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HANSARD 07-3

DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Alfie MacLeod

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Second Session

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2007

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS:
TIR: Rocklin Bridge - Repair, Mr. C. Parker 99
Western Counties Reg. Library: Funding - Increase,
Mr. S. Belliveau 100
Educ. - Terence Bay Elem.: Swim Prog. - Reinstate,
Mr. W. Estabrooks 100
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 66, Lobster Fishermen - Southwestern N.S.: Best Wishes - Offer,
The Premier 101
Vote - Affirmative 101
Res. 67, Operation Red Nose: IBC/Vols. - Salute, The Premier 101
Vote - Affirmative 102
Res. 68, World AIDS Wk.: 24/11-01/12/07 - Proclaim,
Hon. B. Barnet 102
Vote - Affirmative 103
Res. 69, Status of Women Advisory Coun. - "Making Changes":
Guide - Share, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 103
Vote - Affirmative 104
Res. 70, Commun. Serv. - Physical Activity: Info. - Importance,
Hon. J. Streatch 104
Vote - Affirmative 105
Res. 71, Walsh, Fred: Retirement - Congrats., Hon. B. Taylor 105
Vote - Affirmative 106
Res. 72, TIR - Staff/Workers: Efforts - Recognize,
Hon. M. Scott 106
Vote - Affirmative 107
Res. 73, Veinotte, Kevin & Susan: N.S. Woodlot Owner of the Yr. -
Congrats., Hon. D. Morse 107
Vote - Affirmative 108
Res. 74, Shelburne Town: Aquaculture Harvestfest - Congrats.,
Hon. R. Chisholm 108
Vote - Affirmative 109
Res. 75, Marshall, Allister: Death of - Tribute, Hon. B. Taylor 109
Vote - Affirmative 109
Res. 76, Purple Ribbon Campaign: Transition House Assoc. of N.S. -
Dedication Recognize, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 110
Vote - Affirmative 110
Res. 77, Cooke, Glenn: Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of Yr.
(Atl. Reg. 2007) - Congrats., Hon. R. Chisholm 111
Vote - Affirmative 111
Res. 78, Whiston, Shirley & David: Campground Host Prog. -
Congrats., Hon. D. Morse 111
Vote - Affirmative 112
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No. 16, Human Rights Act, Hon. C. Clarke 112
No. 17, Sales Tax Act, Mr. D. Dexter 112
No. 18, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Mr. K. Colwell 113
No. 19, Class Proceedings Act, Hon. C. Clarke 113
No. 20, Health Insurance Protection Act., Ms. M. Raymond 113
No. 21, Mental Health Court Act, Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 113
No. 22, Municipal Government Act, Ms. Maureen MacDonald 113
No. 23, Domestic Violence Court Act,
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 113
NOTICES OF MOTION:
No. 79, Fares, Wadih: Businessman of Yr. - Cdn. Lebanese Chamber
of Commerce & Industry, Mr. D. Dexter 114
Vote - Affirmative 114
No. 80, Phoenix Youth Progs.: Work - Recognize,
Mr. S. McNeil 114
Vote - Affirmative 115
No. 81, Smith, Billy: Heroism - Congrats., Mr. C. Porter 115
Vote - Affirmative 116
No. 82, Tufts, Heather (Brown) Family: Sir John A. Macdonald
Scoreboard Clock - Donation, Mr. W. Estabrooks 116
Vote - Affirmative 116
No. 83, Spidle, Aubrey: Bronze Star - Congrats.,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 117
Vote - Affirmative 117
No. 84, MacAulay, Hector & Rhodena - Anniv. (73rd), Mr. K. Bain 117
Vote - Affirmative 118
No. 85, Moxley, Bishop Sue - Diocesan Bishop (N.S. & P.E.I.):
Election - Congrats., Ms. Maureen MacDonald 118
Vote - Affirmative 119
No. 86, Cdn. Breast Cancer Fdn.: Efforts - Support, Ms. D. Whalen 119
Vote - Affirmative 120
No. 87, Dalling, Lee Ann: Powerlifting Medal - Congrats.,
Mr. P. Dunn 120
Vote - Affirmative 120
No. 88, Gordon, Joleen: Portia White Prize - Congrats.,
Ms. M. More 121
Vote - Affirmative 121
No. 89, Prem.: Statutory Holidays - Preserve, Mr. M. Samson 122
No. 90, Sydney Mines: Instit. - Electrical & Electronic Engineers
Milestone Award - Congrats., Hon. C. Clarke 122
Vote - Affirmative 123
No. 91, Dart. Gen. Hosp. Charitable Fdn./Supporters: Endeavours -
Thank, Ms. J. Massey 123
Vote - Affirmative 124
No. 92, East Preston United Baptist Church - Anniv. (165th),
Mr. K. Colwell 124
Vote - Affirmative 124
No. 93, Rodgers, Adam/Guysborough Broadhorns: Softball Title -
Congrats., Hon. R. Chisholm 125
Vote - Affirmative 125
No. 94, Robinson, Helen/MacIntosh, Dorothy - Queens of the Fair:
Publication - Congrats., Mr. C. Parker 125
Vote - Affirmative 126
No. 95, Cadegan, Dr. Kent - Recovery Ride: Organization -
Recognize, Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 126
Vote - Affirmative 127
No. 96, Adshade, Sgt. Joshua: Cadet Leadership Award - Congrats.,
Hon. K. Casey 127
Vote - Affirmative 127
No. 97, Parade of Lights: Downtown Hfx. Bus. Comm'n./Volunteers/
Donors/Participants - Congrats., Mr. L. Preyra 128
Vote - Affirmative 128
No. 98, Health Continuing Care Employees/Vols.: Recognize -
Pay Tribute, Mr. W. Gaudet 128
Vote - Affirmative 129
No. 99, Cobequid Educ. Ctr. Cougars: Football Championship -
Congrats., Hon. J. Muir 129
Vote - Affirmative 130
No. 100, Hfx. Atl. - Intercontinental Communications: Importance -
Recognize, Ms. M. Raymond 130
Vote - Affirmative 131
No. 101, MacDonald, Allan: Inspiring Lives Award - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 131
Vote - Affirmative 131
No. 102, Mosher, Dorothy: Legislative Christmas Card Artist - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 132
Vote - Affirmative 132
No. 103, Nauss, Bob: Sports Awards - Congrats., Mr. P. Paris 132
Vote - Affirmative 133
No. 104, Cdn. Mental Health Assoc. (Hfx.-Dart. Br.): Mosaic for Mental
Health Exhibit - Congrats., Mr. Manning MacDonald 133
Vote - Affirmative 134
No. 105, Zinck, Ray/CJLS Radio: Radio/TV Awards - Congrats.,
Hon. R. Hurlburt 134
Vote - Affirmative 135
No. 106, Mooers Fam. - Vehicle Donation: Vol. Comm. - Command,
Ms. V. Conrad 135
Vote - Affirmative 135
No. 107, Int'l Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women
(25/11/07) - Recognize, Ms. D. Whalen 136
Vote - Affirmative 136
No. 108, MacKinnon, Dr. Neil: Harkness Associate (2007) - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 136
Vote - Affirmative 137
No. 109, Hatt, Stacie Lynn: Songwriting Modelling Awards - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 137
Vote - Affirmative 138
No. 110, Environ. & Lbr.: Tire Disposal Methods - Examine,
Mr. K. Colwell 138
No. 111, Banks, Rickie: Fire Serv. Long Serv. Medal - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 139
Vote - Affirmative 139
No. 112, LaRocque, Penny - N.S. Sport Hall of Fame: Induction - Congrats.,
Mr. W. Gaudet 140
Vote - Affirmative 140
No. 113, Pictou Co. Early Intervention Assoc.: Efforts - Acknowledge,
Mr. C. MacKinnon 140
Vote - Affirmative 141
No. 114, Burton, Alexandra Kimberly: Lt.-Gov.'s Award - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 141
Vote - Affirmative 142
No. 115, Harmes, Tom/Larkin, Steve: Beacon Wall of Recognition -
Commun. Recognition/Nomination, Ms. B. Kent 142
Vote - Affirmative 143
No. 116, Sifnakis, Taso: Sydney Business Person of Yr. Award -
Congrats., Mr. G. Gosse 143
Vote - Affirmative 143
No. 117, Harris, Sadie, Rescue - Thank, Mr. D. Dexter 144
Vote - Affirmative 144
No. 118, Italian Cdn. Cultural Assoc.: Building Opening - Congrats.,
Ms. Maureen MacDonald 144
Vote - Affirmative 145
No. 119, Dart. Hist. Assoc./Rowlings, Edith: Joseph Howe Fellowship
Award - Congrats., Ms. M. More 145
Vote - Affirmative 146
No. 120, HIV/AIDS Awareness Wk.: Dignitaries/Students - Thank,
Mr. L. Preyra 146
Vote - Affirmative 147
No. 121, Seemel, Stephanie: Duke of Edinburgh Award - Congrats.,
Mr. P. Paris 147
Vote - Affirmative 147
No. 122, Hardine, Marcia Pierce: Atl. Writing Comp. - Congrats.,
Ms. V. Conrad 148
Vote - Affirmative 148
No. 123, Tudball, Janice: Prov. Rep. Vol.: Shelburne - Congats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 148
Vote - Affirmative 149
No. 124, Thorburn Cons. Sch. (Grades 3 & 4) - Potato Proj.: Students/
Teachers/Advisers - Command, Mr. C. MacKinnon 149
Vote - Affirmative 150
GOVERNMENT BUSINESS:
GOVERNMENT MOTIONS:
ADDRESS IN REPLY:
The Premier 150
Ms. B. Kent 157
Hon. A. MacIsaac 168
Adjourned debate 168
PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
Bill No. 12, Evidence Act, Hon. C. Clarke 169
Hon. C. Clarke 169
Mr. W. Estabrooks 169
Mr. M. Samson 170
Hon. C. Clarke 172
Vote - Affirmative 172
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Tue., Nov. 27th at 2:00 p.m. 172
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
No. 125, Cape Forchu Commun. Clean Up Proj.: Participants -
Congrats., Hon. R. Hurlburt 173
No. 126, Rudder's Manager/Staff: Mobius Award - Congrats.,
Hon. R. Hurlburt 173
No. 127, Amirault, Trudy: Horrocks Award - Congrats.,
Hon. R. Hurlburt 174
No. 128, Yarmouth Reg. Hosp. Fdn. Ladies Aux.: Fundraising Efforts -
Applaud, Hon. R. Hurlburt 174
No. 129, Yarmouth Mem. HS - Principal/Teaching Staff: Int.'l
Baccalaureate Prog. - Recognition Applaud,
Hon. R. Hurlburt 175
No. 130, Yarmouth Commerce Magazine - Business Awards:
David Arenburg - Congrats., Hon. R. Hurlburt 176
No. 131, Yarmouth Commerce Magazine - Business Awards:
Don Hamilton - Congrats., Hon. R. Hurlburt 176
No. 132, Yarmouth Commerce Magazine - Business Awards:
Jim MacLeod - Congrats., Hon. R. Hurlburt 177
No. 133, Yarmouth Commerce Magazine - Business Awards:
John Clulee - Congrats., Hon. R. Hurlburt 177
No. 134, Yarmouth Commerce Magazine - Business Awards:
Ken d'Eon - Congrats., Hon. R. Hurlburt 178
No. 135, Yarmouth Commerce Magazine - Business Awards:
Phil LeBlanc - Congrats., Hon. R. Hurlburt 178
No. 136, Moore, Chief Charles: Westchester FD Serv. (35 yrs.) -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 179
No. 137, Dobson, Arnold: Westchester FD Serv. (30 yrs.) -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 179
No. 138, McNutt, Kendall: Westchester FD Serv. (10 yrs.) -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 180
No. 139, Herrett, Brittany: Jason Cormier Mem. Scholarship -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 180
No. 140, Brown, Brian & Judy: Woodlot Owner of Yr. Award -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 181
No. 141, Wood, Ernest: Westchester FD Serv. (35 yrs.) -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 181
No. 142, Hall, Deborah: Westchester FD Serv. (15 yrs.) -
Congrats, Hon. M. Scott 182
No. 143, Westchester FD - Anniv. (35th), Hon. M. Scott 182
No. 144, Springhill Centennial Golf Club - Anniv. (40th),
Hon. M. Scott 183
No. 145, MacPhail, Deborah: NSCC Swim for the College -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 183
No. 146, RCL Parrsboro Br. 45 - Anniv. (75th), Hon. M. Scott 184
No. 147, Springhill HS Students: Anti-Bullying Campaign -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 184
No. 148, Melanson, James: Springhill Fencebusters Hist. Proj. -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 185
No. 149, Joggins Fossil Instit.: Excellence in Collaboration Award -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 185
No. 150, Wry, Nicole: Poem Publication - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Scott 186
No. 151, River Hebert Elem. Sch. Students: African Fundraising -
Hon. M. Scott 186
No. 152, Cape Chignecto Provincial Pk.: Sustainable Tourism Award -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 187
No. 153, Westchester Firefighters Ladies Aux.: Comfort Station -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 188
No. 154, MacDonald, Jeff/McIntyre, Nicole/Gillis, Cale/
Penney, Sarah: Metcalfe Mem. - Award - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 188
No. 155, Walsh, Fred: Order of Can. - Congrats., Hon. M. Parent 189
No. 156, Marshall, Allister: Agricultural Contribution -
Recognize, Hon. M. Parent 189
No. 157, MacMillan, Wayne: Vol. Serv. - Congrats.,
The Premier 190
No. 158, Slow Food Canada (N.S. Chapter): Work - Acknowledge,
Mr. C. Porter 190
No. 159, Avon View HS Principal/Teaching Staff - Int'l.
Baccalaureate Prog.: Recognition - Applaud,
Mr. C. Porter 191
No. 160, Avon View HS - Athletic Awards: Recipients - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 191
No. 161, Bliss, Bev.: Documentary Production - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 192
No. 162, Anna. Valley Reg. Sch. Bd.: Transportation Award -
Congrats., Mr. C. Porter 192
No. 163, Cote, Andre/Cape Breton Beverages: Pepsi Quality Award -
Congrats., The Speaker 193
No. 164, Cape Breton: Nat'l Geographic Traveller Award -
Congrats., The Speaker 193
No. 165, MacLeod, Scott: PSC Serv. (30 yrs.) - Congrats.,
The Speaker 194
No. 166, West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team: Hall of Fame -
Induction, Hon. C. d'Entremont 194
No. 167, Surette, Allister/West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team:
Hall of Fame - Induction, Hon. C. d'Entremont 195
No. 168, d'Entremont, Dennison/West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team:
Hall of Fame - Induction, Hon. C. d'Entremont 195
No. 169, d'Eon, Johnny/West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team:
Hall of Fame - Induction, Hon. C. d'Entremont 196
No. 170, Jenkins, Ken/West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team:
Hall of Fame - Induction, Hon. C. d'Entremont 196
No. 171, d'Entremont, Olen/West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team:
Hall of Fame - Induction, Hon. C. d'Entremont 197
No. 172, d'Entremont, Reggie/West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team:
Hall of Fame - Induction, Hon. C. d'Entremont 197
No. 173, Muise, Ricky/West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team:
Hall of Fame - Induction, Hon. C. d'Entremont 198
No. 174, d'Entremont, Roland/West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team:
Hall of Fame - Induction, Hon. C. d'Entremont 198
No. 175, d'Eon, Clayton/West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team:
Hall of Fame - Induction, Hon. C. d'Entremont 199
No. 176, d'Entremont, Francois/West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team:
Hall of Fame - Induction, Hon. C. d'Entremont 199
No. 177, d'Entremont, Joey/West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team:
Hall of Fame - Induction, Hon. C. d'Entremont 200
No. 178, d'Entremont, Kenneth/West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team:
Hall of Fame - Induction, Hon. C. d'Entremont 200
No. 179, d'Eon, Maurice/West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team:
Hall of Fame - Induction, Hon. C. d'Entremont 201
No. 180, d'Entremont, Richard/West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team:
Hall of Fame - Induction, Hon. C. d'Entremont 201
No. 181, LeBlanc, Wayne/West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team:
Hall of Fame - Induction, Hon. C. d'Entremont 202
No. 182, d'Eon, Wendell/West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team:
Hall of Fame - Induction, Hon. C. d'Entremont 202
No. 183, Bond, Francis L.: Canexel Serv. (41 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 203
No. 184, Rhodenizer, Leon: Canexel Serv. (40 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 203
No. 185, Bond, Eugene: Canexel Serv. (40 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 204
No. 186, Rhodenizer, Albert: Canexel Serv. (38 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 204
No. 187, Ross, Jack: Canexel Serv. (37 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 205
No. 188, Weisner, Harden: Canexel Serv. (37 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 205
No. 189, Mader, John: Canexel Serv. (37 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 205
No. 190, Payne, Grant: Canexel Serv. (37 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 206
No. 191, Schnare, David: Canexel Serv. (36 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 206
No. 192, Broome, Ervin: Canexel Serv. (36 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 207
No. 193, Roy, David: Canexel Serv. (35 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 207
No. 194, Publicover, Lloyd: Canexel Serv. (35 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 208
No. 195, Broome, Dale: Canexel Serv. (35 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 208
No. 196, Hiltz, Michael: Canexel Serv. (35 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 208
No. 197, Cook, Glen: Canexel Serv. (30 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 209
No. 198, Bond, Danny: Canexel Serv. (30 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 209
No. 199, Reid, Bruce: Canexel Serv. (31 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 210
No. 200, Hirtle, George: Canexel Serv. (33 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 210
No. 201, Veinotte, David: Canexel Serv. (33 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 211
No. 202, Morash, Sheila: Canexel Serv. (34 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 211
No. 203, Stevens, Carl: Canexel Serv. (35 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 211
No. 204, Publicover, Debbie : Canexel Serv. (35 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 212
No. 205, Whitehouse, Helen: Canexel Serv. (39 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 212
No. 206, Whynot, Roy: Canexel Serv. (39 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 213
No. 207, White, George: Canexel Serv. (31 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 213
No. 208, Wentzell, Phillip: Canexel Serv. (32 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 214
No. 209, Corkum, William: Canexel Serv. (32 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 214
No. 210, Allan, Leslie: Canexel Serv. (33 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 214
No. 211, Colp, Larry: Canexel Serv. (33 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 215
\^No. 212, Sickhy, John: Canexel Serv. (32 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 215
No. 213, Jollymore, Clarence: Canexel Serv. (34 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 216
No. 214, Snyder, Richard: Canexel Serv. (34 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 216
No. 215, Mason, George: Canexel Serv. (35 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 217
No. 216, Bell, Donald: Canexel Serv. (35 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 217
No. 217, Stevens, Harry: Canexel Serv. (32 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 217
No. 218, Whynot, James: Canexel Serv. (32 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 218
No. 219, Westhaver, Robert: Canexel Serv. (33 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 218
No. 220, Broome, David: Canexel Serv. (34 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 219
No. 221, Walker, Clayton: Canexel Serv. (34 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 219
No. 222, Cleveland, Barry: Canexel Serv. (34 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 220
No. 223, Roy, James: Canexel Serv. (34 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 220
No. 224, Cook, Winton: Canexel Serv. (35 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 220
No. 225, Protasivich, Donald: Canexel Serv. (35 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 221
No. 226, Shatford, George: Canexel Serv. (37 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 221
No. 227, Shatford, Floyd: Canexel Serv. (37 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 222
No. 228, Slauenwhite, Brian: Canexel Serv. (32 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 222
No. 229, MacKay, Gary: Canexel Serv. (34 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 223
No. 230, Mader, Christopher: Canexel Serv. (38 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 223
No. 231, Mills, Rollie: Canexel Serv. (31 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 223
No. 232, Cook, Blaine: Canexel Serv. (32 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 224
No. 233, Whynot, Wayne: Canexel Serv. (35 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 224
No. 234, Hatt, Austin: Canexel Serv. (35 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 225
No. 235, Whynot, Eugene: Canexel Serv. (39 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 225
No. 236, Bond, Kevin: Canexel Serv. (39 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 226
No. 237, Stevens, Michael: Canexel Serv. (31 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 226
No. 238, Broome, Rustin: Canexel Serv. (31 yrs) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 226
No. 239, Kaizer, Farron: Canexel Serv. (32 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 227
No. 240, Powers, Harris: Canexel Serv. (32 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 227
No. 241, Acker, Harold: Canexel Serv. (32 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 228
No. 242, Broome, Alan: Canexel Serv. (32 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 228
No. 243, Verge, Joseph: Canexel Serv. (32 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 229
No. 244, Nauss, David: Canexel Serv. (32 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 229
No. 245, Smith, Basil: Canexel Serv. (33 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 229
No. 246, Dorey, Charles: Canexel Serv. (33 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 230
No. 247, Sims, Timothy: Canexel Serv. (34 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 230
No. 248, Coolen, Arthur: Canexel Serv. (34 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 231
No. 249, Wilson, Gary: Canexel Serv. (35 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 231
No. 250, Bond, Glenn: Canexel Serv. (35 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 232
No. 251, Westhaver, Cyril: Canexel Serv. (35 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 232
No. 252, Crane, Brian: Canexel Serv. (36 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 232
No. 253, Spidle, Brian: Canexel Serv. (31 yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 233

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HALIFAX, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2007

Sixtieth General Assembly

Second Session

7:00 P.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Alfie MacLeod

DEPUTY SPEAKER

Mr. Wayne Gaudet

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

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Pictou West.

