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HANSARD 08-37

DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Alfie MacLeod

Published by Order of the Legislature by Hansard Reporting Services and printed by the Queen's Printer.

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Second Session

MONDAY, MAY 26, 2008

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 3413, Dal. Intl. Phoenix Science Team: Mars Landing -
Congrats., The Premier (by Hon. M. Parent) 3821
Vote - Affirmative 3822
Res. 3414, C.B.-Victoria Children's Aid Soc./C.B. Island Housing Auth.:
Partnership - Commend, Hon. J. Streatch 3822
Vote - Affirmative 3823
Res. 3415, Stoddart, Justin: N.S. Recycle Contest - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Parent 3823
Vote - Affirmative 3824
Res. 3416, Red Cross Atl. Conf. on Disaster Mgt.: Participants - Thank,
Hon. D. Morse 3824
Vote - Affirmative 3824
Res. 3417, Port Williams Elem. Sch. (Bowlby Class): N.S. Recycles
Contest - Congrats., Hon. M. Parent 3824
Vote - Affirmative 3825
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 3418, MacKay, Ron: Death of - Tribute,
Mr. D. Dexter 3825
Vote - Affirmative 3826
Res. 3419, Annavale Chap. Order of Eastern Star - Anniv. (60th),
Mr. S. McNeil 3826
Vote - Affirmative 3827
Res. 3420, Fox, Cpl. Dave: Work - Praise/Thank,
Mr. P. Dunn 3827
Vote - Affirmative 3827
Res. 3421, White, Kandi - E. Hants Mun. Firefighter/Search & Rescue
Vol. of Yr., Mr. J. MacDonell 3828
Vote - Affirmative 3828
Res. 3422, Adsum House - Anniv. (25th),
Ms. D. Whalen 3828
Vote - Affirmative 3829
Res. 3423, Colwell, Mary Lee/Lantz, Jean/Hantsport Baptist Church WMS:
Work - Recognize, Mr. C. Porter 3829
Vote - Affirmative 3830
Res. 3424, Alderson, Cody - TD Can. Trust Scholarship,
Mr. C. Parker 3830
Vote - Affirmative 3830
Res. 3425, Hepatitis Awareness Mo. (05/08) - Recognize,
Mr. K. Colwell 3831
Vote - Affirmative 3831
Res. 3426, MacRae, Shane: Boston Marathon - Congrats.,
Mr. K. Bain 3831
Vote - Affirmative 3832
Res. 3427, Kidston, Janet - Kidston Heritage House B & B: Opening -
Commend, Ms. M. Raymond 3832
Vote - Affirmative 3833
Res. 3428, MacDonald, George - Sch. Bd. Member of Yr.,
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 3833
Vote - Affirmative 3834
Res. 3429, New Glasgow Music Fest.: Organizers/Competitors -
Congrats., Mr. P. Dunn 3834
Vote - Affirmative 3834
Res. 3430, Adams, Shirley - RCMP Adult Acad.: Participation - Congrats.,
Ms. V. Conrad 3834
Vote - Affirmative 3835
Res. 3431, Gov't. (N.S.) - Fuel Costs: Comprehensive Strategy - Develop,
Mr. H. Theriault 3835
Res. 3432, Hants Commun. Hosp.: N.S. Assoc. of Health Auxiliaries -
Hosting Applaud, Mr. C. Porter 3836
Vote - Affirmative 3837
Vote - Affirmative
Res. 3433, McNair, Kevin: Retirement - Congrats.,
Mr. W. Estabrooks 3837
Vote - Affirmative 3837
Res. 3434, Baddeck Hosp. Aux.: Fundraising - Compliment,
Mr. K. Bain 3837
Vote - Affirmative 3838
Res. No. 3435, Shwery-Stanley, Marcie: N.S. Disabled Persons Comm. -
Appt., Mr. G. Gosse 3838
Vote - Affirmative 3839
Res. 3436, Raimbault, Alain - Arts & Culture Award,
Mr. L. Glavine 3839
Vote - Affirmative 3839
Res. 3437, Apple Auto Glass (Bridgewater): Environmental Efforts -
Recognize, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 3840
Vote - Affirmative 3840
Res. 3438, Crosby Charles - Backspin: Publication - Congrats.,
Ms. M. Raymond 3840
Vote - Affirmative 3841
Res. 3439, Future Inns Hfx. (Clayton Park) - Anniv. (5th),
Ms. D. Whalen 3841
Vote - Affirmative 3842
Res. 3440, Gardner, Dr. Harry G. - Acadia Divinity Coll.: Pres. -
Appt., Hon. M. Parent 3842
Vote - Affirmative 3842
Res. 3441, Erickson, Robyn: Blue Nose Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3842
Vote - Affirmative 3843
Res. 3442, Bance, Dr. Manohar - Cochlear Implants: Work -
Acknowledge, Hon. D. Morse 3843
Vote - Affirmative 3844
Res. 3443, McPhee, Father Norman: Ordination - Anniv. (50th),
Hon. A. MacLeod (by Mr. K. Bain) 3844
Vote - Affirmative 3845
Res. 3444, Musquodoboit Valley: Environmental Initiatives - Applaud,
Hon. B. Taylor 3845
Vote - Affirmative 3845
Res. 3445, Harvey, Wayne - Disabled Commun.: Advocacy -
Acknowledge, Hon. D. Morse 3845
Vote - Affirmative 3846
Res. 3446, Fraser, Jill: Mt. A. Graduation - Salute,
Hon. B. Barnet 3846
Vote - Affirmative 3847
GOVERNMENT BUSINESS:
PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 167, Technical Safety Act,
Mr. K. Colwell 3847
Hon. M. Parent 3853
Vote - Affirmative 3853
PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS:
TIR: Cabot Trail - Conditions, Mr. Manning MacDonald 3853
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No. 183, Industrial Development Act, Mr. Manning MacDonald 3854
PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 133, Land Surveyors Act,
Hon. D. Morse 3854
Mr. C. Parker 3855
Mr. K. Colwell 3856
Hon. D. Morse 3857
Vote - Affirmative 3857
PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 168, House of Assembly Act,
Hon. L. Goucher 3858
Vote - Affirmative 3859
PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 148, Scrap Metal Dealers and Recyclers Act,
Hon. C. Clarke 3859
Mr. W. Estabrooks 3860
Mr. K. Colwell 3863
Hon. C. Clarke 3864
Vote - Affirmative 3864
No. 176, Engineering Profession Act,
Hon. C. Clarke 3864
Vote - Affirmative 3864
PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 100, Health Services and Insurance Act,
Mr. D. Dexter 3865
Mr. Manning MacDonald 3866
Hon. A. MacIsaac 3866
Mr. D. Dexter 3867
Vote - Affirmative 3867
Vote - Affirmative
No. 29, House of Assembly Act,
Mr. F. Corbett 3867
Mr. Manning MacDonald 3868
Hon. L. Goucher 3868
Mr. F. Corbett 3868
Vote - Affirmative 3868
No. 150, Motor Vehicle Act,
Mr. W. Gaudet 3868
Ms. V. Conrad 3869
Hon. M. Scott 3869
Mr. W. Gaudet 3870
Vote - Affirmative 3870
No. 170, Motor Vehicle Act,
Mr. W. Gaudet 3870
Ms. V. Conrad 3871
Hon. M. Scott 3872
Mr. W. Gaudet 3872
Vote - Affirmative 3872
No. 162, Municipal Government Act,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 3873
Mr. F. Corbett 3873
Hon. J. Muir 3873
Mr. H. Epstein 3874
Mr. K. Colwell 3874
Vote - Affirmative 3874
PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 151, Tourist Accommodations Act,
Hon. W. Dooks 3875
Adjourned debate 3875
No. 182, Heritage Property Act,
Hon. W. Dooks 3876
Adjourned debate 3877
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON BILLS AT 4:13 P.M. 3877
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 4:18 P.M. 3877
CWH REPORTS 3877
PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 107, Nova Scotia Agricultural College Act,
Hon. B. Taylor 3878
Mr. J. MacDonell 3878
Mr. L. Glavine 3878
Mr. L. Glavine
Hon. J. Muir 3879
Hon. B. Taylor 3880
Vote - Affirmative 3880
No. 117, Securities Act,
Hon. M. Baker 3881
Vote - Affirmative 3881
No. 123, Public Service Act,
Hon. L. Goucher 3881
Ms. M. More 3882
Mr. H. Theriault 3882
Hon. L. Goucher 3883
Vote - Affirmative 3883
No. 125, Public Service Act,
Hon. M. Parent 3883
Vote - Affirmative 3883
No. 135, Municipal Elections Act,
Hon. J. Muir 3884
Vote - Affirmative 3884
No. 144, Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation Act,
Hon. J. Muir 3884
Mr. C. MacKinnon 3884
Mr. L. Glavine 3885
Hon. J. Muir 3885
Vote - Affirmative 3885
No. 146, Motor Vehicle Act,
Hon. M. Scott 3885
Vote - Affirmative 3886
PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 121, Assessment Act,
Mr. G. Gosse 3887
Vote - Affirmative 3887
PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 177, Naturopathic Doctors Act,
Hon. M. Baker 3887
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 3888
Mr. L. Glavine 3890
Hon. M. Baker 3891
Vote - Affirmative 3891
HOUSE RECESSED AT 5:01 P.M. 3891
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 5:46 P.M. 3891
PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
Law Amendments Committee, Mr. C. Porter 3892
Law Amendments Committee, Mr. C. Porter 3892
HOUSE RECESSED AT 5:48 P.M. 3893
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 6:33 P.M. 3893
PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
Law Amendments Committee, Mr. C. Porter 3894
Law Amendments Committee, Mr. C. Porter 3894
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON BILLS AT 6:35 P.M. 3895
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 6:41 P.M. 3895
CWH REPORTS 3895
PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 127, Health Professions Disciplinary Proceedings Protection (2008) Act,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 3896
Vote - Affirmative 3896
No. 120, Public Service Act,
Hon. M. Parent 3896
Vote - Affirmative 3896
No. 130, Emergency Health Services Act,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 3897
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 3897
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 3898
Mr. C. Porter 3898
Hon. A. MacIsaac 3899
Vote - Affirmative 3999
No. 131, North American Labour Cooperation Agreement
Implementation Act, Hon. M. Parent 3900
Vote - Affirmative 3900
No. 163, Personal Directives Act,
Hon. C. Clarke 3900
Mr. W. Estabrooks 3901
Mr. M. Samson 3902
Hon. C. Clarke 3903
Vote - Affirmative 3903
No. 178, Children and Family Services Act,
Hon. C. Clarke 3904
Mr. M. Samson 3904
Hon. C. Clarke 3905
Vote - Affirmative 3905
PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 3, Public Utilities Act,
Mr. M. Samson 3905
Vote - Affirmative 3906
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Tue., May 27th at 12:00 NOON 3907
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 3447, Adams, Lydia: Music Dedication - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 3908
Res. 3448, Doull, Winnie - RCMP Adult Acad.: Participation - Recognize,
Ms. V. Conrad 3908
Res. 3449, "We Have A Dream" - Production: Writers/Director/Actors -
Compliment, Mr. C. Porter 3909
Res. 3450, Morris, Amanda: Music Abilities - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 3909
Res. 3451, Barnes, Kevin: Musical Artistry - Applaud,
Mr. C. Porter 3910
Res. 3452, Van Blarcom, Randi: Music Abilities - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 3910
Res. 3453, Van Blarcom, Kelsey: Musical Talent - Compliment,
Mr. C. Porter 3911
Res. 3454, Lynch, Patrick: Percussion Abilities - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 3911
Res. 3455, Campbell, Cailun: Bass Music Abilities - Commend,
Mr. C. Porter 3912
Res. 3456, Slipp, Courtney - NSSAF Award, Mr. L. Glavine 3912
Res. 3457, Holland, Ashley - NSSAF Award, Mr. L. Glavine 3913
Res. 3458, Spurrell, Amy - NSSAF Award, Mr. L. Glavine 3913
Res. 3459, Ogilvie, Jane - NSSAF Award, Mr. L. Glavine 3914
Res. 3460, Trites, Robert - NSSAF Award, Mr. L. Glavine 3914
Res. 3461, Morse, Zachary - NSSAF Award, Mr. L. Glavine 3914
Res. 3462, Thompson, Daniel - NSSAF Award, Mr. L. Glavine 3915
Res. 3463, Arsenault, Adam - NSSAF Award, Mr. L. Glavine 3915
Res. 3464, Milne, Greg - NSSAF Award, Mr. L. Glavine 3916
Res. 3465, Bentley, Ross - NSSAF Award, Mr. L. Glavine 3916
Res. 3466, LeBlanc, Chad - NSSAF Award, Mr. L. Glavine 3917
Res. 3467, Trites, John - NSSAF Award, Mr. L. Glavine 3917
Res. 3468, Waldman, Barry - Webber Mem. Award, Hon. C. Clarke 3917
Res. 3469, Brain Injury Assoc. (N.S.): Fundraising - Congrats.,
Ms. J. Massey 3918
Res. 3470, Metal Arts Guild (N.S.): Award Winners - Congrats.,
Ms. J. Massey 3918
Res. 3471, Solara Café: Opening - Congrats., Ms. J. Massey 3919
Res. 3472, Kaleidoscope Catering & Bakery: Bus. Success - Congrats.,
Ms. J. Massey 3919
Res. 3473, Spence, Jocelyn - Chief Scout Award,
Ms. J. Massey 3920
Res. 3474, Eric Graves Mem. JHS Staff/Students - Terry Fox Run:
Participation - Congrats., Ms. J. Massey 3920
Res. 3475, Crowell, Lynn - Food for Shelburne Co. Fundraiser:
Volunteering - Thank, Mr. S. Belliveau 3921
Res. 3476, Buchanan, Lisa - Food for Shelburne Co. Fundraiser:
Volunteering - Thank, Mr. S. Belliveau 3921
Res. 3477, Smith, Kyle - Food for Shelburne Co. Fundraiser:
Volunteering - Thank, Mr. S. Belliveau 3922
Res. 3478, Glauser, Kathleen/Winsome Blues Band - Food For Shelburne Co.
Fundraiser: Volunteering - Thank, Mr. S. Belliveau 3922
Res. 3479, D'Eon, Irene - Food for Shelburne Co. Fundraiser:
Donation - Thank, Mr. S. Belliveau 3923
Res. 3480, Acker, John: Physical Activity Challenge - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 3923
Res. 3481, DeMolitor, Isaac: Physical Activity Challenge - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 3924
Res. 3482, Scott, Hanna: Physical Activity Challenge - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 3924
Res. 3483, Dexter, Jerid: Barrington Mun. HS Science Fair -
Congrats., Ms. S. Belliveau 3925
Res. 3484, Kendrick, Jillian, Barrington Mun. HS Science Fair -
Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 3925
Res. 3485, Atwood, Haleigh, Barrington Mun. HS Science Fair -
Congrats, Mr. S. Belliveau 3926
Res. 3486, Amiro, Leah/Adams, Maria, Barrington Mun. HS Science Fair -
Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 3926
Res. 3487, Yee, Laura, Barrington Mun. HS Science Fair -
Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 3927
Res. 3488, Nickerson, Laura, Barrington Mun. HS Science Fair -
Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 3927
Res. 3489, Thurber, Lynsay, Barrington Mun. HS Science Fair -
Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 3928
Res. 3490, Cunningham, Kristie, Barrington Mun. HS Science Fair -
Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 3928
Res. 3491, Penny, Robin: NSCC Idol Comp. - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 3929
Res. 3492, O'Connell, Logan: Author's Autograph - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 3929
Res. 3493, Buchanan, Lisa - Osprey Arts Ctrs.: Performance - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 3930
Res. 3494, Brannen, Laurie: Labour Doula Career - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 3930
Res. 3495, Snow, Holly: Forest Ridge Acad. - Fire Safety Prog.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 3931
Res. 3496, Smith, Holli: Poetry Book - Publication
Mr. S. Belliveau 3931
Res. 3497, Brannen, Harold: Barrington RCMP - Aux. Cst.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 3932
Res. 3498, Thorburn, Hannah: N.S. Recycles Contest - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 3932
Res. 3499, Brown, Greg/Yarbrough, Anne - McNutts Island: Home
Purchase - Recognize, Mr. S. Belliveau 3933
Res. 3500, Wilson Shopping Ctr./Sobeys - Goreham Triplets:
Fundraising - Thank, Mr. S. Belliveau 3933
Res. 3501, Frelick, Geneva - Recognize, Mr. S. Belliveau 3934
Res. 3502, Goreham, Helen: Barrington Mun. HS Mem. Garden Proj. -
Recognize, Mr. S. Belliveau 3934
Res. 3503, Nickerson, Jerry - Island & Barrington Passage Vol. FD
Scroll of Recognition (25 yrs), Mr. S. Belliveau 3935
Res. 3504, Doane, Jeff - Barrington 7E Vol. FD Scroll of Recognition
(25 yrs), Mr. S. Belliveau 3935
Res. 3505, Newell, Jim - Island & Barrington Passage Vol. FD Scroll
of Recognition (26 yrs), Mr. S. Belliveau 3936
Res. 3506, Nickerson, Larry - Island & Barrington Passage Vol. FD
Scroll of Recognition (17 yrs), Mr. S. Belliveau 3937
Res. 3507, Williams, Leo - Lockeport Vol. FD Scroll of Recognition
(35 yrs), Mr. S. Belliveau 3937
Res. 3508, Perry, Jarrett - Hockey Gold Medal, Mr. S. Belliveau 3938
Res. 3509, Nickerson, Kaleigh: Barrington Mun. HS Science Fair -
Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 3938
Res. 3510, Nickerson, Kassidy: Barrington Mun. HS Science Fair -
Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 3939
Res. 3511, Glauser, Kathleen - Osprey Arts Ctr.: Performance -
Recognize, Mr. S. Belliveau 3939
Res. 3512, Boyd, Karla: Tri. Co. Reg. Science & Tech. Expo. -
Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 3940
Res. 3513, Morash, Kevin: N.S. Recycles Contest - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 3940
Res. 3514, Atwood, Kale: Basketball Championship - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 3941
Res. 3515, Bennicke, Kaleigh - Angel Hair for Kids Sake Donation:
Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 3941
Res. 3516, Smith, Lesley/Vols.: Cape Sable/Clark's Hbr. Elem. Schs.
Safe Arrivals Prog. - Thank, Mr. S. Belliveau 3942
Res. 3517, Sears, Jacob: Basketball Championship - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 3942
Res. 3518, Smith, Jack - Osprey Arts Ctr.: Performance - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 3943
Res. 3519, Atkinson, Jeremy: Author's Autograph - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 3943
Res. 3520, Nickerson, John: Forest Ridge Acad. - Fire Safety Prog.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 3944
Res. 3521, Ross, Jarrett: Hockey Skills Comp. - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 3944
Res. 3522, Brannen, Jeremy: Author's Autograph - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 3945
Res. 3523, Goreham, Justin - Hockey Gold Medal, Mr. S. Belliveau 3945
Res. 3524, Wamback, Joshua - Hockey Gold Medal,
Mr. S. Belliveau 3946
Res. 3525, Duggan, Sherry/Gregan, Thelma: Natl. Historic Soc. -
Recognition, Mr. L. Glavine 3946
Res. 3526, Lundrigan, Karen - Mulgrave Rep. Vol., Hon. R. Chisholm 3947
Res. 3527, East. Shore Joint Emergency Mgt. Team: Efforts -
Applaud, Hon. W. Dooks 3947
Res. 3528, Lasnier, Andre - Oyster Pond FD: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 3948
Res. 3529, Arnold, Wesley, Oyster Pond FD: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 3948
Res. 3530, Milne, James, Oyster Pond FD: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 3949
Res. 3531, Richardson, Jim, Oyster Pond FD: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 3949
Res. 3532, MacInnis, Hugh, Oyster Pond FD: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 3050
Res. 3533, LeBlanc, Guy, Oyster Pond FD: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 3950
Res. 3534, Newcombe, Sandy, Oyster Pond FD: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 3950
Res. 3535, Evans, Ben, Oyster Pond FD: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 3951
Res. 3536, Arnold, Garnet, Oyster Pond FD: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 3951
Res. 3537, Mitchell, Zoe, Oyster Pond FD: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 3952
Res. 3538, Day, Lisa, Oyster Pond FD: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 3952
Res 3539, Gerrand, Andre, Oyster Pond FD: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 3953
Res. 3540, Theriault, Brent: Blue Nose Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3953
Res. 3541, Al-Shaghay, Abdullah, Blue Nose Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3953
Res. 3542, MacKenzie, Alexander, Blue Nose Marathon - Congrats,
Hon. L. Goucher 3954
Res. 3543, Gervais, Andrew, Blue Nose Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3954
Res. 3544, Thompson, Anthony, Blue Nose Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3955
Res. 3545, Coutts, Carol: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3955
Res. 3546, Cuddihy, Chris: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3956
Res. 3547, Pelley, Christine: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3956
Res. 3548, Lapointe, Darlene, Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3957
Res. 3549, Phelan, David, Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3957
Res. 3550, Dunnington, Dorothy, Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3958
Res. 3551, Macdonald, Gavin, Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3858
Res. 3552, Servant, Gregory: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3959
Res. 3553, Holley, Jacquelynn: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.
Hon. L. Goucher 3959
Res. 3554, Sproule, Jeff, Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3960
Res. 3555, Wilson, Joanne: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3960
Res. 3556, Sproule, Karen: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3961
Res. 3557, McMullen, Lana: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3961
Res. 3558, Dagenais, Lawrence: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3962
Res. 3559, Banfield, Mandy, Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3962
Res. 3560, Warburton, Matt, Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3963
Res. 3561, McPherson, Melissa: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher ^Res. 3562, Malbeuf, Nicholas, Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats., 3963
Hon. L. Goucher 3964
Res. 3563, Laberge, Pierre: Blue Nose Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3964
Res. 3564, Bartolacci, Rosita: Blue Nose Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3965
Res. 3565, Earle, Sara: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3965
Res. 3566, Tulloch, Shelly: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3966
Res. 3567, Power, Tara: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,..
Hon. L. Goucher 3966
Res. 3568, Mason, Tim: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3967
Res. 3569, Wilson, Trish: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3967
Res. 3570, Crase, Adam: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3968
Res. 3571, Burns, Alexandra: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3968
Res. 3572, MacIsaac, Andrew: Blue Nose Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3969
Res. 3573, Stegemann, Barb: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3969
Res. 3574, Surette, Brian: Blue Nose Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3970
Res. 3575, Skinner, Charlie: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3970
Res. 3576, Davey, Chris: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3971
Res. 3577, MacKenzie, Clare: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3971
Res. 3578, Munro, Darrell, Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3972
Res. 3579, Tracey, David: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3972
Res. 3580, Gallant, Doug: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3973
Res. 3581, MacKenzie, Glen: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3973
Res. 3582, Munro, Hanna: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3974
Res. 3583, Jacobs, Jane: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. Goucher 3974
Res. 3584, Auffrey, Jennifer: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3975
Res. 3585, Wilson, Jo-Anne: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3975
Res. 3586, Flannery-Fleck, Ken: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3976
Res. 3587, Young, Larry: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3976
Res. 3588, Keast, Liam: Blue Nose Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3977
Res. 3589, Fraser, Mark: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3977
Res. 3590, Bayne, Maureen: Blue Nose Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3978
Res. 3591, Lumsden, Mike: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3978
Res. 3592, Dagenais, Pamela: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3979
Res. 3593, Quinlan-Hainse, Helen: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3979
Res. 3594, MacKinnon, Rochelle: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3980
Res. 3595, Baker, Ryan: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3980
Res. 3596, Anderson, Scott: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3981
Res. 3597, Warburton, Sherry: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3981
Res. 3598, Perri, Teresa: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3982
Res. 3599, Archibald, Tom: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3982
Res. 3600, Caldwell, Wallace: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3983
Res. 3601, Murphy, Alanna: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3983
Res. 3602, Nolan, Alicia: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3984
Res. 3603, Curran, Anthony: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3984
Res. 3604, Landry, Blaise: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3985
Res. 3605, Jennings, Carol Anne: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3985
Res. 3606, Williams, Charmaine: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3986
Res. 3607, Warburton, Chris: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3986
Res. 3608, Maclaine, Craig: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3987
Res. 3609, Mackenzie, David: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3987
Res. 3610, MacDonald-Billard, Denise: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3988
Res. 3611, Charnley, Elizabeth: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3988
Res. 3612, Walsh, Gordon: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3989
Res. 3613, Duggan, Heather: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3989
Res. 3614, Shiers, Janet: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3990
Res. 3615, Tramble, Jennifer: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3990
Res. 3616, Gallinger, John: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3991
Res. 3617, Flemming, Kim: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3991
Res. 3618, Mackeigan, Laura: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3992
Res. 3619, MacDonald, Linda: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3992
Res. 3620, Landry, Mark: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3993
Res. 3621, Outerbridge, Mayann: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3993
Res. 3622, Macneilo, Naney: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3994
Res. 3623, Laroche, Patrick: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3994
Res. 3624, Jardine, Ralph: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3995
Res. 3625, Ebbett, Roger: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3995
Res. 3626, Palmer-Dixon, Rylan: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3996
Res. 3627, Kenny, Christine: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3996
Res. 3628, Sophocleous, Stacy: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3997
Res. 3629, Burney, Tessa: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3997
Res. 3630, Burke, Tracey: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3998
Res. 3631, Jewers, Wanda: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3998
Res. 3632, Ferro, Alex: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3999
Res. 3633, Dickson, Amy: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 3999
Res. 3634, Rostek, Anthony: Blue Nose Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4000
Res. 3635, Gallagher, Brenda: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4000
Res. 3636, Cheyne, Carol: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4001
Res. 3637, Gervais, Cheryl: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4001
Res. 3638, Cullen, Christine: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4002
Res. 3639, Simonsen, Dana: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4002
Res. 3640, Pennington, David: Blue Nose Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4003
Res. 3641, Corderio, Doreen: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4003
Res. 3642, Depalma, Frank: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4004
Res. 3643, Mullane, Greg: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4004
Res. 3644, Van Der Linde, Heather: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4005
Res. 3645, Mclatchy, Jeff: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4005
Res. 3646, Collier, Joan: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4006
Res. 3647, Landry, John: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4006
Res. 3648, MacDonald, Kim: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4007
Res. 3649, Allain, Laurie: Blue Nose Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4007
Res. 3650, Giffin, Lori: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4008
Res. 3651, Clark-Touesnard, Mary: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4008
Res. 3652, Landry, Melissa: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4009
Res. 3653, Munro, Natalie: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4009
Res. 3654, Touesnard, Peter: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4010
Res. 3655, Conrad, Robert: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4010
Res. 3656, Tracey, Rosemary: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4011
Res. 3657, Shires, Samuel: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4011
Res. 3658, Allard, Shelley: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4012
Res. 3659, Outerbridge, Susan: Blue Nose 5K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4012
Res. 3660, Houtsma, Tim: Blue Nose Half Marathon - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4013
Res. 3661, McGrath, Trent: Blue Nose 10K Run - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4013

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HALIFAX, MONDAY, MAY 26, 2008

Sixtieth General Assembly

Second Session

2:00 P.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Alfie MacLeod

DEPUTY SPEAKER

Mr. Wayne Gaudet

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

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Environment.

