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DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Murray Scott

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First Session

FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2004

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS:
Anl. Rept. Of the Public Prosecution Service, The Speaker 2951
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 1263, Health Prom.: HS Coaches/Athletes - Contributions,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 2952
Vote - Affirmative 2952
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 1264, Canyon, George: Nashville Star - Best Wishes, Mr. D. Dexter 2952
Vote - Affirmative 2953
Res. 1265, Sports: Clare Acadien Midget A Hockey Team - Congrats.,
Mr. W. Gaudet 2953
Vote - Affirmative 2954
Res. 1266, Association Radio-Clare: Web Site - Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 2954
Vote - Affirmative 2955
Res. 1267, Martin, Glenn - Frieze and Roy Store, Mr. J. MacDonell 2955
Vote - Affirmative 2956
Res. 1268, Roach, Wayne: Lake Echo RCMP Commun. Off. -
Volunteerism, Mr. K. Colwell 2956
Vote - Affirmative 2957
Res. 1269, Port Williams Women's Instit. - Anniv. (90th), Mr. M. Parent 2957
Vote - Affirmative 2957
Res. 1270, Graham, Stanley - Birthday (95th), Mr. C. Parker 2958
Vote - Affirmative 2958
Res. 1271, Environ. & Lbr.: Bio-Solids Moratorium -
Deadline Extension, Mr. Gerald Sampson 2958
Vote - Affirmative 2959
Res. 1272, Donaldson, Alexander G.: Vol. Service - Congrats.,
Mr. J. Pye 2959
Vote - Affirmative 2960
Res. 1273, Bentley, Dana: Girl Guides - Achievements, Mr. L. Glavine 2960
Vote - Affirmative 2961
Res. 1274, Commun. Serv.: Portable Daycare Spaces -
Policy Reconsider, Ms. M. More 2961
Res. 1275, Holland, Jerry, Jr. - Commun. Commitment, Mr. G. Gosse 2962
Vote - Affirmative 2962
Res. 1276, Sports - Special Olympics Marathon, Mr. W. Estabrooks 2963
Vote - Affirmative 2963
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON SUPPLY AT 9:20 A.M. 2964
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 1:25 P.M. 2964
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Mon., May 3rd at 2:00 p.m. 2965
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 1277, Patterson, St. Clair - Prov. Rep. Vol. (2004),
Hon. R. Russell 2966
Res. 1278, Shay, Dorothy - Prov. Rep. Vol. (2004), Hon. R. Russell 2966
Res. 1279, Spurr, William - Prov. Rep. Vol. (2004), Hon. R. Russell 2967
Res. 1280, Cogan, Ted - Antigonish Town Vol. of Yr., Hon. A. MacIsaac 2967
Res. 1281, Scott, Cheryl - Prov. Rep. Vol. (2004), Mr. J. Chataway 2968
Res. 1282, Diamond, Duane - Bible Hill Rep. Vol. (2004), Hon. J. Muir 2968
Res. 1283, Thomsen, Elizabeth - Prov. Rep. Vol. (2004), Hon. J. Muir 2969
Res. 1284, Matheson, Ruth - Prov. Rep. Vol. (2004), Mr. B. Taylor 2969
Res. 1285, Bakers Point Fisheries: Contributions - Recognize,
Mr. W. Dooks 2970
Res. 1286, Chezz Excavating: Contributions - Recognize, Mr. W. Dooks 2970
Res. 1287, Double D Const.: Contributions - Recognize, Mr. W. Dooks 2971
Res. 1288, Jerry's Septic Tank Pumping Serv.: Contributions -
Recognize, Mr. W. Dooks 2971
Res. 1289, Motor Mart: Ducks Unlimited - Support Recognize,
Hon. R. Hurlburt 2972
Res. 1290, McCormick, Wayne - Bible Hill: Serv. - Thank, Hon. J. Muir 2972
Res. 1291, Gordon, Sean: Canada-Wide Science Fair - Selection,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 2973
Res. 1292, Best, Julie: Basketball Award - Congrats., The Speaker 2973
Res. 1293, MacPhee, Shelby: Skating Achievement - Congrats.,
The Speaker 2974
Res. 1294, MacLennan, Bruce: Merritt Award - Congrats., The Speaker 2974
Res. 1295, Gilroy, Patti: Basketball Award - Congrats., The Speaker 2975
Res. 1296, Giffin, Nick - Top Scholar Athlete/Basketball Awards,
The Speaker 2975

