Qualification
- Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 1854
Res. 1692, Lombardi, Anne: CanoeKayak Championships -
Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 1855
Res. 1693, Lombardi, Anne: Lake Placid Int'l. Dev. Regatta -
Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 1855
Res. 1694, MacArthur, Amanda: Peewee-Midget Atl. Div. Regatta
- Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 1856
Res. 1695, Mayo, Jonathan: Peewee-Midget Atl. Div. Regatta -
Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 1856
Res. 1696, Mayo, Jonathan: CanoeKayak Championships -
Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 1857
Res. 1697, Mayo, Jonathan - Jr. Nat'l. Dev. Team: Qualification
- Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 1857
Res. 1698, Mayo, Jonathan: Lake Placid Int'l. Dev. Regatta -
Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 1858
Res. 1699, Miles, Doug: CanoeKayak Championship - Congrats.,
Mr. K. Colwell 1858
Res. 1700, Myrer, Cynthia: PeeWee-Midget Atl. Div. Regatta - Congrats.,
Mr. K. Colwell 1859
Res. 1701, Orton, Genny: CanoeKayak Championships - Congrats.,
Mr. K. Colwell 1859
Res. 1702, Orton, Gerry - CanoeKayak Team: Qualification - Congrats.,
Mr. K. Colwell 1860
Res. 1703, Riddle, Emily: PeeWee-Midget Atl. Div. Regatta - Congrats.,
Mr. K. Colwell 1860
Res. 1704, Riddle, Emily: CanoeKayak Championships - Congrats.,
Mr. K. Colwell 1861
Res. 1705, Coakley, Greg - Vol. Recognition Award,
Ms. D. Whalen 1861
Res. 1706, O'Hara, Gary - Vol. Recognition Award,
Ms. D. Whalen 1862
Res. 1707, Gervais, Frank - Vol. Recognition Award,
Ms. D. Whalen 1862
Res. 1708, Sampson, Cyril & Kaye - Vol. Recognition Award,
Ms. D. Whalen 1863
Res. 1709, Freeman, Marjorie - Vol. Recognition Award,
Ms. D. Whalen 1863
Res. 1710, Overton, Jennifer/Burke, Scott - Snapshots of Autism
Publication/Production, Ms. D. Whalen 1864
Res. 1711, Frances Fish Awards: Organizing Comm. - Congrats.,
Ms. D. Whalen 1864
Res. 1712, Moore, Sen. Wilfred: SMU - Hon. Deg.,
Ms. D. Whalen 1865
Res. 1713, Hanusiak, Mike - Urban Dev. Instit.: Pres. - Election,
Ms. D. Whalen 1865
Res. 1714, Riles, Kevin - Urban Dev. Instit.: Pres. (2004-07) -
Accomplishments, Ms. D. Whalen 1866
Res. 1715, Duerden MacDonald, Dr. Debbie: Death of - Tribute,
Ms. D. Whalen 1866
Res. 1716, Noonan, Sgt. Wayne/Vols.: Crime Stoppers - Success,
Ms. D. Whalen 1867
Res. 1717, Jabbour, Leah: Marathon Accomplishments - Congrats.,
Ms. D. Whalen 1867
Res. 1718, Mitchell, Sarah/Staff: Kearney Lake Bluecanoe - Opening,
Ms. D. Whalen 1868
Res. 1719, McDonald, Wendy & Bob - Vol. Recognition Award,
Ms. D. Whalen 1868
Res. 1720, Power, Patsy/Bryne, Ruth - Vol. Recognition Award,
Ms. D. Whalen 1869
Res. 1721, Oakley, Kathy/Corveat, Glane - Vol. Recognition Award,
Ms. D. Whalen 1869
Res. 1722, Arab, John - Vol. Recognition Award,
Ms. D. Whalen 1870
Res. 1723, McNamara, Chris: Siren Computer System - Congrats.,
Ms. D. Whalen 1870
Res. 1724, Mermigas, George & Debbie: Bus. Expansion - Congrats.,
Ms. D. Whalen 1871
Res. 1725, Indo-Cdn. Commun. Ctr. Soc.: Celebration Event - Congrats.,
Ms. D. Whalen 1871
Res. 1726, Robertson, Jacob/Bearne, Katherine: TV Stardom - Congrats.,
Ms. D. Whalen 1872
Res. 1727, MacDonald, Heather - Heart & Stroke Fdn.: Position - Congrats.,
Ms. D. Whalen 1872
Res. 1728, Zima, Ron/Children's Clean Air Network: Environmental
Video - Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 1873
Res. 1729, Craig, Joan: MSVU - Hon. Deg., Ms. D. Whalen 1873
Res. 1730, Garagan, Mickey/MacDonald, Shelley: Nenagh's -
Rating Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 1874
Res. 1731, Jacques, Hector - Order of Can., Ms. D. Whalen 1874
Res. 1732, Donnelly, Ted: Int'l. Children's Games - Congrats.,
Ms. D. Whalen 1875
Res. 1733, Ralston, Meredith: Film Success - Congrats.,
Ms. L. Preyra 1875
Res. 1734, Ontario Art Galleries Assoc. - "Garry Neill Kennedy:
Superstar Shadow": Participants - Congrats., Mr. L. Preyra 1876
Res. 1735, Neocraft Conf. (2007): Organizers - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Preyra 1876
Res. 1736, Hfx. Reg. Police: Certificates of Merit - Recipients Congrats.,
Mr. L. Preyra 1877
Res. 1737, Dalhousie Univ.: Scientist Magazine - Ranking,
Mr. L. Preyra 1877
Res. 1738, Nasr, Ariel - NFB/CBC Award, Mr. L. Preyra 1878
Res. 1739, Flinn, Scott: Christmas Daddies Efforts - Recognize,
Mr. L. Glavine 1878
Res. 1740, MacLean, Sonny - Can. Winter Games: Medal - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 1879
Res. 1741, Stewart, Frank: Prov. Contribution - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 1879
Res. 1742, Light the Way Campaign: Organizers/Supporters - Congrats.,
Mr. E. Fage 1880
Res. 1743, Jr. Achievers Team - Titan Competition: Team - Congrats.,
Mr. E. Fage 1880
Res. 1744, Cumberland Spartans: Swimming Medal - Congrats.,
Mr. E. Fage 1881
Res. 1745, Barnes, Bob - True Rotarian Award, Mr. E. Fage 1881
Res. 1746, Wills, Jim: Volunteerism - Recognize, Mr. E. Fage 1882
Res. 1747, Country Travellers: Musical Talents - Recognize,
Mr. E. Fage 1882
Res. 1748, Inverness Rebels Div. 3 Girls Volleyball Team -
Prov. Championship, The Premier 1883
Res. 1749, NDA Acadiens Girls Volleyball Team - NSAAF Div. 4 Title,
The Premier 1883
Res. 1750, Inverness Vol. FD - Anniv. (100th), The Premier 1884
Res. 1751, Murphy, Danford - Can. Post: Serv. - Congrats.,
The Premier 1884
Res. 1752, Pictou U-14 Boys Soccer Team - Prov. Championship
Gold Medal, Mr. C. Parker 1885
Res. 1753, Bosdet, Charles & Peggy/The Candy Shop - Grand Opening,
Mr. M. Samson 1885
Res. 1754, Landry, Bryson - Hockey Gold Medal, Mr. M. Samson 1886
Res. 1755, Gotell, Blair - Stack-a-Buoy: Invention - Congrats.,
Mr. M. Samson 1886
Res. 1756, Matthews, Micayla - Highland Dancing Atl. Championships,
Mr. M. Samson 1887
Res. 1757, Campbell, Leah - Highland Dancing Atl. Championships,
Mr. M. Samson 1887
Res. 1758, Gerrior, Monsignor Conrad - Birthday (90th),
Mr. M. Samson 1887
Res. 1759, Doary, Arthur: Fest. of Choirs - Organizing (20 yrs.),
Mr. M. Samson 1888
Res. 1760, Kelly, Malcolm: Leg. Serv. - Commend, Mr. L. Glavine 1888
Res. 1761, Huntley, Robert: Leg./Commun. - Commitment,
Mr. L. Glavine 1889
Res. 1762, Dalton, Everett - RCL Meritorious Service Medal,
Mr. L. Glavine 1889
Res. 1763, Kingston Village: Incorporation - Anniv. (50th),
Mr. L. Glavine 1890
Res. 1764, Lyle, Barb & Bob: Commun. Commitment - Recognize,
Mr. L. Glavine 1890
NOTICE OF QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWERS:
Response by Hon. D. Morse
No. 2, Nat. Res.: Shubenacadie Canal Comm'n. - Business Plan,
Ms. J. Massey 1891

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HALIFAX, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2007

Sixtieth General Assembly

Second Session

12:00 NOON

SPEAKER

Hon. Alfie MacLeod

DEPUTY SPEAKER

Mr. Wayne Gaudet

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The late debate for tonight was submitted by the honourable Leader of the Opposition:

Therefore be it resolved that in light of continued concerns expressed by residents in the Boularderie Island/Port Aconi area over strip mining recently approved by this government, the minister reconsider his decision and give due and serious consideration to the voices of these residents.

Before we start the daily routine, the honourable member for Dartmouth South-Portland Valley on an introduction.

MS. MARILYN MORE: Mr. Speaker, I'm very pleased to recognize in the west gallery a former member of this Chamber, the former MLA for Dartmouth South, Don Chard, and his wife, Jean. We've very pleased to have them and I would ask my colleagues to give them a warm welcome. (Applause)

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

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PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

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

MS. DIANA WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition today with 1,110 names. It's from the Mount Saint Vincent University Student Union and it is calling for greater safety at the crosswalk in front of the university, on the Bedford Highway. In particular, they call on government to install half-lights at that intersection for greater safety. I have affixed my signature to this petition.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Human Resources.

HON. CAROLYN BOLIVAR-GETSON: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a report entitled "diversity - Moving Toward Equity - Affirmative Action and Diversity in the Nova Scotia Public Service - 2006-2007".

MR. SPEAKER: The report is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Human Resources.

HON. CAROLYN BOLIVAR-GETSON: Mr. Speaker, I also beg leave to table the Annual Report of the Civil Service Disclosure of Wrongdoing Regulations and Policy - 2006-2007.

MR. SPEAKER: The report is tabled.

The honourable member for Kings West.

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a report of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs on behalf of my colleague, the member for Digby-Annapolis.

MR. SPEAKER: The report is tabled.

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Immigration.

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HON. LEONARD GOUCHER: Mr. Speaker, the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation encourages Nova Scotians to enjoy beverage alcohol responsibly year-round; however, they pull out all the stops during the holiday season. There is never an excuse for impaired driving. That's why the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation developed a campaign called Lots of Ways, to remind Nova Scotians that "There are lots of ways to get home safely. All you need is one."

To break through the clutter of advertising during the holiday season, the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation wrapped this very important message in humour. The campaign really comes to life with the introduction of three unique entrepreneurs of transportation. I would like to take the opportunity to introduce these heros of the campaign: William Jefferson Randall Travis from Wheelbarrow Willie's; Donnie Dickson for Donnie's Donkeys; and Joe Stanoszkowski from Burly Joe's Piggyback Rides - they were supposed to be here, Mr. Speaker, but I don't see them here right now. They may arrive later and I may take an opportunity to introduce them.

This multi-channel campaign includes television, innovative advertisements at restaurants, activities in Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation retail stores, partnerships and an interactive Web site. Mr. Speaker, check out www.lotsofways.com for more information on the three pioneers of transportation.

In 2006, Mr. Speaker, there were 22 highway fatalities involving drivers who were impaired; and during the first 11 months of 2007 there have been 21 collisions in Nova Scotia involving drivers who were impaired, resulting in 24 fatalities. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation is committed to raising awareness about getting home safely, especially during the holiday season when social events are at their peak.

Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation retail employees will continue to be vigilant in all Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation retail stores to ensure that no one under the legal age gains access to beverage alcohol. If you are enjoying a social occasion this holiday season, remember there are lots of ways to get home safely. Mr. Speaker, all you need is one.

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

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Mr. Speaker, I thank the minister for his very responsible comments. On behalf of the NDP caucus, we want to also add to these comments. In fact, last evening we had occasion, I know many of us were celebrating with our respective caucuses and I would particularly congratulate my colleagues, the members of the caucus, who responsibly handled the situation. It is, after all, a time of year when we want to celebrate. We want to celebrate in a positive, responsible manner. It is a time for festive family and enjoyment, and I encourage the community that I represent and across

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Nova Scotia to do those activities in a very responsible manner. To those volunteers involved in providing this assistance when the need comes, if we can make that wise decision for a ride home, let's compliment them again because that is, after all, leading the way for Nova Scotians. On behalf of the NDP caucus, thank you, Mr. Minister, and a Merry Christmas.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Preston.

MR. KEITH COLWELL: Mr. Speaker, I, too, want to commend the minister and his Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation for coming forward with these types of programs. I think every time we can save someone's life or save a potential injury and let someone enjoy themselves without having difficulties, I think it is a bonus for all of us. I also want to thank all the people who have enrolled themselves in this program and really made this all happen. I think we need more and more co-operation between private citizens and companies and other individuals to make sure that these programs are in place and really help us all. Again, I want to commend them for doing this and look forward to a very successful and safe Christmas holiday for everybody in the province.

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

HON. RODNEY MACDONALD (The Premier): Mr. Speaker, before I read my resolution, I want to welcome my colleague back to the House of Assembly. (Standing Ovation)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 1390

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

Whereas our legislative sessions run smoothly thanks only to the amazing staff who operate within and outside of this Chamber; and

Whereas this includes the hard-working Legislative Counsel staff and the staff of the Speaker's office, the efficient Hansard and Legislative Library personnel, the tireless Pages and their managers Michael and Peter, the staff of Legislative Television, and the faithful advisers in the Clerk's office; and

Whereas those behind the scenes who keep things moving also include the loyal staff in all three caucus offices and the Premier's office, as well as the Committees Office, along

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with the tremendous efforts of both the catering and cleaning staff of the Legislature, all kept in line by the diligent commissionaires and Sergeant-at-Arms;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House salute these fantastic individuals and teams who ensure that the work of this historic Chamber runs orderly and effectively regardless of the hour of the day or the task at hand, and wish them all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday and all the best in 2008.

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. 1391

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

Whereas each year at this time we hear heart-warming stories of Nova Scotians who remind us that it truly is better to give than to receive; and

Whereas Mr. Chris Smith, owner of Jamieson's Irish House and Grill in Cole Harbour, along with his many elves, ensure those in need of a Christmas meal and some good company are welcome to join them at their Annual Open House Christmas Day Dinner; and

Whereas not only does Jamieson's offer a delicious meal, thanks to the generosity of suppliers, and receive help from its staff and patrons who volunteer, they also charter a city bus to pick up those who need a drive to get there;

Therefore be it resolved that all legislators thank Chris Smith, his staff, suppliers and patrons who help to make Christmas happier for those who otherwise might go without a meal or simply good company and cheer on this special day.

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 Deputy Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 1392

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

Whereas events to promote and facilitate export expansion in Nova Scotia took place province-wide on November 21st; and

Whereas Trade Team Nova Scotia offered support for business operators to export their products and services; and

Whereas the efforts of Trade Team Nova Scotia, a partnership of federal, provincial and private-sector representatives, complements the goals of the province's export strategy - Going Global, Staying Local;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House extend their congratulations to Trade Team Nova Scotia and the communities involved in hosting these events, and for their continued efforts to ensuring businesses in this province are globally competitive.

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 for Military Relations.

HON. RICHARD HURLBURT: Mr. Speaker, before I do the resolution, may I make an introduction?

MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

MR. HURLBURT: Thank you. Mr. Speaker, through you and to all members of the House, I am very honoured to stand in my place and introduce to the members of the House a number of guests in the Speaker's Gallery, but a special one is Lieutenant Commander Pat Jessup. She's the Community Relations Officer for CFB Halifax and her husband, Lieutenant Commander (Retired) Jim Ready. She's accompanied by a lot of her companions here in Halifax. I would ask the House to give a warm round of applause. (Standing Ovation)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister for Military Relations.

RESOLUTION NO. 1393

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

Whereas Lieutenant Commander Pat Jessup, the Community Relations Officer for Canadian Forces Base Halifax, has undertaken numerous activities that have reflected well on both the civilian and military communities of Nova Scotia, including development of the new federal policy that provides the Silver Cross to both the parents and the spouses of Canadian Forces members who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country; and

Whereas for the past nine years she has organized, coordinated and conducted two annual concerts featuring the Navy's Stadacona Band that have resulted in approximately $250,000 in direct and indirect revenue for Camp Hill Veterans Home; and

Whereas she was instrumental in developing a display of children's art by military families who have deployed parents, entitled Reunion, with that show being recently unveiled in Rideau Hall by the Governor General;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House acknowledge Lieutenant Commander Pat Jessup and her outstanding accomplishments in supporting our veterans, our military families and our artistic community.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

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Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Justice.

RESOLUTION NO. 1394

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

Whereas Antigonish Legal Aid lawyer, Lawrence O'Neil, became the latest Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Lawrence O'Neil took the oath of office before his wife and children, along with his mother and many of his 12 siblings, and many friends and dignitaries were on hand to witness this special event; and

Whereas Lawrence O'Neil, a graduate of St. F.X. and Dalhousie, worked as an executive assistant to former Premier John Buchanan from 1980 to 1982, represented Cape Breton Highlands-Canso in the House of Commons from 1984 to 1988, served as senior advisor to former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney as well as teaching business law at St. F.X., and since 1999 Lawrence O'Neil has worked as a legal aid lawyer in Antigonish;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Justice Lawrence O'Neil on his appointment to the Supreme Court 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.

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The honourable Minister of Human Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 1395

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 Nova Scotia enjoys a rich and diverse population with a variety of needs and perspectives; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia Public Service aims to become a more diverse and representative workforce at all levels of the organization, which is essential for providing high-quality services to the people of this province; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia Public Service has implemented a variety of employment programs and initiatives to help advance its diversity goals;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House and all Nova Scotians recognize the importance of having a Public Service that values diversity, respects all persons, and is representative of the communities, including Aboriginal people, African-Nova Scotians and other racially-visible persons, persons with disabilities, and women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.

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 Economic Development.

RESOLUTION NO. 1396

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

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Whereas on Friday, for 12 hours, Halifax's CBC Radio will use its airwaves to encourage listeners to help those less fortunate, with donations to the food bank; and

Whereas for years the CBC staff, on-air personalities and volunteers have collected non-perishable food and donations on its Food Bank Day; and

Whereas once again the staff and volunteers will be on hand at the Sackville Street CBC Radio building collecting donations for Feed Nova Scotia and will even be assisted by Santa Claus, himself;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the CBC and its hosts for continuing this special annual tradition, which always highlights the very kind and generous giving spirit of the people of our greater community while assisting those in need.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 1397

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 at the Doctors Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting, Dr. Peter Jackson, a Sydney family physician, and Dr. Jamie Belen, an Inverness surgeon and family physician, were honoured for their contribution to their communities and the medical field; and

Whereas both physicians originally intended to stay for a year but chose to remain in their communities for 42 years and 32 years respectively; and

Whereas family physician Dr. Kenneth Murray of Neils Harbour was honoured at the 15th annual Rural and Remote Medicine Conference in Saskatoon by his fellow rural physicians for 35 years of commendable medical service to his community;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in recognizing the valuable contributions of these physicians to the health of their communities and congratulate Drs. Belen, Jackson and Murray for this well-deserved honour.

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 Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 1398

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

Whereas it is recognized that understanding one's personal learning style is an important factor for success in school and in life; and

Whereas a team of six Grade 11 students at River Hebert District High School collaborated on a presentation examining the best study skills suited for different learning styles; and

Whereas the students who created this presentation have a keen interest in showing their peers how they can capitalize on their personal interest and their learning styles and have greater success in school;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Stacey Glennie, Amber Vance, Katelyn Delahunt, Jessica Brown, Ashley Brown and Lacy Maloney for having the initiative to take on this project, and thus directly improve the quality of their own and their peers' learning experience.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

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Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Environment and Labour.

HON. MARK PARENT: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. Before I read my resolution, could I be permitted to make an introduction?

MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

MR. PARENT: Thank you very much. In the gallery opposite are two very special people, Harold and Diane Clapp, who have discovered the first-ever evidence of the Blanding's Turtle in the Tobeatic in Digby County and is named Toby. So Harold and Diane, if they could stand, and the House recognize them. (Applause)

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

RESOLUTION NO. 1399

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

Whereas Harold and Diane Clapp, as volunteer members of the Kejimkujik Area Stewardship Program, have discovered the first-ever population of endangered Blanding's turtle in the Tobeatic Wilderness protected area; and

Whereas Mr. and Mrs. Clapp's phenomenal scientific discovery of the Blanding's turtle increases the known number of protected areas in which the species are found, meaning the turtles have access to more undisturbed habitat; and

Whereas the volunteer work of Mr. and Mrs. Clapp is crucial for sustained research and represents a modern-day example of what citizen science can do for endangered species in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join the people of Nova Scotia in congratulating Harold and Diane Clapp, who are present in the gallery today, for their commitment to ensuring the recovery of species at risk in Nova Scotia.

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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 Tourism, Culture & Heritage.

RESOLUTION NO. 1400

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

Whereas on March 19, 2007, Nova Scotia Archives launched a new Web site that contains a database of more than 1 million historic birth, marriage and death registrations in Nova Scotia, dated back to 1763; and

Whereas this new resource makes it possible for anyone interested in researching family history in Nova Scotia to instantly access high-quality images of these original records from anywhere in the world; and

Whereas the popularity of this new content-rich resource has exceeded all expectations with over 162,000 site visits and more than 9 million page views, by the end of March 2007;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating the staff of Nova Scotia Archives and Record Management and its partners on the success of this wonderful resource.

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 Environment and Labour.

HON. MARK PARENT: Mr. Speaker, again, before I read my resolution, if I could be permitted to make an introduction?

MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

MR. PARENT: In the gallery opposite are two very special people, I would like to introduce them: David Smith and John Mabley. David Smith is the President of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and John Mabley is Vice-President of University Relations. I would ask them to stand and receive the warm greeting of the House. (Applause)

RESOLUTION NO. 1401

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

Whereas Professor David B. Smith was recently appointed President of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCADU), bringing to this position a wealth of experience from his exhibitions, previous academic positions, and as a former NSCAD University student; and

Whereas Mr. Smith's experience will help ensure that NSCAD University remains the premier university dedicated to advancing the visual arts through education, research and production; and

Whereas NSCAD University also recognizes the value of environmentally sustainable measures and is continually aiming to incorporate them into their university programs;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join the people of Nova Scotia in welcoming Mr. Smith to the position of President of NSCAD University, and wish him and the university all the best.

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.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

Bill No. 111 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 1 (1992 Supplement) of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The House of Assembly Act. (Hon. Cecil Clarke)

Bill No. 112 - Entitled an Act to Establish a 211 Telephone System to Provide Information on Available Services. (Mr. S. McNeil)

Bill No. 113 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 1 of the Acts of 1995-96. The Education Act. (Mr. Leo Glavine)

Bill No. 114 - Entitled an Act to Establish Joseph Howe Day. (Ms. Diana Whalen)

Bill No. 115 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 1 of the Acts of 1995-96. The Education Act. (Mr. Leo Glavine)

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

The honourable Minister of Immigration on an introduction.

HON. LEONARD GOUCHER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It's a great privilege to rise to introduce three individuals I referenced in my ministerial statement. These are our heroes for the alternative form of transportation that are contained within There are Lots of Ways to Get Home Safely campaign for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation. First of all, William Jefferson Randall Travis, and I take it your wheelbarrow is downstairs? (Interruption) I know, I realize that. Donnie Dixon from Donnie's Donkies; Joe Stanoszkowski from Burly Joe's Piggyback Rides. Gentlemen, thank you so much for being here and welcome. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: There was another bill, I apologize.

Bill No. 116 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 401 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Residential Tenancies Act, Respecting Security of Tenure and Arrears of Rent. (Ms. Diana Whalen)

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

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NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition.

RESOLUTION NO. 1402

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

Whereas the annual Duke of Edinburgh's Awards are given to young people between the ages of 14-25 years old who have successfully completed the Young Canadians Challenge; and

Whereas the Young Canadians Challenge is a self-development program that requires participation in community volunteer service, enhancement in fitness and life skills levels and the successful completion of an adventurous journey; and

Whereas this year the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award was presented to 14 year old Patrick (Louie) MacLennan of Cole Harbour for his efforts, time and commitment to this self development program;

Therefore be it resolved this House of Assembly commend Patrick (Louie) MacLennan for his achievement of having successfully completed the Young Canadians Challenge Program and congratulate him for receiving the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award for his accomplishments.

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. 1403

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

Whereas Ron Bourgeois has been involved with Canada's entertainment industry for over 30 years; and

Whereas Ron is a national award winning singer/songwriter, having received rave reviews and East Coast Music Award nominations as Francophone Recording of the Year and Male Artist of the Year; and

Whereas one of his songs, Viens Avec Moi, is among the tracks on Roddy Romero and the Hub City All-Stars' CD, The Louisiana Sessions, an album which just recently was nominated for a Grammy Award;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Ron Bourgeois on his accomplishments and wish him many more years of success in the entertainment industry.

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 The Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 1404

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

Whereas for 25 years, the Margaree Salmon Association has worked to protect the salmon and trout of the Margaree River and has carried out over $750,000 worth of habitat repair and restoration; and

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Whereas the Margaree River is the lifeblood of its entire watershed; and

Whereas today, the Margaree Salmon Association has over 325 members from across Canada and the United States;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend congratulations to the members of the Margaree Salmon Association on their work and 25th anniversary.

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 on an introduction.

MR. GORDON GOSSE: Mr. Speaker, I bring the attention of the members and yourself, today in your gallery we have the hard working and dedicated staff of the Nova Scotia Protocol Office - Florence Sassine, Doreen Friis and Melanie Fewer, I'd ask them to rise and receive the warm welcome of the House. (Applause)

RESOLUTION NO. 1405

MR. GORDON GOSSE: Mr. Speaker, this resolution is on behalf of Melanie's grandmother. Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas on September 25, 2007, Music Celebration Night was held at Holy Redeemer Church in Whitney Pier; and

Whereas the pride of Whitney Pier, Margaret Healy, was the featured musician for the evening's festivities; and

Whereas Margaret Healy has directed the Cape Breton Ukulele Strummers for the past 30 years, entertaining seniors at guest homes from far and wide as well providing weekly music programs in special needs' classrooms;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Margaret Healy on the prestigious honour of being the featured musician at the September 25th Music Celebration Night at Holy Redeemer Church and commend Margaret on her dedication and long-standing service to her 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. 1406

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

Whereas this past weekend, the Papa Noël/Christmas Daddies in Clare celebrated their 25th anniversary; and

Whereas this fundraiser is generously telecast through Télé-Clare while being broadcast over CIFA's radio station; and

Whereas this year the annual fundraiser raised over $16,000 for residents of Clare who are in need of assistance;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate the organizers Diane Bezanson, Robert Maillet and the many volunteers and thank everyone who contributed to this worthwhile cause.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

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Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 1407

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

Whereas Christmas is made far more special for a number of less fortunate Victoria County children each year thanks to the generosity shown by the Secret Santa project by Principal Betty Farrell and senior elementary school students at Boularderie School; and

Whereas the project starts almost as soon as the school year begins as students begin donating their spare change and by November, they are making and selling bracelets, corsages and recess treats donated by students throughout the Fall; and

Whereas each year after helping up to 10 children by raising anywhere between $700 and $1200 in-house, students report back to inform others at the school that their Christmas day was filled with thoughts of their adopted child and wondering how they liked their gifts;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the incredible efforts put forth by Betty Farrell, Principal, and the students at Boularderie School with their annual Secret Santa project.

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 Dartmouth South-Portland Valley.

RESOLUTION NO. 1408

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

Whereas the Dartmouth Choral Society presented its 54th Christmas Concert at Christ Church on December 5, 2007; and

Whereas the 50-member Choral Society, the longest continuing community choir in Nova Scotia, covers choral works from Renaissance to contemporary; and

Whereas other featured performers included the Early Music Ensemble, Réjouissance and soprano Ann Bradley;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the members, guest musicians and supporters of the Dartmouth Choral Society, especially Shawn Whynot, conductor and Faith Daley, accompanist, for this most enjoyable 2007 Christmas Concert and thank them for continuing such high performance and entertainment standards.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park.

MS. DIANA WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, before I read my resolution I'd like to do an introduction.

MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

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MS. WHALEN: I'd like to call the members' attention to the west gallery where we have students visiting from Mount Saint Vincent University. These are the students who provide leadership at the university on the Student Union and also who have spearheaded the petition today with the signatures that I've put in. Their names are: Amber Daley, she is President; Bruno Perron, Executive VP; Amy Eaton, who is VP Academic and Scott MacDonald who is councillor-at-large on the Student Union. Maybe they would all rise and we could give them a warm welcome. Thank you very much. (Applause)

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

RESOLUTION NO. 1409

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

Whereas there have been an increasing number of accidents and near accidents at the crosswalk in front of Mount Saint Vincent University on the Bedford Highway and students have been actively lobbying government for safety improvements; and

Whereas in response to the pressing need for action, the Student Union has gathered over 1,100 signatures, asking government to install half-lights at this dangerous crosswalk so that pedestrians will not have to continue to be at constant risk; and

Whereas the installation of a half-light that turns red when activated by a pedestrian has been shown to greatly improve safety at other, similar intersections in HRM;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House support the Mount Saint Vincent University community in seeking concrete solutions to improve crosswalk safety and call upon Halifax Regional Municipality to install a half-light at this crosswalk on the Bedford Highway.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

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HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, before I do my resolution, I would ask permission to make an introduction, please.

MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

MR. SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, in the east gallery we have a wonderful family here from the Wentworth Valley. I would like to introduce Chief Kevin Sprague. Kevin is the Chief of the Wentworth Fire Department. His wife, Weewana, is with him as well as two children, Jordan and Melanie. They are here today to see the operation of the House. As well, Jordan has a real interest in media and had an opportunity to meet with the president of the press gallery and he has been up to the Legislative Television to see how that works. Now they are here to observe the workings of the House. I would ask them to stand and receive the warm welcome of the House. (Applause) I will say they are a true community family.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

RESOLUTION NO. 1410

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

Whereas Nova Scotia's largest ski hill is celebrating a special birthday this coming year; and

Whereas Ski Wentworth will mark 75 years of skiing in the valley of snow in 2008; and

Whereas skiers from Halifax and Truro originally made their trip to Wentworth by train, a couple of times a week, in the 1930s, and thousands still make the trip from all over to enjoy these ski hills every year;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Ski Wentworth on its 75 years and wish them continued success in the future.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1411

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 New Horizons Seniors' Club of Pictou has recently held the opening of their expansion; and

Whereas the 144 Airfield Engineering Flight of Pictou provided trained volunteers to build this 40 foot by 20 foot expansion; and

Whereas the expansion of this club houses a computer room and a games room;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the New Horizons Seniors' Club of Pictou and the 144 Airfield Engineering Flight for making this significant and positive contribution to the lives of Pictou area seniors.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

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. 1412

MR. LEO GLAVINE: 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 Feed My Lambs raises funds to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program and provides a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectable pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-Decoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County; and

Whereas Twila has completed the pewter ornament campaign with this year's ornament, a child cradling a lamb, which they hope will raise more money than last year's $11,000;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly recognize the contributions Twila Robar-Decoste has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has given to the Feed My Lambs program.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

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. 1413

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

Whereas New Glasgow native Denise Kyte first left the Pictou County town when she was 15, accepting a position at New Hampshire prep school, the New Hampton School; and

Whereas the tennis ace was accepted to St. Lawrence University in New York State on full scholarship, where earlier this year she traveled to the NCAA Division 3 tennis championship tournament, despite having suffered serious knee injuries; and

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Whereas the determined athlete graduated with an honours degree with plans to pursue doctorate studies. She was also honoured at the National Student Athlete Day banquet where each head coach singles out a student who exemplifies outstanding work in the classroom, community and athletics;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their sincere congratulations to New Glasgow native Denise Kyte on her many achievements south of the border in not only athletics, but all areas, demonstrating yet another example of Nova Scotian strength and talent.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

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. 1414

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

Whereas the Brunswick Street Mission in downtown Halifax serves the physical and spiritual needs of hundreds of people a week by providing a variety of services including a trustee program, medical services, a food bank, a clothing centre, a personal and family crisis management, et cetera; and

Whereas Gordon Michael, Paul Bowlby, Stewart McInnes and others at the Brunswick Street Mission led fundraising initiatives this year which raised over $62,000 to support these services; and

Whereas Guido Kerpel, Sandie Currie, Raj Gupta, and other staff at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, helped raised approximately $20,000 of this money through their participation in the Mission Beans project;

Therefore be it resolved that this House commends the Brunswick Street Mission Board and Guido Kerpel, Sandie Currie, Raj Gupta, and staff at the Westin Nova Scotian,

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for their contributions in helping to address problems of poverty and homelessness in downtown Halifax.

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. 1415

MR. WAYNE GAUDET: 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 Nova Scotia has recently presented its 2007 Pineapple Awards; and

Whereas the pineapple has become the international symbol of hospitality, and is widely displayed in residences and businesses to extend a warm welcome to visitors; and

Whereas Carol and Bill Fenstermaker, owners of Á la Maison d'Amitié/House of Friendship B&B in Cape St. Marys, were awarded a 2007 Pineapple Award by the Nova Scotia Tourism Industry Association;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate Bill and Carol Fenstermaker for receiving this award for outstanding personal service to the tourism industry in Nova Scotia, and wish them continued success.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Hants West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1416

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

Whereas Everett Porter began working at Oulton Fuels Ltd., in Windsor in 2003, as an oil burner mechanic; and

Whereas Everett received the Nova Scotia Department of Education Apprentice Award of Excellence this Fall, an award which recognizes a newly certified journey person who has not only made outstanding contributions toward forwarding the professional image of the employer, but also for supporting others in the workplace while demonstrating a strong work ethic and being involved in their local community; and

Whereas Everett's mentor, Jon Oulton, is exceptionally proud of Everett's "get 'er done" approach that he had a sign made up for the back of Everett's truck stating exactly that, get 'er done;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commend Everett Porter on his exceptional award, while also complimenting Jon Oulton, of Oulton Fuels in Windsor, for taking part in a program enhancing the skilled trades component of Nova Scotia's labour market.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice - and get 'er done.

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 Atlantic.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1417

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

Whereas Down's syndrome affects many of our children every year, with many being musically and artistically gifted; and

Whereas artists Renee Forestall, Alice Pye, and Heather Watts have joined to create the Teen Possibles, which offers to adolescents with Down's syndrome the chance to get together and make friends as well as art; and

Whereas the Teen Possibles meet on Fridays and Saturdays to watch and make films, and to take photographs and other art, and on Sunday, December 9th held an exhibition of photography and self-portraits showcasing the teens' recent works;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate members and supporters of the Teen Possibles, and wish them good luck in their future artistic endeavours.

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. 1418

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

Whereas the East Coast Credit Union is a progressive full-service financial institution serving 18,000 members from 13 locations within the five counties of Richmond, Inverness, Guysborough, Antigonish and Victoria; and

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Whereas Dave Wincey has recently been appointed as manager of the L'Ardoise branch of the East Coast Credit Union; and

Whereas Dave is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Community College, starting employment with the credit union in 2002, and has since become very involved with the Cape Breton Junior Achievement Program;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Dave Wincey on his recent appointment as manager of the L'Ardoise branch of the East Coast Credit Union and wish him success in his new role.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Health.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1419

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 just as in the Dr. Seuss tale, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the good people of Tusket have shown that the spirit of Christmas goes beyond symbols and decorations; and

Whereas even after the grinches attempted several times now to burn down the municipality's Christmas tree, another has been put in its place; and

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Whereas as the municipality's CAO said yesterday, this tree not only signifies the holiday spirit, it also signifies the community spirit; to have petty vandalism ruin Christmas, that is not an option;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the very positive people of Tusket who have shown that no one can steal the true spirit of Christmas.

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 Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank.