RESOLUTION NO. 3413

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

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3821

Whereas through their role in the construction and operation of the Canadian-led laser radar, or LIDAR as it is known, enthusiastic members of Dalhousie's International Phoenix Science Team were there in spirit when the Phoenix Mission landed near the northern polar cap of Mars yesterday after a 10-month voyage; and

Whereas the LIDAR is a key scientific instrument for measuring the structure of the dusty atmosphere of the planet, making it a valuable tool on a mission designed to discover more about Mars; and

Whereas the information gathered by this instrument will allow scientists to understand how Martian weather evolves, as well, the results can help us better understand how weather on Earth develops, by contrasting and comparing the findings with similar processes here;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Dal's team on NASA's successful landing yesterday and wish them all the best as they continue to be part of this important 90-day exploration of the red planet.

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 Community Services.

RESOLUTION NO. 3414

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

Whereas the Children's Aid Society of Cape Breton-Victoria is carrying out positive and preventive work with families and children through programming at Clifford House, North Sydney; and

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Whereas through a partnership with Cape Breton Island Housing Authority, families have the opportunity to access supportive services and programs that focus on the needs of families in their own community; and

Whereas the Department of Community Services is proud to support agency partnerships that are proactive in providing families with a nurturing experience in a supportive community setting and that promote independent family functioning;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend the efforts of partnership efforts of agencies in improving the lives of our families in the Province of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Environment.

RESOLUTION NO. 3415

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 Resource Recovery Fund Board sponsors the Nova Scotia Recycles contest; and

Whereas Region 5 had over $40,000 in winners in 2007; and

Whereas Justin Stoddart of Northeast Kings Education Centre was runner-up in the Grade 7/9 magazine advertisement competition;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Justin Stoddart on his magazine advertisement, as all Nova Scotians win when they reduce, reuse and recycle.

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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 Acting Minister of Emergency Management.

RESOLUTION NO. 3416

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

Whereas the Canadian Red Cross' second annual Conference on Disaster Management took place May 7th through May 9th in Halifax; and

Whereas conferences such as this are of vital importance to share best practices and forge the relationships that will serve citizens well in times of crisis; and

Whereas this government has made public safety a priority and has been proactive in investing in emergency preparedness through the Emergency Management Office;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank and congratulate participants in the Red Cross' second annual Conference on Disaster Management for working together for the betterment of public safety for all Atlantic Canadians.

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 Environment.

RESOLUTION NO. 3417

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 Resource Recovery Fund Board sponsors the Nova Scotia Recycles contest; and

Whereas Region 5 had over $40,000 in winners in 2007; and

Whereas Ms. Terri Bowlby's class of Port Williams Elementary School was winner of the Primary to Grade 1 colouring contest;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Ms. Bowlby's class on their achievements, as all Nova Scotians win when they reduce, reuse and recycle.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

NOTICES OF MOTION

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

RESOLUTION NO. 3418

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

Whereas on April 14th, a giant in instrumental music education in the Province of Nova Scotia, Ron MacKay, passed away; and

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Whereas Ron MacKay influenced thousands of musicians, young and old, over many years of passionate devotion to concert bands, orchestras, choirs and individual instruction, first in the Truro school system and then in the Halifax area; and

Whereas several of the bands which Ron conducted were recognized to be the best school concert bands in Canada, and many members of Nova Scotia's and Canada's current music scene are former students of Ron MacKay;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize the immense contribution Ron MacKay made as a music educator, and be it further resolved that this House extend our deepest sympathies to the MacKay family and to the legion of musicians who have lost their friend, teacher and mentor.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

[2:15 p.m.]

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Leader of the Liberal Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 3419

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

Whereas the Annavale Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star is celebrating 60 years of community involvement; and

Whereas the Order of the Eastern Star is the largest worldwide fraternal organization in which both men and women can participate and hold office, with the Middleton OES being the 31st chapter formed in the province; and

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Whereas this organization has been supporting worthwhile causes in the community since its inception, with this year's project aimed at raising $40,000 in support of the Special Olympics;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly join me in congratulating all members of the Annavale Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star on marking 60 years and wish them many more years as a respected community organization.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 3420

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 Corporal Dave Fox has been stationed with the RCMP all over the country and has recently come home to protect Nova Scotia's children; and

Whereas Corporal Fox was named the head of the RCMP's Internet Child Exploitation Unit here in Nova Scotia in 2006; and

Whereas Corporal Fox maintains that while there is still too much on-line activity in Nova Scotia, police forces are making strides with every charge from the ICE Unit resulting in a conviction and more victims coming forward, and Corporal Fox insists that while the work can be emotionally straining the reward is very satisfying, knowing that current and future victims can be better protected;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their praise and gratitude to New Glasgow native and RCMP Corporal Dave Fox for the very important work he does to protect all of Nova Scotia's children.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Hants East.

RESOLUTION NO. 3421

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

Whereas in an emergency situation, often first responders are volunteers; and

Whereas the Municipality of East Hants has seen fit to acknowledge the special efforts of first responders; and

Whereas on May 9, 2008, Ms. Kandi White was recognized as the Municipality of East Hants Firefighter/Search and Rescue Volunteer of the Year;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Kandi White on being named the Municipality of East Hants Firefighter/Search and Rescue Volunteer of the Year.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park.

RESOLUTION NO. 3422

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

Whereas Adsum for Women & Children is a non-profit community-based organization which opened its doors in 1983 in Halifax; and

Whereas currently Adsum operates three facilities that are dedicated to providing safe shelter and housing, services and support to female youth, women and children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless; and

Whereas on August 17, 2008, Adsum will host Adsum Fun for Families to mark its 25th Anniversary with food, games, races, face painting and more;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House recognize the very valuable contribution Adsum for Women & Children has made to families over the past 25 years and wish them every success in the future.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Hants West.

RESOLUTION NO. 3423

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

Whereas Jean Lantz in a special presentation in mid-April received a Dominion Life Membership pin and certificate from the Women's Missionary Society of the Hantsport Baptist Church; and

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Whereas Jean was an active member in Ontario of the Women's Missionary Society and joined the Hantsport Baptist Church Chapter in the Fall of 2006; and

Whereas the presentation to Jean by Mary Lee Colwell, president of the local society, played an integral part of the Women's Missionary Society Mission Sunday morning service as the pin presented to Jean had been returned to the Hantsport Chapter by the family of the late Chris MacKinnon who passed away late last October;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this historic House of Assembly recognize the genuine caring and wonderful work undertaken by individuals such as Mary Lee Colwell, Jean Lantz and members of the Women's Missionary Society of the Hantsport Baptist Church.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou West.

RESOLUTION NO. 3424

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

Whereas Cody Alderson of Pictou County and a student at Northumberland Regional High School in Alma was selected from almost 4,000 Canadian high school students to receive a $60,000 TD Canada Trust 2008 Community Leadership Scholarship; and

Whereas Cody submitted a unique application telling of the project he undertook at his high school called the International Buddy Program - pairing local students with international students; and

Whereas Cody has twice been co-president of the student council and has been actively involved with his church and as a power skating coach;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Cody Alderson on winning the prestigious TD Canada Trust 2008 Community Leadership Scholarship and wish Cody every success in his plans to become a teacher.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Preston.

RESOLUTION NO. 3425

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

Whereas throughout Canada May is recognized as Hepatitis Awareness Month; and

Whereas it is established that over 250,000 Canadians are infected with hepatitis C, however many are not aware that they have the infection; and

Whereas Hepatitis Awareness Month is a great opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to making the public aware of hepatitis C and the preventative measures that should be taken to protect against the infection;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly recognize the month of May as Hepatitis Awareness Month and work towards making the public aware of this infectious disease.

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 chatter is getting quite high and it's getting hard to hear the speakers.

The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 3426

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

Whereas Shane MacRae of Georges River was one of the 22,375 runners to start the 112th Boston Marathon in April; and

Whereas the Boston Marathon was first run in April 19, 1897 and has become the world's oldest annually contested marathon; and

Whereas Shane was a rookie participant this year and finished in a time of 3 hours, 15 minutes 3 seconds, and was accompanied by eight other enthusiastic runners from Cape Breton who also participated in the marathon;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Shane MacRae of Georges River for his initial participation in the Boston Marathon and wish him every future 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 Halifax Atlantic.

RESOLUTION NO. 3427

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

Whereas Janet Kidston lives in a house continuously occupied by her family since construction by her many-greats grandfather, Alexander Kidston, in 1826 and will open it to the travelling public on June 1st as the Kidston Heritage House Bed and Breakfast; and

Whereas the lands of the Kidston family's Rocking Stone Farm, which prospered as a mixed farm and dairy into the mid-20th Century, once included the famous Rocking Stone, a boulder deposited by glaciation and left delicately balanced on a granite base; and

Whereas the Rocking Stone has long been a tourist attraction drawing day visitors from around the world, including members of the Royal Family and Joseph Howe, who listed it as a must-see in Western Rambles in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend Janet Kidston on the opening of the Kidston Heritage House Bed and Breakfast on June 1st, wishing her all success as she renews the tourist tradition in Spryfield and recognize its contribution to the local economy.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Glace Bay.

RESOLUTION NO. 3428

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

Whereas George MacDonald, the representative for Districts 1 to 4 on the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board has recently been recognized for his hard work; and

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Whereas the Nova Scotia School Boards Association has named George MacDonald the School Board Member of the Year; and

Whereas throughout his life, George has shown his dedication to the lives of students by serving on numerous school board committees, 20 years as a guidance counsellor and coach at Reserve District High and 16 years as a guidance counsellor and administrator at Glace Bay High School;

Therefore be it resolved the members of the House of Assembly recognize the many efforts of George MacDonald and congratulate him on being named School Board Member of the Year.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 3429

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-born violinist Bob Murray played violin for the 70th time at the recent New Glasgow Music Festival; and

Whereas he doesn't remember much about the first time he competed 70 years ago, but he does remember the name of the piece he played when he was just eight years old; and

Whereas Mr. Murray remembers playing "Long, Long Ago" in the festival and the encouraging response from the adjudicators and organizers of the event maintain that choosing the right adjudicator, one who can deliver constructive criticism as well as encouragement, is part of the longevity and success of the festival;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send best wishes to the organizers, violinist Bob Murray and all the competitors of this year's New Glasgow Music Festival, celebrating young Pictou County talent for seven decades.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Queens.

RESOLUTION NO. 3430

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

Whereas safety awareness for our seniors is very important in our communities and the Queens detachment of the RCMP took it upon themselves to present a free safety program to individuals 55 years of age and older; and

Whereas these free programs are made up of six individual components and are held over six weeks in local fire departments within Queens County; and

Whereas the topics covered are self defence, and presentations by food safety inspectors, paramedics, firefighters and pharmacy representatives;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Shirley Adams for having participated in the six week RCMP Adult Academy held in Greenfield, Queens County.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Digby Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 3431

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

Whereas the Tri-County Regional School Board have said that high oil and fuel costs are causing many problems, contributing to a deficit as much as $230,000; and

Whereas aside from the nearly 30 schools the board operates, it has 80 school buses traveling just under 15,000 kilometres per day; and

Whereas the impact of high fuel and oil costs are concerns that the school board will not see disappear any time soon;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier and his government develop a comprehensive strategy to reduce fuel costs in this province, allowing school boards to spend money where it truly counts, and that is on the education of students.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

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The honourable member for Hants West.

RESOLUTION NO. 3432

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Association of Health Auxiliaries recently met in Windsor for their annual education seminar; and

Whereas 15 auxiliaries and a total 80 members gathered to discuss a wide array of subject matters such as drug dependency, the importance of a national auxiliary body and even flower arranging; and

Whereas Hants Community Hospital Auxiliary member Joyce Janks put it best in a recent local newspaper article when she said, the local hospital auxiliary is a major part of this community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House, through this resolution, applaud the work undertaken by the Hants Community Hospital Auxiliary in hosting the 2008 Nova Scotia Association of Health Auxiliaries annual education seminar.

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 Timberlea-Prospect.

RESOLUTION NO. 3433

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

Whereas this June, 2008, legendary school teacher Kevin McNair will retire from the staff of Sir John A. Macdonald High School; and

Whereas Kevin McNair has given exemplary service to the students of our community; and

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Whereas the dedicated professionalism of Kevin McNair is appreciated by students, parents and fellow teachers;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Kevin McNair on his retirement from the teaching profession and thank him for his years of service with best wishes in his future 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 Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 3434

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

Whereas Canada Health Day, sponsored by the Baddeck Hospital Auxiliary, is the largest fundraiser of the year for the auxiliary and was held on May 9th at the Victoria County Memorial Hospital; and

Whereas the event is a day-long event and involved everything from a table of baked goods to a tea room; and

Whereas proceeds from the 2008 Canada Health Day went into a savings account for the purchase of a digital chair scale;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House compliment the hard work of the Baddeck Hospital Auxiliary for their drive and dedication in raising funds for the Victoria County Memorial Hospital.

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 Cape Breton Nova.

RESOLUTION NO. 3435

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission strives to champion the needs, concerns and issues of people with disabilities; and

Whereas Marcie Shwery-Stanley was named Cape Breton's representative with the commission; and

Whereas Marcie's advocacy in disability issues has spanned more than 26 years;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Marcie Shwery-Stanley on her appointment to the Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission and wish Marcie all the best in her new role as she continues the fight for people with disabilities.

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 Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 3436

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

Whereas the 2nd Annual Awards Gala presented by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council was held in Sydney; and

Whereas Alain Raimbault of Kingston has been presented with the Established Artist Recognition Award; and

Whereas the prize, valued at $5,000, is awarded to established artists who have made significant contributions to the artistic fabric of our province;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Alain Raimbault of Kingston and wish him continued success in the future.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Human Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 3437

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 it's up to everyone to do their share in taking care of the environment; and

Whereas more businesses than ever are doing their part; and

Whereas Apple Auto Glass is the first auto painter on the South Shore to go green, which means it is now using all water-based paints instead of the oil-based paint;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Apple Auto Glass, Bridgewater, on its role in making our environment a number one priority.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Atlantic.

RESOLUTION NO. 3438

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

Whereas Nova Scotia author Charles Crosby recently launched his second novel, Backspin, at the Keshen Goodwin Library; and

Whereas this novel chronicles the rise and fall of a hapless and cheerless tennis professional; and

Whereas Backspin was published in British Columbia, since it could not be marketed as an "Atlantic Canadian" book;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate local author Charles Crosby on the publication of his latest novel, Backspin, and endeavour to strengthen the Atlantic Canada publishing industry so that it is able to provide outlets for a wide variety of Atlantic Canadian fiction.

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 Halifax Clayton Park.

RESOLUTION NO. 3439

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

Whereas the Future Inns in Halifax, located at 30 Fairfax Drive in Clayton Park, celebrated its grand opening on April 10, 2003; and

Whereas since its opening, Future Inns has become a landmark in our community with many local residents enjoying the Redwood Grill; and

Whereas the inn prides itself on excellent value and unrivalled guest service and has become a favourite stay for visitors to our city;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the staff and management on the 5th Anniversary of their opening in Clayton Park and wish them every success in the future.

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 Labour and Workforce Development.

RESOLUTION NO. 3440

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

Whereas since 1834 the Baptist community in the Annapolis Valley has been vested in higher learning; and

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Whereas the mission of Acadia Divinity College, my alma mater, is to prepare men and women for leadership in various Christian ministries both locally and globally; and

Whereas the installation service for Dr. Harry G. Gardner took place on May 10, 2008, making him the president of the Acadia Divinity College;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Dr. Harry G. Gardner as he serves as leader of this fine Christian institution in the Annapolis Valley.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Immigration.

RESOLUTION NO. 3441

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Robyn Erickson completed the Bluenose Half Marathon, finishing first, in a time of one hour, 24 minutes and 56 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Robyn Erickson on her win and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests stamina to the limit.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 3442

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

Whereas modern technology is providing options for the hearing impaired that would have been considered science fiction just a few short years ago; and

Whereas Dr. Manohar Bance at the IWK leads a world-class team that provides the opportunity for deaf people to hear with a surgical insertion of cochlear implants; and

Whereas the procedure helps either people who lost their hearing over time or even those born completely deaf like my granddaughter, Emilia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge the tremendous work of Dr. Bance and his dedicated team and this extraordinary opportunity for the deaf to hear, or hear again, with the assistance of cochlear implants.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3443

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

Whereas Sydney River Parish priest Father Norman MacPhee will celebrate 50 years as an ordained priest this Sunday, June 1st; and

Whereas Father MacPhee, who will turn 73 later this summer, began his work with the Catholic Diocese in North Sydney in 1958 before going to Honduras for six years where he did so many great things with the church that included the establishment of the Fatima Home for Homeless Youth; and

Whereas Father MacPhee has been with Our Lady of Fatima Church in Sydney River for the past 14 years and to this day supports a scholarship at Cape Breton University in memory of his parents;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud the community spirit and work in the Catholic Diocese of Father Norman MacPhee and wish him 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 Minister of Agriculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 3444

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

Whereas the Musquodoboit Valley Co-op and the Musquodoboit Valley Tourism Association played a pivotal role with local students during recent Earth Day ceremonies; and

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Whereas students from the beautiful Musquodoboit Valley Education Centre and Upper Musquodoboit Consolidated Elementary School participated in a decorated brown grocery bag program where bags were distributed to co-op customers; and

Whereas Co-op Manager Michelle Smith said some customers are already using blue cloth bags and it was so nice to see others being encouraged by students to use the brown bags as part of Earth Day - all part of the grocery bag program initiated by the Musquodoboit Valley Tourism Association;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the important environmental initiatives that students, local tourism and business owners in the Musquodoboit Valley are putting forth through projects such as the grocery bag program.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 3445

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

Whereas Wayne Harvey was a tireless supporter of the disabled community and charter member of the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia, established in 1988; and

Whereas he intervened and negotiated for many - speaking up for them when they could not; and

Whereas he visited residents in rehabilitation and nursing homes and assisted some to move on to other supported living situations;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge this tireless and true advocate for the disabled community and recognize sometimes the most humble people leave the biggest legacy.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Health Promotion and Protection.

RESOLUTION NO. 3446

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

Whereas 22 year old Jill Fraser of Beaver Bank has graduated from Mount Allison University with more than just her degree - Ms. Fraser is one of only four to graduate with the university's Golden A Award; and

Whereas the recipients are presented to those who made outstanding contributions to their university community; and

Whereas in addition to her studies, her extracurricular activities included participation in the students' administrative council, in the university's Habitat for Humanity Chapter, helping a student from Japan improve her language skills as well as involvement with the Best Buddies program;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House salute this young Nova Scotian from Beaver Bank on her graduation and prestigious award and wish her all the best in her obvious promising future which includes studies at the master's level at Dalhousie University in speech and language pathology.

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.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

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

PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 167.

Bill No. 167 - Technical Safety Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Preston.

MR. KEITH COLWELL: Mr. Speaker, could you advise me on how much time I have left?

MR. SPEAKER: You have about 45 minutes.

MR. COLWELL: Thank you. When I wrapped up debate on Friday, I was talking about the problems and some of the issues with training for tradespeople in the Province of Nova Scotia. Hopefully I won't repeat myself on this, but there are some very serious concerns. Even over this weekend, I talked to some individuals - business owners and some other individuals - who have very serious concerns about the direction the community college is going in the trades training. When you look at some of the technology-type programs they're teaching, they're excellent. I've received absolutely no complaints about that part of the training.

Unfortunately when it comes to the trades training, there's a real correlation between the technical part of the trades training and the practical part of it. That's very unusual in most professions today. If you're in computer technology, there's some practical work but it really is in the theory, almost all go together. In the trades training, you have to become

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proficient with your hands and your mind and your coordination with the work you do. So it's quite different than some of the other occupations and careers that people pick today to move forward.

It's really concerning to see that we have an upcoming shortage of tradespeople in this province. I think part of the problem with that is the fact that our training has been watered down so badly that now when you do get someone from school - as I mentioned on Friday, you should be able to take them into your business and immediately start being able to produce at some level; some level may be 10 per cent, 20 per cent or 30 per cent, as much as a qualified tradesperson can do. In reality, some of the students that come out don't have the basic skills they need, even to make a contribution immediately. This isn't because the students aren't capable, it isn't because they haven't done well in school and it isn't because they don't want to do it, or don't want to work. It's the fact that when they're in school, the program is watered down so badly it doesn't give them the basic skills they need in order to move from the transition from the school into the workplace.

I think this is something that has to be changed in this province and talks right about what this bill is somewhat about. We have to reinstitute proper training in the schools. I remember when I first went into the trade that I went through when I was coming through school, I worked with a gentleman from Yugoslavia at the time - one of the best tradespeople I've ever met and to this day I still say that - and did excellent work. They were lathe operators at the time and a lathe operator has an eight-year apprenticeship program - you come right out of high school, work with a journeyman lathe operator, at that time is the way it was structured then, and for the first couple of years they cleaned the machines, they observed what the operator was doing and learned how to do all the different aspects of that job, so they could do work of very, very high quality.

At the end of it - the proof was in the pudding, as they say - you turned out extremely well-trained, excellent tradespeople who could immediately go into the workforce and produce.

Now today's society, with the cost of everything, that type of apprenticeship program is pretty impractical because you have young people who come out and they really have to go into the workforce and make enough remuneration for the job they do so they can do the things in life that we get used to in this province and in this county - that's very important be able to do that. At the same time, it's difficult for a young person to come out and make enough money so they can do the things they want to do if the school, in turn, hasn't given the basic training.

I feel the basic training is suffering. Now in the community colleges it's very expensive to get this training as well - you know, a lot of students have to take part-time jobs which is fine, and they have to take out student loans. They have to do all kinds of different

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things in order to be able to finance the work that they do and the schooling they're going to take for a year or two years, whatever the course is.

So paying for the course is a difficulty for them and it doesn't mean that the students will be trained any better - it just means that the government has less cost. In reality, it would be better if the program costs were reduced, allowing more young people to come into the trades. But the trades have to be improved, they really have to be improved - they have to take a longer period of time to train them.

