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DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Cecil Clarke

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First Session

FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2006

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS:
^House of Assembly: Coffee - Quality, Ms. Maureen MacDonald 613
STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS:
Health - Fabry's Disease: Enzyme Replacement Therapy,^
^^Hon. C. d'Entremont 614
Int'l Emergency Management Group: EMO - Guidebook/Manual,
^^Management, Hon. E. Fage 616
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 317, Legislative Staff: Efforts - Commend, The Premier 618
Vote - Affirmative 619
Res. 318, Bastille, Le Jour de la (07/14/06): Significance - Reconnaître,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 619
Vote - Affirmative 620
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 319, Crooks, Jean: Death of - Tribute, Mr. D. Dexter 620
Vote - Affirmative 621
GOVERNMENT BUSINESS:
GOVERNMENT MOTIONS:
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON SUPPLY AT 9:26 A.M. 621
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 12:36 P.M. 621
REPORT OF CWH ON SUPPLY [Rule 62G(1)]:
Motion to Concur 622
Vote - Unanimous 623
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No. 57, Appropriations Act, 2006, Hon. M. Baker 623
PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 57, Appropriations Act, 2006, Hon. M. Baker 623
PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 57, Appropriations Act, 2006, Hon. M. Baker 624
Freeman, Lt.-Gov. Myra: Farewell Reception - Thank you Letter,
The Speaker 624
PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 1, Safer Communities and Neighbourhood Act, Hon. M. Scott 625
No. 10, Protection from Illegal Drugs Act, Hon. M. Scott 625
No. 13, Safer Needles in Healthcare Workplaces Act,
Hon. C' d'Entremont 625
No. 16, Police and Peace Officers' Memorial Day Act
Hon. M. Scott 625
No. 19, Personal Information International Disclosure Protection Act,
Hon. M. Scott 625
No. 24, Agriculture and Marketing Act, Hon. B. Taylor 626
No. 45, Labour Standards Code, Hon. M. Parent 626
No. 47, House of Assembly Act, Hon. M. Baker 626
PRIVATE AND LOCAL BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 34 - Maritime Conservatory Reorganization Act, Mr. H. Epstein 626
PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 31 - The Financial Measures (2006) Act, Hon. M. Baker 627
TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS:
2005 Annual Report, Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and
Protection of Privacy Act, Hon. M. Scott 627
WCB, Quarterly Report, Hon. M. Parent 628
ARRIVAL OF LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
BILLS GIVEN ROYAL ASSENT:
Nos. 1, 10, 13, 16, 19, 24, 31, 34, 45, 47, 57 629
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again at the call of the Speaker 630
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)
Res. 320, MacRury, David - Serv.: Appreciation - Extend,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 631
Res. 321, Bear River Cherry Carnival: Bear River FD - Congrats.,
Mr. H. Theriault 631
Mr. H. Theriault
Res. 322, Rashid, Hanaa - House of Halal: Serv. - Recognize,
Mr. D. Whalen 632
Res. 323, Johnston Family Reunion - Best Wishes, Mr. K. Colwell 632
Res. 324, Johnson, Pvt. William O'Neil: Cdn. Army Serv. - Acknowledge,
Mr. K. Colwell 633
Res. 325, Desmond, Rev. Wayne K. - Cherry Brook United Baptist Church:
Dedication - Acknowledge, Mr. K. Colwell 633
Res. 326, Wells, Ruth - Pictou Castle: Book - Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 634
Res. 327, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (The Kirk, New Glasgow)
Anniv. (150th), Mr. P. Dunn 634
Res. 328, Wooden Monkey Rest.: Local/Organic Food Commitment,
Hon. B. Taylor 635
Res. 329, World Indoor Lacrosse Championships (2007) -
HRM: Hosting - Congrats., Hon. B. Barnet 635
Res. 330, N. Nova Educ. Ctr. - Boys Rugby Season: Success - Congrats.,
Mr. P. Dunn 636
Res. 331, Noel, M.Cpl./Brazil, Sgt./McDavid, Cpl.: Condolences - Send,
Hon. R. Chisholm 636
Res. 332, Halifax Citadel: Changing of the Guard - Anniv. (100th)
Re-enactment, Hon. L. Goucher 637
Res. 333, Coastal Bulk Transport/ Com. Serv. Dept./Incana -
N. American OH & S, Hon. M. Parent 638
Res. 334, Terra Firma Consultants: Environmental Solutions - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Parent 638
Res. 335, Hants West: Econ. Ctr. - Potential, Mr. C. Porter 639
Res. 336, Smith, Dr. Jim: NSCC - Hon. Dip., Mr. M. Samson 639
Res. 337, Boutilier, Mel: NSCC - Hon. Dip., Mr. M. Samson 640
Res. 338, Corkum, Stephen - Lt.-Gov.'s Medal, Mr. M. Samson 640
Res. 339, Samson, Gabrielle - Lt-Gov.'s Medal, Mr. M. Samson 641
Res. 340, Holtz, Selina - Lt.-Gov.'s Medal, Mr. M. Samson 641
Res. 341, Sturm, Ava: Poem Publication - Congrats., Mr. M. Samson 642
Res. 342, Samson, Diana: Arichat Post Office - Serv. (25 yr), Mr. M. Samson 642
Res. 343, McNeil, Joanna - Environ. Award, Mr. M. Samson 643
Res. 344, Mombourquette, Marie: L'Ardoise Post Office - Serv. (25 yrs.),
Mr. M. Samson 643
Res. 345, Landry, Shirley: SAL Entertainment - Success Wish,
Mr. M. Samson 644
Res. 346, Baccardax, Sherry - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 644
Res. 347, Bennett, Glen - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 645
Res. 348, Boudreau, Francine - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 645
Mr. M. Samson
Res. 349, Boudreau, Lynn - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 646
Res. 350, Boudreau, Norma - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 646
Res. 351, Burkey, Marie - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 647
Res. 352, Cumby, Dave - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 647
Res. 353, David, Kenneth - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 648
Res. 354, Digout, Sharon - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 648
Res. 355, Fogeron, Dave - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 649
Res. 356, Fougere, Allan - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 649
Res. 357, Hatt, Millie - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 650
Res. 358, Jensen, Vicki - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 650
Res. 359, Joyce, Janice - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 651
Res. 360, LeBlanc, Bernie - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 651
Res. 361, Levesque, Steven - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 652
Res. 362, MacNeil, Betty - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 652
Res. 363, MacPhee, Joe - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 653
Res. 364, McNamara, Shirley - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 653
Res. 365, Marchand, Rosette - Outstanding Support CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 654
Res. 366, Marshall, George - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 654
Res. 367, Morgan, Lester - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 655
Res. 368, Mitchell, Shirley - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 655
Mr. M. Samson
Res. 369, Martello, Brenda - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 656
Res. 370, Nicholas, Rosie - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 656
Res. 371, Oakley, Christine - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 657
Res. 372, Sampson, Glenda - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 657
Res. 373, Samson, Rene - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 658
Res. 374, Samson - Boudreau, Dora - Outstanding Supporting CAP Vol.,
Mr. M. Samson 658
Res. 375, MacNeil, Wilf - Outstanding Richmond CAP Originator,
Mr. M. Samson 659
Res. 376, Ouellette, John - Outstanding Richmond CAP Originator,
Mr. M. Samson 659
Res. 377, W. Richmond Educ. Ctr. - Outstanding Supporting CAP Partner,
Mr. M. Samson 660
Res. 378, Richmond Co. Literacy Network - Outstanding Supporting CAP
Partner, Mr. M. Samson 660
Res. 379, River Bourgeois Commun. Serv. Soc. - Outstanding Supporting
CAP Partner, Mr. M. Samson 661
Res. 380, L'Ardoise Econ. Dev. Assoc. - Outstanding Supporting CAP Partner,
Mr. M. Samson 661
Res. 381, Isle Madame Hist. Soc. - Outstanding Supporting CAP Partner,
Mr. M. Samson 662
Res. 382, East. Counties Reg. Library - Outstanding Supporting CAP Partner,
Mr. M. Samson 662
Res. 383, E. Richmond Educ. Ctr. - Outstanding Supporting CAP Partner,
Mr. M. Samson 663
Res. 384, Dist. 10 Vol. FD - Outstanding Supporting CAP Partner,
Mr. M. Samson 663
Res. 385, Chapel Island Band Council - Outstanding Supporting CAP Partner,
Mr. M. Samson 664
Res. 386, Burke, Megan: Ryl. N.S. Int'l. Tattoo - Performance,
Mr. M. Samson 664
Res. 387, Boudreau, Janelle: Ryl. N.S. Int'l. Tattoo - Performance,
Mr. M. Samson 665
Mr. M. Samson
Res. 388, Ferguson, Emma: Ryl. N.S. Int'l. Tattoo - Performance,
Mr. M. Samson 665
Res. 389, MacCuspic, Kate: Ryl. N.S. Int'l. Tattoo - Performance,
Mr. M. Samson 666
Res. 390, Merrervey, Courtney: Ryl. N.S. Int'l. Tattoo - Performance,
Mr. M. Samson 666
Res. 391, MacNeil, Mckayla: Ryl. N.S. Int'l. Tattoo - Performance,
Mr. M. Samson. 667
Res. 392, Bona, Kayla: Ryl. N.S. Int'l. Tattoo - Performance,
Mr. M. Samson 667
Res. 393, Mombourquette, Allison: Ryl. N.S. Int'l. Tattoo - Performance,
Mr. M. Samson 668
Res. 394, MacLeod, Alicia: Ryl. N.S. Int'l. Tattoo Performance,
Mr. M. Samson 669
Res. 395, MacNeil, Joe: Ryl. N. S. Int'l. Tattoo Performance,
Mr. M. Samson 669
NOTICE OF QUESTION FOR WRITTEN ANSWER:
No. 1, Health: Berwick - Physician Shortage,
Mr. L. Glavine 671

