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HANSARD 08-55

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

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2008

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS:
Moving Toward Equity: Employment Equity and Diversity in Nova Scotia's
Public Service 2007-08, Hon. C. Bolivar Getson 6389
Anl. Rept. of the Civil Serv. Disclosure of Wrongdoing Reg. & Policy,
2007-08, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 6389
STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS:
LWD: Skilled Workers Lbr. Mgt. Agreement, Hon. M. Parent
(by Hon. B. Taylor) 6390
PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS:
TIR - S. Berwick Corner Intersection: Safety - Improve,
Mr. L. Glavine 6394
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 6102, N.S. Mi'kmaq Chiefs/N.S. Cabinet: Meeting - Hist. Significance,
The Premier 6394
Vote - Affirmative 6395
Res. 6103, Marine Ind.: Contribution Commend,
The Premier 6395
Vote - Affirmative 6396
Res. 6104, Democracy 250 Office - Chairs/Staff: Efforts - Thank,
Hon. C. Clarke 6396
Vote - Affirmative 6397
Res. 6105, Falls Prevention Wk. (11/22-11/29/08) - Recognize,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 6397
Vote - Affirmative 6398
Res. 6106, Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day (10/15/08) -
Recognize, Hon. C. d'Entremont 6398
Vote - Affirmative 6399
Res. 6107, Prisma Productions/EnCana Corp./N.S. Youth Experiences in
Service - Telly Award, Hon. K. Casey (by Hon. A. MacIsaac) 6399
Vote - Affirmative 6399
Res. 6108, MacLean, Mayor Ann (Outgoing) - New Glasgow:
Leadership - Thank, Hon. J. Muir 6400
Vote - Affirmative 6400
Res. 6109, Norwood, Chad: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 6401
Vote - Affirmative 6401
Res. 6110, Educ.: Bullying/Cyber-bullying - Prevent,
Mr. P. Paris (by Mr. W. Estabrooks) 6401
Vote - Affirmative 6402
Res. 6111, Croft, Alfreda - Foster Children: Dedication - Recognize,
Mr. S. McNeil 6402
Vote - Affirmative 6403
Res. 6112, Murray, Peter: Pub. Serv. (25 Yrs.) - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 6403
Vote - Affirmative 6404
Res. 6113, Gov't. (Can.) - Military/RCMP Pensioners:
Pension Integration - Review, Mr. D. Dexter 6404
Vote - Affirmative 6404
Res. 6114, Prem.: Economic Update - Bring Forward,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 6405
Res. 6115, Dunphy, Mike - Voting Rights: Teaching - Compliment,
Mr. K. Bain 6405
Vote - Affirmative 6406
Res. 6116, Jacques, Hector/Whitford, Michael: Contribution -
Recognize, Mr. D. Dexter 6406
Vote - Affirmative 6407
Res. 6117, Cox, Marie: Retirement - Congrats.,
Mr. S. McNeil 6407
Vote - Affirmative 6408
Res. 6118, MacLean, Mayor Ann (Outgoing): Retirement - Best Wishes,
Mr. P. Dunn 6408
Vote - Affirmative 6409
Res. 6119, Preston Fire (06/13/08) - Lake Echo FD: Firefighters - Recognize,
Mr. K. Colwell 6409
Vote - Affirmative 6409
Res. 6120, DesBarres Manor Inn - Cuisine of Yr. Award:
Owner/Mgr./Chef - Congrats., Hon. R. Chisholm 6410
Vote - Affirmative 6410
Res. 6121, RCL Somme Br. 31 - Anniv. (80th),
Ms. M. More 6411
Heed,
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 6411
Res. 6123, Edmund, Wilfred - RCL Dominion Command: Pres. -
Election, The Speaker (by Mr. C. Porter) 6412
Vote - Affirmative 6413
Res. 6124, Ingraham, Irene: Rebekah Lodge - Decoration of Chivalry,
Mr. J. MacDonell 6413
Vote - Affirmative 6414
Res. 6125, Prem.: Economic Update - Bring Forward,
Mr. W. Gaudet 6414
Res. 6126, Jolly, Jennie - Cambridge & Dist. Elem. Sch.: Dedication -
Acknowledge, Hon. D. Morse 6415
Vote - Affirmative 6415
Res. 6127, Hector Ctr./McCulloch House Museum: Successful Yr. -
Congrats., Mr. C. Parker 6415
Vote - Affirmative 6416
Res. 6128, Prem.: Fiscal Update - Provide,
Mr. L. Glavine 6416
Res. 6129, Walsh, Jack: Veterans Affs. Commendation,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 6417
Vote - Affirmative 6417
Res. 6130, Zeliose, Maria & Bill/Bluenose Laundromat - The Coast Rating,
Mr. H. Epstein 6418
Vote - Affirmative 6418
Res. 6131, Digby - Saint John Ferry Rte.: Atl. Gateway Init. - Include,
Mr. H. Theriault 6418
Res. 6132, Local Products: Nova Scotia - Purchase,
Mr. C. MacKinnon 6419
Vote - Affirmative 6420
Res. 6133, Atwater, Travis/Balch, Allan: Fundraising - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6420
Vote - Affirmative 6420
Res. 6134, TIR: Snow Clearing Equipment Operators: Recognition Offer,
Hon. M. Scott 6421
Vote - Affirmative 6421
Res. 6135, MacMillan, Keith - Com. Serv. Dept.: Serv. (36-plus Yrs.) -
Congrats., Mr. G. Gosse 6421
Vote - Affirmative 6422
Res. 6136, Prem. - Economy: Position - Recognize,
Mr. H. Theriault 6422
Res. 6137, Georges, Janette: Maestro In Outreach Title - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Baker 6423
Vote - Affirmative 6424
Res. 6138, Ocean View Elem. Sch.: Say No to Bullying Prog. - Commend,
Ms. B. Kent 6424
Vote - Affirmative 6424
Res. 6139, Prem: Deficit - Avoid, Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 6425
Res. 6140, Wist, Sylvia - Mt. Kilimanjaro: Fundraising Climb - Congrats.,
Ms. M. More 6425
Vote - Affirmative 6426
Res. 6141, Prem.: Econ. Update - Bring Forward,
Mr. K. Colwell 6426
Res. 6142, The Trail Shops: Owners (Past & Present) - Congrats.,
Mr. H. Epstein 6427
Vote - Affirmative 6427
Res. 6143, Johnson, Coun. Gail - Dist. 10: Re-election - Congrats.,
Mr. M. Samson 6428
Vote - Affirmative 6428
Res. 6144, Worrell, Joe - Fastball: Dedication - Commend,
Mr. G. Gosse 6428
Vote - Affirmative 6429
Res. 6145, Marchand, Coun. Brian - Dist. 6: Election - Congrats.,
Mr. M. Samson 6429
Vote - Affirmative 6430
Res. 6146, Prem. - Economy: Discussion - Refusal Explain,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 6430
ORAL QUESTIONS PUT BY MEMBERS:
No. 526, Prem. - Budget Update: Refusal - Explain, Mr. D. Dexter 6431
No. 527, Prem. - Financial Situation - Reveal, Mr. S. McNeil 6432
No. 528, Health - Capital DHA: Budget - Status, Mr. D. Dexter 6433
No. 529, EMO: Cobequid Pass Crisis - Response Coordination,
Mr. D. Dexter 6434
No. 530, Com. Serv. - Foster Children: Per Diem - Adequacy,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 6436
No. 531, TIR - Snow Removal: Serv. Level - Difference Explain,
Mr. W. Estabrooks 6437
No. 532, Environ.: Climate Change Strategy - Release,
Mr. G. Steele 6440
No. 533, TCH: World Trade & Convention Ctr. - Replace,
Mr. H. Theriault 6441
No. 534, Nat. Res.: Motorists - Deer Awareness Campaign,
Mr. C. Parker 6442
No. 535, Educ.: Tri-Co. Sch. Bd. - Funding, Mr. L. Glavine 6444
No. 536, HPP - Vol. Sector: Insurance - Progress, Ms. M. More 6445
No. 537, Health - Brain Injuries: Prov.-Wide Serv. - Establish,
Ms. M. More 6446
No. 538, TCH: Black Cultural Ctr. - Funding, Mr. K. Colwell 6447
No. 539, Com. Serv. - Pub. Housing: Health Standards - Safeguard,
Mr. G. Gosse 6449
GOVERNMENT BUSINESS:
PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 238, Motor Vehicle Act, Hon. M. Scott 6450
Hon. M. Scott 6450
Mr. W. Estabrooks 6454
Mr. L. Glavine 6457
Hon. B. Taylor 6458
Ms. V. Conrad 6460
Mr. P. Dunn 6462
Mr. J. MacDonell 6463
Hon. M. Scott 6464
Vote - Affirmative 6467
PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
Law Amendments Committee, Hon. C. Clarke 6467
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON BILLS AT 2:17 P.M. 6468
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 2:19 P.M. 6468
CWH ON BILLS REPORTS 6468
PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 186, Animal Protection Act, Hon. B. Taylor 6469
Hon. B. Taylor 6469
Vote - Affirmative 6469
HOUSE RECESSED AT 2:22 P.M. 6470
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 3:22 P.M. 6470
ARRIVAL OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR 6470
BILLS GIVEN ROYAL ASSENT:
Nos. 26, 78, 93, 118, 129 6470
Nos. 154, 158, 179, 181, 186, 187, 189, 190, 191, 193, 194, 195,
196, 199, 200, 201, 203, 204, 207, 208, 210, 211 6471
Nos. 212, 213, 215, 216, 217, 220, 225, 227, 233, 234, 239 6472
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again at the call of the Speaker 6474
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 6147, Boudreau, Francine: E. Richmond Sch. Bd. Member -
Election, Mr. M. Samson 6475
Res. 6148, Bouchard, Robert: Music Ind. - Anniv. (40th),
Mr. M. Samson 6475
Res. 6149, Boudreau's Fuels: Caper Gas Venture - Congrats.,
Mr. M. Samson 6476
Res. 6150, Boudreau, Kaitlyn - Royal Conservatory of Music: Honours -
Congrats., Mr. M. Samson 6476
Res. 6151, Berthier, Chantal - Royal Conservatory of Music: Honours -
Congrats., Mr. M. Samson 6477
Res. 6152, Landry, Kendra - Royal Conservatory of Music: Honours -
Congrats., Mr. M. Samson 6477
Res. 6153, Alexandria, Samson - Royal Conservatory of Music: Honours -
Congrats., Mr. M. Samson 6478
Res. 6154, IWK Pig Roast - W. Arichat: Hosts - Congrats.,
Mr. M. Samson 6478
Res. 6155, Petit-de-Grat Red Caps -
Richmond Amateur Baseball Assoc. Championship,
Mr. M. Samson 6479
Res. 6156, Bremner, Meghan: Cdn. Team - World Cup of Baseball,
Mr. M. Samson 6479
Res. 6157, Britten-Boudreau, Charcy: Team N.S. - Volleyball Championship,
Mr. M. Samson 6480
Res. 6158, Carter, Leon: Hole-in-One - Congrats.,
Mr. M. Samson 6480
Res. 6159, Stanley, Justin & Gioia - St. Peter's Marina Sailing Sch.,
Mr. M. Samson 6481
Res. 6160, RCL Br. 47 St. Peter's - Anniv. (75th), Mr. M. Samson 6481
Res. 6161, St. Peter's PeeWees - Baseball Championship,
Mr. M. Samson 6482
Res. 6162, Marshall, Coun. Russell: Chapel Island First Nation -
Election, Mr. M. Samson 6482
Res. 6163, Basque, Chief Kenny: Chapel Island First Nation -
Election, Mr. M. Samson 6483
Res. 6164, Johnson, Coun. Basil: Chapel Island First Nation -
Election, Mr. M. Samson 6483
Res. 6165, Marshall, Coun. Jimmy: Chapel Island First Nation -
Election, Mr. M. Samson 6483
Res. 6166, Marshall, Coun. Lindsay: Chapel Island First Nation -
Election, Mr. M. Samson 6484
Res. 6167, Doyle, Coun. Helen: Chapel Island First Nation -
Election, Mr. M. Samson 6484
Res. 6168, Basque-Johnson, Coun. Sandra: Chapel Island First Nation -
Election, Mr. M. Samson 6485
Res. 6169, Samson, Blair: Richmond Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial -
Félicitations, Mr. M. Samson 6485
Res. 6170, Fougere, Robbie: Richmond Scolaire Acadien Provincial -
Félicitations, Mr. M. Samson 6486
Res. 6171, Beaton, Coun. Malcolm: Richmond Mun. Coun. Dist. 3 -
Election., Mr. M. Samson 6487
Election., Mr. M. Samson
Res. 6172, Sampson, Coun. Steve: Richmond Mun. Coun. Dist. 9 -
Election., Mr. M. Samson 6488
Res. 6173, David, Coun. Victor: Richmond Mun. Coun. Dist. 1 -
Election., Mr. M. Samson 6488
Res. 6174, McNamara, Coun. Shirley: Richmond Mun. Coun. Dist. 5 -
Election., Mr. M. Samson 6489
Res. 6175, Boucher, Coun. Gilbert: Richmond Mun. Coun. Dist. 1 -
Election., Mr. M. Samson 6489
Res. 6176, MacNeil, Coun. Stephen: Richmond Mun. Coun. Dist. 8 -
Election, Mr. M. Samson 6490
Res. 6177, Morgan, Carroll: N.S. Sports Hall of Fame - Induction,
Mr. M. Samson 6490
Res. 6178, Kehoe, George: Strait Reg. Sch. Bd. - Acclamation,
Mr. M. Samson 6491
Res. 6179, Martell, Coun. Alvin: Richmond Mun. Coun. - Re-election,
Mr. M. Samson 6491
Res. 6180, Jeffrey, Shawn: Leksands Idrottsförening Tournament -
Congrats., Mr. M. Samson 6492
Res. 6181, Boudreau, Candace - Hockey Accomplishments,
Mr. M. Samson 6492
Res. 6182, Stewart-Rankin, Ross - Badminton Achievement,
Mr. M. Samson 6493
Res. 6183, Morrison, Nevin - Music Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6493
Res. 6184, Campbell, Andrew - Track & Field Achievement,
Mr. M. Samson 6494
Res. 6185, Boudreau, Ashley - Art Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6494
Res. 6186, Sampson, Ashley - Softball Achievement,
Mr. M. Samson 6495
Res. 6187, Boudreau, Brandon - Hockey Achievement,
Mr. M. Samson 6495
Res. 6188, Calder, Breann - Student Coun. Award of Merit,
Mr. M. Samson 6496
Res. 6189, Burke, Carley - Hockey Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6496
Res. 6190, MacMullin, Carter - Hockey Achievement,
Mr. M. Samson 6497
Res. 6191, Britten-Boudreau, Charcy - Volleyball Achievement,
Mr. M. Samson 6497
Res. 6192, Samson, Chris - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6498
Res. 6193, MacQuarrie, Coady - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6498
Res. 6194, Walsh, Colleen - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6499
Res. 6195, Boudreau, Daniel - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6499
Res. 6196, Samson, Denise - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6500
Res. 6197, Landry, Dylan - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6500
Res. 6198, Landry, Elliot - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6501
Res. 6199, Johnson, Emma - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6501
Res. 6200, Guthro, Evan - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6502
Res. 6201, Landry, Evie - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6502
Res. 6202, Samson, Gilles - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6503
Res. 6203, Stanley, Gioia - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6503
Res. 6204, Cogswell, Greg - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6504
Res. 6205, Marchand, Haley - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6504
Res. 6206, Adamsson, Jeffrey - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6505
Res. 6207, Webb, Jessica - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6505
Res. 6208, Johnson, Jillian - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6506
Res. 6209, Marchand, Jillian - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6506
Res. 6210, Collet, Jordan - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6507
Res. 6211, Mann, Jordie - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6507
Res. 6212, MacDonnell, Josh - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6508
Res. 6213, Julian, Junior - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6508
Res. 6214, Carter, Kayla - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6509
Res. 6215, Burke, Kelsey - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6509
Res. 6216, Pitts, Kristina - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6510
Res. 6217, Burke, Krystal - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6510
Res. 6218, Rogers, Kyle - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6511
Res. 6219, Burns, Leah - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6511
Res. 6220, Cameron, Lindsay - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6512
Res. 6221, Murphy, Marcus - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6512
Res. 6222, Landry, Marielle - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6513
Res. 6223, Scanlan, Megan - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6513
Res. 6224, Boudreau, Micheline - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6514
Res. 6225, Landry, Mireille - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6514
Res. 6226, Proctor, Mitchell - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6515
Res. 6227, Barrett, Natalie - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6515
Res. 6228, Samson, Nelson - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6516
Res. 6229, Boudreau, Samuel - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6516
Res. 6230, Lahey, Scott - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6517
Res. 6231, Madden, Shamus - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6517
Res. 6232, Gerrior, Shelby - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6518
Res. 6233, Joshua, Steven - Sports Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6518
Res. 6234, LeRue, Steven - Softball Achievement, Mr. M. Samson 6519
Res. 6235, Johnson, Tarren - Extracurricular Achievement,
Mr. M. Samson 6519
Res. 6236, MacDonald, Tasha - Student Coun. Award of Merit,
Mr. M. Samson 6520
Res. 6237, Boudreau, Terrilyn - Acad./Athletic Achievement,
Mr. M. Samson 6520
Res. 6238, Fennell, Andrea - Social Comm. Achievement,
Mr. M. Samson 6521
Res. 6239, MacNeil, Stephen - Recycling Comm. Achievement,
Mr. M. Samson 6521
Res. 6240, Continuing Care Progs.: Employees/Vols. - Congrats.,
Hon. R. Chisholm 6522
Res. 6241, Guysborough Business Builders Prog.: Success - Congrats.,
Hon. R. Chisholm 6522
Res. 6242, Canso Bluefins Bantam Hockey Team - Veterans:
Recognition Applaud, Hon. R. Chisholm 6523
Res. 6243, Guysborough Co. Curlers - Commend,
Hon. R. Chisholm 6523
Res. 6244, East River St. Mary's FD Ladies Aux.: Commun. Work -
Applaud, Hon. R. Chisholm 6524
Res. 6245, Kafarova, Nuna: Musical Environ. - Compliment,
Mr. C. Porter 6524
Res. 6246, Fort Edward Blockhouse: Treasure - Recognize,
Mr. C. Porter 6525
Res. 6247, Piziquid Canoe Club: Master's Team - Recognize,
Mr. C. Porter 6525
Res. 6248, Windsor 106 Royal Cdn. Air Cadet Squadron: Enthusiasm,
Mr. C. Porter 6526
Res. 6249, Redden, Di Best - E. Kings CC Award,
Hon. M. Parent 6526
Res. 6250, Leon's (Kentville) - E. Kings CC Award,
Hon. M. Parent 6527
Res. 6351, Beleaf Salon & Spa - E. Kings CC Award,
Hon. M. Parent 6527
Res. 6252, Falconer, Les/Burgeo Sands - E. Kings CC Award,
Hon. M. Parent 6528
Res. 6253, Sarsfield, Jeff/Apple Valley Foods - E. Kings CC Award,
Hon. M. Parent 6528
Res. 6254, CIBC Run for the Cure - C.B.: Fundraising - Congrats.,
The Speaker 6529
Res. 6255, Morgan, Bob: Book Launch - Congrats.,
The Speaker 6529
Res. 6256, MacGillvary, Don: Book Release - Congrats.,
The Speaker 6530
Res. 6257, Gillis, Charlotte & Dowe/Gillis Bldg. Supplies - Anniv. (25 Yrs.),
The Speaker 6530
Res. 6258, Hubbert, Greg: Acadia Hockey Hall of Fame - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6531
Res. 6259, Richardson, Hailey: Arctic Voyage - Congrats.,
Hon. R. Chisholm 6531
Res. 6260, Roberts, Erika - Fogarty's Cove Scholarship,
Hon. R. Chisholm 6532
Res. 6261, Avery, Patrick/Long, Aaron - Softball Accomplishments,
Hon. R. Chisholm 6532
Res. 6262, New Hbr. Residents: Commun. Ctr. - Fundraising,
Hon. R. Chisholm 6533
Res. 6263, Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Auth. -
Top 10 Employees (N.S.) List, Hon. R. Chisholm 6533
Res. 6264, Greenfield Oldsters Assoc.: Melrose Commun. Ctr. -
Openings, Hon. R. Chisholm 6534
Res. 6265, Clements, Andrew: Youth Prime Minister of Can. -
Congrats., The Speaker 6535
Res. 6266, Edmond, Wilf: Career Success - Compliment,
The Speaker 6535
Res. 6267, PSC: Flue Shots - Benefits, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 6536
Res. 6268, Johnston, Det. Cst. Brian - Police Long-Serv. Award (25 Yrs.),
Hon. J. Muir 6536
Res. 6269, Cvet, David: Medieval Martial Arts Acad. - Founding,
Mr. H. Theriault 6537
Res. 6270, Tingley, Paul: Sailing Success - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 6537
Res. 6271, Swinamer, Sarah: Weightlifting Success - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 6538
Res. 6272, Fryday, Bryan: Lacrosse Success - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 6538
Res. 6273, Knox, Zan: Commun. Fundraising - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 6539
Res. 6274, Kids Come First Vol. Prog.: Work - Applaud,
Hon. J. Streatch 6539
Res. 6275, Bay of Fundy: New7wonders Fdn. - Support,
Mr. L. Glavine 6540
Res. 6276, Saccary, Coun. Kevin: CBRM - Acclamation,
The Speaker 6540
Res. 6277, Lahey, Coun. Brian: CBRM - Election,
The Speaker 6541
Res. 6278, LeBlanc, Coun. Dave: CBRM Dist. 11 - Election,
The Speaker 6541
Res. 6279, Rowe, Coun. Mae: CBRM Dist. 13 - Election,
The Speaker 6542
Res. 6280, Taylor, William: Northside East Bay Vol. FD -
Fed-Prov. Serv. Award (25 Yrs.), The Speaker 6542
Res. 6281, Harris, Aubrey: Louisbourg Vol. FD -
Fed.-Prov. Serv. Award (45 Yrs.), The Speaker 6543
Res. 6282, Rogers, Andrew: Pub. Serv. (25 Yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Parent 6543
Res. 6283, Whiteway, Judith: Pub. Serv. (25 Yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Parent 6544
Res. 6284, Harrigan, Timothy: Pub. Serv. (30 Yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Parent 6544
Res. 6285, Kohltech Int'l. Ltd. - CoRDA Award,
Hon. K. Casey 6545
Res. 6286, Smith, Tip & Pauline: Tatamagouche Vol. Serv. - Thank,
Hon. K. Casey 6545
Res. 6287, Lun. Day Care Ctr. & Bye the Sea Nursery Sch. -
Anniv. (35th), Hon. M. Baker 6546
Res. 6288, Mahone Bay: Mahone Bay & Area Seniors Proj. -
Congrats., Hon. M. Baker 6546
Res. 6289, Cabot HS Running Team - Prov. Championships,
Mr. K. Bain 6547
Res. 6290, RCL Br. 21 Port Royal - Anniv. (80th),
Mr. S. McNeil 6547
Res. 6291, Margaretsville - Commun. Hall: Kraft Can. Funding -
Mr. S. McNeil 6548
Res. 6292, Broderick, Chuck: Law Practice (C.B.) - Anniv. (30 Yrs.),
Mr. S. McNeil 6548
Res. 6293, Saunders, Coach Terry - Soccer Title,
Mr. S. McNeil 6549
Res. 6294, Saunders, Cole - Soccer Title,
Mr. S. McNeil 6549
Res. 6295, Richardson, David - Soccer Title,
Mr. S. McNeil 6550
Res. 6296, Frost, David - Soccer Title,
Mr. S. McNeil 6550
Res. 6297, Gondek, Dylan - Soccer Title,
Mr. S. McNeil 6551
Res. 6298, Rafuse, Gareth - Soccer Title,
Mr. S. McNeil 6551
Res. 6299, Burke, Geoff - Soccer Title,
Mr. S. McNeil 6552
Res. 6300, McOrmond, Greg - Soccer Title,
Mr. S. McNeil 6552
Res. 6301, Saunders, Jordan - Soccer Title,
Mr. S. McNeil 6553
Res. 6302, Thompson, Jordan - Soccer Title,
Mr. S. McNeil 6553
Res. 6303, Theriault, Kiefer - Soccer Title,
Mr. S. McNeil 6554
Res. 6304, Piche, Matt - Soccer Title,
Mr. S. McNeil 6554
Res. 6305, Croft, Noah - Soccer Title,
Mr. S. McNeil 6555
Res. 6306, Warren, Seth - Soccer Title,
Mr. S. McNeil 6555
Res. 6307, Adams, Wil - Soccer Title,
Mr. S. McNeil 6556
Res. 6308, Mitchell, Eileen Grace - Birthday (80th),
Mr. K. Colwell 6556
Res. 6309, Johnston, Josephine: Commun. Work - Recognize,
Mr. K. Colwell 6557
Res. 6310, McMenemy, John: Commun. Work - Recognize,
Mr. K. Colwell 6557
Res. 6311, Beals, Carol Ann: Commun. Work - Recognize,
Mr. K. Colwell 6558
Res. 6312, Atvanya, Tony: Commun. Work - Recognize,
Mr. K. Colwell 6558
Res. 6313, McSweeney, Sean - Forest Fire (06/13/08):
Firefighters Appreciation Night - Organizing,
Mr. K. Colwell 6559
Res. 6314, Access to Commun. Educ. & Employment Prog.:
Kick-Off - Congrats., Ms. J. Massey 6559
Res. 6315, Cdn. Psychological Assoc. - Hfx. Anl. Convention (69th),
Ms. J. Massey 6560
Res. 6316, Leaders for Life Big Bike Ride: Heart & Stroke Fdn./
Vols. - Congrats., Ms. J. Massey 6560
Res. 6317, Cole Hbr. Rural Heritage Soc.: Anl. Fundraising Drive -
Congrats., Ms. M. Massey 6561
Res. 6318, Dart. Fam. YMCA: Renovations - Congrats.,
Mr. J. Massey 6561
Res. 6319, Word Up! Fam. Literacy Fun Day: Hosts - Congrats.,
Ms. J. Massey 6562
Res. 6320, Dart. Fam. YMCA: Opening Doors Campaign - Congrats.,
Ms. J. Massey 6562
Res. 6321, Insurance Bureau (Can.): Operation Red Nose - Thank,
Ms. J. Massey 6563
Res. 6322, Eric Graves Mem. Jr. HS: Students of Month Award -
Congrats., Ms. J. Massey 6563
Res. 6323, Affirmative Ind. Assoc. - Cdn. Instit. of Planning Award,
Ms. J. Massey 6564
Res. 6324, Eric Graves Mem. Jr. HS: Students of Month Award -
Congrats., Ms. J. Massey 6564
Res. 6325, Benoit, Rosalind/Jayasinghe, Jackie:
Prov. House Risk Assessments - Thank, Ms. J. Massey 6565
Res. 6326, MacKinnon, Allan & Joanne - Col. RDA Award,
Hon. K. Casey 6565
Res. 6327, Banfield, Nic - Golf Accomplishments,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 6566
Res. 6328, Watkins, Lori - Global Developmental Delay:
Funds/Awareness-Raising - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 6566
Res. 6329, Turner, Lew: Cobequid Commun. Health Ctr. -
Fundraising, Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 6567
Res. 6330, O'Connell, Ruth: Cobequid Commun. Health Ctr. -
Fundraising, Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 6567
Res. 6331, Harland, Beth: Cobequid Commun. Health Ctr. -
Fundraising, Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 6568
Res. 6332, White, Richard: Cobequid Commun. Health Ctr. -
Fundraising, Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 6568
Res. 6333, Bezanson, Vic: Cobequid Commun. Health Ctr. -
Fundraising, Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 6569
Res. 6334, Geezer, Brittany - Guide 2 Survive Book/CD:
Contribution - Commend,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 6569
Res. 6335, O'Brien, Patrick - Guide 2 Survive Book/CD:
Contribution - Commend,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 6570
Res. 6336, Dupuis, Nicole - Can. Skate: Coach - Selection,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 6570
Res. 6337, Harvey, Rev. Wade - Skydiving Accomplishments,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 6571
Res. 6338, Pye, Brad/LeBlanc, Brian - Democratic Process:
Commitment - Commend, Mr. T. Zinck 6571
Res. 6339, Gaspar, Innah: Youth Empowerment - Commend,
Mr. T. Zinck 6572
Res. 6340, MacLeod, Clayton/Fam.: Harness Racing - Contribution,
Hon. J. Muir 6572
Res. 6341, Rushton, Chief Tory: Oxford FD - Serv. (10 Yrs.),
Hon. M. Scott 6573
Res. 6342, Arsenault, Stephanie: Oxford FD - Serv. (5 Yrs.),
Hon. M. Scott 6573
Res. 6343, Beattie, Bruce: Oxford FD - Serv. (10 Yrs.),
Hon. M. Scott 6574
Res. 6344, Chapman, Joe: Oxford FD - Serv. (20 Yrs.),
Hon. M. Scott 6574
Res. 6345, Marshall, Brent: Oxford FD - Serv. (25 Yrs.),
Hon. M. Scott 6575
Res. 6346, Rushton, Joey: Oxford FD - Serv. (5 Yrs.),
Hon. M. Scott 6575
Res. 6347, Hebb, Ben: Giant Pumpkin Prov. Fest. (N.B.) - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6576
Res. 6348, Trenton Mid. Sch.: Colombian Exchange Students -
Best Wishes, Mr. P. Dunn 6576
Res. 6349, Dickson, Colin - Engineers N.S. Award,
Hon. J. Muir 6577
Res. 6350, Credit Union Central - Anniv. (75th), Hon. J. Muir 6577
Res. 6351, N.S. Co-operative Coun. -Anniv. (60th),
Hon. J. Muir 6578
Res. 6352, Mt. St. Vincent - Men's Basketball Team: Performances -
Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 6578
Res. 6353, Tzanetas, Chris/Elles, Costa - Opa Rest.: Opening - Congrats.,
Ms. D. Whalen 6579
Res. 6354, Yee, Gin: Hfx. Reg. Sch. Bd. - Re-election,
Ms. B. Kent 6579
Res. 6355, Conrod, Gina: Hfx. Reg. Sch. Bd. - Election,
Ms. B. Kent 6580
Res. 6356, Tallahassee Elem. Sch.: Say No to Bullying Prog. - Commend,
Ms. B. Kent 6580
Res. 6357, Caldwell-Roach Insurance: Tom Parker Award - Congrats.,
Mr. J. MacDonell 6581
Res. 6358, Walsh, Augustine (Gus): Sable Island - Return Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 6581
Res. 6359, Clements, Andrew: Youth Prime Minister (Can.) - Congrats.,
Hon. K. Casey 6582
Res. 6360, PC/NDP Gas Reg. Coalition: Failure - Admit,
Mr. K. Colwell 6582
Res. 6361, Ouellette, Mike - Cambridge & Dist. Elem. Sch.: Role -
Recognize, Hon. D. Morse 6583
Res. 6362, Robinson, Paula - Cambridge & Dist. Elem. Sch.: Contributions -
Recognize, Hon. D. Morse 6583
Res. 6363, Stickings, Mr. - Grosvenor-Wentworth Park Elem. Sch.:
Reel Production - Involvement, Hon. L. Goucher 6584
Res. 6364, Stickings, Andrew - Arts Participation: Appreciation - Show,
Hon. L. Goucher 6584
Res. 6365, Ball, Katie: Reel Productions - Involvement,
Hon. L. Goucher 6585
Res. 6366, Burns, Lindsay: Reel Productions - Involvement,
Hon. L. Goucher 6585
Res. 6367, Kelly, Tyler: Reel Productions - Involvement,
Hon. L. Goucher 6586
Res. 6368, Zwicker, James: Pub. Serv. (25 Yrs.) - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 6586
Res. 6369, Phillips, Mark: Pub. Serv. (25 Yrs.) - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 6587
Res. 6370, Purdy, Claire: Pub. Serv. (25 Yrs.) - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 6587
Res. 6371, Scotiabank - Bridgetown: Commun. - Commitment,
Mr. S. McNeil 6588
Res. 6372, Gillespie, Mike - Entrepreneur Award,
Mr. S. McNeil 6588
Res. 6373, Longley, Sharon - Vol. Award, Mr. S. McNeil 6589
Res. 6374, Frizzell, Bert: CGA Fellowship Designation -
Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 6589
Res. 6375, Pecknold, Kaitlynn - Rockingham Sch. Citizenship
Award, Ms. D. Whalen 6590
Res. 6376, Fitzpatrick, Kaley - Rockingham Sch. Citizenship
Award, Ms. D. Whalen 6590
Res. 6377, Boudreau, Carol - Women of Excellence Award,
Ms. D. Whalen 6591
Res. 6378, Menendez, Sonia - Bus. Dev. Bank Award,
Ms. D. Whalen 6591
Res. 6379, Doherty, Renny - Women of Excellence Award,
Ms. D. Whalen 6592
Res. 6380, Crocker, Liz & Brian/Woozles - Anniv. (30th),
Ms. D. Whalen 6592
Res. 6381, Keshen, Aaron/Joyce, Dawn: Neighbourhood
Contribution - Thank, Ms. D. Whalen 6593
Res. 6382, Walling, Alex J/QCCR, 99.3 - Recognize,
Ms. Vicki Conrad 6593
Res. 6383, Oickle, Alyssa - Riding Awards, Ms. V. Conrad 6594
Res. 6384, Joudrey, Caleb - Baseball Awards,
Ms. V. Conrad 6594
Res. 6385, Weagle, Candace - Baseball Award,
Ms. V. Conrad 6595
Res. 6386, Bird, Cate: Retirement - Well Wishes,
Ms. V. Conrad 6595
Res. 6387, Uhlman, Danils - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6596
Res. 6388, Lohnes, Eugene - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6596
Res. 6389, Murphy, Holli - Riding Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6597
Res. 6390, Judge, Ingram - Coaches Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6597
Res. 6391, Comeau, Isaac - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6598
Res. 6392, Daniels, Jared - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6598
Res. 6393, Deighton, Jack - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6599
Res. 6394, Orme, Joel - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6599
Res. 6395, Comeau, Jonah - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6600
Res. 6396, Andrews, Kate - Riding Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6600
Res. 6397, Wentzell, Kristen - CEP Union Scholarship,
Ms. V. Conrad 6601
Res. 6398, Pottie, Len - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6601
Res. 6399, Whynot, Lucas - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6602
Res. 6400, Maxwell, Mallory - Riding Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6602
Res. 6401, Judge, Mandi - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6603
Res. 6402, Oickle, Matthew - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6603
Res. 6403, Labour, Nick - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6604
Res. 6404, Legge, Nick - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6604
Res. 6405, Orme, Nikki - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6605
Res. 6406, Morton, Suzanne/Whitelaw - "Old Port: Scanning the Past":
Co-organizers - Congrats., Ms. V. Conrad 6605
Res. 6407, Foster, Ryan - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6606
Res. 6408, Andrews, Sam - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6606
Res. 6409, Orme, Scott - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6607
Res. 6410, Seaside Rec. & Commun. Ctr. - Deed Possession -
Congrats., Ms. V. Conrad 6607
Res. 6411, Harding, Seth - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6608
Res. 6412, Masson, Sheena - Paddle Lun.-Queens: Coastal Water
Trails - Inclusion, Ms. V. Conrad 6608
Res. 6413, Smith, Sonia - Riding Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6609
Res. 6414, S. Shore Wild Junior C Hockey Team: Work/Fundraising -
Congrats., Mr. V. Conrad 6609
Res. 6415, Meisner, Steven - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6610
Res. 6416, Gunnery, Sylvia: S. Shore Pub. Library Writer-in-Residence -
Recognize, Ms. V. Conrad 6610
Res. 6417, Sheppard, Tom - Historic Bridgewater: Publication -
Congrats., Ms. V. Conrad 6611
Res. 6418, Whalen, Ty - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6611
Res. 6419, Dauphinee, Tyler - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6612
Res. 6420, Smith, Wayne - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6612
Res. 6421, Weagle, Garrett, Griffen & Greyden: Animal Rescue -
Congrats., Ms. V. Conrad 6613
Res. 6422, Harding, Wesley - Baseball Award, Ms. V. Conrad 6613
Res. 6423, Fancy, Willis: Bus. Enterprise - Congrats.,
Ms. V. Conrad 6614
Res. 6424, Merrell, Cpl. Sandi - N.S. Prov. Long-Serv. Award (15 yrs.),
Ms. V. Conrad 6614
Res. 6425, Privateers Day - Calendar: Fundraiser - Congrats.,
Ms. V. Conrad 6615
Res. 6426, Sou'West Métis Coun.: Powwow (3rd) - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 6615
Res. 6427, Nickerson, Justin - Hockey Medal, Mr. S. Belliveau 6616
Res. 6428, Nickerson, Kirby: Commun. Efforts - Recognize,
Mr. S. Belliveau 6616
Res. 6429, Smith, Kelsie - Barrington Idol Youth Div. Comp.: Win -
Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 6617
Res. 6430, Wamback, Joshua - Hockey Medal, Mr. S. Belliveau 6617
Res. 6431, Snyder, Joshua/Atkinson, Jared: Island Days Dory Races
First Place, Mr. S. Belliveau 6618
Res. 6432, Stoddard, Josh: Clark's Hbr. Mosquito Foggies - Dist.
Playoffs, Mr. S. Belliveau 6618
Res. 6433, Nickerson, Josh: Clark's Hbr. Mosquito Foggies - Dist.
Playoffs, Mr. S. Belliveau 6619
Res. 6434, Messenger, Jordan: Clark's Hbr. Mosquito Foggies - Dist.
Playoffs, Mr. S. Belliveau 6619
Res. 6435, Clark's Hbr. Foggies: Prov. Baseball Championship -
Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 6620
Res. 6436, MacKenzie, Darrell: Goudey Cup Tournament -
Participation, Mr. S. Belliveau 6620
Res. 6437, Stoddard, Bobby, Jr.: Goudey Cup Tournament -
Participation, Mr. S. Belliveau 6621
Res. 6438, Nickerson, Aaron: Goudey Cup Tournament -
Participation, Mr. S. Belliveau 6621
Res. 6439, Symonds, Demiah: Clark's Hbr. Pumpkin Weigh-Off -
Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 6622
Res. 6440, Jones, Buddy: Clark's Hbr. Pumpkin Weigh-Off -
Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 6622
Res. 6441, Stoddard, Bobby, Sr.: Clark's Hbr. Pumpkin Weigh-Off -
Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 6623
Res. 6442, Goreham, Bethany: Clark's Hbr. Pumpkin Weigh-Off -
Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 6623
Res. 6443, Crowell, Adele: Clark's Hbr./Shelburne Pumpkin
Weigh-Off - Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 6624
Res. 6444, Lohnes, Jonathan: Cdn. Jr. Wheelchair Basketball
Team - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 6624
Res. 6445, Himmelman, Cst. Shawn: Afghanistan Serv. - Thank,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 6625
Res. 6446, Selig, Harold & Nora: Retirement - Well Wishes,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 6625
Res. 6447, Zwicker, Polly: 4-H Serv. (45 yrs.) - Thank,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 6626
Res. 6448, MacLeod, Mark - N.S. Sch. Administration Assoc.
Award, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 6626
Res. 6449, Walter, Mattias - Steeplechase Medal,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 6627
Res. 6450, McIntosh, Rachael - Track & Field Medal,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 6627
Res. 6451, MacLennan, Cameron - Track & Field Championship,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 6628
Res. 6452, Gates, Hayley - Track & Field Championships,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 6628
Res. 6453, Jorgensen - Track & Field Championships,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 6629
Res. 6454, Pitman, Jennifer - Track & Field Championships,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 6629
Res. 6455, Pitman, Olivia - Track & Field Championships,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 6630
Res. 6456, Bond, Elijah - Track & Field Championships,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 6630
Res. 6457, MacDonald, Andrew - Track & Field Championships,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 6631
Res. 6458, Anderson, Marge: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6631
Res. 6459, Bumbrille, Carolyn: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6632
Res. 6460, Rhodenizer, Jocelyn: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6632
Res. 6461, Lithgow, Pat: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6633
Res. 6462, Keith, Bette: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6633
Res. 6463, Rainforth, John: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6634
Res. 6464, Hall, Wanda: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6634
Res. 6465, Kelly, Nancy: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6635
Res. 6466, Quartermaine, Roy: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6636
Res. 6467, Lenton, Helen: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6636
Res. 6468, Ashford-Morton, Anna: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6637
Res. 6469, Harris, Joan: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6637
Res. 6470, Hubbert, Greg: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6638
Res. 6471, Sherman, Pat: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6638
Res. 6472, Webber Gibson, Pat: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6639
Res. 6473, Small, Freda: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6640
Res. 6474, Henley, Tom: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6640
Res. 6475, Chute, Esther: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6641
Res. 6476, Stodeman, Pat: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6641
Res. 6477, Lonergan, Mary Ellen: Commun. Contributions -
Congrats., Mr. L. Glavine 6642
Res. 6478, Sawler, Angie: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6642
Res. 6479, Carty, Mary Anne: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6643
Res. 6480, Hale, Andrea: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6643
Res. 6481, Rankin, Raylene: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6644
Res. 6482, Hubbart, Debbie: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6645
Res. 6483, Clark, Penny: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6645
Res. 6484, Burke, Steve: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6646
Res. 6485, Hamilton, Helen: Commun. Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 6646
Mr. L. Glavine

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HALIFAX, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2008

Sixtieth General Assembly

Second Session

11:00 A.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Alfie MacLeod

DEPUTY SPEAKER

Mr. Wayne Gaudet

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

We will commence with the daily routine.

