The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House adjourned:
October 26, 2017.

HANSARD 03/04/05-82

DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Murray Scott

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

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

First Session

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2005

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS:
Educ.: Post-Secondary Funding - Reinvestment, Mr. D. Dexter 7153
Educ.: Tuition Fees - Reduce, Mr. Gerald Sampson 7154
Educ.: Tuition Fees - Reduce, Mr. W. Estabrooks 7154
Educ.: Tuition Fees - Reduce, Mr. H. Theriault 7154
Educ.: Grants System - Implement, Mr. D. Dexter 7154
TPW: Salt Springs Dr. (Pictou Co.) - Pave/Repair, Mr. D. Parker 7155
TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS:
Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board Activity Report, Hon. K. Morash 7155
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 3731, LPN Day (05/09/05) - Recognize, Hon. A. MacIsaac 7155
Vote - Affirmative 7156
Res. 3732, Johnston, Cara: Hwy. Safety - Presentations,
Hon. R. Russell 7156
Vote - Affirmative 7157
Res. 3733, Environ. & Lbr. - Energy Efficiency Workshops: Churches
- Congrats., Hon. C. Clarke 7157
Vote - Affirmative 7158
Res. 3734, Westray Mine: Victims - Honour, Hon. K. Morash 7158
Vote - Affirmative 7159
Res. 3735, Dart. Gen. Hosp. - Reaching New Heights in Health: Campaign
- Congrats., Hon. A. MacIsaac 7159
Vote - Affirmative 7160
Res. 3736, Jessome, Joan: NSGEU Pres. - Re-election, The Premier 7160
Vote - Affirmative 7160
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No. 197, Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act, Mr. D. Dexter 7160
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 3737, Ins. - Pub./Private Ins. Cos.: B.C. - Query, Mr. D. Dexter 7161
Res. 3738, Educ.: House Proceedings - Monitor,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 7161
Res. 3739, Taylor, Maurice Foster - Waverley Legion President's Award,
Mr. G. Hines 7162
Vote - Affirmative 7163
Res. 3740, Julien, Donald: Hon. Deg. - Acadia Univ., Mr. D. Dexter 7163
Vote - Affirmative 7163
Res. 3741, Prem. - Debt Increase: Promise - Broken,
Mr. Michel Samson 7163
Res. 3742, RCL - Four Hbrs. Br. 120: Contributions - Applaud,
Mr. W. Dooks 7164
Vote - Affirmative 7165
Res. 3743, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory: St. Stephen's Sch. -
Production, Ms. Maureen MacDonald 7165
Vote - Affirmative 7166
Res. 3744, Huntley, Helen - Berwick: Contributions - Recognize,
Mr. L. Glavine 7166
Vote - Affirmative 7167
Res. 3745, Kings Transit: Wheelchair Buses - Thank, Mr. M. Parent 7167
Vote - Affirmative 7167
Res. 3746, Williams, Morris - Hants E. Prov. Vol. of the Yr.,
Mr. J. MacDonell 7168
Vote - Affirmative 7168
Res. 3747, Nat'l. Nursing Wk. (05/09-05/15/05) - Acknowledge,
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 7168
Vote - Affirmative 7169
Res. 3748, Nash, Steve: NBA MVP - Congrats.,
Mr. B. Taylor, (by Mr. J. DeWolfe) 7169
Vote - Affirmative 7170
Res. 3749, Can.-Wide Science Fair: Team N.S. - Best Wishes,
Ms. J. Massey 7170
Vote - Affirmative 7171
Res. 3750, Asian Commun.: Contributions - Acknowledge,
Ms. D. Whalen 7171
Vote - Affirmative 7171
Res. 3751, McRae, Murdock: Vol. Fire Serv. - Commitment,
Mr. R. MacKinnon 7172
Vote - Affirmative 7172
Res. 3752, Lewis Fam.: Cross-Country Skiing Season - Congrats.,
Hon. K. Morash 7172
Vote - Affirmative 7173
Res. 3753, Dauphinee, Katie - Vol. Youth Award, Ms. M. Raymond 7173
Vote - Affirmative 7174
Res. 3754, Balcom, Monica - Nat'l. Cadet Boxing Championship,
Mr. S. McNeil 7174
Vote - Affirmative 7174
Res. 3755, Antigonish Mini Royals - Basketball Title, Hon. A. MacIsaac 7175
Vote - Affirmative 7175
Res. 3756, Pictou Accommodations Comm. - Innkeepers Weekend,
Mr. C. Parker 7175
Vote - Affirmative 7176
Res. 3757, Gilbert's Cove Hist. Soc.: Efforts - Recognize,
Mr. H. Theriault 7176
Vote - Affirmative 7177
Res. 3758, Brown, Buster & Gloria: RCL Service - Congrats.,
Mr. W. Estabrooks 7177
Vote - Affirmative 7178
Res. 3759, MacKenzie, Rindress & Gavina - Anniv. (66th),
Mr. Gerald Sampson 7178
Vote - Affirmative 7178
Res. 3760, Sydney Acad.: Alumni Dinner - Congrats., Mr. G. Gosse 7179
Vote - Affirmative 7179
Res. 3761, Tweedie, Hugh: Hon. Deg. - CBU, Mr. Gerald Sampson 7179
Vote - Affirmative 7180
Res. 3762, Emmanuel Anglican Church - SonLife Commun. Church:
Church Transfer - Thank, Mr. J. Pye 7180
Vote - Affirmative 7181
Res. 3763, Dorrington, Art - Truro Sport Heritage Soc. Honour Roll,