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HALIFAX, FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2004

Fifty-ninth General Assembly

First Session

9:00 A.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Murray Scott

DEPUTY SPEAKERS

Mr. James DeWolfe, Ms. Joan Massey, Mr. Russell MacKinnon

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

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

MR. SPEAKER: At this time I would like to table the Annual Report for the period April 1, 2002, to March 31, 2003, of the Public Prosecution Service.

[The report is tabled.]

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

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

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RESOLUTION NO. 1263

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

Whereas the 77th annual Celebration of School Sport Luncheon is being held today at the World Trade and Convention Centre; and

Whereas this annual luncheon, prior to the closing of the school year, provides students and teachers with an opportunity to celebrate the role of sport in education while also acknowledging the tremendous contributions made by those involved; and

Whereas coaches will be recognized today when they receive Outstanding Service Awards while student-athletes will be presented with Exemplary Participation Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this Legislature recognize the significant contributions made by both high school coaches and athletes across Nova Scotia and wish them nothing but 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.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

NOTICES OF MOTION

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

RESOLUTION NO. 1264

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

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Whereas Nova Scotia is the home province of Hank Snow, Anne Murray and many other great stars of country music; and

Whereas Pictou County residents and all other Nova Scotians have been following George Canyon's successful appearances on the 2004 Nashville Star country music TV program with growing interest; and

Whereas George Canyon of Pictou County is one of the three finalists in the 2004 Nashville Star competition;

Therefore be it resolved that this House express its best wishes to George Canyon on the eve of the Nashville Star final selection and strongly encourage all Nova Scotians to give George Canyon their support and their votes in the final round.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Leader of the Liberal Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 1265

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 Clare Acadiens Midget A team participated in the SEDMHA International Minor Hockey Tournament in Dartmouth from April 8 to April 11, 2004; and

Whereas the team played against Truro in the Civic Division final; and

Whereas the SEDMHA International Hockey Tournament is one of the largest and most respected multi-level hockey tournaments in North America;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Clare Acadiens Midget A team and their coaches for winning the Civic Division final during the 27th annual SEDMHA International Minor Hockey Tournament.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.

RESOLUTION NO. 1266

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT : M. le président, à une date ultérieure, j'ai l'intention de proposer l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

Attendu que l'Association Radio-Clare a lancé un nouveau site Web appellé "La Voix de la Nouvelle-Écosse", ( www.lavoix.ca) le mercredi le 28 avril 2004; et

Attendu que ce nouveau site Web comprend plus de 1500 participants représentant 9 régions à travers la province, soit Clare, Argyle, Richmond, Yarmouth, le Cap Breton, Halifax et la Rive Sud, Pomquet et la Côte Nord, Digby et la Vallée d'Annapolis, Chéticamp, Inverness et Victoria ainsi qu'une catégorie regroupant des organismes á l'échelle nationale et même internationale; et

Attendu que "la Voix de la Nouvelle-Écosse" servira aux internautes comme un outil de recherche pour faciliter la localisation des entreprises privées et des groupes communautaires à travers la province ainsi que dans les provinces avoisinantes;

Qu'il soit résolu que tous les membres de cette Chambre félicitent et reconnaissent l'Association Radio-Clare pour cette excellente initiative.