RESOLUTION NO. 1420

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

Whereas Tom Stone, a retired police officer from Toronto, moved to the Waverley area in 2005, and has since dedicated himself to the community and its Legion, Dieppe Branch 90; and

Whereas Tom Stone recognized the need to rebuild the Legion's crumbling cenotaph and dedicated his full time and resources to the project as a gift to the people of Waverley; and

Whereas Tom Stone has since volunteered to maintain the Legion's grounds and gardens and renovate the Legion's museum;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend and thank Tom Stone for selflessly dedicating his time, energy and resources to rebuilding the cenotaph at the Waverley Legion Dieppe Branch 90.

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 member for Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1421

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

Whereas "Exit 15: A History of Berwick" is a well-researched book dedicated to the rich history of Berwick; and

Whereas its authors, Pat Hampsey and Anne McKenna, spent countless hours over the past two years compiling documents, interviewing residents and fact-finding with multiple sources to ensure the book would be as accurate as possible; and

Whereas "Exit 15: A History of Berwick" looks at a number of pieces of Berwick's history, everything from politics to the school system to courtroom drama;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly recognize the tremendous efforts put forward by Pat Hampsey and Anne McKenna in their in-depth analysis of the history of Berwick.

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 Health Promotion and Protection.

RESOLUTION NO. 1422

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

Whereas this past November, three young men, Connor Nowlan, Nick Rose and Brad Long, all students at Millwood High School, stepped in to prevent a younger student from becoming the victim of bullying; and

Whereas they were able to diffuse the situation without using violence themselves; and

Whereas the younger student they assisted, and his parents, were all very appreciative that the three stepped in;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Connor Nowlan, Nick Rose and Brad Long for doing the right thing and intervening to help another person in need.

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. 1423

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

Whereas John Brannen of Barrington, Shelburne County, a 327 Unicorn Sea Cadet, was one of hundreds of applicants from across Canada for the International Exchange Program of 2007; and

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Whereas the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets funded the exchange program and John had the opportunity to travel overseas to visit Stockholm, Gothenburg and Hanosand in Sweden; and

Whereas John was impressed with the history, prosperity and cleanliness of the country;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize John Brannen for seizing the opportunity to travel to eastern countries for participation in the International Exchange Program and the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Program of Shelburne County.

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 Natural Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 1424

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

Whereas a caring gesture can mean so much for both Afghan children and our Canadian soldiers in Kandahar; and

Whereas Order of the Eastern Star past Worthy Matron, LaVerne Porter of Lakeville, personally knitted 180 dolls, stuffed them with the assistance of friends and shipped them through Camp Aldershot to the attention of my son, Matthew, stationed at the Canadian Kandahar Airport base, for distribution to eager Afghan children; and

Whereas LaVerne also collected boxes of books, old and new, and shipped them through Greenwood to Canadian soldiers stationed far from home at the Canadian base in Kandahar;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the great need of Afghan children, the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan and the kindness of past Worthy Matron, LaVerne Porter, for her thoughtfulness in sending such wonderful care packages to both our troops and Afghan 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.

The honourable member for Pictou East.

RESOLUTION NO. 1425

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

Whereas the Pictou Landing First Nation strongly embraces democratic action, as exhibited in the election of the Band Council held on November 23, 2007; and

Whereas six members of the community ran for chief and 34, Mr. Speaker, 34 ran for five council seats; and

Whereas the residents of Pictou Landing First Nation re-elected Ann Francis-Muise to serve a fourth term as Chief and elected Dominic Denny, Wayne Denny, Aileen Francis, Alan Francis and Andrea Paul to serve on council;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly commend the Pictou Landing First Nation on the high level of participatory democracy exhibited and congratulate Ann Francis-Muise, Dominic Denny, Wayne Denny, Aileen Francis, Alan Francis and Andrea Paul on being elected and with them well as they serve Pictou Landing First Nation.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

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Is it agreed?

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Tourism.

RESOLUTION NO. 1426

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 4th Annual Toast to the Work of Women brought together over 80 female participants from the eastern Halifax Regional Municipality in October; and

Whereas Nancy Lobban, one of the four recipients of the 2007 Women of Excellence award was acknowledged for her volunteer activities contributing to the betterment of various sports, school, church, community and business organizations; and

Whereas Nancy, recognized as an accounting professional and a tireless community volunteer, is also a wife and a mother of two, perhaps one of her most prized accomplishments;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contribution of Nancy Lobban and wish her continued success.

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. 1427

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

Whereas Scouting in Canada is celebrating its 100th Anniversary, and since 1907 many leaders have taken the Scouting promise and dedicated their time and energy to the betterment of the lives of youth in their communities; and

Whereas 2nd Eastern Passage scout leaders provide a quality program to the local youth and teach them values and skills that will help shape their lives through fun and adventurous programs; and

Whereas the 2nd Eastern Passage scouts are very active in their community, enriching the lives of other youth and providing service to that community;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank Steve McKay, Kegan Gingell, Mike Gingell, Darren Lightfoot and Daniel Godin for embarking on a 14-day journey with their youth to a Canadian Jamboree in Tamaracouta Scout Reserve, Quebec, for the 100th Anniversary of Scouting, and commend them for their worthy contribution to Scouting and to the lives of the youth 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 Minister of Economic Development.

RESOLUTION NO. 1428

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 Joe White recently retired from the Braemore Co-op, where he has worked since 1992; and

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Whereas Joe White will be greatly missed by all his colleagues as well as the many customers and when asked what he liked most about his job, he replied, "The people"; and

Whereas Joe White is a familiar face to everyone in Antigonish from his friends at L'Arche, parishioners at St. Ninian's, as well as his friends at the RK Nursing Home - Joe is adored by everyone who knows him;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Joe White on his retirement.

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 Finance.

RESOLUTION NO. 1429

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

Whereas the Lunenburg High School Mariners volleyball team captured laurels on Saturday, December 1st, at the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division IV Volleyball Championship over Cape Breton Highlands Academy; and

Whereas it was the sixth victory in eight years for the Mariners as provincial volleyball champions; and

Whereas the Mariners team, led by veteran coach Bill Roblee, is made up of the following athletes: Matthew Baker, Chris Hodder, Josh Drennan, Thomas Stubbs, Ben Bailley, Brandon Zinck, Jordan Digdon, Andrew Falkenham, Eric Pottie, Mitchell MacDonald, Alex Greek and Kyle Lantz;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Coach Bill Roblee and the members of the Lunenburg High School's victorious Mariners volleyball team for their success and hard work.

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. 1430

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

Whereas the Municipality of Kings County launched its Online Farmers Market in August; and

Whereas the municipality received support from the Kings County Federation of Agriculture and the Kings Community Economic Development Agency; and

Whereas the municipality, in conjunction with Annapolis Valley Radio and Transcontinental Media, has undertaken a concentrated marketing campaign to encourage consumers to visit and use the Online Farmers Market;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this Legislature congratulate the outstanding efforts of these groups and individuals for their innovative initiative to support the local agricultural community by introducing a friendly Internet site which promotes existing farm markets and smaller scale producers, while encouraging residents to buy local, and to quote the honourable member for the beautiful Musquodoboit whatever . . .

AN HON. MEMBER: Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

MR. PARENT: Colchester - "Farmers feed us all." and I will add: And local farmers do it best.

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[1:15 p.m.]

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 Natural Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 1431

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

Whereas Nova Scotians value excellence in home renovations, as recognized at the annual awards ceremony hosted by the Nova Scotia Home Builders Association; and

Whereas Arnold Keddy Contracting Limited of Wolfville won the coveted Outstanding Residential Renovation - Addition to an Existing Home award for the renovation they did on converting Floyd and Chantal Priddle's home to a stylish Cape Cod; and

Whereas the renovations also involved numerous energy efficiency innovations;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the importance of excellence in home renovations and congratulate Arnold Keddy Contracting Limited for winning this prestigious award.

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 Finance.

RESOLUTION NO. 1432

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, I'm sorry, I don't move quite as fast as perhaps I did at one point.

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

Whereas Tristan Russell and Joseph Sheridan, Grade 6 students at New Germany Elementary School, know that alcohol and smoking are harmful and have written an article in their school newspaper to educate their fellow students about the dangers of these activities to children; and

Whereas Lighthouse Publishing assisted Tristan and Joseph in their efforts to share this information by publishing their article throughout their Newspapers in Education Program; and

Whereas South Shore Health have recognized Tristan and Joseph for their article educating their classmates on the dangers of smoking and alcohol use;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly commend Tristan Russell and Joseph Sheridan and Lighthouse Publishing for helping to educate youth on the dangers of smoking and alcohol use.

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

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ORAL QUESTIONS PUT BY MEMBERS

MR. SPEAKER: The time is 1:18 p.m. We will go until 2:18 p.m.

The honourable Leader of the Opposition.

MACTARA - CLOSURE: WORKERS ASSISTANCE - PLAN

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, my question will be for the Premier. The MacTara lumber mill is being shut down today and with the pellet mill soon to follow, throwing 160 people out of work. This is a serious blow to those workers and their families and to the communities in the Musquodoboit Valley. It will have a ripple effect in the forest industry where large and small operations depend so much on each other. Unfortunately, MacTara's problems were well-known, especially since it gained protection from its creditors. So my question to the Premier is, what plan does the government have to help the workers in the communities that are going to be affected by this shutdown?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my honourable colleague for taking this to the floor. First of all, let me say that, certainly, my heart goes out to MacTara and its employees, most specifically, and their families, especially at this time of year. There is no doubt that the forestry sector in our province and across the country has faced challenges, and it is the very reason why we put forward our package, our $36 million forestry package, because we realized and recognized that there were challenges. We will continue to work specifically with the company and also, as we have done in the past, with other companies and employees, to make sure that their needs are addressed as well.

MR. DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, the problems in the forestry sector have been developing now for some time. The high Canadian dollar is at least partially responsible for that and yet the federal government has refused to take any responsibility for the impact of its economic policies on Nova Scotia's industries and workers. Only this morning, the federal Finance Minister is reported to have said that he will only offer some retraining assistance for forestry and other major industries. So my question for the Premier is, how will you impress upon the federal government that it has a responsibility to assist regions and industries that are being hurt by the rapid rise of the Canadian dollar?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, our Department of Economic Development and Nova Scotia Business Incorporated have already begun the consultation process in preparation for the First Ministers' meeting which my colleague from Quebec - Premier Charest - was the first Premier to call, and my conversation with him. I was actually the second Premier in the country to call for this meeting, and the consultation process will be in preparation for the January 11th meeting to discuss this very issue.

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MR. DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, I'm going to seek some clarity on what the Premier's most recent answer was because last month he supported Premier Charest's call for the First Ministers' meeting to deal with the impact on the rising dollar. The federal government though doesn't appear to be listening to that call for the meeting. In fact, only yesterday (Interruption) What's that? What I'm going to get him to do is to try to tell me when that meeting is going to take place and where it is going to take place?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I believe the date is January 11th but I will receive clarity on that following Question Period - January 11th, to be held in Ottawa with the other First Ministers.

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

PREM.: PHYSICIANS - COLLABORATIVE PRACTICES

MR. STEPHEN MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Premier. There are over 50,000 Nova Scotians without a family doctor in this province. That means, by the Minister of Health's numbers during last year's budget estimate debate, that we are short 26 family doctors. In addition to these family physicians, we are short 34 specialists. Our last budget promised community-based collaborative teams yet no money was provided in the budget towards this model. In fact, the current contract between the province and doctors throughout this province created a barrier to forming these collaborative practices. By not paying for certain procedures, they are not performed by someone else other than a doctor. So my question to the Premier is, will the Premier address the contractual issues surrounding collaborative practice in this province immediately?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, the work continues to be ongoing with respect to the various contracts that we have with our physicians in our province. I'm very proud to say that we have the highest doctor to patient ratio in the country and we have seen many physicians coming to our province. I believe the number is 55 since January of this year, many going out to our rural communities. I do echo the sentiment that we do have challenges with some specialities and that is why we are moving forward with more nurse practitioners and others who are helping to provide that support in many of our rural areas.

MR. MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, that doctor/patient ratio is a pure headcount. It has nothing to do with full-time equivalence and according to Doctors Nova Scotia, your claim is misleading. The province is in a competition not only with other Canadian provinces but with countries all over the world for physicians. We have to find a way to make sure Nova Scotia is their first choice and despite what you might think, Mr. Premier, the beautiful scenery and fresh seafood just isn't going to cut it. The U.K. has an abundance of doctors graduating from their med school who would love to come to Canada. However, our credential process is prohibitive for some doctors and downright insulting - expecting them to be supervised for 200 hours before they can practice on their own, regardless of how many

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years they've been practicing in their own country. So my question to the Premier is, will the Premier work with the College of Physicians to expedite the credential process and make easier for foreign doctors to be trained here in Nova Scotia?

THE PREMIER: We certainly will work with them to expedite the process, Mr. Speaker. In fact, I was very pleased to be Minister of Immigration here in our province when myself, along with the Deputy Premier, worked with doctors in our province to put forward the Clinicians Assessment Program and really, we took a leadership role in Canada with respect to that and ensured that we provided mentorship opportunities for new immigrants to see the credentials recognized from one end of our province to the other.

MR. MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, Dalhousie Medical School has 20 extra seats that were once committed to New Brunswick, that Nova Scotia can use to recruit medical students from this province in exchange for their commitment to stay and practice here in Nova Scotia. We've all heard the stories of medical students who want to stay in Nova Scotia and want to stay and practice here, yet they have to go across the country or to the U.S. for their medical training. Once they're gone, there's little to no effort to bring them back. My question to the Premier is, will the Premier commit to using those 20 newly released seats at Dal Medical School to help attract local medical students when they agree to stay and practice here in Nova Scotia?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I'll refer that to the Minister of Health to provide further clarity on some of the steps being taken.

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, I thank the member opposite for bringing this important issue to the floor of the House. At Dalhousie Medical School today there are 10 seats available that would have been originally destined for New Brunswick. It is the intention of the medical school to expand their complement by another 10, making 20 seats available. I know there are negotiations going on right now to see if there's an opportunity for Nova Scotia to pick those seats up and try to build in a return for service, so we make sure that they do work here in Nova Scotia where we believe we should have them. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition.

ECON. DEV. - MACTARA: PROV. FUNDING - AMOUNTS

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, my question will be for the Premier. The Province of Nova Scotia has been investing heavily in MacTara over the years, since 1994 there have been at least seven different loan guarantees for amounts as high as $3.9 million. As well, the province pumped an additional $14 million into MacTara through the purchase of 41,000 acres of woodland in 2004. My question to the Premier is, how much provincial money is now at stake in MacTara?

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THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I'll refer that to the Minister of Economic Development to provide that number to my colleague.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, there is an outstanding amount of $2.5 million with Nova Scotia Business Inc. and I believe an amount of about $290,000 with respect to Natural Resources.

MR. DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, again to the Premier. According to AllNovaScotia.com, Scandinavian interests are considering purchasing the operation for $6 million. In view of the considerable stake that Nova Scotia taxpayers have in the operation, what role will the provincial government be playing in sale negotiations?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I'm not going to get into a particular media report but what I will say is that we, as a government, have continued to work with the forestry sector and various companies on an individual basis when they face circumstances like this. We will endeavour to do so in this case, whatever the outcome may be at the end of the day. Of course, we all hope with this situation that we see a positive outcome for the families and for the employees, and that is our main concern. Certainly, it is my hope that the resources that are used in that area will continue to be used for a very long time.

MR. DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, we all agree what is important here are the jobs and to make sure that they are maintained so that those families can continue to have the benefit of a robust economy. The impending shutdown is a major blow to the communities in the Musquodoboit Valley with an estimated 160 jobs at risk. The province has invested heavily to create those jobs and as a major investor I would ask the Premier, what steps will the province be taking to ensure that those jobs are protected?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, obviously there are two different departments, both Natural Resources and Economic Development and NSBI involved in this and as such, I'll refer this to the Minister responsible for NSBI to further elaborate on that.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, I certainly want to join with other members of the House in expressing our very deep concern for the future of these employees. I can tell you that the Department of Economic Development and NSBI will be front and centre with respect to ensuring that we are able to bring the resources of this province in such a way that we can look forward to an ongoing operation at that site. That is a considerable challenge, but it is one which we will be dedicating our efforts to in the future.

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition.

PREM.: U.S. TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS - ECONOMIC EFFECTS

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, this is on a different tack, but also to the Premier. Passports or similar documentation are now required by any citizen of the United States, Mexico or Canada to enter the United States by air. In 2008, that requirement will be applied to travellers by land and sea. Yesterday, the Secretary of Homeland Security said that he intends to require proof of citizenship from all Canadian travellers entering the U.S. as early as January 31st. Most Americans do not have a passport, these requirements pose a tremendous barrier to Nova Scotia's trade and tourism. So my question is, what action has the Premier taken to minimize the economic harm to Nova Scotia caused by the new U.S. travel requirements?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, what is often called WHTI, I believe it is - Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative - has been a common issue that has come up both at the Council of the Federation meetings and also with the Atlantic Premiers and Eastern Governors. I share the concern of the timelines that have been put in place, or suggested, at the national level in the United States. We have conveyed that time and time and time again, and we have done that with various officials, along with politicians in the New England States, among many others. We will continue to push in that regard to see as much flexibility as possible to ensure Nova Scotians have free flow, but also that we have free flow for tourists coming to visit Nova Scotia in the coming year.

MR. DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, many people have been expressing their concern over the timelines. The problem is that the timeline is now 45 days. Just yesterday, the Secretary of Homeland Security said he wants to work with a number of States and provinces so that their driver's licences meet the strict new travel requirements. On December 7th, Ontario introduced just such an enhanced driver's licence. Manitoba and British Columbia are also developing a driver's licence that meets the U.S. requirements - Quebec and Vermont are working together on this, so time is of the essence. My question is, why hasn't the Premier ensured that his government is working with Maine, Massachusetts and the other nearby States to develop a secure driver's licence?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, as I said, we already had, and started those negotiations over the last couple of years around this particular issue. I believe that the date the Leader of the Opposition is referring to is a date that has been floated out there, but the date, in fact, is later than that. I know he wouldn't try to suggest to the members of the House that it is, in fact, this January, and believe, in fact, that date is expected to be much, much later.

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MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, just for the clarity of the Premier, this legislation, in the United States, was to come into force and effect not later than January 1, 2009, but anytime before that, and the Department of Homeland Security is now saying that they're going to force this implementation earlier and, in fact, by the end of next January to start requiring this. So this could be a major, major problem. The government knew very well that there were impending deadlines and they needed close co-operation. In fact, the current Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal signed a letter to Condoleezza Rice asking for a delay in the implementation of the new requirements. For the sake of our fishing industry, our trucking industry, tourism operators and others who rely on easy border crossings to succeed here in Nova Scotia, my question is, will the Premier tell Nova Scotians what his government intends to do to make up for the lost time in meeting the new U.S. travel requirements?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, as I said, that work has already started. I will refer that to the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations to provide further update.

HON. JAMES MUIR: Thank you, Mr. Speaker, thank you, Premier, and thank you to the Leader of the Opposition. Clearly we do support the idea of an enhanced driver's licence. Like the other provinces, back in 2005 I believe it was, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Act response to 911 triggered a lot of things in the United States, including one of them, to try to get better identification for people who were coming in and going from that country. So in response to that, we've been working with the other Atlantic Provinces to determine what nature this secure driver's licence should take. We aren't there yet, but we have to find out what's going to be acceptable from the United States before we can do the final thing.

Mr. Speaker, if I could have one more second, you remember that it must have been about a month ago that we had a press conference announcing our enhanced birth certificate so we are, as a province, moving in that direction.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Kings West.

EDUC.: UNIV. FUNDING - MOU NEGOTIATIONS

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Education. The government finally announced that it would begin negotiations for a new memorandum of understanding. The MOU was critical for universities and students and brings a level of short-term stability to a long-term problem. The minister should have begun negotiations before the beginning of the school year, rather than waiting until the last minute. Graduating students are already selecting their universities, based on known information in other provinces. My question to the minister is, why have you waited so long to begin the MOU negotiations?

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HON. KAREN CASEY: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased that the member has raised the question and the issue of the MOU. We have recognized over the duration of the current MOU that it was a very successful agreement. It did allow universities and students and the department to work together so that funding to universities could be predictable and sustainable, and it allowed them to do their planning.

Also, it was a good support and good information for students to know what tuition increases they might expect or not expect. It has now come time for the second round of those negotiations. They have begun, the members from the universities have been identified as well as the students. So we believe that will move along quickly and it will help to again provide that sustainability and predictability for all.

MR. GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, universities and their students already suffer from a lack of tuition funding and are suffering infrastructure decay. I'm glad that the minister finally decided to make the MOU a priority for this government. While the current negotiations are a step in the right direction, the current process is still exclusive. Not all students are represented in the agreement. The current MOU dealt primarily with undergraduate students, leaving students enrolled in graduate programs left in the cold. My question to the minister, will the minister commit to including students enrolled in graduate programs, into current MOU negotiations?

MS. CASEY: Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite, one of the important memberships on that MOU negotiating team will be the students and there are two student unions that are represented. They will be representing all students, graduate and undergraduate.

MR. GLAVINE: Thank you, Madam Minister, I'm pleased to hear that. Now university education and accessibility is essential for this province as we move towards a knowledge-based economy. The MOU is truly designed to help students and universities succeed. It must include all university students.

MR. SPEAKER: Question.

MR. GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, not only did the last MOU exclude students enrolled in graduate and professional programs, it also excluded international students. Many international students want to live in Nova Scotia and the government should be creating opportunities rather than barriers. The government has already had one flop with the Nominee Program. My question to the minister, will the minister commit to including international students in the upcoming MOU negotiations?

MS. CASEY: Mr. Speaker, I will repeat that having student membership on the negotiating team will allow those voices to be heard and they will be representing all of the students within their student unions.

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Citadel.

IMMIGRATION: SETTLEMENT MODEL - PRECEDENT

MR. LEONARD PREYRA: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is for the Minister of Immigration. According to the agreement signed by the federal and provincial governments in 2002, the purpose of the Nominee Program was to increase the economic benefits of immigration to Nova Scotia based on industrial and economic priorities and labour market conditions.

The minister has already told us that immigration was not a priority and there was not enough money for settlement programs, so the province devised a self-funded model of settlement whereby immigrant families would fund their own settlement process through an expensive mentorship experience, a self-funded $100,000 welcome. I would like to ask the minister, what Canadian precedent was the government using when it designed this self-funded model of settlement?

HON. LEONARD GOUCHER: Mr. Speaker, the government wasn't using any precedent - it was using our own program to try to achieve our objectives for immigration. You know, as I have said before, the political rhetoric that has been going on this House over the immigration program, versus being concerned about the immigrants in this province, is just growing too much. Maybe what should happen is that the Opposition Party should maybe take on the attitude of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and the President, Valerie Payne, and say yes to immigration.

MR. PREYRA: Mr. Speaker, the Office of Immigration recently released a June 2002 letter from an official in Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The letter suggested five years ago that nominees and Nova Scotia would be better off if the Office of Immigration raised money for settlement programs by subscribing to the federal Investor Immigrant Program and use the proceeds to pay for settlement activity only. I will table that letter. My question to the minister is why was this very sensible, federal approach to economic immigration rejected by the government?

MR. GOUCHER: Mr. Speaker, there was nothing rejected by our government. The program I believe he was talking about was the discussion between an active and passive program that the federal government had questions on. Our program, believe me, has been active. As I have stated many times in this House, when you can look at a program that has doubled immigration over the last 10 years, is that active or passive? I will tell you, that is an active program.

MR. PREYRA: Mr. Speaker, the minister knows that the federal government was about to cancel the nominee program precisely for that reason, because it exploited immigrants. The minister at the time - the Premier now - begged the government to let them

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continue. Now this government is trying to suggest that it did so in order to encourage businesses to get involved in the program. In light of this, I would like to ask the minister, why, despite the $100,000 payout, his department was unable to convince enough qualified businesses to support this failed program?

MR. GOUCHER: Mr. Speaker, during the program, we had about 257 mentorships available to immigrants as they came into this country, which they actually chose from. At this point in time, we still have people who are coming into Nova Scotia and still choosing the Mentorship Program. So, quite frankly, the Mentorship Program has done its job. We have, through that program, brought many hundreds of people and their families into this province. So the program has done its job.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Pictou East.

ECON. DEV.: FILM TAX CREDIT - MEETING

MR. CLARRIE MACKINNON: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Economic Development. The film tax credit is a major tool that can be used to sustain and grow the film industry in Nova Scotia. This is a highly competitive industry, as the minister well knows, and very small details can make the difference between a production choosing to film here in Nova Scotia or elsewhere. I ask the minister, when was the last time he and his staff sat down with the film industry representatives to discuss their concerns over the tax credit and other issues affecting our ability to compete?

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, I can tell the honourable member that this summer I had an occasion to visit the site of a filming in Nova Scotia. I did speak with the people in the industry at that time about the need for an increase in the tax credit. I spoke to my colleagues in government who were very supportive of that. We, in fact, did increase the tax credit. Last week, I was able to visit the set here in Halifax of a production, and the people who were there were singing the government's praises for the increase in the tax credit that we made. So it was a very productive consultation.

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MR. MACKINNON: Mr. Speaker, Nova Scotia has one of the slowest response times in paying companies their tax credit. One production has waited for nearly two years to get its tax credit, costing the production company $20,000 in interest fees on financing. Word has been quick to get around this industry that companies better be prepared to wait for their money in this province. My question to the minister is, why hasn't his department improved the turnaround time on credit payments to productions?

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MR. MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, while we set the policy and create the credit, the actual processing is performed by the Department of Finance and since I'm no longer acting in that capacity and the real minister is here, I'll have him answer the question. (Applause)

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, to the honourable member's question, quite simply what happens is that the Department of Finance staff are required to do due diligence in reviewing every tax credit application. I'm sure the honourable member would want them to continue to do that kind of due diligence, and that sometimes causes delay in order to make sure that people only get the money they're legally entitled to.

MR. MACKINNON: Mr. Speaker, I am glad that the real minister is here. (Applause) The government's waffling on the timing of the increase in the film tax credit costs us some productions that would have meant millions to our economy in direct jobs and spinoffs. Our turnaround times and other policies are not as competitive as in other jurisdictions and our industry is starting to suffer as a result. My question to the minister is, why not review our policies to ensure that the film industry has a future in this province?

MR. MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, pardon the pun with respect to the subject matter, but the acting minister will defer to the real minister.

MR. BAKER: Mr. Speaker, I don't think I've ever been referred to as that. I do understand the point being raised by the honourable member, but I want to assure the honourable member that we, and my staff at the Department of Finance, take the job of processing these applications promptly very seriously. Having said that, they also take very seriously their duty to do the due diligence necessary to make sure that money is not improperly paid out, for which there would be consequences as well. I will reaffirm with my staff the importance of prompt processing and having said that, I know they are very keen on making sure that happens in any event.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Richmond.

JUSTICE: TASER USAGE - RCMP RECOMMENDATIONS

MR. MICHEL SAMPSON: Mr. Speaker, the RCMP watchdog released its interim report yesterday on the usage creep that is happening in this country with the use of tasers. Among the long list of recommendations was that tasers should only be used when suspects are combative or pose a risk of death or grievous bodily harm. The report further recommends revamping training, bi-annual re-certification, stricter reporting requirements and record keeping on the use and deployment of these impact weapons. While the full report is due to be released in 2008, the 53-page interim report provides many thoughtful recommendations on making immediate improvements to the use of tasers. My question to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General is, will he adopt the recommendations of the RCMP watchdog regarding the use of tasers in Nova Scotia?

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HON. CECIL CLARKE: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. It's a very important topic that the honourable member for the Liberal Party, the Justice Critic, raises. It is one that we reinforced our governance procedures with regard to the use of the devices known as tasers. Again, those recommendations that have been out, the ten have been provided, will be taken under immediate advisement by the government but also will form part of, now, our review that we have underway. Again, there are three processes and that advice will be incorporated into that and we will take a review of the report and look at what may be advisable to proceed with. Thank you.

MR. SAMSON: A simple approach, Mr. Speaker, would be just to adopt the report's findings. But the commission for complaints against the RCMP reviewed the policies, protocols and usage reports on tasers across Canada - some 2,800 tasers are being used by more than 9,100 RCMP officers across the country; the stun guns have been used over 3,000 times since their introduction in December 2001. As was appropriate, the commission made this report a priority and took less than two months to put together their interim report and recommendations. My question to the minister is what is the status of the minister's review of the policies, procedures, and usage of tasers in Nova Scotia?

MR. CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, to the honourable member, and to all members of the House, the process is underway with regard to the ministerial review - after that an expert panel will be brought together to review the findings and the data and the statistics for Nova Scotia.

I would say to the honourable member that we are taking the recommendations of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, yet, in context as well, our review is about the use and application here in Nova Scotia, so I'm not going to hasten to an immediate response other than we are very conscious of it. I understand the honourable member's concern, we reflect that. I believe what we have to do is have measured, reasonable and responsible follow-up to that, and we will do just that. I do take the member's comments very seriously and will incorporate them.

MR. SAMSON: Mr. Speaker, the RCMP watchdog has recognized the urgency of reviewing the policies and procedures surrounding the use of tasers by their members - that is why we now have the report with detailed recommendations on improving their usage by the RCMP. Mr. Speaker, we have had two taser-related deaths here in Nova Scotia and I find it very troubling that today the Minister of Justice is still unable to tell us exactly how many tasers exist in Nova Scotia, who is using them, and how often they have been used. So my final question to the minister is when will he commit to delivering a report, with recommendations, on the use of tasers in Nova Scotia?

MR. CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, we've established that we would have a 90-day process and report back to Nova Scotians in February, and then have an expert panel compiled. What I would say is, and not trying to defer, but we have the RCMP, we have municipal policing

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and other municipal services in the province, as well as corrections officials, so there are various law enforcement and corrections and justice officials who have access to the use of such a device and that's why we need to make sure that it's a measured and responsible process we engage in. Again, I commit to that 90-day process that we set out and we will report to all Nova Scotians the day we receive the report.

MR. SPEAKER; The honourable member for Halifax Fairview.

ENVIRON. & LBR.: URANIUM MINING - MORATORIUM

MR. GRAHAM STEELE: My question is for the Minister of Environment and Labour. There has been a moratorium on uranium exploration in Nova Scotia since 1982; in 1985 a commission of inquiry supported the moratorium. The moratorium has been renewed by successive Liberal and Progressive Conservative Governments ever since. But in October of this year, to the consternation of many, the Minister of Natural Resources made remarks that can only be interpreted as a willingness on the part of this government to reconsider the moratorium. Mr. Speaker, I will table those. Uranium mining is first and foremost an environmental issue, so my question is to the Minister of Environment and Labour. Was the Minister of Natural Resources correctly stating this government's environmental policy, or was he off on a frolic of his own?

HON. MARK PARENT: Mr. Speaker, before I respond to the question, may I welcome the honourable member as a Critic for the Environment? When I heard that he was going to be my critic, the honourable Minister of Economic Development said God stopped listening to you because I thought that with his intellectual acumen, his profundity of thought, his verbal dexterity, I would be on my feet all the time. However, that has not been the case and there are only two reasons for it. One is the NDP have nothing to say about the environment or we're doing such a good job.

MR. SPEAKER: Would you please answer the question?

MR. PARENT: But answering the question, Mr. Speaker, the member is right, there has been a moratorium on uranium and it stands at the present time as a moratorium on uranium mining.

MR. STEELE: It stands at the present time. Mr. Speaker, uranium is unique because of the uses to which it is put, primarily nuclear weapons and nuclear power. No one in this House supports nuclear weapons and the law that governs Nova Scotia Power stipulates that Nova Scotia Power is forbidden from building a nuclear power plant. That's why many people concerned about Nova Scotia's environment are looking for a clear statement from this government that the moratorium will not be lifted. I am now going to give the minister the opportunity to make that statement. Will the minister confirm that this government will keep the uranium moratorium - yes or no? (Interruptions)

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MR. PARENT: Mr. Speaker, I will not listen to the heckling of the members opposite but I would like to talk about this subject because there is a tremendous debate throughout the world on the issue of green energy and energy that is CO2 friendly. James Lovelock, who is the founder of the Gaia theory, in his latest book has written a very strong argument against wind energy and for nuclear energy. The honourable member should know that this is a hotly debated topic and as we move into the future we have to keep an open mind.

MR. STEELE: Mr. Speaker, back in 1995, a bill was introduced in this House that said, "Any prospecting for exploration for development in respect of uranium is prohibited and for greater certainty no license, lease, or permit shall be issued pursuant to this Act in respect of uranium." That was 1995. The member who introduced it was Ron Russell. Hants West, which he represented so well for 28 years, has significant uranium deposits and would be one of the more likely sites for uranium mining if the moratorium were ever lifted. So my question to the minister is, was Ron Russell wrong?

MR. PARENT: Mr. Speaker, far be it for me to say that the wise old owl was ever wrong on anything. (Laughter) Nevertheless, and I want to be serious at this point, as we move into the future - into a carbon constrained future - it demands innovation, creativity and an open mind. This government has an open mind, the Opposition has a closed mind.

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

COM. SERV.: WOMEN'S CENTRES - UNDERFUNDING

MS. DIANA WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Community Services. Women's centres in this province provide important services to women and adolescent girls who are facing a range of complex and challenging issues in their lives including poverty, sexual violence, inadequate housing, depression and family crisis - to name just a few. The women who work at women's centres are without question - each and every one of them, highly skilled, knowledgeable and committed to making a difference in their communities and in the lives of these women and girls. Yet they are underpaid and there's no provision in the province for enabling salary increases. My question to the minister is, why hasn't the minister addressed the terrible underfunding of salaries for women centres' staff in this province?

HON. JUDY STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, I thank my honourable colleague for bringing this very serious matter to the floor. The women's centres across this province do a phenomenal job. They do provide programs and services for women, for young women, and certainly they're a very valuable resource in many communities across this province.

They don't exist in every community, but certainly in the communities that have them, they appreciate the programs and services they do provide.

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There's no question of this government's commitment to those women's centres, to increase their funding to $155,000 in core funding is proof positive. This government believes firmly in those women's centres and we'll continue to invest in them.

MS. WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, I'd like to ask the minister whether or not she maintained that commitment in the last budget because it's my understanding that increase was promised in the last budget and that has not come forward to the women's centres to date.

MS. STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, indeed, I thank my honourable colleague for bringing the question forward. That money was committed. This government stands by its commitments and we will continue to provide that core funding to each and everyone of those women's centres.

MS. WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, there's clearly some confusion with Women's Centres Connect because they understood the money would be coming. I don't really want to hear about your commitments - I want to hear about whether the money is flowing to women's centres who are saving government a lot of money in the work that they do, for very low salaries. It saves an awful lot of money for the rest of Community Services.

I would also like to ask the minister, in her answer, to address the issue of a number of cancelled meetings with Women's Centres Connect, the most recent of which was November 27th and the women from Women's Centres Connect were told they would have a meeting with the minister sometime in the new year. That's not good enough, we want to hear whether or not this government has a commitment and is standing behind the women's centres and the work they do. I would like the minister to speak about when she will meet the Women's Centres Connect and whether or not it's beyond a commitment and actual money is flowing to women's centres.

MS. STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, there are two or three answers in that question. I'm pleased to address each one of them. There are two issues here. The core funding the Department of Community Services pays each year, we increased that. It is $155,000 per centre - that's core funding for each centre. That has been committed and that has being delivered in each budget year.

The other issue my colleague raised regards salary. The salary issue is the question that I have discussed with the women's centre. Indeed, my entire caucus had a discussion and a presentation, just last month, from the Women's Centre Connect, the group all across the province. Yes, I have committed to meeting with the chair of that committee, I will meet with her in the new year, in January, as soon as my schedule permits that, to address the very serious concerns that they have.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Dartmouth North.

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COM. SERV.: SMALL OPTION BEDS - EXPANSION

MR. TREVOR ZINCK: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Community Services. According to information obtained by my office, there are approximately 400 adults and children with disabilities who are waiting to enter supportive housing, small option homes and group homes. Meanwhile, according to a recent Stats Canada report, 441 of the residents living in nursing homes are not seniors. In fact, many are under the age of 44 years old. These younger people are often put in nursing homes because community-based housing is not available. I ask the minister, when will the reviewing stop and more small option beds be put in place?

HON. JUDY STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to rise and respond to my honourable colleague's question. I am pleased to remind the House of some of the initiatives that we've put in place already regarding small option and regarding placement for persons with disabilities in this province.