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HALIFAX, FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2006

Sixtieth General Assembly

First Session

9:00 A.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Cecil Clarke

DEPUTY SPEAKER

Mr. Wayne Gaudet

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. We'll commence with the daily routine.

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

MS. MAUREEN MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table The Better Perks Petition. The operative clause reads:

"WE THE UNDERSIGNED

PETITION THE SPEAKER OF THIS ASSEMBLY TO TAKE PITY ON THOSE WHO TOIL INSIDE THESE PERIMETERS IN FULL ASSEMBLY, ON COMMITTEES, AS SCRIBES, PAGES, JOURNALISTS AND INDEED POLITICAL HACKS AND MAKE AVAILABLE A DECENT QUALITY OF COFFEE, ONE PREFERABLY FAIRLY TRADED, AND ROASTED WITHIN THE PROVINCE"

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Mr. Speaker, this petition has been signed by many people, too many to count in fact, and I have affixed my signature. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The petition has been fairly tabled.

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Health.

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to rise today to inform the House that Nova Scotia, in collaboration with industry and the federal government, is now in the final stages of successfully negotiating an agreement to support a three-year post-market study of enzyme replacement therapy in Fabry's disease. This agreement will allow patients to meet the guidelines for treatment, who have access to enzyme replacement therapy. This agreement will allow these patients to be entered into a national disease registry that will let us learn more about the therapies over time. But most of all, this agreement will allow Nova Scotians living with the disease to resume therapy, and that means hope for a normal life for these patients and their families.

Mr. Speaker, we are keenly aware of the struggle that these patients have had, and we have met with them several times, and have kept in ongoing contact with their doctor, Dr. Michael West, Head of Nephrology for the Capital District Health Authority. We know the urgency of their situation, and believe me when I say they are the reason and the inspiration that keeps us working so hard to finalize this national agreement.

Federal, provincial and territorial Health Ministers have been collaborating on this since October 2005, when they first agreed to develop an approach to evaluating these therapies. We are committed to reaching an agreement that would allow the study to proceed, and we remain committed to achieving this milestone. The end is now in sight. I would also like to thank the previous Minister of Health for his ongoing dedication to this, the minister from Quebec, and of course the minister from Ontario, who worked so hard as a team to make sure we're here today.

This issue, Mr. Speaker, has become one of the priorities under the national pharmaceutical strategy, where appropriate and longer term solutions should be identified. Our commitment to this agreement is to help fund a three-year post-market study, and by the end of three years we hope to know more about these therapies and the disease and where the country is in relation to a national pharmaceutical strategy. While this agreement is of

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particular importance to Fabry's patients, the issue of access to affordable medication is a significant issue for all Canadians.

I can assure you, Mr. Speaker, that we as a province, together with our federal and provincial partners, remain dedicated to our efforts to create a national pharmaceutical strategy for the benefit of all Nova Scotians. I would like to take this opportunity to offer my heartfelt thanks to Dr. West and his colleagues at Capital Health, and the Nova Scotia patients and families impacted by this disease for their patience and faith through this long and difficult process.

This agreement has been months in the making and I can tell you what satisfaction it has given me to finally put my signature on this important agreement. But that satisfaction didn't even come close to the feeling I had yesterday when we had the pleasure of informing Capital Health that they could begin resuming therapy for existing Fabry's patients, that is the greatest accomplishment. Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

MS. MAUREEN MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the minister for providing an advance copy of his statement, and I want to say that this indeed is some very welcome news for those families in our province who are afflicted with this genetic disorder. Over the past two years, members of the NDP caucus have had an opportunity to meet with representatives of the Fabry's association. Many people who had previously been in receipt of enzyme replacement therapies were really distressed about the termination of the treatment that was contributing to much better health and a better prognosis for their long-term lifespans.

Mr. Speaker, this statement tells us that an agreement has been reached and that there will be an ongoing study, I think, of the effectiveness of the drug therapies that have been provided. So as welcome as this statement is, certainly, for people - and I note that people will have to meet certain guidelines, and I'm not sure what that means in terms of people who don't meet the guidelines - it will have to have a look at whether or not everybody will be brought into these ongoing trials. But my understanding is that Nova Scotia has a disproportionate number of people who have Fabry's, and I certainly hope that no one will be left out of treatment as a result of this agreement.

Indeed it's a welcome announcement, and I would like to congratulate the Fabry Society for the excellent job they did in keeping this issue before the public, in educating the members of this Assembly, and undoubtedly the federal Parliament, to make such an agreement possible.

