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HANSARD14-38

DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Kevin Murphy

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

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First Session

THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014

TABLE OF CONTENTSPAGE

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
Private & Local Bills Committee,
2598
TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS:
Superintendent of Pensions Anl. Rept. (03/31/13),
2598
Elections Nova Scotia - Report of the Conduct of the October 8, 2013
Provincial General Election, The Speaker » :
2598
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 1743, Techsploration - Anniv. (15th),
2599
Vote - Affirmative
2599
Res. 1744, Nova Agri Farms - Loblaws Award,
2600
Vote - Affirmative
2600
Res. 1745, TIR - Public Rail Safety Wk.,
2600
Vote - Affirmative
2601
Res. 1746, Correctional Services Wk. (05/04 - 05/10/14)
- Recognize, Hon. L. Diab »
2602
Vote - Affirmative
2602
Res. 1747, Gaelic Affairs - Scottish Gov't./Bòrd na Gàidhlig:
Scholarship - Recipients Congrats., Hon. R. Delorey »
2602
Vote - Affirmative
2603
Res. 1748, Adopt-A-Highway Vols. - Thank,
2603
Vote - Affirmative
2604
Res. 1749, Lugar, Donna: Lyme Disease - Awareness Efforts,
2604
Vote - Affirmative
2605
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 1750, Lyme Disease: Prov. Strategy - Develop,
2605
Vote - Affirmative
2606
Res. 1751, Boyd, Mary: St. F.X. - Hon. Degree,
2606
Vote - Affirmative
2607
Res. 1752, Brigadoon Day (05/25/14): Organizers/Staff
- Thank, Mr. J. Stroink »
2607
Vote - Affirmative
2608
Res. 1753, Lyme Disease: Prov. Strategy - Develop,
2608
Vote - Affirmative
2608
Res. 1754, Intl. Workers' Day (05/01/14) - Recognize,
2608
Vote - Affirmative
2609
Res. 1755, Intl. Day of the Midwife (05/05/14) - Recognize,
2610
Vote - Affirmative
2610
Res. 1756, Lyme Disease: Prov. Strategy - Develop,
2610
Vote - Affirmative
2612
Res. 1757, CMHA Mental Health Wk. (05/05 - 05/11/14):
Commun. Members - Engage, Hon. S. Belliveau »
2611
Vote - Affirmative
2612
Res. 1758, Christie, Hon. Peter - Bedford Distinguished Bus. Person of Yr
2612
Vote - Affirmative
2613
Res. 1759, Natl. Physiotherapy Mo. (05/14) - Recognize,
2614
Vote - Affirmative
2614
Res. 1760, Publicover, Lloyd: Vol. Firefighter (45 Yrs.) - Congrats.,
2614
Vote - Affirmative
2615
Res. 1761, Dartmouth High - Human Rights Interact Club:
Humanitarian Serv. - Recognize, Mr. A. Rowe »
2615
Vote - Affirmative
2616
Res. 1762, Orr, Bobby: Stanley Cup Goal (05/10/70) - Recognize,
2616
Res. 1763, CBC: Gov't. (Can.) - Fund,
2617
Vote - Affirmative
2618
Res. 1764, MacAskill, Susan: MADD Can. - Dedication,
2618
Vote - Affirmative
2618
Res. 1765, Lyons Brook Women's Instit.: Commun. Serv./Vol. Work
2619
Vote - Affirmative
2619
Res. 1766, SLAM Jr. Mini Division/Boys Basketball Team/Coaches
- Championship, Mr. I. Rankin »
2619
Vote - Affirmative
2620
Res. 1767, Mason, Doris: Musical Talents - Congrats.,
2620
Vote - Affirmative
2621
Res. 1768, Hanlon, Sean - Basketball/Commun.: Dedication
- Thank, Mr. B. Horne »
2621
Vote - Affirmative
2622
Res. 1769, MS Awareness Mo. (05/14) - Acknowledge,
2622
Vote - Affirmative
2623
Res. 1770, Digby Reg. HS Robotics Club: Programming Competitions
- Congrats., Mr. Gordon Wilson »
2623
Vote - Affirmative
2623
Res. 1771, Carter, Lyle - Eagle Award (2014),
2624
Vote - Affirmative
2624
Res. 1772, Demone, Henry: N.S. Bus. Hall of Fame - Induction,
2624
Vote - Affirmative
2625
Res. 1773, Natl. Day of Honour for Afghanistan (05/09/14)
- Recognize/Tribute Pay, Mr. J. Lohr »
2625
Vote - Affirmative
2626
Res. 1774, Cousineau, Medric: Star of Courage - Congrats.,
2626
Vote - Affirmative
2627
Res. 1775, House Session: Legislature Staff - Thank,
2627
Vote - Affirmative
2627
Res. 1776, Guysborough Options for Adaptive Living Soc
- Support, Mr. L. Hines »
2628
Vote - Affirmative
2628
Res. 1777, Knockwood, Noel: Mi'kmaq Culture - Contribution/Dedication,
2628
Vote - Affirmative
2629
Res. 1778, Exit Realty Inter-Lake: Habitat for Humanity
- Fundraising/Support, Hon. M. Furey »
2629
Vote - Affirmative
2630
Res. 1779, Athens United Soccer Team: League Playoffs Win
- Congrats., Hon. M. Samson »
2630
Vote - Affirmative
2630
Res. 1780, Lathem, Callie: Commun. Support - Congrats.,
2631
Vote - Affirmative
2631
Res. 1781, Bouchard, Robert: N.S. Country Music Hall of Fame
- Congrats., Hon. M. Samson « »
2631
Vote - Affirmative
2632
Res. 1782, Bridgewater Fireman's Band: Vol. Award - Congrats.,
2632
Vote - Affirmative
2633
ORAL QUESTIONS PUT BY MEMBERS TO MINISTERS:
No. 322, Prem. - Ivany Rept.: Task Force - Time Frame,
2633
No. 323, Prem. - Nurses Strike: Law Amendments Comm
- Response, Hon. M. MacDonald « »
2635
No. 324, CCH - Bluenose II Overruns/Delays: Info
- Lun. MLA/Min. Share, Ms. K. MacFarlane « »
2637
No. 325, CCH - Bluenose II: Sea Trials - Info. Clarify,
2638
No. 326, LAE - Nurses Unions: Amalgamation - Legislation,
2639
No. 327, TIR: Environmentally-Friendly Trucks - Delay Explain,
2641
No. 328, Health & Wellness: Tobacco-Free N.S. Strategy (2011)
2643
No. 329, SNS - Hfx. Water Ditch Tax: Barrett Lumber
- Communication, Mr. A. MacMaster « »
2644
No. 330, Health & Wellness: Mental Health & Addictions Strategy
- Implementation, Hon. David Wilson « »
2645
No. 331, TIR: Bill No. 168 (2007) - Enact,
2647
No. 332, Energy - NSP Electric Bills: Calculation
- Accuracy Mechanism, Mr. A. MacLeod « »
2648
No. 333, SNS: Studded Tire Removal - Deadline Extension,
2650
No. 334, Fish. & Aquaculture: Undeveloped Species - Research Fund,
2651
GOVERNMENT BUSINESS:
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON BILLS AT 4:07 P.M
2653
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 4:24 P.M
2653
CWH REPORTS
2653
PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 64, Financial Measures (2014) Act
2654
2655
2658
2660
2663
Vote - Affirmative
2666
PRIVATE AND LOCAL BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 50, St. Francis Xavier University Act
2666
2667
2667
2669
2673
Vote - Affirmative
2674
[PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:]
No. 40, Maintenance and Custody Act
2674
2675
Vote - Affirmative
2675
[PRIVATE AND LOCAL BILLS FOR THIRD READING:]
No. 59, XMLAS Act
2675
Vote - Affirmative
2676
[PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:]
No. 56, Dental Act
2676
Vote - Affirmative
2676
No. 60, Securities Act
2677
Vote - Affirmative
2677
No. 65, Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission Act
2677
Vote - Affirmative
2677
No. 66, Halifax Regional Municipality Charter and Municipal Government Act
2677
Vote - Affirmative
2678
No. 62, Halifax Convention Centre Act
2678
2678
2678
2679
Vote - Affirmative
2679
No. 63, Education Act
2680
2681
2681
2682
2682
Vote - Affirmative
2683
No. 67, Invest Nova Scotia Board Act
2683
2684
2684
2684
Vote - Affirmative
2686
No. 69, House of Assembly Management Commission Act
2686
Vote - Affirmative
2687
HOUSE RECESSED AT 6:25 P.M
2688
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 6:53 P.M
2688
ARRIVAL OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
2688
BILLS GIVEN ROYAL ASSENT:
Nos. 27, 32, 33, 34, 35, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 49, 50 and 51
2689
Nos. 52, 53, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 69 and 70
2690
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again at the call of the Speaker « » :
2691
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Tabled 04/30/14:
Res. 1588, Saunders, Bruce & Edith - Anniv. (60th),
2692
Res. 1589, Newport Station Dist. Sch. - Anniv. (50th),
2692
Res. 1590, Helmkay, Jack: Retirement - Congrats.,
2693
Res. 1591, Simmonds, Ernest: Commun. Work - Thank,
2693
Res. 1592, Clark, Ginnie: Commun./Prov. - Contributions,
2694
Res. 1593, Whitman, William: Pub. Serv. (25 Yrs.)
2694
Res. 1594, McCarthy, George: Contributions - Recognize,
2695
Res. 1595, Withrow, John: N.S. Educ. System -
Contribution Acknowledge, Hon. K. Colwell « »
2695
Res. 1596, Hill, Kyle: Educ. Review Panel - Appt.,
2696
Res. 1597, Penney, Loran: Retirement - Congrats.,
2696
Res. 1598, Rain Over St. Ambrose Band: ECMA Award
- Nomination, Hon. Z. Churchill « »
2697
Res. 1599, Shay, Ryan: Determination - Congrats.,
2697
Res. 1600, Yar. Vanguard: Journalism Excellence - Congrats.,
2698
Res. 1601, Yar. Whitecaps Swim Team: Championships
- Participation, Hon. Z. Churchill « »
2698
Res. 1602, Coakley, Linda Marie: Child Soldiers
- Awareness Init., Hon. Z. Churchill « »
2699
Res. 1603, Cook, Ryan: ECMA - Nomination,
2699
Res. 1604, Team N.S.: Ringette Championship - Congrats.,
2700
Res. 1605, Bishara, Joseph - Yar. Mun. Vol. of Yr. (2013),
2700
Res. 1606, Smith, Ginny - Argyle Mun. Vol. of Yr. (2013),
2701
Res. 1607, Boutilier, Heidi - Seniors: Commitment/Support
- Congrats., Hon. A. Younger »
2701
Res. 1608, Oklahoma!: Prince Andrew Players -
Production Congrats., Hon. A. Younger « »
2702
Res. 1609, Noel & Dist. Vol. FD: Serv. (45 Yrs.) - Congrats.,
2702
Res. 1610, Stillman, Robert & Lucille - Anniv. (50th),
2703
Res. 1611, Lake, Andrea/Brownell, John: Daughters -
Birth Congrats., Ms. M. Miller « »
2703
Res. 1612, Baker, Emma et al: Natl. Child Day Poster
- Congrats., Ms. M. Miller « »
2704
Res. 1613, Sanford, Wyatt: Olympic Boxing Training
- Congrats., Ms. M. Miller « »
2704
Res. 1614, MacQuarrie, Eilish: Athletic Achievements - Congrats.,
2705
Res. 1615, MacDonald, Debbie - Educ. Wk. Award,
2705
Res. 1616, Baldwin, Lisa/Kellestine, Jackie:
Revolution Fitness - Welcome, Hon. A. Younger « »
2706
Res. 1617, Breed, Steve/Tim Hortons Main St.: Opening
- Congrats., Hon. A. Younger « »
2706
Res. 1618, MacDonald, Wayne: Support - Thank,
2707
Res. 1619, Hart, Bernie - Shubenacadie Canal Commn.:
Vol.-Support - Thank, Hon. A. Younger « »
2707
Res. 1620, Johnson, Margaret (Mrs. J.): Retirement -
Congrats., Ms. M. Miller « »
2708
Res. 1621, Jankov, Alan - Pictou Co. Basketball Leagues:
Serv. (42 Yrs.) - Congrats., Ms. K. MacFarlane « »
2708
Res. 1622, Robertson, Stephanie: Art Show - Congrats.,
2709
Res. 1623, LeBlanc, Nicole: Commun. Commitment
2709
Res. 1624, Murray, Jill: Achievements - Congrats.,
2710
Res. 1625, Jessome, Trevor - Master Chef Can.: Top 50
Amateur Chefs - Congrats., Ms. S. Lohnes-Croft « »
2710
Res. 1626, Siteman, Rachelle: Figure Skating Achievements
- Congrats., Ms. S. Lohnes-Croft « »
2711
Res. 1627, Lun. Doc. Fest: Organizers - Congrats.,
2711
Res. 1628, Drennan, Jesse: Track & Field Accomplishments
- Congrats., Ms. S. Lohnes-Croft « »
2712
Res. 1629, Lun. Town - Anniv. (125th),
2712
Res. 1630, With a Little Help Soc.: Success - Wish,
2713
Res. 1631, St. Mary's Atom A Coyotes Hockey Team/Coaches:
Gold Medal - Congrats., Mr. L. Hines « »
2713
Res. 1632, Dixon, Sandra - Literacy: Commitment
- Recognize, Mr. L. Hines « »
2714
Res. 1633, Delorey, Janet: Commun./Prov. - Commitment
Recognize, Mr. L. Hines « »
2714
Res. 1634, Luddington, Ms. Jordan: Hair Donation
- Kindness Recognize, Mr. L. Hines « »
2715
Res. 1635, Rodgers, Stephen: Citizens on Patrol - Volunteer,
2715
Res. 1636, Murphy, Vicie: Vol. Commitment - Thank,
2716
Res. 1637, Heatherbell Pipes & Drums - Anniv. (50th),
2716
Res. 1638, Screaming Eagles Atom AAA Hockey Team/Coaches
- Provincials, Mr. A. MacMaster « »
2717
Res. 1639, Huntington, Phalen: Two Rivers Wildlife Park
- Volunteering Congrats., Mr. A. MacLeod « »
2717
Res. 1640, Bennett, Kristen: Princess Canning - Congrats.,
2718
Res. 1641, Harkness, Kimberley: Princess Kentville
- Congrats., Mr. J. Lohr « »
2718
Res. 1642, Cormier, Aimee: Princess Port Williams -
Congrats., Mr. J. Lohr « »
2719
Res. 1643, Crooks, Logan - Bedford/N.S.: Serv. -
Dedication Congrats., Hon. K. Regan « »
2719
Res. 1644, Regan, Hon. Geoff - Bedford/N.S.: Serv
- Dedication Congrats., Hon. K. Regan « »
2720
Res. 1645, McRae, Violet - Bedford/N.S.: Serv
- Dedication Congrats., Hon. K. Regan « »
2720
Res. 1646, Kelly, Janet - Bedford/N.S.: Serv
- Dedication Congrats., Hon. K. Regan « »
2721
Res. 1647, Scott, Angela - Bedford/N.S.: Serv
- Dedication Congrats., Hon. K. Regan « »
2721
Res. 1648, Havill, Shannon - Bedford/N.S.: Serv
- Dedication Congrats., Hon. K. Regan « »
2722
Res. 1649, Hart, Thea - Bedford/N.S.: Serv
- Dedication Congrats., Hon. K. Regan « »
2722
Res. 1650, Benson, Annika - Bedford/N.S.: Serv
- Dedication Congrats., Hon. K. Regan « »
2723
Res. 1651, d'Entremont, Natasha: Hfx. Highland Dance Comp
- Congrats., Hon. Z. Churchill « »
2723
Res. 1652, Smith, Rebekka: Hfx. Highland Dance Comp
- Congrats., Hon. Z. Churchill « »
2724
Res. 1653, Lambert, Brooke: Hfx. Highland Dance Comp
- Congrats., Hon. Z. Churchill « »
2724
Res. 1654, Lewis, Skye: Hfx. Highland Dance Comp
- Congrats., Hon. Z. Churchill « »
2725
Res. 1655, d'Entremont, Carly: Hfx. Highland Dance Comp
- Congrats., Hon. Z. Churchill « »
2725
Res. 1656, Whebby, Grace - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2725
Res. 1657, Brown, Erin - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2726
Res. 1658, Nickelo, Capt. Vince/652 Milford & Dist. Lions
Air Cadet Squadron - Anniv. (30th), Ms. M. Miller « »
2726
Res. 1659, Sarson, Dep. Chief Blake: Pictou FD
- Serv. Medal (20 Yrs.), Ms. K. MacFarlane « »
2727
Res. 1660, Scanlon, Victor: Pictou FD - Serv. Medal (30 Yr.),
2727
Res. 1661, Burke, Peter: Pictou FD - Serv. Medal (20 Yr.),
2728
Res. 1662, Fraser, Alan: Pictou FD - Serv. Medal (20 Yr.),
2728
Res. 1663, Landry, Alan: Pictou FD - Serv. Medal (20 Yr.),
2729
Res. 1664, Landry, David: Pictou FD - Serv. Medal (20 Yr.),
2729
Res. 1665, Langille, Sheila: Commun. Volunteering - Congrats.,
2730
Res. 1666, Nowe, Richard: Commun. Volunteering - Congrats.,
2730
Res. 1667, Blinn, Thelma: Commun. Volunteering - Congrats.,
2731
Res. 1668, Keats, Hubert: Cornwall & Dist. FD - Serv. (20 Yrs.)
2731
Res. 1669, Griffin, Tim: Cornwall & Dist. FD - Serv. (5 Yrs.),
2732
Res. 1670, Spidle, Justin: Cornwall & Dist. FD - Serv. (5 Yrs.),
2732
Res. 1671, Wentzell, Joey: Cornwall & Dist. FD - Serv. (5 Yrs.),
2733
Res. 1672, Connolly, Kirk: Oakhill & Dist. FD - Serv. (20 Yrs.),
2733
Res. 1673, Deamond, Ronald: Oakhill & Dist. FD - Serv. (40 Yrs.),
2734
Res. 1674, Robart, John: Oakhill & Dist. FD - Serv. (30 Yrs.),
2734
Res. 1675, Bolivar, Michael: Oakhill & Dist. FD - Serv. (31 Yrs.),
2735
Res. 1676, Bolivar, Lawrence: Oakhill & Dist. FD - Serv. (40 Yrs.),
2735
Res. 1677, Rhuland, Trevor: Oakhill & Dist. FD - Serv. (31 Yrs.),
2736
Res. 1678, Veinotte, Wayne: Oakhill & Dist. FD - Serv. (30 Yrs.),
2736
Res. 1679, Little Dover FD: Vol. Firefighters/Families -
Thank You, Mr. L. Hines « »
2737
Res. 1680, Milford Haven Fire & Emergency Serv.:
Vol. Firefighters/Families - Thank You, Mr. L. Hines « »
2737
Res. 1681, Queensport Vol. FD: Vol. Firefighters/Families
- Thank You, Mr. L. Hines « »
2738
Res. 1682, Seven Communities FD: Vol. Firefighters/Families
- Thank You, Mr. L. Hines « »
2738
Res. 1683, Three Top FD: Vol. Firefighters/Families - Thank You,
2739
Res. 1684, Tracadie & Dist. FD: Vol. Firefighters/Families
- Thank You, Mr. L. Hines « »
2739
Res. 1685, Burroughs, Cassie - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2740
Res. 1686, Burroughs, Riley - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2740
Res. 1687, Zinck, Christie - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2741
Res. 1688, Turner, Kaylyn - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2741
Res. 1689, LeBlanc, Julia - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2742
Res. 1690, Boudreau, Damian - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2742
Res. 1691, Kelly, Tristan - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2743
Res. 1692, Mills, Stephanie - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2743
Res. 1693, Countway, Nikki - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2744
Res. 1694, Wesley, Sierra - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2744
Res. 1695, Eisener, Katherine - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2745
Res. 1696, Teal, Tanisha - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2745
Res. 1697, Banfield, Trinity - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2746
Res. 1698, Hoare, Melissa - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2746
Res. 1699, Slade, Janine - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2747
Res. 1700, Newell, Braden - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2747
Res. 1701, Whynot, Zach - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2748
Res. 1702, Butt, Christine - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2748
Res. 1703, Turner, Blade - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2749
Res. 1704, Evans, Lynnette - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2749
Res. 1705, Nauss, Rachel - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2750
Res. 1706, Rhodenizer, Alex - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2750
Res. 1707, Wreaks, Mason - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2751
Res. 1708, Wamboldt, Jacklyn - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2751
Res. 1709, Russell, Jessica - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2752
Res. 1710, Bent, Cassidy - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2752
Res. 1711, Pleasantville & Dist. FD - Anniv. (56th),
2753
Res. 1712, Porter, Doug: Pleasantville & Dist. FD
- Serv. Medal (30 Yr.), Hon. M. Furey « »
2753
Res. 1713, Keddy, Duncan: Pleasantville & Dist. FD
- Serv. Medal (25 Yr.), Hon. M. Furey « »
2753
Res. 1714, Keddy, Kevin: Pleasantville & Dist. FD
- Serv. Medal (20 Yr.), Hon. M. Furey « »
2754
Res. 1715, Allen, Tony: Pleasantville & Dist. FD
- Serv. Medal (20 Yr.), Hon. M. Furey « »
2754
Res. 1716, Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey Team -
League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2755
Res. 1717, Lucas, James/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey Team
- League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2755
Res. 1718, Cleveland, Logan/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2756
Res. 1719, Beck, Nathaniel/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2756
Res. 1720, Bollivar, Joran/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2757
Res. 1721, O'Donnell, Jonny/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2757
Res. 1722, O'Brien, Aidan/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2758
Res. 1723, Harris, Joe/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2758
Res. 1724, Stuart, Cooper/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2759
Res. 1725, Martin, Jorgen/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2759
Res. 1726, Wile, Jake/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2760
Res. 1727, Lunn, Morgan/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2760
Res. 1728, Doubleday, Matt/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2761
Res. 1729, Key, Jeremy/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2761
Res. 1730, Veinotte, Shaymus/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2762
Res. 1731, Nowe, Ryan/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2762
Res. 1732, Mosher, Mike/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2763
Res. 1733, Cooke, Keegan/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2763
Res. 1734, MacQuarrie, Connor/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2764
Res. 1735, Demone, Wesley/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2764
Res. 1736, Wood, Dyson/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2765
Res. 1737, Key, Jake/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2765
Res. 1738, Hect, Lucas/Park View Educ. Ctr. Boys Hockey
Team - League Championship, Hon. M. Furey « »
2766
Res. 1739, Lancia, Adam: Accomplishments - Recognize,
2766
Res. 1740, Bedford Minor Basketball Assoc. - Bedford Classic
Tournament: Importance - Recognize, Hon. K. Regan « »
2767
Res. 1741, Illusions Rhythmic Gymnastics - Atl. Reg. Rhythmic Gymnastics
Championships: Hosting - Congrats., Hon. K. Regan « »
2767
Res. 1742, Lyons-Hickey, Heidi/Commun. Park Revitalization Comm
- Congrats., Hon. K. Regan « »
2768
Tabled 05/01/14:
Res. 1783, Nickerson, Emily - Athletic Achievements
2769
Res. 1784, Stewart-Clark, Dr. Sarah/Fishermen/Biologists:
Invasive Species - Awareness, Ms. L. Zann « »
2769
Res. 1785, Kelderman, Diane - Canada's G8 Natl. Advisory Bd.:
Participation - Congrats., Ms. L. Zann « »
2770
Res. 1786, d'Entremont, Aldric - Model Vol. Commun. of Yr.,
2770
Res. 1787, Bennett, Stephen - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2771
Res. 1788, MacLean, Maureen/Middleton Choral Soc
- Anniv. (40th), The Premier « »
2771
Res. 1789, Jones, Warren: Fundraising - Congrats.,
2772
Res. 1790, Mosher, Ethelyn: Chatelaine Article/Anniv. (65th)
Congrats., The Premier « »
2772
Res. 1791, Wrightman, Muriel: Death of - Tribute
2773
Res. 1792, Nova Ice Midget Ladies Hockey Team
- Prov. Champions (2013-14), Mr. T. Farrell « »
2773
Res. 1793, Miller, Jean: Commun. Volunteering - Commend,
2774
Res. 1794, Melanson, Jacob: Cancer Research - Fundraising,
2774
Res. 1795, Bristol, Carol: Musicians - Support Commend,
2775
Res. 1796, Evans, George: WWII Books - Commend,
2775
Res. 1797, LeMoine, Heather - Paul Harris Fellowship,
2776
Res. 1798, Ducks Unlimited: World Wetlands Day
- Awareness Creation, Mr. T. Farrell « »
2776
Res. 1799, White, Daren: Humanitarianism/Contributions
- Commend, Mr. T. Farrell « »
2777
Res. 1800, Maggie's Place: Families/Commun. - Contribution,
2777
Res. 1801, Maltby Group: Amherst Investment - Commend,
2778
Res. 1802, Upshaw, Summer-Joy: African Heritage Month
Poster (2014) - Inclusion, Mr. T. Farrell « »
2778
Res. 1803, PolyCello - N.S. Top Employers List (2014),
2779
Res. 1804, The Train Station Artisans: Culture/Art
- Support Commend, Mr. T. Farrell « »
2779
Res. 1805, Cumberland Philae Shriners - Best Club Trophy,
2780
Res. 1806, Dick's Jamboree: Musicians - Support Commend,
2780
Res. 1807, Bristol, Dick: Musicians - Support Commend,
2781
Res. 1808, Motorcycle Awareness Mo. (05/14) - Recognize,
2781
Res. 1809, Carrigan, Paul - Sydney & Area C of C: Pres
- Appt., Mr. A. MacLeod « »
2782
Res. 1810, Doctors Day (05/01/14) - Recognize,
2782
Res. 1811, Juniper Grove United Church - Closure,
2783
Res. 1812, Williams, Kaye/Co-Chairs: Guysborough Mem
Hosp. Fdn. - Fundraising, Mr. L. Hines « »
2783
Res. 1813, Harbourview Vol. FD: Firefighters/Families
- Thank You, Mr. L. Hines « »
2784
Res. 1814, Payne, Mae: Commun. Vol. - Salute,
2784
Res. 1815, Forest Heights Commun. Sch.: Student Exchange Progs
2785
Res. 1816, Baker, Winfred Vincent - Vol. of Yr.,
2785
Res. 1817, Erinville & Dist. FD: Vol. Firefighters/Families
- Thank You, Mr. L. Hines « »
2786
Res. 1818, Crosby, Sydney/Duckworth, Alexandra: Sochi Olympics
2786
Res. 1819, Goddard Peace Summit for Students (8th Annual):
E. St. Margaret's Elem. Sch. - Hosting, Hon. D. Peterson-Rafuse « »
2787
Res. 1820, St. Margarets Bay Lions Club: Eyeglass Collection
2787
Res. 1821, St. George's Anglican Church (E. River)
- Anniv. (125th), Hon. D. Peterson-Rafuse « »
2788
Res. 1822, Fougere, Joseph, Jr. - Bedford/N.S.: Serv. - Congrats.,
2788
Res. 1823, Stoddart, John - Bedford/N.S.: Serv. - Congrats.,
2789
Res. 1824, Henderson, Paul - Bedford Youth: Serv. - Congrats.,
2790
Res. 1825, Giffin, John - Bedford/N.S.: Serv. - Congrats.,
2790
Res. 1826, Vye, William - Bedford/N.S.: Serv. - Congrats.,
2791
Res. 1827, Tidgwell, Douglas - Bedford: Devotion
- Congrats., Hon. K. Regan « »
2791
Res. 1828, Smith-Majury, Vanessa - Bedford Minor Football:
Commitment - Congrats., Hon. K. Regan « »
2792
Res. 1829, Smith, Jean: Bedford Vol. of Yr. (2014) Nominee
- Congrats., Hon. K. Regan « »
2792
Res. 1830, Macey, Barbara - Bedford/N.S./Africa: Serv
- Congrats., Hon. K. Regan « »
2793
Res. 1831, Waterfield, Karen - Bedford/N.S.: Serv
- Congrats., Hon. K. Regan « »
2793
Res. 1832, Hill, Rena - Bedford/N.S.: Serv. - Thank,
2794
Res. 1833, Casey, Paul & Beth - Bedford/N.S.: Serv. - Thank,
2795
Res. 1834, Burns, Bob/Bezanger, Linda - Bedford/N.S.: Serv
- Thank, Hon. K. Regan « »
2795
Res. 1835, Dawson, Ian/Make Waves Race Comm.: Sailing
Race - IWK Legacy, Hon. K. Regan « »
2796
Res. 1836, Hutt, Wendy - Commun. Theatre: Role - Commend,
2796
Res. 1837, Messenger Sally: Vol. Work - Acknowledge,
2797
Res. 1838, Irvine, Shane: Commun./Prov./Can. - Contributions,
2797
Res. 1839, Jenkinson, William: Lake Echo Youth/Commun
- Contributions, Hon. K. Colwell « »
2798
Res. 1840, North, Leonard - RBC Innovator of Yr. Award,
2798
Res. 1841, Sangster, Mr. Dave: Retirement - Congrats.,
2799
Res. 1842, Acadian Maple Products - Outstanding Exporter Award,
2799
Res. 1843, Rodenhiser, Patricia: E. Dart. Churches/Dart
- Contribution, Hon. K. Colwell « »
2800
Res. 1844, U.N. Intl. Yr. of Fam. Farming (2014)
- Recognize, Hon. K. Colwell « »
2800
Res. 1845, That Dutchman's Farm: Dragon's Breath Blue Cheese
- Recognition, Hon. K. Colwell « »
2801
Res. 1846, Celiac Awareness Mo. (05/14) - Mark,
2801
Res. 1847, MacEachern Team: Eight-Ender - Congrats.,
2802
Res. 1848, Anthony, Joe/Partners: A & L Fisheries
- Anniv. (15th), Mr. E. Orrell « »
2802
Res. 1849, MacIntyre, Len: Medal of Bravery - Congrats.,
2803
Res. 1850, Ratchford, Cst. Paul/C.B. Youth Ctr.: Efforts
- Salute, Mr. E. Orrell « »
2803
Res. 1851, Aker, Ian: C.B. Fossil Ctr. - Fundraising,
2804
Res. 1852, Sydney Mines Jr. High/Kiwanis - Fundraising,
2804
Res. 1853, Critchley, Stuart: C.B. Fossil Ctr. -
Attendance Increases, Mr. E. Orrell « »
2805
Res. 1854, Saint Antonios Antiochian Orthodox Church:
Lebanese Fest. - Congrats., Hon. L. Diab « »
2805
Res. 1855, Asian Cdn. Lawyers (Atl. Chapter):
Inauguration - Congrats., Hon. L. Diab « »
2806
Res. 1856, St. George's Greek Orthodox Church: Greek Fest
- Congrats., Hon. L. Diab « »
2806
Res. 1857, Daaboul, Celine Therese: First Holy Communion
- Congrats., Hon. L. Diab « »
2807
Res. 1858, Ghosn, Cynthia: Achievements - Congrats.,
2807
Res. 1859, Saliba, His Eminence Metropolitan Philip:
Death of - Tribute, Hon. L. Diab « »
2808
Res. 1860, Noble, Mac: Vol. Efforts - Congrats.,
2808
Res. 1861, Rose, Lowell: Birthday (80th),
2809
Res. 1862, E. Hants & Districts C of C Bd. of Directors:
Members - Congrats., Ms. M. Miller « »
2809
Res. 1863, George, Ian: Can. Wide Science Fair (2014)
- Entrance Congrats., Ms. M. Miller « »
2810
Res. 1864, Juurlink, Michael: Boston Marathon - Congrats.,
2810
Res. 1865, Donaldson, Bernice: Commun. Dedication
- Thank, Ms. M. Miller « »
2811
Res. 1866, Netherlands: King's Day - Celebration Congrats.,
2811
Res. 1867, Salah, Stephanie & Christopher: Son - Baptism
- Congrats., Hon. L. Diab « »
2812
Res. 1868, Vaisakhi Fest.: Sikh Commun. - Best Wishes,
2812
Res. 1869, Metledge, Steven Wadih: First Holy Communion
- Congrats., Hon. L. Diab « »
2813
Res. 1870, Nolter, Amelia: IBANS Recognition - Congrats.,
2813
Res. 1871, Meehan, Olivia - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2814
Res. 1872, Neiforth, Sheila - Cdn. Cancer Soc. Serv. Pin (25 Yrs.),
2814
Res. 1873, Lochaber Ctr. - Opening: Lochaber Commun./
Lochaber Dev. Assoc. - Congrats., Hon. R. Delorey « »
2815
Res. 1874, Thompson, Theresa - Educ. Life Award,
2815
Res. 1875, Demers, Christian - Educ. Wk. Award,
2816
Res. 1876, Heatherton Activity Ctr.: Thrift Store - Opening
Congrats., Hon. R. Delorey « »
2816
Res. 1877, Antigonish Peewee AA Bulldogs Hockey Team/Coach:
Season (2013-2014) - Congrats., Hon. R. Delorey « »
2817
Res. 1878, Chater, Nathalia: First Holy Communion - Congrats.,
2817
Res. 1879, Alphonce, Owen: First Holy Communion - Congrats.,
2818
Res. 1880, Faddoul, Zakary: First Holy Communion - Congrats.,
2818
Res. 1881, Singer, Chelsey & Doris - Anniv. (60th),
2819
Res. 1882, McMullen, John & Mary - Anniv. (50th),
2819
Res. 1883, Singer, Chelsey & Doris - Anniv. (60th),
2820
Res. 1884, Feener, Eugene: Oakhill & Dist. FD - Serv. (40 Yrs.),
2820
Res. 1885, Feener, Eugene: Oakhill & Dist. FD - Serv. (40 Yrs.),
2821
Res. 1886, Brenton, Kevin & Natalie: Son - Birth Congrats.,
2821
Res. 1887, Stewart, Garneau & Krysten: Daughter
- Birth Congrats., Mr. L. Harrison « »
2822
Res. 1888, McGee, Robin: Book Launch - Congrats.,
2822
Res. 1889, Musquodoboit Valley Ground Search & Rescue
- Vols.: Dedication/Serv. - Salute, Mr. L. Harrison « »
2823
Res. 1890, Port Hawkesbury & W. Bay Rd. Vol. FDs
- Installation Ceremonies, Hon. M. Samson « »
2823
Res. 1891, Clare Peewee B Hockey Team/Coaches: SEDMHA
- Silver Medal, Mr. Gordon Wilson « »
2824
Res. 1892, Yar. Mazda Midget A Female Mariners Hockey Team:
Successful Season - Congrats., Hon. Z. Churchill « »
2824
Res. 1893, Prospect Rd. & Area Anl. Commun. Cleanup:
Residents - Congrats., Mr. I. Rankin « »
2825
Res. 1894, Nova Agri Farms - Loblaws Award,
2825
Res. 1895, Eastern Lodge 8686 - Anniv. (60th),
2826
Res. 1896, Parker, Mitchell - Lt.-Gov.'s Award,
2826
Res. 1897, Keizer, John & Jody: Fundraising - Congrats.,
2827
Res. 1898, Lighthouse Media Group: Bridgewater -
Commun. Discussions, Hon. M. Furey « »
2827
Res. 1899, Robar, Angela/Parnell, Lindsey:
Dog-Tethering Awareness - Walk, Hon. M. Furey « »
2828
Res. 1900, Kiwanis Club of Bluenose Golden "K":
Senior Wheels Bus - Purchase Congrats., Hon. M. Furey « »
2828
Res. 1901, Park View Girls Volleyball Team: Season Success
- Congrats., Hon. M. Furey « »
2829
Res. 1902, Pratt, Bill - Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of Yr. Award,
2829
Res. 1903, Gray, Eva Mae - Vol. Rep. Award,
2830
Res. 1904, Rickard, Marc: Commun. Betterment - Commitment,
2830
Res. 1905, Pleasantville & Dist. FD - Anniv. (56th),
2831
Res. 1906, Landry, Lisa - Mainland North Vol. Award,
2831
Res. 1907, Hachey, Mike/Thomas, Sara/Egg Studios:
Hfx. Mooseheads Video - Congrats., Hon. D. Whalen « » 2832
Res. 1908, Murray, Dr. Jock: Cdn. Med. Hall of Fame
- Induction, Hon. D. Whalen « »
2832
Res. 1909, Clarke, Ron: N.S./Can. - Serv. Acknowledge,
2833
Res. 1910, Richmond Rize U-15 Girls Volleyball Team:
Silver Medals - Congrats., Hon. M. Samson « »
2833
Res. 1911, SAERC Saints Boys Basketball Team: Reg. Title
- Congrats., Hon. M. Samson « »
2834
Res. 1912, SAERC Saints Boys Hockey Team -
NSSAF Silver Medal, Hon. M. Samson « »
2834
Res. 1913, Mombourquette, Allie: CD Release - Congrats.,
2835
Res. 1914, Strait Area Saints Girls U-18 Volleyball Team
- Silver Medals, Hon. M. Samson « »
2835
Res. 1915, SAERC Saints Boys Hockey Team -
Highland Reg. Banner, Hon. M. Samson « »
2835
Res. 1916, Telile TV - Commun. Serv. (20 Yrs.),
2836
Res. 1917, Richmond Rise U-14 Girls Volleyball Team
- Gold Medals, Hon. M. Samson « »
2836
Res. 1918, Kaye, Laura - Bodybuilding Gold Medal,
2837
Res. 1919, SAERC Saints Girls Curling Team - Reg. Title,
2837
Res. 1920, Hiltz, Percy: RCL Br. 144/Chester Mun. Dist
- Serv. Thank, Hon. D. Peterson-Rafuse « »
2838
Res. 1921, Sawler, Susan: W. Shore & Dist. FD/Chester Mun. Dist
- Contribution Recognize, Hon. D. Peterson-Rafuse « »
2838
Res. 1922, McNeill, Sylvia: Chester Dist. Mun./N.S. -
Contribution Recognize, Hon. D. Peterson-Rafuse « »
2839
Res. 1923, Wilson, Barbara: Chester Dist. Mun./N.S. -
Contribution Recognize, Hon. D. Peterson-Rafuse « »
2839
Res. 1924, Hatt, Darrin: Chester Dist. Mun./N.S. -
Contribution Recognize, Hon. D. Peterson-Rafuse « »
2840
Res. 1925, McCarron, Hilary: Chester Dist. Mun./N.S. -
Contribution Recognize, Hon. D. Peterson-Rafuse « »
2840
Res. 1926, Reeves, Mary: Communities - Contribution,
2841
Res. 1927, Underwood, Jennie - N. Col. HS Student of Mo. (03/14),
2842
Res. 1928, Hayman, Devin - N. Col. HS Student of Mo. (03/14),
2842
Res. 1929, Bush, Madeline - N. Col. HS Student of Mo. (02/14),
2843
Res. 1930, Barrett, Noah - N. Col. HS Student of Mo. (02/14),
2843
Res. 1931, Neary, Jim - N.S. Agric./N.S. Public Serv.: Dedication
- Congrats., Hon. K. Colwell « »
2844
Res. 1932, Peters, John - N.S. Agric./N.S. Public Serv.: Dedication
- Congrats., Hon. K. Colwell « »
2844
Res. 1933, Sandeson, Ms. Laurie - N.S. Agric./N.S. Public Serv.:
Dedication - Congrats., Hon. K. Colwell « »
2845
Res. 1934, Horwich, Mike - N.S. Agric./N.S. Public Serv.:
Dedication - Congrats., Hon. K. Colwell « »
2845
Res. 1935, Fraser, Pamela - N.S. Agric./N.S. Public Serv.:
Dedication - Congrats., Hon. K. Colwell « »
2846
Res. 1936, Graham, Maurice - N.S. Agric./N.S. Public Serv.:
Dedication - Congrats., Hon. K. Colwell « »
2846
Res. 1937, MacDonald, Jennifer - N.S. Agric./N.S. Public Serv.:
Dedication - Congrats., Hon. K. Colwell « »
2847
Res. 1938, McMullin, Alan - N.S. Agric./N.S. Public Serv.:
Dedication - Congrats., Hon. K. Colwell « »
2847
Res. 1939, Poirier, Yvelle - N.S. Agric./N.S. Public Serv.:
Dedication - Congrats., Hon. K. Colwell « »
2848
Res. 1940, Harbers, Ben J., & Sons Farm Ltd. - Dairy Farmers
(N.S.) Excellence Award, Hon. K. Colwell « »
2848
Res. 1941, Gerrits, Bernard J. - Dairy Farmers (N.S.)
Excellence Award, Hon. K. Colwell « »
2849
Res. 1942, Charles Hill & Son Ltd. - Dairy Farmers (N.S.)
Excellence Award, Hon. K. Colwell « »
2849
Res. 1943, Whidden, Havey W. - Dairy Farmers (N.S.)
Excellence Award, Hon. K. Colwell « »
2850
Res. 1944, James H. Lamb Farms Ltd. - Dairy Farmers (N.S.)
Excellence Award, Hon. K. Colwell « »
2850
Res. 1945, Lone Willow Farm - Dairy Farmers (N.S.)
Excellence Award, Hon. K. Colwell « »
2851
Res. 1946, Sunny Point Farms - Dairy Farmers (N.S.)
Excellence Award, Hon. K. Colwell « »
2851
Res. 1947, Peill, Robert - Golden Apple Award,
2852
Res. 1948, Davis, Matt & Kelsey: Daughter - Birth Congrats.,
2852
Res. 1949, Atkinson, Joan & Murray: Barrington Mun. -
Vol. Dedication, Hon. C. d'Entremont « »
2853
Res. 1950, Smith, Victor: Barrington Mun. - Vol. Dedication,
2853
Res. 1951, Allen, Gardiner: Barrington Mun. - Vol. Dedication,
2854
Res. 1952, Cromar, Les: Barrington Mun. - Vol. Dedication,
2854
Res. 1953, Doane, Margaret: Barrington Mun. - Vol. Dedication,
2855
Res. 1954, Shand, Christine: Barrington Mun. - Vol. Dedication,
2855
Res. 1955, Atwood, Rachel: Barrington Mun. - Vol. Dedication,
2856
Res. 1956, Zinc, Sandra: Barrington Mun. - Vol. Dedication,
2856
Res. 1957, Isenor, Sharon: Cdn. Cancer Soc. - Serv. Pin (5 Yr.),
2857
Res. 1958, Joudrey, Ray: Cdn. Cancer Soc. - Serv. Pin (15 Yr.),
2857
Res. 1959, MacLean, Nicola: Cdn. Cancer Soc. - Serv. Pin (5 Yr.),
2858
Res. 1960, Isenor, Myrna: Cdn. Cancer Soc. - Serv. Pin (5 Yr.),
2858
Res. 1961, Kellough, Kathleen: Cdn. Cancer Soc. - Serv. Pin (20 Yr.),
2859
Res. 1962, MacDonald, Grace: Cdn. Cancer Soc. - Serv. Pin (47 Yr.),
2859
Res. 1963, Williams, Eva: Cdn. Cancer Soc. - Serv. Pin (10 Yr.),
2860
Res. 1964, Thomas, Enith: Cdn. Cancer Soc. - Serv. Pin (25 Yr.),
2860
Res. 1965, Black, Emily: Cdn. Cancer Soc. - Serv. Pin (10 Yr.),
2861
Res. 1966, Stewiacke FD: Members - Dedication Salute,
2861
Res. 1967, Upper Stewiacke FD: Members - Dedication Salute,
2862
Res. 1968, Hfx. Reg. Fire & Emergency (Zone 4): Members
- Dedication Salute, Mr. L. Harrison « »
2862
Res. 1969, Hilden Vol. Fire Brigade: Members - Dedication Salute,
2863
Res. 1970, Brookfield FD: Members - Dedication Salute,
2863
Res. 1971, Pleasantville & Dist. FD - Serv. Medal (30 Yrs.),
2864
Res. 1972, Keddy Duncan: Pleasantville & Dist. FD -
Serv. Medal (25 Yr.), Hon. M. Furey « »
2864
Res. 1973, Keddy, Kevin: Pleasantville & Dist. FD -
Serv. Medal (20 Yr.), Hon. M. Furey « »
2864
Res. 1974, Allen, Tony: Pleasantville & Dist. FD -
Serv. Medal (20 Yr.), Hon. M. Furey « »
2865
Res. 1975, Allen, Tony: Pleasantville & Dist. FD -
Serv. Medal (20 Yr.), Hon. M. Furey « »
2865
Res. 1976, Gossen, Spencer: CA Uniform Evaluation Exam
- Congrats., Hon. D. Whalen « »
2866
Res. 1977, Cosgrove, Kevin: CA Uniform Evaluation Exam
- Congrats., Hon. D. Whalen « »
2866
Res. 1978, Gagnier, Mark: CA Uniform Evaluation Exam
- Congrats., Hon. D. Whalen « »
2867
Res. 1979, Ali, Ilana: Park View Educ. Ctr. Girls Volleyball Team
- Effort Congrats., Hon. M. Furey « »
2867
Res. 1980, Clark, Allison: Park View Educ. Ctr. Girls
Volleyball Team - Effort Congrats., Hon. M. Furey « »
2868
Res. 1981, Clarke, Grace: Park View Educ. Ctr. Girls
Volleyball Team - Effort Congrats., Hon. M. Furey « »
2868
Res. 1982, Crouquet, Florence: Park View Educ. Ctr. Girls
Volleyball Team - Effort Congrats., Hon. M. Furey « »
2869
Res. 1983, Daniels, Mikayla: Park View Educ. Ctr. Girls
Volleyball Team - Effort Congrats., Hon. M. Furey « »
2869
Res. 1984, DeWolfe, Peyton: Park View Educ. Ctr. Girls
Volleyball Team - Effort Congrats., Hon. M. Furey « »
2869
Res. 1985, Haley, Mallory: Park View Educ. Ctr. Girls
Volleyball Team - Effort Congrats., Hon. M. Furey « »
2870
Res. 1986, Josenhans, Sophia: Park View Educ. Ctr. Girls
Volleyball Team - Effort Congrats., Hon. M. Furey « »
2870
Res. 1987, Lahey, Katherine: Park View Educ. Ctr. Girls
Volleyball Team - Effort Congrats., Hon. M. Furey « »
2871
Res. 1988, MacIsaac, Hannah: Park View Educ. Ctr. Girls
Volleyball Team - Effort Congrats., Hon. M. Furey « »
2871
Res. 1989, Rhodenizer, Emma: Park View Educ. Ctr. Girls
Volleyball Team - Effort Congrats., Hon. M. Furey « »
2872
Res. 1990, Stabenow, Tatianna: Park View Educ. Ctr. Girls
Volleyball Team - Effort Congrats., Hon. M. Furey « »
2872
Res. 1991, Bent, Muriel: Mid-Valley Palliative Care
- Serv. (15 Yrs.), The Premier « »
2872
Res. 1992, Dulong, Russell: Mid-Valley Palliative Care
- Serv. (15 Yrs.), The Premier « »
2873
Res. 1993, Black, Twila: Mid-Valley Palliative Care
- Serv. (20 Yrs.), The Premier « »
2873
Res. 1994, Goski, Anna: Mid-Valley Palliative Care
- Serv. (20 Yrs.), The Premier « »
2874
Res. 1995, Robinson, Barbara: Mid-Valley Palliative Care
- Serv. (20 Yrs.), The Premier « »
2874
Res. 1996, Balcolm, Carmen: Mid-Valley Palliative Care
- Serv. (20 Yrs.), The Premier « »
2875
Res. 1997, Walker, Carol: Mid-Valley Palliative Care
- Serv. (20 Yrs.), The Premier « »
2875
Res. 1998, Sanford, David: Mid-Valley Palliative Care
- Serv. (20 Yrs.), The Premier « »
2876
Res. 1999, Dolomont, Joan: Mid-Valley Palliative Care
- Serv. (15 Yrs.), The Premier « »
2876
Res. 2000, Herygers, Johanna: Mid-Valley Palliative Care
- Serv. (15 Yrs.), The Premier « »
2877
Res. 2001, DenHertog, Kay: Mid-Valley Palliative Care
- Serv. (20 Yrs.), The Premier « »
2877
Res. 2002, Marsters, Larry: Mid-Valley Palliative Care
- Serv. (20 Yrs.), The Premier « »
2878
Res. 2003, Haven, Linda: Mid-Valley Palliative Care
- Serv. (20 Yrs.), The Premier « »
2878
Res. 2004, Weeks, Margaret: Mid-Valley Palliative Care
- Serv. (20 Yrs.), The Premier « »
2879
Res. 2005, Etsell, Bethany/Team N.S. U-14 AA - Ringette
Championship, Mr. J. Stroink « »
2879
Res. 2006, Current, Breanna/Team N.S. U-14 AA - Ringette
Championship, Mr. J. Stroink « »
2880
Res. 2007, McKenzie, Brinn/Team N.S. U-14 AA - Ringette
Championship, Mr. J. Stroink « »
2880
Res. 2008, Andrews, Ella/Team N.S. U-14 AA - Ringette
Championship, Mr. J. Stroink « »
2881
Res. 2009, Dempsey, Emma/Team N.S. U-14 AA - Ringette
Championship, Mr. J. Stroink « »
2881
Res. 2010, Yazbek, Emma/Team N.S. U-14 AA - Ringette
Championship, Mr. J. Stroink « »
2882
Res. 2011, Hickey, Jordyn/Team N.S. U-14 AA - Ringette
Championship, Mr. J. Stroink « »
2882
Res. 2012, Oickle, Josie/Team N.S. U-14 AA - Ringette
Championship, Mr. J. Stroink « »
2882
Res. 2013, Lawlor, Julia/Team N.S. U-14 AA - Ringette
Championship, Mr. J. Stroink « »
2883
Res. 2014, Walker, Madison/Team N.S. U-14 AA - Ringette
Championship, Mr. J. Stroink « »
2883
Res. 2015, Sutherland, Morgan/Team N.S. U-14 AA - Ringette
Championship, Mr. J. Stroink « »
2884
Res. 2016, Teal, Natalie/Team N.S. U-14 AA - Ringette
Championship, Mr. J. Stroink « »
2884
Res. 2017, Meredith, Robyn/Team N.S. U-14 AA - Ringette
Championship, Mr. J. Stroink « »
2885
Res. 2018, Carter, Sophie/Team N.S. U-14 AA - Ringette
Championship, Mr. J. Stroink « »
2885
Res. 2019, Soulis, Tori/Team N.S. U-14 AA - Ringette
Championship, Mr. J. Stroink « »
2885
Res. 2020, Brewer, Amanda - Educ. Wk. Award,
2886
Res. 2021, McGillivray, Carol - Educ. Wk. Award,
2886
Res. 2022, MacDonald, Debbie - Educ. Wk. Award,
2887
Res. 2023, Chapman, Dawn - Educ. Wk. Award,
2887
Res. 2024, Blois, Katherine - Educ. Wk. Award,
2888
Res. 2025, Snyder, Krystal - Educ. Wk. Award,
2889
Res. 2026, Stevenson, Sue - Educ. Wk. Award,
2889
Res. 2027, Machin, Donna - Educ. Wk. Award,
2890
Res. 2028, Ramey, Julie - Educ. Wk. Award,
2890
Res. 2029, Kennedy, Melanie - Educ. Wk. Award,
2891
Res. 2030, Greenlaw, Suzanne - Educ. Wk. Award,
2891
Res. 2031, Halliday, Theresa - Educ. Wk. Award,
2892
Res. 2032, Hanna, Janice - Educ. Wk. Award,
2893
Res. 2033, Avery, Edward (Eddie) - Educ. Wk. Award,
2893
Res. 2034, Miller, Melanie - Educ. Wk. Award,
2894
Res. 2035, Reimer, Cathy - Educ. Wk. Award,
2894
Res. 2036, Mood-Nickerson, Andrea - Educ. Wk. Award,
2895
Res. 2037, O'Brien, Jennie - Educ. Wk. Award,
2895
Res. 2038, Allen, Rob - Educ. Wk. Award,
2896
Res. 2039, Westergard, Mouna - Educ. Wk. Award,
2896
Res. 2040, Boudreau, Weldon - Educ. Wk. Award,
2897
Res. 2041, Shufelt, Anna - Birthday (90th),
2897
Res. 2042, d'Entremont, Joanna - Birthday (90th),
2898
Res. 2043, Kenney, Joyce - Birthday (80th),
2898
Res. 2044, Smith, Ida Maude - Birthday (94th),
2899
Res. 2045, Goreham, Clarice - Birthday (90th),
2899
Res. 2046, Thurber, Lou - Birthday (90th),
2900
Res. 2047, Hogg, Harold & Jennie - Anniv. (50th),
2900
Res. 2048, Muise, Arnold & Adeline - Anniv. (50th),
2901
Res. 2049, Doucette, Alcide & Patricia - Anniv. (50th),
2901
Res. 2050, Nickerson, Blanchard & Beverly - Anniv. (55th),
2902
Res. 2051, LeBlanc, Edward & Elsie - Anniv. (60th),
2902
Res. 2052, Smith, Harold & Emma - Anniv. (70th),
2903
Res. 2053, d'Eon, Kristin & Adam: Sons - Birth Congrats.,
2903
Res. 2054, Nickerson, Chris & Falon: Son - Birth Congrats.,
2904
Res. 2055, Blake, Brittany/Stoddard, Brandon:
Son - Birth Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont « »
2904
Res. 2056, Stoddard, Alexandra/d'Entremont, Matthew:
Son - Birth Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont « »
2905
Res. 2057, Kenney, Laura/Waybret, Michael:
Son - Birth Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont « »
2905
Res. 2058, Fry, Diana & Jonathan: Son - Birth Congrats.,
2906
Res. 2059, Comeau, Kristin/Stoddard, Fraser:
Son - Birth Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont « »
2906
Res. 2060, Hurlburt, Nicole & Robert: Son - Birth Congrats.,
2907
Res. 2061, Surette, Jennifer & Francois: Son - Birth Congrats.,
2907
Res. 2062, Jacquard, Amy & Kenney: Son - Birth Congrats.,
2908
Res. 2063, Moulaison, Andress/Boudreau, Andy:
Son - Birth Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont « »
2908
Res. 2064, Surette, Gisèle & André: Son - Birth Congrats.,
2909
Res. 2065, Allen, Jessica & Ben: Son - Birth Congrats.,
2909
Res. 2066, Gorst, Karen & David: Son - Birth Congrats.,
2910
Res. 2067, Gagne, Karine/Doucette, Jean-Paul:
Son - Birth Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont « »
2910
Res. 2068, Doucet, Paige/d'Eon, Jeremy: Son - Birth Congrats.,
2911
Res. 2069, Saulnier, Renée/Thibodeau, Brian: Son
- Birth Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont « »
2911
Res. 2070, O'Connell, Terrilee/Muise, Joshua: Son
- Birth Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont « »
2912
Res. 2071, Robicheau, Sarah & Chad: Daughter - Birth Congrats.,
2912
Res. 2072, Spinney, Nicole & Aaron: Daughter - Birth Congrats.,
2913
Res. 2073, Boudreau, Kelsey/Porter, Cody: Daughter
- Birth Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont « »
2913
Res. 2074, Brake, Kayla/Butt, Nicklas: Daughter - Birth Congrats.,
2914
Res. 2075, Nickerson, Jocelyn & Jamie: Daughter - Birth Congrats.,
2914
Res. 2076, Muise, Ginette/Hurlburt, Trevor: Daughter
- Birth Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont « »
2915
Res. 2077, Comeau, Diane/Brannen, Ryan: Daughter
- Birth Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont « »
2915
Res. 2078, Reashore, Denise & Kurt: Daughter - Birth Congrats.,
2916
Res. 2079, Nickerson, Sheena/Fraser, Damian: Daughter
- Birth Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont « »
2916
Res. 2080, Goodwin, Rhonda/Stoddard, Christopher: Daughter
- Birth Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont « »
2917
Res. 2081, Penney, Danielle & Richard: Daughter
- Birth Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont « »
2917
Res. 2082, Weeks, Carrie-Dawn & Dana: Daughter
- Birth Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont « »
2918
Res. 2083, Nickerson, Shelby & Jason: Daughter
- Birth Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont « »
2918
Res. 2084, Chetwynd, Margaret & Daniel: Daughter
- Birth Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont « »
2919
Res. 2085, Rhyno, Julie/Rines, Jonathan: Daughter
- Birth Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont « »
2919
Res. 2086, d'Entremont, Giselle/Crowell, Patrick:
Daughter - Birth Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont « »
2920
Res. 2087, Bungay, Winnie - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2920
Res. 2088, Morgan, Lester - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2921
Res. 2089, MacDonald, Joan - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2921
Res. 2090, Dillerop, Ron - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2921
Res. 2091, Doucette, Yvonne C. - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2922
Res. 2092, MacDonald, Tina - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2922
Res. 2093, Samson, Brian - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2923
Res. 2094, Forgeron, Tommy - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2923
Res. 2095, Forgeron, Lynette - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2924
Res. 2096, Frost, Alice - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2924
Res. 2097, Bona, Anna M. - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2924
Res. 2098, Jones, Joey - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2925
Res. 2099, Sampson, Sharon - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2925
Res. 2100, Lacroix, Janine - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2926
Res. 2101, Boudreau, Paul P. - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2926
Res. 2102, Landry, Doris - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2927
Res. 2103, Landry, Dianne - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2927
Res. 2104, Bona, Kathleen - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2927
Res. 2105, Martell, Keith - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2928
Res. 2106, Burkey, Marie - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2928
Res. 2107, Burke, Gladys - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2929
Res. 2108, Digout, Billy - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2929
Res. 2109, Peeples, Wesley - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2930
Res. 2110, Martell, Allison - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2930
Res. 2111, Landry, Danny - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2930
Res. 2112, Mombourquette, Janine - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2931
Res. 2113, Ryan, Vanessa - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2931
Res. 2114, MacRae, Ella - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2932
Res. 2115, Wedge, Cletus - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2932
Res. 2116, Sampson, Lenus - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2933
Res. 2117, Boudreau, Gerard - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2933
Res. 2118, Samson, Colette - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2933
Res. 2119, Campbell, John - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2934
Res. 2120, MacDonald, Ewan - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2934
Res. 2121, Lacroix, Janine - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2935
Res. 2122, Tracey, Dana - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2935
Res. 2123, Decoste, Carolyn - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2936
Res. 2124, Sampson, Ann - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2936
Res. 2125, Sampson, Gus - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2936
Res. 2126, Boudreau, Donna - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2937
Res. 2127, Clannon, Joan - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2937
Res. 2128, Gallant, Doreen - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2938
Res. 2129, Landry, Marie - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2938
Res. 2130, Samson, Donna - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2939
Res. 2131, Marchand, Claire - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2939
Res. 2132, LeBlanc, Cathy - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2939
Res. 2133, Warner, Frances - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2940
Res. 2134, Samson, Lena - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2940
Res. 2135, Savoury, Janine - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2941
Res. 2136, Seufert, Katja - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2941
Res. 2137, Strachan, Jeanette - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2942
Res. 2138, Boudreau, Brenda - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2942
Res. 2139, Samson, Gerry - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2942
Res. 2140, Cogswell, Sander C. - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2943
Res. 2141, Kehoe, George - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2943
Res. 2142, Boudreau, Lillie Jane - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2944
Res. 2143, Samson, Theophile - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2944
Res. 2144, Benoit, Olivia - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2945
Res. 2145, Samson, Robert - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2945
Res. 2146, Klotz, Jennifer - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2945
Res. 2147, Merrick, Rose - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2946
Res. 2148, Landry, Harold - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2946
Res. 2149, Chilvers, Glyn - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2947
Res. 2150, Morgan, Florence - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2947
Res. 2151, MacDonald, Gina - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2948
Res. 2152, McDonald, Florence - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2948
Res. 2153, Morrison, Bob - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2948
Res. 2154, Owens, Eva - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2949
Res. 2155, Fougere, Carolyn - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2949
Res. 2156, Sampson, Gertrude - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2950
Res. 2157, Kehoe, James - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2950
Res. 2158, Carter, Stuwart - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2951
Res. 2159, Boudreau, Andre - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2951
Res. 2160, Kehoe, Ron - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2951
Res. 2161, Boudreau, Janelle - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2952
Res. 2162, Samson, Elmer - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2952
Res. 2163, Walker, Elaine - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2953
Res. 2164, Sampson, Howard - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2953
Res. 2165, Raven, Bates - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2954
Res. 2166, Nettleton, Sarah - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2954
Res. 2167, Benoit, Marjorie - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2954
Res. 2168, Bates, Geneva - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2955
Res. 2169, LeBlanc, Shelley - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2955
Res. 2170, Silver, Dawn - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2956
Res. 2171, MacDonald, Yvonne - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2956
Res. 2172, LeBlanc, Pearl - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2957
Res. 2173, LeBlanc, Raymonde - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2957
Res. 2174, Landry, Wilma - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2957
Res. 2175, Doary, Arthur - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2958
Res. 2176, Boudreau, Leonard John - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2958
Res. 2177, Martell, Pam - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2959
Res. 2178, Mombourquette, Amanda - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2959
Res. 2179, Samson, Paul - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2960
Res. 2180, Samson, Alice - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2960
Res. 2181, Lock, Kristy - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2960
Res. 2182, MacAskill, Ian - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2961
Res. 2183, Thornycroft, Berni - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2961
Res. 2184, Leonard, Tena - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2962
Res. 2185, McDonnell, Esther - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2962
Res. 2186, Wareham, Vange - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2963
Res. 2187, Martell, Wilma - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2963
Res. 2188, Burt, Leon - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2963
Res. 2189, Marchand, Marcel - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2964
Res. 2190, MacDonald, Julie - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2964
Res. 2191, Boudreau, Gerard - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2965
Res. 2192, Martell, Caroline - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2965
Res. 2193, Murphy, Brian - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2966
Res. 2194, Sampson, Anne Marie - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2966
Res. 2195, Covin, Rhonda - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2966
Res. 2196, LeBlanc, Heather - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2967
Res. 2197, David, Betty Anne - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2967
Res. 2198, Samson, Eileen - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2968
Res. 2199, MacQueen, Delores - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2968
Res. 2200, Cameron, Linda - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2969
Res. 2201, Sturm, Johannes - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2969
Res. 2202, Samson, Jeanne - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2969
Res. 2203, Boudreau, Luke - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2970
Res. 2204, MacPhail, Irene - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2970
Res. 2205, MacPhail, Sandy - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2971
Res. 2206, Sampson, Harry A. - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2971
Res. 2207, Samson, René - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2972
Res. 2208, Johnston, Joseph - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2972
Res. 2209, Samson, Joseph R. - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2972
Res. 2210, Scanlan, Elmer - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2973
Res. 2211, Morrison, Sarah - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2973
Res. 2212, Gwynn, Blair - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2974
Res. 2213, Thibeau, John Paul - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2974
Res. 2214, Hill, Gloria - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2975
Res. 2215, Boudreau, Lauren - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2975
Res. 2216, MacAulay, Gina - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2975
Res. 2217, Samson, Clint - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2976
Res. 2218, Gerroir, Leonard - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2976
Res. 2219, Marchand, Anita - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2977
Res. 2220, Herdman, Margaret - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2977
Res. 2221, Roberts, Jeanette - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2978
Res. 2222, Mombourquette, Allie - CD Release,
2978
Res. 2223, Strait Area Saints Girls U-18 Volleyball Team
- Silver Medal, Hon. M. Samson « »
2978
Res. 2224, Bouchard, Robert: N.S. Country Music Hall of Fame
- Induction, Hon. M. Samson « »
2979
Res. 2225, Kaye, Laura - Bodybuilding Accomplishment,
2979
Res. 2226, Morrison, Junior/Bourque, Janet - Tae Kwon Do
Accomplishments, Hon. M. Samson « »
2980
Res. 2227, SAERC Saints Boys Hockey Team - NSSAF
Silver Medal, Hon. M. Samson « »
2980
Res. 2228, Richmond Rize U-14 Volleyball Team
- Gold Medals, Hon. M. Samson « »
2981
Res. 2229, Boudreau, Lisa - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2981
Res. 2230, Baccardax, Sherry - Richmond Co. Vol. Award,
2982
Res. 2231, Irving, Martha - Merritt Award,
2982
Res. 2232, Downey, Matthew - Merritt Award,
2983
Res. 2233, Daye, Melinda - Educ. Wk. Award,
2983
Res. 2234, Johnson, Abigail Elizabeth: N.S. Recycles Contest
- Congrats., Hon. D. Whalen « »
2984
Res. 2235, Hfx. West HS - Students/Staff: Terry Fox Fdn
- Fundraising, Hon. D. Whalen « »
2984
Res. 2236, Rockingham Heritage Soc.: Hist. Preservation
- Applaud, Hon. D. Whalen « »
2985
Res. 2237, McGuinness, Joe: Savour Food & Wine Show
- Commitment Applaud, Hon. D. Whalen « »
2985
Res. 2238, Browning, Geraldine Marjorie: Acadia Univ
- Hon. Degree, Mr. J. Lohr « »
2986
Res. 2239, Jalal, Nashita: Chronicle Herald Spelling Bee
- Congrats., Hon. D. Whalen « »
2986
Res. 2240, Kraitzek, Robert - Builder of Yr. Award,
2987

