The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House adjourned:
October 26, 2017.

HANSARD 08-41

DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Alfie MacLeod

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Second Session

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2008

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS:
Rpt. of Public Trustee (2008), Hon. C. Clarke 4641
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 4478, Nat'l. Energy Efficiency Conf.: Delegates - Welcome,
The Premier 4642
Vote - Affirmative 4642
Res. 4479, Pain Awareness Wk. (11/02-11/08/08) - Recognize,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 4642
Vote - Affirmative 4643
Res. 4480, Power of Green Conf.: Econ. Dev. Dept. - Congrats.,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 4643
Vote - Affirmative 4644
Res. 4481, L'Arche: Staff/Vols. - Commend,
Hon. J. Streatch 4644
Vote - Affirmative 4644
Res. 4482, Research Infosource: Grant Rankings - Dal./SMU/ST. F.X./Acad./
NSAC, Hon. K. Casey 4645
Vote - Affirmative 4645
Res. 4483, Reid, Jim - Environmental Efforts,
Hon. M. Parent 4645
Vote - Affirmative 4646
Res. 4484, Pick, Eric/Saywood, Mark: Bravery - Thank,
Hon. D. Morse 4646
Vote - Affirmative 4647
Res. 4485, Acad. Univ./Anna. Valley Reg. Sch. Bd.: Partnership - Congrats.,
Hon. K. Casey 4647
Vote - Affirmative 4647
Res. 4486, Environ.: Cool Truro Prog. - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Parent 4648
Vote - Affirmative 4648
Res. 4487, Health & Stroke Fdn. (N.S.): Work - Recognize,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 4648
Vote - Affirmative 4649
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No. 201, Counselling Therapists Act, Hon. C. d'Entremont 4649
No. 202, Liquor Control Act, Mr. L. Preyra 4649
No. 203, Hospitals Act, Hon. C. d'Entremont 4650
No. 204, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre Expansion Act,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 4650
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 4488, Gov't. (Can.): Equalization - Importance Remind,
Mr. D. Dexter 4650
Vote - Affirmative 4650
Res. 4489, MacInnes, John Graham: Death of - Tribute,
Mr. S. McNeil 4651
Vote - Affirmative 4651
Res. 4490, Baddeck - Silver Dart Centennial,
Mr. K. Bain 4651
Vote - Affirmative 4652
Res. 4491, Gov't. (Can.): Shipbuilding/Marine Supply Ind. - Plan,
Mr. D. Dexter 4652
Vote - Affirmative 4653
Res. 4492, C.B. South MLA: Electoral Victories - Recognize,
Mr. S. McNeil 4653
Vote - Affirmative 4654
Res. 4493, Paris, Carol & Henderson - RCL Medals,
Mr. P. Dunn 4654
Vote - Affirmative 4655
Res. 4494, Weir Rockin' Concert: Organizers/Sponsors - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 4655
Vote - Affirmative 4656
Res. 4495, Prem./Exco: Job Loss - Inactivity,
Mr. K. Colwell 4656
Res. 4496, Rankin Mem. Sch. Communities - Anniv. (50th),
Mr. K. Bain 4656
Vote - Affirmative 4657
Res. 4497, Calderhead, Vince: Tait Award - Congrats.,
Ms. Maureen MacDonald 4657
Vote - Affirmative 4658
Res. 4498, Hfx. Chamber of Comm.: Healthy Bus. Award Recipients -
Congrats., Mr. M. Samson 4658
Vote - Affirmative 4659
Res. 4499, Dunn, Cpl. Arthur: Afghanistan Tour - Return Welcome,
Mr. P. Dunn 4659
Vote - Affirmative 4659
Res. 4500, Pain Awareness Wk. (11/02-11/08/08) - Recognize,
Ms. J. Massey 4660
Vote - Affirmative 4660
Res. 4501, Glace Bay Daredevils Soccer Team - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 4660
Vote - Affirmative 4661
Res. 4502, Surette, Roland: Acadian/Metis Movement - Contribution,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 4661
Vote - Affirmative 4662
Res. 4503, Covey Island Boatworks Fire/Sperry Search: Commun. Groups/
Vols. - Recognize, Ms. V. Conrad 4662
Vote - Affirmative 4663
Res. 4504, Fish. & Aquaculture: Lobster Fishermen - Help,
Mr. H. Theriault 4663
Vote - Affirmative 4663
Res. 4505, LRB: Underwriters' Lab. - Certification,
Hon. M. Parent 4663
Vote - Affirmative 4664
Res. 4506, Augustine-MacIsaac/Labrador, Melissa Sue: Mi'kmaq Art Show -
Congrats., Ms. V. Conrad 4664
Vote - Affirmative 4665
Res. 4507, Ewing, Bud: Waterville & Dist. FD Serv. (60 Yrs.) -
Congrats., Mr. L. Glavine 4665
Vote - Affirmative 4666
Res. 4508, Wile, Tyler - Hebbville Acad. Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4666
Vote - Affirmative 4666
Res. 4509, Slaunwhite, Candace: RCMP Acad. - Graduation,
Mr. W. Estabrooks 4667
Vote - Affirmative 4667
Res. 4510, Prem.: Economic Update - Provide,
Mr. L. Glavine 4667
Res. 4511, Fish. & Aquaculture: Lobster Licensing - Fed. Min. Contact,
Mr. S. Belliveau 4668
Res. 4512, MacMillan, Mayor Barrie: Serv. - Commend,
Mr. C. MacKinnon 4669
Vote - Affirmative 4669
Res. 4513, 12 Wing Shearwater - Anniv. (90th),
Ms. B. Kent 4669
Vote - Affirmative 4670
Res. 4514, C.B.U. Capers Women's Soccer Team - Congrats.,
Mr. G. Gosse 4670
Vote - Affirmative 4671
Res. 4515, Townsend, Lonnie: Lockeport Fundraiser - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 4671
Vote - Affirmative 4672
Res. 4516, Tinker, Ruth and Stacey: Hair For Heroes - Donations,
Ms. B. Kent 4672
Vote - Affirmative 4672
GOVERNMENT BUSINESS:
PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 179, Halifax Regional Municipality Charter, Hon. J. Muir 4673
Hon. B. Taylor 4673
Vote - Affirmative 4676
No. 181, Halifax Regional Municipality Act, Hon. J. Muir 4676
Ms. B. Kent 4676
Ms. D. Whalen 4679
Adjourned debate 4686
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Tue., Nov. 4th at 2:00 p.m. 4688
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 4517, Mooney, David: Commun. Contribution - Congrats.,
Hon. R. Hurlburt 4689
Res. 4518, Nuts & Ribs: Event - Recognize,
Hon. L. Goucher 4689
Res. 4519, Masstown Market: N.S. Exhibition - Parade Award,
Hon. K. Casey 4690
Res. 4520, Mother of Sorrows Pioneer Shrine - Anniv. (40th),
The Premier 4690
Res. 4521, Garland, Darrell: Hole-in-One - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 4691
Res. 4522, Ruffell, Kevin: Holt-in-One - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 4691
Res. 4523, Family Fries: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4692
Res. 4524, Mike Landry Appliance Repair: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4692
Res. 4525, Bernfield Kennels: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4693
Res. 4526, Bluenose Well Drilling Ltd: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4693
Res. 4527, Bevlo Products: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4693
Res. 4528, Betty's Wedding & Formal Wear: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4694
Res. 4529, Chorister Gowns and Robes: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4694
Res. 4530, Century 21 George Marks: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4695
Res. 4531, Clam Hbr. Beach Motel: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4695
Res. 4532, Chezzetcook Touring & Recovery: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4695
Res. 4533, Cougar Cars Inc.: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4696
Res. 4534, Country Classic Cuts: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4696
Res. 4535, Cox NAPA Auto Parts: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4697
Res. 4536, Darr Welding & Fabricating Ltd.: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4697
Res. 4537, Down East Starter and Alternator Services: Contributions -
Applaud, Hon. W. Dooks 4697
Res. 4538, East Coast Window Fashions: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4698
Res. 4539, Eastern Shore Auto Salvage Ltd.: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4698
Res. 4540, Mullins, Dr. Frazer: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4699
Res. 4541, Elephant's Next B & B: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4699
Res. 4542, Erica's Day Care Ctr.: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4699
Res. 4543, Fawcett's Mini Excavating: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4700
Res. 4544, Gaetz Custom Homes: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4700
Res. 4545, Gabe's Heating: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4701
Res. 4546, Hbr. Ridge Golf Club: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4701
Res. 4547, Iron for Home and Garden: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4701
Res. 4548, Jeddore Lodge & Cabins: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4702
Res. 4549, Jeddore Variety: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4702
Res. 4550, Investors Groups Financial Serv. Inc. Tammy Campbell:
Contributions - Applaud, Hon. W. Dooks 4703
Res. 4551, Jerry's Septic Tank Pumping Serv.: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4703
Res. 4552, Jimmy Flynn Productions Ltd.: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4703
Res. 4553, Rolling Stone Const. Co.: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 4704
Res. 4554, Stabenow, Gregor - NSSAF Title, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4704
Res. 4555, Gates, Haley - NSSAF Title, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4705
Res. 4556, Jorgenson, Maia - NSSAF Title, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4705
Res. 4557, Jorgenson, Maia - NSSAF Medals, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4706
Res. 4558, Dolliver, Marcus - NSSAF Title, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4706
Res. 4559, Guerrero, Marielle - NSSAF Title, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4706
Res. 4560, Frier, Moira - NSSAF Title, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4707
Res. 4561, Mercer, Nick - NSSAF Title, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4707
Res. 4562, McIntosh, Rachel - NSSAF Title, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4708
Res. 4563, McIntosh, Rachel - NSSAF Medals, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4708
Res. 4564, Bell, Rebecca - NSSAF Title, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4709
Res. 4565, Nickerson, Sydney - NSSAF Title, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4709
Res. 4566, MacLellan, Cameron - NSSAF Medals,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4709
Res. 4567, Bond, Elijah - NSSAF Medals, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4710
Res. 4568, Lohnes, Emma - NSSAF Award, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4710
Res. 4569, Gates, Haley - NSSAF Award, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4711
Res. 4570, Gates, Haley - NSSAF Medals, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4711
Res. 4571, Pitman, Jennifer - NSSAF Medal, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4712
Res. 4572, MacDonald, Andrew - NSSAF Title, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4712
Res. 4573, Jorgenson, Maia - NSSAF Award, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4712
Res. 4574, Wolter, Maria - NSSAF Award, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4713
Res. 4575, Guerrero, Marielle - NSSAF Award,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4713
Res. 4576, Wolter, Mattias - NSSAF Medals, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4714
Res. 4577, Bell, Rebecca - NSSAF Medals, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4714
Res. 4578, Nickerson, Sydney - Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4715
Res. 4579, Ryan, Peter - Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4715
Res. 4580, Vanwhychen, Nick - Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4715
Res. 4581, Taylor, Matt - Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4716
Res. 4582, Guerrero, Marielle - Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4716
Res. 4583, Wolter, Maria - Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4717
Res. 4584, Wile, Lucas - Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4717
Res. 4585, Gordon, Lily - Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4718
Res. 4586, Carver, Katelyn - Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4718
Res. 4587, Manley, Leigh - Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4718
Res. 4588, Taylor, Justin - Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4719
Res. 4589, Montreil, Justin - Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4719
Res. 4590, Langley, Jonah - Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4720
Res. 4591, Hebbville Acad.: Coaches/Vols./Parents - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4720
Res. 4592, Gates, Haley - Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4721
Res. 4593, Hatheway, Gavin - Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4721
Res. 4594, Cameron, Gavin - Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4722
Res. 4595, MacLennan, Cameron - Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4722
Res. 4596, Haley, Breanna - Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4722
Res. 4597, Mosher, Andrew - Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4723
Res. 4598, Getson, Nigel - Track & Field Banner,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4723

