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HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Murray Scott

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Second Session

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2002

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS:
Justice - Electoral Boundaries: Lun. Co. Communiites -
Changes Oppose, Mr. D. Downe 10895
Transport. & Pub. Wks. - Cumberland Co.: Trunk 2 - Pave,
Mr. B. Taylor 10896
PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
Nova Scotia Provincial Electoral Boundaries Commission Report,
Hon. M. Baker 10896
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 4327, Agric. & Fish. - N.S. Fed. Agric.: Hay West - Congrats.,
The Premier 10896
Vote - Affirmative 10897
Res. 4328, Moore, Sister Dorothy: Honorary Deg. - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Purves 10897
Vote - Affirmative 10898
Res. 4329, Debison, Aselin: Accomplishments - Congrats., The Premier 10898
Vote - Affirmative 10899
Res. 4330, Health - Care System: Calibre - Recognize, Hon. J. Muir 10899
Vote - Affirmative 10900
Res. 4331, Educ. - Hfx. Reg. Sch. Bd.: Student Adviser - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Purves 10900
Vote - Affirmative 10900
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No. 141, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act,
Mr. M. Samson 10900
No. 142, House of Assembly Act/Elections Act, Hon. M. Baker 10900
No. 143, Partnership Act/Partnerships and Business Names
Registration Act, Hon. M. Baker 10901
No. 144, Justice Administration Amendment (Fall 2002) Act,
Hon. M. Baker 10901
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 4332, Commun. Serv. - Nursing Home Care: Costs - End,
Mr. D. Dexter 10901
Res. 4333, Transport. & Pub. Wks.: C.B. Rail Service - Prioritize,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 10902
Res. 4334, Information Morning: Hosts/Team - Congrats.,
Mr. K. Morash 10903
Vote - Affirmative 10903
Res. 4335, Health - Long-Term Care: Coverage - Provide,
Ms. Maureen MacDonald 10903
Res. 4336, Fin. - Borrowing: Prem. Commitment - Breach,
Mr. D. Downe 10904
Res. 4337, Aldershot Elem. Sch.: Risk Watch Prog. - Congrats.,
Mr. M. Parent 10905
Vote - Affirmative 10905
Res. 4338, Corkum, Les: Woodlot Owner of Yr. - Congrats.,
Mr. J. MacDonell 10905
Vote - Affirmative 10906
Res. 4339, MacEwan, Paul: Commitment - Recognize, Mr. W. Gaudet 10906
Vote - Affirmative 10907
Res. 4340, Cromwell, Edith: Order of N.S. - Congrats., Mr. F. Chipman 10907
Vote - Affirmative 10908
Res. 4341, Fiander, Lew - New Waterford Credit Union: Retirement -
Congrats., Mr. F. Corbett 10908
Vote - Affirmative 10909
Res. 4342, Marguerite Ctr. - Staff/Residents: Best Wishes - Extend,
Dr. J. Smith 10909
Vote - Affirmative 10909
Res. 4343, Sutherland, Seldon: Can. Peacekeeping Service Medal -
Congrats., Mrs. M. Baillie 10909
Vote - Affirmative 10910
Res. 4344, Employment Assistance and Income Support Act -
Gov't. (N.S.): Effects - Report Table, Mr. J. Pye 10910
Res. 4345, Forest Products Assoc. (N.S.): Dedication - Congrats.,
Mr. K. MacAskill 10911
Vote - Affirmative 10912
Res. 4346, Truro Bearcats: Championship Season - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Muir 10912
Vote - Affirmative 10912
Res. 4347, Digby Mun. Council - Quarry Opposition:
NDP Caucus - Approval Extend, Mr. H. Epstein 10912
Res. 4348, Miller, Valerie, Q.C. - First Black Female Q.C.:
Achievement - Commend, Mr. P. MacEwan 10913
Vote - Affirmative 10914
Res. 4349, Hantsport Shamrocks: Success - Congrats., Hon. R. Russell 10914
Vote - Affirmative 10915
Res. 4350, Educ. - Loan Remission Prog.: Dept. - Reinstate,
Mr. Robert Chisholm 10915
Res. 4351, Environ. & Lbr./Educ. - MacDonald HS: Subsidence -
Address, Mr. R. MacKinnon 10916
Vote - Affirmative 10925
Res. 4352, St. John's Anglican Parish (Lun.): Church Building
Restoration - Support, Hon. M. Baker 10916
Vote - Affirmative 10917
Res. 4353, Nat. Res. - McNabs and Lawlor Islands Prov. Pk.:
Supporters - Efforts Recognize, Mr. K. Deveaux 10917
Vote - Affirmative 10918
Res. 4354, Freedom of Info - Fees: Rollback - Demand, Mr. M. Samson 10918
Res. 4355, Gov't. (N.S.) - Nursing Home Residents: Health Care -
Costs Pay, Mr. D. Dexter 10919
Res. 4356, Serv. N.S. & Mun. Rel. - Veterans' Licence Plates:
Fees - Waive, Mr. B. Boudreau 10919
Res. 4357, Prem. - Long-Term Care: Fee System - Details, Mr. J. Holm 10920
Res. 4358, Debison, Aselin: Talent - Recognize, Mr. D. Wilson 10921
Vote - Affirmative 10921
Res. 4359, Commun. Serv. - Seniors' Health Care: Charges - Stop,
Ms. Maureen MacDonald 10921
Res. 4360, Nagy, Cst. Stephen: Bravery Medal - Congrats.,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 10922
Vote - Affirmative 10923
Res. 4361, Tanner, Earle: Woodlot Owner of Yr. (Cent. Dist.) -
Congrats., Mr. J. MacDonell 10923
Vote - Affirmative 10924
Res. 4362, RCL Bridgewater Branch No. 24 - 75th Anniv.:
Aux. 55th Anniv. - Congrats., Mr. D. Downe 10924
Vote - Affirmative 10924
Res. 4363, Environ. & Lbr. - Minimum Wage: Calculation -
Rational Basis Implement, Mr. F. Corbett 10925
Res. 4364, Women, Status of - Advisory Council: Anniv. 25th -
Congrats., Mr. W. Gaudet 10926
Vote - Affirmative 10926
Res. 4365, Dart. Boys & Girls Club: Candlelight Vigil - Congrats.,
Mr. J. Pye 10927
Vote - Affirmative 10927
Res. 4366, Celtic Colours Int'l. Fest.: Organizers/Sponsors/Volunteers -
Congrats., Mr. K. MacAskill 10927
Vote - Affirmative 10928
Res. 4367, Sports - Registration/Rentals: Fees - Reduce, Mr. K. Deveaux 10928
Res. 4368, NDP - PC Gov't.: Election Victory - Role, Mr. P. MacEwan 10929
Res. 4369, Nat. Res. - Antigonish Co. Property Gift: Refusal -
Explain, Mr. J. MacDonell 10929
Res. 4370, Transport. & Pub. Wks.: Hwy. No. 125 Off Ramps (C.B.) -
Min. Investigate, Mr. R. MacKinnon 10930
Res. 4371, Wooden's River Watershed Environ. Org.: Dedication -
Thank, Mr. F. Corbett 10930
Vote - Affirmative 10931
Res. 4372, PC Gov't. - Info. Requests: Promise - Broken, Mr. M. Samson 10931
Res. 4373, Justice - Vehicle Compliance Officers: Importance -
Recognize, Mr. B. Boudreau 10932
Res. 4374, Gov't. (N.S.) - Commemorative Events: Representation -
Ensure, Mr. D. Wilson 10932
Res. 4375, Cloutier, Dr. Louise: Perkin Award - Congrats.,
Dr. J. Smith 10933
Vote - Affirmative 10934
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Mon., Nov. 4th at 7:00 p.m. 10935
NOTICE OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Re. 4376, Health - Care System: Positive Improvements -
Recognize, Mr. R. Hurlburt 10936