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HALIFAX, THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014

Sixty-second General Assembly

First Session

2:00 P.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Kevin Murphy

DEPUTY SPEAKER

Ms. Margaret Miller

MR. SPEAKER « » : Order, please. The honourable member for Hants West.

MR. CHUCK PORTER « » : Mr. Speaker, may I make an introduction?

MR. SPEAKER « » : Permission granted.

MR. PORTER « » : Thank you, sir.

Today I would like the House to recognize three Pages who will be moving on, today is their last shift: Joshua Lohnes from down in the Valley, in the Kentville area; Anika Roberts-Stahlbrand from Toronto; and Melanie Gillis from Bedford. Today is their last day with us and we want to give them a warm round of thanks for all the work they do here in the House looking after us. (Standing Ovation)

MR. SPEAKER « » : We will begin the daily routine.

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

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MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Sackville-Beaver Bank.

MR. STEPHEN GOUGH « » : Mr. Speaker, as Chairman of the Committee on Private and Local Bills, I am directed to report that the committee has met and considered the following bills:

Bill No. 50 - St. Francis Xavier University Act.

Bill No. 59 - XMLAS Act.

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

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

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Minister of Labour and Advanced Education.

HON. KELLY REGAN « » : Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table the Report of the Superintendent of Pensions on the Administration of the Pension Benefits Act for the Year Ending March 31, 2013.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The report is tabled.

As Speaker, it is my pleasure to table from Elections Nova Scotia, the Report on the Conduct of the October 8, 2013 Provincial General Election and Recommendations for Legislative Change, Volume II.

The report is tabled.

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Minister of Labour and Advanced Education.

HON. KELLY REGAN « » : Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to make an introduction before I do my notice of motion.

MR. SPEAKER « » : Permission granted.

MS. REGAN « » : I would like to direct the members' glance to the east gallery where we're joined today by Laurie Edwards, who I believe is the president of Techsploration, and Tricia Robertson, who is the executive director. Ladies, if you could stand up. Also accompanying them is Bryan Duffy, who is a friend of mine and served as my official agent in the election - but that has nothing to do with this particular notice of motion. Please stand up, Bryan, and receive the warm welcome of the House. (Applause)

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MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Minister of Labour and Advanced Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 1743

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

Whereas Techsploration is an interactive program that brings together educators, industry, unions, government, and students to introduce young women to in-demand careers in science, trades, and technology; and

Whereas Techsploration's programming for young women in Grades 9 through 12 creates awareness about the role of work in their lives, helping them to understand the significance of math and science for their future careers; and

Whereas Techsploration started in 1998 as a pilot project in eight schools, and now serves over 40 schools and more than 3,000 students each year;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Techsploration, its board of directors, role models, sponsors, and partners - the Department of Labour and Advanced Education Apprenticeship Division, Women in Trades and Technology Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Community College - on 15 years of introducing young women to fulfilling careers in science, trades, and technology.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Agriculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 1744

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

Whereas Loblaws is one of the major department grocery store retailers in the Maritimes, offering such well-known brands as NoFrills, SaveEasy, and Atlantic Superstore; and

Whereas on April 24th over 80 farmers and food producers from all across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island attended Loblaws' annual Atlantic producers meeting in Halifax; and

Whereas Nova Agri farms, based in Centreville, Nova Scotia, was awarded a prestigious Loblaw Vendor Development Partnership Award for Atlantic Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate Nova Agri farm on receiving this Vendor Development Partnership Award and recognize all of our provincial farmers who provide Nova Scotians with fresh, local produce, helping to make agriculture a thriving sector of our economy.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

RESOLUTION NO. 1745

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

Whereas 75 fatalities and 37 serious injuries occurred across Canada in 2013 as a result of railway crossing collisions and trespassing on rail property; and

Whereas most pedestrians and drivers do not realize how dangerous it is to walk on or near railroad tracks; and

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Whereas we are in the midst of Public Rail Safety Week, which runs until Sunday, May 4th;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House urge Nova Scotians to be aware of the theme of the week, which is when you see tracks, think trains, and to avoid dangerous activities such as trespassing near tracks or trying to race a train to an at-grade crossing.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. LENA DIAB « » : Mr. Speaker, before I table my notice of motion, I beg leave to make an introduction.

MR. SPEAKER « » : Permission granted.

MS. DIAB « » : If you could all turn your attention to the east gallery, we have with us some very dedicated people from the Department of Corrections. I'm going to read the names and ask them to stand. Sean Kelly, director; Tim Carroll, superintendent, Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility; Scott Keefe, deputy superintendent, Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility; Michael Gaudet, correctional officer, Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility; Dan Ray, senior probation; Kirk Maye, probation officer; Regina Martin, administrative assistant; Tracy Sabean, administrative assistant; Rebecca Sarty, administrative assistant. If we could all give them a great warm welcome. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Minister of Justice.

RESOLUTION NO. 1746

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

Whereas the correctional services provided in our communities and in our correctional facilities by Correctional Services, probation officers, youth workers, correctional officers, support staff and managers contribute to just and safe communities in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Correctional Services works co-operatively with other departments and many individuals and organizations including district health authorities, the IWK Health Centre, other law enforcement agencies, volunteers and non-government agencies to provide correctional programs and services; and

Whereas the work of all those who provide correctional programs and services deserves the respect, appreciation and recognition of this House and of all Nova Scotians;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the week of May 4-10, 2014 as Correctional Services Week and honour the good work of correctional staff in our communities.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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 Gaelic Affairs.

RESOLUTION NO. 1747

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

Whereas five Nova Scotia Gaels will further their studies in Gaelic language and culture with a bursary funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Gaelic Affairs; and

Whereas the bursaries will support Laura Stirling of Halifax, Amber Buchanan of South Bar, Beth Anne MacEachen of Lake Major, Dartmouth, Bernard Cameron of Northeast Mabou and Jennifer Richards of Halifax to attend Gaelic language training in Scotland with travel, meal and accommodation costs; and

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Whereas the province is grateful for the supportive partnership through the Scottish Government and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, and to everyone who works tirelessly and shares the language and culture of the Gaels in our communities;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate the bursary recipients and wish them success as they work to enhance their Gaelic language and culture skills.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

RESOLUTION NO. 1748

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

Whereas each year thousands of Nova Scotian volunteers participate in the Nova Scotia Adopt-A-Highway program by cleaning litter from beside sections of highway; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia Adopt-A-Highway program continues to recognize the volunteer spirit of its participants, who strive to keep our highways and environment clean and litter-free; and

Whereas the Premier of Nova Scotia has proclaimed May 4, 2014, as Adopt-A-Highway Day in the Province of Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House show their appreciation of the hard work and valuable efforts performed by Adopt-A-Highway volunteers and thank them for giving Nova Scotia's roadsides a needed Spring cleaning.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Health and Wellness.

HON. LEO GLAVINE « » : Mr. Speaker, if I could make an introduction first.

MR. SPEAKER « » : Permission granted.

MR. GLAVINE « » : In the east gallery today we have Donna Lugar, who has been a wonderful advocate for the prevention of Lyme disease, and so if she would stand and get the warm welcome of the House.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Minister of Health and Wellness.

RESOLUTION NO. 1749

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

Whereas since 2011 Donna Lugar has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about tick-borne diseases, specifically Lyme disease; and

Whereas Donna Lugar has educated journalists, the medical community, provincial and federal government officials, volunteer organizations, and Nova Scotians about Lyme disease, its devastating effects, its prevalence in this province, and ways to avoid contracting the illness; and

Whereas Donna Lugar's efforts have resulted in more research, improved diagnostics, and better treatment of tick-borne illness for Nova Scotians, and have influenced proclaiming this month as Lyme Disease Awareness Month;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate Donna Lugar for helping all Nova Scotians to guard their health from the threat of tick-borne disease.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

NOTICES OF MOTION

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

RESOLUTION NO. 1750

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

Whereas Heather Rolfe-Reid of Springhill is a Nova Scotian suffering from Lyme disease; and

Whereas governments have failed Ms. Rolfe-Reid by not properly equipping health professionals with the resources they need to quickly and accurately diagnose Lyme disease; and

Whereas Heather Rolfe-Reid and all Nova Scotians deserve to know that if they are bitten by a tick and go to a doctor or an emergency room that they will receive an appropriate standard of care no matter how old or young they are or where they live in this province;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House inform the government that the current action on Lyme disease is not reaching enough Nova Scotians and they must be a leader and develop a provincial strategy to protect and treat all Nova Scotians, regardless of where they live.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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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 Leader of the New Democratic Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 1751

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

Whereas Mary Boyd is a native of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, an alumna of St. F.X. University, and is most recognized as one of Canada's outstanding leaders in social justice; and

Whereas Mary Boyd has contributed to the social justice movement by introducing community-based initiatives to fight homelessness, poverty, and unemployment, and is the founding member of the MacKillop Centre for Social Justice in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; and

Whereas Mary Boyd is a member of St. Francis Xavier's Hall of Honour, was named to the Order of Canada, and will be given an honorary degree from St. Francis Xavier University during Spring Convocation on May 4th;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend and thank Mary Boyd for her inspiration and contributions to social justice, and congratulate her on the well-deserved honorary degree.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

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The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Chebucto.

MR. JOACHIM STROINK « » : Mr. Speaker, may I make an introduction?

MR. SPEAKER « » : Permission granted.

MR. STROINK « » : I'd like to turn your attention to the east gallery where we have the staff of Camp Brigadoon, and the Executive Director, David Graham. This is a camp built on Lake Aylesford for chronically ill kids, and I'd ask the House to acknowledge their presence and say thank you for their work. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Halifax Chebucto.

RESOLUTION NO. 1752

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

Whereas Brigadoon Village is a camp dedicated to allowing children with chronic illness, chronic conditions, or special needs to have an opportunity to be kids, to be themselves, and meet like-minded friends; and

Whereas Brigadoon Village puts on Brigadoon Day, a day for everyone to learn more about the camp; and

Whereas Brigadoon Day is Sunday, May 25, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the organizers of Brigadoon Day, and the staff of Brigadoon Village for their generous and honourable work they do.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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 Pictou East.

RESOLUTION NO. 1753

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

Whereas Chelsey Livingston is a Nova Scotian suffering from Lyme disease; and

Whereas governments have failed Ms. Livingston by not properly equipping health professionals with the resources they need to quickly and accurately diagnose Lyme disease; and

Whereas Chelsey Livingston, along with all Nova Scotians, deserve to know that if they are bitten by a tick and go to a doctor, or emergency room, they will receive an appropriate standard of diagnosis and care no matter how old or how young they are or where they live in the province;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly inform the government that the current action on Lyme disease is not reaching enough Nova Scotians and that they must be a leader and develop a provincial strategy to protect and treat the people of this province.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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 Sackville-Cobequid.