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Human Resources.

HON. CAROLYN BOLIVAR-GETSON: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table two reports entitled Moving Toward Equity: Employment Equity and Diversity in Nova Scotia's Public Service 2007-08, and also the Annual Report of the Civil Service Disclosure of Wrongdoing Regulations and Policy, 2007-2008.

MR. SPEAKER: The reports are tabled.

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STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Agriculture.

HON. BROOKE TAYLOR: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I make this statement on behalf of the Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. I rise today to inform the members about steps this government is taking to avert a looming shortage of skilled workers. This government wants every Nova Scotian to achieve their full employment potential and for the province as a whole to attain social prosperity.

Mr. Speaker, it is no secret that Nova Scotia has significant challenges, a declining birth rate and an aging population. To help stave off this concern, this government is making a $0.5 billion investment in workers over the next six years, through two Canada-Nova Scotia agreements that were signed in June. These investments are over and above what this government has already done to strengthen our economy. Already we have increased investments in our education sector to make post-secondary education more affordable to more Nova Scotians. We have made significant investments in Nova Scotia Community College in terms of infrastructure and programming.

Training and educating a workforce is only part of the solution, Mr. Speaker. We need employers who can provide challenging and rewarding careers to the fine young minds that graduate from college and university. To that end, we are attracting knowledge-sector employers such as Research In Motion, Keane, Altus Geomatics, and Convergys. We are attracting finance-sector employers such as Citco, Butterfield, Marsh, and OC Financial Services. We are leading Nova Scotia into the new global economy. At the same time, our resource sectors - oil and gas, forestry, fisheries, and agriculture - need workers.

Mr. Speaker, this is where provincial retention and recruitment initiatives, such as Opportunities Nova Scotia, come into play. Opportunities Nova Scotia helps Nova Scotians to prosper here at home, and attracts newcomers to our province. It helps employers and employees to meet the challenges of today's labour market.

At the beginning of my statement, Mr. Speaker, I mentioned two landmark federal-provincial agreements. The Labour Market Development Agreement will transfer responsibility for employment insurance skills programming from Ottawa to the province, along with $81 million a year. A number of federal public servants will come to the provincial side to help deliver the programming.

The second agreement, Mr. Speaker, the Labour Market Agreement, will help non-EI eligible people, working or unemployed, to succeed. Over six years an estimated $85 million will be transferred from Ottawa to Nova Scotia for the LMA programming. LMA programming will have an emphasis on Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, immigrants, African Nova Scotians, Acadians and francophones, older workers, women,

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people who were self-employed, workers with less than a Grade 12 education, and social assistance recipients.

This year LMA programs will help working people with disabilities to keep working, provide English-language training for immigrant professionals - just last night the member for Halifax Citadel-Sable Island pointed out the need for this type of programming; work with employers and industries that cannot find enough skilled workers; strengthen essential workplace skills; and counsel new Canadians about entrepreneurship.

Mr. Speaker, that is what we are doing to develop, attract and retain skilled workers for this province. This will lead to greater prosperity for the province, its communities, its workers and their families. Colleagues on both sides of the House will soon receive support materials that will help them respond to inquiries from their constituents. Final drafts are now under review. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

MS. MAUREEN MACDONALD: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I'd like to thank the minister for providing a copy of his statement prior to the session today. This announcement today, or this statement today, has been in the works for awhile and it's one that we welcome. Nova Scotia is one of the last provinces to enter into a federal-provincial agreement with respect to labour market development. Most of the other provinces, and particularly Quebec and Alberta, have been spending federal dollars for a long time, meeting the needs of their provincial labour market, unlike the Province of Nova Scotia where the federal government has been providing these services and now they will be transferred, I think more appropriately, into the provincial realm where we will be able to have greater control to define things so that they meet our local objectives and our provincial objectives.

[11:15 a.m.]

Mr. Speaker, I would like to say that I'm not as optimistic about where this government is going as the minister would portray. I had an opportunity, along with my Leader, back in the Fall to meet with entrepreneurs in a machining business in the Dartmouth area, Advanced Precision. Some people may know about this particular business - it's quite an advanced machining shop and they were having tremendous difficulty securing the skilled labour force they need. They raised a number of excellent points about public policy that need to change in the Province of Nova Scotia to address the skills labour force. Every region has occupations that are under pressure and there is a list kept of what those occupations are. The Province of Nova Scotia has really neglected to develop a good list that reflects the on-the-ground reality of many organizations such as this machining business.

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MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The chatter is growing. The honourable member for Halifax Needham has the floor.

MS. MAUREEN MACDONALD: So you will find occupations on that list like chefs, cooks, babysitters and nannies, Mr. Speaker, but you won't necessarily find the skills trades specialists that employers such as Advanced Precision are facing. In addition, they have experienced difficulty with the community college and the need for the community college to work more closely with industry in terms of generating the graduates who are able to provide a skilled workforce and, as well, they raised the question of foreign visas. The incredible lag time in getting workers from other jurisdictions into the country is significant. These are all things that our government needs to do better.

I just heard recently that the eight anaesthesiologists who were brought to Nova Scotia from Germany to meet our shortage here in the Capital Region, that they now may be facing some challenges in terms of being able to continue to participate in our health care system. We need to be more proactive about these issues, not the lag that we have seen from this government. There is much that can be done and the minister neglected to look at the details of what needed to be worked out to make our labour market a more aggressive one in terms of retention and training for our workforce. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Preston.

MR. KEITH COLWELL: Mr. Speaker, I too thank the minister for giving us a copy of his statement before the Legislature met. I have some grave concerns about this announcement. Like my colleague from the Opposition has said, this has been in the works for a long time, and I don't know where the $0.5 billion is coming from but the federal government has been funding this for a long time and we have some incredibly good organizations around the province working with federal civil servants who have done an excellent job in helping create jobs and helping people who have problems with educational upgrades or technical training, or whatever the case may be, getting positions, and indeed making our workforce more competitive.

Also, my colleague indicated that there's a shortage of trained people on machine operation. Well, I spoke about this last session, about the poor quality of training we're receiving from our schools, not because the instructors aren't good, we do have very good instructors, but the process has been watered down so badly that indeed when you train people such as machinists - and because I ran a very technically advanced machine operation and manufacturing facility, and if you asked someone to come into my business, as I said before in this House, if they said they were machinists, I'd hire them on the spot and then give them a week's work. If they could do the work, we'd pay them top rate; if not, we would let them go and we never let anybody go.

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But, the reality is, if we're going to have economy here in Nova Scotia and our economy's going to grow, we need highly skilled, well trained, technical people, whether it's someone who's doing machine work or someone working in a lab or someone else doing plumbing work or whatever the case may be, we need highly skilled people. I don't think our training system is really effective at the present time because typically you'd like to have an employee when you . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The honourable member for Preston has the floor. If conversations need to take place, please take them outside the Chamber.

MR. COLWELL: Yes, thank you. As I was saying, when an employer hires an employee, you want an employee that can come to work for you and with the present economic conditions even worse, they have to be productive from day one. You can no longer retrain people on the job site and hope in a year's time or two years' time that you get them up to a point that they can earn their keep, as you might say. Indeed, they have to be productive right away and I don't see that happening now with the present training system this province has in place.

It's very unfortunate that's the case, but that indeed is the case. There are some programs that people can go right into the workforce and it works well. But we do need to look at this. I don't think this is new money, it's not new money. It's money that's been there, just redirected to the province and the province is a good place to have it.

We talk about the fishery needing workers. The fishery is going to be in a crisis very shortly and I think they're going to need workers, all right, but they're also going to need a better price for their lobsters that moves forward.

Again, it's good to see this happening here in Nova Scotia, at long last, it's a long time coming. It's good to see they're transferring some of the very capable federal civil servants to the provincial civil service to do the work they should be doing here. We'll wait and see how the government does with this and hopefully they will generate some enthusiasm and help our economy grow, I'll wait and see because it's hard to believe in these hard economic conditions. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I would request the consent of the House to revert to the order of business, Presenting and Reading Petitions.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Kings West.

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition. The operative clause is: "We, the undersigned, believe that improvements need to be made to the South Berwick Corner intersection, formerly known as Junction 360, where Highway 1 intersects with Commercial Street. We are asking the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to take appropriate action to improve the safety of the intersection."

This petition contains 1,070 names and I have affixed my name.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 6102

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

Whereas the Province of Nova Scotia acknowledges and celebrates its common interest in continuing to build a foundation for prosperous and vibrant Mi'kmaq communities through partnership, commitment and respect; and the meeting on the 25th day of September, 2008, represented an historic first for the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs and the provincial Cabinet to meet as a whole and discuss mutual areas of interest; and

Whereas this meeting allowed us to reaffirm the value of common processes we currently have in place, such as the Tripartite Forum, the Consultation in Terms of Reference and the Made In Nova Scotia Process; we respect and value the Mi'kmaq's vital contribution to Nova Scotia's history, culture and economy; and

Whereas we believe the Mi'kmaq people share a common interest with other Nova Scotians in building the future prosperity of the province and that discussions at this meeting contributed to greater levels of mutual understanding, respect and lasting relationships for the common interest of building the future of Nova Scotia;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the historical significance of the joint meeting between the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs and the Nova Scotia Cabinet.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Premier.

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, before I read my resolution, if I might be permitted to make an introduction?

MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

THE PREMIER: I would ask all members to join me in welcoming, in your gallery today, Mr. Speaker. I would ask them to rise as I call out their name. Mr. Fritz King, Atlantic Container Line; Kevin Kyte, Atlantic Container Line; Jim Stoneman, Atship Services; Peter Selig, Hapag-Lloyd. I would ask them to receive the warm welcome of the House. (Applause)

RESOLUTION NO. 6103

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

Whereas Nova Scotia Marine Day 2008 is being celebrated on November 27th; and

Whereas the celebrations planned for the day will help to showcase the vital part the marine industry has played and continues to play in our province; and

Whereas Nova Scotia plays a pivotal role as a trade gateway to all of North America;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend the contributions of those involved in the marine industry and the bright future this sector continues to have both on the provincial and national scene.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Justice.

RESOLUTION NO. 6104

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

Whereas during 2008, we have celebrated Nova Scotia's pioneering role in the shaping and evolution of democracy in Canada by establishing the first representative government in the country; and

Whereas on this 250th Anniversary, the committee, as chaired by former Premiers John Hamm and Russell MacLellan, has held many innovative events to celebrate this special milestone; and

Whereas events like the very moving ceremony in this Chamber in October, along with casual get-togethers like Pizza and Politics for school classes have helped to generate amongst all Nova Scotians the importance of this special Nova Scotian first;

Therefore be it resolved that as the year wraps up, all members thank the Democracy 250 Office - its hardworking, honourable chairs and staff for their creative efforts to remind all Nova Scotians how democracy has positively influenced our lives and our nation's prosperity and continue to encourage all citizens to cherish the valuable freedoms democracy has afforded us.

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 Seniors.

RESOLUTION NO. 6105

HON. CAROLYN BOLIVAR-GETSON: Mr. Speaker, I would like to say that this doesn't only pertain to seniors.

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

Whereas there are more than 130,000 seniors living in Nova Scotia today and each year 1 in 3 will fall; and

Whereas preventing falls is a priority of the Department of Health Promotion and Protection's injury prevention strategy, as well as the Department of Seniors and Nova Scotia's 12 regional falls prevention coalitions; and

Whereas falls are serious injuries that can be prevented and we applaud the work of injury prevention staff, seniors and community groups and, indeed, all health care workers in our district health authorities across the province in their efforts to reduce falls for Nova Scotia seniors;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize November 22 to 29, 2008, as Falls Prevention Week in the Province of Nova Scotia and encourage all Nova Scotians to be aware of the life-changing effects a fall can have.

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.

You spoke with some authority on that.

The honourable Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 6106

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

Whereas statistics from the Canadian Perinatal Health Report 2003 found that 25 per cent to 50 per cent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage or loss; and

Whereas miscarriage, stillbirths and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome are a source of grief for many mothers, fathers, siblings and grandparents across Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day is observed in other Canadian provinces, including British Columbia, Alberta, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador so that bereaved parents and families can have a day of their own to remember their precious angels;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize October 15th as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in Nova Scotia to honour the many baby boys and baby girls who have died as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

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 Minister of Economic Development.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6107

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

Whereas a how-to video for students, called Preparing for Science Fairs, was produced in Nova Scotia and has won a bronze Telly Award at the 29th annual awards presentations held in New York; and

Whereas the Telly awards recognize distinction in creative work and honour outstanding video productions, and with over 13,500 entries from around the world, this year's competition was one of the most competitive yet; and

Whereas the video has been distributed to teachers across Nova Scotia to use as a learning tool to encourage students to participate in science fairs;

Therefore be it resolved and that all members of this House congratulate Prisma Productions, EnCana Corporation and Nova Scotia Youth Experiences in Science, for being recognized with a Telly award for Preparing for Science Fairs.

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 Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6108

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

Whereas Ann MacLean was first elected to municipal office in 1985 as a councillor in the Town of New Glasgow, and held that position until she was elected the town's mayor in 1991; and

Whereas Mayor Ann MacLean has been a strong supporter of local government across the country, as an active member of the Canadian Federation of Municipalities, serving as its president in 2004, where she was instrumental in bringing women's concerns to the table by formally organizing the Standing Committee for Increasing Women's Participation in Municipal Government; and

Whereas Mayor Ann MacLean's dedication to the residents of New Glasgow, indeed to municipal government, is highlighted through her impressive array of accomplishments which include being a past president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, leading environmental work in her community that led to national recognition and promoting equality and women's rights;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join with me in thanking New Glasgow's outgoing Mayor Ann MacLean for her leadership in New Glasgow, her contributions to municipal government overall and a stronger Nova Scotia, and extend to her and her husband, Russell MacLellan, best wishes for 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 Tourism, Culture and Heritage.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6109

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

Whereas the Chezzetcook Fire Department is run with the help of volunteers; and

Whereas through self-sacrifice and skilled dedication, volunteers like Chad Norwood protect our rural communities; and

Whereas without these volunteers our fire departments and communities would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contribution of Chad Norwood and wish him 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.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

NOTICES OF MOTION

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

RESOLUTION NO. 6110

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the member for Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the widespread use of social networking by school students requires new vigilance and prevention of the bullying and cyber-bullying which can result; and

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Whereas tens of thousands of students have learned through such networks that today is supposed to be Kick a Ginger Day, a joke that some children may take too seriously;

Whereas school officials in other provinces have taken steps to avoid real consequences in their schools today;

Therefore be it resolved that this House urge the Minister of Education and school authorities to take a forward-looking and preventative approach to the bullying, cyber-bullying and violence in schools which can quickly develop through social networks.

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 Leader of the Liberal Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 6111

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

Whereas Alfreda Croft was a long-time resident of Liverpool and then spent her later years in Annapolis Royal until her passing at the age of 89; and

Whereas Ms. Croft along with her daughter, Blanche Chemist, cared for 453 foster children over a 35-year period; and

Whereas Ms. Croft made a positive impact on many lives, including her grandson, Steven Selig, who is a retired Halifax police sergeant;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize Alfreda Croft for her dedication and commitment in the caring of hundreds of foster children she welcomed into her home.

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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 West.

RESOLUTION NO. 6112

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

Whereas Peter Murray of Hantsport, well-known in local municipal politics, was recently recognized for his 25 years of dedicated work with the Government of Nova Scotia's Department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia Public Service Commission is dedicated to building a service that not only strives for excellence, but also recruits Nova Scotians to meet the needs of a modern and innovative Public Service; and

Whereas Nova Scotia's Public Service consists of hardworking and resourceful individuals offering a high level of quality work;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Hantsport's Peter Murray on his outstanding work with the Nova Scotia Government over the past two and a half decades.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition.

RESOLUTION NO. 6113

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

Whereas military and RCMP personnel often face dangerous conditions, health hazards and elevated levels of stress throughout their careers serving the public of Canada; and

Whereas the military and police pensioners have long been concerned that in 1966, the federal government of the day created an injustice, deliberate or otherwise, when they merged military and RCMP pension benefits with CPP rather than stacking them; and

Whereas the Yukon Territory has urged the federal government to correct the unfairness that was imposed upon members and retirees of the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police;

Therefore be it resolved that this House urge the federal government to work with military and RCMP pensioners to properly review how their pensions were integrated with the Canada Pension Plan and to ensure that these pensions fairly reflect the service to Canada that is undertaken by these men and women.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6114

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

Whereas today the Newfoundland and Labrador Legislature will reconvene to discuss the issue that is concerning Canadians from coast to coast - the economy; and

Whereas Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy will deliver an economic update to the Legislature, detailing how their province is weathering the financial storm; and

Whereas Newfoundland and Labrador are the latest addition to a list of six provinces which have brought forward economic updates, Nova Scotia not being one of them;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier and his government follow the lead of Danny Williams and his Minister of Finance and bring forward an economic update immediately.

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.

The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 6115

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

Whereas Cabot High School teacher Mike Dunphy is doing an exemplary job with his respective classes on the democratic process as low voter turnout remains a major public policy issue in Canada; and

Whereas two Grade 11 students from Cabot High School, Elyse Quann and Jeffrey Grover, travelled to Cape Breton University on October 20th to participate in the Legislature's Select Committee on Participation in the Democratic Process Focus Group; and

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Whereas besides their participation in the democratic focus group, teacher Dunphy also registered his students, who were some of the 400,000 students involved with the student vote project this Fall, which provides learning opportunities that bring real life issues and democratic processes into the classroom;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House compliment Cabot High School teacher Mike Dunphy for doing such an outstanding job in working with students to help them learn the importance of their right to vote.

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 Leader of the Official Opposition

RESOLUTION NO. 6116

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

Whereas Hector Jacques and Michael Whitford founded the engineering firm of Jacques Whitford in 1972 and built it into one of the most outstanding firms in its field in the world; and

Whereas Jacques Whitford has demonstrated how a world-class firm can succeed beyond expectations while headquartered in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Hector Jacques is himself one of many who emigrated to Nova Scotia during the last 400 years, contributing greatly to the economic vitality of our province;

Therefore be it resolved that this House recognize the tremendous contribution to Nova Scotia's success and good name made by Hector Jacques, Michael Whitford and all those who have been part of the Jacques Whitford team, and wish them the new success they seek as the firm enters a new era in partnership with Stantec.

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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 Leader of the Liberal Party on an introduction.

MR. STEPHEN MCNEIL: I'd like to draw the attention of the House to the west gallery where Marie Cox is sitting. Marie is my administrative assistant. Marie has been a long-time Party member and has worked in the Premier's office and has served a few Liberal Leaders over a number of years. (Interruptions) I say that because Marie has decided that this time she was going to retire and I was going to move to a higher office. (Laughter)

I want to acknowledge Marie, not just because of her commitment to the Liberal Party and her commitment to me, as Leader of this House, but also her commitment to public service. I know of very few Nova Scotians who are so proud and honoured of the traditions of this House and respect them - not only respect the people who sit in this caucus but all members of this House who serve. Marie, I ask you to stand and receive the warm welcome of this House. (Standing Ovation)

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

RESOLUTION NO. 6117

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

Whereas Marie Cox began her political career with former Premier Russell MacLellan's office; and

Whereas in 1999, Marie became the administrative assistant to the Leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party and has continued to serve the Leaders of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party with distinction; and

Whereas for the past nine years, Marie has been a guiding hand and source of inspiration and knowledge to all members of the Liberal caucus and the staff;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Marie Cox as she retires and wish her many years of health and happiness.

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. 6118

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

Whereas the Town of New Glasgow bids farewell to one of its most dedicated citizens later this month; and

Whereas Mayor Ann MacLean has served on town council for 23 years, 17 of those as mayor; and

Whereas in her time as mayor, the Town of New Glasgow revitalized its waterfront, upgraded its sewer system, received national recognition for its environmental initiatives and its many Communities in Bloom successes, and Mayor MacLean's political career also included terms as president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities and president of the Canadian Federation of Municipalities;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their best wishes to retiring New Glasgow Mayor Ann MacLean for 23 years of dedicated service making her town one of Nova Scotia's best.

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 Preston.

RESOLUTION NO. 6119

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

Whereas the forest fire that started on June 13, 2008, in the riding of Preston and burned for three days was a horrendous event; and

Whereas the Lake Echo Fire Department did a tremendous job in saving property and preventing injury against all odds; and

Whereas the firefighters worked long hours to ensure that the fire was put out and the community was safe again;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize the firefighters from the Lake Echo Fire Department for their sacrifice and bravery in fighting one of the worst forest fires in Nova Scotia's history.

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 Fisheries and Aquaculture.

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[11:45 a.m.]

RESOLUTION NO. 6120

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

Whereas the DesBarres Manor Inn, an historic structure built in 1837 in Guysborough, was awarded Cuisine of the Year at the 2008 Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Awards on November 6, 2008; and

Whereas the DesBarres Manor Inn has received glowing reviews for its cuisine, boasting use of fresh ingredients from the manor garden, as well as supplies from local farmers and fishers in the area, making it a unique culinary experience; and

Whereas the DesBarres Manor Inn is open from mid-May to mid-October for guests wishing to experience exceptional contemporary cuisine and gracious Maritime hospitality;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate owner Glenn Williams, general manager Audrey Firth, and executive chef Shawn Zwarun for receiving the Cuisine of the Year award.

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.

I would remind all members and those in the gallery that electronic devices are to be turned off. Thank you. Phones, especially, when I can hear them ring it's not a very good thing. (Interruptions) No, that's fine. I don't intend to be The Grinch who stole Christmas, I just don't want to hear phones ringing in the House. Thank you very much.

The honourable member for Dartmouth South-Portland Valley.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6121

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

Whereas the Royal Canadian Legion, Somme Branch 31 and its more than 700 members are celebrating its 80th Anniversary; and

Whereas Somme Branch provides many services to veterans in our community, including assistance to veterans in need, hospital visits, bursaries for youth, youth dart competitions, community fundraising, and sponsorship of the magnificent Sea Cadet Unit at 12 Wing Shearwater and the Preston Army Cadet Corps; and

Whereas Somme Branch also operates a military museum in a neighbouring heritage building in downtown Dartmouth;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate Somme Branch 31, Royal Canadian Legion on its 80th Anniversary and thank its executive, including President Bill Sampson, and Legion members for their many contributions to this country, province and community.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Glace Bay.

RESOLUTION NO. 6122

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 in their recent report card Breaking Barriers, Not Bones, Osteoporosis Canada gave Nova Scotia substandard grades; and

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Whereas Nova Scotia received a D for access to bone-density testing, an inadequate grade that is below the national average; and

Whereas in addition, Nova Scotia reached a level of mediocrity, a C, for its access to osteoporosis medication;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Health heed the advice of Osteoporosis Canada, and provide osteoporosis sufferers with the support they need and deserve.

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.

The honourable member for Hants West.

RESOLUTION NO. 6123

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the honourable member for Cape Breton West - you may know him - I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution - if I could hear.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The honourable member for Hants West has the floor.

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 community of Donkin shall gather at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 5 on December 6th, to honour one of its own; and

Whereas it has been 54 years since a Nova Scotian has been President of the Dominion Command of the Royal Canadian Legion; and

Whereas Wilfred (Hook) Edmund is the first Cape Bretoner to be President of Dominion Command of the Royal Canadian Legion in its history;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Wilfred Edmund on this great honour for him and his beloved Province of Nova Scotia and further congratulate Annie Edmund for her never-ending support of her husband and his great work and the Royal Canadian Legion.

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. 6124

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

Whereas the Order of Oddfellows and Rebekahs is a worldwide fraternity that promotes friendship, love and truth; and

Whereas Oddfellows and Rebekahs encourage volunteer service from their members to their communities; and

Whereas on November 8, 2008, Mrs. Irene Ingraham of Crescent Rebekah Lodge 28, Shubenacadie, was awarded the Decoration of Chivalry, the highest honour that a Lady Rebekah can receive from her Order;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Irene Ingraham on her Decoration of Chivalry and thank her for her notable records of volunteer service to her community.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

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Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Clare.

RESOLUTION NO. 6125

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

Whereas the people of this province are asking to be informed about the state of the province's finances, a request the Premier repeatedly denies; and

Whereas the Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec have all been up front with their citizens about the current economic situation; and

Whereas, as the leader of this province, it is incumbent on the Premier to be accountable to each and every Nova Scotian;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier bring forward an economic update describing the challenges our province faces, as well as his plan to remedy these tough economic times.

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.

The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6126

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 Cambridge and District Elementary School has been most fortunate to have had Jennie Jolly as their librarian for the past 27 years; and

Whereas Mrs. Jolly goes above and beyond the call of duty, having supervised over 1,000 student environment projects over the past 16 years in the Canada-wide program, Seeds Foundation Learners in Action Environmental Program, which earned Cambridge Elementary School "earth status school"; and

Whereas Jennie's dedication to her students led her to give up attending her own Volunteer of the Year Award presentation to be at the school concert, Assignment Earth, this past April 30th;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge Jennie Jolly's outstanding dedication to her students, school and community and congratulate her on putting her students ahead of her own personal, but well-deserved recognition.

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. 6127

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

Whereas the Hector Exhibit Centre and Archives in McCulloch House Museum in Pictou, has had an active and busy year under the leadership of curator and site manager, Dayle Crouse; and

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Whereas these museums operate under the auspices of the Pictou County Genealogy and Heritage Society, who recently hosted an open house with music, refreshments, guided tours of McCulloch House and a guest speaker, historian John Ashton; and

Whereas the current displays at the Hector Centre include a history of Pictou Island since the 1800's, and the works of artist Carolyn Vienneau;

Therefore be it resolved that this Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate the curator, staff and board of directors of the Hector Centre and McCulloch House Museum for a successful year and wish them continued success.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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. 6128

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

Whereas in recent comments to the media, the Premier mused that reinstating an 8 per cent sales tax rebate on power bills would send the province into deficit; and

Whereas with the program valued at approximately $28 million, it would suggest that we are currently dealing with a razor-thin surplus; a far cry from the last economic update that had the province running a $355 million surplus; and

Whereas it is incumbent on this Premier to be open and honest with Nova Scotians on the financial situation of this province;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier and his government immediately provide a fiscal update to this House, so that a plan can be devised to weather this economic storm.

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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.

The honourable Minister of Human Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 6129

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 remembrance and well-being of our veterans are high priorities of all Canadians; and

Whereas the federal Veterans Affairs Minister has awarded commendations to veterans who have made contributions and sacrifices; and

Whereas veteran Jack Walsh, of Bridgewater, has received such a commendation for his efforts in support of fellow veterans;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House congratulate and thank Mr. Jack Walsh for all his countless hours of work on behalf of Merchant Navy veterans.

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 Chebucto.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6130

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

Whereas The Coast has recognized the Bluenose Laundromat as Halifax's Best Laundromat for the 12th time in its Best of Halifax Awards; and

Whereas the readers of The Coast are the people who vote for this award; and

Whereas the Bluenose Laundromat is centrally located on the Halifax peninsula at 2198 Windsor Street, in the constituency of Halifax Chebucto;

Therefore be it resolved that Maria and Bill Zeliose, the owners of the Bluenose Laundromat, be congratulated by the House for maintaining the high standards of service to the residents of Halifax Chebucto which have garnered them this award so many times.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 6131

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 Digby to Saint John ferry service has been in operation as a major part of this province's infrastructure; and

Whereas this major highway route has been around nearly as long as democracy itself, and the vast majority of people in this province believe it must continue; and

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Whereas the Atlantic Gateway initiative is planning to expand and build more infrastructure for moving goods and people to and from this province;

Therefore be it resolved that the government include this ferry route as part of the Gateway initiative for the future growth of this great province.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Pictou East.

RESOLUTION NO. 6132

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

Whereas there is widespread anticipation of reduced consumer spending during this holiday season, due to the grave economic concerns around the world; and

Whereas Nova Scotia products range from malt whiskey to wine and many other farm products, clothing, crafts, jewelry, toys, furniture, lobster and many other top-quality seafoods; and

Whereas buying and giving excellent Nova Scotia products this holiday season is one way to help our local economy weather the economic storm;

Therefore be it resolved that this House urge Nova Scotians to carefully consider the purchase of fine local products for gifts during this holiday season, knowing that Nova Scotia's produce and products have long been among the best in the world.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 6133

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

Whereas Travis Atwater and Allen Balch, two Grade 5 students at St. Mary's School in Aylesford, aren't afraid to help out for a good cause; and

Whereas when Travis and Allen heard about the plight of Nicholas Oickle and his family needing a trip to Toronto's Sick Children's Hospital for a bone marrow transplant, they promised to dress up as girls and perform a dance to encourage their parents to get involved; and

Whereas true to their word, they dressed up as girls with makeup, wigs, dresses, high-heel shoes and their efforts raising $251 for the Oickle Family;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate and commend Travis and Allen for setting a great example in their school and community.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

[12:00 noon]

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 Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6134

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

Whereas Nova Scotia experienced a severe winter storm on November 21st with many parts of the province receiving more than 30 centimetres of snow; and

Whereas hundreds of pieces of equipment were ready and hundreds of operators responded to snow-clearing needs across the province; and

Whereas I had the opportunity to ride with snowplow operator, Mr. Blair Wood, and see first-hand the extremely adverse conditions he and his fellow operators worked in to remove snow and ice from the 23 kilometres of Nova Scotia roads;

Therefore be it resolved all members of this House offer their recognition and appreciation to the men and women who work so tirelessly day and night to keep our roads safe and clear during the winter.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova.

RESOLUTION NO. 6135

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

Whereas Mr. Keith MacMillan was employed with the provincial Civil Service for 36 years and nine months, constantly striving to ensure that the assistance and benefits were provided by his staff on a constant, fair, transparent and respectful basis; and

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Whereas Mr. MacMillan, a district manager with the Department of Community Services was responsible for the implementation and delivery of a broad range of social service programs and benefits to clients who were in need of support or financial aid in the eastern region; and

Whereas while filling the role of acting senior district manager for the Department of Community Services, he also adhered to the delivery of services to persons with disabilities and early childhood development programs to his above-noted duties;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate Mr. Keith MacMillan on his retirement after 36-plus years of dedicated service to the Department of Community Services and wish him a healthy and prosperous retirement.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 6136

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

Whereas in recent days our Prime Minister has said that he is surprised that we are facing a recession and budgetary deficits; and

Whereas the Premier is in the same boat, believing that our province is six to eight months away from any economic hardship; and

Whereas in the Spring session of this Legislature, I brought forward my concern that this country and this province were headed for hard economic times;

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Therefore be it resolved that the Premier recognize that our economy is in a difficult position now and that an economic update is needed to properly prepare for the months ahead, Mr. Speaker, always prepare for the worst but hope for the best.

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.

The honourable Minister of Finance.

RESOLUTION NO. 6137

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, I likewise hope for the best.

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

Whereas Janette Georges of Blockhouse, Nova Scotia, has been spreading her love of music to children through the Kindermusik program for many years; and

Whereas this year Janette has been recognized by Kindermusik International for her dedication to music and has received the title of Maestro in Outreach; and

Whereas this is a significant accomplishment as only 5 per cent of Kindermusik educators around the world are awarded this distinction;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Janette Georges on her recognition by Kindermusik International as Maestro in Outreach and thank her for her devotion to teaching music to young children.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

RESOLUTION NO. 6138

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

Whereas bullying in our schools and indeed in our communities continues to cause harm and pain to its citizens and, in particular, to the children of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Christa Pope, the guidance councillor at Ocean View Elementary School, works with the students and teachers every day to promote peace, respect and kindness for one another through innovative and current anti-bullying programs; and

Whereas Ocean View Elementary School has spent a full week dedicated to the Say No to Bullying Program and wearing pink in support of a Nova Scotia born movement of standing up to bullying;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend students, staff, administration and volunteers of Ocean View Elementary School for the successful delivery of the Say No to Bullying Program and taking an important stand against bullying in their school.