MR. CHARLES PARKER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I beg leave to table a petition from the residents of Rocklin and area, in Pictou County, concerning their bridge. The operative clause reads as follows:

"Whereas the bridge at Rocklin on the Middle River Road is in a poor state of repair and

Whereas this bridge was damaged by flooding on March 31, 2004 and only temporarily repaired and

Whereas this bridge is a vital transportation link for the residents of Rocklin, Glengarry and Concord districts

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Therefore be it resolved that the undersigned request the government of the province of Nova Scotia to repair or replace the said bridge as soon as possible."

It is signed by 112 residents of the area and I, too, have affixed my signature.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

The honourable member for Shelburne.

MR. STERLING BELLIVEAU: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I beg leave to table a petition of some 400 names, plus. The operative phrase is, to help save our public libraries:

"We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our provincial leaders to act now to provide a funding increase for 2007-2008 to enable the Western Counties Regional Library to address increased costs so it can continue to provide quality library services."

Mr. Speaker, I have affixed my name.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I beg leave to table a petition from the residents of the Terence Bay area; 450 parents have signed a petition with the operative phrase . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The chatter is a little loud.

MR. ESTABROOKS: The operative phrase in this petition is, "We, the Parents, are asking . . ." for the support of the Department of Education for the continuation of the swim program for this small elementary school in Terence Bay.

Mr. Speaker, there are 450 signatures and mine makes 451. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

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STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 66

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 today is the start of the lobster fishing season for southwestern Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the hard work of our fishermen is the reason our province can offer and boast the best supply of cold-water lobster in the world to the world; and

Whereas while we all worry about the effect of the strong dollar in resource industries like the lobster fishery and will work with our fellow provinces and the federal government on possible solutions, the most important concern each day is the safe return of the fishermen and their boats;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer our best wishes to the lobster fishermen of southwestern Nova Scotia on "dump day" and our hopes that during the season they haul in good catches and remain safe.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 67

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

Whereas the 2007 Operation Red Nose will again be driven by a dedicated troop of volunteers; and

Whereas Operation Red Nose offers those celebrating the holiday season a free ride home and ensures their car gets home too; and

Whereas this year the successful campaign will extend beyond its traditional metro base to now include Truro;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House salute the efforts of the IBC and its team of hundreds of volunteers whose efforts have undoubtedly saved lives and educates Nova Scotians about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Health Promotion and Protection.

RESOLUTION NO. 68

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

Whereas the global theme for the 2007 World AIDS Day is leadership, with the ongoing campaign slogan of "Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise" and the pandemic hit record levels in 2006 with 4.3 million people becoming infected with HIV - more than any previous year; and

Whereas 8,000 people die of HIV/AIDS worldwide every day, representing 25 million lives already lost to date around the world, and there are new HIV infections in

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Canada every two hours with a total of 60,000 people living in Canada with HIV infections, including AIDS; and

Whereas in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, 713 people have tested positive with HIV between 1985 and 2006, and there is a red ribbon display symbolizing the 8,000 daily deaths on Citadel Hill during this week;

Therefore be it resolved that all this Province of Nova Scotia join governments and people from around the world in a single effort to raise awareness about HIV and to express global solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The province does hereby proclaim the week of November 24th to December 1st to be Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Week and December 1, 2007 to be World AIDS Day in the Province of Nova Scotia, and the province encourages all its citizens to work together to strengthen HIV awareness and prevention and to support all those living with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act.

RESOLUTION NO. 69

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

Whereas the 16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Violence Against Women runs from November 25th to December 10th; and

Whereas the safety of women and children and all Nova Scotians is a fundamental value of government, and everyone has a role to play; and

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Whereas the Advisory Council has published a new edition of Making Changes, in English and French, with a new chapter for family and friends who want to help women in abusive relationships;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House share this guide, Making Changes and Changer pour le mieux, with their communities so that we can all play a role in stopping violence against women and their families.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Community Services.

RESOLUTION NO. 70

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

Whereas National Child Day was on November 20th and celebrated this year's theme, The Right to be Active, encouraging physical activity among children; and

Whereas this theme reflects Canada's commitments under the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, which recognizes children's right to be happy and enjoy the highest attainable standard of health; and

Whereas the Department of Community Services is encouraging physical activity and healthy child development through a new $4.9 million Outdoor Play Space Grant for licenced child care centres as part of our 10-year Early Learning and Child Care Plan;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the importance of informing parents, caregivers and educators that physical activity is essential to the health and well-being of Nova Scotian children, which corresponds to the health and well-being of the future of this province.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth North on an introduction.

MR. TREVOR ZINCK: Mr. Speaker, I would like to draw the attention of the House to the east gallery. Representing the constituency of Dartmouth North is the 865th Dartmouth Kiwanis Air Cadets. They are led by Captain Joseph Richards, Warrant Officer Warren Noseworthy, and Mr. Robert Shipman. I would like the House to give them a welcoming round of applause. (Standing Ovation)

MR. SPEAKER: We welcome the air cadets and all visitors in the gallery here tonight.

The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition on an introduction.

[7:15 p.m.]

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker, and thank you, Mr. Minister, for the floor. I would like to introduce to the House health care workers who are in the west gallery this evening. They are here this evening to speak with some of the members on the government side and to inform them of the real crisis that exists in health care: David Lawrence, Karen Ferguson, Donald Vincent, Mamie Edmunds, Marianne Welsh, Abbie Harvie, Shawna Kearley, Susan Gaudet, Karin Harrison and Shawna Wilcox. If they would stand, we would welcome them here this evening. (Applause)

The honourable Minister of Agriculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 71

HON. BROOKE TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, congratulations on your ascension to the Chair as Speaker.

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

Whereas Fred Walsh, a retired employee from the Department of Agriculture, has been appointed as a member of the Order of Canada in recognition of his lifetime of volunteer service; and

Whereas Mr. Walsh has been very involved with the CNIB since losing an eye in a farming accident, and active with the church, Salvation Army, and many other charitable organizations over the years; and

Whereas in recent years, Mr. Walsh has been providing informal counselling and encouragement to many in the farming community, especially some of the struggling sectors;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this Legislature congratulate Mr. Walsh for his selfless work over the years and offer him best wishes on his continued and enjoyable retirement.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

RESOLUTION NO. 72

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

Whereas November's post-tropical storm Noel and severe flooding in several counties throughout the province in early September caused severe damage to provincial roads and bridges; and

Whereas these roads and bridges serve as a vital transportation link to many communities across the province; and

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Whereas Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal crews worked swiftly, professionally and efficiently to repair the damage and provide safe passage to residents and communities throughout the province;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize department staff and highway workers for their tremendous efforts in repairing the damage left in the wake of these storms.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 73

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources presents the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owner of the Year Award each year to recognize and reward landowners for outstanding stewardship of their woodland and to help encourage the practice of sustainable woodlot management; and

Whereas this year Kevin and Susan Veinotte of Northfield, Lunenburg County, were chosen as provincial winners from among three regional finalists; and

Whereas Kevin and Susan are not only excellent woodlot managers, but also the first in Eastern Canada to be certified organic Christmas tree growers;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge the outstanding achievement of Kevin and Susan Veinotte, and thank them for their enthusiastic and innovative approaches to woodlot management in Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Needham on an introduction.

MS. MAUREEN MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I'd like to draw the attention of the members to the west gallery. With us this evening we have the President of CUPE, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Danny Cavanaugh, and I believe he is accompanied by health care professionals who are part of the executive of CUPE here with us tonight. I'd ask them to stand and for members to give them a warm welcome. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

HON. RONALD CHISHOLM: Mr. Speaker, I was wondering if I would be allowed to make an introduction before I do my resolution.

MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

MR. CHISHOLM: Mr. Speaker, through you to all members of the House, we have in the east gallery, the Mayor of the Town of Mulgrave, Mr. Leonard MacDonald. The CEO for the Town of Mulgrave is with him as well, and I'd ask the House to give them a warm welcome. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 74

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

Whereas the Town of Shelburne hosted the 10th Annual Aquaculture Harvestfest on September 15, 2007; and

Whereas the Aquaculture Harvestfest was initiated in 1998 to celebrate the past, present, and future successes of aquaculture enterprises in Nova Scotia; and

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Whereas the annual Harvestfest showcases local aquaculture products and allows community members to sample Nova Scotia cultured seafood and enjoy local entertainment;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank the Town of Shelburne for their generous hospitality and congratulate them on the successful Aquaculture Harvestfest.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Agriculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 75

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

Whereas the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame honours members of the agricultural community for outstanding contributions to industry, community, and farm organizations; and

Whereas the late Allister Marshall was inducted into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame in a ceremony in October at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College; and

Whereas Mr. Marshall who was born in Trenton, Pictou County, and graduated from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Macdonald College and the University of Guelph, worked for 26 years with the Department of Agriculture, and also served on the board of Scotian Gold Co-operative Limited and the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the outstanding contributions made by Mr. Marshall to our agriculture sector, and extend congratulations to his family.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act.

RESOLUTION NO. 76

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

Whereas the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is on December 6th; and

Whereas the Purple Ribbon Campaign of the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia will commemorate the 16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Violence Against Women, from November 25th to December 10th; and

Whereas the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia has initiated the Clothesline Project to give women who have experienced violence a chance to express themselves through art and to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Violence Against Women, from November 25th to December 10th;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge, recognize and appreciate the strength and courage of survivors and their families, and the dedication and compassion of the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia and its members for their work to help women and children facing violence.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage on an introduction.

MS. BECKY KENT: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce two of my most favourite people in the world who are visiting today. I ask the members to give a warm welcome to my parents who travelled here today from Shelburne, Frank and Vivian Scott. I know they're sitting up there very proudly and I'm certainly proud to have them here with me today. Thank you, and I ask for your warm welcome. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 77

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

Whereas Glenn Cooke is the CEO of Cooke Aquaculture Inc.; and

Whereas Mr. Cooke's vision has helped grow Cooke Aquaculture into the largest, fully integrated and independent salmon farming company in North America; and

Whereas Cooke Aquaculture has operations in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Maine with more than 1,300 employees;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Glenn Cooke for being named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 for the Atlantic Region.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

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RESOLUTION NO. 78

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

Whereas every Spring for the last 11 years Shirley and David Whiston of Halifax have started their annual camping season by collecting information and maps from tourist centres and by compiling lists of church suppers, fairs, plays, concerts, museum displays, and other special events occurring in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Shirley and David Whiston do this because they are valued and dedicated members of the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources' Campground Host Program; and

Whereas all campground hosts help visitors to this province and other campers by offering information about the facilities and programs in the park, the surrounding community and in all of Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House show their appreciation for the 10 years of volunteer service by the Whistons and for all the campground hosts like them who are great ambassadors of this beautiful province.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

Bill No. 16 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 214 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Human Rights Act. (Hon. Cecil Clarke)

MR. SPEAKER: Ordered that this bill be read a second time on a future day.

The honourable Leader of the Opposition.

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MR. DARRELL DEXTER: I wonder if I might be allowed an introduction before I introduce my bill.

MR. SPEAKER: By all means.

MR. DEXTER: I just noticed, Mr. Speaker, in your gallery a former member of this House, John Deveau, and Carol Decourcey who is with him today. I wonder if the House might greet them and welcome them to the House tonight. (Applause)

Bill No. 17 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 31 of the Acts of 1996. The Sales Tax Act. (Mr. Darrell Dexter)

Bill No. 18 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 7 of the Acts of 1996. The Occupational Health and Safety Act. (Mr. Keith Colwell)

Bill No. 19 - Entitled an Act Respecting Class Proceedings. (Hon. Cecil Clarke)

Bill No. 20 - Entitled an Act Respecting the Protection and Portability of Health Insurance. (Ms. Michele Raymond)

[7:30 p.m.]

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Glace Bay.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, if I may, a few introductions before I introduce my bill.

MR. SPEAKER: Please.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): I apologize, some of these people may have already been introduced, but it's important enough they be introduced twice, I feel. The reason they're here, they're all health care workers and members of CUPE who are here to bring the real issues of health care to this Legislature and make sure the government is . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Introduction, please.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): . . . aware of those real issues. The following members are in the gallery: Bev Connors, Ruth Thompson, Barbara Hall, Vivian Scott, June Scott, Sean Foley and Danny Cavanagh. I would ask them all to stand, please, and receive the warm welcome of the House of Assembly. (Applause) (Interruption) I'm not leaving Shauna out, I introduced her the last time.

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Bill No. 21 - Entitled an Act Respecting a Mental Health Court Program in the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia. (Mr. David Wilson, Glace Bay)

Bill No. 22 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 18 of the Acts of 1998. The Municipal Government Act. (Ms. Maureen MacDonald)

Bill No. 23 - Entitled an Act Respecting a Domestic Violence Court Program in the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia. (Mr. David Wilson, Glace Bay)

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

NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Opposition.

RESOLUTION NO. 79

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

Whereas Wadih Fares emigrated to Nova Scotia as a teenager, earning his engineering degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and starting a successful career here; and

Whereas today the WM Fares Group provides design, planning, construction and property management services with an estimated $300 million in current projects; and

Whereas it was recently noted that Wadih Fares has spent 30 years proving that immigration contributes to our economy and job creation;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulates Wadih Fares on becoming the first Nova Scotian to be honoured as the Businessman of the Year by the Canadian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

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The motion is carried.

The honourable Leader of the Liberal Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 80

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

Whereas in the mid-1980s a group of concerned citizens saw the need for a program to assist at-risk and homeless youth in Halifax and the surrounding area; and

Whereas Phoenix Youth Programs have grown to include Phoenix Shelter for Youth, Phoenix House, and Phoenix Learning and Employment Centre; and

Whereas on October 18, 2007, the Phoenix Youth Program celebrated 20 years of providing programs by hosting a reception at Pier 21 to recognize donors, sponsors, volunteers, clients, staff, supporters and community partners;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize the great work of Phoenix Youth Programs and wish them continued success in the future.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Hants West.

RESOLUTION NO. 81

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

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Whereas Billy Smith of Cambridge, Hants County, is being called a hero for his precise and immediate actions following a car accident in Bramber on the afternoon of November 12th; and

Whereas Billy Smith was traveling with his wife when they came upon a tragic accident near the Bass Creek Bridge, which resulted in the death of one man and Mr. Smith pulling a 14-year-old girl from the burning wreckage; and

Whereas as a result of Mr. Smith's actions, I am pleased to be working with the Summerville Fire Department and Chief Ron Spencer in submitting the necessary information to the Office of Governor General Michaëlle Jean to nominate Mr. Smith for a Canadian Medal of Bravery;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize the tremendous sacrifice Mr. Smith put himself at in pulling the young teenager from the burning car and saving her life.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

RESOLUTION NO. 82

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

Whereas Heather Tufts, a 1980 graduate of Sir John A. Macdonald High School, was a proud supporter of, and volunteer for, the Sir John A. Flames football team; and

Whereas in her memory, Heather's family donated the scoreboard clock at our new school athletic field as a lasting memory to this special woman and mother; and

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Whereas daughter Kayla, who graduated in 1997, son Robbie, a Grade 12 student and a member of the Flames football team, and husband, Greg, follow Heather's example of continuing commitment to Sir John A.;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate and thank the family of Heather Tufts for their generosity in donating the scoreboard clock for the new athletic football field and for their continued commitment to Sir John A. Macdonald High School.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

RESOLUTION NO. 83

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

Whereas The Bronze Star is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the Army of the United States, distinguishes himself or herself by heroic achievement or service; and

Whereas the elite U.S.-Canadian special forces unit, commonly called the Devil's Brigade, was the first of its kind, and its 1,800 members are credited with paving the way for modern elite forces; and

Whereas Aubrey Spidle of Mahone Bay recently received this prestigious distinction from the United States Army, having served overseas with the Cape Breton Highlanders during World War II and volunteering for the Devil's Brigade;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Aubrey Spidle for his recent honour, for serving his country and the allied forces so proudly, and for being an example of courage and valour.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 84

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

Whereas September 14, 1934, was an exceptionally special day in the lives of Hector and Rhodena MacAulay, as they joined hands in marriage; and

Whereas Hector and Rhodena celebrated another special day on September 14th of this year when they marked their 73rd wedding Anniversary; and

Whereas Rhodena, who is now a resident at the Alderwood Rest Home in Baddeck, was joined by Hector on September 14th for an enjoyable reception hosted by family and friends, marking the culmination of 73 years of marriage;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly take this moment and recognize the true meaning of 73 years of happily wedded bliss while wishing Hector and Rhodena many future years of happiness together.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

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The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 85

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

Whereas on Friday, November 23, 2007, the Right Reverend Sue Moxley was installed as Diocesan Bishop for the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, the first woman to be elected to that position; and

Whereas Bishop Moxley is widely respected and admired for providing a moral compass on a variety of difficult and potentially divisive issues both within the church as well as in the secular community; and

Whereas Bishop Moxley, while serving as Minister of St. Mark's Anglican Church in Halifax's North End, courageously provided sanctuary for Sanja Pecelj of Kosovo for 441 days during Ms. Pecelj's successful quest to become a Canadian citizen;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly extend congratulations and best wishes to Bishop Moxley on her election and installation as Diocesan Bishop for the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park.