RESOLUTION NO. 1754

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

Whereas today, May 1st, is International Workers' Day, an annual event in over 85 countries; and

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Whereas International Workers' Day celebrates the labour movement and reminds us all of the great social and political changes we have made while working together; and

Whereas the Halifax-Dartmouth Labour Council, the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, Unifor, NSGEU, NSNU, and many other labour organizations are supporting local events in honour of International Workers' Day;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this Legislature recognize May 1st as International Workers' Day and celebrate the contributions the labour movement has made to our province for generations.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Health and Wellness.

HON. LEO GLAVINE « » : Mr. Speaker, if I could do an introduction first?

MR. SPEAKER « » : Permission granted.

MR. GLAVINE « » : We have with us today in the east gallery, members of the midwifery coalition of Nova Scotia.

If you could rise when introduced - Nicole Eddy, Janis Wood, April Hubbard, and Christine Saulnier - and if everybody could give them a warm welcome to the Legislature. (Applause)

The honourable Minister of Health and Wellness.

RESOLUTION NO. 1755

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

Whereas midwives provide care to birthing women in every corner of the globe; and

Whereas midwifery is increasingly recognized and respected in Nova Scotia, across Canada and around the world; and

Whereas this is an opportunity to pay tribute to the dedicated and compassionate work of midwives as well as the many Nova Scotia women and babies who received their care;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize May 5, 2014 as International Day of the Midwife and acknowledge midwives' role in providing quality health and maternity care to Nova Scotia women.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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 East.

RESOLUTION NO. 1756

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

Whereas Donna Lugar is a Nova Scotian suffering from Lyme disease; and

Whereas governments have failed Ms. Lugar by not properly equipping health professionals with the resources they need to quickly and accurately diagnose Lyme disease; and

Whereas Donna Lugar, along with all Nova Scotians, deserve to know that if they are bitten by a tick and go to a doctor or emergency room, they will receive an appropriate standard of diagnosis and care no matter how old or how young they are and where they live in the province;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly inform the government that the current action on Lyme disease is not reaching enough Nova Scotians and that they must be a leader and develop a provincial strategy to protect and treat the people of this province.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Queens-Shelburne.

RESOLUTION NO. 1757

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

Whereas next week, May 5th to May 11th, is the Canadian Mental Health Association's Mental Health Week; and

Whereas this annual national event, in its 63rd year, encourages people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on issues relating to mental health; and

Whereas mental illness, either directly or indirectly, affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commit to learning, talking and engaging their fellow community members about their mental health needs and concerns during the CMHA's Mental Health Week, next week, and throughout 2014.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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

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Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT « » : Mr. Speaker, on a point of order. I was wondering if you could call that last resolution back for the member for Pictou East to read the "Therefore be it resolved" once again please?

MR. SPEAKER « » : We'll revert to the member for Pictou East to read the last clause of the resolution again.

MR. TIM HOUSTON « » : Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly inform the government that the current action on Lyme disease is not reaching enough Nova Scotians and that they must be a leader and develop a provincial strategy to protect and treat the people of this province.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Labour and Advanced Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 1758

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

Whereas Bedford resident Peter Christie has served his community in an exemplary fashion having created, promoted and served on numerous volunteer committees as well as having represented Bedford in volunteer and political roles; and

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Whereas Mr. Christie has held positions as a councillor and deputy mayor of the Town of Bedford, as MLA for Bedford-Fall River and as a minister of the provincial government, as well as serving as a hockey coach and as an executive member of many organizations including Bedford Business Association, Bedford Basin Yacht Club, Bedford United Church, Light Up Bedford Parade, Bedford Minor Hockey and the Rocky Lake Development Association; and

Whereas Mr. Christie was nominated for the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards by the Bedford Business Association for his many and varied volunteer contributions;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Honourable Peter Christie on being recognized as Bedford's Distinguished Businessperson of the Year 2014 at a ceremony on April 27th in Bedford and commend his outstanding service to his community.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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 Northside-Westmount.

MR. EDDIE ORRELL « » : If I may, Mr. Speaker, can I do an introduction?

MR. SPEAKER « » : Permission granted.

MR. ORRELL « » : I'd just like to direct your attention to the opposite gallery where we have the Warden of Victoria County, who is here on UNSM Advocacy Days, Mr. Bruce Morrison. I'd like the House to give him a warm welcome, please. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Northside-Westmount.

RESOLUTION NO. 1759

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

Whereas physiotherapy promotes mobility, independence and overall health and well-being; and

Whereas the health professionals help prevent disease, injury and disability while managing acute and chronic conditions; and

Whereas physiotherapists provide a necessary service to our health care system and improve the lives of those suffering from a variety of medical conditions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly acknowledge and recognize this month of May as National Physiotherapy Month.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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 Chester-St. Margaret's.

RESOLUTION NO. 1760

HON. DENISE PETERSON-RAFUSE « » : Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas in communities throughout Nova Scotia and across Canada, we depend on volunteer firefighters to fulfill vital roles in their communities, and their communities admire their dedication and are very grateful for the service they give; and

Whereas Lloyd Publicover has been a volunteer firefighter for 45 years, before Blandford even had an independent fire department, and he is the longest-standing member of the Blandford Volunteer Fire Department today; and

Whereas Lloyd Publicover's service and leadership as a volunteer firefighter is noted among his fellow volunteer firefighters and it's also appreciated in the community that he serves;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend Lloyd Publicover for the 45 years of service he has given as a volunteer firefighter and thank him for his high standard of service and his continued dedication.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth South.

MR. ALLAN ROWE « » : Mr. Speaker, I ask your permission to make an introduction.

MR. SPEAKER « » : Permission granted.

MR. ROWE « » : Mr. Speaker, I direct the attention of the House to the east gallery where I have two very dear friends and very close supporters in the gallery: Mr. Ed Jack, who is a very successful computer programmer and a part owner of the company Computerease Limited, and his wife Ethel, who is a great volunteer in our riding of Dartmouth South and in many other areas of the city as well. I would ask that the House give them a round of applause and thank them for their services. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Dartmouth South.

RESOLUTION NO. 1761

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

Whereas Dartmouth High School supports a number of community-active and innovative student groups, including the Human Rights Interact Club; and

Whereas 23 students of Dartmouth High's Human Rights Interact Club organized a humanitarian service trip to the Dominican Republic during their March Break this year; and

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Whereas in addition to donating items like school supplies to local children and medical supplies to remote villages, these students stayed with local families and engaged in outreach projects in impoverished areas while visiting the Dominican Republic;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the humanitarian service of the members and organizers of the Human Rights Interact Club at Dartmouth High School and may all members wholeheartedly encourage these students to continue their good work in their community, whether local or international.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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 Inverness.

RESOLUTION NO. 1762

MR. ALLAN MACMASTER « » : Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution, and I do so as the member for Inverness but on behalf of the former member for Timberlea-Prospect, Hon. Bill Estabrooks, because I promised him I would continue with this tradition:

Whereas on May 10, 1970, legendary Boston Bruins defensemen Robert Gordon Orr scored "the goal", winning the Stanley Cup for that unforgettable NHL season; and

Whereas Bobby Orr revolutionized the game of hockey during his too-short playing career; and

Whereas loyal Bruin fans cling to the memory of that goal scored almost 44 years ago in St. Louis;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize Bobby Orr's cup-winning goal on May 10, 1970, with best wishes to Bruins fans in their team's quest to capture another Stanley Cup.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River.

RESOLUTION NO. 1763

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

Whereas a national public broadcaster is a core institution in developed countries around the world, educating the electorate, fostering democratic values, and helping citizens from coast to coast understand their own identity and thus preserving national unity; and

Whereas a recent survey found that 83 per cent of Canadians believe that the CBC is important to protect Canadian identity and culture, and 72 per cent want to build a new and rejuvenated CBC that provides strong national programming with regional content; and

Whereas a recent study found that Canada ranked 16th out of 18 nations in terms of providing funding to public broadcasting, well below the international average, and the Canadian Government is cutting a further $115 million to the CBC's budget;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature strongly urged the Canadian Government to preserve public broadcasting, providing the CBC with adequate, stable and secure financing that will allow it to continue the valuable role it serves to foster Canadian culture and define our identity and national pride.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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

Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Hants East.

RESOLUTION NO. 1764

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

Whereas still an average of four Canadians are killed and 175 are injured each and every day, due to impaired driving; and

Whereas Susan MacAskill is the chapter services manager of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada for the Atlantic Region; and

Whereas Susan travels all across the Atlantic Provinces to visit MADD chapters, providing unwavering support to chapter executives and members;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly thank Susan MacAskill for her dedication to MADD Canada and the effective operation of local chapters.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

I just want to ask all members, before we go on to the next notice, to please keep the chatter down if at all possible.

The honourable member for Pictou West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1765

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

Whereas in March 2014, the Lyons Brook Women's Institute handed out reflective arm bands to Grade 5 students to make them more visible during their evening outdoor activities; and

Whereas the Women's Institute focuses on projects and programs for the betterment of the community and giving out the reflective arm bands will help improve the safety of children and youth; and

Whereas in 2013 the Women's Institute celebrated 100 years in Nova Scotia and has more than 700 members across the province who offers programs such as the Buy Local Challenge, cooking classes, farm safety, and Adopt-A-Highway, just to name a few;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly thank the Lyons Brook Women's Institute members for their generous community service and volunteer work.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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. 1766

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

Whereas on Sunday, February 15, 2014, the SLAM Junior Mini-division 1 boys basketball team defeated Community Y by a score of 57-41 to capture the Metro Basketball Association's Division 1 Championship; and

Whereas this is the second championship win for the team this season after capturing the SLAM Christmas Classic Division 1 title; and

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Whereas the following team members, Dustin MacDonald, Kyle Munro, Owen Johnson, Jackson Hurshman, Nathan MacHardie, Andrew Dobson, Jack Young, Kyle Dunlop, Zachary Keddy, and Micah Anderson were coached by Head Coach Colman Munro, with Assistant Coaches Andrea Johnston and Tom Dobson;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly join me in congratulating the SLAM Junior Mini-division 1 boys basketball team, their players, their coaches, and their fans.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou Centre.

HON. PAT DUNN « » : Permission for an introduction, Mr. Speaker?

MR. SPEAKER « » : Permission granted.

MR. DUNN « » : In the opposite gallery there are two people I'd like to introduce: Helen MacGregor from St. F.X., and Joel Sellers, a lawyer with Mac Mac & Mac, constituents of mine in Pictou County. I would ask them to stand and receive a warm welcome. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Pictou Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 1767

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

Whereas New Glasgow native Doris Mason has been bringing the joy of music to our community since she was a young girl; and

Whereas she has enjoyed both local and international acclaim for her talents as a performer, producer, and writer in her field of musical entertainment; and

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Whereas Doris continues to bring her gift of music to our area, supporting our New Glasgow Music Festival, now in its 76th year, engaging in fundraising efforts for many causes, seasonal performances, and has become a large part of the foundation of our very rich musical talent in Pictou County;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Doris Mason for spreading joy through her musical talents for many years, which has brought more smiles and memories to our community than can be counted.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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 Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank.

RESOLUTION NO. 1768

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

Whereas Sean Hanlon, a physical education teacher with Georges P. Vanier Junior High School, has been an integral supporter and developer of the youth basketball programs in the Fall River area; and

Whereas after eight years Sean is retiring from coaching the Lockview Dragons High School girls basketball team where he has gone above and beyond what is expected on and off the court, earning the respect of many players, parents, and coaching staff he has worked with over the years; and

Whereas Sean has supported and been instrumental in the delivery of the Bill Dompierre Memorial Tournament in support of kidney disease, as well as the Hoops for Hope Tournament in support of multiple sclerosis;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly thank Sean for his dedication to the sport of basketball and generous support of his community.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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 Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg.

RESOLUTION NO. 1769

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

Whereas Canada has one of the highest occurrences of MS in the world, with approximately three people diagnosed every day; and (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER « » : Order, please. The honourable member for Sydney River-Mira- Louisburg has the floor.

MR. MACLEOD « » : Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

Whereas Canada has one of the highest occurrences of MS in the world, with approximately three people being diagnosed every day; and

Whereas May is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, a time dedicated to helping Nova Scotians understand the symptoms and the impacts of this disorder; and

Whereas across the country fundraising events are held to raise money for research, equipment, and support groups for children and families;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly acknowledge May as MS Awareness Month, and commit our resources to helping Nova Scotians understand the disorder and do everything in our power to support them.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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

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Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Clare-Digby.

RESOLUTION NO. 1770

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

Whereas the Digby Regional High School Robotics Club participated in the Robot Programming Competitions at Acadia University on Saturday, February 15, 2014; and

Whereas Robofest 2014 included schools from all over the province and involved the designing and programing of a Lego robot to complete a number of tasks within a time limit; and

Whereas the Digby Regional High School Robotics Club finished fourth and qualified for the World Robotics Championships in Southfield, Michigan, May 16th and May 17th;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Katie Milne, Felipe Rios, Murray Bishop, Arda Kayral, and their coach Tim Mollins for their fourth-place finish, and wish them all the best in the upcoming World Robotics Championships in Southfield, Michigan.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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 Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1771

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

Whereas the Eagle is a prestigious award presented each year by the Brookfield Men's Club to the area's top citizen; and

Whereas the 2014 Eagle Award was presented to Lyle Carter for his service to the community including serving on the Brookfield Athletic Association, the Don Henderson Memorial Sportplex Board, as a deacon of the Brookfield Baptist Church, and helping to organize the school breakfast program; and

Whereas Lyle Carter is not only an exemplary volunteer, he was also a superb athlete who was elected to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 1984 for his accomplishments in softball where he was a four-time all-Canadian third basemen, and hockey, where skills as a goalie brought him all the way to the NHL where he played for the California Golden Seals in the 1971-72 season;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Lyle Carter for being named the 2014 Eagle Award recipient for his dedication and service to the community of Brookfield.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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 Lunenburg.

RESOLUTION NO. 1772

MS. SUZANNE LOHNES-CROFT « » : Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame recently enshrined its class of 2014; and

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Whereas Lunenburg-based businessman Henry Demone has been president of High Liner Foods since 1989, seeing the company through the collapse of the East Coast fishery, and raising its profile and financial viability; and

Whereas Henry Demone was inducted into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame, Class of 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Henry Demone on his hard work and tremendous achievements in leading one of Lunenburg's most respected and revered companies.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Kings North.

RESOLUTION NO. 1773

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

Whereas the Government of Canada has set aside May 9th as National Day of Honour for Afghanistan; and

Whereas Canadians are invited to honour the legacy of these heroes with a national moment of silence; and

Whereas Land Force Atlantic Area Training Centre Aldershot of the Canadian Army, along with members of the Royal Canadian Legions, the RCAFA, and the RCMP will also be holding an event in Kentville which will coincide with observances taking place in the national capital;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize and pay tribute to the fallen, the sacrifices of the wounded, and the special burden borne by the families of those who served in Afghanistan.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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. 1774

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

Whereas Medric Cousineau is a highly dedicated and committed spokesperson for service dogs; and

Whereas he walked from Nova Scotia to Ottawa as a fundraiser and to raise awareness for this initiative; and

Whereas he received the Star of Courage for his unwavering loyalty and contributions to his community and beyond;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Medric on receiving the Star of Courage, and wish him continued success in the future.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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 Argyle-Barrington.

RESOLUTION NO. 1775

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

Whereas the function of this House of Assembly is made possible by the hard-working individuals of the Nova Scotia Legislature; and

Whereas as the end of each session draws near, it is important that we recognize the dedication of these individuals; and

Whereas we are so grateful to the many staff that keep this House of Assembly running by ensuring that we're never without the resources necessary to conduct business in this Chamber;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly thank the staff of the Nova Scotia Legislature, including the well-informed Legislative Library staff, our Clerks, Neil Ferguson and Annette Boucher and their staff, our Sergeant-at-Arms, Ken Greenham, all of the Commissionaires, the Hansard staff and Bob Kinsman, Gordon Hebb and those with Legislative Counsel, the Committees Office staff, Legislative TV, the Office of the Speaker, Mike Laffin and Peter Theriault, and the always-helpful Pages for everything that they do to keep things running smoothly.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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 Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie.

RESOLUTION NO. 1776

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

Whereas Guysborough Options for Adaptive Living Society is a vocational training centre for adults with special needs, located in the Village of Guysborough, and has been serving their community since 1995; and

Whereas they offer a school-to-work transition program, provide a fantastic weekly dinner served at lunchtime on Fridays, operate a used clothing depot and a small carpentry shop; and

Whereas GOALS has an amazing crew of clients and staff who have made their organization a vital asset to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly express their support for the importance of vocational training centres and wish GOALS continued success in all their future endeavours.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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 Sackville-Beaver Bank.

RESOLUTION NO. 1777

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

Whereas respected Mi'kmaq leader Noel Knockwood, as the spiritual leader of the Mi'kmaq people, ceremonially lifted the curse from the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge at its opening in 1955; and

Whereas, as an advocate of the Mi'kmaq culture, he encouraged people to look back and follow the Mi'kmaq ways, rather than borrow from other customs and practices; and

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Whereas being a Mi'kmaq traditionalist, he had a vision of a society that practices inclusion and respect of Mi'kmaq heritage and culture;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize Mr. Noel Knockwood for his contribution and dedication to the preservation of the Mi'kmaq culture.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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 Municipal Affairs.

RESOLUTION NO. 1778

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

Whereas Exit Realty Inter Lake is a successful real estate company that understands the importance of paying it forward through fundraising and support of Habitat for Humanity on the South Shore; and

Whereas Exit Realty Inter Lake has raised over $150,000 for the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity through charity golf tournaments and, most recently, the Habitat for Humanity Gala Dinner; and

Whereas at the Nova Scotia Volunteer Awards ceremony on April 7, 2014, Exit Realty Inter Lake was presented with the Small Business Volunteer of the Year Award for their efforts;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly recognize the hard work Exit Realty Inter Lake has contributed to the local Habitat for Humanity organization and wish them many years of successful fundraising to come.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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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 Government House Leader.

RESOLUTION NO. 1779

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

Whereas Athens United is a metro senior men's soccer league team; and

Whereas the team have been members of the masters division since 2007, four-time provincial champions, and Eastern Canadian silver medal winners in 2011 and 2013; and

Whereas last night, on April 30, 2014, Athens United won league playoffs for the second year in a row;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Athens United, which includes the superior goaltending of the honourable member for Halifax Citadel-Sable Island, on their victory and recognize the athletic prowess of this great local team.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Kings South.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1780

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

Whereas Ms. Callie Lathem is a student at Acadia University and resident of the Town of Wolfville; and

Whereas as Acadia Student Union Equity Officer, she has served as an advocate for sexual health and social justice on campus; and

Whereas Ms. Lathem's efforts have been recognized by the province through the Minister's Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate Callie Lathem on her efforts and thank her for her commitment to supporting and building her community.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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 Government House Leader.

RESOLUTION NO. 1781

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

Whereas West Arichat native Robert Bouchard has been a country singer-songwriter for over 45 years; and

Whereas he has opened for country stars like the Gatlin Brothers, Gene Watson, and Earl Thomas Conley, and appeared on programs such as The Tommy Hunter Show; and

Whereas Mr. Bouchard was named to the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame and will be inducted officially this September;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Robert Bouchard on this wonderful accomplishment and his impressive career.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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 Municipal Affairs.

RESOLUTION NO. 1782

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

Whereas the Bridgewater Firemen's Band has the distinct honour of being Canada's oldest fire department band dating back to 1868; and

Whereas the 40-member band plays in an annual Summer Bandstand Concert Series at Shipyard's Landing, and later this year will be travelling to Ottawa to participate in the 2014 Canadian Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony that pays tribute to the over 1,100 firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty; and

Whereas the Bridgewater Firemen's Band was presented with a volunteer award on April 7, 2014 at the Nova Scotia Volunteer Awards ceremony in Halifax;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Bridgewater Firemen's Band for their award, and wish them well at the ceremony in Ottawa.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

ORAL QUESTIONS PUT BY MEMBERS TO MINISTERS

MR. SPEAKER « » : Question Period will begin at 3:07 p.m. and conclude at 4:07 p.m.

The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition.

PREM. - IVANY REPT.: TASK FORCE - TIME FRAME

HON. JAMIE BAILLIE « » : Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Premier. Last night at their Spring Dinner, Halifax Chamber of Commerce President Francis Fares called for an all-Party task force to oversee implementation of the Ivany report. This was, of course, a recommendation of the Ivany report and we have some sense the task force is coming, so I would like to ask the Premier, when will the Premier be calling this group together?

HON. STEPHEN MCNEIL « » : Mr. Speaker, as the Leader of the Official Opposition has said, there will be some movement on this file, and I'm pleased to say that the Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party and the Leader of the New Democratic Party of Nova Scotia have agreed to sit on a committee which will include members of the business community, members of academia, and members from all sectors across this province to ensure that we now move towards the implementation phase of the Ivany commission and, quite frankly, do what I believe was what all Nova Scotians want us to do, which is put aside partisan politics.

MR. BAILLIE « » : Mr. Speaker, I appreciate that answer. The Ivany report has 19 goals to turn our economy around, to get our financial house in order, to encourage more Nova Scotians to move here and be part of our great province. I've asked the Premier previously to enact those goals in law, as is also a recommendation of the Ivany report, so that all of us in this House have a chance to vote on something positive together. Enshrining the Ivany goals in law would be another good step along with the creation of the task force, so I will ask the Premier on this last day, possibly, of this session, will he reconsider that other Ivany recommendation and agree to enshrine the Ivany goals in law?

THE PREMIER « » : Mr. Speaker, I actually believe we've had something positive we could all vote on and it was called the budget, which focused on so many Nova Scotians. (Interruption) You have to appreciate the member for Cape Breton Centre. I do want to go back to the question though, if I may, and the reality of it is the spirit which the Ivany report was focused on was talking about providing opportunities for young people to stay in this province - our investment in research grants provides that, broadening the apprenticeship opportunity is allowing that to happen in this province.

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If you've gone through the Spring session, government is working towards getting its own fiscal house in order. There have been some tough challenges, tough decisions taken by the members of this caucus. I'm very proud of the fact that they've been able to show the people of this province that not only are we focused on today but we're focused well into the future. By the way, I'm very pleased that the members of the Ivany commission have been encouraged by the steps this government has taken.

MR. BAILLIE « » : Mr. Speaker, I'm not taking credit for this line, but I do want to get it on the record: the budget certainly is the "Irony" report and not the Ivany report because far from doing what the Ivany report recommended, which was to get our financial house in order, the budget adds another $0.5 billion to our debt, doing the opposite of what Ivany recommended. It foresees another $1 billion over the life of this government when the Ivany report said to get our debt in line, and it finds new ways to send young graduates away from our province, the exact opposite. No wonder that the member for Cape Breton Centre has labelled it the "Irony" report when it comes to the budget.

Mr. Speaker, I'm trying to be co-operative today, so I will ask the Premier, in my last question, this. It has been reported in his own address to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce that there would be two recommendations that the government would not be following through on; one is legislating the Ivany report in law - and I guess we know the answer to that - and the other is creating an all-Party committee to oversee progress. The Premier said at that time that he wouldn't be creating an all-Party committee. I'll table that.

I would just like to ask the Premier in light of that, and also the fact that he said in that same article that the place to work together is in the Legislature - well we see how that has been going recently. Apparently the Premier has changed his mind, which is a good thing in this case. I'd like to ask the Premier why has he changed his mind and now agreed to create an all-Party task force?

THE PREMIER « » : Mr. Speaker, I've been encouraged by the support that I've been receiving from so many Nova Scotians about the direction this government has been going. I want to tell you that there are so many Nova Scotians who want to be part of continuing to move forward, generating a positive direction in moving this province forward.

I want to tell the Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party and the Leader of the New Democratic Party that I am very pleased with the fact that they have both agreed to be part of that committee. I'm looking forward to having it go forward, I'm looking forward to seeing some of the results, I'm looking forward to continuing the conversation with Nova Scotians because ultimately, Mr. Speaker, it will be Nova Scotians who will continue to drive the spirit of the Ivany report going forward and I'm looking forward to that.

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MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Leader of the New Democratic Party.

PREM. - NURSES STRIKE: LAW AMENDMENTS COMM. - RESPONSE

HON. MAUREEN MACDONALD « » : Mr. Speaker, my question through you is to the Premier. Today The Chronicle Herald is reporting that Nova Scotia will need to hire several thousand nurses over the next 10 years to avoid a nursing shortage. This was a message that nurses at Capital Health tried to tell the Premier just one month ago, when they went on strike in order to secure nurse-to-patient ratios that would improve patient safety.

As we all know, Mr. Speaker, the Premier wasn't interested in listening to the nurses' legitimate concerns. Instead, he argued that Nova Scotia had more nurses for our population than the national average, saying, "The question becomes what more . . . do you want? How much above the national average does Nova Scotia have to become before the union is satisfied?"

Mr. Speaker, my question for the Premier is, when hundreds of Nova Scotians protested at Province House and spoke at Law Amendments Committee asking the Liberal Government to hire more nurses, why didn't the Premier listen?

THE PREMIER « » : Mr. Speaker, I was following the lead of one of the former Health and Wellness Ministers under the former government, who did not implement the same policy that they are now advocating for in Opposition.

MS. MACDONALD « » : Mr. Speaker, in spite of the statistics, the Health and Wellness Minister didn't seem too worried about the impending nursing shortage. He told The Chronicle Herald yesterday that he thinks ". . . we'll be in great shape", and that's a direct quote.

But this isn't what young nurses are saying. They say the elimination of things like the Graduate Retention Rebate and the passage of Bill No. 37 are forcing them to look for work elsewhere. As one young nurse told CTV: I work in ICU and our manager is actually worried about an out-flux of people who are leaving at the moment, most of whom are young recent graduate nurses.

So my question to the Premier is, how does taking away the collective bargaining rights of nurses and the elimination of programs like the Graduate Retention Rebate place Nova Scotia in "great shape" to attract and retain more nurses in the coming years?

THE PREMIER « » : I want to, first of all, correct part of the question that came from the Leader of the New Democratic Party. We did not take away the right to strike, Mr. Speaker, from the health care workers. What we did is ensure that there is a level of essential services in this province so that Nova Scotia patients will know that there will be services in place that they can rely on. If there seems to be a labour disruption after that they can then take us on a strike, Mr. Speaker, unlike the former New Democratic Government who stripped away the right to strike from paramedics in this province.

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Mr. Speaker, there is only one Party in this House who has taken away the right to strike from paramedics, and there is only one other Party in this province who wants to take it away from every health care worker. This Party has stood to ensure that we have essential services legislation in place while protecting workers' right to strike. (Applause)

Mr. Speaker, I further want to remind the Leader of the New Democratic Party that the Minister of Health and Wellness is continuing to work with Nova Scotians, continuing to provide great leadership on this file, continuing to make sure that we move away from an administrative-focused health care system to one that is focused on patients, and I'm very pleased to tell the member that we've now reached a number of 83 per cent of nurses who are working in this province staying in this province.

MS. MACDONALD « » : Mr. Speaker, I believe those were statistics that were achieved under the previous government and the previous ministers, so I thank the Premier for the compliment.

Mr. Speaker, in the Liberal platform, the Premier makes a commitment to support nurses. I say it's pretty clear from nurses that, once again, the Liberals haven't delivered as advertised on another election promise.

My question for the Premier, why does he think threatening nurses with punishment, ignoring their concerns about patient safety, taking away their rights and the fair collective bargaining process, and throwing on top of them a massive tax increase is being supportive to young nurses?

THE PREMIER « » : Mr. Speaker, a tax increase? That's kind of ironic, considering it comes from the former Minister of Finance who raised the HST in this province. Mr. Speaker, it's kind of ironic coming from a Minister of Finance and from a government that continued to write blank cheques across this province. On October 8th, Nova Scotians took the blank chequebook away from that Party and we understand exactly why.

Mr. Speaker, I also want to remind this House that it was under the NDP that half a million dollars was taken out of the Nursing Strategy. This government is going to continue to work and ensure that Nova Scotian nurses stay and work in this province.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Pictou West.

CCH - BLUENOSE II OVERRUNS/DELAYS: INFO - LUN. MLA/MIN. SHARE

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MS. KARLA MACFARLANE « » : Mr. Speaker, the Bluenose II project is millions of dollars and two years overdue. In a recent South Shore Now news article, the member for Lunenburg said, "I have spent a great deal of time collecting information on the rebuild delays and cost overruns." She added, "It has taken a considerable amount of time to compile information, and is an ongoing piece of my constituency work."

Mr. Speaker, my question through you is to the Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Has the member for Lunenburg shared the information she collected about the overruns and delays with him, and has she shared the sources of this information with him?

HON. TONY INCE » : Mr. Speaker, the member for Lunenburg and I have had a few conversations about what's going on down in Lunenburg. Thank you.

MS. MACFARLANE « » : Mr. Speaker, the iconic Bluenose II has been called a cathedral among sailing ships, yet sadly she is tied to the dock without usable steering equipment. The original contract provided a 43 per cent markup on materials and labour costs of $62 an hour during a regular shift and $93 an hour for overtime.

My question to the Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, can he guarantee to the taxpayers of Nova Scotia that no markup costs or overtime labour will be added to the fixing of the failing rudder, and will he provide the taxpayers with a full and public update on the costs associated with fixing the rudder this Spring?

MR. INCE « » : Mr. Speaker, as was mentioned in November, as was mentioned last month and I continue to tell everyone and I will reiterate that, the Auditor General will make public all those concerns when this project is finished and he has done his review.

MS. MACFARLANE « » : Mr. Speaker, the province has announced that the Auditor General will review the project after its completion. With no end in sight, no spending limits, no time for it to sail, the builders quite literally are now looking at basically reinventing the wheel.

My question to the minister, does he still think the best way to protect taxpayers' dollars is to review a project after it has spun completely out of control or will he call on the Auditor General to review this project now?

MR. INCE « » : Mr. Speaker, I will tell you that the answer to that is no.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Argyle-Barrington.

CCH - BLUENOSE II: SEA TRIALS - INFO CLARIFY

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HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT « » : Mr. Speaker, I'm going to continue on the same one for a few moments, if you don't mind. Today the government announced a test drive of the Bluenose II - do you think they were trying out an F 150 or, God forbid, try out a Lada. I mean are we going to get stuck with something that doesn't work at all?

The Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage (Interruptions) I know the Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage doesn't remember the Ladas but they weren't much good, I can tell you. You were lucky if you had any heat.

The Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage said today, we have decided that we need to take Bluenose II on a test drive before sea trials - that's the first thing we've said. Yet on Thursday, April 17th, the same minister told this House twice, and I'll table the Hansard, that the Bluenose II was already under sea trials - that's number two. Mr. Speaker, if you want the quote, "As we've stated in the past, the vessel is currently under dock and sea trials."

The third thing the quote says, "What I am saying to you is that we're still going through those dock and sea trials." So how can the boat be in sea trials on April 17th and then today the minister announcing a pre-sea trial, or a test drive?

My question to the minister is, will he please correct his answer to the House and if he didn't get the sea trials question right, what other answers should Nova Scotians question? Which one is right? Is it the first one? Is it the second one? Is it the third one? Just clarify what we're doing now.

MR. INCE « » : Mr. Speaker, I will state to the member across the floor that first of all, being the minister who has received something that both the Parties across the floor began and we have to try to correct and fix all that was done prior? I would suggest to the member that he would look at what I said - I said it was in dock and sea trials, which accommodates to both the ship being there and being looked at. Everything that is being done currently is to correct any issues that we are addressing from past mistakes. Thank you.

MR. D'ENTREMONT « » : Let's line up one of your mistakes; the 2014 Doers and Dreamers Travel Guide has hit the shelves, ladies and gentlemen. Unfortunately not everything in it is quite factual. On Page 81 of the guide - and I will table it - the province describes: a sail on the iconic Bluenose II - the Bluenose II in Lunenburg - breathe the salty air aboard the Nova Scotia world-famous sailing ambassador, Bluenose II, recently restored in the Lunenburg waterfront. I'll let you have that one, too, if you want to have a look at it.

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. As the lead on this project, does he think that it's okay to speak in the past tense and publicly declare that the boat has been recently restored?

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MR. INCE « » : Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite, I thank you for that question however, as the Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage I have not made that statement that he is claiming was made. Thank you.

MR. D'ENTREMONT « » : Mr. Speaker, maybe the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism should take it up because it's in his document that he printed. (Interruption) Maybe I will, maybe I will.

I don't know about you Mr. Speaker, but I think it may be premature for people to invite people to breathe salty air on a boat with failing steering equipment. The solid steel rudder weighing several tons is just the latest problem in a long line of delays and cost overruns. The shipbuilders are now speaking out against the original rudder design. Taxpayers are already on the hook for $110,000 for the rudder, and some estimates say that the cost could climb to over $500,000.

My question to the minister is, what is the new rudder going to cost and how long is it going to take before people can breathe the salty air aboard the Bluenose II?

MR. INCE « » : Mr. Speaker, to my colleague across the floor, first of all I'd like to state that there are a lot of rumours and to stand up in the House to speak on the rumours, I don't appreciate. First of all, the rudder is not being remodelled, fixed or taken out and being redone. That's not the statement. We are going through tests; we are going to ensure that Nova Scotians (Interruption)

MR. SPEAKER « » : Order, please. The honourable Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage has the floor.

MR. INCE « » : We are going to ensure that Nova Scotians get to enjoy their famous sailing ambassador again. Also during the tests we will correct any of the issues that seem to be out there in the media. Thank you.

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

LAE - NURSES UNIONS: AMALGAMATION - LEGISLATION

HON. FRANK CORBETT « » : Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. Earlier this week the Minister of Health and Wellness told reporters that his preference is to have one union representing all nurses in this province. The Minister of Health and Wellness went a little further saying he would prefer health care workers not vote on which union should represent them - no he wouldn't want to have that democratic right. What he would prefer is that government introduce legislation this Fall to decide which union represents each health care worker. I will table that story.

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Mr. Speaker, through you to the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, when does she plan to introduce such legislation dictating which union will represent which health care worker?

HON. KELLY REGAN « » : Mr. Speaker, I thank the honourable member for the question, I think. Just to be clear, I have had no conversations with the Minister of Health and Wellness on this particular subject and I have no plans to introduce any such legislation. Thank you.

MR. CORBETT « » : Mr. Speaker, they're not only rudderless on the Bluenose II but they're rudderless on the labour issues. The Minister of Health and Wellness has some odd ideas about labour relations. Taking away the right to choose which union represents you in the workplace is another one of these musings by the ne'er-do-well minister. What this does is it really destabilizes the workforce within the health care system.

I want to ask the minister once again, through you Mr. Speaker. If the minister shares the views of the Minister of Health and Wellness and should they decide which union should represent which health care workers at the bargaining table, then when will these public consultations begin?

MS. REGAN « » : Mr. Speaker, there are no consultations planned because there is no legislation of this kind planned either. Thank you.

MR. CORBETT « » : Well Mr. Speaker, we have a lone ranger apparently in that cabinet, who is making musings and he's making it up as he goes apparently.

Now look, Mr. Speaker, these are not things that this caucus is saying. We've tabled the musings, if you will, of the minister and it's not like someone on the backbench had said this. This is someone that's a member of the Executive Council. That should carry a fair amount of weight, even with that government.

Mr. Speaker, the last time the Liberals amalgamated district health authorities there were runoff elections, health care sector unions were left in flux, labour (Interruption) was broken up . . .

AN HON. MEMBER: That's with you in power.

MR. CORBETT « » : The Minister of Natural Resources is chirping now.

ANOTHER HON. MEMBER: He didn't say anything.

MR. CORBETT « » : Oh I'm sorry, I apologize. (Laughter)

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MR. SPEAKER « » : Order, please. The honourable member for Cape Breton Centre has a question, I think.

MR. CORBETT « » : Thank you Mr. Speaker, and I apologize to the Minister of Natural Resources, because his shy, retiring type would never say something like that from the benches.

Mr. Speaker, I'm going to ask just a very simple question. Why would the Minister of Health and Wellness say this if he wasn't contemplating it? And why would this government then not respect the rights of health care workers to choose which union they want to belong to?

MS. REGAN « » : This government will respect the desires of the health care union members in which union they want to belong, thank you.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Pictou West.

TIR: ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY TRUCKS - DELAY EXPLAIN

MS. KARLA MACFARLANE « » : Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. Regulation for weighing the 3,800 pound Volvo air suspension truck has become quite an issue in Nova Scotia. These new trucks allow for significantly lower impact on fuel consumption; the Volvo air truck actually gets 9.5 miles per gallon while a regular fleet truck would only get 8.2.

Up to approximately $16,000 a year is in the savings cost for gas, and obviously leaving a lesser carbon footprint as well. The problem is that when these trucks go into the weighing stations, they are not weighed properly because of the distribution of weight. I'm wondering if the minister will explain what the delay is in moving forward with making changes to accommodate these new environmentally-friendly trucks.

HON. GEOFF MACLELLAN « » : Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite, I've had brief conversations with Vehicle Compliance with respect to the issues surrounding this particular vehicle and I don't have the specifics as to why we haven't ironed out those details yet. It seems like something that is an administrative fix and something that's certainly causing significant headaches to small businesses that the member opposite represents, so I'll give the member my word that I'll check on that immediately and see if we can find updates. I'd be happy to report to her office with the findings.

MS. MACFARLANE « » : Mr. Speaker, I thank the minister for his answer. According to some contacts that we've had within your department, there has been a briefing on this issue in the month of January. Also, over a month ago, the owner of King Freight Lines, Roland MacDonald, had a conference that he attended with a member, I believe from the department as well, Mike Balsom.

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Mr. Balsom indicated that he would be getting a hold of Mr. MacDonald in the near future to discuss that changes that would be taking place. He still has not received any contact from Mr. Balsom. I'm wondering if the minister himself would follow up by calling Mr. MacDonald to provide him with an update, maybe in the next week or two.

MR. MACLELLAN « » : Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite, I haven't had those conversations with respect to the specifics. If the member wants to provide me with that number, I'll be happy to call him, no problem.

MS. MACFARLANE « » : Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the minister for that. I know Mr. MacDonald will really appreciate that. The system of these trucks is to redistribute about 1,200 kilograms when needed, so like when they are on a hill or in a slippery non-traction situation, they adjust their weight so that it's safer. So it's obviously making our roads safer as well. As I mentioned, they are more efficient and literally will save thousands of dollars every year.