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HALIFAX, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2008

Sixtieth General Assembly

Second Session

4:30 P.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Alfie MacLeod

DEPUTY SPEAKER

Mr. Wayne Gaudet

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

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I beg leave to table the report of the Public Trustee for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008.

MR. SPEAKER: The report is tabled.

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

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4641

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 4478

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 marks the opening of the National Energy Efficiency Conference, hosted by the Province of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas our Energy and Environment Ministers and I will be joined by Premier Floyd Roland of the Northwest Territories, and provincial ministers and delegates responsible for energy efficiency; and

Whereas the conference will highlight the best programs and practices in energy efficiency and conservation from all provinces and territories;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House welcome delegates from across the country who have come here to share positive ideas that will be of benefit to all Canadians and our planet.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 4479

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

Whereas untreated chronic pain may rob people of their quality of life, affecting their physical, social, psychological and spiritual well-being; and

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Whereas all people deserve the most effective and appropriate treatment of pain; and

Whereas the Chronic Pain Association of Canada is a grassroots organization offering education, practical information, practical support, and information to those suffering with chronic pain;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize November 2 to November 8, 2008, as Pain Awareness Week in Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Economic Development.

RESOLUTION NO. 4480

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

Whereas the October Power of Green conference brought together nearly 400 delegates and some of the world's top experts to discuss the business case for sustainability and making small changes that have a positive impact on the bottom line; and

Whereas creating environmental sustainability and expanding Nova Scotia's economy is key to the future of the province; and

Whereas sustainable prosperity means seizing today's opportunities without compromising tomorrow, while working together for a strong, competitive economy; a healthy environment; and vibrant, thriving communities;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend their congratulations to the staff of Nova Scotia Economic Development on this innovative and very successful conference.

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 Community Services.

RESOLUTION NO. 4481

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

Whereas the L'Arche organization provides quality and supportive residential and vocational training and day programs to adults with disabilities; and

Whereas L'Arche has been a valued partner in the province's long-term strategy for services for persons with disabilities; and

Whereas the L'Arche organization provides services in three community homes in Wolfville, Antigonish and Orangedale and has recently broken ground on the fourth community home in Halifax;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend the L'Arche organization and their many staff and volunteers for their dedication and passion in supporting Nova Scotians with disabilities and congratulate them on building a new community home in Halifax.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The honourable Minister of Education.

[4:45 p.m.]

RESOLUTION NO. 4482

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

Whereas each Fall, rankings of grant and research intensity are compiled by Research Infosource to identify the top 50 research universities in Canada; and

Whereas Dalhousie University, Saint Mary's University, St. Francis Xavier University, Acadia University and the Nova Scotia Agricultural College are five of the province's 11 universities that have ranked on this national list for 2008; and

Whereas when combined, these five institutions will receive $145.8 million in research funding, allowing innovation and exploration to continue to be carried out in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House congratulate these five universities for being identified among Canada's top research universities, helping solidify Nova Scotia's reputation as Canada's education 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 Minister of Environment.

RESOLUTION NO. 4483

HON. MARK PARENT: 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 Jim Reid of Green Solutions is helping companies balance environmental and social strategies within a corporate social responsibility framework; and

Whereas Green Solutions is helping companies do the right thing by providing environmentally sensitive and socially responsible solutions to challenges they face; and

Whereas Mr. Reid's presentation at the Green Power Hour in September in Bridgewater is proof that one person can inspire environmental change while helping to build a prosperous economy;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join the people of Nova Scotia in congratulating Jim Reid of Green Solutions for helping businesses all over Canada to do the right thing from an environmental, economic and social perspective.

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. 4484

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 Porters Lake-Lake Echo fire was the largest wildland-urban interface forest fire in Nova Scotia's history; and

Whereas two firefighters displayed innovative and strong leadership, sharing the demanding and critical role of incident commander, in charge of gaining control of and extinguishing the blaze; and

Whereas Eric Pick and Mark Saywood led the successful efforts that saved these threatened communities;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank these men for their bravery and dedication to our province.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 4485

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

Whereas a shared common goal of the School of Education at Acadia University and the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board is to enrich the overall quality of education offered to students in our public school system; and

Whereas on October 28, 2008, the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board and the School of Education at Acadia University signed Principles of Co-operation and Understanding; and

Whereas these principles outline opportunities to enhance the development of pre-service teachers and the professional growth of existing professors, teachers and administrators;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Acadia University and the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board for establishing the first official partnership between a school board and a university faculty in Nova Scotia.

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 Minister of Environment.

RESOLUTION NO. 4486

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

Whereas the Cool Truro Program challenges community members and businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption; and

Whereas members of the Living Earth Council - a local grassroots volunteer group who helped develop the program - are showcasing their leadership in the area of climate change; and

Whereas their presentation at the Green Power Hour inspired the residents of Truro to get involved and do their part;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join the people of Nova Scotia in congratulating the residents of Truro Cool for pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 4487

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

Whereas over 80 per cent of cardiac arrests happen at home in the presence of a family member; and

Whereas the CPR Anytime kit is a 22-minute training program designed to help families and friends learn the core CPR skills in their own houses; and

Whereas Nova Scotians can learn to give CPR to a child or adult by using the mini learning mannequin, a CPR skills DVD, and information included in the kit;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation for its work to encourage Nova Scotians to use this research-proven method that is as effective as a traditional class in teaching core CPR skills.

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

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, if I may do an introduction before I introduce the bills?

MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

MR. D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, in the gallery today we have a number of people from the Nova Scotia Association of Counselling Therapists. I'm only going to single out two of them - you know, there are a whole bunch of them there, but I do want to single out Marion MacDonald who is the chairman of the Nova Scotia Association of Counselling Therapists, thank you for being with us today, and an older schoolteacher of mine, Wendell d'Eon, not only a schoolteacher but a good family friend. I welcome them here to the House of Assembly today. (Applause)

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Bill No. 201 - Entitled an Act Respecting the Practice of Counselling Therapists. (Hon. Christopher d'Entremont)

Bill No. 202 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 260 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Liquor Control Act. (Mr. Leonard Preyra)

Bill No. 203 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 208 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Hospitals Act. (Hon. Christopher d'Entremont)

Bill No. 204 - Entitled an Act to Enable the Transfer of Lands Necessary for the Expansion of the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre. (Hon. Christopher d'Entremont)

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 Official Opposition.

RESOLUTION NO. 4488

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

Whereas health, education and social services are the three most significant areas of provincial jurisdiction, and account for more than 70 per cent of provincial spending; and

Whereas one step Canada took to avoid a return to the conditions of the Great Depression was the establishment of the federal equalization program; and

Whereas equalization was confirmed when a previous generation of leaders added it to the Constitution, stating that each province should be enabled to provide equivalent services;

Therefore be it resolved that the House respectfully remind the federal Finance Minister that for many Canadians, equalization is the most important federal transfer payment in support of health, education and basic community services.

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.

I would just remind all members of the House, and visitors alike, to please shut off your cellphones.

The honourable Leader of the Liberal Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 4489

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

Whereas John Graham MacInnes, retired educator and municipal politician, passed away early this morning at his home in Victoria County; and

Whereas John Graham had served the people of Victoria County on municipal council since November 1987, and was recently elected warden; and

Whereas John Graham's passion for politics and community was also evident in his long-term involvement with the Nova Scotia Liberal Party;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize the life and contributions of John Graham MacInnes, and extend to his family our most sincere condolences.

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 Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 4490

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

Whereas unlike most Canadians, the people of Baddeck are hoping February will be cold enough to freeze the bay; and

Whereas the organizers of the Silver Dart centennial celebrations are hoping to recreate the 800-metre historic flight of J.A. Douglas McCurdy of February 23, 1909, across a frozen Baddeck Bay; and

Whereas the bulk of the celebration planned will take place between February 20th and 24th, with additional days set aside throughout the year and organizers are excited about a group of aficionados in Ontario who are working on a full-scale replica of the Silver Dart to be used in the official re-enactment;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send best wishes to the Village of Baddeck and the organizers of the Silver Dart Centennial celebrations and the big role that a small town played in aviation history.

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.

[5:00 p.m.]

The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition.

RESOLUTION NO. 4491

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: 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 Shipbuilding Association of Canada, the Marine Workers Federation and many others in the shipbuilding and marine supply industries have proposed how to ensure that Canada can provide the ships it needs in a timely manner; and

Whereas Navy, Coast Guard and Arctic sovereignty requirements call for Canada to replace, improve and service the vessels on which this country relies; and

Whereas Canada should not rely on highly-subsidized shipyards in other countries for a key element of its marine defence;

Therefore be it resolved that this House urge the federal government to work with shipbuilding and marine supply industries on a plan for the investment and recapitalization which will ensure that Canada's highly skilled shipbuilders are consistently employed to meet Canada's marine defence requirements.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Leader of the Liberal Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 4492

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

Whereas the member for Cape Breton South is enjoying his 30th year in public office; and

Whereas the member's 15 years in municipal politics earned him the title of the longest-serving mayor of Sydney; and

Whereas the member for Cape Breton South has served our province as a Cabinet Minister and provided strong representation for the people of his riding for the past 15 years;

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Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize the 10 consecutive electoral victories of the member for Cape Breton South and his long-standing commitment to the people of this province.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried. (Standing Ovation)

The honourable Minister of Immigration on an introduction.

