The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House adjourned:
October 26, 2017.

HANSARD 10-32

DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Charlie Parker

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

Available on INTERNET at http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/proceedings/hansard/

Second Session

TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
Law Amendments Committee, Hon. R. Landry 2272
STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS:
Gaming - Responsible Gaming Strategy,
Hon. G. Steele 2272
Health: Emergency Departments Anl. Accountability Rept.,
Hon. Maureen MacDonald 2275
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 1229, "Eric and Junior III": Rescuers - Congrats.,
The Premier 2279
Vote - Affirmative 2280
Res. 1230, House of Assembly - Legislative Staff: Efforts
- Applaud, Hon. F. Corbett 2280
Vote - Affirmative 2281
Res. 1231, Affaires acadiennes: Carte de l'Acadie - Remerciement
à la FANE pour le don, Hon. G. Steele 2281
Vote - Affirmative 2282
Res. 1232, Forrest, Emily: Forrest Walkabout Challenge - Congrats.,
Hon. Maureen MacDonald 2282
Vote - Affirmative 2283
Res. 1233, Marathon of Respect and Equality: Pictou Co.
- Commend, Hon. P. Paris 2283
Vote - Affirmative 2284
- 2 -
Congrats.,
Hon. S. Belliveau 2285
Vote - Affirmative 2285
Res. 1235, N.S.Gambia Assoc.: African Dinner/Auction
- Anniv. (25th), The Premier 2285
Vote - Affirmative 2286
Res. 1236, Holland, Dennis: Order of Red Cross - Congrats.,
Hon. Maureen MacDonald 2286
Vote - Affirmative 2287
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 1237, McDonough, Alexa - MSVU Pres.: Serv. - Acknowledge,
Ms. D. Whalen 2287
Vote - Affirmative 2288
Res. 1238, Townview Estates: Resident Care Workers
- Pay Equity, Hon. K. Casey 2288
Res. 1239, Bicentennial Sch. - Home and Sch. Relations: Teachers
- Congrats., Hon. M. More 2289
Vote - Affirmative 2290
Res. 1240, Townsview Estates - Health/Lbr./Status of Women Mins.:
Arbitration - Honour, Ms. K. Regan 2290
Res. 1241, Eskasoni Parents Against Drugs: Commun. Award
- Congrats., Mr. A. MacLeod 2290
Vote - Affirmative 2291
Res. 1242, Perrot, Bill: Music Dedication - Thank,
Hon. R. Jennex 2291
Vote - Affirmative 2292
Res. 1243, Shubenacadie Canal Commn.: Work - Commend,
Mr. A. Younger 2292
Vote - Affirmative 2293
Res. 1244, MacNeil, Mayor Dan -
Entrepreneurs With Disabilities Award, Hon. C. Clarke 2293
Vote - Affirmative 2293
Res. 1245, Keating, Lulu - Women in the Director's Chair Award (2010),
Mr. M. Smith 2294
Vote - Affirmative 2294
Res. 1246, Fish. & Aquaculture: Coastal Ground Fishery - Save,
Mr. H. Theriault 2294
Vote - Affirmative 2295
Res. 1247, Grand Ole Opry - Flooding: Assistance - Offer,
Mr. A. MacMaster 2295
Vote - Affirmative 2296
Res. 1248, Chisholm, Mel: Commun. Contribution - Thank,
Mr. L. Preyra 2296
Vote - Affirmative 2297
Res. 1249, Comeau, Caleb: Hair Donation - Congrats.,
Hon. W. Gaudet 2297
Vote - Affirmative 2298
Res. 1250, McNeil, William: Farm Environmental Steward
Award Finalist - Congrats., Mr. C. Porter 2298
Vote - Affirmative 2298
Res. 1251, Worm Race (40th): Mill Village Cons. Sch. - Recognize,
Ms. V. Conrad 2298
Vote - Affirmative 2299
Res. 1252, Lyme Disease - HPP Min.: Tickicide - Approv.,
Ms. K. Regan 2299
Res. 1253, Victoria Col. Anl. Vol. Awards: Recipients,
Congrats., Mr. K. Bain 2300
Vote - Affirmative 2301
Res. 1254, Hughes, David - Eureka Firefighter of Yr.,
Mr. C. MacKinnon 2301
Vote - Affirmative 2301
Res. 1255, NDP Gov't. - Pension Indexing Removal - Impact,
Ms. D. Whalen 2301
Res. 1256, Peter Kohler Windows and Entrance Systems
- Industry Pioneer Award, Hon. K. Casey 2302
Vote - Affirmative 2303
Res. 1257, New Germany Rural HS: Energy Around Us Prog. -
Congrats., Ms. P. Birdsall 2303
Vote - Affirmative 2304
Res. 1258, La Baie en Joie: Dancing Comp. - Congrats.,
Hon. W. Gaudet 2304
Vote - Affirmative 2304
Res. 1259, Cape Breton Clipper/Crew: Achievements - Recognize,
Hon. C. Clarke 2305
Vote - Affirmative 2305
Res. 1260, Canso Town/East. Guysborough Co. - Lt.-Gov's Award,
Mr. J. Boudreau 2305
Vote - Affirmative 2306
Res. 1261, Woozles/Bookmark - Libris Awards (2010): Finalists,
Mr. A. Younger 2306
Vote - Affirmative 2307
Vote - Affirmative
Res. 1262, Reid, Leslie - Winter Olympics (2010): Torchbearer
- Congrats., Mr. C. Porter 2307
Vote - Affirmative 2308
Res. 1263, MacDougall, John: C.B. Music - Contribution,
Mr. A. MacMaster 2308
Vote - Affirmative 2308
Res. 1264, Baddeck Acad.: Students - Food Bank Donation,
Mr. K. Bain 2308
Vote - Affirmative 2309
Res. 1265, Nurses: Work - Recognize,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 2309
Vote - Affirmative 2310
Res. 1266, ACAP Cape Breton: Work - Congrats.,
Mr. A. MacLeod 2310
Vote - Affirmative 2311
Res. 1267, HPP: Health Promotion Initiative - Support,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 2311
Vote - Affirmative 2311
Res. 1268, Levy, Ivan Guy: Death of - Tribute,
Mr. L. Glavine 2311
Vote - Affirmative 2312
ORAL QUESTIONS PUT BY MEMBERS:
No. 298, Prem. - Dal. Med. Sch.: Funding - Error Admit,
Hon. S. McNeil 2312
No. 299, Prem.: Townsview Estates - Strike,
Hon. K. Casey 2314
No. 300, Prem.: Lucentis - Coverage,
Hon. S. McNeil 2315
No. 301, Prem. - Sydney Hbr.: Dredging - Proj. Ensure,
Hon. S. McNeil 2316
No. 302, Justice - ChronicleHerald: Quote - Confirm,
Hon. C. Clarke 2317
No. 303, Prem.: C.B. and Central N.S. Railway - Negotiations,
Hon. Manning MacDonald 2318
No. 304, Prem. - Southwestern N.S.: Dev. Auth. - Support,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 2320
No. 305, Educ. - Tri. Co. Reg. Sch. Bd.: Gr. 7, 8, and 9
- Reconfiguration, Ms. K. Regan 2321
No. 306, Educ. - Spring Break 2011: Changes - Consultation,
Mr. K. Bain 2322
No. 307, Prem. - Southwestern N.S.: Transport. Study - Release,
Hon. W. Gaudet 2323
No. 308, Nat. Res. - Biomass: Steering Panel - Stance,
Mr. L. Glavine 2325
No. 309, URB: Public Passenger Vehicles - Inspections,
Mr. C. Porter 2326
No. 310, TCH: Cruise Ships - Tourism Plan,
Mr. H. Theriault 2327
No. 311, Fin. - Auto Insurance: Minor Injuries - Assessment,
Mr. A. MacMaster 2328
No. 312, Fin.: Cap Increase: Insurance Cos. - Effect,
Mr. L. Glavine 2329
No. 313, Fin.: Lbr. Settlements - Budget Effects,
Mr. A. MacMaster 2331
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON BILLS AT 2:30 P.M. 2331
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 3:30 P.M. 2332
CWH REPORTS 2332
PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 61, Non-essential Pesticides Control Act,
Mr. A. Younger 2333
Vote - Affirmative 2333
No. 1, House of Assembly Management Commission Act,
The Premier 2333
Hon. S. McNeil 2334
Hon. C. Clarke 2335
Vote - Affirmative 2345
HOUSE RECESSED AT 5:19 P.M. 2346
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 5:45 P.M. 2346
ARRIVAL OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR 2347
BILLS GIVEN ROYAL ASSENT:
Nos. 1, 10, 13, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24 2347
Nos. 29, 33, 35, 36, 38, 41, 43, 47, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 55, 61, 62,
64, 65, 67, 68, 46 2348
No. 46 2349
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again at the call of the Speaker 2349

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HALIFAX, TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010

Sixty-first General Assembly

Second Session

12:00 NOON

SPEAKER

Hon. Charlie Parker

DEPUTY SPEAKERS

Mr. Gordon Gosse, Hon. Wayne Gaudet, Mr. Alfie MacLeod

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. I call the House to order.

Before we start the daily routine I'll read the late debate, under Rule 5(5). It reads as follows:

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating the Premier and the Minister of Health in receiving their medical degree, as obviously they know more about the treatment of MS using the Liberation Treatment than Dr. Paolo Zamboni, doctors in the United States, Poland, Jordan, and Kuwait, and the current use of the procedure to treat other maladies in Canada.

That will be debated at the hour of interruption.

We will begin the daily routine.

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

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

Bill No. 1 - House of Assembly Management Commission Act.

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

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

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Finance.

HON. GRAHAM STEELE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise as Minister responsible for Part I of the Gaming Control Act. I am pleased to announce today the launch of a process to develop a new, responsible gaming strategy for the Province of Nova Scotia for the period 2011 to 2016. The last gaming strategy was released in April 2005, and was intended to be a five-year plan. It was the first fully integrated gaming strategy for Nova Scotia and, indeed, in Canada.

Now that the initial five-year period has ended, it is time to revisit and rethink our approach to gaming for the next five years. In developing a new gaming strategy we will review some of the same elements outlined in the 2005 strategy, such as the business of gaming, problem gambling prevention and treatment, and research and accountability. We will also look at a number of other aspects of gaming that are new or more prominent in 2010, including Internet gambling, the video lottery My-Play system, also known as the Informed Player Choice System, or IPCS, and the governance model for gaming in Nova Scotia.

The Internet is undeniably the biggest influence in the industry today. There are more than 2,500 offshore Internet gaming sites operating. In addition, there are thousands of applications for mobile devices. In the last six months more than half of the provinces in this country have indicated that they are evaluating or moving forward with Internet gaming. This is something that needs to be reviewed with a continued focus on economic sustainability and social responsibility. Ignoring it is not an option.

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Just as we're seeing growth in Internet gaming, we're also seeing new responsible gaming and prevention technology with Nova Scotia often at the forefront of these innovations.

With respect to First Nations gaming, I recently met with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs and outlined my interest in renewing the gaming strategy. We will engage with the assembly on the key questions being considered in the development of the strategy and on the future of gaming in Nova Scotia. I wish to stress that any changes to the existing gaming agreements with the Mi'kmaq people will be done through a respectful negotiation process and may take longer to conclude than other aspects of the gaming strategy.

The development of the strategy will be led by Ron L'Esperance, a former deputy minister in the provincial government. We are pleased to have someone of Mr. L'Esperance's calibre to lead this important project. He is familiar with government policy development and is experienced in consulting with a wide range of stakeholders. Mr. L'Esperance previously served as deputy minister for the Departments of Environment and Labour, Economic Development, and Community Services.

Mr. L'Esperance will work with an advisory committee of deputy ministers from the Departments of Finance, Health, Health Promotion and Protection, and Labour and Workforce Development, as well as the CEOs of the Office of Aboriginal Affairs and the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation.

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These departments and agencies will provide administrative support to the project leader to ensure the process is well organized and completed in a timely manner. Development of a strategy will be informed by research into best practices in other jurisdictions, stakeholder meetings, and written submissions. I wish to emphasize that there will be plenty of opportunity for public input and for all stakeholders to be heard. It is our intention that the new gaming strategy will be released this Fall. We look forward to the participation of all interested members of this House and of the public as we develop this province's next responsible gaming strategy.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Kings West.

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, I want to first thank the minister for providing an advance copy of his ministerial statement on the Gaming Control Act. After avoiding multiple questions in the House, it is good to see that at least the minister has begun the process for the next five-year gaming strategy. It is interesting to note that the minister has given no indication of the successes or failures of the last five-year gaming strategy. The

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minister knows that the Internet is the biggest influence in the industry today, and it is an undeniable force and an issue that needs to be addressed by government if the province is to have a relevant strategy. We cannot forget that while the amount of people who choose to use older technology such as VLTs has declined, the amount that players spend has gone up. Problem gambling in this province is still a problem.

In 2005 the Premier thought it was enough of a problem that he tabled a bill that would let Nova Scotians have their say on VLTs. However, it is clear that since taking power, the NDP has changed their mind. In developing this process the minister has chosen Mr. Ron L'Esperance to take the lead. Mr. L'Esperance is an experienced leader in policy development. In the development of this new strategy, a look back over the last five years is an important place to start. You have to know where you come from if you want to understand where we need to go.

We have to know we have had success in the past five years but it is also essential that we truly understand our failures. As overall rates of VLT use go down, can we abandon those people who have problems with these machines? Will any of our past practices be of any use in addressing the issue of Internet gambling? How does a provincial jurisdiction monitor and enforce rules in an international on-line world where the next hand of cards, or the next spin of the wheel, is only as far as your cellphone?

The minister talked about seeking out research. The Department of Labour and Workforce Development is withholding research on this very subject. It would be a mistake and a monumental disappointment if this minister continues to suppress information as we move forward on this very important discussion.

After taking many questions in the House the minister has finally started this process in the dying hours of this session, but he has left many more questions unanswered. How is the process of consultation going to take place? What stakeholders will participate? How wide will the public consultation be? Will this be another well-managed public relations strategy or will there be meaningful debate for a change? The next five-year strategy will chart a course for our province. That is why it is so important that this government finally face up to the hard questions, put politics aside for once, and do what is right for all Nova Scotians with an open and transparent debate on the future of gambling in our province.

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

MR. ALFIE MACLEOD: Mr. Speaker, it gives me great privilege to stand here today to say a few words. First, I want to thank the minister for providing me with a copy of the statement beforehand. The issue before us is a very important issue. It was said in April 2005 that in five years' time we would review the strategy, and here we are today getting ready to do that. I congratulate the minister for doing that.

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It's important that we have a measured response and consultation take place with the various stakeholder groups. Public consultation is key in this matter, because this issue has an impact on pretty near every family in Nova Scotia, and to determine the feelings of Nova Scotians on the matter, we need to find out how they have been affected, negatively or positively. We need to know what they feel should be done about the current system and what's the best way to find a path to move forward. Now, I would hope that the process will take and the responses that people give in the public consultation will be longer than a minute as they were in Back to Balance. That being said, having a person of Ron L'Esperance's calibre to look over this process and to be the one to help guide it through the system and over the summer until the Fall until we get the final report is a good thing. Our caucus is eagerly waiting to see what is going to happen and how the process unfolds. We are interested in working with the government to find solutions that will work for all Nova Scotians.

As I've already said - but it is worth repeating - the best way to find those solutions is through the public consultation process. I thank you today for your time, and I look forward to hearing more from the government on this very important project.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Health.

HON. MAUREEN MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to present the first annual accountability report on emergency departments for our province. This report provides accurate, reliable information that will support the right decisions for Nova Scotian families. This is another promise made, another promise kept, action on our platform commitment to improve ministerial accountability for emergency departments. As well, this is another element of our four-year plan to make health care better for families in every region.

I introduced the Emergency Department Accountability Act in October of 2009. It came into effect January 1, 2010. This legislation requires district health authorities to consult with communities about emergency room closures so they could help shape solutions. I want to thank the more than 1,400 Nova Scotians who attended these meetings and shared their thoughts, their worries, and their suggestions. The legislation also requires that data on emergency rooms be collected and shared.

In 2009-10, emergency departments in 38 hospitals across the province were open 94 per cent of the time. Twenty-five of the 38 hospitals had no closures over the past year. Thirteen hospitals did experience closures, totaling 19,116 hours. The data in this report provides government, district health authorities, and Nova Scotians with a complete provincial picture of our emergency departments, which was never fully visible before, because leadership is about sharing information openly so everyone knows the extent of the challenge and can help shape the solutions.

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Before 2009, we did not have an integrated reliable system for collecting and reporting on meaningful information. Dr. John Ross highlighted this problem in his April interim report, and Dr. Ross has joined us today in our east gallery. (Applause) I'm pleased to say that this accountability report establishes the baseline for consistent data collection on emergency departments moving forward. That is accountability.

Of course, there are other important elements within our plan to make health care better for families. In September 2009, our government announced Dr. John Ross as the Provincial Advisor on Emergency Care. This accountability report will provide Dr. Ross with the provincial data he needs to inform his recommendations.

My government also allocated $3 million in the budget for an emergency department protection fund and we are opening more beds which will help patients move forward through the emergency departments. Ministerial accountability for emergency departments, the appointment of a provincial advisor to lead emergency care improvements, and collaboration among government and district health authorities, and communities are the right steps for improving access to emergency health care and to making life better for families in every region.

It's been my privilege to work toward improving emergency health care in Nova Scotia, to receive Dr. Ross's interim report, and the data from the district health authorities, and to provide this accountability report to the members of the House of Assembly. I'd also like to acknowledge the staff in the department who worked very hard in putting this report together.

I look forward to continuing this work so families have an emergency health care system that provides patient safety and quality health care in every region of our beautiful province. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park.

MS. DIANA WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, it gives me pleasure to rise and say a few words about the accountability report that the minister has introduced here in the House today. Certainly we are happy to see it. When we passed the bill last Fall and the entire Legislature saw that bill go through, there was a commitment made that there would be an annual reporting and that the figures would be made available to all of the members of the House. We appreciate that. We had expected it and we're glad to see it here in a timely fashion.

We also highly respect the work that's being done by Dr. Ross. We know he's being thorough in traveling the province and really getting a sense of the different issues in different corners of the province. It's not surprising that the closures are limited to a small number of hospitals, disproportionately, no question about it. I think there are 13 hospitals

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out of the 38 where we're seeing the closures happening. We know that in the communities that are served, there is a lot of anxiety and concern.

I think the new aspect of asking the DHAs to consult with people in their communities is a positive one. I'm sure that's been done in a very fulsome way, in a way that people can speak freely and that their views and suggestions can be heard, quite frankly. We know that if you talk to people in a community, they've looked at the problem and they can understand what the issues are and they can be a part of the solutions. I'm very pleased to see that's now not just something that could be done, but is a requirement to be done. It's interesting to note the minister said 1,400 Nova Scotians participated in those discussions with the DHAs. That is positive in itself.

In terms of the closures, the hours were 19,116 hours of closures. According to my calculations, 68 per cent of those closures would have been since the NDP had become government beginning in June 2009, last June 11th. It is fairly evenly spread through the year, although there is a majority falling in the NDP Government time.

What I'd like to suggest is that in the information that's gathered - because I fully understand the minister saying good information allows for good decision-making - I'd like to see that we also gather information on the waiting times that people experience when they go to the emergency rooms. I think that's just as much a part of accountability as the closures. Just to be sure the communities that are experiencing excessive waits, that have busy regional hospitals, that they're also being included in the information gathering. What we need to know is where we need more resources, and how we take this baseline information and match it to the available resources - be it doctors, nurses, paramedics, and so on.

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As a Halifax MLA, I feel it's important to note that closures of emergency rooms is not a problem in our metro area or in Sydney - well it is in the Sydney greater area, not Sydney regional - but the fact is that for people in those areas, they want to know what are you going to do about excessive waiting periods, about people who come to the emergencyand then turn around, six hours later, and go home untreated.

Those questions are very paramount to many of the people in Nova Scotia. So I would like to point that out and again remind the minister that the idea of locums that could match the resources, the medical and staff resources, to those now documented and recognized closures would be going a long way to the next steps which we have to take in this process. So gathering the information is a good first step and we need to know what you're going to do next in terms of matching resources - and I hope you will go back to the Liberal suggestion of a locums' list and have it centrally managed.

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On the $3 million emergency department protection fund, I would only say that we need to know what is in that; we did have some questions during estimates. We know that money has been set aside in anticipation of action, but the members of the Legislature and certainly the members of the Liberal caucus would like to know what details are being planned in terms of actually making some difference with this $3 million. Hopefully it will go a long way to helping, but we want to know what it's all about. Right now, it is just a line item in the budget.

So, Mr. Speaker, with that, we certainly are pleased to see that there is higher accountability, greater participation of Nova Scotians in the small and large communities of the province to speak to their DHAs about this issue, which has been very paramount to many, many communities. We hope that it won't stop here, that this is just a first step in then going forward with solutions and matching resources to the closures that are clearly documented. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Argyle.

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the minister for having a copy of her statement a couple of hours prior so we could have a quick look at it, and it is my privilege to rise today in response to this statement and I know that this information is important to addressing the emergency room problem in Nova Scotia.

The district health authorities across Nova Scotia already release emergency room closure notices to the public. As a former Minister of Health, I always had access to which hospitals were closed and how many hours they were closed, so all the minister is doing is disclosing the number of total closure hours. Will the information be posted on-line in an easy-to-access manner for Nova Scotians to see? If you want to talk about openness and transparency rather than just presenting them here once a year, let's have them on-line so everyone can see it.

The minister discussed the consultation that the district health authorities held with Nova Scotians in a variety of communities around the province, supposedly 1,400 people came to the community consultations. Now, Mr. Speaker, I was only aware of the one held in Shelburne, and I would really like to know where and when these meetings were held, what was discussed at these meetings, because these facts seem to be unsubstantiated to me - and I canvassed the rest of my colleagues and they weren't aware of these meetings as well.

The emergency room data is to be collected and shared. I see you have collected it, which is something that has been occurring for several years, at least since I was in the portfolio, but who will get to share the data? Will it be distributed publicly on the Department of Health's Web site, hospital by hospital with the number of ER closures, month by month and the reasons for the ER closures? If the minister and the NDP are talking about transparency and ministerial accountability, that would be a really good move forward.

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I would also like to know a little more about what criteria was used for the total of 19,116 hours of ER closures in the 13 emergency rooms in Nova Scotia during the 2009-10 season. I know that the Fishermen's Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg, which was one of the NDP's focuses during the 2009 election, does not count the nightly closures that happen seven days a week from 10:30 p.m. until 7:30 a.m. as closure hours - the NDP used it as closure hours during the election campaign. In Lunenburg, as opposed to other ERs, that problem is not doctor staffing, but nurses. So, Mr. Speaker, having it available and knowing exactly why these things are happening would be good.

Nova Scotians were promised more by the NDP Government last Spring and, as Health Critic, I will hold them accountable to their promises to keep all emergency rooms open 24 hours a day, seven days week as was stated by the Premier many, many times on the campaign trail.

Mr. Speaker, now that we know and have a set number on the size of this problem, I look forward to seeing something of substance come forward that will stop the number of closures that plague the communities of Digby, North Sydney, Lunenburg, New Waterford, and Glace Bay, on a regular basis. I'm sure knowing the fact that their ERs are closed is cold comfort to the people who are seeking medical treatment in those communities.

Mr. Speaker, even though I look at this as a very positive step, the moving forward on ER closures, there is still a lot of work to be done and we look forward to more constructive things to come from this NDP. Thank you very much.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Agriculture on an introduction.

HON. JOHN MACDONELL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I thank the members. I'd like to draw the members' attention to the east gallery. We have some guests from my constituency, a very special group of people. This is the Cobequid 4-H group and their leaders are: Wanda Hamilton, who is the general leader - and I'll ask everybody to stand as I say your name; Joanne Solway, photography leader and 4-H parent; Lexi Ettinger; Luke Ettinger; Brooke Hamilton; Brittani Hamilton; Blake Hamilton; Emily Solway Ferguson; Mary Solway Ferguson; and Tyler Crowe. I ask the members of the House to give them a warm reception. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: We welcome all of our guests here this afternoon and hope they enjoy the proceedings as they unfold.

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1229

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

Whereas lobster fisherman Mark Taylor of Centreville, Kings County, and his crew of two were on board the Eric and Junior III Monday afternoon when the 11-metre wooden lobster boat started taking on water in Scots Bay near Cape Split; and

Whereas the Canadian Coast Guard auxiliary vessel and a Cormorant search and rescue helicopter from Greenwood were dispatched to rescue the crew of the sinking vessel, with the support from a Hercules aircraft that was training in the area at the time; and

Whereas a search and rescue technician from the Cormorant chopper was lowered to the deck of the boat and hoisted the three fishermen to safety moments before the sinking vessel disappeared beneath the icy waters of the Bay of Fundy;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this Legislature recognize the dangerous job of a lobster fisherman and thank the crew on board the Canadian Coast Guard ship and the Cormorant and the Hercules aircraft for their heroic efforts in rescuing the crew of the Eric and Junior III.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Deputy Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 1230

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

Whereas our legislative sessions run smoothly thanks only to the amazing staff who operate within and outside the Chamber; and

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Whereas this includes the hard-working Legislative Counsel staff, the staff of the Speaker's Office, the efficient Hansard and Legislative Library personnel, the tireless Pages and their managers, Michael and Peter, the staff of Legislative Television, and the faithful advisers in the Clerk's Office; and

Whereas those behind the scenes who keep things moving also include the loyal staff in three caucus offices, the Premier's Office, as well as the Committees Office, along with tremendous efforts of both the catering and cleaning staff in the Legislature, all kept in line by diligent Commissionaires and the Sergeant-at-Arms;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House salute these fantastic individuals and teams who ensure that the work of this historic Chamber runs orderly and effectively, regardless of the hour of day or task at hand, and wish them all a wonderful summer.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried. (Applause)

The honourable Minister of Acadian Affairs.

RESOLUTION NO. 1231

HON. GRAHAM STEELE: M. le Président, à une date ultérieure, je demanderai l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

Attendu que la Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse a offert en cadeau au ministre des Affaires acadiennes une reproduction encadrée d'une carte de la région de la rivière Annapolis datant de 1757; et

Attendu que la carte représente un bien historique rare pour la communauté parce qu'elle montre l'emplacement des villages acadiens, y compris ceux de la région de Belleisle, durant la période de la Déportation, aussi appelée le Grand Dérangement; et

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Attendu que demain, 12 mai 2010, la carte sera dévoilée et installée en permanence à l'étage principal de Province House;

Par conséquent, il est résolu que les membres de l'Assemblée législative remercient la Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse de son cadeau et réitèrent leur engagement envers la préservation et la promotion de la langue et de la culture des Acadiens.

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

Whereas the Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse has presented to the Minister of Acadian Affairs the gift of a mounted reproduction of a map of the Annapolis River area dating from 1757; and

Whereas this map represents a rare historical asset for the community because it shows the placement of Acadian villages, including those in the Belleisle region during the time of the deportation or great upheaval; and

Whereas tomorrow, May 12, 2010, the map will be unveiled and placed on permanent display on the main floor of Province House;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank the Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse for its gift of a mounted reproduction of a map of the Annapolis River area dating from 1757, and affirm its commitment to the preservation and promotion of Acadian language and culture.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Health.

HON. MAUREEN MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I would ask that at the end of my resolution I would be permitted to make an introduction, please.

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MR. SPEAKER: Certainly.

The honourable Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 1232

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

Whereas the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, the Ecology Action Centre, and the Department of Health Promotion and Protection are working to revitalize a culture of walking in the province through the Heart and Stroke Walkabout, a five-year initiative with the long-term goal of increasing the number of Nova Scotians who walk 30 to 60 minutes most days; and

Whereas on May 13th Emily Forrest will embark on the Forest Walkabout challenge, a 75-day, 2,995-kilometre walk along the Nova Scotia coastline, to raise awareness of the Heart and Stroke Walkabout and Brigadoon Children's Camp; and

Whereas it is important for everyone to have a positive role model who inspires us to get active and journey to better health and well-being;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Emily Forrest, wish her well on the Forest Walkabout challenge, and encourage all Nova Scotians to join Emily in her goal of creating a healthier Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Health on an introduction.

HON. MAUREEN MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, in our east gallery this afternoon we're joined by Emily Forrest. She will be leaving from the skateboard park Thursday at 7:30 a.m., along Quinpool Road, and I invite any of the members to come out and walk with

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Emily, those first few steps, and I would ask her to rise and receive the warm welcome of the House. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs.

RESOLUTION NO. 1233

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

Whereas Henderson Paris ended his annual Pictou County Run Against Racism in 2009 after 20 years of success; and

Whereas on Thursday, May 6th, Pictou County started a new tradition in honour of Mr. Paris' legacy with the Marathon of Respect and Equality; and

Whereas throughout the 26-mile run participants also rallied with passersby to spread a message of respect and equality;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend the residents of Pictou County for their dedication by continuing the hard work of Henderson Paris and for being committed to spreading a message of respect and equality.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Environment.

HON. STERLING BELLIVEAU: Mr. Speaker, first could I have an introduction, please?

MR. SPEAKER: Certainly.

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MR. BELLIVEAU: Mr. Speaker, I'd like to introduce to the House a special guest in the east gallery. Ms. Sarah Craig was the Department of Environment's Fall co-op student, and she distinguished herself by completing a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, along with other projects beneficial to the department and the province as a whole. I will be introducing a resolution to honour her in a few moments, and I want to say a special welcome on behalf of all members. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Environment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1234

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

Whereas the Government of Nova Scotia supports the professional development of our university students through the employment of co-op students through our Career Starts program; and

Whereas the Department of Environment Fall co-op student Sarah Craig distinguished herself by completing a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, along with other projects beneficial to the department and the province as a whole; and

Whereas Sarah Craig was recognized as Dalhousie Co-op Student of the Year for 2009 and as one of The ChronicleHerald's Top 20 in their 20s for her work for the department;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Sarah Craig for her recognitions and for her hard work and dedication to her job while with the Department of Environment.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 1235

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

Whereas on May 12th, the Nova Scotia Gambia Association will mark its 25th African Dinner and Auction; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia Gambia Association is one of the province's most successful and long-standing international development non-governmental organizations; and

Whereas the work of the association is acclaimed internationally for the positive impact it has created amongst marginalized groups in West Africa, focusing its programs on education and health issues related to HIV/AIDS, malaria prevention, landmine safety, and peer education in secondary schools;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House wish the Nova Scotia Gambia Association much success at their 25th Anniversary dinner and auction being held on May 12th and offer them congratulations on their continued efforts to make a difference in Africa.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 1236

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

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Whereas the Canadian Red Cross is one of the leading humanitarian organizations through which people voluntarily demonstrate their caring for others in need; and

Whereas Dennis Holland, the Department of Health's Senior Director of Policy, Planning and Legislation has been a Red Cross volunteer for 12 years; and

Whereas Dennis is a past-president of the Nova Scotia region of the Canadian Red Cross, a past-president of the Red Cross' Atlantic Zone, and a long-standing member of the Canadian Red Cross' National Board of Governors;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Dennis Holland on being made a member of the Order of the Red Cross.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

NOTICES OF MOTION

MR SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park.

RESOLUTION NO. 1237

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

Whereas Alexa McDonough enjoyed a 30-year career in politics both provincially and federally, was the first woman to lead a recognized political Party in Canada and is a strong advocate for women in politics; and

Whereas Alexa brought her many talents and broad experience to Mount Saint Vincent University as the interim president for 2009-10; and

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Whereas the staff, administration, alumni, students and faculty have welcomed her great interest and support for the many facets of the university and have appreciated her ability to lead them forward in many initiatives;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House acknowledge Alexa McDonough for her dedicated service as interim president of Mount Saint Vincent University and wish her a long-lasting relationship with the university after she steps down on September 30, 2010.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.

HON. KAREN CASEY: Mr. Speaker, I would like to do an introduction prior to the resolution. I'd like to draw the member's attention to the gallery opposite where we have members of Local 721, the International Union of Operating Engineers who are here to join us. John Payne, Don Dixon, Angela MacLean, Betty Murray, Karen Code and Ted Crocket are here to watch the proceedings of the House today. I would like us to give them a warm welcome. (Applause)

RESOLUTION NO. 1238

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

Whereas an arbitrator ruled in June 2009 that resident care workers at Townsview Estates in Truro were performing duties equivalent to higher paid positions; and

Whereas the Department of Health, in a letter to the administration of Townsview Estates, stated the department would be increasing their funding to provide the new rate of pay for these staff; and

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Whereas members from Local 721, seeking fair treatment, attended the April 14, 2010 session of this House and to date no resolution has been found;

Therefore be it resolved that the NDP Government take steps to ensure that the resident care workers at Townsview Estates immediately receive their pay equity.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Education.