Hon. J. Muir 7182
Vote - Affirmative 7182
Res. 3764, Nat'l. Horseshoe Pitching Championships: Participants -
Welcome, Mr. W. Estabrooks 7183
Vote - Affirmative 7183
Res. 3765, Dart. Choral Soc. - Anniv. (50th), Mr. Michel Samson 7183
Vote - Affirmative 7184
Res. 3766, MOeD Gallery: Opening - Congrats.,
Ms. Maureen MacDonald 7184
Vote - Affirmative 7185
Res. 3767, MS Awareness Mo. (05/05) - Acknowledge,
Mr. L. Glavine 7185
Vote - Affirmative 7186
Res. 3768, Williams, Michael - Chief Scout Award, Ms. J. Massey 7186
Vote - Affirmative 7186
Res. 3769, CBU: Class of 2005 - Congrats.,
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 7186
Vote - Affirmative 7187
Res. 3770, Dermody, Sheila & Michael - Anniv. (40th), Mr. G. Gosse 7187
Vote - Affirmative 7188
Res. 3771, Dal. Soc. for Corp. Environ. & Soc. Responsibility -
Contributions, Ms. D. Whalen 7188
Vote - Affirmative 7189
Res. 3772, Whitman, Dave: Hist. Book - Congrats., Mr. S. McNeil 7189
Vote - Affirmative 7190
GOVERNMENT BUSINESS:
GOVERNMENT MOTIONS:
ON MOTION FOR SUPPLY:
Ms. M. Raymond 7190
Mr. L. Glavine 7194
Mr. W. Dooks 7196
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON SUPPLY AT 1:34 P.M. 7200
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 5:37 P.M. 7200
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Tue., May 10th at 12:00 noon 7201
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 3773, MacKinnon, Krysta - ECMA Presentation,
Mr. Michel Samson 7202
Res. 3774, Branchaud, Michelle - Educ. Wk. Award, Mr. C. O'Donnell 7202
Res. 3775, Theriau, Chris - Athletics N.S. Award, Mr. L. Glavine 7203
Res. 3776, Queens Co. Museum - Anniv. (25th), Hon. K. Morash 7203
Res. 3777, Lun.-Queens Special Olympics Floor Hockey Team - Congrats.,
Hon. K. Morash 7204
Res. 3778, Burchell Fam.: MRI Yar. Reg. Hosp. - Fundraising,
Hon. R. Hurlburt 7204
Res. 3779, Fred Page Cup: Organizing Comm. - Congrats.,
Hon. R. Hurlburt 7205
Res. 3780, Eisenhaur, Debbie - Volunteer Award, The Speaker 7205
Res. 3781, MacKenzie, MCPL Laura - Marksmanship Award,
The Speaker 7206
Res. 3782, O'Brien, Felicia - Basketball Award, The Speaker 7206
Res. 3783, Oxford Reg. HS: Lady Golden Bears - Bronze Medal,
The Speaker 7207
Res. 3784, Oxford EMO - Blizzard 2005: Efforts - Congrats.,
The Speaker 7207
Res. 3785, École Beau-Port Jr. Hockey Team: JARIS Banner - Congrats.,
Mr. Michel Samson 7208
Res. 3786, N.S. Assoc. of Soc. Workers - VLT: Stance - Congrats.,
Mr. D. Graham 7208
Res. 3787, Mulgrave Rd. Theatre: Efforts - Congrats., Mr. D. Graham 7209
Res. 3788, Yar. Hall of Fame - Inductees, Mr. W. Gaudet 7209
Res. 3789, Adams, Cam/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament
- Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7210
Res. 3790, Allen, Donna/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7210
Res. 3791, Baker, Nathan/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7211
Res. 3792, Joncas, Barb/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7211
Res. 3793, Bullen, Spike/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7212
Res. 3794, McLaughlin, Cody/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7212
Res. 3795, McMaster, Cody/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7213
Res. 3796, Cull, Gloria/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7213
Res. 3797, Faulkner, Danny/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7214
Res. 3798, Meade, Darlene/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7214
Res. 3799, Daye, Hugh/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7215
Res. 3800, Deleseleuc, Marcel/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7215
Res. 3801, Faulkner, Rhonda/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7216
Res. 3802, Fox, Carolyn/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7216
Res. 3803, Deleseleuc, Isaac/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7217
Res. 3804, Johnson, John/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7217
Res. 3805, Joncas, Darryl/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7218
Res. 3806, Cull, Kirk/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7218
Res. 3807, Kosick, Lynn/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7219
Res. 3808, Lucas, Dwight/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7219
Res. 3809, Verrall, Mary Jane/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7220
Res. 3810, McMaster, Al/Vols.: East. Shore Hockey Tournament -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 7220

