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HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Murray Scott

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Second Session

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2002

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS:
Transport. & Pub. Wks. - Surplus Crown Property Disposal Report,
Hon. R. Russell 9998
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 3798, Educ. - Can. Hist. Course: Importance - Recognize,
Hon. J. Purves 9999
Vote - Affirmative 10000
Res. 3799, Environ. & Lbr. - Occ. Health & Safety: Awards Recipients -
Congrats., Hon. D. Morse 10000
Vote - Affirmative 10001
Res. 3800, Educ./Environ. & Lbr. - Workplace Health & Safety
Course Dev. - Congrats., Hon. J. Purves 10001
Vote - Affirmative 10002
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 3801, Mother's Day: Mothers - Thank/Congratulate, Mr. F. Corbett 10002
Vote - Affirmative 10003
Res. 3802, Tourism & Culture - Gaelic Culture: Importance -
Applaud, Mr. K. MacAskill 10003
Vote - Affirmative 10004
Res. 3803, MacDonald, Mickey - Successes: Business/Charitable -
Recognize, Ms. M. McGrath 10004
Vote - Affirmative 10004
Res. 3804, Health: Medicare Postcards - Sign, Mr. D. Dexter 10004
Res. 3805, MSVU: Graduates - Congrats., Dr. J. Smith 10005
Vote - Affirmative 10006
Res. 3806, Verlinden, John/Baker, Boyd: Commun. Spirit - Congrats.,
Mr. W. Dooks 10006
Vote - Affirmative 10007
Res. 3807, Hearing & Speech Awareness Month (05/02): Professionals -
Recognize, Mr. J. Pye 10007
Vote - Affirmative 10007
Res. 3808, UCCB: Graduates - Congrats., Mr. D. Wilson 10008
Vote - Affirmative 10008
Res. 3809, Hfx. Int'l. Airport Authority: Mgmt./Staff - Congrats.,
Mr. D. Hendsbee 10008
Vote - Affirmative 10009
Res. 3810, Hfx. Bedford Basin MLA - Paving Projs. (Prospect Rd.):
Influence - Exert, Mr. W. Estabrooks 10009
Res. 3811, Acadia Univ.: Graduates - Congrats., Mr. W. Gaudet 10010
Vote - Affirmative 10011
Res. 3812, NSCC (Bridgewater): Heritage Fair - Congrats.,
(by Mr. D. Wilson), Mr. D. Downe 10011
Vote - Affirmative 10011
GOVERNMENT BUSINESS:
PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 98, Volunteer Protection Act 10012
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON BILLS AT 9:30 A.M. 10012
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 10:04 A.M. 10012
CWH REPORTS 10013
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Mon., May 13th at 2:00 p.m. 10013
NOTICE OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 3813, CMHA (N.S. Div.): Work - Commend, Ms. M. McGrath 10014

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HALIFAX, FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2002

Fifty-eighth General Assembly

Second Session

9:00 A.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Murray Scott

DEPUTY SPEAKERS

Mr. Brooke Taylor, Mr. Jerry Pye, Mr. David Wilson

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. Before we begin the daily routine, there are just a couple of issues. I would like to bring to the attention of honourable members today that we have another one of our Pages who will be leaving us. This is her last day today, Sara MacDonald. (Applause) Sara has served the House well. She has done a great job while she's been here. We certainly wish her all the best in her endeavours. Good luck to you, Sara, and thank you very much for everything you've done. Thank you.

We will begin the daily routine.

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Transportation and Public Works.

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HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, first of all, in making this ministerial statement, I would like to apologize to the two critics for the late delivery of the statement but it's a fairly routine one and I would expect that it's okay.

Mr. Speaker, following this ministerial statement, I will be tabling the Surplus Crown Property Disposal Report for the period April 1, 2001 to March 31, 2002, but before I do that, I would like to share some information with my colleagues. The title of this report is not very flashy but however it certainly might provide a lot of information to the public and to the members of the House. Sales of surplus items this past year did generate net proceeds of more than $361,000. About two-thirds came from selling surplus land, an old highway right-of-way, and every penny of that $361,000 went towards paying down the provincial debt.

Mr. Speaker, the other thing I would like to point out is that we have donated surplus items to schools and to more than 190 non-profit agencies during the past year. In fact, more than 3,300 pieces of computer hardware were distributed among schools, including desk-top computers, laptops, monitors, keyboards and printers. Spokespersons for three non-profit organizations commented in our news release today that they are able to put that surplus equipment to very good use. Groups such as the Second Story Women's Centre in Bridgewater, the Cape Breton Firefighters Burn Care Society and the Tri County Pregnancy Care Centre in Yarmouth are just a few of the organizations that have benefited from our disposal policy. Again, these items - such as chairs, tables, filing cabinets, desks and tools - were donated free of charge.