HON. LEONARD GOUCHER: Thanks very much, Mr. Speaker. It's a great privilege to welcome an old friend back in the House this evening. In that vein in which we were just talking about, Councillor Rankin, District 22, HRM, I think he's - let's see now - four terms with HRM consecutive - this is his fourth win - and I believe with the county a couple of terms before that. So he has been around for a while himself and represents his district with the great vim and vigour that is expected of our councillors and our elected politicians.

So Reg, on behalf of everyone here, we'd like to have you rise and receive a welcome from the House. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Pictou Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 4493

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

Whereas New Glasgow couple Carol and Henderson Paris have received one of the Royal Canadian Legion's top honours; and

Whereas the couple received medals for their commitment to the Legion's youth track and field program, after announcing their retirement earlier this year; and

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Whereas Carol and Henderson spent 20 years as head chaperones for all of Canada and enjoyed the privilege of watching some 6,000 young athletes pass through the program and mature, some of them into Olympians;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send congratulations to Carol and Henderson Paris as they mark a milestone for not only themselves and thousands of young Canadian athletes, but for the Royal Canadian Legion and its excellent program for youth.

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.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): May I do an introduction?

MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): I would like to bring the members' attention to the west gallery where I have three of my greatest supporters, I believe. I have my wife Penny, my daughter Taylor and my son Jacob, if they want to stand and receive the warm welcome of the House. (Applause) I don't know who's sitting with them there, but I'll get security to escort him out of there.

RESOLUTION NO. 4494

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 the community of Upper Sackville hosted the 2nd Annual Weir Rockin' concert featuring Lower Sackville's own Under the Sun, Halifax's Jon Mullane, Haywire from P.E.I. and the concert headliner Chilliwack; and

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Whereas over 1,800 concert goers enjoyed an enjoyable and safe night with the help of sponsorship from local businesses and organizations; and

Whereas without the unwavering commitment of community volunteers in conjunction with the Springfield Lake Recreation Association to make this year's event a great success;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate the organizing committee, sponsors and local communities for making the 2nd Annual Weir Rockin' concert a 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. 4495

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

Whereas once again this Progressive Conservative Government has proven that they are oblivious to the current economic conditions and the need for made in Nova Scotia jobs; and

Whereas during a recent meeting of the Standing Committee on Resources, the Minister of Immigration, the Minister of Health Promotion and Protection and the MLA for Pictou Centre voted against keeping Coast Guard ships and the jobs they have created in our province; and

Whereas the government's lack of action on this matter will have a negative impact on Nova Scotia's economy with a loss of approximately $12 million annually;

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Therefore be it resolved that the Premier and his Cabinet refrain from the recent practice of encouraging the loss of well paying jobs for Nova Scotians.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 4496

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

Whereas in August of this year, the communities of the Iona peninsula celebrated 50 years of schooling; and

Whereas what was once a small one-room schoolhouse was replaced in January, 1958, with Rankin Memorial School; and

Whereas the school served children of all ages from communities in central Cape Breton, covering Primary to Grade 12, and in January of 2007, the Rankin School of the Narrows opened its doors to a new generation of school children in the area;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send congratulations to the Rankin Memorial School communities for celebrating more than 50 years of excellent rural education in Cape Breton.

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. 4497

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

Whereas Vince Calderhead, a senior staff lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid, has worked for Legal Aid on behalf of Nova Scotians facing legal challenges for 21 years; and

Whereas Vince Calderhead is well-known for his dedicated efforts in the areas of poverty, law and human rights, both professionally and as a committed citizen advocate; and

Whereas Vince Calderhead has been chosen as winner of the Canadian Bar Association's 2008 John Tait Award of Excellence, which is awarded annually to recognize an outstanding Canadian public sector lawyer;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Vince Calderhead on receiving the 2008 John Tait Award of Excellence, express their appreciation of his past work, and hope that he will continue to work through the legal system on behalf of Nova Scotians for many years to come.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Richmond.

RESOLUTION NO. 4498

MR. MICHEL SAMSON: 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 each year the Halifax Chamber of Commerce recognizes the importance of workplace health in the business community through the presentation of their Healthy Business Awards; and

Whereas to qualify for this award, a business must demonstrate their leadership and commitment to having a healthy workplace; and

Whereas this year's recipients include Boyne Clarke Barristers and Solicitors, CIBC, Maritime Forces Atlantic, Medavie Blue Cross, Office Interiors and Secunda Marine;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly recognize the efforts of the winners of the Healthy Business Awards, and may we continue to encourage all businesses to follow these important workplace principles.

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. 4499

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

Whereas Corporal Arthur Landry of Trenton was recently reunited with his family; and

Whereas Corporal Landry recently returned home from Afghanistan after spending six months working as an Air Force mechanic at Camp Nathan Smith in Kandahar, a trip he volunteered to make; and

Whereas Corporal Landry is a fine example of the talent, expertise and courage that the Canadian military display and eight months of training and six months in service was a

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long time to be away from his young family, but Landry kept in constant communication through the Internet and is now happy to be home;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House welcome Corporal Arthur Landry home from Afghanistan where his expertise was essential to securing the safety of our troops serving in the 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 member for Dartmouth East.

RESOLUTION NO. 4500

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

Whereas more than six million Canadians live with chronic pain caused by various diseases or disorders; and

Whereas people who suffer from chronic pain are too often stigmatized and marginalized; and

Whereas more research is needed to improve knowledge of pain mechanisms and evaluation of different approaches to treatment;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize that November 2nd to 8th has been proclaimed as Pain Awareness Week in the Province of 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 Glace Bay.

RESOLUTION NO. 4501

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 the Glace Bay Dare Devils went undefeated in the Cape Breton Soccer league 10 and under division; and

Whereas the Glace Bay Dare Devils had a season record of 20-0; and

Whereas they achieved this record under the guidance and coaching of Michael Kosick and Michael Cochrane;

Therefore be it resolved the members of the House of Assembly congratulate the players and coaches of the Glace Bay Dare Devils on a very 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 Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 4502

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

Whereas on Sunday, October 25, 2008 the Wedgeport Tuna Museum welcomed approximately 40 people of Acadian/Metis heritage who gathered to honour a local community educator, historian, activist and pioneer of French Acadian/Metis groups in southwest Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Roland Surette has been very passionate in his genealogical and historical research related to the Acadian/Metis movement, giving many talks on the radio, schools and assemblies to promote and educate people about their heritage, and wrote a book entitled Metis Acadian Heritage 1604-2004, which was published in 2004 and recognized around the country as a valuable reference on their history; and

Whereas he was presented with a bust of his likeness that was presented to the Metis groups of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick being housed at the Tuna Museum, and it was my honour to present him with a certificate on behalf of the Province of Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Roland Surette for his devotion, dedication and contribution to the Acadian/Metis movement in southwestern 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 Queens.

[5:15 p.m.]

RESOLUTION NO. 4503

MS. VICKI CONRAD: 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 residents of the community of Petite Riviere were devastated when a fire destroyed the landmark Covey Island Boatworks in August of this year - a business well known for building award-winning yachts since 1979; and

Whereas a few short days later, Edwin Sperry, a well-respected community member, owner of Sperry Electrical and long-time church and fire department volunteer, went missing and later his body was found and brought home to a grieving family and community; and

Whereas through those most difficult times, the residents of Petite Riviere, Lunenburg, and communities throughout Queens, supported one another and demonstrated what it means to be a family and community;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and thank the fire departments, ladies auxiliaries, ground search and rescue teams, and many more volunteers who provided food and comfort during the Covey Island Boatworks fire and search for Edwin Sperry in August of this year.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 4504

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

Whereas the price of lobster has dropped significantly in recent weeks because of the economic turmoil in the marketplace; and

Whereas for many residents of southwestern Nova Scotia, lobster fishing is how they earn their entire living; and

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Whereas at lobster's current selling price, these fishermen will barely cover their costs, forgetting the idea of turning a profit this season;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture commit to help guide lobster fishermen through this time of economic turmoil.

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 Labour and Workforce Development.

RESOLUTION NO. 4505

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

Whereas LRB Fabricators Ltd. of Port Williams is now one of, if not the best manufacturers of fire trucks anywhere in Canada; and

Whereas LRB President Lewis Benedict, a former fire chief in Port Williams, began fabricating fire trucks 26 years ago and his company is now the only company in Nova Scotia which can fabricate new and rebuilt fire department pumpers, tankers and mini-tankers; and

Whereas this past summer, Lewis Benedict's company achieved Underwriters Laboratories of Canada certification with ULC being the only laboratory accredited by the Standards Council of Canada for the testing of firefighting equipment;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize the significance of LRB's accomplishment with ULC and extend our sincerest best wishes to company President Lewis Benedict and his wife, the secretary and treasurer, Debbie Benedict.

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 Queens.

RESOLUTION NO. 4506

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

Whereas mother and daughter Muin'iskw (Jean Augustine-McIsaac) and Doah Aye Nibi (Melissa Sue Labrador) were recently the featured artists in a Mi'kmaq art show,"from stone to canvas", in Liverpool at ADJA Studio and Gallery; and

Whereas the artwork of Jean and Melissa has always been inspired by the petroglyphs, images incised on slate rocks along the shores of Kejimkujik Lake by the Mi'kmaq ancestors; and

Whereas the "from stone to canvas" exhibit was so important to the artists and the community of Queens during Mi'kmaq History Month that Her Honour, the Honourable Mayann E. Francis, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, was in attendance for the opening to celebrate with them;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate artists Jean Augustine-McIsaac and Melissa Sue Labrador, along with ADJA Studio and Gallery, for showing "from stone to canvas" during Mi'kmaq History Month.

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 Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 4507

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

Whereas Amos (Bud) Ewing and his wife Lillian exemplify the best in citizenship, volunteerism and community leadership; and

Whereas Mr. Ewing has dedicated 60 years to the Waterville and District Fire Department, playing a significant role in the development of a province-wide reputation for providing exemplary service to the community; and

Whereas Bud Ewing continues his commitment to the community through his hard work, to ensure the Waterville and District Fire Department remains strong;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Bud on 60 years of service to the Waterville and District Fire Department and wish him and Lillian continued good health.

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. 4508

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 recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in track and field; and

Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Tyler Wile of Hebbville Academy's track and field team and wish him well in his 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 Timberlea-Prospect.