Shortly after becoming minister, we announced the five-bed transition home in Dartmouth, which allows for more of that transition to take place. We have the Regional Rehabilitation Centre at the old Cobequid site that is going to be able to provide another level of care. Of course, we have the renovation at Riverview that I know my honourable colleague across the way is very pleased to have us move forward on; the six-bed community home in Port Hawkesbury, along with the one on the South Shore; our commitment here in Halifax with the L'Arche communities, as well as the expansion of the Independent Living Support program.

MR. ZINCK: Mr. Speaker, there are residents in nursing homes and institutions who can be, and should be, living in our communities. The small options moratorium has created long and increasing wait lists for adults wanting to live in supportive housing. Meanwhile, some adults with disabilities, or long term mental health issues, are forced to live in institutional settings because nothing else is out there for them. My question to the minister is, why does her department continue to force institutional living on so many disabled Nova Scotians?

MS. STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, to my honourable colleague who brings the issue. The commitment of this government for the expansion of the Independent Living Support Program, along with those six-bed homes, the community homes that we so proudly announced in Port Hawkesbury, the South Shore and, indeed, the ringing endorsements that we have received from L'Arche Halifax as they move forward to establish their chapter here in Halifax - again, proof positive that I, as minister, and this government, are committed to community living and quality community living for all Nova Scotians.

MR. ZINCK: Mr. Speaker, a nursing home is not an appropriate place for a young person to live. This province has failed to respect the wishes of persons with disabilities and

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their advocates to provide adequate community-based housing options. My question to Minister of Community Services is, when will the continuous string of studies and consultation stop, and actions start?

MS. STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, again, the long list of supports that this government has put into place, first and foremost, to provide for the care of individuals in their community, at that community level, is proof in the homes that I mentioned earlier, as well as those expanded, independent programs. Yes, we had a renewal project that was underway, and that will be part of the budget process, and I look forward to the support of the Minister of Finance as we move forward in that budgetary process.

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

EDUC.: EAST. PASSAGE HS - PRIORITY

MS. BECKY KENT: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Education. During the recent by-election campaign in Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage, candidates from all Parties were in agreement on the major infrastructure needs in our communities, a high school for the Eastern Passage area of the riding and improved recreational and health facilities. So my question to the Minister of Education is, will a high school for the growing community of Eastern Passage be a high priority for this government?

HON. KAREN CASEY: Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite, I want her to understand that the proper facilities for all students across the province are priorities for this department. As a result of that priority, we had set aside $400 million to address 57 communities. We do take our direction on capital construction from the school boards, and the particular case of which she speaks, we have asked the school board to go out and provide with us a master plan that will look at accommodations facilities for all students on that side of the harbour.

MS. KENT: Mr. Speaker, the need for a high school for Eastern Passage has been raised many times in this Legislature, and I intend to continue to be a strong voice on this issue on behalf of the constituency. The population of Eastern Passage and Cow Bay is nearly 13,000, and is growing. The need for a high school continues to grow. Seven hundred and fifty high school students leave the community every day to attend school outside of their community. In view of these facts my question is, when will this government acknowledge this need so that Eastern Passage will finally get a high school?

MS. CASEY: Mr. Speaker, one of the reasons for asking for a master plan for all schools on that side of the harbour is because, when we move the 700 students the member speaks of out of one school, it certainly gives us excess capacity and it's that whole issue of excess capacity and having the facilities built where the population exists is a challenge that is before the school board at this point.

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MS. KENT: Mr. Speaker, the government assures us that its programs and services are available in all constituencies across Nova Scotia. That is good to hear, but few communities have such a high need or have waited as long as Eastern Passage. My final question to the Minister of Education is, will she commit to announcing a new high school for Eastern Passage in the next fiscal year?

MS. CASEY: Mr. Speaker, for the member opposite, the process that's followed for announcing new schools or renovations is the capital construction process and the recommendations come from school boards to a Capital Construction Committee. They, in turn, give the minister a recommendation that goes before Cabinet. We will follow that process.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Clare.

TIR: METEGHAN RIVER BRIDGE - REPLACEMENT

MR. WAYNE GAUDET: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. In October 2002, the Meteghan River Bridge in Clare was inspected by the Department of Transportation and was found to be in good condition. Less than one year later, the bridge collapsed. Fortunately, no one was injured but it was a telltale sign that this bridge needed serious repair and here we are, four years later, and a temporary bridge is still in place. So my first question to the minister is, when will the department construct a permanent bridge for Meteghan River?

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, as I mentioned in the House earlier this week, the issue around bridges is very important to this province and to this government. The department has undertaken an assessment of bridges as a result of some accidents that have happened in the past. I know in this case the honourable member brings this forward in this House on behalf of his constituency, I will certainly look into. I do want to remind the honourable member, I believe when the previous government was in place in the mid-1990s, I know there was a temporary daily bridge put in my area - I think probably in 1995 or 1996 - which is still in place. I think we want to get by that and we just want to ensure that we put temporary bridges in there, in fact just that, temporary, and I will certainly look into that on behalf of the honourable member and report back to him.

MR. GAUDET: Mr. Speaker, the people of Clare were told that the main deciding factor for replacing this temporary structure will be when funding becomes available. Now that the Progressive Conservative Government has renamed its department to include infrastructure renewal, I think the resident in this area deserve to have this problem remedied and know when they can get a new bridge over this troubled water. So again to the minister, does the minister have some idea on when the residents of Clare may see this temporary bridge replaced?

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MR. SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, you know, I certainly don't have the information at my fingertips that the honourable member is asking about. I just finally have the information from yesterday that the honourable member, I believe from Hants East and others asked, which I know the honourable member was hoping. It is Christmas and I wish I could fulfill his list. Unfortunately I can't today, but I will certainly get that information for the member and report to him as soon as possible.

MR. GAUDET: I want to thank the minister for his answer. Mr. Speaker, the temporary two-lane panel structure currently in place over the Meteghan River has caused a lot of concern for local residents. This panel structure is the source of heavy noise and residents believe that the loose surface panels themselves are causing part of this disruption. It is increasingly loud and one resident has even described the noise as "a gunshot sound". So my question to the minister is, can the minister inform the House on how often this bridge is inspected and how often work is carried out to tighten up the loose panels?

MR. SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I can tell the honourable member that bridges are inspected on an annual basis and I will endeavour to have the bridge engineer do the inspection or at least get the information the honourable member is asking about. I can assure the honourable member that everything is done within Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to ensure safety for all traveling motorists and it certainly would be the case in the honourable member's riding.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Atlantic.

TCH - NAT'L. PORTRAIT GALLERY: HALIFAX LOCATION - SUPPORT

MS. MICHELE RAYMOND: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

MS. RAYMOND: As the minister knows, the federal government is currently seeking a new home for the 15,000 pieces of a national portrait collection and has announced in November that it will entertain proposals from nine Canadian cities, including Halifax. Other major centres like Vancouver and Calgary are aggressively bidding to host this national cultural resource. Halifax has said little or nothing and the minister has said even less. So I ask the minister, why is the province not supporting Halifax as the location for the national portrait gallery?

[2:15 p.m.]

HON. WILLIAM DOOKS: Mr. Speaker, I must say that's not the question I had anticipated, but in saying that, I do have an answer for the member across the way. It is

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wrong for her to stand in this House and say that the provincial government has not taken a stand, but experience will teach her that it is the appropriate stand to take and there is protocol to follow. This is a federal initiative and the federal initiative states clearly - and I'm going to table the document that I just happen to have, in anticipation that she may ask this question - that the federal government was putting an RFP out to the private sector for them to show interest. Once I table this, she can go out to the private sector and inform them of this information and if they put a proposal and present it to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, I would be happy and very pleased to review the proposal.

Mr. Speaker, if everything is in line, of course, the minister and the government would support a facility in Halifax. Thank you for your time and I'd also like to thank the member for the question and I would table this document and make sure it's the right one and not the question I thought she was going to ask.

MS. RAYMOND: Mr. Speaker, I'm astonished to understand that the province has not communicated with the private sector on this. (Applause) However (Interruption) somewhat defeatist. In any case, the chair of HRMs Cultural Advisory Committee, not the private sector, says the committee would support an application by a local developer or the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, but their stand is clear, it is up to the province to make this approach. It's obvious that for the region to put in a successful bid on this major national historic and artistic resource, the province must play some role - not a reactive one. My question to the minister is, time is running out and why has his department not gotten involved?

MR. W. DOOKS: Mr. Speaker, she's quite right, time is running out. As I said in my place here, the government is supportive in this initiative, but protocol and proper process and procedure has to follow. I would want to share with the members in this House that this government is in conversation with its federal partners, unlike that group over there that may not necessarily be in communication with Jack Layton. (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

MS. RAYMOND: Mr. Speaker, do you know, I'll tell you this sounds not like a culture of defeat, but potentially the defeat of culture in this province. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The time for the Oral Question Period has elapsed.

The honourable Minister of Economic Development.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, with permission of the House, I would like to provide some clarity to numbers that I provided to the Leader of the Opposition during Question Period. At that time I indicated that NSBI had a $2.5 million exposure. They, in

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fact, provided a guarantee for half of a $5 million loan and some of that loan has since been paid down, so that now the exposure would be at a figure of $1.98 million.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Natural Resources on an introduction.

HON. DAVID MORSE: Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to recognize some friends from Kings South, namely, from the Valley gem, Town of Wolfville, the first free trade town in the country, a leader in smoke-free bylaws, an environmental role model, and home of the number one under graduate university in the country, Acadia.

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: I don't think so.

MR. MORSE: I want the member of the audience to understand what we have to put up with here - we all know Acadia is number one and thank you for pointing that out, Bill. I would start by recognizing from the left, Roy Brideau, CEO for the Town of Wolfville - if you could stand as I call your name, please - Councillor Rosemary Segado, Councillor Hugh Simpson, Mayor Bob Stead, Smoke-Free Kings Chair Doug Hergett and Deputy Mayor Bob Wrye. If the House could please give them a warm welcome. (Applause)

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

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I, too, would like to make an introduction to someone who is in the House today, and that is Ms. Valerie Viva who has just recently started in the Minister's and Deputy Minister's Office in the Department of Finance. She's in the House today and I'd like her to rise and meet the welcome of the House. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Yes thank you, Mr. Speaker. Proceeding with government business, I would move that you do now leave the Chair and that the House resolve itself into the 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.

[2:21 p.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Bills with Deputy Speaker Wayne Gaudet in the Chair.]

[4:27 p.m. The CWH on Bills rose and the House reconvened with Deputy Speaker Wayne Gaudet in the Chair.]

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MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. 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. 6 - Smoke-free Places Act.

Bill No. 7 - Motor Vehicle Act.

Bill No. 19 - Class Proceedings Act.

Bill No. 51 - Education Act.

Bill No. 55 - Public Service Superannuation Act.

Bill No. 72 - Retail Business Holiday Closing Act.

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

MR. SPEAKER: When should these bills be read for a third time?

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Now.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order of business, Private Members' Public Bills.

PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 6.

Bill No. 6 - Smoke-free Places Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Glace Bay.

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MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would move third reading of Bill No. 6.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 6. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried. (Applause)

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 51, the Education Act.

Bill No. 51 - Education Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Kings West.

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased today to put forth Bill No. 51 for third reading.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 51. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 72.

[4:30 p.m.]

Bill No. 72 - Retail Business Holiday Closing Act.

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

MR. STEPHEN MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to move third reading of Bill No. 72, the Retail Business Holiday Closing Act.

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition.

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, I just want to take a moment to say that right from the very beginning, when the changes were made under the previous piece of legislation, we felt that it was not a wise move to have removed all the statutory holidays from the legislation. We are very pleased to see this Act back before the Legislature. It has been introduced on a number of occasions, as you would know. I am pleased to see that it has passed and that these people and their families will have the opportunity to spend this time together. Thank you, very much.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Richmond.

MR. MICHEL SAMSON: Mr. Speaker, I simply, briefly, want to say a few remarks on Bill No. 72. As I have indicated before, I want to commend our Leader for bringing forward this bill. As we have mentioned, as an Opposition Party, it is always important to strike the balance between being critical of government decisions, of reviewing them with a second glance and, at the same time, being able to put forward legislation which is in the best interest of Nova Scotians. Again, I commend the Premier and his government for recognizing, going into this holiday season, the importance of providing protection to workers to be able to enjoy time with their families. As I have mentioned before, this bill is an example of not only where an Opposition Party can bring forward a good idea, but going to work within the minority situation to actually be able to get it done and get it passed.

Again, I commend our Leader and all of the members of this House for moving forward this legislation and providing the Christmas gift to workers throughout this province that they all deserve. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 72. 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. (Applause)

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.

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HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 7.

Bill No. 7 - Motor Vehicle Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to move third reading of Bill No. 7.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

MS. MAUREEN MACDONALD: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker, I will be very brief. This bill, as we all know, is an omnibus bill, and it does many things. It does things that we in the NDP caucus certainly are in support of, particularly given that we were part of a process of making some amendments, I think, to strengthen and improve on the bill. The bill is an attempt to reduce speeding and racing in our communities by increasing fines and penalties. It has aspects of the bill that introduces a pilot project for photo radar. It looks at improving, hopefully, pedestrian safety in our communities and decreasing the number of driver distractions, particularly with the use of cell phones, and time will tell what other possible distractions the government might be envisioning. These are all really supportable aspects of this legislation that we certainly support, and have supported, throughout the process.

Mr. Speaker, there is a clause in the bill, as everyone knows, that does something else - Clause 13 brings fines for people soliciting change at intersections, except, of course, if they are a charities. This is a controversial clause and it's one that has been emotional for some people certainly, particularly people who work and care about people living in poverty and trying to ameliorate the conditions they face.

Mr. Speaker, as you know, we tried to amend the bill by removing Clause 13 and were unsuccessful given the kind of coalition on Clause 13 that has been struck between the Liberal Party and the government Party. During Committee of the Whole House, the minister said clause 13 was about safety and he made reference to the fact that street hockey, for example, is prohibited due to safety concerns. I just think the record should reflect that in today's Chronicle-Herald, the honourable Minister of Health Promotion and Protection says, this is with respect to the Healthy Kids Program, Mr. Barnet said, "that doesn't mean parents need to sign their kids up for soccer or gymnastics, they can encourage them to play tag or street hockey." So I would recommend that there be a bit of collaboration over there on the safety agenda and the Health Promotion and Protection agenda, between the honourable members across the way.

At any rate, Mr. Speaker, we were concerned about Clause 13. We did our level best in the Law Amendments Committee process and here on the floor in the Committee of the

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Whole House to try to encourage members to remove or defeat this particular clause. We recognize that a decision has been made on that clause. We are prepared to live with that decision for another day and in weighing all of the issues that are contained in this bill, it has been the decision of our caucus that we will support Bill No. 7, notwithstanding the difficulties we have with that particular clause. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 7. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 19.

Bill No. 19 - Class Proceedings Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I, with pleasure, rise to move third reading of Bill No. 19. I want to thank all members of the House for their interventions and contributions towards this legislation as it has moved forward.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 19. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 55.

Bill No. 55 - Public Service Superannuation Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Economic Development.

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

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 55. 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.

[PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING]

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I would like to seek the unanimous consent of the House to consider second reading of Bill No. 111.

Bill No. 111 - House of Assembly Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 111. 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.]

[PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING]

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I would like to seek the unanimous consent of the House to proceed with consideration of third reading of Bill No. 111.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Bill No. 111 - House of Assembly Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 111. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

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The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please 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 am directed to report that the committee has met and considered the following bill:

Bill No. 94 - Poverty Reduction Working Group Act.

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

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

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. 10 - Gunshot and Stab Wounds Mandatory Reporting Act.

Bill No. 14 - Assets Management and Disposition Act.

Bill No. 38 - Consumer Protection Act.

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Bill No. 54 - Maintenance Enforcement 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 of the Whole House on Bills.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I would now ask for the consent of the House to consider the bills reported back from Law Amendments Committee and the Committee of the Whole House on Bills.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I move that you do now leave the Chair and the House resolve itself into the 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.

[4:43 p.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Bills with Deputy Speaker Mr. Wayne Gaudet in the Chair.]

[4:52 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. 10 - Gunshot and Stab Wounds Mandatory Reporting Act.

Bill No. 14 - Assets Management and Disposition Act.

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Bill No. 38 - Consumer Protection Act.

Bill No. 54 - Maintenance Enforcement Act.

Bill No. 94 - Poverty Reduction Working Group Act.

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

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

The honourable member for Pictou West.

MR. CHARLES PARKER: Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask for permission to revert to the order of business, Presenting Reports of Committees.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Pictou West.

MR. CHARLES PARKER: Mr. Speaker, as Chairman of the Private and Local Bills Committee, I am directed to report that the committee has met and considered the following bill:

Bill No. 83 - Halifax Regional Water Commission Act.

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

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

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HON. CECIL CLARKE: 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.

[4:54 pm. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Bills with Deputy Speaker Mr. Wayne Gaudet in the Chair.]

[4:56 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 bill:

Bill No. 83 - Halifax Regional Water Commission Act.

and the chairman has been instructed to recommend this bill to the favourable consideration of the House, without amendment.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I would ask for the consent of the House to consider these bills for third reading.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

The honourable Government House Leader.

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

PRIVATE AND LOCAL BILLS FOR THIRD READING

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill. No. 83.

Bill No. 83 - Halifax Regional Water Commission Act.

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

MS. DIANA WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, it's my pleasure to move third reading on this bill, thank you. It is Bill No. 83, An Act Respecting the Halifax Regional Water Commission.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 83. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. 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. 94.

Bill No. 94 - Poverty Reduction Working Group Act.

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

MR. STEPHEN MCNEIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am pleased to move third reading of Bill No. 94, the Poverty Reduction Working Group Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 94. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 54.

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Bill No. 54 - Maintenance Enforcement Act.

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

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Just prior to moving third reading, I would like to particularly thank the Justice Department for their patience with the new Justice Critic for the NDP. I would like to thank them for their patience and advice, particularly with the amendment.

I would also like to thank the Auditor General and staff for the thorough review that he did of the Maintenance Enforcement Act itself. I think it's important that we understand the fact that we work carefully with maintenance enforcement and the officials there. They do a professional job and hopefully this bill will be able to assist them in their duties.

Finally, we'd like to thank those affected with maintenance enforcement. Their patience is exemplary and this bill will assist, as we try to make sure that the dollars get in the hands of the right people as quickly as possible.

With those comments, I move third reading of Bill No. 54, an amendment to the Maintenance Enforcement Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third 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 do pass. Ordered that the title be as read by the Clerk. Ordered that the bill be engrossed.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: 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.

[5:00 p.m.]

MR. PERCY PARIS: Mr. Speaker, just a few brief words before I move Bill No. 38 on to third reading. I know this bill was inspired by the fact that we wanted to get rid of expiry dates on gift certificates and on gift cards. I know that when we talked about this, that this bill was going to be endorsed and, certainly, by the largest hospitality association in

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Canada, the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association of Canada, which, again, I reiterate is the country's largest hospitality association, and were very much in favour of eliminating expiry dates on gift certificates.

I guess I see this as sort of a half-win, that we put up a bill to get rid of expiry dates and we end up with an expiry date with a limited timeline on it. So I just wanted for the record to show that I did have some concerns with respect to the amendment. I think that as a consumer, under a Consumer Protection Act, that a dollar spent is a dollar spent. Having said that, I move third reading of Bill No. 38.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third 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 do pass. Ordered that the title be as read by the Clerk. Ordered that the bill be engrossed.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 14.

Bill No. 14 - Assets Management and Disposition Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I again just want to thank all members for their contributions as this piece of legislation has moved through the House. Again, with that, I'm very proud to move third reading of Bill No. 14.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Fairview.

MR. GRAHAM STEELE: Mr. Speaker, very briefly, our caucus will be voting against this bill, and I wanted to take a few minutes to explain why. This is a companion piece to Bill No. 11, the Civil Forfeiture Act, which we voted for. This bill puts in place the mechanism for establishing the office of the Manager of Assets, who would actually carry out these forfeitures, and the bill, as presented to the House, was completely devoid of any accountability mechanisms, completely devoid of any notion of who the manager would report to, what they had to do with the assets, how would they conduct themselves, even which minister they reported to. The bill was absolutely silent. It wasn't clear if they were subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, not clear if they were subject to the Auditor General Act. We are giving a person extraordinary, unprecedented

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powers to go to court to seize the assets of Nova Scotians, and yet the bill was absolutely silent on accountability.

I'm pleased to say that today the government brought forward certain amendments which go a very small way towards establishing those accountability mechanisms, but because of the amounts of money that will be involved, because of the extraordinary powers involved, we believe that the government has not yet gone far enough to establish those very important accountability mechanisms and, therefore, while we supported the concept laid out in Bill No. 11, we believe that further improvements are needed to Bill No. 14, and that is why we will be voting against.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 14. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 10, the Gunshot Wounds Mandatory Reporting Act, as was amended.

Bill No. 10 - Gunshot Wounds Mandatory Reporting Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading on Bill No. 10, the Gunshot Wounds Mandatory Reporting Act. 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 Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I would now like to seek the consent of the House to move to the moment of interruption. Just in conferring with the Clerks, following the moment of interruption that we would stand recessed until 7:00 p.m. in order for the necessary paperwork and procedures to ensue. I am looking for the consent of the House to do just that.

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Sorry, Mr. Speaker, I am advised by the Chief Clerk that 6:30 p.m. would be sufficient to recess until.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion before the House is that we now continue with the moment of interruption. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

We have arrived at the moment of interruption. The Adjournment debate was chosen and announced earlier and won by the honourable Leader of the Official Opposition.

"Therefore be it resolved that in light of continued concerns expressed by residents in the Boularderie Island/Port Aconi area over strip mining recently approved by this government, the minister reconsider his decision and give due and serious consideration to the voices of these residents."

ADJOURNMENT

MOTION UNDER RULE 5 (5)

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

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ENVIRON. & LBR. - BOULARDERIE ISLAND/POINT ACONI:

STRIP MINING - DECISION RECONSIDER

MR. GORDON GOSSE: Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure that I rise tonight, or maybe it is not a pleasure that I rise tonight, on this late debate topic on strip mining in Point Aconi and Boularderie Island. I think they call it cleaning up the past mining and I think there has been a little bit of quickness on this government to go ahead and move forward with this project, just days before this land was turned over from Devco to the province, days before. Why this was done days before it turned over, it meant that the federal government's responsibility for the cleanup of the former Devco lands would not have to take place, because jurisdiction for onshore coal and onshore mineral rights belong to the Province of Nova Scotia.

So right now, the responsibility - the money was there from the feds, I think at one time it was $6.6 million but, Mr. Speaker, they move ahead with the project anyway. There has been no accountability to the people of Point Aconi and there has been no accountability to the people; 72 per cent of the residents in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality voted against strip mining in Cape Breton.

AN HON. MEMBER: 72 per cent?

MR. GOSSE: 72 per cent; 100 per cent of the residents in the communities that are most affected by strip mining, voted against this proposal, Mr. Speaker. Let's just say, is there anybody on that side of the House who is listening to these people?

AN HON. MEMBER: I don't think so.

MR. GOSSE: None. They listen to these people, Mr. Speaker. Digby, the Digby quarry, gone; LaFarge burning tires, gone, but the people in this area of Cape Breton Island have been done disservice by this department and this is a wrongdoing.

Let's talk about this, Mr. Speaker. I will give you an example of years gone by. The member for Cape Breton Centre, the honourable member, Dr. Mike Laffin. Dr. Mike Laffin was a member in this Legislature, a member of that government. He is quoted, in his day, in this Legislature that he would resign from politics if they strip mined in his riding. Did they strip mine in Dr. Mike Laffin's riding? No, because he told his own Party he would resign.

I will give you another example of the MLA for Cape Breton West by the name of Big Donnie MacLeod who was a member of the Progressive Conservative Party. He said, if they were going to strip mine in his riding, he would resign, Mr. Speaker. He would not be a part of that. And did they strip mine in those ridings? No. They were men of fortitude. They were men who had the guts to stand up and represent the people who they represent in their riding. They stood up in their riding and said (Applause).

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Now, Mr. Speaker, we, in this Legislature today - if you were to go to the Web site of citizens against Strip Mining, on their Web site it will say the MLAs that are for strip mining and the MLAs that are against it. The MLA for Cape Breton West is against strip mining. The gentleman that sits in that chair should sit down one of these days and take his place in this Legislature and tell them, because he's against strip mining. Why are they still doing strip mining in that area?

This is the government - and I'll quote in the Speech from the Throne. The most passionate minister in Canada is for the Department of the Environment and Labour. Why is he doing this to these people in Cape Breton? Why? Explain to me why. Is it possible that - and we will go back to elections - the big corporations donate money to political Parties in the Province of Nova Scotia. Pioneer Coal, Mr. Speaker - Pioneer Coal donated $7,500 to the leadership of that Party, that's a fact. They also donated $2,500 to the fellow that lost the leadership. That's a fact. I'd like to see the minister stand in his place and deny those facts. They are facts. They are facts of this government.

These were mines that were owned by the federal government. If the people of Cape Breton don't understand - a week beforehand, when the federal government had the opportunity and had the money to clean up that land, they turned it over to the province. What did the province do? They ignored the citizens. They ignored the citizens of Boularderie Island. They ignored them.

Could you imagine the beautiful picture now from the Bras d'Or Look off of that giant hole in - I'm ashamed to go home that way, I drive home on Route No. 4 so I don't have to look at that hole coming down that mountain. It's a shame. It wouldn't have cost the taxpayers of this province a nickel, because it was a federal problem. Now, the tax - you know what, Mr. Speaker, I'll tell you, the people of this province are getting a very big royalty from this coal - $1.00 a tonne. You can imagine the employment, $1.00 a tonne.

Can you imagine the environmental damage? Let's see the minister speak about the damage the blasting will cause over there and the people's homes. Let's see him speak to the run-off and the water going into the ocean, killing our fisheries, bald eagles, the beautiful owls, birdwatching, it's gorgeous over there. Speak about the damage to the environment. Speak about those things.

This is the second time in 25 years that the people of Boularderie Island and Point Aconi have gone through this. Remediation? Go down to Cape Breton - it looks like a moonscape, that's what it looks like down there. It looks like a moonscape. Get your telescope and have a look at the moon, that's what it looks like. After 12 years of remediation in Reserve Mines, it looks like a moonscape. Is this the kind of thing that we want in our province? Is this the kind of thing that we want?

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Mr. Speaker, who's getting wealthy on this? Who's getting wealthy? Is it creating massive employment to replace the jobs lost in the steel plant and the coal mines?

SOME HON. MEMBERS: No, no.

MR. GOSSE: Mr. Speaker, what is it doing? One dollar a tonne and the beautiful island of Cape Breton gets destroyed. Destroyed!

Was this a misconceived approach to what we're told in Cape Breton? Is this what we're told on our island? Here's this beautiful island - yet the people of Digby, the Digby quarry, they won their battle. The people of Brookfield won their battle. This minister cow towed to those people. He gave in to those people and rightfully so. He rightfully so gave into them.

What is he doing in Cape Breton? Destroying our beautiful island, destroying our island. (Applause) The beautiful Cape Breton Island - $1.00 a tonne. How can that minister stand up in his place and say $1.00 a tonne. When they had 72 per cent of the people in Cape Breton Island, in the municipal studies, saying they do not want strip mining. They do not want it.

What's going on there today? I challenge anybody in this House to drive over Kelly's Mountain and look at that hole that's there and the damage it's doing to our environment. It's a shame for this government. (Interruptions)

Mr. Speaker, why is this happening to us on Cape Breton Island? Could somebody please explain this to me? Maybe the minister will stand in his place and tell me why that beautiful island - the run off from that, the acid drainage, the scalings and everything else. Do you realize that Devco was ear-marked to clean this up? Bootleg mines - it was earmarked to clean this up, and what we're left with there is devastation, twice as bad as it was. Take a drive to Reserve and have a look at that moonscape. There's nothing that grows there. They hydro-seed it and it gets green for the summer and then it looks like a moonscape, like somebody blew it up in the winter and in the Fall.

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Mr. Speaker, I went to every community meeting, I went to every rally, and I went to everything that they had going on when I was home in Cape Breton, and I support those people. I don't think that I would want to live in that riding - and there's nobody else, it became the silent cause.

There are good people there, Donna Stubbert, God bless her, Russell MacDonald, and all these people over there working so hard. So I say to the members on the government side, why have you done this to the beautiful Cape Breton Island? Maybe the minister can stand

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up in his place tonight and tell me that for $1 a ton we'll destroy that beautiful island, for $1 a ton royalties.

I would table e-mails from the Premier, but I'm not like that, Mr. Speaker, I know what he said. He's going to have the people of the Department of Environment and Labour meet with them. The hole is already in there. After two and a half years, the Department of Environment and Labour is going to meet with them? The CLC, maybe the minister can stand up in his place and tell us who is in the private group, the CLC, the Community Liaison Committee. Maybe stand up in your place and tell the people of Nova Scotia who is on that committee.

They have their heads in the sand, it's a secret. The government of openness and accountability. Can you imagine? Stand up in your place tonight and tell the people of Nova Scotia who is on that committee and tell the people of Nova Scotia why you are destroying beautiful Cape Breton Island. (Applause)

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

HON. MARK PARENT: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I appreciate the opportunity to speak to this issue and for the opportunity to put on the record a few comments which I think are important. I want to begin with the fact that most of the Boularderie Island residents who protested are extremely polite, they have worked very hard, they are concerned about this activity in their community. I have met with them on several occasions, I have gone up to visit the site and I want to commend them.

There are a few of the people who I cannot say that of, and I have been extremely disappointed with threats that have been made against me personally, to shoot me. I have been extremely disappointed by comments that have been made, calling my EA a bitch, Mr. Speaker, and e-mails to that effect. So this is some of the behaviour of a very small group, but part of the residents who have complained. I can table those e-mails if you want, Mr. Speaker. I want to put on the record my concern with that type of activity. Most of them have been very thoughtful, passionate, which I applaud them for, and thoughtful about their complaints.

I will listen, Mr. Speaker, I will listen always to people who are passionate, who care, who have a different opinion than I may have or the government may have, but those sorts of protests that I mentioned before simply demean the whole process, and I'd like to put that on the record. More importantly, this motion puzzles me because the motion reads like this: that the minister reconsider his decision about the Boularderie Island/Port Aconi area.

Mr. Speaker, there has been enormous confusion, and the member opposite must be confused as well. I've tried to explain it time and time again, so I have the opportunity to explain it once more. Even the member to my left, who has hounded me with concerns about

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this, the member for Victoria-The Lakes, and has been a pain in a certain part of my anatomy which I shall not mention, even he seems to be somewhat confused about this even though I have explained this time and time again to him - I approved the industrial approval.

Mr. Speaker, industrial approval is a process that deals with the method of what they're going to do, not with the fact that they're going to do it. The environmental approval was given in 2005. I approved that they do it in a safe manner. So do you want me to undo my approval of doing it in a safe manner? Do you want them to do it in an unsafe manner?

That was the approval I gave, Mr. Speaker. That was the approval the Minister of Environment and Labour had before him - on how to do it in a safe manner. I asked them to look at water. I asked them to look at reclamation and I made sure that they had the very safest methods for doing what was approved back in 2005. So does the honourable member want me to undo that? Does the honourable member want me to give an industrial approval in an unsafe manner? Is that what this motion is asking for?

AN. HON. MEMBER: We don't want it at all.

MR. PARENT: You don't want it at all. Yes, they don't want it at all, but the motion speaks to a decision I made on industrial approval, and the industrial approval, honourable members, is how to do it in a safe manner. The decision to do it was done in 2005. The decision that I made, that this motion refers to, was how to do it in a safe manner. I went through every part of that and made sure, along with my staff, that the conditions that were put on the mining operator there, were to be done in the safest manner. Is that what the member opposite wants me to undo? Does he want me to take away the conditions that I put to protect water? Does he want me to take away the conditions I have put to control noise? Does he want me to take away the conditions that I put on reclamation? If that's what the honourable member wants, stand in his seat and tell me which condition that I put on them, he wants me to take away.

I challenge any member opposite, stand in your seat, tell me which of the conditions put on the industrial approval that I put on as minister, which one do you want taken away? The safety ones, the noise ones, the water ones, the ones on the environment, which of those conditions? Have you read the conditions, honourable members? Probably the member opposite has read them at least. Which of those conditions, honourable member, do you want taken away, because that's what the motion is about. It's saying that I could reconsider those safety decisions. So which ones? Environmental decisions, which ones should I take away?

Mr. Speaker, I'll talk about some of them if you want a little further in the industrial approval because my staff have been onsite twice a week monitoring this project. We receive numerous complaints and we respond to every single one of them. So let me tell you some of the things that we've had complaints about that we've looked at. We've looked at noise coming at night. So we spoke to the proponents about the noise coming at night and they

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committed to minimizing working in the vicinity of homes during evening hours. That was one of the things.

Mr. Speaker, we looked at site boundaries. That was one of the conditions we put upon the proponent, that there be proper site boundaries and we had complaints about that. We checked back and found that they weren't working outside their approve site boundaries. We put conditions on about water collection systems and we've been onsite monitoring the water collection systems. We put conditions on about technical staff review data and monitoring measurements to ensure compliance in blasting noise and ground vibrations. Is that what the honourable member wants me to take away, the condition about ground vibrations, and say, oh, you don't need any conditions on there about ground vibrations.

I mean this motion is very, very confusing, Mr. Speaker. He wants me to take away all the safety conditions that were put on in the industrial approval and that's perhaps where this motion is confused, because the approval that I gave was on the industrial approval. We put conditions on water, on the groundwater, on reclamation, on noise, on site boundaries. Those are all good conditions and yet the honourable member wants me to take them away. It confuses me. He, obviously, doesn't care about protecting the environment.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Kings West.

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to rise in my place to speak for a few minutes on this issue, which has been a longstanding issue for the residents of Boularderie Island as well as the surrounding area of Cape Breton. I have been to Boularderie on two occasions to meet with residents there. I attended a meeting that was organized by the member for Cape Breton North to explore all of the possibilities around this issue. You know, certainly my heart goes out to the people, to the citizens against strip mining, people as were mentioned by the member opposite, people like Donna Stubbard, who invested tremendously of their time, to background and to understand the issue and try to look at all sides and stop and see if there were truly any enormous benefits that could be derived from this project.

There were two or three accounts at the meeting in Cape Breton North at Memorial High School, I believe, if I remember correctly, of people who came to the island - one I remember as a tourist and two others as business people, to do business on the island - to hear their accounts of falling in love with Boularderie Island. The reality was that they discovered one of these special places and my own view of having gone around the island on two occasions, I was struck, perhaps more than anything, by the agricultural land, the amount of agriculture on Boularderie Island. Residing in one of the prime agricultural areas of Nova Scotia, I was surprised to see, in fact, that there were these extensive farming areas on Boularderie Island.

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You know, while the island has a history of mining, and in particular a great deal of bootleg mines, I think a golden opportunity was missed, with the federal dollars, to clean up the entrances and the sites of the bootleg mines and not use this as a rationalization to go ahead with the strip mining project. So it was unfortunate, along the way, that was put aside.

You know, we are reaching a point, not only here in Nova Scotia, but throughout the western world, where the people's input, the people's view of whether strip mining or large quarry operations will go forward, is being given very strong consideration. In this case here, the people's view didn't seem to get that kind of an account. They seemed to have been left out of the environmental review process. In other words, they didn't have a panel review, such as they had with Whites Point Quarry on Digby Neck. In my view, it was the people who turned the tide, the leaders of the local community who talked about what, for some, has been a subject of criticism, and that is the core values of the community. I think all of us in this House need to be very careful if we're going to push aside core values and work for manners in which development does take place.

So I think we can learn a lot from Whites Point Quarry and the process that went on there and for people rising up in a very informed way. They engaged in a long-term planning process to reverse what was looking like a government decision to do this.

I still think the environmental review was really not sufficient. Yes, it addressed the hydrology, it addressed some of the runoff issues, but when I read the review, in my view, I saw that note of uncertainty. There was some uncertainty around what would happen with a full-scale, strip mining operation. I hope that there will be a review. I hope that this is not a completely dead issue, that the residents and the political representatives will reach a point where they will say, Mr. Minister, this is something we need to take a second look at. I'm hoping that process will come forward.

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If something goes terribly wrong here, if we have an impact on the water and the hydrology of this area - and I speak about that in particular because just recently I read of a novel demonstration agricultural irrigation project of Boularderie Island - I see the member for Victoria-The Lakes nodding his head on this.