The final thing I would say, Mr. Speaker, is this really does demonstrate the absolute need for a national Pharmacare Program, something that has been a long-standing policy of the federal New Democratic Party. So I welcome and I encourage the government's work toward

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establishing a national Pharmacare Program - it's something that's long overdue in this country.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Glace Bay.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the minister, as well, for the advance copy of his statement. There's no other way to describe this than good news. That's the only way you can describe this, and I'm very thankful to see this. When we come to this Legislature sometimes we take on portfolios, critic responsibilities and so on, that we are not even familiar with, but you meet the people who are involved and you learn about the various things that are involved.

[9:15 a.m.]

In this case, Mr. Speaker, I would like to take the opportunity to say congratulations to Ed Koning and the Fabry Society for their tenacity in not letting go of this issue, because they have been tenacious in seeking government after government after government to try to finally get something done. This is especially good news for those who are suffering from this, because enzyme replacement therapy is a worthwhile treatment and it does restore hope to the people who are afflicted with that disease.

Mr. Speaker, having said that though, I will join with my colleague from the NDP in clearly stating there's more to be done. There is more to be done, Mr. Speaker, because there is a time that perhaps this shouldn't have gone on as long as it did and perhaps it could have been settled a lot quicker. In the meantime, we are very thankful on this side of the House that this will take place and that the people who we should be concerned about most will be receiving treatment again, since it has been restored, and for that we thank the government. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Human Resources.

HON. ERNEST FAGE: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. Before I read my statement, I want to apologize to my critics opposite. I had made arrangements for the Ministerial Statement to be sent over yesterday afternoon and somehow there was a mis-communication, so I apologize for that oversight.

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to inform this Legislature that a new milestone in emergency preparedness has been achieved in Nova Scotia. The International Emergency Management Group, of which Nova Scotia is the co-chair, through EMOs, CEO and deputy head Craig MacLaughlan has just approved a new guidebook and operational manual. This manual will supplement the July 2000 International Emergency Management Assistance Memorandum of Understanding which was accepted by the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. As we all know, during an emergency, no one acts alone, and the MOU is

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developed as a statement of principles upon which the provinces and the States will provide and receive assistance during a major emergency. This agreement was effectively used for coordinating the use of mutual aid resources for New Brunswick and Maine, in response to a February 2004 blizzard in Nova Scotia.

So you can see by this example, Mr. Speaker, how vital it is to have agreements in place before an emergency happens. I am very pleased to see Nova Scotia's Emergency Management Office has continued to work with our partners in Atlantic Canada and the Eastern States to ensure that future developments of our emergency preparedness efforts are taken care of. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Chebucto.

MR. HOWARD EPSTEIN: Mr. Speaker, thank you very much. I thank the minister for bringing this to our attention, here. On the international scene, the last few weeks have been really terrible ones. We are mindful, of course, of the terrorist attacks on the train system in Mumbai, we're aware of ongoing fighting and new fighting in the Middle East, and any of these disasters can come upon any nation. Canada is not immune. We saw, over the last month, the arrest and charges against people in Ontario who, it is alleged, have been involved in the plot of terrorism activities. We know, just yesterday, that we lost a military helicopter and the lives of three people during a training exercise, and we've heard within the last week or so of the prospect of a very difficult hurricane season to come on the Atlantic Coast.

So we don't have to live in other parts of the world to have disasters come upon us. We have to, as the minister said, be prepared. Nova Scotia actually does have what is fundamentally a very good system, through its EMO. It's a system that requires constant vigilance and upgrading. I am happy to have this announcement from the minister that there has been one additional step taken in the preparation of background materials that will strengthen that function of our provincial government.

On previous occasions, Mr. Speaker, I've noted in this House one or two weaknesses in our EMO system, but I'm glad to say that it is fundamentally sound. I'm glad to say that there is constant vigilance and a constant attempt to upgrade it, and I thank the minister for continuing to ensure that these additional steps are taken to advance it. Thank you.

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

MR. HAROLD THERIAULT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'm pleased to stand and speak about the Emergency Management Office, and I also accept the minister's apology for letting me know about this about two minutes ago, but that's all right, I'm always prepared, too, for an emergency. (Laughter)

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As a fisherman, I always was prepared for an emergency, because when you're out on the water alone, there is no one else to help you so you have to prepare for all emergencies. I always said you prepare for the worst and you hope for the best and usually you come through it.

That's the way the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office has to work, too. You always prepare for the worst and hope for the best - and that's good and if it's good for the people of Nova Scotia it's good for us all in the House of Assembly here. So I'm pleased that Emergency Measures is acting and making things better, because everything can be made a little bit better; no matter what it is, you can make it all a little bit better.

That's what we're doing in this House of Assembly today, making things a little bit better for the people of this province, and with that, Mr. Speaker, I will take my seat and I thank you very much. (Applause)

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 317

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

Whereas it appears we are nearing the end of this rare summer session, we should take this opportunity to applaud the tremendous assistance of the staff who support all in this historic Chamber - efforts for which all members are all the more grateful for in the summer heat; and

Whereas our thanks go to our Operations Management, our new Sergeant-at-Arms, staff at our Legislative Library, our Commissionaires, Pages and messengers; and

Whereas thanks also go to the able Legislative Counsel office staff and the Committees Office staff, our Hansard and Legislative Television personnel and our catering staff, as well as those who keep this beautiful historic House clean and orderly;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this Legislature take this moment to commend the efforts of these talented and efficient individuals.

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. (Applause)

The honourable Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 318

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Monsieur le Président, á une date ultérieure, je demanderai l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

Attendu que il y a exactement 217 ans, un groupe de Parisiens a envahi la prison de la Bastille à Paris, en France, en raison des injustices graves qui ont eu lieu, entraînant par conséquent la Révolution française; et

Attendu que les Français reconnaissent maintenant le 14 juillet comme le (jour de la Bastille) une fête qui symbolise l'indépendance de la France et le début d'une société démocratique; et

Attendu que le premier gouverneur de l'Acadie, Pierre du Gua, Sieur de Monts, était d'origine français en Nouvelle-Écosse, ont grandement contribué à l' éstablissement de la province;

Par conséquent, qu'il soit résolu que tous les membres de cette Assemblée, qui font partie de la société démocratique de la Nouvelle-Écosse, reconnaissent l'importance de cette date et se joignent à moi pour saluer nos collègues et amis français en ce joir de célébration.

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

Whereas exactly 217 years ago, a group of Parisians stormed the Bastille prison in Paris, France, because of the serious injustices endured there, consequently giving rise to the French Revolution; and

Whereas the French now recognize July 14th as Bastille Day, a holiday that symbolizes the independence of France and the start of a democratic society; and

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Whereas the first French Governor of Acadie, Pierre du Gua, Sieur de Monts, was of French origin, and the Acadians, who are direct descendants of the first French settlers in Nova Scotia, have greatly contributed to the establishment of the province;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House, who are a part of Nova Scotia's democratic society, recognize the significance of this date and join me in saluting our French colleagues and friends on this day of celebration.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Opposition.