RESOLUTION NO. 86

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

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Whereas the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading national volunteer-based organization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer; and

Whereas on September 30, 2007, in 53 communities across Canada, thousands of Canadians walked and ran together in the name of finding a cure for breast cancer; and

Whereas $26.5 million was raised nationally by 170,000 participants in this year's event, with 8,236 Nova Scotians participating to help raise a record $1,070,000;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly recognize the brave men and women who face this illness and support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in their continued struggle to overcome breast cancer.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 87

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

Whereas Pictou County power lifter, Lee Ann Dalling recently claimed a bronze medal; and

Whereas the bronze medal is Lee Ann's fourth world distinction in a career that spans over 14 years and her recent win took place in Germany in a competition that features competitors from more than 25 different countries; and

Whereas Ms. Dalling was impressed with the German venue as it was held in a modified swimming pool with the latest technology that features the lifting platform supported by steel girders in the middle pool;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their warm congratulations to Pictou County power lifter, Lee Ann Dalling, on her recent bronze medal win in Germany.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth South-Portland Valley.

[7:45 p.m.]

MS. MARILYN MORE: Mr. Speaker, may I be permitted an introduction, please?

MR. SPEAKER: By all means.

MS. MORE: Thank you. In the west gallery and I ask them to stand, are Joleen and Don Gordon, well known Dartmouthians. Joleen I'm going to recognize shortly in my resolution, but she's an internationally known textile artist and Dr. Gordon is an equally well known marine scientist and has served 34 years as a volunteer member of the Dartmouth Lakes Advisory Board and we're very pleased to have them as residents of Dartmouth. (Applause)

RESOLUTION NO. 88

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

Whereas Joleen Gordon, basketry and textile artisan, was awarded Nova Scotia's prestigious 2007 Portia White Prize, recognizing her "promotion of excellence, innovation and expression in the arts"; and

Whereas Joleen's traditional and decorative basketry and teaching have earned her an international reputation; and

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Whereas Joleen has helped preserve and promote Nova Scotia's traditional basketry, including Acadian, African-Nova Scotian and Mi'kmaq styles through her research, publications, teaching and founding of the Nova Scotia Basketry Guild;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate Joleen Gordon of Dartmouth, 2007 Portia White Prize winner and thank her for both her textile artistry and preservation of Nova Scotian traditional basketry.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried. (Applause)

The honourable member for Richmond.

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RESOLUTION NO. 89

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

Whereas the holiday season is fast approaching; and

Whereas the holiday season is a time for Nova Scotians to relax and gather with friends and family; and

Whereas Nova Scotians are unsure as to whether or not they will have to work due to indecisiveness and a lack of leadership by the Premier and his Progressive Conservative Party;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly urge the Premier to do what's right and act in the best interests of Nova Scotians by preserving statutory holidays in this province and giving hardworking Nova Scotians the time off that they deserve.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Justice.

RESOLUTION NO. 90

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

Whereas on May 30, 2007 the community of Sydney Mines received the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Milestone Award; and

Whereas this award is in recognition of the technical breakthrough it achieved in participating in the first transatlantic telephone cable (TAT-1); and

Whereas councillors Gordon MacLeod and Clarence Prince of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality unveiled the plaque at a ceremony held in Sydney Mines;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating the community of Sydney Mines on receiving this award.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth East.

RESOLUTION NO. 91

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

Whereas on June 22, 2007 I had the pleasure of attending the 22nd Anniversary of the Dartmouth General Hospital Charitable Foundation's Annual Lobster Dinner and Auction; and

Whereas support for the lobster dinner was established many years ago and has provided funds for priority medical equipment needs at the hospital; and

Whereas the funds raised this year will be used towards the purchase of a new digital echocardiography lab;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Dartmouth General Hospital Charitable Foundation and all those who support them in their endeavours to provide enhanced care for our communities.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Preston.

RESOLUTION NO. 92

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

Whereas the East Preston United Baptist Church was founded on September 12, 1842 by Reverend Father Richard Preston, the founding father of the African Baptist Association; and

Whereas to this day, the East Preston United Baptist Church remains a staple of the community, hosting weekly services, embracing a new building program, and growing with new ministries; and

Whereas in September of this year, the congregation of the East Preston United Baptist Church celebrated its 165th Anniversary of worship and fellowship with a number of special events;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize the accomplishments of the East Preston United Baptist Church, and commend the church and the congregation on 165 years of providing outstanding leadership to the community.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

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RESOLUTION NO. 93

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

Whereas Adam Rodgers led the Guysborough Broadhorns softball team to their 2nd consecutive AGR League Title; and

Whereas Adam was voted MVP of the AGR Playoffs and the top pitcher during the regular season; and

Whereas Adam has previously been a member of provincial and national softball teams;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Adam and the Guysborough Broadhorns for their successful season.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou West.

RESOLUTION NO. 94

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

Whereas the 2007 Pictou North Colchester Exhibition was highlighted by the event "Year of the Queens", which reunited all former Queens crowned at the Exhibition dating from 1951 to present; and

Whereas the idea for the project came from Helen Robinson, and months of research on past crowned Queens was undertaken by Dorothy MacIntosh, culminating in her popular book "Queens of the Fair 1951-2006"; and

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Whereas more than 30 former crowned Queens, including the first crowned Queen from 1951, Jean (Hemphill) MacDonald of Pictou, were able to attend this year's Exhibition at various events including Opening Ceremonies, a meet and greet, and a gala event before the crowning of this year's Miss Ex 2007, Michelle MacLean of Hopewell;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend Helen Robinson on her initiative and congratulate Dorothy MacIntosh for all her efforts in contacting and researching former crowned "Queens of the Fair" along with recognizing the Pictou North Colchester Exhibition for hosting this successful event.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Glace Bay.

RESOLUTION NO. 95

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

Whereas Dr. Kent Cadegan, organizer of the Recovery Ride, donates to the Glace Bay High School to be used as a scholarship for an abuse survivor at the school; and

Whereas the Recovery Ride is a three-day bicycle ride of the Cabot Trail to raise awareness of abuse and to help further the education of an abuse survivor; and

Whereas Bill Smith of the D.A.M. Fitness Centre is a major sponsor for the Recovery Ride and along with Dr. Cadegan, they presented a cheque for $4,200 to Glace Bay High School;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Dr. Kent Cadegan for organizing the Recovery Ride.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 96

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

Whereas the Army Cadet Leadership Instructor - Drill and Ceremonial Course was held at CFB Gagetown during the summer months; and

Whereas Sergeant Joshua Adshade from Army Cadet Corps 1859 Springhill, grandson of Jim and Eudora Adshade of Debert, represented his local Cadet Corps at this course, winning several awards; and

Whereas Joshua was appointed Regimental Sergeant Major for the graduation parade and commander of the drill team which captured first place in the drill team competition;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend their congratulations to Sergeant Joshua Adshade who won the JE Vance, CMM, CD Leadership Award for being selected top cadet out of over 1,300 cadets.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The honourable member for Halifax Citadel.

RESOLUTION NO. 97

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

Whereas the 12th Annual ChronicleHerald Holiday Parade of Lights brought out a record-breaking 100,000 spectators in Halifax; and

Whereas floats created by Farmers Dairy and the Children's Wish Foundation, the Halifax Regional Municipality and Pete's Frootique were judged to be among the top three floats in the parade; and

Whereas 4,000 new unwrapped toys, $20,800 in cash donations and 3,043 kilograms of non-perishable food items were collected along the parade route for children and their families in need;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Downtown Halifax Business Commission, the generous volunteers and donors, the 50 marching bands, majorettes, costumed walking groups and creators of floats that lit up the evening at the 2007 ChronicleHerald Parade of Lights.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Clare.

RESOLUTION NO. 98

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

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Whereas for more than a decade, continuing care organizations in Nova Scotia have recognized the month of September as Continuing Care Month; and

Whereas a promotional campaign was led to increase public awareness and understanding about continuing care organizations - the programs and services they deliver, and the important role they play in the lives of the people they serve; and

Whereas continuing care programs and services help people to maximize their independence, promote their well-being, sustain or enhance their quality of life, and support families to meet the ongoing care needs of their loved ones;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House recognize and pay tribute to continuing care employees and the many dedicated volunteers for their commitment to providing high quality care and the energy and compassion they bring to this important work they do.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

RESOLUTION NO. 99

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

Whereas the Cobequid Educational Centre Cougars are the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Tier 1 football champions; and

Whereas the Cougars beat top seed Citadel Phoenix 50 - 2 to win the title and also to avenge their Turkey Bowl loss, which was the only blemish on their 2007 record; and

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Whereas in 2007, the CEC Cougars won their second consecutive NSSAF Tier 1 football championship - I couldn't pronounce it much better last year either, Mr. Speaker - and the 14th in the school's rich athletic history;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the 2007 CEC Football Cougars organization - players, coaches, trainers and equipment people, parents, fans and other supporters - on winning the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Tier 1 football campionship and, at the same time, congratulate Cobequid Educational Centre for combining excellence in athletics with excellence in academics.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Atlantic.

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RESOLUTION NO. 100

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

Whereas the Hibernia Atlantic submarine fibre optic cable was laid in 2000 to carry digital information across the North Atlantic linking England, Ireland, the U.S. and Canada by telephone and Internet; and

Whereas the Hibernia cable makes its Canadian landfall at Herring Cove, while four other cables have their junction at Pennant Point, linking New Jersey, Spain, France, England, Denmark, Iceland, Canada, and the Faeroes; and

Whereas Inmarsat, originally sponsored by the United Nations, operates a satellite station at Pennant Point, following on the army communications station established at Pennant during World War II;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Halifax Atlantic's strategic importance in intercontinental communications and resolve to build on the area's long and productive heritage in this field.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 101

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

Whereas the Inspiring Lives Awards were presented by the Nova Scotia Mental Health Foundation to individuals who have overcome tremendous obstacles in their lives and inspire others to reach their full potential; and

Whereas on May 7, 2007, Allan MacDonald won the Inspiring Lives Award in recognition of his commitment to helping others overcome their addictions; and

Whereas Allan has taken his experience with addictions and his gift of love, empathy, understanding, hope, forgiveness and kindness and reached out to others who are in need;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize the efforts Allan MacDonald has made to improving not only his own life but the lives of others, congratulate him for the Inspiring Lives Award and wish him every success in the future.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Immigration.

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RESOLUTION NO. 102

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

Whereas each year the House of Assembly chooses a talented local artist's work to adorn the legislative Christmas card; and

Whereas this year a watercolour by well-known artist Dorothy Mosher, mother of HRM Councillor Linda Mosher, was commissioned; and

Whereas the Christmas winterscape of Province House so eloquently depicts this wonderful provincial landmark;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Dorothy Mosher for her masterful work, bringing the joy of the Christmas season forth on this 2007 greeting card.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank.

RESOLUTION NO. 103

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

Whereas Bob Nauss has dedicated his life to sport in Nova Scotia, with a special passion for basketball that inspired him to coach the province's first mini boys basketball team and help create what would eventually become Bedford Minor Basketball, with its well known Bedford Classic basketball tournament; and

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Whereas Bob Nauss' three decades of coaching mini basketball in Bedford and his countless hours dedicated to his teams earned him Basketball Nova Scotia's 2007 Frank Baldwin Award; and

Whereas Bob Nauss' lifelong dedication to sport was recently honoured by Recreation Nova Scotia's highest distinction, an Honorary Life Membership Award;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Bob Nauss for his contribution to sport in Nova Scotia and congratulate him upon his awards, which also earn him recognition within the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

RESOLUTION NO. 104

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

Whereas the Canadian Mental Health Association Halifax-Dartmouth Branch held its 9th Annual Mosaic for Mental Health Art Exhibit and Sale from October 17th to 28th at the Craig Gallery at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth; and

Whereas the event was the most successful in the history of the fundraiser and was organized by the small but dedicated staff and volunteers of the organization; and

Whereas the event raises money for the more than 400 individuals experiencing mental health issues who rely on the programs and services of CMHA Halifax-Dartmouth;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate the Canadian Mental Health Association Halifax-Dartmouth Branch on their most successful

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Mosaic for Mental Health Art Exhibit and Sale in support of the hundreds of individuals who rely on the invaluable programs and services provided by the dedicated staff of CMHA.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Energy.

RESOLUTION NO. 105

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

Whereas Ray Zinck of CJLS, an independently owned and operated radio station in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, travelled to Boston, Massachusetts, to report on the Nova Scotia Christmas Tree Lighting event there in 2006; and

Whereas Mr. Zinck's broadcast article "A Nova Scotia Christmas in Boston" received both Atlantic region and national awards in the category for "the radio station which, in the opinion of the judges, displayed an outstanding and creative use of sound to tell a news story" from the Radio and Television News Directors Association of Canada; and

Whereas in making the decisions the judges noted that the awards were clear standouts in their categories;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate CJLS Radio and Ray Zinck in particular for receiving this honour and for the continued high degree of excellence they achieve daily in their broadcasts.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Queens.

RESOLUTION NO. 106

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

Whereas the community of Queens County recently made life a little bit easier for the mother of Zachary and Tayler Mooers of Milton, Nova Scotia, both born with cerebral palsy, when a new van, complete with a wheelchair ramp was presented to the Mooers family; and

Whereas a volunteer committee organized a huge fundraiser which raised the money for the purchase of this van; and

Whereas this committee received donations from the President's Choice Children's Charity through the Liverpool Market Superstore, Q104 Children's Trust Fund, Bowater's Employees Safety Points, Bowater's Pipefitters, Milton Centennial School, David Hatt Jr. of Hatt's Car Sales, many additional businesses, individuals and craftspeople with their donations to an auction held in June, along with every community charitable organization;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend the volunteer committee of Sharon MacKenzie, Bernt Walther, Lena Oickle, Alda Frank and their chair, Barb Foley, for recognizing the Mooers family's need for a specialized vehicle and through whose hard work and dedication helped raise the funds necessary to purchase the new vehicle.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

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The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park.

RESOLUTION NO. 107

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

Whereas in December 1999, at their 54th Session, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring November 25th the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women; and

Whereas since its inception, more than 1,700 organizations in 130 countries have used the annual campaign as an opportunity to call attention to gender- based violence and to the need for better resources to assist those affected; and

Whereas 2007 marks the 17th annual recognition of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, which is observed by demonstrations, protests, marches and vigils;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly recognize November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and acknowledge those who continue to fight to eliminate gender- based violence.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Human Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 108

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

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Whereas improved health care and lifestyles depend on the research which takes place in Nova Scotia and across Canada; and

Whereas medicine plays a significant role in treating diseases and improving health; and

Whereas Bridgewater native, Dr. Neil MacKinnon, a pharmacist and associate professor at Dalhousie's College of Pharmacy, is among only 13 people in the world to receive the 2007 Harkness Associate;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Dr. Neil MacKinnon for his achievement, and for his study of medication errors and whether government and private-payer drug policies improve safety and quality.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Sackville-Cobequid.

RESOLUTION NO. 109

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

Whereas 16- year- old Stacie Lynn Hatt of Sackville was a victim of school bullying and wrote a song entitled Beautiful to thank her mother for her support, and received an honourable mention in the 11th Annual Unison International Songwriting Contest for her song, Goodmorning; and

Whereas Stacie Lynn represented Nova Modeling & Talent Team Canada in the World Championships of Performing Arts held in Hollywood, California, and received two golds, a silver, and a bronze; and

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Whereas Stacie Lynn also received three gold awards for modeling and an industry award for her potential in the industry and won the overall world championship title;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate Sackville's 16- year-old Stacie Lynn Hatt on overcoming school bullying and achieving awards for her songwriting and modeling in the World Championships of Performing Arts held in Hollywood, California, and wish Stacie Lynn continued success.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Preston.

RESOLUTION NO. 110

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

Whereas for the last year, the Nova Scotia Liberal caucus has worked diligently with community groups and campaigned against the burning of tires for fuel to protect our environment and citizens of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas last week the advisory committee appointed to review used tire options returned a report stating that the province should examine and undertake alternative methods for the disposal of tires other than burning them; and

Whereas we all are well aware that burning tires does not mean recycling tires, yet it took this Progressive Conservative Government over a year of countless meetings and discussions and many taxpayers' dollars to come up with this decision;

Therefore be it resolved that government actually examine viable and environmentally-friendly methods to dispose of nearly 1 million used tires produced in this province each year, and apologize to the people of Nova Scotia for wasting their time and money on a matter that could have easily been resolved one year ago.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova on an introduction.

MR. GORDON GOSSE: Mr. Speaker, I'd like to make an introduction this evening in the west gallery, a neighbour of mine who grew up in Whitney Pier. I'm glad to see him taking in the proceedings tonight, David Lawrence from Whitney Pier, who now lives in Sackville, is here this evening and a warm welcome in the House. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Shelburne.

RESOLUTION NO. 111

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

Whereas Rickie Banks of the Shag Harbour/Bear Point Volunteer Fire Department received recognition from the Office of the Fire Marshal for his 25 years of service; and

Whereas on October 25, 2007, Rickie was awarded the Fire Service Long Service Medal at a special ceremony hosted in Truro, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the Minister of Environment and Labour presented Rickie with the Fire Service Long Service Medal Award;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Rickie Banks on being named recipient of the Fire Service Long Service Medal, and for faithfully serving Shag Harbour/Bear Point Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding communities in their time of need.

[8:15 p.m.]

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

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Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Clare.

RESOLUTION NO. 112

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame held their 2007 induction ceremony in Halifax on October 19, 2007; and

Whereas Penny LaRocque was inducted into this year's ceremony in recognition of her remarkable career in curling; and

Whereas Penny has been Nova Scotia's Provincial Champion six times, won the Canadian National women's competition twice, placed third at the World Championships and has won five Senior Women's titles;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House recognize the remarkable career Penny LaRocque has had in curling, congratulate her for her induction into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame and wish her success in future endeavours.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou East.

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RESOLUTION NO. 113

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

Whereas the Pictou County Early Intervention Association is a non-profit agency that provides services to preschool children with developmental delays, enabling these children to enter school with a significant positive impact; and

Whereas the families of these children also receive supportive help, including much-needed transition service, when the children enter the school system; and

Whereas the Pictou County Early Intervention Association is celebrating its 10th year of operation with successful early intervention for children and their families;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly acknowledge the tremendous difference the Pictou County Early Intervention Association has on the developmental progress of participating children and wish the Pictou County Early Intervention Association every success in the future.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 114

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

Whereas Lieutenant Governor's Awards are presented to one female and one male student at each school that have excelled in their studies, shown great leadership and service to the community and schools; and

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Whereas Alexandra Kimberly Burton, a Grade 11 student from West Kings District School has received the female Lieutenant Governor's Award in recognition of her excellent academic record and extra-curricular activities; and

Alexandra is extremely active in both school committees and athletic teams, as well as completing her bronze level in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and is presently working on the silver level;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House congratulate Alexandra Kimberly Burton for receiving the Lieutenant Governor's Award and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

RESOLUTION NO. 115

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

Whereas Tom Harmes is the chair of the board for the Eastern Passage community newspaper, The Beacon, which hosts The Beacon Wall of Recognition, a feature that recognizes individuals in the community that have enriched the lives of others within it; and

Whereas The Beacon Wall of Recognition recognized Steve Larkin as the 2007 recipient; and

Whereas Steve Larkin, a World War II veteran, founding member of many volunteer organizations and a dedicated volunteer, is an inspiration to the community of Eastern Passage through his dedication to community service;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend Tom Harmes, Chairman of the Board for the Beacon and The Beacon Wall of Recognition, for recognizing outstanding members of the community, and extend congratulations to Steve Larkin as being named to The Beacon Wall of Recognition for his life's dedication to enriching the lives of others in the community of Eastern Passage.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova.