So, on the one hand, we have a very progressive activity going on and then on the other we have strip mining, which the people were against, possibly could work counter to the agriculture. We have to realize that agriculture and tourism, these are sustainable projects - the history of strip mining in Cape Breton is a scarring and a blight on the landscape that is only in its infancy to be reclaimed properly, and to restore what more and more citizens are expecting.

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The other aspect here that comes to mind is that we have to take a look at burning coal in this province. We are at a critical time now. All leading experts, scientists, politicians around the world realize that the high rate of carbon CO2 emissions are impacting on global warming. If we can get easy and cheap coal, we seem to be continuing down that path. You know, if we're going to use coal, we have to look at third-generation power plants that will pretty well eliminate CO2 and sulphur emissions; in fact, we may need to be looking at a gasification process if we are going to use coal.

We still seem to be subscribing to quick fixes, short-term economics, and not looking at next generations and how we can be doing sustainable economic projects and activities in our communities. I think this is one that could very well come back to haunt this government if something does go wrong. With that, Mr. Speaker, I will take my place.

MR. SPEAKER: I would like to thank all the honourable members for taking part in tonight's late debate.

The House will recess until 6:30 p.m.

[5:33 p.m. The House recessed.]

[6:29 p.m. The House reconvened.]

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Citadel.

MR. LEONARD PREYRA: Mr. Speaker, with your indulgence, I would like to note the presence in the west gallery of a very special person, her first appearance in this House, my daughter Kate. (Applause)

[6:30 p.m.]

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, there are two other outstanding items that I would ask the indulgence of the House for its consideration. I would ask, with the unanimous consent of the House, to go to the order of business, Private and Local Bills for Second Reading.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

PRIVATE AND LOCAL BILLS FOR SECOND READING

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 46.

Bill No. 46 - Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission Act.

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

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, I move second reading of Bill No. 46, the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 46. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 61.

Bill No. 61 - Saint Mary's University Act, 1970.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Citadel.

MR. LEONARD PREYRA: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to move second reading of Bill No. 61, the Saint Mary's University Act, 1970.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 61. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I hereby request the unanimous consent of the House to proceed with the order of business, Private and Local Bills for Third Reading.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

PRIVATE AND LOCAL BILLS FOR THIRD READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 46.

Bill No. 46 - Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission Act.

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

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, some members of my bench are asking me to speak at great length. (Laughter) But I am going to simply move third reading of Bill No. 46, the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 46. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 61.

Bill No. 61 - Saint Mary's University Act, 1970.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Citadel.

MR. LEONARD PREYRA: Mr. Speaker, before I move third reading of Bill No. 61, may I introduce Chuck Bridges, the Vice-President of External Affairs from Saint Mary's University, who is in the gallery. (Applause)

Mr. Speaker, I move third reading of Bill No. 61, Saint Mary's University Act, 1970.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 61. 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.

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS: Her Honour the Lieutenant Governor is without.

MR. SPEAKER: Let her Honour enter the Chamber, please.

All rise.

[The Speaker and the Clerks left the Chamber.]

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS: Her Honour the Lieutenant Governor.

[The Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Mayann Francis, preceded by her escort, and by Mr. Ken Greenham, Sergeant-at-Arms, bearing the Mace, entered the House of Assembly Chamber. The Lieutenant Governor then took her seat on the Throne.

The Sergeant-at-Arms then departed and re-entered the Chamber, followed by the Speaker, the Honourable Alfie MacLeod, the Chief Clerk of the House, Roderick MacArthur, Q.C., Assistant Clerk, Arthur Fordham, Q.C. and Assistant Clerk, Neil Ferguson.

The Speaker, with the Sergeant-at-Arms on his right and the Clerk on his left, took up his position at the foot of the Speaker's Table.]

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS: It is the wish of Her Honour that the ladies and gentlemen be seated.

MR. SPEAKER: May it please Your Honour, the General Assembly of the Province has, at its present session, passed certain bills to which in the name and on behalf of the General Assembly, I respectfully request Your Honour's Assent.

THE CLERK:

Bill No. 4 - Pension Benefits Act.

Bill No. 6 - Smoke-free Places Act.

Bill No. 7 - Motor Vehicle Act.

Bill No. 10 - Gunshot Wounds Mandatory Reporting Act.

Bill No. 11 - Civil Forfeiture Act.

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Bill No. 12 - Evidence Act.

Bill No. 13 - Probate Act.

Bill No. 14 - Assets Management and Disposition Act.

Bill No. 15 - Small Claims Court Act.

Bill No. 16 - Human Rights Act.

Bill No. 19 - Class Proceedings Act.

Bill No. 24 - Dental Hygienists Act.

Bill No. 27 - Hospitals Act.

Bill No. 31 - Medical Act.

Bill No. 36 - Liquor Control Act.

Bill No. 38 - Consumer Protection Act.

Bill No. 39 - Rental Property Conversion Act.

Bill No. 41 - Municipal Government Act.

Bill No. 43 - Municipal Elections Act.

Bill No. 45 - Companies Act.

Bill No. 46 - Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission Act.

Bill No. 49 - Civil Service Collective Bargaining Act.

Bill No. 51 - Education Act.

Bill No. 52 - Credit Union Act.

Bill No. 54 - Maintenance Enforcement Act.

Bill No. 55 - Public Service Superannuation Act.

Bill No.61 - Saint Mary's University Act, 1970.

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

Bill No.72 - Retail Business Holiday Closing Act.

Bill No. 83 - Halifax Regional Water Commission Act.

Bill No. 94 - Poverty Reduction Working Group Act.

Bill No. 111 - House of Assembly Act

THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR:

In Her Majesty's name, I Assent to these Bills.

[The Speaker and the Clerks left the Chamber.]

[The Lieutenant Governor left the Chamber.]

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS: His Honour, the Speaker.

[The Speaker took the Chair.]

MR. SPEAKER: I would ask all members to please join with me in the singing of the national anthem.

[The national anthem was sung by the members.]

MR. SPEAKER: Please be seated.

The honourable Leader of the Liberal Party on an introduction.

MR. STEPHEN MCNEIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to draw the attention of the House to the west gallery. A face that's familiar to all of us here, Barbara Emodi. First of all, I want to wish her a very merry Christmas, but since I've been in this House, she's been at as many sessions as I have been, of course, as the communications person for the New Democratic Party, and this is her last session. She's the only person I know who can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear (Applause).

I want to thank her and her family for the commitment she has made to public service and making all of our lives in the House interesting over the last number of years, and wish her well as she moves forward into her new career. (Applause)

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[Standing ovation.]

MR. SPEAKER: Just before I recognize the Premier, I would like to extend best wishes to each and every member of the House on behalf of my wife Shirley and our family, and hope all of you have a good holiday season and a prosperous New Year.(Applause)

The honourable Premier.

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, it is that time of year once again. I can't help but think we are very close to the season, as I look up at you and I think of what a jolly fellow you are. I see the beard and I see the suit and I can't help but have a warm heart, thinking of the Christmas season.

Mr. Speaker, it has been a . . .

MR. SPEAKER: I believe you might be out of order.

The honourable Premier.

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I just wanted to pass on my best wishes to all members for what has been not only a positive sitting, I believe, many positive bills, from all sides of the House, but also a good year for Nova Scotia; a very good year for Nova Scotia. I'm a proud Nova Scotian, but I'm a proud Canadian as well. I believe we're very fortunate, there are 52 members in this House of Assembly, 52 individuals out of over 900,000-some Nova Scotians, and we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to represent the people of our constituencies and a great province and, for that, I'm thankful.

I'm looking forward to the year ahead, Mr. Speaker. No doubt, we're in for a busy time for each and every one of us, for ourselves and our families. I want to offer my best wishes to the Leader of the Official Opposition and his caucus, and also to the Leader of the Liberal Party and his caucus, and to the members of my caucus, as well, that they have a safe holiday season and that they have the very best of times in 2008.

Mr. Speaker, with that I will say, and I've said this before, Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ùr - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

With that, Mr. Speaker, and Members of the House of Assembly, I move that this General Assembly be adjourned to meet again at the call of the Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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We stand adjourned. (Applause)

[The House rose at 6:53 p.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 1433

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 Nova Scotian hospital auxiliaries lead the way across Canada in volunteer hours and fundraising results according to the Canadian Association of Healthcare Auxiliaries; and

Whereas the approximately 200 volunteers within the Dartmouth General Hospital Auxiliary provide exemplary service to patients, staff and families served by the facility; and

Whereas this auxiliary supplements many hospital services and programs, including palliative care, transitional care, information desk, medical library, and transportation;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Dartmouth General Hospital Auxiliary and President Val Conrad for their distinguished record of volunteer and fundraising service and thank them for their leadership and dedication to the community of Dartmouth.

RESOLUTION NO. 1434

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 a two-year collaboration resulted in the publication of Waterfalls: Nova Scotia's Masterpieces, highlighting 42 natural wonders in this province; and

Whereas Dartmouth writer, Allan Billard, has also written a popular hiking guide and the history of canoeing in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas photographer and writer, Donna Barnett's, publications include River of Dreams; the Saga of the Shubenacadie Canal;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Allan Billard and Donna Barnett on their recent publication Waterfalls: Nova Scotia's Masterpieces, and thank them for continuing to promote the natural wonders of this province.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1435

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 Lawn Bowls Club continues to produce Nova Scotian champions as it celebrates its 20th Anniversary; and

Whereas the Senior Ladies Triples team of Maureen Boudreau, Bernadette Beaver and Mary Cooke represented Nova Scotia at the Canadian championships in Sarnia, Ontario, in August 2007; and

Whereas Vivian Condran tied for fourth place in the ladies singles at the majors in Montreal;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Maureen Boudreau, Bernadette Beaver, Mary Cooke and Vivian Condran for representing Nova Scotia at the 2007 Canadian Lawn Bowls Championships.

RESOLUTION NO. 1436

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 Alice Housing has provided affordable housing and support programs for 700 families leaving domestic violence situations in HRM since 1983; and

Whereas Alice Housing was recently recognized with its second national Donner Award in three years for excellence in service delivery; and

Whereas Alice Housing will dedicate the $5,000 prize to its Healing the Bruises Program, providing counselling and support for child witnesses of family violence;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate and thank the board, staff and volunteers of Alice Housing, especially Executive Director Joanne Bernard, for winning the prestigious Donner Foundation Excellence in Provision of Basic Necessities Award as one of the best non-profit organizations in Canada.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1437

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 Victoria Road Seniors Club celebrated its 25th Anniversary on September 28, 2007, at the Victoria Road United Baptist Church; and

Whereas 11 charter members were recognized for their distinguished service to their club, church and community; and

Whereas the evening's theme of "enhancing community spirit" was exemplified by all those volunteering their services to celebrate the occasion, especially Club President Florence Bauld;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Rev. Dr. Donald Fairfax, Vivian Fowler, Bertha Mantley, Mayola Mansfield, Ruby Bundy, Bessie Sparks, Lottie States, Donovan Coward, Irving Cromwell, Ruth Williams and Elizabeth Wright for setting a wonderful example and making a difference in our community through the Victoria Road Seniors Club.

RESOLUTION NO. 1438

By: Hon. Michael Baker (Finance)

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

Whereas Lunenburg County is known as the Christmas Tree Capital of the World; and

Whereas the Christmas tree industry plays an important role in the Lunenburg County economy with more than 1.5 million trees being exported annually to other provinces, the United States and overseas; and

Whereas each year, representatives of the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers Association donate Christmas trees to the Province of Nova Scotia to promote awareness of Nova Scotia's Christmas tree industry;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly thank the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers Association for their annual donation of

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Christmas trees to the province, and as well as their promotion of Nova Scotia's Christmas tree industry.

RESOLUTION NO. 1439

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas the Sisters of Saint Martha Scholarships are given annually to staff members of the Cape Breton District Health Authority or their family members; and

Whereas this September, two $500 renewable staff scholarships were presented to Elaine Nicholson of Mabou who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at St. F. X. University and Deborah Hart of Leitches Creek who is pursuing a Masters of Nursing, Specialty Nurse Practitioner at Dalhousie University; and

Whereas two $500 renewable scholarships for family members of district staff were awarded to Amy LaFort of Inverness who is pursuing a Bachelor of Health Science in Diagnostic Cytology at Dalhousie University and Annette Hooper of Port Caledonia who is pursuing a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating these four individuals on this well-deserved award and in wishing them long and rewarding health care careers.

RESOLUTION NO. 1440

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas after seven years of determined effort, Radio Halifax-Metro - the first Francophone community radio station in the greater Halifax area - is now officially on the air; and

Whereas Radio-Halifax Metro has been broadcast for short term runs over the years for special events with the help of dedicated volunteers, the station (98.5) will now bring programming to about 12,000 French speaking residents from the area everyday; and

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Whereas community radio stations serve an important communication function in Nova Scotia's Acadian and Francophone regions and the implementation of one here in Halifax will aid in bringing together a relatively large, yet dispersed French speaking population;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Radio Halifax Metro and their directors for bringing this project to light and in wishing them many successful years of programming.

M. le Président à une date ultérieure je demanderai l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

Attendu que après sept années d'efforts déterminés, Radio Halifax Métro, la première station de radio communautaire francophone dans la région métropolitaine d'Halifax, est maintenant officiellement en ondes;

Attendu que Radio Halifax Métro a été en ondes pendant des courtes périodes au cours des dernières années dans le cadre d'événements spéciaux grâce à des bénévoles dévoués, et que la station (98,5) offrira maintenant une programmation à environ 12,000 résidents francophones de la région tous les jours;

Attendu que les stations de radio communautaires jouent un rôle de communicaiton important dans les régions acadiennes et francophones de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et que la mise en �uvre d'une station ici à Halifax contribuera à réunir une population francophone importante, mais dispersée;

Par conséquent il est résolu que tous les membres de cette assemblée se joignent à moi pour féliciter Radio Halifax Métro et ses administrateurs pour avoir mené ce projet à bien et pour leur souhaiter de nombreuses années de succès.

RESOLUTION NO. 1441

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas in early November Jean-Paul Surette, a retired Naval officer, native of Surette's Island, Yarmouth County, living in Lower Sackville, received a citation from Lieutenant Governor Mayann Francis at a St. John Ambulance Award Banquet for his lifesaving actions on the night of June 8, 2007, when a gentleman who was leaving a concert collapsed among thousands of people; and

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Whereas Jean-Paul Surette who received St. John Ambulance training very early in life as a boy scout and kept up his skills through a 35 year career in the Navy, helped to administer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and CPR, all while trying to clear the way for the emergency personnel who used a defibrillator to revive the gentleman; and

Whereas the citation stresses the importance of what he did on that night stating that without his quick intervention the victim may not have survived;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Jean-Paul Surette for his quick actions on that night and to commend him for his knowledge of how to use first aid in order to save a life and to encourage all Nova Scotians to take St. John's Ambulance training so that they may be prepared in the event of an emergency.

RESOLUTION NO. 1442

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

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

Whereas it is an unfortunate reality that an estimated 14,000 seniors in Nova Scotia experience harm due to abuse, often within a relationship of trust; and

Whereas the Department of Seniors believes that respect is one of the guiding principles reflecting the fundamental values and underlying beliefs of society and that all older people deserve respect; and

Whereas seniors' groups, service providers and other interested community members in Cape Breton County and surrounding areas have demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to addressing the abuse of seniors by coming together to discuss and identify strategies for preventing senior abuse;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the members of the Cape Breton Senior Abuse Prevention Network and congratulate them for demonstrating leadership in their communities by promoting respect for Nova Scotia's seniors and by working together to increase awareness of this often hidden harm.

RESOLUTION NO. 1443

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

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

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Whereas abuse of seniors results in harm to an estimated 14,000 seniors in Nova Scotia due to physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse, violation of rights and neglect; and

Whereas the Department of Seniors leads the implementation of the provincial Senior Abuse Prevention Strategy and launched a senior abuse awareness campaign that promotes RESPECT of seniors; and

Whereas service providers, seniors' groups and other interested community members in Kings County have started to come together to identify senior abuse issues in their communities and to discuss strategies for addressing those issues;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the members of the Kings County Senior Abuse Prevention Network and congratulate them for taking on the leadership required in their communities to address this important societal issue and to promote respect of older Nova Scotians.

RESOLUTION NO. 1444

By: Hon. Brooke Taylor (Agriculture)

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

Whereas Brookfield's Heidi Cooke is a renown motor cross dirt bike rider, having inked a factory sponsorship deal with Kawasaki this past season; and

Whereas Heidi is a five time national champion and at one point this year claimed both rounds of the CMRC National Women's Motorcross Championship during Round 3 in Calgary; and

Whereas Heidi opened 2007 with a second place finish in Quebec before coming back with wins in Courtland, Ontario and Calgary;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this Legislature congratulate Brookfield, Colchester County native, Heidi Cooke, for her daring enthusiasm and courage in wanting to be the very best in motor cross racing.

RESOLUTION NO. 1445

By: Hon. Angus MacIsaac (Economic Development)

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

Whereas Antigonish harness racing driver Clare MacDonald, recently achieved a historical moment garnering her 1,000th career victory with her horse, West River Redwing; and

Whereas Clare MacDonald is the first Canadian female to accomplish this feat; and

Whereas Clare MacDonald, daughter of harness racing legend, Ed Haley, says the business has always been a family one. She shares her win with husband, Kenny, and her children, Neldie, Mark and Haley;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Clare MacDonald, the first Canadian female harness racing driver to win 1,000 races.

RESOLUTION NO. 1446

By: Mr. Ernest Fage (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas Mike Fullerton of Amherst, while out for a walk with his wife and children last Spring, noticed smoke above trees and a home on Victoria Street and once it was clear it was coming from the home, he immediately dialed 911 from his cellphone and passed it to his wife; and

Whereas Mike dashed toward the building, pushed through debris just inside the door yelling, does anyone live here, and continued into the home where he discovered Brian Keefe and pulled him to safety; and

Whereas Mr. Keefe's wife, Christine Boudreau, found Mike and said her cat was in the building, so he returned to the burning building with two others who emerged with the family cat and her kittens while Mike went deeper into the building to be sure everyone was out - neighbours and those witnessing the brave act have rightfully dubbed Mike a hero.

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in recognizing this act of bravery by Mike Fullerton along with our congratulations.

RESOLUTION NO. 1447

By: Mr. Ernest Fage (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas David Mason of Amherst, Nova Scotia, self-published his book Marketing Your Small Business For Big Profits; and

Whereas this book landed on the best-seller list on Amazon.com, then a publisher from New York picked it up and it soon became an international best seller; and

Whereas Marketing Your Small Business For Big Profits has been nominated for a 2007 Ethan Award, an award set to become one of the literary world's most sought after awards;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations to David Mason for his successful book and his literary nomination.

RESOLUTION NO. 1448

By: Mr. Ernest Fage (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas the Amherst Regional High School senior concert band earned a level of excellence award at the Festivals of Music in Boston; and

Whereas band director, Susan Taylor, praised their performance and also for their ability at being proper ambassadors for their school, town and province; and

Whereas their dedication, hard work and love of music has earned them this international award of excellence;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations to ARHS senior concert band for earning this honour of excellence.

RESOLUTION NO. 1449

By: Mr. Ernest Fage (Cumberland North)

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

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Whereas John Mattatall of Wallace, Nova Scotia, a professional figure skater, has worked his way through the ranks to compete on the national stage; and

Whereas he and his partner, Mylene Brodeur, competed in the national championships last season in Halifax making family, friends and neighbours proud of their hometown boy; and

Whereas John is an inspiration to all athletes, especially the young people of his village and surrounding area who continue to follow his skating achievements;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations to John Mattatall for his successful skating career and wish him well for the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1450

By: Mr. Ernest Fage (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas David Duizer of Amherst, Nova Scotia, helped rescue two people from the Pacific Ocean; and

Whereas David was on a summer training program as part of his military training for the Royal Military College when they had an opportunity to respond to a call to assist the RCMP in the search and rescue of the victims; and

Whereas David had the opportunity to use a thermal camera and his training in a real life situation that proved very successful for the man and women in the ocean and demonstrated David's ability in the field of duty;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations to David Dulizer for his show of heroics during a training mission on the coast of British Columbia.

RESOLUTION NO. 1451

By: Mr. Ernest Fage (Cumberland North)

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

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Whereas Carter's Sports Cresting Ltd. was named a finalist for the 2007 Better Business Bureau Ethics Award; and

Whereas this honour is based on going beyond the average in maintaining high standards of ethical behaviour and doing what is right and fair, without question and compromise; and

Whereas this is a great testament to the integrity, hard work and business etiquette of this company;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations to Carter's Sports Cresting Ltd. of Amherst for this honour.

RESOLUTION NO. 1452

By: Mr. Ernest Fage (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas the support from volunteers, customers and hospital staff is a reason to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the coffee and gift shops at the Cumberland Health Centre recently; and

Whereas over the past five years, all the profits from the shops go toward the purchase of equipment for various departments and in total, $140,000 has helped pay for six pieces of equipment; and

Whereas the coffee shop is operated by a combination of volunteers and paid staff while the gift shop is run by a committee and 75 volunteers;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations to coffee shop convener, Vicky Daley, Treva Hebb, a 20-year volunteer, along with all who support their local hospital.

RESOLUTION NO. 1453

By: Mr. Ernest Fage (Cumberland North)

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

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Whereas members of the Amherst Fire Department were presented with long service pins during their annual banquet in November; and

Whereas the recipients are Chris Wheaton, Dave Ralston, Ken MacKenzie, Alan Perry, David Slade, Bob Sears, and Steven Wood; and

Whereas these men are dedicated individuals and vital to their community, not only to the call of a fire but other emergencies;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations to the above firefighters for their recognition of faithful and essential service.

RESOLUTION NO. 1454

By: Mr. Ernest Fage (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas the Town of Amherst has been rated by Communities in Bloom, a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement; and

Whereas the renovations to the Amherst Stadium now in progress will reduce energy consumption due to the conversion from oil to natural gas, a new roof with updated insulation, heat generated by the compressors for the ice is being used to heat the dressing rooms and melt the ice from the Zamboni, which is also converted to natural gas; and

Whereas this effort has earned them this recognition for their environmental measures implemented in the stadium renovations;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations to the Amherst town officials for working toward being environmentally astute.

RESOLUTION NO. 1455

By: Mr. Ernest Fage (Cumberland North)

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

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Whereas Vern Megeney was recognized recently by Amherst Fire Chief Brian Farrow and fellow members as their volunteer of the year; and

Whereas Vern has been a volunteer firefighter for many years and received this honour at the department's annual banquet last month; and

Whereas Vern continues to serve his community with pride and dedication;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations to Vern Megeney for being Amherst Fire Department Volunteer of the Year 2007.

RESOLUTION NO. 1456

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 the residents of the growing provincial constituency of Timberlea-Prospect have patiently waited for road improvements and paving; and

Whereas Club Road in Hatchet Lake should have been identified by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal as a priority paving project; and

Whereas these residents would much appreciate this necessary road work;

Therefore be it resolved that the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal clarify when Club Road in Hatchet Lake will be paved.

RESOLUTION NO. 1457

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 Stright-MacKay Limited was recently honoured at the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce 15th Annual Business Achievement Awards; and

Whereas Peter Bennett received the Business of the Year Award on behalf of the national wholesale distributor of supplies and equipment for the commercial and recreational marine industries; and

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Whereas Stright-MacKay Limited has become an industry leader in product lines and customer service, with headquarters in New Glasgow and offices and warehouses in Montreal and British Columbia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations to Stright-MacKay Limited for employing approximately 40 people, and using the latest in communications technology to provide seamless customer service to a growing international network of importers and buyers.

RESOLUTION NO. 1458

By: Ms. Becky Kent (Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage)

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

Whereas the Ocean View Manor Society is celebrating its 40thAnniversary of serving the community and is home to 176 residents, and Ocean View Manor Society operates as a not-for-profit society under the direction of a board of directors and is one of the first long- term care facilities in this province; and

Whereas Ocean View Manor is part of the continuing care system in Nova Scotia, which employs approximately 260 staff who are truly committed to quality care; and

Whereas Ocean View Manor has an active and dedicated team of volunteers who commit more than 7000 volunteer hours per year;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Ocean View Manor Society on the milestone of their 40th year Anniversary and thank the board, staff, and volunteers of Ocean View Manor for their dedication and the quality of care and compassion they provide for the residents.

RESOLUTION NO. 1459

By: Ms. Becky Kent (Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage)

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

Whereas playgrounds and parks are often the gathering place for residents in a neighbourhood to share family time, discuss local issues, and enjoy the laughter of children playing; and

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Whereas Paul Adderly is the chairman of the Morris Lake Residents Association, an association of volunteers working for the betterment of their neighbourhood; and

Whereas the Morris Lake Residents Association is the driving force behind the improvements to the Morris Lake Estates playground and park;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize and support the ongoing efforts of Paul Adderly and the Morris Lake Residents Association in their efforts to develop the local park and playground in their community to increase community spirit and engagement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1460

By: Ms. Becky Kent (Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage)

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

Whereas Healing Animal SCARS - Sonya's Cat and Animal Rescue Society, rescues stray cats and tries to rehabilitate them and find loving homes for them in the Eastern Passage area; and

Whereas SCARS provides love, food, shelter, veterinary care and takes a responsible approach to animal control by promoting spaying and neutering pets to prevent further overpopulation; and

Whereas Sonya Higgins and the volunteer board members work with the youth in the community, fundraising, rescuing and caring for the many animals;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize the efforts of Sonya Higgins of Healing Animal SCARS and the volunteers who rescue and care for the many stray cats of the Eastern Passage community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1461

By: Ms. Becky Kent (Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage)

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

Whereas the Government Wharf is a working wharf and a vital asset to the fishermen of Eastern Passage, along with the citizens and businesses who use our harbour as part of their business or leisure activity; and

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Whereas in 1999 the Government Wharf was to be sold, until the community stepped forward and offered to manage the wharf so the community would not lose this asset; and

Whereas the Harbour Authority of Eastern Passage was founded with a board of local volunteers to ensure fair and equitable access usage, and a sustainability plan was implemented;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate executive members Johnny Silver, Tom Hennebury, Cathy Silver, Leslie Chambers, Phern Barkhouse, and members of the Harbour Authority of Eastern Passage for their ongoing efforts to manage and maintain the Government Wharf in Eastern Passage, and support their efforts in future developments for the betterment of the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1462

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

Whereas the Lockeport Volunteer Fire Department responds to a number of alarms annually while always being ready to assist Emergency Health Services, 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 Lockeport 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. 1463

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 Luke Marciano and Alex Faye are the creators, writers, editors, actors, and filmmakers of the movie Shelburne What?! that premiered in December 2006 to a crowd of 200, making the movie a local hit; and

Whereas Shelburne What?! is a movie filled with a series of offbeat humour skits; and

Whereas Marciano and Faye also created a comical rap parody for their movie to N.W.A.'s song Straight Outta Compton, called Strait Outta Shelburne - describing growing up in a small town;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Luke Marciano and Alex Faye with the making of their hit movie Shelburne What?!, and best wishes for future filming and music endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1464

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Lynn Crowell of Barrington, Shelburne County, was inducted into the provincial Country Music Hall of Fame on September 15, 2007, joining noted artists like Rita MacNeil and Hank Snow; and

Whereas Lynn has been a musician for over 40 years, starting her career in the 1960s singing spiritual music, and she is a gifted songwriter, being the recipient of the Lighthouse Route Award for her efforts to promote tourism; and

Whereas Lynn has completed four CDs along with several other recorded projects and has played as a solo artist across all of Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Lynn Crowell on her success as a musical artist being inducted into the provincial Country Music Hall of Fame on September 15, 2007 - she has enriched the lives of all Nova Scotians with her warm and considerate personality, and best wishes toward continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1465

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas the McKay Memorial Library held their final children's summer reading club program on Wednesday, August 8, 2007; and

Whereas the theme of the club was called Lost Worlds, where children aged 4 to 11 completed activity pyramids and enjoyed stories and crafts; and

Whereas the participants had chances to win prizes including a bicycle and helmet, also "fast passes" to Upper Clements Park;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the volunteers and participants at the McKay Memorial Library for making the summer reading club program a huge success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1466

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Marcel Scott of Barrington Passage won the 2007 STIHL World Championship Log- Rolling Boom Run in Stillwater, Minnesota; and

Whereas Marcel claimed the boom running win from Jamie Fischer, a third- generation boom runner and logroller who holds seven world titles; and

Whereas Marcel placed third in the boom run at Hayward, Wisconsin, in the Lumberjack World Championships;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Marcel Scott on winning the 2007 STIHL World Championship Log- Rolling Boom Run in Stillwater, Minnesota, and best wishes for future titles in log- rolling boom runs.

RESOLUTION NO. 1467

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 Michael Blades of Centreville, Shelburne County, began recreational skeet shooting in 1999 at the age of 15 and went on to competitive shooting in 2003; and

Whereas Michael was the Zone 8 Doubles and High All Around Champion of 2007; and

Whereas Michael was the Canadian Doubles and High All Around Canadian Champion of 2007, winning the Atlantic Championships, the Jack Mayer Memorial in New Brunswick where he swept all seven events, and the Targetdust Classic in Prince Edward Island;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Michael on his skeet shoot winnings at the Atlantics, the Targetdust, and the Jack Mayer Memorial Competitions, earning the Canadian Doubles, Zone 8 Doubles, and High All Around Canadian Champion title, and best wishes with future skeet shooting competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 1468

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Muriel Christie of Barrington, Shelburne County, earned first prize in the Play and Learn Skip-Bo competition at the Shelburne County Seniors Games held September 9 to 15, 2007; and

Whereas Muriel, a Shag Harbour native now living in Barrington, is very much active cooking meals, baking, and doing laundry; and

Whereas Muriel enjoys playing cards, cryptograms, puzzles, and quilting;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Muriel Christie for winning first prize in the Play and Learn Skip-bo competition at the Shelburne County Seniors Games held September 9 to 15, 2007.

RESOLUTION NO. 1469

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 Nicholas Enslow of Shelburne County was awarded a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Toys Us on June 5, 2007; and

Whereas the scholarship recognizes outstanding post-secondary students who are pursuing retail and retail-related careers; and

Whereas by encouraging retail education, increasing career awareness, developing certification and training programs improves workforce skills;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Nicholas Enslow on the $1,000 scholarship award to further his education in retail sponsored by Toys Us June 5, 2007.

RESOLUTION NO. 1470

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Norma Muise purchased a class ring from the Technical College of New York inscribed with the owner's name, Michael Boulet, at Frenchys in Yarmouth County in August 2005; and

Whereas Norma began searching for the owner, believing the ring was lost, and in July, 2007, Michael's family, the Stewarts, inquired about the truly lost school ring - within an hour the ring was packaged and sent priority post to North Carolina; and

Whereas the Stewarts were vacationing in the Maritimes on July 26, 2007, Norma humbly accepted an invitation to dine in Halifax with the family, and this was the beginning of an appreciative and rewarding friendship;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend Norma for her honesty and perseverance in the pursuit to return the lost school ring she discovered at Frenchys in Yarmouth in 2005 - Norma's noble character is an example that all Nova Scotians can be proud of.

RESOLUTION NO. 1471

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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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

Whereas the Ohio Volunteer Fire Department responds to a number of alarms annually while always being ready to assist Emergency Health Services, 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 Ohio 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. 1472

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 Town of Shelburne Parks and Recreation Department held its annual Loyalist Five Mile Road Race on July 22, 2007; and

Whereas Paul Chetwynd won trophies for 1st place Open Male with a time of 34 minutes and 24.4 seconds; and

Whereas Paul was the first recipient of the new Shelburne Centennial Cup award;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates Paul Chetwynd on his first place Open Male win at the annual Loyalist Five Mile road Race and best wishes for future athletic endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1473

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Pet Projects team held a second annual Dog Jog on July 21, 2007, as part of the Founders Day Celebration; and

Whereas the money raised went towards the Shelburne County Spay and Neuter Program to help abandoned, sick and abused animals throughout the county; and

Whereas the total money raised in 2006 was $8,886, one hundred and six abandoned animals received care and 86 pets were fixed through the Spay and Neuter Program and dozens of other stray animals received care through the program;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates the Pet Projects Team on their hard work and dedication during the Second Annual Dog Jog held on July 21, 2007, and for helping needy animals in Shelburne County.

RESOLUTION NO. 1474

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Rebecca Deinstadt of Churchover, Shelburne County, donated her hair to the Angel Hair for Kids, a program that provides wigs for children who have lost their hair due to illness; and

Whereas Rebecca went into Jacklyn's Hair Salon for a trim and came out with a 11.5 inch pony tail; and

Whereas the donated hair helps children with alopecia, burns and cancer;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank Rebecca Deinstadt for her unselfish gift of hair to the Angel Hair for Kids to help less fortunate children living with various health related illnesses.

RESOLUTION NO. 1475

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 Richard Davis and Paul Chetwynd of Shelburne County participated in the Horseshoe Competition at the Recreation Complex on August 11, 2007; and

Whereas the team won first place in the competition; and

Whereas after five rounds Richard Davis and Paul Chetwynd finished with the most wins, losing only one game in the entire tournament;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates Richard Davis and Paul Chetwynd on their winning first place in the Horseshoe Tournament. Best wishes in future Horseshoe Competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 1476

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Robin Penney of South Side, Cape Sable Island, Shelburne County, a Grade 12 student of 2007, volunteered her entire year at Barrington Municipal High School; and

Whereas Robin has worked very hard to make the 2007 Barrington Municipal High School prom a success; and

Whereas the one night affair is only possible by much fundraising, planning and volunteering;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates Robin Penney on her hard work and dedication to ensure the prom night at Barrington Municipal High School was flattering and very successful. Robin is greatly appreciated by students and staff at BMHS.

RESOLUTION NO. 1477

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Roy Madden of East Baccaro, Shelburne County, laces up for his weekly workout by skating at the Barrington Arena, starting in October; and

Whereas Roy began working at the age of 10 and believes all seniors should make an effort to have a weekly workout, where Roy is 82 years young; and

Whereas skating has given Roy a good sense of balance for the mind which keeps his whole body in a good healthy condition;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates Roy on his exercise program by skating once a week at the Barrington Arena to enhance his health and to stay physically fit at his young age of 82.

RESOLUTION NO. 1478

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Daniel MacKay, Katie Holmes and Alex Faye work at Shelburne Radio stationed at Our House Youth and Wellness Centre in Shelburne County; and

Whereas listeners from around the world are tuning in to community activities, music, sports and more through the Shelburne radio station; and

Whereas the youth are working hard to get their generation of pod casts out to the public where listeners can call, e-mail or instant message for music requests;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates Daniel MacKay, Katie Holmes and Alex Fay on their broadcasting work and enthusiasm with Shelburne Radio. Best wishes for future broadcasting endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1479

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Kathy Boyd of Shelburne County took home the third place Soap Box Derby trophy on Saturday, July 14, 2007; and

Whereas the annual Derby was held by the Shelburne Parks and Recreation Department and was sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #63; and

Whereas four participants registered in the senior division of the race;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates Kathy Boyd on her third place winning. Beset wishes for future participation in Soap Box Derby competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 1480

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Mark Henneberry of Shelburne County took home the second place Soap Box Derby trophy on Saturday, July 14, 2007; and

Whereas the annual Derby was held by the Shelburne Parks and Recreation Department and was sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #63; and

Whereas four participants registered in the senior division of the race;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates Mark Henneberry on his second place winning. Beset wishes for future participation in Soap Box Derby competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 1481

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Riley Harlow took home the second place Soap Box Derby trophy on Saturday, July 14, 2007; and

Whereas the annual Derby was held by the Shelburne Parks and Recreation Department and was sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #63; and

Whereas eleven participants registered in the junior division of the race;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates Riley Harlow on his second place winning. Beset wishes for future participation in Soap Box Derby competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 1482

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Rob Harlow of Shelburne County took home the first place soap box derby trophy on Saturday, July 14, 2007; and

Whereas the annual derby was held by the Shelburne Parks and Recreation Department and was sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 63; and

Whereas four participants registered in the senior division of the race;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Rob Harlow on his first- place winning and best wishes for future participation in soap box derby competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 1483

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 Woods Harbour, Shelburne County, has build nearly 90 45-foot and 50-foot hulls for traditional fishing boats since he opened Goreham's Marine Boat Shop in Pubnico Head in 2000; and

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Whereas because of the decline in the orders for fishing/lobster boats, Stephen was inspired to build a 23-foot sports fishing boat called the Harbour Master 2300 - the vessel has already received an award at the Mahone Bay Boat Show for best maintained powerboat; and

Whereas Stephen will be travelling with the Harbour Master 2300 to several boat shows in Michigan, Chicago and Toronto to drum up sales;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Stephen Goreham for his business initiative in promoting the new sports fishing craft, diversifying his production of fishing vessels in order to keep Goreham's Marine Boat Shop longstanding for the lobster/fishing industry.