King Freight in Pictou West employs over 100 people, and they have 80 trucks on the road. They will probably have to lay off people due to the recent Michelin situation, which is very unfortunate. Just yesterday, once again, at Kelly Lake weighing station where he finds he is fined most often, he was fined again yesterday.

King Freight has no problem in New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, or travelling into the United States. The fine yesterday was close to $300. What I'm hoping is that, where he pays taxes and he lives here and he wants to keep his businesses here in Nova Scotia, the minister will please make this unfortunate situation a top priority and will have an opportunity to discuss it with Mr. MacDonald and, more importantly, so that Mr. MacDonald can keep his trucks on the road . . .

MR. SPEAKER « » : Does the member have a question?

MS. MACFARLANE « » : Sorry, I just want to confirm once again that he will ensure that Mr. MacDonald will not have to take these two trucks off the road that are $150,000.

MR. MACLELLAN « » : Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite, there's a number of issues with respect to the fleet under the trucking association. My department and my office itself are scheduling a meeting with the trucking association. There are a number of issues that I think we have to get up to speed with, as a department, as a government. Long combination vehicles are one of those, and wide-base tires are another.

This issue with this particular piece of the fleet for our Nova Scotia trucking industry, so I certainly - we're going to endeavour to get up to speed on those. If there's any advantage we can give to the private sector, Mr. Speaker, we'll take every opportunity to do that. We're certainly going to move in that direction as quickly as we can.

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Again, specific to this file, I'd be happy to speak with the gentleman and see what we can do. Thank you.

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

HEALTH & WELLNESS: TOBACCO-FREE N.S. STRATEGY (2011) - UPDATE

HON. DAVID WILSON « » : Mr. Speaker, my question through you is to the Minister of Health and Wellness. In 2000, Nova Scotia had 30 per cent of its population who smoked. Over the past 14 years that number has declined to 20 per cent, but has recently plateaued. This means we have work to do.

In 2011 the government released a revised Tobacco-Free Nova Scotia strategy with realistic targets that will benefit all Nova Scotians, including decreased tobacco use for all age categories, more public awareness, and more community action.

I'd like to ask the minister, when will the minister update Nova Scotians on the progress of the latest Tobacco-Free Nova Scotia strategy that was released in 2011?

HON. LEO GLAVINE « » : Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite, he raises a very, very important public health issue. We have made great strides in Nova Scotia in reducing smoking through the Tobacco Access Act and also the Smoke-free Places Act. We are now, of course, taking a look at possible legislation for the coming Fall around working to make even further reductions.

I know that releasing where we are in relation to the strategy and what needs to be done will be part of our early Fall plan.

MR. DAVID WILSON « » : Mr. Speaker, evidence from the Canadian Cancer Society shows that Nova Scotians, in particular our youth, are facing another fight with tobacco companies with the distribution of flavoured tobacco products like cigarillos and flavoured water-pipe tobacco; 49 per cent of Atlantic Canadian high school youth have used tobacco in the last 30 days, and have also used flavoured tobacco, which is concerning.

Our Nova Scotia youth are still 6 per cent above the national average for those reporting having smoked a cigarette in the last 30 days and 5 per cent above the national average for those having smoked menthol cigarettes. I'm wondering if the minister could be specific on the actions he has taken to reduce these numbers.

MR. GLAVINE « » : Mr. Speaker, he does point out an alarming trend toward flavoured tobacco, hookah, and the e-cigarette, this whole area. The department will be providing an update next week on this whole issue as we plan for the Fall, but I think getting back to a strong education program is critically important as well. It has been a combination of legislation and education that helped Nova Scotia reach the reduced about 10 per cent in our population over the last number of years. Flavoured tobacco is very much top of mind in the Department of Health and Wellness.

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MR. DAVID WILSON « » : Mr. Speaker, although the federal government passed legislation in 2010 prohibiting use of certain products, the experts feel it doesn't go far enough and there are a number of loopholes in that legislation, Mr. Speaker.

In an article on December 5, 2013, in the New Glasgow News, the minister said that he hoped to have legislation in the Spring session of the Legislature. Well, Mr. Speaker, we know that the House is winding down and there is no legislation on the order paper, so I'd like to ask the minster through you, when will the minister commit to taking the advice of the experts and amend the legislation and close the loopholes that the experts have identified?

MR. GLAVINE « » : Mr. Speaker, the member opposite is exactly right. The provinces, in fact, have often taken the lead in terms of both the - whether it's legislation or whether it's waiting for Health Canada. Nova Scotia has been a leader in reducing the use of tobacco products, and now we are about to embark on making further improvement. In the Fall we'll be prepared to bring legislation forward.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Inverness.

SNS - HFX. WATER DITCH TAX: BARRETT LUMBER - COMMUNICATION

MR. ALLAN MACMASTER « » : Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations - I believe the department name has changed, they keep changing so much. But the minister knows who he is, I know that.

Mr. Speaker, Halifax Water has imposed a new fee on residents living in suburban and rural areas. The ditch tax, as it has become known, has hundreds of residents upset. I know all members have received a letter from David Barrett, owner of Barrett Truss and Building Supplies in Beaver Bank. His business is facing an increase of $6,000 on the company's water bill next year. Mr. Barrett has written a letter, of course, to us all. My question is, has the minister had any communication with Mr. Barrett and other residents about the issue?

HON. MARK FUREY « » : I acknowledge the question from my colleague in opposition. I too have the correspondence from Mr. Barrett and have been involved in some discussion around the fee charged by Halifax Water. The area of responsibility falls within Halifax Regional Municipality, and as we speak, we are permitting HRM officials to follow through with the process for which they're responsible.

MR. MACMASTER « » : Mr. Speaker, it certainly makes sense - I mean, it is a municipal issue - but at the same time, we know that people do contact us from time to time about issues related to other levels of government. I know members opposite certainly champion causes that may be related to the federal government sometimes. They even bring them forth here in the Legislature.

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My question for the minster, given that many residents are dealing with the cost of the ditch tax, does the minister plan to keep his eye on this and to perhaps get involved if the response isn't to the liking of the people here in HRM?

MR. FUREY « » : The circumstances that we're speaking to, obviously very conscious of the anxiety and concern that it's causing homeowners. As I indicated earlier, I'm privy not only to the correspondence of Mr. Barrett, but the concerns of a number of residents within HRM. I certainly will continue to monitor the process and stay abreast of this matter as it goes forward.

MR. MACMASTER « » : My final question is a bit more specific. One of Mr. Barrett's requests surrounded the transparency in operating habits of the Halifax Water utility. I know, Mr. Speaker, here in the province when there is a matter like that, oftentimes we would have the Auditor General review the operations. Has the minister considered speaking with HRM about having their auditor examine the operations of Halifax Water to ensure that it is providing services at the least cost possible for the residents of HRM?

MR. FUREY « » : Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for the question. The administration of the Halifax Water Commission, as I indicated earlier, is the responsibility of HRM. At that municipal government level, I certainly have the utmost respect in their ability not only to be transparent but to bear in mind the concerns of homeowners and ratepayers.

We will continue to monitor the situation through the staff and contact with HRM staff where there's an excellent dialogue. We'll continue along those lines and certainly monitor as we go forward.

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

HEALTH & WELLNESS: MENTAL HEALTH & ADDICTIONS STRATEGY

- IMPLEMENTATION

HON. DAVID WILSON « » : Mr. Speaker, my question through you is for the Minister of Health and Wellness. When Nova Scotia's first Mental Health and Addictions Strategy was tabled by the now Leader of the NDP, it was a hopeful day for people in our province. The strategy was developed by experts who stressed all of the recommendations were interconnected and in order for the strategy to be effective, all of the recommendations needed to be adopted as a package. I'd like to ask the minister, what is the minister's plan to ensure all of the Mental Health and Addiction Strategy recommendations are fully implemented and who will oversee this plan?

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HON. LEO GLAVINE « » : Mr. Speaker, to the member for Sackville-Cobequid, mental health and mental health issues and the strategy, Together We Can, is a very valuable contribution to where we will go in the next number of years. We are now down to about five or six of those recommendations that will need to still be implemented and we know the department continues to make sure that all will be implemented as well as those that may be partially, to date, are being implemented. We do have some lead areas. Just yesterday we held the first national conference on peer support - again, another first for Nova Scotia in the mental health field.

I can assure the member opposite that this is a very important issue and topic to our government. We will continue to implement the strategy as well as the recommendations of Dr. Jana Davidson for adolescent mental health.

MR. DAVID WILSON « » : Mr. Speaker, the issue of access to mental health support in communities for families continues to be a challenge. We have learned from past experiences that adding more clinicians doesn't address the issue of access. I'd like to ask, what is the minister's plan to improve access to psychiatric services for people across the province in the communities where they live?

MR. GLAVINE « » : Mr. Speaker, we now have shorter wait-lists in many of the districts across the province for mental health, psychiatric services, and I'm pleased to say that our peer support program, our clinical follow-up has really seen significant improvement, and that's a journey that those who suffer from mental health have some major requirements. Often there is not a cure but if we can assist in recovery and have access in the community to those providers, then we have strengthened the mental health response in this province and we'll continue to go in that direction.

MR. DAVID WILSON « » : Mr. Speaker, I'm glad to hear that we are seeing those shorter wait-lists and that the work in previous years is paying off. Compassion fatigue is another serious challenge facing health care providers here in Nova Scotia and across the country. That includes nurses, doctors, paramedics, and especially mental health clinicians. I wonder if the minister could indicate, what steps is he taking to address compassion fatigue and ensure the well-being of the health care providers Nova Scotians depend on?

MR. GLAVINE « » : Mr. Speaker, the member opposite raises a very important question because sometimes the provider, the deliverer of mental health services also needs the kind of support and, I guess, a break from those kinds of demands.

One of the areas where I think we've made significant improvement upon is having a greater support system across the province. Our community health boards are working on a program, the mental health tool kit, or the mental health first aid, and that kind of help is actually reducing some of that burden that has been solely placed at one time on those who are our primary mental health clinicians.

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I think as we move further in this direction, we'll have a stronger community-based support system that in fact will alleviate that extreme workload that many of our clinicians have traditionally had.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Hants East.

TIR: BILL NO. 168 (2007) - ENACT

MS. MARGARET MILLER « » : Mr. Speaker, as this House knows, impaired driving legislation is very near and dear to me, especially since this May is the 10th Anniversary of my son Bruce's death at the hands of an impaired driver.

In my former life as president of MADD Canada, I lobbied governments across Canada for better legislation, including one that asks drivers to have a zero blood alcohol content for the first five years of driving. There is no question that this is valuable legislation because it will save lives, because it keeps new drivers separated from alcohol for those first five years of driving.

In 2007 I was thrilled when the then Progressive Conservative Government of Nova Scotia introduced and passed Bill No. 168 that allowed this to happen. MADD Canada praised the government of the day for this measure with a national press release and, furthermore, awarded them a higher rating in a national document that rated all the provinces on their legislation.

But, Mr. Speaker, that's as far as the legislation got; it has never been enforced. When it came to that government, it was about getting the press, taking the credit, and not saving lives on our highways.

In 2009 we asked the new government of the day, the NDP Government, to enforce the 2007 legislation and, again, waited four years for it to happen. Again, road safety was not a priority.

Mr. Speaker, my question today to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is, will this government finally put the youth and safety of our motorists first and enforce Bill No. 168 from 2007?

HON. GEOFF MACLELLAN « » : Mr. Speaker, thank you to the member for the question. It takes a lot of courage for her to stand in her place and ask questions of this nature. She is driven by the memory of her son, Bruce, and her time at MADD, and I know she wants to make meaningful changes in this province.

I was really surprised to learn when I asked the question, initially upon joining the department, why this wasn't proclaimed. There isn't really an answer and I'm surprised to know that things can pass through this Legislature and not actually come into law seven years later.

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We are taking steps to enact that legislation; we're moving very quickly on that. We're working with our counterparts in Justice and Municipal Affairs to make that happen, Mr. Speaker. We will work on that legislation and we're aiming to have it in the Fall - not only some of the components that the member mentioned, we're going to reintroduce those and we're going to make even stiffer penalties and increase some of the impaired driving legislation that will strengthen our system.

It won't be this minister, Mr. Speaker, and it won't be this government, it will be that member who will drive those changes, as we're going to rely on her to lead the way, so we're looking forward to that. Thank you very much. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg.

ENERGY - NSP ELECTRIC BILLS:

CALCULATION - ACCURACY MECHANISM

MR. ALFIE MACLEOD « » : Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the minister for his answer.

Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Energy. As people know, Nova Scotia Power is a monopoly - customers do not have a choice to go to another company should they be unhappy with their service. This is why it is important that there is an oversight of NSP as it ensures that they are providing quality service. This oversight is especially important to ensuring that the electricity bills sent to customers are accurate.

Mr. Speaker, my question to the minister is, can the minister provide details on whether or not there is a mechanism in place to ensure that Nova Scotia Power is accurately calculating the electric bills sent to its customers?

HON. ANDREW YOUNGER « » : Thank you for the question. I think it's a good question, because over the years I've had a number of complaints from residents on this very issue. In fact, there is a mechanism in place. I don't want to stand here and say that it can't be improved, because I think it probably can be, but there is a mechanism through the Utility and Review Board; it's actually the identical process for municipal water bills that are regulated through the board.

It is a bit of a cumbersome process - I say that right up front - and it is one that I think begs looking at and potentially improving.

MR. MACLEOD « » : Mr. Speaker, I thank the minister for that answer and I think there are a few individuals who have contacted us who would thank him for that answer as well.

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Mack Garland of Baddeck received his latest electricity bill and he noticed that something just wasn't right. His Efficiency Nova Scotia charge increased nearly 120 per cent from the bill prior, yet he used less electricity. I'll table those power bills.

He called Nova Scotia Power about it. They didn't give him an answer immediately but then later they admitted that it was an error and his bill will be adjusted. I've had several calls since then from other people in the area who had similar issues, with others reporting it and wondering what's going on.

My question to the minister is, does the minister have an explanation as to how this could have happened? Is the onus on the ratepayer to ensure that NSP is accurately charging the individuals?

MR. YOUNGER « » : Mr. Speaker, I guess there are a couple of issues there. First of all, I'm sure his constituent will be happy that the government is taking the efficiency charge off his bill so that will be one less charge that he has to watch. It's just too bad the Progressive Conservatives didn't vote in favour of taking that off as well.

There are a couple of elements here. Mr. Speaker, in fairness, I actually think it's a serious issue because I think probably a lot of people actually look at their bill and don't pay as close attention to it. There are two issues. One, the meters are not always read. Sometimes they are estimated and there's actually a way - and I can't remember off the top of my head what it is - there's a mark on the bill that will tell you whether it's a month that it was estimated or whether it was actually read and they do true-ups. I can find out exactly what that mark is. I remember seeing it on my own bill.

Then there is also somebody at Nova Scotia Power who is designated to deal with those kinds of issues and have it come out and read again if there is an issue. I've also heard issues from some residents where there ended up actually being a faulty meter. Those are usually the three most common issues that can result in that.

Mr. Speaker, I don't think it's fair to the resident and I'm certainly happy to look at it. If they don't get resolution through the designated person at Nova Scotia Power, I know our office is very happy to make inquiries on that constituent's behalf as well.

MR. MACLEOD « » : Thank you, the minister's answer is very reasonable, I think. I guess the very fact that he used less power and is getting charged more tax on the efficiency thing is something that really would bother him.

You're right; I don't think a lot of people take a look at it maybe as closely as that. The amount charged per kilowatt hour for the Efficiency Nova Scotia program is not clearly listed on the bill and yes, that's going to be coming off at some point.

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This inaccuracy on Mr. Garland's bill highlights the importance of reviewing bills as they come in and that's something that you should be talking to all our ratepayers about and our constituents. It's unfortunate that it seems that the onus is on the ratepayers to correct the mistakes of Nova Scotia Power. While I recognize that the government plans to hide the charge entirely, come next year, in the time being that rate should be clearly displayed until that happens.

My question to the minister is, has the minister had any conversation with Nova Scotia Power about the transparency of its bills, including whether the Efficiency Nova Scotia calculation rate should be displayed? Anyone who is paying a bill to Nova Scotia Power or any other utility should know exactly what they are paying for and I wonder if the minister will make sure there is transparency in the bills they are paying.

MR. YOUNGER « » : Mr. Speaker, I'm just reading the two bills very, very quickly, but my initial thing that I notice is that the first bill crosses a period of December 13 to February 14 and there was both an Efficiency Nova Scotia rate increase in that period, before the next bill, and there is also a Nova Scotia Power rate increase of three per cent.

That being said, of course, the member is correct that it goes from basically $6 to $12 for the Efficiency Nova Scotia charge. At the end of the day, he is absolutely correct there is a certain amount of onus that's on customers to look at their bills, whether it's Nova Scotia Power, Sobeys, or wherever else. But when these issues are found, they need to be brought, and I'm perfectly happy if they're brought to my attention or my department's attention because we will look into them.

One of the things that we've done with the new efficiency legislation, since the member asked about that, is that the charges that people pay are audited and published through the board and so forth annually. They will be completely transparent - not only transparent, but they will be audited by independent auditors in a manner that people will know not only what they're paying for that, but will know what they're playing for other fuel types as well. But I'm certainly happy to also look into this one specifically, thank you very much.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Northside-Westmount.

SNS: STUDDED TIRE REMOVAL - DEADLINE EXTENSION

MR. EDDIE ORRELL « » : Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. Today is the deadline to have studded tires off your vehicles. The weather has been cold later in the season than usual, mechanic shops are backed up due to the weather, and one shop in my area didn't take its first snow tire off until late into April - it was actually the 17th or 18 of April. They're now booking a week in advance to get studded tires off cars. So my question is, what steps has the minister taken to ensure driver safety is a top priority?

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HON. GEOFF MACLELLAN « » : Mr. Speaker, I know that the member is asking about studded tires and the duration of the season for which they have to be removed. I've got a little bit of good news, but I'll allow my colleague, who is so diligent on these issues, to answer the question. So I'd like to turn it over to the Minister of Municipal Affairs.

HON. MARK FUREY « » : Mr. Speaker, I thank the member opposite for the question. Just this Saturday I was in and hard my tires rotated and spoke to the staff. They shared the very same concerns that the member has shared today, acknowledging that the weather itself, the period of winter was extended longer than normal - God knows - and the backup that this has created in those service centres for these tire rotations or tire exchanges.

What I will share with the member opposite, Mr. Speaker, is I've reached out to staff already specific to this issue, cognisant of today's date and those pressures that not only vehicle owners are facing but pressures that service centres are facing, and certainly prepared to extend the date until the first of June to facilitate these circumstances.

There are a couple of necessary steps, both regulatory and through my colleague in the Department of Justice, appropriate to correspond with the law enforcement community to ensure that in the short term, vehicle operators aren't impacted by enforcement. So those are the steps that we're prepared to take.

MR. ORRELL « » : I want to thank the minister for that because I know the local garage owner I talked to had spoken to the local police force who allowed them to say they may and they weren't sure. So I want to thank you for that, minister, thank you.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Queens-Shelburne.

FISH. & AQUACULTURE: UNDEVELOPED SPECIES - RESEARCH FUND

HON. STERLING BELLIVEAU « » : Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. In the fishing industry, now more than ever, there is a need for innovation and cooperation. Several fishers applied to Ottawa to gain access to undeveloped species such as green crab, hagfish, quahogs, and Irish moss.

These applications were denied, Mr. Speaker, due to the lack of scientific research. Last year, Nova Scotia was willing to partner with Ottawa to help fund this research. My question to the minister is, can the minister give us an update on any progress made on behalf of fishers to fund the research and give them access to undeveloped species?

HON. KEITH COLWELL « » : Mr. Speaker, this is a very important topic to the fishing industry in Nova Scotia. I think the problem we've had in the past is that we haven't really approached the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to find out exactly what science they need done. There are always new species in the mix, and we want to make sure that we do the right science to convince them that, yes, it's a good process to go through. We are now in the process of working with DFO to see if we can get that formula in place, because so many times when these things come forward, it's not clear exactly what DFO is looking for.

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We're going to try to find out exactly what they're looking for so that we can provide the valuable information that they need to ensure that we can get these species open, help the economy in Nova Scotia, and help the long-term viability of the fishing industry as we move forward.

MR. BELLIVEAU « » : Mr. Speaker, the fishing industry employs thousands of Nova Scotians, many of whom are seasonal employees. Providing harvesters with access to undeveloped species will help the industry diversify and supplement their incomes, which are already under attack with the federal employment insurance reform.

My question to the minister is, what action is this Liberal Government taking to limit the impact of these employment insurance reforms and protect the livelihood of people and the fishing industry in Nova Scotia?

MR. COLWELL « » : Mr. Speaker, we're very deeply concerned about that change in employment insurance, and it's unfortunate the Conservative Government in Ottawa has made this change. As a result of that, there's going to be some hardships in the communities, and not only in direct harvesting. It's also in the processing, where they're going to lose the workers . . .

MR. SPEAKER « » : Order, please. The time allotted for Oral Questions Put by Members to Ministers has expired.

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, with the unanimous consent of the House I would ask that the bills reported back from Private and Local Bills Committee today be added to the order paper for consideration at Committee of the Whole and third reading.

MR. SPEAKER « » : Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

The motion is carried.

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GOVERNMENT MOTIONS

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Government House Leader.

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

[4:07 p.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Bills with Mr. Speaker, Hon. Kevin Murphy, in the Chair.]

[4:24 p.m. CWH on Bills rose and the House reconvened. Mr. Speaker, Hon. Kevin Murphy, resumed the Chair.]

MR. SPEAKER « » : Order, please. The Chairman of the Committee of the Whole House on Bills reports:

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

Bill No. 50 - St. Francis Xavier University Act.

Bill No. 59 - XMLAS Act.

Bill No. 63 - Education Act.

Bill No. 64 - Financial Measures (2014) Act.

Bill No. 67 - Invest Nova Scotia Board Act.

Bill No. 69 - House of Assembly Management Commission Act.

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

Bill No. 62 - Halifax Convention Centre Act.

which was reported with certain amendments by the Private and Local Bills Committee to the Committee of the Whole House on Bills without further amendments, and the chairman has been instructed to recommend these bills to the favourable consideration of the House.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, with the unanimous consent of the House, I would ask that the bills just reported back from Committee of the Whole House on Bills be added to the order paper and considered for third reading today.

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MR. SPEAKER « » : Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHEL SAMSON « » : 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. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 64.

Bill No. 64 - Financial Measures (2014) Act.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Minister of Finance and Treasury Board.

HON. DIANA WHALEN « » : Mr. Speaker, I move third reading of Bill No. 64.

I have only a few comments to make today about the Financial Measures (2014) Bill. We were commenting just earlier about what a very small bill it is. Usually governments put an awful lot of things into the Financial Measures Bills, and it can become a really big omnibus bill. We have been able to enact the legislative requirements for the budget in this Financial Measures (2014) Bill with just two major clauses in it.

There has been a lot of debate here in the House, and perhaps we'll hear a bit more on this third reading, but we feel that the budget as it stood was very well done, and that these two pieces, particularly looking at the HST and the Graduate Retention Rebate, were both very well thought out, well evidenced, and done for the right reasons.

I would like to just mention that we are very well aware of the comments made at the Law Amendments Committee, and we particularly appreciate the fact that our province has that opportunity, which is not afforded everywhere in the country, that there be an opportunity to hear from people who believe there should be amendments to any bill that passes through the House. The emphasis in what we heard at Law Amendments Committee really stressed the go-forward in terms of what changes could be made to support young people both trying to get forward and get their first job and move forward in our province, but also to help people in university with access to university, with the affordability of university and colleges, so we can help young people get the training they need to be successful.

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I think it's very important to note that the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education has already begun those discussions, and had in fact begun them since coming to office. We are continuing them. They will be productive, I'm sure, and we have many ideas that people are presenting to us.

With those few comments, I look forward to hearing from the members of the Opposition.

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

HON. JAMIE BAILLIE « » : Mr. Speaker, I just for a moment want to start by congratulating the Minister of Finance and Treasury Board on her first budget and bringing it to this point where it will inevitably be passed into law this afternoon. I know it's an accomplishment to take note of, and I'm sure all members feel the same way.

Having said that, we've had a lot of debate in the last few days, particularly in Question Period, about the importance of the Ivany report and putting its goals into law. I know all Parties say that they want to see the Ivany report recommendations and goals acted upon. One of those goals - a very important one that I believe all Nova Scotians share - is that we return to a time of appropriate balanced financial management here at the level of the provincial government.

The Ivany report specifically sets a goal of decreasing Nova Scotia's net debt to the size of its economy. The government may think that somehow this budget is consistent with the Ivany report, but the facts are quite the contrary. We know already that the government has presented to this House a budget that has a deficit of $279 million. If you remove the one-time items out of last year's budget that the NDP did, that's actually a worse result than even the NDP had in their last budget, and all Nova Scotians certainly had a lot to say about the way the NDP managed the finances of the province. I can imagine how disappointed they're going to be to see that the Liberals, in their first budget, after saying they would be better financial managers, actually brought in a worse bottom line that resulted in a $279 million deficit. They're spending that much more money than they're going to take in - worse than the NDP.

In fact, where the Ivany report says let's get our debt under control, in this one year the Liberals are going to add $500 million to our already too-high provincial debt and project - using their own numbers - that they will add $1 billion over the life of their government. The Ivany report was very clear, and Nova Scotians have been very clear - we all know in our heads and our hearts that we can't go on like this. With a new government and supposedly new hope that things would get better, they're about to get a lot worse, and this budget paves the way.

Many people say you have to compare your debt to the size of the economy, and that's true, but we also know the economy has flat-lined. It had less than 1 per cent growth last year, 0.3 per cent the year before, so there is no way that the government can say they're taking some initial steps toward implementing the Ivany goal and financial responsibility when we have a flat economy and a debt that is going to go up by $500 million in one year, and $1 billion overall. Clearly we're going in the wrong direction, Mr. Speaker. When the government says they're trying on Ivany, Nova Scotians have to question their competence when it's so clear that they're running in other direction from Mr. Ivany and his report.

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Mr. Speaker, the main issue today in this province is jobs and the economy. Where are families going to find a place to work? Where are young people going to find a place to work when they get out of school? Where are people that live in our rural communities in particular, who rely on resource industries, going to find the jobs of the future? There is no plan for jobs in this budget, none.

The Premier says you can't legislate prosperity. Well you know what, Mr. Speaker? With this budget we've learned something: you can legislate stagnation. Because when you drive our taxes up to the highest in the country, when you drive our debt up to record levels, when you impose a gigantic tax increase on the backs of our young graduates, you are legislating the opposite of prosperity. That's what this budget does and that's why it's getting a thumbs down by us and by other Nova Scotians who are still hopeful that someday there will be a government that is competent enough to get our finances under control and get the conditions right to create jobs.

In fact, Mr. Speaker, the great irony is that the only jobs that are going to be created as a result of this budget are in the Public Service, government jobs. As much as we appreciate people that work for the government, it flies in the face of the statements of the government and of others that I agree with, that is that the government can't create jobs - that our employers large and small, they are the ones that we have to turn to for job creation. But there is nothing for them, and so there is no plan to create real sustainable private sector jobs in companies large and small. There are only 551 new government jobs - or 100, depending on how you count it over there at the Public Service Commission. But in any event, for all those Nova Scotians that were looking for some restraint, the government with a majority coming in, in its first year with a mandate to actually turn the finances around, there is no restraint to be found here. More government jobs are being created and funded with our tax dollars - another example of going in the wrong direction.

Mr. Speaker, the very Nova Scotians that we are concerned about the most, the very Nova Scotians that the Ivany Report says that we have to find ways to keep them here - our young graduates out of our schools, our universities, our community colleges. The Ivany report says focus on them, and the government did focus on them, Mr. Speaker, but in the exact opposite way that the Ivany report says. Instead of finding ways to keep them here and give them a break so they can start to put down roots in our province, maybe pay off their student loan, save up the down payment for a house, do a proper search for that first job, the government eliminated the Graduate Retention Rebate and imposed on those very young graduates a 275 per cent tax increase.

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Mr. Speaker, that's not Ivany, that's the anti-Ivany. That's the problem with a government that just doesn't get it, that isn't competent enough to focus on what really matters, that actually looks at our young graduates, looks at the families today across the province that already are struggling at the end of the month, and finds new ways to tax them when we already had the highest taxes in the country.

Mr. Speaker, the government says, well, we can't give them a break. We can't give them a break because of the deficit. The budget's not balanced. Well that would be fine, except it's in their hands to balance the budget. You know, Mr. Speaker? For once, when someone says to one of us on the Opposition side, well what would you cut? We can say, look at the numbers. They don't even have to do a lot of cutting. If they just held the line on government spending, kept it the same as last year, don't add more, we would have had a surplus today that Nova Scotians could use for meaningful tax relief or meaningful debt relief, or a little of both. But instead they have neither, because government spending is going up over $400 million in this budget. That's why there is a deficit.

For all those Nova Scotians who are wondering why they can't get tax relief, it's not because the government inherited a problem, it's because they're spending their tax money at a whole new level. If they had just decided to keep it the same, we'd be in a much better place today, but they didn't do that.

Mr. Speaker, what is particularly galling for all those Nova Scotia families that have to balance their own budget is where the government is spending its money. There aren't great new programs that we can complain about the cost of but recognize the benefit of; there aren't new initiatives that will make things better in the future. Some of the biggest percentage increases in this budget are at the head office level of the Departments of Education and Early Childhood Development, Health and Wellness, and so on, where they got double-digit increases while everybody else has to struggle to get by.

Mr. Speaker, I heard that the Minister of Finance and Treasury Board said yesterday that people have to understand that it's really hard to balance the budget; it's really hard to be in government. Well do you know what's really hard - getting to the end of the month at home and trying to decide how you're going to pay the rent, and how you're going to pay your power bill, and how you're going to pay your property taxes, and how you're going to pay all that HST, and how you're going to make sure your kids get looked after. That's hard and there are hundreds of thousands of Nova Scotia families that face those decisions every month. They don't have 500 civil servants backing them up when they try and make it balance. They don't get to go and borrow $500 million to make it work. They don't get to decide to charge another tax to someone else - that's hard.

It is for them, Mr. Speaker, that we stand here and say, if Nova Scotians are being asked to make the hard decisions in their own family budget at the end of the month, then the least the government can do is show the way and be there, too.

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But we don't have that - no plan for jobs, brand new levels of debt, brand new taxes. The fact of the matter is that all the problems the government truly did inherit - our debt, our tax levels, our power rates, the out-migration of young people, this budget actually addresses every single one by making them worse and that's the problem, Mr. Speaker. That's why we're voting "no".

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Leader of the New Democratic Party.

HON. MAUREEN MACDONALD « » : Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to have one last kick at the can on the Financial Measures (2014) Bill, the bill that accompanies the budget, the enabling legislation for that budget.

This bill, as we know, is a short bill and it only contains a couple of provisions. The most concerning provision to us is the reduction or the elimination of the Graduate Retention Rebate, which we've had a lot of discussion around. I think our position has been pretty clear with respect to that.

It is a provision that will be felt by many people who were relying on this particular rebate to help them reduce debt and cushion the high cost of living, especially when you are starting out, young people who are in that age group of 20 to 29, two-thirds of the recipients of the Graduate Retention Rebate were in that position.

This is a bill that will hurt the very people who we most need to feel an attachment to Nova Scotia and to stay here and contribute to our province. Of course the other part of this bill is to essentially absolve government of any responsibility to start to reduce the HST, which we all recognize is a means of taxation that will contribute to the government's revenue, at a time when government needs revenue.

However, Mr. Speaker, we do have to have an adult conversation about how to have a competitive tax regime in the Province of Nova Scotia. I'm afraid that this government and the Minister of Finance and Treasury Board have avoided that entirely. This measure they're taking today in the Financial Measures (2014) Bill looks as if they're not prepared anytime soon to have that conversation and to make the very tough decisions that need to be made - the tough decisions that the Minister of Finance used to lecture the previous administration and the previous Finance Ministers about all the time here, in lengthy, lengthy, lengthy debates on the Financial Measures Act.

I can recall quite a number of those debates when quite often it was the Minister of Finance and Treasury Board who was the only member on the Opposition side who spoke, and she never spoke briefly, I can assure you, Mr. Speaker. She spoke at length. She had quite a lot of critical comments to make about the direction of the province's finances.

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Frankly, Mr. Speaker, there's no difference, there's no change here. This is essentially going in the same direction, by and large, with two differences. One of the differences is that spending in the various departments has not been disciplined, is something that, certainly, we worked very hard to have a very disciplined Public Service capable in budget years of meeting targets and living within their means. It appears that that is not a philosophy that this government subscribes to, and that has serious implications for our province on a go-forward.

Mr. Speaker, we were promised - Nova Scotians were promised and they were led to believe there would be quite a number of benefits from having a Liberal Government. They were led to believe that electricity rates would be lower. They were led to believe that the cost of gasoline in the province would be lower. Students were led to believe that education would be more affordable and tuition would be lower. These aren't things that are imaginary. They are on the record repeatedly as members of the Opposition outside of government saying these things.

If you talk to the residents of the province, they will tell you that they got those messages loud and clear. And now people are feeling, well, who are these people? This isn't the behaviour that we expected based on the rhetoric we heard. Electricity rates aren't any lower. Gasoline costs are higher than they had been. The relief for students with respect to tuition, those things, they didn't expect a $50 million cut to the Graduate Retention Rebate.

The critique and the criticism around increasing the HST could only lead people in the province to think, well if you're that critical of it, then you must be going to do something about it. But apparently not. Apparently that was perhaps what was intended by being critical without going the extra mile and being specific and saying well, we're critical of it and we're going to do something about it, and this is what we're going to do.

I think it was quite clever that those comments were never actually made. It gave the government the out. But I can tell you that many, many Nova Scotians today are recognizing that this Liberal Government is not exactly as advertised, in a whole variety of areas. They simply are not as advertised.

The Financial Measures (2014) Bill is here before us. We've had extensive debate on this. We've had quite a number of presenters come to the Law Amendments Committee and our caucus will not be supporting this bill when it comes to a vote, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Pictou East.

MR. TIM HOUSTON « » : Mr. Speaker, it's a pleasure to rise today and speak to this bill. I'll keep my comments today to - we have to, as we're standing in this Chamber and we're making decisions on bills that come before us, we do have to be conscious of the Nova Scotians who will be impacted by the legislation that is passed here. The reality in this province is that families are struggling. Families have to make tough decisions every day as to what they can afford and what they can't afford.

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I'm sure it's not easy to govern. I know there are a lot of tough decisions that are required in running a province. You know, when we think about the families and the tough decisions they are making, a cut in the HST puts money back into the pockets of those families that they can then spend to run their households. Sometimes it's money that could be necessary for groceries, and in some cases it's just the money for the extra niceties to provide for their family.

I talked to a family whose kids won't be going to hockey school this year. I'm sure that may resonate with the Speaker and his love of hockey and providing for children. When you think about families having to make those types of decisions, it may not be easy to govern, but it's not easy to raise a family and run a household in this province either. We need to be thinking about those types of people.

I did hear loud and clear last night from the minister about what a difficult job it is, what a monumental task it would be to balance the budget. I don't try to minimize that but I'm sure it probably is a monumental task. It's not a simple task to finance a family either, so in this Chamber we should be looking for ways to make the lives of Nova Scotians better. We should be asking ourselves every day, how can we help the people of Nova Scotia?

We can have a bit of fun back and across the floor about how we may accomplish that but I just worry that we lose sight of that in here. I try not to but I'm sure some members do.

Nova Scotians won't have sympathy for a government that says, well, it's really hard. The job should be hard, and they expect that, but they put us here because they think we can make good decisions on their behalf. They are asking us to make those good decisions in the face of adversity. So when we think about the priorities of a government and we think about what's important to Nova Scotians, I can assure you that a new holiday was not a huge priority to the vast majority of Nova Scotians. They don't really care about another day off; what they care about is providing for their families, being able to pay for what's important to their families.

So here we are; we are getting a good glimpse of the priorities of the government and they are pretty divergent from the priorities of Nova Scotians. We even see - I mean we had a lot of discussion in this Chamber about the cost of running the government and the cost of running departments and trying to focus on how we can control those costs and reduce those costs.

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I do just remind the members that that's only part of the equation. We need to find a way to increase the revenue of the province so we can fund more departmental activities. But we always need to think back about - we need to be very conscious of where the money is being spent.

I was concerned back in the Fall when I used to hear statements that we're going to reduce departmental spending by 1 per cent. I have to tell you, I always thought that was a bit of a cop-out, because saying you are going to reduce by a blanket amount is just a statement. How you reduce expenses and how you control expenditures inside a company is line by line, because one department might not be able to do 1 per cent, but another one might be able to do 10 per cent, and you can only do that. So if you kind of minimize (Interruption) I do appreciate the comments of the Minister of Internal Services - maybe his Party will let him stand up and talk on his own one time, but I'd like the floor right now.

The Minister of Internal Services and I had quite a few discussions about one very offensive increased expenditure of the government - a significant increase in the size of the civil service. I echo my colleague's comments about the importance of the work that government does, but I question whether you need 550 more civil servants - and here's where it gets really interesting . . .

HON. LABI KOUSOULIS « » : Mr. Speaker, on a point of order. The member who just spoke with regard to 500 new FTEs, that number is inaccurate. It has been explained to him many times; he knows it's inaccurate and he does this to actually enrage Nova Scotians. In light of the Ivany commission, I would say that is not co-operative in the House and I'd like that statement retracted. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER « » : Overruled, it's not a point of order. The honourable member for Pictou East has the floor.

MR. HOUSTON « » : Mr. Speaker, I would like to talk about the budgeting process and the size of the civil service. When I talk about new FTEs, I think Hansard will be very clear on this from the estimates. I'm talking about the number of new FTEs that are budgeted (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER « » : Order, please. A few more things to go here. The honourable member for Pictou East has the floor.