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HALIFAX, MONDAY, MAY 9, 2005

Fifty-ninth General Assembly

First Session

12:00 NOON

SPEAKER

Hon. Murray Scott

DEPUTY SPEAKERS

Mr. James DeWolfe, Ms. Joan Massey, Mr. Daniel Graham

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

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

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

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition, the operative clause which reads:

"Therefore, your petitioners call upon the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia to:

� Make a considerable re-investment in core funding to Nova Scotia's post-secondary institutions"

There are 116 signatures of post-secondary students from around the province and, Mr. Speaker, I have affixed my signature.

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MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes

MR. GERALD SAMPSON: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition signed by Nova Scotians concerned about the high and ever-increasing costs of post-secondary tuition. I have affixed my signature thereto.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Mr. Speaker, I too am privileged to present to you and to the House a petition signed by 120 Nova Scotians asking this government to address the issue of tuition fees and to listen to post-secondary students across this province. As the proud father of a daughter who attends NSCAD, I too have affixed my signature.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

MR. HAROLD THERIAULT: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition signed by Nova Scotians concerned about the high and ever-increasing costs of post-secondary tuition. I have affixed my signature.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition.

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, I have another petition that I beg leave to table and it reads:

"Therefore, your petitioners call upon the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia to:

� Implement a system of needs-based, non-repayable grants;"

Mr. Speaker, this has the signatures of 120 post-secondary students from around the province and I have affixed my signature.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

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The honourable member for Pictou West.

MR. CHARLES PARKER: Mr. Speaker, people are still very, very concerned about the condition of rural roads and I have a petition here from residents who live along Salt Springs Drive in Pictou County, so I beg leave to table a petition on their behalf and the operative clause reads:

"We the undersigned ask the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation to take immediate steps to pave or repair Salt Springs Drive."

It's signed by 279 residents of the area, and I too have affixed my signature.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Environment and Labour.

HON. KERRY MORASH: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a report entitled "Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board Activity Report.

MR. SPEAKER: The report is tabled.

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 3731

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

Whereas May 9th is National Licenced Practical Nurses Day, a day for us to recognize LPNs across the province for their commitment to ensuring the best possible care for Nova Scotians; and

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Whereas licenced practical nurses provide excellent care for the sick, injured, convalescent and the disabled, in consultation with physicians and registered nurses; and

Whereas LPNs consistently display professionalism, integrity and dignity in their everyday work to improve the health of their patients and, in turn, the nursing profession and the health care system;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize May 9th as Licenced Practical Nurses Day and acknowledge the critical role they play in providing high-quality patient care to Nova Scotians.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Transportation and Public Works.

RESOLUTION NO. 3732

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

Whereas the Department of Transportation and Public Works, along with our partners the Road Safety Advisory Committee, Highway 104 Western Alignment Corporation and Delphi-MRC, continue to promote highway safety messages; and

Whereas these organizations are sponsoring a speaking tour of provincial high schools by Cara Johnston, a young woman who lost her twin sister in a tragic car accident; and

Whereas Ms. Johnston's visit promotes the need for responsible decision making by our youth;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs of this House commend the 10 high schools hosting these presentations, and thank Cara Johnston for this return visit to Nova Scotia and for encouraging our youth to make safety a lifelong priority.

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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 Minister of Energy.

RESOLUTION NO. 3733

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

Whereas many Nova Scotia churches were built in an era that was not as environmentally aware or technically advanced; and

Whereas a group of churches hosted workshops to discuss climate change, examining heating options and learning best practices for retrofitting buildings to become more energy efficient; and

Whereas the workshops were held in five Nova Scotia churches, including Berwick United Church in Berwick, Brooklyn United Church in Brooklyn, St. Matthew's United Church in Halifax, Bethel Presbyterian Church in Sydney and St. Mark's United Church in Port Hawkesbury;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate these organizations for hosting these sessions and better educating their communities on energy conservation.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Environment and Labour.

[12:15 p.m.]

RESOLUTION NO. 3734

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

Whereas today is the 13th Anniversary of the tragic explosion in the Westray Mine in which 26 miners were killed, and the lives of their family members and community were changed forever; and

Whereas the death of those miners has provided a lasting lesson to Nova Scotians about the continuing need to put safety on the job above all other considerations; and

Whereas the legacy of Westray has given Nova Scotians strong protection under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, where all workers are afforded the right to participate in workplace health and safety decisions, the right to know about and eliminate any hazards in the workplace, and the right to refuse unsafe work without fear of reprisal;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House respect and honour the memory of those who died at Westray, and use that memory as our inspiration to remain vigilant in the cause of safety in Nova Scotia workplaces;

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice. I would also ask that we recognize a moment of silence to commemorate the Westray anniversary.

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.

I would ask all members to rise for a moment of silence in memory of those who died at Westray.

[One minute of silence was observed.]

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. Please be seated.

The honourable Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 3735

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 Dartmouth General Hospital has served its community and citizens faithfully since it opened its doors; and

Whereas since 2001, the foundation's board of the hospital, along with a campaign team led by Neville Gilfoy, have worked tirelessly in an effort to meet the goal of its "Reaching New Heights in Health" campaign; and

Whereas while the goal of the campaign is lofty - to raise $4.4 million - the team recently announced it is within $100,000 of meeting its target;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this Legislature commend the amazing "Reaching New Heights in Health" campaign team and thank all of those from within the community who have lent a hand and funds to ensure the Dartmouth General is properly equipped to serve its community.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

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The motion is carried.

The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 3736

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

Whereas this past weekend, the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union met for its biennial convention; and

Whereas the union represents the interests of over 22,000 women and men working in this province; and

Whereas this year Joan Jessome secured a fourth term as the union's president;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Ms. Jessome, the first woman elected as president of the NSGEU on her re-election to the position and wish her and the 2005 executive all the best in the years ahead.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

Bill No. 197 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 25 of the Acts of 1996. The Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act. (Mr. Darrell Dexter)

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

NOTICES OF MOTION

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

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RESOLUTION NO. 3737

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

Whereas Liberal Premier Gordon Campbell, like the Progressive Conservative Premier in this province, likes private for profit health care, income tax cuts and breaking contracts with health care workers; and

Whereas these two Premiers differ on the issue of public auto insurance; and

Whereas Premier Campbell said a few days ago, "The ratepayers of B.C. get the best deal out of a public insurance company providing basic insurance."