RESOLUTION NO. 1484

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Steven Pippy of Shelburne County, Nova Scotia, has volunteered for the past 25 years at Shelburne Regional High School; and

Whereas Steven coaches senior and junior boys basketball teams, he has also coached soccer for the last 15 years, as well as badminton, volleyball and track and field; and

Whereas Steven is a principal of Hillcrest Academy and has also organized Shelburne youth summer soccer programs;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Steven Pippy for his hard work, dedication and commitment to Shelburne County School sports teams, and good luck with future volunteering endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1485

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Terra Enslow of Lockeport, Shelburne County, who attends Grade 12 at Lockeport Regional High School, entered a scholarship contest for a chance to win $1,000; and

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Whereas Terra was one of the applicants chosen from all of North America for writing about a cure for cancer - her book, The Voice of the Future, was inspired by four loved ones who had recently succumbed to cancer; and

Whereas Terra will be attending Mount Saint Vincent University to complete a Bachelor of Arts in youth and child studies in hopes of achieving a goal to becoming a teacher;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Terra Enslow for the recognition and wish her continued success in all her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1486

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Tobi Krafve of Shelburne County is a Special Olympian athlete who attended the Winter Games in Shearwater March 2 to March 4, 2007; and

Whereas Tobi and the curling team played five games and won all five games preceding 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, 2008;

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

RESOLUTION NO. 1487

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Val Mullins, a physical education teacher, has taught in the Municipality of Barrington since 1974 and has taught in every school in the municipality; and

Whereas during her last year at Forest Ridge Academy she organized a successful penny drive called Pennies for the Playground; and

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Whereas with Val's motivation and enthusiasm, the students raised nearly $1,200, enabling FRA to purchase six tables and two benches for the playground;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Val Mullins on her retirement and dedicated service in Barrington Municipality Schools promoting health and physical education to the youth in the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1488

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Vanessa Smith of Barrington, Shelburne County, a 327 Unicorn Sea Cadet, was selected from hundreds of applicants across Canada for the International Exchange Program of 2007; and

Whereas the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets funded the exchange program, and Vanessa visited the Cities of Chiba, Nagoya and Tokyo in Japan; and

Whereas Vanessa's group included cadets from Korea and Hong Kong, and she enjoyed activities such as whitewater rafting and bowling with children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Vanessa Smith for seizing the opportunity to travel to Japan and for participating in the International Exchange Program and the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets programs of Shelburne County.

RESOLUTION NO. 1489

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Virginia Bullick of West Green Harbour, Shelburne County, rescued a dog ensnared between a post and a wharf ladder during a raging Spring storm in April, 2007; and

Whereas Virginia jumped in the frigid cold waters and swam towards the black lab mix dog named Bear to free him from entrapment; and

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Whereas Virginia placed the animal on her uncle's fishing vessel and wrapped him with her coat, the dog was lifted to safety where he was dried and kept warm;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Virginia Bullick for her heroic deed in saving the dog, Bear, with unquestionable bravery and courage and wish her good luck in all future accomplishments.

RESOLUTION NO. 1490

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Wayne and Anna Holden closed their family-run store - The Demolitor Brother's - after 61 years of business on May 15, 2007; and

Whereas Wayne began working for his uncles, Louis and Earl Demolitor, at the age of 16 and bought the Demolitor Brother's store in 1978, selling everything from shoes to produce; and

Whereas the decision to close the store was difficult - the old-style building didn't fit the modern market, profit margins and volumes of traffic were down and overhead costs increased;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank Wayne and Anna Holden for their 61 years of service to the community and their continuing work with the postal service - best wishes to the Holden's as they gracefully embark on retirement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1491

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Wayne Mullins has held positions as principal for the last three years at Forest Ridge Academy, and the last 31 years as an educator in the Municipality of Barrington; and

Whereas Wayne has been very involved in the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, both at local and provincial levels, and has served on numerous school committees, including Memorial Scholarship; and

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Whereas Wayne has coached many high school hockey and soccer teams - he has significantly contributed to community, being involved as a firearms instructor, first aid instructor, a member of the Barrington Ground Search and Rescue, hunter safety, Fish and Game Association, and church involvement;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Wayne Mullins on his retirement and thank him for his many years of dedicated service towards the education of the youth in our community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1492

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Wylie Blades of Barrington, Shelburne County, was able to defeat an American Dory Rowing team during a competition in Gloucester, Massachusetts on June 16, 2007; and

Whereas Wylie and his partner, Donnie Mahaney have been rowing with the Queen of Hearts Dory Club for many years beating the American team by a mere one second lead; and

Whereas Wylie and Donnie both share the love of the physically demanding sport bringing home the gold trophy two years in a row;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Wylie Blades for his determination and perseverance to win the International Championship Dory competition.

RESOLUTION NO. 1493

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Yvonne Moir of Lockeport, Shelburne County, represented the Town of Lockeport at the Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony and Dinner in Halifax on April 10, 2007; and

Whereas Yvonne volunteers for Hillcrest Academy and the Historical Society; and

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Whereas Yvonne is an active volunteer for the Anglican Church where she serves as Warden, is a full-time organist, and also attends services at Surf Lodge during Anglican Sundays;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Yvonne for her commitments and dedication to her continuing community service and extend to her best wishes for the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1494

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Anna Kenney of Shelburne County has been chosen as the new Recreation Director for the Municipality of Barrington in October, 2007; and

Whereas Anna has had the position of Recreation Director for the Town of Clark's Harbour for the past 17 years; and

Whereas Anna studied plant science at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, completed a one year horticultural program at NSCC Kingstec and then earned her degree in Recreation Management at Acadia University;

Therefore be it resolved that his House of Assembly congratulates Anna on her new job at the Barrington Municipal Recreation Centre. Best wishes towards continued career success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1495

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Shelburne County was chosen by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture to host the annual Aquaculture Harvest Festival on September 15, 2007; and

Whereas there are 23 aquaculture sites in the County and Nova Scotia's aquaculture industry is valued at $42 million; and

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Whereas a $1,000 bursary was rewarded to a graduating student from Shelburne area who will pursue post secondary studies in aquaculture or a related field, which was presented by Aquaculture Minister, Ron Chisholm;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thanks the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture for choosing Shelburne County for the site of the Aquaculture Harvest Festival on September 15, 2007, for recognizing the established aquaculture sites and the potential for new opportunities and develop0ment of aquaculture activity in Shelburne County.

RESOLUTION NO. 1496

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Clown Care is a program in hospitals and medical centres involving visits from specially trained clowns dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients, families and Health Care Professionals;

Whereas the Care Clowns have been bouncing strong in Yarmouth and Digby Counties for the last three years and now are spreading their mission into Shelburne County; and

Whereas Care Clowns use techniques such as bubbles, storytelling and humour to help patients deal with possible emotions such as fear, loneliness and boredom and Care Clowns receive palliative care and humour training;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank the Care Clowns for spreading their mission into the Roseway Hospital, Shelburne County and for the dedication to raise the spirits of patients and their families as well as hospital staff.

RESOLUTION NO. 1497

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 Friendly Feeding Line, a unique program that was piloted in Yarmouth and expanded into Shelburne County, pairs by phone new breastfeeding moms with trained experienced breastfeeding moms; and

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Whereas it was determined 84 per cent of moms going through the program were solely breastfeeding their babies at three months, whereas the percentage provincially is 68 per cent; and

Whereas studies made by WHO and INFACT Canada have determined that breastfed children experience a reduced risk of asthma, infectious disease, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and an increased level of cognitive ability;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thanks The Friendly Feeding Lines pilot program for their success story and for helping breastfeeding moms in Shelburne County with support on a peer-to-peer level.

RESOLUTION NO. 1498

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Kim Cameron of Shelburne County inherited 40,000 bread tags from her father, Maynard Hopkins, in 2000 and will continue adding to the bread tag collection; and

Whereas Maynard Hopkins of South Side, Cape Sable Island, began collecting the bread tags nearly 20 years ago; and

Whereas it took Shirley Messenger, Maynard's wife, five weeks to count the tags when she became curious as to how many there were;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates Kim Cameron on her impressive bread tag collection of 40,000 tags and extend best wishes towards the Bread Tag Collection Record.

RESOLUTION NO. 1499

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 annual Relay for Life Fun Raising, hosted by Wilson's Shopping Centre, took place on October 24, 2007; and

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Whereas the event raised $4,073 for the Canadian Cancer Society, which brings the total amount raised over the past four years to $20,000; and

Whereas the event also served as an excellent fundraising forum and opportunity to generate more awareness for many other neighbourhood organizations;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates all participants in the annual Relay for Life which raised $4,073 for the Canadian Cancer Society and extend best wishes towards future Relay for Life events.

RESOLUTION NO. 1500

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Christmas by the River is presented by For Kids' Sake, a fundraising organization of the staff of Wilson Shopping Centre and homeowners; and

Whereas the proceeds from the tour went to the Shelburne County Charitable Health Society and the St. Matthew Church; and

Whereas Samantha & Gracie Brannen, Lou and Shirley Girod, Ken and Joanne Bengay and the St. Matthew Church graciously opened their doors on November 25, 2007, to offer Christmas spirit, community hospitality and Christmas Tea for the fundraiser;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thanks the three families and the St. Matthew Church for sharing their homes for the Christmas Tour and Tea and for their fundraising efforts on November 25, 2007.

RESOLUTION NO. 1501

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Noah Malone of Clark's Harbour, Shelburne County, being 10 years old, showed courage and heroism when he saved his mother's life by calling 911 in November, 2007; and

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Whereas Noah continued thinking rationally, notified family members and quickly located his mother's medications, knowing what kind they were and when she was to take them; and

Whereas Cathy Malone, who is an insulin dependent diabetic, suffered from three successive seizures;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commends Noah Malone for his courage and heroism for saving his mother's life by calling 911 in November, 2007.

RESOLUTION NO. 1502

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 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps competed in the Biathlon Zone Competition held in Yarmouth on November 17, 2007; and

Whereas the competition consisted of the cadets running a three kilometre distance with the shooting of falling targets; and

Whereas OC Brady Townsend received a bronze medal for placing third in the Junior Male Division with the team also winning a silver medal with their time being six minutes and fifty seconds behind the winning team;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate OC Brady Townsend for the bronze and silver medals he received during the Biathlon Zone Competition on November 17, 2007.

RESOLUTION NO. 1503

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 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps competed in the Biathlon Zone Competition held in Yarmouth on November 17, 2007; and

Whereas the competition consisted of the cadets running a three kilometre distance with the shooting of falling targets; and

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Whereas OC Evan Bower received a silver medal for placing second in the Junior Male Division with the team also winning a silver medal with their time being six minutes and fifty seconds behind the winning team;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate OC Evan Bower for the silver medals he received during the Biathlon Zone Competition on November 17, 2007.

RESOLUTION NO. 1504

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 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps competed in the Biathlon Zone Competition held in Yarmouth on November 17, 2007; and

Whereas the competition consisted of the cadets running a three kilometre distance with the shooting of falling targets; and

Whereas CPO2 Harold Jones received a silver medal for placing second in the Senior Male Division with the team also winning a silver medal with their time being six minutes and fifty seconds behind the winning team;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate CPO2 Harold Jones for the bronze and silver medals he received during the Biathlon Zone Competition on November 17, 2007.

RESOLUTION NO. 1505

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the Torch of Life involved a number of students in Liverpool and surrounding schools to help raise awareness about organ and tissue donations; and

Whereas the Torch of Life supported Kristopher Knowles of Ontario on promoting the importance of organ and tissue donations; and

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Whereas students of Liverpool Regional High School, Milton Elementary School and Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy were involved with the Torch of Life and became more aware of the importance of these donations;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Kyle Stewart, Andrew Hogg, Nick Acocella and all the students from Liverpool Regional High School, Milton Elementary School and Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy for their support of the Torch of Life on its visit to Queens County.

RESOLUTION NO. 1506

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas a devastating fire in 2006 destroyed the North Queens Elementary School and a new school is under construction; and

Whereas a challenge was issued to district lodges of the Masonic Order in the Lunenburg/Queens area; and

Whereas recently a cheque over $6,000 was presented to the North Queens school to be used as they see the need;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize members of the Lunenburg/Queens District Masonic Order for their wonderful fundraising and donation to the North Queens Elementary School.

RESOLUTION NO. 1507

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas Nova Scotia is always so pleased to be able to share our education facilities and our homes with exchange students from all over the world; and

Whereas Liverpool Regional High School is privileged to have a student from Brazil, a student from Germany and a number of other exchange students from all over the world studying at their school in order for them to learn more English and meet new people; and

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Whereas these students are taking part in school activities as well as continuing their studies at Liverpool Regional High School;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize the exchange students at Liverpool Regional High School and welcome them to Queens County and Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 1508

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas a scholarship was set up back in 1993 to be awarded to a former Liverpool Regional High School graduate who must be financially deserving, be of high moral character and a person who had attained high scholastic achievement; and

Whereas this year's winner has met and exceeded all of the qualities required under the guidelines of the scholarship with an excellent academic and extracurricular record which included four straight years on the Dean's List of Standing at Acadia University, a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and several collegiate awards; and

Whereas the winner has been accepted to the Masters of Business Administration Program at Dalhousie University;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Kathleen Ernest of Liverpool for having received the Seth M. Bartling Memorial Fund bursary for 2007-2008, congratulation Kathleen for her accomplishments and wish her the best in her business career.

RESOLUTION NO. 1509

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas our province is so proud to have immigrant families from all over the world living in our communities; and

Whereas one young granddaughter of a Dutch immigrant took the time to research and learn about her grandmother's Dutch recipes and food traditions for her Heritage Fair project; and

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Whereas this research taught her how to make her grandmother's favourite cookies and the song that was sung while preparing the Kerstkransjes;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Nicole vanDyk of Caledonia, queens County, for her submission to The ChronicleHerald's Great Comfort Food Cookie Caper in which she won Honourable Mention as the youngest contestant in this competition.

RESOLUTION NO. 1510

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas with it becoming so important for all Nova Scotians to purchase their produce locally, within their community; and

Whereas it is so important to acknowledge one of those very inventive local apple producers who has sold apples out of his truck for years in Queens County; and

Whereas this year the apples were sold out earlier each and every day, with an increase in people wanting to purchase Queens County apples and peaches;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize the Singing Apple Man, James Morton of White Point, for continuing to provide the very best apples and peaches to the very important local market in Queens County.

RESOLUTION NO. 1511

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas a former resident of Port Joli, now living in the Annapolis Valley, took it upon himself to produce a special series of paintings; and

Whereas these paintings were displayed on the Queens County Times website, where they were available for purchase and half of the monies raised was donated to the West Queens First Responders; and

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Whereas these paintings now reside all over North America following this successful fundraiser;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize artist Andy Dean for producing these paintings and for donating the money to the West Queens First Responders and to recognize the Queens County Times website for providing their space for this fundraiser.

RESOLUTION NO. 1512

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the CNIB plays a very significant role in the lives of many Nova Scotians and in particular a number of residents in Queens County; and

Whereas every year at this time major fundraising in Queens County is undertaken to be able to promote vision health and to enhance independence for people with vision loss; and

Whereas this fundraising has just been completed successfully with the hope that additional support will come over the next few months;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Brian Byrne, Gerald Ball and the other fundraisers who are working very hard for the CNIB in Queens County.

RESOLUTION NO. 1513

By: Hon. David Morse (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas 10-year-old Mahaila Greenwood-Welton of New Minas was playing with her three-year-old sister when she realized her sister was choking on a cookie; and

Whereas her sister was afraid she was in trouble so she locked herself in her parents' bedroom; and

Whereas with Mahaila's quick thinking, she jimmied the lock and held her little sister around her stomach and pounded on her back to dislodge the cookie;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the quick thinking and heroic actions of Mahaila Greenwood-Welton as she showed presence of mind beyond her years and became role model for all of us.

RESOLUTION NO. 1514

By: Hon. David Morse (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas the Wolfville and Area Inter-Church Council (WAICC) established in 1970 has been a very present help in time of trouble for numerous individuals and families for 37 years; and

Whereas the WAICC contributed approximately $45,000 in the past year to support the Wolfville Area Food Bank, the Christmas Food Program, breakfast programs in several local schools and emergency fuel and electricity bill assistance; and

Whereas the Wolfville Area Food Bank went from a voucher system to being a traditional food bank located at a Wolfville address this February 1, 2007, to better serve its clients;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the caring of the Wolfville and Area Inter-Church Council in helping to assist Wolfville area individuals and families in need and congratulate them on the opening of their new food bank location.

RESOLUTION NO. 1515

By: Hon. David Morse (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas there is no action more offensive in a school than the bullying of a younger or new student; and

Whereas the Central Kings Rural High School community showed tremendous leadership by supporting the peaceful example of Grade 12 students Travis Price and David Sheppard in responding to the bullying of a new student; and

Whereas schools world wide have applauded the actions of Central Kings students in sending a non-violent message to these bullies by the now famous wearing of pink;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the leadership of David Sheppard and Travis Price and indeed the entire Central Kings student body in sending a positive, peaceful message to all potential bullies.

RESOLUTION NO. 1516

By: Hon. David Morse (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas Bev Harris, a registered dietician and certified diabetes educator who works at Valley Regional Hospital's Diabetes Education Centre, has been named the 2007 Diabetes Educator of the Year; and

Whereas Bev Harris earned this recognition on October 25th in Vancouver and she is the first Nova Scotian to receive this award; and

Whereas Bev Harris' award recognizes educators who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and achievement to improving the health of individuals and communities despite many challenges;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge Bev Harris' dedication to diabetes education since 1991.

RESOLUTION NO. 1517

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas Bedford South School is participating in Project China which is a program to allow students from Suzhou, China, to experience Nova Scotian and Canadian culture with a host family; and

Whereas by providing a home for these students, the host families have the greatest impact of teaching the Nova Scotian culture and language; and

Whereas these visiting students upon their return home will have vastly improved their English language skills and be able to pass on to their family and friends in China what a remarkable culture we have in Nova Scotia;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend their thanks to Michael and Susan Rowan-Legge for opening their home to these students and sending them back with a truly Nova Scotian experience.

RESOLUTION NO. 1518

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas Andrew Wagstaff has been named Editor of The Citizen after being a reporter with the paper since 1995 and acting editor since his predecessor's departure; and

Whereas Parrsboro born, Andrew studied journalism at Algonquin College in Ottawa and in addition to being a reporter and Parrsboro bureau chief for The Citizen, has been a reporter for the Amherst Daily News and the Sackville Tribune-Post; and

Whereas Andrew is a skilled journalist who lives in Fox River with his wife, Marhena, and two boys, a tireless volunteer within the community donating his time to the FPW (Fox River, Port Greville, Wards Brook) Fire Department where he is also deputy chief;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Andrew Wagstaff on being chosen as Editor of The Citizen and wish him continued success in all endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1519

By: Hon. Barry Barnet (Health Promotion and Protection)

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

Whereas on October 19th the Sport Hall of Fame held their induction ceremony in Halifax; and

Whereas Penny LaRocque, a very established curler with a decorated career, was inducted in this year's ceremony; and

Whereas Penny continues to be a role model for her community and for young women across this province;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations along to Penny LaRocque for her recent induction into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.

RESOLUTION NO. 1520

By: Hon. Barry Barnet (Health Promotion and Protection)

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

Whereas Stacie Lynn Hatt of Sackville recently returned from a trip to Hollywood, California, where she represented Nova Modeling and Talent Team Canada in the World Championships of Performing Arts; and

Whereas Stacey is only 16 years old and has already been recognized for her songwriting abilities, receiving an honourable mention at the 11th Annual Unison International Songwriting Contest; and

Whereas Stacey's trip to Hollywood was a huge success where she won the overall world championship title;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations along to Stacey Lynn Hatt for her recent accomplishments and wish her the best in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1521

By: Hon. Barry Barnet (Health Promotion and Protection)

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

Whereas this past October the Reverend Donald Fairfax and playwright Walter Borden each received Doctorates of Civil Law degrees from Saint Mary's University; and

Whereas Drs. Fairfax and Borden have long been leaders in their respective fields and also within their community; and

Whereas as their accomplishments needed no recognition, they are still very appreciative that their good work does not go unnoticed;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating the Reverend Donald Fairfax and Walter Borden on their recent accomplishments and wish them both the best of luck on their future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1522

By: Hon. Barry Barnet (Health Promotion and Protection)

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

Whereas the Order of Canada is one of this country's highest honours it can bestow upon one of its citizens; and

Whereas this past October, Hector Jacques, an African-Nova Scotian, was inducted into the Order of Canada by Her Honour, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada; and

Whereas Hector continues to be an active and valued member of our community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Hector Jacques on his recent induction into the Order of Canada and wish him all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1523

By: Hon. Barry Barnet (Health Promotion and Protection)

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

Whereas the church is so very important in the lives of many African-Nova Scotians and has always been a source of strength; and

Whereas this past October, the Tracadie United Baptist Church celebrated its 185th Anniversary and still stands as a strong connection to the ancestors of the African-Nova Scotian community of Antigonish; and

Whereas Antigonish has a rich history that is made up of many cultures from the Scottish to the African-Nova Scotian communities that all came together to celebrate this milestone;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating the Tracadie United Baptist Church on their recent anniversary and hope that the church continues to stand for many generations to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 1524

By: Hon. Barry Barnet (Health Promotion and Protection)

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

Whereas Dorothy Mosher, a constituent of the beautiful Hammonds Plains-Upper Sackville, is a very talented local artist; and

Whereas every year this House chooses the work of a local artist to appear on the front of the legislative Christmas cards; and

Whereas Dorothy continues to be an active and valued member of our community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Dorothy Mosher on her talented depictions of the House of Assembly and wish her all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1525

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas Daniel LeBlanc is a former Sackville resident; and

Whereas Daniel has made remarkable progress after a dirt-bike accident three years ago left him a quadriplegic; and

Whereas Daniel will compete in the Harding Medical Mobility Cup in Dartmouth in August;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate former Sackville resident Daniel LeBlanc on overcoming the obstacles of a quadriplegic to compete in the Dartmouth's Harding Medical Mobility Cup and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1526

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas Sackville residents must travel to Halifax to play tennis in a covered court; and

Whereas Nadina Imamovic and Joel Ayer opened Imamovic-Ayer Tennis Academy Professionals to provide tennis lessons for all ages during the summer; and

Whereas Nadina and Joel are working to raise funds to build an indoor court in Sackville to accommodate year-round tennis lessons;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Nadina Imamovic and Joel Ayer on opening Imamovic-Ayer Tennis Academy Professionals to provide lessons to Sackville residents and wish them success in their plans to open an indoor tennis facility.

RESOLUTION NO. 1527

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas Stephen Rand of Sackville works as a lineman with Nova Scotia Power and responded to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's call for volunteers in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina; and

Whereas Stephen has travelled to Louisiana three times to work with Habitat for Humanity in rebuilding homes; and

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Whereas Stephen is committed to making a difference in the lives of the residents of Louisiana and feels that it is his responsibility to help others;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly commend Stephen Rand of Sackville on his contribution to rebuilding homes for residents of Louisiana affected by Hurricane Katrina and wish him success in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1528

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas Garnet Estabrooks of Lower Sackville has transformed an interest in music into a career as a hip-hop artist, manager, producer and actor; and

Whereas Garnet has contributed to the growing Halifax hip-hop scene through working with other local artists; and

Whereas Garnet has released his first solo CD, The Garnet LP, on May 1st, which showcases his talent in writing about life experiences and dreams;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate Garnet Estabrooks of Lower Sackville on his accomplishments in the entertainment industry and wish him success in the May 1st release of his first solo CD titled The Garnet LP.

RESOLUTION NO. 1529

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas the people of Nova Scotia are renowned for their generous donation of time and energy to volunteer and charity activities; and

Whereas the volunteers of Sackville were recognized on April 25th for their contributions to the community; and

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Whereas Judith Leblanc was named Sackville's volunteer of the year for her contribution to the Meals on Wheels program;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly applaud Judith Leblanc for her generous contribution to the Meals on Wheels program and congratulate her on being recognized as Sackville's volunteer of the year.

RESOLUTION NO. 1530

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas our children need to be informed to make good choices with respect to drugs, gambling, drinking, bullying and healthy living; and

Whereas Sackville Area Drug Awareness volunteers reached out to over 1,000 Grade 5 students in Sackville during the two-day Race Against Drugs event, using race-car tracks to promote drug awareness throughout Nova Scotia; and

Whereas students received information from the RCMP, MADD Canada, Addiction Services for Capital Health, and Kids Help Phone;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly applaud Sackville Area Drug Awareness volunteers for promoting awareness to over 1,000 Sackville Grade 5 students through the two-day Race Against Drugs event.

RESOLUTION NO. 1531

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas 20-year-old Trevor MacKenzie is a native of Lower Sackville and has been playing hockey since the age of four; and

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Whereas Trevor played for the Nanaimo Clippers in the British Columbia Junior A Hockey League for two seasons before returning home to Nova Scotia to attend Saint Mary's University; and

Whereas Trevor played right wing for the East Hants Penguins in the 2006-07 season of the Nova Scotia Junior B Hockey League where he received the Top Scorer Award, was named MVP of the 2007 playoffs and obtained Atlantic MVP honours;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate 20-year-old Trevor MacKenzie of Lower Sackville on receiving the Top Scorer Award for the Nova Scotia Junior B Hockey League, for being named the Most Valuable Player of the 2007 playoffs and obtaining Atlantic MVP honours, and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1532

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas 90-year-old Cuthbert Ellis is a lifelong resident of Sackville and is rich with 20th Century history of the area; and

Whereas Mr. Ellis travelled to Ontario to see the first pumper built for the Sackville Fire Department in 1955 and served as the first fire chief for more than six years; and

Whereas Mr. Ellis has been invited to serve as Grand Marshal for the 2007 Patriot Days Parade;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize Mr. Cuthbert Ellis of Sackville for his contributions to the community of Sackville, including serving as the first fire chief for more than six years, and congratulate him on being chosen as Grand Marshal for the 2007 Patriot Days Parade.

RESOLUTION NO. 1533

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas Mike Martin is a member of the Sackville Sports Stadium; and

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Whereas Mike competed in the 2007 NSABBA Provincial Bodybuilding Championships; and

Whereas Mike was awarded second place in the Heavy Weight Class competition;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Mike Martin, a member of the Sackville Sports Stadium, on his second place finish in the Heavy Weight Class at the 2007 NSABBA Provincial Bodybuilding Championships and wish him future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1534

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas Danny Garon is a member of the Sackville Sports Stadium; and

Whereas Danny competed in the 2007 NSABBA Provincial Bodybuilding Championships; and

Whereas Danny was awarded first place in the Heavy Weight Class competition;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Danny Garon, a member of the Sackville Sports Stadium, on his first place finish in the Heavy Weight Class at the 2007 NSABBA Provincial Bodybuilding Championships and wish him future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1535

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas Jason Snow is a member of the Sackville Sports Stadium; and

Whereas Jason competed in the 2007 NSABBA Provincial Bodybuilding Championships; and

Whereas Jason was awarded third place in the Heavy Weight Class competition;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Jason Snow, a member of the Sackville Sports Stadium, on his third place finish in the Heavy Weight Class at the 2007 NSABBA Provincial Bodybuilding Championships and wish him future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1536

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas Ron Mayhew is a member of the Sackville Sports Stadium; and

Whereas Ron competed in the 2007 NSABBA Provincial Bodybuilding Championships; and

Whereas Ron was awarded second place in the Masters Class competition and third place in the Middle Weight competition;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Ron Mayhew, a member of the Sackville Sports Stadium, on his second place Masters Class and third place Middle Weight wins at the 2007 NSABBA Provincial Bodybuilding Championships and wish him future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1537

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas Randall Jaguard is a member of the Sackville Sports Stadium; and

Whereas Randall competed in the 2007 NSABBA Provincial Bodybuilding Championships; and

Whereas Randall competed for the first time;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Randall Jaguard, a member of the Sackville Sports Stadium, on his first competition at the 2007 NSABBA Provincial Bodybuilding Championships and wish him future success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1538

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas Betty Gillis is a lifelong resident of Sackville; and

Whereas Betty played a major role in forming The Harmony Connection Choir for adults in 2005; and

Whereas Betty is working to bring a Broadway musical show to the community in the Spring of 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly commend Betty Gillis of Sackville on her involvement with the formation of The Harmony Connection Choir for adults and on her dedication to making musical productions available to the community and wish her success in planning a Broadway musical show for Spring of 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 1539

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas the Community Proud initiative is part of the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up and ties in with Canadian Environment Week; and

Whereas Community Proud events include trash cleanup, tree planting, car washes and community fellowship; and

Whereas Sackville Public Library was quick to get involved in Community Proud Week held from June 2 to June 9, 2007;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Sackville Public Library on its commitment to supporting the Community Proud initiative through the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up.

RESOLUTION NO. 1540

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas the Community Proud initiative is part of the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up and ties in with Canadian Environment Week; and

Whereas Community Proud events include trash cleanup, tree planting, car washes and community fellowship; and

Whereas Atlantic Geocaching Association was quick to get involved in Community Proud Week held from June 2 to June 9, 2007;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Atlantic Geocaching Association on its commitment to supporting the Community Proud initiative through the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up.

RESOLUTION NO. 1541

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas the Community Proud initiative is part of the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up and ties in with Canadian Environment Week; and

Whereas Community Proud events include trash cleanup, tree planting, car washes and community fellowship; and

Whereas Sackville Rivers Association was quick to get involved in Community Proud Week held from June 2 to June 9, 2007;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Sackville Rivers Association on its commitment to supporting the Community Proud initiative through the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up.

RESOLUTION NO. 1542

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

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Whereas the Community Proud initiative is part of the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up and ties in with Canadian Environment Week; and

Whereas Community Proud events include trash cleanup, tree planting, car washes and community fellowship; and

Whereas Sackville Drive Business Association was quick to get involved in Community Proud Week held from June 2 to June 9, 2007;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Sackville Drive Business Association on its commitment to supporting the Community Proud initiative through the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up.

RESOLUTION NO. 1543

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas the Community Proud initiative is part of the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up and ties in with Canadian Environment Week; and

Whereas Community Proud events include trash cleanup, tree planting, car washes and community fellowship; and

Whereas the Fultz House of Sackville was quick to get involved in Community Proud Week held from June 2 to June 9, 2007;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Fultz House of Sackville on its commitment to supporting the Community Proud initiative through the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up.

RESOLUTION NO. 1544

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

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Whereas the Community Proud initiative is part of the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up and ties in with Canadian Environment Week; and

Whereas Community Proud events include trash cleanup, tree planting, car washes and community fellowship; and

Whereas Sackville's Friends of First Lake was quick to get involved in Community Proud Week held from June 2 to June 9, 2007;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Sackville's Friends of First Lake on its commitment to supporting the Community Proud initiative through the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up.

RESOLUTION NO. 1545

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas the first annual Community Proud initiative is part of the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up and ties in with Canadian Environment Week; and

Whereas Community Proud events include trash cleanup, tree planting, car washes and community fellowship; and

Whereas Sackville's Friends of Second Lake was quick to get involved in Community Proud Week held from June 2 to June 9, 2007;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Sackville's Second Lake Park Association on its commitment to supporting the Community Proud initiative through the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up.

RESOLUTION NO. 1546

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

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Whereas the Community Proud initiative is part of the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up and ties in with Canadian Environment Week; and

Whereas Community Proud events include trash cleanup, tree planting, car washes and community fellowship; and

Whereas Sackville's Gateway Community Church was quick to get involved in Community Proud Week held from June 2 to June 9, 2007;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Sackville's Gateway Community Church on its commitment to supporting the Community Proud initiative through the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up.

RESOLUTION NO. 1547

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas the Community Proud initiative is part of the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up and ties in with Canadian Environment Week; and

Whereas Community Proud events include trash cleanup, tree planting, car washes and community fellowship; and

Whereas Sackville's Knox United Church was quick to get involved in Community Proud Week held from June 2 to June 9, 2007;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Sackville's Knox United Church on its commitment to supporting the Community Proud initiative through the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up.

RESOLUTION NO. 1548

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

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Whereas the Community Proud initiative is part of the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up and ties in with Canadian Environment Week; and

Whereas Community Proud events include trash cleanup, tree planting, car washes and community fellowship; and

Whereas Sackville's St. John Vianney Church was quick to get involved in Community Proud Week held from June 2 to June 9, 2007;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Sackville's St. John Vianney Church on its commitment to supporting the Community Proud initiative through the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up.

RESOLUTION NO. 1549

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas the Community Proud initiative is part of the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up and ties in with Canadian Environment Week; and

Whereas Community Proud events include trash cleanup, tree planting, car washes and community fellowship; and

Whereas Sackville Christian Fellowship Church was quick to get involved in Community Proud Week held from June 2 to June 9, 2007;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Sackville Christian Fellowship Church on its commitment to supporting the Community Proud initiative through the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up.

RESOLUTION NO. 1550

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

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Whereas the Community Proud initiative is part of the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up and ties in with Canadian Environment Week; and

Whereas Community Proud events include trash cleanup, tree planting, car washes and community fellowship; and

Whereas Sackville Kinsmen were quick to get involved in Community Proud Week held from June 2 to June 9, 2007;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Sackville Kinsmen on their commitment to supporting the Community Proud initiative through the Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up.

RESOLUTION NO. 1551

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas One X One is a non-profit foundation committed to improving the lives of children in Canada and around the world; and

Whereas Sackville's Great Lengths hair salon took part in a cut-a-thon to raise funds for One X One; and

Whereas Great Lengths gave approximately 4- haircuts and raised $350 for One X One;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly acknowledge the generosity of Sackville's Great Lengths hair salon for taking part in a cut-a-thon to raise $350 for the One X One non-profit foundation committed to improving the lives of children in Canada and around the world.

RESOLUTION NO. 1552

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

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Whereas Sack-a-wa Canoe Club of Sackville hosted their first long distance regatta on First Lake the first weekend of June; and

Whereas the event included more than 50 young paddlers from local clubs; and

Whereas Sack-a-wa Canoe Club has achieved goals including club renovations and increased membership;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Sackville's Sack-a-wa Canoe Club on hosting the first annual long distance regatta on First Lake and on their commitment to providing strong recreational programs for youth.