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.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6139

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 in a meeting with several economists from Canadian banks and the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, the Premier was told that a deficit would not be the worst thing that could happen; and

Whereas two weeks ago, the Premier alerted Nova Scotians that we are within $28 million of entering a deficit situation; and

Whereas with the economy is expected to sink even further, the Premier will soon have to decide whether or not he wants to follow in the footsteps of former Premier John Buchanan;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier and his government stop their wasteful spending habits and avoid putting this province into a deficit situation.

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.

The honourable member for Dartmouth South-Portland Valley.

RESOLUTION NO. 6140

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

Whereas Sylvia Wist trekked to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro during August 2008 as part of the Arthritis Society's Joints in Motion; and

Whereas Sylvia dedicated many months to personal physical training and significant fundraising in order to achieve her goals in support of persons living with arthritis; and

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Whereas Sylvia's commitment to healthy communities is also exemplified through her career with the Capital District Health Authority and her volunteer contributions as a long-time member of the Dartmouth Community Health Board;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate Sylvia Wist for successfully climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in support of arthritis research, medical training, patient self-help and education, and thank her for her generosity and perseverance.

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. 6141

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

Whereas last Thursday, Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page briefed MPs on challenges the federal government will be facing in the coming years; and

Whereas Page forecasted that unless major policy changes are made, Canada will be looking at a significant deficit for the next two years; and

Whereas while the federal government and other provincial governments are focused on finding solutions to the country's economic trouble, our Premier prefers to keep Nova Scotians in the dark;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier bring forward an economic update before this House rises, allowing Nova Scotians to see just how bad our provincial finances are.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

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Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Halifax Chebucto.

RESOLUTION NO. 6142

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

Whereas for the past 40 years, the Trail Shop has operated as an outdoor equipment store in Halifax Chebucto; and

Whereas the store began as a co-operative which was made up of members Greg Smiley, John Clark and Charlie Wainwright; and

Whereas the store is now owned by Joachim and April Stroink and operated out of the 6210 Quinpool Road location;

Therefore be it resolved that the House congratulate all of the past and present owners of this business and recognize the contribution which the store has made to the commercial history of the Quinpool Road area.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Richmond.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6143

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

Whereas on Saturday, October 18th, residents of Richmond County elected a new municipal council; and

Whereas residents of District 10 re-elected Gail Johnson as their councillor; and

Whereas Councillor Gail Johnson, a former warden of Richmond County who was first elected in 1994, was also chosen by her fellow councillors to serve as deputy warden;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Councillor Gail Johnson on being re-elected in District 10 and wish her success during her current term on Richmond Municipal Council.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova.

RESOLUTION NO. 6144

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 community of Whitney Pier has long been recognized for being the home of some of the greatest sports heroes in the province; and

Whereas Joe Worrell is one of the greatest fastball players to come from Whitney Pier, contributing to his community as a mentor and a role model to youth, parents and the entire community; and

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Whereas on September 5, 2008, Joe Worrell was honoured by the community of Whitney Pier for his commitment, dedication and outstanding achievements;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate Mr. Joe Worrell for his dedication and commitment to the game of fastball and extend congratulations to him for being honoured by the community of Whitney Pier.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Richmond.

RESOLUTION NO. 6145

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

Whereas on Saturday, October 18th, residents of Richmond County elected a new municipal council; and

Whereas residents of District 6 elected Brian Marchand as their new councillor; and

Whereas Brian Marchand, an employee of New Page Corporation in Point Tupper is a lifelong resident of Louisdale, Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Councillor Brian Marchand on being elected in District 6 and wish him success during his current term on Richmond Municipal Council.

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 Cape Breton South.

RESOLUTION NO. 6146

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

Whereas in these tough economic times Nova Scotians are looking for reassurance that they will be able to weather the storm; and

Whereas throughout the entire House session the Liberal caucus has repeatedly called for an economic update to be tabled, allowing Nova Scotia's elected representatives to bring forward their ideas on how best to deal with this looming economic crisis; and

Whereas it has become painstakingly clear that the Premier and his government have no intentions of dealing with this very important issue;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier explain to Nova Scotians why he feels the state of the Nova Scotia economy is not worth discussing in this House of Assembly.

Mr. Speaker, I request that you table this resolution.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

ORAL QUESTIONS PUT BY MEMBERS

MR. SPEAKER: We will now move to Oral Questions Put By Members. The time is 12:15 p.m. and we will go to 1:15 p.m.

The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition

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PREM. - BUDGET UPDATE: REFUSAL - EXPLAIN

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, New Brunswickers are today hearing their government's plans for dealing with the current economic crisis. This brings to eight the number of Premiers who have made sure that the people of their province are updated on the present situation and the foreseeable consequences. This government is a notable exception, so my question for the Premier is, why has the Premier refused to provide Nova Scotians and this House with a budget update during the legislative session, the best time and place to make clear the kind of choices his government will make?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, as I indicated, the government will do so by the end of December, but the best time is when the government has all of the information so that a full picture can be given to the people of Nova Scotia.

MR. DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, all of the other governments seem to have a clear picture. It's only this government that appears to have a fuzzy one. (Applause) For the first time since the Great Depression, all the major economies are in recession, including Canada. In this province the price for lobster is disastrously low, as an important season starts. The price and demand for newsprint has fallen quickly The credit crunch is threatening wind energy projects that are central to the energy strategy. Deflation is the latest economic concern. People know some hard decisions may be necessary and they would appreciate an early and honest update on the government's plan. My question for the Premier is, faced with this challenge to show leadership, why have you chosen, why have you decided that Nova Scotians should be kept in the dark about the effect of this situation on their province?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, my honourable colleague is incorrect; the government will be giving a statement by the end of December. A couple of other statistics he forgot to mention, the fact that Nova Scotia created over 10,000 new jobs during the past year and the fact that during the month of October, Nova Scotia's unemployment rate was the lowest on record for the month of October.

MR. DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, the Premier and his colleagues in the last two years have spent hundreds of millions of dollars. They added to the debt without ever seeking the advice or approval of this House. Now they intend to make more important decisions in the privacy of their offices. People who would like to think that the ship of state is in steady hands have watched while this government is unable to even cope with a winter snowstorm.

The Premier has given people little reason to trust his judgment. My question for the Premier is, why does the Premier have so little trust in himself, so little trust in his government, so little trust in the people of Nova Scotia that he will not even provide a timely economic update?

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THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, if I listened to the Leader of the Opposition just a couple of weeks ago when he introduced the bill in this House that would have cost the people of this province $28 million, had it been passed, he would be pushing us toward a deficit. He talks about difficult times, but when it comes down to making tough decisions, the NDP can't make them. This government has made them, will continue to make them, and will continue to make sure that the people's interests are put first and foremost, not politics.

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

PREM.: FINANCIAL SITUATION - REVEAL

MR. STEPHEN MCNEIL: Last week the real truth about the state of the federal government's finances came to light. The Prime Minister misled Canadians throughout the election by stating that he would never run a deficit. Now that the election is over, the federal government has disclosed that the deficit next year could be as high as $13.8 billion. Furthermore, the Minister of Finance stated on the weekend that Canada is headed toward a recession. With the Premier refusing to update this House, we are left wondering, what exactly is the Premier hiding? So my question to the Premier is, what exactly are you hiding?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, if I use what the member has said, he has indicated that the federal government has indicated there is additional information that they're going to be putting forward, and that is information we are quite interested in. So to suggest that we should be doing an economic update before they provide information, I believe we would be doing a disservice to the people of Nova Scotia. So, I concur with the member, we should be taking a look at what that information is before we put out our economic update.

MR. MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, eight other provinces - one is about to do it next week - the only province in Canada unwilling to trust the people who elected them is this government. This government is afraid to tell Nova Scotians the truth about the finances of this province.

We now have another province providing its citizens with a fiscal update. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced they will be opening their House with an economic update. Newfoundland becomes the eighth province to do so. Eight other Premiers have been open and transparent with their Legislature and their citizens. Eight other Premiers have shown leadership and informed their Assembly on the state of the financial accounts, even in the face of bad news.

There is a significant leadership gap between those provinces and ours and it falls directly on the desk of the Premier. My question to the Premier is, why do you continue with your business as usual approach when these are far from usual times?

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THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I concur with my colleague that these are unusual times when you take a look at what's happening across the world. Nova Scotia is not averse to what is happening. But, at the same time, because of the decisions this government has made in previous years, Nova Scotia is in a better position, I would argue, than many of the other provinces, because of the decisions that we have made.

That being said, I want to make sure we have all of the information to provide a full and accurate picture to the people of Nova Scotia in order to go forward. We will have challenges, we will some tough decisions to make in the coming months, and I hope that my honourable colleagues across the way will be supportive of the decisions government will make in dealing with those challenges.

MR. MCNEIL: Your decision is to be tougher than Alberta with an $8 billion surplus? Your decision is to be tougher? They trusted the people of Alberta to come forward and give them the information. You're unwilling to trust Nova Scotians. A month ago I stood in this House and our caucus called for an emergency debate on the state of the economy and we held out a hand, saying we were prepared to set aside partisan politics to help build a blueprint to where we move this province forward, to help deal with the challenges. We know there are tough decisions to make and we're prepared to stay in this House and help make those decisions. My question to you, Mr. Premier, is, when will you provide Nova Scotians with an update instead of hiding behind the business-as-usual December 31st date?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I find it incredible that my honourable colleague would want us to present half a picture to the people of Nova Scotia. We want to present a full picture. That may have been the way that previous Liberal budgets were done in the 1990s, but it sure isn't the way this government's going to act.

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

HEALTH - CAPITAL DHA: BUDGET - STATUS

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, this government has a track record for waiting far too long to approve district health authority budgets and business plans. Five health authorities still don't have their budgets approved, eight months into the year. This puts them in a very difficult position as they try to deal with current demands and plan for next year. The Capital District is already $7 million over budget on surgeries alone and the government still has not approved their budget. My question for the Minister of Health is, what's the status of the budget of the Capital District Health Authority?

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, there are also five budgets that have been approved, and business plans that have been approved, from the district health authorities. Of course, we work with our districts to make sure they have the most accurate

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numbers they possibly can have so we can project to a balanced situation at the end of the year. We'll continue to work with those district health authorities to make sure they balance to zero.

MR. DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, the South Shore District Health Authority is also facing a deficit. The government has also failed to approve its budget. Health providers must make serious decisions about whether to restrict services and how to use alternative service delivery without the benefit of an approved budget. The longer this drags on, the harder it becomes to reduce the anticipated deficits without serious limits on needed health care. My question for the Minister of Health is, when will the Minister of Health finally tell the health authorities how much more or less health care they can provide this year?

MR. D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, there are a number of those budgets and business plans that are before us for consideration. The member opposite talks about DHA 1, which is of course the South Shore, one that we were concerned with last year that we went forward to do an audit of that district. We are finding a few discrepancies in the dollars that they have provided to us and we're trying to work our way through that mitigation plan with them. We should have their budget online we're hoping within the next month or so.

MR. DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, the DHAs need their budgets approved. The Auditor General has said that basic to good management is the approval of a budget before the year begins. Nova Scotians need to know what services their hospitals and community clinics can provide. So my question for the Minister of Health is, when will the DHA budgets be approved for 2008 and will it be before April 1st of next year?

MR. D'ENTREMONT: Again, Mr. Speaker, with over five district health authorities' business plans approved, we're still doing some work. I know there are a number of them that are before us that are just waiting to be approved by Cabinet. We will have the rest of them we're hoping on-line by January which is far ahead of where we've been in the past. So this is work that we've been doing, quite a lot of work with the district health authorities. It is a reporting function and one that we continue to work with the district health authorities to make sure we have those.

Mr. Speaker, we also believe in balanced budgets which I'm sure that the members opposite do agree with as well, or maybe they don't, because they don't really seem to understand it.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition on a new question.

EMO: COBEQUID PASS CRISIS - RESPONSE COORDINATION

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MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. The mission statement of this office is, "To ensure the safety and security of Nova Scotians, their property and environment by providing a prompt and coordinated response to an emergency." Last week when some 1,500 vehicles were left stranded on the Cobequid Pass, 911 calls kept coming in but there was no coordination and no public notice. The Ministers of Emergency Management, and Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal said they were unaware of the scope of the situation. So my question to the minister is this, how many 911 calls does it take for her and her government to become aware of a significant situation?

HON. CAROLYN BOLIVAR-GETSON: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the honourable member for raising this issue because it is a very important issue to all Nova Scotians and to those individuals who were stuck on the Cobequid Pass for the hours that they were there. Now, we did have a meeting with the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and myself and with several of the service providers in that area who were on call that evening and who would have participated in the event; 911 calls come into the 911 call centres across the province. Those individuals, every call that comes in, they send out either the ambulance, the police, whoever needs to go out from that. At the 911 centre, there are risk assessment officers who would look at what was going on at that particular point in time and then that information would be relayed on.

MR. DEXTER: Well, Mr. Speaker, aid and assistance were available. The problem was in the lack of leadership to bring forward a response. Clair Peers, a spokesperson for the Onslow-Belmont Fire Department has said, ". . . if we'd been called, we would've been there to help. Can you imagine these kinds of resources right here - all of our equipment and resources and trained personnel ready to help out in any way - and we didn't even get a call." Mr. Speaker, I've heard similar comments from ATV clubs, from snowmobile clubs, that weren't mobilized either. So my question for the minister is this, why did the Emergency Management Office fail to provide any coordination in response to this weather emergency?

MS. BOLIVAR-GETSON: Mr. Speaker, I would like to clarify a few things. First, the municipal emergency management coordinator for that area did contact the police department, the RCMP, to see if there was any assistance that could be provided at that point in time and it was felt at that point in time that the services were not needed.

MR. DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, when the minister got the keys to her office, she also got the emergency management manual. Her department's manual specifically anticipates winter weather emergencies but their plan was never activated. EMO is supposed to coordinate the provision of provincial resources when an emergency occurs even if a highway is involved. EMO is to assist with analysis and evaluation after an emergency. My question to the minister is, when will the Minister responsible for Emergency Management provide her department's analysis and response to the evident breakdown in Nova Scotia's emergency response system?

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MS. BOLIVAR-GETSON: Mr. Speaker, I don't know if the honourable member didn't hear me in the first response. I have sat down with the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and all the emergency providers who were on the scene, to look at what can be done in the future to make sure that this event, in the event that it would happen again, that people do - I also want to recognize that yes, we have a lot of volunteer organizations in this province that do provide a very valuable service and that is our volunteer fire departments, our ground search and rescue, but we do need to know that there is an event that we can partake in.

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

COM. SERV. - FOSTER CHILDREN: PER DIEM - ADEQUACY

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, my question today is for the Minister of Community Services. On October 28th, the Federation of Foster Families of Nova Scotia met with the minister. Their main concern was the per diem rate which is currently at $14.46 for children, ages 0 to nine and $21.02 for children over age 10. With rising household costs this money simply isn't enough. The latest increase to the per diem under the previous minister was only 5 per cent, or roughly $1 per day. The chairperson of Families Nova Scotia, Wendell Fraser, has said that this extremely low rate is deterring potential foster parents because they cannot afford to pay all the costs not covered by the per diem. My question to the minister is, will the minister admit this per diem is simply not enough to help and support foster families?

HON. JUDY STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, I thank my honourable colleague for the very important issue that he raises here today. There is no question that the valuable role that our foster families play in this province is, indeed, invaluable. We have a tremendous resource from one end of this province to the other. The efforts that they put forth are truly tireless. I did meet with the federation, as the honourable member has indicated. It was a very honest and open meeting and I look forward to continuing that dialogue.

We've been able to provide an increase to the per diem rate in October, 2006, with that 5 per cent increase and as always, we evaluate it each year and it becomes a budget pressure. I will put it forward this year as a budget pressure for the department as well, Mr. Speaker.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, $1 a day over two years ago simply doesn't cut it. Wendell Fraser has said that any foster parent he has spoken with said that this per diem is simply not enough. With recent power hikes, rising food costs and other expenses this per diem must be raised to be comparable to other provinces and be adjusted with

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inflation on a continuous basis. Further, the per diem is only one of the funding shortfalls foster parents face. Mr. Fraser has said it has been 20 years since there has been an adjustment to the clothing allowance. My question to the minister is, Madam Minister, will your government commit to raising the per diem so that foster parents like Wendell Fraser can continue the wonderful work they are doing to help foster children?

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MS. STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, again to my honourable colleague, there's no question that the challenges foster families face with the rising costs are very real and, again, that's exactly why I will include the per diem increase as a budgetary pressure and request during the budgetary process. I would like to indicate that the Nova Scotia rates are within the national average and that's an important fact to note. As well, there's a variety of expenses that are covered and though we all recognize that the challenges are very real, we were able to provide the increase in the mileage rate last year. Again, each year we attempt to do the best we can within the budgetary process and we will put the pressures forward for this year.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Again, Mr. Speaker, no increase in the clothing allowance for 20 years and $1 a day increase since the past two years. With the holiday season approaching, foster children across this province deserve to enjoy this time of year with their families. Foster parents like Wendell Fraser seek to make the holiday season as special as they can but, again, the government provides too little assistance. The holiday allowance ranges from $125 to $150, depending on the age of the children. This is not nearly enough for a family to provide a holiday meal and gifts for children who truly deserve them. My question to the minister is, will the government provide additional support during the holiday season?

MS. STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, again to my honourable colleague, the issue regarding the foster families is, indeed, one that we take very seriously. We are, as we say, within the national averages. We were able to provide an increase in the mileage rate last year. We will continue to put forward the pressures that the Federation of Foster Families has put forward as a budgetary pressure, and we do recognize the tremendous work that they do from one end of this province to the other on behalf of the families and the children in need.

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

TIR - SNOW REMOVAL: SERV. LEVEL - DIFFERENCE EXPLAIN

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Mr. Speaker, my question through you is to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. This past weekend was extremely frustrating for many Nova Scotians. It was also a busy one for this MLA, as I received over 150 telephone calls concerning snow removal road conditions in the constituency of Timberlea-Prospect. Of those calls, a handful came from constituents who live within the so-called "core area of the HRM", while others from the Prospect, Tantallon, and Hubley areas waited for almost two days, not the identifiable 24 hours, as the department suggests; 48 hours they waited for snow removal. I will table a sample of some of the e-mails from the frustrated residents that I am fortunate enough to represent.

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Mr. Minister, why is there a difference in the service level for snow removal between those HRM roads and streets and those streets and roads that the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal provincially is responsible for?

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I'd like to thank the member opposite for the question, a very good question, and to say that there is a protocol in place in regard to snow clearing - the department does have policies in regard to identifying major arteries first and so on down through the trunks and routes and so on, there's no question about that. We're also contracted to do work.

I think that all members in this House would agree that transportation employees right across the Province of Nova Scotia do a tremendous job. We would have nearly 1,000 employees with over 400 vehicles on the road in all types of weather conditions. If there are specific questions or issues around a specific area, I would encourage the honourable member to direct it to the local area manager for answers. If he doesn't get the answers, certainly within my department I would attempt to get those answers for him. I do want to go on the record, Mr. Speaker, as saying that I believe transportation employees across this province do a fabulous job on behalf of Nova Scotians.

MR. ESTABROOKS: I guess that's why I get all the calls. From reports in the media - and I'll table The ChronicleHerald's story of Sunday, November 23rd - snowplows at the Beechville base were " . . . ready and waiting for use, but there was no one to operate them because contracts for plowing don't start until Nov. 30th." It's reported that equipment sat in those government garages - not out on the road where they should be - because no operators were available to get behind the wheel and operate them in such a professional manner that they do. Mr. Minister, you reassured Nova Scotians after last week's Cobequid impasse, that you would be ready, that we would be ready, and that the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, for which you are responsible, would be ready. Why weren't the necessary plow operators in place and ready for that last weekend's snowstorm?

MR. SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, again I thank the member opposite for a good question. Certainly as a result of what happened, has happened over the past week, I've initiated a review for several reasons, one of which is actually our snowplow season. Traditionally we've had a 16-week season, which was actually stepped up and made a week earlier this year, but I've committed to that review that we may possibly look at making our winter season begin earlier. I think we'd all have to agree that no one can plan for these types of storms, but we have to ensure that we plan as best we can, and that may mean in the future that we make our winter season arrive earlier than it has been in the past few years.

MR. ESTABROOKS: I'd like to bring to the attention of the members opposite a memo of October 7th. My good friend and neighbour, Peter Coade, will be impressed with this memo because of the CBC News and, as the CBC weatherman will attest, we can have winter any time of the year in this province. On October 7th, a memo was sent out from Roy

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MacDonald concerning winter's start date. Officially, according to Mr. MacDonald, winter starts in Nova Scotia on November 30th. Old man winter is not going to wait for that memo. Old man winter will arrive when he wants to arrive. That was the case and we again were not ready. What guarantees, Mr. Minister, what lessons have you learned? Will there be a further repeat of this really terrible service throughout Nova Scotia when it comes to snow removal because my constituents are concerned as are other Nova Scotians, and as is Peter Coade, I would assume?

MR. SCOTT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I again thank the member for the question. I think that for every story that someone brings before the House, I could probably bring another story of positive comments I have received not only from constituents of mine but people from other parts of the province, in fact outside of Nova Scotia. So I think it's a disservice to the people who provide the service to bring into question (Interruption)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. Order, please.

The honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has the floor.

Order, please.

AN HON. MEMBER: You're not going to sit down, are you?

MR. SCOTT: Yes, and not unless the Speaker tells me to. I do believe that I've already said that we're going to review our policy in regard to the winter season. I agree totally we need to do that. We are doing that now. (Interruption) I've got half an hour, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: If you want to hear the answer, you've got to give the guy a chance to answer it.

The honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has the floor.

MR. SCOTT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I think if the honourable members opposite would read the papers and listen to the media, I have never once avoided taking responsibility over the past week. (Applause) We've initiated a lot of things over the last few days, and one of which I've said very clearly will be a review in regard to when the winter season officially within my department starts each year in Nova Scotia.

Again, you know, in this province we've had different weather conditions when seasons have changed. The department would absolutely try within the means of its budget to determine when best to provide that service. Now, every time we come in the House the members opposite spend those dollars that we have in a thousand different ways but I take

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this very seriously, this is about safety for Nova Scotians. I've committed to that review and I will tell you this government and this department will do the right thing.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Fairview.

ENVIRON.: CLIMATE CHANGE STRATEGY - RELEASE

MR. GRAHAM STEELE: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Acting Minister of Environment. In 1999, the minister's former colleague, then Minister of Natural Resources, announced consultations on the development of a climate change strategy for Nova Scotia - no strategy emerged. In 2000, the Ministers of Natural Resources, and Environment and Labour said that Nova Scotia would work with the federal government and other provinces in moving forward on climate change - no strategy emerged. In 2001, then-Finance Minister, the Honourable Neil LeBlanc, boasted in his Budget Address that a strategy to address climate change was in development - no strategy emerged. My question for the Acting Minister of Environment is, where is this government's climate change strategy?

HON. BROOKE TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, to the critic opposite, I would suggest that the climate action change is a work in progress and the Department of Environment is working diligently on that file. When we bring it forward, we will bring it forward in a way that Nova Scotians will appreciate and support.

MR. STEELE: Mr. Speaker, in 2002 Gordon Balser, Minister of Energy, said his department was in charge of the provincial climate change strategy; the problem was nobody except his department knew that it existed. In 2005, another Minister of Energy released a so-called Green Energy Framework and recognized the obvious by saying: Greenhouse gases are widely believed to be the cause of climate change. But that was not a strategy. In 2006 Conserve Nova Scotia was created partly to help the government develop a strategy - no strategy has emerged.

On October 22, 2007, yet another Minister of Energy said that the climate change strategy would be ready in Spring 2008, but still no strategy emerged. My question for the acting minister is, where is this government's climate change strategy?

MR. TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, as I said earlier to the critic across the floor, that the climate change strategy is a work in progress. We are consulting with the stakeholders, we have been consulting with the stakeholders, we're going to continue doing that. We believe that it's responsible to work with the stakeholders. We're not going to come in with the hammer, we're going to work with them and get it right. The NDP way is not the Nova Scotia way.

MR. STEELE: Mr. Speaker, in Spring 2008, the Minister of Environment said the climate change strategy would be ready in the Fall. Last week, 1,500 cars were caught for 16 hours in a blizzard. I spent the weekend shovelling 30 centimetres of snow off my driveway.

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Mr. Speaker, today I got a Christmas card from you. I have a message for the government - Fall is over. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. Order. I would ask the honourable member to focus on his question, please.

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MR. STEELE: Mr. Speaker, my question for the Acting Minister of Environment is, where is the climate change strategy?

MR. TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, the critic opposite is complaining about shovelling snow off his doorstep. Out in the country, we like to help some young people out and hire some able-bodied people. Perhaps the honourable member, if he's complaining about shovelling snow, should look within his constituency. Maybe there's a young person, or maybe a person of any age who needs a little job, and perhaps he should put them to work.

The climate change strategy is a work in progress and we are consulting with the stakeholders and we will be coming forward with the strategy in the fullness of time.

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

TCH: WORLD TRADE & CONVENTION CTR. - REPLACE

MR. HAROLD THERIAULT: Mr. Speaker, I believe we're getting into the Christmas spirit in here. Thank you for the Christmas card. (Applause) My question is for the Premier. In March of this year, the province announced they were seeking proposals from developers to replace the World Trade and Convention Centre. Now with the Premier's new-found interest in downtown Halifax development, it's strange that he would pick fights with HRM rather than focus on one that is under provincial tender. My question to the Premier is, if you're so interested in downtown development, why not advance the process for a new World Trade and Convention Centre?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, we have been working very closely with the city with respect to taking a look at the potential opportunities for convention space. Indeed, with additional convention space, we could see more conventions being held here and larger conventions, which will bring more dollars here to the city and for the province. That work is ongoing with the city. At the same time, that does not mean when we have a disagreement with any other level of government, we will not stand up for what is right for the people of this province.

MR. THERIAULT: Mr. Speaker, Canadian Conventions Organization estimates that convention delegates spend up to four times more money than tourists do daily. The current

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centre has been successfully winning convention business for the past 25 years and the local hospitality business has benefited from it. Tourism, is extremely important to the Province of Nova Scotia, yet we've seen the number of visitors to our province decline drastically under this government. My question to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage is, have you lobbied your Premier to speed up this process to help our ailing tourism industry?

HON. WILLIAM DOOKS: Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for the question. Once again he brings attention to the issue. To be frank with him, the answer to the question is, yes, we work together here as a team. The importance of Nova Scotia moving forward is an important issue for this government.

MR. THERIAULT: Mr. Speaker, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver have already built, or are in the process of building, larger convention centres. A new convention centre in Halifax is a prime example of a strategic infrastructure that would have positive economic spinoffs for the entire province. My question to the minister is, Halifax is a major city in Atlantic Canada and with tourism being so important to Nova Scotia, why aren't we moving faster towards this new convention centre?

MR. DOOKS: Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to inform the folks of the House and all Nova Scotians that we're moving as fast as possible. There is a process that we have to adhere to and we're doing the appropriate investigation and research on the security of actually putting a new convention place in Halifax.

Mr. Speaker, we must understand that Halifax, being the capital of the province, the majority of visitors and tourists come and visit the capital cities. So we're very pleased to move forward as quickly as possible.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Pictou West.

NAT. RES.: MOTORISTS - DEER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

MR. CHARLES PARKER: Mr. Speaker, my question through you is to the Minister of Natural Resources. In Lunenburg, Colchester, Pictou and part of Halifax County, it seems that if someone hasn't hit a deer with their vehicle, they certainly know somebody who has. In the last eight years there were approximately 15,000 collisions with deer. Many accidents occur in July, when the fawns become mobile and in November, when deer are in rut.

This minister's chief response is to increase the deer bag limit, so my question through you to the minister is, why doesn't the minister have an awareness program every July and November, to remind motorists of the danger of deer on the roads and what they can do to help prevent a collision?

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HON. DAVID MORSE: Mr. Speaker, I thank the honourable member for bringing up the question. This is something that has been brought forward to me by actually a number of organizations, including municipalities, looking for an increase in the harvest. We've, of course, worked with them and accommodated them.

It is true that mild winters, which are the main determinant of the deer population, have led to an increase in the herd numbers. We also work with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal who, of course, have responsibility for the roads and strategically locating signs and urging motorists to exercise caution in areas where there are known to be high deer numbers.

MR. PARKER: Mr. Speaker, the Manitoba Government Web site offers warnings to motorists telling them to be vigilant during dawn and dusk when deer like to feed. It warns them that if one deer crosses, certainly another one could be right behind. The minister has little information on the site, other than a couple of advisories from 2007.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The honourable member for Pictou West has the floor.

MR. PARKER: Mr. Speaker, the department's Web site has little information about warnings about deer, other than a couple of advisories from 2007. Other safety options for this government include better pruning of shrubs or bushes near the roads. Last year, 1,960 accidents and this year it is expected to be even higher. Doesn't the Minister of Natural Resources think it's high time for him to take a leadership role in helping to reduce the number of deer collisions in Nova Scotia?

MR. MORSE; Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the member bringing forward that another province has put information on the Internet to warn motorists of this. In Nova Scotia, using a cell phone, or a handheld cell phone, or reading a Web site while you are driving is not considered to be prudent behaviour on the road and we encourage people not to do that while they're driving or we'll really have a lot of accidents.

MR. PARKER: Well, Mr. Speaker, in the last two years, there were nearly 4,000 deer, 130 bears and 54 moose struck by cars in this province. The sheer number of collisions with deer and other animals and the extensive damage caused by the collisions should have prompted this minister to act sooner. I think the minister should have investigated an awareness campaign during July and November, to remind people of the dangers and provide defensive driving advice. My question is, will the minister take these, or any steps, to help reduce the number of large animal and car collisions?

MR. MORSE: Yes and this is a serious matter, it is one that has been discussed with various organizations and, indeed, municipalities across the province. As the member opposite has acknowledged, we have increased the harvest numbers in those areas where

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there is a high herd population. Specifically in 2A, which is the Lunenburg County area, we've doubled the number of deer that can be taken. We're trying to get a focus on the antlerless deer, in other words cut down the number of does to reduce their reproductive ability so that we can address this problem.

The member is right, depending on the time of year there can be as many as six deer-motor vehicle accident collisions a day, that is a big number. It has been very welcome that the municipalities have come and worked with us on trying to solve this problem and we will continue to work with them.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Kings West.

EDUC.: TRI-CO. SCH. BD. - FUNDING

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, last month the minister held several meetings to explain the Hogg formula to the Tri-County Regional School Board. The minister said that the funding formula was fair, but implied that the Tri-County Regional School Board should not have issues with the level of funding they received. The lack of funding for the Tri-County Regional School Board is not an issue of fairness, the issue is simply that Tri-County does not have enough money to operate given their unique circumstances. My question to the minister is, will the government admit to the funding shortfall for the Tri-County Regional School Board and provide adequate funding?

HON. KAREN CASEY: Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite who I know understands education and funding formulas very well, I do want to respond to the question. It is no secret I believe that the Tri-County Regional School Board has made an attempt to inform most people in Nova Scotia that they are not getting adequate funding. That has prompted us at the department to make sure that we provide all municipal councils and anyone who is interested - including MLAs who have received this information - that the Hogg formula has been applied fairly. We have gone through in detail to look at whether any component of that had disadvantaged students in Tri-County and we're satisfied that it did not disadvantage any student in Tri-County.

MR. GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, I'm not convinced and I think a couple of her own ministers aren't either. School board members from across the province have said that we can't have one of our members at a lower level when it comes to the quality of education delivered to Nova Scotia students. Further, school board members have said that if you have to take money from somewhere else to make sure quality is maintained across all school boards, that's what you should be doing. Tri-County Regional School Board has the lowest performance on assessment testing in the province. More funding is needed to ensure there are more teachers and resources to improve test results. My question to the minister is, why won't the government acknowledge tri-county's funding shortfall and ensure adequate levels of funding so that they may be better equipped to provide for their students?

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MS. CASEY: Mr. Speaker, part of our review of the issue at Tri-County and their concerns was to look at the funding that has gone to that board over the last number of years. I am pleased to announce that even in the face of declining enrollment, the allocation of funding to that particular board increased $2.6 million this year over last.

MR. GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, four years ago the Nova Scotia School Boards Association requested $150 million above inflation over five years to ensure our schools were receiving comparable funding to those in other provinces. Your government started to reach that goal several years ago, but for the last two years school boards have not been receiving their money. There is clearly a problem with inadequate funding, Madam Minister, and your decision to commission Lloyd Gillis to look at the funding shortfall in Tri-County speaks to that fact. My question to the minister is, will the minister commit to providing the additional funding they promised several years ago, in order to ensure all schools can provide quality education for students?

MS. CASEY: Mr. Speaker, when the Tri-County folks came to us with some concerns about their funding we wanted to offer assistance and we did that. We put a team of three of our employees in to work with the Tri-County board to see if we could identify some areas of concern. Following that, we hired, as has been mentioned, Lloyd Gillis to work as a consultant with that board and are anxiously awaiting the report from Mr. Gillis, but what we're finding is that it may not be the allocation of funding, it may be the use of the funds that are the real cause.

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

HPP - VOL. SECTOR: INSURANCE - PROGRESS

MS. MARILYN MORE: My question is for the Minister of Volunteerism. Mr. Speaker, communities are looking more and more to volunteers to help provide basic services but many volunteer sector organizations face financial burdens imposed by the necessity of providing proper insurance coverage. Whether the volunteers are raffling tickets in a mall or on a search and rescue mission, insurance is a necessity. So to the minister, what progress has your department made in helping the volunteer sector with its insurance needs?

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HON. BARRY BARNET: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to tell the member that we are very close to having a program that we can deliver to the Nova Scotia volunteer sector. It's important to this government. We've been working on this for some time and we will bring forth a program that will be effective and will meet the needs of the volunteer groups in Nova Scotia.

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MS. MORE: Well, this minister has been giving me that reassurance as I asked this question for the last two years and we still haven't had any action. The Hamm Government knew how to do it. Six years ago the trails associations and other groups were facing insurance premium hikes of 300 per cent to 600 per cent. The government at that time recognized that walking trails supported the tourism industry and were an important part of an active lifestyle that delivered health benefits. When will the minister accept that other volunteer organizations are an important part of the social fabric of all communities and help to reduce their insurance premiums?

MR. BARNET: Mr. Speaker, as I have said to my first question, we are very close to having a program that we can deliver across the province. There is a fundamental difference between the members on this side and the members on that side. On this side we believe in the private marketplace; on that side, in the insurance industry, they want to publicize the entire industry. (Interruptions) Nationalize, that's the word, nationalize the entire industry.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

MR. BARNET: Mr. Speaker, we will continue to work with the volunteer sector to provide the programs and services they need to assist Nova Scotians. We take very seriously the responsibility that we have here in Nova Scotia as the minister responsible for volunteers.

MS. MORE: Mr. Speaker, the volunteer sector has been struggling for years and this government certainly knows that. During the latest public policy forum hosted by Recreation Nova Scotia, 70 member groups cited insurance premiums as the number one stress on volunteer groups. Not only affordability but availability of liability insurance is a big problem. Can the minister give us a date when volunteer groups can expect decisive action to help keep their insurance premiums in check?

MR. BARNET: Well, Mr. Speaker, as I said in my earlier answers, we are very close to bringing forward a program that we will be able to deliver across the province. It's an issue that has been brought to our attention and we have a plan to address it, unlike the members opposite. I believe our plan will be both effective and will be affordable and have utility that will provide service to the volunteer sector across this province and is one that will provide good service to all Nova Scotians.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Dartmouth South-Portland Valley on a new question.

HEALTH - BRAIN INJURIES: PROV.-WIDE SERV. - ESTABLISH

MS. MARILYN MORE: Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Health. Advances in acute care mean that people are now surviving with massive brain injuries who

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wouldn't have 15 to 20 years ago. Services for Nova Scotians with brain injuries, however, are incredibly limited and not meeting the need, especially outside of metro. People need day programs, home care and long-term rehabilitation services. My question to the minister is, when will your government establish province-wide services for Nova Scotians with acquired brain injuries?

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, acquired brain injury is one that is contained within the Continuing Care Strategy, one that has a later start date than some of the other initiatives that we've been trying to bring forward. As an interim step we have funded the seats at Peter's Place to help those individuals who have acquired brain injury.

MS. MORE: Mr. Speaker, five people a day suffer a brain injury. There have been close to 9,000 new cases over the past six years. The Department of Community Services has funding programs but the income cut-offs are too low. The Department of Health has a self-managed care program but the individual must be able to manage their own care, they can't have a family member help them, which excludes many people with brain injuries. People with acquired brain injuries are falling through the cracks every single day in this province. My question to the Minister of Health is, when will you change funding requirements so that Nova Scotians with an acquired brain injury are not left to fend for themselves?