I feel that the trades training should be conducted for longer hours each day and for a longer period of time each year. When you're training tradespeople, you have to make sure that they understand the basics of the program,.

I can remember I was on the Machine Shop Advisory Board at the Halifax Vocational School and I was also on the Dartmouth Akerley Campus Advisory Board when I ran my business - to talk about this. I remember one time talking to the instructor and he said they were running the machine shop program, trying to train apprentices to get they ready for the workplace, and he said his total budget for materials last year was $3,000 - now that's for a two-year program and I believe they had about fifteen students per class. Well, I spent probably $20,000 that week on material on one job that I purchased and I had six people working in my shop - now we ran computerized machinery so we produced a lot more material a lot quicker than students would.

His whole point was they didn't have the raw materials to work with, number one - and how can you learn what the reaction to materials is when you are machining them if you don't have the actual materials to work on? You don't know what different coolants, what different cutting tools, how the heat distortion affects the material, so many things you have to learn - you have to physically experience that.

Even at that point it wasn't happening. We could see the results of the students we were getting out of the school - not because the instructors weren't excellent instructors, which they were. They were very capable people who had worked years and years and years in the industry before they had gone into the teaching profession, and people that I would have hired immediately in my shop if they would have become available.

Unfortunately, the problem was that the program - not by themselves but by the curriculum - was watered down so badly that it didn't help. I have had lots of complaints about the short programs they put on, such as drywall - I can't remember some of the other ones that people has discussed with me, but some of the students who came out just simply didn't have enough time in the program to become proficient enough so they could go to work and make a living for themselves and make money for the business they are in because if their business doesn't make money, they don't survive and ensure that they're going to have a job and a career down the road.

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Now soon it's going to be to the point with all the schools taking all the home economics classes out of the schools - they took all the woodworking shops out, they took all the metalworking shops out, directed everybody to university - but unfortunately if you don't learn today how to maintain or how to build things, you're never ever going to move the economy forward. You have to have a combination of both. You have to have a combination of the university graduates coming forward, improving the science and technology in our province, in our country. We also have to have the people that after this development is done, can produce the goods, can build the buildings and maintain and produce the equipment that is so important to all of us as we move forward every day.

Unfortunately, this is very, very difficult and if we don't soon put the home-ec classes, the metalworking shops and the woodworking shops back in the schools, you are going to find that a lot of people aren't going in the trades and we are not going to have the people who are capable of coming and doing some carpentry work in your home or building you a new home or being able to build a new part for some kind of a machine you have to make sure that machine goes. If you don't have that kind of capability, you are not going to have any heavy industry moving here if they can't get their equipment repaired and rebuilt. What if your sink plugs up and you can't find a plumber to get it unplugged, you could be in a real problem or if your waterlines break and you have no water in your home. I can tell you, during the hurricane, we had no water in our home and probably those who live in this area witnessed that as well and if you have no water in your home, you have a real big problem on your hands. So those are things that can happen.

Everyone I have talked to who has taken home-ec at school, taken woodworking at school, in a high school setting, junior high school setting, or metalworking, always gains a tremendous amount from that. Sometimes people make a decision on their career past that, if it is something they really, truly enjoy and they are really good at. That opportunity has been taken away. So I think our education system has to change, has to improve at all levels, to ensure that we have students coming out who can actually do the work and make our economy grow.

For many years it was told that oh, no, it will be fine. Everybody will be running computers and they will be doing everything under the sun but, unfortunately, if you turn your car on and you have no mechanic to get it to move, you can't go anywhere. If your telephone doesn't work because you don't have any technicians who know how to fix a telephone, pretty soon you are shut down and you can't do the work that you probably did before. It's the same as anything that you do in life.

Probably one of the most important people in any establishment are the people who keep the facilities clean and keep everything working in it. If those things don't work and the building isn't clean, number one, people don't want to come to work in a messy atmosphere and number two, it's unsafe conditions for people to come there and it is just not a place you want to be. So if you don't have that level, how can the CEO of the company come to work

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and motivate other people in the company to do work they need to do? Every individual who works for a company is very important to that company, corporation or, indeed, to government. You have to make sure that all the elements and all the keys to the elements are there to make sure that a business is successful, long term, short term, and it encourages people to move into the fields.

Also, today, with the shortage of tradespeople - and I mentioned this the other day - when the Nova Scotia homebuilders were in here, they indicated to our caucus now to talk about it. They said a bricklayer in London, England, makes �0.25 million per year. Now �0.25 million per year for a bricklayer in London - if you equate that to Nova Scotia, that is over $0.5 million Canadian a year. So there are very few professions that just being in that profession will make you $0.5 million a year in Canada.

So that gives you an idea of what can happen when the education system is changed, watered down, and you are not turning out these tradespeople that you need five or six years after they graduate from the trade school that they are top in their field and can, indeed, improve our economy and make things happen. So as the technical people and the tradespeople become less and less available, demand is going to go up, cost is going to go up and, luckily for the ones who are in the trades at that time, they are going to make a great deal of money and that's great for them, as it should be.

It also means that our economy is going to slow again because if you don't have the people trained who can do the work, businesses aren't going to come here. They just won't because they look for a highly skilled workforce at all levels. They need secretaries who are well trained, they need tradespeople who are well trained, they need engineers and all the other components that make a business successful. So if you don't work toward that goal, and the province as far as I can see in the education system from high school - high school, I talked about that the other day, the people graduating from Grade 12 can't read or write. It's not acceptable, period, for whatever reason. Then if you go to trade training through the community colleges, if you don't train people, take people out there that are the best in the country, not so-so, when they're finished, and again I stress, nothing to do with them. If you don't have the atmosphere and the ability to learn and have the tools in front of you to work with, you can't blame the young people who take this course hoping that they're going to be in a profession that they can make a lifelong income from to support themselves and their family and help grow our economy in the province.

So those are some serious issues that we're going to be faced with over the next several years and it's getting worse. The first changes, they watered the programs down, they watered them down more. Nobody really noticed any difference in it because the majority of the people were already working in the trade and that there was not very little change. But unfortunately it takes years and years for people to see the effect of this watering-down of the standards. As you water them down, it looks okay for now because there's still people out in the world in the manufacturing world and the employment world who are still doing

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these things. As it changes and it gets less and less ability to do things, we start to see the effects. We see perhaps the elevator that doesn't work every day that did work every day. It can't work any more because they don't have technicians to get it fixed and make it work properly, and that means a high-rise building, people can't get up and down to their floors as conveniently as they did.

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You can use all kinds of examples. As you go through this process we have to really look and question ourselves, as legislators, are we providing the right direction for Nova Scotians indeed? How would you feel if you had a son or a daughter who decided to take a trade of some type, say plumbing or electrical work or whatever the case may be, and when they're done paying $15,000 or $20,000 tuition for a two-year program, come to find out nobody would hire them because they weren't trained well enough, even at an entry level? You'd be very, very upset with it. Now you can imagine how the young person would feel who was hoping that that would be the opportunity for them to make a living, long-term, for them and their families. So this is really what we're faced with.

Now this is not always the case but as our tradespeople get older, there are going to be fewer and fewer of them. I know a friend of mine is a bricklayer here in Halifax-Dartmouth and he told me, I think it was about six or seven years ago, the average age for a certified bricklayer in the Province of Nova Scotia is over 45 years old. That was five or six years ago. So as that goes up and up as time goes on, you're going to see more and more people retire, change to other jobs, it may be that they don't want to do the hard work - bricklaying is extremely hard work, they don't want to do the rigors of the job and take another type of position, who is going to fill in for them? How are we going to get the big buildings built that have brickwork on them? Even to get a fireplace repaired or a chimney replaced in your home, I mean you don't think of those things until, indeed, there's not someone there to do it. So those are just a few examples of the things I believe that we really have to change in this province and it is up to us, as legislators, to put the direction forward to the Department of Education and the community colleges, to make sure that these things change.

Again, I stress there is not a problem with the technological training for computer sciences and the other things the community colleges do. As far as I can see, it's only in the trades. Now if anyone out there sees differently, I would like to hear from them and I'm sure all of us in this room would like to hear from them, to see if there are other programs out there that there are problems with.

With that, Mr. Speaker, I would like to take my place. Thank you.

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

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The honourable Minister of Environment.

HON. MARK PARENT: Thank you very much for recognizing me to close debate. I certainly appreciate that, Mr. Speaker, and I want to thank the members opposite for their comments on this bill. I appreciate the interest in the bill. While it is a very technical bill, it is one that is important for the safety of Nova Scotians and so I want to thank the comments and look forward to any representation at Law Amendments Committee. So with that, I move second reading of Bill No. 167.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 167. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, with the consensus of the House, would you please revert to the order of business, Presenting and Reading Petitions.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, today I beg the indulgence of the House on two issues, really - one is a petition and the other is the introduction of a bill, if I may.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

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

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition signed by 1,457 residents of Victoria County and Inverness County who travel the Cabot Trail almost every day and they are talking about the deplorable conditions of the highway. I have assigned my name to this petition. I'd like to present the petition to the House.

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MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

[The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please revert to the order of business, Introduction of Bills.]

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

Bill No. 183 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 222 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Industrial Development Act. (Mr. Manning MacDonald)

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please revert to the order of business, Public Bills for Second Reading.

PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 133.

Bill No. 133 - Land Surveyors Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

HON. DAVID MORSE: Mr. Speaker, it is certainly my pleasure today to stand and support Bill No. 133, an Act to amend the Land Surveyors Act. The amendments included in this legislation are straightforward. They include changes to the Land Surveyors Act that were brought to the attention of the Department of Natural Resources by the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors, a self-governing, professional association that is, itself, given authority under this bill.

Mr. Speaker, many of us have had the opportunity of interacting with a professional land surveyor when we have purchased a parcel of land or when we have been interested in having a clearer understanding of the boundaries of lands we currently own. As Minister of Natural Resources, it has also been my pleasure to work with a number of Crown land surveyors, consummate professionals, who are responsible for surveying and maintaining all Crown land boundaries within the province.

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Mr. Speaker, members of the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors took the time and the effort to carefully analyze the Land Surveyors Act, which was introduced in 1989. After that careful scrutiny, they came to me, as minister responsible for the Act, and suggested possible amendments that the association believes will better enable them to administer the activities of professional land surveyors in this province.

The proposed changes are clear and concise. They will: allow members of the association's council to be elected as representatives in areas in which they normally work, not just the areas in which they reside; give the association the power to revoke an individual's membership if that individual misses two months of payment, instead of the current three, on their annual dues or any other assessment or levy; allow the association's discipline committee the authority to bill someone found guilty of an infraction for the disciplinary action costs up to a limit of $15,000, instead of the current $2,000; and allow the discipline committee to charge an individual member found guilty of an infraction, a penalty of up to $5,000. It also makes clear that no individual shall practise professional land surveying while any of these costs are outstanding.

Mr. Speaker, the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors spent a significant amount of time reviewing this Act, trying to determine how it could be improved. All the changes it has requested make demands upon the association members to be more accountable to the public they serve, to act in a manner befitting their careers as professional land surveyors. These changes will also help the association better finance the disciplinary measures needed to ensure the professional conduct that most members already exhibit.

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to bring forward these proposed amendments on behalf of an organization so eager to act in a responsible manner. With those few words of explanation, I now move second reading of Bill No. 133, an Act to Amend Chapter 249 of the Revised Statutes of 1989, the Land Surveyors Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Pictou West.

MR. CHARLES PARKER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'm pleased to have a few minutes to speak here on Bill No. 133, an Act to Amend Chapter 249 of the Revised Statutes of 1989, the Land Surveyors Act. I've looked through this bill and I guess if there's one word to describe it, it would be just a housekeeping bill and that it's primarily a self-regulating body here, the land surveyors, and there are a few issues they want to have into legislation - regulations around where surveyors work and that they would purvey in those areas, not just where they necessarily reside; issues about penalties, if there's a member who is out of line on a particular issue, reduces the penalty time by one month; and I guess thirdly, the cost of the fines that are to be associated by the discipline committee.

Generally, certainly housekeeping parts of a bill - and I guess most of us have had experiences with surveyors. I know my most recent experience was with Acadia Surveys,

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from Pictou, on a small woodlot property that I was purchasing this past winter and I would say it was nothing but professional service that was provided to me and I was quite pleased with the surveyor who did the work for me.

I guess if there's one issue around surveying that comes to my attention that was brought to me lately, it's the records on-line issue. I know in the Town of Pictou, we certainly have some difficulties there with all the old records from previous, from 1930, being withdrawn to a central location in Halifax and it's difficult now for surveyors or legal people to find the information they need on a quick basis. So that's perhaps not directly related to the bill, it's still an issue and a lot of it is on microfilm now, but it's certainly an issue that has to be resolved.

Overall, I think Bill No. 133 deserves support and I'm looking forward to seeing it move onward to the Law Amendments Committee and see what the general public might have to say on it. With those few words, Mr. Speaker, I'll take my seat. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Preston.

MR. KEITH COLWELL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I wish to rise on this bill on second reading on a little bit different drift than did my honourable colleague. Unfortunately with the Surveyors Act there's no real dispute mechanism, proper dispute mechanism. If somebody - if a surveyor comes in and puts a line through somebody's property and someone doesn't agree with it and another surveyor comes in and says okay, that's okay and that one is not all right, then what happens is when this whole process goes forward, it's up to the individuals to go to court, at great cost, after a surveyor has done something. The dispute mechanism isn't satisfactory in the form that it's in and it needs to be resolved.

I've had several constituents come to me with problems on one particular surveying company that has gone in and put lines in or removed lines or changed lines around on individuals. By the time you go through the process to get this resolved, it gets so expensive for a lot of people - if they are people with modest income, they can't resolve it. Some of these things stay unresolved for years and years.

I think with this bill, we have the opportunity to make some amendments to it that would hold the particular surveys, and I think there's a minority of them who do this type of work - it may not be intentional, I'm sure it isn't, but a minority of them who would come in and do this - and we need an alternate dispute mechanism that would ensure that the surveyors take responsibility for the work they do. They support the work they do. They support the work they do and indeed do the proper research and investigation before they actually put a line in and say this is it. This is the way it should be because one would hope that when they do manage to get a line and get proper co-operation with it, or line agreement, or whatever avenue is done, the research and everything, that that would be a line that would

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stand. In so many places in this province there are no surveys done at all, and there are all kinds of problems of land title on the properties and this sort of thing.

So, hopefully, when a surveyor is done with it, all that's resolved and legal, the law firms go through it and say, okay, we have faith in this surveyor's description of the property and we have this because they have done the research. We have also done the research as a law firm, and say, okay, this now makes sense. It's in place and now you don't have to worry about this property anymore, not being on the boundaries that have been laid out on the ground and on paper, hopefully being one and the same, for a property.

Indeed that isn't happening all the time. There are some properties that lines are drawn on and they say, yes, they're okay, and then someone else comes and draws a line through it and says, no, now there's a dispute, and then it's left up to the individuals involved to get it rectified. They try to get it rectified. Well, then you've got to deal with surveyors or different surveyors. You've got to go to court possibly to resolve this and it gets extremely expensive and unless it's a piece of property that has a great deal of value, sometimes the cost of doing it isn't even worth the effort. So then you've got a longer problem.

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This goes on and on and on and people have line disputes that they never get resolved. That's unfortunate because indeed it gets very emotional for a lot of people when it comes to property. They shouldn't, it's just another thing that you own or you think you own, but that's a fact. That's what happens because property has always been a sign, you know, years ago that property, you either survived, if you didn't survive, if you needed a farmland or forest land to get your income from, well, that has changed a lot today and sometimes it's worth more for development than it is for any other kind of product.

So I believe there are some flaws in the Act, the original Act and the original regulations. These really have to be addressed and I'm not sure if I'm going to support this bill.

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

The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

HON. DAVID MORSE: Mr. Speaker, I move second reading of Bill No. 133.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 133. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

[The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

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

PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING]

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 168.

Bill No. 168 - House of Assembly Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Immigration.

HON. LEONARD GOUCHER: Mr. Speaker, it's a great pleasure to rise just for a few moments to speak on Bill No. 168. Bill No. 168 is a bill to change the constituency name of Bedford to Bedford-Birch Cove. The current riding of Bedford is made up in large part of the old Town of Bedford plus about 30 per cent in the old City of Halifax. It is also the centre for, one of the centres I should say, the Halifax Regional planned growth area.

Mr. Speaker, over the period of the last few years Bedford and also the Hemlock Ravine area in the old City of Halifax have been the centre of a significant development boom and we also have the new Bedford regional planned area, the Bedford West development as well. The population in Bedford has tripled in the last 15 years. When I first came into municipal politics back in 1988, the population was about 7,000 and that now, here we are 20 years later, is over 20,000 people.

I think it's very important in this day and age, especially in those areas like Bedford and the Birch Cove area, Mr. Speaker, those areas that have high growth. There's a genuine need in these areas to maintain some community identity, and I think one of the best and most effective ways of maintaining community identity is through constituency names.

Back in 2007, this issue was raised at a community meeting where the folks in the old Halifax area of our riding felt no affinity to the name of Bedford, which I fully understand. Bedford, over the years, has had relationships with Bedford-Musquodoboit Valley, I think, from 1978 through to 1988 - also with Bedford and the Fall River area, and this is no change to that particular situation.

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I think this bill tries to instill a sense of community in both areas. In this age, with Democracy 250 where we're trying to increase constituencies and to bring the vote out in these areas, I think this bill will, hopefully, try to reinforce that particular issue.

With those few words, I'll take my seat and move second reading for Bill No. 168.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 168. 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.

[MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please revert to the order of business, Public Bills for Second Reading.

PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING]

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 148.

Bill No. 148 - Scrap Metal Dealers and Recyclers Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, indeed it's a pleasure to rise in the House today to speak to Bill No. 148, the Scrap Metal Dealers and Recyclers Act. In moving this bill, I believe it responds to some of the very pressing concerns that Nova Scotians have over the impact of crime as it relates to utilities, as it relates to the potential threat as well to individuals who are unknowingly putting themselves potentially in a life-threatening situation by undertaking theft - specifically when you look at substations in a power grid. The statistics elsewhere would show that we've had too many examples recently where, for us, the actions of certain people are having a negative impact in their community, on the integrity of the utility grid that we have, and also in the sense of community. When you see things such as metal grave markers being stolen for recycling, when you see people desecrating community cenotaphs and/or monuments, this is not acceptable activity.

Also, to look at what are the next steps. When one looks at legislation we always want to make sure - can we get something that's going to fix the problem entirely? While I will not suggest this is the be-all and end-all, it is an important next step forward to allow us

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a process of which the chain of evidence can be followed, that there is a process in place where our law enforcement officials can go to look and work with industry so that industry - which has no intention of being involved with any illegal activity - is also protected by knowing that officials will follow up in the areas necessary.

While some people have talked about a burden potentially on operators, this goes the other way to suggest that we don't want them unnecessarily burdened through legal investigations - having a baseline of information in place, being able to record the identity of a person who is selling scrap metal, having that information on hand.

One of the things we will do, and I've committed, we didn't want to be against those who are in commercial operations - that is not what this is for, this is about individual activity. The honourable member for Richmond indicated his concern about commercial operators that have a regular, ongoing business that carries out legitimate business transactions - are we going to unnecessarily burden them? That's not the case and through the Law Amendments process, I will be proposing a government amendment to help address that aspect.

As for regulations in this, it is not the intention of the government nor will we, Mr. Speaker, in being successful in moving this forward, we will make sure that the regulations have been properly understood and in place, that people know exactly how this process will work in its detailed aspects before proclamation is done. That was brought up as a concern, that we don't know what the regulations are and we want to do more consultation with industry.

Indeed, Mr. Speaker, that will occur, we will provide that level of consultation. I, as minister, will assure all honourable members that the regulations process will be done with their involvement, in terms of my critics, working with industry to have the best possible legislation upon the proclamation and the regulations to meet that.

So with that, Mr. Speaker, I look forward to the intervention of my colleagues and again, as this bill moves forward, as I hope, I'd be happy to address any of the issues or concerns my colleagues have, and just note that I am sincere in wanting to make sure that we also protect the public, at the same time holding those who will break the law accountable. So with that I move second reading, Mr. Speaker, and thank you very much.

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

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'd like to take a few moments of the time of the House this afternoon to discuss Bill No. 148. I can tell you as the school administrator involved in one particular recent incident that happened at Brookside Junior High School, the baseball, fast ball, lob ball, pitchers, catchers and other player positions are hugely concerned about the fact that because of the difficulty that has arisen

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with the light standards of that particular field, we're looking at recreational facilities in the community that I am fortunate enough to represent that are going to be greatly curtailed this summer, unless there's very prompt action.

Now we've been hearing from various people about this problem. This past weekend I was contacted by a prominent member of the Hubley family in the community of Hubley, which was the original site of the old, previous Sir John A. Macdonald High School. It's now the site of Five Bridges Junior High. There's a cairn there that has, or had, a beautiful plaque on it which, of course, designated that plaque recognizing the Hubley family for the commitment of giving the original land grant for the school that was built there many long years ago. I mean it's a valuable, historical monument that the community has restored and the Hubley family has taken great pride in restoring.

This weekend we were made aware of the fact that there had been some damage to the cairn. So, of course, immediately family members went over to see what the problem was and there were thieves who were attempting to remove the brass plaque on the front of the cairn. They had caused an extensive amount of damage to the cairn itself but it wasn't the beautiful beach stones that they were after, of course. This is a unique cairn built in this community, as you come out along the Bay Road, just before you arrive in the community of Upper Tantallon, there is the community of Hubley, a very well-known community named after prominent citizens of many years in the past. The damage was caused to this cairn because, of course, there were some irresponsible people in the community who were out there looking to get that brass plaque off that cairn.

I think it's always really important that when we hear events like this, I know the first reaction that we heard when we heard the difficulties with the ballfields, there are those teenagers at it again. Let's be clear, Mr. Speaker, teenagers do, on many occasions, cause problems in our community when it comes to any kind of vandalism or destruction of property. It's unfortunate that a few of them in these situations give teenagers a bad name. From what I understand, these are not crimes that are being committed by teenagers, these are crimes that are being committed by well-organized adults who are out looking for precious metals, who are out looking for copper, who are out looking for brass.

Some of the destruction that has resulted in our communities is absolutely unacceptable. First of all, we can look at our ballfields and what they mean to our communities and you've come from a community, of course, that has a huge tradition in sports, softball or fastball or baseball, at whatever level, but the opportunity that you have lights in your community to play ball extends the playing time for the men's and women's and, of course, the children's leagues that they can have the opportunity to play.

Cecil Wright, who, of course, is a well known sports activist in our community, and I will even admit publicly that Cecil Wright is a friend of mine on certain occasions, although his choice of certain Boston sports teams are completely unacceptable. Cecil Wright is a well

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known baseball coach and, of course, sports commentator and an activist and he is, of course, well recognized because of the commitment that he gives to our communities. However, as the current coach of the Halifax Pelham Canadians, Mr. Wright is going to face lots of problems this summer because of the damage that was done by, again, these thieves, these vandals who made this lighting system inactive because of the fact that they, of course, were after the copper.

Cecil has been very patient in his request to the city, particularly when you look at the quality of the fields that we have put up with in HRM. If you want to go to see a great ballfield, you go to see Kentville's ballfields. If you want to see good ballfields, baseball fields in particular, you go up to Truro and go to the Bible Hill area, you can see great ballfields. The HRM ballfields are, at times - let's call it like it is, they are really, absolutely, in embarrassing shape.

Now we are planning this summer to host the Midget National Baseball Championships in this province. In the meantime, the HRM is scrambling to make sure that these ballfields have some of the amenities, not just between the white lines, but some of the amenities that are necessary for baseball to be properly played by young people of all ages, in this case the national midget championship. We are curtailing our athletic abilities of young people and adults in our community because of the damage that has been caused to the lighting systems with these thieves who have gone out of their way to vandalize our community.

Mr. Speaker, what really strikes home, however, and the minister has drawn attention to it, as the proud son of a veteran of the Second World War, I mean it is absolutely unacceptable, inexcusable and, in fact, in many ways deplorable - if that's the most polite word I could use in this situation - the damage that these vandals have done in their search for a metal to veterans, to cemeteries, to cenotaphs. There is no excuse for that sort of terrible behaviour, if that's the appropriate word to use. So we looked at how we can correct this piece of terrible operation.

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When we look at how these graves, these cenotaphs, the cairns, these lighting systems, we look at the result of them and say something has to be done and, to the minister's credit, he has responded. As the Justice Minister, he has introduced this bill and therefore we look forward to continuing to support this particular initiative of this government. I caution, and I add this caution, let's look very clearly at the fact that the huge number of metal recyclers in this province are fair and honest, open businesspeople who very clearly are concerned about who is arriving with a load of scrap metal. There are, however, unfortunately, those who have been accepting this metal from vandals and thieves, and they are the ones who we must deal with.