M. le président, je demande l'adoption de cette résolution sans préavis et sans débat.

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

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Whereas the Association Radio-Clare launched a new Web site called "La Voix de la Nouvelle-Écosse" (www.la voix.ca) on Wednesday, April 28, 2004; and

Whereas this new Web site is comprised of more than 1,500 participants representing nine regions throughout the province, including: Clare, Argyle, Richmond, Yarmouth, Cape Breton, Halifax and the South Shore, Pomquet and the North Shore, Digby, the Annapolis Valley, Chéticamp, Inverness and Victoria and also includes access to national and even international organizations; and

Whereas "La voix de la Nouvelle-Écosse will serve Internet surfers as a research tool to facilitate the location of both private businesses and community groups throughout the province as well as in neighbouring provinces;

Therefore be it resolved that all the members of this House of Assembly congratulate and recognize "l'Association Radio-Clare" for this excellent initiative.

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. 1267

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

Whereas in addition to traditionally carrying groceries, hardware and most of the dry-good needs of local residents, the local village store also served as a meeting place to exchange news and ideas; and

Whereas the Frieze and Roy Hardware store in Maitland is the oldest continually operated store in Nova Scotia, having opened its doors in 1839; and

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Whereas Mr. Glenn Martin has purchased the store to prevent it from being torn down in order to preserve this piece of living history, and is currently renovating it to restore some of its heritage and improve its viability as a commercial property;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Mr. Glenn Martin on his sense of community history and wish him well in his efforts to carry on the tradition of the Frieze and Roy store in Maitland.

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. 1268

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 true heroes of community service in this province are volunteers who give of their time, energy and resources to do what they can to make life better for others; and

Whereas Wayne Roach has been a volunteer with the Lake Echo RCMP Community Office and the Black Cultural Centre Community Office for seven years, before his retirement;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House honour Mr. Wayne Roach and all individuals in the detachment for their outstanding job of making our communities a safer place to live.

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 Kings North.

RESOLUTION NO. 1269

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

Whereas 90 years of service For Home and County was recently celebrated by the Port Williams Women's Institute; and

Whereas the Port Williams Women's Institute was established in November 1913, and was one of the first branches in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the organization was instrumental in the development of the Adopt-A-Highway Program, as well as sponsoring Safety Day Camps and working in local schools;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate all the past and present members of the Port Williams Women's Institute on their 90th Anniversary, and recognize their many efforts over the years that have made the community a better place.

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.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1270

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

Whereas Stanley Graham of Rockfield, Pictou County, is celebrating his 95th birthday today; and

Whereas Stanley has been very faithful to his church community at West River Presbyterian Church, Durham, having served as elder, clerk of session and superintendent of the Sunday school; and

Whereas Stanley has a strong interest in local history, having written books on both his community and his church;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this Legislative Assembly congratulate Stanley Graham on attaining this important milestone, and wish him much health and happiness in the future.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 1271

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

Whereas the moratorium on applying bio-solids to land has been extended for another two weeks, until May 15th; and

Whereas all approvals related to land application of sewage, septage, sludge and other bio-solids remain suspended until further notice; and

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Whereas municipalities have been requesting this and are the closest level of government to the people; this is a good exercise, a show of goodwill, that the government will now extend the deadline;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House commend the minister (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. There's too much noise in the Chamber. I would ask the honourable members that if they have to talk to take it outside, please.

The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes on the Therefore be it resolved portion.

MR. GERALD SAMPSON: Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House commend the minister for listening to the concerns of all involved and extending the deadline another two weeks.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth North.