MR. D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, the Continuing Care Strategy has been one that's been focused on the adding of long-term care beds in the province to help our seniors and those people who need that extra amount of service to live out their lives. We have done a tremendous amount of work - around $260 million worth of investment in other home care and other programs around the province. Many of those brain-injured individuals are covered under those programs but we will be focusing more specifically on acquired brain injury, I believe, it's year five of the 10-year Continuing Care Strategy.

MS. MORE: Mr. Speaker, while brain injury survivors and their families disagree with the minister, they're telling us that there's too little, too slowly. I just want to re-emphasize again that brain injuries are for life. After an individual with a brain injury leaves rehabilitation and returns home, they still require programs and services but cannot access them. My question to the Minister of Health is, when will you ensure that Nova Scotians in all areas of the province can access services for acquired brain injuries as soon as possible?

MR. D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, as I said to the member opposite, this is an issue that has been identified in the Continuing Care Strategy. As she knows, we put forward the 10-year Continuing Care Strategy, I believe we're on year three at this point. We had allotted some extra services to be added to our continuing care system, I believe after year five, for acquired brain injuries. We have looked at the issue, we have a plan, we have one that makes sense for Nova Scotians.

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Preston.

TCH: BLACK CULTURAL CTR. - FUNDING

MR. KEITH COLWELL: Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. In September the Committee on Human Resources heard from representatives of the Black Cultural Centre. The centre is requesting funds so that they can keep operating. The committee voted unanimously to send a letter to the minister requesting funding. It is imperative that they receive funds this year so that they can keep operating. My question is, has the minister considered the funding for the centre and sent a letter of reply?

HON. WILLIAM DOOKS: Mr. Speaker, I have received the letter and have taken it under consideration. Thank you.

MR. COLWELL: Mr. Speaker, the Black Cultural Centre began 25 years ago and was funded to the tune of $260,000 per year from the province. Today it receives $190,000 from the province. There has been a funding cut of $70,000 and when inflation is considered, funding is down over 50 per cent, creating a $192,000 per year shortfall. As the president of the centre put it, the government considers its value to the province as down by more than 50 per cent. The centre was born out of a community that has gone through great struggles, and yet the accomplishments of the Black community are incredible.

There is no question that the Black Cultural Centre needs immediate funding to address operational, maintenance and infrastructure concerns. Without a commitment to provide funding before the end of the fiscal year, the centre will face great difficulty. My question is, will he commit to funding for this fiscal year to address this serious financial concern?

MR. DOOKS: Mr. Speaker, as I said in response earlier, I did receive the request. I appreciate the hard work of the community and the Black Cultural Centre on the Eastern Shore and I thank the member across the way for his question.

I think it would only be appropriate, not only did I receive the request, but immediately sent staff out to address the serious problem that he brings up here today. I would like to inform the member across the way, Mr. Speaker, in the spirit of that request and understanding the importance of the cultural community, I have already approved a $40,000 allocation to carry on until they are able to meet the appropriate budgetary request. Thank you very much. (Applause)

MR. COLWELL: I am pleased to hear that the minister has provided a shortfall, $40,000 for the centre, but that simply is not enough. The minister needs to address the immediate funding concerns. The Human Resources Committee requested long-term funding to all three allotted to the centre. A continuous, stable source of funding is necessary to

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maintain the centre and help it expand. There is great demand for the work that it does but there are simply not enough resources.

The minister has failed to fund the centre adequately and there is no other centre in the country such as the Black Cultural Centre, representing Black culture in this province, or in this country, indeed. With tourism numbers down, the minister should be helping this unique institution, rather than cutting its funding. Establishing the centre as a museum would help promote tourism in this area but the minister has done nothing to champion this cause. What will be done to address funding cuts . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Question, please.

MR. COLWELL: What will be done to address funding cuts and the continuing funding shortfalls that face the Black Cultural Centre?

MR. DOOKS: Mr. Speaker, this government recently had doubled the cultural and arts budget over the next three years, which allocates over $8 million in regard to the cultural community. I had said in a previous question that this minister did take that request seriously. I instructed staff to go immediately to the centre because we value the works of the volunteers of that centre. We value the Black Cultural Centre and what it stands for in the Province of Nova Scotia.

I also instructed staff to tell the committee that they could forward their requests in regard to a budgetary issue, but immediately I allocated $40,000 to that centre. The response back was that they were very satisfied with the quick response of this minister and that they thanked this government for taking their concerns seriously. I have not received any negative comments from that centre in regard to the money not being enough.

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

COM. SERV. - PUB. HOUSING: HEALTH STANDARDS - SAFEGUARD

MR. GORDON GOSSE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question through you is to the Minister of Community Services. Karen Ayre and her daughter are worried about their health because of the mice and mould in her house, which is in the Cape Breton Island Housing Authority. Karen has fibromyalgia and her daughter has asthma, so a house full of mould and mice droppings is a health hazard. They lived in the Cape Breton Island Housing Authority duplex for five years before the housing authority tested the air on September 17th and immediately moved them out.

My question through you, Mr. Speaker, is what safeguards are in place to ensure that public housing is maintained to the minimum health standards?

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HON. JUDY STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, to my honourable colleague across the way, I know that he raises this issue out of concern for his constituents. We take very seriously the health issues that the honourable member has brought forward today. We want to ensure that not only do we continue to provide safe and adequate housing, when possible, across the province to those who come to us, but that safe and adequate housing is also of a quality that is representative of the requests that come in. So we take very seriously the health issues that are raised, the health issue that my colleague raised here today. We ensure that we work with the housing authorities from one end of the province to the other, to make sure that all health concerns are dealt with and addressed, and we will continue to do that in the days to come.

MR. GOSSE: Mr. Speaker, I'd like to table some photos that clearly show mould and mice droppings in the newly renovated duplex. For six weeks the mother and daughter bunked with family and friends while renovations were being completed. While they were away from that building their health recovered but, since moving back in, Karen's fibromyalgia has flared up again and her daughter has been hospitalized more than once with respiratory problems. The units along this street are failing and are in poor condition. My question to the Minister of Community Services is, what does a person living in public housing have to do to ensure the units they are living in are habitable?

MS. STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, I thank my honourable colleague across the way for his very important question. Again, we take the issues of housing very seriously . . .

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

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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

PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill. No. 238.

Bill No. 238 - Motor Vehicle Act.

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

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I thank you for the opportunity to rise today as I bring forward an amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act and to actually move second reading. The legislation that I've introduced, and we'll be talking about here in the House today, will bring stronger consequences for people across this province who are caught driving with a blood alcohol level of .05.

Apparently the law in this province, and the situation as it is now, people who were requested to blow and would blow between .05 and .08 on a roadside alcohol screening test receive a 24-hour licence suspension. I would like to say this does happen much too frequently across this province. The amendment that's being introduced and discussed here today will increase the suspension time period for anybody caught in Nova Scotia in violation of this Motor Vehicle Act charge.

With this legislation, licence suspensions will increase to seven days for a first offence, for a first suspension; 15 days for a second; and 30 days for the third and subsequent incidents. People will also be required to pay a licence reinstatement fee of $85.40, something that was not required under the previous 24-hour suspension.

I think everybody in this House would agree, and I think all Nova Scotians would agree, impaired driving is the leading cause of vehicle collision fatalities and injuries in Nova Scotia. In fact, impaired driving took 32 lives of Nova Scotians in 2007. Again, I think we would all agree that is far too many.

Evidence indicates that drinking and driving with a low blood alcohol content poses a significant risk to all road users. As part of the province's impaired driving strategy, it has been recommended that Nova Scotia's current low blood alcohol content roadside suspensions be revised to reflect longer suspension times to reflect the severity of this action. The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Canada's national road safety coordinator, has also recommended longer suspensions for .05 blood alcohol content.

This legislation is part of several legislative enforcement and awareness initiatives to fight impaired driving in our province. Some of these include an alcohol ignition interlock program, which we announced and is being prepared now, and as well the integrated impaired driving enforcement unit. This unit, which was piloted in southwestern Nova Scotia, has achieved remarkable results with regard to their enforcement. Let me tell you, as of a couple of weeks ago, approximately 100 people since last December, just in this unit alone, were charged with impaired driving.

I can only imagine the devastation that could be caused throughout the province with regard to lives as a result of the actions if people continue to drink and drive. This

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amendment today, along with other initiatives we have undertaken, will send a strong message that impaired driving will not be tolerated in the Province of Nova Scotia.

Recently I had the opportunity and privilege to participate in the Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims at J.L. Ilsley High School. Seeing the passion for road safety in young people to me was very encouraging.

I think we would agree that we all have the power and ability to make decisions that can save lives and choosing not to drink and drive is one of those very important decisions. We have the responsibility to reduce the risk to all drivers when an impaired driver makes the wrong decision. This legislation supports our collective efforts to prevent alcohol-related tragedies and the lasting impact they have on those lives left behind.

Mr. Speaker, I would just like to speak for a moment, if I could, about my experience as a former police officer and some of the things I've seen over the years. Young people or old alike, on many occasions make that wrong decision. For anyone who has been in law enforcement in this province or in fact across the country who has had the very unfortunate duty of delivering bad news, which I had to do myself on many occasions, to deliver news to families that either their loved one had chosen to drink or drive and as a result lost their own life or worse, had taken someone else's life - I can tell you, to deliver that type of message to a family is most difficult and one that no one looks forward to having to do.

Yesterday when we did the bill briefing on this across the street, in attendance were police who support very much this bill that I've had the occasion to speak to and have told me that they support this Motor Vehicle Act change. Also there were other people in attendance, but there are two very important people that I want to talk about for a moment if I could. Those people were Margaret Miller and Susan MacAskill. Of course, Margaret Miller is the national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving here in Canada.

We're very proud that Margaret Miller is leading this organization nationally but, unfortunately, both Margaret Miller and Susan MacAskill have had a tragic loss of life in their families as a result of impaired drivers, that's why they've taken up this cause. Margaret Miller lost a son, his name was Bruce Miller. I never had the opportunity to work with him, but Bruce was a young police officer in the Town of Springhill. He actually started there after I had left, but in talking with the people that he would have worked with there, the other officers and especially the Chief of Police, Gary Copeland, I understand that Bruce was one of the most promising police officers who ever started to work and put a uniform on in that department.

The chief told me that on many occasions that this young man had a real zealous feeling toward the community, toward its young people and had so much promise. He was making a real impact on the community that really looked forward to this young man being there for many years. In fact, you know, everyone had hoped he would stay there, settle there,

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obviously get married and raise a family there, and put his whole career in policing that community. Unfortunately, that wasn't to be. Bruce and a fellow friend were in P.E.I., something non-related to his duties and, as a result of a decision of someone else to drink and drive, Bruce was killed on the highway.

I've had the opportunity to attend many occasions where Margaret Miller is speaking on behalf of MADD, but more than that she would relate the story of her son and what it was like to receive the news that he had been involved in a motor vehicle accident, in fact attended the hospital, to be met by his colleagues and to be told that there was nothing they could do for Bruce, that he wouldn't survive. As I listen, every time I hear Margaret tell the story of her son, I can only imagine how many times that story is told across this country and how devastating it is for a mother to have to receive the news that her son has been killed as a result of an impaired driver.

I know the story with Susan MacAskill is the same with a relative - I believe it was her dad. She and her brother are very involved with the MADD organization and we owe a great deal of gratitude in this House and in this province for people like them who are willing to take up the challenge to see change when it comes to laws in our province. I meet with Margaret Miller and talk to her quite often and they continually push us as legislators to make changes that will discourage those who would decide to drink and drive on our highways, so we need to listen to them. I know that Margaret has told me that she very much supports these amendments, that she very much appreciates the fact that it's before the House, and I've told her that I'm confident that both sides of this House will support this motor vehicle amendment that I've heard discussion about over the last day or so.

Mr. Speaker, it is incumbent upon us as legislators to put aside politics and partisan politics when it comes to something like this and I believe the members on the opposite would agree that we have the opportunity to save someone's life, maybe unknown to us at this time, but if we collectively work together to ensure that the laws of this province reflect the will of the people of Nova Scotia, which I believe is to discourage impaired driving as much as we possibly can, whether it is through education, enforcement or, as we are here today, through legislation. I'm sure that we can accomplish that.

Margaret Miller says that her goal is to eliminate impaired driving completely. She has spoken across Canada about it. She has gone to schools and talked to young people, trying to encourage them and I think we need to offer as much support as we can to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, but especially to send a strong message here in this province that we will not tolerate impaired driving on our roads.

I look forward to comments from the members opposite. I know some of my own colleagues want to make some comments, as well, about this Motor Vehicle Act amendment. I know that I've had an opportunity to discuss this with some of my colleagues, both on this side and opposite. I look forward to hearing comments today, if there are other ways we can

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strengthen this, but I would also ask that - this is late in the session, I know that, unfortunately it is near the end of the session to see a bill being brought forward, there's nothing I'd like to see any more than the will of this House to put this bill through as fast as we possibly can.

I understand this may not be possible because of the process, but I appreciate yesterday, the honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect, I know, was at the bill briefing and I know he feels very strongly as a former educator about impaired driving and what we can do and should do in this province. I want to thank him for attending. I know all of us here have families, children, that we want to ensure the roads are as safe as possible and one way we can do it is by removing impaired drivers from our highways. Police are asking for this, MADD is asking for this, and I believe all Nova Scotians expect us to do all we possibly can to ensure our highways are as safe as possible.

The Motor Vehicle Act amendment today is just another piece, as Chief Beazley said yesterday, another tool, to ensure we can make our highways as safe as possible. It does support legislation, enforcement and other educational programs that we've adopted over the last few years in this province. I thank you for the opportunity to speak on this and I move second reading of Bill No. 238.

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

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: I would like to make a few comments on this proposed amendment. It is always a pleasure to be in the presence of people such as Ms. Miller. Anyone involved with MADD, of course, and their personal commitment is exemplary for sure. We are all aware of cases in our communities, tragedies, and every tragedy we can avert as legislators is something we are fully going to support indeed.

More importantly, the timing of this particular piece of legislation, the Christmas season is soon upon us, unfortunately there are some occasions where there are some bad decisions, some tragic decisions made by drivers. You know, the Christmas message I always send out, seasons greetings and merry Christmas from my family, but please drive responsibly.

The concern we have, of course, and let's point it out as it is - this House opened on October 30th. This is an important piece of legislation, we've dealt with a crowded agenda, for sure, but I look at some of the bills that have been brought forward by this side of the House and by members on that side. They certainly don't have the consequences this piece of legislation has. This is an important piece of legislation that will send a clear message to Nova Scotians.

My question, rhetorically asked, and I know question period is not with us any more today, thankfully, I understand, my question is, if this is such - I understand completely - an

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important piece of legislation, why wasn't this brought forward on October 30th, the first day we sat in this House? Because MADD has been behind this particular change for a long time. We all have been lobbied - if that's the appropriate expression to use in Ms. Miller's situation - we've all been very well aware of the fact that MADD has been pushing for these changes and it seems to me it would be a fairly straightforward piece of legislation that could have been brought forward.

Of course, what happens in this House, and how things work in this esteemed Legislature - when we discuss the bill first on the floor and everyone has their opportunity to have their intervention and their comments, we then take it to Law Amendments Committee. At Law Amendments Committee there is a wonderful opportunity, it's a unique one in this country, as you know, Mr. Speaker, it's a committee where average, ordinary Nova Scotians of any merit, of any background, can step forward and have their particular say.

I'm sure that when Law Amendments Committee meets on this particular piece of legislation, that will be a piece of legislation that hopefully all Nova Scotians will support, not just the police force, not just MADD, but average, ordinary Nova Scotians who are aware it is no longer socially acceptable - not that it ever was - to take a couple of drinks and get behind the wheel of a vehicle, but that, because of the process we have in this House, is not going to happen.

It was an interesting question that was brought forward by a member of the media at that time. It was asked, you know, even if this was rushed to Law Amendments Committee with no input from the public and brought back here and the House said on Third Reading, let's bring it forward, let's have it at Committee of the Whole, let's see if we can get it into place - one of the members of the minister's staff at that time answered the question, this would not be possible to be a law by the time the Christmas season is upon us. That was a question of some significance.

So I know we have a crowded agenda and I know we have a lot of issues and I know we have a lot of important bills but none of them, in my view, are the consequence of this particular bill. This is an important bill, it sends a clear message to MADD that we want, as legislators, to support them. It sends a clear message to Nova Scotians that we're not going to put up with this nonsense any more but considering the timing and how it's been done late in the session, this indicates to me - I know the member opposite considers this a top issue - I consider this a lack of good planning and a lack of clear identification of priorities. This particular bill should have been introduced on October 30th.

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I understand that there are all kinds of reasons why it wasn't but it should have been. This government should have had their proverbial act together and made sure that this bill

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was one of the top bills that was coming out of this House. It's not going to get over to Law Amendments Committee, it's not going to get back to the floor of this House. It's not going to become, in effect, a law in Nova Scotia because it is being introduced at this time.

I know I'll hear from Nova Scotians and constituents of mine who say, that's a great bill, you support it but why are you holding it up? I'm not holding it up. I'm not playing dynamic politics here, I'm telling you there's a process in Nova Scotia - Law Amendments is an important part of that process. When this particular bill - members opposite and members of my caucus and I assume the members of the Liberal Party are going to speak on this bill, it will be taken over to this important committee. This government is well aware of the fact of the role of Law Amendments. I sat on Law Amendments Committee for almost 11 years, Mr. Speaker, and let me tell you, it is, in my opinion, one of the most valuable tools we have in this Legislature.

On the topic of tools, I again had the opportunity to mention Chief Frank Beazley. He said every tool possible that we can have to prevent drinking and driving is something that I will support. It's always good to see Mr. Beazley there, Mr. Beazley from the Whites Lake community originally. He wants to make sure that his officers have every possible opportunity and the opportunity for these suspensions, the opportunity to have it in place and send a message to people who are below that .08 but above the .05. Those issues could have been dealt with if this piece of legislation had been brought forth in a more timely fashion.

I notice the minister's comments and I've had the opportunity to speak to the principal of J.L. Ilsley High School. J.L. Ilsley, of course, is the high school in Spryfield. Al Reyner is the principal of that school. Yes, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Reyner used to be a student of mine. I'm so proud of the fact that he's a principal of that school. Mr. Reyner, of course, was so impressed by the reception that students gave that day and compliments to the Minister for being present that day.

Young people are getting the message. Young people understand, they've seen it happen too many times in their short lives and the don't want to continue to see it happen. The message has to be reinforced, has to be sent at every opportunity. Taking it to the high schools, taking it to J.L. - J.L., incidentally, are the initials, J.L. Ilsley. Taking it to those young people and seeing how they received it, that was certainly gratifying to the minister. More importantly, I want you to know that the principal of that school, Mr. Reyner, certainly appreciated how his students received the message.

I'm also well aware of the fact that I attended a press conference in the Chester RCMP Detachment a number of months ago, when the initiative for the South Shore was initiated. This particular initiative is concerning making sure that they are going to have a real good, serious crackdown on drinking and driving along those counties along the South Shore. The response has been great. It's unfortunate, but you have to get out there and catch them. The response has been that these professional police officers ,who are in charge of this initiative, have done a wonderful job. They're out there sending the clear message. The

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deterrent, of course, is there but if that's what it takes for people to understand the clear message that they have to have, then that's something that we are fully supportive of.

Mr. Speaker, an important piece of legislation, as we get into - if I can use this expression - the dying days of this session. It's a piece of legislation that's going to be stalled now because of the process that we have in this province. It's a piece of legislation that is going to be - if I can use the expression - parked in Law Amendments Committee. Because, I'm assuming, it's going to be moved over there today, but there it will sit until we meet at a future time.

I want to make sure that all members understand this is a piece of legislation that this caucus completely supports. It's something that MADD has asked for for a long time and it is unfortunate, because of the timing and how it's being handled, that it will not be that's for a long time and it's unfortunate because of the timing and how it's being handled that it will not be legislative law come this dangerous time of the Christmas season. So I want you again to remember, Mr. Speaker, with my final comments, the message that I give in my radio advertisements every year - Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings to Nova Scotians but, please, drive responsibly.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Kings West.

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to rise today and join the debate on this very important piece of legislation, Bill No. 238, the Motor Vehicle Act, amended. It's truly unfortunate that it does come at this late stage of the legislative session. This can be a very significant addition to having an impact on drinking and driving in our province. Each year, of course, we know that the statistics show very clearly that we need to be doing more than what we are currently doing and there's no question that there have been some very, very good initiatives. In this case here, if the blood alcohol level is between .05 and .08, a person is considered impaired and its increases will be one week for the first offence, 15 days for a second offence, 30 days for a third offence.

This is a message that I think we need to get out to not just young Nova Scotians - there is a very, very significant program now in all of our high schools and especially as they lead up to graduation - but this is a message that Nova Scotians need to take seriously every day of the week, to think that in a small province like ours there were 32 deaths directly attributed on the highways to drinking and driving, and I'm sure there is nobody in this Legislature who doesn't know somebody in their community, or possibly a family member who has been affected by drinking and driving, and if not a death, then somebody who has become physically or mentally affected for a lifetime, who are living each day with a disability that did not have to take place.

This summer, late summer and around Labour Day, in the Annapolis Valley, the RCMP took on a special project from one end of the Valley to the other. When they gave

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their statistical report, which I don't have available here at the moment, but when they did their report and it was announced by way of the media, people in the Valley were absolutely shocked at the number of drivers who were picked up for impairment. Now, think of the number that could have been added to that list if we had the .05 to .08 included. So there's no question this remains a significant problem on the highways and jeopardizes the safety of people who are law-abiding and who are very, very conscious of driving safely at all times.

So our caucus has taken a look at the bill, are very quick to support it, but realize that without the Law Amendments Committee, this should not go forward. There would be a number of people, a number of Nova Scotians, including the endorsement from MADD who have been strong proponents of this legislation for many years, and not to have their voice as a confirming voice to the Legislature and the MLAs of the province I don't think should, in fact, be tempered with. So while it will not be on the current docket, we look forward to it coming back to the House at some point in the future and making sure that this piece of legislation does move forward.

I know it's a sentiment that as an educator and an administrator, the whole issue of drinking and driving, and teaching young people how to be cognizant at all times to make sure they don't turn on the car keys if they have had any drinks at all. So this bill, if nothing else, if nothing else, comes at a time, at the season of the year, that it sends a strong signal to Nova Scotians that we don't want to see deaths on our highways due to drinking and driving. With that, I'll take my place.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Agriculture.

HON. BROOKE TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, I would thank the honourable member for Kings West for his comments. I am pleased to rise in support of the amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act that has been put forward by the honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

This legislation will bring stronger consequences to people who are caught driving with a blood alcohol level of .05. As the minister explained earlier, people who currently blow between .05 and .08 on a roadside alcohol screening test receive the 24-hour licence suspension. Having known the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal for a good number of years now, more than a decade, I do know that as Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, he has several responsibilities and each and every one of them he takes very, very seriously. Members on all sides of the House request through the minister in regard to roads, potholes, guardrails, brush cutting, bridges, buildings and things of that nature which are very, very important.

In fact, I know on behalf of your constituents, you bring forward a number of issues to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and that's appropriate because

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you're standing up and representing the best interests of your constituents, but I do know personally that the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal takes his responsibilities in terms of highway safety most seriously and, in fact, one of the biggest undertakings that the minister has pledged is to somehow reduce the carnage that is taking place on our highways. I commend the minister, and I think all members on all sides of the House should commend the former 20-year police officer for taking his responsibilities so seriously. (Applause)

With this legislation licenced suspensions will increase to seven days for the first suspension, 15 days for a second and, of course, 30 days for a third, and then subsequent incidents. But I can speak as well, and my colleagues have asked that perhaps I go back down memory lane for just a little bit - I promise not to be too long.

Previous to politics I had an opportunity to work in the trucking industry. During that vocation - I had probably a 22- to 23-year career in the trucking industry - I want to say that I was very fortunate to work with the professionals on the road and many times we had opportunities, whether it was at a truck stop or at a social function, to discuss matters of safety with the enforcement people, whether it was in Canada or the United States, and one of the biggest concerns that peace officers, police officers, vehicle compliance officers face is drivers who are on a road, unfortunately drinking and driving, and it's something that we all should be concerned about.

The minister has brought forward legislation, Mr. Speaker, that I think will go a ways to mitigating the number of deaths and injuries that are happening on our highways and, again, I say it's one of the priorities that the minister has, an undertaking that he claims is most challenging. I commend the minister, the MLA for Cumberland South, for bringing forward this legislation. As well, I do commend MADD, the organization that is very supportive of this legislation. It means a lot to the folks who have been advocating for years that thou shalt not drink and drive, and I do want to personally congratulate MADD for encouraging legislators to support this legislation.

Now, Mr. Speaker, impaired driving took the lives of 32 Nova Scotians in 2007 - time goes by very quickly - just last year 32 lives were the consequence of somebody drinking and driving. This is, as the minister has stated, far too many, it's far too many lives. I know that perhaps as MLAs we can relate to somebody, a family, perhaps a family member, or perhaps an acquaintance, perhaps we've heard of somebody who because of drinking and driving unfortunately lost their life, came to an untimely death.

Mr. Speaker, evidence indicates that drinking and driving with low blood alcohol poses a significant risk to all road users. While I advocated on behalf of the professional drivers going up and down our road, who are on our roads all the time - and I know that they'll be very supportive of this type of legislation because we do share the road whether or not we're in a passenger vehicle, a commercial vehicle, a farm vehicle, or what have you.

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We all share the road together and we all have a responsibility to work together. I know, in fact, although I haven't had the opportunity to speak to the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, I do know, and I can go out to not very far on a limb here to suggest - and I think the critic would agree - that they would be very supportive of this legislation. It's good legislation, it's the right thing to do, and at the right time.

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The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association is another entity that has a lot of respect in the Maritimes and, in fact, right across the country, because many of the members of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association would travel interprovincially and, of course, internationally. I do know as well that any steps we can take to make the highway safer, that very esteemed group would support. The Nova Scotia Road Builders, I would submit, would be very supportive of this legislation.

As we know, on a daily basis - and it doesn't have to be in the summer during construction season - our Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal employees are out on those roads and they have to deal with, unfortunately, situations where a driver is impaired, somebody is drinking and driving, and the minister is stepping up to the challenge of reducing the deaths and carnage. The total death and carnage, the deaths on our highway last year was around 99, and that's 99 too many deaths on our highways, but 32 of those deaths were attributed to drinking and driving, yes.

The minister and the government, and with the support from what I'm hearing of members opposite, are really sending a strong message that impaired driving will not be tolerated in Nova Scotia. I know that people can speak about this particular bill very passionately, but I just want to, as a former member of the trucking industry, say how much I support this legislation and how much I believe the professionals out on the road will support this legislation. I don't just mean the truckers and the drivers, there are the carriers, there are the employers, there are the shippers, there's again vehicle compliance, there are the passengers, everybody who has an interest. We share the road together and we have a responsibility to reduce the risk to all the drivers.

I know that the member for Cape Breton Centre would support this legislation as well, but it is a collective effort to prevent alcohol-related tragedies and the lasting impact they have on those who are left behind. So with those few words, I just want to commend the minister for taking all his responsibilities so seriously, but indicating that the undertaking, if you will, to bring down the number of deaths on our highways and injuries is one of the most significant responsibilities that he has and we'll be working with him and supporting the legislation. I commend members opposite who are in support of this legislation and it is going to generate some good debate that I think generally that debate will be going in the right direction, no pun intended, but we do support it.

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Queens.

MS. VICKI CONRAD: Mr. Speaker, I too am pleased to stand here today and speak to this very, very important piece of legislation. Here in the Province of Nova Scotia over the past 20, 30, 40 years we have come progressively far in ensuring the safety of Nova Scotians, the travelling public, to ensure that they are safe on our highways and safe from drivers who get behind the wheel when they're impaired. I think many of us can think back to a day 20, 30, 40 years ago when it was a common practice for many people, and not just teenagers, but many adults - I think we all know of someone who has gotten behind the wheel after they have had one, two, three or four drinks too many. I think we all know of many people who have given silent permission to those people to get behind the wheel of a car while they have been impaired, because it was a practice many of us, 20, 30, 40 years ago, certainly didn't recognize as a very dangerous, dangerous practice.

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Many years ago it took mums such as Margaret Miller and such as Susan MacAskill, to form a group called MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving - to really raise the awareness here in this province, and across the country, to the serious dangers of people getting behind the wheel impaired. Unfortunately for those mothers, they have had the unfortunate circumstance of losing a loved one to someone who has gotten behind the wheel while they've been impaired.

I think most of us know someone, such as Margaret Miller or Susan MacAskill, who has lost a loved one because of a drunk driver; most of us probably know someone in our community who has been injured or who has been killed because of a drunk driver; and most of us can at least somewhere relate to the grieving that has taken place in their lives and many lives and many families across this province, and certainly if we think of the numbers of injuries and deaths related to drunk drivers across this country.

Just recently I attended a launch for the Red Ribbon campaign on the South Shore. I was fortunate enough to meet a young group of teenagers who have been involved for some time with TADD - Teenagers Against Drunk Driving - and I was really impressed with those young people who really, truly do get it, and not only do they get it but they're also raising awareness amongst their peers about the dangers of drinking and driving.

I think we really need to, and certainly we do, support those young teenagers, and to get the message out there by moving forward with pieces of legislation such as this, that really drives the message home that there will be no tolerance, no tolerance at all, for those people who choose to get behind the wheel with a blood alcohol content of .05 or above. I was really impressed with these young people.

The other reason I was really impressed with these young people is I recall when I was a teenager in high school, I know of at least three people I attended high school with who lost their lives because they were either impaired or they were under the influence of other substances. When you're a teenager and you're in high school - and they are some of the most important years of your young adult life - and when you know of someone whom you've gone to school with and they lose their life because of an error in judgment, it really brings a high school population almost to their knees in recognition of the fact that they are not infallible.

It's almost scary when young people all of a sudden are mourning the loss of a young person whom they have known for many years, and then the recognition dawns on them that it is because of a choice they made unwisely. So this is a very important piece of legislation, it truly is, and not only does it get the message out there to our youth, but it also sends a very strong signal to adults out there who continue to drive while under the influence.

Just looking at the fact that over the last year, 186 drivers were pulled over and given a 24-hour suspension. At least 780 drivers across this province were stopped and caught for

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impaired driving and given substantial fines beyond the 24-hour suspension. It makes you wonder how many drivers out there didn't get caught and were still on the roads behind a wheel and drunk. The numbers would probably be staggering if we really thought about it.

This is a very important piece of legislation because not only will it drive the message home that drinking while impaired is not tolerated here on the roads of Nova Scotia, the penalties will be stiff. Having one's licence suspended for more than 24 hours, having one's licence suspended for seven days for a first offence with a blood alcohol content of .05 would be a wake-up call, I think, for the most responsibly minded person who perhaps had made an error in judgment for one time.

We are very pleased to support this bill, this amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act. We're very pleased the minister has brought this forward. However, we can honestly say - I agree with my colleague who spoke before me - that unfortunately the timing of this bill will not see it in place before this holiday season that is upon us now. Many people, as we all know, during the holiday season tend to go out and socialize a little bit more during this time of the year than other times of the year. So, unfortunately this bill will not address some of those people who will socialize and make an error in judgment and get behind the wheel while drinking. That's an unfortunate part of the timing of this bill.

We certainly do support this bill. It's a good bill, it's a bill that's a priority bill and should have been brought forward at the first of the session. We still believe it is a priority bill and we do look forward to seeing it move through Law Amendments Committee when that time comes. If we can ensure one more safe life on the highways of Nova Scotia, then that's a good thing. If we can raise the awareness of the responsibilities we have as licenced drivers in this province, whether we're young, a new driver, or whether we've been on the road ourselves for well over 30 years holding a driver's licence, that message alone is an important one.

I want to thank you for bringing it forward. I also want to thank the members of MADD across this province who, especially this time of year and the anniversaries of the deaths of their loved ones, is probably a very particularly hard challenge for them. But I'm sure they are most reassured that the Province of Nova Scotia continues to move forward in a progressive manner in enabling bills like this to come forward. I'll take my seat and I thank you very much.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Pictou Centre.

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, we certainly all have been affected somewhere along the line with impaired drivers - perhaps a close member of the immediate family or a relative, a friend, a co-worker or perhaps a neighbour. I'm certainly no exception. A number of years ago, an impaired driver impaired driver hit my grandparents while they waited along the edge of a road to be picked up to actually go to church. At that particular time this

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impaired driver killed my grandmother and certainly my grandfather spent many months in the hospital after that accident.

In recent years I spent 12 years as a driver education instructor in Pictou County, at Trenton High School and at North Nova Education Centre. During that time, I had the opportunity to teach literally thousands of students in the driver education program; 25 hours of theory and 10 to 12 hours on the road. During the 12 two hour and 10 minute modules, one was dedicated to impaired driving. There's also an overlapping of that in all the other modules and units in the program.

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We dedicated a lot of awareness to the impaired driving problem, not only in this province, but across the country. During that module I would have police officers in speaking to the students, paramedics, firefighters, lots of pictures of accident scenes, had victims in of accidents due to impaired drivers speaking to the classes and, of course, videos depicting the impact to everyone involved in these, what I call, very unnecessary accidents on our highways. We even had in our classes glasses - I'll call them goggles - with various levels of intoxication. They would put these on and they would have to demonstrate some skills, like walking a straight line in the gymnasium, walking around pillions, bouncing a basketball, catching a set of keys - various types of things like that to show them that if they're having a great deal of difficulty with this, what would it be like to be behind the wheel of a vehicle?

We all have a responsibility to do everything in our power to eliminate these types of drivers from our highways. As other members mentioned on both sides of the House, 32 lives in 2007 is certainly too many. I certainly support these amendments. It is an important bill that sends the right message. I'm very pleased that our minister - and we have had various talks about this topic over the past number of months. I think I'll close by saying it is definitely the right thing to do. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. The honourable member for Hants East.

MR. JOHN MACDONELL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I really was glad for an opportunity to make a few comments on this piece of legislation, an Act to Amend Chapter 293 of the Revised Statutes of 1989, the Motor Vehicle Act. I guess it's pretty clear in the minister's bill, when you look at the explanatory note, the bill increases the roadside suspension for a blood alcohol level of .05 or more from 24 hours to seven days for the first suspension, 15 days for the second suspension and 30 days for the third suspension within 10 years.

You know when you think about - the member has said 32 people killed in 2007 - when you think that these were deaths that could have been prevented. Thank God, I guess, for me that I haven't lost a child, or my spouse, or a parent, or somebody so close. I have to

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say, I worry. My children are from ages 16 to 21, it seems that recently it's just about every time I turn around, I have another child taking driver's training. My 16-year-old daughter, Kelton, is taking driver education right now. So, as much as I see this as a major step for her and that yes, we certainly know the necessity to be able to drive a vehicle, how important that is. We can think about all the pitfalls that we worry about when our children leave the yard with the vehicle, about them getting home safely, but this is another element that we worry about. This is a preventable needless death that could happen to someone close to us and I want to say I applaud the minister for bringing this legislation forward.

I want to speak for a moment about Mothers Against Drunk Driving, that organization. The national president, Margaret Miller, is a constituent of mine. Her son, Bruce Miller, passed away in an automobile accident in Prince Edward Island as a result of a collision with an impaired driver, Bruce was a former student of mine. So I know that his death was the initiative that brought Margaret into that organization in the hope that Bruce's death was not in vain, that lives could be saved by her action with the Mothers Against Drunk Driving. I think she hopes to spread that message that it is possible to impact the driving public in a way that is positive and that would prevent deaths.

Also here some weeks ago I went to the kickoff for the MADD campaign. I was at the Royal Bank in Elmsdale and Mrs. Florence Daigle Day who is the representative in Hants East, Mr. Speaker, Florence lost her husband some years ago as a result of a collision with an impaired driver. I would say that her two children, Patrick and Krista, have had to live for some years now, with the loss of their father. They were two students I taught as well. So I think when members say that it's practically impossible to not know someone where this has happened, it's just about true I would say. It is really impossible not to have had some contact or some interaction with people who have had a loss of life in a family who has experienced an accident with an impaired driver.

So I wanted to compliment the minister on his piece of legislation. I am a believer in education and so, as much as we can educate the public, I know that this goes more to deterrent than to education, but society has come a long way in this regard, Mr. Speaker. If this piece of legislation saves one more life, then it's a pretty cheap price to pay in order to do that. So with those comments, I look forward to the bill at some point moving through the process in the House.