RESOLUTION NO. 4509

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

Whereas Candace Slaunwhite of Terence Bay has graduated from the RCMP Training Academy in Regina; and

Whereas Constable Slaunwhite has received her first posting to British Columbia; and

Whereas the community celebrated with Candace at the Terence Bay fire hall on Sunday, August 31, 2008;

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Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate Candace Slaunwhite with wishes of a great future as an RCMP officer.

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. 4510

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

Whereas a recent outlook from the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council projected that our regional economy is slowing at a rapid pace; and

Whereas this is in sharp contrast to the Premier's view that we are six to eight months away from an economic downturn; and

Whereas in these uncertain economic times it is incumbent on the Premier to be completely up front with Nova Scotians on what they can expect in the immediate future;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier provide this House with an immediate economic update to show exactly what kind of shape our province's finances are in.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

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The honourable member for Shelburne.

RESOLUTION NO. 4511

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

Whereas on October 29, 2008, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans presented changes entitled, Instructions to Area Licensing Staff for the Maritime Regions, to the LFA 34 Advisory Committee; and

Whereas according to DFO these new instructions outline three options that may be used for lobster fishermen in the upcoming season as a mechanism to allow fishermen to reduce costs; and

Whereas the fishermen and their representatives in LFA 34 are appalled that this decision, which has the potential of damaging the independence of the inshore lobster fishery, was made without any consultation with the LFA 34 Advisory Committee;

Therefore be it resolved that the House request the provincial Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture to immediately write his federal counterpart, calling for a meeting including all stakeholders, to ensure that any changes made to licensing reflect the best interests of the lobster industry in Nova Scotia.

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 Pictou East.

RESOLUTION NO. 4512

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

Whereas Barrie MacMillan worked diligently over a 19-year period to advocate for small business as the executive director of the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce; and

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Whereas Mr. MacMillan was responsible for the expansion of the chamber membership from 50 to over 300 businesses in Pictou County; and

Whereas Barrie MacMillan is now the newly-elected mayor of New Glasgow, and brings to the position a wealth of business and community development skills;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly commend New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan for his years of dedicated service to the Pictou County business community and wish him well in his position as mayor.

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. 4513

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

Whereas 12 Wing Shearwater was established in 1918 by the Canadian Government, in collaboration with the United States Navy, to protect the convoy sea approaches to Halifax during World War I; and

Whereas Shearwater played a vital role in the Battle of the Atlantic, anti-submarine warfare, and flying operations support during the Cold War era; and

Whereas today 12 Wing Shearwater continues to support NATO operations and the war on terrorism, specifically with the use of the Sea King Helicopters, and is celebrating 90 years of service in Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly extend sincere congratulations to 12 Wing Shearwater on the occasion of their 90th Anniversary of serving Canada.

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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 Cape Breton Nova.

RESOLUTION NO. 4514

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

Whereas Sunday, November 2, 2008, the Cape Breton University Capers women's soccer team captured its fourth consecutive Atlantic University Sport Championship, defeating the (Interruption)

MR. SPEAKER: Order. We need to hear this.

The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova has the floor.

MR. GOSSE: I'll start again, Mr. Speaker.

Whereas Sunday, November 2, 2008, the Cape Breton University Capers women's soccer team captured its fourth consecutive Atlantic University Sport Championship, defeating the Dalhousie Tigers; and

Whereas the Capers have now won this title five of the last six years; and

Whereas Kristina Weatherbie was named Most Valuable Player, while goalkeeper extraordinaire Jessica MacDermid posted her second shutout of the tournament;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate the Cape Breton University Capers women's soccer team, and wish them all the best at the National Championship being held at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C.

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 Shelburne.

RESOLUTION NO. 4515

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

Whereas a community fundraiser was held in Lockeport, Shelburne County, in honour of Lonnie Townsend, who was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident on June 2, 2008, and following months of rehabilitation is now on the road to recovery; and

Whereas for many years Lonnie contributed personally and professionally to the community where he worked as a reporter, photographer and editor of the local newspaper, before moving on to Radio CKBW as The Voice of the South Shore for more than 20 years; and

Whereas Lonnie has been a member of Shepherd's Joy Gospel Quartet since 2003, performing in area churches, school events, public fundraisers and variety shows;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the community of Lockeport for hosting a fundraising event on August 13, 2008, in honour of Lonnie Townsend, an outstanding member of the community who through determination and hard work is now on the road to recovery.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

[5:30 p.m.]

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.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

RESOLUTION NO. 4516

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

Whereas the Hair for Heroes program raises funds to support the Daniel MacLellan Memorial Fund to assist children in Atlantic Canada with leukemia; and

Whereas this event involves people growing their hair to a length that can be cut off to make a wig for children who have lost their hair due to illness; and

Whereas Ruth Tinker and her daughter, Stacey, both participated in the event, donating their hair and raising money to help others who are in need;

Therefore be it resolved that this Nova Scotia House of Assembly commend Ruth and Stacey Tinker for their selfless sacrifice of hair for the Hair for Heroes.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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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. 179.

Bill No. 179 - Halifax Regional Municipality Charter.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Agriculture.

HON. BROOKE TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to rise and say a few words on this very important piece of legislation. I would like to begin by saying that the Halifax Regional Municipality is a very broad expanse of geography, and in the eastern part of Halifax County we are very appreciative and somewhat dependent upon our resource-based sectors. It doesn't matter if you're out on the Eastern Shore fishing or you happen to be in the Musquodoboit Valley mowing hay, we really do appreciate how diverse the Halifax Regional Municipality is.

In 1991, I had the profound privilege of being elected as a Halifax County councillor in the then old Halifax County Municipality. It certainly was an eye-opener for me as a municipal councillor to represent District 12, which essentially was the Musquodoboit Valley and some other communities in close proximity.

When I spoke earlier, in fact, just as I rose today, I mentioned the resource-based sector but I would like to tell you, Mr. Speaker, as well as fishing and farming, forestry and mining are very important too and they're really main staples in our community. In fact, there is some debate from time to time as to whether or not National Gypsum, that huge quarry resides in Halifax County or Hants County. I know the MLAs from Hants County would like to put forward that National Gypsum's quarry resides in Hants County because we always like bragging rights regarding jobs and office space and things of that nature. But, the fact of the matter is, if you were to fly overhead, you would see that nearly all of the quarry resides in Halifax County. Hence, sometimes when people suggest that it's over in Milford or in Hants County, it's not really telling the whole picture. The honourable member for Hants East and I have had this discussion and quite frankly, he does agree from time to time.

Mining, forestry, fishing and farming, besides the jobs in the manufacturing sector and the development that's taking place in Halifax proper, has this great combination and when you put it all together, the great combination makes Halifax Regional Municipality. I did want to bring just those points forward that we're very proud of the resource-based sector and the fact that jobs in the rural parts of Halifax Regional Municipality are extremely

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valuable. We're very concerned that we work hard to enhance the development of these jobs and bring more jobs to the rural parts of Halifax County because it is very important.

I know the Minister of Natural Resources would concur when I articulate here that the mining sector provides good paying jobs and they have to deal with many challenges. With the downturn, so to speak, in the economy, the mining community has to be very resourceful. I know in my riding, as I mentioned earlier, we have National Gypsum which employs upwards of 150 people at the quarry in Carrolls Corner-Dutch Settlement. As well, we also have, in Gays River, a lead-zinc mine and it's the only metal producing mine in Nova Scotia at this particular time. Of course, the price of lead and zinc has gone down considerably over the last few weeks and it is reason for concern.

The men and women who work in Halifax County in the resource-based sector really appreciate those jobs. They're not necessarily jobs you would find in downtown Halifax. These jobs are of high skill, some require professionals in an administrative capacity. There are other professionals doing geology work and it's a real combination of professionals and skills and trades and, of course, some labour positions - very important to the mixture of Halifax Regional Municipality is the resource-based sector.

Back in 1991 when I was first elected, I had the opportunity to serve on council with 25 of my colleagues, men and women who were extremely dedicated to municipal politics, working hard on behalf of local government to make Halifax County a very important, industrious, prosperous community. I know a number of my colleagues in the Legislature here today have served either on Halifax County Council or at the Halifax Regional Municipality level as well. I think I see Councillor Reg Rankin in the gallery and I served for a couple of years with Reg. Reg has been around quite some time. As indicated earlier when the Minister of Immigration introduced Reg, he mentioned that Reg is a hard worker and brings forward concerns - not only on behalf of his own district, but Reg always did bring forward the concerns of all of Halifax County, of course, now, on behalf of the Halifax Regional Municipality.

I believe that Reg is a councillor with a vision and is trying to make Halifax Regional Municipality work. I think a number of councillors are trying on that front. It isn't always easy because the municipality is so diverse and we do have situations from time to time where folks in the rural areas, or in the suburban areas, expect to receive the same level of services that downtown Halifax receives. In some cases we can easily discern that they're paying a tax rate that is somewhat comparable, so I think it's very reasonable for constituents to have those expectations, but the fact of the matter is that this unit is so large that we have to respect that from to time there are going to be differences and there are going to be challenges.

I know in my own community, in Middle Musquodoboit, in the Musquodoboit Valley, a few years back a meeting was held regarding a potential secession to another

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municipal unit and at the end of the day that didn't materialize, Mr. Speaker, and I think at that time we were certainly willing to give the amalgamated municipality the benefit of the doubt and see if we can make this thing work. I believe it can work, I believe it is working, but it certainly takes everybody pulling in the same direction and when you have interests that are so diverse, reaching a consensus isn't always that easy.

So, Mr. Speaker, I want to commend the Halifax Regional Councillors for the work and effort that they put into their jobs to make the Halifax Regional Municipality work. Now, the government of the day that brought forward amalgamation, of course, faced a lot of opposition and, as well, they received some encouragement to move forward with this amalgamation. Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and the county became an entity and I believe we are the largest municipality east of Montreal. I'm not quite sure of that, but my colleague, the member for Preston, hasn't acknowledged that or he hasn't - (Interruption) Yes, he is. He's also a gentleman who served on the Halifax Regional Municipality for a term, I believe, I don't know. (Interruption) It was two terms, okay.