RESOLUTION NO. 116

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

Whereas on October 16, 2007, the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce held its 18th Annual Excellence in Business Awards ceremony; and

Whereas Taso Sifnakis received the Business Person of the Year Award; and

Whereas in 1982, Mr. Sifnakis opened the first of four video entertainment centres on Prince Street in Sydney, Nova Scotia and now owns Platinum Fitness Gym in North Sydney;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Taso Sifnakis on receiving the Business Person of the Year Award, a prestigious award which symbolizes Taso's dedication and exemplary contribution to his community.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Leader of the Opposition.

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RESOLUTION NO. 117

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

Whereas a potential tragedy was narrowly averted in Cole Harbour on Friday, September 7, 2007, during an unfortunate vehicle mishap; and

Whereas 67-year-old nursery school teacher Sadie Harris was trapped helplessly beneath her car in her driveway; and

Whereas five good Samaritans, four driving motorcycles and one in a van, happened to be in the area and immediately responded by quickly coming to the aid of Sadie Harris to lift the vehicle off her and call 911;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly extend our appreciation and thanks to the good Samaritans - Dale Mallory, Alicia Martin, Jason Pye, Chris Snooks and Danny Veitch - for acting quickly and decisively during this vehicle mishap by rescuing Sadie Harris from what could have been a terrible tragedy.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 118

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

Whereas the Italian Canadian Cultural Association has been active in Halifax for 30 years and currently boasts over 250 memberships, including family memberships; and

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Whereas among its many activities, the Italian Canadian Cultural Association provides classes in the Italian language, cooking and woodcarving, and holds a very popular festival each year; and

Whereas the Italian Canadian Cultural Association recently celebrated the grand opening of its striking new building on Agricola Street;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate the Italian Canadian Cultural Association on the opening of its new facility and thank the association for its years of service to its members and to the Province of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth South-Portland Valley.

RESOLUTION NO. 119

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

Whereas the Dartmouth Historical Association instituted the Joseph Howe Fellowship Award to recognize outstanding people who have helped to preserve heritage, culture or have been leaders in community service; and

Whereas this award was presented to Edith Rowlings, the first director of music for the Dartmouth school system, a position Edith held with distinction for 30 years until 1978 and also author of two local history books on Emmanuel Church and North Dartmouth; and

Whereas Edith's community service includes volunteering at Oakwood Terrace, Stairs United Food Bank, former organist at St. Alban's and Emmanuel Churches and first Regent of the Fairfield Chapter IODE;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Dartmouth Historical Association and Edith Rowlings on the occasion of her Joseph Howe Fellowship Award presentation and thank her for her many contributions to her community and province.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Citadel.

RESOLUTION NO. 120

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

Whereas December 1st is World AIDS Day, a day to remember those living with AIDS and the 8,000 people who die of HIV/AIDS globally every year; and

Whereas the Red Ribbon Campaign and the HIV/AIDS Awareness Week Planning Committee have served to raise consciousness of AIDS and to provide support to AIDS patients and those who care for them; and

Whereas Halifax Regional Municipality students in Grade 7 to Grade 12 created a stunning red ribbon display on Citadel Hill made of 8,000 flags as a unique memorial for each of the AIDS patients who die every single day;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank the organizers of HIV/AIDS Awareness Week and the Nova Scotia students for fostering global solidarity in the fight against AIDS and for their messages of prevention, support and hope to those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

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Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The chatter is getting a little loud and I'm deaf in one ear.

The honourable member for Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank.

RESOLUTION NO. 121

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

Whereas every year in Canada, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award recognizes individuals who have embarked upon the Young Canadians Challenge; and

Whereas 16-year-old Fall River resident, Stephanie Seemel, took the Young Canadians Challenge and participated in community volunteerism and skills training, including ongoing volunteer work at the Beacon House Food Bank and sports activities such as a challenging 28 kilometre hike around Kejimkujik National Park; and

Whereas Stephanie Seemel was recently awarded the Bronze level of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award by Sport Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Stephanie Seemel for the community service she completed and personal challenges she met to earn the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The honourable member for Queens.

RESOLUTION NO. 122

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

Whereas the Writer's Federation of Nova Scotia held their 30th annual Atlantic Writing Competition; and

Whereas a novel penned by Marcia Pierce Harding, entitled "Sable's Spirit", placed second in this competition and tells the tale of an orphaned boy thrown overboard and rescued by a sea captain; and

Whereas this novel was written to provide insight into the critical role Sable Island played during the "age of sail";

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize retired teacher, Marcia Pierce Harding, of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, on her achievement and second place finish in the 30th annual Atlantic Writing Competition.

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 favor of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Shelburne.

RESOLUTION NO. 123

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

Whereas Janice Tudball of Shelburne, Nova Scotia represented the Town of Shelburne at the Provincial Volunteer dinner held in Halifax on April 10, 2007; and

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Whereas Janice volunteers for the Roseway Hospital Auxiliary, 4-H Club and United Baptist Church. Janice is also a member of the Friendship Singers Club; and

Whereas Janice also volunteers for the Loyal Naomi Lodge, Nu-To-U-Shop and the Roseway Hospital Gift Shop. Janice also helps by refreshing hospital patient's water and by assisting with shredding unneeded documents;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Janice Tudball of Shelburne, Nova Scotia on her dedication, hard work and volunteering efforts.

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 favor of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou East.

RESOLUTION NO. 124

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

Whereas teachers Mary Webber-Cook, Jenny Haggart and Carla MacEachern of Thorburn Consolidated School, engaged the Grade 3 and 4 students in an exercise to plant, care for, and harvest a field of potatoes; and

Whereas Thorburn School Advisory Council member Debbie Wilson conceived the idea and school neighbour Peter Johnson provided the land, tilled the field and minded the crop during the summer; and

Whereas the Pictou County Food Bank reaped the benefits of the Thorburn Consolidated School potato project;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend the Grade 3 and 4 students of Thorburn Consolidated School, teachers Mary Webber-Cook, Jenny Haggart and Carla MacEachern, Thorburn School Advisory Council member Debbie Wilson and school

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neighbour Peter Johnson, for their community outreach initiative, enthusiasm and hard work to provide fresh potatoes to the Pictou County Food Bank.

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 favor of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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

GOVERNMENT MOTIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I move that the adjourned debate on the Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne be now resumed.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, order.

THE PREMIER: Thank you very much to my colleagues, Mr. Speaker, and thank you for the opportunity to rise in the House today to make a few comments and to give a few thoughts on the Throne Speech. Before I do that, I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate you, Mr. Speaker, on your appointment. I know that all members of the House share my confidence in your ability to rule over this House with patience and fairness. (Applause)

I would also like to acknowledge - as was done by the Leaders of the Official Opposition, and the Liberal Party - Her Honour, the Lieutenant Governor, for delivering the Speech from the Throne, and also the MLA for Hants West and Victoria-The Lakes, who

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moved and seconded the Speech from the Throne as read by Her Honour, for doing a fine job, I might add.

Mr. Speaker, we are very fortunate to live in this province, the greatest province in the country and the greatest country in the world. We're able to do so because of the brave men and women who serve our province, many who come from our province, and serving in various parts of the world for peace and democracy, and I salute each and every one of them here tonight. (Applause)

Nova Scotia is as much a community as it is a province. It is home to caring, hard-working people, a natural beauty, and it is filled with opportunity. Our vision will take advantage of those opportunities. We will do that by focusing on the five priorities as outlined in the Throne Speech - educating to compete, protecting our environment, better roads and infrastructure, safer, healthier communities, and shorter wait times.

I have heard a lot of things said over the past number of days about the Speech from the Throne, some I agreed with, and I must be honest, some I didn't. I know it comes as quite a surprise, but the Opposition really didn't have that much good to say about the Throne Speech, but listen to what people around Nova Scotia are saying about our government's five priorities and you will get a much different view than those from the other side.

We are educating to compete, and we're able to do so by having more universities per capita than anywhere across other provinces, and by having a community college system which is the envy of all others across the country, and parents, teachers and students who are making our Primary to 12 system the success that it is today.

The very day after the Speech from the Throne, the Canadian Federation of Students said it welcomed the government's direct-lend program on student loans. The organization told the media, "It will mean that students will be saving money." That's what we're hearing out there.

Mr. Speaker, we will help our students save more money. We are listening to students' concerns about tuition and the cost of borrowing. We will continue with our commitment to reduce tuition costs for our students and improve assistance programs. The Minister of Education has already begun the feedback gathering from our students across Nova Scotia.

We recognize that not all students choose to go to university. Many will become, and have become, skilled tradespeople. I know, I come from a family of skilled tradespeople and I'm very proud of that. We are helping them to do that because they are the people who build our province on a daily basis. We are working to raise the number of certified tradespeople through various apprenticeship programs, moving forward on the next phases of the

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community college plans and upgrades, while investing in such programs in our Primary to 12 system such as Options and Opportunities.

Mr. Speaker, we know as a government, the high Canadian dollar and high energy prices are having an impact on our fishermen, our farmers and our forestry workers. I heard that message today while in Yarmouth, while they were getting ready to move forward on the traps. I heard that message on the weekend when I dropped in to see the good people of Sheet Harbour.

Mr. Speaker, these traditional industries have long been the backbone of the Nova Scotia economy. We recognize and we value their importance. That is why we invested another $37 million in the forestry sector in our province.

Mr. Speaker, that's why our agriculture budget was increased this year by 15 per cent and we moved forward with the Buy Nova Scotia Buy Local program, Select Nova Scotia, Mr. Speaker. As the Minister of Agriculture from the beautiful Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley often says in this House, farmers feed us all.

Mr. Speaker, the people in these industries continue to come up with new ideas and new business plans to compete in an ever-changing global economy. The reality today is we do have an ever-changing global economy and we recognize that and we will continue to work with them and we will continue to support them.

For some workers, these changes will mean learning new skills. Our new Department of Labour and Workforce Development will work with the people of our province to make sure they are able to stay here in Nova Scotia and help build our future.

Now, Mr. Speaker, building that future means protecting our environment. Again, another one of our priorities which the Minister of Environment, I might say, is more passionate than any minister across this great nation of ours when it comes to the environment.

Now again, some members of the Official Opposition can't find anything good to say about our plans. Quite frankly, Mr. Speaker, they are out of touch with those closest to this issue. Take, for example, the designation of the Blue Mountain-Birch Cove lakes wilderness area, a great initiative for the people of our province.

Now while the Official Opposition was clamoring for press, environmental groups were congratulating us on taking the lead in protecting our environment. Here is what the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society said about our plan, and I quote: "This is the single most important thing the province could have done to protect the ecology of the Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes area". That is what they are saying out there, Mr. Speaker.

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It seems that the NDP really is alone in the wilderness on this particular issue, Mr. Speaker. Now I assure you, our work on the environment is only beginning, including such initiatives as our coastal management framework which we'll move forward on in the next two years. We will take advantage of the best wind conditions in the country and the highest tides in the world in the Bay of Fundy. These factors will help us reach our target of becoming the cleanest and greenest province in Canada.

Mr. Speaker, the task ahead is great and it requires our full attention. Hence, we will establish a Department of Environment to ensure that we are prepared to meet the environmental challenges coming our way, and we know there are challenges coming our way.

Now simply put, Mr. Speaker - and I know that all members of this House see this on a daily basis in their own ridings, I see this in my own riding - simply put; our province has an infrastructure deficit. We need better roads, schools, hospitals, recreational facilities, libraries and Internet connections. That is why we have made better roads and infrastructure one of our priorities as a government.

Now, Mr. Speaker, I know you don't hear this from the other side but the work is already underway. In fact, the Minister of Education and I today took part in the official opening of the $32 million Halifax Citadel School, just up the hill from here, today. One of many accomplishments of our government, Mr. Speaker.

Just a couple of weeks ago we announced a deal with the federal government worth over $600 million, while in Antigonish (applause) - Mr. Speaker, while the Official Opposition would chide us for having a positive relationship with the federal government, the people who use our roads and buildings or who log onto the Internet, are encouraging us to continue with our hard work by getting those dollars. It is that type of hard work which saw us get a deal in the Atlantic Accord and will see this province become, and continue to remain, the full beneficiary of our offshore for the people of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, in speaking about the announcement, which was attended by my honourable colleague, the Deputy Premier, in Antigonish, as well as the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, the Nova Scotia Chambers of Commerce said this, "The deal will help shore up some of our infrastructure needs. We will also see a direct connection to the Atlantic Gateway with the increased twinning of Highway 104, which will benefit our entire province." That is what people are saying out there.

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Again, Mr. Speaker, the Official Opposition is on the road to nowhere when it comes to this issue in their criticism. (Interruptions) Some would question the idea of strategic infrastructure partnerships, which we talked about in our Speech from the Throne.

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MR. SPEAKER: Order. Order, please.

THE PREMIER: We have an excited bunch tonight, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: Order. I realize everybody is well rested after the weekend, but we need some quiet so we can hear.

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I tend to be generating some interest from across the floor.

Some would question the idea, as I said, of strategic infrastructure partnership. Now, we are using those partnerships now and if we want to provide more services for our fellow Nova Scotians, those partnerships need to grow. Remember that the next time you see an ambulance because Emergency Health Services is a great example of how we can work strategically with the private sector to improve our services. Mr. Speaker - it's a great example. I think it is only fair that I acknowledge the work of the previous government, before 1999, for putting that plan in place. They deserve the credit for doing that.

Mr. Speaker, it's working all across our country, from the Confederation Bridge here in the Maritimes; to the John LaBatt Centre in London, Ontario; to the Kelowna Skyreach Place in British Columbia. There are those who would criticize that, but I believe we need to take an increasing look at those opportunities, provided we do it in a sensible way, provided we do it with the appropriate filter in place.

Mr. Speaker, I lost my place for a moment. (Interruption) Now I remember, how could I forget this. There would be those who would put (Interruption) Again, they are quite excited on the other side.

Mr. Speaker, speaking of the Official Opposition once again, there are those who would put a halt to development. I know you find that hard to believe here in the downtown. There are those in the Official Opposition who have derailed plans for new buildings in downtown Halifax - this despite widespread support from business leaders who recognize the need for more office, retail and living space. (Interruption)

There is no question that we, as a government, and we, in this Party, are proud of our heritage and our culture, Mr. Speaker. There is no question about that. (Applause) It's why we have increased our support for heritage in Nova Scotia; it's why we are going to double the amount of money we put into culture in Nova Scotia over the next three years. That heritage can't prevent us from looking to the future and building our economy and we will ensure that we have that balance, unlike the other side, when it comes to that issue.

Switching topics, something that is very near and dear to my heart and I know it's very near and dear to many in this Chamber, is that of the opportunities that we see with

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Atlantic Gateway, and you have to look no further than out here with the Port of Halifax to see the opportunities. It will benefit people from Yarmouth straight through to Sydney.

We know that we have a great opportunity to attract ships from Asia and India, and when they come through the Suez Canal, the Port of Halifax, the Strait of Canso Superport, Sydney and others will be ready to unload those containers. We have deep water, we have ice-free ports and not only that, more importantly, we have the talent here in our province that can deal with this issue. Every time a container is taken off one of those ships it creates 4,600 hours of work, thousands of jobs will result from the plan that we are doing and moving forward upon in the future.

The future is upon us and it is up to us to make sure we take and are ready to take advantage of it. Our focus on better roads and infrastructure is proof that we are ready. While ensuring that our communities grow economically, there is no greater need than to make sure our communities are safe and I know my honourable colleague, the Minister of Justice, knows that and he knows that in his own community. I know the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General - who did a fine job I might add, while minister - as a former police officer, he recognizes that and the good people of Cumberland County who have been very supportive of this government. That is why safer, healthier communities is one of the other priorities for this government on this side of the House.

We are putting more police officers on the street, we are forcing drug dealers out of our communities and we are implementing all recommendations of the Nunn Report, and we are fighting for tougher changes to the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and we are calling on our federal government to do so.

As one example, we believe hospitals have a duty to report gunshots and stabbings to police. Even the most staunch critic of my government was forced to admit it was a good idea. The President of the NSGEU told the ChronicleHerald that our legislation could make for good policy. Speaking of hospital staff, she said, "It kind of really takes the onus off of them because they'll have to report it now, rather than wondering if it should be reported". Now if the Leader of the NSGEU is convinced that we're doing the right thing, I'm fully convinced it must be right. I'm sure that quote will be brought up to me at another future time.

The Opposition Parties say that our legislation aimed at making our streets and communities safer is too broad. I say by improving crosswalk safety and putting strict penalties in place for street racing, we are showing the type of leadership that Nova Scotians expect and deserve from their government.

Of course, making our streets and communities safer and healthier is about more than crime prevention. It is about making sure Nova Scotians have jobs and access to medical treatment and we are doing that. The number of Nova Scotians living in poverty has fallen

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by 35 per cent between 1996 and 2005, 65,000 more Nova Scotians are working today than in 1996, those are results, and we now have the lowest unemployment rate in a generation, those are results.

Thousands more jobs mean more tax revenue, money that we continue to put into new social programs and continue to invest in important social programs. We recognize that there is a balance. Today perhaps, we rise to a better example. I join the honourable Minister of Health, Mr. Speaker, whom I also might add is doing a fine job on behalf of the people of Nova Scotia - I join that honourable member today, for today this government and our Party delivered on a platform promise and I might add that we are the only Party to do so. We will make sure that through the Nova Scotia Pharmacare Program that every single person in our province will have access to prescription drugs. (Applause) We have 180,000 people who don't have private drug plans and in our Nova Scotia, no one will be left behind, I can assure you of that.

Now, Mr. Speaker, a key component of healthier and safer communities is providing quality health care. When we start to talk about health care, we hear about wait times. We recognize that wait time are too long and we've made shorter wait times. (Interruption) Now, the Official Opposition claps for longer wait times. I certainly don't, Mr. Speaker. Now, when we started talking about health care, we recognize that shorter wait times need to be a priority and, in all seriousness, that's why we have put this forward as a priority. I know that each member of this House faces this issue regardless of what area they represent in Nova Scotia. The proof of that is certainly evident.

Now, Mr. Speaker, let's talk about some of the things our government has done. The ground is broken on a $17 million emergency room at the QE II, here in Halifax. Construction is underway on a new $155 million hospital for the good people of Truro and Colchester. The Valley Regional Hospital is being expanded. New MRIs will cut wait times in half. New digital screening units allow for mammograms for twice as many patients in any given day and there will be a wait time guarantee for cancer radiation therapy. I know that many of us have been touched in one way or another by what is an awful disease.