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

The honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I want to begin by thanking my colleagues on both sides of the House for their input on this very important piece of legislation. There were a lot of good comments here today in regard to the effects impaired driving has - and

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the tragedies as a result - on so many families throughout Nova Scotia and, obviously, from families from outside of this province.

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I do want to say and I know it was said here today and I'm always reminded by Margaret Miller and Susan MacAskill, I say accidents as well, but they remind me they're not accidents, they're collisions because they're avoidable. So they are not accidents, they are collisions that are caused by someone who has made the wrong choice and we should always remember that. I do want to say, as well, that tomorrow morning I'll be in Kentville as we kick off the provincial Operation Christmas campaign. Police officers and others from around the province will gather. This is a tremendous campaign that the police conduct throughout the month of December where they go out there and they put an extra drive on to reinforce and drive home the fact that people should not be impaired or drink alcohol while they're driving.

So Mr. Speaker, on that, I would like to thank, as well, the police and the volunteers throughout this province. Also we had, a week or two ago, we had Operation Red Nose, and it is offered in various places in the province where volunteers come together and offer the opportunity for people who have been out enjoying the evening, and they have a vehicle and they want to drive home, they have an opportunity to get a free ride home. I know they're always looking forward to volunteers to take part and offer their service. I can tell you that myself, the deputy and my EA will be forming a team here in Halifax, and we're going to take part one evening to help them out. I encourage all members, if you live near an area where this service is available, I'd ask you to come out and support these volunteers who provide a tremendous service throughout Nova Scotia. I know it's not in all communities, but certainly if you're in HRM it's available - and in other parts of the province, I believe it's down in Truro way.

There is something I want to clarify. The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect mentioned about - obviously there's a recurring theme over there in the New Democratic Party with regard to the timing of this bill. Yesterday at the bill briefing, the question was asked: If we pass this today, could we implement this by Christmas? The answer by one of the staff persons was no. But it wasn't my department, it was actually someone from - a gentleman, Mr. Paul Arsenault - Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations who said that.

The reason being is we developed this bill and we realized it's a lot more complicated than the previous process that you go through here in Nova Scotia. That's why it took so long for us to get the bill to a place where we felt comfortable with it, and it actually wasn't until last week, although we've been working on it for quite some time.

Today, if you get stopped by a police officer and you are going to receive that temporary suspension for 24 hours, the police simply take your licence and 24 hours later you can pick it up and away you go and you're all set to drive again. But under this new process, not only do you have your licence seized, that licence has to be then sent on to the registrar where your abstract will be recorded to show that you have, in fact, received a temporary suspension. There will be a check done, a track through the system to see if you have had a

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suspension prior, then it will be incumbent upon the person to pay their reinstatement fee, but also go through the process of applying to the registrar to get their licence back.

It differs quite a bit from where we were to where we are today. I, like the members opposite, would have loved to have seen this bill pass in the House today and become law and ensure that we have another tool for the police this Christmas but, unfortunately, as we got near to the development of the legislation we became aware that it's a little bit more complicated than I had hoped, and the process will be a little bit more demanding and complicated for the system. That, as you can appreciate, Mr. Speaker, involves several departments, and I can tell you the staff in the departments want to see this moved through as quickly as possible.

If it hadn't been for those issues, we actually would have had the bill in here earlier and would have had it passed and would have had it implemented. Even with that, if we did it today, it would still probably be through the winter months before we'd be able to formalize that process and ensure that we have a process that we don't want challenged. We want a process that will stand the test. It could end up being in some sort of a court process challenging it, so we want to ensure that if we're doing this, we do it right, and for those reasons we were not able to bring it here earlier to have it passed in this session.

I mentioned as well that I'd been at J.L. Ilsley High School last week and I want to say how impressed I was with those young people. The basketball teams - male and female - were there, members of the road safety youth committee were there, members of the teen health committee were there - one was involved with the provincial road safety youth committee; in fact, it would help give suggestions and advice to the provincial road safety committee, which is made up of several departments including Justice, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Health Promotion and Protection, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, and others. So they deserve a lot of credit.

Also, I want to mention that in my own community, in Parrsboro, we presently have two young men from high school who are in the process of establishing a chapter for the Parrsboro area and are looking for sponsors for their sign - certainly I'm very proud to take part in that.

In closing I want to say that the issue of impaired driving has devastated families for many, many years. We brought several pieces of legislation to this House. It gets debated and lots of times we want to see it changed, but I don't think there's anything more important than what we can do today with regard to passing such legislation as this.

My colleague mentioned earlier, and I've said it many times, that over the years responsibility as a police officer and then as an elected member in the Attorney General position in this province, now with Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal - and we do, we talk about the roads and ditches and brush and all the things we talk about that money

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will fix. But I don't think I've ever been given an any more important chore than to reduce the number of people killed on our highways in this province. I take that very seriously, Mr. Speaker, and I know all members in this House do.

Mr. Speaker, it is legislation like this that I truly believe, like the integrated police unit that we have down on the South Shore that is going to be expanded in other parts of the province. It's issues like this that will, at the end of the day, be proven through statistics, to reduce fatalities on our highways. If we collectively as legislators do that, then I think we've done our job.

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Just as I close - and I will move second reading of Bill No. 238 - on behalf of all the members here, to the public out there who may watch or may hear this, my Christmas message to them is please don't drink and drive. With that, Mr. Speaker, I'd like to move second reading of Bill No. 238. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 238. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

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

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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

Bill No. 186 - Animal Protection Act.

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

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker. I would now seek the consent of the House to consider the bill just presented in Committee of the Whole House on Bills.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

The honourable Government House Leader.

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

[2:17 p.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Bills with Deputy Speaker Mr. Wayne Gaudet in the Chair.]

[2:19 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 bill:

Bill No. 186 - Animal Protection Act.

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

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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

PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 186.

Bill No. 186 - Animal Protection Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Agriculture.

HON. BROOKE TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank all members in the House for their support of Bill No. 186. I particularly want to acknowledge the work of the honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park. We had an opportunity with the critics to sit down and discuss some amendments to the bill to protect animals and aid animals that are in distress. It is a commitment that the Premier made that we would come in with legislation. We have done that and, as well, I would acknowledge the critics with both caucuses that supported the legislation.

People care very, very much about their animals and there are many, many changes to the existing legislation. One of the biggest changes is that, as a consequence of this legislation going through, Bill No. 186, the Department of Agriculture will take on the responsibility for the farm animals, the large animals, and that is supported, I think, quite widely. So without any further adieu, I am pleased to move third reading of Bill No. 186.

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

The honourable Minister of Agriculture.

HON. BROOKE TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to close debate on Bill No. 186 and so move.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion for third reading of Bill No. 186. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, that concludes the government's business for this sitting of the Second Session of the Sixtieth General Assembly (Interruptions) Unless there's consensus. However, I move that the House do now recess and await the attendance of Her Honour the Lieutenant Governor.

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MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for a recess. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

We are now recessed until the arrival of the Lieutenant Governor.

[2:22 p.m. The House recessed.]

[3:22 p.m. The House reconvened.]

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

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

MR. SPEAKER: Let Her Honour be admitted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE CLERK:

Bill No. 26 - Environment Act.

Bill No. 78 - Assessment Act.

Bill No. 93 - Motor Vehicle Act.

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Bill No. 118 - Residential Tenancies Act.

Bill No. 129 - Trade Union Act.

Bill No. 154 - Education Act.

Bill No. 158 - Gaming Control Act.

Bill No. 179 - Halifax Regional Municipality Charter.

Bill No. 181 - HRM By Design.

Bill No. 186 - Animal Protection Act.

Bill No. 187 - Child Pornography Reporting Act.

Bill No. 189 - Miners' Memorial Day Act.

Bill No. 190 - Co-operative Associations Act.

Bill No. 191 - Motor Vehicle Act.

Bill No. 193 - Municipal Grants Act.

Bill No. 194 - Partnership Act.

Bill No. 195 - Partnerships and Business Names Registration Act.

Bill No. 196 - Beneficiaries Designation Act.

Bill No. 199 - Enforcement of Court Orders Act.

Bill No. 200 - Human Rights Act.

Bill No. 201 - Counselling Therapists Act.

Bill No. 203 - Hospitals Act.

Bill No. 204 - Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre Expansion Act.

Bill No. 207 - Silver Dart 100th Anniversary Act.

Bill No. 208 - Conservation Property Tax Exemption Act.

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Bill No. 210 - Education Act.

Bill No. 211 - Fair Registration Practices Act.

Bill No. 212 - Homeowner Protection Act.

Bill No. 213 - East Hants Sportsplex Expansion Act.

Bill No. 215 - Education Act.

Bill No. 216 - Crosbie Memorial Trust Fund Act.

Bill No. 217 - Utility and Review Board Act.

Bill No. 220 - Judicature Act.

Bill No. 225 - Provincial Sport Act.

Bill No. 227 - Provincial Horse Act.

Bill No. 233 - Apology Act.

Bill No. 234 - Privacy Review Officer Act.

Bill No. 239 - Democracy 250 Act.

THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: In Her Majesty's name, I assent to these Bills.

[The Speaker and the Clerks left the Chamber.]

[The Lieutenant Governor left the Chamber.]

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

[The Speaker took the Chair.]

MR. SPEAKER: I would ask the members of the House to join me in the singing of O Canada.

[The national anthem was sung by the members.]

MR. SPEAKER: Please be seated.

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The honourable Premier.

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to first and foremost thank the Speaker for the fine job that you did this Fall sitting once again. (Applause)

I was thinking about this week as we gathered for the dinner hosted by Her Honour during the past week and one-half or so, I thought it was a tremendous night that Her Honour hosted us for that night, thinking of just how fortunate we all are to have this opportunity to be MLAs in this House. Regardless of our political affiliation, regardless of our thoughts and different issues - and we do have our disagreements from time to time and we do take shots at each other from time to time, but at the end of the day, I truly believe that each and every member in this House of each and every Party is here for the right reason and that's to make a better province for the people of our province to live in. I want to acknowledge that. I think we often forget, or forget to remind ourselves, that we're all here together for that one reason.

I just want to thank all members of the House, the Leaders - both Leader of the NDP and the Leader of the Liberal Party - and their caucuses, for working with the government this session and we all worked together to pass, I believe, some very good legislation from all sides of the House. I think that our province will be better served for that.

We're also very fortunate to have the opportunity to be in this House, to practice our beliefs freely in our province and in our country, to be open to criticisms from the public and to be open to having the opportunity for them to share their beliefs, to be educated in good schools, to be treated by caring health care workers in our province, professionals, and to watch our children grow up in a society that I believe is the envy of the world.

Let us continue to do all that we can for our province and for our country. With that said, I want to wish you and your staff, I want to wish all members, the very best this holiday season. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and a safe season for us all. Nollaig Chridheil agus Blia Dhna Mhath Ur. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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

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

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Thank you very much. I'd like to echo the sentiments expressed by the Premier with respect to your wise and fair rulings in this House over the course of the session. I'd also like to extend, I'm sure, the thanks of all members of the House to the Clerk's Office and to Legislative Counsel. I know that often times they're working on short notice to prepare a lot of what we do here. (Applause) Of course, I would like to extend our thanks to the Pages and to the operation staff of the House and, of course, to the Library staff. We can't do what we do unless we get their support as well.

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On behalf of our caucus, we want to extend best wishes to everyone for the holiday season and I want to assure all the members opposite that they're on my Christmas card list. (Applause)

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

MR. STEPHEN MCNEIL: Where do I go from there, Mr. Speaker? I can't wait. I want to associate myself with the remarks of the Premier and the Leader of the New Democratic Party. This has been - as the Premier had spoken last week when we were gathered at a dinner with Her Honour, I had mentioned that I believe we are all very blessed to be in this House, to be able to represent and bring the concerns of our constituents, the people who are the heart and soul of this province, here to defend them.

I also would like to acknowledge our families, the extended families, the spouses of the people who are in this House and our children. While sometimes the public may not think we're in this House very long or in this House very often, oftentimes many people in this House are away from their loved ones and they commit to public service, they have a commitment to public service. (Applause) They allow us to come here because they believe in our dream. They believe in the fact that we know we can move our province forward. We know that we can have a better Nova Scotia so that they can have the same opportunities, or more opportunities, than we were given and blessed with from our parents.

So I want to extend to everyone in this House, on behalf of our caucus, a sincere Merry Christmas to you and your families, and all the best as we move into the new season. Thank you very much. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: Just before we close, I would also like to extend very special and warm holiday wishes to everybody here today. I want to thank you for your support over the course of the last little bit of time and also echo what has been said about our families, because there is nobody who knows more about the time that's taken away from our homes than our spouses and our children. Sometimes we forget that and we should always remember that they are, indeed, our strongest supporters.

To echo what the Leader of the Opposition said earlier, you are all on my Christmas card list because you already got them. (Laughter) Have a safe holiday.

We are adjourned.

[The House rose at 3:42 p.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 6147

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas on Saturday, October 18th, residents of Nova Scotia headed to the polls to elect their school board representatives; and

Whereas in Richmond County, Francine Boudreau was acclaimed as the school board representative on the Strait Regional School Board for East Richmond; and

Whereas a member of the Parent Advisory Committee for the East Richmond Education expansion project, Francine Boudreau was first elected to the board in a July 2007 by-election;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Francine Boudreau on being acclaimed as the school board member for East Richmond and wish her well during her term on the Strait Regional School Board.

RESOLUTION NO. 6148

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Richmond County native Robert Bouchard is celebrating 40 years of song writing and performing; and

Whereas Robert Bouchard released four recordings, having toured Canada and the United States with his own songs and those of his favourite artists such as Gordon Lightfoot, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Willie Nelson; and

Whereas the Lennox Passage Yacht Club kicked off the opening of their annual Harbour Fest in D'Escousse on August 1st with a musical tribute to Robert Bouchard's 40 years in the music industry;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Robert Bouchard on celebrating 40 years in the music industry and wish him continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6149

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Boudreau's Fuels is a family-owned fuel delivery business located in Arichat; and

Whereas Boudreau's Fuels has grown to include Caper Gas, a new division that will partner with existing business to establish gas outlets in Cape Breton and the Strait area; and

Whereas Caper Gas has already established gas outlets at Shamrock Store in D'Escousse, Basque Convenience in Chapel Island, Fleur de Lis Convenience in Rockdale, Ehler's Convenience and Coffee Shop in Whycocomagh, G.H. Smith & Son in Orangedale and a new outlet expected soon at the Seal Cove Restaurant and Convenience in Louisdale;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Boudreau's Fuels on their new venture, Caper Gas, and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6150

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas founded in 1866, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto is internationally recognized as one of the most significant musical institutions in the world; and

Whereas in June 2008, Kaitlyn Boudreau, daughter of Jessica and Lionel Boudreau of Petit-de-Grat, earned her Honours classification in piano and also wrote her music theory examination, receiving a classification of First Class Honours with Distinction; and

Whereas Kaitlyn will begin preparation for her Grade 7 accreditation in the Fall;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Kaitlyn Boudreau on achieving this distinction from the Royal Conservatory of Music and wish her continued success in her musical career.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6151

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas founded in 1866, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto is internationally recognized as one of the most significant musical institutions in the world; and

Whereas in June 2008, Chantal Berthier, daughter of Jerome and Alvina Berthier of Arichat, earned her Honours classification in piano; and

Whereas Chantal will begin preparation for her Grade 4 accreditation in the Fall;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Chantal Berthier on achieving this distinction from the Royal Conservatory of Music and wish her continued success in her musical career.

RESOLUTION NO. 6152

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas founded in 1866, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto is internationally recognized as one of the most significant musical institutions in the world; and

Whereas in June 2008, Kendra Landry, daughter of Albert and Andrea Landry of Petit-de-Grat, earned her First Class Honours classification in piano; and

Whereas Kendra will begin preparation for her Grade 4 accreditation in the Fall:

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Kendra Landry on achieving this distinction from the Royal Conservatory of Music and wish her continued success in her musical career.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6153

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas founded in 1866, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto is internationally recognized as one of the most significant musical institutions in the world; and

Whereas in June 2008, Alexandria Samson, daughter of Clint and Trina Samson of Arichat, earned her First Class Honours classification in piano; and

Whereas Alexandria will begin preparation for her Grade 3 accreditation in the Fall;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Alexandria Samson on achieving this distinction from the Royal Conservatory of Music and wish her continued success in her musical career.

RESOLUTION NO. 6154

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas David Covin and Paula Boudreau once again hosted an important event at their home in West Arichat; and

Whereas with the help of volunteers Lucy Ann Richard, Alfred Richard and Reed Boudreau, the Annual IWK Hospital Pig Roast took place; and

Whereas over $1,400 was raised, with all proceeds going to the IWK Children's Hospital in Halifax;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate David Covin, Paula Boudreau, Lucy Ann Richard, Alfred Richard, Reed Boudreau, and all the participants of the Annual IWK Pig Roast for their generous donation to the IWK Children's Hospital.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6155

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the Petit-de-Grat Red Caps have a long history of excellence in the Richmond Amateur Baseball Association; and

Whereas the Red Caps won the championship of the RABA for the 11th year in a row with a 10-6 win over the Port Hawkesbury Bucs on August 24th; and

Whereas this year's team consisted of Captain Richard Boudreau, Clayton Samson, Gilles Samson, Velma Boudreau, Maurice Boudreau, Rheal Boudreau, Godfrey Sampson, Terry Samson, Mark Samson, Ronnie Savoury, Shawn Boudreau, Barry Marchand, Julien Boudreau, Bruce Joshua, Don Fougere, and Hubert David;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate the Petit-de-Grat Red Caps on capturing their eleventh straight RABA Championship and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6156

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Richmond County RCMP officer Meghan Bremner was a member of the Canadian team heading to Japan to compete in the Women's World Cup of Baseball; and

Whereas Meghan, a native of Napan, New Brunswick, was part of the bronze medal Canadian team from the 2006 Women's World Cup in Taipei, Taiwan; and

Whereas Meghan was the only Maritime representative on the Canadian squad that was mostly made up of veterans;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Meghan Bremner on being part of the 2008 Canadian team for the Women's World Cup of Baseball.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6157

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Arichat native Charcy Britten-Boudreau continues to excel in the sport of volleyball; and

Whereas Charcy was selected to play with Team Nova Scotia at the Eastern Elite Under 16 Volleyball Championships held in Moncton, New Brunswick; and

Whereas Charcy and Team Nova Scotia finished seventh out of 13 teams at the championship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Charcy Britten-Boudreau on being a member of Team Nova Scotia and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6158

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the Dundee Golf and Country Club hosted their annual championship; and

Whereas River Bourgeois resident Leon Carter continued his dominance at golf as the overall winner of the championship; and

Whereas Leon also scored his first hole-in-one by acing the par three 13th on the final day of the competition;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Leon Carter on winning the 2008 Dundee Golf and Country Club annual championship while scoring his first hole-in-one.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6159

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas siblings Justin and Gioia Stanley of Isle Madame spent the summer running the St. Peter's Marina Sailing School in St. Peter's; and

Whereas Justin and Gioia have been sailing for six years and enjoy the chance to share their love of the water with students from the Strait area and beyond; and

Whereas the St. Peter's Marina Sailing School, which also offers sailing for disabled students through the DisAbled Sailing Program, is supported by Sport Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Yachting Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Justin and Gioia Stanley for sharing their love of sailing with other students and wish them both continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6160

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the Royal Canadian Legion continues to play an important role in its support for veterans, their widows, Armed Forces personnel, cadets and legionnaires; and

Whereas this year marks the 75th Anniversary of Legion Branch 47 St. Peter's; and

Whereas the anniversary was marked with a supper at the Legion and speeches from various dignitaries;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Legion Branch 47 St. Peter's on celebrating their 75th Anniversary and wish them many more years of success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6161

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Strait Pee Wee Baseball League in the Strait area featured teams from Isle Madame, St. Peter's and Port Hawkesbury; and

Whereas during the year-end tournament held on Saturday, September 13th, the St. Peter's Pee Wees defeated the Port Hawkesbury squad 10-6 to win the championship; and

Whereas led by coaches Billy Morrison and Arthur Johnson, the team consisted of players: Makaela Sampson, Holly Wilkie, Bethany King, Steven Campbell, Rickie Marten, Sonny Morrison, Ja'li Johnson, Arthur Johnson, Austin Morrison and Jamison Sampson;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate the players and coaches of the St. Peter's Pee Wees on winning the 2008 championship of the Strait Pee Wee Baseball League and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6162

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Chapel Island is a First Nation's band in Richmond County; and

Whereas the residents of Chapel Island First Nation recently elected a new chief and band council; and

Whereas Russell Marshall was elected as a councillor;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Councillor Russell Marshall on his election and wish him well in his term as councillor for Chapel Island First Nation.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6163

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the residents of Chapel Island First Nation recently elected a new chief and band council; and

Whereas Kenny Basque was elected as the new chief of Chapel Island; and

Whereas Kenny Basque previously served as a band councillor for 12 years;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Chief Kenny Basque on his election and wish him well in his term as chief of Chapel Island First Nation.

RESOLUTION NO. 6164

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Chapel Island is a First Nation's band in Richmond County; and

Whereas the residents of Chapel Island First Nation recently elected a new chief and band council; and

Whereas Basil Johnson was elected as a councillor;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Councillor Basil Johnson on his election and wish him well in his term as councillor for Chapel Island First Nation.

RESOLUTION NO. 6165

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

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Whereas Chapel Island is a First Nation's band in Richmond County; and

Whereas the residents of Chapel Island First Nation recently elected a new chief and band council; and

Whereas Jimmy Marshall was elected as a councillor;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Councillor Jimmy Marshall on his election and wish him well in his term as councillor for Chapel Island First Nation.

RESOLUTION NO. 6166

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Chapel Island is a First Nation's band in Richmond County; and

Whereas the residents of Chapel Island First Nation recently elected a new chief and band council; and

Whereas Lindsay Marshall was elected as a councillor, having served as chief of Chapel Island in the past;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Councillor Lindsay Marshall on his election and wish him well in his term as councillor for Chapel Island First Nation.

RESOLUTION NO. 6167

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Chapel Island is a First Nation's band in Richmond County; and

Whereas the residents of Chapel Island First Nation recently elected a new chief and band council; and

Whereas Helen Doyle was elected as a councillor;

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Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Councillor Helen Doyle on her election and wish her well in her term as councillor for Chapel Island First Nation.

RESOLUTION NO. 6168

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Chapel Island is a First Nation's band in Richmond County; and

Whereas the residents of Chapel Island first Nation recently elected a new chief and band council; and

Whereas Sandra Basque-Johnson was elected as a councillor;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Councillor Sandra Basque-Johnson on her election and wish her well in her term as councillor for Chapel Island First Nation.

RESOLUTION NO. 6169

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

À une date ultérieure, je demanderai l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

Attendu que le samedi 18 octobre, les résidents de la Nouvelle-Écosse se sont rendus aux urnes pour élire leurs représentants aux conseils scolaires; et

Attendue que dans le comté de Richmond, Blair Samson a été élu par acclamation comme l'un des deus membres du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial pour le comté de Richmond; et

Attendu que Blair Samson a été membre du Richmond County School Board de 1989 à 1994, membre du Strait Regional School Board pendant une année en 1996, et membre du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial pour le comté de Richmond pendant onze ans, après son élection en 1997;

Par conséquent, qu'il soit résolu que l'Assemblée législative de la Nouvelle-Écosse félicite Blair Samson pour avoir été élu par acclamation comme l'un des membres du conseil

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pour le comté de Richmond et lui souhaite bonne chance dans son mandat au sein du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial.

RESOLUTION NO. 6169

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas on Saturday, October 18th, residents of Nova Scotia headed to the polls to elect their school board representatives; and

Whereas in Richmond County, Blair Samson was acclaimed as one of the two Conseil scolaire acadien provincial board members for Richmond County; and

Whereas Blair Samson first served on the Richmond County School Board from 1989-1994, along with serving on the Strait Regional School Board for a year in 1996, has been a board member of the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial for Richmond County for 11 years, having been first elected in 1997;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Blair Samson on being acclaimed as one of the school board members for Richmond County and wish him well during his term on the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial.

RESOLUTION NO. 6170

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

À une date ultérieure, je demanderai l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

Attendu que le samedi 18 octobre, les résidents de la Nouvelle-Écosse se sont rendus aux urnes pour élire leurs représentants aux conseils scolaires; et

Attendue que dans le comté de Richmond, Robbie Fougere a été élu par acclamation comme l'un des deus membres du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial pour le comté de Richmond; et

Attendu que Robbie Fougere a été élu pour la première fois au Conseil scolaire acadien provincial en 2004 après avoir été enseignant pendant trente ans et après avoir été le premier directeur du campus du Collège de l'Acadie à Petit-de-Grat;

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Par conséquent, qu'il soit résolu que l'Assemblée législative de la Nouvelle-Écosse félicite Robbie Fougere pour avoir été élu par acclamation comme l'un des membres du conseil pour le comté de Richmond et lui souhaite bonne chance dans son mandat au sein du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial.

RESOLUTION NO. 6170

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas on Saturday, October 18th, residents of Nova Scotia headed to the polls to elect their school board representatives; and

Whereas in Richmond County, Robbie Fougere was acclaimed as one of the two Conseil scolaire acadien provincial board members for Richmond County; and

Whereas Robbie Fougere was first elected to the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial in 2004 after teaching for 30 years and serving as the first directeur of le College de l'Acadie campus in Petit-de-Grat;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Robbie Fougere on being acclaimed as one of the school board members for Richmond County and wish him well during his term on the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial.

RESOLUTION NO. 6171

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas on Saturday, October 18th, residents of Richmond County elected a new municipal council; and

Whereas Councillor Malcolm Beaton was acclaimed as the representative for District 3; and

Whereas a well-known community volunteer and leader, Malcolm Beaton has served the residents of District 3 for 20 years, having been first elected in 1988;

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Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Councillor Malcolm Beaton on being acclaimed in District 3 and wish him success during his current term on Richmond Municipal Council.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6172

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas on Saturday, October 18th, residents of Richmond County elected a new municipal council; and

Whereas Councillor Steve Sampson was acclaimed as the representative for District 9; and

Whereas a well-known community volunteer and leader, Steve Sampson has served the residents of District 9 for 17 years, having been first elected in 1991;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Councillor Steve Sampson on being acclaimed in District 9 and wish him success during his current term on Richmond Municipal Council.

RESOLUTION NO. 6173

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas on Saturday, October 18th, residents of Richmond County elected a new municipal council; and

Whereas residents of District 1 elected Victor David as their new councillor; and

Whereas Victor David is a well-known businessman and resident of Arichat;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Councillor Victor David on being elected in District 1 and wish him success during his current term on Richmond Municipal Council.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6174

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas on Saturday, October 18th, residents of Richmond County elected a new municipal council; and

Whereas residents of District 5 re-elected Shirley McNamara as their councillor; and

Whereas Councillor Shirley McNamara, first elected in 1991, has served the residents of District 5 for the past 17 years;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Councillor Shirley McNamara on being acclaimed in District 5 and wish her success during her current term on Richmond Municipal Council.

RESOLUTION NO. 6175

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas on Saturday, October 18th, residents of Richmond County elected a new municipal council; and

Whereas residents of District 7 elected Gilbert Boucher as their new councillor; and

Whereas a former building inspector, development officer and dangerous and unsightly premises enforcement officer with the Municipality of Richmond, Gilbert Boucher is a life-long resident of River Bourgeois;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Councillor Gilbert Boucher on being elected in District 7 and wish him success during his current term on Richmond Municipal Council.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6176

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas on Saturday, October 18th, residents of Richmond County elected a new municipal council; and

Whereas residents of District 8 elected Stephen MacNeil as their new councillor; and

Whereas an employee of New Page Corporation in Point Tupper, Stephen MacNeil previously served the residents of District 9 as their councillor from 2000 to 2004;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Councillor Stephen MacNeil on being elected in District 8 and wish him success during his current term on Richmond Municipal Council.

RESOLUTION NO. 6177

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Whiteside, Richmond County, resident and boxer Carroll Morgan was among the seven new inductees in the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame for 2008; and

Whereas Carroll represented Canada at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, the 1974 Commonwealth Games and later went on to become the North American heavyweight Champion; and

Whereas Carroll already belongs to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame as a member of the 1966 St. F.X. X-Men football team and is a member of the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Carroll Morgan on being recognized for his successful boxing career by his induction in the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6178

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas on Saturday, October 18th, residents of Nova Scotia headed to the polls to elect their school board representatives; and

Whereas in Richmond County George Kehoe was acclaimed as the school board representative on the Strait Regional School Board for West Richmond; and

Whereas the former chair of the Strait Regional School Board, who was first elected in 1994 after teaching 31 years in Richmond County, George Kehoe was also elected by fellow board members as vice-chair of the board;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate George Kehoe on being acclaimed as the school board member for West Richmond and wish him well during his term on the Strait Regional School Board.

RESOLUTION NO. 6179

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas on Saturday, October 18th, residents of Richmond County elected a new municipal council; and

Whereas residents of District 4 re-elected Alvin Martell as their councillor; and

Whereas Councillor Alvin Martell, first elected in 2004, is a well-known leader in community economic development and has led many improvement initiatives in his district;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Councillor Alvin Martell on being re-elected in District 4 and wish him success during his current term on Richmond Municipal Council.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6180

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Shawn Jeffrey, a resident of Louisdale and student at East Richmond Education Centre, recently returned from the Leksands Idrottsförening Tournament held in Leksand, Sweden; and

Whereas Shawn played goaltender for the New Bridge Academy prep school, helping them to a fourth place finish in the tournament and earning the title of Most Valuable Player in two games; and

Whereas Shawn was also the runner-up for a tournament award given in memory of a Swiss goalie who had passed away;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Shawn Jeffrey on his success at the Leksands Idrottsförening Tournament and wish him continued success in his hockey career.

RESOLUTION NO. 6181

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Candace Boudreau of Arichat, Richmond County, continues to add to her collection of hockey achievements; and

Whereas Candace, a Grade 11 student at École Beau-Port, was selected as Most Valuable Player for Team Atlantic during the Under-18 Women's Hockey Championship held November 5th to 9th in Napanee, Ontario; and

Whereas Candace also plays for the Subway Northern Storm of the Nova Scotia Female AAA League;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Candace Boudreau on being selected as Most Valuable Player for Team Atlantic during the Under-18 Women's Hockey Championship and wish her continued success in her hockey career.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6182

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extra-Curricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Ross Stewart-Rankin tied for Most Sportsmanlike Player in Badminton;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Ross Stewart-Rankin on his achievement and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6183

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extra-Curricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Nevin Morrison was recognized for his work with the music committee;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Nevin Morrison on his achievement and wish him continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6184

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extra-Curricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Andrew Campbell was recognized for Most Improved Player in Track and Field and an award for his work with the Interact Club;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Andrew Campbell on his achievement and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6185

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extra-Curricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Ashley Boudreau was recognized for her work with the art committee;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Ashley Boudreau on her achievement and wish her continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6186

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extra-Curricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Ashley Sampson was recognized for Most Valuable Player for girls softball;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Ashley Sampson on her achievement and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6187

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extra-Curricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Brandon Boudreau was recognized for Most Sportsmanlike Player in boys hockey;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Brandon Boudreau on his achievement and wish him continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6188

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extra-Curricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Breann Calder was recognized with the Student Council Award of Merit;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Breann Calder on her achievement and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6189

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extra-Curricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Carley Burke was recognized as Most Sportsmanlike Player for girls hockey;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Carley Burke on her achievement and wish her continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6190

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extra-Curricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Carter MacMullin was recognized as the Most Improved Player in boys hockey;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Carter MacMullin on his achievement and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6191

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extra-Curricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Charcy Britten-Boudreau was recognized for tying as Most Improved Player for girls volleyball;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Charcy Britten-Boudreau on her achievement and wish her continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6192

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Chris Samson was recognized as Most Valuable Player for boys soccer and Most Valuable Player in Track and Field;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Chris Samson on his achievement and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6193

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Coady MacQuarrie was recognized as Most Improved Player for boys volleyball;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Coady MacQuarrie on his achievement and wish him continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6194

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Colleen Walsh was recognized for her work with the art committee;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Colleen Walsh on her achievement and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6195

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Daniel Boudreau was recognized for his work with the Student Council Award of Merit;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Daniel Boudreau on his achievement and wish him continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6196

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Denise Samson was recognized for tying as Most Improved Player for girls volleyball;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Denise Samson on her achievement and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6197

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Dylan Landry was recognized as Most Sportsmanlike Player for boys soccer;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Dylan Landry on his achievement and wish him continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6198

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Elliot Landry was recognized as Most Valuable Player for boys wrestling;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Elliot Landry on his achievement and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6199

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Emma Johnson was recognized for her work with the yearbook committee;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Emma Johnson on her achievement and wish her continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6200

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Evan Guthro was recognized as Most Valuable Player for badminton;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Evan Guthro on his achievement and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6201

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Evie Landry was recognized for her work with the Interact Club;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Evie Landry on her achievement and wish her continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6202

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Gilles Samson was recognized as Most Valuable Player for boys basketball;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Gilles Samson on his achievement and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6203

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Gioia Stanley was recognized as Most Improved Player for girls softball;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Gioia Stanley on her achievement and wish her continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6204

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Greg Cogswell was recognized for Most Sportsmanlike Player in boys basketball;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Greg Cogswell on his achievement and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6205

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Haley Marchand was recognized as Most Sportsmanlike Player for girls soccer;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Haley Marchand on her achievement and wish her continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6206

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Jeffrey Adamsson was recognized as Most Improved Player for boys softball;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Jeffrey Adamsson on his achievement and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6207

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Jessica Webb was recognized as Most Improved Player for girls basketball;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Jessica Webb on her achievement and wish her continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6208

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Jillian Johnson was recognized for her work with the recycling committee;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Jillian Johnson on her achievement and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6209

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Jillian Marchand was recognized for her work with the recycling committee;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Jillian Marchand on her achievement and wish her continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6210

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Jordan Collet was recognized for his work with the hurricane crew committee;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Jordan Collet on his achievement and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6211

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Jordie Mann was selected as Male Athlete of the Year, the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation award winner, Most Valuable Player for golf, and extracurricular student council Award of Merit for the hockey committee;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Jordie Mann on his achievement and wish him continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6212

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Josh MacDonnell was recognized as Most Improved Wrestler;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Josh MacDonnell on his achievement and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6213

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Junior Julian was recognized as Most Sportsmanlike Player for boys volleyball;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Junior Julian on his achievement and wish him continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6214

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Kayla Carter was recognized for her work with student council;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Kayla Carter on her achievement and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6215

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Kelsey Burke was recognized for her work with the Winter Carnival Committee and the IWK Committee;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Kelsey Burke on her achievement and wish her continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6216

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Kristina Pitts was recognized for Most Sportsmanship in Track and Field;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Kristina Pitts on her achievement and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6217

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Krystal Burke was recognized for her work with the Sportsmanship Committee;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Krystal Burke on her achievement and wish her continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6218

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Kyle Rogers was recognized as Most Improved Player for boys soccer, Most Sportsmanlike Player for boys softball and Most Improved Player for boys basketball;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Kyle Rogers on his achievement and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6219

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Leah Burns was recognized with the Student Council Award of Merit;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Leah Burns on her achievement and wish her continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6220

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Lindsay Cameron was recognized as Most Improved Player for badminton;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Lindsay Cameron on her achievement and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6221

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Marcus Murphy was recognized as Most Improved Player for boys wrestling;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Marcus Murphy on his achievement and wish him continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6222

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Marielle Landry was recognized for tying as Most Sportsmanlike Player for girls volleyball;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Marielle Landry on her achievement and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6223

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Megan Scanlan was recognized as Most Valuable Player for girls soccer and Most Valuable Player for girls hockey;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Megan Scanlan on her achievements and wish her continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6224

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Micheline Boudreau was recognized as Female Athlete of the Year, Most Sportsmanlike for girls basketball, Most Improved Player for girls soccer, tied for Most Valuable Player for girls volleyball, an award for her work on the yearbook committee, and was the co-winner of the Roy Boudreau Memorial Scholar Athlete Award;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Micheline Boudreau on her achievements and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6225

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Mireille Landry was recognized for tying as Most Sportsmanlike Player for girls volleyball;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Mireille Landry on her achievement and wish her continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6226

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Mitchell Proctor was selected as Male Athlete of the Year, Most Valuable Player for hockey, and an award for his student council work;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Mitchell Proctor on his achievements and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6227

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Natalie Barrett was recognized for her work with the prom and safe grad committee;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Natalie Barrett on her achievement and wish her continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6228

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Nelson Samson was recognized as Most Valuable Player for boys volleyball and received an award for his work on the yearbook committee;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Nelson Samson on his achievement and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6229

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Samuel Boudreau was recognized as Most Improved Golfer;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Samuel Boudreau on his achievement and wish him continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6230

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Scott Lahey tied for Most Sportsmanlike Player in badminton;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Scott Lahey on his achievement and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6231

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Shamus Madden was recognized with the Student Council Award of Merit;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Shamus Madden on his achievement and wish him continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6232

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Shelby Gerroir was recognized as Most Improved Player for girls hockey;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Shelby Gerroir on her achievement and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6233

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Steven Joshua was recognized for his work with the Intramural Awards for participation in lunch hour activities and demonstrating a great attitude towards other students;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Nelson Samson on his achievement and wish him continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6234

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Steven LeRue was recognized as Most Valuable Player for boys softball and for his hurricane crew work;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Steven LeRue on his achievement and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6235

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Tarren Johnson was recognized for his work with the Intramural Awards for participation in lunch hour activities and demonstrating a great attitude towards other students;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Tarren Johnson on his achievement and wish him continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6236

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Tasha MacDonald was recognized with the Student Council Award of Merit;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Tasha MacDonald on her achievement and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6237

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Terrilyn Boudreau received an award for her work on student council, was the Nova Scotia Schools Athletic Federation Award winner, tied for Most Valuable Player for volleyball and was the co-winner of the Roy Boudreau Memorial Scholar Athlete Award;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Terrilyn Boudreau on her achievements and wish her continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6238

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Andrea Fennell was recognized for her work with the social committee;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Andrea Fennell on her achievement and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6239

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas involvement in sports and extracurricular activities through high school is an important tool for students to develop strength and character; and

Whereas on June 5, 2008, Richmond Academy hosted their 8th Annual Extracurricular and Sports Awards; and

Whereas Stephen MacNeil was recognized for his work with the recycling committee;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Stephen MacNeil on his achievement and wish him continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6240

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 Above and Beyond: Because We Care is the theme selected for the third year in a row by NSAHO and its members to mark the 5th annual campaign this past September to celebrate continuing care programs and services; and

Whereas continuing care organizations include nursing homes, homes for the aged, veterans units, in-hospital long-term care units, home care agencies, home support agencies, residential care facilities, adult residential centres, regional rehabilitation centres and community-based options such as group and small options homes; and

Whereas the aim of the campaign is to pay tribute to continuing care employees for their commitment to providing high quality care and to the dedicated volunteers who support continuing care organizations;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate all the employees and volunteers across Guysborough-Sheet Harbour for the important role they play in the lives of the everyday people they serve.