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HALIFAX, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2002

Fifty-eighth General Assembly

Second Session

10:00 A.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Murray Scott

DEPUTY SPEAKERS

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

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

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Lunenburg West.

MR. DONALD DOWNE: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition signed in excess of 120 people. The operative clause is, "We the undersigned support the residents of the communities of Italy Cross, Middlewood, Crousetown, Petite Riviere, Broad Cove, Cherry Hill and Voglers Cove who oppose the proposed boundary changes in the final report of the Nova Scotia Electoral Boundaries Commission Report dated August 2002 and request they go back to the original boundaries set forth by the Nova Scotia Legislature Assembly (1992) or allow a plebiscite to be carried out in the communities, similar to the one the Premiere approved for the residence of the Village of Chester after the Board of Public Utilities submitted their report approving chester with town statics." I beg leave to table this today.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Health on an introduction.

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HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, I would just like to draw the attention of the members of the House to the new President of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union, about 7 days in, Janet Hazelton is with us in the balcony up there and I'd like to draw a very warm welcome to her. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. We certainly welcome our special guest to the gallery today.

The honourable member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

MR. BROOKE TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition signed by 650 concerned citizens who travel the Leamington to South Hampton Road in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. The preamble reads, "We the undersigned citizens demand that the N.S. Provincial Government take immediate action to pave the complete Trunk 2 highway from Leamington to Southampton in the County of Cumberland, Nova Scotia"

Mr. Speaker, I can't help but note that you have signed this petition and endorsed it and I, likewise, have affixed my signature to the petition.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a report of the Nova Scotia Provincial Electoral Boundaries Commission dated August 2002, Dr. J. Colin Dodds is the Chairman. I table that report.

MR. SPEAKER: The report is tabled.