HON. MARILYN MORE: If I might be permitted to make an introduction before I read my resolution.

MR. SPEAKER: Sure.

MS. MORE: In the east gallery we have students and teachers from Bicentennial School in Dartmouth. As I call your name, I wonder if you could stand and then I'll ask my colleagues to give you a warm welcome. Zachary Sampang, Jack Walford, Dylan Jackson, Jaynico Downey, Cora Lynn Romans, Ryan Joyce, Ivan Vasilev, Matthew Hamer, Tashana Beals and Jade Bunge and their teachers Annette Vienneau and Emily McLennan. (Applause)

RESOLUTION NO. 1239

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

Whereas Bicentennial School in Dartmouth and teachers Annette Vienneau and Emily McLennan recognize that education is more than learning from books; and

Whereas Bicentennial School demonstrates that the best education is a true partnership between schools and their communities; and

Whereas Bicentennial School staff and elementary students recently celebrated the importance of participating in a supportive and proactive community by engaging in a celebration to foster closer home and school relations at the newly opened community centre at Scotia Court in Dartmouth;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate teachers Annette Vienneau and Emily McLennan and their elementary students for bridging the gap from classroom to family, friends, church and townspeople through a wonderful community celebration and thank Bicentennial School for its commendable efforts to engage its community in learning.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Bedford-Birch Cove.

RESOLUTION NO. 1240

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

Whereas labour practice dictates that arbitration rules which find for interested parties require government to honour the ruling with appropriate action; and

Whereas the 19 resident care workers who work at Townsview Estates, all of whom are women, have been waiting patiently for this NDP Government to act on an arbitration ruling that would see their pay rates adjusted to reflect the nature of their work; and

Whereas on April 14th, the Minister of Labour met here with two union representatives and committed to looking into their concerns and getting back to them, but so far there is only silence;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier, along with the Ministers of Health and Labour, along with the Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act, acknowledge the pleas of the 27 residents who have written to them and honour the arbitration agreement required of them by law.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1241

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

Whereas Eskasoni's Parents Against Drugs group was recently honoured with a community award for efforts aimed at preventing crime and making communities safer; and

Whereas the group was formed in 2008 because of a prescription drug problem and the resulting negative effects including crime and deaths due to drug overdose; and

Whereas the group's goal was to empower the community to take a stand against illegal drugs and substance abuse through marches in the community to raise awareness and support which was so successful that the program was expanded to other First Nations communities;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Eskasoni's Parents Against Drugs group on their recent award and wish them continued success with their program.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The honourable Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

RESOLUTION NO. 1242

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

Whereas Mr. Bill Perrot will be retiring after 12 years as conductor of the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir; and

Whereas Mr. Perrot has influenced and enriched the lives of so many students and individuals through his love of music and passion for the arts; and

Whereas Mr. Perrot's passions for the arts has provided him the opportunity of preparing choirs for Symphony Nova Scotia, concerts with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, Master Conductor for the Rotary Youth Choir in Halifax, as well as the Nova Scotia Youth Choir and in May 2008, Bill's achievements were recognized by the Westminister Choir College with the Alumni Merit Award;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank Bill Perrot for his dedication and passion for student learning and music, commend his exemplary contributions to the arts in the Annapolis Valley for the positive impact he has had on so many lives and wish him all the best in his retirement and future endeavours.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth East.

RESOLUTION NO. 1243

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

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Whereas the Shubenacadie Art Connection was begun in 2009 by the Shubenacadie Canal Commission to promote the canal and the work of Nova Scotia artists who live and work on the waterway from Dartmouth to Maitland; and

Whereas this year, 15 artists will showcase 29 works of art representing the Shubenacadie waterway; and

Whereas proceeds from the sale of the original artwork benefits Nova Scotia artists and the work of the Shubenacadie Canal Commission;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly commend the work of the Shubenacadie Canal Commission and the 15 Nova Scotia artists in ensuring the importance of this historic waterway is not lost to Nova Scotians.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The honourable member for Cape Breton North.

RESOLUTION NO. 1244

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

Whereas the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network has named Sydney Mines native Dan MacNeil its Entrepreneur of the Year for 2010; and

Whereas the award recognizes and celebrates entrepreneurs with disabilities who have demonstrated business growth, innovation, passion and persistence; and

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Whereas Dan is the mayor of a virtual town called "Ourtownearth.com", with over 700 registered members and the town is dedicated to helping people with disabilities through a social networking environment and also by putting people in contact with agencies or suppliers that can help them;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Mayor Dan MacNeil for his recent award.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Antigonish.

RESOLUTION NO. 1245

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

Whereas the Creative Women Workshops Association, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to strive towards gender equality by supporting, celebrating and developing the talents of women storytellers for the screen, in conjunction with its partners, recently awarded its 2010 Women in the Director's Chair Film Feature Award to Lulu Keating; and

Whereas Lulu Keating is an Antigonish native currently residing in Dawson City, Yukon, who has been active in the Nova Scotia film industry, is a lifetime member of the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP) and has served as president of AFCOOP's board of directors; and

Whereas the Women in the Director's Chair Award, valued at nearly $100,000, will advance Ms. Keating's feature film, Based on a True Fantasy, through in-kind rentals, production equipment rentals and post-production support;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House congratulate Lulu Keating on receipt of the 2010 Women in the Director's Chair Award, and wish her continued success with her future endeavours.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 1246

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

Whereas the groundfishing in all of coastal Nova Scotia is being kept from rebuilding because of the overabundance of seals; and

Whereas many people think that this overabundance of seals don't eat fish that can hurt our groundfish stocks - that is like thinking cows don't eat grass; and

Whereas there is more evidence that what few groundfish are left around the coastal waters of Nova Scotia are so full of parasites from the seals that the fish are becoming worthless for human consumption;

Therefore be it resolved that the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture work with the federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to come up with a solution to save the coastal groundfishery of Nova Scotia from extinction.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Inverness.

RESOLUTION NO. 1247

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

Whereas the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, was recently under two feet of flooding of the Cumberland River - two feet that should never have stood on that stage; and

Whereas the Grand Ole Opry has been both a dream and a home to Nova Scotians from Glencoe's John Allan Cameron - the first to play the Opry wearing a kilt; Port Hilford's Wilf Carter; Brooklyn's legendary Hank Snow; Springhill's Anne Murray; Bridgewater's Carrol Baker; Big Pond's Gordie Sampson's Grammy-winning song Jesus Take the Wheel was sung at the Opry and my own cousin performed there - Jack White of the White Strips - who has Antigonish County roots, and the MLA for Truro-Bible Hill was on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry; and

Whereas we share a common 480-million year Appalachian heritage;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House and the musicians of Nova Scotia immediately offer any help and support necessary to the people and music of Nashville and to the Grand Ole Opry itself - the heart of music in Canada stands with the heart of music in America.

I request waiver of notice and until we can sing Raylene Rankin's We Rise Again, I ask on this, perhaps, the final day of this sitting, that we rise and sing a chorus sung by Wilf Carter, You Are My Sunshine, to brighten the spirits of Nashville. (Laughter)

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried. (Applause)

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We will be singing O Canada a little bit later on. (Laughter)

The honourable member for Halifax Citadel-Sable Island.

RESOLUTION NO. 1248

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

Whereas Mel Chisholm, for 24 years, has served as an attentive bartender and non-judgmental listener at Henry House, a much-loved restaurant and pub on Barrington Street in Halifax; and

Whereas for 30 years he has shared his keen eye and knowledge of photography at Carsand Mosher and as a small-business person; and

Whereas Mel Chisholm's generous help to those in need and professionalism epitomize the values of hospitality, service and good citizenship;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank Mel Chisholm for his outstanding contribution to our community and decades of service at Henry House, Carsand Mosher and in his other pursuits.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Clare.

RESOLUTION NO. 1249

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

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Whereas on May 4, 2010, 11-year-old Caleb Comeau of Concession, Nova Scotia, donated 16 inches of his hair to Angel Hair for Kids in Ontario; and

Whereas Caleb Comeau wanted to donate his hair so it could be used to make wigs for children with cancer; and

Whereas Caleb Comeau was very proud to be able to donate his hair, that he has been growing for the past three years, to the less fortunate who have been stricken with cancer;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate Caleb Comeau of Concession, Nova Scotia, for his gift in helping children with cancer in memory of his two grandmothers Yvonne Logan and Yvonne Comeau who both passed away from cancer.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Hants West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1250

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture introduced its first Farm Environmental Stewardship Award in 2009; and

Whereas five finalists for this award were chosen from across Nova Scotia for their dedication and commitment to protecting the environment; and

Whereas William McNeil's Saulsbrook Farm in Windsor Forks was one of the five finalists for the first-ever Farm Environmental Stewardship Award;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture for recognizing the outstanding work being done by William McNeil to make our province a better place in which to live.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Queens

RESOLUTION NO. 1251

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

Whereas the month of May at the Mill Village Consolidated School means the annual worm race with students heading out the night before with flashlights and shovels to try find the slimiest, the grimiest, and fastest worm; and

Whereas this year, the annual worm race will celebrate it's 40th year and will be recognized on Breakfast Television on Thursday, May 27, 2010; and

Whereas the representatives from the school will be students and worm racers, Emma Wentzell, Riley Conrad, Zachary Hamm, Austin Keddy, Desiree Rogers, William Evans and Jordan Haughn;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize the Mill Village Consolidated School on the celebration of their 40th annual worm race and the appearance of Emma Wentzell, Riley Conrad, Zachary Hamm, Austin Keddy, Desiree Rogers, William Evans, and Jordan Haughn on Breakfast Television.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Bedford-Birch Cove.

RESOLUTION NO. 1252

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

Whereas several residents and pets from the Bedford area have been diagnosed with Lyme disease; and

Whereas the source of this dangerous infection is from black-legged ticks in neighbouring Admirals Cove Park; and

Whereas earlier this session, the Minister of Health Promotion and Protection offered to help with the advancement of the approval of the Y-Tex tickicide for a deer-baiting station;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House urge the Minister of Health Promotion and Protection to assist Halifax Regional Municipality to approve this effective and useful aid to combat Lyme disease.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 1253

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

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Whereas communities are built by volunteers, with contributions from both informal and formal volunteer groups estimated to be at $1.8 billion to Nova Scotia's economy on an annual basis; and

Whereas volunteer programs and communities are the threads that make up the social economic fabric of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas when it comes to active volunteerism, one only has to look at Victoria County and the tremendous community spirit that exists among volunteers, and no better example of that was shown than on the evening of April 20th when Victoria County held their 28th Annual Volunteer Recognition Night at MacKenzie Hall, Gaelic College in St. Ann's;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly take a moment and recognize Christine MacEachern, Ruth Schneider, Sharon "FX" MacNeil, Millie Campbell, Joanne Fitzgerald, Eugene "Slick" Osmond, Sylvia Nicholson, John Roberts, Ralph Hanam, Billy Joe Robinson, John MacIntosh, Ross MacLeod, Donna MacGregor, Sharon Proctor, Nina Connors, Evan Bonaparte, and Murdock Morrison for their outstanding commitment to their communities and for their excellent record in volunteerism.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou East.

RESOLUTION NO. 1254

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

Whereas the Eureka Fire Department is one of the most progressive and active volunteer fire departments in the Province of Nova Scotia; and

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Whereas David Hughes of Elgin, Pictou County, has spent hundreds of hours volunteering in both emergency and non-emergency situations in the interests of residents of Eureka and surrounding areas; and

Whereas the Eureka Fire Department has recognized the dedication of David Hughes as the 2010 Volunteer Firefighter of the Year at its annual banquet, held April 17th of this year;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly congratulate the officers and members of the Eureka Fire Department and especially David Hughes for his outstanding work in his community by being named Firefighter of the Year.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park.

RESOLUTION NO. 1255

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

Whereas the NDP Government, with less than one year in office, has turned its back on government pensioners and employees by stripping away their pension indexing in this year's budget; and

Whereas the budget cuts have been disproportionately based on slashing pension benefits that retired employees have counted on to provide for them in retirement; and

Whereas this cost of living indexing was taken away unilaterally with no consultation, shocking pensioners, union members, and other employees by its heavy-handed nature;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House remember the damaging impact that this change will have for 30,000 current and past employees and ask themselves whether this is indeed a better deal for today's families.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

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The honourable Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 1256

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

Whereas a local Debert company which began operation in the 1970s constructing vinyl windows, today has become Atlantic Canada's largest window and door manufacturer, now employing over 300 people; and

Whereas Peter Kohler Windows and Entrance Systems has demonstrated dedication to the industry, has proven itself a leader and has, at many different levels, made a significant impact on the Canadian economy in the window and door industry; and

Whereas this local manufacturer has been awarded an Industry Pioneer Award from the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association for this dedication;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to Peter Kohler Windows and Entrance Systems for their contribution to Nova Scotia's economy and for receiving an Industry Pioneer Award.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Lunenburg.

RESOLUTION NO. 1257

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

Whereas the Energy Around Us program aims to engage students in critical thinking about energy in our province and how energy resources are used and the effect they have on society, the economy and our environment; and

Whereas the new integrated science and social studies unit will focus on renewable energy such as wind, biomass, hydroelectric, tidal, geothermal and solar power energy sources in a hands-on way that engages students in the renewable energy sources in our communities; and

Whereas the New Germany Rural High School Grade 9 is one of only a handful of Nova Scotians implementing this renewal energy pilot program;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the New Germany Rural High for implementing the Energy Around Us pilot program.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Clare.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1258

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

Whereas La Baie en Joie, a dance troupe from Clare, recently participated in the British Association of Teachers of Dancing Festival of Dance, May 7 to May 9, 2010; and

Whereas La Baie en Joie placed first in their category, which included other dancing groups from Atlantic Canada, and had the highest mark for step dancing; and

Whereas La Baie en Joie placed first amongst the Nova Scotia dancing groups that competed in the category of Nova Scotia traditional dancers;

Therefore be it resolved that La Baie en Joie be congratulated for winning the BATD Traditional Rose Bowl and for winning the Dance Nova Scotia Traditional Rose Bowl.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton North.

RESOLUTION NO. 1259

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

Whereas Alyson Murray, a 22-year-old student at Dalhousie University, originally from Bridgewater, has joined the Cape Breton Clipper for the final leg of its journey in San Francisco; and

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Whereas the Cape Breton Clipper is racing around the world and is currently in third place, winning the race across the Pacific; and

Whereas the Cape Breton Clipper has brought significant attention to Cape Breton Island and has created many economic development opportunities for the area;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating and recognizing the achievements of the Cape Breton Clipper crew and congratulate Alyson Murray for her adventurous spirit.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Guysborough-Sheet Harbour.

RESOLUTION NO. 1260

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

Whereas the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia created the Community Spirit Award in 2007 based upon these four criteria - an ability to build on unique strengths within the community, a high degree of citizen participation in community projects of a wide variety, range and interest, clear evidence of community pride and a focus on creating an enduring community; and

Whereas the Town of Canso and Eastern Guysborough County brought together 15 community groups to apply for the Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award; and

Whereas the history of the Town of Canso and the communities of Eastern Guysborough County show that each time they are faced with a task, community members will rally together and face each challenge with a sense of dignity, determination, and optimism;

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Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate the Town of Canso and Eastern Guysborough County on being chosen as a recipient of the 2010 Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award, and wish these communities the very best as they continue on their voyage of maintaining a rich history and culture which has contributed so much to this province.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth East.

RESOLUTION NO. 1261

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

Whereas the Canadian Booksellers Association's 2010 Libris Awards will be handed out on May 29, 2010, in Toronto; and

Whereas Bookmark on Spring Garden Road has been named a finalist in the category of Bookseller of the Year; and

Whereas Woozles, on nearby Birmingham Street has been named a finalist in the category of Specialty Bookstore of the Year;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of Nova Scotia's independent booksellers, and congratulate Woozles and Bookmark on being named finalists for the 2010 Libris Awards.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

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Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Hants West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1262

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

Whereas Leslie Reid of Windsor was one of only 12,000 Olympic torchbearers to carry the Olympic flame across Canada in the lead-up to the 2010 Winter Olympics in British Columbia; and

Whereas Les was chosen based on an essay he submitted to a contest sponsored by Coca-Cola and RBC; and

Whereas his essay on the environment was focused on his work as president of the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia, when in 2003, he oversaw the introduction of the Safe Sharps Program;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Les Reid for being chosen as a torchbearer for the 2010 Winter Olympics and thank him for being instrumental in the Safe Sharps Program for our province.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Inverness.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1263

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

Whereas John MacDougall of Kenloch, left an indelible mark on the music culture of Cape Breton Island; and

Whereas John composed what is believed to be an astonishing 45,000 fiddle tunes, and played tunes with a reverence for how they were written; and

Whereas John dedicated hours of his day to instructing young fiddle players without charging a dime, he tuned pianos, re-haired bows, repaired violins, and he even found water for people as a diviner;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly remember John MacDougall as a gifted composer, teacher, and contributor to the history of music on Cape Breton Island.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 1264

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

Whereas food banks are a precious resource of many Nova Scotian communities, helping those most in need; and

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Whereas on School Spirit Day held at Baddeck Academy on April 28th, students and staff were encouraged to bring an non-perishable breakfast item or a box of cereal for the local food bank; and

Whereas as a result of this School Spirit Day, students amazingly overwhelmed the school with 154 boxes of cereal and 31 other items for a total of 185 contributions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize the sincerity and genuine caring shown by students of Baddeck Academy and for a job well done.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Argyle.

RESOLUTION NO. 1265

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 this week is known as National Nursing Week in Canada; and

Whereas this year's theme, "Nursing: You Can't Live Without It", reflects the immense value of Canada's largest group of health care providers; and

Whereas this is an opportunity to celebrate Canadian nurses for their provision of outstanding patient-centered care and dedication to advancing the health system;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in recognizing the valuable work that all our nurses provide to Nova Scotians on a daily basis, not just this week but all year round.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1266

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

Whereas Earth Week is taking place this week - a global week designed to encourage environmentally aware behaviours; and

Whereas ACAP Cape Breton, a local non-profit group that focuses on environmental and social issues has planned a week filled with activities to raise awareness of environmentally sound practices to complement the hard work they do all year; and

Whereas these include a repeat of last year's lunch time clean-up day and an addition of an event called "eco spies" where spies will go to different communities and reward random people they see doing things to help the environment;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating ACAP Cape Breton on the important work they do to create environmental awareness and wish them the best of luck with this year's Earth Week activities.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The honourable member for Argyle.

RESOLUTION NO. 1267

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 tomorrow, May 12, 2010, health facilities and agencies, community health organizations and public health units will celebrate Canada Health Day; and

Whereas May 12th was selected as Canada Health Day to mark the birthday of Florence Nightingale; and

Whereas for over 100 years, public health in Canada has helped individuals take care of themselves, their families and communities and the major advances in life expectancy, overall health and quality of life that occurred in the 20th Century were the result of public health initiatives producing vaccines, clean water, pasteurization and better living conditions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly continue to support and advocate for improved health promotion initiatives to make our province a healthier one.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1268

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

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Whereas Ivan Guy Levy who was born on Little Tancook Island will long be remembered for his love of the history and heritage of Lunenburg and area; and

Whereas Ivan was the oldest licensed barber in the Province of Nova Scotia who cut hair for over 70 years and as recently as January 2010; and

Whereas Ivan was a skilled barber, it was his love of telling a good story and conversations around politics that will be remembered as part of a visit to the Magic Clipper Barber Shop;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly extend condolences to his family on his May 6th passing and recognize a life lived with passion for his work and interests.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

[1:30 p.m.]

Just a friendly reminder, no electronic equipment during Question Period and direct all questions and answers here through the Chair. Thank you.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

ORAL QUESTIONS PUT BY MEMBERS

MR. SPEAKER: The time is 1:30 p.m. and we will end at 2:30 p.m.

The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition.

PREM. - DAL. MED. SCH.: FUNDING - ERROR ADMIT

HON. STEPHEN MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Premier. A few weeks ago, your government slashed the budget of Dalhousie Medical School by $2.5

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million. To make matters worse, the Ministers of Health and Education claimed these payments were made to the med school twice and as a result the reduction was a correction, was correcting an error.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Financial officers at Dal Medical School have spoken to both departments over the last two weeks and confirmed that no such payments were made twice. Med school officials have contacted the Office of the Premier informing him of the unintended consequences of the budget cut - so far, silence. My question to the Premier is, why won't your government simply admit it made a mistake and pay the $2.5 million back?

THE PREMIER: Well, Mr. Speaker, all I can tell the honourable member is that negotiations are still going on between Dalhousie and the Department of Education and the Department of Health. They are dealing with it and they hope to come up with a resolution.

MR. MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, an 8 per cent operation reduction is considered significant, and it automatically triggers a requirement of the Dal Med School to inform the American accreditation team of this budget impact. If the American team revokes its accreditation, the joint decision of Canadian and American accreditation could be affected. With 21 per cent of our family physicians and 25 per cent of specialists set to retire within the next five years, a med school that is not accredited will not be able to graduate students with a recognized degree.

With research showing that physicians are more likely to practice where they are trained and with a residency program relying on the undergraduate program, the ability of our province to deal with the retirement crunch is in serious jeopardy. My question to the Premier is, why do you fail to understand the negative impact of Dal's ability to supply physicians for Nova Scotians far outweighs your $2.5 million saving?

THE PREMIER: Well, Mr. Speaker, of course we're committed to Dalhousie Medical School, we're committed to continue to train doctors and we don't expect that that will change anytime soon.

MR. MCNEIL: Tomorrow, Mr. Speaker, the dean of medicine will be hosting a town hall with faculty, staff, residents and alumni. I will table a copy of a memo that was released today. At this meeting, he will be discussing the impact of the cut. There is no question that possible solutions to the budget crunch include increased tuition, cutting a significant number of staff, and reducing the class size of 2011-12.

While these are significant, this is nothing compared to the spinoff effect to our province when it comes to the supply of physicians which would result if Dal Medical School loses its accreditation. So my question to the Premier is, will the Premier order today

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the restoration of the $2.5 million to Dal Medical School so they can get on with doing what they do best, and that is educating doctors for our province?

THE PREMIER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and through you to the member, the answer to that question is no, I don't intend to order any such thing. There are negotiations, as I said, going on between the departments and the Dal Medical School. The medical school knows that there is an overall review, they understand that, and we expect they will continue to provide quality education.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.

PREM.: TOWNSVIEW ESTATES - STRIKE

HON. KAREN CASEY: Mr. Speaker, my question through you is to the Premier. In the gallery, once again behind me, we have representatives from Local 721 at Townsview Estates. They are seeking a resolution to their question of pay equity. Nearly one month ago, they were here in the House and met with government officials to discuss the same concerns. In the time that has followed, there has been no action by this government.

I will table at this time a document from Local 721 which highlights their concerns and I will read from that: "Since our last appearance at the Legislature, the union has been given a 'Strike Mandate' by more than 90% of its membership at the home."

My question to the Premier is this, why are you forcing these workers to the picket line in order to get what is rightfully theirs?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, the Townsview Estates employees are employees of a private organization, a private company. They are supported by funding from the Department of Health. We met with them previously; we tried to explain the position of the government. It is a very straightforward one, which is we fund a private institution. The collective agreement is between them and that institution - it is up to the institution to ensure that their pay scales and schedules are properly approached and paid.

MS. CASEY: Mr. Speaker, we all understand that funding goes directly to the employer and we all understand the funding comes from the Department of Health. An arbitrator ruled that these workers deserved pay equity, the employer has said it is prepared to pay it, and this government is unwilling to do its part to resolve the matter. It leaves the workers in the middle and that is unfair. My question to the Premier is this, when will this government provide the necessary funding to Townsview Estates so that these workers can be paid and the inequity can be corrected?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, as I said, Townsview Estates is a private facility. The money is provided by the Department of Health to the private facility. It's up to them to

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negotiate their agreement with their workers and to pay according to the agreement that they negotiate.

MS. CASEY: Mr. Speaker, on June 9, 2009, the arbitrator's decision was rendered, but there has been no action by the government. On March 10, 2010, correspondence to the Department of Health - no action by this government. April 14th, the workers came to this House and met with the officials of the government - no action by this government. It's now May 11th and representatives are here again because this has not been resolved.

These workers have tried to work through the process and get on with what they do best, which is provide quality care for the residents of Townsview Estates. When will this government do what is right and provide the funding so the employer can honour the decision of the arbitrator and can pay equity?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, it's not true that there is no action. In fact, we continue to fund Townsview Estates in the manner that we have in the past. The government was not a party to the arbitration; it is between a private employer and their employees. It is up to the employer to meet the terms and conditions of their collective agreement.

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

PREM.: LUCENTIS - COVERAGE

HON. STEPHEN MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, for Canadians over the age of 50, the leading cause of blindness is age-related macular degeneration. Imagine for a moment you have been diagnosed with this condition. You are quickly losing your eyesight, but your ophthalmologist gives you hope. He or she recommends Lucentis, a treatment that will not only stop the progression of the condition but has the added benefit of restoring sight you have already lost. My question to the Premier is, what would you do if you found yourself in that situation?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I don't know. I'm not prepared to speculate.

MR. MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, one option the Premier would have is to access his own health plan. Listed as a possible benefit, Lucentis is available to all of us here in this House upon recommendation from a specialist with prior approval from our plan. Nova Scotians who do not have a generous health plan are not so fortunate - they do not have a program of last resort to rely on. Without a health plan, people needing Lucentis are forced to make tough choices. They are forced to choose between food, rent, or their eyesight. My question to the Premier is, why is it okay that MLAs in this House can access Lucentis but hundreds of Nova Scotians cannot?

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THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, as the member opposite pointed out, I believe anyone with a plan that covers it would be able to access it. We acknowledge that Lucentis is a valuable drug. We also acknowledge that we do not have the money in this budget to be able to cover it. We're looking for a method to be able to expand coverage, but that means that either something else has to go or we have to be able to find the money within the current budget, and right now that's not possible.

MR. MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, this government had choices. They could have cancelled the tax break they gave themselves. They could have made an announcement to fund Lucentis with the anticipated $12.5 million in savings they will find in their Pharmacare program this fiscal year as a result of the patent cliff. Instead, government is content to allow Nova Scotians without a health plan the inability to access Lucentis, safe in the knowledge that we can access it when and if we need it in this House.

My question to the Premier is, given that it costs more to care for someone who is blind than it does to fund Lucentis, why is your NDP Government still refusing coverage for a treatment that every other Canadian gets?

THE PREMIER: Well, Mr. Speaker, that's not true. There are jurisdictions that have said that they will cover it later on this year. We're not content; we are not content at all. We would like to be able to cover any new drug that comes on the market that provides positive health outcomes for the citizens of the province, but that means being able to find the money within the budget to be able to cover them. I would think that is something that the Leader of the Official Opposition would understand.

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

PREM. - SYDNEY HBR.: DREDGING - PROJ. ENSURE

HON. STEPHEN MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Premier.

Time is ticking in Sydney. The dredging of Sydney Harbour is the number one priority to the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce; it is the number one priority to the Cape Breton Partnership; and the municipality has committed $2 million to the project. So my question to the Premier is, what are you doing today to ensure this project - which is essential to the economic future of Cape Breton - makes the deadline for the federal infrastructure program?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I am glad the member opposite raised this question. In fact, we are in almost daily contact with the federal government to try and determine whether or not they have any commitment to this particular project. The Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal wrote to Minister Baird, I think he also copied Ministers MacKay and Ashfield and, as of yet, we have had no reply. This is a federal

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harbour; it's their jurisdiction. (Interruptions) It is, it's a federal harbour. So we're waiting - we need to see what their commitment is before we can determine what, if any, contribution we would be expected to make.

MR. MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, the unemployment rate in the industrial Cape Breton area is more than 16 per cent. Dredging the Sydney Harbour is essential for growth. Nova Scotia Power supports the project; it is linked to the success of the Cape Breton Railroad; the business community supports it - the missing link seems to be the political will from this government to make it a priority.

Mr. Speaker, the municipality has come forward with dollars. My question to the Premier is, what financial assistance will you be willing to commit to this project?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, it's a pretty straightforward process. This is a federal harbour and we want to know what their contribution is and, therefore, what we would be called upon to contribute. We would like to see this project go ahead - we made it clear to all parties concerned that we think that it is a project that is worthy of support, but it is a federal project and therefore the lead role on this stays with the federal government.

MR. MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, this is a community priority. It is a community project, not a federal government project. It is a community-driven project. (Applause) It has taken considerable effort, dedication, and co-operation to get this far. An environmental assessment has been done, a competitive quote for dredging by a dredging company is in, and the timeline is to be announced - what is missing is money from this NDP Government. So my question to the Premier is, would the Premier commit today to ensuring this money is assigned for the dredging of Sydney Harbour before the other funding is lost?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I don't have any idea how the Leader of the Official Opposition can expect a commitment when we have no idea what the federal government is prepared to commit to this project. Why would you ever do something like that with a federal project? It is an inexplicable request.

[1:45 p.m.]

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

JUSTICE - CHRONICLE HERALD: QUOTE - CONFIRM

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, my question through you is to the Minister of Justice. Will the minister confirm that he was quoted correctly in The ChronicleHerald on Friday when he said guns have no use "other than to kill or maim"?

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HON. ROSS LANDRY: Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for the question. It has been three weeks since the last question I had, so I'm looking forward to this one. (Laughter)

The part that you say there, you would have to take the total context of what was said in the interview. There is absolutely no question that guns are designed to kill and maim, that is part of the purpose of the design. If you look at the total part of the discussion we had, there was a lot more detail at the time.

MR. CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, so we confirm that the minister did say guns have no use other than to kill or maim people. I'd like to know how the minister could make such a statement when there are 87,000 hunters in Nova Scotia who put $35 million into Nova Scotia's economy annually? What is even more difficult to believe is when he was interviewed on 95.7 News and replied that in hunting the animal is the only loser, I want to know, does the Minister of Justice and his NDP Government now want to get rid of hunting here in Nova Scotia?

MR. LANDRY: Mr. Speaker, thank you to the member. He doesn't have his wording correct. I think if he goes back and checks the record, I don't recall saying the word "people" in that statement. The other point is that people are free to hunt in this province, there is a process in place for that. There's also a cultural base to hunting in this province, which we respect, this government respects, but this minister - and I'll make no mistake about it, we are going to take strong steps to move forward to remove guns from the street and in the hands of people who are causing some of the chaos in our communities. I'm asking you to join me in that fight. (Applause)

MR. CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, through you again to the minister. Obviously he doesn't correct when he is quoted on a matter yet he doesn't say that that is the case here in the House.

As the minister would know, despite the huge waste of federal taxpayers' dollars, now in the billions, are you and your government onside in support of keeping the national Firearms Centre and the registration of all long guns? If so, why?

MR. LANDRY: Mr. Speaker, that is an interesting question. We'll leave that to the federal government to put their position forward, we'll examine the issues and how that government moves their issues forward, we'll look at the impact in this province, and we'll make decisions that are best for all Nova Scotians.

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

PREM.: C.B. AND CENTRAL N.S. RAILWAY

- NEGOTIATIONS

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HON. MANNING MACDONALD: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. My question today is for the Premier. In March we were told that the decision to provide a subsidy to the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway would be made by the end of April. On March 23rd the Premier had this to say, "It is difficult to talk about subsidies when you're in the middle of negotiating . . . That's just where we are."

It is now May 11th, Mr. Speaker, and still no verdict from the Premier. My question to the Premier is, what are you doing with negotiations and when can the people of Nova Scotia expect a decision on this important subsidy?

THE PREMIER: Well, Mr. Speaker, I don't think it would be very wise to get into the substance of negotiations before the House of Assembly. What the member needs to know is that those talks, discussions, negotiations are ongoing. We hope to be able to reach a reasonable conclusion.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, the only thing that is probably certain is that we'll be getting out of this House today and then we won't have the opportunity to ask the Premier, at least in this place, about where the subsidy is going and whether or not this government is even interested.

Mr. Speaker, I'd like to read another quote. On March 19th of this year the Minister of Economic and Rural Development said, "If they don't get the money I would suspect what will happen is . . . that they will just let the spur (line) go, to wherever spurs go when they die." That is from your Minister of Economic and Rural Development.

It seems like the minister is pretty relaxed about this situation, Mr. Speaker. This railway is central to the economic stability and development of Cape Breton and the NDP Government must address this matter immediately. My question is to the Minister of Economic and Rural Development, when will your department announce a decision on whether to provide the subsidy for the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway?