RESOLUTION NO. 1272

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

Whereas volunteers give so generously of their energies, skills and family time and are the unsung heroes and the backbones of our communities; and

Whereas April 18th to April 24th was National Volunteer Week, a week dedicated to honouring many volunteers who are the key to community success; and

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Whereas Alexander G. Donaldson was recognized by the Halifax Regional Municipality as a youth volunteer for his many efforts in the community, including: Sponsor Committee Chairman of the Dartmouth High School Year Book, the DHS Peer Drug Educators Program, server in the DHS Breakfast Program, participant in the DHS World Vision of Famine, Grade Four Sunday School at St. Paul's Church, altar server and involvement in the youth ministry;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the Nova Scotia Legislature recognize the important role volunteers play in our lives and pay tribute to Alexander G. Donaldson for his outstanding volunteer services which have contributed to the well-being of the Dartmouth North 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 Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1273

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

Whereas Dana Bentley is a Grade 9 student at Berwick School who has been guiding for 10 years; and

Whereas Ms. Bentley has been chosen to represent Canada along with 14 other Guides and Pathfinders for a 10-day adventure with Girl Guides from around the world in Switzerland at "Our Chalet"; and

Whereas this is a phenomenal opportunity for Ms. Bentley and the other Girl Guides and Pathfinders to have a tremendous learning experience, explore another country and make friends from around the world;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize the accomplishments made by Dana Bentley and wish her a safe and enjoyable experience while she is in Switzerland.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth South-Portland Valley.

RESOLUTION NO. 1274

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 Liberal Party issued a press release yesterday calling for more portable daycare spaces in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas non-profit daycares benefit from assigned, stable daycare spaces under the current operational funding formula for the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the Liberal Party didn't tell Nova Scotians in its press release that portable spaces are funded at $4 less a day than dedicated childcare spaces;

Therefore be it resolved that the Liberal Party, which also at one time called for higher taxes for low-income earners, reconsider its stand on portable daycare spaces and acknowledge the impact of its policies on those living in poverty in this province.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

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The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova.

RESOLUTION NO. 1275

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

Whereas at the April 16, 2004, Cape Breton Spring Fling, a gathering of musicians was held in support of local food banks; and

Whereas the show at the Savoy Theatre was attended by approximately 125 people; and

Whereas the initiative and dedicated efforts of 19-year-old Jerry Holland, Jr., were instrumental in the show's resounding success;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this Legislative Assembly congratulate Jerry Holland, Jr. for his commitment to our community and for being a fine role model for the youth of today.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

Order, please. The honourable member knows full well he is not allowed any props in the House. (Laughter) That was a prop, I believe, wasn't it?

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Yes, and I'll table it too if you wish.

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

RESOLUTION NO. 1276

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

Whereas the Halifax Special Olympics hosted a 24-hour hockey marathon on January 31st and February 1st at the outdoor rink in Boutlier's Point; and

Whereas local teams of all ages combined to raise $6,000 at that event; and

Whereas an added feature of the marathon was a game of ring hockey between a team of Special Olympians and provincial MLAs at which we humbly received a true lesson of sportsmanship and fun;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate the Special Olympics athletes and thank organizers Steven Gilbert and Martin Gibson for their initiatives with Special Olympics.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order of business, Government Motions.

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GOVERNMENT MOTIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I move that you do now leave the Chair and that the House resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House on Supply unto Her Majesty.

[9:20 a.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Supply with Deputy Speaker Mr. James DeWolfe in the Chair.]

[1:25 p.m. CWH on Supply rose and the House reconvened. Mr. Speaker, Hon. Murray Scott, resumed the Chair.]

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

THE CLERK: That the committee has met and made progress, and begs leave to sit again.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

The honourable Government House Leader on Monday's hours and order of business.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I move that the House do now rise to meet again on Monday at the hour of 2:00 p.m. The House will sit from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. The order of business will be estimates, and at the end of four hours we'll move into Public Bills for Second Reading. The bill that we'll be considering will be the Financial Measures (2004) Act. Have a good weekend, folks.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is that the House adjourn until 2:00 p.m. Monday.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The House is adjourned until 2:00 p.m.on Monday.