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 4327

HON. JOHN HAMM (The Premier): 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 farmers donated over 2,000 bales of hay to Western farmers, worth almost $20,000; and

Whereas the success of the Hay West program was based on the generosity of Nova Scotia farmers, the cooperation of the federal government in providing some transportation assistance, as well as corporate and private donations of money, equipment, transportation and time; and

Whereas the only barrier to Nova Scotia farmers giving more hay was the cost of transportation;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture and all farmers for helping their Western colleagues in a time of need.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 4328

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

Whereas distinguished educator and retired Department of Education employee, Sister Dorothy Moore, received an honourary degree from Mount Saint Vincent University at its Fall convocation; and

Whereas Sister Moore worked as a teacher for 22 years, as principal of the Eskasoni elementary and junior high schools and as Native Education Coordinator, Native Studies counsellor, advisor and lecturer at the University College of Cape Breton; and

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Whereas Sister Moore led the development of new courses such as Mi'kmaq Studies and Mi'kmaq language for non-Mi'kmaq speakers in her work with the Department of Education;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate Sister Dorothy Moore on receiving this honorary degree which recognizes the important contributions she has made to Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 4329

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

Whereas PBS Television recently aired a special featuring Aselin Debison and her album, Sweet is the Melody; and

Whereas this program spoke volumes to the beautiful culture and talent that thrives on Cape Breton Island; and

Whereas the people of Glace Bay, Cape Breton and all of Nova Scotia can be proud of Aselin and their own representation of their town and of their province on this special;

Therefore be it resolved that this House, on behalf of all Nova Scotians, congratulate Aselin Debison and her family for their support, in this recent accomplishment which puts Nova Scotian music and culture on the international stage.

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. (Applause)

The honourable Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 4330

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

Whereas greater Halifax has the highest-rated health care service in Canada and the fifth highest-rated health care service in North America, according to Places Rated Almanac; and

Whereas greater Halifax is home to one of the largest concentrations of health care facilities and highest-calibre specialists in Canada as well as some of the best educators and researchers; and

Whereas greater Halifax is one part of our overall provincial health care system that is bringing quality health care to people throughout Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that this House recognize the calibre of our health care system, the many improvements achieved over the years and the nurses, doctors, lab technicians, administrators and others, who work hard each and every day to respond to Nova Scotians' health needs.

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. (Applause)

The honourable Minister of Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 4331

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 Halifax Regional School Board passed a motion at its October 29th meeting to create a seat for a non-voting student advisor; and

Whereas the seat will provide students a direct link to the board and allow their voice to be heard on issues regarding their education; and

Whereas the board will ensure that a democratic process is created to elect the student representative;

Therefore be it resolved that the Halifax Regional School Board be recognized and congratulated for demonstrating leadership by becoming the first regional school board in Nova Scotia to create a dedicated position for students.

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.

[10:15 a.m.]

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

Bill No. 141 - Entitled An Act to Amend Chapter 5 of the Acts of 1993. The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. (Mr. Michel Samson)

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Bill No. 142 - Entitled An Act to Amend Chapter 1 (1992 Supplement) of the Revised Statutes of 1989, the House of Assembly Act and Chapter 140 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Elections Act. (Hon. Michael Baker)

Bill No. 143 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 334 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Partnership Act, and Chapter 335 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Partnerships and Business Names Registration Act. (Hon. Michael Baker)

Bill No. 144 - Entitled an Act Respecting the Administration of Justice. (Hon. Michael Baker)

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

NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Opposition.

RESOLUTION NO. 4332

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

Whereas Nova Scotia seniors have worked hard all their lives, raised families, paid their taxes and helped build our province; and

Whereas when these seniors need our help the most, the provincial government makes them hand over their savings, turn over the value of their farms, gifts and virtually everything else they own; and

Whereas this government has turned aside every request to end this unfair treatment and now offers vague promises of future improvement only in the face of concerted public opinion;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier should act now so there is not one more day when nursing home residents are driven deeper into poverty by this government simply because they require health care in a nursing home.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

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I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

RESOLUTION NO. 4333

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

Whereas the future of rail service to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality is still up in the air waiting for a decision from the URB; and

Whereas despite the seriousness of this matter, both Cape Breton Cabinet Ministers and the Premier remain silent in their defence of this vital link; and

Whereas the people of Cape Breton deserve better than the stone-cold silence offered by this government;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House urge the Premier and his Cabinet to make rail service to Cape Breton a priority instead of taking a "que sera sera" approach to government leadership.

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 Minister of Finance on an introduction.

HON. NEIL LEBLANC: Mr. Speaker, I would like to bring to the attention of the members the House, Mr. André Roberge of the Université Sainte Anne, and also Allister Surette, who is the President of the Collège de l'Acadie, and also a former member - actually it seems to be very close to my riding, actually it was my riding, Mr. Premier. I would like them both to rise and receive the warm approbation of the House. (Applause)

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MR. SPEAKER: We certainly welcome our special guests to the gallery today.

The honourable member for Queens.

RESOLUTION NO. 4334

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

Whereas CBC Information Morning is a radio program many Nova Scotians rely on for news and information - and a little humour - to start each weekday; and

Whereas the show's professionalism and popularity was rewarded this week at CBC's National Internal Awards by presenting the show's hosts with the title "The Best Regional Daily News Program" for all of Canada; and

Whereas once again Nova Scotian talent and hard work rises to the top of the national stage;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate hosts, Elizabeth Logan and Don Connolly, and their team, for making CBC's Information Morning the best in its field.