Now, while the Opposition members say they have a plan - with wait times, they actually don't say how that plan would be implemented. They don't say how much that plan would actually cost, nor do they say how much taxes would have to go up for their big ideas. (Interruptions) That's what they're not telling the people of Nova Scotia and do you know what, Mr. Speaker, the good people of Nova Scotia deserve to know the truth and they deserve to know what the plan really is. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, our plan is based on reality. We made real commitments and we're delivering on those promises. We have more doctors per capita than

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any other province in the country. More nurses are coming to our province and 80 per cent of our graduates are staying at home upon graduation. We are opening more beds for seniors throughout out province. In fact, we'll open over 800 more beds because we recognize that we need to free up many of our acute care beds in Nova Scotia because it is a problem and, yes, my government and I will be the voice for mothers and fathers, sons and daughters of seniors, and those with special needs, while being fair to our workers by ending strikes and the potential for strikes in our health care system.

Now, Mr. Speaker, there is something that I do agree with the Leader of the Opposition on - I do agree with him on something. It appears he was absolutely correct when he announced in this House on Friday, and I quote, "that Nova Scotia has the best health care system in the country". I absolutely agree with him.

Mr. Speaker, remember our five priorities; educating to compete, protecting the environment, better roads and infrastructure, safe, healthier communities, shorter wait times. I'm proud of our vision for the future and I believe Nova Scotians share that same pride and vision for our province. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, order.

The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

MS. BECKY KENT: Thank you. Good evening, Mr. Speaker, thank you all. It is with great honour and pride that I stand before you this evening in this historic Chamber with my mom and dad present, to offer my remarks on behalf of the people of Cole Harbour and Eastern Passage.

Mr. Speaker, the residents of this riding elected me on a memorable day, October 2, 2007. I take this role very responsibly. The residents of the riding know that I will do everything I can to do my best for the constituency, 24/7. (Applause)

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I akin it to being like a parent - one must keep their eyes and ears open all of the time for signals of need of support, celebration and reinforcement for a job well done, challenging inappropriate behaviours, nurturing and sometimes just offering a shoulder to cry on. These are the things that I will do for those who are in need, at the same time advocating for provincial change for the betterment of not only the communities that I serve but for the entire Province of Nova Scotia. I took an oath to do this, an oath that I believe in strongly and I hope to work selflessly for the betterment of others.

I'd like to take a moment, Mr. Speaker, to thank Her Honour, the Lieutenant Governor, for her presentation of the Speech from the Throne. It is an honour to be part of

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this Assembly during her term. It is also an honour - you confused me a little because you switched (Laughter) - an honour to congratulate you on your appointment to the Deputy Speaker (Laughter) and, of course, to the member for Cape Breton West for his appointment as the Speaker, and the honourable member for Cape Breton North, your predecessor, for offering the kindness and welcome that was very well received. I appreciate that very much. The Speaker, as well, has done a great job so far, from me, for what its worth - a job well done. You've been good to me so far so please keep up the great work.

Before moving on to thanking people within my riding and talking about my riding, I want to take a moment to express and offer experience of my serving on Halifax Regional Municipality. The members of Council and staff treated me with kindness and respect at every moment from the moment I was elected. It was a steep learning curve for a stay-at-home mom and a small- business woman, to learn the details of providing for a functioning and successful municipality. It was challenging and rewarding at the same time. People often asked me, how did I like my job? Quite often they were surprised, I said I loved it. I did and I do.

I didn't envision myself in that role; nonetheless, the residents of District 8 Woodside and Eastern Passage had enough faith in me to represent them at Council and I thank them all for giving me that opportunity and experience. Mr. Speaker, it's not easy making decisions of any level of government but a municipality of this size faces particular challenges. The capital of the province, it comes with specific expectations for the citizens of all of Nova Scotia. It is often taken for granted. I am proud to have been part of that for the past three years. All municipalities across this province face challenges that are particular to their areas and I look forward, as the Critic for Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, to being a strong voice for those municipalities and getting to know them around the province.

Mr. Speaker, at this time I am compelled to offer a few more thanks, but I would like to give you notice that I have much to be grateful for so I will be a bit long-winded on this one. (Interruptions) It was a bit foreboding, coming from five minutes in council to an offering for an hour, but my kids have often told me, I'm never short on words.

I am completely humbled by the amazing support shown to me during the election, the by-election in October. The community came out in spades to say that Becky can do the job at Cole Harbour and Eastern Passage. (Applause) Supporters came from around the province. The headquarters was buzzing every day with well wishes, food being dropped off, donations, canvassers - you all know the drill. There was never a shortage of help throughout the five weeks of campaigning.

Mr. Speaker, the residents of Cole Harbour, Eastern Passage, Cow Bay, Shearwater and Bissett Road were all part of this team. The Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage NDP Riding Association is alive and well and thriving and supportive of their newest MLA. Members like

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Debbie and Wilbur Williams, Gary Healey, Sue White, Brian Birt and Kim Byrne, to name a few. I thank them for their continued believe in the NDP. Of course, I need to thank my colleagues in the NDP caucus for their often genuine welcoming to the fold. Our incredible Leader of the Opposition and member for Cole Harbour is leading a formidable team, to which I am honoured to be part of. (Applause)

Our future is very bright and I look forward to working with you all. Specifically, I owe a debt of gratitude to David MacKenzie for being my campaign manager. One time, actually more affectionately referred to as my campaign weasel by a local radio show host, (Interruptions) David was quiet and thoughtful, which sometimes was in stark contrast to my exciteable and sometimes energetic approach but we balanced each other well. Other people who certainly were instrumental in the day-to-day work of the campaign were Gary Healey, Margaret Logan, Sue White, Brenda Moores, Holly Brown and Brian Birt. I could not have gotten through it without their help. So, Mr. Speaker, I thank them again.

Two young New Democrats that I want to mention specifically are Jeff Mallette and Will Muise. These two young men are completely engaged in their community, Mr. Speaker, and they are both role models for their peers. I especially thank them for being proof positive that the youth of communities have much to offer and contribute. Nita Lyle and Diana White are two lovely ladies who have shown me, personally, such caring. They were always there looking at me, looking at my eyes, looking just at how I approached the day, on a personal level, making sure that you just didn't tire out and you always had the well wishes and the words of encouragement to go on and I thank them so much for that. Sometimes, getting up, you avoid the mirror during a campaign. You just want to keep going and keep you head down and get the job done and they were instrumental in that.

Of course I have to express, Mr. Speaker, my gratitude to the former MLA for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage, Kevin Deveaux. He saw something in me and many years ago encouraged me to run for municipal councillor. When the time was right, Kevin nurtured me along to help me be the best that I could for their communities. Thank you, Kevin, for being a great friend and peer. Meghan, Ewan, Falvie and Kevin are on an adventure of a lifetime, an experience that will change peoples lives for the better. I wish them every success in Vietnam. (Applause)

Of course for any of you who know Kevin, you would also be aware of his dad, Jeep Deveaux. A huge thanks goes to Jeep. Jeep has taken me under his wing and often referred to me as like a daughter. He is a resident of Eastern Passage who is in his senior years but somehow shows more energy, drive, and passion for his community than people half his age. Jeep is a shining example, Mr. Speaker, of what all seniors in our province deserve to be - vibrant, healthy, and engaged citizens.(Applause) Jeep of course will continue to visit our constituency office with issues written on a napkin, bringing forward, making sure someone is paying attention, and we will all be the better for it. I thank Jeep, Mr. Speaker, for being Jeep.

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I have to spend a few minutes of course on my partner, Darren Lightfoot and my sons Isaac, Tyler and Matthew. Without their support I could not be here. Darren is my best friend and confidant. When I first talked about getting involved in politics, I spoke with my sons about it. Their response was, of course you should do this Mom, it's perfect for you. What mother could have walked away from that support? To know that my sons were paying attention enough to recognize my strengths and encourage me to pursue a goal that included doing something for my community. It is a blessing and it's a sign of a connected family.

In times of these busy schedules and so many influences in our lives, both positive and negative, Mr. Speaker, it's easy to lose sight of each other in a family - even in the most blessed families. There are so many families out there who are not as fortunate. I want what I have in my life for all of the citizens of my riding and for the citizens of Nova Scotia. To have anything less is unacceptable in my books. Before I move away from the thank you's, I want to speak again of my parents, Frank and Vivian Scott of Shelburne County. The member for Shelburne has the pleasure of being their representative and I can tell you they're very proud to say that they voted for him, even more so now.

My mom and dad are a typical family in this beautiful Province of Nova Scotia. They've raised six children in a rural community. Through goods times and then bad, they've continued to strive for what is best for their family and for their community. I came by this honestly - my dad has worked for this province for more than 30 years, my mom was a stay-at-home mom until we were old enough for her to become a personal care worker at the Roseway Manor in Shelburne. They taught me to work hard for the people that I cared for and to be kind to everyone that I came across. They taught me the value of being a part of a family and sharing what you have with those who have not. I can't say enough about the impact that they had on me and subsequently on my children and the people who I come in contact with.

I often relate my experiences as a child - which by no means was always perfect, right mom? dad? - to the scenario of pay-it-forward. As an example of giving twice as much as you received every chance you get to the next person you come in contact with. I thank them, Mr. Speaker, for instilling in me a value that has led me to want goodness for all families of the Province of Nova Scotia.

Now, Mr. Speaker, I'd like to continue on with sharing a bit about the riding of Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage. This riding is the best in the province, in my humble opinion. It has a tremendous - among the best (Applause), I'd concede that. It's my story and I'm sticking to it, Mr. Speaker. It has tremendous history, tremendous people and landmarks.

Mr. Speaker, this riding deserved to be represented and, on behalf of the people of Cole Harbour and Eastern Passage, I wish to recognize the member for Cole Harbour and the Leader of the Opposition and the member for Dartmouth South-Portland Valley for

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continuing to provide excellent representation and leadership during an extended wait for the by-election to be called. Clearly, the residents wanted that election but I guess the riding just wasn't quite important enough to call it before the six month deadline. Nonetheless, they are represented now despite the fact that there were people during the election who sent out a message that "Becky Can't".

Mr. Speaker, I am here to tell you clearly that they missed the boat on this one. Somehow, somewhere, they got the impression that this election was about a single person. The author of this message and those who endorsed it seemed to miss the true meaning of what being an elected representative was all about. Being a voice for your community. No one person can get the job done for a riding. It takes all of the residents to work with their MLA, Mr. Speaker, to communicate loudly, advocate for what is right, share their stories, work on behalf of the community.

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No one person can get a high school for Eastern Passage; it will take a community voice to get the job done. It will take leadership from a government that sees a community in need - overdue in need, in fact more clearly. Leadership from a government that will make sure that the right thing is done.

Mr. Speaker, no one person is going to get a health facility for this riding. It will take a community, of which I am one player. It takes a responsible government, however, not a government that will endorse messages during an election campaign that if you don't elect their Party, you won't get anything for their community. What kind of government would hold a riding hostage like that? The riding of Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage and the Province of Nova Scotia deserve to have better and I look forward to making that happen.

Mr. Speaker, I'd like to take some time to show you a little bit of Cole Harbour and Eastern Passage, what it is currently like. It is beautiful, to say the least. It has its challenges, of which I'll speak on a bit later but for now I want to highlight the positives, what you would find if you visit our riding. As you wind your way through the streets of Cole Harbour, you'll be flanked by Bissett Lake, Morris Lake and the Shearwater Flyer Trail. Cole Harbour has the benefit of hosting many topnotch athletic fields, parks, playgrounds, trails, schools, First Nation Communities, churches, community groups.

The Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Association has been successfully developing the Rails to Trails Program in the area for several years. Under the held of Jim Tudor, the Salt Marsh Trail and the Shearwater Trail now connect to Shearwater. Bill Stratton, with the Kiwanis have successfully created a tremendous asset known as the Kiwanis Central Beach Park at Morris Lake. Efforts to provide an accessible park for all ages and abilities have come to reality and I congratulate them, Mr. Speaker.

Volunteerism is great in Cole Harbour and it's clearly evident in the program for athletes both young and old. They're Girl Guides, the Scouting movement, church groups. Bissett Road also connects Cole Harbour to Cow Bay. The people of this area enjoy their rural setting with access to the advantages of the commercial strip on Cole Harbour Road. Although the residents of this area would love to see transit service, they do value their rural existence and direct access to the nature in their community at their doorsteps - the trails and parks. I look forward to getting to know these residents in their area and to work for them on their behalf and with them.

As you leave Bissett Road, Mr. Speaker, you enter into Cow Bay. Cow Bay is the home of Rainbow Haven Provincial Park, Silver Sands Beach Park and surf park, also known as the Cow Bay Moose Park, and Car Wash Beach. Each of these locations has a particular importance and significant historical backgrounds to this community. Silver Sands Beach Park was a hot spot for vacations at the turn of the century for many affluent Dartmouthians and Haligonians. The Moose Park is still affectionately known as the place where many

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families were created and while watching the stars and watching for shooting stars on cold winter nights. (Interruptions) I kid you not.

The coastlines are typical of what Nova Scotia's shorelines are - they're beautiful. An increase in the popular sport and pastime of surfing has been on the rise in Cow Bay. This has brought challenges, Mr. Speaker, but the community along with the Surfers Association are working hard to mitigate the impact on their properties and I congratulate them for that. They took a tough situation and turned it around to be a positive and welcoming sport and athletic destination. I congratulate them.

Silver Sands Conservation Society, Mr. Speaker, with members such as Elizabeth Quint, Donald Hudak, and Todd King, just to name a few, are watchful eyes for the protection of the natural environment in this community - the rural nature of the Cow Bay property. Their efforts on many occasions have been successful in sustaining what this community loves and holds dear. The Cow Bay Hall is lovingly tended by many volunteers who work there to maintain this historically significant asset for the future generations of its community.

The Cow Bay loop is connected to the Dyke Road. Although this is a rural setting, Mr. Speaker, ongoing development presents traffic problems that many families struggle with. Some believe that the rural atmosphere is important while others would like to see transit, sewer, water and sidewalks in their neighbourhood. The pressures of development are ever present in this area.

Eastern Passage is bordered by the backlands of Shearwater, the Atlantic Ocean, Hartlen Point Golf Course, Fishermen's Cove along the main road and back to the Shearwater main gate. Mr. Speaker, entering into Eastern Passage from Cow Bay brings you to Heritage Hills, a subdivision that is the host of a P3 school in our community. Schools in our communities are the heart of our communities and access to these schools is what will make our communities thrive, allow them to thrive and grow and continue to sustain that sense of community that many places are losing. Access to the schools in our P3 schools is almost non-existent. In our P3 schools, we have tremendous staff and administration through the Halifax Regional School Board but to get gym time, to get into the auditorium that is state of the art, just to get on the fields to play soccer is nearly impossible, at the cost that's outrageous. When a community is sustaining those costs, fundraising for so many things, it's unacceptable, this day and age, in this province, that we should have to face that, Mr. Speaker.

The heart of Eastern Passage is proud of three other schools; Seaside Elementary, Oceanview, and Tallahassee Community School. They are connected by our Eastern Passage Commons, which provide baseball fields, soccer fields, and community fair grounds. The Eastern Passage Athletic Association is instrumental in providing those programs and we thank them.

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Mr. Speaker, volunteerism is also strong in these communities. Notable organizations like the Buffalo Club - with members like Tony Ozmond, Richard Deyoung, Bill MacArthur, Troy Popkee, just to name a few - keep this club active, productive and contributing to our community in more ways than most people will ever know. Thousands of members have been in that club for the past 50 years and many people just have no idea how much they've contributed and we thank them.

Although many Lions Clubs are closing their doors, the Eastern Passage Lions Club is still thriving. King Lion, Peter Reed, leads his volunteer team in many benevolent activities such as Adopt-A-Highway and the Seeing Eye Dog program, for example. The Caen Branch of the legion continues to honour its veterans and all of the members of our Canadian Armed Forces. The Girl Guides of Canada and Scouts Canada offer programs to the youth in the riding. Special thanks to those who get involved often because it's their child, they want to have time with their child and their busy schedules.

These leaders so often end up being a key instrumental person in the lives of so many other families and I thank them for that. They are tremendous role model leaders such as Donna Mitchell, Elsie Foley, Cindy Morash, Jennifer Irving, Darren Lightfoot, Steve MacKay, Mike Gingall, Keegan Gingall, Jim Logan, Steve Matheson, Julie Wilson, Peggy Keans, Greg Dalzell, Joel Rafuse, Gerald Gerioux, Adam Mason, and Patrick Power. They are just a few of those who are active in the scouting movement and the Girl Guide movement in our riding. I was a member for Scouts Canada for 10 years, so these people certainly have a special place in my heart and I thank them. A special occasion and a perfect example of what it's like to be a volunteer in the community - we have a tremendous event coming up on the weekend of December 2nd, a community tree trimming event celebrating it's 18th year. We have the benefit of the Conserve Nova Scotia LED light exchange added to it this year and we're thankful for that.

Economic development is vital to all communities in Nova Scotia. Cole Harbour and Eastern Passage is no different, the commercial areas of the riding are growing, which is good news. General Dynamics is offering new jobs in the Cole Harbour Area while new businesses are opening at Government Wharf Road like Seagulps - that's a coffee shop. It was voted number one coffee shop in Dartmouth recently and we congratulate them. Fisherman's Cove is alive and well and thriving. Eastern Passage Business Network is a new network, recently formed to help small businesses in the community link offer resources to each other to aid in their success. There's a working balance, Mr. Speaker, between tourism and the fishing industry in Eastern Passage, but our fishermen need government support. Family-based fishermen must have access to their fair share of the quotas. With the high value of the Canadian dollar, they'll need government support in securing other markets that are less impacted by that high value - and Eastern Passage fishermen know that all too well.

I want to tell you about our seniors in our community. They are vitally important to us. Many of them still live in their own homes; many are living in seniors housing complexes

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like Island View Manor and MacDonald Manor, and some at a long-term care facility, Ocean View Manor - one of the finest in this province. Mr. Speaker. I have the honour of being on the board at Ocean View so I am familiar with the need of support from the province for this and many facilities across this province. The wait list for these facilities is too long; any wait is too long, in my opinion. Our seniors deserve to be cared for and to be living in their communities with their friends and their loved ones. Whether in long-term care or living at home, support from our government is critical for their quality of life.

The challenges of aging are numerous and sometimes monumental. Between health care gaps, home care support and increasing taxes sometimes forcing them out of their homes prematurely, seniors in our province need our help. Families caring for their elder loved ones need our help. This message is one that I heard loud and clear on the doorsteps during the election, Mr. Speaker. Recognition of these issues and offering the resources to meet these needs is a must-do for any government.

I truly hope that this is part of the vision of the new Nova Scotia that is being put forward - I hope. But once again, it can't be in the year 2020. Our seniors are here and they need help now.

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Our riding is proud to be the home of the Canadian Forces Base Shearwater, one of Canada's largest employers in the metro area. There has been, in the past, a fear of closure of this base but recently, in the past couple of years, the federal government has committed significant amounts of funding, which has achieved a Fleet Diving School and the Nova Scotia Community College helicopter training facility, which is currently under construction.

I have had the pleasure of working with the former Base Commander, Colonel Allen Blair. He was a tremendous friend to the community and worked side-by-side with myself as the Councillor and Kevin Deveaux as our MLA. Recently, the Base Commander has changed to Colonel Bruce Ploughman. I'm proud to say that he is a resident of our riding so I am confident that he will be as friendly a face to the community of Eastern Passage, Cow Bay and the rest of the riding and he will keep their interests at the forefront of his decisions as much as did Colonel Blair. My best wishes go out to Colonel Blair as he begins the next stages of his career and I welcome Colonel Ploughman.