RESOLUTION NO. 319

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

Whereas Jean Crooks of Dartmouth passed away yesterday at the Dartmouth General Hospital; and

Whereas the life of Jean Crooks was filled with service to her community, and she was fondly referred to as the "godmother" of the Dartmouth South Progressive Conservative Association; and

Whereas in the early 1990s I had the pleasure of gaining Ms.Crooks' acquaintance, and eventually friendship, serving with her on the Residential Tenancies Board;

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Therefore be it resolved that this Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognize the work and life of Mrs. Jean Crooks, resident of Dartmouth, who passed away on July 12, 2006, and offer our condolences to her family.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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

GOVERNMENT MOTIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is carried.

[9:26 a.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Supply with Acting Deputy Speaker Mr. Chuck Porter in the Chair.]

[12:36 p.m. CWH on Supply rose and the House reconvened. Mr. Speaker, Hon. Cecil Clarke, resumed the Chair.]

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

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THE CLERK: That the committee has met and has come to agreement on all estimates referred to it, and the chairman has instructed that they be recommended to the House.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, I call for a recorded vote on the question.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is that the House concur in the report of the Committee of the Whole House on Supply. A recorded vote is being called for.

Are the whips satisfied?

[The Clerk calls the roll.]

[12:37 p.m.]

YEAS NAYS

Mr. Hurlburt

Mr. Morse

Mr. Barnet

Mr. MacIsaac

Mr. Rodney MacDonald

Mr. Baker

Mr. Muir

Mr. d'Entremont

Mr. Fage

Ms. Bolivar-Getson

Mr. Chisholm

Mr. Taylor

Mr. Dooks

Mr. Scott

Ms. Streatch

Mr. Parent

Mr. Goucher

Ms. Casey

Mr. MacLeod

Mr. Bain

Mr. Dunn

Mr. Porter

Mr. Parker

Ms. Massey

Mr. MacDonell

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Mr. Corbett

Ms. Maureen MacDonald

Mr. Dexter

Mr. Deveaux

Mr. Manning MacDonald

Mr. Samson

Mr. Colwell

Ms. Whalen

Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay)

Mr. Glavine

Ms. More

Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid)

Ms. Conrad

Mr. Paris

Ms. Raymond

Mr. Zinck

Mr. Estabrooks

Mr. Gosse

Mr. Epstein

Mr. MacKinnon

Mr. Belliveau

Mr. Preyra

Mr. McNeil

Mr. Theriault

THE CLERK: Mr. Speaker, the motion is carried unanimously.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is carried unanimously by the House. (Applause)

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order of business, Introduction of Bills.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

Bill No. 57 - An Act to Provide for Defraying Certain Charges and Expenses of the Public Service of the Province. (Hon. M. Baker)

[PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING]

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Finance.

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HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, I move second reading of Bill No. 57.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 57. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

[PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING]

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Finance.

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, I move third reading of Bill No. 57.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 57. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

Before proceeding to any other business of the House, I have received a message from Her Honour. She asked that members please be seated for the message from Her Honour that she's asking me to read to the House, and it's a personal note rather than official government business:

"Dear Premier and Members of the Legislative Assembly:

His Honour and I extend our heartfelt thanks to you for the gracious farewell reception which you hosted in our honour at Province House on July 12th.

We deeply appreciated the recognition that was generously bestowed upon us on that memorable occasion, and I was pleased to have the opportunity to personally congratulate and thank you for your outstanding dedication and commitment to the people of Nova Scotia.

One of the most gratifying aspects of my position as the Vice-Regal representative in Nova Scotia has been the opportunity that it has afforded me to meet so many dedicated citizens who give with such a fullness of heart. The warmth of the welcome which His Honour and I have received in every constituency of our province makes me proud as a Nova Scotian to have represented them during my term of office.

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Thank you for the beautifully framed and painted portrait and collage, by Nova Scotian artist Ross Campbell, which was so thoughtfully presented to me as a gift from the Province of Nova Scotia. The painting truly represents the highlights and initiatives of my term of office as the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. This treasured painting will occupy a very special place in our home for many years to come.

On behalf of all Nova Scotians, we join in thanking you for your valuable contribution to our province, and we extend our best wishes for every success and happiness in your future endeavours.

Sincerely,

The Honourable Myra A. Freeman, O.N.S.

Lieutenant Governor

Province of Nova Scotia."

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: 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. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, I move third reading of Bill Nos. 1, 10, 13, 16, 19, 24, 45, and 47.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Bill No. 1 - Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act.

Bill No. 10 - Protection from Illegal Drugs Act.

Bill No. 13 - Safer Needles in Healthcare Workplaces Act.

Bill No. 16 - Police and Peace Officers' Memorial Day Act.

Bill No. 19 - Personal Information International Disclosure Protection Act.

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Bill No. 24 - Agriculture and Marketing Act.

Bill No. 45 - Labour Standards Code.

Bill No. 47 - House of Assembly Act.

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MR. SPEAKER: The motions are carried.

Ordered that these bills do pass. Ordered that the titles be as read by the Clerk. Ordered that the bills be engrossed.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order of business, Private and Local Bills for Third Reading.

PRIVATE AND LOCAL BILLS FOR THIRD READING

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, please call Bill No. 34.

Bill No. 34 - Maritime Conservatory Reorganization Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Chebucto.

MR. HOWARD EPSTEIN: Mr. Speaker, I move third reading.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 34. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

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

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PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 31, and I move third reading.

Bill No. 31 - Financial Measures (2006) Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 31. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, I understand Her Honour is without but, before that, I understand there are two members who would like to table reports. I ask for concurrence of the House to revert to the order of business, Tabling Reports, Regulations and Other Papers.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request to revert to the order of business, Tabling Reports, Regulations and Other Papers.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I'd like to table the Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2005 Annual Report, dated June 1, 2006.

MR. SPEAKER: The report is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Environment and Labour.

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HON. MARK PARENT: Mr. Speaker, I'd like to table the Quarterly Report of the Workers' Compensation Board.

MR. SPEAKER: The report is tabled.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, I would ask that we recess for a few minutes until Her Honour is available.

MR. SPEAKER: The House stands recessed.

[12:50 p.m. The House recessed.]

[1:00 p.m. The House reconvened.]

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

MR. SPEAKER: Let Her Honour enter the Chamber, please.

All rise.

[The Speaker and the Clerks left the Chamber.]

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

[The Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Myra Freeman, preceded by her escort, 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.

The Sergeant-at-Arms then departed and re-entered the Chamber followed by the Speaker, the Honourable Cecil Clarke; the Chief Clerk of the House, Roderick MacArthur, Q.C., Assistant Clerk, Arthur Fordham, Q.C., and 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 the Lieutenant Governor 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.

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THE CLERK:

Bill No. 1 - Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act.

Bill No. 10 - Protection from Illegal Drugs Act.

Bill No. 13 - Safer Needles in Healthcare Workplaces Act.

Bill No. 16 - Police and Peace Officers' Memorial Day Act.

Bill No. 19 - Personal Information International Disclosure Protection Act.

Bill No. 24 - Agriculture and Marketing Act.

Bill No. 31 - Financial Measures (2006) Act.

Bill No. 34 - Maritime Conservatory Reorganization Act.

Bill No. 45 - Labour Standards Code.

Bill No. 47 - House of Assembly 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.

THE CLERK:

Bill No. 57 - An Act to Provide for Defraying Certain Charges and Expenses of the Public Service of the Province.