[The House rose at 1:26 p.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 1277

By: Hon. Ronald Russell (Transportation and Public Works)

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

Whereas volunteers are of vital importance to all of our communities; and

Whereas the 2004 Provincial Volunteer Awards were presented to individuals from across Nova Scotia at the Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony and Dinner on April 12th at the Westin Hotel to pay tribute to the thousands of Nova Scotians whose generosity and compassion help to create a better future for us all;

Whereas St. Clair Patterson has been selected by the Town of Hantsport as its Volunteer of the Year for his long-standing and unselfish commitment to his community as a volunteer in many capacities;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House extend its congratulations to St. Clair Patterson for being named a Provincial Representative Volunteer for 2004 and offer thanks to Mr. Patterson and volunteers from across the province for their continued hard work and dedication.

RESOLUTION NO. 1278

By: Hon. Ronald Russell (Transportation and Public Works)

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

Whereas volunteers are of vital importance to all of our communities; and

Whereas the 2004 Provincial Volunteer Awards were presented to individuals from across Nova Scotia at the Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony and Dinner on April 12th at the Westin Hotel to pay tribute to the thousands of Nova Scotians whose generosity and compassion help to create a better future for us all;

Whereas Dorothy Shay has been selected by the District of West Hants as its Volunteer of the Year for her long-standing and unselfish commitment to her community as a volunteer in many capacities;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House extend its congratulations to Dorothy Shay for being named a Provincial Representative Volunteer for 2004 and offer thanks to Ms. Shay and volunteers from across the province for their continued hard work and dedication.

RESOLUTION NO. 1279

By: Hon. Ronald Russell (Transportation and Public Works)

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

Whereas volunteers are of vital importance to all of our communities; and

Whereas the 2004 Provincial Volunteer Awards were presented to individuals from across Nova Scotia at the Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony and Dinner on April 12th at the Westin Hotel to pay tribute to the thousands of Nova Scotians whose generosity and compassion help to create a better future for us all;

Whereas William Spurr has been selected by the Town of Windsor as its Volunteer of the Year for his long-standing and unselfish commitment to his community as a volunteer in many capacities;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House extend its congratulations to William Spurr for being named a Provincial Representative Volunteer for 2004 and offer thanks to Mr. Spurr and volunteers from across the province for their continued hard work and dedication.

RESOLUTION NO. 1280

By: Hon. Angus MacIsaac (Health)

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

Whereas Ted Cogan was honoured by Premier John Hamm during National Volunteer Week as Town of Antigonish Volunteer of the Year; and

Whereas Mr. Cogan has served the Antigonish Community Food Bank for the past decade as well as serving five years on the Board of Canadian Association of Food Banks; and

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Whereas Mr. Cogan, who also volunteers his time to St. Ninian's Parish, is a member of the Knights of Columbus and Royal Canadian Legion Arras Branch 59;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Ted Cogan on being named Town of Antigonish Volunteer of the Year and thank him for his dedicated service to his community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1281

By: Mr. John Chataway (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas volunteers are of vital importance to all of our communities; and

Whereas the 2004 Provincial Volunteer Awards were presented to individuals from across Nova Scotia at the Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony and Dinner on April 12th at the Westin Hotel to pay tribute to the thousands of Nova Scotians whose generosity and compassion help to create a better future for us all;

Whereas Cheryl Scott has been selected by the District of Chester Municipality as its Volunteer of the Year for her long-standing and unselfish commitment to her community as a volunteer in many capacities;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House extend its congratulations to Cheryl Scott for being named a Provincial Representative Volunteer for 2004 and offer thanks to Ms. Scott and volunteers from across the province for their continued hard work and dedication.

RESOLUTION NO. 1282

By: Hon. James Muir (Education)

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

Whereas Duane Diamond has been selected by the Village of Bible Hill as its Representative Volunteer of the Year for his long-standing and unselfish commitment to his community as a volunteer in many capacities, particularly to youth; and

Whereas volunteers are of vital importance to all of our communities;

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Whereas the 2004 Provincial Volunteer Awards were presented to individuals from across Nova Scotia at the Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony and Dinner on April 12th at the Westin Hotel to pay tribute to the thousands of Nova Scotians whose generosity and compassion help to create a better future for us all;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House extend its congratulations to Duane Diamond for being named the Bible Hill Representative Volunteer for 2004 and offer thanks to Mr. Diamond and volunteers from across the province for their continued hard work and dedication.