RESOLUTION NO. 1553

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas the Emergency Services Achievement Program is funded through a partnership with Human Resource Development Canada as a Youth Canada initiative to expose priority youth to practical life skills and employment scenarios within fire services and recreation; and

Whereas Scott Macpherson completed skills training and a work term through the program; and

Whereas Scott graduated from the program on June 7, 2007, and is ready to go out into the workforce;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Scott Macpherson on graduating from the Youth Canada Initiative Emergency Services Achievement Program and wish him future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1554

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

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Whereas the Emergency Services Achievement Program is funded through a partnership with Human Resource Development Canada as a Youth Canada initiative to expose priority youth to practical life skills and employment scenarios within fire services and recreation; and

Whereas Sherise Williams completed skills training and a work term through the program; and

Whereas Sherise graduated from the program on June 7, 2007, and is ready to go out into the workforce;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Sherise Williams on graduating from the Youth Canada Initiative Emergency Services Achievement Program and wish her future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1555

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas the Emergency Services Achievement Program is funded through a partnership with Human Resource Development Canada as a Youth Canada initiative to expose priority youth to practical life skills and employment scenarios within fire services and recreation; and

Whereas Justin Larade completed skills training and a work term through the program; and

Whereas Justin graduated from the program on June 7, 2007, and is ready to go out into the workforce;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Justin Larade on graduating from the Youth Canada Initiative Emergency Services Achievement Program and wish him future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1556

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

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Whereas the Emergency Services Achievement Program is funded through a partnership with Human Resource Development Canada as a Youth Canada initiative to expose priority youth to practical life skills and employment scenarios within fire services and recreation; and

Whereas Anthony Miller completed skills training and a work term through the program; and

Whereas Anthony graduated from the program on June 7, 2007, and is ready to go out into the workforce;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Anthony Miller on graduating from the Youth Canada Initiative Emergency Services Achievement Program and wish him future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1557

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas the Emergency Services Achievement Program is funded through a partnership with Human Resource Development Canada as a Youth Canada initiative to expose priority youth to practical life skills and employment scenarios within fire services and recreation; and

Whereas Matthew Giles completed skills training and a work term through the program; and

Whereas Matthew graduated from the program on June 7, 2007, and is ready to go out into the workforce;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Matthew Giles on graduating from the Youth Canada Initiative Emergency Services Achievement Program and wish him future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1558

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

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Whereas the Emergency Services Achievement Program is funded through a partnership with Human Resource Development Canada as a Youth Canada initiative to expose priority youth to practical life skills and employment scenarios within fire services and recreation; and

Whereas Adrian Goodwin completed skills training and a work term through the program; and

Whereas Adrian graduated from the program on June 7, 2007, and is ready to go out into the workforce;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Adrian Goodwin Achievement Program and wish him future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1559

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas the Emergency Services Achievement Program is funded through a partnership with Human Resource Development Canada as a Youth Canada initiative to expose priority youth to practical life skills and employment scenarios within fire services and recreation; and

Whereas Jason Jordan completed skills training and a work term through the program; and

Whereas Jason graduated from the program on June 7, 2007, and is ready to go out into the workforce;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Jason Jordan on graduating from the Youth Canada Initiative Emergency Services Achievement Program and wish him future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1560

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

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Whereas the Emergency Services Achievement Program is funded through a partnership with Human Resource Development Canada as a Youth Canada initiative to expose priority youth to practical life skills and employment scenarios within fire services and recreation; and

Whereas Nicole Richardson completed skills training and a work term through the program; and

Whereas Nicole graduated from the program on June 7, 2007, and is ready to go out into the workforce;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Nicole Richardson on graduating from the Youth Canada Initiative Emergency Services Achievement Program and wish her future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1561

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas the Emergency Services Achievement Program is funded through a partnership with Human Resource Development Canada as a Youth Canada initiative to expose priority youth to practical life skills and employment scenarios within fire services and recreation; and

Whereas Chris Salter completed skills training and a work term through the program; and

Whereas Chris graduated from the program on June 7, 2007, and is ready to go out into the workforce;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Chris Salter on graduating from the Youth Canada Initiative Emergency Services Achievement Program and wish him future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1562

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

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Whereas Shawna-Lynn Brake is an 18-year-old graduate of Sackville High School; and

Whereas Shawna-Lynn has been active with the Nova Scotia Secondary School Students' Association since 2004 and has worked with various committees, planned a conference for students with special needs and also served as Vice-President of NSSSA; and

Whereas Shawna-Lynn was named 2007-08 President of the non-profit Nova Scotia Secondary School Students' Association and will balance her duties while pursuing political science studies at Saint Mary's University;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate 18-year-old Sackville High School graduate Shawna-Lynn Brake on being named 2007-08 President of Nova Scotia Secondary School Students' Association and wish her success in her political science studies at Saint Mary's University in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1563

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas 12-year-old Natasha Legay is a Grade 6 student at Hillside Park Elementary School of Sackville; and

Whereas Natasha chose to complete a school project on the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan, and then conducted her own research on the children there; and

Whereas Natasha, along with her friends, contributed their own change and funds raised through advertising at the Sackville Heights Community Centre, and have raised $60 to date to be donated to Oxfam;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly applaud Hillside Park Elementary School's 12-year-old Natasha Legay on her humanitarian efforts for going beyond a school project to learn about the children of Darfu, Sudan, and for working with her friends to raise $60 to be donated to Oxfam and wish her future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1564

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas the Sackville Silver and Gold Seniors' Centre provides support to community seniors; and

Whereas the centre operates a 10-week Computers Made Easy Program taught by Ben Owens; and

Whereas this program helps local seniors learn about computers and the Internet in a small class environment and helps them make safe computer purchases;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly applaud Sackville Silver and Gold Seniors' Centre on providing the important service of computer training to Sackville's seniors and making it safer for them to make informed computer purchases.

RESOLUTION NO. 1565

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas Ken Strugnell is a retired Sackville High School teacher; and

Whereas Ken worked with student councils from C.P. Allen, Lockview, Millwood and Sackville High Schools who made a pledge five years ago to raise $80,000 for the Cobequid Community Health Centre Foundation; and

Whereas these students have set an example for the community in attaining their goal of raising $80,000 for the Cobequid Community health Centre Foundation;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly applaud retired Sackville High School teacher Ken Strugnell and students from C.P. Allen, Lockview, Millwood and Sackville High Schools on reaching their goal of raising $80,000 for the Cobequid Community Health Centre Foundation.

RESOLUTION NO. 1566

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas Shirley Burke works as an administrative assistant at Sure Shot Dispensing in Sackville; and

Whereas Shirley assembled a committee to raise money to help a fellow employee whose wife was diagnosed with terminal colorectal cancer; and

Whereas a yard sale raised over $500, in addition to bottle drives and 50/50 ticket sales;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly commend Shirley Burke, administrative assistant of Sure Shot Dispensing in Sackville, on her compassion and resourcefulness in helping to raise money to help a coworker in a time of health crisis.

RESOLUTION NO. 1567

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas 10-year-old Matt Vogt of Middle Sackville learned of the state of children in the Dominican Republic after his mother returned from vacation; and

Whereas Matt took over his mother's water ski training business and renamed it Matt's Ski School, donating proceeds to a seven-year-old boy named Edgar from Mozambique; and

Whereas Matt plans to sponsor additional children through World Vision as his ski school profits and is preparing care packages with the help of his students;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate 10-year-old Matt Vogt of Middle Sackville for his humanitarian efforts in using proceeds from Matt's Ski School to sponsor children through World Vision and wish him success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1568

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas 22-year-old Jillian D'Alessio of Middle Sackville competed in paddling competitions held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and

Whereas Jillian was among three Nova Scotians to compete to an 'A' Final and were awarded Canada's only medal at the event; and

Whereas Jillian won gold and bronze in women's kayak, earning first place in the K-1 500 metres (2:01.977) and assisted the K-4 500 crew to place third (1:42.245);

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate 22-year-old Jillian D'Alessio of Middle Sackville on being 1 of 3 Nova Scotians to compete in the world paddling competitions and for winning gold and bronze in women's kayak competitions held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

RESOLUTION NO. 1569

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas Emily Hillman is a Grade 7 student at Leslie Thomas Junior High School and a member of the Battle of the Books team, a competition sponsored by Woozles bookstore; and

Whereas four team members each read up to 52 books and were chosen to compete in the teen division of the Battle of the Books finale; and

Whereas Emily contributed to Leslie Thomas Junior High School's scoring runner-up status in the three-way final game held on May 2nd;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate Grade 7 student Emily Hillman of Leslie Thomas Junior High School for promoting the joy of reading and on her team's runner-up award in the 2007 Battle of the Books competition.

RESOLUTION NO. 1570

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas Caitlyn Doherty is a Grade 7 student at Leslie Thomas Junior High School and a member of the Battle of the Books team, a competition sponsored by Woozles bookstore; and

Whereas four team members each read up to 52 books and were chosen to compete in the teen division of the Battle of the Books finale; and

Whereas Caitlyn contributed to Leslie Thomas Junior High School's scoring runner-up status in the three-way final game held on May 2nd;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate Grade 7 student Caitlyn Doherty of Leslie Thomas Junior High School for promoting the joy of reading and on her team's runner-up award in the 2007 Battle of the Books competition.

RESOLUTION NO. 1571

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas Michelle Brake is a Grade 7 student at Leslie Thomas Junior High School and a member of the Battle of the Books team, a competition sponsored by Woozles bookstore; and

Whereas four team members each read up to 52 books and were chosen to compete in the teen division of the Battle of the Books finale; and

Whereas Michelle contributed to Leslie Thomas Junior High School's scoring runner-up status in the three-way final game held on May 2nd;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate Grade 7 student Michelle Brake of Leslie Thomas Junior High School for promoting the joy of reading and on her team's runner-up award in the 2007 Battle of the Books competition.

RESOLUTION NO. 1572

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas Lee Bennett is a Grade 7 student at Leslie Thomas Junior High School and a member of the Battle of the Books team, a competition sponsored by Woozles bookstore; and

Whereas Lee read all 52 books on the reading list and was the only male student on the four-member team which was chosen to compete in the teen division of the Battle of the Books finale; and

Whereas Lee contributed to Leslie Thomas Junior High School's scoring runner-up status in the three-way final game held on May 2nd;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate Grade 7 student Lee Bennett of Leslie Thomas Junior High School for promoting the joy of reading and on his team's runner-up award in the 2007 Battle of the Books competition.

RESOLUTION NO. 1573

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas the Société Saint-Pierre, located in Cheticamp, Cape Breton, was founded 60 years ago in order to contribute to the preservation and the growth of the Acadian and Francophone community in Nova Scotia's most easterly region; and

Whereas over the years, the Société Saint-Pierre has led a multitude of projects, such as bursaries to help students continue on to post-secondary studies, a cooperative for fisherman in the 1940s, and other projects that would help protect the history of Acadians as well promote the work done by the regions' artists; and

Whereas the community will celebrate this milestone anniversary in Cheticamp on December 17th at Les Trois Pignons - a community cultural centre which was conceived by the Société Saint-Pierre in order to promote the Acadian language and culture;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating the directors of Société Saint-Pierre for their accomplishments and to thank them for their role in helping shape Nova Scotia's cultural fabric by keeping communities such as Cheticamp strong and vibrant.

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M. le président, à une date ultérieure, je demanderai l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

Attendu que la Société Saint-Pierre, située à Chéticamp au Cap-Breton, a été fondée il y a 60 ans dans le but de contribuer à la préservation et à la croissance de la communauté acadienne et francophone dans la région de la Nouvelle-Écosse la plus à l'est;

Attendu que qu'au cours des ans, la Société Saint-Pierre a réalisé une multitude de projets - tels que la création de bourses d'études pour aider les élèves à poursuivre leurs études, une coopérative pour les pêcheurs dans les années 1940, et des projets qui visaient à protéger l'histoire des Acadiens et à promouvoir le travail des artistes de la région;

Attendu que la communauté célébrera, à Chéticamp, cet anniversaire marquant le 17 décembre aux Trois Pignons, le centre culturel communautaire conçu par la Société Saint-Pierre pour promouvoir la langue et la culture acadiennes;

Par conséquent qu'il soit résolu que tous les membres de l'Assemblée législative se joignent à moi pour féliciter les directeurs de la Société Saint-Pierre de leurs réalisations et les remercier du rôle qu'ils jouent pour contribuer à donner à la Nouvelle-Écosse son tissu culturel en gardant des collectivités comme celle de Chéticamp fortes et dynamiques.

RESOLUTION NO. 1574

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas the FDI World Dental Federation represents more than one million dentists worldwide and is dedicated to promoting optimal oral and general health for all peoples; and

Whereas Dr. Burton Conrod, a dentist practising in Sydney, Cape Breton, for over 30 years, was installed as president of FDI World Dental Federation in late October; and

Whereas Dr. Conrod is the first Canadian to be president in the more than 100 year history of this prestigious organization and, as such, will travel around the globe partnering with organizations like the UN and the World Health Organization for the betterment of oral health care;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Dr. Burton Conrod for his continuing leadership in oral health care.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1575

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

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

Whereas the Lieutenant Governor's Awards are presented to one female and one male student at each high school who have excelled in their studies and shown great leadership and service to the community and school; and

Whereas Andrew Michael Bent is this year's male recipient from Middleton Regional High School; and

Whereas Andrew is involved in a variety of extracurricular sports, volunteers on Saturday morning to teach elementary students the fundamentals of basketball, and has attended the Legion Leadership Training Camp, while reaching his academic goals;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Andrew Michael Bent for receiving the Lieutenant Governor's Awards and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1576

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

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

Whereas the Lieutenant Governor's Awards are presented to one female and one male student at each high school who have excelled in their studies and shown great leadership and service to the community and school; and

Whereas Anna Marlene Wedlock is this year's female recipient from Middleton Regional High School; and

Whereas Anna is an avid musician, is the senior horn player in the Senior Concert Band and has achieved a Grade 7 Royal Conservatory of Music in Violin and a Grade 9 Royal Conservatory of Music in Piano, and she volunteers as a piano teacher while reaching her academic goals;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Anna Marlene Wedlock for receiving the Lieutenant Governor's Award and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1577

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

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

Whereas on November 10, 2007, the Annapolis Royal Volunteer Fire Department saved the life of a man clinging to a tidal power buoy boom in waters off the Annapolis Royal Causeway; and

Whereas members of the Annapolis Royal Volunteer Fire Department, battling strong winds, cold temperatures and snow, didn't hesitate in entering the water when the victim appeared to lose his grip on the buoy; and

Whereas these firefighters are valuable members of the community, dedicating their personal time to protect and serve their community, spending many hours training to be able to respond and react without question in any situation;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly join me in congratulating the members of the Annapolis Royal Volunteer Fire Department on their courageous rescue effort in saving a man's life.

RESOLUTION NO. 1578

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

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

Whereas Chet Balcom was recently recognized for more than 50 years of volunteer service with the Nictaux Fire Department, having served as its chief for 28 years until health issues forced him to retire in 2005; and

Whereas he is one of the original members of the Nictaux Fire Department that began informally in 1951 and was incorporated in 1954; and

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Whereas Chet is a well-respected member of the community, and his ongoing contribution and dedication to the residents of Nictaux, through his volunteer work with the fire department and various other community groups, has served as an inspiration to others;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly join me in recognizing Chet Balcom for the more than 50 years of volunteer service he gave to the Nictaux Fire Department.

RESOLUTION NO. 1579

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

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

Whereas Club 400 - The Order of Active Living, is an incentive program that rewards you for getting physically active, and is part of the Annapolis County Active Living Strategy; and

Whereas when participants log 25, 50, 100, 200, 300 or 400 hours of physical activity, they are rewarded with things such as free passes to local recreation facilities, official Club 400 t-shirts, or sports and outdoor equipment; and

Whereas at the Fall 2007 Recreation Nova Scotia Conference Awards Ceremony, the Town of Annapolis Royal, in partnership with municipal units within Annapolis County, received the Mayflower Community Achievement Award for Club 400 - Annapolis County Active Living Strategy Project;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly applaud the efforts of the Town of Annapolis Royal in encouraging healthy living in its residents through the Club 400 program.

RESOLUTION NO. 1580

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

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

Whereas the Lieutenant Governor's Awards are presented to one female and one male student at each high school who have excelled in their studies and shown great leadership and service to the community and school; and

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Whereas Daniel James Lowe is this year's male recipient from Annapolis West Education Centre in Annapolis Royal; and

Whereas Daniel is an above-average athlete in a variety of sports, participating in both school events and outside of school, and volunteers his time with Scouts, while maintaining an Honours with Distinction academic average;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Daniel James Lowe for receiving the Lieutenant Governor's Awards and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1581

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

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

Whereas the Lieutenant Governor's Awards are presented to one female and one male student at each high school who have excelled in their studies and shown great leadership and service to the community and school; and

Whereas Jacob Spencer Meisner is this year's male recipient from Bridgetown Regional High School; and

Whereas Jacob is involved in a variety of extracurricular sports, is described by his coaches as being an assistant coach, is ranked fifth in Canada as a tri-athlete, and is able to reach his academic goals while having a part-time job;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Jacob Spencer Meisner for receiving the Lieutenant Governor's Awards and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1582

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

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

Whereas Jenna Martin was recently named the Canadian Junior Athlete of the Year after an outstanding season, highlighted by a silver medal in the 400 metres at the Pan Am Games in Sao Paolo, Brazil, setting a new Nova Scotia junior record, and coming within six-

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one hundredths of a second of establishing a new Canadian junior record with a time of 51.91 seconds; and

Whereas Jenna, a former student at Bridgetown Regional High School and former member of Athletics East Track Club coached by Charles Scarrow, had an outstanding freshman season at the University of Kentucky, advancing to the NCAA semifinals in the 400 metres, setting a new university record in the process; and

Whereas this well-deserved award will be presented to Jenna at an awards ceremony in Toronto on November 24, 2007, in recognition of her dedication and hard work in track and field;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Jenna Martin on her outstanding achievement of being named Canadian Junior Athlete of the Year.

RESOLUTION NO. 1583

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

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

Whereas Jeremy Curtis, a student at Middleton High School, was awarded the distinction of being the top French-speaking debater in the province and will represent Nova Scotia in the National Student Debating Seminar held in British Columbia in November; 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. 1584

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Education)

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

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Whereas Elizabeth Parr-Johnston has been named one of the 71 esteemed individuals chosen to receive the nation's highest honour, the Order of Canada, by Her Excellency the Governor General;

Whereas Elizabeth Parr-Johnston enhanced the academic reputation of Mount Saint Vincent University when she served as its president and vice-chancellor for five years;

Whereas even in her retirement, Elizabeth Parr-Johnston continues to have an impact on shaping education in Nova Scotia as a board member of the Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Elizabeth Parr-Johnston's contributions to education in Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Provinces and congratulate her on being called to the Order of Canada.

RESOLUTION NO. 1585

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Education)

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

Whereas Are You Smarter Than A Canadian 5th Grader?, a television game show that recently aired on national television, has adult contestants answering questions based on Canadian elementary grade school curriculum topics; and

Whereas Jacob Robertson of Bedford and Katherine Bearne of Halifax were chosen as two of the seven classmates, by producers, from more than 1,000 children who auditioned during a national casting call last summer; and

Whereas Jacob and Katherine demonstrated their knowledge of Canadian content in subject areas such as French, history, geography and science, by answering questions themselves and sometimes assisting the adult players;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend congratulations to Jacob Robertson and Katherine Bearne for representing their schools and their province on this national program and showing viewers just how smart Nova Scotia's fifth graders are.

RESOLUTION NO. 1586

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Education)

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

Whereas Nova Scotia's International Student Program welcomes exchange students from countries like Mexico, Thailand, Korea, Brazil and the Netherlands to our province to learn English, earn high school credits and immerse themselves in Canadian and Nova Scotian culture; and

Whereas the International Student Program has helped more than 3,300 international students come to Nova Scotia since 1997; and

Whereas in its 10th year, the Nova Scotia International Student Program continues to grow and benefit participating students and the province;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House welcome these visiting students to our beautiful province and thank the Nova Scotia families who host them for their period of study in our public school system.

RESOLUTION NO. 1587

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Education)

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

Whereas the Army Cadet Leader Instructor - Drill and Ceremonial Course was held at CFB Gagetown during the Summer months; and

Whereas Sergeant Joshua Adshade from Army Cadet Corps 1859 Springhill, grandson of Jim and Eudora Adshade of Debert, represented his local Cadet Corps at this course, winning several awards; and

Whereas Joshua was appointed Regimental Sergeant Major for the Graduation Parade and Commander of the Drill Team which captured first place in the drill team competition;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend their congratulations to Sergeant Joshua Adshade who won the Lieutenant General J.E. Vance, CMM, CD Leadership Award for being selected the top cadet out of over 1,300 cadets.

RESOLUTION NO. 1588

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Education)

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

Whereas Colchester North has many dedicated volunteers who willingly give of their time and talents to help others and benefit their communities; and

Whereas Gail Matheson has served the community of Tatamagouche as local liaison for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, member of the Board of Directors of the Willow Lodge Home for Special Care, secretary of the North Shore Curling Club, member of the North Shore Bonspiel planning committee, treasurer of the North Shore Youth Basketball League and member of the Executive Council for the Trinity Unity Church; and

Whereas Gail has been recognized for her more than 20 years as organist at three North Shore churches;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Gail Matheson for being chosen to receive Volunteer of the Year.

RESOLUTION NO. 1589

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Education)

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

Whereas volunteers give of their time and talents to better the communities in which they live; and

Whereas John K. MacDonald of Colchester's North Shore, is Vice-Chairman of the Colchester East Hants Health Authority, participates in several subcommittees such as the finance group and the planning committee for the new Colchester Regional Hospital; and

Whereas John K. has worked tirelessly for the past three years with volunteers and staff and has succeeded in completing several upgrades to the North Shore Recreation Centre;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank John K. MacDonald for his many hours of volunteer service and congratulate him for being chosen Volunteer of the Year.

RESOLUTION NO. 1590

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

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

Whereas educating young students about alcohol abuse can help improve their health and lifestyles; and

Whereas young students are becoming more aware and concerned about the effects of drinking and driving; and

Whereas David Eisener of Hebbville Academy, Lunenburg County, recently received honourable mentions in the Lunenburg/Queens Mothers Against Drunk Driving contest;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate David Eisener, from Hebbville Academy, for his participation and success in the recent Lunenburg/Queens Mothers Against Drunk Driving poster contest.

RESOLUTION NO. 1591

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Education)

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

Whereas the purpose of the Order of Canada is to recognize those who have made a difference to our country; and

Whereas Ann (Forbes) MacCuspie, from the small Village of Denmark in Colchester North, has been instrumental in advancing awareness of and programs for the blind and visually impaired; and

Whereas Ann (Forbes) MacCuspie's achievements are innumerable -she has authored 13 publications relating to the blind and visually impaired, worked on creating a Masters level preparation program for teachers of blind or visually impaired students, was elected President of the Canadian Braille Authority, is a representative for Canada at the 2008 International Council on Braille meetings in Melbourne, Australia, continues to teach graduate online courses and volunteers for numerous professional organizations;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend their thanks to Ann Forbes MacCuspie for her dedication and hard work to ensure a better quality of life for the blind and the visually impaired, as well as our congratulations to her for being chosen as a 2008 recipient of the Order of Canada.

RESOLUTION NO. 1592

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By: Hon. Karen Casey (Education)

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

Whereas every day, teachers in our public school system prepare their students to thrive in an increasingly competitive and complex world; and

Whereas the Lieutenant Governor recognizes the leadership and contributions of Nova Scotia's outstanding teachers with an annual award called the Lieutenant Governor's Teaching Award; and

Whereas Steven Van Zoost, a high school English teacher at Avon View High School, was recognized by the Honourable Mayann Francis, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, with the 2007 Lieutenant Governor's Teaching Award for his work with students and teachers in his own community and in communities around the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Steven Van Zoost on receiving the Lieutenant Governor's Teaching Award and extend our thanks to all outstanding teachers who provide leadership and support to students in this province.

RESOLUTION NO. 1593

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 just before the children get nestled all snug in their beds and start seeing visions of sugar plums dance in their heads there is one very important event that has to occur in the small village of New Ross; and

Whereas the New Ross Christmas Festival is in its 14th year and is a community-wide festival celebrating everything that is great about Christmas and New Ross alike; and

Whereas this festival would not have been possible without the hundreds of dedicated and spirited volunteers from the New Ross Regional Development Society;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the organizers of the New Ross Christmas Festival on their 14th season and wish them much success in spreading Christmas cheer for many years to come.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1594

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 December 5, 2007, the community of Canaan was glistening with a fresh coat of snow; and

Whereas the Little Red School House provided the perfect setting to announce that EastLink Communications was the successful bidder to bring high-speed Internet to 100 per cent of Nova Scotia by the end of 2009; and

Whereas Ashley Collicutt, a local high school student, was on hand to hear that the research required for her school work would soon be available at her fingertips much faster;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House wish Ashley Collicutt much success in the future now that she can complete her research with broadband Internet.

RESOLUTION NO. 1595

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 Donovan Bailey is the world's fastest person and will readily admit that his success is because of a lot of hard work, dedication and practice; and

Whereas each year, students from all across Nova Scotia participate in a rigorous training process with the hopes of becoming the fastest person in Nova Scotia's School Athletic Federation; and

Whereas Dexter Reeves was a member of the 4X400 metre relay track and field team at the New Ross Consolidated School and placed second in his division;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Dexter on his accomplishment and wish him much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1596

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas Donovan Bailey is the world's fastest person and will readily admit that his success is because of a lot of hard work, dedication and practice; and

Whereas each year, students from all across Nova Scotia participate in a rigorous training process with the hopes of becoming the fastest person in Nova Scotia's School Athletic Federation; and

Whereas Dylan Reeves was a member of the 4X400 and 4X100 metre relay track and field team at the New Ross Consolidated School and placed second in each of the two divisions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Dylan on his accomplishments and wish him much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1597

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 the Premier, the Minister of Economic Development, and Lee Bragg from EastLink, travelled to Canaan on December 5th, 2007, for the signing of the contract that would see Nova Scotia become the most connected jurisdiction in North America; and

Whereas in today's high-tech society, having access to high-speed Internet is just as important as it was establishing the road network years ago: and

Whereas after much competition and a very strict screening process, EastLink was chosen as the successful bidder to connect Lunenburg County to the high-speed information highway;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate EastLink on winning the competition, and I certainly look forward to the day when all of the communities in Chester-St. Margarets are connected.

RESOLUTION NO. 1598

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas Donovan Bailey is the world's fastest person and will readily admit that his success is because of a lot of hard work, dedication and practice; and

Whereas each year, students from all across Nova Scotia participate in a rigorous training process with the hopes of becoming the fastest person in Nova Scotia's School Athletic Federation; and

Whereas Evan Lenihan was a member of the 4X400 and 4X100 metre relay track and field team at the New Ross Consolidated School and placed second in each of the two divisions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Evan on his accomplishments and wish him much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1599

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 our veterans have served this country in the time of need with much pride, dignity and respect, while ensuring that Canada's reputation is still intact; and

Whereas as the veterans returned home from foreign lands, it became obvious that they needed a group to lobby on their behalf, and the Royal Canadian Legion started to spring up all across Canada; and

Whereas an integral part of the F.E. Butler Branch 44 of Chester is the ladies auxiliary, who received their charter on November 6, 1947;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the past and present members of the Royal Canadian Legion F.E. Butler Branch 44 on their 60th Anniversary and wish them much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1600

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas Donovan Bailey is the world's fastest person and will readily admit that his success is because of a lot of hard work, dedication and practice; and

Whereas each year, students from all across Nova Scotia participate in a rigorous training process with the hope of becoming the fastest person in Nova Scotia's School Athletic Federation; and

Whereas Lucas Reeves was a member of the 4X100 metre relay track and field team at the New Ross Consolidated School and placed second in his division;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Lucas on his accomplishment and wish him much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1601

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 Donovan Bailey is the world's fastest person and will readily admit that his success is because of a lot of hard work, dedication and practice; and

Whereas each year, students from all across Nova Scotia participate in a rigorous training process with the hopes of becoming the fastest person in Nova Scotia's School Athletic Federation; and

Whereas MacKensey Bell was a member of the 4X400 and 4X100 metre relay track and field team at the New Ross Consolidated School and placed second in each of the two divisions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate MacKensey on his accomplishments and wish him much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1602

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

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Whereas a touch of humour and a sports challenge helped Constable John Kennedy engage the children at New Ross Consolidated School as he launched the Adopt-A-Library program last month; and

Whereas the program is two-pronged, one part is the RCMP approaching local businesses to support reading by donating books and the other part involves a WOW Reading Challenge that is international in scope; and

Whereas the students at the New Ross Consolidated School have decided to take on the challenge in a quest to becoming world champions while at the same time receiving a very important message about the effects of crime;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the students of New Ross Consolidated School for embracing this challenge and wish them much luck in their quest to become world champion readers.

RESOLUTION NO. 1603

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 when one talks about the sport of soccer, often the name David Beckham comes to mind, however, in New Ross, there is a much younger group of people who have won the hearts of sport enthusiasts throughout the community; and

Whereas with a record of 10 wins, 2 losses and 2 ties, the New Ross under-14 boys team finished second in their division; and

Whereas with Mahone Bay playing host to the 2007 Provincial Soccer Championship, the New Ross Boys were on their way to take on the best in the province to test talents yet once again;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the New Ross under-14 boys soccer team for their successful participation and wish them much luck for next season, and, Go New Ross Go!

RESOLUTION NO. 1604

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas when the Department of Economic Development was looking for a remote rural setting to make an announcement concerning broadband Internet; and

Whereas the Little Red School House in Canaan quickly came to mind as the perfect setting to host the Premier, Minister of Economic Development and the media from all across Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in true Nova Scotia fashion, the residents of Canaan welcomed their visitors with open arms and provided them with a delicious array of sweets for the early morning announcement;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank the volunteers of the Little Red School House for their fine hospitality and wish them much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1605

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 Constable John Kennedy came up with the Adopt-A-Library idea when he was stationed in a small town in New Brunswick and learned that the local library was low on funds for new books and at the same time, he noticed the low literacy of people in crime; and

Whereas the program is two-pronged, one part is the RCMP approaching local businesses to support reading by donating books and the other part involves a WOW Reading Challenge that is international in scope; and

Whereas the students at the Tancook Island Elementary School have decided to take on the challenge in a quest to become world champions, while at the same time receiving a very important message about the effects of crime;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the students at the Tancook Island Elementary School for embracing this challenge and wish them much luck in their quest to become world champion readers.

RESOLUTION NO. 1606

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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 the Legion has never faltered in its efforts to improve the lot of veterans and of ex-service members - indeed, many of the benefits they enjoy today are largely due to the persistence of dedicated Legion members at all levels of the organization and these include the Veterans' Independence Program, spousal benefits, appropriate recognition for Dieppe and Hong Kong veterans, creation of the Pension Review Board and many others; and

Whereas in 2001, Donnie Walker was named president of the New Ross Legion and has served the New Ross veterans ever since with pride and dignity; and

Whereas effective January 2008, Donnie will no longer be holding the position of president, a decision I am certain did not come easily;

Therefore be it resolved that all Members of the Legislative Assembly congratulate and thank Donnie Walker for his six years of service to the New Ross Legion and wish him much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1607

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Premier)

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

Whereas the Orangedale Station, made famous by the Rankin family, was constructed by the Intercolonial Railway in 1886, with the Orangedale Station Association taking over control of the building in 1988; and

Whereas each year, the Canadian Railroad Historical Association presents only five of its prestigious Preservation Awards across Canada; and

Whereas the Orangedale Station Association was awarded by the association with the Preservation Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the enormous contribution made by the Orangedale Station Association in preserving an important part of our heritage and extend to its members our heartfelt congratulations on the receipt of this award.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1608

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Premier)

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

Whereas the Port Hawkesbury Evergreen Club acts as a gathering place for seniors' social activities in the Strait area; and

Whereas the Evergreen Club was formed to give people 55 years of age and older an opportunity to have organized activities, hear topical guest speakers and lobby for changes affecting senior citizens; and

Whereas the Port Hawkesbury Evergreen Club was one of only three such clubs in the province when it was formed in 1972;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend congratulations and best wishes to the outstanding seniors at the Port Hawkesbury Evergreen Club on their 35th Anniversary and work in their community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1609

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 Karey-Beth Delorey has figure skated competitively for 11 years and as a result of her hard work and determination, the 16-year-old has been to several national competitions, has won provincially several times and represented Nova Scotia last year in the Canada Games placing a remarkable third in the short program and seventh overall; and

Whereas being very passionate and focused, Karey-Beth has managed to balance her training with school, friends and family; and

Whereas Karey-Beth will be competing in Skate Canada's provincial championships this month;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Karey-Beth on her accomplishments and wish her every success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1610

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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 on November 3rd Christian Muise of Guysborough was awarded a Bachelor of Computer Science (with a major in mathematics), the University's Senate Medal for graduating with highest honours in his class as well as the highly-coveted and competitive National Science Research Council Grant; and

Whereas Christian is currently enroled in the University of Toronto's Computer Science Masters Program where he will soon begin pursuing his area of study of artificial intelligence;

Whereas in addition to his many academic accomplishments, he is also a saxaphonist, applying his skills with the university's jazz band and with the air cadets when he was in high school - Christian feels growing up in a small community and personally knowing many people has also contributed to his development;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Christian for his amazing focus, discipline and hard work and wish him every success in his future endeavors.

RESOLUTION NO. 1611

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 Sherbrooke Village hosted their 12th annual Old Fashioned Christmas Event, considered the best ever, on November 23rd to November 25th; and

Whereas more than 4,500 people from near and far attended the celebration, which consisted of the traditional tree lighting, followed by a candlelight procession, then continued with entertainment, hot chocolate and snacks, a visit from Santa, caroling, fireworks and so much more; and

Whereas the work for this event begins at the end of the summer season and is made possible by the endless hours of volunteer work from residents and staff of the village led by the acting director, George Brothers, the dazzling light display was under the direction of Robert Robichaud;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate everyone involved in making this wonderful event possible which keeps growing in popularity with each passing year.

RESOLUTION NO. 1612

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 Percy and Josephine Pinkham are celebrating 50 years of marriage on November 17th; and

Whereas Percy and Josephine are lifetime residents of Coddles Harbour where Percy worked for many years running the Country Harbour Ferry and where they raised their two children; and

Whereas they are loyal and valued members of their community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Percy and Josephine on 50 years of marriage.

RESOLUTION NO. 1613

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 on September 18, 1882, the Merchants' Bank of Halifax opened a branch on the corner of Main and King Streets, in Guysborough, in a building purchased from the Honourable Charles Francheville, a member of the Provincial Legislative Council; and

Whereas on January 2, 1901, the bank's name was changed to the Royal Bank of Canada; and

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Whereas by the mid-1970s, the branch outgrew its premises and a new branch building was constructed, which was opened for business on April 25, 1977 and where the managers (a total of 25 over the years) and staff have faithfully served the people of Guysborough and surrounding areas for 125 years;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Royal Bank of Canada for 125 years of service in Guysborough and wish them many more years of success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1614

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 the Royal Bank of Canada was established in Sherbrooke in 1897; and

Whereas on September 28th, an open house was held to celebrate the event and to thank their many customers for their loyalty over the years; and

Whereas the Royal Bank has celebrated 110 years of quality service to the people of Sherbrooke and the District of St. Mary's;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Royal Bank of Canada on 110 years of service to the people of the District of St. Mary's.

RESOLUTION NO. 1615

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 Sherbrooke has been successful in opening a new fitness centre; and

Whereas a result of much hard work and the dedication of many people, as well as funding from Strait Regional School Board, the Municipality of the District of St. Mary's and Nova Scotia's Department of Health Promotion and Protection, the top notch facility is now a reality; and

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Whereas we all realize how important it is to make an effort to live a healthier lifestyle, this new facility will certainly give residents of all ages the opportunity to try to attain this goal;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the residents of Sherbrooke on this very valuable addition to their school and wish them much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1616

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 for the second time since its inception, the Municipality of the District of Guysborough has received the InNOVA Award presented by Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations; and

Whereas the award was first received for the installation of a new central sewage technology for the Village of Little Dover and the second was received for the agreement between other municipalities in relation to the facility; and

Whereas the facility services 17 municipalities and is a state-of-the-art second generation landfill;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Warden Lloyd Hines, municipal staff and councillors for their participation in working together and the planning of partnership, which demonstrates innovation in delivery of services and programs.

RESOLUTION NO. 1617

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 Hants County Exhibition, under President Danny Dill, held their 242nd anniversary in September; and

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Whereas the Hants County Exhibition would never succeed without a groundswell of support from volunteers interested in agriculture and the rural way of life; and

Whereas draft horses all share the traits of strength, stamina, health, longevity, patience and a docile temperament and are popular each and every year in the ring at the Hants County Exhibition;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this Nova Scotia Legislature through this resolution, recognize the significant efforts of the Hants County Exhibition Draft Horse Committee members Brian and Janice Casey, Lawrence Boyd, Doug MacDonald and Leon Taylor for their interest and enthusiasm in making draft horses an integral component of the Hants County Exhibition every year.

RESOLUTION NO. 1618

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 Hants County Exhibition held its 242nd Anniversary in September; and

Whereas the Hants County Exhibition would never succeed without a groundswell of support from volunteers interested in agriculture and the food commodity sector; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia dairy industry generates farm revenue of approximately $110 million annually and the creation of 600 on-farm jobs and 170 million litres of fluid milk;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this Nova Scotia Legislature, through this resolution, recognize the importance of showcasing dairy cattle at exhibitions and the work of Exhibition Dairy Cattle Committee members Brian Casey, Barry Maxner, Robert Wilson, Andrew Marsh and John Greenough for their interest and enthusiasm in making dairy cattle an integral component of the Hants County Exhibition every year.