Mr. Speaker, the point I want to make is that we have to appreciate that from time to time there are going to be differences. I think as long as we recognize that, there will be opportunities to find consensus. You know we were quite concerned just a few short months ago when, in fact, a lady in the city had some chickens. She had, I think, three chickens in downtown Halifax and the young lady, I believe she was a university student, was in fact collecting the eggs and she was treating these chickens, which are really farm animals, as pets, but they were providing her with eggs and, in fact, it's pretty hard to argue against that. But the point I want to make is that in the rural parts of Halifax Regional Municipality, as well, people are concerned about that and watching that.

I believe as long as our representatives recognize that we have to try to find the balance between the urban and the rural communities, then we can go forward and the big entity can sustain and, in fact, can be prosperous. So, you know, we can make light of those type of issues, whether it's a horse in downtown Halifax, or whether it's a chicken, or whether it's cats or dogs, or what have you - chimpanzees, Mr. Speaker - you have to find the balance. In fact, this evening the Halifax-East Hants Federation of Agriculture is holding a meeting out in Shubenacadie, I believe it is, and one of the issues they're going to discuss this evening is the product that N-Viro processes out at the Aerotech Park, which is really the harbour solution product that is processed and manufactured into fertilizer.

From all of the reports that I have received, this fertilizer, which has been approved by the Minister of Environment, is doing a real heck of a job, Mr. Speaker, and again it provides a fertilizer to the agriculture community at the current time and the nutrient value of that fertilizer is very, very phenomenal actually. It's absolutely providing a type of fertilizer with a nutrient value that when you do a dollar comparison to your conventional fertilizer, actually the fertilizer is much cheaper and is providing an extremely good benefit to the farming community. So we're very pleased that the Fertilizers Act has approved the

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product, that the Departments of Environment, federally and provincially, have approved the product, and I think in the spirit of co-operation we can move forward on that front as well.

So anyway, this piece of legislation, Bill No. 179, is an important piece of legislation, and I want to commend the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations for bringing forward the legislation. I know that he made a commitment and he's a gentleman who stands behind the commitments and the promises he makes. I think this piece of legislation will go a long way to enhance and sustain the Halifax Regional Municipality.

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I do support it, Mr. Speaker, and I'm pleased, on behalf of the minister, to close debate on second reading of the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter, and I so move.

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 179. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

Ordered that this bill be referred to the Committee on Law Amendments.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 181.

Bill No. 181 - Halifax Regional Municipality Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

MS. BECKY KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'm pleased today to rise to speak to Bill No. 181, an Act to Implement HRM by Design. I want to start out by saying - and really, I'm stealing a quote from a recent publication from the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, and I think that we'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn't agree with this - that Halifax is a great place and has a great future.

That's what this is about; that's what we're here to protect, to work for, to create good policy that will help move and help the municipality manage the decisions that they're legally mandated to do.

Halifax Regional Council, Mr. Speaker, began this process for HRM by Design more than a year ago; in fact, it was while I was still on council. Perhaps my honourable colleague across the House was as well - I don't think there were too many more who were at that time. It's a process that engaged the community; it's a process that engaged the citizens that they

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were elected to speak to, to hear from, and to consult. These meetings were well attended. The public was thoroughly engaged, Mr. Speaker. A wide range of stakeholders, in fact, were engaged and consulted.

The focus at the time - this was brought in through stages - was on developing an urban design strategy for the regional centre. The regional centre includes Halifax, a section of Halifax peninsula, part of the Dartmouth area, and up to and including sections of Highway No. 111 Circumferential Highway.

The goal of the HRM by Design process was to create vision - a vision with design principles for planning, for creating opportunity for business here in the downtown, for developing a great place to visit, work and be productive, a framework to work from, a re-urbanization strategy, Mr. Speaker. One of the key elements was that it was careful to balance development, contemporary architecture, with its heritage assets. We all know too well how important our heritage aspects are in the downtown area, and this process attempted to engage that element, to thoroughly consider all of the aspects that needed to balance that contemporary design with heritage.

As I spoke before, Mr. Speaker, this was not an all-inclusive, all one-shot day deal - this came through council in stages. Back in February 2008 a resolution came forward endorsed by Halifax Regional Council, unanimously asking for the minister to deal with this. The minister then took steps to bring it forward to us in the House sitting in the Spring, but unfortunately that's where it ended. It should have perhaps come forward - there is some speculation that some of the incidents and recent downtown issues perhaps would not have happened had that come forward. I think that the responsibility of that should lie squarely on the minister and that department for the failure to bring it forward at the time that it should have.

The resolution is an outcome of a 25-year regional plan that, I'm proud to say, I took some part in approving while on council. This HRM by Design really is an element that is the next step, and we have an interest of moving that forward, of dealing with it. I want to take a moment though, before I move into some of the issues that we look forward to hearing more about, to congratulate and commend the citizens of HRM. We stand in this House and we often celebrate, brag, talk about consultation and engagement, we talk about democratic processes, that we need people to be involved, be engaged citizens, be responsible citizens, come out and have your say so you can affect the decisions that are being put forward by your councillor, by your MLA, by your MP in the respective Houses, that they are part of the decision making process - and the citizens of HRM did that.

I want to thank and congratulate Halifax Regional Council and all of the members of it that continue to move that forward, and certainly the planning team that were involved in making that happen. It does require a lot of energy, it requires a lot of commitment and effort, and their vision is to be congratulated. They did attempt to have fully engaged

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citizens; I believe they did that. Certainly we encourage citizens of HRM and all across Nova Scotia to continue to be involved in these opportunities. If they stay at home and they don't go to the meetings, it's difficult then to change it later.

After such a process, after taking the time, it's now time to take action. It's time to take action. The municipality wants to move forward with this consideration. There are stakeholders around the area that have publicly endorsed it - there's a clear message from the public though that's worth noting, that I want on the record. Certainly recent incidents in the downtown, clear evidence that the current planning process, the decision making process, the strategies that are in place, are somewhat grey. They need fixing. The municipality has recognized that, the citizens have recognized that, so it's now our turn to create policy to help move that along and to fix these problems. If I could borrow a quote of a colleague from an earlier caucus meeting "the status quo is not okay."

So we're glad to see this come forward; we're glad to see it here in the Chamber - again, we're sorry it wasn't here in the Spring, but I think it needs to be talked about. It needs to be very, very clear to everyone in this House, every decision maker who is weighing in on this, every stakeholder, every citizen, that the legislation that we pass here in this House is enabling legislation. We have concerns about it, but it's not an endorsement of the details of HRM by Design - that is the responsibility of HRM Council. That's where it should be; that's where the consultation took place. The legislation that moves forward in this Chamber is meant to be the tool by which they can move forward with that process.

What's being presented at this time - we, in our caucus believe, we see this as somewhat problematic, Mr. Speaker, and I've spoken about the real benefit, the reality of public consultation, the need for it, the rights of the citizens to have it. This legislation, the way it is being proposed at this point, deteriorates that consultation. There is an opportunity to move public consultation, to move the rights of the citizens to weigh in on what's going on in their communities and their neighbourhoods, away from an elected body, away from council, into the hands of an advisory board.

Because HRM has done such a terrific job, such a full scope of consultation on this design, to now have that type of responsibility moved away from them, we find that difficult to support. But, we do look forward to moving it into Law Amendments Committee and having more representation, hearing more about it, have more meetings.

Currently, Mr. Speaker, planning applications come before staff and some are considered by council, elected representatives who are taking the time to become informed on the issues that are on the table through consultation with their residents, their citizens. They consult the public, they make a decision. If that decision is disagreed with, there is a public right to appeal and that appeal would go to the Utility and Review Board. That is what is now happening. The recommendation to move that away from that public scrutiny, from

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that watchful eye, the watchful eye of the public, away from the considerations of the public interest, the public officials that they have elected. We struggle with that.

They have been elected to put their interests first, as have we. This legislation as it stands right now is undermining that role. It has been suggested, Mr. Speaker, that tightening timelines, shortening timelines, simplifying process is what's right. But making it simple and shorter doesn't always equal to what is right. It doesn't necessarily equate to good policy.

Mr. Speaker, our caucus is prepared to move this into Law Amendments Committee, we need to move this issue forward, but in a constructive way, in a thoughtful, engaged way. To be clear again, the policies that we will set here are not an endorsement of the detail of HRM by Design. Again, I need to stress, that is a council decision, that is a Halifax Regional Municipality Council decision, that is their mandate, not ours. It's where it should be.

The role of the citizen will continue in their hands, Mr. Speaker. I understand that the HRM by Design process will go back to public hearings in 2009 sometime, early Spring is my understanding, but we have to get it right now. What will it take to help protect and ensure that the municipality can do what they need to do in a constructive way, but the right way.

With that, Mr. Speaker, we will move this into Law Amendments Committee. I look forward to hearing from the stakeholders, the interested parties, we'll move it for consideration in that process, the democratic process, as I spoke of before. We respect that process, that's what this is about, we respect and support the next step. So I look forward to hearing that representation and with that, I will take my seat. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect on an introduction.

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: I thank the member for Halifax Clayton Park for permitting this introduction. Mr. Speaker, in the west gallery tonight we have some young men from my community from the 1st Five Island Scouts and with them are a number of adults who are leaders and members of our community. I am going to ask them to stand in a moment and I would like to recognize the leaders: Christine Madill, Terry Davidson, Mike Voght, Chris and Amy Covey, and Sheila Fitzpatrick - 1st Five Island Scouts, could you stand and receive a warm welcome from our House. (Applause)

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

MS. DIANA WHALEN: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. It's my pleasure to rise today and speak on second reading of Bill No. 181, which is the HRM by Design bill. This bill has taken a number of steps, really, at the municipal level before it even came to us. It's certainly been in the works since the summer of 2006. It is part of the big regional plan which was brought forward in the last number of years through HRM. In fact, having a regional

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plan for our municipality has been an important thing to do and has resulted in some vision for each part of the municipality, which has been very important.

I know I participated in some of those early discussions, Mr. Speaker, as the MLA for the area, but also as the previous councillor for District 16 which is - Halifax Clayton Park is the riding - the district covered Clayton Park, Rockingham and Prince's Lodge. So, in fact, a growing area that has now been broken into two council districts, because of the large population and the growth we were experiencing.

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As part of the regional plan, Mr. Speaker, from whence this has come, we did, as well, identify regional parks and special areas. Members of this House will remember the Birch Cove Lakes-Blue Mountain area, which has now been designated by the city as a regional urban park area and endorsed here by the Legislature as well, or through the Minister of Environment. So it will now be a protected wilderness area and that coincided with efforts at the municipal level as well as the provincial, so I am very pleased with that.