MR. HOUSTON « » : Mr. Speaker, I am looking at the number of actual FTEs that it took to run the government last year. Through the budgeting process we have learned how many - just wait, it gets better, I think Nova Scotians will find this extremely interesting because I know I did. I look at the number of FTEs that it actually took to run the government last year and then through the budgeting process, I've learned how many this government estimates it will take to run the government this year. If you look at that actual number and compare it to their estimated number, you will see that they are estimating that they will need 550 new FTEs.

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The thing that I think will surprise Nova Scotians is when I talked to the government during estimates they say we will never actually fill those 550 positions, and when I ask why, they say you have to account for vacancies and you have to account for this - lots of complicated explanations, shall we say, to a very simple thing. One thing that I have learned is when somebody hides behind complicated explanations, there is probably a reason.

What I find disturbing about the budgeting process is now we have FTEs that have been budgeted for that will never be used, and when you question the minister further on that he says, well, we use that for departments to control expenses. Mr. Speaker, it's a slush fund buried at the departmental level - it is offensive to Nova Scotians and it is offensive to me.

But we're talking about departmental expenses. Now we need to talk about - for the benefit of the Minister of Finance and Treasury Board, I'll just let her know that I'm looking at the Budget Estimates and Supplementary Detail, Page 1.14.

Mr. Speaker, let's talk about how we increase the top line, because that's really what we need to do. We do need new jobs. We don't need fictitious new estimated jobs. We actually need real jobs that people can get up in the morning and go to. Where are we at on that? We hear nothing.

We're speaking today about the HST. Nova Scotians know very well about the HST. They pay the highest taxes in Canada, but we do have a tax review to look forward to. Now, the thing I'm concerned about is the tax review. We already have an indication from the government that we shouldn't expect the tax review to decrease taxes. Mr. Speaker, if we shouldn't expect it to decrease taxes, I think we know what we should expect from the tax review: more taxes piled onto the backs of Nova Scotians to create money to be funnelled into departments, to be spent by people that don't know what they're doing with it, because they don't know how many FTEs they budgeted.

Before I take my chair and let the Minister of Finance and Treasury Board respond, I do want to talk briefly about the (Interruption) I'm so glad that the member for Halifax Chebucto chimed in on this, because I am so sure that he is so delighted to see the highest taxes. I'm sure it's good - as a business owner he would know what an extra vacation day does to businesses. You don't need a crystal ball, Mr. Speaker, to realize the state of this province and the bad decisions that we see being made with our money, the decisions we see being made with the money of Nova Scotians - picked from their pockets with the highest taxes in Canada and distributed through departmental expenses.

Perhaps I'll retract the term "picked from their pockets," just in keeping the spirit of collegiality that we have here.

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But, Mr. Speaker, before I take my seat, I do feel that it's necessary to talk about the Graduate Retention Rebate. There has been a lot of talk about this and we do hear - I know it's a point of stress for the government. It does seem to hit a nerve when it comes up. The reality is that what has happened is that the trust of young people has been broken, and people who were expecting to benefit from that - whether the government says it does what it was intended to do or not, I don't want to weigh in on that debate today. But what I will say is that the message that it sends to young Nova Scotians is not a good one, and young Nova Scotians - it's too late, maybe - I don't know, maybe I did weigh in. Perhaps it was too late. But the message it sends to young Nova Scotians is not a positive one.

If you're a young Nova Scotian and you're looking at your opportunities in life, and you're looking at where your life could possibly take you, you are definitely looking at places away from Nova Scotia, where they can trust the government to do what it says it's going to do, because we are not seeing that on all accounts.

Maybe on a positive note I will finish up today and say we do have at least three more budgets to look forward to from this government, and maybe in the future we will see a government that has the courage to make the tough decisions, because it's not supposed to be easy. (Interruptions) Mr. Speaker, there is a little bit of education that is required over there, which I'll save for another day.

With those few words, I will say that we can't support this budget, and Nova Scotians won't support this budget, but I appreciate you for your time today. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Minister of Finance and Treasury Board.

HON. DIANA WHALEN « » : Mr. Speaker, I only want to say a few words on closing debate for this bill. I know everybody has other bills they want to get to as well, but it's a very important bill. The FMA is the sister bill to the budget, which we voted on about a week ago. It is also the plan for the coming year for the Province of Nova Scotia. It's how we're going to care for the needs and the programs that people rely on, how we're going to ensure that we have summer student programs.

This year, 50 per cent more students will be hired than last year in this province. There are hundreds more students who will be working this summer in small communities where there are very few jobs available; many of them will find positions. That's very important.

Mr. Speaker, we carried through on our commitments in this budget. That was a key thing for us, to look at the campaign commitments and carry through on them. That has been very much reflected particularly in our reinvestment in education, which had $65 million removed from it over the last four years. That's very important. The members of the Opposition have seen it, they know it's in there. There will be a lot of improvements at the classroom level in every case.

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Mr. Speaker, I wanted to speak a little bit about the path forward as well, and the need for co-operation. A number of members have spoken, and the critic most recently from the Progressive Conservative Party has spoken. It's important that we try and speak the same language. I know that the honourable member is an accountant, and so am I. You need to look at estimate-to-estimate to get an accurate picture.

Mr. Speaker, if the member is so fond of forecast-to-estimate, I'd like to remind him to look at the last budget of the Progressive Conservative Government under Rodney MacDonald in 2009 - Mr. Speaker, I wonder if the member is listening about the last budget of the Progressive Conservative Government in 2009. If you wanted then to compare apples to oranges, you would have had 900 differences in the number of FTEs, 900 in that time. It's not accurate.

MR. ALLAN MACMASTER « » : Mr. Speaker, I must stand up for my former colleague; he used to represent Inverness when he was Premier. That budget, if she checks the Auditor General's own audit of that budget, was a balanced budget.

MR. SPEAKER « » : Does the honourable member have a point of order?

MR. MACMASTER « » : Sorry, Mr. Speaker, I believe I've made my point, sorry.

MR. SPEAKER « » : Overruled, we have a disagreement of facts between two members.

The honourable Minister of Finance and Treasury Board.

MS. WHALEN « » : Mr. Speaker, I hate to say that it's almost comical to hear that sort of thing said. That budget was about as balanced as last year's budget was balanced.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Oh, oh.

MR. SPEAKER « » : Order, please. The honourable Minister of Finance and Treasury Board has the floor.

MS. WHALEN « » : Mr. Speaker, the key thing I'd like to say is that we do need to move forward and we need to have a much better sense of working together in this Legislature. I know there are very well-meaning, very capable members on all sides of the House, and I hope that we will be able to move forward. All of us want to chart a course that will get us to a surplus position, where we can begin to lower taxes and address more of the issues about the economy. I hope that we can work together. I know there was talk about the committee that may be set up. Let's hope that works.

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I can assure members of the House that we are going to continue on, to look line by line, as was suggested earlier, to look for the savings that we can get to create even stronger foundations for economic growth. That is our goal on this side of the House as this budget passes, to set that ground foundation, to go forward and create a better environment for the business community which will ultimately help all of us.

With that, Mr. Speaker, I close debate on Bill No. 64, the Financial Measures (2014) Act.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 64.

There has been a call for a recorded vote.

Ring the bells. Call in the members.

[5:04 p.m.]

[The Division bells were rung.]

MR. SPEAKER « » : Order, please. Are the Whips satisfied?

[The Clerk calls the roll.]

[5:13 p.m.]

YEASNAYS
Mr. Colwell Mr. MacMaster 
Mr. Churchill Mr. Porter 
Ms. Bernard Mr. Dunn 
Ms. Regan Mr. Baillie 
Mr. Samson Mr. d'Entremont 
Mr. McNeil Mr. Corbett 
Ms. Whalen Ms. MacDonald 
Mr. Glavine Mr. David Wilson 
Ms. Casey Ms. Zann 
Mr. MacLellan Ms. Peterson-Rafuse 
Ms. Diab Mr. Belliveau 
Mr. Younger Mr. Orrell 
Mr. Horne Ms. MacFarlane 
Mr. Hines Mr. Houston 

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YEASNAYS
Mr. Stroink Mr. MacLeod 
Ms. Arab Mr. Harrison 
Mr. Delorey Mr. Lohr 
Mr. Ince  
Mr. Kousoulis  
Mr. Furey  
Mr. Farrell  
Mr. Gordon Wilson  
Mr. Rankin  
Ms. Miller  
Mr. Rowe  
Mr. Maguire  
Ms. Eyking  
Ms. Lohnes-Croft  
Ms. Treen  
Mr. Gough  
Mr. Irving  

THE CLERK « » : For, 31. Against, 17.

MR. SPEAKER « » : 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. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order of business, Private and Local Bills for Third Reading.

Private and Local Bills For Third Reading

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 50.

Bill No. 50 - St. Francis Xavier University Act.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie.

MR. LLOYD HINES « » : I move this bill for third reading, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Pictou Centre.

HON. PAT DUNN « » : Mr. Speaker, with this bill that we are looking at is the 160-year long tradition of the bishop as chancellor of St. FX University. A 160-year-long tradition as chancellor, I think, definitely should be respected. What do we have to gain from passing this bill? We will please a few, and ignore the mass of alumni and traditions of this university, 160 years. Is that the right thing to do?

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Mr. Speaker, the board participated in a secret ballot to basically remove the bishop as chancellor. You wonder why the board chose to do it this way. Was there a broad consultation? Is there someone with an internal agenda? In fact, a member of the community who donated $1 million to the university knew nothing about this, knew nothing about the internal decision of the board.

Is the bishop really in agreement with this legislation? I really don't think so, Mr. Speaker. Was the bishop appropriately represented? I'm not so sure, Mr. Speaker. He did participate at the committee level. How much? Who knows? I believe they met three times in the past 12 months. The cards were definitely stacked against him. Does he still have the opportunity to be chancellor? Well, perhaps on paper.

The communications officer for St. FX performed very well at the Committee on Private and Local Bills earlier today, and she covered all the bases very well, Mr. Speaker. The bishop, Sisters of St. Martha and Sisters of Notre Dame created this university, and we should at least honour this religious foundation and keep it in the religious order. That was one alternative that they had, to allow the chancellor of this university to be someone from St. Martha or Notre Dame.

Mr. Speaker, this is a mistake, a movement by a few as opposed to a decision by the broader alumni base. It is ironic how a few people can make such an alarming change in this university. I am sure former alumni across this province, country and globe will be dismayed when they hear the news. In fact, having the opportunity to speak to former alumni in Cape Breton, Guysborough, Antigonish County and Pictou County recently, they knew nothing about this; it has been well hidden. It continues to amaze me how so few can alter the fabric and tradition of this university.

Mr. Speaker, having said those few words, again I'm dismayed that this bill is before the House and dismayed that the member for Antigonish and the member for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie have supported this particular bill. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Minister of Environment.

HON. RANDY DELOREY « » : Mr. Speaker, since the member opposite has concern about the position on the bill, I'd like to clarify. As the member for Antigonish, I can state for the record that I am a Catholic as well, a practising Catholic, just to put perspective into context, in terms of this bill and how it has moved forward.

I can also say that I am an alumnus of St. Francis Xavier University and I'm also a former faculty member from that institution so I'm well aware of the history behind this particular bill. Just for the benefit of all members of the House and members of the public, this particular change that has come forward, at the request of the institution, to my colleague here, the member for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie, it was brought forward and asked for by the institution.

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Within the institution this particular request for this change was brought forward by students, by the students that the Opposition Parties have argued so often that this government does not hear from and does not listen to. This bill clearly demonstrates that the institution and this government do listen to the students in Nova Scotia. This particular change that was requested stemmed from, most importantly, a concern for a public institution, so without denying or ignoring the history of this great institution, we must, as a government, recognize that this institution is now a public institution, an institution that is the responsibility of the Government of Nova Scotia.

In that regard we must, as a government, recognize the importance of equity in all our public institutions. That is the primary concern that was brought forward to motivate this change in the governing structure of that institution.

In its current form, the Chancellor of St. Francis Xavier University can never, ever be a woman. That was a very, very concerning fact for students and faculty at St. Francis Xavier University. That's why they brought that request forward. Given that the majority of students who attend St. Francis Xavier University are women, one must consider what signal it sends, the institution to its students and to the broader public, when it is not willing and it maintains an historical position only on the basis of history.

There are many things in history that have changed over time, that have evolved, and not all change is negative; not all change is bad. It is clearly the consensus of the Board of Governors of St. Francis Xavier University, we'll see in a few moments if it is the consensus of this government, that change in this instance is positive; that a public institution needs to represent the broader public and allow an opportunity for all people, no matter their religious background, their gender, their sexual orientation or any other criteria, from being Chancellor of St. Francis Xavier University, going forward.

Simultaneously, what this piece of legislation, if you read through it - as was noted but perhaps not well enough that some members continue to criticize this piece of legislation - it was noted in the first reading by the member for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie that the institution and this legislation respects and acknowledges the significant contribution of the Catholic Church and the Diocese of Antigonish in the history of this fantastic institution. They've created in this piece of legislation a specific position that will remain accessible and in the purview of the bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish as a member of the board of governors for the institution. That position will always be there in recognition of the founding work that the diocese and the Catholic Church have done in establishing and developing the great institution that we have today.

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Simultaneously, the institution itself on the ground continues to have an active chaplaincy and it's active and engaged and very, very well respected. Any suggestion that this particular piece of legislation in any way diminishes the pride that the Catholics that continue to attend St. Francis Xavier University or the pride that Catholics in the alumni of St. Francis Xavier University have in the institution, I think, is inappropriate.

I think it's important to note that the only criticism that I've heard about this bill does come from Catholics. It is a little bit disheartening, as a Catholic myself, to hear that, because one of the fundamental tenets of our religion is one of being open and accepting of others. What this piece of legislation does is it opens up the institution, a public institution, while at the same time simultaneously recognizing the important historical contributions of the Catholic Church and the Diocese of Antigonish by maintaining the bishop as a member of the board of governors. And it does not prevent the bishop from being elected to the position of chancellor. It does not prevent any member of the board of governors from that position going forward.

While I respect and appreciate the concerns that have been raised by those who have raised them, I do hope that in considering this piece of legislation in its entirety, in the context in which it was presented, that they do consider supporting this piece of legislation as well. It is very important to demonstrate that our future is not always to be directed and moved based upon our history, that we can change and evolve, and that sometimes change is good. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Inverness.

MR. ALLAN MACMASTER « » : Mr. Speaker, I thought we were going to see a miracle today. When we were in the committee meeting, we had a vote. The first vote was a tie - it was three-three. Then we had a second vote, and it was a four-four tie. The chairman voted, and I was thinking in my mind, what is going to happen? Are we going to see something special happen here? We didn't, because the chairman did vote, as really I expected, with his colleagues. But it was funny, for a few seconds there I was wondering, are we going to see something happen here? Now, it didn't happen, and I respect the member's comments opposite, and I think this is a matter that we'll have to agree to disagree on.

I do want to make some points. I know for any government, when you've brought forward a bill like this, at first glance - often these bills, as we know, get very little attention. They're often about something in somebody's area that really has nothing to do with our own areas and the areas we represent. I can also appreciate that when you have an institution coming to you and this affects legislation that pertains to their institution, that you would trust them, that what they want makes sense, they're coming forward with something they want. It would make sense to agree with it. It would also bolster the case if it was brought to the government with people who are very professional in terms of communications.

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I'm going to make some points here that you may not have heard, and I did make some of them over there today. I fully expect the members opposite will be passing this bill but I'm going to put these points on the record so that you are aware of them, because they do conflict with some of the things you have heard.

Mr. Speaker, I want to talk about a few things and I'm going to try to not make it too long because I know - and I could try to hold this bill up in the Legislature and push in to next week but I know it is likely not going to make a difference anyway. I'm conscious of that.

Mr. Speaker, the member opposite - one of the big issues that I've heard brought up about this is equity, and while I am here to represent the people of Inverness, I'm also a Catholic. People often say the Catholic Church is behind the times. People have opinions on that. I think of my cousin who I referenced, who is a saint. Now people probably wonder, what the heck is a saint? (Interruption) Somebody said their wife is a saint, he is probably correct - but in all seriousness, these matters come down to faith.

Faith is not something that you can write; in fact, Mr. Speaker, I was at Mass on the weekend - if it wasn't this weekend, I believe it might have been the weekend before - and in the gospel it spoke about Jesus and about the doubt and the disciple who wanted to put his finger in the wounds.

AN HON. MEMBER: Thomas.

MR. MACMASTER « » : Thomas. I think Jesus made the point at the time, you know it doesn't matter, things can be very apparent, you can be told something but in your heart, if you don't believe it, you'll never see it. Mr. Speaker, I think what this bill really is about is if we want to talk about equality, to me women are just as powerful in the church as men and when I think about my cousin who is saint . . .

ANOTHER HON. MEMBER: Oh, Allan.

MR. MACMASTER « » : Well, please get up and speak if you disagree and use your time to speak against that. You let me speak and I'll say what I believe - and I'll tell you why, because how much higher standing could you receive in the church than to be canonized a saint?

ANOTHER HON. MEMBER: Mary MacKillop?

MR. MACMASTER « » : Mary MacKillop is my cousin, I'm very proud of that. I have to go all the way back to Scotland to connect those dots but they're there. When her people were leaving Scotland they ended up in Australia and mine ended up in Canada. Mr. Speaker, this will continue to be debated but my faith as a Catholic tells me, it gives me - a lot of it is about humility and really, why do people leave the church?

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You go into a church now on Sunday and there are not a lot of young people there. One of the reasons I think that is - the members opposite say, maybe it's because the church is behind the times, but you know why I think it is? It's because we've lost our humility. We're too busy to say we know what's best, and member opposite, I think you've just done it yourself when you contradicted me there. I don't want to go down that road but I do think that - and it's true of me as it's true of anybody else - I have my own pride and sometimes it gets in the way of my thinking and my decisions, but a person's pride separates them from God, I believe - I almost feel like I should be in a church right now, not in the Legislature.

My intent is not to lecture people but I'm just telling you what I see, and I think that we can come up with a million reasons to remove the bishop as chancellor and as head of St. F.X. but my one reason why I think the bishop should be there is because the bishop is ultimately the representative of the diocese. The diocese started the university.

I think of - and I mentioned it the other day in my speech - I think of St. Mary MacKillop, it was a bishop who excommunicated her for a reason that was not relevant and that excommunication was later lifted. Her faith was tested but she had humility. She didn't leave the church, she didn't stop her work. Her heart was focused on her work, which was helping the people that were forgotten in society, educating women as one thing, Mr. Speaker. So for people to say that the church is not an institution of equity, I say they're wrong, and if you feel otherwise, stand up and say what you believe.

Mr. Speaker, we say this is now a public institution. I was speaking to somebody outside the Chamber today and they were saying that this has happened at other universities - it has happened at Acadia and other universities and nobody is really going to care about this.

Mr. Speaker, if that's the case, then why don't they change the name of the university? If it's no longer going to be a Catholic university, why don't you take the name of the saint off the university? What would that do to the university? I think that would speak volumes about what it would do to the university.

Why don't you take - and I know we're not allowed to use props in here - why don't you take the "X" off the ring because X refers to St. Francis Xavier.

MR. SPEAKER « » : Order, please. I do remind the honourable member that he just violated the rule that he just referred to, so I'm obligated to enforce my rules.

The honourable member for Inverness has the floor.

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MR. MACMASTER « » : To me, I mean the X is there because of St. Francis Xavier, and we're really getting to the integrity of what the university is about. I know one of the things that struck me at the end of the presentation today by the group that was in favour of this, that was representing the university, one of the things that was said was that they wanted to keep the best and they didn't want divisions. Mr. Speaker, if you're getting rid of the very integrity of the founding of the university, that is really to me what is the best of the university.

Mr. Speaker, I could speak all day and I don't think it's going to make a lot of difference. There are a couple of things I should put on the record. One of the things said today in the committee was that there are just as many representatives from the church on this board as compared to an institution like Notre Dame, which I referenced the other day in second reading.

I want to make the point that the percentage of the voice that the church holds on the board, I believe it's eight people, it's on a board of well over 20 people, whereas at Notre Dame there are six priests on a board of twelve - totally different. These are important facts, Mr. Speaker, because I believe they refute some of the points that have been made to support this bill.

The bishop is not going to have the same authority any longer. People say, well, the bishop is still going to be the vicar-founder and they've even said the bishop has suggested that. It needs to be put on the record that there was a secret ballot, as my colleague had referenced, because people didn't want the bishop to know that they were voting him off the board.

You can imagine how the bishop felt after that vote. You can imagine how he felt that people sitting around him didn't value his position on the board any longer. I know also with the shame of the previous bishop and we all know he is no longer even a priest, Mr. Speaker, because of his actions, and I won't get into that, but there's probably not a lot of strong feeling of confidence in an environment like that, especially when people around you want you off the board.

Mr. Speaker, I think I should finish up. There are other points I could mention but if the government insists on putting this forward and insists on supporting it, people will know. It's not going to end here - this will be something that will continue to be discussed. I think it will be discussed more broadly outside of the circles where it has been discussed, because it has been very carefully managed, including coming into this Legislature.

Mr. Speaker, I know when I wear my X ring, I'm going to wear it knowing the university and its history and where it has come from, and I don't think that is something that I want to disassociate myself with - it's something I'm proud of. Thank you.

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

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The honourable member for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie.

MR. LLOYD HINES « » : Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague opposite for his thoughtful presentation on the matter. I also want to thank my colleague, the member for Antigonish for his incisive view of what is happening here.

I am also a proud Catholic, Mr. Speaker, and an alumnus of St. F.X. and I am extremely proud of that university. I must admit it wasn't in the last decade that I graduated from there - or even the second last decade - but I will tell you that I have been amply proud of the forward thinking that has occurred at that university for many years - certainly when I was there, and particularly in the last little while.

If you look at the former president - and we're welcoming a new president into the university - he did a masterful job of moving that university forward, both in its efficacy and also its brick-and-mortar portion. The enrolment at that university has continued to grow, and I'm very proud of that institution.

I'm also proud of the progressive nature of this particular legislation that we have before us, Bill No. 50, an Act to Amend and Consolidate the Acts Relating to St. Francis Xavier University. This legislation has not been substantially altered since 1957 - that's 57 years. There were things in the existing legislation that needed to be refreshed - associations with the University College of Cape Breton and Mount St. Bernard College, where the recitals in the previous Act counted those organizations as having board seats - but this is certainly about more than housekeeping.

I would like to direct the House's attention to Clause 4(a) of the legislation. It says, "The objects of the University are to provide students with a post-secondary education that is intellectually stimulating and personally enriching within an atmosphere of inclusiveness for all students, Faculty and staff." I believe that's what this does.

Clause 4(d) says that it is an objective of the university to "respect the Catholic heritage and character that have formed a vital part of the University's history." As has been so very well-articulated by previous speakers, that is something that everybody can be proud of, because it is a public institution. In particular, in deference to the significant and ongoing important role that the Catholic Church will play in this institution, Clause 15(1) says, "In light of the historical and continuing relationship between the Diocese and the University, the Bishop shall occupy the position of the Vicar of the Founder of the University." I think that amply recognizes the antecedents, the great work that was done by the church in founding this particular university.

The proposed changes have been under development for over three years, in consultation with representatives of all key stakeholder groups: students, the clergy, faculty, and alumni. The proposed changes strike an appropriate balance between the honoured and cherished history and traditions of our institution and the 21st Century reality in which the university is operating.

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Historically, only the bishop could serve in the role of chancellor. Concerns were raised that this discriminated on the basis of marital status, gender, and religion. It was also noted - and this is very important - that the role of chancellor in universities has changed a bit. Chancellors of universities are increasingly involved in high-profile promotion and fundraising for their respective university. This is a role which perhaps doesn't naturally fit with the pastoral and other duties of a bishop.

There's ample evidence before us why this is a sensible and progressive move. The thing to recall and to take away is that the bishop remains a member of the board, and this legislation creates a separate, distinct role that maintains the historic connection and provides future opportunities relevant for today's students. The Vicar of the Founder position has been created in the proposed Act.

To wind up, students, faculty, alumni, priests, and the bishop have been involved and have signed off on the changes. The stakeholders have spoken and are in agreement. I would move to close debate on Bill No. 50.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 50. 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.

[PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING]

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 40.

Bill No. 40 - Maintenance and Custody Act.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. LENA DIAB « » : I move that Bill No. 40 be read a third time and I'll just have five brief words on that given the hour.

I believe these amendments play to the significant role grandparents have in a child's life, especially those children whose parents are going through difficult times, and in situations where parents are separating. Grandparents have had a two-step process to making access applications up till now. The legislation does eliminate a step for grandparents who need the court's help to have any contact with their grandchildren. The family court system will continue to address these cases with the best interest of the child in mind, and finally, Mr. Speaker, I believe that this legislation is an important step for our justice system and for grandparents, children, and parents in Nova Scotia, thank you.

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MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

MR. LARRY HARRISON « » : I just want to say that the PC Party, of course, has had that as part of their platform and we certainly support the bill as well.

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

The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. LENA DIAB « » : I move to close debate on Bill No. 40.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 40. 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.

[PRIVATE AND LOCAL BILLS FOR THIRD READING]

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, under private and local bills, which I failed to call after the last one, would you please call Bill No. 59.

Bill No. 59 - XMLAS Act.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Clare-Digby, who looks like he is settling in for a speech.

MR. GORDON WILSON « » : My eyesight, Mr. Speaker. I move that Bill No. 59 - an Act to Incorporate XMLAS, an Association of Former Members of the House of Assembly - be now read for a third time and do pass.

I just would like to quickly say that I'm very proud to bring this forward. I think this is an excellent example of how we can get together in that time when we move on as former members and talk about things and promote democracy. It is going to be an excellent opportunity.

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As I mentioned in my opening remarks on it, a day or so ago, I encourage everybody, when the time comes, to becomes involved in this and to promote this fantastic institution that we have here.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 59. 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.

[PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING]

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 56.

Bill No. 56 - Dental Act.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Minister of Health and Wellness.

HON. LEO GLAVINE « » : I now move third reading of Bill No. 56.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 56. 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. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 60.

Bill No. 60 - Securities Act.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Finance and Treasury Board, I move that Bill No. 60 be now read a third time and do pass.

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MR. SPEAKER « » : The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 60. 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. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 65.

Bill No. 65 - Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission Act.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Minister of Agriculture.

HON. KEITH COLWELL « » : Mr. Speaker, I now move third reading of Bill No. 65.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 65. 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. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 66.

Bill No. 66 - Halifax Regional Municipality Charter and Municipal Government Act.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Minister of Municipal Affairs.

HON. MARK FUREY « » : Mr. Speaker, I move that Bill No. 66 be read a third time and do pass.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 66. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 62.

Bill No. 62 - Halifax Convention Centre Act.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism.

HON. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, I move that Bill No. 62 be now read a third time and do pass.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Pictou West.

MS. KARLA MACFARLANE « » : Mr. Speaker, I'm going to be really quick here. We're totally in favour of this. I know it's a really good investment for Nova Scotia, specifically Halifax, although when it was first announced that it was going to happen, I think a lot of Nova Scotians were feeling like, okay, once again, Halifax is getting something and the whole Province of Nova Scotia is paying for it.

So I only ask - no, really. The only thing, when I was reading over the bill, that I would ask the minister to seriously consider - because once again, we're in favour of this, we know that it's going to be a good thing for Nova Scotia - but under Clause 8(1)(a) and (b), I just hope that when you consider your board, that you remember that there are taxpayers who are from Yarmouth right to Neil's Harbour, Cape North, and that maybe they will have their board not just filled with people from this metro area, that they will consider everyone across the province to serve on this board and give all Nova Scotia a chance to have a say. Thank you.

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

HON. DAVID WILSON « » : Mr. Speaker, I just want to say to the minister that I appreciate the fact - I know I had some concerns during second reading around the potential impact that the legislation would have, especially around that fact that there could have been shares with the convention centre and the municipality really had the authority, in the future, to possibly sell the convention centre without the province's agreement on that. I know the minister, during his closing on second reading, said he would look at that.

The department did look at it and brought changes forward that equally benefit the province and the municipality in case, in the future, we see the sale of the convention centre. I appreciate the minister and his staff for taking the concerns back and making an amendment to this piece of legislation. We will support this legislation.

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

The honourable Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism.

HON. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the comments from the members of the Opposition and the member for Sackville-Cobequid. As he pointed out, he raised a legitimate concern and we believe our process works best when we're able to speak freely and raise concerns and have government try to address them. I was pleased that our staff very quickly - even before I had the chance to get to the office, just in listening to the member for Sackville-Cobequid - were already drafting an amendment to address his concerns. I certainly want to thank my staff and staff at the Department of Justice who were quick to put an amendment together to address those concerns and I think that's a sign of when our democracy works well.

For the member for Pictou West, we do see the new Nova Centre as a benefit to the entire Province of Nova Scotia, from one end of our province to the other. I can assure the member we will ensure there is representation on that board, reflective of the fact that it is a new convention centre that is meant to benefit the entire province. With that, I want to, again, publicly thank Mayor Mike Savage and the HRM Council for their support on this bill and certainly recognize, again, Minister Peter MacKay and the federal government who is a one-third funding partner in this new convention centre.

With that, I would close debate on third reading of Bill No. 62.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 62. 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. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 63.

Bill No. 63 - Education Act.

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MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.

HON. KAREN CASEY « » : Mr. Speaker, I move Bill No. 63 for third reading. I'm only going to make a few comments about this but I feel I need to respond to the amendments that have been presented and to thank the member for Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg for bringing those amendments to the floor.

We have talked at the bill briefing, we've had the introduction, we've had second reading, we've had the Fowler report tabled and we've had my response tabled, so I think everybody is very clear on what the bill is. But to the member opposite, one of the amendments spoke to the distance travelled and time on bus and those kinds of things, which are real concerns in every rural community that we have. When those amendments came forward to me, I reviewed them personally and I recognize that those are the kinds of details that will be included in the minister's policy that supports the bill. In the piece of legislation, it is not the place for that detail, but I want to assure the member those details will be part of the minister's policy.

Also, some of the comments that were made about the distance travelled - I did a little bit of checking to confirm. I know that provincially we have guidelines for how long students should be on bus. They are guidelines. We know that boards have their own guidelines within the provincial ones and for the Cape Breton board in particular, I'm sure the member is aware of this, the provincial guideline is 3.6 kilometres. Beyond that, students are to be bused, and the Cape Breton guideline information that I've received is that for Primary to Grade 6 students, it's 1 kilometre, and for Grades 7 to 9, it's 2.5 kilometres. Both of those distances that are articulated by the board as guidelines are well within the provincial guidelines.

The time, of course, has been suggested, and every board tries to live within that one hour of travel time. But as the member would know, sometimes if it takes longer to get from a child's home to the school and there's no other place to go, the board is sometimes pressed with living within that, but it is a guideline and it's something that they strive for.

The other amendment that came forward was to go back and look at the number of schools that had been closed under the previous legislation, the previous process. When we had said in the beginning that this is go-forward, this is a new piece of legislation, we recognized that every community has gone through a difficult time, a very emotional time, and if we were to go back and reopen that, there would be 25 of those communities that would have to go through that same process again.

We recognize that much or all of some of the decisions that have been made over the last 15 or 20 years regarding school closure might not have been the first choice for a community. Those decisions have been made and we're moving forward with a new process which we believe allows for more co-operation, more collaboration, more understanding and more long-range planning.

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As I've said before, we hope that no longer will a board spring upon a community that their school will be closing. Mr. Speaker, with those few comments, I will take my seat.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Pictou Centre.

HON. PAT DUNN « » : Mr. Speaker, I was very pleased to see Robert Fowler, his leadership in the school review process. I knew if he was involved that the outcome would be very, very positive. We do support this particular bill; however, we would have liked to have those two amendments move a little further than they did.

Having said that, you'll find that we will definitely support this particular bill. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Pictou East.

MR. TIM HOUSTON « » : Mr. Speaker, I echo my colleague's comments in that I do support the bill, and I thank the minister for having the initiative to look at the school closure process because I have seen first-hand how flawed the old process was, just over the past few months and attending some of the meetings and watching the school board in action.

I just want to put on the record about the request to go back and look at some of the - I think the language was - the "recent" school closures, that was certainly the intent of it. I know the minister - I would understand the minister's reluctance to go back over a number of years she said there, but I think she said 25 schools. I think on this side, we're concerned about four schools, and we're concerned about schools inside the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, because there was a time not too long ago when the government said it asked the school boards around the province to stop their school review processes. I believe I'm correct in saying that Chignecto-Central was the only one that didn't. So, for whatever reason, they did not. They continued with their review process.

I'm thinking of the school in my own constituency, Highland Consolidated, the vote to close Highland Consolidated, I believe it was March 18th or 19th. It was pretty much yesterday in my mind, Mr. Speaker. So I would understand the minister's reluctance to open up things over some period of years, but having seen the way that that board operated - and the very night that the school board was voting to close that school, there were comments made by some of the school board members as they sat around the table that made it absolutely clear that they didn't know what they were talking about, quite frankly. That was very disappointing.

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I've said before in this House that I can accept decisions that are made, and quite often when you sit on this side, you simply have to accept decisions that are made. But when you see decisions that are made and come out of a failed process, you know that what built up to that process is broken, it makes it very hard to accept that decision. Sometimes we see the government do things, we may not agree with them, but we do respect that there was a process that happened over there through their caucus, through their Cabinet there is a process that happened. The decision comes and it is what it is. But when you see a school board making a decision that impacts an entire community forever, and you know that they didn't have a process and they just made a decision, it's pretty disheartening.

I just wanted to say that I know the minister is very well aware of the situation at Highland Consolidated, and the other three or four schools that we're talking about in Chignecto. I feel like she listening, so I appreciate that. I will accept the minister's decision because I will know that she has been thoughtful of what we're saying, so I appreciate that. I am happy that the process is about to change, because the process was broken and I would just say that maybe she might think of some of the decisions that were made, just very recently, under a broken process and say you know what? Those were decisions that were made under a failed process and maybe I should look at them.

So I'll just leave the minister with that, but I will support the minister and I do thank her for bringing this forward.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg.

MR. ALFIE MACLEOD « » : Mr. Speaker, through you to the minister - I want to thank her for her looking at the distances travelled by young people on their way to school and I appreciate what she has said about the minimum distance, but I'm also concerned about a maximum distance that they should be bused because, as I have mentioned before and I know the minister knows this, the longer a child is on a bus after they've had their breakfast and the more travelling they do, the less attentive they'll be in school. I'm really appreciative of the fact that we have minimum standards, and I hope we'll have a maximum standard. Again, I appreciate and I'll be looking forward to supporting this bill and I know the minister is listening, so thank you for that.

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

The honourable Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.

HON. KAREN CASEY « » : I want to thank the members opposite for their comments and I do understand the unique circumstances of the schools that have been raised with respect, of course, to the ones in Chignecto. The request that went out from the minister of the day in 2013 was simply an ask and all boards except one did respect that.

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I have stated in this House that I have written to that board chairman asking that they would consider giving those last three schools that additional year to come up with some kind of proposal that might allow the schools in those communities to stay open. I'm waiting to hear from the decision of the board, but I certainly did ask him, the board chairman did say that that would go to the committee the first week of May.

One more point to clarify - the 25 would be schools that would be closing, the decision has already been made, the school has not been closed, they will start closing as of the end of June of 2014. So we're not going back years - from 2008 until now it would be 42, for the next move forward its 25.

Thank you very much, and with those comments I would move we close debate on Bill No. 63 - and thanks for your support.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 63. 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. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 67.

Bill No. 67 - Invest Nova Scotia Board Act.

The honourable Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism.

HON. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, I move that Bill No. 67 be now read a third time and do pass.

Mr. Speaker, very briefly this bill is legislation as a result of the Dr. Traves' report. We asked for review of the economic development tools used by the Province of Nova Scotia for encouraging economic development initiatives. This board will now be independent of government and will be able to make investment decisions in the best interests of our province. It is given a broad mandate involving sector development, new technologies and a range of other options for growing our economy.

I look forward, once this bill clears this House, to working on naming the initial board for Invest Nova Scotia. I am confident that when members of the House and Nova Scotians see the ladies and gentlemen who will make up the first board, that they will see how serious our government is in ensuring that not only do we have the best people, but they are truly making investment decisions independent of government and in the best interests of Nova Scotians. Merci.

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MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Pictou West.

MS. KARLA MACFARLANE « » : Mr. Speaker, I stand here today with the same opinion as I had the other day when I spoke on the bill. Unfortunately, this Party right here cannot endorse this bill. We are not in favour of it. We still believe that all funds should be in the hands of NSBI and have it so that there's no politics involved. The people of Nova Scotia work hard for their money and they would like to see this money put into a board, a group of people that are non-partisan and have no influence.

It's really not a step forward. Once again, we just cannot agree on this bill. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Leader of the New Democratic Party.

HON. MAUREEN MACDONALD « » : Mr. Speaker, it's not very often that I find myself in agreement with a gentleman who would be known to probably most members of this House, Mr. Ross Haynes. Mr. Haynes has a letter, I think, in today's newspaper. I don't know who would be more surprised, he or me, that we're in agreement. But he made some pretty interesting points about the role of elected officials and the fact that we ultimately are the people who should be accountable and held accountable for decisions with respect to the expenditure of public funds.

Mr. Speaker, we have made our concerns known about the government's proposal and plan. We essentially see no significant change in this bill, and the Premier himself has said that business will continue as usual.

As well, this is not what the Premier and his Party committed to and told Nova Scotians that would be put in place if they were to form the government. You know, the previous Jobs Fund was set up with an arm's-length group of very experienced and very credible businesspeople led by Mr. Ron MacDonald, who is well known and well respected in the business community around the province. They reviewed applications and made recommendations to a committee of elected officials.

There's essentially no difference. We have a new name here and a different committee. Mr. Speaker, this is a bit of a shell game, and again it's a Liberal Government that is delivering something that is quite significantly different than what was advertised. For that reason, we will not be supporting this bill.

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

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The honourable Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism.

HON. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the comments made by the members of the Opposition. The member for Pictou West again says that the Official Opposition will not be supporting this bill because it doesn't give all of the authorities of investments to NSBI - Nova Scotia Business Incorporated.