HON. PERCY PARIS: Mr. Speaker, in a somewhat relaxed way, I will say that when negotiations are complete with Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway, an announcement will be made. We're very, very pleased with the current relationship that we have with Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I guess when the decision is certainly not imminent, the demise of the railway is. That's the problem I have. We're waiting for this government to escape from this place and hide from the Legislature from now on. We're faced with a situation here where a lot of important questions affecting Cape Breton Island are left unanswered by this NDP Government. It seems as though the Premier and his government have forgotten about the railway victims as well.

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The Deputy Premier met with the Victims' Association on April 18th. On that day, he stated his government would review the victims' situation and come up with new options. It has been almost a month since the Deputy Premier met with the association, so my question to the Premier is, what are these new options discussed by the Deputy Premier and when will you resolve the situation between the railway victims and Rail America?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, as a result of the meeting which the member noted, those options have been taken into account by the department. As I've said, the negotiations are underway with Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway and we understand there has to be a balance between those, so that work is proceeding.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Argyle.

PREM. - SOUTHWESTERN N.S.: DEV. AUTH. - SUPPORT

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, my question through you is to the Premier. Yarmouth and southwestern Nova Scotia are in a dire economic state. The regional development authority has been cut off from funding, there's no permanent regional director for the Department of Economic and Rural Development, and the effects of The Cat's demise have caused job losses and substantial reduction for businesses located in southwestern Nova Scotia. My question to the Premier is, Team West or Team Southwest aside, things must occur in this part of the province to help this region's struggling economy. When will you support a functional development authority to assist in southwestern Nova Scotia?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, through you to the member opposite, I understand there's a new regional development authority that is being constituted. There are specific rules that will be in place to make sure it is in fact functional, that it is accountable for the work that it does. Of course, that work is underway.

MR. D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, like all my colleagues here in the House, we're here to fight for the people of our communities who are very concerned about their future and that of their communities. Small businesses that have had a tight bottom line are now looking at closing in the new harsh economic realities in southwestern Nova Scotia. My question to the Premier is, what programs can be put in place to help these businesses of Yarmouth County that may not be able to weather the storm until a new ferry can be in operation in 2011?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, it's not "new harsh economic realities," it's economic realities that are due to the ineptitude of the former government in dealing with the economy of southwestern Nova Scotia. In fact, the reason why we have Team Southwest, the reason why we have dedicated resources to that is to ensure that there is an economic strategy in

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place for southwestern Nova Scotia that will support those very businesses he's talking about.

MR. D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, the problem I have and the other people in southwestern Nova Scotia have with this NDP Government is that they did not have a plan in place when they killed The Cat. The NDP Government has also been slow to address the fallout of The Cat. Mr. Premier, the people and the business owners of Yarmouth County are hard-working, but they need help to weather the storm that your policies have had a hand in creating. My question is, the business owners need a plan and programs to help their businesses to stop more job losses. When will we see something of substance from your government to assist the struggling businesses?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, the member opposite is behind the times. I thought - in fact, I know he was in Yarmouth the day I was there meeting with the council, announcing the further investment made in the promotion of tourism in southwestern Nova Scotia. That is going ahead. In fact, it is targeted at the Maritime market, which is where southwestern Nova Scotia actually draws its tourism from.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Bedford-Birch Cove.

EDUC. - TRI-CO. REG. SCH. BD.: GR. 7, 8 AND 9

- RECONFIGURATION

MS. KELLY REGAN: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Education. Parents who have children in the Tri-County Regional School Board are concerned by a recent school board decision there to separate Grade 7 and Grade 8 from Grade 9, to send them to two different schools, one in Yarmouth and the one outside town limits. Now, this decision will cause many students to move schools multiple times as they move through the school system. Parents of children who have disabilities are particularly concerned about the effect on their children. The board was attempting to reconfigure grades until a new high school is built. Does the minister agree with the board's decision?

HON. MARILYN MORE: Mr. Speaker, certainly under the Education Act, boards have the ability to reconfigure grade levels within their school system and also to change school boundaries, and they do this in the attempt to provide and improve upon the programming and accessibility for all students within their system.

MS. REGAN: Mr. Speaker, the parents are particularly concerned about the way they found out this decision. They actually found out about it on Facebook. They didn't get a notice from the school board or anything.

Mr. Speaker, the Tri-County School Board hired Dr. Gunn to recommend an appropriate configuration for the schools. Now, parents have been told this report cost nearly

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$30,000 and now they say the board chose not to follow Dr. Gunn's advice. So my question to the minister is, does she feel it is appropriate to ignore Dr. Gunn's advice?

MS. MORE: Mr. Speaker, certainly the Department of Education encourages boards to research issues. I understand that they've been looking at this possibility for a number of years and certainly Dr. Gunn's report would be part of that homework that they've done. Certainly within the department I've heard from advocates on both sides of that issue and there seems to be a number of reasons why the board went ahead with reconfiguration.

MS. REGAN: Mr. Speaker, this government intervened in the school board process just a few weeks ago when it told Halifax Regional School Board that it would be willing to meet to discuss a school in Eastern Passage despite recommendations from board staff that a school not be built there. So now we've got a school board decision that has divided a community. My question to the minister is, is the government going to intervene in this school board decision?

MS. MORE: Mr. Speaker, I certainly would be the last Education Minister, I think, to interfere in the mandated and justified decisions of school boards. During my time on the school board as chair, I actually resigned as board chair because of provincial government interference. I value the independence and the role of school boards and I will certainly give them the opportunity to do their work. On the other hand, I do encourage boards to explain to the community what their rationale is for decisions and to meet with them as often as necessary to make sure that there is two-way communication.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

EDUC. - SPRING BREAK 2011: CHANGES

- CONSULTATION

MR. KEITH BAIN: Mr. Speaker, my question through you is for the Minister of Education. Nova Scotians right across our province are excited that the 2011 Canada Winter Games are going to be taking place here next February, and schools in the Halifax Regional Municipality are being closed for two weeks that month to allow facilities to be used by athletes. At least two school boards that we know of have requested the extended Spring break to allow their students to participate in or attend the games. These requests have been denied by the minister. In response to both the Tri-County School Board and the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, which I will table, the minister writes: Many parents and some school boards were opposed to the idea of changing the break.

My question to the minister is, were the Nova Scotia Home and School Association, the School Advisory Councils and the parent/teacher organizations consulted on this issue?

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HON. MARILYN MORE: Mr. Speaker, as the member would probably remember, this has been an issue under discussion by the last couple of governments. Certainly, my government supports the decision to host the Canada Winter Games. It's a wonderful opportunity for our youth and adults to volunteer, to attend the activities, as well as an opportunity for youth to display their talents, skills and training, so it's a wonderful opportunity. Every possible perspective has been expressed on what the decision should have been about what school boards and the school calendar should be across this province.

Our government chose to go with the least disruptive change and that was to allow the two weeks for the Halifax Regional School Board. There was considerable discussion and consultation with different groups, but there was absolutely every possible point of view put forward. Our government showed its leadership by maintaining the integrity of the games and its volunteer core, as well as showing its respect for public education with the least disruption possible.

MR. BAIN: Mr. Speaker, through you to the Minister of Education, it's interesting that at least two school boards have written to the minister to request a change. The minister has always been of the mind that school boards should be autonomous, yet in this case the school boards are being denied the opportunity to have what Halifax schools have been given, the opportunity for their students to attend the Canada Winter Games. If the school boards believe an extended February break is in the best interest of their students, why is the minister overriding their decision and why are their requests being denied?

MS. MORE: Mr. Speaker, its certainly the responsibility of the department and the minister to set the school calendar for each academic year. Actually, a number of interest groups made the argument that there would be more opportunity for young people to attend the games if school were in session because then the schools and parents could organize trips into those venues. So certainly that was part of the consideration that our government considered.

MR. BAIN: Mr. Speaker, through you to the Minister of Education, all schools in the Halifax Regional Municipality are being closed so that their facilities may be used for the Canada Winter Games, but only two schools, Citadel High and Sackville High are actually being used as venues. To look at your department's logic, if all of HRM schools are being closed for the sake of two venues, then shouldn't all schools in Nova Scotia at least have the choice of whether or not they should close too?

MS. MORE: Mr. Speaker, it's interesting, there was correspondence coming into my office from absolutely Yarmouth right up to Cape Breton on the various factors that were considered, both pro and con. The other consideration that we had to take into account is the fact that the organizers of the Canada Winter Games are looking for, I believe, close to 1,000 volunteers among youth and adults, and were particularly looking to our student population

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as well as teachers and other support workers. So, again, this is an example of a very reasoned, balanced consideration and decision by our government.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Clare.

PREM. - SOUTHWESTERN N.S.: TRANSPORT. STUDY

- RELEASE

HON. WAYNE GAUDET: Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Premier. Last week, the Premier was asked about the status of the South West Nova Scotia Transportation Study. This government likes to talk about collaboration, however, the Premier's response to the question seems to indicate otherwise. The Premier indicated he had no idea when ACOA - nor did he seem concerned that it is taking so long for this report to be made public. My first question to the Premier is, why have you not made it clear that this study needs to be released, if not fast-tracked, at least on time?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, earlier this year I met with concerned individuals from the Yarmouth area, including the mayor. One of the requests they made was that we try to fast-track this study and I agree, we made it known to ACOA that was what we wanted to have happen, they have the lead on this study. My understanding is that a draft of it has been released to the various stakeholders. As of yet, we don't have one to release. We'd love to release it and we'd release it as soon as we receive it.

MR. GAUDET: Mr. Speaker, I'm going to table this Statement of Work for this particular study, please. It says that the steering committee comprises five entities, three of which are provincial departments. It also says that the contractor shall provide to the steering committee an interim report within 12 weeks, a draft final report within 20 weeks of the contract, followed by a final report no later than two weeks after the draft. These are to be delivered to the steering committee and not just to ACOA. My next question to the Premier is, you have a majority stake in the steering committee - have you received these documents as outlined in the Statement of Work?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I've asked this question of the department. I understand the answer is no.

MR. GAUDET: Mr. Speaker, the Premier has a majority stake in this steering committee. The Statement of Work clearly says that the consultant shall meet committee in person to present the draft final report. It also states that, "The need for additional meetings shall be at the discretion of the Steering Committee."

The Premier has told us that he has not been advised as to when that study will be released. The Premier is the majority stakeholder in this committee and if he hasn't been advised it is because he has chosen to sit on the sidelines. My final question to the Premier

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is, as the majority stakeholder in the steering committee, have you held any meetings with the consultant since you promised to have this study fast-tracked?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, once again, we took all reasonable steps to try and have this process concluded as quickly as possible. We specifically asked that it come forward as early as possible, now that hasn't happened. My understanding from the department is that is because of the work being done through the offices of ACOA - I don't control those. We have made the request, as I've said on numerous times to the member opposite, and I'm afraid that until we receive the report it's impossible for us to release it.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Kings West.

NAT. RES. BIOMASS: STEERING PANEL - STANCE

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Natural Resources. Last Friday phase two of the steering panel's report on the province's natural resources was released. The panel is urging the province to be wary in using biomass for power generation. My question to the minister is, how will the panel's recommendations affect your government's future decisions on biomass?

HON. JOHN MACDONELL: Mr. Speaker, certainly in the short term they're going to make this government move in a very cautious manner, I think. The renewable electricity plan that I think the member probably had seen, indicates the use of biomass, I think at a cap of 500,000 dry tons. There's a caveat in that electricity plan that says that this will be referred to numbers coming out of the policy related to the Natural Resources Strategy. It's not etched in stone and my department, in my opinion, will have the final say on that.

MR. GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, the recommendations from the panel regarding the use of biomass is important and must be weighed carefully, especially given the fact that the Premier has pledged to produce 40 per cent of Nova Scotia's electricity from renewable resources like biomass, by 2020.

This particular recommendation seems to contradict the NDP Government's direction with respect to using biomass as a form of renewable energy. My question to the minister is, since your position paper is not due until August of this year, can you tell us today if there will be any more large scale biomass projects approved before that time?

MR. MACDONELL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have to say to the member that the process around approval, I think, doesn't come through my department. But the issue around what we would be telling the Department of Energy or whatever, I think that I would be wanting to put on hold any acknowledgment of further supply until we finish the policy part coming out of Phase II. So that would be my recommendation to anybody coming to us, that

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we are not complete in our process with my department and if I said in my first answer that we want to proceed cautiously, then I wouldn't be keen to see other projects go forward until we do that.

MR. GLAVINE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The panel also spoke of a serious disconnect within the department. As well, there has been confusion over the years as to whether or not the Department of Environment is responsible for some aspects of conservation and what sectors Natural Resources is responsible for. There have been musings that the two departments could be combined so my question to the minister, is your government planning to merge the Department of Environment and the Department of Natural Resources?

MR. MACDONELL: No, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Hants West.

URB: PUBLIC PASSENGER VEHICLES - INSPECTIONS

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question through you is to the Minister responsible for the Utility and Review Board. Mr. Minister, the URB has a Motor Carrier Division responsible for inspection of public passenger vehicles such as school buses, commuter vans and even old school buses that are purchased sometimes for the transportation of sports teams. As well, buses used for not-for-profit are also required to have a motor vehicle inspection.

My question today for the minister is, are all inspections on these vehicles by the URB inspectors done uniformly across the province?

HON. GRAHAM STEELE: Mr. Speaker, I am responsible for the Utility and Review Board Act, which governs the administration of the Utility and Review Board. That doesn't make me the minister for things that are regulated by the Utility and Review Board, such as, for example, power rates. So with the greatest respect for the member, I am not the correct minister to direct that question to.

MR. PORTER: Well thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I thank the minister for that response but if he wants to point out, or if somebody over there would like to answer the question, I'll give it to the Premier, unless somebody else wants it.

Mr. Speaker, through you to whoever would like to potentially take a crack at this question, I'll pass it to them. For the minister's information, inspections are down twice a year and I might add this is paramount for organizations putting 50,000 to 75,000 kilometres a year on their vehicles, maybe even more in some cases such as Acadian Lines.

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We have two senior Directors of Inspection and 11 other inspectors. The problem I have, Mr. Minister, or whoever would like to answer the question, is for the community organizations such as the Windsor Senior Citizens Bus Society, which put a maximum of 10,000 to 15,000 kilometres a year on their bus to transport seniors on short trips, usually no more than an hour long, once a year they are required by the URB to have these wheels pulled off, brake lines checked and installed if need be. Mechanics at the garages are amazed at the excellent condition they are in, once they are all removed, because of the limited mileage. This exercise is a full day's labour and more than $1,000 cost. This is an awful lot of money, as we all know.

Would the minister ever consider taking a look at these rules to ensure they are not so cost-prohibitive to these small community organizations?

THE PREMIER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I thank the member opposite for the question. He raises what I think, is an interesting point and one that I don't think there's an answer that can be provided in Question Period. What I'd like to do is take the information he has provided, make sure that the department has an opportunity to review it and get an answer back to him because as he points out, this is perhaps a cost that accrues to these organizations, that if we could find a way to accommodate it, then of course government would like to do that.

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MR. PORTER: Mr. Speaker, I thank the Premier for that answer, and to him I'll give my last supplementary, as he has responded. As I noted, terrible prohibitive costs, and the Premier mentioned that to the seniors and to this society. Will the Premier and his Cabinet consider reducing these inspections to once every two years for motor coach vehicles with less than 25,000 kilometres travelled annually?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, as I said, the member raises a good question. Uppermost in everyone's mind is always the question of safety in regard to these matters. So, really, the question of inspection is more of a technical one than it is a political one, because the advice we would take would come from experts who look at these matters. So we would, of course, ask the appropriate experts in the department to review the request, and as I said, I don't think it is an unreasonable one.

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

TCH: CRUISE SHIPS - TOURISM PLAN

MR. HAROLD THERIAULT: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. Cruise ships bring enormous numbers of tourists to Nova Scotia. They're worth millions of dollars to businesses and are a key economic development

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generator for this whole province. Now we're hearing that Saint John, New Brunswick is on the verge of taking over this lucrative market from Halifax. My question to the minister is, what is your government doing to attract more cruise ships to Nova Scotia?

HON. PERCY PARIS: Mr. Speaker, I, like the member opposite, heard the news about Saint John. One of the things that I will say is that we want to remain competitive. We are not in a competition with Saint John, but we do want to remain competitive, and certainly within the Department of Tourism we have maintained a close working relationship with Port of Halifax when it comes to the cruise business in the Province of Nova Scotia.

MR. THERIAULT: Mr. Speaker, it is becoming more and more clear that Saint John's cruise ship industry is now growing faster - much faster - than Halifax. In the past, Halifax has had control over the cruise ship industry. Now Saint John is experiencing growth that is matching and has potentially exceeded Halifax's. So my question to the minister is, why are you allowing tourism to decline in this province?

MR. PARIS: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to stand on my feet to say that we've set a record with respect to cruise ships in the Province of Nova Scotia. I have said this time and time again in this House, we should be proud of the work that the tourism industry in Nova Scotia has done. In this time of global recession, we have managed to keep our numbers up. This is something that we should be bragging about instead of condemning.

MR. THERIAULT: Mr. Speaker, there will be tourism devastation in southwest Nova Scotia since the NDP Government cut funding to The Cat. Funding for Tourism, Culture and Heritage is down under the NDP Government. So my question to the minister is, with no new tourism incentives, how do you expect to attract new tourists to Nova Scotia?

MR. PARIS: Mr. Speaker, first of all, the tourism trends in southwest Nova Scotia are not new. The tourism numbers have been in decline at that end of the province for some time. So what we have done through Team West and through Team Southwest - who are right now very, very vigorously talking with and having meetings with communities, other key stakeholders in the area, as to what the future is going to look like.

I think it's only appropriate for me to say, when we talk about the co-operative effort between Team West and Team Southwest, that now the Deputy Minister of Economic and Rural Development is co-chair - he has been invited to sit as the co-chair of Team Southwest. We are making enormous gains. We are working with the community, with the key stakeholders, to improve tourism not only in southwest Nova Scotia but in the whole province.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Inverness.

FIN. - AUTO INSURANCE: MINOR INJURIES

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- ASSESSMENT

MR. ALLAN MACMASTER: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Finance. With the passing of legislation on auto insurance, can you explain the process of assessment and treatment for minor injuries sustained in automobile accidents going forward?

HON. GRAHAM STEELE: Mr. Speaker, it will be the same as it has always been.

MR. MACMASTER: Mr. Speaker, my first supplementary, to protect Nova Scotian consumers whom your government, through the URB, reject premium rate increases based on the Oliver Wyman actuarial review, should increases be proposed by the insurance industry?

MR. STEELE: Mr. Speaker, we very carefully did our homework before the recent automobile insurance reforms. We have an actuarial report that shows that on average the industry can easily absorb the extra costs caused by these reforms, because the industry is already on average charging Nova Scotia consumers too much. So we expect that there will be room for rates to actually come down. We do not expect that they will go up.

MR. MACMASTER: Mr. Speaker, we, of course, will be holding the government accountable for that. Earlier in this sitting the minister would not confirm that his government will not create a public insurance agency. While an uncapped offering is now available, with no limit on the amount of compensation for a minor injury, I expect no insurance company will offer this product for Nova Scotians at an affordable rate. To the minister, will you use this as an excuse to create a public auto insurance agency?

MR. STEELE: Mr. Speaker, what I do know is that when that crowd was in power, they sacrificed fairness on the altar of affordability. What this government has done is rebalanced fairness and affordability, so the system is going to be better than it has been in many years. (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

The honourable member for Kings West.

FIN.: CAP INCREASE: INSURANCE COS.

- EFFECT

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, the minister gave short answers because he wants another question on insurance. My question is for the Minister of Finance. The minister has come out and politically said that he thinks that insurance companies have been making too much profit from auto insurance. The minister states that it should be no problem for them to absorb any increased costs that will be a result of the changes taking place in the industry.

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Local brokers with whom I've spoken are not convinced that the minister has an appropriate appreciation of how the industry works. My question is, would the minister explain exactly how insurance companies will be able to absorb a tripling of the cap and a drastic expansion of what is not protected from litigation by the cap?

HON. GRAHAM STEELE: Mr. Speaker, of course we wouldn't be having this discussion if the Liberal Party hadn't supported the Progressive Conservative Party as they gutted the fairness of the automobile insurance system. As the member knows very well, we commissioned an actuarial report which we made public on the day of the bill briefing. Not only that, but it's available on the Department of Finance Web site. All the information the member needs is right here, backed up by professional actuarial analysis - not like the kind of back-of-the-envelope calculations that that crowd did when they were in government.

MR. GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, the minister knows very well that Bill No. 1, which we supported, was very different when the regulations were put in place. He knows that. Here's what we know, we know that when people looked at their policies over the past five years, they would have noticed no changes. We know that premiums are likely to go up when these changes take effect. We also know there are going to be other costs that will affect insurance. The cap will be tripled, there will be much more litigation. No one really knows how big an impact these changes will have on premiums. Not even this minister can say for sure what will happen.

The NDP has a plan, it will once again download their responsibilities to the URB - convenient political cover to hide behind. My question to the minister is, why is this NDP Government once again likely to look at outside entities for political cover?

MR. STEELE: Mr. Speaker, I do encourage the member, in fact all members, to read the actuarial report. This is a professional actuarial report based on the highest professional standards. What that report says is that the recent reforms will result in an average increase in premiums of $24. The problem is that on average the insurers are already charging Nova Scotians $101 per policy more than they need to charge in order to get a reasonable rate of return. Those are the results that are in the actuarial report. If the member wishes to dispute those figures, I would ask him to read the report and show where that actuarial analysis is mistaken. I don't think he can do that.

MR. GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, I'm wondering if the minister got $3,200 advice or $250 advice from a lawyer here. The minister knows well that he is free to meddle around as long as the URB is there to take blame for his mistakes. It is just one more example of avoiding responsibility in what has fast become a long line of the NDP ducking and dodging accountability. We know that right now insurance brokers lose 1 or 2 per cent of their business to banks and direct writers. The minister has ensured that costs will go up, there is no doubt about it. What this amounts to is an attack on brokers in small towns across Nova Scotia - one more example of the NDP driving business out of rural towns and communities.

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My question is, what is the minister going to say to those Nova Scotia brokers who will be impacted by the tripling of the cap and an increase in litigation?

MR. STEELE: Mr. Speaker, first of all, I do think the member should be very careful about what he says about professional actuaries with a national reputation, and the Leader of the Official Opposition suggests their opinion was bought, and that member over there suggests that somehow their report isn't reliable. I think that member should be very careful.

With respect to brokers, what I would say is that the (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

MR. STEELE: Mr. Speaker, with respect to the brokers, I would like to point out that the brokers were very carefully consulted throughout the process. In fact, the Insurance Brokers Association of Nova Scotia supports these reforms.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Inverness.

FIN.: LBR. SETTLEMENTS - BUDGET EFFECTS

MR. ALLAN MACMASTER: Mr. Speaker, before I begin my question, I just noticed the lights are all on on this side of the House, but the one light over there has grown dim. In fact, I think it has run its course and it's burnt out. (Applause)

To the Minister of Finance, could the minister quickly explain the impact of labour settlements and what they will mean for the provincial budgets over the coming three years?

HON. GRAHAM STEELE: Mr. Speaker, what I can explain quickly, finally this province has a good government that's putting us back on the sustainable path. We are on the road back to balance - a better government than we've had in years. In years.

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

The honourable Government House Leader. (Interruptions)

HON. FRANK CORBETT: Can you feel the love?

Mr. Speaker, earlier today the Minister of Justice brought forward Bill No. 1 from the Law Amendments Committee, and with the indulgence of the House I wonder if we could include that in Committee of the Whole House on Bills today?

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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

[2:30 p.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Bills with Deputy Speaker Hon. Wayne Gaudet in the Chair.]

[3:30 p.m. CWH on Bills rose and the House reconvened. Mr. Speaker, Hon. Charlie Parker, resumed the Chair.]

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

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

Bill No. 1 - House of Assembly Management Commission Act.

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

Further, Mr. Speaker, that the committee has met and considered the following bill:

Bill No. 61 - Non-essential Pesticides Control Act.

and the chairman has been instructed to recommend this bill to the favourable consideration of the House, with certain amendments.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. FRANK CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, with the indulgence of the House, the two bills that have just been reported back, I would ask to go directly to third reading.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. FRANK CORBETT: 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. FRANK CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 61.

Bill No. 61 - Non-essential Pesticides Control Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Dartmouth East.

MR. ANDREW YOUNGER: Mr. Speaker, I will be as brief as I can. As we go through this, the Liberal caucus certainly supports the idea of banning non-essential pesticides and I just want, for the record, to issue one thing that I wish had been in the bill that I know the Cancer Society was out today and was disappointed it didn't go through in the Law Amendments Committee yesterday. While we appreciate the fact the government accepted some of the amendments we proposed, one of those being there would be a notification period for the permitted products list. That will only apply to items being removed. We share the concern of the Canadian Cancer Society that there should be a similar notification period so there can be public input for pesticides or proposed pesticides which might be added to the products list. Obviously, while I don't expect the minister would add something like 24D, for example, it has happened in other jurisdictions where there hasn't been a notice period.

We certainly believe that should have been included and we hope that, even though it's not required in the bill, that the minister will still take it upon himself to allow the public comment on products which might be added to the list over time. So I hope he'll take that under advisement and consideration over time and we certainly look forward to working with the government as that list is developed. With that, thank you very much.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 61.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. FRANK CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 1.

Bill No. 1 - House of Assembly Management Commission Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I'm not going to take very long, just a second on this.

First, I'd like to say with respect to the bill, I appreciate the co-operation that we have had from the other Parties with respect to this bill. It is the product of a fair amount of co-operation overall. We put the bill out to them very early on for commentary.

Again, I think it's a great piece of legislation and I move third reading.

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

HON. STEPHEN MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, I reflect back on when we began this session of the House and I remember standing in my place saying that unless we deal with the expense issue, the one Bill No. 1 is trying to address, all the rest of the work that we do in this House will not matter. As the anger and, quite frankly, probably the disappointment of Nova Scotians when it came to what has happened and what has unfolded over the last number of months with the work of the Auditor General. In many ways, Bill No. 1 and the new commission really are just moving the process into the open, and I think that is a positive step for Nova Scotians.

Nova Scotians are demanding to have access to how we, as their elected officials, are spending their money, and we need to be able to defend that to them. I think if we are making decisions when it comes to purchasing in our office or how we are spending our constituency allotment we need to be able to defend that to the people who have elected us. I was pleased to see that the government has adopted the resolution of putting our expenses online so that Nova Scotians will get an opportunity to see that. I would hope as this process unfolds over time that it becomes more frequent than once every six months. I know that the office itself is open, that reporters and ordinary Nova Scotians who want to can go in and access that.

It's my hope as we move forward that we will also begin to update on-line more frequently so that those Nova Scotians who want to keep a watchful eye have the ability to do that regardless of where they live in this province. As you know, many rural constituents do not make it in to the Speaker's Office. This would be a wonderful way for them to have an opportunity, quite frankly, for the people of Annapolis to see how I am spending their

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money on a monthly basis. I welcome that opportunity, as I'm sure all members of this House do.

I was disappointed that - one of the commitments or one of the recommendations that we made to government was bringing in a code of ethics. I think it's been read into the record, so I don't think I'll do it again. I think it would be a way for us, as an institution, to lay out to ourselves a code of ethics, which many members on this side who have served in Cabinet have had to fall under a code of ethics for the Executive Council and the members across would the same. It's a positive recognition to Nova Scotians that we've heard and listen to them. As well, it would lay out training for new MLAs within 30 days of arriving in this House, as well as a refresher course for those of us who have the privilege of being returned after a general election.

This has been a very tough issue on all members of this House. It has been, I would dare say, tough on Nova Scotians as this unfolded. I did welcome - and I want to say to the Premier and to the government - the opportunity for our caucus to see this bill before it came to the House. We looked at it, we made some changes, and to be open, I'm disappointed by the fact that the ethics piece is not part of it, but I believe this is a good first step. By no means is it a final step, but I do believe it is a good first step as we move forward - not to put this issue behind us, quite frankly, but to open this issue up so that Nova Scotians have confidence in the work that we do in this House and have confidence in the people that they have elected.

We will continue to push to have our code of ethics added to this and any other pieces that need to be tightened up as we proceed with the implementation of Bill No. 1. I know our caucus will be supporting this bill as it goes forward, and hopefully we can then continue to move and do the work that we were elected to do here in this House. With those few words, Mr. Speaker, I'll take my place.

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

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak on third reading of Bill No. 1, the House of Assembly Management Commission Act. In recent days we thought we were making good progress. We thought there was consensus, co-operation, that there was a congenial attitude of the government to work with the Opposition Parties on what was stated by the Premier that they would do. However, what we've witnessed in the last couple of days is a government that has been reticent, that's been: Damn the torpedoes, if you don't like what we've presented, too bad, tough luck. We've witnessed that in the Law Amendments Committee, we've witnessed it again here today in the Committee of the Whole House on Bills, and we'll witness it again because we know the government has the numbers to carry this but they don't have the fortitude to work with the House in its entirety.

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I would differ with my honourable colleague, the Leader of the Official Opposition, in recognizing what he sees as an important next step because we thought it was there. We thought in earnest, and maybe naively now, that the Premier was committed to being co-operative, to build some consensus, but that's not what we've witnessed. I know at the Law Amendments Committee today I heard government members talk about the amendments being proposed as being rushed in, lack of consultation. As we know, that's not the case, that members of the Opposition caucuses had sought, had taken, and the member for Sackville-Cobequid likes to refer to the date that it was brought into the Legislature, it is obviously Bill No. 1.

We, as a caucus, set out to consult, to look at the bill as it was proposed, to consider draft regulations, to give thoughtful consideration to those regulations and the bill, to look at how we could strengthen them, and in fact commence with the regulations and strengthen the Act itself. What has occurred is - and we have worked and we've offered, we've been told you didn't bring things forward. I know, as the Acting House Leader for our caucus, I had referenced to the Government House Leader items we would like to have discussed and why, and that we would be bringing forward amendments, yet we were told we wouldn't consult.

We've indicated and provided advance copy of proposed amendments to the Government House Leader and others, and being willing to look at those and asked if there was an opportunity for House Leaders and for the caucuses to caucus on that and to say if there are areas of agreement, what are they? If there's disagreement, is there an opportunity to provide for language and other changes? That is not what has occurred in the last couple of days and I'm very disappointed in the Premier and his Cabinet for what seemed to be working on a basis of collaboration and co-operation and consensus, getting to the final hours of this session of the House, and then just to go with every effort to ram it through.

For the Premier to stand and talk about the co-operation when, in my interpretation, Mr. Speaker, there has been a great window-dressing exercise because I remembered the Premier almost tripped himself coming up the steps of this Legislature, trying to tell everyone how new everything was going to be, and that we all committed, as a result of a process and a review that said we must make changes, and we committed to be part of that process of change and to be agents of change and agents of change of a Legislature that should be autonomous and independent and, indeed, be supreme in the consideration of that. But what we know is we have a Premier and a Cabinet that will use their majority numbers to do whatever they see fit or whatever they want. We know that the Premier's chief of staff will have his hand continually over the operations of this House.

Mr. Speaker, you know I have concerns about the role of the Speaker of this House as the presiding officer and the direction and the actions by the government and by Cabinet in directing members of this House. I have concerns in the long term about the rights and privileges of members when Cabinet imposes unilaterally both the executive, the departments and the legislative function in the operating of this House. I don't think this is

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the move forward that we thought Nova Scotians were going to see, that this Premier has seen fit to compromise and to water down what should have been a strengthened and indeed a collaborative co-operative and a consensus-built model.

I look, Mr. Speaker, at one of the things in the regulations that was there. It was interesting because I had a recent trip to Ottawa, and I claimed my two days at $38 prescribed by the regulations that were there, and what's interesting, when we noted, with the regulations, the inconsistency in those regulations about travel and attendance to Halifax versus anywhere else, and we were told without avail, it's $38 for Halifax but anywhere else you want to go - if I travel from Cape Breton North to Antigonish on critic-related business, the regulation says you can charge the government rate or reasonable expenses. If you go to Ottawa, if you go to Abu Dhabi it doesn't matter, that's fine, and when I noted the change and said it's inconsistent, why is it that my travel and attendance to Halifax would be different than my travel and attendance to Antigonish, with regard to the regulations, and wouldn't we have that in sync?

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So it's either $38 a day, as it is set currently, wherever we go, which is what we've done as a caucus, or it is according to the government policy. But that wouldn't be the case and we advocated it doesn't make sense, the policy is not consistent.

The reality is probably because Dan O'Connor or someone else doesn't want to see anybody if they travel to attend to business in Halifax, and I can tell you, Mr. Speaker, Halifax is not my home, it is where I come to represent the people of Cape Breton North, and in the course of doing that there is going to be a cost to attend. At the same time, I find it sort of ironic that the government sees fit that this change is going to help them travel anywhere they want in the world, whatever they deem to be reasonable costs associated with those areas. That is an inconsistency and it is something we had noted - why would that be the case? Again, damn the torpedoes, we're moving this ahead with or without any thoughtful consideration or, more importantly, continuity for the public service.