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Tories, who turn their back on public auto insurance, should ask why one of Canada's most free-enterprising governments has ruled out any move to let private insurance companies compete for basic auto insurance coverage in B.C.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

RESOLUTION NO. 3738

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

Whereas last week here in the House of Assembly, all members passed a resolution pointing out government's failure on access to post-secondary education; and

Whereas this government has either seen the error of its ways or no longer pays attention to the reading of resolutions; and

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Whereas in either scenario, it is obvious that this government does not take post-secondary education seriously;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House encourage this government to pay attention to House proceedings on education and all other matters important to Nova Scotians.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

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

RESOLUTION NO. 3739

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

Whereas Maurice Foster Taylor is the winner of the 2005 President's Award at the Waverley Legion; and

Whereas Maurice first joined the Legion in April 1949, and has been a member of the Waverley Legion for the past 40 years and can be found there often six to seven days a week; and

Whereas Maurice can always be counted on for fundraising ideas and worked exceptionally hard on the Legion's roof project last year, and is always willing to assist with the annual poppy campaign;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House join me in sending congratulations to Maurice Foster Taylor of Waverley for his outstanding work at the Waverley Legion and for being named the winner of the 2005 President's Award.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

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The motion is carried.

The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition.

RESOLUTION NO. 3740

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

Whereas Acadia University, one of Canada's highest ranked universities, annually bestows honorary doctorate degrees upon individuals making significant contributions to society; and

Whereas the Spring 2005 Convocation ceremony will take place at Acadia University Sunday, May 15th through Monday, May 16th; and

Whereas this year Acadia University will honour distinguished historian, author, 2004 Order of Nova Scotia honouree, and currently Executive Director of the Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq, Donald Julien as a recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Civil Laws;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate Donald Julien on receiving an honorary doctorate degree, and commend him for his dedication to the study, research and promotion of the culture and history of the Mi'kmaq people of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Leader in the House of the Liberal Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 3741

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 the Premier told Nova Scotians in 2000, "We have to stop piling up debt before it's too late. We have to start living within our means . . . stop mortgaging our children and grandchildren. Otherwise we're going to end up financially . . . and morally bankrupt."; and

Whereas the Premier also told Nova Scotians, "We are going to balance the budget in three years, and begin reducing the debt and capturing those lost dollars in interest for Nova Scotians."; and

Whereas despite the Premier's word, his promise has been broken and today we are adding $2.5 million in daily interest payments that could, for example, have paved 14 kilometres of secondary roads;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this Legislature recognize that the Premier has broken a fundamental promise to Nova Scotians that the debt would stop growing and that this failure is costing Nova Scotians $2.5 million a day, $17.5 million a week and $900 million a year.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Eastern Shore.

RESOLUTION NO. 3742

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

Whereas 2005 is the Year of the Veteran, and I would like to acknowledge the hard-working and dedicated veterans of the Royal Canadian Legions across the province, both past and present; and

Whereas many local branches of the Royal Canadian Legion are a focal point of community functions and are supportive to the needs of others, assist veterans and their families with life challenges, purchase wheelchairs and equipment for seniors, and all through the hard work and proceeds of their poppy campaigns and various fundraisers; and

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Whereas the Four Harbours Branch #120 of the Royal Canadian Legion offers fellowship and support, services their community with pride, and strives to preserve the memory of fallen comrades and the sacrifices made by so many families;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of the Four Harbours Branch #120 Royal Canadian Legion and all other Legions across the province.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 3743

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

Whereas on April 27th and 28th of this year, St. Stephen's Elementary School presented the musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to appreciative audiences; and

Whereas the play was directed by Octavia James with music performed by Scott MacMillan, Greg Finney and Marie Christ, and composed by Rose Vaughan; and

Whereas Principal Amy Boutilier, Vice-Principal Libby Coady, school board member Kim Berkers, and PTA and SAC member Stephanie McInnis provided support and assistance without which the production could not have been successful;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature extend congratulations to all the parents, staff, students and volunteers of St. Stephen's school who contributed to this very successful production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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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 Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 3744

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

Whereas on April 20th, in recognition of her outstanding community spirit and in honour of her get-up-and-go attitude, Helen Huntley was awarded the 2005 Berwick Volunteer of the Year Award; and

Whereas Mrs. Huntley's dedication to the Central Kings Crusaders, where for 23 years she has worked diligently with organizations such as the seniors' centre, Meals on Wheels, as well as the junior firefighters and the Kid Fit program, is well known throughout the community; and

Whereas Mrs. Huntley has dedicated one day a week with four different groups to volunteer and improve her community, the three remaining days are spent with her friends and family where she helps them with their community work;

Therefore be it resolved that this House recognize the contributions made by Helen Huntley to the community of Berwick, and wish her many years of health and happiness.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Kings North.

RESOLUTION NO. 3745

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

Whereas six wheelchair accessible buses will begin servicing the Annapolis Valley later this Summer; and

Whereas Christine Bigelow-Popowich of the Disabled Unite for Equality in Life Organization, said the new buses are good news for wheelchair users and elderly citizens who find it difficult to climb steps; and

Whereas the new buses will replace six regular buses now used by Kings Transit and should be on the road by the end of June;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House express their appreciation to Kings Transit, and its new general manager Brian Hackett, for providing this very important service and wish them continued success as they attempt to meet the needs of all Annapolis Valley residents.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Hants East.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3746

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

Whereas volunteerism involves the selfless giving of that most precious of commodities, one's personal time; and

Whereas every year the Province of Nova Scotia recognizes volunteers from around the province; and

Whereas on April 12th, Mr. Morris Williams from Mount Uniacke was recognized as Hants East's Provincial Volunteer of the Year for his many and varied contributions to improving and protecting his community;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Morris Williams on his selfless giving to his community in Mount Uniacke.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Glace Bay.