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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I wish to add how delighted I have been, it has been such a pleasure and an honour to serve the people of Nova Scotia and to serve this Legislature, and I wish all of you a very good summer.

[The Speaker and the Clerks left the Chamber.]

[The Lieutenant Governor left the Chamber.]

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

[The Speaker took the Chair.]

MR. SPEAKER: I would ask all honourable members to remain standing and join with me in the singing of the national anthem.

[The national anthem was sung by the members.]

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. Please be seated.

The honourable Premier.

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker just before concluding, I'd like to wish members of all Parties all the best this summer with their families and their loved ones and a safe and happy summer.

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: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

We stand adjourned.

The House is adjourned until the call of the Speaker. (Applause)

[The House adjourned at 1:09 p.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 320

By: Mr. Manning MacDonald (Cape Breton South)

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

Whereas on Thursday, July 6, 2006, the Liberal caucus office lost a loyal and faithful servant when David MacRury made a decision to return home to his native Sydney; and

Whereas for 13 years David served Liberal MLAs with dedication and commitment as researcher, director of research and director of operations; and

Whereas the Liberal Party will still benefit from David's wise counsel as he takes up new challenges as executive assistant to the Honourable Mark Eyking, MP for Sydney-Victoria;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend their appreciation for David's loyal and faithful support and wish he and his wife, Kelly, all the best in their new future together in Sydney.

RESOLUTION NO. 321

By: Mr. Harold Theriault (Digby-Annapolis)

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

Whereas on July 15th the community of Bear River will be celebrating, for the 113th time, the harvesting of the cherry crop with their annual Cherry Carnival; and

Whereas this is a festival featuring great food, wonderful family-oriented events, a fantastic parade and magnificent fireworks; and

Whereas this event is not to be missed if you are truly to savour the best that a Nova Scotia summer has to offer;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House warmly congratulate the Bear River Fire Department for its efforts to make this festival a reality, and seriously consider coming to Bear River this Saturday to experience the generosity and hospitality of the good folks in Digby-Annapolis.

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RESOLUTION NO. 322

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 Hanaa Rashid of Clayton Park opened House of Halal in 2004, providing certified Halal meat and other product to the Muslim community in Halifax; and

Whereas Ms. Rashid has a strong base of Muslim and non-Muslim customers looking for her quality meats - she not only promotes her product as being Halal, but also emphasizes the fact that it is local and free-range; and

Whereas the House of Halal has met an important need for our growing Muslim community and serves to highlight and celebrate our diversity;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House recognize the service Hanaa Rashid is providing to HRM and the Islamic community, and wish her every success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 323

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the family of Edgar and Elizabeth (Grant) Johnston of Cherry Brook, Nova Scotia, is hosting a family reunion August 4 to August 7, 2006, and events such as a meet and greet and talent show on August 4th at 6:00 p.m., and a gospel concert on August 5th at 7:00 p.m., will take place at the Black Cultural Centre in Dartmouth; and

Whereas a car parade will take place the morning of August 5th in and around the Cherry Brook community and, following this, a barbecue will be held at the Johnston house property, which is the oldest house in the community, located at the end of Johnston Road in Cherry Brook; and

Whereas on August 6th at 3:00 p.m. there will be a special worship service held at the Cherry Brook United Baptist Church with Pastor Blair Grosse officiating, and on August 7th, following the Natal Day Parade in Dartmouth, there will be a barbecue and other activities to wrap up the Johnston family reunion at the Johnston house property;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge the Johnston family reunion in Cherry Brook and wish them all the best in their celebration with family and friends.

RESOLUTION NO. 324

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas Private William O'Neil Johnson was born on September 30, 1922, in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Private William O'Neil Johnson served as a gunner with the Canadian Army in Canada, Britain, the central Mediterranean area, and northwest Europe from 1939 to 1946; and

Whereas Private William O'Neil Johnson received the 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, Defense Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp, and the War Medal 1939-45;

Therefore be it resolved that all the members of this House acknowledge the service and dedication that Private William O'Neil Johnson has shown to the Canadian Army.

RESOLUTION NO. 325

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas Reverend Wayne K. Desmond has provided volunteer service for many organizations over the years; and

Whereas Reverend Wayne K. Desmond has taught Sunday school and served as superintendent for four years, and is still presently teaching Sunday school at the Cherry Brook United Baptist Church; and

Whereas Reverend Wayne K. Desmond was appointed deacon in 1994, and accepted the call to serve as associate pastor in 1998 at the Saint Thomas United Baptist Church in North Preston, and accepted the call to serve as interim pastor at the Cherry Brook United Baptist Church in 2000;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge Reverend Wayne K. Desmond for his dedication and service to the Cherry Brook United Baptist Church and his past service with the Saint Thomas United Baptist Church in North Preston.

RESOLUTION NO. 326

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas Ruth Wells, author, is writing a children's book through the eyes of a cat named Chibley, who has just returned from her third trip around the world on the sailing vessel, the Picton Castle; and

Whereas Chibley was adopted from the SPCA in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, home port of the Picton Castle, by the ship's captain, Daniel Moreland; and

Whereas Chibley receives more fan mail than any of the crew members of the Picton Castle and is well-known by children as far away as South Africa, where donated educational materials - and this year 400 teddy bears, handmade by a group of women in Lunenburg - were delivered to underprivileged areas by the captain and crew of the Picton Castle;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Chibley on the incredible job she is doing as the ambassador of the Picton Castle, the captain and crew of the Picton Castle on their humanitarian voyages around the world, and Ruth Wells for bringing the story of the Picton Castle to children and adults, as well as for her donation of the future proceeds of the sale of her book to keep the Picton Castle on course for their very important mission.

RESOLUTION NO. 327

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas this weekend St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, The Kirk, in New Glasgow, is celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the first worship service in the current structure - one of the oldest buildings in Nova Scotia still in current use; and

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Whereas construction of St. Andrew's Church began in 1853 and was completed in 1856 on Frasers Mountain; later in 1832 the log church was rolled down the mountain to the present site; and

Whereas the July 14th to July 16th Anniversary celebrations include an old hymn sing, pump and pipe organ music, a coffee party, walking tours of the church history, horse and carriage rides, a street festival, and a Sunday worship service;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the parishioners of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church on the 150th Anniversary of their congregation and commend them on their successful efforts to preserve this unique and important piece of Pictou County's history.

RESOLUTION NO. 328

By: Hon. Brooke Taylor (Agriculture)

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

Whereas the Wooden Monkey restaurant, located on Argyle Street in Halifax, focuses on providing local and organic food; and

Whereas the restaurant owner and operators, Lil McPherson, Christine Bower and Robbie Sagar, and chef Andrew Benjamin, are committed to serving healthy food; and

Whereas Nova Scotia produces the highest of quality agricultural food;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the Wooden Monkey for its commitment to serving locally produced food and beverages to its customers.