RESOLUTION NO. 6241

By: Hon. Ronald Chisholm (Fisheries and Aquaculture)

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

Whereas the Guysborough County Business Builders Program under the direction of the Guysborough Regional Development Authority began under the name "I want to be a millionaire" in 1996 and have since seen more than 600 youth participate since its inception; and

Whereas while the name has changed, the goal of the program certainly has not, which is to educate youth in Guysborough County on how to operate a summer business and provide the training necessary to ensure the development of related skills; and

Whereas the successful program, involving students in Grades 3 to 8, from Guysborough Chedabucto Education Centre, Canso Fanning Memorial Education Centre, Mulgrave Memorial Education Centre, St. Mary's Education Centre and St. Mary's

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Academy, teaches youth basic business and life skills, from selling a product or service to budgeting, with two nights having been set aside;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Guysborough Business Builders program under the capable direction of the Guysborough Regional Development Authority on yet another strong and successful year.

RESOLUTION NO. 6242

By: Hon. Ronald Chisholm (Fisheries and Aquaculture)

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

Whereas the Canso Bantam Bluefins have started another year of hockey in a strong fashion; and

Whereas the Bluefins sidelined the visiting Antigonish Bulldogs 9-2 on Nov. 8th and paid respect to local veterans prior to the opening face-off; and

Whereas veterans Harry Dollard and Keith VanDerBrock took part in the opening ceremonial face-off and then were presented with the game puck as a memento of their contribution in getting the 2008-2009 Bluefins home season underway;

Therefore be it resolved the members of this House applaud the Canso Bluefins Bantam Hockey Team for taking the time to recognize today's veterans while wishing them every success for the remainder of their 2008-2009 hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 6243

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 Guysborough Curling Clubs had an entertaining day at the Provincial Turning Point Curling School in New Glasgow in late October; and

Whereas Alix George of the Highlander Curling Club won an I-Pod as the top prize; and

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Whereas Carly Avery, Hannah Gillis, Emily Chisholm and Teagan Lombardo of the Chedabucto Curling Club joined seven other teams in what was described as a team-building technical enhancement camp;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend the young student curlers from Guysborough County and wish them a spirited and successful 2008-2009 curling season.

RESOLUTION NO. 6244

By: Hon. Ronald Chisholm (Fisheries and Aquaculture)

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

Whereas the East River St. Mary's Fire Hall Ladies Auxiliary will be holding their final and what have turned into very successful Hunter's Breakfasts this Saturday at the local fire hall; and

Whereas the breakfasts have been held throughout November, they are home-cooked and taste absolutely delicious; and

Whereas the East River St. Mary's Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is a hard-working contingent of individuals always looking for ideas to assist the department in raising funds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the spirit and community work of the East River St. Mary's Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for their year-round community spirit.

RESOLUTION NO. 6245

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 pianist and admired cello player Nuna Kafarova, of Windsor, welcomed home classical music enthusiasts and folk song singers alike to her home in late September; and

Whereas Ms. Kafarova performed two concerts, one cello and one piano; and

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Whereas with Christmas just around the corner, numerous individuals are looking toward another wonderful concert by Nuna, which was thoroughly enjoyed in September by individuals such as Windsor resident Roland Smith, a guitar major who also happens to be studying violin, and the Valley Voices;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly compliment Nuna Kafarova, once a professor of cello and chamber orchestral music, for providing such a lovely welcoming and musical environment in her home.

RESOLUTION NO. 6246

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 before Windsor ever existed, Fort Edward did, having played a role in Windsor's history since at least 1750; and

Whereas Fort Edward Blockhouse has been a national historic site since 1921; and

Whereas at the present time Parks Canada works in association with the West Hants Historical Society to provide an interpreter/guide offering tours and information about the blockhouse;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize the rich and historic treasure we have and which is visible from Highway No. 101, just before you approach Exit 6 near downtown Windsor.

RESOLUTION NO. 6247

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 Ann Dodge, an Acadia University professor and resident of Falmouth, enjoys working with the Piziquid Canoe Club's masters team; and

Whereas throughout this past summer, Ann was getting her team ready for the Kayaking Nationals, at Lake Banook in Dartmouth, by having them on the lake day and night, five days a week; and

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Whereas the Piziquid masters team has been formed for the past five years, and all team members recognize they have come a long way;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize the athletic pursuit enjoyed by the Piziquid Canoe Club's masters team and extend our fondest wishes for their 2009 season.

RESOLUTION NO. 6248

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 Cadet Eric Vail of 106 Windsor Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron captured the Neptune Flight Top Cadet Award this summer after being involved in the necessary physical education and recreational training required; and

Whereas the cadet program is open to young people between the ages of 12 to18 and is one of the largest youth programs anywhere in Canada, with more than 55,000 cadets participating; and

Whereas 106 Windsor Regional Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron had an enjoyable summer travelling and learning, which included a look inside at one of Canada's C-140 Auroras;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud the dedicated enthusiasm and learning so willingly exemplified by Windsor's 106 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron and wish them every possible success in 2009.

RESOLUTION NO. 6249

By: Hon. Mark Parent (Environment)

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

Whereas the Eastern Kings Chamber of Commerce is a leading spokesperson for more than 300 businesses, organizations and individuals; and

Whereas the chamber recently held its annual business awards night; and

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Whereas Di Best Redden from AVR-Magic 97 and CFAB Windsor was named a lifetime achievement award winner;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commend Di Best Redden for her ongoing and steady professional relationship with radio listeners and clients in the Annapolis Valley as the manager of the Annapolis Valley Radio Network.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6250

By: Hon. Mark Parent (Environment)

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

Whereas the Eastern Kings Chamber of Commerce is a leading spokesperson for more than 300 businesses, organizations and individuals; and

Whereas the chamber recently held its annual business awards night; and

Whereas Leon's of Kentville was chosen as the 2008 Small Business of the Year under the capable leadership of John Coady and Colin Lewis;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commend Leon's of Kentville for their ongoing and steady professional relationship with customers and wish them every continued success in 2009.

RESOLUTION NO. 6251

By: Hon. Mark Parent (Environment)

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

Whereas the Eastern Kings Chamber of Commerce is a leading spokesperson for more than 300 businesses, organizations and individuals; and

Whereas the chamber recently held its annual business awards night; and

Whereas BeLeaf Salon and Spa of Wolfville and Kentville was chosen as the 2008 Outstanding New Business of the Year under the solid direction of June Moores;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commend BeLeaf Salon and Spa in Kentville and Wolfville for their ongoing and steady professional relationship with customers and wish them every continued success in 2009.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6252

By: Hon. Mark Parent (Environment)

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

Whereas the Eastern Kings Chamber of Commerce is a leading spokesperson for more than 300 businesses, organizations and individuals; and

Whereas when it comes to coffee, it doesn't seem to be any better than at Tim Horton's and this point was truly recognized as the chamber recently held its annual business awards night; and

Whereas Burgeo Sands better known as Tim Horton's in Kentville, New Minas and Wolfville was named the 2008 Outstanding Large Business of the Year under the solid direction of Les Falconer;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commend Burgeo Sands owner Les Falconer for always having nothing but the best upon entering his stores and wish him every continued success in 2009.

RESOLUTION NO. 6253

By: Hon. Mark Parent (Environment)

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

Whereas the Eastern Kings Chamber of Commerce is a leading spokesperson for more than 300 businesses, organizations and individuals; and

Whereas when it comes to exporting apple pies, it isn't done any better than at Apple Valley Foods Inc.; and

Whereas Apple Valley Foods Inc., famous for their Sarsfield's pies under the Sarsfield family name, was honoured with the 2008 Outstanding Exporter Award of the Year under the capable leadership of Jeff Sarsfield and staff;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commend Jeff Sarsfield and Apple Valley Foods Inc. for always having nothing but the best and wish him every continued success in 2009.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6254

By: Hon. Alfie MacLeod (Speaker)

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

Whereas the Cape Breton division race for the CIBC Run for the Cure took place at the Victoria Park Armouries in Sydney in September; and

Whereas 80-year-old Rylan Perry spoke eloquently before an estimated crowd of 2,500 people as he read a heartfelt essay on his great-aunt's battle with breast cancer; and

Whereas Rylan described his great-aunt as his hero who had the strength, the will and faith to overcome cancer;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud the significant work of organizers of the 9th Annual CIBC Run for the Cure in which $237,781.50 was raised.

RESOLUTION NO. 6255

By: Hon. Alfie MacLeod (Speaker)

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

Whereas historian/author, Bob Morgan, recently had the pleasure of having more than 200 people in attendance at his new book signing; and

Whereas Bob's book, entitled, Rise Again - The Story of Cape Breton Island; and

Whereas the book launch took place at the McConnell Library in Sydney with Ron Caplan of Breton Books being one of those in attendance;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate historian/author Bob Morgan on another cherished memory of his writing.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6256

By: Hon. Alfie MacLeod (Speaker)

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

Whereas Don MacGillivray, author and professor of history at Cape Breton University, recently unveiled his latest literary work of art entitled, Captain Alex MacLean: Jack London's Sea Wolf, at St. Patrick's Church Museum on the Esplanade in Sydney; and

Whereas the book signing was hosted by Peyton Chisholm, manager and curator of the Old Sydney Society; and

Whereas following his book signing, MacGillivray was a guest lecturer for the Old Sydney Society's special summer lecture series entitled, Master Mariners Alex MacLean and Matt Ryan on the Pacific Ocean and in North American Literature;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud Peyton Chisholm of the Old Sydney Society and author and professor Don MacGillivray for their promotion of Mr. MacGillivray's latest literature of works.

RESOLUTION NO. 6257

By: Hon. Alfie MacLeod (Speaker)

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

Whereas Charlotte and Dave Gills are celebrating their 25th year in business; and

Whereas as part of their celebration they have joined the Home Hardware Building Centre family; and

Whereas Gillis Building Supplies are known wide and far for their support of numerous building projects and worthwhile projects while employing fellow Cape Bretoners;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate Charlotte and Dave for their 25 years in business and wish them many more years of success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6258

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 Greg Hubbert was inducted into the Acadia Hockey Hall of Fame on November 15, 2008 to recognize his outstanding career and team leadership; and

Whereas Greg was recognized the following day for his contribution to the Feed My Lambs program that supported school nutrition and advocacy for poverty reduction; and

Whereas Greg has been a very involved teacher and leader throughout his career, especially at Dwight Ross Elementary School;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Greg on these achievements and setting a great example in his school and community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6259

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 Hailey Richardson of Canso was chosen by the British Council Canada as one of 28 high school students from across Canada to participate in an Arctic voyage which took place from September 7th to 20th; and

Whereas during the voyage, named Cape Farewell, students immersed themselves in countless art and science projects that were recorded on the effects of climate change; and

Whereas last year Hailey and her fellow Canso Academy crew members embarked on a community cleanup, organized a lights-off day at the school and gave global warming presentations to elementary students at Fanning Education Centre with Hailey's message being, "every bit counts;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate Hailey and her fellow mentors for their aggressive role in the fight against global warming and wish them continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6260

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 each year the Fogarty Cove Scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school student from Guysborough County, with this year's winner being Erika Roberts of Canso Academy; and

Whereas Erika is attending Kings College in Halifax to pursue a four-year Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, with her love of performing beginning with a scene from the 1986 Academy Award winning musical Chicago; and

Whereas Erika has been involved in the Canso Academy Drama Club and has submitted work to provincial competitions and has begun writing work she hopes will one day be produced;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Erika Roberts of Canso on winning the Fogarty Cove Scholarship and for her interest and involvement in the performing arts.

RESOLUTION NO. 6261

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 Patrick Avery and Aaron Long, Grade 12 students and softball players from Guysborough Academy, played in the 8th International Softball Congress World Junior Men's Championship held earlier this year in Whitehorse, Yukon, June 20th to June 29th; and

Whereas Patrick and Aaron ended up being part of 12 games during the world championships, winning nine games while losing three, the most critical loss coming in the Gold Medal World Championship Game to Australia by a score of 2-1, despite earlier round-robin wins over countries such as Botswana, Japan, the United States, Mexico, and other countries; and

Whereas Patrick's and Aaron's success is a reflection of the strong softball program which presently exists in Guysborough, with the boys also stressing the continued support

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received from their fathers, Paul Long and Wayne Avery, both teachers at Guysborough Academy as well as experienced and talented ballplayers and coaches;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Patrick Avery and Aaron Long for their world-class accomplishments and wish them every future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6262

By: Hon. Ronald Chisholm (Fisheries and Aquaculture)

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

Whereas the Harbourview Community Centre in New Harbour, a project which the community has been working on for some time, is finally taking shape - it will replace a void left by the demise of the former Riverside School which closed more than three years ago; and

Whereas the community centre committee and the residents of the area have been giving tirelessly of their time and talents to make the community centre a reality; and

Whereas the community centre committee has been involved in various fundraising campaigns, raising thousands of dollars which the centre will use for recreation, dances, and family gatherings, among other things;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate all the residents of New Harbour and surrounding areas for proving that when communities work together they can make things happen.

RESOLUTION NO. 6263

By: Hon. Ronald Chisholm (Fisheries and Aquaculture)

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

Whereas the Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority was recently chosen by MediaCorp, an independent firm, as being named one of the top 10 employers in Nova Scotia, 2008; and

Whereas this recognition was based on a review focusing on eight key areas: (1) physical workplace; (2) work atmosphere; (3) health, financial and family benefits; (4)

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vacation and time off; (5) employee communications; (6) performance management; (7) training and skills development; and (8) community involvement; and

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Whereas the Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority employs approximately 1,000 people, has five hospitals in the district along with two shared services of Public Health and Addiction Services, resulting in this recognition being a positive step toward successfully recruiting and retaining medical and support staff;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Mr. Kevin MacDonald, CEO, and all staff for their contributions, which greatly contributed to the recognition received by the Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority in being named one of Nova Scotia's top 10 employers.

RESOLUTION NO. 6264

By: Hon. Ronald Chisholm (Fisheries and Aquaculture)

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

Whereas the Greenfield Oldsters recently celebrated the opening of a new community centre in Melrose - it replaced a facility that had limited accessibility and high operating costs; and

Whereas the new 2,000-square foot facility will be a focal point for the community, providing a venue for social activities, fitness programs, literacy programs, entrepreneurship training, as well as a modern new business location for existing and new businesses - and the new building will also assist in the retention of vital programs and services such as Canada Post and Emergency Health Services; and

Whereas investments from various government departments and from an anonymous donor secured the necessary funding for the new centre, which will greatly enhance the community of Melrose socially, physically, and economically;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Greenfield Oldsters Association and the residents of Melrose for their efforts and dedication in constructing such a facility in a rural area.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6265

By: Hon. Alfie MacLeod (Speaker)

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

Whereas 18-year old Andrew Clements from the Mira Road in Cape Breton West and presently studying at Cape Breton University, was recently named Cape Breton's first ever nation-wide Youth Prime Minister; and

Whereas Andrew garnered 78.5 per cent of the voting, which was done entirely over the Internet, with his second closest competition from Quebec negating just 16.3 per cent of the national vote; and

Whereas the Youth Government of Canada and the Youth Privy Council, of which Andrew will be in charge for the next two years, is comprised of three actual entities; the Youth Parliament of Canada; Youth Broadcasting Canada and Youth Statistics Canada, as well as Youth Elections Canada, an arm's length organization;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud the dynamic effort of Andrew Clements from the Mira Road in Cape Breton for his successful landslide election win as Youth Prime Minister of Canada.

RESOLUTION NO. 6266

By: Hon. Alfie MacLeod (The Speaker)

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

Whereas Comrade Wilf Edmond of Donkin, Nova Scotia, was elected to the position as Dominion President of the Royal Canadian Legion at their 42nd Dominion Convention in Ottawa earlier this summer; and

Whereas Wilf has been involved in the Legion for approximately 45 years, first being named this local branch's President back in 1966, before being elected to command Nova Scotia's Zone No. 4 in 1981, then becoming Nova Scotia Provincial President in 1993; and

Whereas Wilf, besides serving on the Legion's Dominion Executive Council since 1995 and holding positions on all major committees, has been also awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and the Palm Leaf;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly compliment Wilf Edmond of Donkin on a wonderfully successful career which I am sure has brought challenges, but besides Legion work, Wilf was an employee of the Cape Breton Development Corporation for 36 years and a volunteer firefighter with the Donkin Fire Department for 35 years, as well as a member of the Men of the Deeps Choir, a truly wonderful legacy.

RESOLUTION NO. 6267

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

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

Whereas the Public Service Commission, in co-operation with the Department of Health, are working together to provide the government employee flu shot clinic in HRM; and

Whereas keeping government employees healthy during the cold and flu season prevents the spread of the flu in the workplace; and

Whereas our public servants have volunteered their time to make this flu shot clinic happen once again;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognizes the efforts of the volunteers and the positive benefits of providing employee flu shot clinics, which reduce illness in the workplace.

RESOLUTION NO. 6268

By: Hon. James Muir (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas Detective Constable Brian Owen Johnston received a 25-year Long Service Award for service with the Dartmouth and Halifax Regional Police forces; and

Whereas Detective Constable Johnston, who was appointed the first Race Relations Officer for Dartmouth City Police, has received numerous Letters of Commendation and Recognition throughout his career; and

Whereas Detective Constable Johnston has served as Pastor of the Zion United Baptist Church in Truro since 2001, is the past president of the Black Cultural Centre of

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Nova Scotia, is the Executive Member for the African United Baptist Association of Nova Scotia and is the Chairman of the Board for the Truro Community Enhancement Association;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Detective Constable Brian Johnston for earning his 25-year Police Long Service Award and thank him for his many contributions to community safety and leadership.

RESOLUTION NO. 6269

By: Mr. Harold Theriault (Digby-Annapolis)

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

Whereas David Cvet, a summer resident of Smiths Cove, has provided a unique experience for the students of Digby Elementary; and

Whereas Mr. Cvet is the founder of the Toronto-based Academy of Medieval Martial Arts, a non-profit school focused on the research, practice and training of this ancient style of defence; and

Whereas dressed in full knight armour, Mr. Cvet taught the students about his field of interest;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly thank David Cvet for his dedication to this piece of history and his willingness to educate those around him.

RESOLUTION NO. 6270

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas Paul Tingley was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1970; and

Whereas Paul started sailing at the early age of 10 years old and began his racing career at 25 years old and as part of a Halifax crew in 1996, Paul participated in the trials to select a Canadian team for the initial Paralympic sailing event in Atlanta; and

Whereas Paul's successes are too numerous to name but his 2008 season saw him win a silver medal at the 2008 Qingdao test event and the ultimate achievement of a gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games this summer and Paul's success at the 2008

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Paralympics is the culmination of a focused 12-year effort with the single-minded aim of winning a medal for himself and Canada at the games and he is not only a top international athlete but also a true ambassador for the sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Paul Tingley on his sailing success and wish him much luck at his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 6271

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas FAME - Fitness, Athletes, Models, Entertainment - holds worldwide competitions and publishes a magazine; and

Whereas on October 25, 2008 Sarah Swinamer of Gold River placed first in the figure division of a regional show in Moncton; and

Whereas the figure division may be a less extreme category of bodybuilding, Ms. Swinamer still practised her weightlifting five days a week and her cardio workout seven days;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Sarah on her success and wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 6272

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas after months of tryouts, conditioning, practising, exhibition games and fundraising, six local lacrosse players were selected to represent Nova Scotia at the National Lacrosse Championship; and

Whereas lacrosse is Canada's summer game and is considered the fastest sport on two feet; and

Whereas Bryan Fryday of Black Point was one of the young athletes chosen;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Bryan on his lacrosse success and wish him much luck in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 6273

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas a Grade 12 student at Sir John A. Macdonald High School decided to start up a food drive for local, nearby families because of his compassion for others; and

Whereas Alexander Knox, better known as Zan, collected over 700 items over a five-day period; and

Whereas Zan, who lives with autism, challenged all the high school classes to collect the most food items and the winning class would receive a cake;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Zan's compassion for his community and wish him much success in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 6274

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas volunteers with the Kids Come First Volunteer Program with the Halifax District Child Welfare Office of the Department of Community Services contribute to the quality of life for our children, youth and their families; and

Whereas volunteer Big Buddies meet regularly with children and youth, engaging them in fun and interesting recreational outings that stimulate and raise the self-esteem of these individuals; and

Whereas volunteer Study Buddies tutor children and youth to help them achieve success in various areas of learning and education;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the positive work being done by the Kids Come First Volunteer Program which complement and enhance the

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many programs and services offered by Child Welfare services in Nova Scotia providing much needed services for our young Nova Scotians.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6275

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas the New7Wonders Foundation is searching the globe for seven natural wonders; and

Whereas Terry McCulloch of Parrsboro along with organizations such as the Harbourville Restoration Society are working to ensure that the Bay of Fundy is Canada's entry into the competition; and

Whereas the Bay of Fundy has received international recognition for its biodiversity and the significant impact it has on the world oceans and the extent of the marine mammals, birds and fish that rely on the area;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House encourage all Nova Scotians to support the Bay of Fundy by voting in this competition to be named one of the new seven natural wonders of the world.

RESOLUTION NO. 6276

By: Hon. Alfie MacLeod (Speaker)

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

Whereas municipal government is an encompassing responsibility ranging in the provision of public infrastructure necessities to policing matters during a period of challenges for the world's economy; and

Whereas Kevin Saccary of Port Morien was acclaimed as councillor for District 2 for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality in the October 18th municipal elections; and

Whereas Kevin with his proven experience will assist residents of District 2 as the new Cape Breton Regional Municipality guides residents through the next four challenging years;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend our sincerest best wishes to Kevin Saccary for his acclamation as District 2 councillor for the

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Cape Breton Regional Municipality on October 18th and wish him every future success with his electoral duties.

RESOLUTION NO. 6277

By: Hon. Alfie MacLeod (Speaker)

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

Whereas Brian Lahey from Albert Bridge handily won re-election in District 1 for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality as he took 75 per cent of the popular vote during the province-wide municipal elections on October 18th; and

Whereas municipal government is an encompassing responsibility ranging in the delivery of a wide array of services from public infrastructure to fire protection; and

Whereas Brian with a proven legislative record will assist residents of District 1 and all residents of CBRM as the new Cape Breton Regional Municipality faces many challenges over the next four years;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud Brian Lahey on his convincing win as a Cape Breton Regional Municipal councillor while wishing him every possible success with his electoral duties over the next four years.

RESOLUTION NO. 6278

By: Hon. Alfie MacLeod (Speaker)

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

Whereas government in Canada is organized into three levels - federal, provincial or territorial and municipal - with municipal government posing a wide array of challenges on everything from fire protection to planning; and

Whereas Dave LeBlanc of Sydney Forks was elected the new regional councillor for District 11 for Cape Breton Regional Municipality in the province-wide municipal elections held October 18th with Dave securing 38 per cent of the popular vote in a four-way race; and

Whereas Dave has undertaken a new challenge and while representing District 11 is ultimately responsible for the best interests of 105,698 individuals in the entire Cape Breton Regional Municipality which covers a vast area of 2,470 square kilometres;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend our best wishes to Dave LeBlanc for his successful victory as District 11 councillor on October 18th and wish him every success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6279

By: Hon. Alfie MacLeod (Speaker)

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

Whereas Mae Rowe from McAdams Lake, Nova Scotia, was elected the new regional councillor for District 13 for Cape Breton Regional Municipality in the province-wide municipal elections held October 18th; and

Whereas Mae took 53 per cent of the popular vote in a three-way race; and

Whereas Mae will now face a number of unique challenges with her four-year term as a regional councillor now well underway;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Mae Rowe for her successful win as District 13 councillor on October 18th and wish her every success with her electoral duties.

RESOLUTION NO. 6280

By: Hon. Alfie MacLeod (Speaker)

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

Whereas a recent comment in a major North American newspaper said: When firefighters square off against a blaze, there can come a moment when the enemy gains control, when the combination of wind and flame and tinder overmatches the hoses; and

Whereas William Taylor was recently honoured for his two and a half decades of meritorious service with the Northside East Bay Volunteer Fire Department; and

Whereas no one better than William could truly appreciate the comment contained in the newspaper article and the immeasurable forces firefighters can face at any given time;

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Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs of this House of Assembly offer our warmest and sincerest wishes to William Taylor on his Federal Provincial Service Award of 25 years with the Northside East Bay Volunteer Fire Department.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6281

By: Hon. Alfie MacLeod (Speaker)

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

Whereas a recent comment in a major North American newspaper said; "When firefighters square off against a blaze, there can come a moment when the enemy gains control, when the combination of wind and flame and tinder overmatches the hoses; and

Whereas Aubrey Harris was recently honoured for his four decades of meritorious service with the Louisbourg Volunteer Fire Department; and

Whereas no one better than Aubrey could truly appreciate the comment contained in the newspaper article and the immeasurable forces firefighters can face at any given time;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs of this House of Assembly offer our warmest and sincerest wishes to Aubrey Harris on his Federal Provincial Service Award of 40 years with the Louisbourg Volunteer Fire Department.

RESOLUTION NO. 6282

By Hon. Mark Parent (Environment)

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

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

Whereas Andrew Rogers of Canning was recently recognized for his 25 years of exceptional work as a Baseman with the Government of Nova Scotia's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal; and

Whereas the Public Service of Nova Scotia contributes in a fundamental way to good government, to democracy and to society in general;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Andrew Rogers of Canning on his outstanding work over the past two and a half decades.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6283

By Hon. Mark Parent (Environment)

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

Whereas Public Service work is a central institution within our democratic structure of government; and

Whereas Nova Scotia's Public Service consists of hardworking, resourceful, innovative and dedicated individuals offering a high level of quality work; and

Whereas Ms. Judith Whiteway of Kentville was recognized during Public Service Week in October for her 25 years of talented work for Nova Scotia's Department of Justice;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize Judith Whiteway of Kentville for her 25 years of distinguished service with Nova Scotia's Public Service.

RESOLUTION NO. 6284

By Hon. Mark Parent (Environment)

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

Whereas Premier MacDonald said during Public Service Week in early October, "that Nova Scotia's civil servants contribute to the prosperity of our province"; and

Whereas Premier MacDonald also said, "civil servants provide high-quality service to keep our families safe, our businesses growing and our communities thriving every single day"; and

Whereas Timothy Harrigan of Kentville was recognized in October for his 30 years of faithful and dedicated work for the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Timothy Harrigan for his 30 years of outstanding work in Nova Scotia's Public Service, while wishing him continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6285

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Education)

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

Whereas Kohltech International Ltd., one of the world's largest manufacturer of windows and doors, created Kohltech U because it recognizes that a successful organization is one that continually invests in the development of its people; and

Whereas Kohltech U consists of comprehensive training programs in leadership, supervisory and management skills that are available to all its employees; and

Whereas stronger employees led by stronger supervisors and managers mean increased productivity and efficiency;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Kohltech International Ltd. for receiving CoRDA's Award of Workforce Development Champion.

RESOLUTION NO. 6286

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Education)

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

Whereas the quality of life in many Nova Scotia communities is enhanced by the work of local volunteers; and

Whereas Tip and Pauline Smith of Tatamagouche, in Colchester North, are dedicated to helping their community through their volunteer efforts; and

Whereas a few of the organizations where Tip and Pauline volunteer include the United Church, the fire department, Meals to Wheels, the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Willow Lodge, The Creamery, North Shore Recreation Society, and the Bavarian Society;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend our thanks and congratulations to Tip and Pauline Smith for their extensive volunteer services to their community of Tatamagouche.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6287

By: Hon. Michael Baker (Finance)

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

Whereas having quality child care for our children is a priority for all parents; and

Whereas the Lunenburg Day Care Centre and Bye the Sea Nursery School in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, provide top-notch daycare and nursery school services for children and parents in Lunenburg and surrounding area; and

Whereas this November marks the 35th Anniversary of the Lunenburg Day Care Centre and Bye the Sea Nursery School;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Lunenburg Day Care Centre and Bye the Sea Nursery School on their 35th Anniversary and thank them for the valuable services they have provided to their community over the years.

RESOLUTION NO. 6288

By: Hon. Michael Baker (Finance)

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

Whereas it is well known that our population is aging; and

Whereas the Mahone Bay Centre is heading up the Mahone Bay and Area Seniors Project, which is aimed at providing support to our aging population and helping to improve our lives as we grow older; and

Whereas Ted Hobson and Victoria Hirtle are heading up the project, with the help of many volunteers;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Mahone Bay Centre for spearheading the Mahone Bay and Area Seniors Project and thank them for efforts to improve the lives of our seniors.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6289

By: Mr. Keith Bain (Victoria-The Lakes)

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

Whereas the Cabot High School running team, under the capable leadership of coach Daniel Murray, took part in the regional school championships in Ingonish on October 16th, with a total of 11 Cape Breton teams participating; and

Whereas the Cabot High running team did well enough in Ingonish to advance to the provincial championships in Halifax on October 27th ; and

Whereas Cabot High students taking part in the 2008 Nova Scotia Schools Athletic Federation Cross-Country Championships were Dougie MacEachern, Marley MacKinnon, Jonathan Bishop, Jamie Lee Burton, Johnathan Smith, Sandy MacKinnon, Jessica MacKinnon, Rhianna Dixon, Ryan Glover, Taylor Hard-Scott, Ben Fricker, TJ Ploughman, and Logan MacDonald;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the 2008 Cabot High School running team for advancing to the provincial championships.

RESOLUTION NO. 6290

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

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

Whereas the Port Royal Legion Branch 21 celebrated a very successful open house on Sunday, October 19, 2008, in honour of the 80th Anniversary of the establishment of the Legion in Annapolis Royal; and

Whereas the Port Royal Legion has proudly served the needs of servicemen and servicewomen and ensured the memory of those who sacrificed to preserve our freedom is upheld; and

Whereas a number of dignitaries were in attendance to mark this important milestone of 80 years of individual and collective service and happy camaraderie;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly join me in congratulating members of the Port Royal Legion Branch 21 on 80 years of service to their community.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6291

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

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

Whereas Margaretsville, the little fishing community on the North Mountain in Annapolis County, has proven that what they lack in size is made up for in community spirit; and

Whereas the Margaretsville Community Hall was chosen by Kraft Canada from thousands of entries all across Canada to receive $50,000 in funding to upgrade the hall, in addition to a community barbeque hosted by Kraft to celebrate the community's success; and

Whereas the contest was offered to community spaces that bring children, family and friends together to promote fun and physical fitness and judged on community spirit, overall need and originality;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly join me in congratulating Margaretsville in their successful bid for funding for a hall that is truly the heart of the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6292

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

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

Whereas Chuck Broderick, a resident of Sydney Forks, has been practising law for 30 years; and

Whereas a graduate of Dalhousie Law School, Chuck has ben serving the public since 1985 out of his law practice in New Waterford and in other Cape Breton law offices in the years prior; and

Whereas in addition to practising law, Chuck is an avid supporter of the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay and the Dominion Police Boys and Girls Club, as well as an honorary lifetime member of the New Waterford Kinsmen;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate Chuck Broderick on 30 years of practising law in Cape Breton and wish him success in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 6293

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

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

Whereas on November 1, 2008, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, in front of a hometown crowd, clinched an incredible third-straight Division 3 provincial championship; and

Whereas after 90 minutes of regulation play and two 15-minute sudden-death overtime periods, Bridgetown and Port Hawkesbury's Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre were still tied 1-1, and a shoot-out was used to determine the champion; and

Whereas this amazing feat was accomplished through determination and hard work, and is a testament to the level of dedication of both the athletes and their coach;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Terry Saunders, coach of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, for his role in helping to win a third-consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 6294

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

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

Whereas on November 1, 2008, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, in front of a hometown crowd, clinched an incredible third-straight Division 3 provincial championship; and

Whereas after 90 minutes of regulation play and two 15-minute sudden-death overtime periods, Bridgetown and Port Hawkesbury's Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre were still tied 1-1, and a shoot-out was used to determine the champion; and

Whereas this amazing feat was accomplished through determination and hard work, and is a testament to the level of dedication of both the athletes and their coach;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Cale Saunders, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, for his role in helping to win a third-consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 6295

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

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

Whereas on November 1, 2008, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, in front of a hometown crowd, clinched an incredible third-straight Division 3 provincial championship; and

Whereas after 90 minutes of regulation play and two 15-minute sudden-death overtime periods, Bridgetown and Port Hawkesbury's Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre were still tied 1-1, and a shoot-out was used to determine the champion; and

Whereas this amazing feat was accomplished through determination and hard work, and is a testament to the level of dedication of both the athletes and their coach;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate David Richardson, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, for his role in helping to win a third-consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 6296

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

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

Whereas on November 1, 2008, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, in front of a hometown crowd, clinched an incredible third-straight Division 3 provincial championship; and

Whereas after 90 minutes of regulation play and two 15-minute sudden-death overtime periods, Bridgetown and Port Hawkesbury's Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre were still tied 1-1, and a shoot-out was used to determine the champion; and

Whereas this amazing feat was accomplished through determination and hard work, and is a testament to the level of dedication of both the athletes and their coach;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Dennis Frost, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, for his role in helping to win a third-consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 6297

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

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

Whereas on November 1, 2008, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, in front of a hometown crowd, clinched an incredible third-straight Division 3 provincial championship; and

Whereas after 90 minutes of regulation play and two 15-minute sudden-death overtime periods, Bridgetown and Port Hawkesbury's Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre were still tied 1-1, and a shoot-out was used to determine the champion; and

Whereas this amazing feat was accomplished through determination and hard work, and is a testament to the level of dedication of both the athletes and their coach;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Dylan Gondek, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, for his role in helping to win a third-consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 6298

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

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

Whereas on November 1, 2008, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, in front of a hometown crowd, clinched an incredible third-straight Division 3 provincial championship; and

Whereas after 90 minutes of regulation play and two 15-minute sudden-death overtime periods, Bridgetown and Port Hawkesbury's Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre were still tied 1-1, and a shoot-out was used to determine the champion; and

Whereas this amazing feat was accomplished through determination and hard work, and is a testament to the level of dedication of both the athletes and their coach;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Gareth Rafuse, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, for his role in helping to win a third-consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 6299

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

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

Whereas on November 1, 2008, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, in front of a hometown crowd, clinched an incredible third-straight Division 3 provincial championship; and

Whereas after 90 minutes of regulation play and two 15-minute sudden-death overtime periods, Bridgetown and Port Hawkesbury's Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre were still tied 1-1, and a shoot-out was used to determine the champion; and

Whereas this amazing feat was accomplished through determination and hard work, and is a testament to the level of dedication of both the athletes and their coach;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Geoff Burke, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, for his role in helping to win a third-consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 6300

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

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

Whereas on November 1, 2008, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, in front of a hometown crowd, clinched an incredible third-straight Division 3 provincial championship; and

Whereas after 90 minutes of regulation play and two 15-minute sudden-death overtime periods, Bridgetown and Port Hawkesbury's Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre were still tied 1-1, and a shoot-out was used to determine the champion; and

Whereas this amazing feat was accomplished through determination and hard work, and is a testament to the level of dedication of both the athletes and their coach;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Greg McOrmond, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, for his role in helping to win a third-consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 6301

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

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

Whereas on November 1, 2008, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, in front of a hometown crowd, clinched an incredible third-straight Division 3 provincial championship; and

Whereas after 90 minutes of regulation play and two 15-minute sudden-death overtime periods, Bridgetown and Port Hawkesbury's Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre were still tied 1-1, and a shoot-out was used to determine the champion; and

Whereas this amazing feat was accomplished through determination and hard work, and is a testament to the level of dedication of both the athletes and their coach;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Jordan Saunders, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, for his role in helping to win a third-consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 6302

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

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

Whereas on November 1, 2008, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, in front of a hometown crowd, clinched an incredible third-straight Division 3 provincial championship; and

Whereas after 90 minutes of regulation play and two 15-minute sudden-death overtime periods, Bridgetown and Port Hawkesbury's Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre were still tied 1-1, and a shoot-out was used to determine the champion; and

Whereas this amazing feat was accomplished through determination and hard work, and is a testament to the level of dedication of both the athletes and their coach;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Jordan Thompson, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, for his role in helping to win a third-consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 6303

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

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

Whereas on November 1, 2008, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, in front of a hometown crowd, clinched an incredible third-straight Division 3 provincial championship; and

Whereas after 90 minutes of regulation play and two 15-minute sudden-death overtime periods, Bridgetown and Port Hawkesbury's Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre were still tied 1-1, and a shoot-out was used to determine the champion; and

Whereas this amazing feat was accomplished through determination and hard work, and is a testament to the level of dedication of both the athletes and their coach;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Kiefer Theriault, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, for his role in helping to win a third-consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 6304

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

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

Whereas on November 1, 2008, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, in front of a hometown crowd, clinched an incredible third-straight Division 3 provincial championship; and

Whereas after 90 minutes of regulation play and two 15-minute sudden-death overtime periods, Bridgetown and Port Hawkesbury's Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre were still tied 1-1, and a shoot-out was used to determine the champion; and

Whereas this amazing feat was accomplished through determination and hard work, and is a testament to the level of dedication of both the athletes and their coach;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Matt Piche, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, for his role in helping to win a third-consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 6305

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

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

Whereas on November 1, 2008, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, in front of a hometown crowd, clinched an incredible third-straight Division 3 provincial championship; and

Whereas after 90 minutes of regulation play and two 15-minute sudden-death overtime periods, Bridgetown and Port Hawkesbury's Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre were still tied 1-1, and a shoot-out was used to determine the champion; and

Whereas this amazing feat was accomplished through determination and hard work, and is a testament to the level of dedication of both the athletes and their coach;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Noah Croft, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, for his role in helping to win a third-consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 6306

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

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

Whereas on November 1, 2008, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, in front of a hometown crowd, clinched an incredible third-straight Division 3 provincial championship; and

Whereas after 90 minutes of regulation play and two 15-minute sudden-death overtime periods, Bridgetown and Port Hawkesbury's Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre were still tied 1-1, and a shoot-out was used to determine the champion; and

Whereas this amazing feat was accomplished through determination and hard work, and is a testament to the level of dedication of both the athletes and their coach;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Seth Warren, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, for his role in helping to win a third-consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 6307

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

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

Whereas on November 1, 2008, the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, in front of a hometown crowd, clinched an incredible third-straight Division 3 provincial championship; and

Whereas after 90 minutes of regulation play and two 15-minute sudden-death overtime periods, Bridgetown and Port Hawkesbury's Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre were still tied 1-1, and a shoot-out was used to determine the champion; and

Whereas this amazing feat was accomplished through determination and hard work, and is a testament to the level of dedication of both the athletes and their coach;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Wil Adams, member of the Bridgetown Regional High School Senior Boys Soccer team, for his role in helping to win a third-consecutive Division 3 Senior Boys Soccer title.