I saw the whole regional planning exercise as one that engaged people from one end of the municipality to the other. There were workshops and meetings and a lot of really meaningful consultations.

Again, from all the work done on the regional plan, we have here the Regional Centre's Urban Design Study, which came from that and the municipality's request that our province provide the enabling legislation to move forward. So the municipality had several requests of the province that we give them the power to move forward with HRM by Design.

Certainly there's a great deal to what's being suggested in this bill. Primarily we're looking at quite a shift in the way that developments and changes in the municipality would be handled. In many ways it will cut into the powers of our councillors who are elected. We've only recently had a very dynamic election in HRM to see a new council elected and they will be sworn in tomorrow night, Mr. Speaker, in the Clayton Park riding, I might add, in a new theatre out there.

Again, we have a council that is very interested in reaching out and engaging all corners of the very large municipality, bearing in mind that HRM is larger than Prince Edward Island and has more people as well, so it is a challenge to govern. By passing some of the suggestions in Bill No. 181, the council will actually be taking many of the development decisions away from council and setting it up in a separate forum. It will allow HRM Council to appoint a design review committee, and that committee would approve architectural design and other characteristics of any new development.

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Again, this bill is specific to the downtown core. It won't affect developments, for example, in my area of Clayton Park, or in Fairview, or off the peninsula. It certainly has a defined area in downtown Halifax and in the Dartmouth side that will be governed by the rules that will be set out by the municipal council and allow them to then be more arm's length. That could be good in terms of the fact that it could be more responsive, perhaps it could expedite some of the applications, but it also means there's a little, I would say, decrease in accountability because you haven't got your councillors directly involved in each of these applications that are going to be coming through.

On the plus side, the bill does provide for clarity of the rules. We've seen a lot of impatience, Mr. Speaker, and frustration - not only with the development community itself, but with the public in HRM. I've heard it in my riding as well, where people are anxious that we be a city that is open to development and open to growth, embracing change and, at the same time, respecting our heritage, particularly our built heritage, which is what we are talking about here tonight. So there is a conflict between the two. I think most people in metro would like to see a respect for heritage at the same time as we make room and accommodate growth. So there has to be a meeting of the minds, there has to be a compromise that is determined so that we can accomplish both those very important aims.

Again, HRM is the economic driver for the province. We know that more than 50 per cent of the economic activity happens here in the metro area. That is not to say there's not a lot of important manufacturing and industry right across the province, which there is. But with 40 per cent of the population and with many jobs in Public Service, the financial sector and the military, HRM has 50 per cent of the economic activity. So we have to accommodate that and we have to make allowances that are going to see that we can continue to grow those.

We can never take anything for granted, Mr. Speaker. If you accept that things are going to just remain as they are today, you can be sure that we will be losing ground in terms of growing our economy and securing our children's future. So we know that we have to remain alert and remain open-minded as we go forward, but we are very conscious as well of some of the changes. Apparently their wishes are to do that, but it's still a little bit troublesome.

I note in one of the reports from HRM to their councillors, one of their council reports, it's from February 3, 2007, they indicate what the goals are of declaring the study area, the downtown study area, for the urban design study These are very laudable things they're talking about, and I think these are first and foremost, clear predictable and expedited development processes and that's really responding to the fact that a lot of developers claim that it's difficult to anticipate what will or will not be accepted by the council. They're trying very earnestly to do just that, if they own property, if they're working together to develop a site. They are trying to find that compromise that I referred to, about just finding the right balance between the height, the density, the setbacks, the aesthetic details of the project that

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they are proposing. It's hard for them to do that if the rules are not clear and predictable and that costs a lot of money when you have to go back through appeal or you have to hire experts to justify different aspects of a development.

If the rules were clearer, Mr. Speaker, if they were laid out and predictable, that would help developers and it would clarify a lot of the misunderstandings that, I think, we've seen very publicly played out in our municipality. We don't want a reputation in Nova Scotia or in HRM of being slow to respond or being slow to adopt progress and change. I think that right across the country we're recognized for our heritage and for the character of our city. But at the same time the newer buildings that we have - and I might add there are not too many new ones in downtown Halifax, I believe Purdy's Wharf is our last new, large office complex, and that does date from before 1980, I think it's 20 years old, 1989 perhaps it was - it has been quite some time since we've had a new project for offices.

So we want to make sure that we also remain the regional centre for all of Atlantic Canada, that we remain the financial and cultural centre for the Atlantic Region as well We have to do that by providing the space, the cultural spaces, and the public amenities that will support it. So the first goal, as I said, was the clear, predictable, development processes. I know that in the business community, the UDI, the Urban Development Institute, very much supports the HRM by Design process because they believe it will lay out the parameters and lay out the rules so that they can be successful and work with the public and with the interest groups in HRM to build our city.

There is also a second goal articulated in the council report - improved heritage protection. I know that's very important to all of us, to all the members who represent HRM, but beyond that, to every member in the Legislature, because we recognize that HRM is the capital of our province. We have to have a respect for it for that reason, for its tourism appeal, and the fact that the tourists are drawn here, for the people who come here on the cruise ships looking for that unique experience that is Nova Scotia, Halifax and HRM. So we want to make sure there is also the improved heritage protection. Now according to the municipal report, they say that is second on their list of goals.

We have the introduction of design guidelines to ensure architectural excellence and that's also important. We don't want to build buildings that are all the same or that have no architectural merit. We have tremendous architects who are here and are practising here in our province and right here in Halifax. I would like to see us have the projects going forward that allow them to showcase their talents and their creativity. I believe that they show a tremendous reflection of the values of our city when they do integrate heritage and heritage features into even newer buildings. I think that's very important too.

So there's a recognition that we want to have fine development and architecturally pleasing development. Often when there are tremendous delays in projects, that can strip away the architectural uniqueness of some of the projects because usually there's an extra

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cost to making certain features built into them. If a project is delayed significantly, often the cost of that becomes very great. We have to remember that every time months and even years go by without the opportunity to move on projects that are planned, it becomes very onerous on the developers.

I want to make it clear that I understand both sides of this equation. I have worked as a management consultant in Halifax, and in the province, and worked with companies that have aims to improve our province. If you have the funding set aside, or the capital arranged for a large project, and it is delayed for a long time, that money is not working for you. In another city you could, perhaps, have built that project that you had in mind and it would be returning some dividends already so you could begin repaying the capital you had borrowed and begin making some profit on the development and on the risk that the company is taking.

It should be remembered that development is not always lucrative, it is a risk. We've seen times when our market has gone very badly and companies that own property, that own buildings and businesses can suffer losses. It's not always a guarantee that they're going to make money. It's a concern that, again, the risk has to be balanced. That's why I say I become concerned when things are delayed because often you are losing the nicer architectural features, or uniqueness of some buildings, because of the loss that the developers are looking at in terms of their financial commitments. So it's just a concern that way, that we balance those two needs.

In this list they also talk about sustainable development practices being encouraged through HRM by Design. I think that all of us would agree that's the way to go in the future, that we look at things that are sustainable. As a design for the whole area that's being covered, this whole downtown area, which is not just in Halifax but also in Dartmouth, they're talking about walkable communities, transit-friendly neighbourhoods, and again that would be environmentally sensitive development. I think we can all support that idea because that is the way of the future for all municipalities, I think that's very important. Well, these are the aims of HRM by Design as the municipality is seeing it.

We all want a vibrant, prosperous and beautiful downtown and that means we have to respect the heritage and balance it, as I said before. The ability to have more accessible and beautiful open spaces in the downtown is very important, as well, and through HRM by Design I understand there will be incentives built into development, that if there are better public spaces provided through the development proposal, or better affordable housing, maybe including affordable housing and some other amenities, that there is then an aspect of bonusing which can be looked at. That is not a bad thing of itself, Mr. Speaker, because if we don't provide incentives, we won't get some of the things that we as a community value, that we as individuals who live in the city value.

We don't want to build the downtown only for expensive condominiums, for example. I'm sure that all the members of the House would agree with that, that we want to

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make sure that people of different income levels can live and work in downtown Halifax and Dartmouth because there is a great quality of life to being close to your place of work and being able to walk and enjoy the cultural aspects of living in the downtown core. So that's important as well, that it be improved.

I think building into the processes, again more clarity around the bonusing and what might be allowed or not allowed is very important, because it also creates that incentive for developers to do some of the things that we want to see done. I am particularly keen on the aspect of including affordable housing as we move forward. A lot of it has to do with providing a framework, providing the parameters for growth in our city. I know that there's a lot of demand that we put clarity around that.

In the recent incident where council was split on a development downtown just nearby and very close to Historic Properties, we see an issue really arise, Mr. Speaker, where because of the lack of clarity, operating under the current rules, our council is completely divided and we find a project coming to a dead halt because of that split vote. I think it's important that we have rules in place that are going to guide the future.

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We cannot have the provincial government stepping in, as the Premier has suggested, and overruling council decisions, because we have an elected body, the HRM Council, that should have the same respect as any other body that is elected in any municipality in this province. If we start to move in and decide which projects we want to support and which ones we don't, or when the province should overrule a municipal decision, it really becomes a free-for-all, it becomes completely confused. We are undermining our municipal government by doing that and we're not respecting the voters of HRM who have endorsed those candidates and elected that council.

I feel we have to find rules that are going to be respected by all parties and we can't be jumping into what are really municipal matters, on a case-by-case basis. Every development is important, Mr. Speaker, in terms of its impact on jobs or its impact on providing housing and again, updating and modernizing our city when that occurs. They're all important and all the proponents of those projects need to have respect, as do the council, in making their decision whether they're for or against them. I don't believe we can pick and choose, based on who our friends are or which project we think is more appealing.

Again, going back to the architectural designs, if this bill is passed, then HRM would be in a position to create a committee that would actually look at those features and decide which characteristics are desirable or not. So I think that's going to be something up to the municipality to decide and lay out the ground rules for. As has been said already, Mr. Speaker, this is providing enabling legislation, the details around what would be required or

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what the council would be comfortable in setting up, in terms of that committee, will be determined by the HRM Council.

I think we're in agreement with other members in the House that it's not right for the provincial government to jump in on a one-off basis, I think we're all in agreement on that, and that this is not the way to create a stable, clear environment for business to take place.

It also creates a lot of stress for the community because the community has to have a way to be involved, and certainly it's difficult for them to always be vigilant and to be jumping into each and every application, by having to come to public hearings and speak their mind each and every time. It seems like it's a very charged environment at the moment. Perhaps if the rules could be clearly articulated - I'm not sure they will be articulated to everyone's satisfaction, but if we have clear rules it is an improvement, certainly, from the position we're in right now.