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So I really want to make sure that the government opposite looks very clearly at the operators and listens to the scrap metal dealers so that they will make sure, when regulations are in place, that these will be the type of regulations that will be based on common sense, based upon the fact that these people who are operating scrap metal dealerships are busy people. They are trying to make a living. The last thing that we can do is encumber them with more paperwork. So I want to make sure, and I have heard the Minister of Economic Development stand in his place and say that government over there, their trademark is that they consult. Well, on certain pieces of legislation that have appeared in front of the Law Amendments Committee, over the length of that government, they have not done a good job of consultation. We hear that from various stakeholders who come forward and say, we don't know where this is coming from, we were never asked. This is going to be, in my opinion, a test case for consultation.

This is an important piece of legislation. It deals with an issue that affects communities, veterans, athletes, historic monuments and if we are going to do it correctly, we have to make sure that the people who are involved legitimately, those people who are out there running a fair business in the scrap metal dealership business, they have to be listened to. They want to do the right thing. They want to make sure that they will be cooperative of government and the regulations must reflect the fact that there is a proper input from the experts on the ground who deal with this issue each and every day as they make their living in this province.

So, Mr. Speaker, with those comments and that word of caution about the regulations, I look forward to supporting this bill as it moves through our House. It's a response to an unfortunate situation that we have to deal with in our community and it will be dealt with in a proper manner with the support of all legislators in all three Parties in our province. With those comments, I will take my place.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Preston.

MR. KEITH COLWELL: Mr. Speaker, I just have a few comments on this bill. It's a bill, I know the intent of the minister and the government when they bring this forward, is to eliminate some of the very serious vandalism problems that are going on in our province which are not acceptable and theft of materials that have caused a great deal of grief for businesses, families, and indeed organizations throughout the province. The only comment I have with the bill is just to ensure that the minister, when they're providing the regulations, that they make the paperwork as straightforward as possible while achieving the information they want from the scrap metal dealers, to eliminate the paperwork burden on the scrap dealers because that is a serious problem and if it becomes to onerous, of course, they won't do it.

I think that's part of the process because you have to make sure you've got the paperwork straightforward, really straightforward. If that's the case, I think this will work

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very well and if it just takes them a couple minutes to do the work that needs to be done, there probably will be very few objections but if it takes a long time to process each person who brings scrap metal in, you're going to have a big problem on your hands. Indeed, this bill will be back here again for amendments after it's passed if it's not handled properly. So I'm sure the government will do that but I just want to be on the record with that. Hopefully, the minister can comment on that when he wraps up the debate.

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

The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my honourable colleagues for their comments and interventions on this bill today, Bill No. 148. I think it's, as I've indicated, an important next step and a step forward. I look forward to it proceeding through the House and with that, I move second reading of Bill No. 148.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 148. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 176.

Bill No. 176 - Engineering Profession Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I'm very pleased as well to rise on Bill No. 176, the Engineering Profession Act. This here is something requested by the profession itself. It is a matter of getting in sync with modern day practices versus where the Act was first involved and specifically adjusts the amount of time that someone would be engaged in the industry. Right now it's two years. The industry norm is for four years' experience with regard to the appropriate recognition by the profession so we were pleased to work with the Engineering Industry Association to move this forward. Again, this is not something that requires from my point of view a lot of explanation but also recognize it is important to the profession and with that, I'm very pleased to move second reading of Bill No. 176.

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

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The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, as I said, it was very important to the profession and I look forward to this bill continuing through the House. With that, I move second reading of Bill No. 176.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 176. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

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

PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 100.

Bill No. 100 - Health Services and Insurance Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Opposition.

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, I'm certainly pleased to rise this afternoon to speak to Bill No. 100. Essentially what Bill No. 100 does is that it provides in legislation assurance that members of the Canadian Armed Forces, for example, who are posted outside of the province and specifically outside of the country, that when they return to Nova Scotia, they will have insured medical services in the province from the day on which they arrive back in the province.

I know the government has, in the past, done this by regulation. I think the concern that we all have is that with respect to the certainty of an entitlement such as something as important as medical service insurance, that I think most people would understand that they would want to have a larger level of comfort with the fact that they are, in fact, going to be entitled to medical care.

The way it works now, Mr. Speaker, is that if you're - it's not a matter of citizenship, it's a matter of residency. Currently, you have to come back to the province and you have to

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establish yourself as a resident of the province for a period of three months and then after that time has established - as they say, the effluxion of that time - then you become entitled to be covered by the province for the medical services you require.

As you probably are aware, with respect to service personnel, just as an example, let's say you were posted to NATO headquarters and you were away for two or three years. When you came back to the Province of Nova Scotia, you obviously haven't been a resident of the province for that period of time; that is also true of your dependents. For the service personnel themselves, they don't have to worry so much because they are entitled to the service they would get through the base and through the medical inspection room, and they are covered as a part of the Armed Forces', Armed Services' coverage.

Now their loved ones, their dependents, are in the position of having to establish their residency in the province. As I pointed out, and it was pointed out to me, is that this is currently covered through regulation. What this bill actually does is make sure there is something more substantial than just a regulation that, as you know, can be changed at any time, that this actually enshrines in legislation the right of those individuals to have medical coverage from the time they arrive back in the province.

It arose - this may have come to your attention - because there were certain deficits in the coverage through a case that occurred in Ontario. We looked at that, we looked at the current state of play in the province and felt that it would be better if we actually stated our commitment to these families by enshrining this in law. I know, Mr. Speaker, and I am sure you are aware of these days, as we see - and I think have come to recognize to a much greater degree then perhaps in the past - the sacrifices that are made, particularly by the families of our Armed Forces personnel serving around the world, that we want to make sure that any of these kinds of irritants, these things that are of concern to them, are dealt with so that they know when they come back to our province that we are fully aware of the challenges and sacrifices that they have made on behalf of the people of this province, the people of the country. If we can do these things, if we can pass a bill like Bill No. 100, and if it has the effect of simply smoothing those concerns out, I think that's a good thing to do.

Many of us were down at the Red Rally in Bridgewater on Friday. It was a tremendous outpouring of support for service personnel and I think that's great. I think it's even greater when we can do things concretely, when we can put forward bills like this that go just that other measure to show that we don't just talk the talk, when we get the chance we walk the walk. So I'm pleased to have had the opportunity to speak on Bill No. 100 and I'll conclude my remarks with that. Thank you very much.

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

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. Very briefly, Bill No. 100, the Health Services and Insurance Act - as brought forward today by the Leader

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of the Official Opposition - our Party supports this bill and we certainly support the comments of the Leader of the Official Opposition today in regard to this bill. We'd like to see the bill move on as quickly as possible to Law Amendments Committee and therefore, I will take my seat.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Economic Development.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker, and on behalf of the Minister of Health, I want to indicate our support for this legislation. Indeed, it's appropriate that one day, one legislative sitting day after we had the opportunity to hear General Hillier speak to us at breakfast, that we would be considering a bill of this nature. I know that the Leader of the Official Opposition and the Liberal House Leader are both members of this House who have a military tradition in their background and one which is natural for them to express interest - both old Navy personnel.

So it's appropriate that we take this step to enshrine in law a practice which we are currently carrying out in this province and it's good, at times, to look at when things go awry in other jurisdictions that you can ensure that you don't have to duplicate that situation here. So we certainly support the legislation, Mr. Speaker, and are anxious to see it move through the House.

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

The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition.

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I'm pleased to hear the comments of both of my colleagues and I would move second reading of Bill No. 100.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 100. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Would you please call Bill No. 29.

Bill No. 29 - House of Assembly Act.

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

MR. FRANK CORBETT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I move this bill on behalf of my colleague from Halifax Citadel. The purpose of this bill is to change the name from Halifax Citadel to Halifax Citadel-Sable Island, which is encompassed in that riding geographically, as we stand here today. It's just another bill that recognizes the heritage of that great island and it would denote that it would take in that riding and therefore, it gives me great pleasure to move second reading of Bill No. 29.

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

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Yes, Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the bill by the member for Halifax Citadel, renaming the constituency to include Sable Island. I'm just wondering if that will mean that the real estate prices are now going to go up on Sable Island. (Laughter)

Anyway, our Party will be supporting the bill as it moves through the House. Thank you very much.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Immigration.

HON. LEONARD GOUCHER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Just a few words on Bill No. 29. We rise in support of the name change for the constituency, including the very unique piece of territory Sable Island. I know in my municipal life - District 13, I believe it is, in the South End, also incorporates the Sable Island area. It's a good thing to see Sable Island being recognized through the constituency name. With those few words, I'll take my seat and we'll support Bill No. 29.

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

The honourable member for Cape Breton Centre.

MR. FRANK CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the members for their long and thoughtful intervention on this bill. With that, I move second reading of Bill No. 29.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 29. Would all those in favour of the motion, please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable deputy Government House Leader.

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MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker would you please call Bill No. 150.

Bill No. 150 - Motor Vehicle Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Clare.

MR. WAYNE GAUDET: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to rise and say a few words on Bill No. 150. Bill No. 150 is an amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act. This amendment is to help inform motorists travelling on our roads that fines for speeding through construction zones on our roads are doubled.

On January 1, 2008, fines for speeding in temporary work zones were increased. At the same time, you have to ask yourself, what's the point? What's the point of increasing fines if motorists aren't made aware of it? Signs will be posted in these temporary construction zones to advise motorists of this new law. The purpose of doubling the fines certainly is to encourage drivers to slow down in areas where there is construction underway.

I'm sure if you ask motorists as far as what the speed limit allowed in construction zones vary, so with this bill, we will be advising motorists, signs will be posted . Bill No. 150 is a good bill for the safety of Nova Scotians working on our highways. Quite often our construction workers in these temporary construction zones are in danger and drivers are sometimes unaware of speed reductions in these zones. Even more is the need to bring some attention to this problem.

In closing, Bill No. 150 will help to signal motorists that, in fact, fines are doubled and therefore help to increase the level of safety for all who drive through a temporary work zone. With that, I'll take my seat.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Queens.

MS. VICKI CONRAD: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to rise in my place to speak to Bill No. 150, submitted by my colleague. We, too, agree that this is a good bill, worthy of supporting. It's always a good thing when we're informing motorists or the general public about any particular bill that comes before the House and has a chance of being passed within the House.

Of course, the safety concerns of not only men and women who work at temporary highway work sites, but also for the safety of the motoring public to be aware that fines have increased or will be increased or whatever the information that we need to portray is there. We do think this is a good bill and any information that we can share with the public is a good thing. We can support this bill moving forward. Thank you.

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

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I just want to get up and take a couple of moments to speak in favour of this bill. I want to congratulate the honourable member for the Liberal Party, the Critic for Transportation. I know he has had real concerns in regard to the province about not only temporary work areas but, as well, crosswalks and other issues that he has brought before this House and brought to my attention.

I do want to say that I think that what he's bringing forward at this time is most appropriate and I'm sure that the residents of our province will agree that it will again be something that will lead to making our highway safe, both for pedestrians but particularly for those who work in temporary work areas. So, Mr. Speaker, I'm glad to speak in support of this and we will be voting in favour of the bill.

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

The honourable member for Clare.

MR. WAYNE GAUDET: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I want to thank my honourable colleagues for their favourable comments on this bill and with that, I'll move second reading of Bill No. 150.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 150. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 170, the Motor Vehicle Act.

Bill No. 170 - Motor Vehicle Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Clare.

MR. WAYNE GAUDET: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'm sure if you asked motorists in Nova Scotia who has the right-of-way when passing lanes on our highways merge into one, you would probably find motorists split on the question. Some will say if you're on the right-hand side, or others on the left-hand side.

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This bill will help to provide clarification on our highways as to who, in fact, has the right-of-way when two lanes on a street or highway merge into one. Often we see motorists in the left lane trying to speed up and pull ahead of drivers in the right lane, and I'm sure everyone probably has had a few close calls and a few stories of their own.

Unfortunately, Mr. Speaker, this kind of reckless driving is probably one of the reasons why 2007 was one of the worst years for car fatalities in Nova Scotia. In 2007 there were 99 fatalities on our highways. While some of these may have been caused by weather-related conditions, certainly some were due to human error and some of those accidents were avoidable. So speeding on our highways can be deadly and we need to ensure that drivers have clear signage in place, so they know the rules of the road.

Bill No. 170 will help motorists in knowing who has the right-of-way when a two-lane section merges into one. Drivers in the passing lane must yield to the vehicles already in the right lane, so we can avoid as many accidents and collisions as possible.

Mr. Speaker, in Newfoundland and Labrador signs are posted along these passing lanes to advise motorists who has the right-of-way before a passing lane finishes. So again, this bill, if signs can stop one accident and maybe save one life on our highway, I say it is certainly money well spent.

So in closing, Mr. Speaker, this amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act will help clarify who has the right-of-way on our highways when two lanes on a street or highway merge into one.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Queens.

MS. VICKI CONRAD: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'm pleased to rise and speak to this bill, Bill No. 170. Doing a little bit of research into merging and yielding and right-of-ways, when I looked at the government Web site and the motor vehicle handbook, when one is merging or as two lanes are merging into one lane, it's my understanding from the motor vehicle handbook that it's the first person to get in front is the person who actually merges, It kind of like a rotary, where it's a one-on-one situation.

However, I certainly can appreciate and understand why we need to be more clear, perhaps in the form of this bill, in making motorists aware of who should have the right-of-way. Especially when we're travelling on the 100-Series Highways, where speeds are at least 100 kilometres and sometimes in excess of 100 kilometres when we have motorists speeding.

So, certainly, we don't have a problem in seeing this bill move forward. I would expect to see very clear, concise information for the travelling public so that they do know that people travelling in the right lane have the right-of-way and it's not a one-on-one situation. So I would be concerned that the information perhaps would not reach all motorists

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in a timely fashion, if they're still going by instruction and regulations in the motor vehicle handbook. So providing that good instruction, good information is available to the travelling public, I see that this could reduce a lot of accidents and kind of speeding to get to that one lane.

I would also suggest, too, that signalling, one using their signal lights, certainly in my travelling, as I'm merging into that one lane from a double lane, I always ensure that my signal light is on as I'm merging so that people do know, behind me, that I'm getting ready to move, whether to the left or the right in a merge. So certainly we will support this bill going forward and, again, with proper information to motorists, I think it will be a good bill.

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

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, it's a pleasure to rise to speak today in favour of Bill No. 170. Again, the honourable member and I had some discussions about this issue he's bringing forward and whether motorists travelling in Nova Scotia, whether residents or visitors needed some clarity in regard to who does actually have the right-of-way when there's a passing lane. We were looking at, obviously, additional passing lanes for Highway No. 101 that we talked about during estimates. So this will continue to be a concern, obviously, with the travelling public as well as the department.

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So, Mr. Speaker, I understand some jurisdictions have varying types of, whether it be signage to indicate who has the right-of-way. Some even have painted on the roadways in regard to which lane would have the right-of-way at the expiration of the laneway. So I think clarity is good when it comes to those who travel the highways and obviously, in a situation like this, when it's road safety, it is very important to ensure that motorists do have clarity and are very clear as to who has the right-of-way.

Certainly at this point, Mr. Speaker, we will be supporting it moving on to the Law Amendments Committee. I do want to say, I appreciate the comments of the critic for the Official Opposition who talked about ensuring that we do the proper research and I think it's important in both these bills that we do ensure we have good research and we do the right thing here to ensure that we have clarity in regard to issues such as those being brought forward.

So with those few comments, Mr. Speaker, I certainly support Bill No. 170 going to the Law Amendments Committee.

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

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The honourable member for Clare.

MR. WAYNE GAUDET: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the honourable minister for his support to move this bill forward and my critic with the Official Opposition. With that, I move second reading of Bill No. 170.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 170. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 162.

Bill No. 162 - Municipal Government Act.

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

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today on behalf of the member for Richmond to move Bill No. 162 forward. It's an Act to Amend Chapter 18 of the Acts of 1998, the Municipal Government Act. The bill amends the Municipal Government Act to provide for regulations respecting the refunding of municipal taxes paid in error or, in fact, overpaid. (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: I move second reading of this bill.

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

MR. FRANK CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of our caucus, I stand up in support of this bill moving forward and on to the Law Amendments Committee.

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

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to stand here for a couple of minutes to discuss Bill No. 162, which calls for amendments to the Municipal Government Act. Bill No. 162 would allow Governor in Council to adopt regulations outlining how municipalities should refund taxes paid in error or taxes which were overpaid. The fact is that

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we do believe the current legislation already provides municipalities with the authority to refund municipal taxes paid in error. If we look across the province, we find instances where municipalities have reimbursed taxes where overpayments have been made. Now, we also recognize that municipalities may differ in the approach they use when dealing with overpayments, and that may or may not be because of how they interpret current legislation.

Mr. Speaker, as I noted earlier, we are in regular contact with the UNSM regarding amendments to the Municipal Government Act to make sure that municipalities have the tools they need to govern effectively, and the amendments often involve clarifying particular areas so that municipalities are left with no doubt about the intent of the legislation. Refunding overpayments has not been a topic of conversation between the UNSM and the province. If there is a problem, it would probably be appropriate for the UNSM to have some input. However, Mr. Speaker, it is hard to understand how any municipality would think that they didn't have the responsibility to refund overpayments and, after all, how can you keep what you didn't have the right to in the first place?

However, despite those reservations, Mr. Speaker, we are prepared to support this bill in second reading and allow it to go to the Law Amendments Committee.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Chebucto.

MR. HOWARD EPSTEIN: Mr. Speaker, thank you very much. I just wanted to say that I appreciate the comments from the minister. They clarify the purpose. I know it's not his bill but I'm glad to see that the government supports it. I take it that would mean that the government is prepared to put in place regulations that would advance the agenda laid out in the bill, the purpose as stated by the minister. It seems to me he's entirely correct in his observations as to what's the appropriate thing to do with taxes paid in error, or overpaid. He's quite correct about that. He has had an interesting session so far, introduced quite a number of bills or found a number of bills under his jurisdiction being amended in one way or another. We look forward to dealing with the more substantive ones when they come along for debate, be it this session or a future session, but certainly on this bill we are in complete agreement and are happy to see this particular point clarified. Thank you.

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

The honourable member for Preston.

MR. KEITH COLWELL: I would move second reading of Bill No. 162.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 162. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, could we go back please now to the order of business, Public Bills for Second Reading.

PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 151.

Bill No. 151 - Tourist Accommodations Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.

HON. WILLIAM DOOKS: Mr. Speaker, I'm very pleased to be able to speak on second reading of Bill No. 151, a bill to repeal the Tourist Accommodations Act. Earlier this month, this government introduced a new approach to the Tourist Accommodations Act in Nova Scotia. This new approach will ensure a quality experience for our visitors and will reduce the regulatory burden for operators. As a government, our role is to ensure quality accommodations for tourists, and this new approach will do just that.

Many have asked us why don't we just enforce the current Act? Well, Mr. Speaker, enforcement is not the solution. Our goal is to welcome more tourists to Nova Scotia and to ensure that when they are here, they can stay in clean, quality accommodations. We consulted with the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia and this is what they want, reducing red tape and regulations and allowing industry to take the lead on the issue of quality is the right thing to do.

TIANS welcomes less government regulations. They see that it has worked in other places, especially British Columbia and Alberta, and in fact, we are seeing media reports indicating that the Liberal Government in New Brunswick is planning to introduce legislation to eliminate tourist accommodations licences in their province. We understand that they are planning to replace the regulatory licensing requirement with a new program very similar to what is being proposed here in Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, we along with many other areas, understand that government's role in the tourism sector is one of promotion, not one of policing. As I have stated before, TIANS is supporting our new approach and leading the way and I believe the majority of the industry has supported this initiative. A vote against this bill is a vote against what the industry wants.

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This new approach has many benefits. For tourists, it's about choice; for operators, it's about options; and for industry it's about giving them the leadership role they want to improve the quality of our tourism product. Mr. Speaker, at this time I would like to adjourn debate.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is to adjourn debate on Bill No. 151.

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 Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Would you please call Bill No. 182.

Bill No. 182 - Heritage Property Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.

HON. WILLIAM DOOKS: Thank you again, Mr. Speaker. I'm pleased to call Bill No. 182, an amendment to the Heritage Property Act, for second reading today.

Mr. Speaker, as stewards for the province's heritage, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage believes that economic growth and development should be balanced with the preservation and protection of our heritage resources. An important part of our heritage here in Nova Scotia is represented by the historic buildings that surround and protect us. They are referred to as our built heritage. It is one of the areas of key responsibility for our department.

Under the Heritage Property Act, owners of municipally registered heritage properties at this time must apply to the municipality if they want to demolish or to substantially alter the exterior of a building. The application is then reviewed by the Heritage Advisory Committee with municipal council making a final decision. Currently, if the municipality denies a request, the owner must wait one year and then can proceed with this work without approval.

The amendment outlined in Bill No. 182 will simply extend that waiting period from one year to two years, providing more time to consider all of the options of preserving a

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building with heritage value. It will also serve as an interim measure while our department reviews the Heritage Property Act in its entirety. This was a recommendation of the province's heritage strategy and is a priority for the 2008 and 2009 fiscal year.

Once the amendment to the Heritage Property Act passes, it would be applied to applications filed after May 23, 2007, and before September 1, 2009. By that time the review of the entire Act will be completed.

Mr. Speaker, I thank you for the opportunity to speak on Bill No. 182 this afternoon and encourage the members of the House to move forward but at this time, I would also like to adjourn debate on this bill.

MR. SPEAKER: There is a motion to adjourn debate on Bill No. 182.

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 Government House Leader.

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

[4:13 p.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Bills with Deputy Speaker Mr. Wayne Gaudet in the Chair.]

[4:18 p.m. CWH on Bills rose and the House reconvened. Mr. Speaker, Hon. Alfie MacLeod, resumed the Chair.]

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

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

Bill No. 107 - Nova Scotia Agricultural College Act.

Bill No. 117 - Securities Act.

Bill No. 121 - Assessment Act

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Bill No. 123 - Public Service Act.

Bill No. 125 - Public Service Act.

Bill No. 135 - Municipal Elections Act.

Bill No. 144 - Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation Act.

Bill No. 146 - Motor Vehicle Act.

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

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, could we get consent of the House to move to the order of business, Public Bills for Third Reading.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 107.

Bill No. 107 - Nova Scotia Agricultural College Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Agriculture.

HON. BROOKE TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to move this bill for third reading and the NSAC will no longer be a branch of the Department of Agriculture but will certainly retain the same agriculture mandate and an enhanced governance model to improve NSAC's ability to retain and recruit top-quality faculty, attract more research funding and recruit talented students and maintain its academic reputation. I so move.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Hants East.

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MR. JOHN MACDONELL: Mr. Speaker, I want to just give my concurrence with the minister's comments. This is a good move on the part of the government. I think the academic community would see it as a very positive step and I think, in particular, specifically for those at the Agricultural College, the level of support, I think, for this move was shown at the Law Amendments Committee. Anybody who came to speak was very much in support. We would certainly like to keep an eye on things as they progress in the future for the Agricultural College. We certainly would like to see it maintain its mandate. I think it's a positive move in the sense of to try to seek out other funding opportunities, doors that may have been closed because they were so connected to government.

So, Mr. Speaker, on behalf of my colleagues in this Opposition Party, we congratulate the minister for this move and we look forward to positive things in the future for the Agricultural College.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Kings West.

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in my place today and support this piece of legislation around the governance of the Agricultural College, a venerable institution in our province, I think about 113 years old, and to see it now move to a great autonomy and away from the attachment and strings of government. Even for small decisions, they had to go back to government for approval. I think this is a positive step. I think the opportunities that it will provide around research in particular, selection of a president for the college, there may be a much wider appetite now for somebody who can bring their research, their background to the course of developing its future.

So I think this is, indeed, a very supportive piece of legislation for the future of the Agricultural College in the province and hoping that it will be one that, in fact, gives a continued viability, an execution of its mandate and the importance of agricultural research, especially at a time when we are taking a look, in this province, at sustainability, what greater sustainablility do we have than in agriculture itself? Looking at all kinds of ways of making sure that the soils of the province continue to be able to be very productive, I think those kinds of trials and work must go on and I think capturing, to a greater degree, monies from private sources, from corporations, will be enhanced by this new approach to the governance of the Agricultural College and the Liberal caucus indeed supports this piece of legislation.