RESOLUTION NO. 329

By: Hon. Barry Barnet (Health Promotion and Protection)

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

Whereas lacrosse is a sport showing tremendous growth in Nova Scotia, especially in the Halifax Regional Municipality, along with other regions such as Kingston, Lunenburg, Truro and the Eastern Shore, where the number of youth players has increased over the past five years from about 100 to around 2,000 players today; and

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Whereas the Halifax Regional Municipality will play host to the 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships between May 14th to May 20th next year; and

Whereas teams from Australia, the Czech Republic, Scotland, the United States, the Iroquois Nation and Canada have confirmed their entries with two other teams yet to be determined;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend our warmest wishes to World Tournament Event Manager Mike LeLeune and the Chair of the Halifax Host Organizing Committee who is also President of Lacrosse Nova Scotia, Bill Bryden, along with all of the executive members of Lacrosse Nova Scotia for their dedication in the promotion of the sport, while putting the Halifax Regional Municipality once again at the forefront of the world stage, in the hosting of another world championship sporting event.

RESOLUTION NO. 330

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas the North Nova Education Centre Gryphons Division I boys rugby team is a dynamic group of young athletes led by coach Andrew Bell and four members of last year's Nova Scotia Canada Games bronze medal winning rugby squad: Matthew Dunn, Evan Cameron, Andrew Kirkendall and Brian Rushton; and

Whereas the North Nova Education Centre boys rugby team won the Rothesay, New Brunswick Invitational Boys Rugby Tournament in April 2006; and

Whereas the team continued its winning ways by taking the Division I Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Rugby Championship in June 2006;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate coach Andrew Bell and all the excellent athletes on the North Nova Education Centre Gryphons Division I boys rugby team on a successful rugby season and wish them well when they take to the pitch next year.

RESOLUTION NO. 331

By: Hon. Ronald Chisholm (Fisheries and Aquaculture)

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

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Whereas since members met yesterday, the names of those killed in the tragic accident off the coast of Canso were identified as Sergeant Dwayne Brazil, 39, Master Corporal Kirk Noel, 33, and Corporal Trevor McDavid, 31 - two of those men leaving behind a wife and daughters; and

Whereas the residents of CFB Greenwood, along with all Nova Scotians, are saddened by this sudden and inexplicable loss; and

Whereas as the area MLA, I want to commend the quick action of those in the community, those who have become one of our first responders in maritime disasters - our fishermen - who not only saved four of the men on board, but also rallied together to recover those who did not survive, along with local RCMP;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House, through our Speaker, send condolences to the families of Master Corporal Noel, Sergeant Brazil, and Corporal McDavid, continue sending our prayers for those recovering in hospital and to their fellow military personnel at CFB Greenwood who are reeling from this tremendous loss.

RESOLUTION NO. 332

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas 100 years ago, the last British troops left Halifax, marking the end of more than a century and a half of British military presence in North America; and

Whereas to mark this 100th Anniversary, Nova Scotia and the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site are proud to welcome more than 1,000 history enthusiasts from across North America and Britain who will re-enact the Changing of the Guard next week; and

Whereas this signature event from July 18th to 23rd is organized by the Halifax Citadel Regimental Association and the Changing of the Guard Society, and supported by Tourism, Culture and Heritage, Parks Canada, Halifax Regional Municipality and numerous other sponsors;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize this quality international event and welcome the many tourists who have chosen to vacation in Nova Scotia because of it.

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RESOLUTION NO. 333

By: Hon. Mark Parent (Environment and Labour)

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

Whereas the North American Occupational Health and Safety Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented to organizations that strive to reinforce and strengthen their commitment to preventing accidents at work, home and in the community; and

Whereas Coastal Bulk Transport, Department of Community Services and EnCana Corporation-East Coast Operations have won the prestigious 2006 awards; and

Whereas all three organizations show a continuous commitment to workplace and community health and safety and set an example for the rest of the province;

Therefore be it resolved that this House commend the health and safety culture displayed by Coastal Bulk Transport, Department of Community Services and EnCana Corporation-East Coast Operations and ask the members of the House to join me in congratulating them on winning these awards.

RESOLUTION NO. 334

By: Hon. Mark Parent (Environment and Labour)

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

Whereas Terra Firma Consultants Land Consulting has developed a device to offer homeowners a healthier environment and lower costs by eliminating a common cause of septic system failure; and

Whereas this company's research has led to a simple, affordable, effective device with the potential to improve waste handling for nearly 100,000 Nova Scotia homes; and

Whereas this device once again proves Nova Scotia's reputation as an innovator and world leader for environmentally sound waste management;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Terra Firma Consultants of Wellington, Nova Scotia for enabling homeowners to practise an even higher standard of environmental living and for contributing to the province's goal of providing practical environmental solutions for all Nova Scotians.

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RESOLUTION NO. 335

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 Hants County was created 225 years ago in 1781; and

Whereas the constituency of West Hants enjoys a rich cultural history based on the settlement of First Nations, the Acadians, English Loyalists and New England Planters; and

Whereas the anniversary gives us a reason to remember a once-thriving economy based on shipbuilding, lumbering, mining and farming;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize that together with the efforts of our hard-working government, the co-operation of all levels of government and the contributions of our creative, thrifty residents, that Hants West is poised to soon become a thriving economic centre once again.

RESOLUTION NO. 336

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Nova Scotia Community College has recognized Dr. Jim Smith's commitment to improving the lives of others with an Honorary Diploma from the School of Health and Human Services; and

Whereas throughout his professional career, both as a physician and as an elected representative, the well-being of Nova Scotians has always been a top priority for Dr. Smith; and

Whereas Jim continuously served his community, through his tireless dedication to the Boys & Girls Club, the Atlantic Child Guidance Centre, and Dartmouth Community Services, Jim has worked diligently to serve and protect societies' most vulnerable;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Dr. Jim Smith for this honour from the Nova Scotia Community College, recognizing the contributions he has made to his province, and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 337

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Nova Scotia Community College has recognized Mel Boutilier's humanitarian work with an honorary diploma from the School of Access; and

Whereas in 1984, Mr. Boutilier served as a founding member of the Metro Food Bank, later creating the Parker Street Furniture and Food Bank, which has grown to become a place that not only provides food, furniture, mentoring, skills development in particular with NSCC and support service; and

Whereas Mr. Boutilier has been recognized by the municipality, province and nationally for his commitment and compassion, he has the ability to see what there is a need for and then find a solution to fill that need;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Mel Boutilier for this honour from the Nova Scotia Community College, recognizing the contributions he has made to improving the lives of those who need a hand up and wish him continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 338

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Stephen Corkum, a student at Richmond Academy, was honoured to receive the Lieutenant Governor's Medal for the 2005-06 year; and

Whereas Honourable Myra Freeman, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, presented the medals to only three students from Richmond County; and

Whereas the Lieutenant Governor's Medal is given to recognize these students who have shown, through their studies and commitment to the community, that they have given a lot of themselves, and they deserve to be recognized and celebrated;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Stephen Corkum on receiving this outstanding award and wish him continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 339

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Gabrielle Samson, a student at École Beau-port, was honoured to receive the Lieutenant Governor's Medal for the 2005-06 year; and

Whereas Honourable Myra Freeman, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, presented the medals to only three students from Richmond County; and

Whereas the Lieutenant Governor's Medal is given to recognize these students who have shown, through their studies and commitment to the community, that they have given a lot of themselves, and they deserve to be recognized and celebrated;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Gabrielle Samson on receiving this outstanding award and wish her continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 340

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Selina Holtz, a student at Richmond Academy, was honoured to receive the Lieutenant Governor's Medal for the 2005-06 year; and

Whereas Honourable Myra Freeman, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, presented the medals to only three students from Richmond County; and

Whereas the Lieutenant Governor's Medal is given to recognize these students who have shown, through their studies and commitment to the community, that they have given a lot of themselves, and they deserve to be recognized and celebrated;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Selina Holtz on receiving this outstanding award and wish her continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 341

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Ava Sturm of Louisdale area has become a published poet at only eight years old as a result of entering a national competition sponsored by Creative Communication; and

Whereas Sturm received $25 U.S. for her win and a complimentary copy of A Celebration of Young Poets - Canada where her poem entitled Halloween can be found; and

Whereas aspiring young writers in the community can be inspired by Sturm's accomplishment and success;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House recognize Ava Sturm for being selected and published at a national level for her poem writing at only eight years old.