RESOLUTION NO. 1619

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 Hants County 4-H held its annual awards reception on Saturday, October 27; and

Whereas Nova Scotia 4-H is celebrating its 85th Anniversary in 2007 and Hants County 4-H members were the proud hosts of the 2007 Nova Scotia 4-H annual show at the Hants Exhibition Arena in Windsor; and

Whereas awards presented October 27 included Newport 4-H Club being named top club in the county and Newport 4-H member, Jacoba Rondhuis being selected Top Junior Member, Talia Greenough Top Senior Member, and Ashley Clark for being the Most Outstanding Member;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this House of Assembly applaud the Newport 4-H Club and members for their overall success in 2007 while congratulating the 3-Cornered, Avon, Border Riders, Burlington Workers and Riverview 4-H Clubs for their keen interest and willing participation in projects this year.

RESOLUTION NO. 1620

By: Mr. Trevor Zinck (Dartmouth North)

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

Whereas Daniel Simpson and Nathanial Simpson along with their friend Danny Gallant, travel each day together to John MacNeil Elementary School; and

Whereas their friend Danny requires the use of a motorized wheelchair and together each day they travel through a path that had become unsafe due to potholes and a gravel shoulder; and

Whereas Daniel and brother Nathanial took it upon themselves to seek out assistance from HRM staff, whom their Uncle Peter worked for, to have the path restructured for Danny's safety;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize the efforts of Daniel Simpson and Nathanial Simpson with their friend, Danny Gallant, for being good friends and great citizens of Dartmouth North.

RESOLUTION NO. 1621

By: Mr. Trevor Zinck (Dartmouth North)

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

Whereas on October 31, 2007, the Knights of Columbus hosted a dinner celebrating volunteers in our community; and

Whereas volunteers represent the best part of humanity, our capacity for good and our capacity to serve others; and

Whereas over 60 members attended this celebration for all who volunteer in our community and enjoyed a wonderful meal and conversation;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Knights of Columbus for taking the time and effort to recognize those in our community who give so much of themselves to help others in need.

RESOLUTION NO. 1622

By: Mr. Trevor Zinck (Dartmouth North)

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

Whereas on October 17, 2007, the 8th Annual Walk Against Violence took place, starting from the Boys and Girls Club, continuing up to the Jason MacCullough Memorial Park; and

Whereas each year the community of Dartmouth North comes together to rally against any and all crimes, especially those that are senseless; and

Whereas this community, along with the MacCullough family, continues in its effort to better understand the causes of crime and eradicate the future damage it may cause to families in Dartmouth North and surrounding communities;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly celebrate the continued efforts of the MacCullough family and all organizations and members of the Dartmouth North Community in addressing the issues of crime.

RESOLUTION NO. 1623

By: Mr. Trevor Zinck (Dartmouth North)

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

Whereas food banks play a vital role in assisting those most vulnerable who are at risk of going without; and

Whereas on September 2, 2007, Feed Nova Scotia recognized the North Dartmouth Outreach Resource Centre with an Innovation Award for initiating outreach in the community; and

Whereas Gordon MacKeen, Frances Hunter, Tom Clarke, along with the many volunteers, serve many individuals each week, not just by providing food but guidance and assistance through difficult times;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize the continued efforts of the volunteers at the North Dartmouth Outreach Resource Centre in serving those who are most in need in the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1624

By: Mr. Trevor Zinck (Dartmouth North)

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

Whereas members of Scouts Canada received a Commemorative Centennial Medal May 12, 2007, in honour of the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the scouting movement; and

Whereas Baden Powell's great grandson, who now lives in Nova Scotia, was a special guest at the ceremony; and

Whereas Denis Liboiron, 10th Dartmouth, Adam Baden-Cray, great-grandson of Scouting Founder Lord Baden-Powell, Mary MacLeod, 10th Dartmouth and David Moir, 17th Dartmouth received such medals;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Denis Liboiron, Mary MacLeod and David Moir on receiving the Commemorative Centennial Medal and encourage their continued success with the scouting movement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1625

By: Mr. Trevor Zinck (Dartmouth North)

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

Whereas from August 13th to 18th , 2007, the Sonlife Community Church held its annual Everyday Heroes Urban Camp; and

Whereas children from the ages of 5 years to 12 years enjoyed exciting events such as hip hop dance, basketball, arts and more; and

Whereas the Sonlife Community Church continues to give of itself and contribute to healing our community of Dartmouth North;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize the continued efforts of volunteers and the Ministry of the Sonlife Community Church and wish them continued success on future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1626

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 December 1, 2007, the residents of Westwood Hills Subdivision held their fifth annual food bank drive in support of the St. Margaret's Bay Food Bank; and

Whereas Donna Buckland of Giant Steps Daycare allowed the residents to use her facilities as the food drop-off space; and

Whereas co-ordinated by Nola Button, the volunteers who braved the cold and blustery day to show support for their community, brought in almost 400 bags of food for the bank;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the many volunteers who made this event possible and wish all the homeowners of Westwood Hills much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1627

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

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Whereas on December 7, 2007, staff and students at the South Shore Work Activity Program were all smiles as it was time for the 2007 recognition ceremony; and

Whereas this year, 11 individuals from all across the South Shore completed the 12 month program, which provides each graduate with new skills to work in our dynamic labour force; and

Whereas April Faulkenham was one of the proud graduates who accepted her certificate with pride and honour;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate April Faulkenham on her accomplishment and wish her much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1628

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 December 7, 2007, staff and students at the South Shore Work Activity Program were all smiles as it was time for the 2007 recognition ceremony; and

Whereas this year, 11 individuals from all across the South Shore completed the 12 month program, which provides each graduate with new skills to work in our dynamic labour force; and

Whereas Brent Rafuse was one of the proud graduates who accepted his certificate with pride and honour;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Brent Rafuse on his accomplishment and wish him much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1629

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 December 7, 2007, staff and students at the South Shore Work Activity Program were all smiles as it was time for the 2007 recognition ceremony; and

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Whereas this year, 11 individuals from all across the South Shore completed the 12 month program, which provides each graduate with new skills to work in our dynamic labour force; and

Whereas Brent Ross was one of the proud graduates who accepted his certificate with pride and honour;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Brent Ross on his accomplishment and wish him much success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1630

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 December 7, 2007, staff and students at the South Shore Work Activity Program were all smiles as it was time for the 2007 recognition ceremony; and

Whereas this year, 11 individuals from all across the South Shore completed the 12 month program, which provides each graduate with new skills to work in our dynamic labour force; and

Whereas Brian Shankel was one of the proud graduates who accepted his certificate with pride and honour;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Bryan Shankel on his accomplishment and wish him much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1631

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 December 7, 2007, staff and students at the South Shore Work Activity Program were all smiles as it was time for the 2007 recognition ceremony; and

Whereas this year, 11 individuals from all across the South Shore completed the 12 month program, which provides each graduate with new skills to work in our dynamic labour force; and

Whereas Charlene Mackay was one of the proud graduates who accepted her certificate with pride and honour;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Charlene Mackay on her accomplishment and wish her much success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1632

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 December 7, 2007, staff and students at the South Shore Work Activity Program were all smiles as it was time for the 2007 recognition ceremony; and

Whereas this year, 11 individuals from all across the South Shore completed the 12 month program, which provides each graduate with new skills to work in our dynamic labour force; and

Whereas Charlotte Weagle was one of the proud graduates who accepted her certificate with pride and honour;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Charlotte Weagle on her accomplishment and wish her much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1633

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 December 7, 2007, staff and students at the South Shore Work Activity Program were all smiles as it was time for the 2007 recognition ceremony; and

Whereas this year, 11 individuals from all across the South Shore completed the 12 month program, which provides each graduate with new skills to work in our dynamic labour force; and

Whereas Karry-Lynn Tarbox was one of the proud graduates who accepted her certificate with pride and honour;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Karry-Lynn Tarbox on her accomplishment and wish her much success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1634

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 December 7, 2007, staff and students at the South Shore Work Activity Program were all smiles as it was time for the 2007 recognition ceremony; and

Whereas this year, 11 individuals from all across the South Shore completed the 12 month program, which provides each graduate with new skills to work in our dynamic labour force; and

Whereas Richard Balser was one of the proud graduates who accepted his certificate with pride and honour;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Richard Balser on his accomplishment and wish him much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1635

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 December 7, 2007, staff and students at the South Shore Work Activity Program were all smiles as it was time for the 2007 recognition ceremony; and

Whereas this year, 11 individuals from all across the South Shore completed the 12 month program, which provides each graduate with new skills to work in our dynamic labour force; and

Whereas Sean Giffin was one of the proud graduates who accepted his certificate with pride and honour;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Sean Giffin on his accomplishment and wish him much success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1636

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 December 7, 2007, staff and students at the South Shore Work Activity Program were all smiles as it was time for the 2007 recognition ceremony; and

Whereas this year, 11 individuals from all across the South Shore completed the 12 month program, which provides each graduate with new skills to work in our dynamic labour force; and

Whereas Shawn Blenus was one of the proud graduates who accepted his certificate with pride and honour;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Shawn Blenus on his accomplishment and wish him much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1637

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 December 7, 2007, staff and students at the South Shore Work Activity Program were all smiles as it was time for the 2007 recognition ceremony; and

Whereas this year, 11 individuals from all across the South Shore completed the 12 month program, which provides each graduate with new skills to work in our dynamic labour force; and

Whereas Tammy Gray was one of the proud graduates who accepted her certificate with pride and honour;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Tammy Gray on her accomplishment and wish her much success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1638

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas Ms. Marilyn Wilkins, as a municipal councillor for the County of Annapolis for 16 years and a committed volunteer, has shown true leadership in promoting heritage; and

Whereas Ms. Wilkins served as a member of the Nova Scotia Voluntary Planning Heritage Strategy Task Force, consulting, researching and making policy recommendations on a provincial heritage strategy; and

Whereas Ms. Wilkins has recently been awarded the Heritage Canada Foundation 2007 Achievement Award for her dedication and contribution to heritage advocacy and volunteerism;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Ms. Wilkins for her significant contribution towards creating a culture of heritage conservation in Annapolis County and throughout Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 1639

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Antigonish Eastern Shore Tourist Association (AESTA) was recognized for their outstanding Web site at the inaugural Canadian E-Tourism Awards in Vancouver; and

Whereas AESTA's new Web site highlights tourism experiences in Antigonish and the Eastern Shore such as golf, festivals and Sherbrooke Village; and

Whereas AESTA received this very prestige award for best online marketing campaign in the small private sector category;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the efforts of the Antigonish Eastern Shore Tourist Association and wish them continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1640

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas retired lighthouse keeper John Garth Fairservice of Oyster Pond, Jeddore, was the last light keeper of Sambro Island; and

Whereas for 24 years, John Fairservice and his wife Marjorie tended Sambro Light, the oldest working lighthouse in the Americas; and

Whereas on November 12, 2007, the very day John Fairservice passed away, was the day that the foghorn on Sambro was permanently silenced;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House acknowledge the contributions of John Garth Fairservice and extend to his family our deepest sympathies and gratitude.

RESOLUTION NO. 1641

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Education)

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

Whereas potatoes are 14-year-old Luc Richard's favourite food and being concerned that other children would not have potatoes with their Christmas dinner, young Luc telephoned the local grocery stores in his area for the best price on 50-pound bags; and

Whereas Luc used funds from his allowance and purchased 12 50-pound bags to donate to the local food bank on behalf of his Grade 9 class at Bible Hill Junior High; and

Whereas this will add to the 2,000 plus pounds of food the Bible Hill Junior High will contribute to families for Christmas dinner;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Bible Hill Junior High staff and students for their consideration of others during the holiday season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1642

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

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

Whereas Jordan Milne, member of the Bridgetown Fencing Club, recently collected a bronze medal in the under 17 epee competition as part of the Canadian Selection Circuit fencing tournament in Montreal the weekend of November 23-25, 2007; and

Whereas fencing is an elegant, prestigious and traditional sport which is a challenge to both body and mind through a blend of patience and determination, discipline and competitiveness; and

Whereas Jordan, through hard work and determination, has excelled in this sport ranking him number one in Nova Scotia and ninth in Canada in under 17 epee;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this Legislative Assembly join me in congratulating Jordan Milne in his recent achievement of attaining a bronze medal at the Canadian Selection Circuit fencing tournament in Montreal.

RESOLUTION NO. 1643

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

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

Whereas the Lieutenant Governor's Awards are presented to one female and one male student at each high school who have excelled in their studies and shown great leadership and service to the community and school; and

Whereas Katherine Grace Wooler is this year's female recipient from Annapolis West Education Centre in Annapolis Royal; and

Whereas Katherine is an avid musician who plays in the Senior Concert Band, Jazz Band and the Clement Park Band, she enjoys softball and working as a busker in the Town of Annapolis while maintaining an Honours with Distinction academic average;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Katherine Grace Wooler for receiving the Lieutenant Governor's Awards and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1644

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

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

Whereas Marilyn Wilkins was recently selected to receive a Heritage Canada Foundation 2007 Achievement Award; and

Whereas Marilyn has been a municipal councillor for the County of Annapolis for 16 years and has shown true leadership in promoting heritage within the community, most notably her involvement with the Annapolis County Heritage Advisory Committee and as a member of the Nova Scotia Voluntary Planning Heritage Strategy Task Force; and

Whereas she is the first councillor to be nominated for an achievement award, it is a well-deserved award recognizing her dedication and contribution to heritage advocacy and volunteerism in Annapolis County and throughout the province;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Annapolis County Councillor Marilyn Wilkins on her Heritage Canada Foundation 2007 Achievement Award.

RESOLUTION NO. 1645

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

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

Whereas Mildred Taylor of Granville Ferry was recently presented with a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia pin for 25 years of volunteer services; and

Whereas the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia recognizes the ongoing contributions of its volunteers by awarding bronze, silver and gold pins for volunteerism based on years of service with the foundation and nearly 2,900 volunteers have been awarded this honour since the program began in 2006; and

Whereas many organizations rely on dedicated volunteers to help provide assistance and promote awareness of their programs within the community through various means;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of this Legislative Assembly join me in congratulating Mildred Taylor on 25 years of dedicated volunteer service to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 1646

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

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

Whereas the Town of Annapolis Royal was selected as the recipient of the Community Arts and Culture Recognition Award presented by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council; and

Whereas this award recognizes the Town of Annapolis Royal's ongoing contribution and support to the arts community and their recognition as a community that values the arts as an important contributor to its well-being; and

Whereas this much deserved award was presented at the second annual Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala and Conference hosted by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership, in Sydney, on October 18, 2007, in recognition of ongoing support of the arts;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating the Town of Annapolis Royal as recipient of the Community Arts and Culture Recognition Award.

RESOLUTION NO. 1647

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

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

Whereas on the weekend of November 3, 2007, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team won their second consecutive Division 3 provincial crown in Springhill; and

Whereas they defeated Dalbrae Academy 2-0 in the semifinal game and went on to beat New Germany 4-0 in the finals to win the title; and

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Whereas through demonstrated determination and hard work this team was able to achieve back-to-back provincial titles, a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to the dedication of the athletes and their coach in achieving this athletic feat;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly join me in congratulating Will Adams, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team, for his role in helping to win a second consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 1648

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

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

Whereas on the weekend of November 3, 2007, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team won their second consecutive Division 3 provincial crown in Springhill; and

Whereas they defeated Dalbrae Academy 2-0 in the semifinal game and went on to beat New Germany 4-0 in the finals to win the title; and

Whereas through demonstrated determination and hard work this team was able to achieve back-to-back provincial titles, a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to the dedication of the athletes and their coach in achieving this athletic feat;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly join me in congratulating Jeremy Bent, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team, for his role in helping to win a second consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 1649

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

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

Whereas on the weekend of November 3, 2007, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team won their second consecutive Division 3 provincial crown in Springhill; and

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Whereas they defeated Dalbrae Academy 2-0 in the semifinal game and went on to beat New Germany 4-0 in the finals to win the title; and

Whereas through demonstrated determination and hard work this team was able to achieve back-to-back provincial titles, a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to the dedication of the athletes and their coach in achieving this athletic feat;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly join me in congratulating Geoff Burke, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team, for his role in helping to win a second consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 1650

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

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

Whereas on the weekend of November 3, 2007, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team won their second consecutive Division 3 provincial crown in Springhill; and

Whereas they defeated Dalbrae Academy 2-0 in the semifinal game and went on to beat New Germany 4-0 in the finals to win the title; and

Whereas through demonstrated determination and hard work this team was able to achieve back-to-back provincial titles, a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to the dedication of the athletes and their coach in achieving this athletic feat;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly join me in congratulating Cale Saunders, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team, for his role in helping to win a second consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 1651

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

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

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Whereas on the weekend of November 3, 2007, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team won their second consecutive Division 3 provincial crown in Springhill; and

Whereas they defeated Dalbrae Academy 2-0 in the semifinal game and went on to beat New Germany 4-0 in the finals to win the title; and

Whereas through demonstrated determination and hard work this team was able to achieve back-to-back provincial titles, a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to the dedication of the athletes and their coach in achieving this athletic feat;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly join me in congratulating Dennis Frost, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team, for his role in helping to win a second consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 1652

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

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

Whereas on the weekend of November 3, 2007, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team won their second consecutive Division 3 provincial crown in Springhill; and

Whereas they defeated Dalbrae Academy 2-0 in the semifinal game and went on to beat New Germany 4-0 in the finals to win the title; and

Whereas through demonstrated determination and hard work this team was able to achieve back-to-back provincial titles, a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to the dedication of the athletes and their coach in achieving this athletic feat;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly join me in congratulating Caleb Harlow, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team, for his role in helping to win a second consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 1653

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

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

Whereas on the weekend of November 3, 2007, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team won their second consecutive Division 3 provincial crown in Springhill; and

Whereas they defeated Dalbrae Academy 2-0 in the semifinal game and went on to beat New Germany 4-0 in the finals to win the title; and

Whereas through demonstrated determination and hard work this team was able to achieve back-to-back provincial titles, a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to the dedication of the athletes and their coach in achieving this athletic feat;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly join me in congratulating Jordan Saunders, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team, for his role in helping to win a second consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 1654

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

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

Whereas on the weekend of November 3, 2007, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team won their second consecutive Division 3 provincial crown in Springhill; and

Whereas they defeated Dalbrae Academy 2-0 in the semifinal game and went on to beat New Germany 4-0 in the finals to win the title; and

Whereas through demonstrated determination and hard work this team was able to achieve back-to-back provincial titles, a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to the dedication of the athletes and their coach in achieving this athletic feat;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly join me in congratulating Jeff McNeil, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team, for his role in helping to win a second consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 1655

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

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

Whereas on the weekend of November 3, 2007, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team won their second consecutive Division 3 provincial crown in Springhill; and

Whereas they defeated Dalbrae Academy 2-0 in the semifinal game and went on to beat New Germany 4-0 in the finals to win the title; and

Whereas through demonstrated determination and hard work this team was able to achieve back-to-back provincial titles, a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to the dedication of the athletes and their coach in achieving this athletic feat;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly join me in congratulating Greg McOrmond, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team, for his role in helping to win a second consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 1656

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

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

Whereas on the weekend of November 3, 2007, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team won their second consecutive Division 3 provincial crown in Springhill; and

Whereas they defeated Dalbrae Academy 2-0 in the semifinal game and went on to beat New Germany 4-0 in the finals to win the title; and

Whereas through demonstrated determination and hard work this team was able to achieve back-to-back provincial titles, a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to the dedication of the athletes and their coach in achieving this athletic feat;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly join me in congratulating Jacob Meisner, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys

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Soccer Team, for his role in helping to win a second consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1657

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

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

Whereas on the weekend of November 3, 2007, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team won their second consecutive Division 3 provincial crown in Springhill; and

Whereas they defeated Dalbrae Academy 2-0 in the semifinal game and went on to beat New Germany 4-0 in the finals to win the title; and

Whereas through demonstrated determination and hard work this team was able to achieve back-to-back provincial titles, a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to the dedication of the athletes and their coach in achieving this athletic feat;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly join me in congratulating Alex Neily, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team, for his role in helping to win a second consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 1658

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

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

Whereas on the weekend of November 3, 2007, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team won their second consecutive Division 3 provincial crown in Springhill; and

Whereas they defeated Dalbrae Academy 2-0 in the semifinal game and went on to beat New Germany 4-0 in the finals to win the title; and

Whereas through demonstrated determination and hard work this team was able to achieve back-to-back provincial titles, a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to the dedication of the athletes and their coach in achieving this athletic feat;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly join me in congratulating Matt Piche, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys

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Soccer Team, for his role in helping to win a second consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 1659

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

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

Whereas on the weekend of November 3, 2007, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team won their second consecutive Division 3 provincial crown in Springhill; and

Whereas they defeated Dalbrae Academy 2-0 in the semifinal game and went on to beat New Germany 4-0 in the finals to win the title; and

Whereas through demonstrated determination and hard work this team was able to achieve back-to-back provincial titles, a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to the dedication of the athletes and their coach in achieving this athletic feat;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly join me in congratulating Gareth Rafuse, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team, for his role in helping to win a second consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 1660

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

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

Whereas on the weekend of November 3, 2007, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team won their second consecutive Division 3 provincial crown in Springhill; and

Whereas they defeated Dalbrae Academy 2-0 in the semifinal game and went on to beat New Germany 4-0 in the finals to win the title; and

Whereas through demonstrated determination and hard work this team was able to achieve back-to-back provincial titles, a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to the dedication of the athletes and their coach in achieving this athletic feat;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly join me in congratulating Robbie Smith, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team, for his role in helping to win a second consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 1661

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

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

Whereas on the weekend of November 3, 2007, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team won their second consecutive Division 3 provincial crown in Springhill; and

Whereas they defeated Dalbrae Academy 2-0 in the semifinal game and went on to beat New Germany 4-0 in the finals to win the title; and

Whereas through demonstrated determination and hard work this team was able to achieve back-to-back provincial titles, a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to the dedication of the athletes and their coach in achieving this athletic feat;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly join me in congratulating Terry Saunders, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team, for his role in helping to win a second consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 1662

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

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

Whereas on the weekend of November 3, 2007, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team won their second consecutive Division 3 provincial crown in Springhill; and

Whereas they defeated Dalbrae Academy 2-0 in the semifinal game and went on to beat New Germany 4-0 in the finals to win the title; and

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Whereas through demonstrated determination and hard work this team was able to achieve back-to-back provincial titles, a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to the dedication of the athletes and their coach in achieving this athletic feat;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly join me in congratulating Jordan Thompson, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team, for his role in helping to win a second consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 1663

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

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

Whereas on the weekend of November 3, 2007, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team won their second consecutive Division 3 provincial crown in Springhill; and

Whereas they defeated Dalbrae Academy 2-0 in the semifinal game and went on to beat New Germany 4-0 in the finals to win the title; and

Whereas through demonstrated determination and hard work this team was able to achieve back-to-back provincial titles, a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to the dedication of the athletes and their coach in achieving this athletic feat;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly join me in congratulating Seth Warren, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer Team, for his role in helping to win a second consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 1664

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas Marshall Ennis' motto, if your mind can conceive it and your spirit can believe it, your body can do it, has served this international strongman competitor throughout his career; and

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Whereas Marshall is a metal fabricator by trade who has created many artistic structures and produced and hosted the All Strength challenge television series; and

Whereas Mr. Ennis has taken his experiences and become a motivational speaker who has brought his message of personal perseverance to students around the world, locally with the Options and Opportunities Program with the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House recognize the contributions Marshall Ennis has made to his community and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1665

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas in recognition of his contribution to community, Norm Palmer was honoured at the Berwick and District Lions Club at the third annual Recognition Awards Dinner; and

Whereas Mr. Palmer became a charter member of the Berwick Lions Club and has served the club with distinction, never missing a meeting for 40 years and can still be found serving dinner with a smile; and

Whereas Mr. Palmer has been an example to all who followed him in the Lions Club, he is a special individual who has served his community and his family with commitment, compassion and enthusiasm;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House recognize the contribution Norm Palmer has made to our province and wish him good health and happiness.

RESOLUTION NO. 1666

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas 36 of Nova Scotia's students were in Truro for a nine day science fair with 450 participants from across Canada; and

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Whereas the competition concluded with medals, awards and scholarships presented on May 18, 2007; and

Whereas the silver medal in the earth and environmental sciences was presented to Elise Tessier from Rose-des-Vents for Une bonne tasse de thè - a good cup of tea;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Elise Tessier for her silver medal and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1667

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas Berwick educator, Barry Corbin, has taken his experiences in the classroom and backed them with science in his book, Unleashing the Potential of the Teenage Mind; and

Whereas in the 1990s Mr. Corbin began researching brain-based teaching in an effort to reach more of his adolescent students; and

Whereas the book is now used as an aid to assist both parents and teachers in helping teens reach their full potential;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Barry Corbin and wish him continued success in his profession at Acadia University and further research endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1668

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas Bev Harris is a registered dietician and certified diabetes educator with the Annapolis Valley Regional Hospital's Diabetics Education Centre; and

Whereas the 11th Annual Canadian Diabetes Association and Endocrinology and Metabolism Professional Conference was held in Vancouver in October 2007; and

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Whereas Bev Harris was presented with the Top Educator Award at the conferences in recognition of her work with diabetes self-management, education and follow-up care;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate Bev Harris and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1669

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas the Berwick Sports Hall of Fame held its 9th Annual Induction Ceremony on June 9, 2007; and

Whereas Berwick has a rich history of sports excellence, and this year's inductees have contributed to our community; and

Whereas Brian MacAskill has been inducted into the Berwick Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his skills as a hockey player, inspiring others to play the game as it should;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Brian MacAskill for being inducted into the Berwick Sports Hall of Fame.

RESOLUTION NO. 1670

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas the Berwick Sports Hall of Fame held its 9th Annual Induction Ceremony on June 9, 2007; and

Whereas Berwick has a rich history of sports excellence, and this year's inductees have contributed to our community; and

Whereas Harold Palmer received special recognition in the Berwick Sports Hall of Fame for his 60 wins/4 losses record, before he settled into farming in Berwick;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Harold Palmer for being recognized by the Berwick Sports Hall of Fame.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1671

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas the Berwick Sports Hall of Fame held its 9th Annual Induction Ceremony on June 9, 2007; and

Whereas Berwick has a rich history of sports excellence, and this year's inductees have contributed to our community; and

Whereas Larry Morse has been inducted into the Berwick Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his skills in both ice hockey and ball hockey;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Larry Morse for being inducted into the Berwick Sports Hall of Fame.

RESOLUTION NO. 1672

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas the Berwick Sports Hall of Fame held its 9th Annual Induction Ceremony on June 9, 2007; and

Whereas Berwick has a rich history of sports excellence, and this year's inductees have contributed to our community; and

Whereas Paul Ward has been inducted into the Berwick Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his skills as an athlete in a multitude of sports;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Paul Ward for being inducted into the Berwick Sports Hall of Fame.

RESOLUTION NO. 1673

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas the Berwick Sports Hall of Fame held its 9th Annual Induction Ceremony on June 9, 2007; and

Whereas Berwick has a rich history of sports excellence, and this year's inductees have contributed to our community; and

Whereas Rod Dorey has been inducted into the Berwick Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his skills as a hockey and baseball player;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Rod Dorey for being inducted into the Berwick Sports Hall of Fame.

RESOLUTION NO. 1674

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas in September, Steven Van Zoost, an English teacher from Avon View School, was presented with the 2007 Lieutenant-Governor's Teaching Award; and

Whereas the Lieutenant-Governor's Teaching Award is determined by a panel of retired teachers who review the nominations and present the award based on the contributions the teacher has made to their students, community and the teaching profession; and

Whereas Steven Van Zoost has taught English since 1994, using various teaching techniques to reach all of his students, working internationally with the Canadian Teachers' Federation Project Overseas and has written the Grade 12 English Curriculum guide, as well as piloting the Advanced English 11;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Steven Van Zoost and recognize the contributions he has made to the education system and the passion which he brings to his profession.

RESOLUTION NO. 1675

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas Scotian Gold celebrated their 50th Anniversary in the apple industry; and

Whereas since its inception, Scotian Gold has seen many changes in the agriculture sector, from the variety of apples to the improvements to the maintenance and harvesting of the product; and

Whereas Scotian Gold has played a part in most Nova Scotia homes as many Nova Scotians have stopped along the roadside stands throughout the province to pick their Fall treats for baking or simple enjoyment;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House recognize the contribution Scotian Gold has made to our province and wish them continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1676

By: Mr. Wayne Gaudet (Clare)

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

Whereas Councillor Staley Goodwin, the Municipality of Yarmouth's longest serving councillor, resigned November 12, 2007; and

Whereas Councillor Staley Goodwin has served the people of District 6 for the last 25 years; and

Whereas Councillor Staley Goodwin has won eight municipal elections in his political career;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the important contribution of Councillor Staley Goodwin to the public life and wish him all the best on his retirement from municipal politics.

RESOLUTION NO. 1677

By: Mr. Trevor Zinck (Dartmouth North)

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

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Whereas in 2005, the staff of Highfield Park Apartments started having annual fundraisers and walks to raise money for breast cancer research; and

Whereas this past June they put on a Fun Day that included a mock jail, bake sale, craft sale and games; and

Whereas the John Martin Junior High Jazz Band provided entertainment and there was a barbecue and refreshments for everyone's enjoyment, and after just four hours, they raised $2,300;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate the staff and volunteers for their continued efforts to raise awareness and raise funds for this worthwhile cause.

RESOLUTION NO. 1678

By: Mr. Trevor Zinck (Dartmouth North)

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

Whereas Debbie McEvoy and Robin Carter had a successful grand opening of the Cozy Corner Seniors Club Adult Daycare in May when it opened its doors at the Dartmouth Sportsplex; and

Whereas Cosy Corner Seniors Club offers a much-needed service in HRM, and with baby boomers coming of age, there are waiting lists of up to two years before a senior can enter a nursing home; and

Whereas Cosy Corner offers a choice to families at an affordable fee, the senior receives social interaction and entertainment and the caregiver gets some well-deserved free time;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize Debbie McEvoy and Robin Carter for their entrepreneurial spirit and continued efforts to provide much-needed service to the community of Dartmouth North and surrounding areas.

RESOLUTION NO. 1679

By: Mr. Trevor Zinck (Dartmouth North)

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

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Whereas Demetreous Beals was an eighth grader at Bicentennial Junior High and an avid basketball player who was captain of his team; and

Whereas a popular young man, Demetreous wasn't afraid to speak out on issues that impacted youth and his community; and

Whereas on June 27, 2007, the community of Dartmouth North lost one of its most valued future leaders in Demetreous when he lost his young life in a drowning accident;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize young Demetreous Beals for his many efforts to better the lives of those around him and share in celebrating the life of Demetreous as did his community, by naming the local basketball court in honour of him on September 6, 2007.

RESOLUTION NO. 1680

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas Cory Firth is the Head Coach at the Orenda Canoe Club in Lake Echo; and

Whereas Cory Firth takes pride in the athletes at the Orenda Canoe Club; and

Whereas Cory Firth fosters a positive attitude, teamwork, ethics and friendship with the athletes;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Cory Firth for his hard work and dedication to the athletes at the Orenda Canoe Club, to the sport and to his community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1681

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

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Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participated in the Peewee-Midget Atlantic Division Regatta recently; and

Whereas Natalie Comeau has won the Bantam Ladies C2 event and the Bantam Ladies C4 event;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Natalie Comeau for her outstanding achievements at the Peewee-Midget Atlantic Division Regatta and wish her well in future competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 1682

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participated in the National Canadian Spring CanoeKayak Championships recently; and

Whereas Jordan Coyle, in the Junior K-4 category, won second place in the 1,000 metre event;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Jordan Coyle for his outstanding achievements at the National Canadian Spring CanoeKayak Championships and wish him well in future competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 1683

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participated in the National Canadian Spring CanoeKayak Championships recently; and

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Whereas Natalie Comeau, in the Midget C-4 category, won third place in the 1,000 metre event;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Natalie Comeau for her outstanding achievements at the National Canadian Spring CanoeKayak Championships and wish her well in future competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 1684

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participated in the Lake Placid Invitational Development Regatta; and

Whereas Jordan Coyle, in the Juvenile Men K-2 category, won silver in the 500 metre event;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Jordan Coyle for his outstanding achievement at the Lake Placid Invitational Development Regatta and wish him well in future competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 1685

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas Jordon Coyle from the Orenda Canoe Club competed for Canada at the 2007 Junior World Sprint Canoe Championships in Racice, Czech Republic, this Summer; and

Whereas Jordan Coyle, in the K-4 category, won third place in the 1,000 metre event and fourth place in the 500 metre event;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Jordan Coyle for his outstanding achievements at the 2007 Junior World Sprint Canoe Championships and wish him well in future competitions.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1686

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club trains their athletes to be able to compete at any level of competition; and

Whereas Jordan Coyle of the Orenda Canoe Club has qualified for the 2008 National Development Team Roster - Men's Kayak U23 National Team;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Jordan Coyle on this outstanding achievement and wish him well in at the 2008 national regatta.

RESOLUTION NO. 1687

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participated in the National Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships recently; and

Whereas Kelsey Cuvelier, in the Midget C-1 category, won second place in the 1,000 metre event and third place in the 6,000 metre event; and in the Juvenile C-2 category won second place in the 200 metre event and second place in the 1,000 metre event; and in the Midget C-2 category won first place in the 1,000 metre event; and in the Midget C-4 category won third place in the 1,000 metre event;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Kelsey Cuvelier for her outstanding achievement at the National Canadian Spring CanoeKayak Championships and wish her well in future competitions.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1688

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participated in the National Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships recently; and

Whereas Hanna Forsyth, in the Midget C-4 category, won third place in the 1,000 metre event;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Hanna Forsyth for her outstanding achievement at the National Canadian Spring CanoeKayak Championships and wish her well in future competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 1689

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participated in the National Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships recently; and

Whereas Ryan Gardiner, in the Junior K-4 category, won second place in the 1,000 metre event;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Ryan Gardiner for his outstanding achievement at the National Canadian Spring CanoeKayak Championships and wish him well in future competitions.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1690

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participated in the National Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships recently; and

Whereas Alex Jacobi, in the Junior K-4 category, won second place in the 1,000 metre event;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Alex Jacobi for his outstanding achievement at the National Canadian Spring CanoeKayak Championships and wish him well in future competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 1691

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club trains their athletes to be able to compete at any level of competition; and

Whereas Brandon Lancaster of the Orenda Canoe Club has qualified for the Junior National Development Team - Men's Canoe;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Brandon Lancaster on this outstanding achievement and wish him well in at future competitions.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1692

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participated in the National Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships recently; and

Whereas Anne Lombardi, in the Juvenile C-1 category, won third place in the 200 metre event, second place in the 500 metre event, first place in the 1,000 metre event and in the Juvenile C-2 category won second place in the 200 metre event and in the Junior C-1 category won second place in the 1,000 metre event;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Anne Lombardi for her outstanding achievements at the National Canadian Spring CanoeKayak Championships and wish her well in future competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 1693

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participated in the Lake Placid Invitational Development Regatta;

Whereas Anne Lombardi, in the Open Women C-1 category, won fourth place in the 1,000 metre event, bronze in the 500 metre event, and in the Open Women C-2 category won gold in the 1,000 metre event;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Anne Lombardi for her outstanding achievements at the Lake Placid Invitational Development Regatta and wish her well in future competitions.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1694

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participated in the Peewee-Midget Atlantic Division Regatta recently; and

Whereas Amanda MacArthur won the Bantam Ladies C4 event;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Amanda MacArthur for her outstanding achievement at the Pee-wee Midget Atlantic Division Regatta and wish her well in future competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 1695

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participated in Pee-wee Midget Atlantic Division Regatta recently; and

Whereas Jonathan Mayo won the Midget Men K1 event and the Midget Men Kayak Aggregate event;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Jonathan Mayo for his outstanding achievements at the Peewee-Midget Atlantic Division Regatta and wish him well in future competitions.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1696

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participated in the National Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships recently; and

Whereas Jonathan Mayo, in the Midget K-1 category, won first place in the 1,000 metre event and first place in the 6,000 metre event;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Johnathan Mayo for his outstanding achievements at the National Canadian Spring CanoeKayak Championships and wish him well in future competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 1697

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club trains their athletes to be able to compete at any level of competition; and

Whereas Jonathan Mayo of the Orenda Canoe Club has qualified for the Junior National Development Team - Men's Kayak;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Jonathan Mayo on this outstanding achievement and wish him well in at the 2008 national regatta.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1698

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participated in the Lake Placid Invitational Development Regatta; and

Whereas Jonathan Mayo, in the Midget Men K-1 category, won gold in the 1,000 metre event, won gold in the 500 metre event, in the Midget Men K-2 category won silver in the 1,000 event and silver in the 500 metre event, the Midget Men K-4 category won gold in the 1,000 metre event and gold in the 500 metre event;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Jonathan Mayo for his outstanding achievement at the Lake Placid Invitational Development Regatta and wish him well in future competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 1699

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participated in the National Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships recently; and

Whereas Doug Miles, in the Junior K-4 category, won second place in the 1,000 metre event;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Doug Miles for his outstanding achievement at the National Canadian Spring CanoeKayak Championships and wish him well in future competitions.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1700

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participated in the Peewee-Midget Atlantic Division Regatta recently; and

Whereas Cynthia Myrer won the Bantam Ladies C4 event;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Cynthia Myrer for her outstanding achievement at the Peewee-Midget Atlantic Division Regatta and wish her well in future competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 1701

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participated in the National Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships recently; and

Whereas Genny Orton, in the Senior K-1 category, won second place in the 200 metre event, third place in the 500 metre event and second place in the 1,000 metre event;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Genny Orton for her outstanding achievements at the National Canadian Spring CanoeKayak Championships and wish her well in future competitions.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1702

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the Orenda Canoe Club trains their athletes to be able to compete at any level of competition; and

Whereas Genny Orton of the Orenda Canoe Club has qualified for the 2007-08 National Sprint CanoeKayak Team, Women's Kayak;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Genny Orton on this outstanding achievement wish her well at the 2007-08 National Sprint CanoeKayak Regatta.