Military presence in our riding is no stranger to our communities. Many servicemen and women settle in our communities to raise their families. They know they are settling in a community where they are valued, honoured, respected and supported. They are our families, our friends, our loved ones, our school mates, our Curves partners, our Seagulps and Tim Horton's coffee buddies. They know that this community is there to help them when they are in need and are facing the challenges that often come with the loved one making the ultimate sacrifice of defending our country and fighting for peace, Mr. Speaker.

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Deployment to distant lands comes with tremendous burdens, ones that our community will share the load. This is the kind of community, Mr. Speaker, that I have chosen to raise my family in; this is my wish for all Nova Scotians.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the jewels in our harbour, McNabs Island and Lawlor's Island. Local friend of the island, Captain Red Beard, Mike Tilley, and a new ferry service - Taylor Made Tours operated by Steve Taylor - is finding lots of interest, Mr. Speaker, in these islands. A great big thank you goes out to the Friends of McNabs Association. Cathy McCarthy has been leading a team of volunteers in the preservation and protection of these lands for many years.

It is worth noting, though, that they are becoming increasingly frustrated, Mr. Speaker, with this government's lack of interest in this island. They welcome the process for creating a long-term plan for the island and the release of the document with significant plans for restoration and development of the wharves and the parkland. It is not good enough to say that you have a plan and then leave it on the shelf to collect dust.

This work is not only important to my riding, it's important to Halifax Regional Municipality, and it's important to the Province of Nova Scotia. This is a historically- significant site that must have funding allocations to support this plan. This plan was well thought out and it included the stakeholders, such as Friends of McNabs and residents of Eastern Passage. It deserves attention, Mr. Speaker, and I look forward to seeing that.

Residential growth is ever present in the riding, many new developments are happening as we speak, literally. Halifax Regional Municipality's 25- year regional plan has designated an area of growth in and around the Morris Lake area, this is directly behind the Shearwater Air Force Base and joins the communities of Cole Harbour and Eastern Passage within the riding.

Of particular importance to the growth is the infrastructure, or lack of. Roads and transportation are critical to the success of these communities. The traffic on Caldwell Road and Cow Bay Road continues to contribute to speeding issues, crosswalk safety, deteriorating roads and transportation gaps, all of which could be more easily dealt with by appropriate funding from this government to the municipality. Transit connection and service to and from Cole Harbour and Eastern Passage is long overdue; increased transit service to Cow Bay and Bissett Road is also long overdue. It's not a shock, Mr. Speaker, to hear that there is further need for transit funding, road infrastructure funding, trail development and maintenance funding, and funding for partnerships with HRM to see the completion of the Caldwell Road Connector.

Healthy and active lifestyles are critical to the well-being of all citizens of this province, so it will come as no surprise that the people of Eastern Passage will be mobilizing

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to work with the three levels of government to create a health and recreation facility for Eastern Passage.

As well, there is a tremendous amount of work being done by the Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Association on the Shearwater Flyer - as I mentioned earlier - the Salt Marsh Trail, and parklands, but this local community effort is only part of the picture. Maintenance funding is critically important to the sustainability of these infrastructures, these trails, and the lasting effects that they will have on our families.

We all know, Mr. Speaker, that education is on the minds of all the families in the province. Education funding must be increased to the levels that our school boards need to responsibly provide for the education of our children and our youth. The ongoing maintenance funding gaps and aging schools is at a critical point in this area. The Halifax Regional School Board is currently undergoing - as directed by the Minister of Education - a 10-year plan. It sounds exciting and sexy, but what is the reality of this for the residents of Cole Harbour and Eastern Passage?

The reality is that the families of Eastern Passage and Cow Bay have been in need of a high school for more years than I can remember. After being promised a new school by the Liberals roughly 12 years ago, then, at the eleventh hour, the political will of the day took it to Auburn Drive. The reality is, that in the recent by-election, the message came out loud and clear to the people that if they didn't vote for a Progress Conservative candidate, they would never get a high school from our government.

The reality is that, finally, last year, after many years of advocating with the Halifax Regional School Board, we finally were on a list of priorities for new schools. That list was sent to the Minister of Education for consideration. A new high school for the Woodside/Eastern Passage area was recommended on that list. Finally, there was some hope for families. Then, go figure, the minister decided that she didn't like what she was seeing, but rather she would like the school board to waste another year talking about the schools that should be built, closed, or fixed for the next 10 years. So forgive me, Mr. Speaker, if I can't share in the enthusiasm and excitement of today's celebration at Citadel High School.

A 70-person committee struck under the guidance of an Upper Canadian consulting group who, frankly, Mr. Speaker, knows very little of the families in our area - one would think that we don't have a Nova Scotia firm that could do the job - nonetheless, it's taking place right now. Don't get me wrong, I congratulate and I thank every one of the people who are volunteering on that committee because I know they are out there working hard. They are doing the best that they can and what they honestly feel for their communities, but I challenge this government for the changing of the rules mid- game. I am not confident that this new set of rules is in the best interest of our communities, but I will keep an open mind.

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I will put faith in this committee to see the benefits to the communities of Eastern Passage and Cow Bay of a new high school that will allow our children to get up at a reasonable hour to get to school, not at their current 6:00 a.m. wake-up call for 750 students to be bused to Cole Harbour and provide three-quarters of the population at Cole Harbour District High School; I will put faith in this committee in seeing the benefits to the youth of the community who miss out on opportunities to partake in school sports teams because they don't live in the community where the sign is being posted for tryouts, or where they miss out on opportunities for part-time jobs; I will have faith in this committee to make sure that the youth of our community are no longer attending a school that is overcrowded, where they rub shoulder to shoulder every time they walk in the halls before and after school - these are just a few of the challenges that will change when a new high school comes to Eastern Passage.

I have faith in this committee that it will, once again, send a list of schools to be built to the Minister of Education with a recommendation of a high school and the current minister will finally do what the community has been in need of in this province. As one resident recently said to me at an Imagine Our Schools public meeting, Mr. Speaker, it's time to take the politics out of this decision - so I ask the Minister of Education to hear her message loud and clear.

Crime in our neighbourhoods, Mr. Speaker, is also a concern for the residents in the riding. It's not news to anyone. The Speech from the Throne mentions a few new measures to fight crime and I'm grateful for that, but what is needed in crime prevention . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Order. Order, please. I would certainly encourage those who want to carry on some discussions to take it outside the Chamber so we could allow our colleague to be heard in the Chamber. Thank you.

MS. KENT: What is needed, Mr. Speaker, in crime prevention is what will get at the root causes of crime in our communities. This government must start addressing the causes of crime to successfully reinstate the sense of safety in our communities. Many local organizations are doing just that.

YACPAC, Youth and Community Partnership Against Crime, is a grassroots level community organization in Eastern Passage under the leadership of Judy Lightfoot. Judy's experience in the Department of Youth Justice and her current role at the IWK brings a tremendous asset to this local organization and it has much to be proud of. This group has surveyed the community, the youth of the community, and they heard loud and clear that there was a need for a skate park, so they proceeded to make it happen; they heard from the youth that there was a need for a drop-in centre, so they are actively working on it; and they recognized that they would need a working space for a recently reinstated RCMP community officer, so they provided the space. They have established neighbourhood watch groups and citizens on patrol groups in the community. This work is ongoing and I'm sure the same

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types of work are being done in many communities across Nova Scotia, but they can't do it alone.

YACPAC receives funding from a federal crime prevention program that has recently been cancelled - now they are left to their own devices to raise the money to continue their work. Safe communities are not all about adding police officers. More police are wonderful, but a partnership approach is what will change the direction of many of our young people in our communities away from crime and towards healthy, engaging choices. Root causes can be worked on from a local level with support of the government. There are many groups and organizations out there that are doing great, vital, effective work and we must support them at every opportunity.

The citizens of Cole Harbour and Eastern Passage are asking for these issues to be addressed, not unlike all the residents and citizens across this province. I am certainly looking forward to seeing what the current government plans to do with these gaps in their vision for a new Nova Scotia. As I wrap up my speech, I was a little worried that I wouldn't have enough material, but I would be happy to meet with any and all of you to continue these discussions, to hear about what's important to the riding of Cole Harbour and Eastern Passage and where I have the privilege of bringing these issues forward to this government.

In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, we are celebrating 250 years of democracy in this province. I ask this House to work with me to ensure that the people of this province can say with pride that they are happy to celebrate democracy because it is working for them. Thank you. (Applause)

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Economic Development.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, I'm going to move the adjournment of the debate at this time.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is to adjourn debate on the Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order of business, Public Bills for Second Reading.

PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 12.

Bill No. 12 - Evidence Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: I am pleased to rise and move second reading of Bill No. 12, the Evidence Act, the first bill for debate here before the House of Assembly. I know that I look forward to the intervention from our colleagues here this evening. Mr. Speaker, for us, what we wanted to do and achieve with the Evidence Act, which falls out of the Nunn Commission, specifically with regard to the ability to transfer data, it was stated clearly at the time, the ability for the systems to be able to communicate with one another, the system that would be known as JEIN, which is for the administrators within Justice to be able to utilize that system.

Mr. Speaker, one of the things that the Nunn Commission had looked at was the processing time and the ability to exchange data in a timely manner and for the system to be able to respond more effectively. The Evidence Act will enable that process to move forward. Again, I know, as I hear from our colleagues on this, we welcome the interventions; we think this is a positive step forward, and again I am very pleased to rise today to start the process to move this important bill forward as a response to the Nunn Commission.

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

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Mr. Speaker, it's great to see you in that Chair because the piece of advice you gave me earlier, when you heard that I had become the Justice Critic, you would have thought I had taken a summer school course and I was on my way to become a lawyer. Let me clarify, Mr. Speaker, it is with great honour that I accept the responsibility to be the Justice Critic for the Official Opposition. It's a position that I look forward to serving. (Applause) The Leader of the Opposition, when our good friend, Mr. Deveaux, left for Vietnam, at the time I said to him how much I look forward to having the opportunity to be the Justice Critic at some time and now the opportunity has arisen.

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It looks like a busy schedule that we have ahead of us and I want to acknowledge the fact that I'm getting lots of great advice, particularly from the Justice Department staff. The Justice Minister, in his briefings that he has had to staff, has been extremely, I should say- and probably the member for Richmond would agree with me I'm sure - patient with the questions from the old school principal who would like to have clarification on various points.

The Nunn Commission was, of course, a monumental piece of legislation brought forward. The Nunn Commission served us all because of the tremendous task which that particular gentleman served to this province. When we looked at what had happened through the circumstances of the entire investigation, there were a number of common sense things which struck me. If a fax machine isn't working, evidence doesn't get transferred. In this day and age, my question at the time, as the Education Critic for the NDP, is, that's no way to do business; so that when I see this first piece of legislation that has been brought forward by the minister opposite, it's a common sense piece of legislation. It allows for the electronic transfer of information in this day and age, something that should have taken place a long time ago.

The members of the media and the members of this House are aware of the fact that perhaps we wouldn't have had some of the problems that we had, that have been brought to our attention by the Nunn Commission; and as a result of that, of the good work done by that particular gentleman, it has been recommended that this be brought forward. So I congratulate the minister for responding to that initiative. It's something that I'm sure that when we go through the Law Amendments Committee, it will be received well by the members of the Bar and it's something which this Party can support. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Richmond.

MR. MICHEL SAMSON: Mr. Speaker, as the Justice Critic for the Liberal caucus, I'm pleased to have the opportunity to make a few remarks on Bill No. 12, An Act to Amend Chapter 154 of the Revised Statutes of 1989, the Evidence Act.

Mr. Speaker, as has been mentioned by the Minister of Justice, in essence this is bringing our justice system a bit more into modern day reality. More and more electronic devices are used to present documents in everyday business and our court system shouldn't be any different. We all hope that these changes are going to allow for a more efficient justice system here in Nova Scotia. As has been mentioned by the minister, this was one of the recommendations that came from the Nunn Commission, which was struck to review the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate death of Theresa McEvoy.

Mr. Speaker, it became quite clear throughout the review of the Nunn Commission that there were problems within our own justice system and the administration of justice here in Nova Scotia. I know that this government has been quite vocal on problems with the

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Youth Justice Act and in calling upon Ottawa and the federal government to make changes, but I think what was a surprise to us and to many Nova Scotians is that we had problems internally here in Nova Scotia that were no fault of the federal government and no fault of the Youth Justice Act.

There was a problem in the administration of justice here in our province and, Mr. Speaker, I think it's important that the government realize that and make sure that we're doing everything, as a province, to ensure that our justice system is working for Nova Scotians and not simply trying to blame the federal government and the Youth Justice Act for problems that exist when there are common sense changes that can be made here within our own province.

Mr. Speaker, what I do note of interest is that the Minister of Justice, in bringing forward this bill, was also the former Speaker of this Assembly and my colleague, the member for Halifax Clayton Park, was quite adamant in pushing for electronic petitions being accepted here at the House of Assembly. Unfortunately, in his previous life as our Speaker, that notion was rejected by the Speaker and those changes were not made here in the House of Assembly. So I would certainly hope that now that the Minister of Justice finds himself as a Minister of the Crown bringing forward these changes to allow electronic evidence within our system of justice, that he would also take the time to speak to the Speaker and indicate to him his new desire to now have electronic petitions accepted here in the House of Assembly - because one would think that what's good for our justice system should also be good for the House of Assembly, and I would make note of that.

The other thing I want to remark on as well is that I do note the Minister of Justice, unlike his predecessor and other Ministers of Justice, is actually bringing in pieces of legislation which deal with one specific topic at a time. I was fully expecting this session we would see the 2007 Fall version of the Justice Administration Act, which I've lamented for years. I note that up to now it has not been tabled and I'm told it will not be tabled, but there's still time so I'll wait to see if that's going to happen or not.

The new Minister of Justice is bringing them one piece at a time, but I note that the former Minister of Justice - now the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal - has brought to this House Bill No. 7, the Motor Vehicle Act, which actually makes a whole host of changes to a number of pieces of legislation, so while he hasn't been able to bring in the Justice Administration Act, it now appears the same tactics are being used in TIR. Once debate starts on Bill No. 7, I think, and a number of my colleagues in our caucus - and I would suspect in the Official Opposition - will also be raising concerns about that bill and the way it has been presented and the host of changes that are being proposed in that one piece of legislation.

I do want to commend the Minister of Justice and his staff who, I believe, have listened to the concerns that I have raised as Justice Critic. I know that when the Leader of

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the Opposition held the post as Justice Critic, he joined me in those concerns and the previous Justice Critic for the Official Opposition before that was, as well, a vocal critic of that approach to putting in so many changes to different pieces of legislation in one bill.

I do look forward to this bill going to Law Amendments - I'm very curious as to what the reaction will be from the Nova Scotia Bar Society, whether they have any concerns with this specific bill or whether there are any changes that can be made to it. Certainly the concept is one that is easy to support, but again we will wait to see what sort of comments we receive at Law Amendments Committee and when the bill returns to this House for further comments on it.

With that, those are my comments on Bill No. 12. Thank you.

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

The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I want to thank my honourable colleagues for their comments here this evening, and also in recognizing their acknowledgment of the system and the staff within the Department of Justice and their interaction and their willingness to co-operate.

I would note, when we talked about the JEIN system, which is the Justice Enterprise Information Network, it is used by many entities within the justice system - it includes the judges, the court administrators, police, prosecutors and other justice partners. I'm very pleased to speak to the critics that acknowledged the quality staff because just a couple of years ago the Department of Justice employees received the Premier's Award of Excellence for working on that system. I think it speaks to the quality and capabilities of the professionals within the Department of Justice.

Mr. Speaker, I look forward to this bill moving to Law Amendments and, again, we're open-minded with regard that there are other ways to strengthen this. However, I would like to close debate on the bill. I move second reading.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 12. Would all those in favour of the motion, please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I move that the House do now rise and that we meet again tomorrow at the hour of 2:00 p.m. The House hours will be from 2:00 p.m.

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to 8:00 p.m. Following the daily routine and Question Period, government business will be Public Bills for Second Reading, beginning with Bill No. 13, the Probate Act, and Bill No. 7, the Motor Vehicle Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is that the House do now rise, to meet again tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.. Would all those in favour of the motion, please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

[The House rose at 9:58 p.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 125

By: Hon. Richard Hurlburt (Energy)

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

Whereas the 9th annual Mobius Environmental Awards luncheon was held in late April honouring an array of Nova Scotians for making a significant contribution toward the protection of our environment; and

Whereas the Cape Forchu, Yarmouth County Community Clean Up Project earned an honorary mention in the Best Community-based Project category; and

Whereas projects such as the Cape Forchu Clean Up Project make a significant contribution toward the protection of our environment in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commend those involved with the Cape Forchu Clean Up Project for being recognized at a provincial level for their outstanding work.

RESOLUTION NO. 126

By: Hon. Richard Hurlburt (Energy)

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

Whereas Nova Scotia is widely recognized for having a waste reduction system which not only protects the environment but also creates numerous employment opportunities; and

Whereas Rudder's Seafood Restaurant and Brew Pub located in Yarmouth was recognized last Spring at the Mobius Environmental Awards luncheon for being the Business of the Year in protecting Nova Scotia's environment; and

Whereas it is businesses like Rudder's Seafood Restaurant and Brew Pub who deserve so many accolades concerning their protection of our environment while also working toward the reduction in size of Nova Scotia's ecological footprint;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud the owners along with manager Laura Muise and the staff at Rudder's in Yarmouth for being recognized for their environmental contributions at a provincial level.

RESOLUTION NO. 127

By: Hon. Richard Hurlburt (Energy)

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

Whereas the Norman Horrocks Award for Library Leadership was established to honour leadership in the Nova Scotia library community and is given annually by the Nova Scotia Library Association for distinguished contributions to the promotion and development of library service in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Western Counties Regional Library Director, Trudy Amirault, a tireless promoter and developer of library services, was recently named the winner of the 2007 Norman Horrocks Award; and

Whereas Trudy is an articulate and active individual partnering with the Yarmouth Stroke Project as well as the Canadian Mental Health Association to provide the most paramount information to library users, while also having in the past served as vice-chair of the Nova Scotia Community Access Program, while staying involved on many regional, provincial and national committees which has resulted in numerous awards for the regional library;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud Western Counties Regional Library Director, Trudy Amirault, for being named the recipient of the 2007 Norman Horrocks Award while continuing with her drive and determination in wanting to assist people any way she can.

RESOLUTION NO. 128

By: Hon. Richard Hurlburt (Energy)

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

Whereas in their 100th year of operation, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Yarmouth Regional Hospital was named the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraising Group at the Annual Maritime Philanthropy Awards ceremony in Halifax in June; and

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Whereas over the past 100 years the work of the Women's Auxiliary has been felt in practically every aspect of the hospital's operation since their initial meeting on November 12, 1907; and

Whereas since its creation the auxiliary has contributed in excess of $3 million, including a lump sum donation of $1 million in 2007 for the Yarmouth Hospital expansion campaign, quite a leap forward from the initial $449 raised by the auxiliary at a hospital bazaar in 1910;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud the dynamic fundraising efforts of the Yarmouth Regional Hospital Foundation's Ladies Auxiliary while wishing them continued success with all of their future endeavours over the next 100 years.