RESOLUTION NO. 342

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Diana Samson, postmistress of the Arichat Post Office, retired after 25 years of service; and

Whereas Diana began working at the post office in 1980, becoming postmistress in 1991; and

Whereas Diana has added to her community through years of service and is an outstanding example of the dedication of public servants;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Diana Samson for dedicating 25 years of her life to the Arichat Post Office and community, and wish her good health and happiness for the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 343

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Joanna McNeil of St. Peter's, Richmond County was awarded the Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award as well as the Toyota Earth Day Scholarship worth $5,000; and

Whereas she was selected from 15 regional scholarship winners nationwide; and

Whereas this award is granted to a student who has achieved academic excellence and volunteered their time through environmental and other community service;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Joanna McNeil for achieving the national award scholarship and wish her success in her future studies.

RESOLUTION NO. 344

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Marie Mombourquette retired from the L'Ardoise Post Office as postmistress after 25 years of service; and

Whereas Marie Mombourquette was well known in the community and was often known to go an extra mile to help those in the community; and

Whereas Marie's retirement marks the end of years of dedication and service to her rural community and sets an example for others to follow;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Marie Mombourquette for dedicating 25 years of her life to the L'Ardoise Post Office and community, while wishing her good health and happiness for the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 345

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Shirley Landry of Richmond County was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for her participation in the Self-Employment Benefits Program; and

Whereas Shirley Landry recognized the need for French entertainment in francophone communities and began the SAL Entertainment business in November 2003; and

Whereas the business, which coordinates musicians, theatre groups and artistic groups throughout Acadian communities in Nova Scotia, has been a great success;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Shirley Landry for introducing a new service and product to Acadian communities in Nova Scotia and wish SAL Entertainment great success.

RESOLUTION NO. 346

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Sherry Baccardax as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 347

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Glen Bennett as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

RESOLUTION NO. 348

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Francine Boudreau as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 349

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Lynn Boudreau as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

RESOLUTION NO. 350

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Norma Boudreau as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 351

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Marie Burkey as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

RESOLUTION NO. 352

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Dave Cumby as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 353

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Kenneth David as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

RESOLUTION NO. 354

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Sharon Digout as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 355

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Dave Forgeron as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

RESOLUTION NO. 356

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Allan Fougere as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 357

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Millie Hatt as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

RESOLUTION NO. 358

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Vicki Jensen as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 359

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Janice Joyce as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

RESOLUTION NO. 360

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Bernie LeBlanc as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 361

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Steven Levesque as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

RESOLUTION NO. 362

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Betty MacNeil as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 363

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Joe MacPhee as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

RESOLUTION NO. 364

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Shirley McNamara as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 365

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Josette Marchand as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

RESOLUTION NO. 366

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of George Marshall as an outstanding supporting CAP volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 367

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Lester Morgan as an Outstanding Supporting CAP Volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

RESOLUTION NO. 368

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Shirley Mitchell as an Outstanding Supporting CAP Volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 369

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Brenda Martell as an Outstanding Supporting CAP Volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

RESOLUTION NO. 370

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Rosie Nicholas as an Outstanding Supporting CAP Volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 371

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Christine Oakley as an Outstanding Supporting CAP Volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

RESOLUTION NO. 372

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Glenda Sampson as an Outstanding Supporting CAP Volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 373

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Rene Samson as an Outstanding Supporting CAP Volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

RESOLUTION NO. 374

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Dora Samson-Boudreau as an Outstanding Supporting CAP Volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 375

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of Wilf MacNeil as an Outstanding Supporting CAP Volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

RESOLUTION NO. 376

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of John Ouellette as an Outstanding Supporting CAP Volunteer in maintaining and promoting community access in Richmond County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 377

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of the West Richmond Education Centre as an Outstanding Supporting CAP Partner in supporting and promoting community access in Richmond County.

RESOLUTION NO. 378

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of the Richmond County Literacy Network as an Outstanding Supporting CAP Partner in supporting and promoting community access in Richmond County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 379

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of the River Bourgeois Community Service Society as an Outstanding Supporting CAP Partner in supporting and promoting community access in Richmond County.

RESOLUTION NO. 380

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of the L'Ardoise Economic Development Association for Development as an Outstanding Supporting CAP Partner in supporting and promoting community access in Richmond County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 381

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of the Isle Madame Historical Society as an Outstanding Supporting CAP Partner in supporting and promoting community access in Richmond County.

RESOLUTION NO. 382

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of the Eastern Counties Regional Library as an Outstanding Supporting CAP Partner in supporting and promoting community access in Richmond County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 383

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of the East Richmond Education Centre as an Outstanding Supporting CAP Partner in supporting and promoting community access in Richmond County.

RESOLUTION NO. 384

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of the District 10 Volunteer Fire Department as an Outstanding Supporting CAP Partner in supporting and promoting community access in Richmond County.

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RESOLUTION NO. 385

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas Community Access Program (CAP) sites provide essential infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia by providing easy access to IT services, including the Internet; and

Whereas Richmond County volunteers have been leaders in the establishment of CAP sites in communities within Richmond; and

Whereas on the evening of March 22, 2006, the Richmond Community Access Society hosted a reception to recognize the volunteers, partners, organizations and funders who have made community access in Richmond possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of the Chapel Island Band Council as an Outstanding Supporting CAP Partner in supporting and promoting community access in Richmond County.

RESOLUTION NO. 386

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association has been in existence since 1973, with its mandate to preserve and promote traditional Cape Breton fiddle music, and as a result of its dedication, Cape Breton fiddle music is alive and flourishing both on the Island and throughout the world; and

Whereas the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association was invited to perform at the 2006 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, where 14 of its members, ages 11 to 65, entertained audiences with eight separate performances from June 30 to July 8, 2006; and

Whereas the members of this association do their respective communities and the whole of Cape Breton Island proud, for their love and promotion of Cape Breton music and tradition;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Megan Burke of Richmond County for her excellent performance at the 2006 Royal Nova Scotia International

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Tattoo and her exemplary conduct in being an ambassador of her community and Cape Breton Island as a whole.

RESOLUTION NO. 387

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association has been in existence since 1973, with its mandate to preserve and promote traditional Cape Breton fiddle music, and as a result of its dedication, Cape Breton fiddle music is alive and flourishing both on the Island and throughout the world; and

Whereas the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association was invited to perform at the 2006 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, where 14 of its members, ages 11to 65, entertained audiences with eight separate performances from June 30 to July 8, 2006; and

Whereas the members of this association do their respective communities and the whole of Cape Breton Island proud, for their love and promotion of Cape Breton music and tradition;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Janelle Boudreau of Richmond County for her excellent performance at the 2006 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo and her exemplary conduct in being an ambassador of her community and Cape Breton Island as a whole.