RESOLUTION NO. 1283

By: Hon. James Muir (Education)

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

Whereas Elizabeth Thomsen has been selected by the Town of Truro as its Representative Volunteer of the Year for her long-standing and unselfish commitment to her community as a volunteer in many capacities; and

Whereas volunteers are of vital importance to all of our communities;

Whereas the 2004 Provincial Volunteer Awards were presented to individuals from across Nova Scotia at the Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony and Dinner on April 12th at the Westin Hotel to pay tribute to the thousands of Nova Scotians whose generosity and compassion help to create a better future for us all;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House extend its congratulations to Elizabeth Thomsen for being named a Provincial Representative Volunteer for 2004 and offer thanks to Ms. Thomsen and volunteers from across the province for their continued hard work and dedication.

RESOLUTION NO. 1284

By: Mr. Brooke Taylor (Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley)

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

Whereas volunteers are of vital importance to all of our communities; and

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Whereas the 2004 Provincial Volunteer Awards were presented to individuals from across Nova Scotia at the Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony and Dinner on April 12th at the Westin Hotel to pay tribute to the thousands of Nova Scotians whose generosity and compassion help to create a better future for us all;

Whereas Ruth Matheson has been selected by the County of Colchester as its Volunteer of the Year for her long-standing and unselfish commitment to her community as a volunteer in many capacities;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House extend its congratulations to Ruth Matheson for being named a Provincial Representative Volunteer for 2004 and offer thanks to Ms. Matheson and volunteers from across the province for their continued hard work and dedication.

RESOLUTION NO. 1285

By: Mr. William Dooks (Eastern Shore)

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

Whereas small businesses account for more than 70 per cent of jobs in this province; and

Whereas small businesses are the lifeblood of our rural communities and play a significant role in growing the economy here in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Bakers Point Fisheries in East Jeddore is one such company that is making a positive contribution to the economy of the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join me in recognizing Bakers Point Fisheries in East Jeddore for all the contributions it makes to Nova Scotia, particularly the Eastern Shore.

RESOLUTION NO. 1286

By: Mr. William Dooks (Eastern Shore)

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

Whereas small businesses account for more than 70 per cent of jobs in this province; and

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Whereas small businesses are the lifeblood of our rural communities and play a significant role in growing the economy here in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Chezz Excavating in West Chezzetcook is one such company that is making a positive contribution to the economy of the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join me in recognizing Chezz Excavating in West Chezzetcook for all the contributions it makes to Nova Scotia, particularly the Eastern Shore.

RESOLUTION NO. 1287

By: Mr. William Dooks (Eastern Shore)

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

Whereas small businesses account for more than 70 per cent of jobs in this province; and

Whereas small businesses are the lifeblood of our rural communities and play a significant role in growing the economy here in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Double D Construction in Upper Lakeville is one such company that is making a positive contribution to the economy of the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join me in recognizing Double D Construction in Upper Lakeville for all the contributions it makes to Nova Scotia, particularly the Eastern Shore.

RESOLUTION NO. 1288

By: Mr. William Dooks (Eastern Shore)

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

Whereas small businesses account for more than 70 per cent of jobs in this province; and

Whereas small businesses are the lifeblood of our rural communities and play a significant role in growing the economy here in Nova Scotia; and

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Whereas Jerry's Septic Tank Pumping Service in Chezzetcook is one such company that is making a positive contribution to the economy of the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join me in recognizing Jerry's Septic Tank Pumping Service in Chezzetcook for all the contributions it makes to Nova Scotia, particularly the Eastern Shore.