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 Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 4335

MS. MAUREEN MACDONALD: 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 a truly comprehensive public health care system provides necessary medical care for citizens throughout their lives; and

Whereas citizens of Nova Scotia are not insulated against the cost of their health care requirements in the long-term care system;

Therefore be it resolved that this government commit at once to seniors in long-term care that it will provide full coverage for their medical care during its current mandate.

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 member for Lunenburg West.

RESOLUTION NO. 4336

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

Whereas after over three years of Tory Government the Finance Minister is still borrowing money despite election promises which indicated Tories would not; and

Whereas on June 26, 2001, the Premier stated, "Over our first four-year mandate we will ensure the debt . . .", that being the true debt that includes all on-book and off-book borrowing, ". . . will not increase."; and

Whereas the borrowing continues which means this government is truly living on borrowed time;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize that the Premier is failing to live up to his commitment to stop borrowing which will continue to place undue hardship on future generations;

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Kings North.

RESOLUTION NO. 4337

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

Whereas the Aldershot Elementary School has become the first school in Nova Scotia to implement a program entitled Risk Watch; and

Whereas this program was developed by the National Fire Protection Association in conjunction with a number of safety and injury prevention experts to give children and families the skills and knowledge required for the creation of safer homes and communities; and

Whereas Risk Watch was launched in late September at the school with representatives from the Nova Scotia Firefighters Burn Treatment Society, the Department of Environment and Labour - including the minister - the RCMP and the Kentville Fire Department, making Nova Scotia only the second Canadian province to implement it into the school curriculum;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs wish Principal Sarah Tessier, all teachers and students at Aldershot Elementary, every success as they participate in this pilot program that will assist local communities in becoming safer places to live.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The honourable member for Hants East.

RESOLUTION NO. 4338

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

Whereas forests are a vital part of the ecology and economy of this province; and

Whereas good woodlot management is necessary in order to maintain healthy forests; and

Whereas Mr. Les Corkum of Falmouth has been chosen provincial Woodlot Owner of the Year for 2002 by the Department of Natural Resources for his excellent stewardship of a renewable resource;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Mr. Les Corkum of Falmouth on being chosen Woodlot Owner of the Year for his commitment and foresight in maintaining his woodlot on a sustainable basis.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Clare.

RESOLUTION NO. 4339

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

Whereas after 32 consecutive years Paul MacEwan continues to demonstrate a spirit of devotion in representing his constituents and Cape Breton in the Legislature that may serve as an example to others; and

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Whereas Paul MacEwan has shown unwavering dedication to the people of Cape Breton Nova who by continuously electing this honourable member to the Legislature have given Nova Scotians one of the most dedicated, hard-working politicians in our history; and

Whereas Paul MacEwan, despite minor setbacks, continues to write on the subject of Nova Scotia politics and who, as a former teacher, may be able to teach us a thing about remaining committed to the people we represent;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize Paul MacEwan, MLA for Cape Breton Nova, for his constant and continuing devotion to politics, to people and to Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried. (Standing Ovation)

The honourable member for Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 4340

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

Whereas the Order of Nova Scotia is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon Nova Scotians, recognizing those who have made an outstanding contribution to our province; and

Whereas Edith H. Cromwell of Inglewood, Annapolis County is a well-deserved inaugural recipient of the Order of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Edith Cromwell was the first member of her African-Nova Scotian community to graduate from high school, among the first Black graduates of the Nova Scotia Teachers College and a teacher who taught racial tolerance and encouraged young people to pursue their dreams.

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Edith Cromwell on receiving the Order of Nova Scotia and recognize her as an inspiration to her community and to all Nova Scotians.

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 Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 4341

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

Whereas Credit Unions play an important part in our community and financial life in this province; and

Whereas long-serving employees of these local institutions should be recognized for their contributions to their communities; and

Whereas Lew Fiander, manager of the New Waterford Credit Union, will be retiring today after 29 years of faithful and visionary service;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate Lew Fiander of the New Waterford Credit Union on his retirement and we wish him many happy years to come.

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 Dartmouth East.

RESOLUTION NO. 4342

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

Whereas on October 23, 2002 the Marguerite Centre in Lakeside, Nova Scotia officially opened; and

Whereas the Marguerite Centre is the only residential centre in Nova Scotia that offers a long-term program for women recovering from addictions and abuse; and

Whereas this facility became a reality due in large part to a $571,400 grant from the federal government's Supporting Communities Partnership Initiative;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the Legislature extend our best wishes to Marguerite Centre's Executive Director, Sister Connie MacIsaac, staff and residents both present and future and wish them well in the times ahead.

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. 4343

MRS. MURIEL BAILLIE: 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 retired construction worker and father of four, Seldon Sutherland, was celebrating his 70th birthday when he received an unexpected surprise during a stop at the Pictou Legion; and

Whereas friends and relatives were on hand as Mr. Sutherland was presented with the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal for his contribution in the 1960 U.N. Peacekeeping Mission in the Congo; and

Whereas after nine years of military service, Mr. Sutherland retired with the rank of Corporal and returned to his River John home;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Seldon Sutherland on this prestigious medal with which he has been awarded, and thank him deeply for his nine years of service to his country through the Canadian Forces.