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

The honourable Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, I just wanted to go on record again as supporting third reading of this bill. Members of this House will know that I've been a long and vocal supporter of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in my time in this Legislature and I do believe the time has finally come, albeit a slow time, to make this change. When I spoke on

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second reading, I did talk about the benefits to agriculture and the changes in it but I don't want the public to be misled to think that only agriculture is studied at that institution. It has a remarkably good basic science program, which would suit any science student, any student in this province who wishes to go on to study university science, probably as good as any in the province, they would get that education at the NSAC, and not only has it animal and horticultural components, it has business components in a variety of things.

Mr. Speaker, I attended the convocation about three or four weeks ago on behalf of the minister and the list of the diplomas and degrees, these areas of study, you know, could go well beyond the field of agriculture. The guest speaker at the convocation this year, very interesting, is the Dean of Medicine at Dalhousie University. He got a start at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. So what I'm saying is that the education that is offered there is transferable to any number of fields. It is a very, very good undergraduate institution and, of course, its relationship with Dalhousie University makes it one of the outstanding research institutions in this province, too. Indeed, if one was to take a look at the dollars generated in research grants by faculty members at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, it may very well be, probably if it's not first, probably second in this province.

Of course, Mr. Speaker, what the legislation does - it is going to put into place a governance model which is going to make it possible to do its job even better. The minister and the critics have already spoken about some of the things which will follow this governance change, everything from attracting more research dollars, or being eligible for more research dollars, dollars for which they are not eligible now because they're seen as a direct arm of government, to the search for faculty, the search for a president. There are going to be any number of things that will just be easier to do once this legislation is enshrined.

With those few words, Mr. Speaker, I will take my place and encourage all members of this House to support this bill.

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

The honourable Minister of Agriculture.

HON. BROOKE TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, I, too, would like to thank the MLA for Truro-Bible Hill, the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, because without a doubt he worked very hard on this file, not just during the course of the bill coming to introduction and second reading and the Committee of the Whole House, the Law Amendments Committee, et cetera, et cetera, he has been vigilant on this file. I, too, want to thank the critics opposite, the member for Hants East and the NDP Party and, of course, I want to thank the MLA for Kings West, the critic with the Liberals, for their support, because it really was a unanimous undertaking to be brought forward and I am a little remiss, just to take a couple more moments, Mr. Speaker, I clearly want to thank the Deputy Minister at the

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Department of Agriculture who really put his shoulder to the wheel and brought this into fruition. So we had all the stakeholders, the past presidents, the two acting presidents, faculty staff and, in fact, students are extremely supportive. I would think that when the time is appropriate, there will be probably a small celebration in Bible Hill when the legislation actually receives Royal Assent.

So thanks to all members in the House and thank you to my colleague, the member for Truro-Bible Hill. I would move third reading of Bill No. 107.

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 107. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Would you please call Bill No. 117.

Bill No. 117 - Securities Act

MR. SPEAKER: The Chair recognizes the honourable Minister of Finance.

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. It's my honour and pleasure to move third reading of the bill.

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

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have just a few brief words on Bill No. 177. It's important we recognize the role that many of the individuals in this profession play with health care and alternative treatments. We all know and I'm sure - wrong bill?

Okay, Mr. Speaker, I'll take my place.

MR. SPEAKER: The bill before the House is Bill No. 117, the Securities Act. Are there further speakers?

The motion is for third reading on Bill No. 117, the Securities Act. 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 and ordered that the bill be engrossed.

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Would you please call Bill No. 123.

Bill No. 123 - Public Service Act

MR. SPEAKER: The Chair recognizes the honourable Minister of Immigration.

HON. LEONARD GOUCHER: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. It gives me great pleasure to move Bill No. 123, a creation of the Department of Seniors, and I would so move.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Dartmouth South-Portland Valley.

MS. MARILYN MORE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'm pleased to take a few minutes to discuss Bill No. 123. I spoke during second reading and expressed some concern over the retroactivity of this bill. The Department of Seniors has been up and running for a number of months and it would have perhaps been a little more proactive to have had the legislation in place instead of having it set up by regulation under the Executive Council.

I'm also a little concerned that the mandate hasn't been expanded for the Department of Seniors. It definitely needs to have more authority control, in terms of being able to coordinate legislation and policies that impact on seniors in this province. I think we only need to look at the fiasco that occurred around the Seniors' Pharmacare changes in program this year to realize that the new Department of Seniors has not improved the situation much. I have to say that I'm disappointed that the government has been almost using the Group of Nine seniors' organizations in this province as a scapegoat for the inadequacies of how those changes were implemented. The Group of Nine, I think, were given a narrow mandate in which to make recommendations and it's unfortunate that the government itself is not taking responsibility for the poor performance of that and the under-spending of the Seniors' Pharmacare program money.

I also want to say that the Department of Seniors really needs to have more authority to provide adequate funding for seniors' organizations around this province, especially seniors' centres which are severely underfunded and which are the best way to coordinate community-based programming in this province.

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Again, caregivers is a serious issue and needs taking action on a lot of the recommendations and concerns that have come out of some of the consultation and study by the former Seniors' Secretariat. They need to move forward under the Department of Seniors.

So I just want to finish by suggesting that the Department of Seniors needs to have higher expectations from both the government, from this House, and from the seniors and families of this province in terms of taking action on the research and consultation that they have been doing fairly well, I must say, over the past number of years. I think as a newly defined Department of Seniors, that attention has to be given to the slow progress on many of the recommendations which would make life much easier for seniors in our province. So with that, Mr. Speaker, I will take my seat.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

MR. HAROLD THERIAULT: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to stand here today and speak on Bill No. 123. When it comes to our seniors in this province, I have a great respect for each and every one, even the ones who are in this House, not me yet, though. The Department of Seniors is something that we have advocated a long time for - to make sure the seniors of this province are well taken care of. So we are pleased, you know, that this bill is going through the House to do just that. I hope, and I have said all along, that this department is great. It's all right to say that we have a department but we have to make sure that this department does take care of our seniors and be a one-stop shop for our seniors, for anything they need, that they can pick up the phone and call this department and receive what they need to receive that day, that moment. That's what we see in this department.

So with that, I will take my place and I will be very pleased to see this bill move on.

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

The honourable Minister of Immigration.

HON. LEONARD GOUCHER: Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the comments of my critics opposite. At the Department of Seniors, we take great pride in the formation of this and, as my critics opposite have said, it's an extremely important move on behalf of the government to ensure that our seniors in this province are well cared for and looked after.

So, Mr. Speaker, on that note, I will move third reading of Bill No. 123.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 123. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 125.

Bill No. 125 - Public Service Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Labour and Workforce Development.

HON. MARK PARENT: Mr. Speaker, it is my great pleasure to move third reading of Bill No. 125.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 125. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 135.

Bill No. 135 - Municipal Elections Act.

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

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, the issue of this thing with the Municipal Elections Act was to make the changes that would allow for electronic voting to take place in the upcoming municipal election. I move third reading of Bill No. 135.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 135. 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.

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 144.

Bill No. 144 - Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation Act.

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

HON. JAMES MUIR: This bill is actually a very simple one, and it is a name change from the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation Act to Film Nova Scotia. Mr. Speaker, I move third reading of Bill No. 144.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Pictou East.

MR. CLARRIE MACKINNON: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker, it's a pleasure for me to stand in support of this bill. As was stated, it is a name change only, and certainly Film Nova Scotia does, in fact, sound better than Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation. I certainly want to support this on behalf of my colleagues in the Official Opposition and certainly, at some point, we would like to see further changes, changes to the extension of the tax credits in relationship to Film Nova Scotia, an extension to commercials and other productions. However, that is something for another date. Very briefly, I want to go on record in support of this on behalf of the Official Opposition. Thank you very much.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Kings West.

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to just take a moment to speak in support of this change. I think it's an updating, it's a renewed focus when we talk about Film Nova Scotia. We already have a good history, a strong history of developing the industry and also attracting from south of the border and across the country the opportunities for Nova Scotians in a whole range of career areas the development and advance of film and film production in this province. So I think this is timely to be part of renewing the old corporation to the concept of Film Nova Scotia. The Liberal caucus supports this bill, and like my colleague opposite, think that, however, there is a day to look once again at the film tax credit system, especially in a time of the changing value of the Canadian dollar. With that, I'll take my place.

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

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the colleagues in the other two Parties for their helpful interventions and, with that, I would move third reading of Bill No. 144.

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MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 144. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 146.

Bill No. 146 - Motor Vehicle Act.

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

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, it's an honour to rise tonight to move third reading of Bill No. 146, the Motor Vehicle Act. There are several changes involved in these amendments. One obviously is in regard to the interlock program in this province. We want to ensure that as the program is being developed, and will be launched very soon, that only those in Nova Scotia who have the ability to be issued a license will be those who successfully apply for and conform to the stipulations with regard to interlock programs. That's part of it.

The other thing that members of the House will remember last year, particularly over in the Dartmouth area - police were saying a lot of times they were apprehending drivers for various infractions of the Motor Vehicle Act, particularly where these individuals would continue to drive even though they had been caught by the police on more than one occasion. This change to the Motor Vehicle Act will allow for clarification with regard to guidelines in the Motor Vehicle Act impoundment sections to allow police to not only be able to be assured about how they can go about the process of impounding vehicles, but also the ability to dispose of those vehicles, whether it be through the registrar or through another process. There are several processes outlined in these amendments.

I think it will go a long way to ensuring safer roads. It gives police the opportunity to do their job and for clarification with regard to disposal of vehicles. The other part is with regard to fines. Those who are caught driving without a licence, obviously the doubling of fines will, I believe, go a long way to ensuring that people will adhere to the laws of this province, making our roads safer.

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With those few comments I will take my seat and I look forward to suggestions or comments from my colleagues opposite. Again, it is a pleasure to move third reading of Bill No. 146.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading on Bill No. 146. Would all those in favour of the motion, please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

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The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Private Members' Public Bills for Third Reading.

PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 121.

Bill No. 121 - Assessment Act.

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

MR. GORDON GOSSE: Mr. Speaker, it's a pleasure that I rise today on this bill. Being from Cape Breton and knowing the co-operative movement very well in the history of that island and knowing how important it is for people that have co-operative housing for low income families to be able to afford housing, I think this bill will actually help them be on an even playing field with homeowners in the Province of Nova Scotia.

I would like to thank my colleague from Halifax Needham, my colleague from Dartmouth North - one of the first housing co-operatives started in Dartmouth North - my colleagues from Halifax Chebucto and Halifax Citadel on the majority of co-operative housing in the province; also Susan Kenney and Gail McNeil of the High Hopes Housing Co-operative, instrumental in helping me come forward with this bill. I would like to say thank you to all the members of the Legislative Assembly for doing the right thing with this bill and making sure the co-operative people are now on a level playing field.

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Mr. Speaker, with that, I'd like to move third reading of Bill No. 121.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 121. Would all those in favour of the motion, please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

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

PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 177.

Bill No. 177 - Naturopathic Doctors Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Finance.

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, first of all I rise to move second reading of the bill. This is a bill that is designed to regulate naturopathic doctors in Nova Scotia. It is a very simple bill that is designed to protect the public, it does that by guaranteeing that the doctors in question have the basic science and practical training required to protect the public, that they are both members of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors, that also they have malpractice insurance, again, in the interests of protecting the public should there be something that doesn't work out as it should.

The other reason for this bill, Mr. Speaker, and the other reason that it is in the interest of the public for this bill, is because as those members of the House who follow the Financial Measures Act would have remembered, the Financial Measures Act contained a provision that made the fees that are charged by naturopathic doctors tax deductible and entitled to the Nova Scotia Government's tax deductions.

The effect of this bill passing this House will be that patients of these doctors will be entitled to get a federal tax deduction, so this will provide not only the benefit of both the provincial tax deduction - which we, as members of this House, have legislated - but will

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give the patients of these naturopathic physicians the same advantage as other people have who receive medical care. Quite frankly, that is the reason that I've been involved in moving this bill in front of the House, because I'm well aware of the importance of consistency, and we would like to see that Nova Scotians who have the advantage of the services of these naturopathic doctors should have the advantage of the tax benefits that are available to them in Nova Scotia under their federal income tax.

Also, Mr. Speaker, I can tell you that the drafters of the bill have been very careful to ensure that this does not in any way impede on the rights and privileges of other health professions or, indeed, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners in Nova Scotia, again in the interest of simply providing the people who choose to use the services of naturopathic doctors with protection but not in any way trying to affect other health practitioners in this province.

It's kind of interesting that this group of individuals with the professional qualifications that they have today, in certain provinces in the country, other provinces that now recognize them as a regulated profession. That these doctors - the services they provide are, in those provinces, entitled to a federal tax deduction. Unfortunately, because up to this point there was no provincial Statute dealing with naturopathic doctors, there therefore was no ability for this group of individuals who are practising in Nova Scotia, so the same patient seeing the same doctor in other provinces in this country would be entitled to a tax deduction, and we felt that it was appropriate that they be entitled to the same benefits in Nova Scotia. With that, Mr. Speaker, I would close my remarks at this point.

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you.

The honourable member for Sackville-Cobequid.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I think I can speak now on Bill No. 177.

I think it is important that we recognize the importance of this legislation. I've stood in my place many times over the last number of years discussing and debating the need for a regulatory body for a certain profession - if we're talking about dental hygienists to paramedics and a number of different disciplines within the health care system here in our province. It's important because when we have these individuals practising in our province, we need to make sure that the public safety is the number-one concern for the government and for all Legislative Assembly members here, Mr. Speaker. To ensure that when they go and see someone who has a title - and there's many out there - that that title is accredited here in this province, especially when you're talking about health care and definitely naturopathic doctors here in Nova Scotia provide health services and health care delivery here in the province.

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It's important that we know that those individuals who have those titles, who have those designations, who are in some cases charging Nova Scotians, have the credentials to back themselves up, have the education, have the background, the courses, the schooling needed and follow the rules that are set up throughout the country and, of course, here in this province. Far too often here in Nova Scotia we're one of the last provinces to see changes through legislation to deal with things like this, Mr. Speaker.

Naturopathic doctors have been around for a long time and this piece of legislation, like many others, should have been on the floor of this Legislature years ago, Mr. Speaker, because they do play a role here in Nova Scotia.

I'm glad to see that this legislation really will put the framework to the protection, I think, that the public needs and wants and deserves when they go and see someone who might be practising under the naturopathic title, especially one who calls themself a naturopathic doctor.

I know that many of us here in the Legislature know family members, friends or constituents who seek alternative medicine. This really is an important avenue for many people who feel that the current system, the current delivery of health care, doesn't meet their needs.

Mr. Speaker, I come from a health background that provided emergency care and these naturopathic remedies and treatments really didn't pertain to me in my ability to deliver health care. I came across many patients over the years who had taken advantage, not only in our own province, across the country, down in the United States, of alternative ways of receiving health care and a lot of the time it works. It's amazing to see somebody who maybe I've picked up and have picked up, as a paramedic, for many years and then see them after they've had some other options or other treatments. I've seen some successes, I've seen some that haven't but those individuals are trying to find a way to survive an illness or an injury or try to beat something that most regular ways of treating it have failed.

So it's good to see this, it's good to see that individuals who seek alternative treatment under this profession will be able to take advantage of the tax exemption that we see in other areas of health care. It's important that we recognize that and it's important that we see this in this piece of legislation.

I don't know if this is truly a controversial piece of legislation, I think this is an important one. It's ironic that today we see them in the House of Commons debating a bill that would limit, actually, some of the naturopathic health products that we see, and there's a lot of controversy in that, Mr. Speaker, which I'll be keeping track of and keeping attention on and it will be interesting to see how that unfolds.

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Ultimately, with the creation of this kind of body and these regulations, maybe it could happen that someone here in Nova Scotia who prescribes a remedy to some Nova Scotian that they won't be able to get that remedy filled or that prescription filled, because of a change in legislation at the national level.

So we'll have to ensure that we keep an eye on this, to see what happens in Ottawa and how this piece of legislation will hopefully better the service that Nova Scotians receive from naturopathic doctors here in Nova Scotia. So our caucus will support this piece of legislation going through the legislative process. I would have hoped that this would have come forward a lot sooner but I'm glad it's finally here and finally here on the floor so that we can pass it. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Kings West.

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'm pleased to rise and say a few words about Bill No. 177. This is a piece of legislation advanced by government but one which I think the province and many people have been waiting for for some time.

We know that it is an alternate treatment system but it is science-based and again requires a strong education before a doctor of naturopathic medicine can be obtained. So I think this bill gives credence to the practice, and to the practitioners, as well as providing criteria for their practice and for the practitioners who are already in the field and ones who will come along in the future.

There is no question that there are a percentage of people who will go to a naturopath and find very, very successful results. I think the bill which guarantees that the naturopathic doctor must be a graduate of an accredited school, has passed both the science and clinical portion of the licensing examination, has malpractice insurance, a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, a member of the Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors. So I know that this bill still requires some distilling and some review by people across the medical professions, and that's the whole idea of moving it into the Law Amendments Committee, to hear from other people.

As my colleague mentioned, it's interesting that today in Parliament, Bill C-51, brought to my attention by a doctor in the province, in fact, could actually undermine some of their work and, in fact, some of the thrust of this bill here, because Bill C-51 does have the potential to make a real hit on the products that are used by naturopathic doctors. So I think it's one that we need to be cognizant of and, perhaps as legislators, at least weigh in on encouraging government at a certain stage to call for a second look and for the Opposition Parties perhaps not to support. But this piece of legislation, Bill No. 177, is welcomed by our Party, and we look forward to it going on to the Law Amendments Committee. With that, Mr. Speaker, I'll take my place.

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[5:00 p.m.]

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

The honourable Minister of Finance.

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I thank, very much, my colleagues on the other side of the House for their very positive interventions on the bill. I, like them, look forward to the bill moving on to the Law Amendments Committee and through the legislative process, hopefully, to third reading in the very near future. With that, I move second reading of Bill No. 177.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 177. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, I would ask for the consent of the House to take a brief recess.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

The House will recess for a few minutes.

[5:01 p.m. The House recessed.]

[5:46 p.m. The House reconvened.]

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please revert to the order of business, Presenting Reports of Committees.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Chairman of the Committee on Law Amendments, I am directed to report that the committee has met and considered the following bills:

Bill No. 79 - Elections Act.

Bill No. 127 - Health Professions Disciplinary Proceedings Protection (2008) 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 Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Chairman of the Committee on Law Amendments, I am directed to report that the committee has met and considered the following bills:

Bill No. 3 - Public Utilities Act.

Bill No. 120 - Public Service Act.

Bill No. 156 - Land Registration Act.

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

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, with the unanimous consent of the House, I would ask that the bills I've just reported be added to the Committee of the Whole House on Bills for consideration today.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed that these bills - no?

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AN HON. MEMBER: Who said "no"?

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

MR. FRANK CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, not to draw this out, but there are some negotiations going on now in the Law Amendments Committee - and this is a problem when we try to do legislation on the fly like this. There are certain negotiations going on in the Law Amendments Committee, certain bills that we aren't comfortable moving forward at this time. So until we can get some clarity on these bills, it would be our Party's position to take a short recess.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, at this time I would ask for a short recess until we can get the matter resolved.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

The House will recess for a few minutes.

[5:48 p.m. The House recessed.]

[6:33 p.m. The House reconvened.]

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: 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 Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Chairman of the Committee on Law Amendments, I am directed to report that the committee has met and considered the following bills:

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Bill No. 130 - Emergency Health Services Act.

Bill No. 131 - North American Labour Cooperation Agreement Implementation Act.

Bill No. 163 - Personal Directives Act.

Bill No. 178 - Children and Family Services Act.

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

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Chairman of the Committee on Law Amendments, I am directed to report that the committee has met and considered the following bills:

Bill No. 81 - Domestic Violence Elimination Act.

Bill No. 138 - Municipal Government 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 am wondering if I can seek the consent of the House to have consideration in the Committee of the Whole House on Bills for those bills reported.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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.

[6:35 p.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Bills with Deputy Speaker Mr. Wayne Gaudet in the Chair.]

[6:41 p.m. CWH on Bills rose and the House reconvened. Mr. Speaker, Hon. Alfie MacLeod, resumed the Chair.]

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

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

Bill No. 3 - Public Utilities Act.

Bill No. 120 - Public Service Act.

Bill No. 127 - Health Professions Disciplinary Proceedings Protection (2008) Act.

Bill No. 130 - Emergency Health Services Act.

Bill No. 131 - North American Labour Cooperation Agreement Implementation Act.

Bill No. 163 - Personal Directives Act.

Bill No. 178 - Children and Family Services Act.

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

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, I would ask for unanimous consent of the House for those bills to go to third reading.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

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

PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 127.

Bill No. 127 - Health Professions Disciplinary Proceedings Protection (2008) Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Economic Development.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, I move third reading of Bill No. 127.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 127. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 120.

Bill No. 120 - Public Service Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Labour and Workforce Development.

HON. MARK PARENT: Mr. Speaker, it's my privilege to move third reading of Bill No. 120.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 120. 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.

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The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 130.

Bill No. 130 - Emergency Health Services Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Economic Development.

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

[6:45 p.m.]

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

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I definitely take the opportunity at any time in this House when we debate any bill pertaining to the great service we receive here in this province from the men and women who are paramedics.

This piece of legislation is, I think, important and takes steps to recognize those individuals in our province who give so much of their time away from their families, away from their friends, and away from having sometimes those down times we all enjoy as Nova Scotians. Our paramedics in this province work extremely hard, and I know that I've mentioned a few of these comments on second reading, but I think it's important I emphasize these points to ensure that the government listens and understands the importance of ensuring that the paramedics in this province receive what they deserve.

I said before, and the Minister of Health knows, I've commented on how we and the government, themselves, often state that we have the best ambulance service in North America. I made the comment last time on second reading about if you were to ask paramedics in this province if they're paid as the best service in North America, they would say no, and they'd have a different opinion.

So I hope the government recognizes that we don't only have to bring forward legislation like this to recognize the service and contributions of paramedics here in Nova Scotia, but recognize truly the job they do and ensure that they do get paid and have the benefits they deserve. If we're going to tout them as the best ambulance service in North America, which I agree with, we have to treat them like that, and actions speak much louder than words.

I would challenge the Minister of Health to stand up tonight and say that he will do that. I hope he's listening to those comments, because it's important. I know he received many of the e-mails that I received earlier this year around the concern around their

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remuneration and their pay benefits and packages. I guess the minister won't be standing up tonight, I guess he'll save his comments for another evening.

I want to make this point, that they have to be recognized and they have to make sure that government recognizes the service they have and give them the opportunity to be the best service in North America so we're all proud. They do an extremely hard job, they put their lives on the line every day, they take time away from their family to be at call and to be at the service of Nova Scotians every day in every corner of this province.

I'm very proud to come from that profession, I'm very proud of the work paramedics do throughout Nova Scotia, they're dedicated health care providers. It's about time we have an opportunity to promote their service and recognize the service they do here in Nova Scotia. So with those brief comments, I'm encouraged and support this piece of legislation and I look forward to those paramedics here in Nova Scotia being recognized for the service they provide Nova Scotians, hopefully in the near future.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Glace Bay.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, just briefly, as we've said in the past, we certainly support this legislation. It's a good piece of legislation that's going through and one that honours and respects, as I refer to them, the real unsung heroes in the health care profession in this province.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity, and I think we should all take this opportunity as members of the House of Assembly, to recognize a couple of our own. The member for Sackville-Cobequid and the member for Hants West are both members of this profession. (Applause) I know, and I'm sure the rest of my caucus shares the view that sometime, hopefully, they will return to their profession because they are needed there and for no other reason.

Seriously, Mr. Speaker, we thank both of these members for doing the work that they did do and they continue to show an interest in that profession and continue to do that through supporting good pieces of legislation such as this. We in the Liberal caucus look forward to this bill being passed and becoming something that we'll be proud of in the future.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Hants West.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to rise as well this evening to speak for just a couple minutes about this bill that has been introduced by the government and as a long-time paramedic, I spent 17 years in the field working in various aspects. I know that the honourable member for Sackville-Cobequid would remember many shifts where he and I worked together and did some learning together and so on. He noted something a few minutes ago, and I think he did previously as well with regard to paramedics in general, their

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skills and whether they're paid accordingly. I think in most professions we would always agree that, you know, everybody would like to make more. There's no question about that, but I can remember a time when I was starting out that I made $5 a call in town and $8 a call out of town, and you hoped for a trip to Halifax because that paid $25.

We've come a long way since then in this province and this is a great bill to recognize the profession even further. I look forward to seeing this in place. So just with that, Mr. Speaker, I thank you very much for the opportunity.