RESOLUTION NO. 3747

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 May 9th to May 15th is National Nursing Week with this year's theme being Nursing - Patients First. Safety Always; and

Whereas nurses throughout our province remain committed to the delivery of safe, competent, and ethical care in the interest of their patients; and

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Whereas sharps safety, safe staffing ratios, and the recruitment and retention of nurses are three areas that the Nova Scotia Nurses' Union has identified as priorities;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the Legislature acknowledge this week as National Nursing Week and extend their thanks to nurses throughout our province who truly are at the heart of health care.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou East.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3748

MR. JAMES DEWOLFE: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Phoenix Suns guard, Steve Nash of Victoria, B.C., is currently one of the only two Canadians playing in the National Basketball Association; and

Whereas to top this, Nash has just won the Most Valuable Player Award in the NBA, a huge accomplishment for this Canadian athlete, who stated he overcame huge obstacles just to make it as a professional basketball player; and

Whereas not only did Nash beat out Shaquille O'Neil, he was also the lowest-draft player to win the award;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House add their congratulations to this outstanding Canadian, who has not only made a success of himself by making it in the major leagues of the NBA, but he has not forgotten that he is Canadian, and we are very proud of him.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth East.

RESOLUTION NO. 3749

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

Whereas on April 22nd, I had the privilege of attending the Team Nova Scotia Showcase, held at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, a team-building event for youth chosen to represent the regional science fairs at the Canada-wide science fair; and

Whereas the showcase brought together all the students representing Nova Scotia to display their award-winning projects in an open house; and

Whereas these students representing Grades 7-12 displayed their research and design achievements in the fields of biotechnology, computing and mathematical sciences, earth and environmental sciences, engineering, life sciences and physical science;

Therefore be it resolved that this Legislature wish these 30 young Nova Scotia scientists who participated in the Team Nova Scotia Showcase at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography all the best as they head to Vancouver, British Columbia, to compete at the Canada-wide science fair.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park.

RESOLUTION NO. 3750

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

Whereas May is Asian Heritage Month, which provides an opportunity to showcase Asian culture, history, literature, food and traditions; and

Whereas the official opening was held at Saint Mary's University and featured performers from the Pakistani, Indian, Korean, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese and Tibetan communities; and

Whereas Nova Scotia has been enriched by people from these many Asian cultures who have settled in our province;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge the contributions of the Asian community 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 member for Cape Breton West.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3751

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

Whereas there are more than 8,000 volunteer firefighters and 320 volunteer fire departments protecting families and communities throughout Nova Scotia; and

Whereas each year the Albert Bridge Volunteer Fire Department recognizes one of its members for his or her exemplary service to the department and community; and

Whereas on Saturday, May 7, 2005, Murdock McRae, Trout Brook Road, Mira, and a member of the Albert Bridge Volunteer Fire Department, received his 25-year service pin, and was also voted 2005 volunteer firefighter of the year;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Murdock McRae for his outstanding commitment to Nova Scotia's voluntary fire service.

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 and Labour.

RESOLUTION NO. 3752

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

Whereas David, Bev and Abby Lewis, of Queens County, are avid cross-country skiers; and

Whereas the Lewis family took part in numerous cross-country skiing events this past Winter, including the World Loppet Tour in Hull, Quebec, and the Nova Scotia Provincial Cross Country Ski Championships at the Martock Ski Club; and

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Whereas at the provincial championships, David placed 3rd and 4th in his races, Bev placed 2nd and 4th in her races, and Abby finished with 1st and 2nd place finishes in her races;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate David, Bev and Abby Lewis for another successful season of cross-country skiing, and wish them well in their future competitions.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Atlantic.

RESOLUTION NO. 3753

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

Whereas Katie Dauphinee, a Grade 12 student at J.L. Ilsley High School, has devoted a large portion of her teenage years to helping others;

Whereas Katie began volunteering as a Grade 5 tutor and has gone on to work with the school's Teen Health Centre, McIntosh Run stream clean-up, AIDS Walk, Tobacco Action, Kids' Help Phone and numerous other causes; and

Whereas Katie has been recognized with the Volunteer Youth Award from the Nova Scotia Recreation Association;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate Katie Dauphinee on her tireless work and her intention to continue helping others by studying nursing and wish her success in the future.

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 Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 3754

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 National Cadet Boxing Championships were held from April 1 - 3, 2005 in Prince George, British Columbia; and

Whereas Monica Balcom of Lawrencetown represented her club with great spirit, determination, skill and sportsmanship; and

Whereas Monica returned home from Prince George, British Columbia with a bronze medal;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Monica Balcom on her fine showing at the national championships and wish her all the best in the future.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The honourable Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 3755

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 Antigonish Mini Royals were unbeatable in capturing the Basketball Nova Scotia Division Five mini title; and

Whereas in the final game the Royals outscored the Canadian Martyrs of Halifax 32-22 with Carrie MacInnis, the recipient of the "Hustle Award", contributing 8 points and Brianna McCarron chipping in with 8; and

Whereas the team demonstrated teamwork and determination under the direction of Parker Regan and Phil Blackwood;

Therefore be it resolved all members of this House join me in congratulating the Antigonish Mini Royals on their outstanding win and wish them continued success.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou West.