RESOLUTION NO. 1703

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participated in the Peewee-Midget Atlantic Division Regatta recently; and

Whereas Emily Riddle won the Bantam Ladies C1 event, the Bantam Ladies Canoe Aggregate event, the Bantam Ladies C2 event and the Bantam Ladies C4 event;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Emily Riddle for her outstanding achievements at the Peewee-Midget Atlantic Division Regatta recently and wish her well in future competitions.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1704

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participate in competitions at the Atlantic Division level as well as at the national and international levels; and

Whereas the members of the Orenda Canoe Club participated in the National Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships recently; and

Whereas Emily Riddle, in the Midget C-2 category, won first place in the 1,000 metre event and in the Midget C-4 category won third place in the 1,000 metre event;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Emily Riddle for her outstanding achievements at the National Canadian Spring CanoeKayak Championships and wish her well in future competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 1705

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas many community groups and organizations in our province would not be able to continue their work without the commitment and dedication of volunteers; and

Whereas on May 24, 2007, the Mainland North Volunteer Recognition Committee held their annual dinner to recognize outstanding volunteers who consistently dedicate their time and effort to improving the lives of others; and

Whereas Greg Coakley has been recognized by the committee for the dedication he has shown for over a decade to helping others through his work with SAIL (Starting Again in Life) and his commitment to consistently help other organizations as well;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Greg Coakley for the tremendous contributions he has made to improving the lives of others and wish him continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1706

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas many community groups and organizations in our province would not be able to continue their work without the commitment and dedication of volunteers; and

Whereas on May 24, 2007, the Mainland North Volunteer Recognition Committee held their annual dinner to recognize outstanding volunteers who consistently dedicate their time and effort to improving the lives of others; and

Whereas Gary O'Hara has been recognized by the committee for his commitment to the community and particularly for his work on behalf of Halifax West High School and Theatre Halifax;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Gary O'Hara and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1707

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas many community groups and organizations in our province would not be able to continue their work without the commitment and dedication of volunteers; and

Whereas on May 24, 2007, the Mainland North Volunteer Recognition Committee held their annual dinner to recognize outstanding volunteers who consistently dedicate their time and effort to improving the lives of others; and

Whereas Frank Gervais has been recognized by the committee for his more than 20 years of commitment to the Halifax West Ecumenical Food Bank Association as well as his work on behalf of the Knights of Columbus;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Frank Gervais and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1708

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas many community groups and organizations in our province would not be able to continue their work without the commitment and dedication of volunteers; and

Whereas on May 24, 2007, the Mainland North Volunteer Recognition Committee held their annual dinner to recognize outstanding volunteers who consistently dedicate their time and effort to improving the lives of others; and

Whereas Cyril and Kaye Sampson have been recognized by the committee for the dedication and hard work they have put into making the Family SOS fundraising auction a tremendous annual success;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Cyril and Kaye Sampson and wish them continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1709

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas many community groups and organizations in our province would not be able to continue their work without the commitment and dedication of volunteers; and

Whereas on May 24, 2007, the Mainland North Volunteer Recognition Committee held their annual dinner to recognize outstanding volunteers who consistently dedicate their time and effort to improving the lives of others; and

Whereas Marjorie Freeman has been recognized by the committee for the dedication she has shown to the United Memorial Church, the Brunswick Street Mission and other work she has done to help people in the community;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Marjorie Freeman and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1710

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas Jennifer Overton is an author and actor who has penned the book Snapshots of Autism, a book chronicling her son's challenges with autism; and

Whereas Scott Burke, Artistic Director of Eastern Front Theatre, was so impressed with the novel that he requested the book be rewritten into the play, God's Middle Name; and

Whereas the play has been a tremendous success with 52 performances in Nova Scotia and as far away as Ottawa;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Jennifer Overton and Scott Burke for the success of Snapshots of Autism and God's Middle Name and wish them continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1711

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas in 1918 Frances Fish became the first woman admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar, paving the way for future generations of women lawyers in our province; and

Whereas in her honour, the Frances Fish Women Lawyers' Achievement Awards are presented to women who have made a significant contribution to their area of specialty or have worked towards women's equality through the law; and

Whereas the National Association of Women in the Law acknowledges the contribution that the Nova Scotia legal community has made in advancing women's rights through events like the Frances Fish Women Lawyers' Achievement Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate this year's organizing committee: Andrea Baldwin, Janice Beaton, Jennifer Biernaskie, Heather Burchill, Catherine Crag, Sherida Sherry Hassanali, Lyndsay Jardine, Barbra Kerr, Janine

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Kerr, Catherine Meade, Brenda Pate, Heidi Schedler, Janet Stevenson and Maggie Stewart for the success of the 2007 Frances Fish Women Lawyers' Achievement Awards.

RESOLUTION NO. 1712

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas Senator Wilfred Moore has served the community in a variety of capacities over his career as a lawyer, as an alderman in the former City of Halifax, and as a senator in Ottawa; and

Whereas Senator Moore has earned a reputation of generosity, hard work and an abiding commitment to strengthening our province; and

Whereas Saint Mary's University presented Senator Moore with an honorary doctorate in recognition of the contributions he has made to our province;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Senator Wilfred Moore for receiving an Honorary Doctorate from Saint Mary's University and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1713

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas Mike Hanusiak has built a solid reputation in community development throughout his career as a planner with the City of Halifax and as vice-president of Clayton Developments; and

Whereas Mr. Hanusiak was elected president of the Urban Development Institute of Nova Scotia during the 2007 annual general meeting; and

Whereas Mr. Hanusiak's experience with one of the most respected development companies in Halifax will be a true asset as he steers UDI and HRM though future development challenges;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Mike Hanusiak on his election as president of the Urban Development Institute and wish him success in future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1714

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas Kevin Riles has over 20 years experience in the development industry; and

Whereas from 2004 to 2007 Mr. Riles served as president of the Urban Development Institute of Nova Scotia and he continues to serve as the chairman of the Urban Development Institute of Canada; and

Whereas Mr. Riles has worked extremely hard over the past three years with HRM staff, community groups and council in planning the future of HRM's growth;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kevin Riles for his accomplishments as president of the Urban Development Institute of Nova Scotia and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1715

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas on October 11, 2007, Dr. Debbie Duerden McDonald lost her 18 month battle with inflammatory breast cancer; and

Whereas in spite of her illness, Debbie worked very hard to increase people's awareness of this aggressive form of cancer by speaking out about her personal battle; and

Whereas Debbie's lifelong motto, carpe diem, was a driving force behind her enthusiasm for life, her great capacity for friendship and her gift of helping and inspiring others;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly recognize Debbie's commitment to help others and offer sincere condolences to her family and many friends.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1716

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas one branch of Crime Stoppers in Nova Scotia has served the mainland continuously for 20 years with the help from the community, police and RCMP; and

Whereas over the last 20 years, Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers has led to the arrest of 2,386 people and 374 fugitives, laid 5,259 charges and recovered millions of dollars worth of property; and

Whereas the founder of Crime Stoppers, Greg MacAleese, joined in the 20th anniversary celebrations in Greenwich, Nova Scotia and credited the success of the local branch to the strength of the individuals who have worked on the board;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Sgt. Wayne Noonan and the Crime Stoppers volunteers who have worked to make the Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers branch a tremendous success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1717

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas Leah Jabbour of Clayton Park won the women's full marathon at the 2007 Blue Nose Marathon in May; and

Whereas in addition to the Halifax Blue Nose Marathon, Leah has also completed the Chicago Marathon where she qualified for this year's New York Marathon; and

Whereas Ms. Jabbour's training regiment includes a strict running routine and maintaining a healthy diet;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Leah Jabbour for her accomplishments as a marathon runner and wish her continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1718

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas the Kearney Lake Blue Canoe has opened to serve the wider Clayton Park and Wedgewood communists; and

Whereas manager Sarah Mitchell is looking forward to serving the community in which she grew up and currently lives; and

Whereas the new Irving Blue Canoe will provide the surrounding area with a new location to fill up their vehicles, buy fresh baked goods and pick up many convenience items;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Sarah Mitchell and her staff and wish them much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1719

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas many community groups and organizations in our province would not be able to continue their work without the commitment and dedication of volunteers; and

Whereas on May 24, 2007, the Mainland North Volunteer Recognition Committee held their annual dinner to recognize outstanding volunteers who consistently dedicate their time and effort to improving the lives of others; and

Whereas Wendy and Bob MacDonald have been recognized by the committee for the commitment they have made to the development of trails throughout the area;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House recognize the work that Wendy and Bob McDonald have done to improve their community and congratulate them on receiving the Mainland North Volunteer Award.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1720

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas many community groups and organizations in our province would not be able to continue their work without the commitment and dedication of volunteers; and

Whereas on May 24, 2007, the Mainland North Volunteer Recognition Committee held their annual dinner to recognize outstanding volunteers who consistently dedicate their time and effort to improving the lives of others; and

Whereas Patsy Power and Ruth Bryne has been recognized by the committee for the work they have done with the Parents 'n Tots program at Fairview United Church and the commitment they have made to the breakfast program at École Burton Ettinger School;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Patsy Power and Ruth Bryne for the work they have done to help children and their families in Fairview and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1721

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas many community groups and organizations in our province would not be able to continue their work without the commitment and dedication of volunteers; and

Whereas on May 24, 2007, the Mainland North Volunteer Recognition Committee held their annual dinner to recognize outstanding volunteers who consistently dedicate their time and effort to improving the lives of others; and

Whereas Kathy Oakley and Glane Corveat have been recognized by the committee for their commitment to the Mainland North Committee on Addictions Awareness and the dedication they have shown to the prevention of drug use among our youth;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Kathy Oakley and Glane Corveat and wish them continued success in future endeavors.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1722

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas many community groups and organizations in our province would not be able to continue their work without the commitment and dedication of volunteers; and

Whereas on May 24, 2007, the Mainland North Volunteer Recognition Committee held their annual dinner to recognize outstanding volunteers who consistently dedicate their time and effort to improving the lives of others; and

Whereas John Arab has been recognized by the committee for his steadfast commitment to the Canadian Lebanon Society and the Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Church;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate John Arab and wish him continued success in future endeavors.

RESOLUTION NO. 1723

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas Chris McNamara, founder and director of Medusa Medical Technologies Inc., created the Siren computerized reporting system for paramedics that has been recognized with a $10,000 Manning Innovations Award; and

Whereas the Siren is now being used by paramedics in Nova Scotia, Alberta and several states in the U.S. to record patient information in the field for more efficient data transfers at the hospital, and improved record keeping; and

Whereas Medusa Medical Technologies Inc. has recently signed a contract to provide the technology to ambulances in the United Kingdom;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Chris McNamara and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1724

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas George and Debbie Mermigas have expanded their Same Day Dry Cleaners' location in Clayton Park West into Park West Variety; and

Whereas as a family-run business they are now providing their customers with not only dry cleaning services, but the convenience of being able to pick up convenience items at the same time; and

Whereas Same Day Dry Cleaners is locally owned, and Debbie and George Mermigas are great supporters of local sports, schools and community groups;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate George and Debbie Mermigas for the expansion of their business and wish them continued success in all their future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1725

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas on September 15, 2007, the Indo-Canadian Community Centre Society held a celebration dinner at Dalhousie University; and

Whereas the event was an evening of music, dance and cultural programs to celebrate their future; and

Whereas this was a tremendous opportunity for those in the Indo-Canadian community to share their traditions while raising funds for a planned community centre;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate the Indo-Canadian Community Centre Society for this successful event and wish them every success in their efforts to raise funds to build a cultural centre in Halifax.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1726

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

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

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

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

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

RESOLUTION NO. 1727

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas Heather MacDonald has been appointed the new Heart and Stroke Foundation program co-ordinator for Halifax West; and

Whereas with a family history of heart disease, Heather has taken her own heart health very seriously and is an avid runner and works out regularly at her local gym; and

Whereas Heather is a mother of two and knows the importance of setting a good example for children and encouraging the next generation to lead a healthy lifestyle;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Heather MacDonald for her new position with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and wish her continued good health and success in future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1728

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas Ron Zima spearheaded Children's Clean Air Network in an effort to teach children the importance of environmentally-friendly practices, especially the need to restrict car idling; and

Whereas Mr. Zima created a video with children explaining to adults the negative effect car emissions have on our environment and encouraging their parents to change their habits and protect the environment; and

Whereas Children's Clean Air Network began in one HRM school in May and expanded to five more schools by September 2007, increasing the number of students and parents who are working for change;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Ron Zima and Children's Clean Air Network for their outstanding efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and wish them every success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1729

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas Mount Saint Vincent University has recognized the contributions Joan Craig has made to her community with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during the 2007 Fall Convocation; and

Whereas in 1995, Joan, and her husband, Jack, established the Craig Foundation to provide support for autism research, and later established the Joan and Jack Craig Chair in Autism at Dalhousie University; and

Whereas Joan has committed herself to the arts in Halifax through the creation of the Craig Gallery and as a founding member of the AGNS and the Lieutenant Governor's Arts Award Foundation;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Joan Craig on receiving her honorary degree from Mount Saint Vincent University and wish her continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1730

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas every community has a casual restaurant where many like to gather for an enjoyable meal or an evening out; and

Whereas the Halifax West Clayton Park News did a poll to ask residents their favourite local restaurants, and Nenagh's in Rockingham Ridge was voted most popular; and

Whereas owners, Mickey Garagan and Shelley MacDonald, offer their patrons a comfortable environment with high-quality food and friendly service which continues to win them loyal customers;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Mickey Garagan and Shelley MacDonald, along with their staff, and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1731

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas Hector Jacques immigrated to Canada in 1972 from Goa, bringing with him an entrepreneurial spirit that led to the establishment of Jacques Whitford, which has grown to be an internationally-recognized engineering firm; and

Whereas in recognition of the commitment Hector Jacques has made to the engineering profession and to his province, Mr. Jacques has been invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada; and

Whereas this order is one of the highest distinctions a civilian can receive in our country, and Mr. Jacques continues to distinguish himself as a leader in business and industry;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Hector Jacques on his investiture as an Officer of the Order of Canada and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1732

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas the 41st International Children's Games were held in Rykjavik, Iceland, from June 20th to June 25th of this year; and

Whereas Ted Donnelly, a junior high student from Clayton Park West, was one of the athletes who represented Halifax Regional Municipality as a swimmer in the event; and

Whereas the 24 hours of sunlight, the hot springs and the rock climbing were tremendous experiences that will stay with Ted and his fellow athletes for a lifetime;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Ted Donnelly and wish him continued success in his future athletic and academic pursuits.

RESOLUTION NO. 1733

By: Mr. Leonard Preyra (Halifax Citadel)

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

Whereas Meredith Ralston is a professor of women's studies and political science at Mount Saint Vincent University; and

Whereas Meredith Ralston's film, "Selling Sex in Heaven" has recently been awarded a 2007 Beyond Borders Media Award, as well as the best documentary award at the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival; and

Whereas "Selling Sex in Heaven" is an exploration of the exploitation of children trapped in the sex tourism industry of the Philippines;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Meredith Ralston on her film's success and thank her for drawing attention to this important issue.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1734

By: Mr. Leonard Preyra (Halifax Citadel)

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

Whereas the Ontario Art Galleries Association recently awarded their first ever Visual Art Book to Garry Neill Kennedy: Superstar Shadow; and

Whereas Garry Neill Kennedy is a Halifax artist; and

Whereas the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia was one of the co-publishers of the book, and AGNS Senior Curator Ray Cronin and AGNS Director Jeffrey Spalding are among the contributing writers to the book;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate all involved in the project for their fine publication and wish them every success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1735

By: Mr. Leonard Preyra (Halifax Citadel)

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

Whereas the Neocraft Conference 2007 was held on November 23rd to 25th at NSCAD University in Halifax; and

Whereas Neocraft Conference 2007 included participants from all over the world and incorporated craft displays from 12 Halifax art galleries and a variety of local artisans; and

Whereas Neocraft 2007 was devoted to critical thinking about the crafts, their history and the vital role they play in our culture and economy;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the organizers of Neocraft Conference 2007 on a successful conference and wish them every success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1736

By: Mr. Leonard Preyra (Halifax Citadel)

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

Whereas the story of the Good Samaritan has served as an example of good citizenship and compassion for others for millennia; and

Whereas Halifax Regional Police awarded Certificates of Merit to Jonathan McAulay, Chris Hutchison, Stephanie Allen, Ivan Rapchuk, Joseph Devereaux and Shane Allan for helping others in need or for assisting police in their investigations; and

Whereas Deputy Chief of Police Tony Burbridge said after awarding the certificates that he thought the example of the recipients might encourage other Haligonians to act as Good Samaritans; and

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend Jonathan McAulay, Chris Hutchison, Stephanie Allen, Ivan Rapchuk, Joseph Devereaux and Shane Allan for their example and congratulate them on their awards.

RESOLUTION NO. 1737

By: Mr. Leonard Preyra (Halifax Citadel)

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

Whereas Scientist magazine recently ranked Dalhousie University as the best institution in the world in which to work; and

Whereas Scientist's rankings incorporated peer relations, research resources, pay and tenure as factors in their rankings; and

Whereas Dalhousie's congenial working atmosphere has enabled it to establish world class programs in a variety of scientific fields, such as atmospheric science;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Dalhousie University, especially its science faculty, for creating one of the best work environments in the world for scientists and wish Dalhousie continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1738

By: Mr. Leonard Preyra (Halifax Citadel)

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

Whereas Ariel Nasr is a self-taught Halifax filmmaker; and

Whereas Ariel Nasr has recently been awarded one of three National Film Board/CBC Canada-wide REEL DIVERSITY film contracts of $300,000 to finance his first film; and

Whereas the REEL DIVERSITY program seeks to develop young Canadian filmmakers of colour by providing training and mentorship, as well as the opportunity to direct a full-length film;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Ariel Nasr on being awarded the National Film Board/CBC Canada-wide REEL DIVERSITY film contract and wish Ariel every success in his future filmmaking career.

RESOLUTION NO. 1739

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas Scott Flinn was the motivation behind a two-day fundraising event at Zellers in Greenwood in support of Christmas Daddies; and

Whereas the event was a success thanks to the support of Stephane Brodeur and the Valley Shifters Motorcycle Club, the 74th Crusader Motorcycle Club, the Kingston Lions Club, the Mid Annapolis Valley Kinettes, Kingston Volunteer Fire Department, 14 Wing Greenwood, The Village of Greenwood, The Village of Kingston, Kingston Detachment of the RCMP, and the staff of Zellers in Greenwood; and

Whereas over $5,000 was raised, over these two days, thanks to the efforts of Scott Flinn and Stephane Brodeur;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize the efforts of Scott Flinn and Stephane Brodeur towards Christmas Daddies, a worthwhile charitable organization.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1740

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas Sonny MacLean of the Berwick Amateur Boxing Club won the 2007 Nova Scotia Provincial Middleweight Championships; and

Whereas Sonny represented Nova Scotia at the 2007 Canada Winter Games, where he won a bronze medal; and

Whereas on November 10, 2007, Sonny participated in the Nova Scotia 2008 provincial championships where he won the right to represent Nova Scotia at the national championships in Windsor, Ontario, in January 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate Sonny MacLean and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1741

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas in recognition of his contribution to community, Frank Stewart was honoured at the Berwick and District Lions Club at the 3rd annual Recognition Awards Dinner; and

Whereas Mr. Stewart became a charter member of the Berwick Lions Club in 1949, and has continued to serve in a variety of functions, with a certain affinity for the health and welfare committee and sponsoring young people; and

Whereas Mr. Stewart has been an example to all who followed him in the Lions Club, he is a special individual who has served his community, his country, and his family with commitment, compassion and enthusiasm;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House recognize the contribution Frank Stewart has made to our province and wish him good health and happiness.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1742

By: Mr. Ernest Fage (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas the 10th Light the Way Campaign is building better health care in Cumberland County this year as in past years; and

Whereas dozens of people lined the courtyard of the local hospital to watch the lighting ceremony that raises money for new equipment; and

Whereas to date $52,400 was raised by this endeavor and Warden Hunter commented that a feeling of hope, an act of kindness, a warm smile or a kind word can change a person's day and there are days when everyone needs to have a little holiday spirit given to them any time of year - Bruce Quigley, Chief Executive Officer of the Cumberland Health Authority, reported the support received this year was overwhelming ;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations to the Light the Way organizers and all those who supported this fundraiser.

RESOLUTION NO. 1743

By: Mr. Ernest Fage (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas the Junior Achievers group, made up of five Amherst Regional High School students, brought home a silver medal last month from the Titan Competition held in Halifax; and

Whereas they came fourth in the first round, which advanced them to the silver round where they place first and fourth overall of the 25 teams competing; and

Whereas the guest speaker, Upper Canadian author Gordon Pitts, impressed the students with his comment, the Maritimes is one of the strongest producers of entrepreneurs in Canada, leaving them feeling proud to be Maritimers- students making up the team were Faith Clinton, Keeli Moses, Jacob Oakley, Donald Gillis and Mark Comeau, Nathan St. Onge was teacher advisor while Mike Hunter of Jorgenson and Bickerton Chartered Accountants gave valuable pointers;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations to this great team of Junior Achievers.

RESOLUTION NO. 1744

By: Mr. Ernest Fage (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas Cumberland Spartans swimmers participated at an invitational meet in Dartmouth recently; and

Whereas Jessica Rossong, Emily Matthews, Hannah Thompson and Sarah Gloade brought home both personal best awards and place ribbons for their athletic abilities; and

Whereas Jessica received personal best in five events, Hannah earned best times in three events, Emily finished in the top 10 of her 5 events and Sarah recorded a new best time in the 50 breaststroke and the four young women joined forces to earn a 10th place finish in the 4 x 50 medley relay;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations to Jessica, Emily, Hannah and Sarah for excelling at this swim meet.

RESOLUTION NO. 1745

By: Mr. Ernest Fage (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas Bob Barnes was presented with The True Rotarian Award by District Governor Bette Douglas on December 10, 2007; and

Whereas this award is given to a Rotarian who best exemplifies the principles and spirit of Rotary; and

Whereas Mr. Barnes joined the Amherst Rotary Club in 1970 and today is one of its longest-serving members and has also been involved with the school board, Amherst Recreation Commission, Downtown Amherst Revitalization Society, Trinity-St. Stephen's United Church and many social activities;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations to Mr. Bob Barnes for his prestigious award and wish him all the best.

RESOLUTION NO. 1746

By: Mr. Ernest Fage (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas Jim Wills is a member of the Ground Search and Rescue in the Pugwash area; and

Whereas Mr. Wills is well-known and appreciated throughout Pugwash and surrounding areas for his hard work within his community through his volunteer commitment; and

Whereas Jim generously gives his free time to many organizations in Pugwash, organizes parking for events in Pugwash such as Harbour Fest, the Gathering of the Clans, and various events at the Sunset Community, volunteers at the Royal Canadian Legion, has been a bingo caller for over 30 years and his involvement extends to the Sunrise ATV Club, Route Six Snowmobile Club and Ducks Unlimited;

Therefore be it resolved that Mr. Jim Wills be recognized by the members of this House for his outstanding volunteerism.

RESOLUTION NO. 1747

By: Mr. Ernest Fage (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas the Country Travellers are a well-known musical group performing at many functions; and

Whereas the members, consisting of Kenny Wilson, Lloyd Tattrie, Jewel Coulter and Rollie Lockhart are seniors who offer their talents freely to different establishments and groups of people; and

Whereas the Country Travelers continue to make a difference in Cumberland County by putting on benefits to raise funding for groups in need and to date they have raised over

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$5,000 for the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital and $1,000 for a new ECG machine in the North Cumberland Memorial Hospital;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize this lively group of outstanding musicians for their generosity and musical talents that they share so freely.

RESOLUTION NO. 1748

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (The Premier)

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

Whereas the Inverness Rebels have an illustrious history of success in extracurricular activities throughout this province; and

Whereas the NSSAF Division 3 Girls Championship was held in Bridgetown on the weekend of December 1st; and

Whereas the Inverness Rebels' players have truly proven they are a dynasty, winning their 10th provincial championship over the last 11 years;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Inverness Rebels Division 3 Girls Volleyball Team members on their undeniable prowess and in capturing the provincial volleyball crown.

RESOLUTION NO. 1749

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (The Premier)

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

Whereas the NDA Acadiens Girls Volleyball Team last won a provincial championship on home soil in 1969; and

Whereas the NDA Acadiens played flawless volleyball, defeating all comers throughout the tournament held on the first weekend of December of this year; and

Whereas the NDA Acadiens are now the victors of their first NSSAF Division 4 title in almost 40 years;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and congratulate the valuable efforts of all those involved with the NDA Acadiens, coaches and players alike, to achieve such a tremendous victory.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1750

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (The Premier)

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

Whereas 100 years ago, in 1907, the first volunteer fire department was formed in Inverness, then, merely a three-year-old booming coal town; and

Whereas the Inverness Fire Department has served the town day and night throughout its most desperate moments; and

Whereas members of the Inverness Volunteer Fire Department celebrated its 100th Anniversary on Saturday, December 1st of this year;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this Legislature recognize the 100 years of service of the Inverness Volunteer Fire Department and thank its members past and present for their brave, selfless service to Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 1751

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (The Premier)

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

Whereas neither rain nor snow nor sleet nor dark of night shall stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds; and

Whereas when taking the job, Canada Post rural driver, Danford Murphy, never imagined he would become one of the longest-serving deliverers in the Port Hood-Mabou-Inverness area; and

Whereas Mr. Murphy retired from his delivery route after 33 years of uninterrupted distribution;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Mr. Danford Murphy on his years of service to Canada Post and to all the homes he has "kept in the loop" over his tenure.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1752

By: Mr. Charles Parker (Pictou West)

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

Whereas the Pictou Under-14 Boys Soccer Team won gold at the 2007 Nova Scotia Provincial Championships; and

Whereas Austin Maybe, Zach Anderson, Craig Matheson, Connor Scanlan, Ryan Rose, Devon O'Brien, Palmer MacKinnon, Coady Green, Andrew Hall, Brody Reid, Daniel MacLeod, Alex MacLean, Coady Hartling, Chad Sutherland, Caleb Atkins, Peter McDowell, Barett Marshall, Branden Rankin, Jarret Green, Brandon Watt, and Tim Roeterdink are the young men who have worked hard as a team to win this championship;

Whereas these young men have benefited from the good coaching of David Green, Rob McDowell and Brian MacKinnon;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Pictou Under-14 Boys Soccer Team and their coaches, David Green, Rob McDowell and Brian MacKinnon for their great teamwork, determination and hard work which resulted in a provincial championship.

RESOLUTION NO. 1753

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Saturday, November 17, 2007, marked the grand opening of the Candy Shop at its new location in Port Hastings; and

Whereas the Candy Shop provides customers with a wide variety of chocolate creations and other candy; and

Whereas Arichat residents, Charles and Peggy Bosdet, are the owners of the Candy Shop;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Charles and Peggy Bosdet on the grand opening of their new location for the Candy Shop and wish them and their employees continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1754

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the Atlantic Challenge Cup for under-15 boys hockey was recently held in Moncton; and

Whereas Bryson Landry of Arichat, a player with the Cape Breton West Bantam AAA Screaming Eagles, played on the first line for Team Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Nova Scotia won the gold medal, with Bryson scoring six points in front of many scouts representing Major Junior, Junior A, prep schools and universities;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Bryson Landry on helping with the gold medal for Nova Scotia and wish him future success in his hockey career.

RESOLUTION NO. 1755

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Arichat resident, Blair Gotell, is a participant in the InNOVAcorp I-3 technology start-up competition; and

Whereas Blair has invented Stack-a-Buoy, the world's first stackable buoy, designed for convenient storage and transportation; and

Whereas the first-place winner from each of five zones will receive a $100,000 prize package towards the development of their venture;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Blair Gotell on inventing the Stack-a-Buoy and wish him luck in the competition and future success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1756

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas on September 29, 2007, the Highland Dancing Atlantic Championships were held in Halifax; and

Whereas Micayla Matthews of Louisdale was one of the competitors; and

Whereas Micayla placed third overall in the premier 13 category;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Micayla Matthews on her success at the Highland Dancing Atlantic Championships and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1757

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas on September 29, 2007, the Highland Dancing Atlantic Championships were held in Halifax; and

Whereas Leah Campbell of St. Peters was one of the competitors; and

Whereas Leah placed second in the nine and under premier category;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Leah Campbell on her success at the Highland Dancing Atlantic championships and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1758

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

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Whereas born on November 21, 1917, Monsignor Conrad Gerrior of West Arichat recently celebrated his 90th birthday; and

Whereas ordained on December 22, 1945, Monsignor Gerrior served as a parish priest in Louisdale, Petit-de-Grat, and served his final years prior to retirement in his home parish of Immaculate Conception, West Arichat; and

Whereas in 2004, Father Conrad Gerrior was recognized by the late Pope John Paul II with the title of Monsignor, a fitting tribute to a lifetime devotion to the church and community development;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Monsignor Conrad Gerrior on celebrating his 90th birthday and thank him for years of service to the communities of Louisdale, Petit-de-Grat and West Arichat.

RESOLUTION NO. 1759

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas this year marked the 20th Anniversary of the Festival of Choirs in Richmond County and was celebrated Sunday, December 2nd, at St. John the Baptist Church in River Bourgeois; and

Whereas the Festival of Choirs brings together choirs from parishes throughout Richmond County to sing Christmas carols; and

Whereas the Festival of Choirs was founded by Arthur Doary, a retired teacher from River Bourgeois and long-time community organizer;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Arthur Doary on organizing the Festival of Choirs for the past 20 years, and thank all the participants in making the event such a success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1760

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

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Whereas Malcolm Kelly was awarded the Palm Leaf Award by the Royal Canadian Legion for his outstanding service over a 55 year period; and

Whereas he has served as President and Vice-President of Ortona Branch No. 69, as well as on committees such as the 400 club, poppy campaign, school visits, colour party, sick and visiting; and

Whereas Malcolm brings great dignity to parades and services as assistant Sergeant-at-Arms and was the 2006 Legion Member of the Year;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate and commend Malcolm Kelly for the respect and dignity he brings to every aspect of his dedicated life as a Legion member.

RESOLUTION NO. 1761

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas Robert Huntley was awarded the Dominion Meritorious Service Medal by the Royal Canadian Legion for 30 years of outstanding service; and

Whereas he served on the executive and held a number of positions on committees such as the poppy campaign, Remembrance Day and crib championships; and

Where Robert took a strong interest in veterans' welfare and their well-being, in addition he works tirelessly to organize and support members with getting out to community parades and events;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Robert Huntley on his years of dedication and commitment to Legion members and the larger community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1762

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas Everett Dalton was awarded the Dominion Meritorious Service Medal by the Royal Canadian Legion for 23 years of outstanding service; and

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Whereas he served as treasurer and held a number of positions on committees such as the poppy campaign and chaired the very successful Dominion Dart Championship; and

Whereas Everett took a great interest in the future of our youth and brought active support to the 507 Flight Squadron as part of his life as a dedicated Legion member;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House recognize the commitment that Everett Dalton made to the Legion and the benefit that it gave to Legion members and the larger community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1763

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas the Village of Kingston was incorporated June 1, 1957; and

Whereas the residents of Kingston celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a variety of events including a Princess Tea, concert in the park and a tree-planting ceremony; and

Whereas to mark this significant milestone for the community, Canada Post has created a cancellation stamp with the village crest for the local post office;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House recognize the hard work that went into the planning of this celebration and congratulate the Village of Kingston and the residents on 50 years of incorporation.

RESOLUTION NO. 1764

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas Barb and Bob Lyle have been named Kingston's Volunteers of the Year; and

Whereas in 1995, they moved to the Valley and continued their 17-year commitment to volunteering in their new community and in particular, to their Baptist Church community; and

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Whereas Barb and Bob have brought a powerful work ethic to everything they have contributed to in the community, whether it is their commitment to the Lions Club or fundraising to pay off the arena's debt - if Bob and Barb are on the committee you know it will be a success;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House recognize the commitment Bob and Barb Lyle have made to building their community and wish them every success in the future.

NOTICE OF QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWERS

Given on April 13, 2007

(Pursuant t Rule 30)

By: Hon. David Morse (Natural Resources)

To: Ms. Joan Massey (Dartmouth East)

Date: May 22, 2007

As requested, I provide comments on the written questions you provided regarding the Shubenacadie Canal Commission and its activities.

Question (1) What position has your government taken on assisting the Canal Commission to realize goals contained within their business plan?

Over the past five years since the responsibility for the Commission was assigned to the Department of Natural Resources, there has been significant support provided. In excess of $350,000 has been provided to support redevelopment of projects within the business plan and to assist in development of the plan itself. Ongoing technical advice has been provided through representation at the Commission meetings and in-kind support has been provided on communications, most recently, the development of a new brochure. All these items specifically relate to the Business Plan.

Question (2) Have you met with your fellow Ministers for the departments referenced above to entrench the Canal Commission's Business Plan as a going concern with your government?

The Commission and its business plan have an awareness within the government. In fact, other current Ministers that have held my position have had previous engagement with the Commission, thereby, providing broad awareness and insights. The Commission has also

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been encouraged to take their business plan to individual Ministers and their senior staff to ensure the best and most complete information is afforded each individual Minister.

The future of the Commission and the Canal is a concern to this government. To that end a new amendment to the Act to Establish the Shubenacadie Canal Commission was recently passed to provide improved representation at the Municipal level. To accomplish this, two provincial appointments were assigned to municipal units.

Question (3) What efforts have you taken to secure the support of the other levels of government to fund this business plan?

The funding of the business plan is a multi-jurisdictional process that needs support from federal, provincial, municipal and private sectors. The province continues to support the efforts of the Commission to engage other partners. Where possible, some funding, as mentioned previously, has been provided in addition to the annual grant the Commission receives. The Commission is an independent body that has flexibility to pursue funding sources that individual provincial agencies cannot. As the lead contact for the Commission we continue to provide support and information to other departments and when possible promote the concepts of the business plan.

In closing, the efforts of the Shubenacadie Canal Commission over the past years have been significant. The re-vitalization of the Canal and its expansion beyond the Halifax Regional Municipality core have raised it to a proper context as a provincial resource and transportation and recreation corridor in the heart of the province.