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. 4344

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

Whereas the Metro Food Bank Society is instrumental in the reduction of hunger in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the number of people using food banks in Nova Scotia increased 5.2 per cent this past year and in the past five years there has been an increase of 35.9 per cent; and

Whereas this increase in hunger and poverty can be laid, in large part, right at the door of this Tory Government;

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Therefore be it resolved that this Legislative Assembly request this Tory Government to table a report on how its new Employment Assistance and Income Support Act is enhancing the lives of disadvantaged Nova Scotians.

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.

RESOLUTION NO. 4345

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

Whereas the Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia is an industry organization dedicated to responsible management and stewardship of our forest resources; and

Whereas FPANS' over 900 members represent the sawmill industry, pulp and paper industry, Christmas tree growers, maple products producers, silviculture industry, forest group ventures, forest machinery agents, small and large woodlot owners and others with a genuine interest in enhancing the forest resources; and

Whereas among FPANS many areas of involvement, FPANS takes a leading roll in the province in the areas of forest safety practices, forest roads and skills training;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia for their continued dedication to enhancing our forest resources.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

[10:30 a.m.]

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 Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 4346

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

Whereas the Truro Armstrong Maple Leaf Food Inc. Bearcats captured the 2002 Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League Championship; and

Whereas this represents the first Senior Baseball League Championship by a Truro team in more than a quarter of a century; and

Whereas the team's success was due to the commitment and hard work of the many people both on and off the field, including the players, coaches, sponsors and community supporters;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the entire Truro Armstrong Maple Leaf Food Inc. Bearcats organization including the players; Head Coach Glen Matheson, Team President Scott Armstrong, General Manager Danny Joseph, sponsors and supporters for their championship season.

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. 4347

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 majority of Digby County residents are opposed to the development of a quarry in their environmentally sensitive community; and

Whereas the MLA for Digby and the Hamm Government have refused to acknowledge community concerns; and

Whereas the Municipality of Digby recently passed a motion to oppose quarries in the municipality;

Therefore be it resolved that the NDP caucus applauds the council for its attempt to force the government to respond to this issue.

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 member for Cape Breton Nova.

RESOLUTION NO. 4348

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

Whereas Valerie Miller of Halifax, a lawyer with the federal Department of Justice, was recently named a Queen's Counsel and is the first Black female in Nova Scotia's history to be made a Q.C.; and

Whereas Valerie Miller grew up in Whitney Pier, where her father, Tom Miller, served for many years as an Alderman with the City of Sydney and her mother, Ethel Miller, served as Returning Officer for the constituency of Cape Breton Nova; and

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Whereas Valerie Miller graduated from Sydney Academy in 1961 - the same year I did, Mr. Speaker - and after completing her education took up a long and productive career of legal service;

Therefore be it resolved that this House commends Valerie Miller, Q.C., for her achievement as the first Black female Q.C. in Nova Scotia's history and wishes her every success as she continues her career in the years ahead.

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. (Applause)

The honourable Minister of Transportation and Public Works.

RESOLUTION NO. 4349

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

Whereas the Town of Hantsport is no stranger to producing some of the best baseball teams this province has ever had; and

Whereas the Hantsport Shamrocks Baseball Club, coached by Fred Martin, won the 2002 Nova Scotia "Intermediate A" Baseball Championship while placing second and winning a silver medal at the Atlantic Championships in September; and

Whereas since 1997, the Shamrocks have won the provincial intermediate "A" title five of the past six years while also winning two Atlantic titles in 1998 and 2000;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly pay tribute to the rich heritage of baseball in the Town of Hantsport and congratulate the Shamrocks and coach Martin for their outstanding success in recent years.

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 Halifax Atlantic.

RESOLUTION NO. 4350

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

Whereas the provincial government cut the Loan Remission Program for post-secondary students in 2000, and the Minister of Education has promised a replacement program for over two years now; and

Whereas student debt continues to increase at unprecedented levels, pushing more and more students into perilous financial situations and mortgaging their futures; and

Whereas the Minister of Education will have added an additional $9,500 to the debtloads of 3,150 students in Nova Scotia by the end of this fiscal year;

Therefore be it resolved that the Education Department immediately reinstate the Loan Remission Program and use the $30 million that has been saved at the expense of students over the past two years to reduce the debtloads of students in Nova Scotia.

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 member for Cape Breton West.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4351

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

Whereas on October 31, 2002, MacDonald high school, Dominion, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, has apparently suffered the effects of subsidence; and

Whereas this situation has forced the closure of this community's only high school; and

Whereas it is vital that this school reopen as soon as possible;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Environment and Labour and the Minister of Education take immediate collaborative action with local officials to address both short-term and long-term problems surrounding this subsidence issue.

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 Minister of Justice.