There were also some surplus items, Mr. Speaker, which were sold through auctions and public tenders and those funds are contributed to the $361,000 which we turned over to the Minister of Finance toward the provincial debt. So with those few words, I would like to table the report for April 1, 2001 to March 31, 2002 and advise the members if they have non-profit agencies within their constituencies that they feel could use some of that surplus equipment, then in that case they should certainly have those groups make an application to the Department of Transportation and Public Works and we would be pleased to consider it.

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

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Mr. Speaker, I welcome again this annual report. I look forward to going through it. In particular, I would like to draw attention to the staff who take care of this particular project each year for the Department of Transportation and Public Works. I can assure you that they are professional, extremely open and fair in their approach. They get back to you, as an MLA, they provide the information to the non-profit organizations. If I begin to mention some of their names I will probably miss a few, but to Mr. Perry and Mr. Wood in particular, as the MLA for Timberlea-Prospect and on behalf of the Beechville Baptist Church, the Beechville Historical Society, and other non-profit organizations in the constituency that I represent, I would like to thank them and publicly

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compliment them for their professional approach and how they deal in this important matter of non-profit organizations.

As you would know, Mr. Speaker, also in a previous life - when perhaps I had a life - as a school principal, I can tell you it was with some relief on occasion that we had the opportunity to be made aware of some of this particular surplus equipment. We will take it in the school system, no matter what condition, we will take it because we need it.

So to the minister and his staff, thank you and it is also a very positive step that the money raised through auction does go directly to public debt. My compliments to you and your staff on this very positive announcement. Thank you.

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

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of our Critic for the Department of Transportation and Public Works, I would also like to stand and congratulate the minister on bringing this report here today and to inform the House that this policy of making Crown assets available to non-profit groups in Nova Scotia is an excellent policy, and one that was started by the previous government of this province, and we're quite proud of that.

I want to congratulate the Mayor . . . Mayor Russell (Laughter)

AN HON. MEMBER: The king.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: King Ron, or whatever, who is the Acting Premier - I want to congratulate the minister on not only bringing this report to the House and the policy that his department is following regarding distribution of Crown assets to non-profit groups, the fact is that he, as minister, takes the time to inform MLAs in every constituency as to exactly where this equipment, furniture and product that he has available, is going out to groups in Nova Scotia who need it and cannot afford to purchase it. He makes us aware of which groups in our constituencies are getting that and I want to thank the minister for that. It is a good report and on behalf of our critic. We welcome the news today. Thank you. (Applause)

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 3798

HON. JANE PURVES: 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 teachers are in Halifax this week for a workshop on implementing the new Canadian History 11 course; and

Whereas Canadian History 11 will be implemented this September and will be mandatory for graduation; and

Whereas through this new course all of our students will learn about Canadian heritage, who they are, and why their society espouses the values it does;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize the importance of a mandatory Canadian history requirement, and the hard work of our teachers in preparing the delivery of this new course.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Environment and Labour.

RESOLUTION NO. 3799

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 goal of the Occupational Health and Safety Division of Nova Scotia's Department of Environment and Labour is to improve health and safety in the workplace; and

Whereas today, as part of North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, an awards ceremony is being held to recognize 20 Nova Scotian companies that have done an exceptional job of encouraging safety in their workplaces; and

Whereas those companies are: Annapolis County Adult Residential Centre; G & G Transport Repair Limited; Brimac Masonry Limited; Hutt Bros. Forestry Limited; Darrin Carter Logging Limited; Hankinsons' Logging Limited; Milford Haven Home for Special

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Care; Halifax Employers Association; CERESCORP Company; Twin City Painting Limited; Scotian Group of Companies; Ocean Paving Ltd.; Industrial Electrics Limited; A Bek Drywall Limited; NR Kenney Logging Limited; Bowater Mersey Paper Company Limited; John Neil MacLellan; Sea Star Seafoods Limited; Keltic Lodge; and Nakile Home for Special Care;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House salute the efforts of these companies for proving they understand the importance of running safe workplaces and congratulate them for being role models for all Nova Scotian companies.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 3800

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

Whereas the Departments of Education and Environment and Labour have developed a workplace health and safety course for Grade 11 students; and

Whereas beginning in September 2003, the course will help young Nova Scotians learn about their rights and responsibilities as workers; and

Whereas a pilot form of this course in 13 Nova Scotia schools has already met with great success;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize that this course will help young Nova Scotians to work safely at their current part-time jobs and when they enter the workforce full time.