It sometimes seems that developers will simply propose something to sort of see whether it will fly or not, how much opposition is out there, whether people in the community, and in some of the special interest groups, are paying attention or not. So there's a sense that if you don't try, you won't get anything. So they sometimes ask for too much and perhaps ask for extra height.

Again, as I said, I sat on council and saw projects like that being developed under the development agreement process, which was the rule for virtually all of the land in the area I represent. Now that land isn't subject to zoning, it's being developed block by block, and the development agreement process also allows for a lot of amendment as it goes through. Certainly it was the job of the councillor to see when we felt that it wasn't in the public interest to have the extra height, or the density of the building, and various features of that nature that we could discuss.

Even things like the esthetics of the building, the outside, and the landscaping would often come up because those are very important to continuing the livable nature of our communities, making sure that they are pleasant to walk in, that they have connecting paths, that buildings are not built in isolation and that sort of thing. We felt that was very important.

The bill is certainly going to attract some attention at the Law Amendments Committee. Unquestionably, there are going to be people for and against various aspects of it and I am certainly looking forward to participating in that discussion and hearing the official presentations that are going to come forward.

I do stress again, that as a forward-moving city, we have to remember if we're going to remain pre-eminent in Atlantic Canada, we have some work to do. Our province has been slipping, quite honestly, in terms of our role in the Atlantic area and I don't want to see that happen. I want to see HRM remain the cultural and business centre of our region. I think this is not going to happen without us making efforts. We can't simply take it for granted, there's

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a great sense of complacency, that we've always been the major centre, that we have the most universities, that we are the financial capital and we take it for granted that this is always going to remain the same.

But you have only to look to New Brunswick or Newfoundland to see there are councils there, and provincial governments there, that are dynamic, that are working hard to capture business, that want people to come and make it their home and, frankly, they're being very dynamic. If we think we can rest on our laurels, we are wrong. I hope the members of the Legislature feel that as well because we have to, collectively, work hard to make sure the virtues, the values and the beauty of HRM are maintained and that we do hold our place in Atlantic Canada so that we become the best place to live and to establish businesses and to remain after you study at our wonderful universities.

Mr. Speaker, I came here myself to study at Dalhousie and like many others who come back, either because of family ties or academic excellence of our universities, a lot of people are drawn here from around the country. If our city remains vibrant and remains forward-looking, those young people are going to want to stay, just as I did, in this region and in this city.

I look forward to hearing from the various groups that I know will come to see us at the Law Amendments Committee. I'm sure the Heritage Trust will be there, I've had the opportunity to speak to them on a number of occasions about some of the aspects of this bill and other bills, even just in general terms about where we're going as a city and how to respect the heritage we have right now and that we perhaps take for granted. How can we respect that at the same time as we move forward to ensure our city can grow and that we do have the office space and the facilities there for the next generation of business that will come here?

I think I've articulated well the conflict and frustration that exists in the HRM. I hear from my constituents on a very regular basis. They want to see growth, they want to see us moving forward, they're proud of Halifax and they also understand that the heritage and uniqueness of our downtown core is something that we love to bring our visitors to see, that draws in the tourists from cruise ships and from all corners of the world. We're looking at a balance and we're hoping that HRM by Design, Bill No. 181, will take us a step forward in acknowledging and respecting both aspects of HRM. With that, I would like to adjourn debate and I look forward to hearing people at the Law Amendments Committee.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is to adjourn debate on Bill No. 181. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Government House Leader.

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HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, that concludes the government's business for this day. However, before going into the hours for tomorrow, I would just note and seek to get some consensus from the House.

As members would know, there is a special ceremony recognizing the 90 years since the end of World War I, by Democracy 250, and there is a ceremony at St. Paul's Church in Grand Parade that commences at 4:30 p.m. So what I would like to do first, Mr. Speaker, when we do the hours, is to seek approval to recess the House from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow for that period, to be able to go up and allow members to attend and show respect for that event.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion that is before the House is for the House to recess tomorrow between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Just for clarity, Mr. Speaker, for all honourable members, the hours that were discussed for tomorrow, and that would have normally been from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., that hour that we would be out of the House, we will come back and finish the business, unless there is some concurrence on business. However, we would sit tomorrow at the hour of 2:00 p.m. and then look at our schedule as the day goes and allow enough time for Question Period in that block. (Interruption) Right. So after Question Period we would look at that point to recess, whatever is appropriate. (Interruption)

Well, on the suggestions from across the floor, Mr. Speaker, can I just suggest that if it's recognized by the House that we may choose at 4:30 p.m. that we would either recess or finish our business for that day, we'll determine that tomorrow following our business. I'll consult with the House Leaders, but right now the hours would be from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. If we have a recess, we will continue our business for that period and deal with late debate as well, but we can consult tomorrow. So with that, I would move we now rise.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The first motion that's before the House is for the House to recess tomorrow afternoon between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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: So with that, Mr. Speaker, I move that we do now rise to meet again tomorrow at the hour of 2:00 p.m. and then subject to concurrence of the other

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members of the House, through the House Leaders, we'll determine the concluding hours. If need be to extend, we will.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion that's before the House now is for the House to adjourn this evening.

Is the House ready for the question? Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The House will rise to sit again tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.

[The House rose at 6:27 p.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 4517

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 County resident David Mooney persevered through a significant health crisis 12 or so years ago, a crisis that saw him require multiple amputations; and

Whereas David Mooney, rather than allow this crisis to negatively affect him, has remained not only an active resident of the community but established himself as a role model and advocate many Nova Scotians respect and admire; and

Whereas Mr. Mooney was provincially recognized during volunteer week in May, 2008, by being presented with the Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Award, an award that recognizes a person with a disability who has significantly contributed to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate and recognize David Mooney for being the positive and active force he is in the Yarmouth community and across the province.

RESOLUTION NO. 4518

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas Nuts4Ribs is the first venue of its kind in Canada to raise awareness of testicular cancer and provides a venue for men to openly discuss men's health issues, enjoy the finest barbeque ribs and entertainment Nova Scotia has to offer, to spend quality time with their families, with all proceeds going toward testicular cancer awareness and the Canadian Cancer Society; and

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Whereas more than 850 Canadian men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year, and with it being the most common cancer among men between the ages of 15 to 35 it is important to pay attention to some of the facts surrounding this disease; and

Whereas this is an opportunity to thank Michael Kydd for making this event a reality, I wish this group the best in 2008 as they continue to educate Nova Scotians on the facts surrounding testicular cancer;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Nuts4Ribs as an event for all men and their families in Nova Scotia to celebrate healthy living and thank Michael Kydd for raising awareness towards men's health issues in Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 4519

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Education)

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

Whereas there were 60 entrants in the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Parade; and

Whereas a great deal of time, work, and effort is required by local businesses to enter a float in this very popular parade; and

Whereas the Masstown Market float, driven by Eric Jennings and displaying a smorgasbord of fresh Nova Scotia produce, was chosen as Best Commercial Float;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Masstown Market for winning this title at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition.

RESOLUTION NO. 4520

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Premier)

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

Whereas the breathtaking scenery and sights among the highland hills of Mabou are numerous; and

Whereas high on the list of places to visit is the Mother of Sorrows Pioneer Shrine - found in a charming miniature church moved from its original location in 1967 by the Brothers of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows; and

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Whereas for 40 years the shrine has been visited by thousands of travellers who nourish their spirit in the peace and serenity of this beautiful, reflective pause along the way;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the members of the Mother of Sorrows Shrine on their 40th Anniversary and applaud them for the comfort they provide to all who enter its doors.

RESOLUTION NO. 4521

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 in 1999 Golf Digest hired Francis Scheid, Ph.D. and retired Chair of the Math Department at Boston University, to calculate the odds using the latest information resulting in the probability of an amateur having a one in 12,750 chance of a hole-in-one and odds of 9.2 million to one of getting two holes-in-one on the same day on the same course; and

Whereas Sports Illustrated in a recent article put the odds at 45,000 to one for an amateur to score a hole-in-one on a typical par three golf hole; and

Whereas while Darrell Garland likely never assessed his actual odds before getting a hole-in-one earlier this Spring at Avon Valley, congratulations are extended to Mr. Garland for using his three wood and driving a shot 203 yards on the green to become one of only five players this year to make such a signature shot and securing his place in history at the Avon Valley Golf and Country Club;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the dynamic shooting of Mr. Darrell Garland with hopes that the Avon Valley hole-in-one not be his last.

RESOLUTION NO. 4522

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 a few years ago Golf Digest hired Francis Scheid, Ph.D. and retired Chair of the Math Department at Boston University, to calculate the odds in the probability of an

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amateur scoring a hole-in-one, his calculations showed an amateur of having a one in 12,750 chance with odds of 9.2 million of that same golfer getting two holes-in-one on the same day on the same course; and

Whereas a hole-in-one is a rare shot even on the PGA and LPGA Tour with odds of one in 26 million of two golfers from the same foursome both acing a hole-in-one on the same hole on a given day; and

Whereas Kevin Ruffell used his Hybrid Club on Avon Valley's 11th hole to strike a shot 150 yards and garner a hole-in-one in the Spring at Avon Valley Golf and Country Club;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly compliment Kevin Ruffell of Windsor for his exceptional hole-in-one during the 2008 golf season at Avon Valley Golf and Country Club.