She would be aware that Dr. Tom Traves explored that very issue in his report. In his report, Dr. Traves said, do not send it to Nova Scotia Business Incorporated. He says it very specifically in his report. So we have an independent report from the former President of Dalhousie University telling us do not send it to NSBI, yet the Official Opposition says, disregard the independent report and do as we say.

Mr. Speaker, we don't believe that's the way we should do business here. We asked for an independent report and we believe we should follow those recommendations. But at the same time, while the Official Opposition says it should all be sent to NSBI, you'll recall that it was the same member for Pictou West during the session that would ask questions of me to justify decisions made by Nova Scotia Business Incorporated with some of the investments that they brought to our government. You can't have it both ways. You can't say you want NSBI to be responsible for all economic development in this province, and then stand in the House and start criticizing NSBI.

Mr. Speaker, during the session, we even saw one day where the member for Pictou West got up and asked me questions about a certain investment that had been made, and when I asked her which company she was referring to, she refused to answer. She kept going on with her questions and wouldn't name the company, because they didn't want to criticize the company in question. So they were being cute by just asking about the investment without naming the company. Nova Scotians could see right through that and see what the Official Opposition was trying to do, but clearly Nova Scotians supported those investments that were being made.

I have to say, Mr. Speaker, that I'm disappointed - not surprised, but disappointed - to hear the Leader of the NDP suggest that the Invest Nova Scotia Board is no different than the Jobs Fund. She knows that's not the case. The advisory board she refers to was an advisory board whose decisions no one knew of. No one knew what they were telling Executive Council. No one knew if they were saying this was a good investment, this was not a good investment. It was never shared with Nova Scotians.

What we now know after the Auditor General's Report is that on various occasions the advisory board of the Nova Scotia Jobs Fund said no to investments that Executive Council overturned and approved. Now, Executive Council has every right to do that. Executive Council runs the government. They had every right to do that. But by not sharing with Nova Scotians the fact that their own advisory board said no, we believe is not the way to ensure transparency, accountability, and good government for the people for Nova Scotia.

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Which is why, Mr. Speaker - we have made it very clear, and the Premier has made it very clear and our government has made it very clear - the Invest Nova Scotia Board will have the sole authority for making investment decisions on behalf of the people of Nova Scotia without any interference at all from the government of the day, and we certainly hope any future governments that will be in place, that they do allow this to continue to be an independent process.

More importantly, all decisions of Invest Nova Scotia will be posted online. We are the first government in Canada that has allowed a website that is going to show all of the economic development decisions and investments made on behalf of the people of Nova Scotia. It is now live, people can access it now, it is being updated, and it is being accountable to the people of Nova Scotia.

I would say that when we look at Bill No. 67, when we look at the Accountability in Economic Development Assistance Act from the Fall, when we look at the actions of this government, and when we look at the leadership from our Premier, I would say that when it came to the question of being accountable to the people of Nova Scotia when it comes to economic development, when it comes to investing their hard-earned money, when it comes to being transparent, the Premier and this government have delivered. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER « » : The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 67. 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. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 69.

Bill No. 69 - House of Assembly Management Commission Act.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Minister of Internal Services.

HON. LABI KOUSOULIS « » : Mr. Speaker, I move that Bill No. 69 be now read a third time and do pass.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 69. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

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The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, that concludes the government's business for today. I would ask that you now recognize the Premier for a few comments.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Premier.

THE PREMIER « » : Thank you. I want to thank all members of the House for this session and the work they have done on behalf of Nova Scotians; particularly, Mr. Speaker, I want to thank you and the Deputy Speaker. I think it is fair to say all members know this, when you head into a budget session there's a tremendous amount of added stress but this session has been unique in many ways, in my time being here. I know some prior to me had put in long hours before but the fact that we were sitting at 12:01 a.m. and many continuous days we were sitting here, coming back quite late at night, put a great deal of added stress on the staff in this place. The Pages were recognized earlier, the Clerks, all members who work on behalf of the people of this province did a tremendous job.

I particularly want to acknowledge and recognize the Commissionaires who went through what were some difficult days and difficult legislation in this House, acted very professionally and ensured that people's access to this building was continued and allowed to happen in an orderly way, and they did so in an extremely professional manner. I want to thank them. (Applause)

Of course, I want to thank the Sergeant-at-Arms who is here. (Applause) I want to thank him for not kicking anyone out on this side of the House. The Sergeant-at-Arms has been here in many capacities, representing the people of the province and ensuring that the House continues to move along. To him, we appreciate that.

Mr. Speaker, to staff members who work for all of the caucuses, for the work they have done on behalf of each member of our individual caucuses and what they've done on behalf of the people of the Province of Nova Scotia. While, as I think I heard earlier today, we may not always agree with the decisions that each side of the House takes, we do respect the process that goes through that and quite frankly, without the great staff that we have, it would make this job that much more challenging at times. So, on behalf of all of us, to the staff who are here and those who are listening, I want to thank and express my great appreciation for the work that they do. (Applause)

Finally, but surely not last, I want to thank the media. (Interruption) Don't jump, guys, don't jump; whatever you do, don't jump. (Laughter)

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On behalf of all members of this House, I want to thank you and I want to wish all members of this House a safe summer. This is a time that we're really - it's a great time for all of us who have the privilege of being an elected member to represent our communities. There are many festivals and activities that are going on that we get the privilege to participate in - not as work, but as being a member of the community - to help celebrate what is unique and special about each of our communities. To all of you, to your families, have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you back here in a pleasant mood in the Fall. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHEL SAMSON « » : Mr. Speaker, I move that the House now recess until 6:45 p.m. to allow time for the arrival of the Lieutenant Governor. At that point the House will reconvene to conclude its business.

MR. SPEAKER « » : The motion is that the House recess until 6:45 p.m. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The House will now recess until 6:45 p.m., in preparation for the Lieutenant Governor.

[6:25 p.m. The House recessed.]

[6:53 p.m. The House reconvened.]

MR. SPEAKER « » : Order, please.

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

MR. SPEAKER « » : Let His Honour be admitted.

[The Speaker and the Clerks left the Chamber.]

[The Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable J.J. Grant, preceded by his private secretary, and by Mr. Ken Greenham, Sergeant-at-Arms, bearing the Mace, entered the House of Assembly Chamber. The Lieutenant Governor then took his seat on the Throne.

The Sergeant-at-Arms then departed and re-entered the Chamber followed by the Speaker, the Honourable Kevin Murphy; the Chief Clerk of the House, Neil Ferguson; and Assistant Clerk, Annette Boucher.

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

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

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

THE ASSISTANT CLERK « » :

Bill No. 27 - "St. Andrew's Society of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia." Incorporation Act.

Bill No. 32 - Forestry Agreement Statutes Repeal (2014) Act.

Bill No. 33 - Fair Registration Practices Act.

Bill No. 34 - Notaries and Commissioners Act.

Bill No. 35 - Property Valuation Services Corporation Act.

Bill No. 40 - Maintenance and Custody Act.

Bill No. 41 - Electricity Efficiency and Conservation Restructuring (2014) Act.

Bill No. 43 - Direct Sellers' Regulation Act.

Bill No. 44 - Public Trustee Act.

Bill No. 45 - Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications System Reform (2014) Act.

Bill No. 49 - Motor Vehicle Act.

Bill No. 50 - St. Francis Xavier University Act.

Bill No. 51 - Municipal Government Act.

Bill No. 52 - Liquor Control Act.

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Bill No. 53 - Police Act.

Bill No. 55 - Halifax Regional Municipality Charter.

Bill No. 56 - Dental Act.

Bill No. 57 - Cemetery and Funeral Services Act and the Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act.

Bill No. 58 - Oil Refineries and L.N.G. Plants Municipal Taxation Act.

Bill No. 59 - XMLAS Act.

Bill No. 60 - Securities Act.

Bill No. 62 - Halifax Convention Centre Act.

Bill No. 63 - Education Act.

Bill No. 64 - Financial Measures (2014) Act.

Bill No. 65 - Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission Act.

Bill No. 66 - Halifax Regional Municipality Charter and Municipal Government Act.

Bill No. 67 - Invest Nova Scotia Board Act.

Bill No. 69 - House of Assembly Management Commission Act.

THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR:

In Her Majesty's name, I Assent to these Bills.

MR. SPEAKER « » : Your Honour, having been graciously pleased to give your Assent to the Bills passed during the present Session, it becomes my agreeable duty on behalf of Her Majesty's dutiful and loyal subjects, Her faithful Commons of Nova Scotia, to present to Your Honour a Bill for the Appropriation of Supply granted in the present Session for the support of the Public Service and to request Your Honour's Assent thereto.

Bill No. 70 - Appropriations Act, 2014.

THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR:

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In Her Majesty's name, I thank Her loyal subjects, I accept their benevolence, and I Assent to this Bill.

[The Speaker and the Clerks left the Chamber.]

[The Lieutenant Governor left the Chamber.]

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

[The Speaker took the Chair.]

MR. SPEAKER « » : I would ask all honourable members to please rise and join me in the singing of our national anthem.

[The national anthem was sung by the members.]

MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Premier.

THE PREMIER « » : Mr. Speaker and members of the House of Assembly, I move that this General Assembly be adjourned to meet again at the call of the Speaker.

THE SPEAKER « » : The motion is that the House rise to meet again at the call of the Speaker.

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 stand adjourned. (Applause)

[The House rose at 7:07 p.m.]

NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

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Tabled April 30, 2014

RESOLUTION NO. 1588

By: Mr. Chuck Porter « » (Hants West)

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

Whereas it is estimated that only 4 per cent of all marriages ever reach the 60th Anniversary celebration level; and

Whereas in 1950 a loaf of bread cost 14 cents, a gallon of gas 18 cents, and the average price of a new home was $8,450 while the number one song on December 30, 1950 was the Tennessee Waltz by Patti Page; and

Whereas Bruce and Edith Saunders of Winsor will celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on June 9th;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize Bruce and Edith for reaching this milestone of wedding exclusivity, for raising three children who all now have successful careers, and for their involvement in the Windsor-West Hants community with their exceptional volunteer work.

RESOLUTION NO. 1589

By: Mr. Chuck Porter « » (Hants West)

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

Whereas the Newport Station District School held their 50th Anniversary on Saturday, April 26th with friends, former students and staff members all in attendance; and

Whereas the Newport Station District School serves communities such as Sweet's Corner, Gypsum Mines, St. Croix and of course Newport Station; and

Whereas during their 50th Anniversary celebrations, their annual Spring Fling will be held Thursday, May 22nd and their school talent showcase May 28th as well as Learn to Fish program for Grades 2, 3 and 4 on May 26th;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize the historical significance of this special anniversary being celebrated by Newport Station District School in 2014 and wish the teaching staff and volunteers at the school every future success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1590

By: Hon. Keith Colwell « » (Minister of Agriculture)

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

Whereas Jack Helmkay was born and brought up in St. Catherines, Ontario, married, is the father of four children, and joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served from 1958 to 1978; and

Whereas when he retired from the Services he started his own extermination business which he sold and bought Hungry Jack's Restaurant in 1989 and cooked there until he sold the business this year; and

Whereas Hungry Jack's was best known for its hamburger poll that the clientele took part in during election campaigns, which Jack says the unscientific poll was accurate most of the time, and Jack now intends to leave the restaurant and the polls behind as he retires to home renovations and travelling;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the success of Jack Helmkay and wish him all the best on his well-deserved retirement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1591

By: Hon. Keith Colwell « » (Minister of Agriculture)

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

Whereas Ernest Simmonds was born and raised in the community of North Preston, married, is the father of four wonderful children, has worked with the Halifax Regional School Board driving the school bus, and is now the caretaker at Nelson Whynder Elementary School; and

Whereas Ernest has volunteered for 23 years as a volunteer fire fighter, as a captain for 15 years at the local fire department, and he is a member of his church's choir as well as being a member of the RCMP Core Group; and

Whereas Ernest Simmons and his wife purchased 120 pink anti-bullying tee shirts for every child and staff member of Nelson Whynder Elementary School for Pink School Day;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Ernest Simmonds for the amazing work he has done for his community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1592

By: Hon. Keith Colwell « » (Minister of Agriculture)

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

Whereas Ginnie Clark was born and brought up in Dartmouth where she attended school and after graduation was accepted into the Certified Nursing Assistant Program at I. W. Akerley Community College; after finishing her course she met and married her husband Ross and raised three wonderful children; and

Whereas she became involved in the Westphal-Port Wallis Minor Hockey Association as a volunteer in1976 and later with Dartmouth Whalers Minor Hockey Association until SEDMHA started holding their international hockey tournaments in 1979, and she continues to volunteer to this day carrying out various duties such as Registrar, Special Awards and Accommodations; and

Whereas Ginnie has also volunteered in the Ian Forsyth Home and School Association, St. Thomas More, Hope Cottage, The Heart and Stroke Fund, Cancer Society, minor soccer, Mic Mac Boat Club, St. George's Tennis Club and Dartmouth Figure Eights;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in thanking Ginnie Clark for her many contributions to her community and to this province.

RESOLUTION NO. 1593

By: Hon. Keith Colwell « » (Fisheries and Aquaculture)

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

Whereas William Whitman has worked with the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture since 1989; and

Whereas he has progressed through his career from Fisheries Technician 5 to Fisheries Officer 3, Coastal Resource Coordinator in January 2007 before starting in his current position as manager of the Nova Scotia Coastal Secretariat; and

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Whereas this past year William celebrated 25 years as a public servant;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly thank William Whitman for his dedication to public service and congratulate him on his 25-year milestone.

RESOLUTION NO. 1594

By: Hon. Keith Colwell « » (Fisheries and Aquaculture)

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

Whereas George McCarthy left Port au Port, Newfoundland, in 1979 at the age of 18 years and eventually settled in Nova Scotia, where he married and raised his family of three sons; and

Whereas shortly after arriving in Nova Scotia he found himself with many orders to do chimney sweeping and roofs for friends and neighbours, which soon expanded to a large company who now has offices in all of the Atlantic Provinces, employing between 180 and 230 employees; and

Whereas Mr. McCarthy supplied roofing to such charities as Hope Cottage, The Women's Centre, and Feed Nova Scotia, and as well supported street people by employing them;

Therefore be it resolved that this House join with me in recognizing the many contributions that George McCarthy has made to his chosen province of Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 1595

By: Hon. Keith Colwell « » (Fisheries and Aquaculture)

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

Whereas John Withrow was born and raised in Upper Rawdon until 1967, when he left to attend university in Halifax, graduating with his Masters of Education and later completing his Doctorate in Education; and

Whereas John taught and/or worked in the educational field for some 35 years and was principal of Eastern Shore Junior High, A.G. Smeltzer Junior High School, and St. Pat's High School, and later became a supervisor at the Halifax Regional School Board; and

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Whereas John was on the board of trustees at the Twin Oaks Hospital as well as the Atlantic Child Guidance Centre, and volunteered with the Lake Echo Boy Scouts and still volunteers with St. David's United Church;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly acknowledge the enormous contribution that John Withrow has made to the educational system in Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 1596

By: Hon. Zach Churchill « » (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas Kyle Hill, a native of Yarmouth now residing in Toronto, has been appointed to the Education and Early Development Minister's Education Review Panel, which will be chaired by former Lieutenant Governor Myra Freeman; and

Whereas Kyle Hill, who is a project leader with The Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, has had a stellar history of scholarship at Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School, Mount Allison University, and England's Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar; and

Whereas the five-member Education Review Panel has accepted the awesome responsibility of reviewing and renewing Nova Scotia's education system;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly thank Kyle Hill for accepting this position on the panel and wish him every success in his deliberations with his fellow panelists.

RESOLUTION NO. 1597

By: Hon. Zach Churchill « » (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas Loran Penney of Yarmouth has retired after 43 years as a member of the Yarmouth Fire Department; and

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Whereas Loran Penney has served his fire department and his town and community honourably during all those years; and

Whereas his fellow firefighters displayed their affection for Loran by escorting him home after his last day of work, in a caravan of duly-decorated Yarmouth fire trucks;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Loran Penney on his retirement and thank him for his many years of selfless service to his community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1598

By: Hon. Zach Churchill « » (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas The Yarmouth band, Rain Over St. Ambrose, has been nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Rock Recording of the Year; and

Whereas this band of young performers consists of Cory LeBlanc, Marc Durkee, Curt LeBlanc, Luke Amirault, and Matt Amirault; and

Whereas the recording, which has earned them the nomination, titled Truth for News, promises to expand their ever-growing popularity;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate the Rain Over St. Ambrose band on their nomination and wish them every success in their future musical endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1599

By: Hon. Zach Churchill « » (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas 20-year-old Ryan Shay of Yarmouth has become a fantastic role model for persons with debilitating injuries; and

Whereas Ryan has battled back from an injury suffered in a 2013 car accident, and this former AAA hockey player is now confined to a wheelchair; and

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Whereas Ryan's determination and positive attitude have led him to compete in paratrack wheelchair racing with a goal to participating in the Paralympic Games 2016;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Ryan Shay on his admirable determination and wish him every success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1600

By: Hon. Zach Churchill « » (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas members of the Yarmouth Vanguard weekly newspaper have received numerous awards and nominations for their work throughout 2013; and

Whereas those awards include six CCNA national journalism awards and a blue ribbon, as well as seven finalist nominations in various categories of the Newspapers Atlantic Better Newspapers Competition; and

Whereas nominees include: Tina Comeau Surette, outstanding journalist and outstanding photographer; Carla Allen, outstanding journalist and outstanding photographer; Editor Fred Hatfield, outstanding photographer; and the Vanguard newspaper for best community service in recognition of its support and work for the All Hands on Deck initiative, for the Georgetown Conference, and for a community survey;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate the staff members of the Yarmouth Vanguard on their continuing excellent journalism and wish them every success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1601

By: Hon. Zach Churchill « » (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas the Yarmouth Whitecaps swim team participated in the East Coast Swim Championships in Saint John, New Brunswick; and

Whereas the senior women's relay team, comprising Charli LeBlanc, Zoee LeBlanc, Jessie LeBlanc, and Mary Beth Brown, earned a bronze medal in the 4x100 Free Relay, and Zoee LeBlanc placed first in the women's 100 breast; Jessie LeBlanc finished second in the B Final of the Fly; and Charli LeBlanc finished second in the 100 Black; and

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Whereas other members of the team included Cameron Boudreau, Hannah Doucette, and the team placed a respectable 15th out of 31 teams from throughout Atlantic Canadian and Ontario;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate all members of the Yarmouth Whitecaps swim team and wish them continued success in this important sport.

RESOLUTION NO. 1602

By: Hon. Zach Churchill « » (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas Linda Marie Coakley of Yarmouth worked with students of two elementary schools on a project designed to raise awareness about the use of child soldiers in some parts of the world; and

Whereas on January 16 the students produced a dramatic presentation at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Western Branch in Yarmouth, in conjunction with a photo exhibit provided by Dalhousie University's Roméo Dallaire Child Soldier Initiative, an organization founded by retired Lt. General and humanitarian Roméo Dallaire, a global partnership committed to ending the use of child soldiers worldwide; and

Whereas Lt.-General Daillaire has congratulated Linda Coakley and her students on their dynamic grasping of their subject;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly also congratulate Linda Marie Coakley and her students on their contribution to this important initiative and wish them every success in their future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1603

By: Hon. Zach Churchill « » (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas singer and songwriter Ryan Cook of Yarmouth has been nominated for the Country Recording of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards; and

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Whereas Ryan's reputation as both singer and songwriter has grown tremendously in recent years; and

Whereas the latest album, Wrestling with Demons, which has earned him the ECMA nomination, is considered to be his finest effort to date in a growing career;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Ryan Cook on his nomination for the prestigious ECMA award, and wish him every success in his career.

RESOLUTION NO. 1604

By: Mr. Joachim Stroink « » (Halifax Chebucto)

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

Whereas Team Nova Scotia U-14AA (formerly the Halifax Hurricanes) is a blended ringette team with girls from the Halifax Chebucto and Saint Margaret's Bay area; and

Whereas this is a group of 17 girls ranging in age from 12 to 14, playing a highly competitive, high performance sport that at this level features only females; and

Whereas they became Team Nova Scotia when they won their provincials in April 2014 and participated in the Eastern Canadian Ringette Championship in Mississauga, Ontario;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Team Nova Scotia and wish them continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1605

By: Hon. Zach Churchill « » (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas Joseph Bishara has been selected as Yarmouth Municipality's Volunteer of the Year for 2013; and

Whereas Joseph Bishara, a teacher recently retired from Maple Grove Education Centre, is the founder of the nationally renowned Memorial Club; and

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Whereas he has devoted his unflagging energies to mentoring youth and volunteering his services to veterans, seniors, and the community;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Joseph Bishara on his recent selection as Volunteer of the Year 2013, and wish him well in his continuing good work for his community and his country.

RESOLUTION NO. 1606

By: Hon. Zach Churchill « » (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas Ginny Smith of Argyle Municipality has been named Volunteer of the Year for 2013; and

Whereas Ginny Smith, a retired teacher who worked many years with the Tri-Counties Regional School Board, has devoted countless volunteer hours as a swimming instructor and coach of Yarmouth Swim teams; and

Whereas she has also volunteered many hours to environmental issues;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly thank Ginny Smith for her continuing hard work on behalf of her community, and congratulate her on her selection as Argyle Municipality Volunteer of the Year 2013.

RESOLUTION NO. 1607

By: Hon. Andrew Younger « » (Energy)

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

Whereas Heidi Boutilier, a small business owner in the riding of Dartmouth East, has launched a new and innovative business, Foot Care by Heidi Boutilier; and

Whereas Foot Care by Heidi Boutilier is a mobile foot care service providing in-home foot care to seniors and specializing in diabetic foot care; and

Whereas Heidi Boutilier is a long-time Licensed Practical Nurse with 14 years of experience working with seniors, and she has completed the advanced foot care training program and gained her certification;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Heidi Boutilier for her commitment and support to seniors and wish her continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1608

By: Hon. Andrew Younger « » (Energy)

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

Whereas the Prince Andrew Players are the renowned and long-standing drama group of Prince Andrew High School in the riding of Dartmouth East; and

Whereas each Spring family, friends, and fans mark their calendars for the Prince Andrew Players' annual production, which showcases the theatrical talents of students, staff, and community volunteers; and

Whereas the Prince Andrew Players presented the Rogers and Hammerstein classic Oklahoma! from February 27th to March 1st at the Prince Andrew Theatre;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating the cast and crew of Oklahoma! on a brilliant performance and wish them every success with future productions.

RESOLUTION NO. 1609

By: Ms. Margaret Miller « » (Hants East)

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

Whereas few things individuals encounter can devastate lives like a fire; and

Whereas volunteer fire departments provide dedicated service to their communities as first responders; and

Whereas the Noel Volunteer Fire Department has celebrated 45 years of providing protection and emergency services to Noel and surrounding areas;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate members of the Noel and District Volunteer Fire Department on their many years of dedicated service to their community.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1610

By: Ms. Margaret Miller « » (Hants East)

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

Whereas Mr. Robert and Mrs. Lucille Stillman of Milford, Hants East, will celebrate 50 years of marriage on April 4, 2014; and

Whereas 50 years of marriage have undoubtedly seen Robert and Lucille grow together through all of the trials and victories of life; and

Whereas Mr. and Mrs. Stillman's marriage serves as a shining example to married couples both old and new;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Stillmans on 50 years of marriage and wish them continued love and happiness in all the years ahead.

RESOLUTION NO. 1611

By: Ms. Margaret Miller « » (Hants East)

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

Whereas Andrea Lake and John Brownell welcomed two bouncing baby girls into the world on February 3, 2014; and

Whereas there is nothing more beautiful than the birth of a child and to double that joy with twins; and

Whereas the pleasures of parenthood will stay with Andrea and John as they watch in splendour as their daughters grow through every stage of life;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Andrea Lake and John Brownell on the birth of daughters Stella Irene and Lilley Mae.

RESOLUTION NO. 1612

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By: Ms. Margaret Miller « » (East Hants)

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

Whereas National Child Day was held on November 20, 2013; and

Whereas students from all across Nova Scotia submitted posters to a contest that fostered learning about children's rights; and

Whereas Emma Baker, Ainsley Brightman, and Nicholas Sherman, were the winners of this competition;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Emma Baker, Ainsley Brightman, and Nicholas Sherman, on winning the National Child Day poster contest and express support for the United Nations Declaration and Convention on the Rights of the Child.

RESOLUTION NO. 1613

By: Ms. Margaret Miller « » (East Hants)

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

Whereas Wyatt Sanford of Kennetcook, Hants East, was invited to train internationally in preparations for Olympic boxing qualifications; and

Whereas Wyatt travelled to Puerto Rico to train and fight at the Olympic venue in Salinas at the end of February; and

Whereas Wyatt is known locally, and now internationally, for his athletic pursuits in a variety of disciplines;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Wyatt Sanford for this invitation, and wish him continued success in all of his pursuits.

RESOLUTION NO. 1614

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By: Hon. Randy Delorey « » (Environment)

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

Whereas Eilish MacQuarrie, of Antigonish, was named the Atlantic University Sport Female Track Athlete of the Year, following her incredible performance at this year's track and field championship; and

Whereas she won gold in the individual 300-metre race and a silver in the 600-metre, while anchoring the X-Women in the 4x200-metre and the 4x40-metre relay team events, winning gold medals in both; and

Whereas she was also named one of the Subway AUS Athletes of the Week for the period ending February 23, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Eilish on receiving these honours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1615

By: Hon. Andrew Younger « » (Energy)

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

Whereas Debbie MacDonald, a well-respected teacher at Prince Andrew High School, has promoted healthy living, community involvement and service, and local and global awareness, both curricular and extra-curricular, for 34 years; and

Whereas since 1935, Education Week honours the commitment from Nova Scotian teachers and education partners to students by recognizing recipients with an Education Week Award; and

Whereas Debbie MacDonald has been awarded an Education Week Award for encouraging and influencing students to be active in their communities and promoting key aspects of active citizenship such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, participation, and using the Internet and social media responsibly;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly join me in thanking Debbie MacDonald for making a difference in the lives of her students and their community, and wish her every success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1616

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By: Hon. Andrew Younger « » (Energy)

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

Whereas Lisa Baldwin and Jackie Kellestine, small business owners in the riding of Dartmouth East, launched a new fitness studio, Revolution Fitness, on December 16, 2013; and

Whereas Revolution Fitness is located in Woodlawn Plaza and offers indoor group cycling, full-body fitness classes, boot camps, and personal training; and

Whereas Jackie Kellestine is a certified personal trainer and a Schwinn Certified Cycling Instructor and Lisa Baldwin is a Schwinn Certified Cycling Instructor, as well as a Canfitpro Certified Personal Training Specialist;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly join me in welcoming Revolution Fitness to Dartmouth East, and wish them every success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1617

By: Hon. Andrew Younger « » (Energy)

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

Whereas Steve Breed, a member of the Main Street Business Improvement Association and franchise owner of Tim Hortons Main Street, celebrated a grand opening of his newly-renovated restaurant; and

Whereas Tim Hortons Main Street showcased their bright new look and the outdoor patio space, and treated guests to grand opening giveaways; and

Whereas Steve Breed is a successful local entrepreneur and gives back to his community by volunteering with many not-for-profit organizations;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly join me in congratulating Steve Breed and the staff of Tim Hortons Main Street on their grand opening and wish them every success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1618

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By: Hon. Andrew Younger « » (Energy)

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

Whereas Wayne MacDonald, a resident of the Dartmouth West riding and chair of the annual SEDMHA Honda International Minor Hockey Tournament, has been involved with this event for over 30 years; and

Whereas SEDMHA, an acronym for Shearwater East Dartmouth Minor Hockey Association, is one of the largest and most-respected multi-level minor hockey tournaments in Eastern Canada, and attracts teams from Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the Northeastern United Sates, and Europe; and

Whereas from April 3 to April 6, Wayne MacDonald will again be involved with a four day weekend tournament that will exceed 250 teams, 600 games, and 18 arenas;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly join me in thanking Wayne MacDonald for his tireless hours of support for this event and wish him every success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1619

By: Hon. Andrew Younger « » (Energy)

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

Whereas Bernie Hart, a long-time resident of the Dartmouth East riding and well-respected teacher and administrator and past volunteer executive director of the Shubenacadie Canal Commission, has been a vital and important local volunteer for almost 30 years; and

Whereas The Shubenacadie Canal Commission is a non-profit group, formed in 1986 by an act of the Nova Scotia Legislature that is operated by a team of volunteers who oversee the protection, maintenance, and restoration of the unique system, a historic treasure and waterway spanning the province from Halifax Harbour to the Cobequid Bay; and

Whereas Bernie Hart has advocated on behalf of the Shubenacadie Canal Commission, has been a diligent unofficial tour guide for hundreds of residents and tourists alike, has provided leadership to major restoration projects, and has raised awareness of this historical canal site;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly join me in thanking Bernie Hart for his tireless hours of volunteer support and dedication to the Shubenacadie Canal Commission, and wish him every success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1620

By: Ms. Margaret Miller « » (Hants East)

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

Whereas Margaret Johnson, better known as Mrs. J, was a founding member of the Caring and Sharing Angel Tree Food Bank and is a very visible and tremendously involved volunteer in many aspects of our community; and

Whereas volunteers such as Mrs. J are the backbone of our communities, provide countless hours of thankless service to those in need, and support the social fabric that holds us together; and

Whereas Margaret Johnson is retiring after over three decades of volunteering at the food bank, a career that followed many years as a teacher in Milford;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Mrs. J on her retirement and thank her for her many years of dedicated service to our community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1621

By: Ms. Karla MacFarlane « » (Pictou West)

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

Whereas Alan Jankov of Caribou Island has been the coordinator of the basketball referees program for the past 42 years in Pictou County; and

Whereas without a dedicated team of referees, basketball games played in elementary, junior high, high school, and county team leagues would not be possible; and

Whereas April is Volunteer Month, a time to celebrate volunteers who make our communities stronger, healthier, and more active;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Alan Jankov for 42 years of dedicated service and playing a crucial role in the various basketball leagues in Pictou County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1622

By: Ms. Karla MacFarlane « » (Pictou West)

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

Whereas Ms. Stephanie Robertson of Pictou held her first art show on March 15, 2014, at the Stone Soup Café; and

Whereas Ms. Robertson spent five weeks residing in a shanty on beautiful Pictou Island this past winter, where she gained inspiration for her artwork; and

Whereas Ms. Robertson's artwork includes both oil and watercolours;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Ms. Stephanie Robertson on her inaugural show and wish her much success as she pursues her art.

RESOLUTION NO. 1623

By: Ms. Karla MacFarlane « » (Pictou West)

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

Whereas Nicole LeBlanc of Abercrombie has been an active community member who volunteers with the Northern Nova United Soccer Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and fundraises for the Bust A Move breast health event; and

Whereas Nicole most recently used her spare time to knit over 100 scarves as a way to raise funds for Bust A Move, raising more than $1,000 this year alone; and

Whereas April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, a time to say thanks to the amazing volunteers in our community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly thank Nicole LeBlanc for her dedication and commitment to the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1624

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By: Ms. Karla MacFarlane « » (Pictou West)

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

Whereas Jill Murray, director of marketing and communications for Advocate Printing and Publishing Ltd., is among the 2014 Nova Scotia Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Laureates; and

Whereas candidates are recognized as having made an outstanding contribution to business in Nova Scotia and entrepreneurial achievements, while demonstrating strong leadership within their companies and communities; and

Whereas Ms. Murray is also recognized for her dedication to her community and for encouraging a culture of respect, understanding, volunteerism, and social responsibility;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Ms. Jill Murray on her achievements and contributions to her business and community, and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1625

By: Ms. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft « » (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas Trevor Jessome began watching cooking shows and began cooking at the young age of 11; and

Whereas the LaHave resident applied as a contestant on the television show Master Chef Canada and was asked to appear at a regional competition in Halifax; and

Whereas Trevor was selected to appear on the show as one of the top 50 amateur chefs in Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Trevor on his hard work and tremendous achievements in earning status as Master Chef Canada's top 50 amateur chefs.

RESOLUTION NO. 1626

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By: Ms. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft « » (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas Rachelle Siteman of Rose Bay has represented Nova Scotia at various levels at many events in the field of figure skating; and

Whereas the Park View Education Centre student won a gold medal at October's Fall Skate New Brunswick and placed top-10 at Summer Skate 2013 in Thornhill, Ontario; and

Whereas Rachelle earned a silver medal during a sectional qualifier in Liverpool in November, to earn her a place at the National Challenge event in Regina, Saskatchewan, in the novice category in December;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Rachelle on her hard work and tremendous achievements in representing her community and her province in the sport of figure skating.

RESOLUTION NO. 1627

By: Ms. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft « » (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas the first Lunenburg Doc Fest is set to launch on September 19, 2014; and

Whereas the festival will feature filmmakers from across the country, including those from the South Shore, and will include a youth component; and

Whereas it will make use of two local venues for viewing, the Pearl Theatre and the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate the organizers of the Lunenburg Doc Fest for their hard work in launching the area's first documentary film festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1628

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By: Ms. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft « » (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas Jesse Drennan of Lunenburg recently completed his second season as a member of the University of Windsor; and

Whereas the native of Lunenburg competed in the pentathlon at the Ontario University Athletics track and field championships; and

Whereas Jesse finished first in the competition and earned the right to compete in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championships;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Jesse on his hard work and tremendous achievements in the world of track and field.

RESOLUTION NO. 1629

By: Ms. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft « » (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas it was 125 years ago, back in October 1888, that Lunenburg officially became incorporated as a town under the Chapter I Acts; and

Whereas on November 20th of that year the good people of the town elected their first mayor, Augustus J. Wolff Esq., who was a native of Straslund, Prussia, in Germany; and

Whereas the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrated this milestone in 2013;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Town of Lunenburg on its perseverance and evolution over the last century and a quarter to become the valued and historic town it is today.

RESOLUTION NO. 1630

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By: Mr. Lloyd Hines « » (Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie)

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

Whereas Brian Cooke, along with his wife and children, has established With A Little Help Society in Salmon River Lake, and they have been helping their local and surrounding communities ever since; and

Whereas "with a little help and a bit of luck we can get things done" is a phrase the society applies to their fundraising initiatives, and it has proven successful; and

Whereas they fundraise most of their funds through their annual fishing derby and ticket raffle and have been able to set up a bursary program at Dr. John Hugh Gillis and Guysborough Academy, contribute to the local food bank in Guysborough and Canso, and many other worthy organizations;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly wish the society continued success with all future fundraising endeavours and to be ever so mindful of the difference they are making in their community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1631

By: Mr. Lloyd Hines « » (Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie)

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

Whereas the St. Mary's Atom A Coyotes participated in the Rodd A Hockey Tournament in Prince Edward Island on February 21st, 22nd and 23rd; and

Whereas the Coyotes beat out 19 other teams, won the gold medal, and brought back the banner to Sherbrooke; and

Whereas the team consists of Dante MacDonald, Aiden Levy, Parker Flynn, Thomas Jewers, John Boyd, Logand McGrath, Dustin Mailman, Matthew Burns, Cameron MacNeil, Noah Haines, Malcolm MacDonald, Caleb-Devan Mailman, and Aaron Neil;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate the St. Mary's Atom A Coyotes and their coaches, Jack MacNeil, Dion McGrath, Ian Boyd, and Randy Burns, and wish them continued success both on and off the ice.

RESOLUTION NO. 1632

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By: Mr. Lloyd Hines « » (Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie)

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

Whereas after offering the joys of reading to many after 43 years of service, Sandra Dixon of Canso retired from the Canso Library; and

Whereas she will be remembered for her ways of encouraging people, particularly children, to love the public library system - she had three generations of kids she has introduced to reading; and

Whereas her motto "that you never let someone leave without at least one book, because you knew if they took one book they would always come back" has contributed greatly to the success of the Canso Library;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly recognize Sandra for her hard work and commitment of 43 years of delivering the gift of literacy to many.

RESOLUTION NO. 1633

By: Mr. Lloyd Hines « » (Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie)

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

Whereas each year communities across Canada celebrate National Volunteer Week to thank and honour people who donate their time to help others by supporting the causes in which they believe; and

Whereas on April 7, 2014, Janet Delorey from the Municipality of the District of Guysborough was honoured at the 40th Annual Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony; and

Whereas through the sharing of her time and talents she has not only made tremendous contributions to her community but to the Province of Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly recognize and thank Janet Delorey for her dedication to her community and the Province of Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 1634

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By: Mr. Lloyd Hines « » (Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie)

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

Whereas Jordan Luddington, age six, of Larry's River, received her first haircut recently at Cutting Loose Hair Design and made it one for the history books; and

Whereas she overheard her mother discussing with a friend about donating hair and decided she wanted to help other boys and girls, and with that the decision was made that her long golden locks would be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society to make a wig for a sick child; and

Whereas she was beaming with her new look and said if she could talk to the child who would receive her wig she would say, good luck;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly recognize the kindness of Jordan Luddington and the difference she and the Canadian Cancer Society make in the lives of so many.

RESOLUTION NO. 1635

By: Ms. Joyce Treen « » (Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage)

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

Whereas Stephen Rodgers is one of 20 volunteers with the Citizens on Patrol group in Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage who are committed to reducing crime within our communities; and

Whereas he works closely with the RCMP Community Liaison Officer and often partners with RCMP to educate the public on how to keep their homes and vehicles safe from crime, along with assisting the numerous community events; and

Whereas he was honoured in receiving an award from the Minister of Justice for Leadership in Crime Prevention in 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly join me in thanking Stephen Rodgers for making our communities feel safe and secure and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1636

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By: Ms. Joyce Treen « » (Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage)

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

Whereas Vicie Murphy is one of six volunteers with the Eastern Passage RCMP Community Safety Office conducting a Seniors Academy at the Eastern Passage Cow Bay Fire Hall; and

Whereas this six-week course educates seniors on how to feel safe in their homes, information on health care, and many other important facts; and

Whereas on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 32 seniors will graduate from this course;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly join me in thanking Vicie Murphy for unwavering support and commitment as a volunteer in ensuring the success of the completion of this highly valuable course.