RESOLUTION NO. 3756

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

Whereas innkeepers in Pictou are planning a novel idea to boost tourism in the town; and

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Whereas the members of the Pictou Accommodations Committee have planned a weekend in the town for visiting innkeepers from elsewhere in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island this coming weekend, May 12th to 14th; and

Whereas the weekend is a means for the committee to emphasize how important the tourism industry has become to Pictou County and visitors will spend one night in one establishment and the next night in a different one;

Therefore be it resolved this Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate the innkeepers, bed and breakfast operators and motel owners in the Town of Pictou for their efforts to promote Pictou as a tourism destination and wish them every success in increasing tourism in Pictou County.

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. 3757

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 Gilbert's Cove Lighthouse in Gilbert's Cove, Digby County was built in 1904; and

Whereas the Gilbert's Cove and District Historical Society was formed in 1982 to protect the vacant lighthouse from vandalism and now operates a museum and tearoom in the lighthouse; and

Whereas although no longer operating, the Gilbert's Cove Lighthouse is one of very few lighthouses that allows visitors into the space where the light revolves;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the good work the Gilbert's Cove Historical Society has done in preserving a link to our past.

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. 3758

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

Whereas Second World War veteran Buster Brown and his wife, Gloria, of Prospect Bay assisted with the unveiling of the Canadian Mint Victory Nickel; and

Whereas this Victory Nickel commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the ending of the Second World War; and

Whereas Gloria and Buster continue to be involved in their community and their Legion, Atlantic Branch #153 in Whites Lake;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate and thank Buster and Gloria Brown for their dedication and service to the Royal Canadian Legion and their community.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 3759

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

Whereas on April 22, 2005 Rindress and Gavina MacKenzie celebrated their 66th Wedding Anniversary and have always been there for their children and grandchildren; and

Whereas Rindress and Gavina have a lifelong commitment to community involvement and have demonstrated leadership in teaching local community heritage to others; and

Whereas they are a fine example of upstanding community members who demand accountability of their elected officials, and are lifelong Liberals;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Rindress and Gavina MacKenzie on their 66th Wedding Anniversary and wish them many more contented and productive years.

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.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3760

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

Whereas the First Annual Sydney Academy Alumni Dinner will be held May 14, 2005, at Sydney Academy; and

Whereas the gala event will be hosted by Cape Breton comedian, Maynard Morrison; and

Whereas proceeds from this year's event will go toward supporting the Alumni Association, a scholarship fund and the Safe Grad Program;

Therefore be it resolved the members of this Legislative Assembly congratulate the Alumni Association of Sydney Academy on their First Annual Dinner for supporting Safe Grad and the scholarship fund, and wish them all the best in their 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 Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 3761

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

Whereas Cape Breton University held their convocation ceremonies on Saturday, May 7, 2005; and

Whereas Mr. Hugh Tweedie is a Cape Breton business leader and a former board member of Cape Breton University who spent almost 20 years as an educator with the university; and

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Whereas Mr. Hugh Tweedie will be receiving an honorary degree from Cape Breton University at this year's convocation;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Hugh Tweedie on receiving this distinctive award.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth North.

RESOLUTION NO. 3762

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

Whereas SonLife Community Church has been actively involved in the community of Dartmouth for more than 10 years; and

Whereas Pastor Kevin Johnson and parishioners have practised their faith of Christian teachings and community without having a permanent church; and

Whereas upon the official closing of Emmanuel Anglican Church, the property was turned over to the SonLife Community Church, giving SonLife a permanent home to practise religion and community outreach;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature thank the parish of Emmanuel Anglican Church for handing over the parish church to SonLife Community Church and to commend SonLife for its community involvement and outreach.

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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 South.

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

Whereas yesterday, May 8th , was Mother's Day and this was a day to remember the love and care our mothers have provided to us; and

Whereas this day should also serve as a reminder of the contributions and sacrifices that parents in Nova Scotia make each and every day to ensure that our province is a place where their children can strive and be healthy; and

Whereas there are many bills before this House, including Bill Nos. 185, 195, 164 and 137, which would provide parents with the necessary support to raise healthy children in our province;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House urge government to implement these initiatives.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: The resolution is asking the House to take action on five bills that are before the House, so unfortunately it is out of order.

The honourable Minister of Education.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3763

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

Whereas Art Dorrington, a Truro native, was named to the honour roll at the Truro Sports Heritage Society's 21st Annual Sports Award Dinner, for his accomplishments in hockey and baseball; and

Whereas Art Dorrington, the Jackie Robinson of hockey, was the first Black athlete to sign an NHL player contract and the first Black professional hockey player in the United States, and also signed a baseball contract with the Boston Braves; and

Whereas Art Dorrington established intercity hockey in Atlantic City, New Jersey, there is a foundation in his name which helps young people with academic and personal skills, and he is a member of the Atlantic City Hall of Fame, an honour open to all, not just athletes;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Art Dorrington on being named to the honour roll of the Truro Sports Heritage Society, and recognize his many accomplishments both in sport and in the community, and wish him every success in the future.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3764

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

Whereas the National Horseshoe Pitching Championship will be held at Exhibition Park on the Prospect Road August 9th to 13th; and

Whereas competitors from across Canada will attend the event; and

Whereas Cec Mitchell, President of the Nova Scotia Horseshoe Pitching Association, is serving as the chairman of this event;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature welcome all participants at the National Horseshoe Pitching Championship, and thank Cec Mitchell and the organizing committee for their dedication.