More importantly, I said, we're not talking about something that is different than for any other member who serves in the civil service of this province, in the employ of this province, yet because there is an optic the Premier or his staff or Cabinet did not want to see, that was, forget. I just find it unfortunate when we want to start to go through a process, whether it is regulations or the actual bill itself, because as was stated in a recent article, and it was Rex Murphy, and Rex had said - and it stood out to me - "Tactics won't undo what tactics themselves have done." Indeed, I see this now as a tactic by the Premier.

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I'm very disappointed in the Premier; I am disappointed in my colleagues. I thought we were having genuine dialogue with them, when that was not the case. I am disappointed, when we thought we could strengthen the bill before the House that we, indeed, would actually be able to say all three Parties worked together, in concert.

Now the one thing we're in is a very difficult position at the same time, Mr. Speaker - how can I stand here and advocate for the way it was when we agreed to make changes? That is the challenge that we have, as a caucus, because we did think we were moving forward, yet when the government in its own rigidity and stubbornness said it's our way or no way, and we'll use our numbers, I think that when it comes to this House - I know the honourable member for Halifax Chebucto may want to get into some discussion, and I'll be happy to engage another day with regard to what I deem to be the supremacy of the House and the fact of the autonomy of the House, because I also know there has been an historic ruling on a different topic in the House of Commons where Speaker Milliken had to rule that the interests of the House and all members of the House superceded that of the Cabinet.

They are working, to their credit, Mr. Speaker, in an all-Party process to find consensus and compromise - the same thing I thought we were doing, Mr. Premier, here with this bill, Bill No. 1. I thought we were moving forward but the Premier, his chief of staff, Dan O'Connor, who must have to censor everything that flows in and out of this building, in every Cabinet meeting, every minister's office, I am sure, because he must be the Premier Emeritus over there because Dan O'Connor seems to run roughshod even over this Chamber, and I really regret that. He seems to, through the minister's or the Premier's Office, or the Premier himself, tell us.

I heard people talk about such short notice, and yet the member for Sackville-Cobequid will tell me, it came in in March, when we went in, it was the first bill to be presented to the House. Mr. Speaker, it is necessary for us to move forward. It is regrettable that this government couldn't see fit to make changes that we thought would strengthen this bill, that the voting majority of the NDP would thwart reasonable and reasoned thought for the interest of this Parliament of Nova Scotia. I really regret that, and I regret it because as we go forward, we will not have a commission that will be able to do what Nova Scotians thought it would do, as I thought we could do through consensus, co-operation, and collaboration and that would be a commission that would do it. But we also know the government voted down having average Nova Scotians, to have the voting majority on the commission, that the Chief Justice of Nova Scotia could appoint Nova Scotians at large to have the voting majority on the commission.

I asked myself, why would they be so reticent and, in fact, defiant in wanting to consider that? Because they have an agenda, and their agenda is the only one at the end of the day that they will respect.

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He will go forward as a Premier, and tell Nova Scotians I've made everything right, I was going to right a wrong - because I've been listening to that one as well. He is one of 52 members, and he may have the majority in this House, but he does not own the moral right or the moral authority of this Chamber and what represents the interests. Because we were sent here equally, and when a challenge came before this government, before the House of Assembly, before all members, I thought truly, again in earnest, that we were all committed to righting what the public saw as a wrong, and to putting in processes and measures that would make things better.

But you know, Mr. Speaker, when we could have had a full measure, when we could have - and forget the comments that I have made about our recommendations of recognizing the independence, the autonomy, and the supremacy of this House, of recognizing what would have been constructive amendments. I would like to speak about the Liberal code of ethics.

What I find strange, because the member for Sackville-Cobequid in the Law Amendments Committee said - actually in fact, I apologize, the member for Halifax-Chebucto said we would consider it, that the idea of a code of ethics was not a bad idea and that we would look at it, which translated, as my honourable colleagues know, is that the government will bring their own bill in.

We didn't talk about the detail of the code of ethics that the Liberal Party had proposed, that we as members of the Progressive Conservative Party were prepared to support. We didn't talk about voting for that now and setting a standard that Nova Scotians could know that we were committed to, not only an administration, but in our conduct and activities as elected representatives. The government didn't want to consider that and I asked myself why?

Why couldn't the government have moved and approved the code of ethics as proposed by the Liberal Party, and another day bring in their own bill that would provide for what they think or saw as other things and would supersede it and we would just move it out. We could have done that, we could have had that level of concensus and co-operation. We were committed to sitting down for however long, to work through the language, to work through the technicalities of the regulations as well as the bill. We were shut down and denied that opportunity. Again, truly regrettable, and I think a dark day for democracy in this province when it should be a banner day.

This should be one of those pivotal moments, a watershed moment for the House of Assembly, the Parliament of Nova Scotia to leave here on our final day with business well attended to, rather than many loose ends and questions that other people will raise, about really what the agenda of the New Democratic Government is. It has left uncertainty as to the level of understanding, or the application of the bill and the regulations that we have to go out and try to account for, because I'm wondering as well, how do we interpret that, and

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how do we, if we have disagreement, explain that to the public that has elected us and has asked us to represent them? How do we provide assurances to Nova Scotians that, indeed, this was a better way forward?

Again, I can't totally discount it because we were working in earnest, again, to get to an outcome that would be better, only to be shut down. I regret that and I question again what the government's motives are, or continue to be, in shutting down discussion or debate and, more importantly, progress on something that Nova Scotians have demanded we do. If they demanded for us to do that - as a former Speaker of the House, if I thought when I was in that position there was wrongdoing going on, as any member would, you would have handled it.

The systems and the processes admittedly were flawed and I inherited a process that someone else inherited and we moved along. I know we had staff who worked diligently to try to do their job. But the court of public opinion in the analysis that was done was very clear, very evident and one that we immediately accepted and committed to working toward, which we thought was this day today; that again is regrettable. The uncertainty of your status on this commission, of the autonomy of the House in this process is concerning to me.

Those questions being left outstanding should be of concern to all Nova Scotians that wanted and expected something better of what the government said they were going to do and we agreed to walk down that path with them in trying to do it. So I do believe many things will be questioned. We're concerned about those aspects and I regret to have to stand here with the statements that I'm making today because I thought it was going to be an effort where we would have kudos and important next steps to move along providing public confidence. Instead, I'm left with the impression by the actions of the government - it's not an impression, it's a reality - of what the government has done in trying to think we'll leave this for the last item of business and move it along.

I would say to other honourable members, if we wanted to call this bill prior and have worked as we thought we were, we could have spent extra time on it. For members of the Law Amendments Committee from the government side to say it was last minute when, in fact, it was not and clearly was not the case and it was a misrepresentation of the reality of what was really going on. When I know that other caucuses were doing their homework, analyzing and building on what we thought was the gesture of the Premier to want to strengthen the institution and give Nova Scotians the confidence they deserve. Yet I stand here today with this bill that doesn't have the strength it needs, requires and should have, to allow Nova Scotians to know we've done right by and for them with this effort.

I recognize that the Leader of the Official Opposition has stated it's a next step and it is, we're jammed, admittedly, we're jammed as a caucus because we walked down that road sincerely, we walked down that road with co-operation, only to be derailed in the final moments. I truly regret that that is the case here in the final moments of this sitting of the

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Legislature. So if the members of the government - or the Premier thinks he should go out and talk to the media and pat himself on the back and hold up that he has hailed in a new era here in this province of accountability and responsibility and transparency, he can't. We have moved forward but we didn't move where we needed to be and that is the conundrum we're in today as our own caucus and having to evaluate this. It is the concern we have as a caucus.

I'll tell you, you'll do anything - as they always say - to get power, you'll do anything with power and I feel that sentiment today. You'll promise anything and say anything to get power and then come in and do anything with that power, who is really being served? How sincere should Nova Scotians take that? I thought we truly embarked upon - as was said - a watershed moment this should have been. We need, I recognize it - I have an expense claim I'm working on, I know we have to process things and we want to be open and transparent and we want to make sure that they're on the Internet. I also wanted to make sure that all political Parties and interests were treated equally and fairly with the autonomy of this House and that the Speaker's administration, that your administration, would be the final arbitrator of items, not the government benches. That's what we have now as a result of this legislation and the government's maneuvering.

I thought, Mr. Speaker, we would give you the ultimate authority to make sure you continue to do what you must do as an independent officer and the presiding officer of this House. I regret that members of your own political stripe don't see fit to give you that and also to respect the women and men who work on behalf of the House of Assembly and this Parliament, that they should know that their position is clear, that their role and function is clearly understood. That the Speaker's administration is not going to be thwarted because the Minister of Finance, the Premier, Dan O'Connor, or anyone else sitting on a government committee is going to override their hard efforts if they don't like what they're doing or have to say and vilify them needlessly.

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I would have thought we would have protected the women and men who commit to upholding the tenets of democracy in this province, and we have not seen that by this government. This is not a good day for parliamentary democracy, in my humble opinion. This should have been a day where you took a giant leap forward with regard to administration and the transparency and accountability of what we committed to Nova Scotians to do.

What we have is a government-led and a government-controlled and a government-maintained process that, to me, is not sincere, and people will look - is it truly legitimate? Again, I thought we were going down that road. I actually, having served - I came into this House as a backbencher, sat right by the back door when I first came in - I remember with joy, with my family sitting there. I didn't care where the seat was, it just had to be in the

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House. I sat in that chair and took my chair with a lot of the duty of the office and a lot of respect for the people who saw fit to elect me.

I've always tried to uphold that. In that process of time, some nine-plus years later, four elections in that process, I've made people happy, I've ticked them off - there's other things you can say - I've been able to work across political lines, but I always could say I can stand in this Chamber and hold my head up. I know the people who could raise money for me and I can always say that there is not one person who has given a red cent that could ever take me down for saying that I did something for motivation on that front.

Those are important. I was taught that. I was taught by my father - on every election night he still tells me: Son, don't forget the ashpile you grew up on. The reason he says that to me is, you come from a modest background, representing great and good people. (Applause) Never forget that tenet.

The people he's talking about are people, when they look at our benefits and what we have to run our offices, if you're of modest means, what we do and what we receive look pretty attractive. The numbers look pretty sweet if you're without, but we have a job to do and we have needs to do that, and we need to make sure that they know that any expenses we incur on behalf of representing them, that they are transparent.

I can't say, when I look at the process associated with this bill, I can still hold my head up with that same level of confidence. As I said, I came in this Chamber as a backbencher. I had the opportunity to move to the front bench; to take the role in that capacity to become the Speaker of this Legislature; to go back to government, front bench; to be the Government House Leader, working with other House Leaders and other Parties to try to find compromise; to try to make, at the time, a minority government work; to come back as a member.

What's fundamental is, the night of the election, when I was re-elected, I didn't bemoan the fact we lost the government, because the people are always right. I accepted their choice. I accepted, when I walked into this Chamber again, my role and function as a member of Opposition in the Third Party. I don't feel any less important standing here as when I stood in the back row or in the front rows or sitting in your chair, because my job has not changed: representing the people of Cape Breton North.

When I go in my office, Mr. Speaker, and I have my binders out there, people can go in and see all those yellow forms that I've claimed over the years, since 2001, they're all there because I have - and I owe it to them to be willing to do that and have it in place for them to be assured that my time in office - is everything perfect? No, it's not. Have you always done the right thing? Well, that's subject to history to try to determine.

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I thought we were doing the right thing today. I thought we were prepared to go that extra mile and build upon the recommendations. If I thought the Liberal Party was recommending and proposing amendments that would weaken this process or be self-serving, we wouldn't have supported them. If I thought we were bringing amendments forward that weren't in the interest of all Parties and for clarity for this House and the Chamber you preside over, and the people who work for it, I'm subject to criticism, but I thought we did it in earnest to make the bill better.

The Premier and his government broke faith with that process. We're so far down the road, as I've said, I don't know where to go with it because I would like to vote against this bill, but I told Nova Scotians I will not go back to the way things were. So that's the problem we have and, again, the government, in the final hours, may want to feel good and pat themselves on the back and say: What a great Spring session, look at the bills we brought forward. I'm sure Dan O'Connor and the spin doctor in the Premier's Office has the release ready to roll off into the Internet right now. I'm sure he has his key talking points to go out to the media and herald himself and pat himself on the back right now. I thought he had that. I would think he would have that and, yes, I know he probably has all those things in queue - what are my key talking points leaving here?

Well, I can tell you what he can't do. He can't go and say what he said here and thank people for their co-operation. He got co-operation. He didn't give it back. That's what you've done, Mr. Premier, through you and the other agents of your NDP Government, you've said one thing and you've done another. I regret that, Premier. I regret that as someone who has always respected that member, and I know he works diligently on behalf of his constituents and Nova Scotians, but it doesn't mean he always works in the right manner, and we have not done that today.

Premier, you cannot walk out these doors and start telling people that this process is historic, monumental, that this is going to be the new bar upon which everyone is going to be judged by, because I'll judge you and your colleagues by what's not in this bill, what's not in the regulations. Why you would be against a code of ethics for MLAs defies logic. Why would you be against recognizing the autonomy and independence of this House for Nova Scotians? Why would you be against regulations that are consistent with the Public Service you said they should be but refuse to change when it was pointed out, or stick to the change you brought in of $38 a day? You have it conveniently that you can change all that and have every one of you who travels, ministers, Premier, baby ministers, anyone else who goes out there and travels . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The correct term is ministerial assistant, I would just remind the member of that. (Interruptions)

MR. CLARKE: They may be a ministerial assistant but they're all baby ministers to me, Mr. Speaker, because a prime example of where the Premier, when he started a process,

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this Premier started a process and said these baby ministers would not have any budgetary authority.

MR. SPEAKER: Honourable member, I'm going to remind you that is not necessary to use that term here. (Interruptions) It's not unparliamentary but it's just being impolite and I would ask you, out of a reasonable argument you've been presenting so far, that you could use a reasonable word.

MR. CLARKE: Well, Mr. Speaker, it wasn't unparliamentary and I won't change my language, but my point - Nova Scotians don't have sincerity from this government, why should they feel I should be sincere with language? I am being cynical because we had a Premier who said that these assistants would never be able to charge expenses and now they're filing them. So what else, with these changes, is he going to make? That's what I question. What really is going on? What tweaking will benefit the government but not all members of the Legislature? There's the inconsistency. So if you live outside of Halifax - as I say, he doesn't want to apply universal policy.

Again, I just looked at these members, if they were on this side - okay, I'll just go back a little bit. Had we, when we were in Government as Progressive Conservatives, proposed these items that the government has marched through, I can tell you only what some of these members who have had history in this Chamber would say. I can tell you, Mr. Speaker, what you would say to the people of Pictou West. You would likely say what I am saying: it is not right.

Now it was never the wrong time for the Premier to do the right thing in this process, but it was the right time for the government to do the wrong thing when it came to this bill and being sincere with the members of this Legislature and that is truly regrettable. That shows a lack of sincerity. That shows the government did not really want to collaborate, to work and co-operate and build consensus. The government wanted to get the heck out of here with something that they could just hold up, and for that, Nova Scotians are not being well served. For that, I don't believe that all caucuses are being fairly served. For that, I don't believe the institution has been well served today. For that, I can't speak for my colleagues and how they individually feel, but I know as a caucus, we came into this process hoping and willing to move forward. We can't go back, but I can't say we've moved in the direction Nova Scotians wanted us to.

I would say to the Premier and his colleagues, they have an opportunity to right some of the wrongs with this process - that is, to be fair and considerate, which they have not, to be understanding of what this institution is truly about. It is more than just going from this side of the House to that side of the House and making all the decisions. It's about the representation and the supremacy and the independence of this Parliament of Nova Scotia.

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If I ever have to come in here and offend somebody, if they don't like what I have to say, but I'm speaking up in support of this institution and for doing what is right and proper, then I'll make that offence. I am prepared to do it because the people of Cape Breton North did not elect me to come to this Chamber to do anything less. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: A recorded vote is being called for.

Ring the bells. Call in the members.

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

A recorded vote has been called for third reading of Bill No. 1.

[The Clerk calls the roll.]

[5:10 p.m.]

YEAS NAYS

Mr. Landry

Ms. More

Mr. Estabrooks

Ms. Peterson-Rafuse

Mr. Corbett

Mr. Dexter

Mr. Steele

Ms. Maureen MacDonald

Mr. Paris

Ms. Jennex

Mr. MacDonell

Mr. Belliveau

Ms. Zann

Mr. MacKinnon

Ms. Conrad

Mr. Gosse

Ms. Kent

Mr. Wilson

Mr. Preyra

Ms. Raymond

Mr. Smith

Mr. Epstein

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Mr. Ramey

Mr. Skabar

Mr. Whynott

Mr. Morton

Ms. Birdsall

Mr. Boudreau

Mr. Burrill

Mr. Gaudet

Mr. Samson

Mr. Glavine

Ms. Whalen

Mr. McNeil

Mr. Manning MacDonald

Ms. Casey

Mr. Clarke

Mr. d'Entremont

Mr. MacLeod

Mr. MacMaster

Mr. Bain

Mr. Porter

Mr. Younger

Ms. Regan

Mr. Colwell

Mr. Theriault

Mr. Zinck

[5:15 p.m.]

THE CLERK: For, 47. Against, 0.

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.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, on a point of order. During the debate on Bill No. 1 in third reading, when I referred to baby ministers, which was not unparliamentary, and you had asked me to refrain from using that. My point on that - the government members were suggesting to you they had displeasure with the use of that term and you wanted me to control doing that. Thus, the point being, exactly what the concern was with that bill of the government dictating to the Chair what goes on. The use of the term "baby minister", while not unparliamentary, was offensive to the government and you wanted to uphold it. Again, in my rights and privileges, if the word or term is offensive to the government, I make no apologies for that.

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. FRANK CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, we did not say anything and it is not a point of order. Now, I sat down and allowed that member to put his best described as an airy point of order. I think I should be allowed the same privilege as him. So it was not a taunt from this side, it was maybe an idea from that member. We respect the Chair. Thank you very much. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. It is not a point of order.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. FRANK CORBETT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. That concludes the business today. (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The honourable Government House Leader has the floor.

MR. CORBETT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. That concludes the business of the day for the government, plus this session. So I would ask that we do now rise, to recess until Her Honour arrives.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed that we have a short recess until Her Honour arrives, between 5:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.?

It is agreed.

[5:19 p.m. The House recessed.]

[5:45 p.m. The House reconvened.]

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

MR. SPEAKER: Let Her Honour be admitted.

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

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

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

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

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS: It is the wish of Her Honour 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 CLERK:

Bill No. 1 - House of Assembly Management Commission Act.

Bill No. 10 - Cape Breton Island Marketing Levy Act.

Bill No. 13 - Motor Vehicle Act.

Bill No. 16 - Summary Proceedings Act.

Bill No. 18 - Vital Statistics Act.

Bill No. 19 - Motor Vehicle Act.

Bill No. 22 - Security and Investigative Services Act.

Bill No. 23 - Sea, Army, Air and Navy League Cadets Day Act.

Bill No. 24 - Financial Measures (2010) Act.

Bill No. 29 - Municipal Government Act.

Bill No. 33 - Securities Transfer Act.

Bill No. 35 - Finance Act.

Bill No. 36 - Engineering Profession Act.

Bill No. 38 - Voluntary Carbon Emissions Offset Fund Act.

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Bill No. 41 - Volunteer Fire Services Act.

Bill No. 43 - Congregation of the Baptist Church at Canard.

Bill No. 47 - Education Act.

Bill No. 49 - Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club.

Bill No. 50 - Correctional Services Act.

Bill No. 51 - Revenue Act.

Bill No. 52 - Insurance Act.

Bill No. 53 - Fur Industry Act.

Bill No. 55 - Internal Trade Agreement Implementation Act.

Bill No. 61 - Non-essential Pesticides Control Act.

Bill No. 62 - Nova Scotia Hospital Foundation Act.

Bill No. 64 - Electricity Act.

Bill No. 65 - Homes for Special Care Act.

Bill No. 67 - Halifax Regional Municipality Charter.

Bill No. 68 - Public Utilities 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. 46 - Appropriations Act, 2010.

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

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[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 am going to ask members to join me in the singing of our national anthem.

[The national anthem was sung by the members.]

MR. SPEAKER: You may be seated.

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.

MR. SPEAKER: I want to wish everybody a good summer and we will be back again at some future point. (Applause)

[The House rose at 5:57 p.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 1269

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas Dr. Elizabeth Parr-Johnston is a former president of both Mount Saint Vincent University and the University of New Brunswick; and

Whereas throughout a long career, Dr. Parr-Johnston has distinguished herself in academia, community leadership and corporate boardrooms; and

Whereas yesterday Dr. Parr-Johnston concluded 18 years of service as a member of the board of directors of Emera;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Dr. Elizabeth Parr-Johnston for her longstanding leadership in the post-secondary and private sectors and thank her for blazing a trail for other female leaders.

RESOLUTION NO. 1270

By: Mr. Brian Skabar (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas the Amherst Regional High School Senior Concert Band is known across the province for its talented musicians and their beautiful performances; and

Whereas the band, under the direction of Heather Kelly, received their 17th consecutive gold standard at the Atlantic Band Festival in Halifax on April 29th; and

Whereas this achievement was a great ending to the tough year had by all students following the death of former band teacher and mentor, Susan Taylor, last Fall;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly extend our congratulations to Director Heather Kelly and the Amherst Regional High School Senior Concert Band on their gold standard performance.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1271

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas the NDP have long advocated for affordable housing investments in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the Progressive Conservatives adopted a poverty strategy to address affordable housing; and

Whereas the NDP seem to have forgotten not only their previous commitments on investing in affordable housing but also the demands by Halifax NDP Member of Parliament for more investment in affordable housing;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly agree that the minister ensure the government adopts the Tory poverty strategy and add more affordable housing for families so that Nova Scotia families do actually get a better deal.

RESOLUTION NO. 1272

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas the NDP No. 2 commitment in their 2009 election platform was to keep emergency rooms open and reduce health care waits; and

Whereas the platform states that "Darrell Dexter and the NDP will open hospital beds needed to ease ER overcrowding"; and

Whereas it also states that "we will recruit doctors to cover hard-to-fill shifts so emergency rooms can remain open";

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly demand this NDP Government explain to Nova Scotians experiencing ER closures how their plan has kept emergency rooms open and also table proof that they have recruited doctors to cover these hard-to-fill shifts.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1273

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas the NDP made the bold campaign promise of ensuring that the Cobequid Community Health Centre would remain open 24 hours a day for seven days a week during the last provincial campaign; and

Whereas the Cobequid Community Health Centre closes at 10:00 p.m. and opens at 7:00 a.m.; and

Whereas the last time I checked, that meant another NDP broken promise on health care made to the people of Sackville;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly demand the Minister of Health be honest with the people of Sackville and state that the NDP promise will never see the light of day on the Cobequid Community Health Centre being open 24 hours per day and seven days a week.

RESOLUTION NO. 1274

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas on May 5th the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal stated that he was discussing the need for clarification with staff on the ownership of Chebucto Head Road when he sent Councillor Adams a letter dated April 14, 2010 stating that it is owned by the federal government; and

Whereas the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has stated that the member for Halifax Atlantic has the minister's ear on issues of importance in Halifax Atlantic; and

Whereas the MLA for Halifax Atlantic has made repeated emphatic promises to the residents on the importance of improving the road, writing letters to former Ministers of

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Transportation calling on them to repair Chebucto Head Road, and issuing a press release in 2007 calling for the province to take ownership of the road;

Therefore be it resolved that the member for Halifax Atlantic has failed her constituents in making promises that she couldn't deliver for the residents of Chebucto Head and Duncans Cove, she obviously does not have the ear of the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to make Halifax Atlantic issues priorities and as a long-serving MLA of a majority government she does not have any influence.

RESOLUTION NO. 1275

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas since 1939, the New Glasgow Music Festival has been a showcase for young musical talent from across northern Nova Scotia, featuring performances in musical theatre, band, strings, choral, keyboards and vocal categories; and

Whereas in April and May of 2010, more than 1,100 performers participated in concerts over the 15 days of the festival; and

Whereas for only the second time in its 72 year history, there were co-winners of the Rose Bowl for outstanding solo performance at the Stars of the Festival Concert with Marcel de'Entremont of Merigomish being honoured for his vocal performance and Virginia Georgallas of Antigonish being honoured for her piano performance;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize the outstanding musical talent of Marcel de'Entremont and Virginia Georgallas and congratulate them both on winning the Rose Bowl at the New Glasgow Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1276

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas longtime Lighthouse Media Group columnist, Margery Dykeman, died on February 18th; and

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Whereas her column Down to Earth Gardening was published for 23 years, which equates to 1,200 columns; and

Whereas Ms. Dykeman was an active member of the Bridgewater Garden Club and annually opened her gardens to the public;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize the contributions that Margery Dykeman made to her community and pass on condolences to her family.

RESOLUTION NO. 1277

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas lupus is an autoimmune disease that can cause severe damage to the tissue and organs in the body and, in some cases death; and

Whereas more than 5 million people worldwide suffer the devastating effects of this disease and each year over 100,000 young women, men and children are newly diagnosed with lupus, the great majority of whom are women of childbearing age; and

Whereas medical research efforts into lupus and the discovery of safer, more effective treatments for lupus patients are underfunded in comparison with diseases of comparable magnitude and severity;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly call for increases in public and private sector funding for medical research on lupus, targeted education programs for health professionals, patients and the public, and worldwide recognition of lupus as a significant public health issue.

RESOLUTION NO. 1278

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas youth in our communities need outlets for their activities; and

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Whereas the young people in Amherst have been requesting a skateboard park in their town for a number of years; and

Whereas in February, the federal government, through Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong, announced $133,000 towards the construction of a 10,000 square foot skateboard park in that town;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in encouraging the provincial government to assist the youth in Amherst by helping to fund this worthwhile facility.

RESOLUTION NO. 1279

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas the cost and accessibility of quality child care in Nova Scotia depend on the province's ability to ensure an equal playing field for both child care providers and families across the province; and

Whereas the previous government's commitment to avoid creating a distinction between private, non-profit, and family-home child care providers paved the way for the development of an industry advisory group to ensure vital communication with the province on issues such as accessibility and subsidy rates; and

Where this advisory group held its last meeting March 18th, following a private meeting between non-profit representatives and the Community Services Minister exclusively, excluding members who operate private child care centres across Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the minister admit she has given preferential treatment to non-profit operators by failing to meet the standard of inclusivity set by our previous government and commit to treating all child care operators fairly to ensure the best interests of all children.

RESOLUTION NO. 1280

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

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Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said, "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on November 4, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Nicole and Clark d'Entremont welcomed their daughter into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Nicole and Clark on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 1281

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said, "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on November 25, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Chelsea Hanf and Robert Pierce welcomed their daughter into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Chelsea and Robert on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 1282

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

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Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said, "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on December 30, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Jennifer and George Purdy welcomed their daughter into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Jennifer and George on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 1283

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said, "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on November 27, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Karlyn d'Entremont and Byron Hines welcomed their son into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Karlyn and Byron on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 1284

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

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Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said, "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on December 1, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Lynette and Sheldon Doucette welcomed their daughter into the world, making Sianna a big sister;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Lynette and Sheldon on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 1285

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of an individual; and

Whereas on March 31, 2010, Alcide Joseph LeBlanc celebrated his 90th birthday; and

Whereas to have reached 90 years of age and still be active and able to share with your loved ones the memories gathered over your lifetime is a wonderful reason to be celebrating;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly join me in congratulating Alcide LeBlanc on this remarkable milestone in his life and in wishing him continued good health and many more happy birthdays.

RESOLUTION NO. 1286

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of an individual; and

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Whereas on March 31, 2010, Louis Cottreau celebrated his 80th birthday; and

Whereas to be 80 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Louis Cottreau on this wonderful milestone in his life and in wishing him continued good health and many more happy birthdays.

RESOLUTION NO. 1287

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of an individual; and

Whereas on May 27, 2010, Mrs. Anna Bourque will be celebrating her 90th birthday; and

Whereas to have reached 90 years of age and still be active and able to share with your loved ones the memories gathered over your lifetime is a wonderful reason to be celebrating;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Anna Bourque on this remarkable milestone in her life and in wishing her many more happy birthdays.

Par: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

Monsieur le Président, à une date ultérieure, je demanderai l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

Attendu que les anniversaires sont une occasion pour la famille et les amis de se rassembler pour célébrer la vie d'une personne; et

Attendu que le 27 mai 2010, Mme Anna Bourque va célébrer son 90e anniversaire de naissance; et

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Attendu qu' à 90 ans, on a raison d'être heureux de la vie, de pouvoir encore partager et parler avec ceux qu'on aime, et surtout de pouvoir fêter avec eux;

Par conséquent, qu'il soit résolu que tous les membres de cette Assemblée se joignent à moi pour féliciter Anna Bourque pour cette étape remarquable de sa vie et lui souhaiter meilleurs vœux de santé et de bonheur pour plusieurs années encore.

RESOLUTION NO. 1288

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas on April 10, 1950, Nelson and Georgina Blanchard were joined in marriage in Quinan, Yarmouth County; and

Whereas in 60 years of marriage, Nelson and Georgina Blanchard were blessed with three children, Claire, Pearl, and Clark; seven grandchildren; and two very special great-grandchildren, who have all received their unconditional love; and

Whereas Nelson and Georgina Blanchard have given of themselves to their family throughout their lives, as well as being generous volunteers to their religious and surrounding community in many different capacities in numerous organizations;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Nelson and Georgina Blanchard on the occasion of their 60th Anniversary and thank them for always being there for their family and community, and wish them continued good health and many more happy years together.

RESOLUTION NO. 1289

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

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Whereas April 18 to 24, 2010, was Volunteer Week 2010 throughout the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, the Royal Canadian Legion in Wedgeport hosted the Annual Volunteer Dinner for the Municipality of Argyle; and

Whereas among the 21 volunteers honoured was Ulysse Cottreau of Wedgeport, in the Municipality of Argyle, for his devotion of time and tireless effort to so many organizations in and around his community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Ulysse Cottreau on being honoured by the Municipality of Argyle, and thank him and all volunteers for their dedication to others, and wish him continued good fortune.

RESOLUTION NO. 1290

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas April 18 to 24, 2010, was Volunteer Week 2010 throughout the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, the Royal Canadian Legion in Wedgeport hosted the Annual Volunteer Dinner for the Municipality of Argyle; and

Whereas among the 21 volunteers honoured was William (Bud) Spinney of Argyle, in the Municipality of Argyle, for his devotion of time and tireless effort to so many organizations in and around his community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating William (Bud) Spinney on being honoured by the Municipality of Argyle, and thank him and all volunteers for their dedication to others, and wish him continued good fortune.

RESOLUTION NO. 1291

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

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Whereas April 18 to 24, 2010, was Volunteer Week 2010 throughout the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, the Royal Canadian Legion in Wedgeport hosted the Annual Volunteer Dinner for the Municipality of Argyle; and

Whereas among the 21 volunteers honoured were husband and wife, Richard and Ada O'Connell of Little River Harbour, in the Municipality of Argyle, for their devotion of time and tireless effort to so many organizations in and around their community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Richard and Ada O'Connell on being honoured by the Municipality of Argyle, and thank them and all volunteers for their dedication to others, and wish them continued good fortune.

RESOLUTION NO. 1292

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas April 18 to 24, 2010, was Volunteer Week 2010 throughout the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, the Royal Canadian Legion in Wedgeport hosted the Annual Volunteer Dinner for the Municipality of Argyle; and

Whereas among the 21 volunteers honoured was Rosalind Nickerson of Argyle, in the Municipality of Argyle, for her devotion of time and tireless effort to so many organizations in and around her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Rosalind Nickerson on being honoured by the Municipality of Argyle, and thank her and all volunteers for their dedication to others, and wish her continued good fortune in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1293

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas April 18 to 24, 2010, was Volunteer Week 2010 throughout the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, the Royal Canadian Legion in Wedgeport hosted the Annual Volunteer Dinner for the Municipality of Argyle; and

Whereas among the 21 volunteers honoured was Sheree d'Entremont of West Pubnico, in the Municipality of Argyle, for her devotion of time and tireless effort to so many organizations in and around her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Sheree d'Entremont on being honoured by the Municipality of Argyle, and thank her and all volunteers for their dedication to others, and wish her continued good fortune.