RESOLUTION NO. 129

By: Hon. Richard Hurlburt (Energy)

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

Whereas Yarmouth Consolidated High School is the only school within the Tri-County Regional School Board and one of only 12 schools in Nova Scotia to be authorized to teach the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program; and

Whereas the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is an internationally recognized, advanced liberal arts diploma designed for ambitious students in Grade 11 and Grade 12 emphasizing critical thinking and analysis, writing and oral communication, philosophy, community service, athletics and internationalism; and

Whereas graduates of the IB Diploma Program are eagerly pursued by universities looking for students who have met an international standard of excellence;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud Yarmouth Memorial High School Principal, Brent Jamieson, and the school's Grade 11 and Grade 12 teaching staff for wanting to partake in this dynamic initiative and for having been formally recognized by the Geneva-based International Baccalaureate Organization.

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RESOLUTION NO. 130

By: Hon. Richard Hurlburt (Energy)

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

Whereas Yarmouth Commerce Magazine in partnership with the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce this year presented their annual business awards the week of November 12, 2007, recognizing excellence and success; and

Whereas David Arenburg, Donna Maillet, Jim MacLeod, Don Hamilton, John Clulee, Kevin d'Eon and Phil LeBlanc received awards recognizing achievements in various categories; and

Whereas David Arenburg of Adcor Marketing received the award as the Yarmouth and Area Business Person of the Year;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate all the nominees for this award and especially David Arenburg for his achievement and wish him continued success in his business.

RESOLUTION NO. 131

By: Hon. Richard Hurlburt (Energy)

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

Whereas Yarmouth Commerce Magazine in partnership with the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce this year presented their annual business awards the week of November 12, 2007, recognizing excellence and success; and

Whereas David Arenburg, Donna Maillet, Jim MacLeod, Don Hamilton, John Clulee, Kevin d'Eon and Phil LeBlanc received awards recognizing achievements in various categories; and

Whereas Don Hamilton of Runner's Attic received the award for exemplifying customer service;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate all the nominees for this award and especially Don Hamilton for his achievement and wish him continued success in his business.

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RESOLUTION NO. 132

By: Hon. Richard Hurlburt (Energy)

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

Whereas Yarmouth Commerce Magazine in partnership with the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce this year presented their annual business awards the week of November 12, 2007, recognizing excellence and success; and

Whereas David Arenburg, Donna Maillet, Jim MacLeod, Don Hamilton, John Clulee, Kevin d'Eon and Phil LeBlanc received awards recognizing achievements in various categories; and

Whereas Jim MacLeod of Spears and MacLeod Pharmasave received the Community Service Award for 2007;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate all the nominees for this award and especially Jim MacLeod for his achievement and wish him continued success in his business.

RESOLUTION NO. 133

By: Hon. Richard Hurlburt (Energy)

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

Whereas Yarmouth Commerce Magazine in partnership with the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce this year presented their annual business awards the week of November 12, 2007, recognizing excellence and success; and

Whereas David Arenburg, Donna Maillet, Jim MacLeod, Don Hamilton, John Clulee, Kevin d'Eon and Phil LeBlanc received awards recognizing achievements in various categories; and

Whereas John Clulee of R.H. Davis & Co. Ltd. received the Business Marketing Award for 2007;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate all the nominees for this award and especially John Clulee for his achievement and wish him continued success in his business.

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RESOLUTION NO. 134

By: Hon. Richard Hurlburt (Energy)

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

Whereas Yarmouth Commerce Magazine in partnership with the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce this year presented their annual business awards the week of November 12, 2007, recognizing excellence and success; and

Whereas David Arenburg, Donna Maillet, Jim MacLeod, Don Hamilton, John Clulee, Kevin d'Eon and Phil LeBlanc received awards recognizing achievements in various categories; and

Whereas Kevin d'Eon of Octand Auto Inc. received the award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate all the nominees for this award and especially Kevin d'Eon for his achievement and wish him continued success in his business.

RESOLUTION NO. 135

By: Hon. Richard Hurlburt (Energy)

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

Whereas Yarmouth Commerce Magazine in partnership with the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce this year presented their annual business awards the week of November 12, 2007, recognizing excellence and success; and

Whereas David Arenburg, Donna Maillet, Jim MacLeod, Don Hamilton, John Clulee, Kevin d'Eon and Phil LeBlanc received awards recognizing achievements in various categories; and

Whereas Phil LeBlanc of IMO Foods Limited received the Export Achievement Award for the year;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate all the nominees for this award and especially Phil LeBlanc for his achievement and wish him continued success in his business.

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RESOLUTION NO. 136

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas Nova Scotians realize the dedication and hard work of their volunteer firefighters and were honoured to gather together to recognize their efforts; and

Whereas on November 24th, friends, family and firefighters gathered together in Westchester to honour the years of service of those members who give so unselfishly of their time and efforts to help ensure the safety of their community and surrounding areas; and

Whereas Chief Charles Moore was recognized on that evening for 35 years of dedicated service to the Westchester Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Chief Charles Moore for his 35 years of dedicated service to the department, his community and to the Province of Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 137

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas Nova Scotians realize the dedication and hard work of their volunteer firefighters and were honoured to gather together to recognize their efforts; and

Whereas on November 24th, friends, family and firefighters gathered together in Westchester to honour the years of service of those members who give so unselfishly of their time and efforts to help ensure the safety of their community and surrounding areas; and

Whereas Arnold Dobson was recognized on that evening for 30 years of dedicated service to the Westchester Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Arnold Dobson for his 30 years of dedicated service to the department, his community and to the Province of Nova Scotia.

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RESOLUTION NO. 138

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas Nova Scotians realize the dedication and hard work of their volunteer firefighters and were honoured to gather together to recognize their efforts; and

Whereas on November 24th, friends, family and firefighters gathered together in Westchester to honour the years of service of those members who give so unselfishly of their time and efforts to help ensure the safety of their community and surrounding areas; and

Whereas Kendall McNutt was recognized on that evening for 10 years of dedicated service to the Westchester Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kendall McNutt for his 10 years of dedicated service to the department, his community and to the Province of Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 139

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas Brittany Herrett, a graduate of Springhill High School, was awarded the Jason Cormier Memorial Scholarship; and

Whereas Jason Cormier was killed in a car crash a decade ago when a community mourned the loss of one of its top young athletes but thanks to an outpouring of support from the community in the days and weeks following his death, Cormier's legacy and memory lives on in the annual Jason Cormier Memorial Scholarship that's handed out every year to a player in the Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association heading on to college or university; and

Whereas Brittany Herrett was most deserving of this award and is attending Acadia University in Wolfville where she is taking the first year of the school's biology program;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Brittany Herrett on receiving this scholarship and wish her all the best in all future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 140

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas Brian and Judy Brown of Oxford, Nova Scotia, are experienced and dedicated woodland owners and were honoured for that in September during a field day at their Windham Hill property; and

Whereas Brian and Judy were awarded the Department of Natural Resources Woodlot Owner of the Year Award for 2007 for Central Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the Browns maintain 14 woodlots on a daily basis, totalling 1,600 acres and have multiple forest values on his woodlots, such as income from maple syrup production, shitake mushrooms, Christmas trees, as well as water protection and quality, wildlife habitat, timber production and offering many recreation opportunities;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Judy and Brian Brown on receiving this prestigious award and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 141

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas Nova Scotians realize the dedication and hard work of their volunteer firefighters and were honoured to gather together to recognize their efforts; and

Whereas on November 24th, friends, family and firefighters gathered together in Westchester to honour the years of service of those members who give so unselfishly of their time and efforts to help ensure the safety of their community and surrounding areas; and

Whereas Ernest Wood was recognized on that evening for 35 years of dedicated service to the Westchester Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Ernest Wood for his 35 years of dedicated service to the department, his community and to the Province of Nova Scotia.

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RESOLUTION NO. 142

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas Nova Scotians realize the dedication and hard work of their volunteer firefighters and were honoured to gather together to recognize their efforts; and

Whereas on November 24th, friends, family and firefighters gathered together in Westchester to honour the years of service of those members who give so unselfishly of their time and efforts to help ensure the safety of their community and surrounding areas; and

Whereas Deborah Hall was recognized on that evening for 15 years of dedicated service to the Westchester Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Deborah Hall for her 15 years of dedicated service to the department, her community and to the Province of Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 143

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas the Westchester Volunteer Fire Department has been serving the people of this area for 35 years; and

Whereas these many volunteers, the ladies auxiliary and the community have supported their efforts, which has saved this area much loss of property and lives; and

Whereas the leadership and efforts of this volunteer fire department are appreciated by all;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Westchester Fire Department on the occasion of their 35th Anniversary, and thank them for their service to community and to the Province of Nova Scotia.

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RESOLUTION NO. 144

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas the Springhill Centennial Golf Club was established in 1967, making this the 40th year of operation; and

Whereas it was established through a small group of volunteers that worked hard and diligently to make their ideas and dreams of this golf club a reality; and

Whereas 40 years later, the Springhill Centennial Golf Club is a thriving club where golfers, old and young, come together to not only play the game they love but to enjoy the camaraderie of the club itself and the members who still share the same love for the game as the small band of golfers who first built the excellent course in 1967, Canada's Centennial;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Springhill Centennial Golf Club on its 40th Anniversary and wish the members many more years of enjoyment on the greens.

RESOLUTION NO. 145

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas Deborah MacPhail loves to swim, especially when it's for a good cause, and the academic chair at Nova Scotia Community College's Cumberland Campus in Springhill is 1 of 25 team members from the college who travelled to Greece for NSCC Swim for the College, a fundraiser in support of scholarships and bursaries for students applying to the college; and

Whereas Deborah MacPhail claims that she loves to swim and thought it would be an excellent opportunity to support future students of the college; and

Whereas each swimmer must raise $6,000 in order to go - MacPhail sold tickets on a quilt, took donations and had a community yard sale to raise the money for this event, which will take her to Greece to participate in the five-kilometre stretches between the Greek Islands;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Deborah MacPhail on this incredible undertaking and wish her well in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 146

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas Royal Canadian Legion Branch 45 was recognized this year for its 75th Anniversary in Parrsboro; and

Whereas there are many veteran organizations in Canada, but the largest by far is the Royal Canadian Legion with over 400,000 members and affiliates; and

Whereas the Legion has focused its efforts on the fight to secure adequate pensions and other well-earned benefits for veterans and their dependants. Acting as an advocacy agency on veterans' behalf, the Legion deals directly with the federal government to ensure ex-military personnel and their dependants are treated fairly and has also assumed a major responsibility for perpetuating the tradition of Remembrance in Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Parrsboro Royal Canadian Legion Branch 45 on their 75th Anniversary, and wish them many more years of service to members and community.

RESOLUTION NO. 147

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas students at Springhill High School entrepreneur class proved that you can't put a price tag on a good idea. Looking to develop a business venture through the popularity of a lo-fidelity, pink-themed anti-bullying campaign, they soon found the integrity of the original idea priceless; and

Whereas students began brainstorming how they, too, could become involved in the movement that was being emulated at schools everywhere while creating a business venture, however, they soon decided that making a buck off of such a good idea wasn't the avenue the students wished to travel; and

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Whereas students wearing pink began to amass outside the Springhill High School and over one-quarter of SHS's student body participated and supported their own pink campaign, lining up to spell out the letters ABC for Anti-Bullying Campaign on the school grounds and the fact that the pink anti-bullying campaign was initiated for students by students are perhaps the key factors in the campaign's success;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the students at Springhill High School for doing their part in the fight against bullying in the schools and wish them all the best in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 148

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas James Melanson of Springhill had a dream one night and woke up determined to make it a reality for the young baseball players and his community; and

Whereas Jim Melanson, who has been coaching minor league baseball in the Town of Springhill for 30 years and is a member of the Nova Scotia Baseball Hall of Fame, spearheaded a project to bring the history of the Springhill Fencebusters to life by honouring those who once played for the Fencebusters by having the original names of those players on the new Fencebusters uniforms now being worn by the young ball players in the Springhill area; and

Whereas Jim Melanson has made this dream come true and the young ball players will know facts about the original player whose number they have on their uniform while some of the new players are wearing the name and number of a grandfather or relative who once wore that very same number;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate James Melanson on having the courage and determination to face the hurdles and hard work to make this dream a reality, and wish him all the best in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 149

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

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Whereas the Joggins Fossil Institute was awarded the Excellence in Collaboration Award during the 2007 Celebrating Communities Conference on September 17, 2007; and

Whereas the Joggins group has united residents, scientists and all three levels of government in an effort to make the famous Joggins fossil cliffs a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and

Whereas accepting the award was Rhonda Kelly, Executive Director of CREDA, and Jenna Boon who represented the institute;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Joggins Fossil Institute for being awarded the Excellence in Collaboration Award and wish the facility many years of success.

RESOLUTION NO. 150

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas Nicole Wry, a Grade 6 student at River Hebert Elementary School, has been writing poetry for two years, and since then she has completed 36 poems and started numerous others; and

Whereas Nicole had seen a flyer about a poetry contest that was posted on the school bulletin board and decided to enter this contest and chose to write about something that mattered to her, the earth; and

Whereas Nicole wrote a poem entitled In the Earth's Eyes and her poem was sent in and was chosen for publication in the book entitled From Wayside to Woodland, An Anthology of Verse, which is due for release January 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Nicole Wry on this outstanding achievement and wish her all the best in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 151

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

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Whereas the children of River Hebert Elementary School wanted to do their part when they recently learned of the plight of others their age and younger children around the world who die on a daily basis from malaria caused by disease carried by mosquitoes; and

Whereas the students were told 150,000 children die of malaria each month and that 15 per cent of Africa's children under the age of five years will die from this dreaded disease; and

Whereas the children asked how they could help and learned that when they buy a bed net for $10, the Canadian Government will match that amount to buy bed nets to keep the children safe while they sleep and each class in the elementary school agreed they would collect coins in a small white bag made of netting on Halloween to collect monies to help the childrenl, this is children caring for children they may never meet, this is humanity at its best;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the children of River Hebert Elementary School on their unselfish act to help the children in need in Africa and wish them great success in their endeavour.

RESOLUTION NO. 152

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas Cape Chignecto Provincial Park has won a major national award for tourism excellence; and

Whereas the park was presented with the prestigious Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award on November 5, 2007, in Victoria, B.C., during Canada's Tourism Leadership Summit 2007; and

Whereas presented by The Globe and Mail, the Sustainable Tourism Award recognized Cape Chignecto for making a significant contribution to practising and promoting sustainable tourism in Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Cape Chignecto Provincial Park on receiving this prestigious award and wish the park many more years of success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 153

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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

Whereas the Westchester Firefighters Ladies' Auxiliary, with a little help from friends, operated a comfort station at the fire hall which served over 125 guests during a power outage in the community due to Tropical Storm Noel; and

Whereas lunches were served by the auxiliary to seniors in the village and folks were called on as a way of keeping in touch, also generators were moved from home to home so there would be no freezer food loss, et cetera; and

Whereas the comfort station was organized and busy due to the friendship and support of the auxiliary and all of the good and kind community residents who were there to help each other through a trying time;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Westchester Firefighters Ladies' Auxiliary for their act of kindness and support to their community, and wish them success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 154

By: Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay)

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

Whereas Jeff MacDonald, Nicole McIntyre, Cale Gillis and Sarah Penney, Grade 9 students at St. Michael's Junior High School, were acknowledged for academic achievement; and

Whereas Jeff and Nicole were awarded the Allister Metcalfe Memorial Award for excellence in mathematics and Cale and Sarah were awarded the Principal's Award; and

Whereas these students have shown great academic achievements and school spirit over the course of their junior high years;

Therefore be it resolved that Members of the House of Assembly congratulate Jeff MacDonald, Nicole McIntyre, Cale Gillis and Sarah Penney and wish them success in future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 155

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 Fred Walsh, a retired employee from the Department of Agriculture, has been appointed as a member of the Order of Canada in recognition of his lifetime of volunteer service; and

Whereas Mr. Walsh has been very involved with the CNIB, Operation Eyesight, his church, the Kentville Rotary Club, the Salvation Army and many other community organizations over the years; and

Whereas Mr. Walsh has never failed in his encouragement and enthusiasm for fellow farmers and residents of Kings County;

Therefore be it resolved that the Members of the Legislature congratulate Fred Walsh on this prestigious appointment and wish he and his wife Mary all the best as they continue in their good deeds.

RESOLUTION NO. 156

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 Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame honours members of the agricultural community for outstanding contributions to industry, community and farm organizations; and

Whereas the late Allister Marshall was inducted into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame in a ceremony in October at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College; and

Whereas Allister Marshall served on the board of Scotian Gold Cooperatives Ltd. and the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association and had been active in numerous organizations in his native Kings County, providing leadership and support;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Mr. Marshall for his exemplary contributions to our agriculture sector and extend best wishes and fond remembrances to his wife and other family members.

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RESOLUTION NO. 157

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (The Premier)

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

Whereas some of the true heroes in this province are our volunteers who give of their time, energy and resources to do what they can to make life better for our youth; and

Whereas Wayne MacMillan has been a volunteer coach, umpire, and for over 20 years until his recent retirement, President of the Strait Area Minor Baseball Association; and

Whereas Mr. MacMillan has committed countless hours of his time and talents to foster and promote the sport of baseball in the Strait Area on behalf of its young players;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend Mr. MacMillan on his outstanding community mindedness and dedication to sport and our youth in the region.

RESOLUTION NO. 158

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

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

Whereas the Gravenstein apple was first introduced to Nova Scotia in the 19th Century by Charles Rammage Prescott - at that time the father of the Nova Scotia apple industry - and by 1859 Gravenstein apples were commonly cultivated on Nova Scotia farms, where even today the Gravenstein apple is still considered the choicest apple by many Nova Scotians; and

Whereas Slow Food International, with branches worldwide, including one here in Nova Scotia, was founded in Italy in 1989 and it advocates buying local with respect for history and tradition while encouraging people to have a more ardent interest in where their food actually comes from; and

Whereas Slow Food Nova Scotia Founder and President, Brian Kienapple of Newport, Hants County, worked vigorously to ensure the Gravenstein was placed on Slow Food Canada's Ark of Taste List, which calls upon the Art to seek first and foremost the opportunity for example to save an economic, social and cultural heritage, making the Gravenstein only the sixth item on the Ark's Canadian list;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly acknowledge the tremendous work undertaken by the Nova Scotia Chapter of Slow Food Canada and wish them continued success with all future projects.

RESOLUTION NO. 159

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 Avon View High School in Windsor is the only school within the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board and one of only twelve schools in Nova Scotia to be authorized to teach the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program; and

Whereas the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is an internationally recognized, advanced liberal arts diploma designed for ambitious students in Grades 11 and 12 emphasizing critical thinking and analysis, writing and oral communication, philosophy, community service, athletics and internationalism; and

Whereas graduates of the IB diploma program are eagerly pursued by universities looking for students who have met an international standard of excellence;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud Avon View High School Principal Larry Frenette and his Grade 11-12 teaching staff for wanting to partake in this dynamic initiative and for having been formally recognized by the Geneva-based International Baccalaureate Organization.