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

The honourable Minister of Economic Development.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the members for their intervention on this stage of the debate. Certainly I would want to associate myself with the comments of all honourable members with respect to the wonderful work that is done by paramedics. It's a service that all of us hope we can avoid in our lifetime, but if we ever do have to use it, we're very pleased that it's there.

I can say, Mr. Speaker, that having said that, if my political ambitions were ever to be achieved, then the remarks of the honourable member for Sackville-Cobequid would have to be ruled out of order tonight because he would be speaking to a conflict of interest and that's where we hope he goes back to very soon, because he's so good at that profession. (Interruptions)

Mr. Speaker, having said that, in all seriousness, we are blessed in this province with a service that is second to none anywhere in North America. It's a credit to the previous Liberal Government that that service is in place. We would like to take some credit for having kept it going and enhanced it. I know it's something that all Nova Scotians are very proud of. Mr. Speaker, I move third reading of Bill No. 130.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 130. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 131.

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Bill No. 131 - North American Labour Cooperation Agreement Implementation Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Labour and Workforce Development.

HON. MARK PARENT: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. It is my pleasure to rise and move third reading of Bill No. 131.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 131. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 163.

Bill No. 163 - Personal Directives Act

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. It is indeed a pleasure to rise and to move third reading of the Personal Directives Act, Bill No. 163. This is a very important Act. It is significant in the lives and indeed, in terms of the direction of the personal care of individuals and for all of us to have that ability. As was mentioned during second reading debate, I think all of us share a common interest in seeing this move forward. It is significant and I know the interventions from my colleagues were very much appreciated and the fact is that this is another step forward, Mr. Speaker, for us to be able to provide that clarity to Nova Scotians.

What was also discussed, and I remember as well the member for Richmond was indicating the fact that while people look at lawyers, that the average citizen will be able to provide clarity and that we, within the Department of Justice, will make sure that there's an on-line version, a public education piece prior to this coming into place and ensuring that everyone will know how they can use it, how best to use it and it won't be just needing a lawyer to do that. So with that, Mr. Speaker, I look forward to any other comments of my colleagues and will work with my critics and others on the public education piece with this bill moving forward because, indeed, it gives another option and, indeed, for those who are seeking clarity, it is something that is very timely. So thank you.

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

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am obliged, in memory of my father, to bring forward some comments on this particular piece of legislation. Again it is a piece of legislation that I assure you will assist all of us if we are ever put in the position that I, unfortunately, was put in a number of years ago. So I'm certainly pleased here tonight to discuss this legislation which gives Nova Scotians greater control over their personal care decisions.

This Act, Bill No. 163, will allow for people in our province to plan in advance for certain personal care decisions, including health care decisions. Specifically, the legislation will allow individuals to give instructions and express their wishes about how their personal care decisions are to be made in the event they become incapacitated. In addition, the legislation will allow individuals to appoint a delegate to make decisions on matters involving health care.

It's important that we understand legislation like this will also provide instructions surrounding the choice of a substitute decision maker and that's the particular position in which I was placed when it came to the situation with my family in New Brunswick. At the time I was a young teacher here, teaching school in Nova Scotia, with a tragically ill father (Interruptions).

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The chatter is getting a little loud. The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect has the floor.

MR. ESTABROOKS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I hope members are never put in this situation but I feel obliged to make sure that they are aware of the situation this particular piece of legislation, if in place at the time, certainly would have helped the situation for me, personally, at home, or at my home in New Brunswick.

It's a sad fact of life that sometimes illness or injury occurs suddenly and without warning. In these types of situations, families are sometimes left in a position to make difficult decisions, with no clear instructions surrounding the wishes for their loved ones.

The creation of a personal directive and the appointment of a substitute decision maker will help to avoid any ambiguity that may exist. As I said the other day, Mr. Speaker, when we spoke on this bill, I have a prepared text, something I'm not used to using in the Legislature, but I think it is important, considering the emotional issue involved, that I put these things on the record so that we are all aware of the circumstances that sometimes we have no control over.

This legislation will also, in the absence of a personal directive, establish a hierarchy of individuals who are legally permitted to make personal care decisions. It's important to

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note, and I know from members of the public and members opposite - this legislation does not only simply allow for the creation of what some may call "a living will" and I would ask members, please, to clarify their knowledge when it comes to such legal matters as a legal will. It's actually much broader than that, although that type of instruction certainly could be included.

Under this Personal Care Directives Bill, the definition of personal care encompasses a wide number of things, health care, nutrition, residence, clothing, safety - an issue in the situation with my dad, in particular - his personal safety at that stage in his life. This legislation is very different, of course, from power of attorney.

With those comments, I would like to thank the members for their patience in this issue, I would like to compliment the minister again, publicly, for a very worthwhile piece of legislation. To the stakeholders who were part of this, to the people who were consulted, this is a working piece of legislation that is going to assist Nova Scotians and I thank you again, Mr. Minister.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Richmond.

MR. MICHEL SAMSON: Mr. Speaker, it's a pleasure to speak once again on third reading of Bill No. 163, the Personal Directives Act. As has been mentioned, this will now give Nova Scotians the opportunity, in hopefully a very user-friendly way, of being able to specifically leave instructions as to how their care should be maintained should they become incapacitated. There are some individuals - based on religious grounds, based on personal beliefs - that have very specific concerns as to what care they will receive once they are unable to communicate themselves as to how they should be handled. So this will now give Nova Scotians the opportunity and, again, it is essential that the minister and the government undertake a proper campaign to inform Nova Scotians of this and I do look forward to seeing what plan the minister is going to put in place to make that a reality.

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Again, Mr. Speaker, I echo the concerns I did on second reading and I urge Nova Scotians to be very careful when it comes to buying these legal will kits. I've seen many cases, myself, of individuals who have come forward with these. It is very questionable and suspicious as to whether these would be held up in court, should they be contested. Here in Nova Scotia, because of some of the basic rules of will-writing that we have here that are not followed by these kits and many Nova Scotians believe that if they can get away with having a will and a power of attorney for $30, $40 or $50, that they have made a good deal. The last thing Nova Scotians want is to show responsibility in putting a will together only to see it be contested in court and leave behind more grief than anything else over their estate.

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So, again, I would urge Nova Scotians to seek proper legal advice when they are looking at their wills, at their power of attorney and now I am sure that lawyers will be offering this service as well, the personal directives. As the minister said, you will not need a lawyer for this specific element but, again, I take the opportunity to urge Nova Scotians to make the necessary investment when they are taking care of their affairs and their estate and their wishes and to seek the proper legal advice in doing it to make sure that they do not leave a will that is going to be contested and that is going to cause the family grief at the end.

With that, Mr. Speaker, we certainly will be voting in favour of this bill moving forward.

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

The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my honourable colleagues for their comments. The member for Richmond with his legal perspective is very appropriate and timely but also to the member for Timberlea-Prospect to bring in the realities of how it impacts a family and individuals brings home the reason we do this. More importantly in this Chamber, when people look and will assess what legislation was discussed and/or passed during this session - not to trivialize the impact that any particular piece of legislation will have on an individual or group or our society, and as we go forward - I think this is one of those ones, as was indicated, we have to do the process right, we have to have the public well educated. Indeed, they will be well served thanks to the interventions of this House and the support of the members.

With that, I am very pleased to close debate and look forward to making the implementation of this a timely one and a very successful one for the care decisions of Nova Scotians. So I want to thank my colleagues again for their interventions. I really appreciate it. I would move third reading of Bill No. 163.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 163. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 178.

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Bill No. 178 - Children and Family Services Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, again I'm very pleased to rise on another item that some might deem as a housekeeping matter, but indeed very important to the service delivery within our secure treatment facility for youth in the province, resident in Truro. This Bill No. 178 indeed builds on what would have been an unanticipated reality with regard for the need for youth to attend court from a secure facility, and for the judiciary to be able to work with those officials and ensure a safe and secure transfer of youth.

Again, we hope that through many initiatives, when you look at what we're doing to work on mental health matters, when you look at what we're doing for our crime prevention strategy, in fact to see those numbers decline, that those transfers would not be required, but the reality is they are, and I do appreciate my colleagues who have recognized where this impacts the judiciary and also the process time for youth themselves to get to a better level, a more timely level of treatment and consideration in the judicial system.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Richmond.

MR. MICHEL SAMSON: Mr. Speaker, just briefly, this is one of those bills that there was talk at one point of this being added with the Justice Administration Act. I believe it's important that these kinds of bills be presented on their own. If Nova Scotians have any concerns about what's being proposed, they can clearly focus on that. When you look at the Justice Administration Act, in its title it gives no sense of what's included in that. Here, clearly, individuals who have an interest in children and family services will immediately see there's a piece of legislation and will look at it to see exactly what is being proposed. It will catch their attention - I think it has done that in this case.

As the minister has indicated, it is a bill that is meant to make our system of justice work better, and certainly myself and our caucus has been very vocal in calling upon the minister to make our system of justice work better here in this province on so many fronts. So this is one of those steps where the judiciary raised the concern. It's certainly a legitimate concern but one that now the House will give the ability to be able to deal with youth at secure treatment facilities, make sure they're able to appear in court when necessary, and that the sheriff's services will be empowered now to be able to take on that responsibility.

Again, this piece of legislation, we certainly support, but I thought it important to remind the government and the minister that it's these kinds of bills that should not be put into the Justice Administration Act, so that Nova Scotians who are following these proceedings can clearly see what the change is meant to be and that there isn't that element of surprise as we've seen in the past from some of the changes proposed under the Justice Administration Act.

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Certainly, we will be supporting this bill on third reading. Thank you.

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

The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, with those comments stated, I'm very pleased to move third reading of Bill No. 178.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 178. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

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

PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 3.

Bill No. 3 - Public Utilities Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Richmond.

MR. MICHEL SAMSON: Busy night, Mr. Speaker. It's certainly a pleasure to speak on third reading of Bill No. 3, the Public Utilities Act.

Very briefly, this bill is meant to create the small-business advocate, which will be an individual who will be responsible to attend any hearings of the Utility and Review Board which deal with power rate applications by Nova Scotia Power. This is the government that did introduce the consumer advocate, Mr. Merrick, who is there to attend and ask questions and cross-examine witnesses and be able to give an opinion to Nova Scotians as to what exactly Nova Scotia Power is requesting and whether it is reasonable or not. I think he certainly has brought a new awareness to Nova Scotians about the process which can be very

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confusing at times. I've attended a number of these hearings myself. They're mostly all lawyers and experts in electricity governance. So it can be very intimidating and very difficult to follow.

The purpose of this bill is to create a voice for the small businesses throughout Nova Scotia. Mr. Speaker, as was mentioned before, this is something that our Leader, the member for Annapolis, has been pursuing for some time, to strengthen the voice for small businesses in Nova Scotia. When you go to the rate hearings, you'll usually see legal representation for the large industrial consumers. Those are NewPage in Point Tupper, Richmond County; Bowater Mersey, for example; and a number of other very large utilities that can afford to have their own legal team participate at these hearings, which are very expensive to pay for the legal representation at them.

It wasn't practical, Mr. Speaker, to suggest that small businesses on their own will be able to send lawyers to these hearings. It was even suggested that they should all combine together and pay for it themselves. We thought there was an easier way. We thought there was a way where there would be that individual who would be there as their voice, who would gain an expertise on these rate hearings and be able to speak on behalf of small business. While I don't have the statistics in front of me, whenever we celebrate Small Business Week, I believe the figure is almost 80 per cent of all Nova Scotians who work, work for a small business. So the numbers certainly speak for themselves and it's important that the URB and that the government appreciate the impact on small business any time there is a power rate increase here in this province.

So again, Mr. Speaker, I do want to commend the government for calling this bill. It's not always common that Opposition bills do get called by the government, but I believe this is a bill which the government has realized made good sense. It's going to make a positive difference for small business here in Nova Scotia. Certainly it's a good sign that minority government can work when we see this type of legislation being passed and being called by the government from the Liberal caucus. So with that, again I thank all my colleagues in the House for their support on Bill No. 3 and I'll wait to see if there are any further comments before closing debate.

Mr. Speaker, with those comments from my honourable colleagues, I would now like to move third reading of Bill No. 3. (Laughter)

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 3. 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.

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The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, that concludes the government's business for today. I move that the House do now rise to meet again tomorrow at the hour of 12:00 noon. We'll sit until 10:00 p.m. Following the daily routine and Question Period, we would go to Public Bills for Second Reading, the Committee of the Whole House on Bills, and any consideration that we may have following the Law Amendments Committee, further business, we'll seek the concurrence of the House at that time.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for the House to now rise to meet again tomorrow from the hours of 12:00 noon until 10:00 p.m.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

We shall meet tomorrow at 12:00 noon.

We stand adjourned.

[The House rose at 7:12 p.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 3447

By: Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay)

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

Whereas Ms. Lydia Adams, a native of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia is the conductor and artistic director of the 100-member, internationally renowned Amadeus Choir; and

Whereas the Amadeus Choir was founded 32 years ago and is in its 14th season as choir-in-residence at the George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts and the choir has grown in size and reputation significantly since Lydia took over 22 years ago; and

Whereas Ms. Adams, a graduate of Morrison High School in Glace Bay, received her education in music at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B. and continued her education at the National Opera Studio and the Royal College of Music, both in London, England;

Therefore be it resolved all members of this House congratulate Ms. Lydia Adams on all of her hard work and dedication to music and may she continue to have success with the Amadeus Choir.

RESOLUTION NO. 3448

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas safety awareness for our seniors is very important in our communities and the Queens Detachment of the RCMP took it upon themselves to present a free safety program to individuals 55 years of age and older; and

Whereas these free programs are made up of six individual components and are held over six weeks in local fire departments within Queens County; and

Whereas the topics covered are self-defence, and presentations by food safety inspectors, paramedics, firefighters and pharmacy representatives;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Winnie Doull for having participated in the six week RCMP Adult Academy held in Greenfield, Queens County.

RESOLUTION NO. 3449

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 West Hants Cultural Enhancement Program teaches youth from every background the importance of acceptance and diversity; and

Whereas in celebrating African Heritage Month, Cultural Enhancement programmer Vincent Upshaw, after being asked by the Windsor African Education Committee to do something special, coordinated a play entitled, "We Have a Dream"; and

Whereas Upshaw is an ardent believer in the importance of building a unified base for a strong community;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this historic Nova Scotia Legislature compliment playwright Vince and his co-writers Carole Peterson, Dana Gray and Melissa States, along with play director Jennifer DesLauriers and actors Isiah Durdle, Chelsea Dunbar, Shai-Ann States, Clayton Soper, Rachel MacDonald, Sivanah Burgess, Marquis States, Alysha Waddell, Nitiesha States, Malachi Sampson, Dashonn States, Colton McCarthy, Nicole Patterson, Ashaunti States, Trinity States, Jonah and Lydia Houck, Kassidy Coburn and Aleisha Burgess for their dynamic effort and performance in "We Have a Dream".

RESOLUTION NO. 3450

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 Amanda Morris of Brooklyn, Hants County, Nova Scotia has been playing the alto saxophone since Grade 4 and is a member of "Easily Distracted", a local jazz band which performed in Ottawa at MusicFest 2008 this past weekend; and

Whereas Amanda is also a member of the Avon View High School Grade 12 Concert Jazz Band; and

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Whereas Amanda's interests also include activities outside music such as public speaking and 4-H and eventually hopes to become a social worker enabling her to integrate music with helping her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commend Amanda Morris for her musical abilities and wanting to carry those abilities to a higher level while helping others.

RESOLUTION NO. 3451

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 Kevin Barnes is a phenomenal trumpet player at 17 years of age and a gold medal winner at MusicFest 2008, in Ottawa, this past weekend, an event he attended with other band members of Easily Distracted; and

Whereas Kevin is a resident of Belmont, Hants County, and is a member of the Acadia University Symphonic Band, while playing principal trumpet with the Four Seasons Orchestra; and

Whereas Kevin is a self-taught piano player who wishes to pursue music studies at Dalhousie University and worked last summer as a musical director and pianist for Quick As A Wink Theatre Society's production of Sleepy Hollow;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud the musical artistry of Belmont, Hants County's, Kevin Barnes and wish him every success with all future career choices.

RESOLUTION NO. 3452

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 musical talent in the Van Blarcom family of Windsor isn't with just pianist, Kelsey; and

Whereas Kelsey's sister, Randi, began playing the saxophone in Grade 7 and besides being a member of the gold medal winning band, Easily Distracted, also plays saxophone in

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the Avon View High School Grade 10 Concert Band, and plays first alto with the Four Seasons Community Orchestra; and

Whereas Randi has also been a successful soloist at the Annapolis Valley Music Festival for the past three consecutive years;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this Legislature congratulate Randi Van Blarcom of Windsor on her incredible musical abilities and wish her every future success.

RESOLUTION 3453

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 Kelsey Van Blarcom is an accomplished pianist; and

Whereas Kelsey plays keyboard for the gold medal winning band, Easily Distracted, while also playing keyboard in the West Hants Middle School Jazz Band; and

Whereas Kelsey has attended music camps at Acadia University every summer since 2003, while being a member of the Nova Scotia Honour Jazz Team between 2006 and this year;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this House of Assembly compliment Kelsey Van Blarcom of Windsor, on her exceptional musical talent and wish her every success with all future musical endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 3454

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 25 months ago in April 2006, a group of six enthusiastic music students in Windsor-West Hants realized they wanted more out of music than what was offered in school and formed a jazz band; and

Whereas they named their band, Easily Distracted, and have received genuine superlative instruction from Windsor-West Hants band music icon, Brian Johnston; and

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Whereas Windsor's Patrick Lynch simply enjoys everything percussion-related and in addition to being a member of the band, Easily Distracted, takes part in the Nova Scotia Honours Jazz Program, enjoys watching the precision drumming group, Squid, and some day hopes to become a scientist;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Patrick Lynch of Windsor for his exceptionally talented percussion abilities while wishing him every future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 3455

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 it was back in April 2006 when a group of six young students in Windsor-West Hants decided they wanted more out of music than what was offered in school and undertook to form a jazz band of their own; and

Whereas their band became known as, Easily Distracted, and they have received superlative guidance and leadership from retired music teacher, Brian Johnston; and

Whereas Martock's Cailun Campbell plays bass in the band, Easily Distracted, and won the 2007 Student Recognition Award from the Nova Scotia Band Association;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this Legislature commend Cailun Campbell for his tremendous bass musical abilities and wish him every future success in music and career choices.

RESOLUTION NO. 3456

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 over 40,000 students throughout Nova Scotia take part in school sports promoting teamwork, leadership and responsibility; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation recently held their School Sport Awards night celebrating the athletes in their program; and

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Whereas Courtney Slipp from Berwick and District School received the female award;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Courtney Slipp and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 3457

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 over 40,000 students throughout Nova Scotia take part in school sports promoting teamwork, leadership and responsibility; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation recently held their School Sport Awards night celebrating the athletes in their program; and

Whereas Ashley Holland from Central Kings received the female award;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Ashley Holland and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 3458

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 over 40,000 students throughout Nova Scotia take part in school sports promoting teamwork, leadership and responsibility; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation recently held their School Sport Awards night celebrating the athletes in their program; and

Whereas Amy Spurrell from Pine Ridge Middle School received the female award;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Amy Spurrell and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3459

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 over 40,000 students throughout Nova Scotia take part in school sports promoting teamwork, leadership and responsibility; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation recently held their School Sport Awards night celebrating the athletes in their program; and

Whereas Jane Ogilvie from West Kings received the female award;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jane Ogilvie and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 3460

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 over 40,000 students throughout Nova Scotia take part in school sports promoting teamwork, leadership and responsibility; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation recently held their School Sport Awards night celebrating the athletes in their program; and

Whereas Robert Trites from Berwick and District School received the male award;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Robert Trites and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 3461

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 over 40,000 students throughout Nova Scotia take part in school sports promoting teamwork, leadership and responsibility; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation recently held their School Sport Awards night celebrating the athletes in their program; and

Whereas Zachary Morse from Central Kings received the male award;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Zachary Morse and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 3462

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 over 40,000 students throughout Nova Scotia take part in school sports promoting teamwork, leadership and responsibility; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation recently held their School Sport Awards night celebrating the athletes in their program; and

Whereas Daniel Thompson from Pine Ridge Middle School received the male award;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Daniel Thompson and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 3463

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 over 40,000 students throughout Nova Scotia take part in school sports promoting teamwork, leadership and responsibility; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation recently held their School Sport Awards night celebrating the athletes in their program; and

Whereas Adam Arsenault from West Kings received the male award;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Adam Arsenault and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 3464

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 over 40,000 students throughout Nova Scotia take part in school sports promoting teamwork, leadership and responsibility; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation recently held their School Sport Awards night celebrating the athletes in their program; and

Whereas Greg Milne from Central Kings received the coach award;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Greg Milne and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 3465

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 over 40,000 students throughout Nova Scotia take part in school sports promoting teamwork, leadership and responsibility; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation recently held their School Sport Awards night celebrating the athletes in their program; and

Whereas Ross Bentley from Pine Ridge Middle School received the coach award;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Ross Bentley and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3466

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 over 40,000 students throughout Nova Scotia take part in school sports promoting teamwork, leadership and responsibility; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation recently held their School Sport Awards night celebrating the athletes in their program; and

Whereas Chad LeBlanc from West Kings received the coach award;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Chad LeBlanc and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 3467

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 over 40,000 students throughout Nova Scotia take part in school sports promoting teamwork, leadership and responsibility; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation recently held their School Sport Awards night celebrating the athletes in their program; and

Whereas John Trites from Horton High received the coach award;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate John Trites and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 3468

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

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Whereas Barry Waldman of North Sydney was the recipient of the third annual Harvey Webber Memorial Award for community volunteering in non-profit, non-governmental fields; and

Whereas in 1966, Waldman created the charitable organization EPIC, Educational Program Innovations Charity, with more than 1,500 youth and young adults who have benefited from his programs; and

Whereas EPIC was given national recognition when it won The Child Care Category of the Donner Canadian Foundation Award for Excellence in Social Services and all this with core support from the Law Foundation of Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Barry Waldman for his vision, dedication and success.

RESOLUTION NO. 3469

By: Ms. Joan Massey (Dartmouth East)

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

Whereas every year more than 2,200 adult Nova Scotians will suffer a brain injury; and

Whereas Bowling for a New Beginning is a major annual fundraiser for the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas this premier fundraiser, held on October 27, 2007, at Woodside Bowlarama, with Team Orange, donated all proceeds to programs for brain injury survivors;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate The Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia on another successful fundraiser and thank Woodside Bowlarama and all the volunteers and participants who took part in the Bowling for a New Beginning fundraiser for survivors of brain injury.

RESOLUTION NO. 3470

By: Ms. Joan Massey (Dartmouth East)

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

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Whereas on October 2, 2007, I had the pleasure of attending the opening of The Metal Arts Guild of Nova Scotia's show Whichcraft; and

Whereas the Guild held their awards ceremony for their annual competition and exhibition hosted at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the annual competition was a juried competition with 11 categories for work in metal arts featuring 12 artists with 44 submissions;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate all the competitors and the winners of the Metal Arts Guild of Nova Scotia competition.

RESOLUTION NO. 3471

By: Ms. Joan Massey (Dartmouth East)

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

Whereas the Solara Café and Catering at 73 Tacoma Drive, Dartmouth, recently opened their doors in May of 2007; and

Whereas the Solara Café offers customers fair-trade coffee and homemade baked goods using the finest and healthiest ingredients; and

Whereas the Solara Café's Mediterranean atmosphere and friendly staff makes customers feel welcome and at home;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Solara Café on their opening and wish them every success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 3472

By: Ms. Joan Massey (Dartmouth East)

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

Whereas the Kaleidoscope Catering and Bakery at 245 Waverley Road has been in business for the last five years; and

Whereas the Kaleidoscope offers their customers a cozy place to come in and enjoy a coffee and a homemade baked good; and

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Whereas local customers are made to feel right at home and part of the family;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Kaleidoscope Catering and Bakery on their successful business and wish them all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 3473

By: Ms. Joan Massey (Dartmouth East)

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

Whereas on April 3, 2008, Scouts Canada held a Chief Scout Award Ceremony at which Jocelyn Spence received the Chief Scout Award; and

Whereas this award is the highest award in the scouting movement; and

Whereas Jocelyn Spence had to successfully complete outdoor leadership, personal development, and citizen requirements in order to qualify for the Chief Scout Award;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Jocelyn Spence on her outstanding achievements in the scouting movement, and for receiving the Chief Scout Award.