RESOLUTION NO. 388

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association has been in existence since 1973, with its mandate to preserve and promote traditional Cape Breton fiddle music, and as a result of its dedication, Cape Breton fiddle music is alive and flourishing both on the Island and throughout the world; and

Whereas the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association was invited to perform at the 2006 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, where 14 of its members, ages 11 to 65, entertained audiences with eight separate performances from June 30 to July 8, 2006; and

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Whereas the members of this association do their respective communities and the whole of Cape Breton Island proud, for their love and promotion of Cape Breton music and tradition;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Emma Ferguson of Richmond County for her excellent performance at the 2006 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo and her exemplary conduct in being an ambassador of her community and Cape Breton Island as a whole.

RESOLUTION NO. 389

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association has been in existence since 1973, with its mandate to preserve and promote traditional Cape Breton fiddle music, and as a result of its dedication, Cape Breton fiddle music is alive and flourishing both on the Island and throughout the world; and

Whereas the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association was invited to perform at the 2006 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, where 14 of its members, ages 11 to 65, entertained audiences with eight separate performances from June 30 to July 8, 2006; and

Whereas the members of this association do their respective communities and the whole of Cape Breton Island proud for their love and promotion of Cape Breton music and tradition;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Kate MacCuspic of Richmond County for her excellent performance at the 2006 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo and her exemplary conduct in being an ambassador of her community and Cape Breton Island as a whole.

RESOLUTION NO. 390

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association has been in existence since 1973, with its mandate to preserve and promote traditional Cape Breton fiddle music, and as a result of its dedication, Cape Breton fiddle music is alive and flourishing both on the Island and throughout the world; and

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Whereas the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association was invited to perform at the 2006 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, where 14 of its members, ages 11 to 65, entertained audiences with eight separate performances from June 30 to July 8, 2006; and

Whereas the members of this association do their respective communities and the whole of Cape Breton Island proud, for their love and promotion of Cape Breton music and tradition;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Kourtney Merrervey of Richmond County for her excellent performance at the 2006 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo and her exemplary conduct in being an ambassador of her community and Cape Breton Island as a whole.

RESOLUTION NO. 391

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association has been in existence since 1973, with its mandate to preserve and promote traditional Cape Breton fiddle music, and as a result of its dedication, Cape Breton fiddle music is alive and flourishing both on the Island and throughout the world; and

Whereas the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association was invited to perform at the 2006 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, where 14 of its members, ages 11 to 65, entertained audiences with eight separate performances from June 30 to July 8, 2006; and

Whereas the members of this association do their respective communities and the whole of Cape Breton Island proud, for their love and promotion of Cape Breton music and tradition;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Mckayla MacNeil of Richmond County for her excellent performance at the 2006 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo and her exemplary conduct in being an ambassador of her community and Cape Breton Island as a whole.

RESOLUTION NO. 392

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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 Fiddlers' Association has been in existence since 1973, with its mandate to preserve and promote traditional Cape Breton fiddle music, and as a result of its dedication, Cape Breton fiddle music is alive and flourishing both on the Island and throughout the world; and

Whereas the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association was invited to perform at the 2006 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, where 14 of its members, ages 11 to 65, entertained audiences with eight separate performances from June 30 to July 8, 2006; and

Whereas the members of this association do their respective communities and the whole of Cape Breton Island proud, for their love and promotion of Cape Breton music and tradition;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Kayla Bona of Richmond County for her excellent performance at the 2006 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo and her exemplary conduct in being an ambassador of her community and Cape Breton Island as a whole.

RESOLUTION NO. 393

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association has been in existence since 1973, with its mandate to preserve and promote traditional Cape Breton fiddle music, and as a result of its dedication, Cape Breton fiddle music is alive and flourishing both on the Island and throughout the world; and

Whereas the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association was invited to perform at the 2006 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, where 14 of its members, ages 11 to 65, entertained audiences with eight separate performances from June 30 to July 8, 2006; and

Whereas the members of this association do their respective communities and the whole of Cape Breton Island proud, for their love and promotion of Cape Breton music and tradition;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Allison Mombourquette of Richmond County for her excellent performance at the 2006 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo and her exemplary conduct in being an ambassador of her community and Cape Breton Island as a whole.

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RESOLUTION NO. 394

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association has been in existence since 1973, with its mandate to preserve and promote traditional Cape Breton fiddle music, and as a result of its dedication, Cape Breton fiddle music is alive and flourishing both on the Island and throughout the world; and

Whereas the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association was invited to perform at the 2006 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, where 14 of its members, ages 11 to 65, entertained audiences with eight separate performances from June 30 to July 8, 2006; and

Whereas the members of this association do their respective communities and the whole of Cape Breton Island proud, for their love and promotion of Cape Breton music and tradition;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Alicia MacLeod of Richmond County for her excellent performance at the 2006 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo and her exemplary conduct in being an ambassador of her community and Cape Breton Island as a whole.

RESOLUTION NO. 395

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Leader of the Liberal Party)

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

Whereas the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association has been in existence since 1973, with its mandate to preserve and promote traditional Cape Breton fiddle music, and as a result of its dedication, Cape Breton fiddle music is alive and flourishing both on the Island and throughout the world; and

Whereas the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association was invited to perform at the 2006 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, where 14 of its members, ages11 to 65, entertained audiences with eight separate performances from June 30 to July 8, 2006; and

Whereas the members of this association do their respective communities and the whole of Cape Breton Island proud, for their love and promotion of Cape Breton music and tradition;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Joe MacNeil of Richmond County for his excellent performance at the 2006 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo and his exemplary conduct in being an ambassador of his community and Cape Breton Island as a whole.

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NOTICE OF QUESTION FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

Given on July 13, 2006

(Pursuant to Rule 30)

QUESTION NO. 1

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

To: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Minister of Health)

(1) Over the past six weeks, two doctors have left the community of Berwick. This is causing concern to patients without a family doctor, placing considerable pressure on the Western Kings Memorial Health Centre and the remaining doctors in the community.

Are you aware of this loss of doctors in Berwick and have you asked the recruitment team to give this area immediate attention?

(2) The province has been slow to approve nurse practitioners generally and for health centres in particular which has proven in some areas to divert about 20 per cent of patients in need of health care which is certainly both cost saving and means timely delivery for patients.

Are you working with the DHA to give the necessary approval for a nurse practitioner position in the Berwick area to help alleviate the immediate problem of doctor shortages?

(3) This is certainly a situation that is begging for immediate resolve. The area is experiencing population growth, and military transfers are selecting the Berwick community because of its amenities. However, families are informing me that their most pressing need is to obtain a family doctor. The area has already seen the closure of the emergency room at Soldier's Memorial Hospital which, again, highlights the problem of doctor shortages in the region.

Will you, Mr. Minister, take a personal hand in assisting the search committee in Berwick to help bring doctors to the area, and also work with the DHA in establishing a nurse practitioner at the Berwick Health Centre?