RESOLUTION NO. 1294

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas April 18 to 24, 2010, was Volunteer Week 2010 throughout the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, the Royal Canadian Legion in Wedgeport hosted the Annual Volunteer Dinner for the Municipality of Argyle; and

Whereas among the 21 volunteers honoured was Margaret d'Entremont of West Pubnico, in the Municipality of Argyle, for her devotion of time and tireless effort to so many organizations in and around her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Margaret d'Entremont on being honoured by the Municipality of Argyle, and thank her and all volunteers for their dedication to others, and wish her continued good fortune in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1295

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By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas April 18 to 24, 2010, was Volunteer Week 2010 throughout the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, the Royal Canadian Legion in Wedgeport hosted the Annual Volunteer Dinner for the Municipality of Argyle; and

Whereas among the 21 volunteers honoured was Martial d'Entremont of Gavelton, in the Municipality of Argyle, for his devotion of time and tireless effort to so many organizations in and around his community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Martial d'Entremont on being honoured by the Municipality of Argyle, and thank him and all volunteers for their dedication to others, and wish him continued good fortune.

RESOLUTION NO. 1296

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas April 18 to 24, 2010, was Volunteer Week 2010 throughout the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, the Royal Canadian Legion in Wedgeport hosted the Annual Volunteer Dinner for the Municipality of Argyle; and

Whereas among the 21 volunteers honoured was Lisette d'Eon of West Pubnico, in the Municipality of Argyle, for her devotion of time and tireless effort to so many organizations in and around her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Lisette d'Eon on being honoured by the Municipality of Argyle, and thank her and all volunteers for their dedication to others, and wish her continued good fortune in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1297

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas April 18 to 24, 2010, was Volunteer Week 2010 throughout the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, the Royal Canadian Legion in Wedgeport hosted the Annual Volunteer Dinner for the Municipality of Argyle; and

Whereas among the 21 volunteers honoured was Julien d'Eon of East Pubnico, in the Municipality of Argyle, for his devotion of time and tireless effort to so many organizations in and around his community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Julien d'Eon on being honoured by the Municipality of Argyle, and thank him and all volunteers for their dedication to others, and wish him continued good fortune.

RESOLUTION NO. 1298

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas April 18 to 24, 2010, was Volunteer Week 2010 throughout the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, the Royal Canadian Legion in Wedgeport hosted the Annual Volunteer Dinner for the Municipality of Argyle; and

Whereas among the 21 volunteers honoured was John Amiro of East Pubnico, in the Municipality of Argyle, for his devotion of time and tireless effort to so many organizations in and around his community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating John Amiro on being honoured by the Municipality of Argyle, and thank him and all volunteers for their dedication to others, and wish him continued good fortune.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1299

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas April 18 to 24, 2010, was Volunteer Week 2010 throughout the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, the Royal Canadian Legion in Wedgeport hosted the Annual Volunteer Dinner for the Municipality of Argyle; and

Whereas among the 21 volunteers honoured was Guy LeBlanc of West Pubnico, in the Municipality of Argyle, for his devotion of time and tireless effort to so many organizations in and around his community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Guy LeBlanc on being honoured by the Municipality of Argyle, and thank him and all volunteers for their dedication to others, and wish him continued good fortune.

RESOLUTION NO. 1300

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas April 18 to 24, 2010, was Volunteer Week 2010 throughout the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, the Royal Canadian Legion in Wedgeport hosted the Annual Volunteer Dinner for the Municipality of Argyle; and

Whereas among the 21 volunteers honoured was Florence (Flossy) Jacquard of Wedgeport, in the Municipality of Argyle, for her devotion of time and tireless effort to so many organizations in and around her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Florence (Flossy) Jacquard on being honoured by the Municipality of Argyle,

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and thank her and all volunteers for their dedication to others, and wish her continued good fortune in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1301

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas April 18 to 24, 2010, was Volunteer Week 2010 throughout the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, the Royal Canadian Legion in Wedgeport hosted the Annual Volunteer Dinner for the Municipality of Argyle; and

Whereas among the 21 volunteers honoured was Courtney Wyman, who is a Grade 12 student at Drumlin Heights Consolidated School in the Municipality of Argyle, for her devotion of time and tireless effort to so many organizations in and around her school and community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Courtney Wyman on being honoured by the Municipality of Argyle, and thank her and all volunteers for their dedication to others, and wish her continued good fortune and success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1302

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas April 18 to 24, 2010, was Volunteer Week 2010 throughout the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, the Royal Canadian Legion in Wedgeport hosted the Annual Volunteer Dinner for the Municipality of Argyle; and

Whereas among the 21 volunteers honoured was Colton LeBlanc, who is a Grade 12 student at École secondaire de Par-en-Bas in the Municipality of Argyle, for his devotion of time and tireless effort to so many organizations in and around his school and community;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Colton LeBlanc on being honoured by the Municipality of Argyle, and thank him and all volunteers for their dedication to others, and wish him continued good fortune and success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1303

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas April 18 to 24, 2010, was Volunteer Week 2010 throughout the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, the Royal Canadian Legion in Wedgeport hosted the Annual Volunteer Dinner for the Municipality of Argyle; and

Whereas among the 21 volunteers honoured was Arthur Dulong Jr., of Belleville, in the Municipality of Argyle, for his devotion of time and tireless effort to so many organizations in and around his community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Arthur Dulong Jr. on being honoured by the Municipality of Argyle, and thank him and all volunteers for their dedication to others, and wish him continued good fortune.

RESOLUTION NO. 1304

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas April 18 to 24, 2010, was Volunteer Week 2010 throughout the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, the Royal Canadian Legion in Wedgeport hosted the Annual Volunteer Dinner for the Municipality of Argyle; and

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Whereas among the 21 volunteers honoured was Ashley Emin, of Tusket, in the Municipality of Argyle, for her devotion of time and tireless effort to so many organizations in and around her school and community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Ashley Emin on being honoured by the Municipality of Argyle, and thank her and all volunteers for their dedication to others, and wish her continued good fortune and success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1305

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas April 18 to 24, 2010, was Volunteer Week 2010 throughout the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, the Royal Canadian Legion in Wedgeport hosted the Annual Volunteer Dinner for the Municipality of Argyle; and

Whereas among the 21 volunteers honoured was Aaron Pottier, of Quinan, in the Municipality of Argyle, for his devotion of time and tireless effort to so many organizations in and around his community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Aaron Pottier on being honoured by the Municipality of Argyle, and thank him and all volunteers for their dedication to others, and wish him continued good fortune.

RESOLUTION NO. 1306

By: Ms. Becky Kent (Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage)

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

Whereas Sonny Wicks and Tim Long of Cole Harbour, while taking the time to talk with the youth of Cole Harbour District High School, have discovered that many students may be hungry at school, and face difficult challenges at home and at school with perception of authority figures; and

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Whereas Sonny and Tim partnered with community organizations such as local churches, Cole Harbour Place, RCMP, and elected officials to create a program called Feed the Students; and

Whereas Feed the Students provides a lunch to students prepared and served by authority figures in a positive, safe and educational way;

Therefore be it resolved that this Nova Scotia House of Assembly commend Sonny Wicks, Tim Long, and all community partners for their creative and proactive approach to making a difference for the youth of our communities through the Feed the Students initiative, and wish them every success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1307

By: Hon. Darrell Dexter (The Premier)

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

Whereas 11-year-old Dartmouth resident Collin Cluett was one of a few students from across Canada to go to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics as part of the McDonald's Champions Kids Program; and

Whereas Collin's gym teacher, Jen McKenzie, from Colby Village Elementary School nominated Collin because of his commitment to physical activity, active living and peer leadership; and

Whereas Collin recently returned from the Olympics after meeting children from all over the world where he had the opportunity to attend the opening ceremonies, watch the men's 5000 metre speed skating event and tour the athletes village;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Collin Cluett of Dartmouth for going to the 2010 Olympics, being a role model for youth, and committing to participate in sport, recreation and active living in his community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1308

By: Hon. Darrell Dexter (The Premier)

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

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Whereas the Generation Cup, held every December at Cole Harbour Place, recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary; and

Whereas the event, which started as a simple game of pick-up hockey, has raised over $2,000 in the last three years for local charities; and

Whereas all the proceeds of this year's event were donated for the first time to the Sidney Crosby Foundation;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the players and sponsors of the Generation Cup and wish them continued success raising more money for the Sidney Crosby Foundation in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 1309

By: Hon. Darrell Dexter (The Premier)

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

Whereas the Cole Harbour Pee Wee Senators minor hockey team recently competed in the Middleton Mustangs Tournament in Middleton; and

Whereas the team won gold at the tournament; and

Whereas Nova Scotia is a province that promotes healthy, active lifestyle choices, including playing sports like ice hockey;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this Legislature commend the Cole Harbour Pee Wee Senators for making healthy choices and congratulate the players and coaches on their first place finish at the Middleton tournament.

RESOLUTION NO. 1310

By: Hon. Darrell Dexter (The Premier)

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

Whereas Sir Robert Borden Junior High of Cole Harbour won a national award for innovation in teaching and learning; and

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Whereas the award, called the Ken Spencer Award, given out by the Canadian Education Association was awarded to Sir Robert Borden Junior High because the school enhanced learning opportunities for students by allowing them to be part of the decision making process; and

Whereas a 35 member student leadership team developed and implemented ideas that raised student interest and commitment to quality school work;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the students and staff at Sir Robert Borden Junior High for empowering students and giving them a say in what they learn and some responsibility for their own learning environment which helps create lifelong learners.

RESOLUTION NO. 1311

By: Hon. Darrell Dexter (The Premier)

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

Whereas Cole Harbour and Dartmouth business owner Thomas Nolte has been helping to spread the word about the importance of buying local in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Mr. Nolte, owner of Curves Dartmouth and Cole Harbour, introduced a new loyalty program to encourage businesses and local residents to buy from retailers in their local community; and

Whereas the Buy Local, Save Local program has grown from four members to over 50 participants and is helping sustain local businesses in Cole Harbour and Dartmouth areas;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Thomas Nolte for his work in helping to support locally owned and operated businesses in Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 1312

By: Hon. Darrell Dexter (The Premier)

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

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Whereas Nova Scotia was among 24 curling teams from Canada, the United States and Japan that recently competed at the Optimist International Curling Championships in Regina, Saskatchewan; and

Whereas the Dartmouth Curling Club's Under-18 men's team, made up of Colten Steele, Michael Brophy, Jacob LeBlanc, Ben Creaser and coach Shane Carson, won gold with an 8-1 record, beating two previously undefeated teams from Saskatchewan and Manitoba; and

Whereas the Mayflower Curling Club's Under-18 women's team, made up of Emily Dwyer, Amanda Colter, Katrina MacKinnon, Laura Kennedy and coach Marc Brophy, won silver at the same competition;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House take a moment to congratulate these young athletes from the Dartmouth and Mayflower Curling Clubs on their accomplishments in Saskatchewan and thank their coaches for volunteering their time and sharing their curling expertise.

RESOLUTION NO. 1313

By: Hon. Darrell Dexter (The Premier)

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

Whereas on May 12th, the Nova Scotia-Gambia Association will mark its 25th African Dinner and Auction; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia-Gambia Association is one of the province's most successful and long-standing international development non-governmental organizations; and

Whereas the work of the association is acclaimed internationally for the positive impact it has created amongst marginalized groups in West Africa, focusing its programs on education and health issues related to HIV/AIDS, malaria prevention, land mine safety and peer education in secondary schools;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House wish the Nova Scotia-Gambia Association much success at their 25th Anniversary dinner and auction and offer them congratulations on their continued efforts to make a difference in Africa.

RESOLUTION NO. 1314

By: Hon. Darrell Dexter (The Premier)

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

Whereas on January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the capital city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, killing or injuring hundreds of thousands of people and reducing the city to rubble; and

Whereas Nova Scotians lived up to their charitable and caring reputation by donating more than $1 million to the Canadian Red Cross to help with the relief effort in Haiti; and

Whereas the IWK Health Centre and the Capital District Health Authority donated emergency medical supplies, including masks, syringes, dressings and gauze;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House commend Nova Scotians for their generosity and eagerness to help the people of Haiti in the aftermath of this incredible tragedy.

RESOLUTION NO. 1315

By: Hon. Darrell Dexter (The Premier)

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

Whereas the East Coast Music Awards were celebrated in Sydney, Cape Breton from March 4th to 7th; and

Whereas the Special Director's Award was awarded to the Rankin Family in recognition of the Cape Breton group's contribution to the music industry on a national and international level; and

Whereas between 1989 and 1999, the Rankins took home 15 East Coast Music Awards, six Juno Awards, four Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada Awards and three Canadian Country Music Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Rankin Family for their musical success and their years of hard work contributing to the international stature of Nova Scotia's music industry.

RESOLUTION NO. 1316

By: Hon. Darrell Dexter (The Premier)

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

Whereas the East Coast Music Awards were celebrated in Sydney, Cape Breton from March 4 to 7; and

Whereas Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Joel Plaskett won six awards at the gala awards ceremony; and

Whereas Mr. Plaskett took awards home for entertainer of the year, best recording, pop recording, male solo, best single and producer of the year;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Joel Plaskett for winning so many awards at this year's ECMAs and wish him continued success in his future musical career.

RESOLUTION NO. 1317

By: Hon. Darrell Dexter (The Premier)

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

Whereas earlier this month, Halifax hosted the 2010 Tim Hortons Brier, making this the sixth time Nova Scotia has hosted the prestigious curling event; and

Whereas the national competition brought in just over 107,000 spectators from across the country and revenue for the Halifax Metro Centre and local restaurants, hotels and businesses; and

Whereas the Brier shone a positive spotlight on Halifax, which according to many curling fans is an A-list tourist destination and the best city to watch curling;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank the organizers and volunteers who put on this year's Brier and congratulate them on hosting yet another successful event.

RESOLUTION NO. 1318

By: Hon. Ramona Jennex (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

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Whereas the Coldbrook and District School has a celebrated history of contributing to the positive development and learning of children; and

Whereas the production of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Junior took place on March 29th and 30th, with separate casts of students for each performance; and

Whereas with the support and assistance of dedicated staff, the students brilliantly performed a complex production with exemplary singing and choreography;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the cast and crew of Willy Wonka Junior at Coldbrook District School for a truly incredible performance and thank the production team, parents and community for their appreciated support, guidance and dedication.

RESOLUTION NO. 1319

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 Head Start Barber Shop located at 123 Grey Street in Windsor is owned by the singing musical barber, Merle Jacklyn, who has been cutting hair in Windsor-West Hants for 36 years with his number one counterpart, Gary MacNeil; and

Whereas in the Fall of 2008, Merle made the decision to build a ramp for one of his customers, 18 year-old Luke Sanford who has been physically and intellectually challenged since birth; and

Whereas Luke's dad, James, who has been getting his hair cut at Merle's since he was 12 years old decided, upon hearing about Merle's generous offer, to donate some of the materials required for the construction of the ramp;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this House of Assembly recognize the customer appreciation exemplified by Merle and Gary, along with their genuine concern about ensuring Luke would always be able to get a haircut in as easy a manner as possible while also naming the ramp in honour of Luke.

RESOLUTION NO. 1320

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

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

Whereas the Hantsport Mini-Girls Basketball Team walked away with Nova Scotia Division 3 Championship Honours in early April by defeating the West Hants Shooting Star team from Windsor-West Hants 51-48; and

Whereas Kristen Jodrey of Hantsport who appears to be following in her sister Lauren's shoes was named tournament MVP with Kylie Fox of Hantsport named to the All-Star Team; and

Whereas the Hantsport Nova Scotia Division 3 Championship Mini-Girls Team was coached by Gordie Crowell who had assistance from Jen Fox;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this House of Assembly applaud the significant efforts of the Hantsport Mini-Girls Team on winning the 2009-10 Nova Scotia Championship and extend our congratulations to players Trinity MacKenzie, Lars Kretzinger, Rebecca DeCoffe, Grace Yorke, Taylor Kehoe, Kristen Jodrey, Abbie Fox, Jade Johnston and Maia Timmons.

RESOLUTION NO. 1321

By: Mr. Keith Bain (Victoria-The Lakes)

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

Whereas the Central Cape Breton Appreciation Dinner for the Cape Breton Cancer Centre raised a total of $3,775 last Fall; and

Whereas the dinner originally founded by Jim and Donna MacNeil and now sponsored by the Highland Village and the Municipality of Victoria County was the fifth annual; and

Whereas the presentation of the generous amount of money raised at the dinner was made to Tom MacNeil, a social worker at the Cape Breton Cancer Centre by one of the dinner founders, Jim MacNeil, along with District 1 Councillor from the Municipality of Victoria County, Paul MacNeil, and the Director of the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society, Rodney Chaisson;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this House of Assembly recognize the active volunteers who so generously and graciously support the Central Cape Breton Appreciation Dinner for the Cape Breton Cancer Centre on an annual basis.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1322

By: Mr. Keith Bain (Victoria-The Lakes)

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

Whereas the caring congregation of St. James Church in Big Bras d'Or made a substantial donation last Fall to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre expansion fund; and

Whereas Rev. Donald MacKay and congregation members Joyce Trenholm and Carolyn Leal presented a $1,000 cheque to Lorne Seymour, Acting Director of Palliative Care at the Cape Breton Cancer Centre; and

Whereas St. James raised the money by hosting a bridal fashion of yesteryear show along with a tea;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud the caring and kindness and community spirit shown by the St. James Church congregation in Big Bras d'Or.

RESOLUTION NO. 1323

By: Hon. Maureen MacDonald (Gaelic Affairs)

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

Whereas May marks the beginning of Gaelic Awareness Month, celebrated throughout the province every May since 1996; and

Whereas Gaelic language and culture represents one of the province's early languages and cultures, contributing to the rich fabric of the province's communities through its language, music, storytelling, song, dance, place names, foods, and custom; and

Whereas the Gaelic community and Gaelic's presence contribute culturally, educationally, socially, and economically to that which constitutes the broader Nova Scotia experience;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize May as Gaelic Awareness Month in the province where value and respect is extended to Gaelic expression, and members participate in opportunities to learn more about Gaelic.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1324

By: Hon. Maureen MacDonald (Gaelic Affairs)

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

Whereas Bun is Bàrr (meaning root and branch in English) is a language and cultural mentorship program that focuses on learning language through socializing and everyday activities; and

Whereas through shared activities, apprentices are exposed to language associated with cooking, sharing a meal, and household tasks, and using materials from fieldwork with Nova Scotia Gaelic speakers, including songs, stories, oral tradition, local histories and anecdotes; and

Whereas the goal of Bun is Bàrr is to help create fluent Gaelic speakers, confident and knowledgeable of Nova Scotia's Gaelic tradition, who will be motivated to learn, enjoy, share, and champion Gaelic Nova Scotia and build community through Gaelic in the process;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate mentors, Effie Rankin, Hector MacNeil and Jim Watson and apprentices, Emily MacKinnon, Meaghan O'Handley, Patrick Bennett, Laura Stirling, Kenny Morrison and Norman MacIntyre for their commitment to Gaelic in the province by participating in the Bun is Bàrr mentorship program.

RESOLUTION NO. 1325

By: Hon. Maureen MacDonald (Gaelic Affairs)

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

Whereas every May since 2007, the Department of Education has held a Gaelic Language and Culture Workshop for instructors in the province's public schools; and

Whereas more than 1,100 students are receiving Gaelic language instruction and are learning more about Gaelic's attendant culture and history through Gaelic Cultural Studies curriculum in the province's public school system; and

Whereas Gaelic contributes educationally, culturally, socially and economically to that which constitutes the broader Nova Scotia experience;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Department of Education for supporting instructors of both Gaelic language and Gaelic Cultural Studies in the province's public schools.

RESOLUTION NO. 1326

By: Hon. Maureen MacDonald (Gaelic Affairs)

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

Whereas the Highland Village focus is on growing Gaelic language and cultural interpretive programming on site, as well as working with the wider community to promote Gaelic language in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on June 20, 2009, the board of trustees of the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society approved the village's first Gaelic policy - the first such policy for any Gaelic-related institution or organization in Canada; and

Whereas the vision of the Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach is to be internationally acknowledged for advancing research, fostering appreciation, learning, and sharing authentic Gaelic language and heritage while serving a vibrant Gaelic cultural community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the board of trustees of the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society on its efforts to support and facilitate Gaelic development in Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 1327

By: Hon. Maureen MacDonald (Gaelic Affairs)

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

Whereas Sheena's Garden, the first bilingual English-Gaelic electronic book produced by the Pictou-Antigonish Regional library will be launched on May 19th; and

Whereas on line resources such as Sheena's Garden assist learners of all ages in acquiring and using Gaelic language; and

Whereas the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library has 100 Gaelic-related publications available to the community it serves;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library and those involved in the creation of the English-Gaelic storybook, Sheena's Garden.

RESOLUTION NO. 1328

By: Hon. Maureen MacDonald (Health Promotion and Protection)

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

Whereas World Hepatitis Day occurs on May 1st; and

Whereas people infected with hepatitis can experience effects ranging from mild illness to serious liver damage such as liver failure or cancer; and

Whereas it is important to provide education about hepatitis to people living with the disease as well as educating the public about the associated risks of transmitting and contracting hepatitis;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the importance of marking World Hepatitis Day and encourage continued education and outreach surrounding the disease.

RESOLUTION NO. 1329

By: Mr. Alfie MacLeod (Cape Breton West)

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

Whereas Donkin, Cape Breton native Steve Arbuckle has entered prime time in his acting career especially with his role in the new ABC television series Happy Town; and

Whereas Arbuckle is the proud son of Nancy Arbuckle of Donkin; and

Whereas besides his appearance in Happy Town, Steve has just finished a movie with Tom Selleck entitled Regan's Law while also shooting a new series called, the Todd and the Book of Pure Evil;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this historic House of Assembly congratulate Steve Arbuckle for his outstanding television and cinematic success and wish him nothing but good prosperity for many years into the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1330

By: Mr. Alfie MacLeod (Cape Breton West)

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

Whereas the communities of Donkin and Port Caledonia are blessed to have the dedicated volunteer work of Faith Dillon; and

Whereas Faith not only works hard but spearheads needed fundraising for various charities in the communities of Donkin and Port Caledonia; and

Whereas in addition to fundraising, Faith also has an unwavering commitment to cleanliness and has worked untold hours toward cleaning the garbage out of ditches and highways in the two communities of Donkin and Port Caledonia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commend Faith Dillon for her dedication to volunteerism and wish her every future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1331

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas many community groups and organizations in our province would not be able to continue their work without the commitment and dedication of volunteers; and

Whereas on May 6, 2010, the Halifax Mainland North Volunteer Recognition Committee held their annual Community Champion Awards Dinner to recognize outstanding volunteers who consistently dedicate their time and talents to improving the lives of others; and

Whereas Tara Hatfield was recognized by the committee for the dedication she has shown to Ecole Burton Ettinger School as an invaluable volunteer at all school activities and especially for her support of the breakfast program;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Tara Hatfield on receiving this award and thank her for the hundreds of hours she has devoted to her community and neighbourhood school and wish her continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1332

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas a new restaurant named Louly's opened its doors to business on Wednesday, May 5, 2010; and

Whereas Louly's is located at 6403 Quinpool Road where the Spartan Restaurant stood for 44 years and has since been sold to the family of Roqaya Abdel Hameid and her parents; and

Whereas Louly's is offering exotic Egyptian dishes such as shakshouka, Egyptian koshary, and samak makly, as well as Canadian and Mediterranean menu items, including seafood, meat dishes, and plenty of vegetarian selections;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House wish Clayton Park residents Roqaya Abdel Hameid and her parents the best of luck with their new restaurant.

RESOLUTION NO. 1333

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas the Iranian Cultural Society works to smooth the way for recent immigrants and helps to keep their traditions alive; and

Whereas for centuries Iranians have marked the New Year on the first day of Spring; and

Whereas Nova Scotia's Iranian Cultural Society celebrated the New Year on March 26, 2010, with an evening of music, food, and dance;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the President, Abbas Sedghi, and members of the Iranian Cultural Society on the success of the New Year's event and wish them well in their future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1334

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By: Hon. Stephen MacNeil(Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas for 50 years Matt Pembleton has been fighting fires as a member of the Lawrencetown Volunteer Fire Department; and

Whereas Matt was showered with gifts, accolades, certificates, a plaque, and a gold firefighter's helmet to honour half a century of volunteer commitment; and

Whereas Matt is deserving of the recognition not only of his fellow firefighters but also of the community he has faithfully served day and night for an impressive number of years;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly join me in applauding Matt's unwavering commitment and wish him health and happiness in the days to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 1335

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgetown;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate team member Calvin Gough on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1336

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgetown;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate team member Cale Saunders on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1337

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgetown;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate team member Kevin MacNeill on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1338

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgetown;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate team member Connor Marshall on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1339

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgetown;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate team member Stephen Charlton on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1340

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgetown;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate team member Dylan Marshall on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1341

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgetown;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate team member Nick Clements on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1342

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgetown;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate team member Joe Schell on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1343

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgetown;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate team member Colin Gillis on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1344

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgetown;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate team member Keifer Theriault on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1345

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgewater;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate team member Ryan Marshall on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1346

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgewater;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate team member Corbin Rowlings on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1347

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgewater;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate team member Gareth Rafuse on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1348

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgewater;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate team member Craig Wright on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1349

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

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Whereas through hard work, dedication and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgewater;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate team member Jason Young on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1350

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgewater;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate team member Noah Croft on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1351

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

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Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgewater;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate team member Dillon Bowker on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1352

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgewater;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate team member Ryan D'Arcy on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1353

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

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Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgewater;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate team member Kolin McLean on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1354

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgewater;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate coaching staff member Terry Saunders on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1355

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners on Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication, and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgetown;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate coaching staff member Dale Young on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1356

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners on Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication, and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgetown;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate coaching staff member Shaun Saunders on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1357

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By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners on Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication, and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgetown;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate coaching staff member Robbie Smith on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1358

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the Bridgetown Midget "A" Hawks battled to a 3-1 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners on Sunday, March 7, 2010; and

Whereas playing to an ecstatic hometown crowd the Hawks put on the heat to clinch the desired victory; and

Whereas through hard work, dedication, and team spirit throughout the season this team was able to secure the coveted title and bring pride to the Town of Bridgetown;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate manager Joe D'Arcy on a successful hockey season and wish him continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1359

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas on Saturday, April 17, 2010, the inaugural Haliwards were presented at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and seven awards were presented to groups or individuals that are making a difference in our city; and

Whereas these awards are unique as there are no boundaries set for the nominees and they represent a diverse group of people who have in one way or another made life better for others; and

Whereas four Halifax West High School students, Patrick O'Connor, Morgan Patzelt, Alanna Langille and Chan Kim were nominated together for their amazing volunteer work at the school where they have raised thousands of dollars for organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize four outstanding students, Alanna Langille, Patrick O'Connor, Morgan Patzelt and Chan Kim, on receiving a Haliward and wish them every success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1360

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas on Saturday, April 17, 2010, the inaugural Haliwards were presented at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and seven awards were presented to groups or individuals that are making a difference in our city; and

Whereas these awards are unique as there are no boundaries set for the nominees and they represent a diverse group of people who have in one way or another made life better for others; and

Whereas Sandra Starratt, a French teacher at Halifax West High School, was honoured for her selfless support of the student government over many years and her dedication to mentoring and supporting students;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Sandra Starratt on receiving one of the inaugural Haliwards and wish her every success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1361

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn is that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on January 31, 2010, a very special occasion took place when Beth Wilson and Ryan Stevens welcomed their daughter into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Beth and Ryan on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 1362

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn is that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on January 14, 2010, a very special occasion took place when Kristin and Adam d'Eon welcomed their daughter into the world;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Kristin and Adam on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 1363

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn is that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on January 22, 2010, a very special occasion took place when Rebecca and Andy Muise welcomed their daughter into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Rebecca and Andy on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 1364

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn is that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

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Whereas on March 11, 2010, a very special occasion took place when Amy and Eric Landry welcomed their son into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Amy and Eric on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 1365

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn is that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on April 21, 2010, a very special occasion took place when Ashley D'Eon welcomed her daughter into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Ashley on this remarkable milestone in her life and wish her many more happy years as a parent.

RESOLUTION NO. 1366

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

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Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn is that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on March 17, 2010, a very special occasion took place when Kim and Matthew Seeley welcomed their son into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Kim and Matthew on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 1367

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn is that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on March 31, 2010, a very special occasion took place when Laura Lee and Jonathan Doucette welcomed their daughter into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Laura Lee and Jonathan on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 1368

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

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Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn is that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on January 8, 2010, a very special occasion took place when Lorna and Wayne Pothier welcomed their daughter into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Lorna and Wayne on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 1369

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn is that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on February 16, 2010, a very special occasion took place when Tara and Scott Challoner welcomed their son into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Tara and Scott on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 1370

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn is that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on January 1, 2010, a very special occasion took place when Renee and Gary Surette welcomed their son into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Renee and Gary on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 1371

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Argyle)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn is that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on February 8, 2010, a very special occasion took place when Tammy Morrison and Randall Cottreau welcomed their son into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Tammy and Randall on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 1372

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By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas each year the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce presents its Jack Hartery Lifetime Achievement Award; and

Whereas this award is presented to a local resident who is well respected in the community, a good employer and has high ethical standards in business and personal dealings; and

Whereas on April 30th this annual award was presented to Anna Guzdziol and her late husband, Dr. Wladyslaw Guzdziol;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Anna on receiving this prestigious award, thank her for her dedication and honour her late husband, Dr. Guzdziol for his contributions to the business community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1373

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas each year during their Annual General Meeting, the Insurance Brokers of Nova Scotia present the Volunteer Service Award; and

Whereas this award is presented to an individual who inspires the spirit of volunteerism in others and participates in activities that positively contribute to the quality of life for their community; and

Whereas on April 15th this annual award was presented to Alfred Poirier, a commercial insurance broker with A.A. Munro Insurance Limited;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Alfred on receiving this prestigious award and thank him for his dedication to the community.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1374

By: Hon. Stephen McNeil (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas Van Dyk's Health Juice Products Ltd. is a family run business located in Caledonia; and

Whereas the company's primary producer, Van Dyk's by Nature 100% Pure Wild Blueberry Juice has been named Best Beverage 2010 by the Canadian Liver Foundation; and

Whereas the 2010 LIVERight Awards competition addresses Canadians' need for convenient food options that are both delicious and nutritious;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Henrica and Case Van Dyk on receiving this prestigious award and wish them success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1375

By: Hon. Marilyn More (Education)

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

Whereas Supportive Housing for Young Mothers renovated a former Dartmouth school as a safe, supportive apartment building for single moms; and

Whereas groups and individual programming helps young women and their children develop skills and confidence; and

Whereas the May 8, 2010, fundraiser at the NSCC Waterfront Campus Theatre raised over $5,000;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the organizers, sponsors, and performers of the Supportive Housing for Young Mothers 2010 Mom's Day Cabaret and thank those who supported this major fundraising event.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1376

By: Hon. Marilyn More (Education)

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

Whereas the Elizabeth Fry Society started Our Thyme Café in November 2008 as an educational and employment program for women at risk; and

Whereas the Elizabeth Fry Society partnered with Service Canada and the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services to train women and female youth to work in the culinary arts and food safety sector; and

Whereas an increasing number of Dartmouth patrons enjoy the friendly on-site and catering service and tasty menu at this café, which celebrated their grand opening of a newly renovated space in Dartmouth on May 6th;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the staff and trainees of Our Thyme Café as they celebrate their May 6th grand opening of the newly renovated catering space in downtown Dartmouth, and thank the Elizabeth Fry Society for providing a second chance to women aspiring to train in the field of culinary arts and food safety.

RESOLUTION NO. 1377

By: Hon. Marilyn More (Education)

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

Whereas the publication A Journey to the Past was produced in 2009 by the Dartmouth Historical Association, with support from Democracy 250; and

Whereas 2,500 copies of this local history of Dartmouth, Preston, Cole Harbour, and Eastern Passage were distributed as class sets to Grades 4, 5 and 6 in the area elementary schools of the Halifax Regional School Board and CSAP Board; and

Whereas this publication is a collaboration of local researchers, historians and writers, including Joan Payzant, Bernie Hart, Allister Johnson, Carmen Moir and Harry Chapman, who also edited this wonderful learning resource;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Dartmouth Historical Association for its continuing efforts to recognize and honour our heritage and culture in A Journey to the Past, and thank the members and contributors for developing a valuable educational resource for all ages.