RESOLUTION NO. 3474

By: Ms. Joan Massey (Dartmouth East)

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

Whereas on September 27, 2007, staff and students of Eric Graves Memorial Junior High School participated in the 26th Annual Terry Fox Run; and

Whereas their efforts raised over $2,900 to help fight cancer; and

Whereas the amount raised is a new school record;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the staff and students of Eric Graves Memorial Junior High School on their participation and fundraising efforts in support of the 26th Annual Terry Fox Run.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3475

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Lynne Crowell, a well-noted musician from Barrington, Shelburne County, volunteered her musical talents to perform at the Barrington Municipal High School for the Food for Shelburne County Fundraiser on February 23, 2008; and

Whereas $2,000 was raised and distributed towards all three Shelburne County food banks; and

Whereas each month 40,000 individuals were assisted by food banks in Nova Scotia and one-third represents hungry children and 9.4 per cent represented the working poor in our province;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank Lynne Crowell for volunteering her musical talents to perform at the Barrington Municipal High School for the Food for Shelburne County Fundraiser on February 23, 2008, to help hungry families in Shelburne County.

RESOLUTION NO. 3476

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Lisa Buchanan volunteered her musical talents, along with three other songstresses and the Winsome Blues Band, to perform at the Barrington Municipal High School for the Food for Shelburne County Fundraiser on February 23, 2008; and

Whereas $2,000 was raised and distributed towards all three Shelburne County food banks; and

Whereas each month 40,000 individuals were assisted by food banks in Nova Scotia and one-third represents hungry children and 9.4 per cent represent the working poor in our province;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank Lisa Buchanan for volunteering her musical talents, along with three other songstresses and the Winsome Blues

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Band, to perform at the Barrington Municipal High School for the Food for Shelburne County Fundraiser on February 23, 2008, to help hungry families in Shelburne County.

RESOLUTION NO. 3477

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Kyle Smith, a musician from the newly formed band Recycles, in Shelburne County, volunteered his musical talents to perform at the Barrington Municipal High School for the Food for Shelburne County Fundraiser on February 23, 2008; and

Whereas $2,000 was raised and distributed towards all three Shelburne County food banks; and

Whereas each month 40,000 individuals were assisted by food banks in Nova Scotia and one-third represents hungry children and 9.4 per cent represent the working poor in our province;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank Kyle Smith for volunteering his musical talents to perform at the Barrington Municipal High School for the Food for Shelburne County Fundraiser on February 23, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3478

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas on February 23, 2008, Kathleen Glauser and the Winsome Blues Band volunteered their musical talents at the Barrington Municipal High School Food for Shelburne County Fundraiser; and

Whereas $2,000 was raised and distributed towards all three Shelburne County food banks; and

Whereas each month 40,000 individuals are assisted by food banks in Nova Scotia with one-third representing hungry children and 9.4 per cent representing the working poor in our province;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank Kathleen Glauser and the Winsome Blues Band for volunteering their musical talents in support of the Food for Shelburne County Fundraiser in Shelburne County.

RESOLUTION NO. 3479

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Irene d'Eon of Pubnico, Yarmouth County, donated a Dwight d'Eon autographed T-shirt and sold tickets, raising $103, at the Barrington Municipal High School for the Food for Shelburne County Fundraiser on February 23, 2008; and

Whereas $2,000 was raised and distributed towards all three Shelburne County food banks; and

Whereas each month 40,000 individuals were assisted by food banks in Nova Scotia and one-third represents hungry children and 9.4 per cent represent the working poor in our province;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank Irene d'Eon of Pubnico, Yarmouth County, for donating a Dwight d'Eon autographed T-shirt and for selling tickets, raising $103, at the Barrington Municipal High School for the Food for Shelburne County Fundraiser on February 23, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3480

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas John Acker of Shelburne County participated in the four week Physical Activity Challenge and won a red fleece toque; and

Whereas the program is sponsored by the Municipality of the District of Shelburne Recreation and Parks Department and the Town of Shelburne Parks and Recreation Department; and

Whereas the promotion is part of the Take the Roof Off Winter being held throughout Nova Scotia and sponsored by Recreation Nova Scotia;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate John Acker for winning a red fleece toque by participating in the four week Physical Activity Challenge.

RESOLUTION NO. 3481

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Isaac deMolitor of Shelburne County participated in the four week Physical Activity Challenge and won a $25 cheque; and

Whereas the program is sponsored by the Municipality of the District of Shelburne Recreation and Parks Department and the Town of Shelburne Parks and Recreation Department; and

Whereas the promotion is part of the Take the Roof Off Winter being held throughout Nova Scotia and sponsored by Recreation Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Isaac deMolitor for winning a $25 cheque by participating in the four week Physical Activity Challenge.

RESOLUTION NO. 3482

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Hanna Scott of Shelburne County participated in the four week Physical Activity Challenge and won a $25 cheque; and

Whereas the program is sponsored by the Municipality of the District of Shelburne Recreation and Parks Department and the Town of Shelburne Parks and Recreation Department; and

Whereas the promotion is part of the Take the Roof Off Winter being held throughout Nova Scotia and sponsored by Recreation Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Hanna Scott for winning a $25 cheque by participating in the four week Physical Activity Challenge.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3483

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Jerid Dexter of Barrington Municipal High School won 2nd place in the Grade 7 Division with his "Mould or No Mould - That is the Question?" project in the annual BMHS Science Fair on February 27, 2008; and

Whereas over 200 projects were submitted in the fair; and

Whereas 20-plus students will go on to compete at the Tri-County Regional Science and Technology Expo on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at the Nova Scotia Burridge Campus in Yarmouth;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates Jerid Dexter on winning 2nd place in the Grade 7 Division with his "Mould or No Mould - That is the Question?" project in the annual Barrington Municipal High School Science Fair on February 27, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3484

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Jillian Kendrick of Barrington Municipal High School won 4th place in the French Immersion Division with her "Quel Cote Etes-Vous?" project in the annual BMHS Science Fair on February 27, 2008; and

Whereas over 200 projects were submitted in the fair; and

Whereas 20-plus students will go on to compete at the Tri-County Regional Science and Technology Expo on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at the Nova Scotia Burridge Campus in Yarmouth;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates Jillian Kendrick on winning 4th place in the French Immersion Division with her "Quel Cote Etes-Vous?" project in the annual Barrington Municipal High School Science Fair on February 27, 2008.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3485

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Haleigh Atwood of Barrington Municipal High School won 3rd place in the French Immersion Division with her "Gluten Et Sans Gluten" project in the annual BMHS Science Fair on February 27, 2008; and

Whereas over 200 projects were submitted in the fair; and

Whereas 20-plus students will go on to compete at the Tri-County Regional Science and Technology Expo on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at the Nova Scotia Burridge Campus in Yarmouth;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates Haleigh Atwood on winning 3rd place in the French Immersion Division with her "Gluten Et Sans Gluten" project in the annual Barrington Municipal High School Science Fair on February 27, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3486

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Leah Amiro and Maria Adams of Barrington Municipal High School won 4th place in the Grade 8 Division with their "Energy Drinks" project in the annual BMHS Science Fair on February 27, 2008; and

Whereas over 200 projects were submitted in the fair; and

Whereas 20-plus students will go on to compete at the Tri-County Regional Science and Technology Expo on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at the Nova Scotia Burridge Campus in Yarmouth;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates Leah Amiro and Maria Adams on winning 4th place in the Grade 8 Division with their "Energy Drinks" project in the annual Barrington Municipal High School Science Fair on February 27, 2008.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3487

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Laura Yee of Barrington Municipal High School won 1st place in the French Immersion Division with her "Des Bacteries Dans Le Cabinet Medical" project in the annual BMHS Science Fair on February 27, 2008; and

Whereas over 200 projects were submitted in the fair; and

Whereas 20-plus students will go on to compete at the Tri-County Regional Science and Technology Expo on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at the Nova Scotia Burridge Campus in Yarmouth;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates Laura Yee on winning 1st place in the French Immersion Division with her "Des Bacteries Dans Le Cabinet Medical" project in the annual Barrington Municipal High School Science Fair on February 27, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3488

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Laura Nickerson of Barrington Municipal High School won 4th place in the Grade 7 Division with her "Better Brand Battery" project in the annual BMHS Science Fair on February 27, 2008; and

Whereas over 200 projects were submitted in the fair; and

Whereas 20-plus students will go on to compete at the Tri-County Regional Science and Technology Expo on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at the Nova Scotia Burridge Campus in Yarmouth;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates Laura Nickerson on winning 4th place in the Grade 7 Division with her "Better Brand Battery" project in the annual Barrington Municipal High School Science Fair on February 27, 2008.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3489

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Lynsay Thurber of Barrington Municipal High School won 2nd place in the Senior Division with her "Which Side Are You On?" project in the annual BMHS Science Fair on February 27, 2008; and

Whereas over 200 projects were submitted in the fair; and

Whereas 20-plus students will go on to compete at the Tri-County Regional Science and Technology Expo on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at the Nova Scotia Burridge Campus in Yarmouth;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates Lynsay Thurber on winning 2nd place in the Senior Division with her "Which Side Are You On?" project in the annual Barrington Municipal High School Science Fair on February 27, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3490

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Kristie Cunningham of Barrington Municipal High School won 3rd place in the Grade 7 Division with her "Juvenile Diabetes" project in the annual BMHS Science Fair on February 27, 2008; and

Whereas over 200 projects were submitted in the fair; and

Whereas 20-plus students will go on to compete at the Tri-County Regional Science and Technology Expo on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at the Nova Scotia Burridge Campus in Yarmouth;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates Kristie Cunningham on winning 3rd place in the Grade 7 Division with her "Juvenile Diabetes" project in the annual Barrington Municipal High School Science Fair on February 27, 2008.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3491

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas a Shelburne County, Nova Scotia Community College student, Robin Penny, will be competing in the second annual Nova Scotia Community College Idol Competition featuring 13 talented students from college campuses across the province for the College Idol crown held on March 28, 2008, at Th'Yarc in Yarmouth; and

Whereas the sing-off marks the first of all 13 campuses being represented. The quality of the contestants this year is reported as being very amazing; and

Whereas the judges, with their knowledge of music, will be judging all the contestants including our former Canadian Idol Contestant, Dwight d'Eon;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Robin Penny in her effort on winning the competition crown held on March 28, 2008, at Th'Yarc in Yarmouth.

RESOLUTION NO. 3492

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Logan O'Connell, a student at Forest Ridge Academy, received a personalized letter from author LaMonte Heflick, autographed copies of his newest book and unpublished transcripts of his next books not yet released; and

Whereas Logan enjoyed reading the author's satirical mystery stories so much; and

Whereas Logan wrote to Mr. Heflick to express his appreciation for the author's writing, without expecting to even receive a reply;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Jeremy upon receiving a personalized letter from author LaMonte Heflick, autographed copies of his newest book and unpublished transcripts of his next books not yet released.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3493

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Lisa Buchanan, along with four other Shelburne songstresses, performed live on stage at the Osprey Arts Center on Saturday, March 1st in an enchanting evening of melody and harmony; and

Whereas the occasion was the fourth celebration of International Women's Week, March 2nd to March 9th; and

Whereas all proceeds of this musical production will be donated to Juniper House, a shelter in Yarmouth for abused women and their children;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Lisa for her performance live on stage at the Osprey Arts Center on Saturday, March 1st, in an enchanting evening of melody and harmony and commend her for the time and talent she has given to the community in order to better the lives of abused women and children.

RESOLUTION NO. 3494

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Laurie Brannen of Stoney Island, Shelburne County, is a labour doula and a professional childbirth assistant who is experienced and trained to provide women and their families with educational, emotional and physical support during their pregnancy, labour and delivery; and

Whereas Laurie has had the privilege of supporting 16 friends and family in the delivery room for over 25 years; and

Whereas the World Health Organization, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, the Institute for Health Care Improvement and the Medical leadership Council all support the use of doulas;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Laurie Brannen on her career as a labour doula and a professional childbirth assistant who is experienced and

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trained to provide women and their families with educational, emotional and physical support during their pregnancy, labour and delivery. Best wished toward future endeavours that hold such rewarding opportunities.

RESOLUTION NO. 3495

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Holly Snow of Port La Tour, Shelburne County, volunteered to help with a fire safety education program at the Forest Ridge Academy with the Grade 6 volunteer fire department in June 2007; and

Whereas the students chose a fire chief, safety officers, a secretary, while the rest of the class volunteered as firefighters. Each week the students searched the class for potential fire hazards and filled out safety reports. The students gained interest of fire safety and had an opportunity to ask many questions; and

Whereas the students learned acronyms such and EDITH, PASS and SCBA, they completed quizzes, participated in Words of the Week, they practiced a home escape plan provided by the Home Safety Council. The students had an opportunity to see and hear what a fully geared rescue firefighter sounds like in the dark if they were ever to be rescued from a scene;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank Holly Snow of Port La Tour, Shelburne County, for volunteering to help with a fire safety education program at the Forest Ridge Academy with the Grade 6 volunteer fire department in June 2007.

RESOLUTION NO. 3496

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Holli Smith, along with her mother, Shirley Goulden, has published a beautiful book of poetry and local photography entitled Salty Air and Smiling Faces; and

Whereas Holli has photographed some of the loveliest locations in Shelburne County; and

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Whereas Holli's photography in this book will be enjoyed by many locals as well as "out of towners";

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Holli upon the publication of a beautiful book of poetry and photography entitled Salty Air and Smiling Faces which she compiled along with her mother, Shirley Goulden.

RESOLUTION NO. 3497

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Harold Brannen of Stoney Island, Cape Sable Island, joined the Barrington RCMP Detachment as an auxiliary constable; and

Whereas the volunteer is employed with Downeast Plastic Ltd. and has worked as a truck driver for Canus Fisheries, Lee Nickerson's Trucking and Tech Pak Canada, Brannen also volunteered with the local EMO, Barrington Search and Rescue Organization, assisting in numerous roles - search manager, radio operator and searcher; and

Whereas auxiliary constables are required to patrol 120 hours annually and are fully equipped with uniforms and equipment, except for a firearm, which they are not permitted to use unless their partner becomes incapacitated - he has worked 105 hours since January 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Harold Brannen of Stoney Island, Cape Sable Island, for joining the Barrington RCMP Detachment as an auxiliary constable.

RESOLUTION NO. 3498

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Hannah Thorburn, Grade 3 at Hillcrest Academy, was honoured as a runner-up winner of the Nova Scotia Recycles School Contest on February 5, 2008; and

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Whereas every October, the Resource Recovery Fund Board of Nova Scotia, in co-operation with the province's 55 municipalities, organizes the N.S. recycles contest -over 8,600 contest entries were received from Primary to Grade 12; and

Whereas the students were challenged to consider the 3Rs and composting as they created artwork for reusable cloth bags, designed advertisements using old magazines, television ads, and wrote essays on sustainable consumption and youth involvement in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates Hannah Thorburn for her participation and entry being honoured as a runner-up winner in the Nova Scotia Recycles School Contest on February 5, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3499

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Greg Brown and Anne Yarbrough purchased an early 19th Century home on McNutts Island, Shelburne County, the couple settled on the rich island with the abundance of beauty and history in 2007; and

Whereas McNutts Island being an unserviced island, a team was hired to install a 40 foot high wind turbine capable of withstanding 120-kilometre winds and a 12 panelled solar tracker to store electricity; and

Whereas the family is working at becoming self-sufficient, with their main mode of transportation being a small lobster vessel and an ATV - they collect fruit from the yard and orchards, making various preserves;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Greg Brown and Anne Yarbrough on the purchase of their 19th Century home on McNutts Island, Shelburne County - the couple is eager and excited to explore the life of the island around them, as well as to continue to bring out the best of life within them.

RESOLUTION NO. 3500

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 the Wilson's and Sobeys committees recently held an event For Kids Sake to raise money for the Goreham Triplets held on March 22, 2008, at the Wilson's Shopping Centre; and

Whereas on October 14, 2007, the triplets, Nicholas, Alannah and Delaney were born to Shannon O'Sullivan and Garett Goreham of Stoney Island, Cape Sable Island; and

Whereas the triplets arrived 10 weeks early by caesarean- the triplets and Ms. O'Sullivan remained in hospital for the next four months until all the health issues were resolved;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thanks the Wilson's and Sobeys committees for the fundraiser event For Kids Sake held for the triplets on March 22, 2008

RESOLUTION NO. 3501

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Geneva Frelick of Stoney Island, Shelburne County, born in 1916, being very poor, during the First World War witnessed many landmark changes both to the world and to the community, including the Great Depression and the Second World War -through many hardships she enjoyed various occupations; and

Whereas Geneva borrowed $40 from Mr. Will Powell, an elder of the local church, to attend Normal College in 1939 to pursue a career in teaching, she taught school in 1945 at the Stoney Island School and from 1941 to 1944 at the South Side School, where she rode a bike 12 miles a day across Stoney Island Beach in all four seasons, never missing a day's work for $2 a day; and

Whereas Geneva was married in 1945 to Earl Frelick, where they operated a local grocery store for 20 years, she was a distributor for The Halifax Herald for 20 years and distributed Familex and Rawleigh products for many decades, she was awarded a Grand Diploma and Silver Medal Award from the Gold Medal Limited in Toronto in the 1930s for selling vegetable and flower seeds, and she sold knitting and sewing, hooked mats, quilts and seasonal berries;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Geneva Frelick of Stoney Island, Shelburne County, born in 1916, witnessing many landmark changes both to the world and to the community, including the Great Depression and the Second World War - she enjoyed life, leaving cherished memories of hardships and many life accomplishments.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3502

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Helen Goreham has initiated and has been the driving force behind the Memorial Garden at Barrington Municipal High School, an on-site garden project which will provide staff, students, and our community with a park-like presence; and

Whereas the garden has been embraced by students, the environment committee, school advisory council, staff, and the community at large through fundraising; and

Whereas with memory trees being planted, this garden will be a memorial for students and staff who have passed away;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Helen Goreham for her initiative in launching the Memorial Garden project at Barrington Municipal High School.

RESOLUTION NO. 3503

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Jerry Nickerson of the Island Barrington Fire Department was awarded with a Scroll of Recognition from the Municipality of Barrington at the Shelburne County Mutual Aid Supper for his 25 years of long service to the fire department on March 8, 2008; and

Whereas volunteer firefighters give freely of their time to train for and respond to emergencies and have chosen to make a long-term commitment to their local fire department; and

Whereas it is important to recognize the commitment and dedication all firefighters make to ensure the safety and well-being of their communities;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Jerry Nickerson of the Island Barrington Volunteer Fire Department who was awarded a Scroll of Recognition from the Municipality of Barrington at the Shelburne County Mutual Aid Supper for his 25 years of long service to the fire department on March 8, 2008.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3504

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Jeff Doane of the Barrington 7E Volunteer Fire Department was awarded with a Scroll of Recognition from the Municipality of Barrington at the Shelburne County Mutual Aid Supper for his 25 years of long service to the fire department on March 8, 2008; and

Whereas volunteer firefighters give freely of their time to train for and respond to emergencies and have chosen to make a long-term commitment to their local fire department; and

Whereas it is important to recognize the commitment and dedication all firefighters make to ensure the safety and well-being of their communities;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Jeff Doane of the 7E Volunteer Fire Department who was awarded a Scroll of Recognition from the Municipality of Barrington at the Shelburne County Mutual Aid Supper for his 25 years of long service to the fire department on March 8, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3505

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Jim Newell of the Island Barrington Fire Department was awarded with a Scroll of Recognition from the Municipality of Barrington at the Shelburne County Mutual Aid Supper for his 26 years of long service to the fire department on March 8, 2008; and

Whereas volunteer firefighters give freely of their time to train for and respond to emergencies and have chosen to make a long-term commitment to their local fire department; and

Whereas it is important to recognize the commitment and dedication all firefighters make to ensure the safety and well-being of their communities;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Jim Newell of the Island Barrington Volunteer Fire Department who was awarded a Scroll of Recognition from the Municipality of Barrington at the Shelburne County Mutual Aid Supper for his 26 years of long service to the fire department on March 8, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3506

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Larry Nickerson of the Island Barrington Fire Department was awarded with a Scroll of Recognition from the Municipality of Barrington at the Shelburne County Mutual Aid Supper for his 17 years of long service to the fire department on March 8, 2008; and

Whereas volunteer firefighters give freely of their time to train for and respond to emergencies and have chosen to make a long-term commitment to their local fire department; and

Whereas it is important to recognize the commitment and dedication all firefighters make to ensure the safety and well-being of their communities;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Larry Nickerson of the Island Barrington Volunteer Fire Department who was awarded a Scroll of Recognition from the Municipality of Barrington at the Shelburne County Mutual Aid Supper for his 17 years of long service to the fire department on March 8, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3507

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Leo Williams of the Lockeport Fire Department was awarded with a Scroll of Recognition from the Town of Lockeport at the Shelburne County Mutual Aid Supper for his 35 years of long service to the fire department on March 8, 2008; and

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Whereas volunteer firefighters give freely of their time to train for and respond to emergencies and have chosen to make a long-term commitment to their local fire department; and

Whereas Leo has served 33 years out of 35 years as chief at the Lockeport Volunteer Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Leo Williams of the Lockeport Volunteer Fire Department who was awarded a Scroll of Recognition from the Town of Lockeport at the Shelburne County Mutual Aid Supper for his 35 years of long service to the fire department on March 8, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3508

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Jarrett Perry of the Shelburne County Minor Hockey Association won the gold medal in the Atom B League Tournament on March 8 to March 9, 2008, held in Chester, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas hockey is an enthusiastic and passionate sport that needs a lot of skill, devotion, hard work and dedication, and the team put forth their best effort in succeeding to win the gold medal; and

Whereas the coaches and assistant coaches, Travis Devine, Demiah Symonds, and Shannon Garland are very proud of their team for their great sportsmanship and hard work in winning the tournament;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Jarrett Perry of the Shelburne County Minor Hockey Association Atom B team for winning the gold medal in the Shelburne County Minor Hockey Atom B team tournament held in Chester on March 8 to March 9, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3509

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 Kaleigh Nickerson of Barrington Municipal High School won first place in the senior division with her "Stroop Effect" project in the annual BMHS Science Fair on February 27, 2008; and

Whereas over 200 projects were submitted in the fair; and

Whereas 20-plus students will go on to compete at the Tri-County Regional Science & Technology Expo on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at the Nova Scotia Burridge Campus in Yarmouth;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Kaleigh Nickerson on winning 1st place in the senior division with her "Stroop Effect" project in the Annual Barrington Municipal High School Science Fair on February 27, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3510

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Kassidy Nickerson of Barrington Municipal High School won second place in the Grade 8 division with her "No Time For A Migraine" project in the Annual BMHS Science Fair on February 27, 2008; and

Whereas over 200 projects were submitted in the fair; and

Whereas 20-plus students will go on to compete at the Tri-County Regional Science & Technology Expo on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at the Nova Scotia Burridge Campus in Yarmouth;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Kassidy Nickerson on winning second place in the Grade 8 division with her "No Time For A Migraine" project in the Annual Barrington Municipal High School Science Fair on February 27, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3511

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 Kathleen Glauser, along with four other Shelburne songstresses, performed live on stage at the Osprey Arts Centre on Saturday, March 1st, in an enchanting evening of melody and harmony; and

Whereas the occasion was the fourth celebration of International Women's Week, March 2nd to March 9th; and

Whereas all proceeds of this musical production will be donated to Juniper House, a shelter in Yarmouth for abused women and their children;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Kathleen for her performance live on stage at the Osprey Arts Centre on Saturday, March 1st in an enchanting evening of melody and harmony and commend her for the time and talent she has given to the community in order to better the lives of abused women and children.