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 in the House of the Liberal Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 3765

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

Whereas choral singing provides all singers an unsurpassed opportunity to participate in an activity that involves them artistically and builds the community; and

Whereas the longest continuous community choir in Nova Scotia, the Dartmouth Choral Society, will culminate the celebration of its 50th Anniversary with a Gala Concert on Saturday, June 4, 2005, at St. Thomas More Church in Dartmouth; and

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Whereas some of the year-long 50th Anniversary celebrations included an invitation to the prestigious St. Bernard Concert Series, co-hosts of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation Sing and Celebrate, and performances in Oakwood Terrace and Oceanview Manor;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate choral director Shawn Whynot, accompanist Pam Burton, 50th Anniversary chairperson Judy Risebrough, and all members of the Dartmouth Choral Society for a spectacular year of celebration, and wish them all the very best in the times ahead.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 3766

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

Whereas a new art gallery, the MOeD Gallery, will be opening tonight at the corner of Agricola and Charles Street with an exhibition entitled, Bang, featuring over 80 works by 15 Halifax-based artists; and

Whereas gallery owner, James White and his associate, Andrew Hunt have worked over a period of two years to make this gallery a reality; and

Whereas MOeD Gallery will provide an opportunity for patrons to visit artists in their studios, as well as purchase their work;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate all those involved with MOeD Gallery on the opening of their inaugural exhibit, and wish them immediate and continuing success.

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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 Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 3767

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

Whereas multiple sclerosis, better known as MS, is the most common neurological disease of young adults in Canada; and

Whereas MS currently affects an estimated 50,000 Canadians, with three more people diagnosed with this disease every day; and

Whereas this past weekend's MS Carnation Campaign, as well as events such as Super Cities Walk for MS, raise much-needed funds for MS research and services;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the Legislature acknowledge the month of May as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, and extend our appreciation to the countless volunteers who assist in raising both awareness and funds for MS.

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 Dartmouth East.

RESOLUTION NO. 3768

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

Whereas on April 21, 2005, I had the honour to attend the Special Awards Ceremony for the Chief Scouts Award at the Woodlawn Church Hall in Dartmouth; and

Whereas Michael Williams of the 1st Woodlawn Troop received his Chief Scouts Award; and

Whereas the Chief Scouts Award is the highest badge a scout can earn;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this Legislature join me in congratulating Michael Williams on becoming a chief scout and wish him much success in future scouting 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 Glace Bay.

RESOLUTION NO. 3769

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 on Saturday, 743 students became the first class of Cape Breton University, graduating from schools of arts and community studies, business, science and technology, education, health and wellness; and

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Whereas Lindsay Bussey, a Bachelor of Arts honours student became the first graduate of Cape Breton University; and

Whereas Cape Breton University Valedictorian, Shauna MacDonald stated in her address, "This university is a model of community at its best.";

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the entire graduating class of 2005 of Cape Breton University and wish them the best in their 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 Cape Breton Nova.

RESOLUTION NO. 3770

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

Whereas Sheila Lesnick and Michael Dermody were married on May 8, 1965; and

Whereas they have five children; Lorne, Shelley, Wayne, Donna, and Stephen; and

Whereas in honour of this very special day, the children of Sheila and Michael Dermody will host a 40th Wedding Anniversary celebration on May 23, 2005;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate Sheila and Michael Dermody on the occasion of their 40th Wedding Anniversary and wish them all the best in the years ahead.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park.

RESOLUTION NO. 3771

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

Whereas Dalhousie's Society for Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility held the annual Dump and Run event earning more than $9,000 for charity; and

Whereas CESR is a student-run society with the mission to promote environmental and social responsibility, securing a better tomorrow; and

Whereas the main initiative is to reduce waste on college and university campuses, it has also grown to generate capital for non-profit groups and educate the public about conservation;

Therefore be it resolved that this House recognize the contributions of Dalhousie's Society for Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility and wish them success in the future.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

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The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova on an introduction.

MR. GORDON GOSSE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'd like to bring the Assembly's attention to the west gallery. In the west gallery we have today my next door neighbours from Cape Breton. They are taking in the proceedings. We have Bob Beaton, Joanne Katryk, Kenzie Cameron. I'd like for them to rise and receive the warm welcome of the House. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you, we certainly welcome our special guests to the gallery today and hope they enjoy the proceedings. Welcome.

The honourable member for Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 3772

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

Whereas Dave Whitman of Paradise, Nova Scotia has written a book, Lost in the Woods: The Lure and History of Roxbury; and

Whereas this book relates to the history of a small Annapolis County logging settlement, Roxbury, which at most had no more than 67 residents and whose last resident left in 1930; and

Whereas Mr. Whitman spent more than 35 years researching the history of this settlement, gathering information mostly by speaking to former residents and their relatives;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Dave Whitman for his effort in recording a piece of important Nova Scotia history.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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

GOVERNMENT MOTIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Atlantic.

MS. MICHELE RAYMOND: Mr. Speaker, I welcome the opportunity at this point to make my address in reply. In this I'd like to talk a little bit about my constituency, Halifax Atlantic, which I think in many ways represents some of the dichotomies that are most apparent in Nova Scotia today. My constituency is defined by two roads, the Herring Cove Road and the Old Sambro Road. I only wish that the budget before us at this point were as clearly defined, but since it isn't, perhaps what I can do is lead you through the communities that are strung together by these roads and touch on some of the issues which this budget does and does not address.

These two roads, as I say, encircle the community of Halifax Atlantic. One leads along the shore, the other goes inland. The one which leads along the shore and the latter part of the inland one is known as the Herring Cove Road and then the Ketch Harbour Road. It represents many of the issues of Nova Scotia today, in its rural communities, but at the same time, it finds itself in what I like to call the urban shadow of Halifax. Halifax is a large and growing city and Halifax has always had, at its outskirts, Halifax Atlantic, otherwise known as the Chebucto Peninsula. The rural communities, however, are facing increasing pressures as a result of that growing city.