RESOLUTION NO. 1378

By: Hon. Wayne Gaudet (Clare)

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

Whereas La Caisse Populaire de Clare was honoured for its commitment to community by the Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia at its annual meeting on April 16, 2010; and

Whereas the Coady Award is presented annually to the credit union or caisse populaire in Nova Scotia or Newfoundland and Labrador that best exemplifies leadership, support and involvement in its community; and

Whereas in 2005 La Caisse Populaire de Clare set up a $50,000 annual fund to encourage economic development in the local area;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate staff, directors, and members of La Caisse Populaire de Clare on receiving the 2010 Coady Award, and wish them continued success in their future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1379

By: Mr. Alfie MacLeod (Cape Breton West)

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

Whereas Cape Breton Island has a rich heritage and many talented local people active in arts and culture; and

Whereas arts and culture are a vibrant and important part of the local economy; and

Whereas Cape Breton authors and books with Cape Breton connections took home many awards at the recent Atlantic Book Awards, an important ceremony that recognizes the importance of writing to arts and culture;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join in congratulating the talented authors from Cape Breton and also those from Nova Scotia on their achievements at the recent Atlantic Book Awards.

RESOLUTION NO. 1380

By: Mr. Alfie MacLeod (Cape Breton West)

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

Whereas the NDP Government listed keeping emergency rooms open and reducing wait times in their campaign promises; and

Whereas emergency room closures is an issue that continues to plague hospitals in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality; and

Whereas the Cape Breton District Health Authority is now hosting meetings with the public to discuss issues surrounding emergency room closures;

Therefore be it resolved that this NDP Government explain what action it is going to take to ensure that Cape Breton Regional Municipality emergency rooms do not suffer from further closures after a campaign filled with empty promises.

RESOLUTION NO. 1381

By: Mr. Alfie MacLeod (Cape Breton West)

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

Whereas Grade 6 students from Mount Carmel Elementary School in New Waterford have created art based on the children's rights poetry of Deb Murray; and

Whereas this artwork is being displayed in the Main Street Art Gallery in New Waterford where part of the Credit Union Art Gallery's mandate is to promote local art and artists; and

Whereas the art demonstrates the students' learning and awareness of social issues surrounding the rights of children and showcases the great artistic talent taught to them by their art teacher Diane Lewis;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join with me in congratulating Diane Lewis and the Grade 6 students of Mount Carmel Elementary School on their art show displayed at the Main Street Art Gallery in New Waterford.

RESOLUTION NO. 1382

By: Mr. Alfie MacLeod (Cape Breton West)

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

Whereas Nova Scotia Power is currently appearing before the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board asking for a $2 per month rate hike for Nova Scotia households shortly on the heels of a rate hike last January; and

Whereas the people of Nova Scotia are now, thanks to a recent 2 per cent hike in HST introduced by this NDP Government, the most highly taxed people in Canada and many Nova Scotians are on a fixed income and are working hard to make ends meet - an NDP campaign promise removed the tax from taxpayers' electricity bills in order to provide savings; and

Whereas Nova Scotia Power is claiming that this rate hike will pay for a variety of programs to reduce the consumption of electricity - a cost that should not be passed to the taxpayer;

Therefore be it resolved that this NDP Government explain why it would consider a rate hike requested by Nova Scotia Power, breaking yet another campaign promise to reduce the burden on taxpayers by reducing the tax on their electricity bill only to turn around and approve a rate hike requested by Nova Scotia Power.

RESOLUTION NO. 1383

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 Strait Regional School Board received another gold medal rating from the Nova Scotia Pupil Transportation Advisory Committee in 2009; and

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Whereas the board has shown dedication to improving all aspects of their student transportation system; and

Whereas they have attained a higher level of standard this year compared to previous gold medal award years;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commend the bus drivers, mechanics, and transportation managers for making the journey to and from school safe for the students in their care.

RESOLUTION NO. 1384

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 Catholic Women's League of St. Mary's of the Angels Church in Glendale celebrated their 60th Anniversary this past November; and

Whereas the 24 members of the CWL in Glendale have contributed immeasurably to the well-being of the local church and community; and

Whereas with the progressive goal of enhancing the role of women, both in the church and society, the CWL is well positioned to remain a strong and vibrant organization well into the future;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize the Catholic Women's League in Glendale for 60 years of service to their parish and community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1385

By: Mr. Allan MacMaster (Inverness)

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

Whereas Damian, Tyler and Tylisha Gillis of Mabou volunteered with their father, Frankie, to do a roadside cleanup to mark Earth Day; and

Whereas the family hauled two truckloads of refuse to the waste management facility and filled over 30 garbage bags; and

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Whereas the Gillis family has brought awareness to the broader community of the need to stop littering;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize the contribution of the Gillis family to clean and beautify their community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1386

By: Mr. Allan MacMaster (Inverness)

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

Whereas Joanne Schmidt of Port Hood recently initiated the "Re-Give a Book" program in Inverness County; and

Whereas this program has encouraged people to donate books and DVDs to the Eastern County Regional Library so they can be reused; and

Whereas the interest that this has generated may lead to the program becoming an annual event in the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly acknowledge Ms. Schmidt's initiative and recognize the educational value this program provides to our local communities.

RESOLUTION NO. 1387

By: Mr. Allan MacMaster (Inverness)

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

Whereas Janice MacKay of Inverness was one of two recipients of the first Diploma in Assisted Living from St. F.X.; and

Whereas Janice completed the Human Care and Community diploma by distance education so she could integrate the program with her family, work, and community commitments; and

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Whereas Janice helps people with disabilities to more actively participate in their communities;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize Janice for her achievement and the benefits her knowledge will bring to her community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1388

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 Iona Connection Heritage Co-operative celebrated 25 years in operation on October 24, 2009; and

Whereas what started informally as an organization of designated heritage groups in 1984 has grown to a full communication network among heritage associations; and

Whereas the hard work from so many has contributed to a higher profile for heritage in Cape Breton;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Iona Connection Heritage Co-operative and thank them for their efforts to maintain the proud heritage of our province.

RESOLUTION NO. 1389

By: Mr. Allan MacMaster (Inverness)

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

Whereas Tracey Russell of We'koqma'q First Nation won the Impact-Community Capacity Building award at the annual Women in Business awards presented by the Cape Breton Partnership and the Cape Breton University Shannon School of Business; and

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Whereas Tracey has contributed immensely to the growth of the Cape Breton business community through the Mawita'mk Society that celebrates the gifts of people with developmental disabilities; and

Whereas Tracey's work helps to ensure that all people have the opportunity to contribute to the growth and betterment of the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Tracey Russell for winning such a prestigious award and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1390

By: Mr. Allan MacMaster (Inverness)

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

Whereas Mark MacPhail of River Denys recently won his fourth Canadian Arm Wrestling championship in Summerside, P.E.I.; and

Whereas Mark's accomplishment will take him to Italy for the World Championships, where he will be looking to improve on his 3rd place finish from last year; and

Whereas Mark's athletic accomplishments will serve to inspire other young athletes in Inverness County and across Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Mark MacPhail on his National Arm Wrestling Championship victory and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1391

By: Mr. Keith Bain (Victoria-The Lakes)

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

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Whereas the Cape Breton Regional 4-H has over 400 members, leaders, and volunteers; and

Whereas on March 27, 2010, the Baddeck Valley 4-H Club hosted the regional public speaking rally at Greenwood United Church; and

Whereas Caitlin Hannam and Catherine Messem from the Baddeck Valley 4-H Club are advancing to the provincial 4-H public speaking rally in Truro on May 15th;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Caitlin Hannam and Catherine Messem for their excellent work at the Cape Breton Regional 4-H public speaking rally and wish them the best of luck at the provincial rally.

RESOLUTION NO. 1392

By: Mr. Keith Bain (Victoria-The Lakes)

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

Whereas the Cape Smokey Storm girls basketball team defeated Glace Bay Elementary to win the Frank Donovan Memorial Basketball Tournament in late March; and

Whereas the Cape Smokey Storm girls basketball team also captured the Carol Ann Guy Memorial and Jed MacMullin Girls Spring Fling Tournaments during the 2009-10 basketball season; and

Whereas the victory in the Jed MacMullin tournament was over Bras d'Or Elementary and marked the sixth consecutive year they have won gold at this tournament;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud the efforts of Coach Joe MacNeil, Assistant Coach Monica Hogan, and players Jenacy Samaways, Hailey Fricker MacNeil, Soraya MacDougall, April Whitty, Jesslyn Dixon, Ashley Ashford, Karlie Best, Hannah Mickey, Julia Hawley, Breagh Hogan, Sarah MacKrous, and Brittany Hogan for another outstanding season of basketball while wishing them every future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1393

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By: Mr. Keith Bain (Victoria-The Lakes)

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

Whereas the mission of the Cape Breton Transition House Foundation is to raise funds to support projects and programs of the Cape Breton Transition House, to acquire money or furnishings and goods for use in the Cape Breton Transition House, and to conduct public education projects; and

Whereas the Cape Breton Transition House provides shelter and services to abused women and children in both Cape Breton and Victoria County; and

Whereas the Cape Breton Transition House Foundation hosts an annual fundraiser, Girls' Night Out, in support of these many meaningful services;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Cape Breton Transition House Foundation on their 9th successful Girls' Night Out, held April 10th, which raised approximately $24,000.

RESOLUTION NO. 1394

By: Mr. Keith Bain (Victoria-The Lakes)

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

Whereas volunteering is an important part of keeping our communities thriving; and

Whereas the annual daffodil campaign major fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society is underway in Glace Bay; and

Whereas this campaign has been a major success in Glace Bay in the past with over 100 volunteers and over $8,000 raised last year alone;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Linda McNeil, chair of the daffodil campaign for Glace Bay division of the Canadian Cancer Society, and all the volunteers who make this campaign a success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1395

By: Mr. Keith Bain (Victoria-The Lakes)

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

Whereas small- and medium-sized businesses are an important part of the economic backbone of our communities, providing employment, export, creativity and economic growth; and

Whereas Techlink Entertainment was named Atlantic Canada's fastest-growing company by Progress Magazine; and

Whereas Techlink Entertainment is currently in negotiations for expansion into Greece, with plans for expansion into other European markets, making them an important part of Nova Scotia's small-business community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Techlink Entertainment on their continued success in the fast-growing field of technology.

RESOLUTION NO.1396

By: Mr. Keith Bain (Victoria-The Lakes)

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

Whereas the Cabot Trail Lions Club and the Ingonish Beach RCMP sponsored the 2010 Drug Awareness Poster Contest for students from Cape Smokey Elementary School and North Highlands Elementary School; and

Whereas the winners from North Highlands Elementary School are Cassidy Best, Addison Budge, Acelin Donovan, Emily Doyle, Shakira Hawley, Hannah Mickey, and Bailey Symes; and

Whereas the winners from the Cape Smokey Elementary School are Hallie Briand-Donovan, Emma Fitzgerald, Lauren Hayden and Chloe MacKinnon;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate the winners of the 2010 Drug Awareness Poster Contest sponsored by the Cabot Trail Lions Club and the Ingonish Beach RCMP.

RESOLUTION NO. 1397

By: Mr. Keith Bain (Victoria-The Lakes)

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

Whereas Locks of Love is a unique company which makes pieces of hair for children who have lost their natural hair due to sickness or grave illness; and

Whereas in order to make these pieces of hair, donations are accepted from far and wide; and

Whereas Kayleigh Rambeau, a student attending North Highlands Elementary, recently cut off her braid to donate to Locks of Love, but before doing so went the extra mile and had her school sell tickets to see who would actually cut Kayleigh's braid off, with proceeds from this ticket sale going to the IWK Hospital;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud the efforts of not only Kayleigh Rambeau, but also her fellow students and staff at North Highlands Elementary for participating in the event in such a generous and caring fashion.

RESOLUTION NO. 1398

By: Mr. Keith Bain (Victoria-The Lakes)

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

Whereas the 2010 Mi'kmaq First Nation Regional Science Fair for Nova Scotia was held at the Wagmatcook Culture and Heritage Centre on April 14, 2010; and

Whereas students from Wagmatcookeway We'koqma'q, Membertou, and Eskasoni schools participated in the regional science fair; and

Whereas the winner of this regional science fair joined 40 other students from across the province at the 10th Annual Nova Scotia Science Fair held at Saint Mary's University on May 7th and 8th ;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate all participants in the Mi'kmaq Regional Science Fair and wish them the best of luck with their future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1399

By: Mr. Keith Bain (Victoria-The Lakes)

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

Whereas whether your kitchen drain is clogged, you have a sewer backup, or need new bathroom equipment connected, Scott Buchanan of 175 Westside Road in Baddeck is a phone call away; and

Whereas Scott is the owner/operator of River's Edge Plumbing serving all of Victoria County; and

Whereas Scott is a conscientious businessman ready to serve his customers when they are in need;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in recognizing Scott Buchanan of River's Edge Plumbing for his hard work as a small business person in Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 1400

By: Mr. Keith Bain (Victoria-The Lakes)

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

Whereas cribbage is one of the most popular card games in the world, and was first created by English poet Sir John Suckling in the early 17th Century; and

Whereas another great year recently concluded during the Lindsay Rogers Crib Tournament at the Cape North Fire Hall, with first place honours going to Ray Briand and Everett MacKinnon; second place to Mary Burton and Violet MacLeod; and third place to Billy Buchanan and Stanley MacKinnon; and

Whereas proceeds raised from the Lindsay Rogers Crib Tournament are used toward a bursary at Cabot High School;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize the community spirit exemplified, while having fun playing the world's most popular card game, at the Cape North Fire Hall during the Lindsay Rogers Crib Tournament, and in the process raising funds for an exceptionally worthwhile bursary at Cabot High School.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1401

By: Mr. Keith Bain (Victoria-The Lakes)

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

Whereas the Cape Breton Partnership, the Cape Breton University Shannon School of Business, and Small Business Development Centre, in conjunction with Enterprise Cape Breton, recently held their Women in Business Awards Gala in Baddeck; and

Whereas Candace Christiano of Finewood Flooring and Lumber Ltd., in Middle River, Cape Breton, was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award; and

Whereas Beverley Bryson of Amoeba Sailing Tours in Baddeck won an award for her marketing expertise; and Wendy Smith of Glass Artisans Studio and Gallery, North Shore, was honoured with an Arts and Culture Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud the milestone awards presented to Candace, Beverley, and Wendy, while wishing them nothing but continued prosperity and excellence in their business careers.

RESOLUTION NO. 1402

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Cape Breton North)

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

Whereas this month marked the 3rd Annual Women in Business Awards and Conference in Cape Breton; and

Whereas this annual awards dinner and conference provided an opportunity for women entrepreneurs, women who work in business, and women interested in starting their own business with the opportunity to network, share ideas, develop skills, and learn; and

Whereas this event has, in the past been organized by the Cape Breton Partnership and this year is being organized by CBU's Shannon School of Business Small Business Development Centre and the Cape Breton Partnership sponsored by ECBC;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in wishing Cape Breton's Women in Business another great conference and congratulating the

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Cape Breton Partnership and the CBU Shannon School of Business Small Business Development Centre on planning another important community event.

RESOLUTION NO. 1403

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Cape Breton North)

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

Whereas eight children from Glace Bay, New Waterford, Reserve Mines, Membertou and the Northside travelled from the Sydney Airport as part of the Dreams Take Flight Atlantic Canada Program; and

Whereas the Dreams Take Flight Program happens every April taking 140 kids from Atlantic Canada to Disney World in Florida, with flights donated by Air Canada and many gifts also donated to the children; and

Whereas other community fundraisers have enabled a group of local chaperones to accompany the children and others to provide logistical support, they include: Const. Phillip O'Neill, Derrick Hayes, Darlene Melnich, Sandra Cameron and Darryl Flynn;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in wishing the children, their chaperones, and other volunteers a wonderful trip to Disney World with the Dreams Take Flight program and thank those involved in the program for their hard work for this worthwhile cause.

RESOLUTION NO. 1404

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Cape Breton North)

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

Whereas the Northside Benchwarmers are a women's hockey team that hosted their Second Annual Invitational Women's Hockey Tournament in April, which featured local entertainment and a full hockey tournament; and

Whereas all proceeds raised through any fees, even-split tickets, business sponsorships and donations were donated to Matthew MacDonald, a Grade 12 student at Memorial High who was born with the genetic disorder Marfan Syndrome to pay for medical expenses; and

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Whereas Matthew MacDonald has been fundraising for the IWK since 2001 and has raised thousands of dollars since that time;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating the Northside Benchwarmers for their fundraising efforts to help community members in need and congratulate Matthew MacDonald also for his fundraising efforts for the IWK Children's Hospital.

RESOLUTION NO. 1405

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Cape Breton North)

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

Whereas on the 67th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, a replica seaplane was unveiled at ceremonies at Munro Park in North Sydney; and

Whereas the location was selected for the monument as it was a United States Air Service Naval Air Station beginning in late 1918; and

Whereas the efforts of those who defended Canada, and the whole of the British Empire, during the World Wars is something for which all Nova Scotians should be eternally grateful, and the newly unveiled monument serves as a proper tribute to those who fought so valiantly;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly acknowledge the efforts of the Armstrong Memorial Branch 19 Royal Canadian Legion and Bartown Community Society and thank them for their continued contributions to the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1406

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Cape Breton North)

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

Whereas library services are an integral part of a university and its ability to offer top notch education to students; and

Whereas Cape Breton University has unveiled enhancement plans for their library, including improved access to services, reconfigured computer and student/staff work space,

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new seating space, more natural light, the addition of a second elevator, more private and quiet study areas, and new flooring and lighting; and

Whereas the funds were raised and plans made by the Friends of the Library;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating the Friends of the Library and Cape Breton University on these important additions to their library that will improve the education experience of CBU students.

RESOLUTION NO. 1407

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Cape Breton North)

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

Whereas population aging and decline continues to be a major concern for Cape Breton Island and Nova Scotia; and

Whereas long-term immigration strategies will benefit the economy and address declining population issues in Cape Breton; and

Whereas I have met with Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney to take steps towards building long-term immigration strategies as my caucus colleagues recognize the importance of working with all levels of government to ensure successful immigration strategies are developed;

Therefore be it resolved that this NDP Government start taking this issue seriously and forge partnerships with the federal government to ensure positive long-term immigration strategies are developed.

RESOLUTION NO. 1408

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Cape Breton North)

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

Whereas more than 11,000 Nova Scotians volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society in communities across the province; and

Whereas the Canadian Cancer Society volunteers and staff nominate individuals for both national and provincial awards in recognition of their hard work and dedication; and

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Whereas this year, three Cape Breton residents were recognized: Joan Bowan, D'Escousse; Jean MacDonald, Sydney; and Vince MacLean, Sydney;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join me in congratulating Joan, Jean and Vince for their recent recognition and thank all volunteers for their efforts.

RESOLUTION NO. 1409

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Cape Breton North)

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

Whereas members of the Cape Breton University Dynamics Gymnastic team have qualified for and will compete at the 2010 Atlantic Gymnastics Championships in Charlottetown; and

Whereas Brandon Hanna of Howie Centre, Jonathan Youden of Sydney River, and Emily McKeough of North Sydney are the three team members who will be competing;

Whereas other team members have qualified for other major team events next month including Colin MacEachern of New Waterford competing at the Eastern Canada Championships and Cory Munroe of Coxheath who qualified for the Canadian Gymnastics Championships;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House recognize the achievements of these young athletes and wish them all the best at their upcoming competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 1410

By: Ms. Kelly Regan (Bedford-Birch Cove)

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

Whereas for the past 25 years, 3M Canada and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) has awarded the 3M National Teaching Fellowship Award, honouring exceptional contributions to teaching and learning at Canadian universities; and

Whereas on an annual basis, up to 10 fellowships are presented to individuals who embody the highest ideals of teaching excellence and scholarship and who have committed themselves to ensuring that all students receive a positive educational experience; and

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Whereas Dr. Angie Thompson, a Human Kinetics professor at St. Francis Xavier University received one of the 2010 3M National Teaching Fellowship Awards in recognition of her research in child physical activity and health promotion;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate Dr. Angie Thompson on receiving the 3M National Teaching Fellowship Award and wish her every success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1411

By: Ms. Kelly Regan (Bedford-Birch Cove)

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

Whereas Nova Scotian Hugh McKervill has published a book, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream: Paddling Through Time in the Maritimes; and

Whereas this book follows McKervill and his friend Tom Murphy over two decades as they make their annual canoe trips on waterways throughout the Maritimes; and

Whereas this book is more than a guide to Atlantic Canadian waterways but is, in fact, a treasure trove of human dramas from periods in our history - the stories of ordinary human beings who make up our history;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Hugh McKervill on his fourth book and wish him much success in his future literary endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1412

By: Ms. Pam Birdsall (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas the Town of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the site of two different film productions between April 20th and April 22nd; and

Whereas the production of the Stephen King 13-episode miniseries, The Colorado Kid, uses Lunenburg as a fictional town in the State of Maine; and

Whereas the production of the Japanese love story, Hanamizuki, features the Town of Lunenburg as Tokyo;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize the Town of Lunenburg as not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but a town that inspires the imagination of film creators and viewers from all over the world.

RESOLUTION NO. 1413

By: Ms. Pam Birdsall (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas Second Story Women's Centre is committed to helping and healing by running a healing centre offering free-of-charge services to their clients; and

Whereas the healing centre has been operating for almost two years with the help of well-trained volunteer healing practitioners Jennifer James, Jane Moody and Barb Holland-Smith; and

Whereas services offered include Reiki, healing touch and Japanese acupressure;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize the important service provided by the Second Story Women's Centre's Healing Room's Jennifer James, Jane Moody and Barb Holland-Smith in a professional, confidential and respectful atmosphere.

RESOLUTION NO. 1414

By: Ms. Pam Birdsall (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas Lunenburg's historic waterfront was once a hive of excitement around the International Dory Races, and dory racer Kelly George wants to restore the importance of the dory races; and

Whereas Ms. George is forming the Canadian Dory Racing Association to create opportunities for sustainability and growth for this new sporting association; and

Whereas there are currently several dory racing teams in Lunenburg, Ms. George is looking to grow the dory racing sport through high-profile sponsorships and group meetings in advance of the International Dory Races to be held in Lunenburg in September as a part of the Seafood Festival;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend Ms. Kelly George for rekindling the love affair the Town of Lunenburg has long had with the sport of dory racing.

RESOLUTION NO. 1415

By: Ms. Pam Birdsall (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas Peter Allen is a concert pianist, an active composer and a professor of piano at Dalhousie University; and

Whereas Mr. Allen has been a regular performer with universities around the Maritimes, as well as the St. Cecilia Concert Series, the Prince Edward Island Symphony, Symphony New Brunswick and Symphony Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Musique Royale and the St. John's Anglican Church in Lunenburg, in association with the Bringin' It Home community assistance program, is presenting "Mostly Rachmaninoff" with pianist Peter Allen on May 7th at 7:30 p.m.;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend the St. John's Anglican Church in Lunenburg for hosting Mr. Peter Allen as a part of the Bringin' It Home concert series and providing their audience a chance to experience the power, poetry and engaging artistry of this concert pianist.

RESOLUTION NO. 1416

By: Ms. Pam Birdsall (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas the Lunenburg County United Way aims to lead, inspire and mobilize donors and volunteers to improve the quality of people's lives in our communities by ensuring that money raised within Lunenburg County benefits the people of Lunenburg County; and

Whereas the New Germany and Area Food Bank is a volunteer organization that provides food support to 26 communities, including the New Germany school system, on a limited budget that is reliant on donations; and

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Whereas the United Way of Lunenburg County announced its 2010 community investments on April 14th and has committed to investing in the New Germany and Area Food Bank;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the New Germany and Area Food Bank for receiving integral support from the United Way and recognize the important work that Lunenburg County United Way and its donors do within the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1417

By: Ms. Pam Birdsall (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas the Mahone Bay Legion Branch 49 is marking its 75th Anniversary in 2010; and

Whereas Legion members are involved with the Navy's 100th Anniversary celebrations, involving municipalities where there are namesake ships, such as the HMCS Mahone, the bell from which resides at the Mahone Bay Legion; and

Whereas the Mahone Bay Legion plans to mark its 75th Anniversary on July 1st, partnering with Canada Day celebrations in the Town of Mahone Bay and plans to involve the bell from the decommissioned HMCS Mahone;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize the important support provided by Mahone Bay Legion Branch 49 and congratulate them on their 75th Anniversary, to be celebrated July 1, 2010.

RESOLUTION NO. 1418

By: Ms. Pam Birdsall (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas a devastating earthquake hit Haiti in January of this year, prompting students all over Nova Scotia to make a difference for those suffering in Haiti, through fundraising activities; and

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Whereas Bayview Community School students Julia Robar, Kristen Hopkins and Rebecca Campbell organized a campaign in their school to collect and donate hundreds of teddy bears to ship to children in Haiti; and

Whereas Bayview Principal Craig Pottie says the project was completely initiated and completed by the three Grade 5 students;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend Julia Robar, Kristen Hopkins and Rebecca Campbell and all the students at Bayview Community School for their initiative and generous outpouring of support for those affected by the January earthquake in Haiti.

RESOLUTION NO. 1419

By: Ms. Pam Birdsall (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas Mahone Bay writer, William Kowalski, is an international best-selling author with five novels published to date; and

Whereas Mr. Kowalski has always been a big supporter of adult literacy, prompting his latest novel, The Barrio Kings, which was launched in Mahone Bay on April 10th, and focuses on a young adult who is learning to read; and

Whereas The Barrio Kings is the first book Mr. Kowalski has published in Canada with Orca Book Publishers, under their new imprint Raven Books and Rapid Read for young adult readers;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate William Kowalski on the publication of his fifth novel, The Barrio Kings, and commend him for his commitment to literacy.

RESOLUTION NO. 1420

By: Ms. Pam Birdsall (Lunenburg)

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

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Whereas one year ago the former Mahone Bay Legion Band, which had played together for 25 years, reinvented themselves as the Mahone Bay Legion Swing Band playing upbeat, big-band style music; and

Whereas during their first year, the Mahone Bay Legion Swing Band performed nearly two dozen free public concerts across Lunenburg County, including shows at Harbour View Haven, Fisherman's Memorial Hospital Veterans Unit and the West Nova Scotia Regiment's 60th Reunion; and

Whereas on May 8, 2010, the band will present Spring Swing, an evening of entertainment at the Mahone Bay Legion Branch 49, which represents their first performance as a dance band and will feature Juno nominee and East Coast Music Award winner, Laura Smith;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize the Mahone Bay Legion Swing Band and their commitment to community events.

RESOLUTION NO. 1421

By: Ms. Pam Birdsall (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas the Atlantic Journalism Awards are presented annually to print reporters from throughout the Atlantic Provinces to recognize excellence; and

Whereas Lighthouse Publishing reporter Lisa Brown has won several awards throughout her 20-year career with Lighthouse Publishing for her well-written and well-researched articles; and

Whereas reporter Lisa Brown has been nominated for her first Atlantic Journalism Award for the ongoing coverage of the tragic death of Karissa Boudreau;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate reporter Lisa Brown for her well deserved Atlantic Journalism Award nomination and wish her every success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1422

By: Ms. Pam Birdsall (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas the Liverpool Lions Club hosted the 2010 Zone 9 Speak Out competition on March 22, 2010, with a large group of Lions, parents and guests in attendance; and

Whereas New Germany resident and Grade 9 student Alana Mosher was the winner of the New Germany Lions Club Speak Out competition on the topic of a Call to Remembrance;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Alana Mosher for her public speaking abilities and recognize and commend her for her involvement with the Lions Club Speak Out competition.

RESOLUTION NO. 1423

By: Ms. Pam Birdsall (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas Laurie Swim of Blue Rocks is an award-winning, published and well recognized textile artist who creates large-scale community quilts; and

Whereas Laurie Smith was commissioned by the Toronto Transit Commission to create a wall hanging entitled Breaking Ground: The Hoggs Hollow Disaster 1960 commemorating the lives of five Italian construction workers who were killed on St. Patrick's Day 1960, while working on a new underground waterline; and

Whereas Laurie Swim was on hand at the York Mills TTC Station in Toronto on March 17, 2010, as the piece was accepted into the City of Toronto's permanent art collection;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate award-winning textile artist Laurie Swim on her inclusion in the City of Toronto's permanent art collection and commend her for capturing the history of the community through art.

RESOLUTION NO. 1424

By: Ms. Pam Birdsall (Lunenburg)

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

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Whereas many people are looking for information on natural methods of healing and natural remedies and techniques; and

Whereas a group of Lunenburg women, including organizers Kelly-Jean Souva and Vicki Morash, are organizing the first Lunenburg Healing Extravaganza, a two-day symposium designed to educate the public on the benefits of natural medical remedies and techniques; and

Whereas the Lunenburg Healing Extravaganza will take place on May 1st and May 2nd at the Lunenburg Community Centre and will include a large variety of exhibitors, vendors and practitioners as well as seminars, workshops and demonstrations;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize the first Lunenburg Healing Extravaganza and the hard work of local volunteers to educate community residents about natural remedies and techniques while providing a fun and informative forum.

RESOLUTION NO. 1425

By: Ms. Pam Birdsall (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas the Cadets Canada Biathlon program aims to promote physical fitness, act as a catalyst for a cadets fitness sports program, promotes the safe handling of rifles, and to stimulate and maintain an interest in cadets; and

Whereas 14-year-old Riverport resident Shyanne Mossman is an active member of cadets who participated in the Cadets Canada Biathlon Regional Championships in Brookvale, Prince Edward Island, in February 2010; and

Whereas Shyanne Mossman won a bronze medal in Prince Edward Island, and was one of two Nova Scotians to quality for the Cadets Canada National Biathlon Championships in Valcartier, Quebec, in March;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Miss Shyanne Mossman for her showing in the regional and national Cadets Canada Biathlon Championships, and recognize her continued commitment to athletic excellence.

RESOLUTION NO. 1426

By: Ms. Pam Birdsall (Lunenburg)

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

Whereas Progress Magazine is a Nova Scotia magazine devoted to chronicling stories, and revealing key insights for a new generation of entrepreneurs; and

Whereas Trattoria Della Nona is a successful Italian Restaurant in the Town of Lunenburg; and

Whereas Progress Magazine has recognized this Lunenburg business as the best place to take clients for dinner, in their 7th annual readers' poll;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Trattoria Della Nona in Lunenburg for recognition of their successful enterprise.

RESOLUTION NO. 1427

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas Emily Allen, a North Colchester High School student, is known for her pleasant personality, positive attitude, kindness and eagerness to help; and

Whereas Emily Allen takes a positive approach towards her school assignments, as she does to life in general, and puts her best effort into whatever she is doing; and

Whereas Emily's interests include fine arts, dancing, performing, creating art, photography, and volunteering at Maplewood Manor and Carousel Nursery;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Emily Allen for

being chosen Student of the Month at North Colchester High School in Tatamagouche.

RESOLUTION NO. 1428

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

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Whereas North Colchester High School student Katherine Doyle is a conscientious, hardworking, honour roll student whom teachers describe as a joy to have in class; and

Whereas Katherine participates in sports and extracurricular activities, playing on both the soccer and basketball teams, taking horseback riding lessons, serving as class representative for the student council; and

Whereas Katherine volunteers at Willow Lodge, coaches four-year-olds in the summer soccer program, and has a job at the school canteen;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Katherine Doyle, a well-rounded student, for being chosen as Student of the Month at North Colchester High School in Tatamagouche.

RESOLUTION NO. 1429

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas the Colchester County 4-H Council oversees the operation of eight 4-H clubs in the county; and

Whereas Margaret Congdon of Great Village offers her capable leadership as President of the Colchester County 4-H Council; and

Whereas the Colchester County 4-H Council is involved in the organization of the Nova Scotia 4-H weekend taking place May 7th and 8th, and the Nova Scotia 4-H show which attracts more than 10,000 people annually, and is being held October 1 to 3, with both events taking place in Truro;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the critical values being taught in 4-H, and extend our best wishes to the Colchester County 4-H Council, as they prepare for two major provincial 4-H events in 2010.

RESOLUTION NO. 1430

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas as the number one-ranked tennis player in Atlantic Canada for under-18 girls, this Brookside resident won every outdoor tournament she entered in 2009, including the prestigious Outdoor Atlantics; and

Whereas Stephanie Bagnell won six of eight matches at the Canada Summer Games in Prince Edward Island, was selected from the Atlantic Provinces to play the individual round, won the Waegwoltic Juniors under-18, the ATA Moncton tournament, and the Halifax ATA; and

Whereas at the 26th Annual Truro Sport Heritage Society Awards Dinner Stephanie was named Female Athlete of the Year in the 16 to 20 years category;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Stephanie Bagnell for her outstanding sport achievements.

RESOLUTION NO. 1431

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas four members of the West Colchester Consolidated School demonstrated their skills with LEGO and robotics during the FIRST LEGO League competition held at the Nova Scotia Community College in Truro; and

Whereas these four students worked hard on the design of the vehicle, practising, making adjustments, and putting in several late nights; and

Whereas the vehicles, built with a LEGO MINDSTORMS kit, were challenged to moves such as climbing bridges and obstacle avoidances;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to AJ Bird, Devin Murphy, Neil Smith, Liam McCully and their coach, Chad Peck, for winning the game section of the FIRST LEGO League competition.