RESOLUTION NO. 3512

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Kayla Boyd, a Grade 11 student at Shelburne Regional High School, won a silver medal in the Senior 11/12 division with her "Counting Calories" project in the Tri-County Regional Science and Technology Expo 2008; and

Whereas 106 registered participants from Grades 7 to 12 throughout the Tri-County Region participated; and

Whereas the winners from the regional competition will be competing in the national Canada-Wide Science Fair to be held May 10 to May 18, 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Kayla Boyd on winning second place in the Grade 11/12 division with her "Counting Calories" project in the Tri-County Regional Science and Technology Expo 2008 held at the NSCC Burridge Campus on March 26, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3513

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 Kevin Morash of Lockeport Regional High School was honoured as a winner of the Nova Scotia Recycles School Contest on February 5, 2008; and

Whereas every October the Resource Recovery Fund Board of Nova Scotia, in cooperation with the provinces 55 municipalities organizes the N.S. Recycles Contest. Over 8,600 contest entries were received from Primary to Grade 12; and

Whereas the students were challenged to consider the 3 Rs and composting as they created artwork for reusable cloth bags, designed advertisements using old magazines, television ads and wrote essays on sustainable consumption and youth involvement in N.S.;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Kevin Morash for his participation and entry being honoured as a winner in the Nova Scotia Recycles School Contest on February 5, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3514

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Kale Atwood of the Barrington Barons Junior Boys Basketball Team won the Shelburne/Yarmouth District Championships on Wednesday, February 20, 2008; and

Whereas the Barons defeated the undefeated Yarmouth Jr. Bulldogs by a score of 46-42 and they also defeated the Lockeport Greenwaves with a score of 46-32 in the championship game; and

Whereas Kale was instrumental in leading the fourth quarter surge that won over the Bulldogs netting 12 points and he scored 8 points and 15 rebounds in the championship game. This is the first win for the Barons in the district championship games since the 1990s;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Kale Atwood of the Barrington Barons Junior Boys Basketball Team for his participation in winning the Shelburne/Yarmouth District Championships on Wednesday, February 20, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3515

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 Kaleigh Bennicke of Shelburne County donated 12 inches of hair to the Angel Hair for Kids on March 19, 2008; and

Whereas 10,000 Canadian children will lose their hair to alopecia, burns, cancer, chemotherapy and radiation treatments in 2008; and

Whereas Kaleigh's donation will go toward the making of wigs that will give children a morale boost as they face many difficulties and challenges;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Kaleigh Bennicke of Shelburne County for donating 12 inches of her hair to the Angel Hair for Kids on March 19, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3516

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Lesley Smith, Principal for the Cape Sable Island and Clark's Harbour Elementary Schools, has put into place the Safe Arrivals Program; and

Whereas this program ensures that measures are taken by volunteers to contact parents and verify the student's whereabouts when they are absent without prior notice; and

Whereas this program has been successfully in operation for over 10 years, ensuring that the young students of Cape Sable Island schools are safely arriving at school each day;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank Principal Lesley Smith and her team of volunteers for their dedication to the Safe Arrivals Program.

RESOLUTION NO. 3517

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Jacob Sears of the Barrington Barons Junior Boys Basketball Team won the Shelburne/Yarmouth District Championships on Wednesday, February 20, 2008; and

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Whereas the Barons defeated the undefeated Yarmouth Jr. Bulldogs by a score of 46-42 and they also defeated the Lockeport Greenwaves with a score of 46-32 in the championship game; and

Whereas this is the first win for the Barons in the District Championship games since the 1990s;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Jacob Sears of the Barrington Barons Junior Boys Basketball Team for his participation in winning the Shelburne/Yarmouth District Championships on Wednesday, February 20, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3518

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Jack Smith of Shelburne County, Nova Scotia, offered generous support and musical talent on Saturday, March 1st, at the Osprey Arts Centre; and

Whereas the occasion was the 4th celebration of International Women's Week, March 2nd to March 9th; and

Whereas all proceeds of this musical production will be donated to Juniper House, a shelter in Yarmouth for abused women and their children;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Jack Smith for his generous support and musical talent on Saturday, March 1, 2008, at the Osprey Arts Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 3519

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Jeremy Atkinson, a student at Forest Ridge Academy, received a personalized letter from author, LaMonte Heflick, autographed copies of his newest book, and unpublished transcripts of his next books not yet released; and

Whereas Jeremy enjoyed reading the author's satirical mystery stories so much; and

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Whereas Jeremy wrote to Mr. Heflick to express his appreciation for the author's writing, without expecting to even receive a reply;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Jeremy upon receiving a personalized letter from author, LaMonte Heflick, autographed copies of his newest book, and unpublished transcripts of his next books not yet released.

RESOLUTION NO. 3520

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas John Nickerson of Barrington, Shelburne County, volunteered to help with a fire safety education program at the Forest Ridge Academy with the Grade 6 Volunteer Fire Department in June of 2007; and

Whereas the students chose a fire chief, safety officers, and a secretary, while the rest of the class volunteered as firefighters, and each week the students searched the class for potential fire hazards and filled out safety reports - the students gained interest of fire safety and had an opportunity to ask many questions; and

Whereas the students learned acronyms such as EDITH, PASS and SCBA, they completed quizzes, participated in Words of the Week, they practised a home escape plan provided by the Home Safety Council, and the students had an opportunity to see and hear what a fully geared rescue firefighter sounds like in the dark if they were ever to be rescued from a scene;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank John Nickerson of Barrington, Shelburne County, for volunteering to help with a fire safety education program at the Forest Ridge Academy with the Grade 6 Volunteer Fire Department in June of 2007.

RESOLUTION NO. 3521

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 Jarrett Ross of the Barrington Novice Lightning Hockey Team won the skills competition in the 12th Annual Greenwood March Break Tournament on March 10 and March 11, 2008; and

Whereas the skills competition consisted of four skills performed by five of the team players where everyone on the team won a free sandwich from McDonald's; and

Whereas the coaches and trainer, Alex Stewart, Trevor Smith, Cleon Smith and John Fehr, are very proud of the team for their great sportsmanship and hard work, and also for their win over West Hants in Game 2 of the Greenwood Tournament;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Jarrett Ross of the Barrington Novice Lightning Hockey Team who won the skills competition in the 12th Annual Greenwood March Break Tournament on March 10 and March 11, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3522

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Jarred Brannen, a student at Forest Ridge Academy, received a personalized letter from author, LaMonte Heflick, autographed copies of his newest book, and unpublished transcripts of his next books not yet released; and

Whereas Jarred enjoyed reading the author's satirical mystery stories so much; and

Whereas Jarred wrote to Mr. Heflick to express his appreciation for the author's writing, without expecting to even receive a reply;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Jeremy upon receiving a personalized letter from author LaMonte Heflick, autographed copies of his newest book, and unpublished transcripts of his next books not yet released.

RESOLUTION NO. 3523

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 Justin Goreham of the Shelburne County Minor Hockey Association won the gold medal in the Atom B League Tournament on March 8 and 9, 2008, held in Chester, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas hockey is an enthusiastic and passionate sport that needs a lot of skill, devotion, hard work and dedication, and the team put forth their best effort in succeeding to win the gold medal; and

Whereas the coaches and assistant coaches, Travis Devine, Demiah Symonds, and Shannon Garland are very proud of their team for their great sportsmanship and hard work in winning the tournament;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Justin Goreham of the Shelburne County Minor Hockey Association Atom B Team for winning the gold medal in the Shelburne County Minor Hockey Atom B Team Tournament held in Chester on March 8 and 9, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 3524

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Joshua Wamback of the Shelburne County Minor Hockey Association won the gold medal in the Atom B League Tournament on March 8 and 9, 2008, held in Chester, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas hockey is an enthusiastic and passionate sport that needs a lot of skill, devotion, hard work and dedication, and the team put forth their best effort in succeeding to win the gold medal; and

Whereas the coaches and assistant coaches, Travis Devine, Demiah Symonds, Shannon Garland are very proud of their team for their great sportsmanship and hard work in winning the tournament;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Joshua Wamback of the Shelburne County Minor Hockey Association Atom B Team for winning the gold medal in the Shelburne County Minor Hockey Atom B Team Tournament held in Chester on March 8 and 9, 2008.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3525

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 Sherry Duggan and Thelma Gregan were shortlisted for the 2007 Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History by Canada's National Historic Society; and

Whereas they created the Journey Through Time lesson plan, which encourages students to learn about various cultural sites while encouraging the students to become active; and

Whereas Ms. Duggan and Ms. Gregan have developed an interactive approach to teaching students about the rich history of our province;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Sherry Duggan and Thelma Gregan on being recognized by the National Historic Society and wish them continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 3526

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 when it comes to volunteer activity in her community, the Town of Mulgrave is thankful they have someone with the ability of Karen Lundrigan, who was one of almost seventy volunteers from across Nova Scotia recognized in late April at Nova Scotia's 34th Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony and Luncheon; and

Whereas Karen plays a critical role in volunteer work in the Town of Mulgrave, and for fourteen years Karen and her husband organized and ran the Mulgrave Youth Soccer Program which includes a tournament at the end of each year during "Scotia Days", as well as assisting for three years with the Mulgrave Invitational Golf Tournament along with the Mulgrave Winter Carnival; and

Whereas if this isn't enough, Karen also devotes a good part of her summer to assisting with the organization and event planning of Scotia Days;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the outstanding leadership and volunteer skills of Mulgrave's Karen Lundrigan, for her deserving honour as the Town of Mulgrave's Representative Volunteer at the 2008 34th Annual Nova Scotia Volunteer Awards Ceremony and Luncheon.

RESOLUTION NO. 3527

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 May 4th to 10th was Emergency Preparedness Week and this year's theme was Is your family prepared?; and

Whereas it is important for all communities to be ready for any emergency and have the knowledge to know what to do; and

Whereas the Eastern Shore Joint Emergency Management Team, first brought together in 2004 under the direction of HRM, is working together with community groups and organizations to build a strong support system in the event of an emergency;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the efforts of the ESJM and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 3528

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 volunteers like Andre Lasnier from the Oyster Pond Fire Department are a tremendous asset to our rural communities; and

Whereas through professional training Andre Lasnier has gained the knowledge and skills necessary to save lives and properties during times of fire and emergency; and

Whereas with the efforts and sacrifice of volunteers like Andre Lasnier we can build strength in our communities;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Andre Lasnier and wish him continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3529

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 volunteers like Wesley Arnold from the Oyster Pond Fire Department are a tremendous asset to our rural communities; and

Whereas through professional training Wesley Arnold has gained the knowledge and skills necessary to save lives and properties during times of fire and emergency; and

Whereas with the efforts and sacrifice of volunteers like Wesley Arnold we can build strength in our communities;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Wesley Arnold and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 3530

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 volunteers like James Milne from the Oyster Pond Fire Department are a tremendous asset to our rural communities; and

Whereas through professional training James Milne has gained the knowledge and skills necessary to save lives and properties during times of fire and emergency; and

Whereas with the efforts and sacrifice of volunteers like James Milne we can build strength in our communities;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of James Milne and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 3531

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers like Jim Richardson from the Oyster Pond Fire Department are a tremendous asset to our rural communities; and

Whereas through professional training Jim Richardson has gained the knowledge and skills necessary to save lives and properties during times of fire and emergency; and

Whereas with the efforts and sacrifice of volunteers like Jim Richardson we can build strength in our communities;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Jim Richardson and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 3532

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 Hugh MacInnis is a dedicated volunteer of the Oyster Pond Fire Department; and

Whereas through training Hugh MacInnis is able to respond quickly and skilfully to emergency calls; and

Whereas with volunteers like Hugh MacInnis we can feel the strength in our community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Hugh MacInnis and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 3533

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:

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Whereas Guy LeBlanc is a dedicated volunteer of the Oyster Pond Fire Department; and

Whereas through training Guy LeBlanc is able to respond quickly and skilfully to emergency calls; and

Whereas with volunteers like Guy LeBlanc we can feel the strength in our community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Guy LeBlanc and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 3534

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 Sandy Newcombe is a dedicated volunteer of the Oyster Pond Fire Department; and

Whereas through training Sandy Newcombe is able to respond quickly and skilfully to emergency calls; and

Whereas with volunteers like Sandy Newcombe we can feel the strength in our community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Sandy Newcombe and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 3535

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 Ben Evans is a dedicated volunteer of the Oyster Pond Fire Department; and

Whereas through training Ben Evans is able to respond quickly and skilfully to emergency calls; and

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Whereas with volunteers like Ben Evans we can feel the strength in our community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Ben Evans and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 3536

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 Garnet Arnold is a dedicated volunteer of the Oyster Pond Fire Department; and

Whereas through training Garnet Arnold is able to respond quickly and skilfully to emergency calls; and

Whereas with volunteers like Garnet Arnold we can feel the strength in our community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Garnet Arnold and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO 3537

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 rural fire departments like Oyster Pond Fire Department depend on people like Zoe Mitchell; and

Whereas through skilled individuals volunteers like Zoe Mitchell obtain the training needed to be able to serve her community; and

Whereas our volunteers give of themselves selflessly;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Zoe Mitchell and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 3538

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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 rural fire departments like Oyster Pond Fire Department depend on people like Lisa Day; and

Whereas through skilled individuals volunteers like Lisa Day obtain the training needed to be able to serve her community; and

Whereas our volunteers give of themselves selflessly;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Lisa Day and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 3539

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 rural fire departments like Oyster Pond Fire Department depend on people like Andre Gerrand; and

Whereas through skilled individuals volunteers like Andre Gerrand obtain the training needed to be able to serve his community; and

Whereas our volunteers give of themselves selflessly;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Andre Gerrand and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 3540

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Brent Theriault competed in the Blue Nose Full Marathon, finishing in a time of four hours, six minutes and 52 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Brent Theriault on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3541

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Abdullah Al-Shaghay competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, three minutes and 57 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Abdullah Al-Shaghay on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3542

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

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Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Alexander Mackenzie competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of 51 minutes and 48 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Alexander Mackenzie on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3543

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Andrew Gervais competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of 57 minutes and 41 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Andrew Gervais on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3544

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

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Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Anthony Thompson competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, one minute and 15 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Anthony Thompson on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3545

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Carol Coutts competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 39 minutes and 52 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Carol Coutts on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3546

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

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Whereas Chris Cuddihy competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of two hours, three minutes and 42 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Chris Cuddihy on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3547

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Christine Pelley competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, 11 minutes and 39 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Christine Pelley on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3548

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Darlene Lapointe competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, three minutes and one second;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Darlene Lapointe on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3549

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas David Phelan competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of 52 minutes and 53 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate David Phelan on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3550

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Dorothy Dunnington competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, one minute and 51 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Dorothy Dunnington on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3551

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Gavin MacDonald competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour and 14 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Gavin MacDonald on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3552

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Gregory Servant competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of three hours, 16 minutes and nine seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Gregory Servant on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3553

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Jacquelynn Holley competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 54 minutes and 57 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Jacquelynn Holley on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3554

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Jeff Sproule competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of two hours, 14 minutes and 42 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Jeff Sproule on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3555

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Joanna Wilson competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, 10 minutes and 50 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Joanna Wilson on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3556

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Karen Sproule competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of two hours, 15 minutes and three seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Karen Sproule on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3557

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Lana McMullen competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of two hours, 22 minutes and 49 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Lana McMullen on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3558

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Lawrence Dagenais competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 36 minutes and 42 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Lawrence Dagenais on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3559

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Mandy Banfield competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 36 minutes and 38 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Mandy Banfield on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3560

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Matt Warburton competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run finishing in a time of 27 minutes and 39 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Matt Warburton on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3561

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Melissa McPherson competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run finishing in a time of one hour, 11 minutes and 57 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Melissa McPherson on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3562

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Nicholas Malbeuf competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run finishing in a time of 31 minutes and 20 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Nicholas Malbeuf on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3563

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Pierre Laberge competed in the Blue Nose Full Marathon finishing in a time of three hours, seven minutes and 12 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Pierre Laberge on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3564

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Rosita Bartolacci competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run finishing in a time of 49 minutes and eight seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Rosita Bartolacci on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3565

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Sara Earle competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of one hour, 42 minutes and two seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Sara Earle on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3566

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Shelly Tulloch competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon finishing in a time of two hours, four minutes and 19 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Shelly Tulloch on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3567

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Tara Power competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of two hours, seven minutes and 50 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Tara Power on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3568

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Tim Mason competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 34 minutes and 34 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Tim Mason on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3569

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Trish Wilson competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 45 minutes and 50 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Trish Wilson on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3570

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Adam Crase competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of one hour, 44 minutes and two seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Adam Crase on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3571

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Alexandra Burns competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 39 minutes and 26 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Alexandra Burns on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3572

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Andrew MacIssac competed in the Blue Nose Full Marathon, finishing in a time of three hours, 20 minutes and 10 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Andrew MacIsaac on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3573

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Barb Stegemann competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of two hours, nine minutes and five seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Barb Stegemann on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3574

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Brian Surette competed in the Blue Nose Full Marathon, finishing in a time of three hours, 43 minutes and 59 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Brian Surette on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3575

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Charlie Skinner competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, one minute and 16 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Charlie Skinner on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3576

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Chris Davey competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, eight minutes and one second;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Chris Davey on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3577

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Clare Mackenzie competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 23 minutes and 22 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Clare Mackenzie on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3578

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Darrell Munro competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 32 minutes and 26 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Darrell Munro on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3579

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas David Tracey competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, four minutes and 51 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate David Tracey on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3580

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Doug Gallant competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of one hour, 41 minutes and 21 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Doug Gallant on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3581

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Glen Mackenzie competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of 47 minutes and seven seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Glen Mackenzie on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3582

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Hanna Munro competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 35 minutes and 32 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Hanna Munro on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3583

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Jane Jacobs competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of one hour, 48 minutes and 13 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Jane Jacobs on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3584

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Jennifer Auffrey competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, one minute and three seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Jennifer Auffrey on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3585

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Jo-Anne Wilson competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of 52 minutes and 52 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Jo-Anne Wilson on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3586

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Ken Flannery-Fleck competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of 45 minutes and 40 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Ken Flannery-Fleck on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3587

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Larry Young competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, three minutes and 35 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Larry Young on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3588

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Liam Keast competed in the Blue Nose Full Marathon, finishing in a time of three hours, 20 minutes and 10 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Liam Keast on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3589

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Mark Fraser competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of one hour, 44 minutes and 37 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Mark Fraser on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3590

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Maureen Bayne competed in the Blue Nose Full Marathon, finishing in a time of four hours, 26 minutes and 50 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Maureen Bayne on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3591

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Mike Lumsden competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of 58 minutes and 26 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Mike Lumsden on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3592

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Pamela Dagenais competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 34 minutes and 30 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Pamela Dagenais on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3593

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Helen Quinlan-Hainse competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, 35 minutes and 14 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Helen Quinlan-Hainse on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3594

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Rochelle MacKinnon competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of two hours, nine minutes and 28 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Rochelle MacKinnon on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3595

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Ryan Baker competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 27 minutes and 34 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Ryan Baker on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3596

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Scott Anderson competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of one hour, 46 minutes and 10 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Scott Anderson on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3597

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Sherry Warburton competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, 18 minutes and 55 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Sherry Warburton on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3598

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Teresa Perri competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of one hour, 49 minutes and 44 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Teresa Perri on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3599

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Tom Archibald competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 21 minutes and 38 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Tom Archibald on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3600

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Wallace Caldwell competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, one minute and 51 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Wallace Caldwell on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3601

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Alanna Murphy competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of 46 minutes and 39 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Alanna Murphy on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3602

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Alicia Nolan competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of two hours, 24 minutes and 15 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Alicia Nolan on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3603

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Anthony Curran competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of 52 minutes and 12 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Anthony Curran on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3604

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Blaise Landry competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of two hours, 15 minutes and 19 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Blaise Landry on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3605

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Carol Anne Jennings competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, six minutes and 30 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Carol Anne Jennings on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3606

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Charmaine Williams competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, six minutes and 44 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Charmaine Williams on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3607

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Chris Warburton competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 27 minutes and 48 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Chris Warburton on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3608

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Craig Maclaine competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of 56 minutes and 19 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Craig Maclaine on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3609

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas David Mackenzie competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 24 minutes and 27 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate David Mackenzie on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3610

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Denise MacDonald-Billard competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of 58 minutes and three seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Denise MacDonald-Billard on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3611

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Elizabeth Charnley competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 39 minutes and 15 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Elizabeth Charnley on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3612

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Gordon Walsh competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of one hour, 50 minutes and 15 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Gordon Walsh on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3613

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Heather Duggan competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 32 minutes and 45 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Heather Duggan on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3614

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Janet Shiers competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 38 minutes and 31 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Janet Shiers on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3615

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Jennifer Tramble competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, two minutes and 24 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Jennifer Tramble on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3616

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas John Gallinger competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of 45 minutes and 12 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate John Gallinger on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3617

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Kim Flemming competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of 53 minutes and 28 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Kim Flemming on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3618

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Laura Mackeigan competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of 59 minutes and 25 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Laura Mackeigan on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3619

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Linda MacDonald competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of one hour, 33 minutes and 45 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Linda MacDonald on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3620

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Mark Landry competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 25 minutes and 31 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Mark Landry on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3621

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Mayann Outerbridge competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 56 minutes and 42 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Mayann Outerbridge on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3622

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Naney Macneilo competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, 22 minutes and eight seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Naney Macneilo on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3623

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Patrick Laroche competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of one hour, 48 minutes and 43 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Patrick Laroche on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3624

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Ralph Jardine competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of one hour, 45 minutes and 16 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Ralph Jardine on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3625

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Roger Ebbett competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of two hours, three minutes and 42 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Roger Ebbett on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3626

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Rylan Palmer-Dixon competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of 46 minutes and 13 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Rylan Palmer-Dixon on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3627

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Christine Kenny competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, two minutes and 24 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Christine Kenny on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3628

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Stacy Sophocleous competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 35 minutes and 39 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Stacy Sophocleous on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3629

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Tessa Burney competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 41 minutes and 20 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Tessa Burney on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3630

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Tracey Burke competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of two hours, seven minutes and four seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Tracey Burke on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3631

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Wanda Jewers competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of three hours, five minutes and 33 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Wanda Jewers on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3632

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Alex Ferro competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 32 minutes and 44 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Alex Ferro on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3633

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Amy Dickson competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of one hour, 50 minutes and 10 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Amy Dickson on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3634

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Anthony Rostek competed in the Blue Nose Full Marathon, finishing in a time of five hours, 59 minutes and 49 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Anthony Rostek on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3635

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Brenda Gallagher competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, 22 minutes and 17 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Brenda Gallagher on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3636

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Carol Cheyne competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour and 51 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Carol Cheyne on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3637

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Cheryl Gervais competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of 57 minutes and 41 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Cheryl Gervais on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3638

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Christine Cullen competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of two hours, 28 minutes and 43 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Christine Cullen on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3639

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Dana Simonsen competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of 57 minutes and 15 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Dana Simonsen on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3640

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas David Pennington competed in the Blue Nose Full Marathon, finishing in a time of four hours, 43 minutes and 38 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate David Pennington on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3641

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Doreen Cordeiro competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 31 minutes and four seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Doreen Cordeiro on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3642

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Frank Depalma competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of two hours, 39 minutes and 40 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Frank Depalma on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3643

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Greg Mullane competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of one hour, 51 minutes and 40 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Greg Mullane on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3644

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Heather Van Der Linde competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, four minutes and 17 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Heather Van Der Linde on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3645

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Jeff Mclatchy competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 33 minutes and 14 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Jeff Mclatchy on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3646

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Joan Collier competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 44 minutes and 21 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Joan Collier on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3647

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas John Landry competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of two hours, 32 minutes and 33 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate John Landry on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3648

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Kim MacDonald competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 34 minutes and 22 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Kim MacDonald on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3649

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Laurie Allain competed in the Blue Nose Full Marathon, finishing in a time of four hours, 36 minutes and 32 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Laurie Allain on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3650

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Lori Giffin competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of two hours, 18 minutes and five seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Lori Giffin on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3651

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Mary Clark-Touesnard competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 31 minutes and 29 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Mary Clark-Touesnard on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3652

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Melissa Landry competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of two hours, 26 minutes and 32 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Melissa Landry on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3653

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Natalie Munro competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 35 minutes and 33 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Natalie Munro on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3654

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Peter Touesnard competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 31 minutes and 24 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Peter Touesnard on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3655

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Robert Conrad competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 41 minutes and 39 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Robert Conrad on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3656

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Rosemary Tracey competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, nine minutes and 31 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Rosemary Tracey on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3657

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Samuel Shiers competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 26 minutes and 36 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Samuel Shiers on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3658

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Shelley Allard competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of one hour, 16 minutes and four seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Shelley Allard on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3659

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Susan Outerbridge competed in the Blue Nose 5K Run, finishing in a time of 56 minutes and 42 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Susan Outerbridge on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3660

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Tim Houtsma competed in the Blue Nose Half Marathon, finishing in a time of one hour, 43 minutes and 22 seconds;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Tim Houtsma on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.

RESOLUTION NO. 3661

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas the 6th Annual Blue Nose Marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners from many parts of Canada; and

Whereas training for endurance running, at all levels, requires strength and dedication that only those committed to the sport can muster; and

Whereas Trent McGrath competed in the Blue Nose 10K Run, finishing in a time of 57 minutes and 47 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Trent McGrath on the commitment and successful completion of this world-class endurance run which tests their stamina to the limit.