RESOLUTION NO. 1637

By: Ms. Karla MacFarlane « » (Pictou West)

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

Whereas the Heatherbell Pipes and Drums, based in Pictou, Nova Scotia, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2014; and

Whereas the Heatherbell Pipes and Drums was founded in 1964 as a female youth band by Pipe Major Harold Sutherland and has evolved to include both male and female pipers and drummers who are outfitted in the Sutherland tartan; and

Whereas hundreds of young people have been involved with the band over the years, travelling the Maritime Provinces, Canada and the United States and participating in parades and competitions which has earned band members the reputation of being the unofficial ambassadors of Pictou;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Heatherbell Pipes and Drums on their 50th Anniversary and wish them a successful parade season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1638

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By: Mr. Allan MacMaster « » (Inverness)

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

Whereas the Cape Breton Atom AAA Screaming Eagles, based in Port Hood, advanced to Hockey Nova Scotia's Provincial Championship Tournament in New Waterford in late March where they finished with a tie and three losses; and

Whereas the Atom AAA Screaming Eagles advanced to the provincials by defeating the Glace Bay Miners 5-4; and

Whereas the Atom AAA Eagles posted the best record in the five-team regional tournament with wins over top-ranked Sydney, Glace Bay and Cape Breton County while tying New Waterford;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly offer our congratulations to the Atom AAA Screaming Eagles and their Head Coach Marc Larade, Assistant Coach Dean MacDonald, and Manager Kevin Walker on an outstanding 2014 season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1639

By: Mr. Alfie MacLeod « » (Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg)

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

Whereas Phalen Huntington of Marion Bridge is a volunteer at the Two Rivers Wildlife Park; and

Whereas Phalen Huntington is 11 years old and has been volunteering at the park since she was four years old; and

Whereas Phalen does all sorts of jobs like helping feed the animals, cleaning their cages, and participating in the park activities such as Fright Night, the Winter Light Up Trail, Ground Hog Day, the Easter Egg Hunt and the wagon rides;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Phalen Huntington and thank her for her many hours of volunteering at the Two Rivers Wildlife Park.

RESOLUTION NO. 1640

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By: Mr. John Lohr « » (Kings North)

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

Whereas each year in the Annapolis Valley beautiful apple trees blooming tell us that Spring has arrived; and

Whereas the Annapolis Valley this year hosts the 82nd Apple Blossom Festival with a theme of Discover the Valley Blossoms; and

Whereas each year young ladies serve as ambassadors for their communities as princesses, and this year Canning is represented by Kristen Bennett;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Canning's ambassador in this year's festival, Princess Canning, Kristen Bennett.

RESOLUTION NO. 1641

By: Mr. John Lohr « » (Kings North)

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

Whereas each year the Annapolis Valley celebrates Spring with the picturesque beauty of apple trees blooming; and

Whereas the Annapolis Valley this year hosts the 82nd Apple Blossom Festival with a theme of Discover the Valley Blossoms; and

Whereas each year young ladies serve as ambassadors for their communities as princesses, and this year Kentville is represented by Kimberley Harkness;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Kentville's ambassador in this year's festival, Princess Kentville 2014, Kimberley Harkness.

RESOLUTION NO. 1642

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By: Mr. John Lohr « » (Kings North)

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

Whereas each year the Annapolis Valley celebrates Spring with the picturesque beauty of apple trees blooming; and

Whereas the Annapolis Valley this year hosts the 82nd Apple Blossom Festival with a theme of Discover the Valley Blossoms; and

Whereas each year young ladies serve as ambassadors for their communities as princesses, and this year Port Williams is represented by Aimee Cormier;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Port Williams' ambassador in this year's festival, Princess Port Williams 2014, Aimee Cormier.

RESOLUTION NO. 1643

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Grade 9 student Logan Crooks is a highly motivated self-starter who has assisted the Light Up Bedford Parade Committee for three years in increasingly responsible roles; and

Whereas Logan is enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards program, has received the Chief Scout Award from 1st Bedford Scouting, and has successfully competed in a number of math competitions; and

Whereas Logan was recognized for his volunteer commitments by the Light Up Bedford Parade at the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Logan Crooks on his dedication to serving the residents of Bedford and Nova Scotia, and wish him well in all his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1644

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By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Halifax West Member of Parliament Geoff Regan has been a keen volunteer with the MS Society for 12 years, first as a walk participant and subsequently with the MS Bike Tour, raising almost $9,000 for MS since 2008; and

Whereas Geoff's tradition of community service has spanned decades and includes coaching with minor hockey and ringette, as well as volunteering with the Bedford Recreational Advisory Committee, the Home of the Guardian Angel, Metro Food Bank, the Run for the Cure, the 5K to Cure Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, the Bedford Board of Trade and the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, to name a few; and

Whereas Geoff was recognized by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Atlantic Region, at the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House congratulate the Honourable Geoff Regan on his dedication to serving the residents of Bedford and Nova Scotia, and wish him well in all his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1645

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Bedford resident Violet McRae has worked with the Bedford Leisure Club for several years, overseeing the Keeping in Touch program, coordinating guest speakers and entertainment for monthly meetings and, for five years, preparing refreshments for the meetings; and

Whereas Violet has spent a lifetime in community activities with 4-H, the Kidney Foundation, the Cape Breton Sheep Producers' Association, school, hockey, baseball, and highland dancing, and currently is a greeter for Mass at St. Ignatius Parish; and

Whereas Violet was recognized for her contributions to the Bedford Leisure Club at the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House congratulate Violet McRae on her dedication to serving the residents of Bedford and Nova Scotia, and wish her well in all her future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1646

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Bedford resident Janet Kelly has volunteered with Bedford Lawn Bowls and Lawn Bowls Nova Scotia for 17 years, having filled the roles of director, secretary, treasurer, and president; and

Whereas Janet has used her exceptional organizational skills and dedication to fundraise, direct the kitchen, and run club tournaments, as well as co-chairing the 2008 Canadian Lawn Bowls Championships; and

Whereas Janet was recognized for her service to Bedford Lawn Bowls at the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House congratulate Janet Kelly on her dedication to serving the residents of Bedford and Nova Scotia, and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1647

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Angela Scott has been volunteering with the Girl Guides for five years as a Pathfinder Guider, an FLL Lego Robotics Coach, and as editor of Coastlines, the Nova Scotia Council Newsletter; and

Whereas Angela is an exceptional volunteer who works hard each week teaching leadership and life skills to girls ages 11 to 14, and also volunteers with the SPCA, the Alzheimer's Society, and Junior Achievement, all while studying Public Relations at Mount Saint Vincent University; and

Whereas Angela's volunteer commitments were recognized by the Girls Guides of Canada, Bedford District, at the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House congratulate Angela Scott on her dedication to serving the residents of Bedford and Nova Scotia, and wish her well in all her future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1648

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Grade 12 student Shannon Havill, a Leader in Training with Scouts Canada, is a valuable assistant to the 1st Bedford Group in the delivery of safe and age-appropriate activities to the Beaver Scouts, Colony A, having completed many leadership courses, earned certificates in Child and Youth Safety and Access Ability Awareness, and having earned the Lady Baden- Powell Award, the highest program award for the Girl Guides; and

Whereas Shannon, a talented sports enthusiast, is a Level 1 Canadian Alpine Ski Association certified snowboard instructor who coaches at Ski Wentworth, is a member of C.P. Allen's successful snowboard team, and is a Level 2 Soccer referee who assists at games year- round in the Metro Outdoor and Indoor Leagues; and

Whereas Shannon was recognized for her volunteer commitments by 1st Bedford Scouts at the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House congratulate Shannon Havill on her dedication to serving the residents of Bedford and Nova Scotia, and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1649

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Thea Hart has taught religious education for two years, assists with parish children at family potlucks, sings in the children's choir, and is an altar server at St. Ignatius Church, sits on the School Advisory Committee for Bedford Junior High, volunteers with the Kids Help Phone Line, Free the Children, Relay for Life, and WE Day, all while being enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award program; and

Whereas while she was still a Grade 7 student, Thea started a UNICEF campaign to raise money for a water pump, and is currently raising funds for a trip to Kenya to assist in the building of schools and medical facilities; and

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Whereas Thea was recognized for her volunteer commitments by St. Ignatius Church at the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House congratulate Thea Hart on her dedication to serving the residents of Bedford and Nova Scotia, and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1650

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Grade 11 student Annika Benson is a two-year Junior Leader with the 1st Bedford Pathfinders and the 1st Bedford Rangers, teaching girls leadership, life skills, and how to achieve goals through hard work and determination; and

Whereas Annika has received the Canada Cord as a Pathfinder, as well as the Lady Baden-Powell Award, the highest award a Guide can receive; and

Whereas Annika's volunteer commitments were recognized by Girl Guides of Canada at the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House congratulate Annika Benson on her service to Bedford and Nova Scotia, and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1651

By: Hon. Zach Churchill « » (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas Natasha d'Entremont of Yarmouth's MacKenzie School of Dance participated in this year's Halifax Highland Dance Competition; and

Whereas this is a demanding and elite dance competition; and

Whereas Natasha d'Entremont was awarded four bronze medals;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Natasha on her fine performance, and wish her every success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1652

By: Hon. Zach Churchill « » (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas Rebekka Smith of Yarmouth's MacKenzie School of Dance participated in this year's Halifax Highland Dance Competition; and

Whereas this is a demanding and elite dance competition; and

Whereas Rebekka Smith earned one gold, two silver, and one bronze medal;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Rebekka on her fine performance, and wish her every success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1653

By: Hon. Zach Churchill « » (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas Brooke Lambert of Yarmouth's MacKenzie School of Dance participated in this year's Halifax Highland Dance Competition; and

Whereas this is a demanding and elite dance competition; and

Whereas Brooke Lambert earned three gold medals and a silver medal, and had the highest aggregate scores in her class;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Brooke on her fine performance, and wish her every success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1654

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By: Hon. Zach Churchill « » (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas Skye Lewis of Yarmouth's MacKenzie School of Dance participated in this year's Halifax Highland Dance Competition; and

Whereas this is a demanding and elite dance competition; and

Whereas Skye Lewis was awarded a bronze medal;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Skye on her fine performance, and wish her every success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1655

By: Hon. Zach Churchill « » (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas Carly d'Entremont of Yarmouth's MacKenzie School of Dance participated in this year's Halifax Highland Dance Competition; and

Whereas this is a demanding and elite dance competition; and

Whereas Carly d'Entremont was awarded a bronze medal;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Carly on her fine performance and wish her every success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1656

By: Hon. Andrew Younger « » (Energy)

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

Whereas Grace Whebby, a Grade 9 student at Caledonia Junior High School and a resident of Dartmouth East Riding, has been awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award; and

Whereas the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award recognizes students who demonstrate leadership and commitment to creating safe and inclusive spaces where bullying behavior is not accepted, and respectful and responsible relationships are promoted; and

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Whereas on February 26, 2014, Grace Whebby was honoured for establishing an anti-bullying group that promoted positive social media and acceptance for diversity;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly join me in congratulating Grace Whebby on being presented with this prestigious award, and wishing her every success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1657

By: Hon. Andrew Younger « » (Energy)

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

Whereas Erin Brown, a Grade 12 student from Prince Andrew High School and a resident of Dartmouth East riding, has been awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award; and

Whereas the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award recognizes students who demonstrate leadership and commitment to creating safe and inclusive spaces where bullying behavior is not accepted, and respectful and responsible relationships are promoted; and

Whereas on February 26, 2014, Erin Brown was honoured for leading a political science group, running a Coats, Hats and Mitts drive, organizing a food drive for Feed Nova Scotia, making care packages for foreign exchange students, participating in Eco Day with her Eco Club, and organizing a bake sale for Free the Children to build a school in Kenya:

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly join me in congratulating Erin Brown on being presented with this prestigious award, and wishing her every success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1658

By: Ms. Margaret Miller « » (Hants East)

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

Whereas the Cadets program challenges members to improve their physical fitness, make great academic achievements and give back to their community; and

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Whereas the 652 Milford and District Lions Air Cadet Squadron has dedicated 30 years to serving the greater good of their communities and instilling the virtues of loyalty, professionalism, mutual respect, and integrity into members; and

Whereas the 652 Milford and District Lions Air Cadet Squadron has produced some of the top cadets in the province, provincial biathlon competitors, and produced the most pilots who received glider and power scholarships than any other squadron;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Captain Vince Nickelo and all members of the 652 Milford and District Lions Air Cadet Squadron on their 30th Anniversary, and wish them the best of luck on the squadron's anniversary trip to Ottawa this May.

RESOLUTION NO. 1659

By: Ms. Karla MacFarlane « » (Pictou West)

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

Whereas Deputy Chief Blake Sarson of Pictou was presented with a certificate and a medal for 20 years of service to the Pictou Fire Department in March 2014; and

Whereas Deputy Chief Sarson was presented with his medal by Fire Chief Paul Janes on behalf of the fire department; and

Whereas the Pictou Fire Department recognized Deputy Chief Sarson not only for his many years of service but also for his dedication to this community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Deputy Chief Blake Sarson on his 20-year medal and thank him for his service and dedication.

RESOLUTION NO. 1660

By: Ms. Karla MacFarlane « » (Pictou West)

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

Whereas Victor Scanlan of Pictou was presented with a certificate and a medal for 30 years of service to the Pictou Fire Department in March 2014; and

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Whereas Mr. Scanlan was presented with his medal by Fire Chief Paul Janes on behalf of the fire department; and

Whereas the Pictou Fire Department recognized Mr. Scanlan not only for his many years of service but also for his dedication to this community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Mr. Victor Scanlan on his 30-year medal and thank him for his service and dedication.

RESOLUTION NO. 1661

By: Ms. Karla MacFarlane « » (Pictou West)

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

Whereas Peter Burke of Pictou was presented with a certificate and a medal for 20 years of service to the Pictou Fire Department in March 2014 and

Whereas Mr. Burke was presented with his medal by Fire Chief Paul Janes on behalf of the fire department; and

Whereas the Pictou Fire Department recognized Mr. Burke not only for his many years of service but also for his dedication to this community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Mr. Peter Burke on his 20-year medal and thank him for his service and dedication.

RESOLUTION NO. 1662

By: Ms. Karla MacFarlane « » (Pictou West)

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

Whereas Mr. Alan Fraser of Pictou was presented with a certificate and a medal for 20 years of service to the Pictou Fire Department in March 2014 and

Whereas Mr. Fraser was presented with his medal by Fire Chief Paul Janes on behalf of the fire department; and

Whereas the Pictou Fire Department recognized Mr. Fraser not only for his many years of service but also for his dedication to this community;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Mr. Alan Fraser on his 20-year medal and thank him for his service and dedication.

RESOLUTION NO. 1663

By: Ms. Karla MacFarlane « » (Pictou West)

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

Whereas William Landry of Pictou was presented with a certificate and a medal for 20 years of service to the Pictou Fire Department in March 2014 and

Whereas Mr. Landry was presented with his medal by Fire Chief Paul Janes on behalf of the fire department; and

Whereas the Pictou Fire Department recognized Mr. Landry not only for his many years of service but also for his dedication to this community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Mr. Landry on his 20-year medal and thank him for his service and dedication.

RESOLUTION NO. 1664

By: Ms. Karla MacFarlane « » (Pictou West)

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

Whereas David Landry of Pictou was presented with a certificate and a medal for 20 years of service to the Pictou Fire Department in March 2014 and

Whereas Mr. Landry was presented with his medal by Fire Chief Paul Janes on behalf of the fire department; and

Whereas the Pictou Fire Department recognized Mr. Landry not only for his many years of service but also for his dedication to this community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Mr. David Landry on his 20-year medal and thank him for his service and dedication.

RESOLUTION NO. 1665

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By: Ms. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft « » (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas volunteers are the backbone of the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on April 7th, volunteers from around the province were honoured at the 40th Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony and Luncheon; and

Whereas Sheila Langille of Martins River was honoured for her continued dedication to their community and for making that community a better place to live through her volunteer actions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Shelia on her hard work and selflessness in giving back to the community through volunteering.

RESOLUTION NO. 1666

By: Ms. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft « » (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas volunteers are the backbone of the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on April 7th, volunteers from around the province were honoured at the 40th Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony and Luncheon; and

Whereas Richard Nowe of Mahone Bay was honoured for his continued dedication to their community and for making that community a better place to live through his volunteer actions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Richard on his hard work and selflessness in giving back to the community through volunteering.

RESOLUTION NO. 1667

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By: Ms. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft « » (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas volunteers are the backbone of the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on April 7th, volunteers from around the province were honoured at the 40th Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony and Luncheon; and

Whereas Thelma Blinn of Lunenburg was honoured for her continued dedication to their community and for making that community a better place to live through her volunteer actions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Thelma on her hard work and selflessness in giving back to the community through volunteering.

RESOLUTION NO. 1668

By: Ms. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft « » (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas volunteers are the backbone of the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas volunteer firefighters selflessly put their lives at risk to help protect the lives of the people of their community and beyond; and

Whereas Hubert Keats of the Cornwall and District Fire Department was honoured by the department for his 20 years of dedication, and for making that community a safer place to live through his volunteer actions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Hubert on his hard work and selflessness in giving back to the community through volunteering.

RESOLUTION NO. 1669

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By: Ms. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft « » (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas volunteers are the backbone of the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas volunteer firefighters selflessly put their lives at risk to help protect the lives of the people of their community and beyond; and

Whereas Tim Griffin of the Cornwall and District Fire Department was honoured by the department for his five years of dedication, and for making that community a safer place to live through his volunteer actions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Tim on his hard work and selflessness in giving back to the community through volunteering.

RESOLUTION NO. 1670

By: Ms. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft « » (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas volunteers are the backbone of the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas volunteer firefighters selflessly put their lives at risk to help protect the lives of the people of their community and beyond; and

Whereas Justin Spidle of the Cornwall and District Fire Department was honoured by the department for his five years of dedication, and for making that community a safer place to live through his volunteer actions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Justin on his hard work and selflessness in giving back to the community through volunteering.

RESOLUTION NO. 1671

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By: Ms. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft « » (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas volunteers are the backbone of the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas volunteer firefighters selflessly put their lives at risk to help protect the lives of the people of their community and beyond; and

Whereas Joey Wentzell of the Cornwall and District Fire Department was honoured by the department for his five years of dedication, and for making that community a safer place to live through his volunteer actions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Joey on his hard work and selflessness in giving back to the community through volunteering.

RESOLUTION NO. 1672

By: Ms. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft « » (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas volunteers are the backbone of the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas volunteer firefighters selflessly put their lives at risk to help protect the lives of the people of their community and beyond; and

Whereas Kirk Connolly of the Oakhill and District Fire Department was honoured by the department for his combined 20 years of dedication between several fire departments, and for making that community a better place to live through his volunteer actions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Kirk on his hard work and selflessness in giving back to the community through volunteering.

RESOLUTION NO. 1673

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By: Ms. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft « » (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas volunteers are the backbone of the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas volunteer firefighters selflessly put their lives at risk to help protect the lives of the people of their community and beyond; and

Whereas Ronald Deamond of the Oakhill and District Fire Department was honoured by the department for his 40 years of dedication, and for making that community a better place to live through his volunteer actions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Ronald on his hard work and selflessness in giving back to the community through volunteering.

RESOLUTION NO. 1674

By: Ms. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft « » (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas volunteers are the backbone of the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas volunteer firefighters selflessly put their lives at risk to help protect the lives of the people of their community and beyond; and

Whereas John Robart of the Oakhill and District Fire Department was honoured by the department for his 30 years of dedication, and for making that community a better place to live through his volunteer actions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate John on his hard work and selflessness in giving back to the community through volunteering.

RESOLUTION NO. 1675

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By: Ms. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft « » (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas volunteers are the backbone of the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas volunteer firefighters selflessly put their lives at risk to help protect the lives of the people of their community and beyond; and

Whereas Michael Bolivar of the Oakhill and District Fire Department was honoured by the department for his 31 years of dedication, and for making that community a better place to live through his volunteer actions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Michael on his hard work and selflessness in giving back to the community through volunteering.

RESOLUTION NO. 1676

By: Ms. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft « » (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas volunteers are the backbone of the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas volunteer firefighters selflessly put their lives at risk to help protect the lives of the people of their community and beyond; and

Whereas Lawrence Bolivar of the Oakhill and District Fire Department was honoured by the department for his 40 years of dedication, and for making that community a better place to live through his volunteer actions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Lawrence on his hard work and selflessness in giving back to the community through volunteering.

RESOLUTION NO. 1677

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By: Ms. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft « » (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas volunteers are the backbone of the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas volunteer firefighters selflessly put their lives at risk to help protect the lives of the people of their community and beyond; and

Whereas Trevor Rhuland of the Oakhill and District Fire Department was honoured by the department for his combined 31 years of dedication between two fire departments, and for making that community a better place to live through his volunteer actions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Trevor on his hard work and selflessness in giving back to the community through volunteering.

RESOLUTION NO. 1678

By: Ms. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft « » (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas volunteers are the backbone of the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas volunteer firefighters selflessly put their lives at risk to help protect the lives of the people of their community and beyond; and

Whereas Wayne Veinotte of the Oakhill and District Fire Department was honoured by the department for his 30 years of dedication, and for making that community a better place to live through his volunteer actions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Wayne on his hard work and selflessness in giving back to the community through volunteering.

RESOLUTION NO. 1679

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By: Mr. Lloyd Hines « » (Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie)

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

Whereas the Little Dover Volunteer Fire Department has been offering an essential service to is community since 1976; and

Whereas they have assisted their community, when in its most vulnerable time of need, through house fires, grass fires, vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, and so much more; and

Whereas they respond all hours of the day, holidays, weekends, these volunteers have missed family events, anniversaries, and more, all while most are juggling their day jobs and families;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly join me as I say a heartfelt thank you to all volunteer fire fighters and their families and be ever so mindful of the importance of their roles in the lives of so many.

RESOLUTION NO. 1680

By: Mr. Lloyd Hines « » (Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie)

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

Whereas the Milford Haven Fire and Emergency Services has been offering an essential service to is community since 1971; and

Whereas they have assisted their community, when in its most vulnerable time of need, through house fires, grass fires, vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, and so much more; and

Whereas they respond all hours of the day, holidays, weekends, these volunteers have missed family events, anniversaries, and more, all while most are juggling their day jobs and families;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly join me as I say a heartfelt thank you to all volunteer fire fighters and their families and be ever so mindful of the importance of their roles in the lives of so many.

RESOLUTION NO. 1681

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By: Mr. Lloyd Hines « » (Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie)

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

Whereas the Queensport Volunteer Fire Department has been offering an essential service to is community since 1977; and

Whereas they have assisted their community, when in its most vulnerable time of need, through house fires, grass fires, vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, and so much more; and

Whereas they respond all hours of the day, holidays, weekends, these volunteers have missed family events, anniversaries, and more, all while most are juggling their day jobs and families;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly join me as I say a heartfelt thank you to all volunteer fire fighters and their families and be ever so mindful of the importance of their roles in the lives of so many.

RESOLUTION NO. 1682

By: Mr. Lloyd Hines « » (Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie)

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

Whereas the Seven Communities Fire Department has been offering an essential service to is community since 1978; and

Whereas they have assisted their community, when in its most vulnerable time of need, through house fires, grass fires, vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, and so much more; and

Whereas they respond all hours of the day, holidays, weekends, these volunteers have missed family events, anniversaries, and more, all while most are juggling their day jobs and families;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly join me as I say a heartfelt thank you to all volunteer fire fighters and their families and be ever so mindful of the importance of their roles in the lives of so many.

RESOLUTION NO. 1683

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By: Mr. Lloyd Hines « » (Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie)

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

Whereas the Three Top Fire Department has been offering an essential service to is community since 2010; and

Whereas they have assisted their community, when in its most vulnerable time of need, through house fires, grass fires, vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, and so much more; and

Whereas they respond all hours of the day, holidays, weekends, these volunteers have missed family events, anniversaries, and more, all while most are juggling their day jobs and families;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly join me as I say a heartfelt thank you to all volunteer fire fighters and their families and be ever so mindful of the importance of their roles in the lives of so many.

RESOLUTION NO. 1684

By: Mr. Lloyd Hines « » (Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie)

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

Whereas the Tracadie and District Fire Department has been offering an essential service to is community since 1968; and

Whereas they have assisted their community, when in its most vulnerable time of need, through house fires, grass fires, vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, and so much more; and

Whereas they respond all hours of the day, holidays, weekends, these volunteers have missed family events, anniversaries, and more, all while most are juggling their day jobs and families;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly join me as I say a heartfelt thank you to all volunteer fire fighters and their families and be ever so mindful of the importance of their roles in the lives of so many.

RESOLUTION NO. 1685

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Cassie Burroughs, a student of New Germany Rural High School, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Cassie has shown leadership and dedication to her school and community through her work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Cassie and the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Cassie Burroughs for her award and thank her for the time and dedication she has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1686

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Riley Burroughs, a student of New Germany Rural High School, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Riley has shown leadership and dedication to his school and community through his work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Riley and the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Riley Burroughs for his award and thank him for the time and dedication he has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1687

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Christie Zinck, a student of New Germany Rural High School, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Christie has shown leadership and dedication to her school and community through her work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Christie and the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Christie Zinck for her award and thank her for the time and dedication she has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1688

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Kaylyn Turner, a student of New Germany Rural High School, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Kaylyn has shown leadership and dedication to her school and community through her work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Kaylyn and the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Kaylyn Turner for her award and thank her for the time and dedication she has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1689

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Julia LeBlanc, a student of New Germany Rural High School, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Julia has shown leadership and dedication to her school and community through her work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Julia and the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Julia LeBlanc for her award and thank her for the time and dedication she has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1690

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Damian Boudreau, a student of New Germany Rural High School, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Damian has shown leadership and dedication to his school and community through her work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Damian and the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Damian Boudreau for his award and thank him for the time and dedication he has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1691

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Tristan Kelly, a student of Forest Heights Community School, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Tristan has shown leadership and dedication to his school and community through his work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Tristan and the Lunenburg County Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Tristan Kelly for his award and thank him for the time and dedication he has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1692

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Stephanie Mills, a student of Forest Heights Community School, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Stephanie has shown leadership and dedication to her school and community through her work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Stephanie and the Lunenburg County Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Stephanie Mills for her award and thank her for the time and dedication she has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1693

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Nikki Countway, a student of Forest Heights Community School, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Nikki has shown leadership and dedication to her school and community through her work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Nikki and the Lunenburg County Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Nikki Countway for her award and thank her for the time and dedication she has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1694

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Sierra Wesley, a student of Hebbville Academy, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Sierra has shown leadership and dedication to her school and community through her work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Sierra and the Lunenburg County Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Sierra Wesley for her award and thank her for the time and dedication she has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1695

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Katherine Eisener, a student of Hebbville Academy, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Katherine has shown leadership and dedication to her school and community through her work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Katherine and the Lunenburg County Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Katherine Eisener for her award and thank her for the time and dedication she has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1696

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Tanisha Teal, a student of Hebbville Academy, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Tanisha has shown leadership and dedication to her school and community through her work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Tanisha and the Lunenburg County Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Tanisha Teal for her award and thank her for the time and dedication she has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1697

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Trinity Banfield, a student of Park View Education Centre, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Trinity has shown leadership and dedication to her school and community through her work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Trinity and the Lunenburg County Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Trinity Banfield for her award and thank her for the time and dedication she has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1698

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Melissa Hoare, a student of Park View Education Centre, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Melissa has shown leadership and dedication to her school and community through her work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Melissa and the Lunenburg County Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Melissa Hoare for her award and thank her for the time and dedication she has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1699

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Janine Slade, a student of Park View Education Centre, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Janine has shown leadership and dedication to her school and community through her work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Janine and the Lunenburg County Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Janine Slade for her award and thank her for the time and dedication she has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1700

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Braden Newell, a student of Park View Education Centre, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Braden has shown leadership and dedication to his school and community through his work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Braden and the Lunenburg County Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Braden Newell for his award and thank him for the time and dedication he has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1701

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Zach Whynot, a student of Park View Education Centre, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Zach has shown leadership and dedication to his school and community through his work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Zach and the Lunenburg County Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Zach for his award and thank him for the time and dedication he has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1702

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Christine Butt, a student of Park View Education Centre, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Christine has shown leadership and dedication to her school and community through her work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Christine and the Lunenburg County Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Christine Butt for her award and thank her for the time and dedication she has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1703

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Service Nova Scotia)

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

Whereas Blade Turner, a student of Chester Area Middle School, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Blade has shown leadership and dedication to his school and community through his work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Blade and the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Blade Turner for his award and thank him for the time and dedication he has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1704

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Lynnette Evans, a student of Chester Area Middle School, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Lynnette has shown leadership and dedication to her school and community through her work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Lynnette and the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Lynnette Evans for her award and thank her for the time and dedication she has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1705

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Rachel Nauss, a student of Chester Area Middle School, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Rachel has shown leadership and dedication to her school and community through her work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Rachel and the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Rachel Nauss for her award and thank her for the time and dedications she has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1706

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Alex Rhodenizer, a student of Chester Area Middle School, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Alex has shown leadership and dedication to his school and community through his work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Alex and the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Alex Rhodenizer for his award and thank him for the time and dedication he has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1707

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Mason Wreaks, a student of Chester Area Middle School, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Mason has shown leadership and dedication to his school and community through his work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Mason and the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Mason Wreaks for his award and thank him for the time and dedication he has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1708

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Jacklyn Wamboldt, a student of New Ross Consolidated School, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Jacklyn has shown leadership and dedication to her school and community through her work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Jacklyn and the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Jacklyn Wamboldt for her award and thank her for the time and dedication she has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1709

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Jessica Russell, a student of New Ross Consolidated School, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Jessica has shown leadership and dedication to her school and community through her work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Jessica and the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Jessica Russell for her award and thank her for the time and dedication she has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1710

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Cassidy Bent, a student of New Ross Consolidated School, is a member of the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Cassidy has shown leadership and dedication to her school and community through her work on the Youth Advisory Committee; and

Whereas Cassidy and the Lunenburg County Youth Advisory Committee have received the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award on February 26, 2014;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Cassidy Bent for her award and thank her for the time and dedication she has put forth on this committee.

RESOLUTION NO. 1711

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas the Pleasantville and District Fire Department celebrated their 56th year as a department at their annual banquet held on December 7th; and

Whereas the fire department acknowledged several of its members for their years of service; and

Whereas the fire department celebrated the purchase of their new pumper truck;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate the Pleasantville and District Fire Department for 56 years of assisting the community and on the purchase of their new pumper truck.

RESOLUTION NO. 1712

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Doug Porter of Pleasantville was recognized for 30 years of service at the annual Pleasantville and District Fire Department banquet; and

Whereas Doug has dedicated many hours away from his family in order to assist community members in need; and

Whereas Doug received his 30-year medal at the annual banquet;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Doug on his 30-year medal and thank him for his many years of service to the Pleasantville and District Fire Department.

RESOLUTION NO. 1713

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Duncan Keddy of Pleasantville was recognized for 25 years of service at the annual Pleasantville and District Fire Department banquet; and

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Whereas Duncan has dedicated many hours away from his family in order to assist community members in need; and

Whereas Duncan received his 25-year medal at the annual banquet;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Duncan on his 25-year medal and thank him for his many years of service to the Pleasantville and District Fire Department.

RESOLUTION NO. 1714

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Kevin Keddy of Pleasantville was recognized for 20 years of service at the annual Pleasantville and District Fire Department banquet; and

Whereas Kevin has dedicated many hours away from his family in order to assist community members in need; and

Whereas Kevin received his 20-year medal at the annual banquet;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Kevin on his 20-year medal and thank him for his many years of service to the Pleasantville and District Fire Department.

RESOLUTION NO. 1715

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Tony Allen of Pleasantville was recognized for 20 years of service at the annual Pleasantville and District Fire Department banquet; and

Whereas Tony had dedicated many hours away from his family in order to assist community members in need; and

Whereas Tony received his 20-year medal at the annual banquet;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Tony on his 20-year medal and thank him for his many years of service to the Pleasantville and District Fire Department.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1716

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team competed in the Valley High School Hockey League championship game on March 7, 2014; and

Whereas PVEC finished their regular season in second place and went on to defeat the first place team in the final; and

Whereas the PVEC boys hockey team beat Forest Heights Community School in Chester with a score of 5-3 to bring home the trophy;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their League Championship trophy.

RESOLUTION NO. 1717

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas James Lucas was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-2014 season; and

Whereas James and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas James and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School, with a score of 5-3 on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate James Lucas and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1718

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Logan Cleveland was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-2014 season; and

Whereas Logan and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Logan and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School, with a score of 5-3 on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Logan Cleveland and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1719

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Nathaniel Beck was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-2014 season; and

Whereas Nathaniel and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Nathaniel and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School, with a score of 5-3 on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Nathaniel Beck and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1720

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Jaron Bollivar was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-2014 season; and

Whereas Jaron and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Jaron and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School, with a score of 5-3 on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Jaron Bollivar and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1721

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Jonny O'Donnell was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-2014 season; and

Whereas Jonny and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Jonny and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School, with a score of 5-3 on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Jonny O'Donnell and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1722

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Aidan O'Brien was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-2014 season; and

Whereas Aidan and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Aidan and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School, with a score of 5-3 on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Aidan O'Brien and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1723

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas Joe Harris was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-2014 season; and

Whereas Joe and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Joe and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School, with a score of 5-3 on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Joe Harris and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1724

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Cooper Stuart was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-2014 season; and

Whereas Cooper and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Cooper and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School, with a score of 5-3 on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Cooper Stuart and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1725

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Jorgen Martin was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-2014 season; and

Whereas Jorgen and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Jorgen and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School, with a score of 5-3, on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Jorgen Martin and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1726

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Jake Wile was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-2014 season; and

Whereas Jake and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Jake and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School, with a score of 5-3, on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Jake Wile and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1727

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Morgan Lunn was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-2014 season; and

Whereas Morgan and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Morgan and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School, with a score of 5-3, on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Morgan Lunn and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1728

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Matt Doubleday was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-2014 season; and

Whereas Matt and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Matt and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School, with a score of 5-3, on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Matt Doubleday and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1729

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Jeremy Key was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-2014 season; and

Whereas Jeremy and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Jeremy and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School, with a score of 5-3, on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Jeremy Key and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1730

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Shaymus Veinotte was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-2014 season; and

Whereas Shaymus and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Shaymus and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School, with a score of 5-3, on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Shaymus Veinotte and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1731

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Ryan Nowe was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-2014 season; and

Whereas Ryan and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Ryan and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School, with a score of 5-3, on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Ryan Nowe and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1732

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Mike Mosher was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-2014 season; and

Whereas Mike and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Mike and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School, with a score of 5-3, on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Mike Mosher and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1733

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas Keegan Cooke was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-14 season; and

Whereas Keegan and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Keegan and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School with a score of 5-3, on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Keegan Cooke and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1734

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Connor MacQuarrie was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-14 season; and

Whereas Connor and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Connor and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School with a score of 5-3, on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Connor MacQuarrie and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1735

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Wesley Demone was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-14 season; and

Whereas Wesley and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Wesley and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School with a score of 5-3, on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Wesley Demone and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1736

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Dyson Wood was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-14 season; and

Whereas Dyson and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Dyson and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School with a score of 5-3, on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Dyson Wood and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1737

By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Jake Key was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-14 season; and

Whereas Jake and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Jake and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School with a score of 5-3, on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Jake Key and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1738

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By: Hon. Mark Furey « » (Municipal Affairs)

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

Whereas Lucas Hect was a member of the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for the 2013-14 season; and

Whereas Lucas and his team finished their regular season in second place; and

Whereas Lucas and his team defeated the first place team, Forest Heights Community School with a score of 5-3, on March 7, 2014, to win the Valley High School Hockey League championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Lucas Hect and the Park View Education Centre boys hockey team for their successful hockey season.

RESOLUTION NO. 1739

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas wheelchair basketball athlete Adam Lancia has won world championship and Paralympic medals, including golds, as a member of the 2004 and 2012 Canadian Paralympic teams and has spent four years playing professional wheelchair basketball in Europe; and

Whereas Adam is now exploring a new role as a player-coach in Halifax and on the Nova Scotia Canada Games wheelchair basketball staff; and

Whereas Adam Lancia has been selected as part of the RBC Olympians Program for 2013-15 as an ambassador who will bring the Olympic messages of excellence, teamwork, leadership and commitment to our community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize this outstanding athlete for his superior accomplishments and send our very best wishes as he prepares in our community for upcoming competitions on the world stage and for a career in his life after sport.

RESOLUTION NO. 1740

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By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas the Bedford Minor Basketball Association's Bedford Classic tournament has run since 1989 and is known as the largest minor basketball boys' and girls' tournament in Canada; and

Whereas the Bedford Classic has built a reputation as one of the best organized sporting events for young people within the Maritimes; and

Whereas the 26th annual Bedford Classic, held this year from February 26th until March 2nd under the direction of BMBA President and Tournament Chair Steve Mullane, hosted close to 1,200 players between the ages of 8 and 17 from 118 Atlantic Canadian teams, engaging over 15 different HRM sports facilities, 250 volunteers, 230 coaches, 74 officials and 4,000 parents and spectators;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the importance of this major annual tournament to Bedford, HRM and the Maritimes and congratulate the members of the Bedford Minor Basketball Association organization and Steve Mullane for their determination and energy in producing a first-class event for thousands of participants.

RESOLUTION NO. 1741

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Illusions Rhythmic Gymnastics Club is based in Bedford and since 1995 has provided recreation programs and competitive training to girls aged 3 and up, with athletes ranging from beginners to elite competitors; and

Whereas Illusions hosted the 2014 Atlantic Regional Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in April at the new Bedford-Hammonds Plains Community Centre, welcoming approximately 100 athletes and their families, as well as 12 officials, to our area; and

Whereas a large percentage of the participants travelled from outside of Nova Scotia and had the opportunity to visit and experience all that HRM has to offer;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly send congratulations to the Illusions Rhythmic Gymnastics Club for hosting this event in Bedford and to all participants, families and officials on their successful tournament.