RESOLUTION NO. 1432

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By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas Terry Hunt of Truro continually gives his time and efforts to various projects contributing to the betterment of his community; and

Whereas over the past two decades Terry has devoted a great deal of time and effort to recreation projects in Colchester County such as the Colchester Legion Stadium, Victoria Park Pool, and Truro's new civic centre project; and

Whereas for these selfless acts Terry has been named Truro's Volunteer of the Year for 2010;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly acknowledge Terry Hunt's dedication to his community, and congratulate him on winning this impressive award.

RESOLUTION NO. 1433

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas Roy Webb served his country overseas during the Second World War; and

Whereas Roy has been a long-standing member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 106 in Debert, Colchester Country; and

Whereas Roy was honoured by the Royal Canadian Legion in Debert with the presentation of his 50- year medal and pin;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Roy Webb for this achievement.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1434

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas the Pictou County SPCA rescues abandoned and distressed animals and works to find them new homes; and

Whereas students at A.G. Baillie Elementary School held a poster contest to come up with new promotional material for the SPCA: and

Whereas drawings by five students were chosen to be used across Pictou County to remind people to care for their pets;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate the students of A.G. Baillie Elementary School for helping to promote the good work of the Pictou County SPCA.

RESOLUTION NO. 1435

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas Justin Palardy of Truro has set records during his time with the Saint Mary's Huskies football club as he now leads the Atlantic University Sport in both scoring and field goals; and

Whereas the hard work and dedication displayed have brought Justin a great deal of attention and praise from across the country; and

Whereas on May 2, 2010, Justin's commitment paid off as he was selected in the 5th round, 36th overall by the Hamilton Tigercats in the CFL Canadian Draft;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Justin Palardy on being drafted by the CFL's Hamilton Tigercats, and wish him a long and successful career in professional football.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1436

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas the Great Village Community Association works to develop a more close-knit sense of community among residents and to provide residents with opportunities for personal development; and

Whereas the Great Village Community Association is continually involved with a wide variety of activities, such as the Family Literacy Day event which was held in late January at the Great Village School gym; and

Whereas the Great Village Community Association is presently involved with community members in working to restore the community ball field on Mill Lane Road;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commend the members of the Great Village Community Association for their community spirit and their many hours of work for the betterment of their community, and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1437

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas the North Shore 4-H Club is a small but active club serving Tatamagouche and the surrounding area; and

Whereas 4-H teaches a wide array of skills, from public speaking to livestock husbandry; and

Whereas members of the North Shore 4-H Club are part of more than 2,400 individuals involved in 4-H throughout Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly today acknowledge the creative spirit of the North Shore 4-H Club from Colchester County, and wish them every success in all of their future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1438

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas there are more than 100 4-H Clubs in Nova Scotia with more than 2,000 individuals involved; and

Whereas the members of the Glooscap Trail 4-H Club, serving the Economy and Great Village areas of Colchester County, are very active and involved in a variety of activities; and

Whereas the Glooscap Trail 4-H is one of the many clubs celebrating 88 years of 4-H in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this House of Assembly applaud the efforts being displayed by members of the Glooscap Trail 4-H Club, and encourage them to continue their ongoing enthusiasm toward 4-H life in Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 1439

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas the Harmony Ridge 4-H Club of Colchester County consists of members who learn such varied lessons as public speaking, organizational skills and livestock skills; and

Whereas members of the Harmony Ridge 4-H Club are part of more than 2,400 individuals involved in 4-H throughout Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the Harmony Ridge 4-H Club is one of the many clubs celebrating 88 years of 4-H operation in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend warmest wishes to the Harmony Ridge 4-H Club, and encourage them to continue their ongoing enthusiasm toward 4-H life in Nova Scotia.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1440

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas the members of the Onslow-Belmont 4-H Club are part of more than 2,400 individuals involved in 4-H throughout Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the Onslow-Belmont 4-H Club is enjoying another busy year in 2010 under the leadership of Carolyn Benedict and President Taylor Hoyt, two of more than a thousand 4-H leaders across the province; and

Whereas the Onslow-Belmont 4-H Club is one of the many clubs who are celebrating 88 years of 4-H in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend our heartfelt and warmest wishes to the Onslow-Belmont 4-H Club and encourage them to continue their ongoing enthusiasm toward 4-H life in Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 1441

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas the Truro-North River 4-H Club consists of a group of young, confident individuals; and

Whereas these individuals are part of more than 2,400 young people throughout the province who are involved in 4-H; and

Whereas the Truro-North River 4-H Club members will be active participants in Nova Scotia 4-H weekend and the provincial 4-H show, both scheduled for Truro this year on the weekends of May 7-8 and October 1-3 respectively;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud the ongoing enthusiasm of members of the Truro-North River 4-H Club and encourage them to continue their ongoing enthusiasm toward 4-H life in Nova Scotia.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1442

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas Ron Lalonde, retired from the military after 21 years in the Air Force, signed up for the Navy about a year ago and his son BJ has been a Leading Seaman in the Navy for six years; and

Whereas there was no hesitation when volunteers were requested for a mission to Haiti after the earthquake; and

Whereas this Debert father and son for the first time are working together as members of the Canadian Navy on the HMCS Halifax, providing help to earthquake victims in Haiti;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House show their support and encouragement to the Lalonde family and all Canadians helping out with this crisis in Haiti.

RESOLUTION NO. 1443

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas at a recent meeting of the Royal Canadian Legion Debert Branch 106, Comrade Earl Harvey, a long-standing member, was honoured by the members; and

Whereas Comrade Harvey is known as a tireless worker, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms this year and overseeing the dart league, cribbage league, grave decorations and sports; and

Whereas Comrade Earl Harvey was presented with Legionnaire of the Year 2009 by the president;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Comrade Earl Harvey as recipient of this prestigious award.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1444

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas the Colchester Adult Learning Association is a non-profit community organization that assists adults with life-long learning; and

Whereas on April 30, 2010, Carman Mason of Bible Hill was presented with the association's Special Student Recognition Award for his dedication to life-long learning while still working full-time at Stanfield's, volunteering for local charities, and raising a family; and

Whereas Stanfield's Vice-President of Manufacturing, Mike Henderson, said he was pleased with Carman's award, not only for academic reasons but also because of his caring nature;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Carman Mason for winning the Colchester Adult Learning Association's Special Student Recognition Award and wish him the best of luck in obtaining his GED.

RESOLUTION NO. 1445

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas Debert Elementary School's motto is "Wisdom Through Learning," and staff and students work to ensure that this not only includes classroom instruction but goes beyond; and

Whereas Debert Elementary, with assistance from parent volunteers, offers a school breakfast program; and

Whereas Debert Elementary has had a wide array of activities taking place during this 2009-10 school year, including a Haiti Relief Auction, a Winter Carnival, and a Scholastic Book Fair;

Therefore be it resolved that Debert Elementary School staff and students be recognized today by all members of this House of Assembly for their tremendous work ethic and that they be commended for jobs well done.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1446

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas Curl for Cancer is an annual fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society; and

Whereas 11 curling tournaments across Nova Scotia raised more than $110,000 for the Cancer Society; and

Whereas the Pictou Curl for Cancer raised $23,500, more than any other tournament in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate the organizers of the Pictou Curl for Cancer and everyone who raised and donated money for this worthy event.

RESOLUTION NO. 1447

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party)

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

Whereas Curl for Cancer is an annual fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society; and

Whereas 11 curling tournaments across Nova Scotia raised more than $110,000 for the Cancer Society; and

Whereas the Westville Curl for Cancer raised over $17,000, the third-highest total in the province;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate the organizers of the Westville Curl for Cancer and everyone who raised and donated money for this worthy event.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1448

By: Mr. Keith Bain (Victoria-The Lakes)

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

Whereas communities are built by volunteers with contributions from both informal and formal volunteer groups estimated to be at $1.8 billion to Nova Scotia's economy on an annual basis; and

Whereas volunteer programs and communities are the threads that make up the social economic fabric of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas when it comes to active volunteerism, one only has to look at Victoria County and the tremendous community spirit that exists among volunteers and no better example of that was shown than on the evening of April 20th when Victoria County held its 28th Annual Volunteer Recognition Night at MacKenzie Hall, Gaelic College in St. Ann's;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly take a moment and recognize Christine MacEachern, Ruth Schneider, Sharon "FX" MacNeil, Millie Campbell, Joanne Fitzgerald, Eugene "Slick" Osmond, Sylvia Nicholson, John Roberts, Ralph Hanam, Billy Joe Robinson, John MacIntosh, Ross MacLeod, Donna MacGregor, Sharon Proctor, Nina Connors, Evan Bonaparte and Murdock Morrison for their outstanding commitment to their communities and for their excellent record in volunteerism.

RESOLUTION NO. 1449

By: Ms. Kelly Regan (Bedford-Birch Cove)

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

Whereas several residents and pets from the Bedford area have been diagnosed with Lyme disease; and

Whereas the source of this dangerous infection is from blacklegged ticks in neighbouring Admirals Cove Park; and

Whereas earlier this session the Minister of Health Promotion and Protection offered to help with the advancement of the approval of the Y Tex Tickicide for a deer-baiting station;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House urge the Minister of Health Promotion and Protection to assist Halifax Regional Municipality to approve this effective and useful aid to combat Lyme disease.

RESOLUTION NO. 1450

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 Dean and Catherine Manning of Falmouth were one of five finalists for the 2009 Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture's Farm Environmental Stewardship Award; and

Whereas the Mannings operate a mixed farm in Falmouth that includes a beef cow/calf operation, grain and vegetable crops, along with a seasonal farm market where they sell their own products; and

Whereas the Mannings use minimal chemical control on their field-grown vegetables and forages while practising biological control to manage greenhouse pests;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize the environmentally-friendly farm practices exercised by Dean and Catherine Manning and congratulate them for being one of the five finalists for the 2009 Farm environmental Stewardship Award.

RESOLUTION NO. 1451

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Men's Rugby Team had a thrilling time representing the province in Summerside at the 2009 Canada Summer Games; and

Whereas 11 players from the rugby team were from Hants County and as noted by Captain James Hardy of the Windsor-Hants County Rugby Club, "Hants County has a history for getting schools engaged in rugby."; and

Whereas while the Nova Scotia team failed to win a game, they gave it their very best effort in Summerside;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend our gratitude to the Nova Scotia Men's Rugby Team and Hants County players, Sam MacDonnell, Michael McNamara, Luke MacPherson, Cordell Perry, Duncan Armour, Ashton Verge, Graham Taylor, Robert Rooney, Chad Wasson, Ryan Helpard and Eric Young, on competing at such an elite national event while wishing them every success in their educational and rugby pursuits.

RESOLUTION NO. 1452

By: Mr. Leonard Preyra (Halifax Citadel - Sable Island)

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

Whereas Walter Kemp is CKDU's longest standing classical music radio programmer, and has been advising and arranging music for the Nova Scotia International Tattoo for 27 years; and

Whereas Walter Kemp is also the Choral Conductor for the Walter Kemp Singers and Artistic Director with Opera Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Walter Kemp was recently honoured at the 36th Annual Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony for the time and effort he contributes to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank Walter Kemp for his valuable work in the community and congratulate him on being honoured at the 36th Annual Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony.

RESOLUTION NO. 1453

By: Mr. Leonard Preyra (Halifax Citadel - Sable Island)

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

Whereas Amelia Curran is a Halifax singer and songwriter with an extensive music career; and

Whereas she has released five albums since 2000, and been nominated for multiple East Coast Music Awards; and

Whereas her last album, Hunter Hunter was recently awarded a JUNO for Solo Roots and Traditional Album of the Year;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Amelia Curran on her JUNO win and wish her continued success in her music career.

RESOLUTION NO. 1454

By: Mr. Leonard Preyra (Halifax Citadel - Sable Island)

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

Whereas Saint Mary's University Dance Team performs at home football and basketball games; and

Whereas the team became the 2010 National Cheer Expo Dance Champions for the third year in a row; and

Whereas they went on to represent Canada and compete in Florida at the United States All Star Federation Dance World Championships in the International Hip Hop Division;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Saint Mary's University Dance Team on their recent success at the 2010 National Cheer Expo Dance Championships and wish them a bright future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1455

By: Hon. Wayne Gaudet (Clare)

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

Whereas the Laurier de la PME Awards were presented in Ottawa on November 7, 2009, recognizing the importance of francophone businesses outside of Quebec; and

Whereas A.F. Theriault & Fils Lteé from Meteghan River received a Laurier de la PME 2009 Award in the Processing Company Category; and

Whereas this national competition is held every two years and organized by the Réseau de développement economique et d'employabilité to showcase francophone entrepreneurship in Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate A.F. Theriault & Fils Lteé for their award and wish them continued success in their future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1456

By: Hon. Ramona Jennex (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 the Annapolis Valley Regional Science Fair took place from March 29 to April 1, 2010, at the NSCC Kingstec Campus, attracting 150 entries from all age levels; and

Whereas Tim Cooper won an award for Best Math and Computer Project, a Jodrey School of Computer Science Award, and the Gold Medallion for the Math and Computer Science category for his project on SWN, a multi-purpose scripting language; and

Whereas as a reward for this remarkable achievement, Tim will attend the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Peterborough, Ontario from May 15 to 23, 2001, as a representative of the Annapolis Valley;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Tim Cooper for his remarkable dedication and achievement, wish him all the best as he competes on behalf of Nova Scotia at the Canada-Wide Science Fair, and recognize the hard work of all students and staff in making the 2010 Annapolis Valley Science Fair a success.

RESOLUTION NO. 1457

By: Hon. Percy Paris (African Nova Scotian Affairs)

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

Whereas the First World War was a bloody and violent battle in which men from all over Canada heroically signed up to serve and defend their country in the trenches of Europe nearly 100 years ago; and

Whereas Private Jeremiah Jones of Truro selflessly served in the Royal Canadian Regiment and single-handedly took out a machine gun nest with a hand grenade during the Battle of Vimy Ridge; and

Whereas Private Jeremiah Jones was posthumously awarded a Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the family of war hero Jeremiah Jones, who has been awarded a Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service for his bravery during the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1458

By: Hon. Sterling Belliveau (Fisheries and Aquaculture)

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

Whereas Cape Sable Island, N.S., boatbuilder Stanley Greenwood retired on April 30, 2010, after 56 years of plying his trade and constructing more than 1,000 vessels for east coast fishermen from throughout Atlantic Canada and New England; and

Whereas Stanley Greenwood is a pioneer of the boat building industry, being among the first boat builders in Nova Scotia to experiment with fibreglass vessel construction, earning the nickname Chainsaw for his ingenuity in design and vessel retrofit; and

Whereas Stanley Greenwood has willingly shared his expertise and knowledge with fellow boat builders and has kept the tradition of wooden boat building alive by passing down his skills to a younger generation;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Cape Sable Island, N.S., boat builder Stanley Greenwood, who retired on April 30, 2010, after 56 years of plying his trade and constructing more than 1,000 vessels for east coast fishermen from throughout Atlantic Canada and New England.

RESOLUTION NO. 1459

By: Hon. John MacDonell (Agriculture)

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

Whereas Nova Scotia Agricultural College has an international reputation for educating students who are making a positive impact on major global issues surrounding food, water, and the environment; and

Whereas 87 per cent of NSAC graduates are living in and contributing to the prosperity and progress of Atlantic Canada; and

Whereas we recognize the contributions of NSAC and its students' achievements as the college holds its 105th convocation ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate NSAC's Class of 2010 for their accomplishments and hard work and wish them luck with their future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1460

By: Hon. John MacDonell (Agriculture)

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

Whereas in an emergency, the first responder is a critical first link to saving a life or situation; and

Whereas many first responders are volunteers; and

Whereas on April 23, 2010, the Municipality of East Hants recognized Ernest Moore of Mount Uniacke with the Fire Fighter/Search and Rescue/Medical First Responder Volunteer of the Year Award for 39 years of dedication to the community role that has become known as a first responder;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Ernest Moore for his Fire Fighter/Search and Rescue/Medical First Responder Volunteer of the Year Award and thank him for his notable example of community service.

RESOLUTION NO. 1461

By: Hon. John MacDonell (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources takes its responsibility in wildland fire management very seriously; and

Whereas the department is pleased to partner with the Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Commission on fire training initiatives; and

Whereas Nova Scotians value the resources that are threatened annually by wildland fires;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the achievement of 23 department staff who recently completed advanced training to become the first members of the Incident Management Team in the history of forest fire management in Nova Scotia.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1462

By: Hon. John MacDonell (Agriculture)

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

Whereas businesses with community roots often shift to volunteerism after business hours are over; and

Whereas many community initiatives would not succeed without the involvement and support of local businesses; and

Whereas on April 23, 2010, the Municipality of East Hants recognized the management and staff of Don McNeill Shell in Elmsdale with the Corporate Volunteer of the Year award for their volunteer contributions to a long list of worthy causes and organizations in their area;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the management and staff of Don McNeill Shell for their Corporate Volunteer of the Year award and thank them for their notable example of community service.

RESOLUTION NO. 1463

By: Hon. John MacDonell (Agriculture)

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

Whereas volunteers are by definition selfless and generous people of both time and skills; and

Whereas volunteers set an example to others of how much better a community can be through the efforts of those who expect no remuneration or profit; and

Whereas on April 23, 2010, the Municipality of East Hants recognized Frank Horne of Enfield with the Model Volunteer of the Year award for many years of generous donations of his time and abilities towards the betterment of his community and surrounding area;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Frank Horne for his Model Volunteer of the Year award and thank him for his notable example of community service.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1464

By: Hon. John MacDonell (Agriculture)

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

Whereas businesses with community roots often shift to volunteerism after business hours are over; and

Whereas many community initiatives would not succeed without the involvement and support of local businesses; and

Whereas on April 23, 2010, the Municipality of East Hants recognized Ettinger's Home Hardware management and staff of Shubenacadie with a Shining Star award for their collective volunteerism, which has supported many local projects with their efforts and donations;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the management and staff of Ettinger's Home Hardware on their Shining Star award and thank them for their notable example of community service.

RESOLUTION NO. 1465

By: Hon. John MacDonell (Agriculture)

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

Whereas volunteers often organize themselves in service clubs; and

Whereas Lions Clubs provide a means for many volunteers to give back to their communities; and

Whereas on April 23, 2010, the Municipality of East Hants recognized Doug McGinley of Milford with a Shining Star award for his efforts over many years with Milford and District Lions Club;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Doug McGinley on his Shining Star award and thank him for his example of community service.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1466

By: Hon. John MacDonell (Agriculture)

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

Whereas many community initiatives would not happen without the efforts of volunteers; and

Whereas many volunteers are often involved in a wide variety of community initiatives; and

Whereas on April 23, 2010, the Municipality of East Hants recognized Bernice Williams of Shubenacadie with a Shining Star award for her efforts on a wide-ranging list of community initiatives;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Bernice Williams on her Shining Star award and thank her for her example of community service.

RESOLUTION NO. 1467

By: Hon. John MacDonell (Agriculture)

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

Whereas rural seniors rely on community events to increase their enjoyment of their golden years; and

Whereas volunteers are essential to these rural community events; and

Whereas on April 23, 2010, the Municipality of East Hants recognized Agnes Lantz of Walton with a Shining Star award for her efforts over many years with the Walton Seniors' Drop-in Centre and other local events;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Agnes Lantz on her Shining Star award and thank her for her notable example of community service.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1468

By: Hon. John MacDonell (Agriculture)

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

Whereas businesses with community roots often shift to volunteerism after business hours are over; and

Whereas many community initiatives would not succeed without the involvement and support of local businesses; and

Whereas on April 23, 2010, the Municipality of East Hants recognized the management and staff of Enfield Home Hardware with a Shining Star award for their collective volunteerism, which has supported many local projects with their efforts and donations;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the management and staff of Enfield Home Hardware on their Shining Star award and thank them for their notable example of community service.

RESOLUTION NO. 1469

By: Hon. John MacDonell (Agriculture)

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

Whereas churches serve their communities in many ways, both spiritually and secularly; and

Whereas many volunteers often channel their efforts through their church; and

Whereas on April 23, 2010, the Municipality of East Hants recognized Mabel and Murray Wellwood of Belnan with Shining Star awards for their long and beneficial involvement with Riverside United Church and the Elmsdale Pastoral Charge;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Mabel and Murray Wellwood on their Shining Star awards and thank them for their example of community service.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1470

By: Hon. John MacDonell (Agriculture)

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

Whereas fundraising is a necessary part of community events and local improvements; and

Whereas volunteers are essential to make community fundraising events a success; and

Whereas on April 23, 2010, the Municipality of East Hants recognized Actors Inc. of Rawdon with a Shining Star award for their collective efforts over the recent years in staging plays to raise funds for many community initiatives;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the members of Actors Inc. on their Shining Star award and thank them for their notable example of community service.

RESOLUTION NO. 1471

By: Hon. John MacDonell (Agriculture)

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

Whereas young people need organizations to provide them with healthy diversions and to learn new skills; and

Whereas air cadets have provided an opportunity for many young people to learn the positive benefits of discipline, respect, and challenges; and

Whereas on April 23, 2010, the Municipality of East Hants recognized Yvonne Olson with a Shining Star award for her efforts over more than 20 years in helping young people develop new skills with the 653 Milford and District Air Cadets, as well as with other local organizations;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Yvonne Olson on her Shining Star award and thank her for her notable example of community service.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1472

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the work of our volunteer fire departments in our communities is so important in promoting safety and protection to all of us; and

Whereas the Liverpool Firefighters Association has a very strong Junior Fire Department which encourages the youth of Queens to help members of their community; and

Whereas Chief Kyle Anthony, Deputy Chief Tyler Thorbourne, Assistant Deputy Chief William Roy, Secretary Lt. Maury Dagley, Captain Seth Tutty, and fellow Junior Firefighters Nick Munroe, Kyle Weagle, Hubard Mahoney, Kyla Malone, Taylor Parnell, Michael Francis, David Croft, Nigel Whynot, Brandon Whynot, and Brice Whynot make up this very important part of the Liverpool Firefighters Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize the importance of the Junior Fire Department members of the Liverpool Firefighters Association and thank them for their encouragement and interest in their community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1473

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas Carroll Baker, who was born in Bridgewater, was raised in Port Medway, and went to high school in Liverpool, is coming back to Queens County during Privateer Days to perform at a free outdoor concert; and

Whereas Carroll Baker has been recognized with the Order of Canada for her achievements as a Canadian country music singer and a songwriter, has received a number of Juno Awards, a number of Canadian Country Music Awards, and has been inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame; and

Whereas Carroll Baker has had over 20 number one records in her illustrious career in country music;

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Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Carroll Baker for her many musical accomplishments and welcome her back to Liverpool for her outdoor concert to be held this summer during Privateer Days in Queens County.

RESOLUTION NO. 1474

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the South Shore Health Spirit Award is presented to an individual or group who has made an exceptional contribution to any program or service within South Shore Health and has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the organization's values of excellence, integrity, respect, accountability, and leadership; and

Whereas this year's award is presented to family physician Dr. Andy Blackadar of Queens County, who has earned admiration and respect from his colleagues for his exceptional leadership and commitment to his profession and community; and

Whereas Dr. Blackadar is an advocate for health and wellness, a tireless volunteer, and enthusiastic contributor to his community;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Dr. Andy Blackadar as an advocate for health and wellness in Queens County on having received the South Shore Health Spirit Award.

RESOLUTION NO. 1475

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the new Staff Sergeant at the Queens RCMP Detachment was born and raised in Queens County and has returned to take command of the detachment; and

Whereas Staff Sergeant Jeff Wells has many plans underway to make the RCMP more visible in the community, especially in the downtown Liverpool area; and

Whereas Staff Sergeant Jeff Wells has plans to step up foot and bike patrols, checkpoints, and being seen in the community more;

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Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize and welcome Staff Sergeant Jeff Wells to his new position as head of the Queens RCMP Detachment and congratulate him on his efforts to increase visibility in the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 1476

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas Bruce Leaman of Liverpool recently received the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia Outstanding Volunteer Award; and

Whereas for over 20 years Mr. Leaman has trained various health professionals and the public in CPR; and

Whereas Mr. Leaman has also trained and retrained over 125 instructors and instructor trainers across the Province of Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Bruce Leaman on receipt of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia Outstanding Volunteer Award for his many years of training in CPR across the province.

RESOLUTION NO. 1477

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the Annual Taste of Nova Scotia Cutting Edge Culinary Competition was held during the Saltscapes Expo; and

Whereas Queens County chef Alan Crosby was given a "black box" containing scallops, honey, cider, cabbage, and summer savory, which were put together to become the winning dish for the winning chef; and

Whereas Chef Crosby is executive chef at White Point Beach Resort, where he showcases the variety and quality of products available across Nova Scotia in their menu and at special events;

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Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Chef Alan Crosby of White Point Beach Resort for creation of the winning dish at the Annual Taste of Nova Scotia Cutting Edge Culinary Competition.

RESOLUTION NO. 1478

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas Tom Sherman, one of the eight people honoured with the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, calls Summerville in Queens County his home; and

Whereas the work of a video artist is to work with video to create a piece of art; and

Whereas Tom Sherman's winning videos, Wamboldt Pines and Shark Fest, will be presented at the National Gallery of Canada this Spring;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize Tom Sherman for winning the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.

RESOLUTION NO. 1479

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the Acadian First Nations Wildcat Community celebrated Earth Day on April 24th with the planting of four black ash trees in memory of their ancestors; and

Whereas the celebration provided awareness of the challenges the wild Atlantic salmon and the monarch butterfly face in Queens County; and

Whereas time was set aside for a small nature walk leading to a small island on the Wildcat River presently being restored into a campground;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize the Acadian First Nations Wildcat Community on their celebrations of Earth Day, providing awareness of the wild Atlantic salmon, the monarch butterfly, remembering their ancestors, and enjoying nature walks.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1480

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas Nova Scotia's NDP Government is committed to keeping communities strong; and

Whereas the Emergency Services Provider Fund through Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations provided $15,000 to the Petite Rivière Fire Department in Lunenburg County; and

Whereas these funds will allow this volunteer fire department to purchase new equipment;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize the importance of the Emergency Service Provider Fund to all of our volunteer fire departments, and specifically the Petite Riviére Volunteer Fire Department of Lunenburg County.

RESOLUTION NO. 1481

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas Nova Scotia's NDP Government is committed to keeping communities strong; and

Whereas the Emergency Services Provider Fund through Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations provided $5,000 to the Charleston Fire Department in Queens County; and

Whereas these funds will allow this volunteer fire department to purchase new equipment;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize the importance of the Emergency Service Provider Fund to all of our volunteer fire departments, and specifically the Charleston Fire Department of Queens County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1482

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the South Shore Regional School Board holds a Knowledge Festival in the Spring involving students from Queens and Lunenburg counties; and

Whereas the Math Problem Solving Competition involves teams of students from each school working together to complete 10 questions in a designated time; and

Whereas Grade 7 student Amber Thompson and Thomas Harvey and Stephen Langley, both of Grade 9 at South Queens Junior High School posted a third place finish;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Amber Thompson, Thomas Harvey and Stephen Langley of South Queens Junior High School, for placing third in the Math Problem Solving competition at the Knowledge Festival this Spring.

RESOLUTION NO. 1483

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the South Shore Regional School Board holds a Knowledge Festival in the Spring involving students from Queens and Lunenburg counties; and

Whereas the Math Computations Competition involved students working individually to complete a series of computation questions mentally, with the use of paper, pencil, and scrap paper; and

Whereas Grade 8 student Mark Wentworth at South Queens Junior High School posted a second place finish;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Mark Wentworth of South Queens Junior High School for placing second in the Math Computations Competition at the Knowledge Festival this Spring.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1484

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the South Shore Regional School Board holds a Knowledge Festival in the Spring involving students from Queens and Lunenburg counties; and

Whereas the Math Computations Competition involved students working individually to complete a series of computation questions mentally, with the use of paper, pencil, and scrap paper; and

Whereas Grade 9 student Bronwyn Thompson at South Queens Junior High School posted a third place finish;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Bronwyn Thompson of South Queens Junior High School for placing third in the Math Computations Competition at the Knowledge Festival this Spring.

RESOLUTION NO. 1485

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the South Shore Regional School Board holds a Knowledge Festival in the Spring involving students from Queens and Lunenburg counties; and

Whereas the Mental Math Competition consists of two sets of 20 questions with a short break in between; and

Whereas Jack Li of South Queens Junior High School placed first in the Grade 8 competition;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Jack Li of South Queens Junior High School for placing first in the Grade 8 Mental Math Competition at the Knowledge Festival this Spring.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1486

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the South Shore Regional School Board holds a Knowledge Festival in the Spring involving students from Queens and Lunenburg counties; and

Whereas the Mental Math Competition consists of two sets of 20 questions with a short break in between; and

Whereas Andrew Dixon of Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy tied for second place in the Grade 5 competition;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Andrew Dixon of Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy for having tied for second place in the Grade 5 Mental Math Competition at the Knowledge Festival this Spring.

RESOLUTION NO. 1487

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the South Shore Regional School Board holds a Knowledge Festival in the Spring involving students from Queens and Lunenburg counties; and

Whereas the Mental Math Competition consists of two sets of 20 questions with a short break in between; and

Whereas Cole Connors of Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy posted a first place finish in the Grade 3 competition;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Cole Connors of Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy for taking first place in the Grade 3 Mental Math Competition at the Knowledge Festival this Spring.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1488

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the South Shore Regional School Board holds a Knowledge Festival in the Spring involving students from Queens and Lunenburg counties; and

Whereas the SuperWord Competition challenges students to create as many words of three or more letters as they can in the time allotted; and

Whereas Bailey Weir of Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy took second place in the Grade 6 competition;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Bailey Weir of Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy for taking second place in the Grade 6 competition in the SuperWord Competition at the Knowledge Festival this Spring.

RESOLUTION NO. 1489

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the South Shore Regional School Board holds a Knowledge Festival in the Spring involving students from Queens and Lunenburg counties; and

Whereas the SuperWord Competition challenges students to create as many words of three or more letters as they can in the time allotted; and

Whereas Alex Ross of North Queens Elementary School took first place in the Grade 2 competition;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Alex Ross of North Queens Elementary School for winning the Grade 2 competition in the SuperWord Competition at the Knowledge Festival this Spring.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1490

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the South Shore Regional School Board holds a Knowledge Festival in the Spring involving students from Queens and Lunenburg counties; and

Whereas the SuperWord Competition challenges students to create as many words of three or more letters as they can in the time allotted; and

Whereas Parker Rowter of Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy took third place in the Grade 5 competition;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Parker Rowter of Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy for taking third place in the Grade 5 competition in the SuperWord Competition at the Knowledge Festival this Spring.

RESOLUTION NO. 1491

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas the South Shore Regional School Board holds a Knowledge Festival in the Spring involving students from Queens and Lunenburg counties; and

Whereas the Mental Math Competition consists of 2 sets of 20 questions with a short break in between; and

Whereas Michael Li of South Queens Junior High School tied for third place in the Grade 7 competition;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Michael Li of South Queens Junior High School for his third place tie in the Grade 7 Mental Math Competition at the Knowledge Festival this Spring.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1492

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas Donna West, a teacher at Milton Centennial School in Queens County, has been recognized by RRFB Nova Scotia in the 9th Annual Nova Scotia Recycles Contest as a runner-up in the Grade P/1 category in District 6; and

Whereas encouraging the participation in recycling and composting by students at the school is so important; and

Whereas it is important to celebrate the ongoing role that teachers play in facilitating Nova Scotia youth to making our province a recognized leader in waste reduction;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Donna West of Milton Centennial School as runner-up in the Grade P/1 category for District 6 in the 9th Annual Nova Scotia Recycles Contest.

RESOLUTION NO. 1493

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas Krista Orman, a teacher at Milton Centennial School in Queens County, has been recognized by RRFB Nova Scotia in the 9th Annual Nova Scotia Recycles Contest as a runner-up in the Grade P/1 category in District 6; and

Whereas encouraging the participation in recycling and composting by students at the school is so important; and

Whereas it is important to celebrate the ongoing role that teachers play in facilitating Nova Scotia youth to making our province a recognized leader in waste reduction;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Krista Orman of Milton Centennial School as runner-up in the Grade P/1 category for District 6 in the 9th Annual Nova Scotia Recycles Contest.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1494

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas Dawn Uhlman, a teacher at Greenfield Elementary School in Queens County, has been recognized by RRFB Nova Scotia in the 9th Annual Nova Scotia Recycles Contest as a runner-up in the P/1 category in District 6; and

Whereas encouraging the participation in recycling and composting by students at the school is so important; and

Whereas it is important to celebrate the ongoing role that teachers play in facilitating Nova Scotia youth to making our province a recognized leader in waste reduction;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Dawn Uhlman of Greenfield ElementarySchool as runner-up in the Grades P/1 category for District 6 in the 9th Annual Nova Scotia Recycles Contest.