RESOLUTION NO. 6308

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas Eileen Grace Mitchell will be turning 80 on January 11, 2009; and

Whereas from 1954 to 1964 Eileen and her husband, Josiah George Mitchell, head lighthouse keeper, and three small children, lived on the northeastern part of St. Paul Island; and

Whereas during their time on the island they experienced many hardships such as no running water, no clothes dryer, no electricity except for a generator, and witnessed and assisted victims of a helicopter crash and cable car crash;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize Eileen Grace Mitchell for the hardships she endured on behalf of the seafarers of Nova Scotia and send her best wishes on her 80th birthday.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6309

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas Josephine Johnston is a resident of North Preston and a founding member and first director of the North Preston Day Care Centre; and

Whereas Josephine is an active member of the North Preston Seniors Club and many other local organizations; and

Whereas Josephine is always willing to lend a helping hand, quietly working on behalf of the community;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Josephine Johnston for her hard work, dedication, and outstanding contributions to her community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6310

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas John McMenemy is a resident of the riding of Preston and has served as president of the Lake Major Homeowners Association; and

Whereas John is a founding member of the Watershed Association Development Enterprise Ltd., an organization that has helped the African Nova Scotian community for many years; and

Whereas John is a member of the Joint Acton Committee for the watershed area, addressing issues on behalf of the community;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize John McMenemy for his hard work, dedication, and outstanding contributions to his community.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6311

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas Carol Ann Beals is a resident of the riding of Preston and is an enthusiastic volunteer in her community; and

Whereas Carol Ann has been a board member of the Watershed Association Development Enterprise Ltd. for 11 years; and

Whereas Carol Ann has been a member and president of the Lake Loon/Cherry Brook Community Development Association ratepayers for 10 years, providing excellent representation for the area residents;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Carol Ann Beals for her hard work, dedication, and outstanding contributions to her community and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 6312

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas Tony Atuanya is a resident of North Preston and the executive director of the Watershed Association Development Enterprise Ltd.; and

Whereas Tony was past president of the North Preston Community Education Council and executive director of the Preston Area Board of Trade; and

Whereas Tony is a former director of Credit Union Atlantic, an entrepreneur of a successful construction company for seven years, as well as a member of the National Visible Minority Board of Labour Force Development;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize Tony Atuanya for his hard work, dedication, and outstanding contributions to his community and wish him success in his future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6313

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the forest fire that started on June 13, 2008, in the riding of Preston was an horrendous event; and

Whereas 18-year-old DJ Sean McSweeney, a resident of Mineville, organized an appreciation night for the firefighters and volunteers at the Lake Echo Community Centre on June 27, 2008; and

Whereas Sean provided his DJ services at no cost and created a truly enjoyable evening for a community in great distress;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Sean McSweeney for his initiative in organizing this much-needed and appreciated event in his community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6314

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 October 29, 2008, I had the pleasure of attending the kickoff of the Access to Community Education and Employment Program's fourth year; and

Whereas ACEE is a program of Independent Living in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas ACEE is delivered in partnership with Affirmative Industries and the Halifax Regional School Board;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Access to Community Education and Employment Program on a successful kickoff of their fourth year and wish them much success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6315

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 Canadian Psychological Association, the national professional association of Canada's psychologists, held their 69th annual convention in Halifax in June 2008; and

Whereas psychologists are the single largest, regulated and specialized provider group of mental health care in Canada; and

Whereas through research and practice, their activities are focused on promotion, prevention and treatment for the range of psychological issues, disorders and conditions faced by Canadians;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Canadian Psychological Association and the approximately 1,500 attendees on their successful 69th annual convention in Halifax.

RESOLUTION NO. 6316

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 July 14, 2008, I had the pleasure of participating in the 2nd Annual Leaders for Life Big Bike Ride which raised over $31,000; and

Whereas the funds raised help with research initiatives and health promotion programs undertaken by the Heart and Stroke Foundation; and

Whereas Remy Richard was the team's top fundraiser and all the team members had a fun time, even though it was raining part of the time;

Therefore be it resolved that this Legislative Assembly congratulate the Heart and Stroke Foundation and all the volunteers on a fun and successful 2nd Annual Leaders for Life Big Bike Ride.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6317

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 19, 2008, the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society held their annual fundraising dinner and auction; and

Whereas 160 people attended the event which raised approximately $14,500 in support of the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum; and

Whereas these funds will enable the farm museum to continue to provide services to the Cole Harbour and Dartmouth community;

Therefore be it resolved that this Legislative Assembly congratulate the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society on hosting their dinner and auction and wish them much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 6318

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 October 18, 2008, I had the pleasure of receiving a tour of the reopened Dartmouth Family YMCA on the Akerley Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College; and

Whereas the upgrades include a total renovation of the swimming pool, locker rooms and shower areas, and new and updated weight equipment; and

Whereas the Dartmouth YMCA will be holding a Youth Night for young people aged 12 to 17 on Saturdays from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and a Friday pizza and movie night for teens;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Dartmouth YMCA on their newly-renovated facility and wish them much success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6319

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 November 15, 2008, I had the pleasure to attend Word Up! Family Literacy Fun Day at Caledonia Junior High School; and

Whereas the Dartmouth Community Health Board co-hosted the event with the Dartmouth Family Centre, the Rotary Club and the Woodlawn Public Library; and

Whereas the event included a variety of activities to encourage families to read together and to encourage children to read on their own;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Dartmouth Community Health Board, the Dartmouth Family Centre, the Rotary Club and the Woodlawn Public Library on a successful Word Up! Family Literacy Fun Day.

RESOLUTION NO. 6320

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 November 13, 2008, I had the pleasure to attend the launch of the Opening Doors Campaign of the Dartmouth Family YMCA; and

Whereas those in attendance heard personal inspirational stories from YMCA members and volunteers about how together we can make a difference in the lives of youth, adults and families who live, learn, work and play in Dartmouth; and

Whereas we were able to enjoy some refreshments and meet our neighbours and receive a guided tour of the newly-renovated Dartmouth Family YMCA;

Therefore be it resolved that this Legislative Assembly congratulate the Dartmouth Family YMCA on a successful launch of the Opening Doors Campaign.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6321

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 November 12, 2008, I attended the launch of Operation Red Nose which is sponsored by the Insurance Bureau of Canada; and

Whereas Operation Red Nose is a free, designated driver service that helps keep roads safe during the Holiday Season by getting people who should not be behind the wheel of their cars home safely; and

Whereas this year's campaign will run between Friday and Saturday nights, from November 28th through December 20th, through the dedication of volunteers;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank the Insurance Bureau of Canada and the dedicated team of volunteers who help keep our roads safer during the holidays through their program, Operation Red Nose 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 6322

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 Eric Graves Memorial Junior High School presents the Students of the Month Award; and

Whereas the Students of the Month Award is presented to students by their teachers; and

Whereas students of the month have exhibited co-operative behaviour, school effort and have made a positive contribution to school life;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate October's students of the month: Bailey Trzop-Goodick, Valentine Badesh, Murron Grady, Joey Ayoub, Bethany Tremblay, Rebecca Pyle, Rachel Boutilier, Brittney Fenyvesi, Danielle Thompson and Kialah Mason, and wish them much success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6323

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 Building for Independence at 66 Lakecrest Drive, Dartmouth, which is owned and operated by Affirmative Industries Association, is the recipient of the Canadian Institute of Planners National Award for Planning Excellence in Social Housing; and

Whereas Building for Independence is a 10-unit affordable housing project which opened last Fall; and

Whereas Building for Independence incorporates an individual development account model to help build equity and community independence for tenants;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Affirmative Industries Association on receiving the Canadian Institute of Planners National Award for Planning Excellence in Social Housing.

RESOLUTION NO. 6324

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 Eric Graves Memorial Junior High School presents the Students of the Month Award; and

Whereas the Students of the Month Award is presented to students by their teachers; and

Whereas students of the month have exhibited co-operative behaviour, school effort and have made a positive contribution to school life;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate September's students of the month: Jessica Parsons, Brett Armstron, Billy Parsons, Nick Graham, Chris Broedrick, Mitchell Thompson, Holly Thompson, Lee Gaetz, Nadia Junus and Bonnie Serroul, and wish them much success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6325

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 October 30, 2008, nurse practitioners Rosalind Benoit and Jackie Jayasinghe were at Province House to do risk assessment; and

Whereas by performing some simple tests such as blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and family history, these nurse practitioners calculated one's health risk and presented us with the findings; and

Whereas my poor cholesterol reading resulted in Ms. Benoit recommending I follow up with my doctor;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank nurse practitioners Ms. Rosalind Benoit and Ms. Jackie Jayasinghe for the risk assessments that they provided at Province House this year.

RESOLUTION NO. 6326

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Education)

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

Whereas Joanne and Allan MacKinnon co-own CG Fulton Pharmacy with locations in Tatamagouche and River John; and

Whereas the MacKinnon family took over the pharmacy business 33 years ago and employ about 22 people; and

Whereas the employees of CG Fulton Pharmacy submitted excellent employee-employer relations and an exceptional work environment as reasons why they believe their employer deserves special recognition;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Allan and Joanne MacKinnon for receiving the Colchester Regional Development Agency's Corporate Champion Employer Award.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6327

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas Nic Banfield of Lower Sackville qualified for the RCGA Canadian Amateur Golf Championship in Lethbridge, Alberta; and

Whereas Nic Banfield fired an even-par 71 to tie for eighth place with the top eight qualifying for the four round tournament; and

Whereas Nic Banfield earned one of eleven final spots in the RCGA Canadian Amateur Golf Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate Nic Banfield of Lower Sackville for qualifying for the RCGA Canadian Amateur Golf Championship in Lethbridge, Alberta where he fired an even-par 71 to tie for eighth place, with the top eight qualifying for the four round tournament, earning him one of eleven spots in the RCGA Canadian Amateur Golf Championship and wish him future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6328

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas 53-year-old Lori Watkins is a resident of Sackville, whose 10-year-old daughter, Alison, was born with craniosynostosis, a condition that left her with Global Developmental Delay (GDD); and

Whereas Lori Watkins participated in the Easter Seals Drop Zone held on September 19th, where she rappelled 23 stories down the side of a high-rise building at 1801 Hollis Street in Halifax in support of the Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas participants must raise $1,500 in order to participate in the Easter Seals Drop Zone;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly applaud 53-year-old Lori Watkins of Sackville for raising funds and awareness of her 10-year- old daughter

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Allison's condition, Global Developmental Delay, and thank her for participating in the Easter Seals Drop Zone as she rappelled 23 stories down the side of a high-rise building at 1801 Hollis Street in Halifax in support of the Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 6329

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas the annual Walk/Run for the Health of our Community is a fundraiser for the Cobequid Community Health Centre; and

Whereas Lew Turner is a member of Vic's Chicks which started as a small fundraising group 15 years ago and has raised thousands of dollars for the health centre; and

Whereas Vic's Chicks plans to raise $12,000 for the Cobequid Community Health Centre in the Walk/Run for the Health of our Community which kicks off on October 19th ;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly commend Lew Turner for being a member of Vic's Chicks and for his part in plans to raise $12,000 for the Cobequid Community Health Centre in the annual Walk/Run for the Health of our Community on October 19th.

RESOLUTION NO. 6330

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas the annual Walk/Run for the Health of our Community is a fundraiser for the Cobequid Community Health Centre; and

Whereas Ruth O'Connell is a member of Vic's Chicks which started as a small fundraising group 15 years ago and has raised thousands of dollars for the health centre; and

Whereas Vic's Chicks plans to raise $12,000 for the Cobequid Community Health Centre in the Walk/Run for the Health of our Community which kicks off on October 19th ;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly commend Ruth O'Connell for being a member of Vic's Chicks and for her part in plans to raise $12,000 for

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the Cobequid Community Health Centre in the annual Walk/Run for the Health of our Community on October 19th.

RESOLUTION NO. 6331

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas the annual Walk/Run for the Health of our Community is a fundraiser for the Cobequid Community Health Centre; and

Whereas Beth Harland is a member of Vic's Chicks which started as a small fundraising group 15 years ago and has raised thousands of dollars for the health centre; and

Whereas Vic's Chicks plans to raise $12,000 for the Cobequid Community Health Centre in the Walk/Run for the Health of our Community which kicks off on October 19th ;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly commend Beth Harland for being a member of Vic's Chicks and for her part in plans to raise $12,000 for the Cobequid Community Health Centre in the annual Walk/Run for the Health of our Community on October 19th.

RESOLUTION NO. 6332

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas the annual Walk/Run for the Health of our Community is a fundraiser for the Cobequid Community Health Centre; and

Whereas Richard White is a member of Vic's Chicks which started as a small fundraising group 15 years ago and has raised thousands of dollars for the health centre; and

Whereas Vic's Chicks plans to raise $12,000 for the Cobequid Community Health Centre in the Walk/Run for the Health of our Community which kicks off on October 19th ;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly commend Richard White for being a member of Vic's Chicks and for his part in plans to raise $12,000 for the

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Cobequid Community Health Centre in the annual Walk/Run for the Health of our Community on October 19th.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6333

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas Vic Bezanson is chairman of the annual Walk/Run for the Health of our Community is a fundraiser for the Cobequid Community Health Centre; and

Whereas Vic Bezanson is an original member of Vic's Chicks which started as a small fundraising group 15 years ago and has raised thousands of dollars for the health centre; and

Whereas Vic's Chicks plans to raise $12,000 for the Cobequid Community Health Centre in the Walk/Run for the Health of our Community which kicks off on October 19th ;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly commend Vic Bezanson for being an original member of Vic's Chicks and chairman for the annual Walk/Run for the Health of our Community to be held on October 19th and for his part in plans to raise $12,000 for the Cobequid Community Health Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 6334

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas the transition between elementary school and junior high school is a difficult one for a lot of students; and

Whereas Brittany Geizer is a Grade 8 student at Leslie Thomas Junior High School in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Brittany was involved in the production of the Guide 2 Survive Leslie Thomas Junior High book and DVD to help elementary students know what to expect when starting junior high school;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly commend Leslie Thomas Junior High Grade 8 student Brittany Geizer on her contribution to the production of the Guide 2 Survive Leslie Thomas Junior High book and DVD to help prepare

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elementary school students make the transition to junior high school, and wish her future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6335

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas the transition between elementary school and junior high school is a difficult one for a lot of students; and

Whereas Patrick O'Brien is a Grade 8 student at Leslie Thomas Junior High School in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Patrick was involved in the production of the Guide 2 Survive Leslie Thomas Junior High book and DVD to help elementary students know what to expect when starting junior high school;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly commend Leslie Thomas Junior High Grade 8 student Patrick O'Brien on his contribution to the production of the Guide 2 Survive Leslie Thomas Junior High book and DVD to help prepare elementary students make the transition to junior high school, and wish him future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6336

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas Nicole Dupuis has been a teacher with the CanSkate program at the Sackville Skating Club for 10 years; and

Whereas Nicole Dupuis volunteered as a program assistant during local CanSkate sessions before she was a teacher; and

Whereas Nicole Dupuis was one of seven coaches of CanSkate's Learn to Skate Program to win the first cross-Canada, The Best of the Best Award, and participated in a national Skate Canada coaches conference in Regina in May;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate Nicole Dupuis on being selected as one of seven coaches of CanSkate's Learn to Skate Program to win the first cross-Canada, The Best of the Best Award, and participate in a national Skate Canada coaches conference in Regina, and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6337

By: Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas 52-year-old Reverend Wade Harvey of Lower Sackville is a pastor at the Sackville United Baptist Church in Middle Sackville; and

Whereas his first skydiving experience was with his 26-year-old son Gabriel, and jumps about 30 times a year from the Atlantic School of Skydiving in Waterville; and

Whereas Reverend Harvey has been nicknamed the Holy Ghost by fellow skydivers, and has jumped 119 times and has performed a wedding at 1,050 metres;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate 52-year-old Reverend Wade Harvey of Lower Sackville, Pastor of United Baptist Church in Middle Sackville, for reaching 119 skydiving jumps and for performing a wedding at 1,050 metres, and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6338

By: Mr. Trevor Zinck (Dartmouth North)

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

Whereas 2008 marks the 250th Anniversary of democratic government in Canada, and more particularly in Nova Scotia, the birthplace of responsible government; and

Whereas governments everywhere are trying to reach out to our youth to be more involved with the democratic process; and

Whereas during the most recent federal and municipal elections, two young men from Dartmouth - Brad Pye, federal, and Brian Leblanc, municipal - offered their names and ran for political office, both knowing full well the massive amounts of time and work involved if they were elected;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate and commend both Brad and Brian, and all other young candidates, for their commitment to the democratic process.

RESOLUTION NO. 6339

By: Mr. Trevor Zinck (Dartmouth North)

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

Whereas Innah Gaspar, a Grade 12 student at Dartmouth High School, recently returned from a three-week tour of Jos, Northern Nigeria; and

Whereas while there, Innah worked with local youth exploring international development, advocating for social justice and teaching about democracy through theatre and soccer; and

Whereas Innah hopes to empower youth in Nova Scotia to stand in solidarity with the poor of the world and in particular the poor of Nigeria;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate and commend Innah Gaspar on her future educational endeavours and her efforts to make important changes in the lives of those who have been left behind by no fault of their own.

RESOLUTION NO. 6340

By: Hon. James Muir (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas Clayton MacLeod of Truro, a long-time prominent figure in Maritime harness racing, and members of his family were honoured at the 2008 Atlantic Breeders Crown Banquet; and

Whereas Clayton MacLeod was regarded as a complete horseman when he trained and drove horses for the Elmer Bragg Stable and the Frank Stanfield Stable, and was widely known when he campaigned the legendary racing mare Iola Henley; and

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Whereas Clayton MacLeod's son, Steve, is a noted ferrier; his brother, the late Theo MacLeod, was a well-known owner; and Steve's sons, Jamie and Jason, have also been involved in the harness racing industry;

Therefore be it resolved that all members congratulate Clayton MacLeod and members of his family for being recognized for their contributions to harness racing at the 2008 Atlantic Breeders Crown Banquet.

RESOLUTION NO. 6341

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas on November 22, 2008, friends and families of the Oxford Fire Department gathered together to honour the men and women who are always ready to put their lives on the line for the safety of their community; and

Whereas Chief Tory Rushton was one of many dedicated volunteers who was honoured on this evening for his service to the fire department; and

Whereas Chief Tory Rushton has given 10 years of service to the Oxford Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Chief Tory Rushton on 10 years of service to the Oxford Fire Department and thank him for the sacrifices that he has made for his community and this province.

RESOLUTION NO. 6342

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas on November 22, 2008, friends and families of the Oxford Fire Department gathered together to honour the men and women who are always ready to put their lives on the line for the safety of their community; and

Whereas Stephanie Arsenault was one of many dedicated volunteers who was honoured on this evening for her service to the fire department; and

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Whereas Stephanie Arsenault has given five years of service to the Oxford Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Stephanie Arsenault on five years of service to the Oxford Dire Department and thank her for the sacrifices that she has made for her community and this province.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6343

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas on November 22, 2008, friends and families of the Oxford Fire Department gathered together to honour the men and women who are always ready to put their lives on the line for the safety of their community; and

Whereas Bruce Beattie was one of many dedicated volunteers who was honoured on this evening for his service to the fire department; and

Whereas Bruce Beattie has given 10 years of service to the Oxford Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Bruce Beattie on 10 years of service to the Oxford Fire Department and thank him for the sacrifices that he has made for his community and this province.

RESOLUTION NO. 6344

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas on November 22, 2008, friends and families of the Oxford Fire Department gathered together to honour the men and women who are always ready to put their lives on the line for the safety of their community; and

Whereas Joe Chapman was one of many dedicated volunteers who was honoured on this evening for his service to the fire department; and

Whereas Joe Chapman has given 20 years of service to the Oxford Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Joe Chapman on 20 years of service to the Oxford Fire Department and thank him for the sacrifices that he has made for his community and this province.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6345

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas on November 22, 2008, friends and families of the Oxford Fire Department gathered together to honour the men and women who are always ready to put their lives on the line for the safety of their community; and

Whereas Brent Marshall was one of the many dedicated volunteers who was honoured on this evening for his service to the fire department; and

Whereas Brent Marshall has given 25 years of service to the Oxford Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Brent Marshall on 25 years of service to the Oxford Fire Department and thank him for the sacrifices that he has made for his community and this province.

RESOLUTION NO. 6346

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas on November 22, 2008, friends and families of the Oxford Fire Department gathered together to honour the men and women who are always ready to put their lives on the line for the safety of their community; and

Whereas Joey Rushton was one of many dedicated volunteers who was honoured on this evening for his service to the fire department; and

Whereas Joey Rushton has given five years of service to the Oxford Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Joey Rushton on five years of service to the Oxford Fire Department and thank him for the sacrifices that he has made for his community and this province.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6347

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 this past September Ben Hebb, of Bridgewater, set a new Atlantic record at the Giant Pumpkin Provincial Festival in New Brunswick; and

Whereas Mr. Hebb set this new record with his pumpkin weighing in at 594 kilograms; and

Whereas his giant pumpkin beat the previous record by 26 kilograms;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Ben Hebb on his record-setting pumpkin and wish him many more years of successful pumpkin growing.

RESOLUTION NO. 6348

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas 13 Colombian schoolgirls spent six weeks living and learning in Pictou County this Fall; and

Whereas Trenton Middle School welcomed 13 girls from Medellin, Colombia, at the beginning of this school year, in an annual exchange that sees kids from the Colombian town travel all over the world; and

Whereas the girls were excited to take part in Canadian life and were introduced to new food - not to mention new weather - and leaves changing colour and shepherd's pie were just a few of the new experiences they will take back with them, but most of all they will miss the friends they have made during their stay in Pictou County;

Therefore be it resolved that all members f this House send best wishes to the Medellin exchange students and the community of Trenton Middle School for showcasing some of the best that Canada has to offer.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6349

By: Hon. James Muir (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas Colin Dickson, CD, P.Eng., MBA, was awarded the J.D. Fraser Service Award in recognition of his significant contributions to Engineers Nova Scotia and to the engineering profession; and

Whereas Colin Dickson was the only recipient of the J.D. Fraser Service Award in 2008; and

Whereas Colin Dickson, who spent 12 years as an engineering officer in the Navy before joining the private sector, was awarded the Gold Medal for Academic Achievement in his MBA studies, and he is currently vice-president for Business Development (Atlantic Region) for the Cement Association of Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House congratulate Colin Dickson for receiving the J.D. Fraser Service Award from Engineers Nova Scotia and thank him for his continuing volunteer efforts within his profession and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6350

By: Hon. James Muir (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas credit unions first began in Nova Scotia 75 years ago and continue to be alive and well in many Nova Scotia communities - with 31 main branches and 162 points of service; and

Whereas credit unions offer financial stability and strong reliable support to Nova Scotians; and

Whereas credit unions work hard to make it as easy as possible for small businesses to succeed in this province;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and congratulate Credit Union Central on its 75th Anniversary.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6351

By: Hon. James Muir (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas for the past 60 years the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council has served the needs of co-operatives, as well as provided services to help co-operatives grow and expand; and

Whereas last year the council experienced a 4 per cent growth in membership and 20 new co-operatives were incorporated; and

Whereas successful co-operatives mean a stronger economy, more jobs, and a brighter future for Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and congratulate the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council on its 60th Anniversary.

RESOLUTION NO. 6352

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas the Mount Saint Vincent University men's Mystics basketball team became the first Atlantic team to achieve the honour of being ranked number one in the nation by the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA); and

Whereas the Mystics men's basketball team became the first Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association (ACAA) to capture the Hagen Basketball Tournament held annually in Montreal; and

Whereas for the past two seasons the men's Mystics basketball team have won 47 consecutive games, making them undefeated in regular season play;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating the Mount Saint Vincent University's men's Mystics basketball team for their outstanding performances, great sportsmanship, as well as their determination and drive.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6353

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas Chris Tzaneteas and Costa Elles own and operate Opa Restaurant as well as Seven and Mosaic Restaurants in downtown Halifax; and

Whereas in October 2008, Chris and Costa opened a second Opa location in Bayers Lake, which is an area that is traditionally dominated by big-name chain restaurants; and

Whereas the opening of Opa in Bayers Lake was much anticipated and appreciated by the people who live nearby as it brings more choice and the opportunity to enjoy authentic Greek food close to home and work;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate Chris Tzaneteas and Costa Elles on their expansion into Bayers Lake and specifically on the opening of their second Opa restaurant.

RESOLUTION NO. 6354

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

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

Whereas Halifax Regional School Board is mandated to govern the business of education in the Halifax Regional Municipality; and

Whereas in October of this year, the Halifax Regional School Board saw 39 people put their names forward to serve on this board; and

Whereas Gin Yee was elected to represent the best interests of the residents of District 3 Dartmouth Centre, Woodside-Eastern Passage, Albro Lake-Harbourview;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Gin Yee on his successful re-election to Halifax Regional School Board in his new role as representative for District 3 Dartmouth Centre, Woodside-Eastern Passage, Albro Lake-Harbourview.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6355

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

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

Whereas Halifax Regional School Board is mandated to govern the business of education in the Halifax Regional Municipality; and

Whereas in October of this year, the Halifax Regional School Board saw 39 people put their names forward to serve on this board; and

Whereas Gina Conrad was elected to represent the best interests of the residents of District 2 Cole Harbour, East Dartmouth-The Lakes, Portland-East Woodlawn;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Gina Conrod on her successful election to Halifax Regional School Board in her new role as representative for District 2 Cole Harbour, East Dartmouth-The Lakes, Portland-East Woodlawn.

RESOLUTION NO. 6356

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

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

Whereas bullying in our schools and indeed in our community, continues to cause harm and pain to its citizens, in particular to the children of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Christa Pope, the guidance councillor at Tallahassee Elementary School works with the student and teachers every day to promote peace, respect and kindness for one another through innovative and current anti-bullying programs; and

Whereas Tallahassee Elementary School has spent a full week dedicated to the Say No to Bullying program and wearing pink in support of a Nova Scotia born phenomena of standing up to bullying;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly commend students, staff, administration and volunteers of Tallahassee Elementary School for the successful delivery of the Say No to Bullying program and taking an important stand against bullying in their school.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6357

By: Mr. John MacDonell (Hants East)

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

Whereas Tom Parker was an active and successful businessman from the Enfield area who took an interest in many things; and

Whereas each year Mr. Parker's family presents an award in their father's memory to a deserving member of the business community; and

Whereas on October 21, 2008, Mr. Greg Roach of Caldwell Roach Insurance in Elmsdale was presented the Tom Parker Award by the East Hants and District Chamber of Commerce for his company's and employees' active support to local sports and civic functions;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the owners and staff of Caldwell Roach Insurance on their award and thank them for giving back to their community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6358

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas Sable Island is an important part of Nova Scotia in terms of our history and our natural environment, as well as its notoriety as the Graveyard of the Atlantic; and

Whereas there are only two people known to have been born on Sable Island; and

Whereas in October 2008, Augustine (Gus) Walsh, son of a wireless operator on Sable Island and resident of Sydney Mines, made his second visit to his birthplace, 85 years after his birth, with the assistance of a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in honouring Mr. Walsh as an unique Nova Scotian and congratulate him on his return to Sable Island by air, versus by sea, following his birth on Sable Island, to Cape Breton Island.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6359

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Education)

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

Whereas Andrew Clements has been elected by his peers as the first ever Youth Prime Minister of Canada; and

Whereas the Cape Breton teen was elected with 78.5 per cent of the popular vote when electronic ballots were cast across the country on October 18, 2008; and

Whereas in his role as Youth Prime Minister, Andrew Clements will represent the nation's youth in a virtual House of Commons and be the spokesperson for the youth of Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Andrew Clements on his overwhelming victory in the first- ever election for Youth Prime Minister of Canada and send him best wishes in his new role as representative of Canadian youth.

RESOLUTION NO. 6360

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas each and every Friday the Progressive Conservative and NDP gas regulation coalition ensures that Nova Scotia motorists will pay top dollar for their gasoline; and

Whereas despite the significant price drop in recent weeks, Nova Scotians are still paying more than their neighbours in New Brunswick; and

Whereas this failed policy has made Nova Scotia businesses less competitive and makes household finances even tighter for Nova Scotia families;

Therefore be it resolved that the Progressive Conservative and NDP gas regulation coalition admit that gas regulation has been a complete failure and support the Liberal bid to scrap gas regulation immediately.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6361

By: Hon. David Morse (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas Cambridge and District Elementary School has been blessed with a succession of capable and caring school principals; and

Whereas Mike Ouellette served as principal for 4.5 years, up until his transfer to West Kings this past February; and

Whereas Mike was a champion for the Cambridge community, but also a caring leader who knew those children and families most in need of that extra assistance;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the crucial role a school principal plays in their community and thank Mike Ouellette for his considerable contribution to the Cambridge and District Elementary School community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6362

By: Hon. David Morse (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas selfless parent volunteers make a tremendous contribution to the life of a school community; and

Whereas Paula Robinson has contributed in many capacities to enhancing the Cambridge and District Elementary School, including seven years volunteering in their breakfast program, serving as president of the home and school association, cooking at the Annual Santa Claus Breakfast and fighting to ensure there continues to be an elementary school in Cambridge; and

Whereas despite the fact Paula's four children have all graduated from the Cambridge Elementary School, she still continues to volunteer in the school;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the enormous contributions of parent volunteers and, in particular, the exemplary caring Paula Robinson has shown to all students of Cambridge and District Elementary School.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6363

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 Chicago International Film Festival is the largest festival of films for children in North America, showing over 200 films from 40 countries; and

Whereas Reel Productions, a student initiative, produced the award-winning movie Into the Blue, which was chosen to be screened at the Chicago International Film Festival; and

Whereas Reel Productions, through participation in the festival, will have an opportunity to have their movie nominated for an Academy Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Mr. Stickings and his students from Grovesnor-Wentworth Park Elementary School for their involvement in Reel Productions and wish the budding film producers future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6364

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 Chicago International Film Festival is the largest festival of films for children in North America, showing over 200 films from 40 countries; and

Whereas Reel Productions, a student initiative, produced the award-winning movie Into the Blue, which was chosen to be screened at the Chicago International Film Festival; and

Whereas Reel Productions, through participation in the festival, will have an opportunity to have their movie nominated for an Academy Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Andrew Stickings for guiding his students in this achievement and show appreciation to Andrew for encouraging participation in the arts.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6365

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 Chicago International Film Festival is the largest festival of films for children in North America, showing over 200 films from 40 countries; and

Whereas Reel Productions, a student initiative, produced the award-winning movie Into the Blue, which was chosen to be screened at the Chicago International Film Festival; and

Whereas Reel Productions, through participation in the festival, will have an opportunity to have their movie nominated for an Academy Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Katie Ball for her involvement in Reel Productions and wish this budding film producer future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6366

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 Chicago International Film Festival is the largest festival of films for children in North America, showing over 200 films from 40 countries; and

Whereas Reel Productions, a student initiative, produced the award-winning movie Into the Blue, which was chosen to be screened at the Chicago International Film Festival; and

Whereas Reel Productions, through participation in the festival, will have an opportunity to have their movie nominated for an Academy Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Lindsay Burns for her involvement in Reel Productions and wish this budding film producer future success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6367

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 Chicago International Film Festival is the largest festival of films for children in North America, showing over 200 films from 40 countries; and

Whereas Reel Productions, a student initiative, produced the award-winning movie Into the Blue, which was chosen to be screened at the Chicago International Film Festival; and

Whereas Reel Productions, through participation in the festival, will have an opportunity to have their movie nominated for an Academy Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Tyler Kelly for his involvement in Reel Productions and wish this budding film producer future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6368

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 Premier MacDonald said, during Public Service Week in early October, "that Nova Scotia's civil servants contribute to the prosperity of our province"; and

Whereas Premier MacDonald also said "civil servants provide high quality service to keep our families safe, our businesses growing and our communities thriving every single day"; and

Whereas James Zwicker, of Ellershouse, was recognized in October for his two and a half decades of faithful and dedicated work for the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud James Zwicker, of Ellershouse, for his 25 years of outstanding work in Nova Scotia's public service, while wishing him continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6369

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

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

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

Whereas Mark Phillips, of Newport, has and continues to work for the Nova Scotia Government's Department of Justice for the last 25 years; and

Whereas Mark was recently recognized by the Province of Nova Scotia for his 25 years of dedication and commitment, which he exemplifies as an employee with the Department of Justice;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commend Mark Phillips, of Newport, on his tremendous work ethic and for doing such an outstanding job over the past two and a half decades.