RESOLUTION NO. 4352

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

Whereas exactly one year has passed since the tragic fire which severely damaged St. John's Anglican Church in Lunenburg; and

Whereas the people of the parish of St. John's, indeed all the people of Lunenburg County and Nova Scotia are determined that this beautiful and historic church building be fully restored; and

Whereas there has been a tremendous show of support for the restoration of Canada's second-oldest Protestant church from across this country;

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Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly supports the people of the parish of St. John's Anglican Church in Lunenburg in their effort to ensure that the church building be restored.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

RESOLUTION NO. 4353

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

Whereas McNabs Island, located in Halifax Harbour and a part of the community of Eastern Passage, has been an integral part of the development of Nova Scotia, dating from the earliest European settlements and including both military and recreational uses for the people of Eastern Passage and the greater Halifax area; and

Whereas Lawlor Island, also located in Halifax Harbour and a part of the community of Eastern Passage was a quarantine centre for immigrants and visitors to Canada during the early part of the 20th Century; and

Whereas the history of McNabs and Lawlor Islands, along with the ecological and recreational importance of the islands will be preserved as the islands are dedicated as a provincial park;

Therefore be it resolved that this House recognize the efforts of the Department of Natural Resources, the Friends of McNabs Island Society and the residents of Eastern Passage, who have worked hard to preserve McNabs and Lawlor Islands as a provincial park for generations to come.

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 Richmond.

RESOLUTION NO. 4354

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

Whereas in a modern democracy, openness and accountability on the part of government is vital; and

Whereas increases in the freedom of information fees of over 400 per cent and outrageous charges in the thousands of dollars on information that should be readily available are placing a heinous burden on the future of democratic accountability in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas with such an increase in fees the question arises - what does the Hamm Government have to hide?

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House demand that freedom of information fees be rolled back to their previous levels lest democracy be further bruised by an autocratic Tory Government;

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 Leader of the Opposition.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4355

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

Whereas nursing home residents in Nova Scotia pay the highest fees in Canada; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia Government uses the most harsh measures to make seniors spend the value of almost everything they own to pay for their health care in nursing homes; and

Whereas the members of the present Conservative and former Liberal Governments are virtually the only Nova Scotians who defend the system that drives people into poverty because they need chronic care;

Therefore be it resolved that the House demands that this government use its increased revenue to immediately start paying for the health care costs of nursing home residents, and to levy only income-related fees for nursing home room and board.

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 member for Cape Breton The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 4356

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

Whereas veterans in Nova Scotia will soon be able to receive personalized licence plates which will indicate that they are veterans; and

Whereas this measure is a small but vital recognition of those who have fought to protect our democratic way of life; and

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Whereas unfortunately these licence plates will have a fee attached to obtain this honour;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House urge the government to waive fees for special licence plates for veterans.

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 member for Sackville-Cobequid.

RESOLUTION NO. 4357

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

Whereas Premier Hamm has stated in the media that he will provide a plan to address the unfair fee system for nursing homes in Nova Scotia, but has not provided any details; and

Whereas Darrell Dexter has been telling Nova Scotians what the NDP would do to make nursing home fees fair and equitable for seniors; and

Whereas thousands of Nova Scotians who signed a petition calling on government to pay for the health care portion of nursing home fees are waiting to see if the John Hamm Government will indeed listen to them;

Therefore be it resolved that Premier Hamm stand up in this House and tell Nova Scotians the details of his plan to address the injustice in the long-term care fee system.

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 Glace Bay.

RESOLUTION NO. 4358

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

Whereas Aselin Debison of Glace Bay was the youngest-ever ECMA nominee with a nod in the Pop Artist/Group of the Year category; and

Whereas this Cape Breton singing sensation is not only heading into Grade 7 with a CBC-TV special in Canada and a PBS-TV special in the United States due out later this Fall, but also has a five-album deal with Sony Music Worldwide; and

Whereas Aselin Debison has captured the hearts of Cape Breton audiences and has now gone on to capture the hearts of international audiences by performing traditional Cape Breton songs;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize the exceptionally talented Aselin Debison of Glace Bay and wish her all the best in her future and in her future music career.

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 Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 4359

MS. MAUREEN MACDONALD: 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 seniors in Nova Scotia have paid far too much for far too long in nursing home care; and

Whereas the John Hamm Government has taken extracting assets from the elderly ill in this province to new heights, or depths; and

Whereas thousands of Nova Scotians have signed a petition calling on the government to cover the costs of health care in nursing homes, making long-term care fair for all seniors;

Therefore be it resolved that the John Hamm Government listen to Nova Scotians and stop charging seniors for health care that would be an insured service in other settings.

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 member for Cape Breton South.

RESOLUTION NO. 4360

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

Whereas when Cape Breton Regional Police Constable Stephen Nagy spent his first day on duty in Kosovo, he was called to help quell a riot of 50,000 people, while his next day on the job was spent dodging snipers; and

Whereas while in Kosovo, Constable Nagy was a shift leader to 35 officers in one of the most perilous policing tasks in all the world; and

Whereas Constable Nagy will be receiving a bravery medal from Governor General Adrienne Clarkson for risking his life in April 2000 in saving a fellow UN police officer;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Constable Stephen Nagy for his dedication to policing and on receipt of his much-deserved medal for bravery.