RESOLUTION NO. 1289

By: Hon. Richard Hurlburt (Natural Resources)

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

Whereby Ducks Unlimited depends on the support of local businesses and individuals to make its annual fundraising banquet a reality; and

Whereas Yarmouth General Motors dealership Motor Mart has donated more than $5,000 worth of merchandise to the Ducks Unlimited dinner over the years; and

Whereas local Ducks Unlimited President Leo LeBlanc recently presented Motor Mart's President Chris Sullivan with an award of appreciation for the many years that he and his company have supported the wildlife organization;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join me in recognizing Motor Mart and its President, Chris Sullivan, for its many years of support for Ducks Unlimited.

RESOLUTION NO. 1290

By: Hon. James Muir (Education)

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

Whereas Wayne McCormick has served with distinction as a Commissioner of the Village of Bible Hill for 20 years, including nearly 11 years as chairman; and

Whereas Wayne McCormick will not reoffer for the position as commissioner in the June 2004 elections; and

Whereas Wayne McCormick, in addition to his village commissioner responsibilities, has been an active volunteer in many spheres including 41 years with the Bible Hill Kinsmen;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate and thank Wayne McCormick for his service to the Village of Bible Hill and for the many hours of volunteer service he has given and wish him and his wife, Evelyn, health and happiness in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1291

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Agriculture and Fisheries)

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

Whereas Nova Scotia's brightest young scientific minds and innovators gathered last week for the Team Nova Scotia Showcase; and

Whereas the students who will represent Nova Scotia at the Canada-Wide Science Fair had the opportunity to display their award-winning projects at this signature event of Nova Scotia Youth Experiences in Science; and

Whereas Plymouth Grade 8 student Sean Gordon presented his project, Baffle Test on a Glider;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Sean Gordon on being selected to represent the province at the Canada-Wide Science Fair and wish him much success at this event.

RESOLUTION NO. 1292

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Julie Best of Springhill, Nova Scotia, a member of the NSSAF Division III Girls Basketball Championship Squad, was honoured at the Basketball Association's award night in April 2004; and

Whereas Julie Best was honoured with the award for the Most Improved Player for her team; and

Whereas Julie was the senior guard/forward and will be graduating in June 2004;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Julie Best on this well-earned award and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1293

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas on Saturday, December 6, 2003, local Springhill skater Shelby MacPhee, the daughter of Kelly and Rob MacPhee, took part in the Shannon Open Figure Skating Competition in two different categories; and

Whereas Shelby won a bronze medal in Preliminary skills and later that day she skated and won a silver medal in the Preliminary 10 & Over category; and

Whereas on January 27, 2004, at the Bridgewater Open, Shelby skated away with the gold medal in the pre-preliminary ladies category;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Shelby MacPhee on these outstanding achievements and wish her continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1294

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Bruce MacLennan of Ship's Company Theatre was honoured and recognized with an award for best lighting designer at the Fifth Annual Merritt Awards for the sombre tale of Jacob's Wake; and

Whereas Bruce's award was one of five that were won by the Ship's Company Theatre for the said production; and

Whereas Bruce MacLennan's award was presented to him by the Merritt Awards which celebrate excellence in Nova Scotia theatre;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Bruce MacLennan on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all of his future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1295

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Patti Gilroy of Springhill, a member of the NSSAF Division III Girls Basketball Championship Squad was honoured at the Basketball Association's award night in April 2004; and

Whereas Patti was honoured with the award for the Most Dedicated Player for her team this year; and

Whereas Patti is a rookie forward for the Springhill Lady Golden Eagles and has proven to be a strong force for the team;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Patti Gilroy on this outstanding achievement and wish her continued success in all of her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1296

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Nick Giffin, a member of the senior boys Springhill Basketball Team was honoured with an award during the Springhill Basketball Association's annual award night; and

Whereas Nick's enthusiasm and dedication to his team over the year, as well as his dedication and hard work towards his studies earned Nick the award for Top Scholar Athlete; and

Whereas Nick Giffin is admired for his athletic abilities as well as his strong academic standing in Springhill High School where he works hard to keep each at such a high level;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Nick Giffin on this award and we wish him all the best in the future.