RESOLUTION NO. 4523

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Family Fries are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Family Fries and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4524

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

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Whereas small businesses such as Mike Landry Appliance Repair are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Mike Landry Appliance Repair and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4525

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Bernfield Kennels are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Bernfield Kennels and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4526

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Bluenose Well Drilling Limited are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Bluenose Well Drilling Limited and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4527

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Bevlo Products are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Bevlo Products and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4528

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Betty's Wedding and Formal Wear are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Betty's Wedding and Formal Wear and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4529

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Chorister Gowns and Robes are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Chorister Gowns and Robes and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4530

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Century 21 Representative George Marks are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Century 21 Representative George Marks and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4531

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Clam Harbour Beach Motel are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

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Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Clam Harbour Beach Motel and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4532

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Chezzetcook Towing and Recovery are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Chezzetcook Towing and Recovery and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4533

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Cougar Cars Inc. are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Cougar Cars Inc. and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4534

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By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Country Classic Cuts are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Country Classic Cuts and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4535

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Cox NAPA Auto Parts are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Cox NAPA Auto Parts and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4536

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

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Whereas small businesses such as Darr Welding and Fabricating Limited are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Darr Welding and Fabricating Limited and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4537

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Down East Starter and Alternator Services are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Down East Starter and Alternator Services and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4538

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as East Coast Window Fashions are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of East Coast Window Fashions and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4539

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Eastern Shore Auto Salvage Limited are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Eastern Shore Auto Salvage Limited and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4540

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Dr. Frazer Mullins are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Dr. Frazer Mullins and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4541

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Elephant's Nest Bed and Breakfast are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Elephant's Nest Bed and Breakfast and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4542

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Erica's Day Care Centre are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Erica's Day Care Centre and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4543

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Fawcett's Mini Excavating are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

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Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Fawcett's Mini Excavating and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4544

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Gaetz Custom Homes are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Gaetz Custom Homes and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4545

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Gabe's Heating are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Gabe's Heating and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4546

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By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Harbour Ridge Golf Club are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Harbour Ridge Golf Club and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4547

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Iron for Home and Garden are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Iron for Home and Garden and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4548

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

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Whereas small businesses such as Jeddore Lodge and Cabins are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Jeddore Lodge and Cabins and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4549

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Jeddore Variety are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Jeddore Variety and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4550

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Investors Group Financial Services Inc. Tammy Campbell are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Investors Group Financial Services Inc. Tammy Campbell and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4551

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Jerry's Septic Tank Pumping Service are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Jerry's Septic Tank Pumping Service and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4552

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore has a large array of small businesses; and

Whereas small businesses such as Jimmy Flynn Productions Limited are operated by people who not only work, but live on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas without these assets, our communities on the Eastern Shore would be at a loss;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Jimmy Flynn Productions Limited and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4553

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas small businesses are the backbone of strong communities; and

Whereas without the hard work and dedication, Rolling Stone Construction Company Limited would not be able to provide a valuable service to the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas not only do they provide a service, but they offer employment to other members of this community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of business owners like Rolling Stone Construction Company Limited and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4554

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation held its District Track & Field Championships in Bridgewater in May; and

Whereas there were many records set; and

Whereas Gregor Stabenow of Hebbville Academy in Bridgewater won the Junior Boys Pole Vault Title;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Gregor Stabenow and wish him good luck in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4555

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation held its District Track & Field Championships in Bridgewater in May; and

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Whereas there were many records set; and

Whereas Haley Gates of Hebbville Academy in Bridgewater won the Junior Girls Pole Vault Title;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Haley Gates and wish her good luck in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4556

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation held its District Track & Field Championships in Bridgewater in May; and

Whereas there were many records set; and

Whereas Maia Jorgenson of Park View Education Centre won the Senior Girls Pole Vault Title;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Maia Jorgenson and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4557

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation held its Provincial Track & Field Championships in Lower Sackville in June; and

Whereas there were many records set; and

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Whereas Maia Jorgenson of Park View Education Centre won gold in the senior girls pole vault, silvers in triple jump and 100-metre high school hurdles;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Maia Jorgenson and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4558

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation held its District Track & Field Championships in Bridgewater in May; and

Whereas there were many records set; and

Whereas Marcus Dolliver of Park View Education Centre won the Intermediate Boys High Jump Title;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Marcus Dolliver and wish him good luck in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4559

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation held its District Track & Field Championships in Bridgewater in May; and

Whereas there were many records set; and

Whereas Marielle Guerrero of Hebbville Academy in Bridgewater won the Junior Girls Shot Put Title;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Marielle Guerrero and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4560

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By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation held its District Track & Field Championships in Bridgewater in May; and

Whereas there were many records set; and

Whereas Moira Frier of Park View Education Centre won the Intermediate Girls Javelin Title;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Moira Frier and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4561

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation held its District Track & Field Championships in Bridgewater in May; and

Whereas there were many records set; and

Whereas Nick Mercer of Bridgewater High School won the Senior Boys Shot Put Title;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Nick Mercer of Bridgewater and wish him well in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4562

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation held its District Track & Field Championships in Bridgewater in May; and

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Whereas there were many records set; and

Whereas Rachel McIntosh of Park View Education Centre won the Senior Girls 80-Metre Hurdles Title with an impressive five individual gold medals total;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Rachel McIntosh of Bridgewater and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4563

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the 2008 Provincial Track & Field Championships were held on June 28th and 29th; and

Whereas a successful athletic competition is a result of hard work and endurance; and

Whereas Rachel McIntosh of Park View Education Centre won three gold medals in the women's 16 to 17 years category 200-metre dash, the 100-metre hurdles, and the high jump;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Rachel McIntosh of Bridgewater and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4564

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation held its District Track & Field Championships in Bridgewater in May; and

Whereas there were many records set; and

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Whereas Rebecca Bell of Park View Education Centre won the Senior Girls Triple Jump Title;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Rebecca Bell and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4565

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation held its District Track & Field Championships in Bridgewater in May; and

Whereas there were many records set; and

Whereas Sydney Nickerson of Hebbville Academy in Bridgewater won the Junior Girls Javelin Title;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Sydney Nickerson and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4566

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the 2008 Provincial Track & Field Championships were held on June 28th and 29th; and

Whereas there were many records set; and

Whereas Cameron MacLennan of Lunenburg County brought home gold in the men's 16 to 17 years category 800-metre run and the 400-metre dash;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Cameron MacLennan of Lunenburg County and wish him well in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4567

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By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the 2008 Provincial Track & Field Championships were held on June 28th and 29th; and

Whereas there were many records set; and

Whereas Elijah Bond of Lunenburg County brought home gold in the 13 to 15 years category for the 200- and 400-metre dash;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Elijah Bond of Lunenburg County and wish him well in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4568

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the 2008 Provincial Track & Field Championships were held on June 28th and 29th; and

Whereas a successful athletic competition is a result of hard work and endurance; and

Whereas Emma Lohnes of Lunenburg County finished first in the women's 12 to 15 years category 80-metre hurdles, with a posted time of 13.44 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Emma Lohnes of Bridgewater and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4569

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

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Whereas the 2008 Provincial Track & Field Championships were held on June 28th and 29th; and

Whereas a successful athletic competition is a result of hard work and endurance; and

Whereas Haley Gates of Bridgewater finished second in women's 12 to 15 years category 80-metre hurdles, with a posted time of 13.45 seconds;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Haley Gates of Bridgewater and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4570

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation held its Provincial Track & Field Championships in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas there were many records set; and

Whereas Haley Gates of Hebbville Academy in Bridgewater won silver in the girl's 80-metre hurdle and gold in triple jump;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Haley Gates and wish her good luck in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4571

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

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Whereas the 2008 Provincial Track & Field Championships were held on June 28th and 29th; and

Whereas there were many records set; and

Whereas Jennifer Pitman of Bridgewater won gold in the women's 16/17 400-metre dash;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Jennifer Pitman of Bridgewater and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4572

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation held its District Track & Field Championships in Bridgewater in May; and

Whereas there were many records set; and

Whereas Andrew MacDonald of Bridgewater High School won the Intermediate Boys Shot Put Title;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Andrew MacDonald and wish him well in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4573

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the 2008 Provincial Track & Field Championships were held on June 28th and 29th; and

Whereas there were many records set; and

Whereas Maia Jorgenson of Bridgewater took second place in the triple jump and the 100-metre hurdles;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Maia Jorgenson and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4574

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the 2008 Provincial Track & Field Championships were held on June 28th and 29th; and

Whereas there were many records set; and

Whereas Maria Wolter, of Lunenburg County took second place in the women's 15- and-under long jump, with her best jump registering at 4.41 metres;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Maria on this great accomplishment and wish her well in her future competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 4575

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the 2008 Provincial Track & Field Championships were held on June 28th and 29th; and

Whereas there were many records set; and

Whereas Marielle Guerrero of Lunenburg County took second place in her 14/15 age group in women's shot put with a top distance of 9.94 metres;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Marielle on this great accomplishment and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4576

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation held its Provincial Track & Field Championships in Lower Sackville in June; and

Whereas there were many records set; and

Whereas Mattias Wolter of Park View Education Centre won silver in senior boys 800 and 1500 metre;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Mattias Wolter and wish him well in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4577

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation held its Provincial Track & Field Championships in Lower Sackville in June; and

Whereas there were many records set; and

Whereas Rebecca Bell, of Park View Education Centre won gold in the senior girls triple jump and bronze in long jump;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Rebecca Bell and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4578

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Sydney Nickerson of Hebbville Academy's Track & Field team and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4579

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Peter Ryan of Hebbville Academy's Track & Field team and wish him well in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4580

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

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Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Nick Van-whychen of Hebbville Academy's Track & Field team and wish him well in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4581

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Matt Taylor of Hebbville Academy's Track & Field team and wish him well in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4582

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Marielle Guerrero of Hebbville Academy's Track & Field team and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4583

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Maria Wolter of Hebbville Academy's Track & Field team and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4584

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Lucas Wile of Hebbville Academy's Track & Field team and wish him well in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4585

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By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Lily Gordon of Hebbville Academy's Track & Field team and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4586

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Katelyn Carver of Hebbville Academy's Track & Field team and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4587

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

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Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Leigh Manley of Hebbville Academy's Track & Field team and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4588

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Justin Taylor of Hebbville Academy's Track & Field team and wish him well in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4589

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

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Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Justin Montreil of Hebbville Academy's Track & Field team and wish him well in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4590

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Jonah Langley of Hebbville Academy's Track & Field team and wish him well in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4591

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to the students of Hebbville Academy and recognize with appreciation the

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coaches, volunteers and parents who are dedicated sports-minded people who volunteer their time for the benefit of our youth.

RESOLUTION NO. 4592

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Haley Gates of Hebbville Academy's Track & Field team and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4593

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Gavin Hatheway of Hebbville Academy's Track & Field team and wish him well in his future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4594

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Gavin Cameron of Hebbville Academy's Track & Field team and wish him well in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4595

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Cameron MacLennan of Hebbville Academy's Track & Field team and wish him well in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4596

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Breanna Haley of Hebbville Academy's Track & Field team and wish her well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4597

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Andrew Mosher of Hebbville Academy's Track & Field team and wish him well in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4598

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas recently Hebbville Academy of Lunenburg County won the Provincial Banner in Track & Field; and

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Whereas this is their sixth junior high banner in seven years; and

Whereas this is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to their individual sport;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly extend congratulations to team member Nigel Getson of Hebbville Academy's Track & Field team and wish him well in his future endeavours.

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