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[10:45 a.m.]

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Hants East.

RESOLUTION NO. 4361

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

Whereas sustainability has become a buzzword in forest woodlot management parlance; and

Whereas for dedicated men and women of vision, the development of sustainable woodlots is far more than a buzzword but a life's work; and

Whereas Mr. Earle Tanner of Hardwoodlands has, for the second time in 11 years, earned a commendable citation for his woodlots, being named by the province as Woodlot Owner of the Year for the Central District;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Mr. Tanner on being named Woodlot Owner of the Year for the Central District and for his dedication to realizing the goal of sustainable forests in Nova Scotia.

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 Lunenburg West.

RESOLUTION NO. 4362

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

Whereas Branch No. 24 celebrated its 75th Anniversary and its 55th Anniversary of the auxiliary on October 27, 2002; and

Whereas Branch No. 24 has been an integral part of the community since its founding, bringing great meaning and honour to community and country; and

Whereas Branch No. 24 members have participated in many projects, including the 1967 Centennial celebration, continued participation of members in Remembrance programs and the provision of scholarships in our community;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly of the Province of Nova Scotia salute all members and associates of the Bridgewater Branch No. 24 of the Royal Canadian Legion on the occasion of its 75th Anniversary and the 55th Anniversary of the auxiliary.

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.

Order, please. There was a request for waiver on an earlier resolution which was declined, and I would ask the honourable member for Cape Breton West to read the "be it resolved" part only, please.

The honourable member for Cape Breton West.

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MR. RUSSELL MACKINNON: Mr. Speaker, I thank the government members for giving consideration on reviewing it.

"Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Environment and Labour and the Minister of Education take immediate collaborative action with local officials to address both short-term and long-term problems surrounding this subsidence issue."

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 Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 4363

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

Whereas this province consistently ranks among the lowest in Canada in providing a livable minimum wage for workers; and

Whereas although this government has an annual review mechanism for the minimum wage, there is no criteria for indexing or tying the rate to any standard economic indications; and

Whereas it would be prudent for planning purposes for both employers and employees to know the standards by which the minimum wage is determined;

Therefore be it resolved that this House call on the Minister of Environment and Labour to implement a rational basis for calculating the minimum wage that ties it to standard economic indications of well-being.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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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. 4364

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

Whereas on September 13, 1977, the advisory council on the Status of Women Act was proclaimed; and

Whereas for 25 years, the advisory council has conducted research, provided information and links in communities, and has advised provincial governments on issues impacting women; and

Whereas to recognize achievement and identify future direction, a special forum was held September 13, 2002, in Halifax;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this Legislature extend their appreciation and congratulations to the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, both past and present, for 25 years of commitment to advancing equality, fairness and dignity for all women in Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth North.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4365

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

Whereas the Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club held their third annual Candlelight Vigil Against Crime and Violence in our community; and

Whereas over 250 citizens from various organizations and throughout the whole community participated; and

Whereas this action best exemplifies their resolve to take back the community and make it a better place to live;

Therefore be it resolved that this Legislative Assembly congratulate the Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club, and all others who participated in the third annual Candlelight Vigil Against Crime and Violence, for their worthy community involvement.

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.

RESOLUTION NO. 4366

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

Whereas the sixth annual Celtic Colours International Festival took place in Cape Breton from October 11th to October 19th; and

Whereas this festival continues to grow year after year, adding greatly to the local economy of Cape Breton, with estimated revenues of over $5.5 million; and

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Whereas Celtic Colours attracts entertainers from many countries outside Canada including Spain, United Kingdom, Australia and the U.S.A.;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly recognize the value of Celtic Colours International by congratulating the organizers, sponsors and volunteers so this event can continue to grow.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

RESOLUTION NO. 4367

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

Whereas it is generally recognized that children and youth are healthier and less likely to adopt bad habits when they are active in recreational, sports and social activities; and

Whereas many children and youth in Nova Scotia want to participate in sports or recreational activities but are unable to as a result of the cost of registration and the cost of the rental of facilities; and

Whereas the cost of facility rentals has increased dramatically in the past few years;

Therefore be it resolved that this House recognize the need to reduce registration fees and facility rental fees as a means of supporting healthier communities and, in particular, healthier children and youth.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova.

RESOLUTION NO. 4368

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

Whereas there has been much complaining of late from the NDP as to how bad the Hamm Government is and what distress it has created for the people; and

Whereas the NDP conveniently forgets its own role in bringing John Hamm to power and how in 1999 they forced a second costly election on this province just 15 months after the previous one; and

Whereas the NDP did this because their advisers told them that the planets were in proper alignment to put the Tories back in if a second provincial election was held just at that time;

Therefore be it resolved that Nova Scotian voters will not be so impressed by the current ferryboating of the NDP when they contemplate what critical favour this group played the Hammites back at square one.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Hants East.