RESOLUTION NO. 160

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

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

Whereas the 2007-2008 High School Athletic Season is now well underway, yet it is still not too late to recognize outstanding achievements from 2006-2007; and

Whereas Avon View High School held their annual athletic awards banquet in June where it was announced that the school wrestling team captured team of the year honours, Oscar Lavergne was named Male Athlete of the Year and Ashley Aker was presented with Female of the Year Athlete Honours; and

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Whereas other awards of recognition went to Jim Bryan and the "Possums" for their contribution to the school's intramural program, Jenna Bishop was recognized for her Organization and Administration in Avon View Athletics, Deanne O'Reilly and Mitch Wainman captured the Female and Male Athlete in the Mirror Awards, while Kelly Bishop and Clinton Cruikshank were honoured in the Female and Male categories for their outstanding contribution to athletics;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud these outstanding athletes and wish them continued success with their future and athletic pursuits.

RESOLUTION NO. 161

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 Windsor film producer Bev Bliss was widely recognized in 2007 for her role as a Director in the nationally released arts documentary "Geometry of Love"; and

Whereas Bev who moved to Windsor from Alberta in the past 18 months, worked with fellow producer Colin Neale and Author Margaret Visser in Witnessing their film "Geometry of Love" win a 2007 Gabriel Award, as well as securing a triple victory at the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival last Spring; and

Whereas in Houston, "The Geometry of Love" secured the festival's top honour, a Platinum Award for Best Documentary (Religion and Ethics), a Platinum Award for Best Music Documentary, and a Gold Award for Best Director;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud the artistic talents of Windsor's Bev Bliss, in being part of the production team for an award-winning feature documentary, while wishing her every success in the two films she is presently working on.

RESOLUTION NO. 162

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

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

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Whereas the Annapolis Valley School Board covers an area encompassing three counties and 43 schools between Mount Uniacke in Hants County to Bear River in Annapolis County; and

Whereas for 20 consecutive years the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board has been a recipient of the Nova Scotia Pupil Transportation Gold Level Achievement Award for excellence and safety; and

Whereas for three consecutive years now the School Board has received the Gerry Buchan Memorial Award for garnering top scores in the Pupil Transportation Achievement Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize staff of the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board for their accomplishments in pupil transportation safety while they work toward ensuing the next 20 years are as commendable and safe as the past 20 have been.

RESOLUTION NO. 163

By: Hon. Alfie MacLeod (Cape Breton West)

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

Whereas Cape Breton Beverages, established in 1949, is the only independent bottler of Pepsi products in the Maritimes and employs over 100 people; and

Whereas Cape Breton Beverages was one of only two Canadian bottlers to win a 2006 exclusive quality award from the Pepsi-Cola company at a recent convention in Dallas, Texas; and

Whereas Cape Breton Beverages located in the Sidport Industrial Park captured the 2006 Caleb Bradham Quality Award, an award names after the pharmacist who created the fabulous taste of Pepsi at his pharmacy in New Bern, North Carolina, in 1898;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud Andre Cote and staff at the Cape Breton Beverages on achieving this high ranking award and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 164

By: Hon. Alfie MacLeod (Cape Breton West)

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

Whereas the tourism accolades continue for Cape Breton Island; and

Whereas National Geographic Traveller magazine has ranked Cape Breton Island as being tied for tenth place with Corsica in their annual publication of the world's best islands; and

Whereas a total of 111 islands as well as archipelagos were judged in six categories which included everything from ecological quality to cultural and environmental integrity;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this House of Assembly recognize Cape Breton for the great beauty it beholds.

RESOLUTION NO. 165

By: Hon. Alfie MacLeod (Cape Breton West)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Public Service Commission is dedicated to building a service that strives for excellence while recruiting Nova Scotians to meet the needs of a modern and innovative public service; and

Whereas Scott MacLeod has served the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal for three decades and is still doing an outstanding job; and

Whereas Scott was recently recognized by the Province of Nova Scotia for his 30 years dedication and commitment which he has exemplified as an employee with Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the tremendous work ethic of Mr. Scott MacLeod, a resident of the Gabarus highway in Big Ridge, Cape Breton Regional Municipality to Nova Scotia's Public Service and for a job incredibly well done.

RESOLUTION NO. 166

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

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Whereas on May 12, 2007, Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Association held their Tenth Annual Sports Banquet and Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; and

Whereas the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team won two Eastern Canadian Titles and six consecutive championships and travelled the country from New Brunswick to British Columbia to participate in four national championships; and

Whereas the team was honoured at the banquet by being inducted into the Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team in displaying outstanding sportsmanship and for being goodwill ambassadors for the game and the province.

RESOLUTION NO. 167

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas on May 12, 2007, Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Association held their Tenth Annual Sports Banquet and Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; and

Whereas Allister Surette, a member of the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team, won two Eastern Canadian Titles and six consecutive championships and travelled the country from New Brunswick to British Columbia to participate in four national championships; and

Whereas Allister Surette and his team were honoured at the banquet by being inducted into the Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Allister Surette and the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team in displaying outstanding sportsmanship and for being goodwill ambassadors for the game and the province.

RESOLUTION NO. 168

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

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Whereas on May 12, 2007, Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Association held their Tenth Annual Sports Banquet and Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; and

Whereas Dennison d'Entremont was a member of the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team, won two Eastern Canadian Titles and six consecutive championships and travelled the country from New Brunswick to British Columbia to participate in four national championships; and

Whereas Dennison d'Entremont and his team were honoured at the banquet by being inducted into the Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Dennison d'Entremont and the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team in displaying outstanding sportsmanship and for being goodwill ambassadors for the game and the province.

RESOLUTION NO. 169

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas on May 12, 2007, Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Association held their Tenth Annual Sports Banquet and Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; and

Whereas Johnny d'Eon, a member of the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team, won two Eastern Canadian Titles and six consecutive championships and travelled the country from New Brunswick to British Columbia to participate in four national championships; and

Whereas Johnny d'Eon and his team were honoured at the banquet by being inducted into the Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Johnny d'Eon and the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team in displaying outstanding sportsmanship and for being goodwill ambassadors for the game and the province.

RESOLUTION NO. 170

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas on May 12, 2007, Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Association held their Tenth Annual Sports Banquet and Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; and

Whereas Ken Jenkins, a member of the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team, won two Eastern Canadian Titles and six consecutive championships and travelled the country from New Brunswick to British Columbia to participate in four national championships; and

Whereas Ken Jenkins and his team were honoured at the banquet by being inducted into the Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Ken Jenkins and the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team in displaying outstanding sportsmanship and for being goodwill ambassadors for the game and the province.

RESOLUTION NO. 171

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas on May 12, 2007, Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Association held their Tenth Annual Sports Banquet and Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; and

Whereas Olen d'Entremont, a member of the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team, won two Eastern Canadian Titles and six consecutive championships and travelled the country from New Brunswick to British Columbia to participate in four national championships; and

Whereas Olen d'Entremont and his team were honoured at the banquet by being inducted into the Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Olen d'Entremont and the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team in displaying outstanding sportsmanship and for being goodwill ambassadors for the game and the province.

RESOLUTION NO. 172

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas on May 12, 2007, Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Association held their Tenth Annual Sports Banquet and Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; and

Whereas Reggie d'Entremont, a member of the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team, won two Eastern Canadian Titles and six consecutive championships and travelled the country from New Brunswick to British Columbia to participate in four national championships; and

Whereas Reggie d'Entremont and his team were honoured at the banquet by being inducted into the Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Reggie d'Entremont and the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team in displaying outstanding sportsmanship and for being goodwill ambassadors for the game and the province.

RESOLUTION NO. 173

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas on May 12, 2007, Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Association held their Tenth Annual Sports Banquet and Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; and

Whereas Ricky Muise, a member of the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team, won two Eastern Canadian Titles and six consecutive championships and travelled the country from New Brunswick to British Columbia to participate in four national championships; and

Whereas Ricky Muise and his team were honoured at the banquet by being inducted into the Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Ricky Muise and the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team in displaying outstanding sportsmanship and for being goodwill ambassadors for the game and the province.

RESOLUTION NO. 174

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By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas on May 12, 2007, Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Association held their Tenth Annual Sports Banquet and Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; and

Whereas Roland d'Entremont, a member of the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team, won two Eastern Canadian Titles and six consecutive championships and travelled the country from New Brunswick to British Columbia to participate in four national championships; and

Whereas Roland d'Entremont and his team were honoured at the banquet by being inducted into the Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Roland d'Entremont and the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team in displaying outstanding sportsmanship and for being goodwill ambassadors for the game and the province.

RESOLUTION NO. 175

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas on May 12, 2007, Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Association held their Tenth Annual Sports Banquet and Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; and

Whereas Clayton d'Eon, a member of the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team, won two Eastern Canadian Titles and six consecutive championships and travelled the country from New Brunswick to British Columbia to participate in four national championships; and

Whereas Clayton d'Eon and his team were honoured at the banquet by being inducted into the Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Clayton d'Eon and the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team in displaying outstanding sportsmanship and for being goodwill ambassadors for the game and the province.

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RESOLUTION NO. 176

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas on May 12, 2007, Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Association held their Tenth Annual Sports Banquet and Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; and

Whereas Francois d'Entremont, a member of the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team, won two Eastern Canadian Titles and six consecutive championships and travelled the country from New Brunswick to British Columbia to participate in four national championships; and

Whereas Francois d'Entremont and his team were honoured at the banquet by being inducted into the Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Francois d'Entremont and the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team in displaying outstanding sportsmanship and for being goodwill ambassadors for the game and the province.

RESOLUTION NO. 177

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas on May 12, 2007, Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Association held their Tenth Annual Sports Banquet and Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; and

Whereas Joey d'Entremont, a member of the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team, won two Eastern Canadian Titles and six consecutive championships and travelled the country from New Brunswick to British Columbia to participate in four national championships; and

Whereas Joey d'Entremont and his team were honoured at the banquet by being inducted into the Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Joey d'Entremont and the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team in displaying outstanding sportsmanship and for being goodwill ambassadors for the game and the province.

RESOLUTION NO. 178

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas on May 12, 2007, Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Association held their Tenth Annual Sports Banquet and Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; and

Whereas Kenneth d'Entremont, a member of the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team, won two Eastern Canadian Titles and six consecutive championships and travelled the country from New Brunswick to British Columbia to participate in four national championships; and

Whereas Kenneth d'Entremont and his team were honoured at the banquet by being inducted into the Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Kenneth d'Entremont and the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team in displaying outstanding sportsmanship and for being goodwill ambassadors for the game and the province.

RESOLUTION NO. 179

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas on May 12, 2007, Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Association held their Tenth Annual Sports Banquet and Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; and

Whereas Maurice d'Eon, a member of the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team, won two Eastern Canadian Titles and six consecutive championships and travelled the country from New Brunswick to British Columbia to participate in four national championships; and

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Whereas Maurice d'Eon and his team were honoured at the banquet by being inducted into the Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Maurice d'Eon and the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team in displaying outstanding sportsmanship and for being goodwill ambassadors for the game and the province.

RESOLUTION NO. 180

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas on May 12, 2007, Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Association held their Tenth Annual Sports Banquet and Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; and

Whereas Richard d'Entremont, a member of the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team, won two Eastern Canadian Titles and six consecutive championships and travelled the country from New Brunswick to British Columbia to participate in four national championships; and

Whereas Richard d'Entremont and his team were honoured at the banquet by being inducted into the Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Richard d'Entremont and the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team in displaying outstanding sportsmanship and for being goodwill ambassadors for the game and the province.

RESOLUTION NO. 181

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas on May 12, 2007, Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Association held their Tenth Annual Sports Banquet and Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; and

Whereas Wayne LeBlanc, a member of the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team, won two Eastern Canadian Titles and six consecutive championships and travelled the

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country from New Brunswick to British Columbia to participate in four national championships; and

Whereas Wayne LeBlanc and his team were honoured at the banquet by being inducted into the Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Wayne LeBlanc and the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team in displaying outstanding sportsmanship and for being goodwill ambassadors for the game and the province.

RESOLUTION NO. 182

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Health)

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

Whereas on May 12, 2007, Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Association held their Tenth Annual Sports Banquet and Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; and

Whereas Wendell d'Eon, a member of the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team, won two Eastern Canadian Titles and six consecutive championships and travelled the country from New Brunswick to British Columbia to participate in four national championships; and

Whereas Wendell d'Eon and his team were honoured at the banquet by being inducted into the Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Wendell d'Eon and the West Pubnico Huskies Slow Pitch Team in displaying outstanding sportsmanship and for being goodwill ambassadors for the game and the province.

RESOLUTION NO. 183

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

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Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Francis Bond is one such employee who has dedicated 41 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Francis Bond and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 184

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Leon Rhodenizer is one such employee who has dedicated 40 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Leon Rhodenizer and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 185

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Eugene Bond is one such employee who has dedicated 40 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Eugene Bond and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 186

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Albert Rhodenizer is one such employee who has dedicated 38 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Albert Rhodenizer and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 187

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Jack Ross is one such employee who has dedicated 37 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Jack Ross and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 188

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By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Harden Weisner is one such employee who has dedicated 37 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Harden Weisner and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 189

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas John Mader is one such employee who has dedicated 37 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate John Mader and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 190

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

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Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Grant Payne is one such employee who has dedicated 37 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Grant Payne and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 191

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas David Schnare is one such employee who has dedicated 36 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate David Schnare and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 192

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

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Whereas Ervin Broome is one such employee who has dedicated 36 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Ervin Broome and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 193

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas David Roy is one such employee who has dedicated 35 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate David Roy and wish him much success in the years to come.

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RESOLUTION NO. 194

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Lloyd Publicover is one such employee who has dedicated 35 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Lloyd Publicover and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 195

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Dale Broome is one such employee who has dedicated 35 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Dale Broome and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 196

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Michael Hiltz is one such employee who has dedicated 35 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Michael Hiltz and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 197

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Glen Cook is one such employee who has dedicated 30 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Glen Cook and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 198

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

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Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Danny Bond is one such employee who has dedicated 30 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Danny Bond and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 199

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Bruce Reid is one such employee who has dedicated 31 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Bruce Reid and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 200

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas George Hirtle is one such employee who has dedicated 33 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate George Hirtle and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 201

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas David Veinotte is one such employee who has dedicated 33 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate David Veinotte and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 202

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Sheila Morash is one such employee who has dedicated 34 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Sheila Morash and wish her much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 203

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By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Carl Stevens is one such employee who has dedicated 35 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Carl Stevens and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 204

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Debbie Publicover is one such employee who has dedicated 35 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Debbie Publicover and wish her much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 205

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

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Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Helen Whitehouse is one such employee who has dedicated 39 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Helen Whitehouse and wish her much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 206

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Roy Whynot is one such employee who has dedicated 39 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Roy Whynot and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 207

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

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Whereas George White is one such employee who has dedicated 31 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate George White and wish him much success in the years to come.

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RESOLUTION NO. 208

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Phillip Wentzell is one such employee who has dedicated 32 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Phillip Wentzell and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 209

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas William Corkum is one such employee who has dedicated 32 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate William Corkum and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 210

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Leslie Allan is one such employee who has dedicated 33 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Leslie Allan and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 211

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Larry Colp is one such employee who has dedicated 33 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Larry Colp and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 212

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

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Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas John Sickhy is one such employee who has dedicated 32 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate John Sickhy and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 213

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Clarence Jollymore is one such employee who has dedicated 34 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Clarence Jollymore and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 214

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Richard Snyder is one such employee who has dedicated 34 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Richard Snyder and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 215

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas George Mason is one such employee who has dedicated 35 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate George Mason and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 216

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Donald Bell is one such employee who has dedicated 35 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Donald Bell and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 217

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By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Harry Stevens is one such employee who has dedicated 32 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Harry Stevens and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 218

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas James Whynot is one such employee who has dedicated 32 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate James Whynot and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 219

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

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Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Robert Westhaver is one such employee who has dedicated 33 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Robert Westhaver and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 220

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas David Broome is one such employee who has dedicated 34 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate David Broome and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 221

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

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Whereas Clayton Walker is one such employee who has dedicated 34 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Clayton Walker and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 222

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Barry Cleveland is one such employee who has dedicated 34 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Barry Cleveland and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 223

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas James Roy is one such employee who has dedicated 34 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate James Roy and wish him much success in the years to come.

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RESOLUTION NO. 224

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Winton Cook is one such employee who has dedicated 35 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Winton Cook and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 225

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Donald Protasivich is one such employee who has dedicated 35 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Donald Protasivich and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 226

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas George Shatford is one such employee who has dedicated 37 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate George Shatford and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 227

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Floyd Shatford is one such employee who has dedicated 37 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Floyd Shatford and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 228

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

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Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Brian Slauenwhite is one such employee who has dedicated 32 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Brian Slauenwhite and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 229

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Gary MacKay is one such employee who has dedicated 34 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Gary MacKay and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 230

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Christopher Mader is one such employee who has dedicated 38 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Christopher Mader and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 231

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hard-working and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Rollie Mills is one such employee who has dedicated 31 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Rollie Mills and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 232

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Blaine Cook is one such employee who has dedicated 32 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Blaine Cook and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 233

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By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Wayne Whynot is one such employee who has dedicated 33 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Wayne Whynot and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 234

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Austin Hatt is one such employee who has dedicated 40 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Austin Hatt and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 235

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

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Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Eugene Whynot is one such employee who has dedicated 39 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Eugene Whynot and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 236

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Kevin Bond is one such employee who has dedicated 39 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Kevin Bond and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 237

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

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Whereas Michael Stevens is one such employee who has dedicated 31 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Michael Stevens and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 238

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Rustin Broome is one such employee who has dedicated 31 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Rustin Broome and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 239

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Farron Kaizer is one such employee who has dedicated 32 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Farron Kaizer and wish him much success in the years to come.

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RESOLUTION NO. 240

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Harris J. Powers is one such employee who has dedicated 32 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Harris Powers and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 241

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Harold Acker is one such employee who has dedicated 32 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Harold Acker and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 242

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Alan Broome is one such employee who has dedicated 32 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Alan Broome and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 243

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Joseph Verge is one such employee who has dedicated 32 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Joseph Verge and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 244

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

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Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

Whereas David Nauss is one such employee who has dedicated 32 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate David Nauss and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 245

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Basil Smith is one such employee who has dedicated 33 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Basil Smith and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 246

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Charles Dorey is one such employee who has dedicated 33 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Charles Dorey and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 247

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Timothy Sims is one such employee who has dedicated 34 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Timothy Sims and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 248

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Arthur Coolen is one such employee who has dedicated 34 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Arthur Coolen and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 249

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By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Gary Wilson is one such employee who has dedicated 35 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Gary Wilson and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 250

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Glenn Bond is one such employee who has dedicated 35 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Glenn Bond and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 251

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

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Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Cyril Westhaver is one such employee who has dedicated 35 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Cyril Westhaver and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 252

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is their hardworking and dedicated employees; and

Whereas Brian Crane is one such employee who has dedicated 36 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Brian Crane and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 253

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas this past September LP Canexel celebrated its 40th Anniversary of operation at their East River plant; and

Whereas many things have contributed to the company's success over the past 40 years, but its number one asset is its hardworking and dedicated employees; and

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Whereas Brian Spidle is one such employee who has dedicated 31 years of quality service to LP Canexel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Brian Spidle and wish him much success in the years to come.