RESOLUTION NO. 1742

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas in 2010 a group of parents at Basinview Drive Community School decided that the project to replace aging playground equipment was to benefit the community and set a primary goal that children of all abilities be able to partake in it; and

Whereas over three years, the group, Community Park Revitalization or CPR, has raised $40,000 and obtained $50,000 from HRM, $10,000 from Councillor Tim Outhit's discretionary fund and $28,000 from Nova Scotia Health and Wellness to cover the total project cost of $128,000; and

Whereas the CPR committee of 11, chaired by Heidi Lyons-Hickey, inspired and galvanized many stakeholders to provide an accessible playground space that since October has been a hit with the community;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Heidi Lyons-Hickey and the Community Park Revitalization committee for their vision, for providing a tremendous example of community spirit and for creating a venue for great family recreational experiences.

Tabled May 1, 2014

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 1783

By: Mr. Keith Irving « » (Kings South)

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

Whereas Ms. Emily Nickerson is a native of Coldbrook, Kings County, and plays soccer for Acadia University in Wolfville; and

Whereas Ms. Nickerson has been recognized at the national level for her exemplary abilities in the game of soccer; and

Whereas Ms. Nickerson has recently been declared the Outstanding First Year Female Athlete of the Year by Acadia Athletics;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Emily Nickerson on her achievements and wish her continued success in her sport.

RESOLUTION NO. 1784

By: Ms. Lenore Zann « » (Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River)

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

Whereas Dr. Sarah Stewart-Clark of the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Truro, Nova Scotia, was featured in a 30-minute documentary entitled Invasive Species, which explored several aquatic invaders that are wreaking havoc in our Maritime waters; and

Whereas the documentary also featured fishermen who are developing innovative ways to keep their industry alive and biologists who are using scientific means to develop a plan of attack against these aquatic invaders; and

Whereas fishermen and scientists are working together to combat these destructive sub-sea invaders as many have no natural enemies;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulates Dr. Stewart-Clark, fishermen, biologists, and the crew of the documentary who have combined their forces to look for solutions and bring awareness to this serious issue.

RESOLUTION NO. 1785

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By: Ms. Lenore Zann « » (Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council President and CEO Diane Kelderman has been invited to participate on Canada's G8 National Advisory Board; and

Whereas Diane Kelderman will join to create Canada's report on the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force in June of this year; and

Whereas Ms. Kelderman is the only invitee from Atlantic Canada and this invitation speaks volumes to her credibility and leadership she has shown in business and finance;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulates Diane Kelderman and wishes her much success during these important meetings.

RESOLUTION NO. 1786

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont « » (Argyle-Barrington)

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

Whereas on April 7th, more than 70 volunteers were recognized for the valuable contributions they make to their committees and our province at the 40th Annual Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony; and

Whereas the Municipality of Argyle and its volunteers were honoured to have been named Model Volunteer Community of the Year; and

Whereas the Municipality of Argyle has a very active volunteer base that helps to organize numerous activities throughout the year, and in 212 it was made evident when they hosted the 2012 Finales des Jeux de l'Acadie with more than 900 volunteers involved in that event;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Warden Aldric d'Entremont and the Municipality of Argyle for receiving this award and thank them for their contributions in making Nova Scotia stronger.

RESOLUTION NO. 1787

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By: Hon. Stephen McNeil « » (The Premier)

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

Whereas Stephen Bennett, a Grade 12 student at Middleton Regional High School, was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award, initiated by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development; and

Whereas the award was presented in recognition of Stephen's outstanding leadership and commitment to fostering inclusive environments in his school and community; and

Whereas the Honourable J. J. Grant, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia made the presentation on February 26, 2014, at Province House;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly join me in congratulating Stephen on receiving this well-deserved recognition and wish him well in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1788

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil « » (The Premier)

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

Whereas when the name Maureen MacLean is brought up in the Middleton area, chances are it is in relation to music; and

Whereas Maureen has had a distinguished career in music, first as a music student at Mount Allison University and then as a music teacher in the public school system until 1984 and later, privately in her home, teaching piano, organ, and theory; and

Whereas she is a colleague of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, has directed the Middleton Choral Society since 1976, and plays the organ at the church I attend, St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Bridgetown;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly join me in congratulating Maureen MacLean on the eve of the 40th Anniversary of the Middleton Choral Society and wish her a fun-filled evening reminiscing with choristers at this gala event being held May 3rd at St. John's United Church in Middleton.

RESOLUTION NO. 1789

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By: Hon. Stephen McNeil « » (The Premier)

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

Whereas Warren Jones is a volunteer fire fighter and an active teenage volunteer in his community of Middleton; and

Whereas he recently joined forces with Melissa Marshall, of the Scotiabank in Middleton, to raise money for the new fire hall and community centre; and

Whereas Warren raised more than $1,500 when he dyed his hair pink, on April 12, and Scotiabank matched the money to donate a total of $3,360;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly join me in congratulating Warren Jones who has proven to be a very active member of his community and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1790

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil « » (The Premier)

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

Whereas Nictaux resident Ethelyn Mosher is an icon in the Middleton area for her unique perspective on people and events as expressed in the local paper for over 40 years; and

Whereas known for her sage advice, it was no surprise when Ethelyn was chosen as Mrs. Chatelaine for the second time in 50 years for her six tips on having a successful marriage; and

Whereas after having been married for 65 years to George Mosher, there is no question she would be considered a resident expert in the area of marriage;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly join me in congratulating Ethelyn Mosher on the recent Chatelaine article and wishing her and George a very Happy 65th Wedding Anniversary.

RESOLUTION NO. 1791

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By: Mr. Terry Farrell « » (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas on Thursday, March 27, 2014, the community of Amherst, Nova Scotia, lost one of its prominent citizens, Muriel Wightman; and

Whereas early in World War II she enlisted in the Canadian Army at age 18, serving in the Canadian Women's Army Corp in Canada, England, and northwest Europe; she served in Canada with the supply branch RCOC and overseas in the "Army Show"; and

Whereas Muriel Wightman was very active in the Girl Guide movement and served as district commissioner until health problems forced her to leave the position; and

Whereas she was an active member of the UCW, Unit 1, at Trinity-St. Stephen's United Church and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 10 of Amherst, NS;

Therefore be it resolved the members of this House of Assembly extend our condolences to Muriel's children - Ruth (Fred) Gamble, Peter (Laura), Jane (Jack) MacDonald, David (Dale) and daughter-in-law Lois Wightman-Budd and grandchildren Douglas, Kimberly, Christina, Sean, Jaime, Michael, Veronica, and Roland, sisters Betty Hawken and Barbara Green, 11 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; and honour her memory by strengthening our appreciation for the immense contribution she made to her country and community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1792

By: Mr. Terry Farrell « » (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Ice Midget Ladies hockey team are the 2013-14 Hockey Nova Scotia Female Midget A provincial champions; and

Whereas Nova Ice features players from Amherst, Parrsboro, Springhill, and Tatamagouche, coached for the first time by Bliss Walton; and

Whereas Nova Ice played as a team for the first time this season and, of the 15 players, 12 were on opposing teams last year;

Therefore be it resolved the members of this House of Assembly commend the Nova Ice Midget Ladies hockey team for their competitive spirit and achieving the distinction of 2013-14 provincial champions.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1793

By: Mr. Terry Farrell « » (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas Jean Miller of "Christmas for Kids" of Amherst, Nova Scotia, has recently completed over 20 years of putting together an annual collection of Christmas items to make a better Christmas day for many children; and

Whereas Jean Miller is a volunteer on the executive of the "Highland Fling" and this year, 2014, marks the 31st celebration of this event, raising money for the Cumberland Regional Health Authority - her connection to this event goes back to 1987; and

Whereas Jean Miller is a volunteer correspondent for The Citizen-Record, a local weekly newspaper reporting such things as local news and church events;

Therefore be it resolved the members of this House of Assembly commend Jean Miller for contributing outstanding support of local children and for volunteering with local organizations for the betterment of the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1794

By: Mr. Terry Farrell « » (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas 10-year-old Jacob Melanson started raising money for cancer research by making bracelets from coloured elastic bands; and

Whereas Jacob began selling his bracelets for 50 cents and $1 on November 18th with a goal of $500, and on December 24th he changed his goal to $1,000; and

Whereas Jacob was able to get some of his friends and players from his hockey team to make and sell these bracelets, joining his fight against cancer; and

Whereas Jacob continues to make people aware of his fundraising for cancer research with the help of his family, and continues to sell his colourful bracelets;

Therefore be it resolved the members of this House of Assembly commend Jacob on his generosity and thoughtfulness, and wish him continued success in fundraising.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1795

By: Mr. Terry Farrell « » (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas Carol Bristol of Amherst, Nova Scotia, having celebrated five years of organizing the weekly Dick's Jamboree, providing entertainment to the community; and

Whereas the Jamboree affords a venue for local musicians and singers to show and share their talents and gives back to the community by donating to various local charities; and

Whereas Carol Bristol shows particular concern and compassion for our senior citizens and makes resources available for them to be involved in their community;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly commend Carol Bristol for contributing outstanding support of local singers and musicians, and for her contributions to local charities around the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1796

By: Mr. Terry Farrell « » (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas George Evans of Amherst, Nova Scotia, a World War II veteran, received his 55-year bar in recognition of his membership in Amherst Legion's Branch No. 10; and

Whereas George Evans served for 35 years with Customs Canada, retiring as inspector; and

Whereas George Evans has written several books about his World War II Royal Navy experiences and other life experiences;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly commend George Evans on his ability to make people understand the high cost and sacrifices behind the freedom they have come to enjoy.

RESOLUTION NO. 1797

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By: Mr. Terry Farrell « » (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas Heather LeMoine, a long-time supporter of the Cumberland Health Care Authority, has been named this year's recipient of the Amherst Rotary Club's Community Paul Harris Fellowship Award; and

Whereas Heather LeMoine has also been active in youth and church organizations, and serves on an outreach committee that helps people in need in the Amherst area; and

Whereas the Amherst Rotary Club believes that her life and volunteer work exemplified Rotary ideals;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly commend Heather LeMoine on being the honoured recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award and for her volunteer contributions to her church and community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1798

By: Mr. Terry Farrell « » (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas Ducks Unlimited of Amherst, Nova Scotia, has undertaken an initiative to raise public awareness of the vital functions performed by wetlands and are promoting wetland conservation by creating awareness of World Wetlands Day; and

Whereas Ducks Unlimited has worked to make the public aware of the benefits that wetlands provide; and

Whereas World Wetlands Day involves educating children as to the value wetlands provide to our water systems by filtering groundwater and recreational water;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly commend Ducks Unlimited for creating outstanding awareness of World Wetlands Day.

RESOLUTION NO. 1799

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By: Mr. Terry Farrell « » (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas Daren White of Amherst, Nova Scotia, has been presented with the YMCA Peace Medallion; and

Whereas the YMCA Peace Medallion is intended to recognize the achievements of individuals and groups in local communities who, without any special resources, demonstrate in their lives and activities the values expressed in the World Alliance of YMCA's 1981 Statement of Peace; and

Whereas Daren White, a school teacher at Spring Street Academy, goes above and beyond his duties to instill pride and encouragement in his students and the school as a whole;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly commend Daren White for his humanitarianism and outstanding contributions to the people of Amherst, his community and Spring Street Academy.

RESOLUTION NO. 1800

By: Mr. Terry Farrell « » (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas Maggie's Place, a family resource centre, and its staff of Amherst, Nova Scotia, offer a place where parents, caregivers and children can play, learn and meet others; and

Whereas Maggie's Place offers free programs for adults and children, including pre- and postnatal support; child development programs for preschoolers; and programs for school-aged children, youth, and teens; and

Whereas Maggie's Place Family Resource Centre is a leader in the province in their approach to working with families, as they build families' strengths, serve as a hub for the community, work for positive social change, and offer help in a supportive environment;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly commend Maggie's Place for contributing outstanding support to local families and community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1801

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By: Mr. Terry Farrell « » (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas Maltby Group of Amherst, Nova Scotia, has recently purchased a well-established dry cleaning business and has invested in making major renovations to the existing business; and

Whereas Maltby Group has made improvements to a business that was established in 1962 by Gordon Holmes, father of the most recent owner, Elizabeth Holmes Hickey, and the late Bill Hickey also operated Home Again Sports in the same location, which the Maltbys will re-establish; and

Whereas Maltby Group will name the business Holmes & Maltby Cleaners, keeping the history along with modernizing and upgrading to dry and wet cleaning operations, and the staff will remain under a new manager, Chris Maltby;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commend Maltby Group for making the investment and seeing the potential for this business.

RESOLUTION NO. 1802

By: Mr. Terry Farrell « » (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas Summer-Joy Upshaw of Amherst was chosen for the 2014 African Heritage Month poster celebrating youth and the rising stars in our communities because of her involvement in all committees of her high school and her involvement by volunteering in various other local organizations; and

Whereas Summer-Joy Upshaw works with our local Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association (CANSA) office to help organize activities focusing on African Nova Scotian heritage, community involvement, and upkeep; and

Whereas Summer-Joy Upshaw, a Grade 12 student at River Hebert District High School, is most definitely a rising star, looking to assist people with disadvantages;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commend Summer-Joy Upshaw, a rising star, on being one of six youth chosen for the 2014 African Heritage Month poster for her outstanding contribution to her community.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1803

By: Mr. Terry Farrell « » (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas PolyCelo of Amherst, Nova Scotia, has been named one of the top employers in Nova Scotia of 2014 based on eight criteria including physical workplace, work atmosphere and social health, financial and family benefits, vacation and time off, employee communications, performance management, training and skills development, and community involvement;

Whereas PolyCelo is a company that lets everyone share in its success through a profit-sharing plan and supports ongoing employee education with tuition subsidies for job-related courses and provides subsidies for professional accreditation; and

Whereas PolyCelo also manages an academic scholarship program for children of employees who pursue post-secondary education, up to a maximum of $2,500 per child;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commend PolyCelo in being named to the list of Nova Scotia's top employers for 2014.

RESOLUTION NO. 1804

By: Mr. Terry Farrell « » (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas the artisans from the Amherst Train Station Artisan Gallery recently finished phase one in making the Amherst historic train station a permanent gallery; and

Whereas the artisans are now working, with Via Rail and the Town of Amherst, on a long-term arrangement for the gallery; and

Whereas 57 artisans participated in the gallery during its inaugural year, while another 25 to 30 were on a waiting list and, between August and late December, 2013, the gallery had 3,000 visitors;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly commend the train station artisans for contributing outstanding support of the culture and art of the community.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1805

By: Mr. Terry Farrell « » (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas the Cumberland Branch of the NSPE Philae Shriners are raising funds for a new Shriners Hospital for Children in Montreal, P.Q.; and

Whereas the Cumberland Branch is looking after 17 children from this area needing the services of this hospital, fundraising through local community radio, the sale of 2,600 calendars, and by selling 20,000 tickets on various prizes, helping to reach a goal of $135 million; and

Whereas the Cumberland Shriners have a small membership of around 50 members in Amherst, they won the trophy for best Shriners Club in all of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island last year;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly commend the Cumberland Branch of the Philae Shriners on their diligence and generosity, and wish them continued success in their caring for our sick children.

RESOLUTION NO. 1806

By: Mr. Terry Farrell « » (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas Dick's Jamboree of Amherst, Nova Scotia, recently finished five years of putting together a weekly jamboree, with a minimal charge to be entertained by various musicians; and

Whereas the jamboree affords a venue for local musicians and singers to show and share their talents; and

Whereas the jamboree, after expenses, gives back to the community by donating to various local charities - Dick's Jamboree shows particular concern and compassion for our senior citizens and makes available resources for them to be involved in the community;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly commend Dick's Jamboree for contributing outstanding support of local singers and musicians, and for contributing to local charities of the community.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1807

By: Mr. Terry Farrell « » (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas Dick Bristol, founder of Dick's Jamboree of Amherst, Nova Scotia, which provides weekly entertainment to the community for minimal charge; and

Whereas the jamboree affords a venue for local musicians and singers to show and share their talents; and

Whereas the jamboree gives back to the community by donating to various local charities, Dick Bristol shows particular concern and compassion for our senior citizens and makes resources available to them to be involved in their community;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly commend Dick Bristol for his outstanding support and contributions to the local musicians and local charities of the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1808

By: Mr. Eddie Orrell « » (Northside-Westmount)

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

Whereas May is Motorcycle Awareness Month; and

Whereas every Spring, motorists take to Nova Scotia's roads to enjoy the fine weather and the beautiful scenery; and

Whereas drivers of all other vehicles and all road users are reminded to safely "share the road" with motorcyclists and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize Motorcycle Awareness Month and support this important safety campaign so all motorists can safely take advantage of Nova Scotia's scenic drives.

RESOLUTION NO. 1809

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By: Mr. Alfie MacLeod « » (Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg)

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

Whereas Paul Carrigan was recently appointed as the president of the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce; and

Whereas Paul Carrigan is currently the general manager of Sydney Ports Corporation; and

Whereas Paul Carrigan has many years of experience in the Sydney area, working and volunteering many hours to make this local area a viable place to live;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Paul Carrigan on becoming the president of the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce.

RESOLUTION NO. 1810

By: Mr. Chuck Porter « » (Hants West)

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

Whereas today marks Nova Scotia's second annual Doctors' Day, a day meant to show gratitude and recognize the amazing contributions made by doctors of all specialities across our province; and

Whereas May 1st was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Emily Stowe, the first female physician in Canada; and

Whereas every day, doctors in this province see an average of 30,000 patients, working tirelessly to better the health of Nova Scotians;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize May 1st as Doctor's Day in this province and work hard to one day ensure that every Nova Scotian has easy access to a physician so they too can share stories and benefit from better health care.

RESOLUTION NO. 1811

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By: Mr. Chuck Porter « » (Hants West)

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

Whereas this Sunday will evoke bittersweet memories for the congregation of the Juniper Grove United Church in Falmouth as it will hold its last church service; and

Whereas the Juniper Grove United Church held its first service in 1862 with family names such as Armstrong, Aylward and Curry among the congregation, the same names of people who will attend the last service; and

Whereas Juniper Grove United Church is closing due to declining population and mounting costs;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commend the board of stewards and trustees of Juniper Grove United Church for making such a difficult decision and wish congregants well as they merge with the St. James United Church in Hantsport.

RESOLUTION NO. 1812

By: Mr. Lloyd Hines « » (Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie)

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

Whereas the Guysborough Memorial Hospital Foundation will soon launch a door-to-door fundraising campaign to raise the remaining $700,000 of the $1.5 million community portion to complete the extension on the Guysborough Memorial Hospital; and

Whereas former community health nurse Kaye Williams has graciously agreed to be the honorary chair of the campaign; and

Whereas Kaye has dedicated her life to helping the community particularly in the area of health care and over the years she has spearheaded many fundraising campaigns, but now has retired and is passing the torch on to others in the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly wish Mrs. Williams, her co-chairs Elizabeth Connolly, George Rodgers and Bill Innis and all their volunteers continued success and be ever so mindful of their commitment to our community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1813

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By: Mr. Lloyd Hines « » (Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie)

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

Whereas the Harbourview Volunteer Fire Department has been offering an essential service to its community since 1975; and

Whereas they have assisted their community when in its most vulnerable time of need through house fires, grass fires, vehicle accidents, medical emergencies and so much more; and

Whereas they respond all hours of the day, holidays and weekends, and these volunteers have missed family events, anniversaries and more all while most are juggling their day jobs and families;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly join me as I say a heartfelt "thank you" to all volunteer firefighters and their families and be ever so mindful of the importance of their roles in the lives of so many.

RESOLUTION NO. 1814

By: Hon. Denise Peterson-Rafuse « » (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas there are people in our community who work quietly and diligently out of the simple pleasure of loving to help and be part of their community, and these people need no title or spotlight but are ready to roll up their sleeves and help where they can; and

Whereas Mae Payne is just such a volunteer, someone who has shown up in her community for many, many years and is known to be dependable, helpful and willing; and

Whereas despite serious illness and the amputation of her leg, Mae Payne's determination remains strong and her helping spirit has not been dampened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in saluting all those people in our communities who help, show up and can be depended on like Mae Payne, and recognize how much we need people in our communities with just such a helping spirit.

RESOLUTION NO. 1815

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By: Hon. Denise Peterson-Rafuse « » (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas exposure to other cultures is the best way to learn about them and the surest way to develop understanding between people; and

Whereas student exchange programs are a very valuable way of creating opportunities to meet people from different places with different ways and the impact of these programs is not limited to the students who participated, but in fact the benefits are felt by teachers, family members and the community itself; and

Whereas Forest Heights Community School's student exchange program has been creating these learning opportunities for over 30 years, and presently 37 DevelsteinCollege students from the Netherlands are billeted across the Chester Municipality, from Blandford to New Ross to Western Shore, where new understandings and friendships are being forged;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House recognize the importance of student exchange programs as a way of exposing people to others' cultures and as a way to explore new ways of thinking, and thank Forest Heights Community School, especially teacher Terry Morris, for continuing to provide this opportunity to students and to the communities involved.

RESOLUTION NO. 1816

By: Mr. Bill Horne « » (Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank)

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

Whereas Winfred Vincent Baker, age 95, a veteran of World War II, was nominated by the Fall River Historical Society and was awarded Volunteer of the Year, Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank; and

Whereas he started an Air Cadet Squadron, worked with them for 25 years, held office with the Royal Canadian Legion, was active in church affairs, organized the Knights of Columbus, is past president of the Canadian Industrial Arts Teachers Association and a member of the Concert Society; and

Whereas he joined the Friendly Group of Seniors in 1984, was president, led a group to form the Historical Society and to publish their first history book, and he also visited elementary schools regularly to talk to students, and took a Red Cross course to teach exercises to keep seniors mobile and still directs and encourages the seniors today;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Winfred on his well-deserved honour of receiving Volunteer of the Year and on being an inspiration to young and old.

RESOLUTION NO. 1817

By: Mr. Lloyd Hines « » (Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie)

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

Whereas the Ernville and District Fire Department has been offering an essential service to its community since 1986; and

Whereas they have assisted their community when in its most vulnerable time of need through house fires, grass fires, vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, and so much more; and

Whereas they respond all hours of the day, holidays, weekends, these volunteers have missed family events, anniversaries, and more, all while most are juggling their day jobs and family obligations;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly join me as I say a heartfelt thank you to all volunteer fire fighters and their families and be ever so mindful of the importance of their roles in the lives of so many.

RESOLUTION NO. 1818

By: Hon. Denise Peterson-Rafuse « » (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas during the recent Sochi Olympics, two Nova Scotia athletes represented our province; and

Whereas Sidney Crosby from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, and Alexandra Duckworth from Kingsburg, Nova Scotia, competed in hockey and snowboarding respectively; and

Whereas both of these athletes worked extremely hard to realize their Olympic dream and deserve to be congratulated and recognized for their accomplishments;

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Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulates Sidney Crosby and Alexandra Duckwork for representing our province at the Sochi Olympics, for being a source of pride for the people of Nova Scotia, and for their commitment to their chosen sport.

RESOLUTION NO. 1819

By: Hon. Denise Peterson-Rafuse « » (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas the Goddard Peace Summit for Students is a one day event held at East St. Margaret's Elementary School where nearly 100 Grade 5 and 6 students, military personnel, veterans, and families come together to learn about and discuss peace and non-violence; and

Whereas named in memory of Nicola Goddard, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in May of 2006, and the brainchild of a former school principal, the summit provides a unique opportunity to consider peace and non-violence within a variety of contexts; and

Whereas now in its eighth year the summit provides these young students with a rare opportunity to explore what peace is from personal peace to more complex social and international issues, and to do so with people with a range of perspectives;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate East St. Margaret's Elementary School on hosting their 8th Annual Goddard Peace Summit and applaud their ongoing commitment to teaching principles of peace and non-violence in such a unique and memorable way.

RESOLUTION NO. 1820

By: Hon. Denise Peterson-Rafuse « » (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas million around the world have no access to the eye glasses they need to correct their sight but for children, clear vision means a better education, healthier development, and a better quality of life, and for adults it means greater employment opportunities and less dependence on others; and

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Whereas Lions Clubs have worked for many years to collect millions of eye glasses, making eyeglass recycling one of their most popular and effective activities; and

Whereas the St. Margaret's Bay Lions Club now participates in this beneficial program and has successfully completed its second year, collecting over 700 donations to be recycled into useable eye glasses;

Therefore be it resolved that the St. Margaret's Bay Lions Club be commended for their success and enthusiasm for this valuable initiative and for bringing attention to the importance of a simple donation of used eye glasses for children and adults the world over.

RESOLUTION NO. 1821

By: Hon. Denise Peterson-Rafuse « » (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas St. George's Anglican Church of East River is valued for its age and architecture as well as the historic and present part it plays in the community it serves; and

Whereas this beautiful church was built circa 1889 under Allan Strum, was constructed with many outstanding features including a bell tower, finial, and cross that could be seen from the sea and was a landmark for years for those on the water; and

Whereas just as the construction of the church was a true community collaboration, down to the hand hewn beams used to construct the church's frame, St. George's has remained a central part of the community of East River for 125 years;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the present and historic value to their communities of churches like St. George's of East River and join the community of East River in Commemorating St. George's Anglican Church's 125th Anniversary.

RESOLUTION NO. 1822

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Joseph Fougere Jr. has been a volunteer with Bedford Legion Branch 95 for eight years, serving with initiative on the executive as well as on the Cenotaph Committee, organizing the Remembrance Day Wreath Ceremony, assisting with repairs to the building, and organizing social and sport events; and

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Whereas Joseph has also worked as a Beaver Leader, T-ball coach, assistant manager for a minor hockey team, and has consistently visited and assisted with activities at Parkland Estates Senior Residence; and

Whereas Joseph was nominated by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 for the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate Joseph Fougere Jr. on his service to Bedford and Nova Scotia, and wish him well in all his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1823

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas John Stoddart has been volunteering with the Bedford Lions Club for 42 years, serving as secretary, treasurer, president, district governor, and chairman of the Lions Foundation of Canada, working on numerous campaigns including road the Haunted Hollow fundraiser, Adopt-A-Highway, and even became a clown for the Gander Day and Gold Cup and Saucer Parades; and

Whereas during his lengthy service John has received numerous accolades including the President's Award, District Governor's Award, Lions Foundation of Canada Award, Judge Brian Stevenson Award, and named a Melvin Jones Fellow and a life member of Lions International, and received two International President's Medals; and

Whereas John was nominated by Bedford Lions Club for the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate John Stoddart on his extensive service to Bedford and Nova Scotia, and wish him well in all his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1824

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By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Paul Henderson has been an active volunteer with Bedford Scouts for the past six years, serving as Cub and Scout Troop Leader, coordinator of Scout Apple Day and 1st Bedford Cabin Master, always serving with wisdom, inclusiveness, depth, and a sense of humour; and

Whereas Paul has received five letters of commendation from the Chief Commissioner of Scouts Canada and was awarded the 2013 Scout Medal for Good Service; and

Whereas he was nominated by Scouts Canada 1st Bedford Group Committee for the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Paul Henderson on his service to the youth of Bedford, and wish him well in all his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1825

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas John Giffin has been volunteering at Bedford Baptist Church for over 55 years, serving as church trustee for 18 years, choir member for six years, Sunday School superintendent, deacon, and overseer of the church expansion; and

Whereas generous with his time and with no need for recognition, John also serves his community by helping children with reading difficulties at Hammonds Plains Elementary, assisting the library programs at Sunnyside Elementary, helping junior and senior members with weekly programs at his golf club, lending his vocal talents to the Bedford Singers and assisting his neighbours with clearing snow, tilling gardens, and cutting down trees; and

Whereas John was nominated by Bedford Baptist Church for the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate John Giffin on his extensive service to the citizens of Bedford and Nova Scotia, and wish him well in all his future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1826

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas William Vye has been a volunteer with the Bedford Horticultural Society for 10 years as vice-president, president, and past president and, as a member of the executive, organized the HRM District NS Association of Gardening Clubs Annual Meeting held in Bedford in 2009, and initiated the creation in 2010 of the BHS Remembrance Garden in Fish Hatchery Park; and

Whereas an excellent speaker with a great sense of humour, William also served his community as vice- chairman on the Cobequid Community Health Centre, as Venues Division Vice-Chairman of the 2011 Canada Games, and as a poppy campaigner for Bedford Legion; and

Whereas William was nominated by Bedford Horticultural Society for the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate William Vye on his service to the citizens of Bedford and Nova Scotia, and wish him well in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1827

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Douglas Tidgwell has volunteered for seven years for the Kwebec Chapter No. 27 Order of the Eastern Star, taking on tasks beyond what is asked of him and holding positions as Associate Patron and Worthy Patron; and

Whereas Douglas has been a member of the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department since 1983, was appointed Lieutenant Captain in 1991, received a 25-year service award from the fire service, and also assisted Bedford Cubs and the CP Allen football team; and

Whereas Douglas was nominated by the Kwebec Chapter No. 27 Order of the Eastern Star for the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Douglas Tidgwell on his devotion to the citizens of Bedford and wish him well in all his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1828

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Vanessa Smith-Majury has been a backbone of the Bedford Minor Football Association, serving as registrar, webmaster, communications director, and interim vice-president, and working politely, thoroughly, and with great communication; and

Whereas Vanessa's achievement of switching registration from paper to online has saved a great deal of time and made accounting vastly easier for the organization, and the acquisition of the scoreboard can be attributed to Vanessa's efforts; and

Whereas Vanessa was nominated by the Bedford Minor Football Association for the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Vanessa Smith-Majury on her volunteer commitment to Bedford Minor Football and wish her well in all her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1829

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Jean Smith has been volunteering at Beacon House for over nine years, organizing Christmas hampers, working in the interview room and food bank, assisting clients with great compassion using her Special Education Degree to direct students with special needs, and notably, in 2013, marshalling members of the Canadian Armed Forces to pack and store 500 Christmas baskets in three hours; and

Whereas Jean also serves her community by working weekly at Chalice, as a lector, commentator, and Sunday school teacher for 25 years at St. Ignatius Church, as a receptionist and assistant to the volunteer coordinator at Feed Nova Scotia, and as a Brownie and Guide Leader; and

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Whereas Jean was nominated by Beacon House Interfaith Society for the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House congratulate Jean Smith for being a nominee for Bedford Volunteer of the Year 2014 and for her dedication to making Bedford a better place to live.

RESOLUTION NO. 1830

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Barbara Macey has been an active and reliable member of the Bedford Grandmothers, which she has supported since its inception in 2008, participating in raising funds, preparing and serving food at Spring luncheons, co-hosting annual bridge luncheons, supporting events and attending regional conferences in metro and Prince Edward Island, and, as part of a judges' panel, selecting winners in a talent contest of students from all area high schools, all in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation; and

Whereas Barbara also serves her community in the VON visitation program, knitting prayer shawls for area folks experiencing health challenges and bereavement, and also assists the Fort Sackville Foundation, works as a Land Steward for the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and participates in counts of waterfowl and sub-species; and

Whereas Barbara was nominated by the Bedford Grandmothers for the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Barbara on her extensive service to Bedford, Nova Scotia, and to Africa, and wish her well in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1831

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Karen Waterfield has contributed extensively to the Bedford Players in the past 10 years, serving as treasurer, president and past president, producer, director, stage manager, technical lead, set construction, and front of house management, and also took a lead acting role and wrote two plays; and

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Whereas Karen's Renaissance woman ability and quiet, low-key leadership have also benefited the Dartmouth Players, the Liverpool International Festival, and the Atlantic Fringe Festival; and

Whereas Karen was nominated by the Bedford Players for the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Karen Waterfield on her service to Bedford and Nova Scotia and wish her well in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1832

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Rena Hill has volunteered with Bedford United Church for over 12 years, holding positions in United Church Women, on the Worship and Music Committees, the Social Committee, People Helping People, the Scripture readers and community prayer presenters and assisting with clerical duties in the church office; and

Whereas Rena's highly efficient, proactive, goal-oriented, honest and joyful positivity has also benefitted church activities in Centre Rawdon, the Halifax Presbyterian United Church Women, church youth, her children's Home and School Association, Scott Manor House and the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Rena was nominated by Bedford United Church for the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Rena Hill on her service to Bedford and Nova Scotia and wish her well in all her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1833

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By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Paul and Beth Casey have served the Bedford Beaver Swim Club for six years, Beth as treasurer, co-statistician and co-chair of the 2010 Summer Swimming Provincial Championships and Paul as co-statistician, meet official and Provincials' announcer; and

Whereas Paul and Beth cheerfully and dependably put in over 20 hours per week in the summers, coordinating with coaches, working on meet entries, time trials and many other duties in service to over 100 swimmers; and

Whereas they were nominated by Bedford Beavers Swim Team for the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House congratulate Paul and Beth Casey on their service to Bedford and Nova Scotia and wish them well in all their future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1834

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Bob Burns, treasurer of the Meals on Wheels, Sackville-Bedford Division, and Linda Bezanger have been delivering Meals on Wheels in a dedicated, competent and trustworthy way, stepping up when other volunteers could not; and

Whereas Bob, as a member of the Halifax Amateur Radio Club, provided communications at the Peggy's Cove Swissair tragedy search base, received the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 2002 for service to the Province of Nova Scotia, is a member of the Fultz House Restoration Society and the Warburton search team of the Waverley Amateur Radio Club, and Linda is treasurer of the Bedford Horticultural Society, and both volunteer at Scott Manor House; and

Whereas Linda and Bob were nominated by Meals on Wheels, Sackville-Bedford Division, for the 2014 Bedford Volunteer Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Bob Burns and Linda Bezanger on their extensive service to all Bedford and Nova Scotia and wish them well in all their future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1835

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Ian Dawson, whose neighbour's son Evan was killed due to a highway accident, decided as a result of overwhelming support from the IWK during the tragedy and its aftermath to help the renowned children's hospital continue its mission; and

Whereas Dawson, having gained approval from the IWK Health Centre Foundation and having held its official launch at the Halifax International Boat Show, was inspired to organize a pursuit sailing race called Make Waves for the IWK at the Bedford Basin Yacht Club, to be held on September 27th with the top fundraiser awarded bragging rights and a trophy named after Evan Servaes; and

Whereas with passion and hard work, the race committee, chaired by Dawson, has quickly gained attention from Sail Nova Scotia and yacht clubs as far away as Charlottetown, P.E.I..;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly send best wishes to Ian Dawson and the Make Waves Race Committee for a successful inaugural event and its potential to become a lasting memorial legacy to all children and families served by the IWK.

RESOLUTION NO. 1836

By: Hon. Kelly Regan « » (Labour and Advanced Education)

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

Whereas Wendy Hutt, a retired schoolteacher, has been enthusiastically involved with theatre in Bedford for well over 30 years, through groups such as Basin, All Saints Players and the Bedford Players; and

Whereas Ms. Hutt has taken many roles over the years from stage manager, producer and actor to event planner and ticket taker; and

Whereas Ms. Hutt is a talented actor who lives to have fun but energetically takes her craft very seriously in roles such as the lead in Calendar Girl, which resulted in a cast calendar that raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly commend Wendy Hutt on her lead role in quality community theatre in Bedford and wish her many more years expressing her creativity with the Bedford Players.

RESOLUTION NO. 1837

By: Hon. Keith Colwell « » (Agriculture)

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

Whereas Sally Messenger was born in England and immigrated to Canada in 1967, married a Canadian and raised two beautiful daughters; and

Whereas Sally Messenger and her family moved from Ontario to Nova Scotia in 1974 and has lived here ever since; and

Whereas Sally Messenger has volunteered at St. David's Church, the Circle of Care Furniture Bank, the Canadian Cancer Society, Literacy Nova Scotia and Girl Guides and won the Outstanding Nova Scotians Women's Award in 2001 for her work with the Girl Guides;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge the amazing volunteer work performed by Sally Messenger to her community and to all of Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 1838

By: Hon. Keith Colwell « » (Agriculture)

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

Whereas Shane Irvine, MMM, C.D. was born in Oshawa, raised in Curtis, Ontario, the first born of three children and when he reached adulthood attended cooking school from 1970 to 1973; and

Whereas he joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1974 and became a submariner in 1976 and in carrying out his duties he was transferred some 13 times, including stints in both Germany and England as well as serving in war-torn Bosnia, once known as Yugoslavia, and then retired in 2009 as a Chief Petty Officer 1st Class; and

Whereas now retired, Shane volunteers with the Royal Canadian Legion, their poppy drives, the Submariner Association, St. David's Church in Lake Echo, and wherever else he is needed he will always be there to lend a helping hand;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge and thank Shane Irvine for his many contributions that he made not only to his own community and his own province but to all of Canada.

RESOLUTION NO. 1839

By: Hon. Keith Colwell « » (Agriculture)

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

Whereas William Jenkinson has lived in the Lake Echo community for 40 years where he and his late wife Christine raised their two sons and during this time William has been committed to making his community a better place to live and raise a family; and

Whereas William was involved in the little league baseball as a coach, a charter member of the Lake Echo Lions Club, held the office of King Lion as well as being a volunteer firefighter obtaining level 3 from the Nova Scotia Firefighter School and reaching the rank of Lieutenant; and

Whereas William owned and ran two local businesses i.e. Rusty Cove Diner in Lake Echo and Paul Mark Grocery as well as being involved in land developing and home building, while he held down his full time employment with Warner Lambert;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in acknowledging and thanking William Jenkinson for his many contributions to the youth and to the community of Lake Echo.

RESOLUTION NO. 1840

By: Hon. Keith Colwell « » (Agriculture)

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

Whereas Valley Mushrooms in the beautiful Annapolis Valley is a local business that has produced and shipped fresh, pesticide-free button and Portobello mushrooms since 1995; and

Whereas the RBC Horticulture Innovator of the Year Award recognizes farmers in Nova Scotia who are committed to developing and introducing new practices to the agriculture sector; and

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Whereas Leonard North of Valley Mushrooms received this year's RBC Innovator of the Year Award for a pasteurization process that ensures productive and disease-free compost;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Leonard North on winning RBC's Innovator of the Year Award and for demonstrating a commitment to excellence within the agriculture industry.

RESOLUTION NO. 1841

By: Hon. Keith Colwell « » (Agriculture)

I hereby g