RESOLUTION NO. 4369

MR. JOHN MACDONELL: Mr. Speaker, I would like to take back my support for the resolution read earlier by the honourable member for Clare.

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

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Whereas the new Minister of Natural Resources wants Nova Scotians to believe that he is the saviour of public land in this province; and

Whereas Mary and John Ray of Yarmouthport, Massachusetts, offered the province an exclusive piece of property in Antigonish County at no cost to this province; and

Whereas all the Rays asked was that the minister and this government safeguard this gift for the recreational use of the public;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Natural Resources explain why this government refused this gift of property in Antigonish County with a list of embarrassing excuses, frustrating delays and bureaucratic red tape.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton West.

RESOLUTION NO. 4370

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

Whereas the Hamm Government claims to be listening to the concerns of Nova Scotians; and

Whereas officials from the Department of Transportation and Public Works have unilaterally made considerable alterations to the off-ramps of Highway No. 125 at Mira Road and Prime Brook without any study as to whether they were required; and

Whereas these alterations are causing considerable consternation and concern over safety in these respective communities;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Transportation and Public Works investigate and respond to this unprecedented action by officials within his department.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 4371

MR. FRANK CORBETT: 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 Woodens River Watershed Environmental Organization (WRWEO) is inaugurating its lake aeration project at Sheldrake Lake in Hubley on Saturday, November 2, 2002; and

Whereas this aeration system is designed to return Sheldrake Lake to the normalcy of a healthy state; and

Whereas this project's success is the result of countless hours of work by the community volunteers involved;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly thank and congratulate the Woodens River Watershed Environmental Organization for its dedication and best wishes for its aeration project at Sheldrake Lake.

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. 4372

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

Whereas the Conservatives promised to be open and accountable to the people of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the government recently wanted to charge over $16,000 for a journalist to gain access to government information; and

Whereas charging $16,000 can hardly be seen as providing Nova Scotians with an open and accountable government;

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Therefore be it resolved that the Conservative Government has yet again broken a promise to the people of Nova Scotia.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 4373

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

Whereas our province's vehicle compliance officers are a vital link in transportation safety for Nova Scotia; and

Whereas this government does not recognize their importance to the health and safety of all Nova Scotians travelling on our highway system; and

Whereas even though the federal government will not allow the RCMP to take over this service, this government continues to let vehicle compliance officers dangle without any word as to their future status;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize the importance of our vehicle compliance officers to the safety of Nova Scotians and that the government finally put to rest any plan to transfer these services to another organization.

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 member for Glace Bay.

RESOLUTION NO. 4374

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

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Whereas on October 14, 1942 at 2:40 a.m., 136 people, passengers and crew, died when the ferry Caribou was attacked and sunk by German submarine U69 in the Cabot Strait between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Caribou was on the regular run from North Sydney to Port-aux-Basques; and

Whereas this past October, hundreds of veterans and dignitaries attended a service aboard the modern-day Caribou to mark the 50th Anniversary of that tragic event; and

Whereas unfortunately there were no representatives of this current government at those ceremonies;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House urge the government to ensure that our province is represented at such important events by elected officials from the government side of this House.

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 member for Dartmouth East.

RESOLUTION NO. 4375

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

Whereas each year, the Reg L. Perkin Award is presented by the College of Family Physicians of Canada to 10 family physicians from across the country who provide exceptional care to their patients; and

Whereas this year's recipient from Nova Scotia is Dr. Louise Cloutier, Past President of the Medical Society of Nova Scotia, who practises in the Woodlawn Medical Centre, Dartmouth; and

Whereas Dr. Cloutier, a former registered nurse, has spent her entire working career providing exceptional care to her patients and making outstanding contributions to the health care system throughout our province;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Dr. Louise Cloutier, Nova Scotia's recipient of the Reg L. Perkin Award, for her outstanding commitment to her patients, her chosen profession, and to her community and our province.

[11:00 a.m.]

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I move the House do now rise to meet again on Monday at the hour of 7:00 p.m. The House will sit from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. The business of the day on Monday will be Public Bills for Second Reading, and we will be debating (Interruptions) Bill No. 142. If we complete second reading of that bill, we will continue with the other bills on the order paper for second reading.

I move the House do now rise.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is that the House do rise until 7:00 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.

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We are adjourned until 7:00 p.m. on Monday.

[The House rose at 11:01 a.m.]

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NOTICE OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 4376

By: Mr. Richard Hurlburt (Yarmouth)

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

Whereas starting April 1, 2003, the Nova Scotia Government will increase funding to the DHAs by 7 per cent for the next three fiscal years in an amount totalling $63.5 million to be shared among the 9 DHAs and the IWK Children's Hospital; and

Whereas a prestigious publication entitled the "Places Rated Almanac" recently acknowledged that Greater Halifax has the best rated health care system in Canada and the fifth-highest rated health care service anywhere in North America; and

Whereas another plus for Nova Scotia's health care system was the recent recruitment of a fourth radiologist to the Yarmouth Regional Hospital, resulting in the performance of procedures that could conceivably cut down on surgeries;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs recognize the many positive improvements in Nova Scotia's health care system.