RESOLUTION NO. 1495

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas Riley Rhodenizer, a student of Greenfield Elementary School in Queens County, has been recognized by RRFB Nova Scotia in the 9th Annual Nova Scotia Recycles Contest as the winner in the Grades 4 to 6 category in District 6; and

Whereas becoming a "Waste Warrior" and helping Nova Scotia reach a provincial goal of reducing solid waste is a great challenge; and

Whereas it is important to celebrate the ongoing role of Nova Scotia youth in making our province a recognized leader in waste reduction;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Riley Rhodenizer of Greenfield Elementary School on winning the Grades 4 to 6 category for District 6 in the 9th Annual Nova Scotia Recycles Contest.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1496

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas Brea Moreau, a student of North Queens Rural High School in Queens County, has been recognized by RRFB Nova Scotia in the 9th Annual Nova Scotia Recycles Contest as the winner in the Grades 7 to 9 category in District 6;

Whereas becoming a "Waste Warrior" and helping Nova Scotia reach a provincial goal of reducing solid waste is a great challenge; and

Whereas it is important to celebrate the ongoing role of Nova Scotia youth in making our province a recognized leader in waste reduction;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Brea Moreau of North Queens Rural High School on winning the Grades 7 to 9 category for District 6 in the 9th Annual Nova Scotia Recycles Contest.

RESOLUTION NO. 1497

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Alyssa Oickle won the J.M. Reynolds PharmaChoice Senior Vocal Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Alyssa Oickle for winning a J.M. Reynolds PharmaChoice Senior Vocal Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1498

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Alexis Rowter won a Legion Vocal Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Alexis Rowter for winning a Legion Vocal Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1499

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Bailey Selig won the J.M. Reynolds PharmaChoice Junior Vocal Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Bailey Selig for winning a J.M. Reynolds PharmaChoice Junior Vocal Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1500

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Alyssa Oickle, Adrienne Allison and Jane Gillis for winning the RICJAC Irving Mainway Trophy in the Vocal Duet or Trio category;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Alyssa Oickle, Adrienne Allison and Jane Gillis for their RICJAC Irving Mainway Trophy win during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1501

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Annalise Stevenson won the Music Festival Junior Piano Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Annalise Stevenson for winning a Music Festival Junior Piano Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1502

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Adrienne Allison won a Legion Vocal Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Adrienne Allison for winning a Legion Vocal Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1503

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Breah Himmelman won a Lions Club Vocal Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Breah Himmelman for winning a Lions Club Vocal Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1504

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Brent Raddall won the Atlantic Superstore Trophy in the Junior Vocal Solo, the Private Stock Studio Trophy in the Folksong category, the KMP award in the Junior Musical Theatre category and the Clattco Construction Musical Theatre Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Brent Raddall for winning the Atlantic Superstore Trophy in the Junior Vocal Solo, the Private Stock Studio Trophy in the Folksong category, the KMP award in the Junior Musical Theatre category and the Clattco Construction Musical Theatre Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1505

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Bryden McNamara won the Veinot's Footwear Limited Cup in the Senior Vocal Solo category, the Winds of Change plaque in the Senior Musical Theatre Solo and a MacPherson's Deli/Sears Vocal Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Bryden McNamara for his Veinot's Footwear Limited Cup trophy, Winds of Change plaque and

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MacPherson's Deli/Sears Vocal Scholarship wins during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1506

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Bailey Selig and Hannah Barnes won the Lions Cup in the Senior Piano Duet category;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Bailey Selig and Hannah Barnes for their Lions Cup win during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1507

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Ben Hatt won a Lions Club Vocal Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Ben Hatt for winning a Lions Club Vocal Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1508

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Chloe Pitre won the Astor Theatre Society Junior Musical Theatre Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Chloe Pitre for winning the Astor Theatre Society Junior Musical Theatre Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1509

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Clare Amirault won a MacPherson's Deli/Sears Vocal Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Clare Amirault winning a MacPherson's Deli/Sears Vocal Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1510

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Deena El-Ziftawi won the I.O.D.E. Cup in the Junior Piano Solo category, the Kiwanis Club Vocal Scholarship, and the Kinette Club Memorial Piano Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Deena El-Ziftawi for her I.O.D.E. Cup trophy, Kiwanis Club Vocal, and Kinette Club Memorial Piano Scholarship wins during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1511

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Elizabeth Baker, Annalise Stevenson, and Samantha Scobey won the Khattar Cup in the Junior Piano Duet or Trio category;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Elizabeth Baker, Annalise Stevenson, and Samantha Scobey for their Khattar Cup trophy during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1512

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Grace Cowling won the Kinette Club Memorial Vocal Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Grace Cowling for winning the Kinette Club Memorial Vocal Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1513

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Grace Leaman won the Kinsmen Club Piano Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Grace Leaman for winning the Kinsmen Club Piano Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1514

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Caley Campbell won a Legion Vocal Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Caley Campbell for winning a Legion Vocal Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1515

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Marcia MacEwen on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for St. Peter's and Area Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, for her hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1516

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Jane Gillis won the Kinsmen Club Vocal Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Jane Gillis for winning the Kinsmen Club Vocal Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1517

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Jenny Clattenburg won the C.D. Hemeon Rose Bowl and the Maddie Keay Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Jenny Clattenburg for winning the C.D. Hemeon Rose Bowl and the Maddie Keay Memorial Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1518

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas John Orme won the Astor Theatre Society Senior Musical Theatre Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize John Orme for winning the Astor Theatre Society Senior Musical Theatre Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1519

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Jordan Haughn won the Brady's Home Building Center Piano Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Jordan Haughn for winning the Brady's Home Building Center Piano Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1520

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Lincoln Inglis won the Brady's Home Building Center Vocal Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Lincoln Inglis for winning the Brady's Home Building Centre Vocal Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1521

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the Milton Music Makers won the Queens County Music Festival Trophy in the instrumental ensemble category;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize the Milton Music Makers for their performance during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1522

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Nicholas Townsend won the Hank Snow Country Music Centre Trophy in the guitar category and the Fan-Attic Photos Instrumental Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Nicholas Townsend for his Hank Snow Country Music Centre Trophy and the Fan-Attic Photos Instrumental Scholarship wins during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1523

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the North Queens Junior High Vocal Ensemble won the Bank of Montreal Cup in the overall Choir Junior/Senior level;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize the North Queens Junior High Vocal Ensemble for their performance and winning the Bank of Montreal Cup during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1524

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Haley Colp won a Legion Vocal Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Haley Colp for winning a Legion Vocal Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1525

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Hannah Barnes won a Lions Club Vocal Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Hannah Barnes for winning a Lions Club Vocal Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1526

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Hannah Blanchard won the Henneberry's Barber Shoppe Trophy in the Instrumental Solo excluding guitar category, and the J.M. Reynolds PharmaChoice Instrumental Scholarship and the Tutty & DiPersio Instrumental Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Hannah Blanchard for her Henneberry's Barber Shoppe Trophy and PharmaChoice Instrumental Scholarship and the Tatty & Dispersion Instrumental Scholarship wins during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1527

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy Choir won the Kiwanis Trophy in the Elementary School Chorus category;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize the Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy Choir for their performance winning Kiwanis Trophy during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1528

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Peter Ernest won the Bowater Mersey Paper Company Cup in the Senior Piano Solo Category and the Music Festival Senior Piano Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Peter Ernest for his Bowater Mersey Paper Company Cup and the Music Festival Senior Piano Scholarship wins during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1529

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Queens County Girls Choir won the Kinsmen Shield as the overall winner in the Choir category and the G. Cook & Sons Financial Services Inc. Choral Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Queens County Girls Choir for winning the Kinsmen Shield and the G. Cook & Sons Financial Services Inc. Choral Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1530

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Robyn Whynot won a Legion Vocal Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Robyn Whynot for winning a Legion Vocal Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1531

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens County Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Samantha Scobey won the J.M. Reynolds PharmaChoice Junior Piano Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Samantha Scobey for winning a J.M. Reynolds PharmaChoice Junior Piano Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1532

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens Country Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Sarah-Jane Stevenson won the Maddie Keay Memorial Piano Trophy and the MacPherson's Deli/Sears Senior Piano Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Sarah-Jane Stevenson for her Maddie Keay Memorial Piano Trophy and MacPherson's Deli/Sears Senior Piano Scholarship wins during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1533

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens Country Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Sarah-Jane Stevenson, Hannah Barnes and Bailey Selig won the Lions Cup in the Senior Piano Trio category;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Sarah-Jane Stevenson, Hannah Barnes and Bailey Selig for their Lions Cup Trophy win during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1534

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens Country Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Stephen Karavos won the Evelyn Rieser Memorial Piano Trophy and the J. M. Reynolds PharmaChoice Senior Piano Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Stephen Karavos for his Evelyn Rieser Memorial Piano Trophy and J.M. Reynolds PharmaChoice Senior Piano Scholarship wins during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1535

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens Country Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Tessa Woodford won a Lions Club Vocal Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Tessa Woodford for winning a Lions Club Vocal Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1536

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens Country Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Tiffany Miller won a Legion Vocal Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Tiffany Miller for winning a Legion Vocal Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

RESOLUTION NO. 1537

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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

Whereas music plays such an important role in the education and growth of our youth; and

Whereas music festivals promote and encourage the growth in music through local festivals in competitive and non-competitive classes like the 65th Queens Country Music Festival recently held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Olivia Gaetz won the Liverpool Pizzeria Instrumental Scholarship;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize Olivia Gaetz for winning a Liverpool Pizzeria Instrumental Scholarship during the 65th Queens County Music Festival.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1538

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its volunteer awards night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Sunnyville Ballfield Committee, Anita Desmond is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Anita Desmond on her Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1539

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its volunteer awards night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Little Dover Crafts and Sewing Club, Bernice Munroe is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Bernice Munroe on her Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1540

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its volunteer awards night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Guysborough Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Betty Kavanaugh is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Betty Kavanaugh on her Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1541

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its volunteer awards night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of his contribution to the Mulgrave Road Theatre, Bobby Pelley is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Bobby Pelley on his Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1542

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its volunteer awards night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of his contribution to St. Monica's Church, Brydon MacEachern is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Brydon MacEachern on his Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1543

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its volunteer awards night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of his contribution to the Broadhorns ATV, St. Mary's Trails Association, and the St. Mary's Shooters Club, Charlie Hallett is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Charlie Hallett on his Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1544

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its volunteer awards night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Harbourview Community Centre, Christina Nickerson is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Christina Nickerson on her Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1545

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its volunteer awards night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of his contribution to the Manchester/Boylston Volunteer Fire Department, Danny MacPherson is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Danny MacPherson on his Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1546

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its volunteer awards night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to Guysborough Recreation, Darlene Fournier is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Darlene Fournier on her Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1547

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its volunteer awards night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Fanning Education Centre, Deanna Nickerson is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Deanna Nickerson on her Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1548

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its volunteer awards night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Eastern Communities Youth Association, Debbie Delorey is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Debbie Delorey on her Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1549

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its volunteer awards night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Bayview Senior Citizens Club, Dorothy Pelly is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Dorothy Pelly on her Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1550

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its volunteer awards night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of his contribution to the Community Along the Bay, Eddy Avery is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Eddy Avery on his Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1551

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its volunteer awards night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Country Harbour Gun Club, Ella Langley is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Ella Langley on her Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1552

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its volunteer awards night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of his contribution to the Tracadie & District Volunteer Fire Department, Eugene Decoste is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Eugene Decoste on his Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1553

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its volunteer awards night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of his contribution to the St. Patrick's Men's Club, Eugene Smith is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Eugene Smith on his Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1554

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its volunteer awards night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the St. Francis Harbour Parish Ladies Aid Society, Florence Chisholm is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Florence Chisholm on her Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1555

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its volunteer awards night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of his contribution to the Aulds Cove Volunteer Fire Department, Gordon Burbidge is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Gordon Burbidge on his Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1556

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its volunteer awards night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of his contribution to the Commercial Cable Rehabilitation Society, Harold Roberts is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Harold Roberts on his Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1557

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its Volunteer Awards Night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Chedabucto Volunteer Fire Department, Isabel Williams is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteers Award recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Isabel Williams on her Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award, and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1558

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its Volunteer Awards Night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Rocky Shores Seniors Association, Ivy Sangster is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Ivy Sangster on her Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award, and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1559

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its Volunteer Awards Night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Physically Active Lifestyles Society, Janelle Colp is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Janelle Colp on her Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award, and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1560

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its Volunteer Awards Night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Route 344 Community Association, Joan Meagher is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Joan Meagher on her Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award, and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1561

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its Volunteer Awards Night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Little Dover Crafts and Sewing Club, Joyce Bouchie is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Joyce Bouchie on her Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award, and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1562

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its Volunteer Awards Night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of his contribution to the Guysborough Swim Team, Ken Slade is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Ken Slade on his Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award, and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1563

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its Volunteer Awards Night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the MADD Guysborough County Chapter, Linda Clyke is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Linda Clyke on her Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award, and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1564

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its Volunteer Awards Night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Guysborough County Kids First, Lois Ann Dort is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Lois Ann Dort on her Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award, and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1565

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Guysborough held its Volunteer Awards Night on April 19, 2010; and

Whereas each year the municipality recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Whitehead Community Association, Lynn Jelleau is one of the 2010 Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Lynn Jelleau on her Municipality of the District of Guysborough Volunteer Award, and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1566

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Town of Canso held its volunteer awards night on March 13, 2010; and

Whereas each year the town recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Eastern Communities Youth Association, Carolann Wilson is one of the 2010 Town of Canso Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Carolann Wilson on her Town of Canso Volunteer Award and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1567

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Town of Canso held its volunteer awards night on March 13, 2010; and

Whereas each year the town recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Canso Flying Figures Skating Club, Jennifer Roberts is one of the 2010 Town of Canso Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Jennifer Roberts on her Town of Canso Volunteer Award and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1568

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Town of Canso held its volunteer awards night on March 13, 2010; and

Whereas each year the town recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of his contribution to the Canso Lions Club, Ray White is one of the 2010 Town of Canso Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Ray White on his Town of Canso Volunteer Award and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1569

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Town of Canso held its volunteer awards night on March 13, 2010; and

Whereas each year the town recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Canso Flying Figures Skating Club, Crystal Richardson is one of the 2010 Town of Canso Volunteers Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Crystal Richardson on her Town of Canso Volunteer Award and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1570

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

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Whereas the Town of Canso held its volunteer awards night on March 13, 2010; and

Whereas each year the town recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to various organizations, Marlene Roberts is one of the 2010 Town of Canso Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Marlene Roberts on her Town of Canso Volunteer Award and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1571

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Town of Canso held its volunteer awards night on March 13, 2010; and

Whereas each year the town recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of his contribution to various organizations, Tom Richard is one of the 2010 Town of Canso Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Tom Richard on his Town of Canso Volunteer Award and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1572

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Town of Canso held its volunteer awards night on March 13, 2010; and

Whereas each year the town recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

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Whereas in recognition of his contribution to various organizations, Eddie Dort is one of the 2010 Town of Canso Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Eddie Dort on his Town of Canso Volunteer Award and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1573

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Town of Canso held its volunteer awards night on March 13, 2010; and

Whereas each year the town recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of his contribution to various organizations, Matthew Geddes is one of the 2010 Town of Canso Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Matthew Geddes on his Town of Canso Volunteer Award and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1574

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Town of Canso held its volunteer awards night on March 13, 2010; and

Whereas each year the town recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of his contribution to various organizations, Eldon Munroe is one of the 2010 Town of Canso Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Eldon Munroe on his Town of Canso Volunteer Award and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1575

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Town of Canso held its volunteer awards night on March 13, 2010; and

Whereas each year the town recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Eastern Communities Youth Association, Nadine Blackburn is one of the 2010 Town of Canso Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Nadine Blackburn on her Town of Canso Volunteer Award and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1576

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Town of Mulgrave held its volunteer awards night on April 22, 2010; and

Whereas each year the town recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Duck Pond Beautification Committee, Alvina Snow is one of the 2010 Town of Mulgrave Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Alvina Snow on her Town of Mulgrave Volunteer Award and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1577

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By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Town of Mulgrave held its volunteer awards night on April 22, 2010; and

Whereas each year the town recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Ladies Auxiliary Mulgrave Volunteer Fire Department, Anna Ryan is one of the 2010 Town of Mulgrave Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Anna Ryan on her Town of Mulgrave Volunteer Award and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1578

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Town of Mulgrave held its volunteer awards night on April 22, 2010; and

Whereas each year the town recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of his contributions to various organizations, Billy Joe Brophy is one of the 2010 Town of Mulgrave Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Billy Joe Brophy on his Town of Mulgrave Volunteer Award and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1579

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By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Town of Mulgrave held its volunteer awards night on April 22, 2010; and

Whereas each year the town recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the 1st Mulgrave Sparks, Elaine Welsh is one of the 2010 Town of Mulgrave Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Elaine Welsh on her Town of Mulgrave Volunteer Award and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1580

By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Town of Mulgrave held its volunteer awards night on April 22, 2010; and

Whereas each year the town recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Mulgrave Volunteer Fire Department, Kelly MacDonald is one of the 2010 Town of Mulgrave Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Kelly MacDonald on his Town of Mulgrave Volunteer Award and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1581

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By: Mr. Jim Boudreau (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)

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

Whereas the Town of Mulgrave held its volunteer awards night on April 22, 2010; and

Whereas each year the town recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contribution to the Guysborough County Kids First, Kim Ayre is one of the 2010 Town of Mulgrave Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Kim Ayre on her Town of Mulgrave Volunteer Award and wish her continued success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1582

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Captain Charles McManus on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for R.C. Air Cadet Squadron, 824 Silver Dart, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1583

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By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Bernadette Sampson on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Strait Richmond Hospital Seniors Advisory, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1584

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Shirley McNamara on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Strait Richmond Health Care Foundation, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1585

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By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Anita Marchand on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for St. Anne's Nursing Centre, Ladies Auxiliary, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1586

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Georgette Burke on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for St. Peter's Village Commission, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1587

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By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Helen MacDonald on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for St. Peter's Scottish Country Dance Group, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1588

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Jean Penny on being selected as Vounteer of the Year for St. Peter's/Sampsonville Terry Fox Run, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1589

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By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Wilma Martell on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for St. Peter's Lions Club, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1590

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Shannon Stone on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for St. Peter's Community Club, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1591

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By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Lloyd MacDonald on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for St. Peter's and Area Volunteer Fire Department, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1592

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Diana Poirier on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for St. Louis Parish Council, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1593

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By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Clifton Boudreau on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Zachery Hall Memorial Society, Little Anse, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1594

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Colleen Morgan on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for West Richmond Education Centre for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1595

[Page 2518]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Annie Dodge on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for West Bay United Church Women for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1596

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Linda MacAskill on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for West Bay Pastoral Charge for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1597

[Page 2519]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize James Eager on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for West Bay Community Association for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1598

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Leonard Gerrior on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for West Arichat and District Village Circle Society for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1599

[Page 2520]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Douglas Landry on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Village on the Canal Association for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1600

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Charlotte LeBlanc on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for St. John the Baptist CWL for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1601

[Page 2521]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Rhonda LeBlanc on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1602

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Pam Richard on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for St. Hyacinth's Parish Council for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1603

[Page 2522]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Rosemary MacLean on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for St. Hyacinth's CWL for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1604

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Elizabeth McNamara on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for St. Francis de Sales CWL for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1605

[Page 2523]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Shirley McNamara on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for St. Francis de Sales Pastoral Council for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1606

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Paul Murphy on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for South Mountain Arm of Gold Association for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1607

[Page 2524]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Lt.(N) John J. Burt on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corp, 235 Arrow, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1608

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Patrick Kehoe on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Rocky Bay Irish Club for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1609

[Page 2525]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Tim Laborie on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Riverdale Computer Centre Society for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1610

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Ruth Sampson on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for St. Louis CWL for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1611

[Page 2526]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize LeeAnne Marchand on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for St. Louis Community Services for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1612

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Margaret Herdman on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for St. John's Anglican Church for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1613

[Page 2527]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize Shelley England on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for the Richmond Villa Recreation Department for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1614

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize Sonya Landry on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Richmond Skating Club for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1615

[Page 2528]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize John Marchand on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Richmond Minor Hockey for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1616

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize Francine Boudreau on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Richmond Community Access Society for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1617

[Page 2529]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize Melanie Sampson on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for the Richmond Arena Association for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1618

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize Darren Stone on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Richmond Academy for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1619

[Page 2530]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize Scott Magdy on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Red Islands Volunteer Fire Department for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1620

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize Margaret Rose Windsor on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Riverdale Community Services Society for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1621

[Page 2531]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize Dorothy Robinson on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Riverdale Community Club 55+ for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1622

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize Sharon Digout on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for River Bourgeois Technology and Training Centre for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1623

[Page 2532]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Tina Coleman on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for River Bourgeois Seniors 50+ Club for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1624

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Clifford Landry on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for River Bourgeois Mariner Society for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1625

[Page 2533]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Rose Merrick on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for River Bourgeois Economic Development for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1626

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Mike Fougere on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for River Bourgeois Community Services Society for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1627

[Page 2534]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Melissa Dorey on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Richmond Wildlife Association for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1628

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Martha Beaton on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for R.C. Early Childhood Education Association, Isle Madame Branch, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1629

[Page 2535]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Lindsay Snair on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Point Tupper Heritage Association for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1630

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Winnie Skinner on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Our Lady of Assumption CWL for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1631

[Page 2536]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Lori Bowen on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Our Lady of Assumption Parish Council for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1632

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Charles N. Carter on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Oceanview Wildlife Museum Society for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1633

[Page 2537]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Emellean Rowe, on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Northside Community Improvement, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1634

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Corinne Martin on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for North Isle Madame Seniors Club for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1635

[Page 2538]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Barry LeBlanc on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Louisdale Lions Club for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1636

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Irene MacInnis on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Royal Canadian Legion Branch 47 Ladies Auxiliary, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1637

[Page 2539]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Sonya Hayter on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Royal Canadian Legion Branch 47 for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1638

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Nora Landry on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Royal Canadian Legion Branch 150, Ladies Auxiliary for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1639

[Page 2540]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Paul J. Samson on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Royal Canadian Legion Branch 150 for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1640

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Judith Harriet on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Royal Canadian Legion Branch 110 for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1641

[Page 2541]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Ellis Burke on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for R.C. Early Childhood Education Assn. St. Peter's Branch, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1642

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Charles Fougere on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Lakeside Community Association for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1643

[Page 2542]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Megan Martell on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Lakeside 4-H Club for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1644

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Sandra Landry on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Lakeside and Area Senior's Club for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1645

[Page 2543]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Charlie Sampson on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for L'Ardoise Men's Club for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1646

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Elsie Middleton on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for L'Ardoise Ladies Social Club for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1647

[Page 2544]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Quentin Mombourquette on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for L'Ardoise Jolly Club for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1648

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Gloria Jean Pottie on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for L'Ardoise Friends of Palliative Care for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1649

[Page 2545]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Elaine Walker on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Louisdale Girl Guides for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1650

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Robert Sampson on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Louisdale and Area Volunteer Fire Department for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1651

[Page 2546]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Michael Fougere on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Loch Lomond Volunteer Fire Department for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1652

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Colin MacPherson on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Loch Lomond Heritage Association for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1653

[Page 2547]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Lorena Landry on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Janvrin's Island Community Centre for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1654

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Ivan MacDonald on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Janvrin's Fest for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1655

[Page 2548]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Joey Clorey on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1656

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Claire Doyle on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Isle Madame Tourism and Trade Association for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1657

[Page 2549]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Tony Landry on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Isle Madame New Horizons Seniors Club for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1658

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Joan Clannon on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Isle Madame Historical Society for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1659

[Page 2550]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Claire Kehoe on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Isle Madame Garden Club for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1660

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Diana Samson on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Isle Madame Boat Club for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1661

[Page 2551]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Rose Marie Fougere on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Island View Health Services Auxiliary for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1662

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Glenn Samson on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Island Community Justice Society for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1663

[Page 2552]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize K. Wayne Yorke on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Head of the Bay Seniors for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1664

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize Scott Mombourquette on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for L'Ardoise Acadian Festival for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1665

[Page 2553]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize Della Gaudet on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Janvrin's Island Sports and Recreation for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1666

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize William McCormack on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Grand River Seniors Club for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1667

[Page 2554]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize Anne Ferguson on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Framboise/Fourchu Volunteer Fire Department for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1668

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize Elsie Munroe on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Fourchu United Church Women for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1669

[Page 2555]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize Jessie Tonet on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Fourchu United Church for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1670

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize Suzann MacLeod on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Fourchu Development Association for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1671

[Page 2556]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize Marie Landry on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Fleur De Lis Seniors Club for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1672

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize Rhonda Covin on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Felix Marchand Education Centre for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1673

[Page 2557]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Katelyn Forgeron on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for EnRoute Isle Madame Access Association for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1674

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Paul Wall on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for East Richmond Education Centre for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1675

[Page 2558]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Stuwart Carter on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for East Richmond ATV Rider's Society for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1676

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Shirley MacKay on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Dr. W.B. Kingston Health Centre for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1677

[Page 2559]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Aurine Richard on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Development Isle Madame Association for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1678

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Emerise Gagnon on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Grou Tyme for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1679

[Page 2560]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Nancy Rudderham on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Grand River Volunteer Fire Department for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1680

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Shelley MacRae on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Canadian Cancer Society, L'Ardoise and Area, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1681

[Page 2561]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Pierre Samson on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Canadian Cancer Society, Isle Madame/Louisdale Unit, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1682

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Tanya Samson on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for CAUSE (Community Achievers United to Serve Everyone) for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1683

[Page 2562]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Julie Jesso on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Bras d'Or Lakers Seniors' Club for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1684

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Ella MacRae on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Bonnie Brae Seniors Club for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1685

[Page 2563]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Phyllis Wagg on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Black River United Church for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1686

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Lester Morgan on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Basin River Inhabitants Historical Society for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1687

[Page 2564]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Jason Martell on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Arichat Recreation Commission for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1688

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Marion Mury on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Acadiaville Community Centre Society for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1689

[Page 2565]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Tania Collier on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for 2842 Army Cadets for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1690

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Carolyn DeCoste on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for D'Escousse Civic Improvement Society for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 1691

[Page 2566]

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Dora Samson-Boudreau on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for le Réseau acadien des sites de la NÉ, for her hard work and commitment.

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

Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 23 avril 2010, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux et au personnel à la salle paroissiale de St. Louis pour un souper en l'honneur de 125 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

Par conséquent, il est résolu que tous les membres de cette assemblée se joignent á moi pour féliciter Dora Samson-Bourdeau qui a été désignée bénévole de l'année du Réseau acadien des sites de la N.-É. pour son travail et son engagement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1692

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

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Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Zita Thibeau on being selected as Volunteer of the Year of Saint Joseph's CWL for her hard work and commitment.

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

Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 23 avril 2010, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux et au personnel à la salle paroissiale de St. Louis pour un souper en l'honneur de 125 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

Par conséquent, il est résolu que tous les membres de cette assemblée se joignent à moi pour féliciter Zita Thibeau qui été désignée bénévole de l'année de la CWL de Saint-Joseph pour son travail et son engagement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1693

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Robert Fougere on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Conseil Pastoral Saint-Joseph for his hard work and commitment.

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

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Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 23 avril 2010, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux et au personnel à la salle paroissiale de St. Louis pour un souper en l'honneur de 125 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

Par conséquent, il est résolu que tous les membres de cette assemblée se joignent à moi pour féliciter Robert Fougere qui a été désigné bénévole de l'année du Conseil pastoral de Saint-Joseph pour son travail et son engagement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1694

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Patricia Pertus on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for St. Joseph's Services for her hard work and commitment.

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

Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 23 avril 2010, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux et au personnel à la salle paroissiale de St. Louis pour un souper en l'honneur de 125 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

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Par conséquent, il est résolu que tous les membres de cette assemblée se joignent à moi pour féliciter Patricia Pertus qui a été désignée bénévole de l'année de Services St. Joseph pour son travail et son engagement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1695

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Marie Burkey on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for L'Ardoise Economic Association for Development for her hard work and commitment.

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

Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 23 avril 2010, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux et au personnel à la salle paroissiale de St. Louis pour un souper en l'honneur de 125 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

Par conséquent, il est résolu que tous les membres de cette assemblée se joignent à moi pour féliciter Marie Burkey qui a été désignée bénévole de l'année de l'Ardoise Economic Association pour son travail et son engagement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1696

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Madeline Boudreau on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Comité des Femmes en marche de Richmond for her hard work and commitment.

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

Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 23 avril 2010, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux et au personnel à la salle paroissiale de St. Louis pour un souper en l'honneur de 125 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

Par conséquent, il est résolu que tous les membres de cette assemblée se joignent à moi pour féliciter Madeline Boudreau, qui été désignée bénévole de l'année du Comité des Femmes en marche de Richmond pour son travail et son engagement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1697

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

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Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Laurie Ann Samson on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for École Beau Port for her hard work and commitment.

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

Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 23 avril 2010, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux et au personnel à la salle paroissiale de St. Louis pour un souper en l'honneur de 125 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

Par conséquent, il est résolu que tous les membres de cette assemblée se joignent à moi pour féliciter Laurie Ann Samson, qui a été désignée bénévole de l'année de l' École Beau Port pour son travail et son engagement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1698

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Josette Marchand on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for La Maison des Jeunes, for her hard work and commitment.

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

Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 23 avril 2010, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux et au personnel à la salle paroissiale de St. Louis pour un souper en l'honneur de 125 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

Par conséquent, il est résolu que tous les membres de cette assemblée se joignent à moi pour féliciter Josette Marchand qui a été désignée bénévole de la Maison des Jeunes pour son travail et son engagement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1699

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Thérèse Benoit on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Centre La Picasse, Centre Communautaire Culturel, for her hard work and commitment.

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

Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

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Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 23 avril 2010, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux et au personnel à la salle paroissiale de St. Louis pour un souper en l'honneur de 125 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

Par conséquent, il est résolu que tous les membres de cette assemblée se joignent à moi pour féliciter Thérèse Benoit qui a été désignée bénévole du Centre communautaire culturel, du Centre La Picasse, pour son travail et son engagement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1700

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Janine Lacroix on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Coopérative Radio Richmond Ltée, for her hard work and commitment.

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

Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 23 avril 2010, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux et au personnel à la salle paroissiale de St. Louis pour un souper en l'honneur de 125 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

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Par conséquent, il est résolu que tous les membres de cette assemblée se joignent à moi pour féliciter Janine Lacroix qui a été désignée bénévole de l'année de la Coopérative Radio Richmond Ltée pour son travail et son engagement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1701

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Jeanette Mury on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Immaculate Conception CWL, West Arichat, for her hard work and commitment.

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

Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 23 avril 2010, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux et au personnel à la salle paroissiale de St. Louis pour un souper en l'honneur de 125 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

Par conséquent, il est résolu que tous les membres de cette assemblée se joignent à moi pour féliciter Jeanette Mury qui a été désignée bénévole de l'année de la CWL d'Immaculate Conception, de West Arichat, pour son travail et son engagement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1702

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

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Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Laurie Ann Boudreau on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Les Amis de La Picasse for her hard work and commitment.

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

Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 23 avril 2010, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux et au personnel à la salle paroissiale de St. Louis pour un souper en l'honneur de 125 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

Par conséquent, il est résolu que tous les membres de cette assemblée se joignent à moi pour féliciter Laurie Ann Boudreau qui a été désignée bénévole de l'année des Amis de La Picasse pour son travail et son engagement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1703

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Fr. John J. MacDonald on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Telile Community TV, for his hard work and commitment.

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

Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 23 avril 2010, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux et au personnel à la salle paroissiale de St. Louis pour un souper en l'honneur de 125 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

Par conséquent, il est résolu que tous les membres de cette assemblée se joignent à moi pour féliciter le père John J. MacDonald, qui a été désignée bénévole de l'année de Telile Community TV pour son travail et son engagement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1704

By: Hon. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 23, 2010, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at St. Louis Parish Hall for a supper to honour 125 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize Leah Samson on being selected as Volunteer of the Year for Little Anse/Samson's Cove Social Action Centre for her hard work and commitment.

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

Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

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Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 23 avril 2010, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux et au personnel à la salle paroissiale de St. Louis pour un souper en l'honneur de 125 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

Par conséquent, il est résolu que tous les membres de cette assemblée se joignent à moi pour féliciter Leah Samson qui a été désignée bénévole de l'année du Little Anse/Samson's Cove Social Action Centre pour son travail et son engagement.