RESOLUTION NO. 6370

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

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

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

Whereas Ms. Claire Purdy, a resident of the Three Mile Plains Back Road, was recently recognized for her 25 years of exceptional work with the Government of Nova Scotia's Department of Justice at the Halifax Law Courts; and

Whereas the Public Service of Nova Scotia contributes in a fundamental way to good government, to democracy, and to society in general;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Claire Purdy, of Three Mile Plains, on her outstanding work for the Nova Scotia Government over the past two and a half decades.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6371

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

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

Whereas the Scotiabank in Bridgetown has repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to the community they serve; and

Whereas employees at the bank give selflessly of their time and talents to fundraise throughout the year, raising over $10,000; and

Whereas the proceeds from the fundraising efforts are matched by the bank to support worthwhile causes in their community, such as the local library, food bank and fire hall;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly join me in thanking the Scotiabank in Bridgetown for their generosity to the citizens of the Town of Bridgetown and community and wish them well in their future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 6372

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

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

Whereas Mike Gillespie of Lawrencetown, Annapolis County, was recently awarded the 2008 Students in Business Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Community Business Development Corporation for his success in establishing Ace Landscaping as a thriving enterprise in the county; and

Whereas four years ago, at the age of 13, Mike started mowing lawns to earn spending money and now, with a truck, over $7,000 in equipment and more than 50 customers, he is posting impressive profits of $10,000; and

Whereas in addition to running a successful business, Mike is a senior at Bridgetown Regional High School, where he is involved in many school activities, as well as being a committed volunteer firefighter with the Lawrencetown Volunteer Fire Department, a passion he plans to turn into a career upon graduation;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly join me in congratulating Mike Gillespie on his well-deserved recognition and wish him great success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 6373

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

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

Whereas Margaretsville resident Sharon Longley is a veteran volunteer with the Victorian Order of Nurses, having begun as a board member in Annapolis County in 1978; and

Whereas Sharon went on to serve as vice-president at the provincial level and is currently volunteering at foot care clinics, assisting nurses with the administration of the program and has said she has no notion of retiring; and

Whereas at a Long-Term Service and Awards gala held recently, Sharon was recognized by the national body for her dedication to volunteer excellence through the presentation of a silver award;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly join me in congratulating Sharon Longley on this well-deserved award and wish her well as she continues as a great supporter of the VON.

RESOLUTION NO. 6374

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas each year the Certified General Accountants Association of Nova Scotia honours members who make important contributions to the association, the profession and the community; and

Whereas this year Bert Frizzell, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Shaw Group, has been honoured with the Fellowship Designation; and

Whereas over the years Mr. Frizzell has held voluntary leadership positions in numerous industry and community associations;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of the Legislature congratulate Bert Frizzell for this most deserved recognition of receiving the Fellowship Designation from the Certified General Accountants Association of Nova Scotia and wish him well in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 6375

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas each year the École Rockingham School Citizenship Award is awarded to two students who have graduated from Grade 6; and

Whereas these students exemplify, by their actions and efforts, a commitment to academic achievement, personal development through extracurricular programs offered at the school and a peaceful school environment through their exemplary personal behaviour; and

Whereas Kaitlynn Pecknold has been honoured with the École Rockingham School Citizenship Award for 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate Kaitlynn Pecknold for this great achievement and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 6376

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas each year the École Rockingham School Citizenship Award is awarded to two students who have graduated from Grade 6; and

Whereas these students exemplify, by their actions and efforts, a commitment to academic achievement, personal development through extracurricular programs offered at the school and a peaceful school environment through their exemplary personal behaviour; and

Whereas Kaley Fitzpatrick has been honoured with the École Rockingham School Citizenship Award for 2008;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate Kaley Fitzpatrick for this great achievement and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 6377

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas the Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis held their annual Women of Excellence Awards Dinner on November 20, 2008 honouring 14 women who have made significant contributions to their chosen professions and community; and

Whereas Carol Boudreau, corporate controller with The Shaw Group was one of the 2008 Women of Excellence Award winners in the Management and the Professions category; and

Whereas Carol has achieved many great things, among them being one of the youngest shareholders ever at The Shaw Group and its first female shareholder;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate Carol Boudreau on her outstanding accomplishments and wish her much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 6378

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas the Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis held their annual Women of Excellence Awards Dinner on November 20, 2008 honouring 14 women who have made significant contributions to their chosen professions and community; and

Whereas Sonia Menendez, manager of Immigrant and Business Development Services with MISA was one of the 2008 Women of Excellence Award winners in the Education and the Research category; and

Whereas Sonia has achieved many great things, among them being providing leadership in the development of business training programs for entrepreneurs resulting in

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27 new businesses in Nova Scotia and receiving the Business Development Bank's 50th Anniversary Team Player Award;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate Sonia Menendez on her outstanding accomplishments and wish her much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 6379

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas the Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis held their annual Women of Excellence Awards Dinner on November 20, 2008 honouring 14 women who have made significant contributions to their chosen professions and community; and

Whereas Penny Doherty, president of Penny Doherty and Associates, was one of the 2008 Women of Excellence Award winners in the Arts and Culture category; and

Whereas Penny has achieved many great things, among them being chair of the St. Patrick's Restoration Society, saving it from closure and founder and principal of a day school for children with severe learning disabilities;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate Penny Doherty on her outstanding accomplishments and wish her much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 6380

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas Woozles was founded on Saturday, October 14, 1978 by Ann Connor Brimer, and Liz and Brian Crocker at 1533 Birmingham Street; and

Whereas the response of the Halifax community was overwhelming from the first day, and over the past 30 years Woozles has earned a reputation for excellence and caring service; and

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Whereas Woozles' vision is "a place for and about children" offering workshops and serving as a significant community resource for sharing information about children and supporting activities to enhance reading and family life;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate the owners, Liz and Brian Crocker and staff of Woozles on their 30th Anniversary and wish them many, many years of prosperity in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 6381

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas Aaron Keshen and Dawn Joyce were the creators of a wonderful little coffee shop called the Bean Sprout Café in Clayton Park; and

Whereas the Bean Sprout Café has been a bright, fun place for parents, families and friends to socialize and drink amazing coffee while their children play in a safe environment; and

Whereas Aaron and Dawn are moving to Cape Breton to pursue Aaron's medical career and to be close to their families;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Aaron and Dawn for their significant and lasting contribution to their neighbourhood and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 6382

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the importance of people in a community hearing their local news, hearing their local voices from the community, and also having a chance to participate in the broadcasting medium; and

Whereas Queens has been very fortunate to have an experienced and seasoned broadcaster move to the area and take on the job of setting up a local radio station;

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Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize the Queens radio station QCCR 99.3 and its general manager, Alex J. Walling.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6383

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sports and competitions are so vital and important in the growth of our youth in Queens; and

Whereas each year Meadow Ponds Stables, based out of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, coach and train a number of youth in Queens County; and

Whereas their final competition of the year is known as the Fall Classic, and involves many riders and their mounts;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Alyssa Oickle, of Milton, for earning third in Green Rider, third in Green As Grass, Grand Champion NRHA Unrestricted Youth, and her first NRHA plaque on her mount Smalldarkandhandsome.

RESOLUTION NO. 6384

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized, following their summer of play, at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Caleb Joudrey of the Liverpool Bantam Team for winning the Best Batter and Most Valuable Player awards.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6385

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized, following their summer of play, at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Candace Weagle of the Liverpool Pee Wee Barry Team for winning the Best Sportsmanship award and the Cliff Smith award.

RESOLUTION NO. 6386

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the Thomas Raddall Library in Liverpool was very fortunate to have a library assistant in the same role for over 14 years; and

Whereas over the 14 years new programs were introduced to the library, a move was made to a new library, and monthly arts displays were presented to the public; and

Whereas with many years of working in the community of Liverpool in the library, the Astor Theatre, and now as retired person working in the world of research;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize Cate Bird for all of her years of service at the Thomas Raddall Library and wish her well in retirement as she pursues her other interests.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6387

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized, following their summer of play, at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Danils Uhlman of the Liverpool Bantam Team for winning the Most Improved Player award.

RESOLUTION NO. 6388

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized following their summer of play at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Eugene Lohnes of the Liverpool Baseball Team for winning the Reggie Cahoon award.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6389

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sports and competitions are so vital and important in the growth of our youth in Queens County; and

Whereas each year Meadow Ponds Stables, based out of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, coach and train a number of youth in Queens County; and

Whereas their final competition of the year is known as the Fall Classic and involves many riders and their mounts;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Holli Murphy of Western Head for winning NRHA Grand Champion Non Pro, the highly revered NRHA Pewter Trophy and the NRHA Reserve Open title on her mount "Arjos Mifillou".

RESOLUTION NO. 6390

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized following their summer of play at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Ingram Judge of the Liverpool Mosquito Team for winning the Coaches award.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6391

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized following their summer of play at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Isaac Comeau of the Liverpool Bantam Team for winning the Ike Seaman and Darren Butt awards.

RESOLUTION NO. 6392

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized following their summer of play at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Jared Daniels of the Liverpool Bantam Team for winning the Most Sportsmanship award.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6393

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized following their summer of play at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Joel Deighton of the Liverpool Mosquito Team for winning the Golden Glove award.

RESOLUTION NO. 6394

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized following their summer of play at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Joel Orme of the Liverpool Pee Wee Barry Team for winning the Golden Glove award.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6395

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized following their summer of play at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Jonah Comeau of the Liverpool Bantam Team for winning the John Seaman award.

RESOLUTION NO. 6396

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sports and competitions are so vital and important in the growth of our youth in Queens County; and

Whereas each year Meadow Ponds Stables, based out of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, coach and train a number of youth in Queens County; and

Whereas their final competition of the year is known as the Fall Classic and involves many riders and their mounts;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Kate Andrews of Liverpool for placing fifth in Halter Mares, third in Youth Showmanship, sixth in Open Showmanship, fifth in Youth Western Equitation, fifth in Open Western Equitation, fifth in Youth Western Pleasure, sixth in Open Western Pleasure, third in Youth Western Command and fifth in Open Western Pleasure Stake, on her mount Classified Lita Lark.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6397

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas every year 12 scholarships across Canada, worth $2,000 each, are awarded by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada; and

Whereas the criteria for selection are academic achievements and a 2,000 word essay on "What the labour movement means to me"; and

Whereas an independent jury selects three young students in the Atlantic Region reflecting the Scholarship Program's long-lasting interest in higher education;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Kristen Wentzell of Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, on the earning of this scholarship as she enters Kingstec Campus to study in the Early Childhood Education program.

RESOLUTION NO. 6398

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized, following their summer of play, at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Len Pottie of the Liverpool baseball team for winning the Reggie Cahoon award.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6399

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized, following their summer of play, at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Lucas Whynot of the Liverpool Pee Wee Barry team for winning the Most Improved Player award.

RESOLUTION NO. 6400

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sports and competitions are so vital and important in the growth of our youth in Queens; and

Whereas each year Meadow Ponds Stables based out of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, coach and train a number of youth in Queens County; and

Whereas their final competition of the year is known as the Fall Classic, and involves many riders and their mounts;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Mallory Maxwell of North Queens Rural High School for winning Grand Champion Green As Grass and Grand Champion Green Rider on her mount Gunner.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6401

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized, following their summer of play, at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Mandi Judge of the Liverpool Mosquito team for winning the Most Valuable Player award.

RESOLUTION NO. 6402

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized, following their summer of play, at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Matthew Oickle of the Liverpool Pee Wee Brad team for winning the Golden Glove award.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6403

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized, following their summer of play, at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Nick Labour of the Liverpool Mosquito team for winning the Most Improved Player award.

RESOLUTION NO. 6404

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized, following their summer of play, at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Nick Legge of the Liverpool Mosquito team for winning the Best Batter award.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6405

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized, following their summer of play, at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Nikki Orme of the Liverpool baseball team for winning the Reggie Cahoon award.

RESOLUTION NO. 6406

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas Old Port: Scanning the Past was held in Port Medway in August of 2008; and

Whereas this historical exhibit featured photographs and other materials about Port Medway and the Port Medway Lighthouse Park warehouse; and

Whereas hundreds of people visiting the exhibit were able to hear old sound recordings, watch films, and view a replica of an inshore fishing boat used in Port Medway Harbour until the late 1920s;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate Suzanne Morton and Robert Whitelaw, co-organizers of the Old Port: Scanning the Past historical exhibit, for a job well done.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6407

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized, following their summer of play, at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Ryan Foster of the Liverpool Pee Wee Brad Team for winning the Best Batter and Most Valuable Player awards.

RESOLUTION NO. 6408

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized, following their summer of play, at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Sam Andrews of the Liverpool Pee Wee Brad Team for winning the Most Improved Player award.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6409

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized, following their summer of play, at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Scott Orme of the Liverpool Baseball Team for winning the Reggie Cahoon award.

RESOLUTION NO. 6410

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the former D7 School in Beach Meadows has served as a Recreation Centre and Community Centre for many years; and

Whereas the communities of Beach Meadows, Eagle Head, East Berlin and West Berlin have held numerous fundraising events in this facility over the years; and

Whereas the Recreation Centre and Community Centre has always been loaned to the community to maintain and use;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate the Seaside Recreation and Community Centre on having taken possession of the deed with full and clear title to the lands and buildings, with the full support of the Region of Queens Council.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6411

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized, following their summer of play, at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Seth Harding of the Liverpool Mosquito Team for winning the Best Sportsmanship award.

RESOLUTION NO. 6412

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas a new water trail Web site has been launched on www.trails.gov.ns.ca to provide information for paddlers, along the southern coast of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the information on the Web site provides residents and visitors to the South Shore of our province with information useful in planning a water trail trip; and

Whereas paddlers can now find directions from land and sea, get GPS readings and a photo or two of their destination;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize Sheena Masson of Port Medway on the research she produced to enable the Paddle Lunenburg-Queens to become part of Coastal Water Trails, which allows residents and visitors access to a Web site promoting water travel in our province.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6413

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sports and competitions are so vital and important in the growth of our youth in Queens County; and

Whereas each year Meadow Ponds Stables based out of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, coach and train a number of youth in Queens County; and

Whereas their final competition of the year is known as the Fall Classic and involves many riders and their mounts;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Sonia Smith of Liverpool for winning the Youth Showmanship, placing fourth in Halter Mares, and fourth in Walk/Trot on her mount, Lukin Exotic, at the Fall Classic.

RESOLUTION NO. 6414

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas hockey is such an important part in the growth of our youth, and the South Shore Wild Junior C team works very hard to ensure that minor hockey plays a very large part in the development of youth in their community; and

Whereas the South Shore Wild Junior C team has made their presence well known in the league through their hard work, fundraising and community work; and

Whereas in September of this year the South Shore Wild Junior C team hosted the 1st Annual Street Hockey Tournament in Brooklyn for hockey teams of all ages; as well the teams promoted Democracy 250 while showing great sportsmanship and having lots of fun;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate the coaches and players of the South Shore Wild Junior C hockey team for all of their hard work on and off the ice in their communities throughout the South Shore.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6415

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized, following their summer of play, at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Steven Meisner of the Liverpool Bantam team for winning the Golden Glove award.

RESOLUTION NO. 6416

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the South Shore Public Libraries now have a writer-in-residence to help aspiring writers with their craft in Queens and Lunenburg Counties; and

Whereas the adult workshop is called Focus on Fiction, which guides authors through the craft of writing; and

Whereas the children's workshop is called Just Write! and has been open for youth in the age group 10 to15;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize Sylvia Gunnery of Crescent Beach, Lunenburg County, in her position of writer-in-residence for the South Shore Public Library system and the work she is doing with adult and children writers.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6417

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas a successful North Queens author has recently published an additional historical book, bringing the history of Bridgewater to readers; and

Whereas the process of researching through old newspapers, books and diaries, along with interviewing people about their personal histories plays such a large part in the writing of a historical book; and

Whereas the latest book took about three years to research, and found interesting historical characters in Bridgewater that show the amazing entrepreneurial spirit of the town;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate Tom Sheppard on the publication of his newest book, Historic Bridgewater, in the Images of our Past series published by Nimbus Publishing.

RESOLUTION NO. 6418

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized, following their summer of play, at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Ty Whalen of the Liverpool Pee Wee Barry team for winning the Best Batter award.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6419

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized, following their summer of play, at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Tyler Dauphinee of the Liverpool Pee Wee Brad team for winning the Best Sportsmanship award.

RESOLUTION NO. 6420

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized following their summer of play at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Wayne Smith of the Liverpool baseball team for winning the Reggie Cahoon award.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6421

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas on Thanksgiving Day of 2008, the Huskins/Weagle family were trekking into the forest of Beech Hill Road for a wood-fired celebratory feast when they came upon rabbits; and

Whereas the rabbits were definitely out of their element, living in a woodpile and they were starving but not emaciated; and

Whereas three young boys visited them daily and fed them until a live trap was used to rescue the beautiful white rabbits who had been abandoned by their owners;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize Garrett, Griffen and Greyden Weagle as caring citizens for the effort they made to save the animals which are now up for adoption.

RESOLUTION NO. 6422

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas sport is so important for the growth and well-being of our young people in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas baseball is one of those sports that involved youth from all over Queens County; and

Whereas each year their accomplishments are recognized, following their summer of play, at an annual awards ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Wesley Harding of the Liverpool Pee Wee Barry Team for winning the Most Valuable Player award.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6423

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the importance of retaining community spirit and morale is so important in the rural sections of our province; and

Whereas early in the summer the community of Caledonia was very fortunate to have a gas station and a convenience store rise on the land of a former station owned by a very large company that had pulled up stakes in the community; and

Whereas these business ventures have given a morale boost and a stopping place for residents and visitors alike to spend a bit of time in Caledonia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate Willis Fancy on his business enterprise and wish him many years of success in the community of Caledonia in north Queens County.

RESOLUTION NO. 6424

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the dedication of service of our police officers in helping to keep our communities safe is so important to all communities in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Queens County has been very privileged to have the services of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police working in our county for many years; and

Whereas the recognition by the Nova Scotia Provincial Police Long Service Award Program recognizes officers who have served in the Province of Nova Scotia consecutively for 15 or 25 years;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate Corporal Sandi Merrell on her 15 consecutive years of service as a police officer in Nova Scotia and thank her for her dedication of service in Queens.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6425

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas Privateer Days is an annual celebration in the Town of Liverpool in Queens County highlighting the history and culture of the area; and

Whereas Privateer Days takes residents and visitors back in time to the early 1780s every July through re-enactments, entertainment, dory races and tours of the town; and

Whereas the commission responsible for this celebration put together a calendar featuring local men and women posing as 18th century pirates and privateers, photographed tastefully in the buff, as a fundraising strategy to keep Privateer Days going;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate the Privateer Days Commission on their calendar, a brilliant fundraising idea, and to which them good luck in their effort to ensure many more years of Privateer Days in the Town of Liverpool.

RESOLUTION NO. 6426

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas the Sou-West Nova Métis Council held their 3rd annual powwow at the Stoney Island Beach, Cape Sable Island, on August 9, 2008; and

Whereas 400 to 500 people attended the event, where they celebrated native heritage and culture; and

Whereas the Sou-West Métis Council represents the descendants of the first permanent settlers of Cape Sable Island;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Sou-West Métis Council for their successful 3rd annual powwow at Stoney Island Beach, Cape Sable Island, on August 9, 2008.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6427

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Justin Nickerson 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 requires skill, devotion, hard work and dedication; and

Whereas the coach Derrick Penny and assistant coaches Travis Devine and Nichole Jones 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 Nickerson of the Shelburne County Minor Hockey Association Atom B League for winning the gold medal in the Shelburne County Minor Hockey Atom B League Tournament held in Chester on March 8 and 9, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 6428

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Kirby Nickerson of Woods Harbour has a firm belief in community service, is involved with many organizations and groups and has taken part in local Remembrance Day Services since the early 1970s; and

Whereas Kirby Nickerson is a member of the Chess Club, Drama Club, Barrington Air Cadets 743 Lions, Bear Point/Shag Harbour/Woods Harbour Fishermen's Association, Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, Calvary Baptist Church, North American Farm Alliance; and

Whereas Kirby is also a member of Canadian Farmers Survival Association, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 148, Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps 108 Saxon, Navy League of Canada and the Fishermen & Scientists Research Society, Bedford Institute of Oceanography;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Kirby Nickerson of Woods Harbour for his dedication, commitment and his volunteering efforts towards his community, also his exemplary character being a remarkable example for which all Nova Scotians can be proud.

RESOLUTION NO. 6429

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Kelsie Smith of Woods Harbour, Shelburne County, was the winner of the Barrington Idol Youth Division Competition at Barrington Exhibition on August 15, 2008;

Whereas Kelsie has been singing since the age of two, when she was crowned Little Wee Woods Harbour during the Woods Harbour Days celebrations; and

Whereas Kelsie performed songs "Hero" by Mariah Carey and "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Kelsie Smith of Woods Harbour, Shelburne County, on winning the Barrington Idol Youth Division competition at Barrington Exhibition on August 15, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 6430

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 requires skill, devotion, hard work and dedication; and

Whereas the coach Derrick Penny and assistant coaches Travis Devine and Nichole Jones are very proud of their team for their great sportsmanship and hard work in winning the tournament;

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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.

RESOLUTION NO. 6431

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas the Island Days dory races in Clark's Harbour was held on August 18, 2008, with competitions held in four divisions; and

Whereas in the Junior Class division Joshua Snyder and Jared Atkinson placed first in the competition; and

Whereas dory racing promotes Maritime heritage, healthy lifestyles and family competition and fun;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Joshua Snyder and Jared Atkinson for placing first in the Island Days dory races in Clark's Harbour, held on August 16, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 6432

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Josh Stoddard, pitcher for the Clark's Harbour Mosquito Foggies, helped to bring the team to victory with his excellent pitching skills in the district playoffs on August 9, 2008; and

Whereas the team pulled off an exciting two game sweep in their best of three games district showdown with Yarmouth; and

Whereas the Foggies were then able to compete in the Mosquito A Provincials from August 22nd to 24th in Bridgewater;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Josh Stoddard, pitcher for the Clark's Harbour Mosquito Foggies, for helping to bring the team to victory with his excellent pitching skills in the district playoffs on August 9, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 6433

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Josh Nickerson, player for the Clark's Harbour Mosquito Foggies, helped to bring the team to victory in the district playoffs on August 9, 2008; and

Whereas the team pulled off an exciting two game sweep in their best of three games district showdown with Yarmouth; and

Whereas the Foggies were then able to compete in the Mosquito A Provincials from August 22nd to 24th in Bridgewater;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Josh Nickerson, player for the Clark's Harbour Mosquito Foggies, for helping to bring the team to victory in the district playoffs on August 9, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 6434

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Jordan Messenger, pitcher for the Clark's Harbour Mosquito Foggies, helped to bring the team to victory with his excellent pitching skills in the district playoffs on August 9, 2008; and

Whereas the team pulled off an exciting two game sweep in their best of three games district showdown with Yarmouth; and

Whereas the Foggies were then able to compete in the Mosquito A Provincials from August 22nd to 24th in Bridgewater;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Jordan Messenger, pitcher for the Clark's Harbour Mosquito Foggies, for helping to bring the team to victory with his excellent pitching skills in the district playoffs on August 9, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 6435

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas the Clark's Harbour Foggies won the men's Intermediate A Provincial Baseball Championship on August 30 to 31, 2008; and

Whereas four teams competed in the round robin tournament and the Foggies, losing the first game, rebounded, winning game three 10-0 and game five winning 5-3 and

Whereas in the semi-final action the Foggies won 4-2 and in the championship game they won with a score of 5-3 for the banner title;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Clark's Harbour Foggies winning the men's Intermediate A Provincial Baseball Championship on August 30 to 31, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 6436

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Darrell MacKenzie, a team member at the River Hills Golf Course, participated in a 6-4 record win for the Goudey Cup annual event at the Yarmouth Links Golf Course on October 12, 2008; and

Whereas this is the ninth Goudey Cup win for River Hills; and

Whereas the competition was started 17 years ago to honour a Yarmouth native, the late Creighton Goudey;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Darrell MacKenzie for his participation in the Goudey Cup Annual Tournament at the Yarmouth Links Golf Course on October 12, 2008.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6437

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Bobby Stoddard, Jr., a team member at the River Hills Golf Course, participated in a 6-4 record win for the Goudey Cup annual event at the Yarmouth Links Golf Course on October 12, 2008; and

Whereas this is the ninth Goudey Cup win for River Hills; and

Whereas the competition was started 17 years ago to honour a Yarmouth native, the late Creighton Goudey;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Bobby Stoddard, Jr., for his participation in the Goudey Cup Annual Tournament at the Yarmouth Links Golf Course on October 12, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 6438

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Aaron Nickerson, a team member at the River Hills Golf Course, participated in a 6-4 record win for the Goudey Cup annual event at the Yarmouth Links Golf Course on October 12, 2008; and

Whereas this is the ninth Goudey Cup win for River Hills; and

Whereas the competition was started 17 years ago to honour a Yarmouth native, the late Creighton Goudey;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Aaron Nickerson for his participation in the Goudey Cup Annual Tournament at the Yarmouth Links Golf Course on October 12, 2008.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6439

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Demiah Symonds, of Clark's Harbour, won first place in the Youth Category of the Clark's Harbour Pumpkin Weigh-Off Competition on October 11 and 12, 2008, with a pumpkin weighting in at 692 pounds; and

Whereas Demiah placed third in the Adult Category at the Shelburne pumpkin weigh-offs; and

Whereas giant pumpkins require a tremendous amount of care and attention, beginning with soil preparation and seed selection to vine positioning and fertilizing programs;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Demiah Symonds, of Clark's Harbour, for winning first place in the Youth Category of the Clark's Harbour Pumpkin Weigh-Off Competition and for placing third in the Adult Category in Shelburne in October, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 6440

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Buddy Jones, of Clark's Harbour, had the heaviest squash in the Clark's Harbour and Shelburne Pumpkin Weigh-Off Competition on October 11 and 12, 2008; and

Whereas giant squash require a tremendous amount of care and attention; and

Whereas soil preparation, seed selection, vine positioning, and fertilizing programs are all vital to growing the winning squash;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Buddy Jones, of Clark's Harbour, for the heaviest squash in the Clark's Harbour and Shelburne Pumpkin Weigh-Off Competition on October 11 and 12, 2008.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6441

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Bobby Stoddard, Sr., of Clark's Harbour won third place with a pumpkin weighing in at 674 pounds in the Clark's Harbour Pumpkin Weigh-Off Competition on October 11 and 12, 2008; and

Whereas giant pumpkins require a tremendous amount of care and attention; and

Whereas soil preparation, seed selection, vine positioning, and fertilizing programs are all vital to growing the winning squash;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Bobby Stoddard, Sr., of Clark's Harbour, for winning third place in the Clark's Harbour Pumpkin Weigh-Off Competition on October 11 and 12, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 6442

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Bethany Goreham won second place with a pumpkin weighing in at 643 pounds in the Clark's Harbour Pumpkin Weigh-Off Competition, in the Youth Category, on October 11 and 12, 2008; and

Whereas giant squash require a tremendous amount of care and attention; and

Whereas soil preparation, seed selection, vine positioning, and fertilizing programs are all vital to growing the winning squash;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Bethany Goreham for winning second place in the Youth Category in the Clark's Harbour Pumpkin Weigh-Off Competition on October 11 and 12, 2008.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6443

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Adele Crowell, of Wood's Harbour, won second place in the heaviest squash category in the Clark's Harbour and Shelburne Pumpkin Weigh-Off Competition with a 559 pound squash on October 11 and 12, 2008; and

Whereas giant squash require a tremendous amount of care and attention; and

Whereas soil preparation, seed selection, vine positioning, and fertilizing programs are all vital to growing the winning squash;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Adele Crowell, of Woods Harbour, for winning second place in the heaviest squash category in the Clark's Harbour and Shelburne Pumpkin Weigh-Off Competition on October 11 and 12, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 6444

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

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

Whereas Jonathan Lohnes of Lunenburg County recently made it on the Canadian Junior Wheelchair Basketball Team; and

Whereas wheelchair basketball takes strength, endurance, patience and commitment; and

Whereas his dream is to participate in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Jonathan Lohnes and wish him well in his dream to be part of the 2012 Paralympics in London.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6445

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

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

Whereas peacekeeping is crucial to the well-being and safety of all citizens regardless of community or country; and

Whereas peacekeepers may find themselves in a variety of circumstances and locations needing their services; and

Whereas Constable Shawn Himmelman of LaHave, Lunenburg County, has served in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and has recently become a police officer in the Town of Bridgewater;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Constable Himmelman for his services while on duty in Afghanistan and congratulate him for his success in becoming a police officer in the Town of Bridgewater.

RESOLUTION NO. 6446

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

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

Whereas after operating a business for many, many years, Harold and Nora Selig announced their retirement in August of this year; and

Whereas the Seligs provided years of service to the public in the fuel oil and heating industry; and

Whereas their many customers in Lunenburg County will miss their kind service and dedication to their customers;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Harold and Nora Selig on their many years of customer service and wish them well in their retirement.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6447

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

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

Whereas 4-H is one of the best youth development programs in the country; and

Whereas Polly Zwicker was honoured for being a leader with the Lunenburg County 4-H Club for 45 years; and

Whereas Ms. Zwicker's time, effort and dedication are proven exceptional qualities that many youths benefit from;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Polly Zwicker of Lunenburg County for her 45 years of service to 4-H in this province.

RESOLUTION NO. 6448

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

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

Whereas Mr. Mark MacLeod, principal of Bridgewater Elementary School, is this year's recipient of the Nova Scotia School Administrators Association's Distinguished Administrator Award; and

Whereas this award is presented to an administrator who has exhibited exemplary leadership and enhanced school administration; and

Whereas Principal Mark MacLeod has been helping young Nova Scotians learn for over 20 years as a teacher and a school administrator;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Principal Mark MacLeod on this award and on his exemplary contribution to public school education in Nova Scotia.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6449

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

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

Whereas athletic competition events help to increase the skill level of competitors; and

Whereas the Royal Canadian Legion sponsors the National Legion Track and Field Championships each year for young athletes; and

Whereas the South Shore had nine athletes on a team of 38 participating in the National Legion Championship in Sherbrooke Quebec;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Mattias Wolter of Hebbs Cross, Lunenburg County, for his gold medal win in the 200 metre steeplechase at the National Legion Championships.

RESOLUTION NO. 6450

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

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

Whereas athletic competition events help to increase the skill level of competitors; and

Whereas the Royal Canadian Legion sponsors the National Legion Track and Field Championships each year for young athletes; and

Whereas the South Shore had nine athletes on a team of 38 participating in the National Legion Championship in Sherbrooke Quebec;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Rachael McIntosh of Bridgewater, Lunenburg County, for her gold medal win in the 4 x 100 metre, beating out the strong relay squads from Ontario and British Columbia, at the National Legion Championships.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6451

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

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

Whereas athletic competition events help to increase the skill level of competitors; and

Whereas the Royal Canadian Legion sponsors the National Legion Track and Field Championships each year for young athletes; and

Whereas the South Shore had nine athletes on a team of 38 participating in the National Legion Championship in Sherbrooke Quebec;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge Cameron MacLennan of Lunenburg County for performing his personal best in the 400 metre event at the National Legion Championships.

RESOLUTION NO. 6452

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

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

Whereas athletic competition events help to increase the skill level of competitors; and

Whereas the Royal Canadian Legion sponsors the National Legion Track and Field Championships each year for young athletes; and

Whereas the South Shore had nine athletes on a team of 38 participating in the National Legion Championship in Sherbrooke Quebec;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge Hayley Gates of Wileville, Lunenburg County for performing her personal best in the high jump event at the National Legion Championships.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6453

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

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

Whereas athletic competition events help to increase the skill level of competitors; and

Whereas the Royal Canadian Legion sponsors the National Legion Track and Field Championships each year for young athletes; and

Whereas the South Shore had nine athletes on a team of 38 participating in the National Legion Championship in Sherbrooke Quebec;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge Maia Jorgensen of Lunenburg County for her participation in the National Legion Championships.

RESOLUTION NO. 6454

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

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

Whereas athletic competition events help to increase the skill level of competitors; and

Whereas the Royal Canadian Legion sponsors the National Legion Track and Field Championships each year for young athletes; and

Whereas the South Shore had nine athletes on a team of 38 participating in the National Legion Championship in Sherbrooke Quebec;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge Jennifer Pitman of Bridgewater, Lunenburg County for her participation in the National Legion Championships.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6455

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

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

Whereas athletic competition events help to increase the skill level of competitors; and

Whereas the Royal Canadian Legion sponsors the National Legion Track and Field Championships each year for young athletes; and

Whereas the South Shore had nine athletes on a team of 38 participating in the National Legion Championship in Sherbrooke Quebec;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge Olivia Pitman of Bridgewater, Lunenburg County for her participation in the National Legion Championships.

RESOLUTION NO. 6456

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

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

Whereas athletic competition events help to increase the skill level of competitors; and

Whereas the Royal Canadian Legion sponsors the National Legion Track and Field Championships each year for young athletes; and

Whereas the South Shore had nine athletes on a team of 38 participating in the National Legion Championship in Sherbrooke Quebec;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge Elijah Bond of Lunenburg County for his participation in the National Legion Championships.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6457

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

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

Whereas athletic competition events help to increase the skill level of competitors; and

Whereas the Royal Canadian Legion sponsors the National Legion Track and Field Championships each year for young athletes; and

Whereas the South Shore had nine athletes on a team of 38 participating in the National Legion Championship in Sherbrooke Quebec;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge Andrew MacDonald of Lunenburg County for his participation in the National Legion Championships.

RESOLUTION NO. 6458

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Marge Anderson has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Marge Anderson has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6459

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Carolyn Bumbrille has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Carolyn Bumbrille has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6460

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Jocelyn Rhoenizer has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Jocelyn Rhoenizer has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6461

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Pat Lighgow has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Pat Lithgow has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6462

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

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Whereas Bette Keith has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Bette Keith has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6463

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas John Rainforth has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions John Rainforth has made to his community and thank him for the many years of dedication he has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6464

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

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Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Wanda Hall has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Wanda Hall has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6465

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Nancy Kelly has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Nancy Kelly has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6466

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Roy Quartermaine has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Roy Quartermaine has made to his community and thank him for the many years of dedication he has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6467

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Helen Lenton has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Helen Lenton has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6468

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Anna Ashford-Morton has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Anna Ashford-Morton has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6469

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

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Whereas Joan Harris has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Joan Harris has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6470

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Gregg Hubbert has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Gregg Hubbert has made to his community and thank him for the many years of dedication he has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6471

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

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Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Pat Sherman has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Pat Sherman has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6472

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Pat Webber Gibson has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Pat Webber Gibson has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6473

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Freda Small has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Freda Small has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6474

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Tom Henley has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Tom Henley has made to his community and thank him for the many years of dedication he has made to Feed My Lambs.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6475

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Esther Chute has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Esther Chute has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6476

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Pat Stodeman has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Pat Stodeman has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6477

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Mary Ellen Lonergan has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Mary Ellen Lonergan has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6478

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

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Whereas Angie Sawler has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Angie Sawler has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6479

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Mary Anne Carty has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Mary Anne Carty has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6480

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

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Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Andrea Hale has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Andrea Hale has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6481

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Raylene Rankin has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Raylene Rankin has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6482

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Debbie Hubbart has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Debbie Hubbart has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6483

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Penny Clark has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Penny Clark has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6484

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Steve Burke has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Steve Burke has made to her community and thank him for the many years of dedication he has made to Feed My Lambs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6485

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 Feed My Lambs has been a successful fundraiser to aid the Kings County School Nutrition Program as well as provide a summer camp experience to disadvantaged youth; and

Whereas through the sale of collectible pewter Christmas ornaments designed by Twila Robar-DeCoste, Feed My Lambs has had 10 successful years of helping children in Kings County by raising over $150,000; and

Whereas Helen Hamilton has demonstrated leadership and passion to make a difference in the lives of children through this outstanding poverty reduction initiative by the Feed My Lambs action and advocacy team;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions Helen Hamilton has made to her community and thank her for the many years of dedication she has made to Feed My Lambs.