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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.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

NOTICES OF MOTION

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

RESOLUTION NO. 3801

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

Whereas mothers are the mainstay of every community throughout our province; and

Whereas courage, persistence, love, self-sacrifice and patience are the building blocks of our society; and

Whereas mothers exemplify these qualities and more, giving us their love, strength, wisdom and guidance unconditionally;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this Legislature thank and congratulate all mothers and wish them a happy Mother's Day.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

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The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Victoria.

RESOLUTION NO. 3802

MR. KENNETH MACASKILL: Mr. Speaker, with your permission, I would like to do this resolution in the two official languages of the Highlands of Cape Breton. (Applause) A Fhir-Labhairt, tha mi mar seo a' toirt aire dhuibh gun gluais me air latha 'sa tighinn an rùùn 'sa leanas:

O Chionn 's gun comharrachas am mios cééitein mar mios na gààidhlig; agus

O Chionn 's gu bheil iomadh ààite air feadh an albainn nuaidh gu lééir far a bhios a' ghààidhlig ri ionnsaich fhathast; agus

O Chionn 's gum fasas gu mòòr, a' chuid ghààidhlig dhe 'n ghniomh-thuruis gach uile bliadhna;

Mar sin gum bi e suidhichte gun aideach gach ball cho cudtromach 'sa bhios an cultur seo agus a' toirt moladh do 'n fheadhainn a leanas ris a' ghààidhlig a chumail beòò.

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

Whereas the month of May is celebrated as Gaelic Awareness Month; and

Whereas there are several communities across Nova Scotia where Gaelic instruction takes place; and

Whereas the Gaelic culture aspect of tourism is growing rapidly each year;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge the importance of this culture and applaud the efforts of those who continue to keep the Gaelic language alive.

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 Halifax Bedford Basin.

RESOLUTION NO. 3803

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

Whereas Halifax-based DownEast Communications was recently honoured with several Motorola Two-way Radio Awards of Excellence in Las Vegas; and

Whereas DownEast President Mickey MacDonald was recognized for Top Overall and Top Product Growth in 2001 and received the Target Achievers Award for reaching 168 per cent of the 2001 goal, as well as being named the 2001 Pinnacle Club Winner; and

Whereas Mickey also sponsors the "Hummer for Hunger," which has become a household name, by promoting food drives and other charity fundraising events;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Mickey MacDonald for his impressive business and charitable successes.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition.

RESOLUTION NO. 3804

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 the Canadian Health Coalition is campaigning across Canada this month in support of Medicare; and

Whereas this campaign includes postcards to the Prime Minister urging him to show leadership and vision by expanding Medicare to cover Pharmacare and home care, and by protecting health care from trade agreements; and

Whereas Nova Scotians and the Government of Nova Scotia would gain immensely from the achievement of these goals;

Therefore be it resolved that every member of this House should show support for Medicare by joining their fellow citizens in signing the Medicare postcards to the Prime Minister that are being distributed in May 2002 by the Canadian Health Coalition.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice. I am going to have distributed to all members . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. That's out of order with regard to the resolution.

There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

To distribute information or pamphlets to the honourable members is not in accordance with the resolutions here before the House.

The honourable member for Dartmouth East.

RESOLUTION NO. 3805

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

Whereas Mount Saint Vincent University is recognized as a leader in innovative education for women; and

Whereas Mount Saint Vincent University is a dynamic, challenging and welcoming community; and

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Whereas approximately 600 women and men will be graduating this morning during the convocation ceremonies of Mount Saint Vincent University;

Therefore be it resolved that the 2002 graduates of Mount Saint Vincent University be congratulated on completing the requirements for the respective certificate, diploma, bachelor and masters degree granted by the university.

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 Eastern Shore.

RESOLUTION NO. 3806

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

Whereas beginning this Saturday evening, May 11th, the Musquodoboit Harbour Heritage Society and Seacoast Group will host the first of seven Celtic concerts at the Petpeswick Yacht Club in Musquodoboit Harbour; and

Whereas funds from these concerts will go towards the repair of the roof and expenses associated with the Railroad Museum and Tourist Bureau in Musquodoboit Harbour, (Interruption) Maybe so; and

Whereas the seven concerts will feature an array of Eastern Shore musicians;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs congratulate organizers John Verlinden and Boyd Baker for their community spirit and wish them every success as they strive to generate additional and continued interest in tourism along the Eastern Shore.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth North.

RESOLUTION NO. 3807

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

Whereas about 10 per cent of the population has hearing or speech disorders; and

Whereas May is Hearing and Speech Awareness Month across Canada; and

Whereas this marks a wonderful time to recognize the excellent work done by speech-language pathologists and audiologists who render help to those with hearing or speech disorders;

Therefore be it resolved that during this Hearing and Speech Awareness Month, members of the Legislature recognize the dedication, hard work and skills of the speech pathologists, audiologists and other professionals who work to help with the hearing and speech disorders.

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. 3808

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

Whereas the University College of Cape Breton will be conferring degrees upon students at their convocation ceremony on Saturday, May 11, 2002; and

Whereas the University College offers a broad range of degree, diploma and certificate programs, offering technical, vocational and academic programming under the same roof; and

Whereas the University College of Cape Breton educates approximately 3,000 Nova Scotia post-secondary students each year;

Therefore be it resolved that the graduates of the 2002 graduating class of the University College of Cape Breton be congratulated on completing the requirements for their program and be wished every success in the future.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Preston.

RESOLUTION NO. 3809

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

Whereas the past year was one of unprecedented challenge for the Halifax International

Airport Authority and the air transportation industry as they worked through challenging labour negotiations, rebounded from the impacts of airline cutbacks and cope with the cataclysmic events of September 11th; and

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Whereas the airport authority is moving forward with the long-overdue and much-needed expansion of the airport facility, which will result in improved service and will expand the critical role of the Halifax International Airport in the economic development of our region; and

Whereas the vision of the airport authority to create a world-class airport facility took shape when they opened the new international arrivals area and began development of the domestic arrivals area and airside subdivision;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the management and staff of the Halifax International Airport Authority for conducting themselves with dignity, professionalism and determination under often stressful and difficult conditions.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

RESOLUTION NO. 3810

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 member for Halifax Bedford Basin is a summer resident of the coastal community of Blind Bay in the provincial constituency of Timberlea-Prospect; and

Whereas this member has obviously added her voice to the need for major improvements to Route 333 on the way to Blind Bay; and

Whereas a tender has been announced for the paving of 7.2 kilometres of Route 333 from Goodwood to Brookside with work expected to be finished by August 31st;

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Therefore be it resolved that the member for Halifax Bedford Basin, as a summer resident of Blind Bay, continue to use her influence with the Minister of Transportation and Public Works to announce other paving projects on the heavily used Prospect Road and throughout the constituency of Timberlea-Prospect.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable Leader in the House of the Liberal Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 3811

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

Whereas Acadia University has more than 160 years of distinguished history; and

Whereas Acadia University is a primarily undergraduate institution that provides a liberal education based on the highest standards; and

Whereas during the Spring convocations of May 12th and May 13th, over 750 students will graduate from Acadia University in the faculties of Arts, Pure and Applied Science, and Professional Studies, as well as from the faculty of Theology;

Therefore be it resolved that the 2002 graduating students of Acadia University be congratulated for meeting all of the requirements necessary for graduation in their respective programs and be wished great success in the future.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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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 Glace Bay.

RESOLUTION NO. 3812

MR. DAVID WILSON: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the honourable member for Lunenburg West, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the 2nd annual Heritage Fair will take place today at the Nova Scotia Community College Lunenburg Campus in Bridgewater; and

Whereas the fair is presented by the South Shore District School Board in co-operation with HISTORICA; and

Whereas students from schools in the South Shore District School Board will celebrate their heritage as they showcase their projects;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the organizing committee of the 2nd annual Heritage Fair and wish all those involved success as they celebrate their heritage.

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.

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

PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 98.

Bill No. 98 - Volunteer Protection Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Justice, I move third reading of Bill No. 98.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 98. 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. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I move that you do now leave the Chair and the House resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House on Bills.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

[9:30 a.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Bills with Acting Deputy Speaker Mr. William Dooks in the Chair.]

[10:04 a.m. CWH on Bills 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 Bills reports:

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

Bill No. 105 - Elevators and Lifts Act.

Bill No. 112 - Gas Distribution Act.

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

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, that concludes the government business for today. 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 the Committee of the Whole House on Bills and we will be commencing with Bill No. 109, the Financial Measures (2002) Act. With those few words, I move adjournment.

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

We are adjourned until 2:00 p.m. on Monday.

[The House rose at 10:05 a.m.]

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NOTICE OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 3813

By: Ms. Mary Ann McGrath (Halifax Bedford Basin)

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

Whereas May 6th to May 12th is National Mental Health Week in Canada; and

Whereas mental disorders represent the most costly medical conditions in Canada at $6.4 billion for professional care and short-term productivity loss; and

Whereas our government, since coming into office, has taken a proactive approach dealing with mental health issues with the release of a working paper entitled Mental Health - Time for Action, and the investment of $1.5 million in this year's budget to help children and youth with mental illnesses;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly compliment each and every Nova Scotian involved with the treatment of mental health and commend the Nova Scotia Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association for their dedicated work in reducing this crippling illness.