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One of the most common ways in which these communities are threatened is by their traditional access to water, which has been of the essence for drinking, for livelihood, for the removal of waste and for transportation and economic development. These communities today, as development pressures increase, are finding their traditional water supplies threatened. Wells are running dry or are drawing from a contaminated water table as the dumping from a large city comes to the outskirts.

Lakes are being increasingly developed, their shores being filled in and the run-off from the properties beside them is often jeopardizing their status and causing them to be no longer useful either as drinking water sources, as recreation or for fisheries. Not only does this happen at the lakes, but it causes those lakes in some cases to overflow their banks.

Along the Old Sambro Road there are several instances of a road washed out and potholed as a result of a constantly wet roadbed - the cause, in-filled lakes are now overflowing their boundaries and crossing this road. Not only do they flood, but in some cases, they appear to be bringing contaminates as well which is another issue when it comes to wells, well water and the water table.

There are issues as well around sewage disposal. As you may have heard me mention in this House before, a large portion of the City of Halifax, the metropolitan area, depends on the sewer which has its outflow at Herring Cove. It has depended on this sewer, which runs from the head of the Northwest Arm, for some 30 years. That sewer has not to this point been upgraded. That sewer is finally - as a part of the Halifax Harbour Cleanup project - to be finished off with a treatment plant. At the same time, there will be large new developments hooking into it and will probably be close to its capacity at the very moment it is built.

This is a problem because the people of Herring Cove who have lived there - for in some cases, more than 200 years - are finding their wells are jeopardized. They are finding there is no longer the water to draw from those wells since development and new housing has come out towards them.

Halifax Atlantic is not a particularly rich soil. It's primarily fractured bedrock and the water lies in the fissures. When water is drawn in large amounts from any lens of the water table, those pre-existing wells are jeopardized or drained. There are many households which at this time have been buying water for some 20 years since their water is no longer available to them.

The Herring Cove sewer has arrived with the promise that fresh water supplies would also come with compensation, (a) for accepting the sewage treatment plant, and (b) for the years in which these communities have had to go without their traditional water. Unfortunately, the Herring Cove sewer appears not to be coming with the promised water. It appears that residents will need to pay substantial amounts in order to receive the city water which is coming in as a function of the sewer - which is necessary as a function of the sewer -

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and there are real questions in my constituency as to how the three jurisdictions could have so dismally failed to make the amount of money, the $15 million, which it will cost at this point to bring sewage treatment to Halifax, and water to Herring Cove. Yet again, water, or lack of water, threatens the very existence of the people in the outlying communities of Halifax Atlantic.

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Another issue which confronts many people living in the more rural areas, or the urban shadow, is that of transportation. Yet again, it's a function of a jurisdictional confusion as far as I can see. I would look to the province to show some leadership at this point. The Capital District Transportation Authority is a concept which has been bandied about for some years. The questions remain: Where will it be? Why is it to exist? When, if it is to exist, will it exist?

It has come to us in the form of a gossamer-thin bill which promises only to deliver powers, but does not give any idea as to the contents or the use of those powers. I would say that the use of transportation is an essential part of the definition of not only my constituency, but of the Halifax Regional Municipality and of the province itself. It's sometimes said that planning is driven by transportation planners. If this is in fact the case, it is very important that the province's planning is also driven by the province's transportation planners. All roads do in fact lead somewhere, and if all roads are to lead to one particular area, we should make sure that those at the other ends of the roads are equally happy with that.

I do not know what the status of the Capital District Transportation Authority is at this time, but I do know that if it is in fact constituted it will have ramifications for my constituency and for every other constituency in this province, and it is very important that all sides be equally empowered in this negotiation. I have been disturbed at times to find that the negotiation of the so-called urban core, that area which is to be serviced by the municipal services, has been stalled for some nine or 10 years now, and during that time the roads of Halifax Atlantic have suffered dismally because there's a constant perception that there is to be a new renegotiation of urban core. Unfortunately, both sides of the negotiation are not equally empowered. It is difficult for each to know what roads the other even has in its current inventory. This, I think, can only be attributed to a failure of the provincial government to realize its responsibility in overarching coordination of transportation planning. It is ultimately the province which has the jurisdiction to say that this will or will not form a part of the city or rural areas.

These transportation issues are only a part of what is defining Halifax Atlantic along its two roads at this moment. There are other things as a function of this urban shadow which are causing, in some places, distress and, in other places, worse than distress. As the city has grown, as the roads have reached out towards the edges of Halifax Atlantic, certain services have become centralized. They have become centralized in what people call downtown -

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sometimes it is downtown Spryfield, more frequently it is the downtown peninsula, which I often refer to as one of North America's last fortified cities.

In many communities of Halifax Atlantic, in most communities in fact, along the Ketch Harbour Road and the Old Sambro Road, there is no grocery store, there is no bank machine, there is no nursing home and most importantly, there is no doctor's office - perhaps I should not have said "most importantly" because even more importantly there is no public transportation. Although this is part of the city and, as such, it is felt not to need services in these outlying communities, there is not the transit service which would allow many people to reach the essential services.

What this does is it causes a sometimes overlooked function of life in Halifax Atlantic, which is that of rural poverty. I have been horrified at times to discover that some of the people living in Halifax Atlantic, sometimes whose families go back for many generations and who are, for various reasons, dependent on Community Services for their subsistence, are in fact living in abject poverty, in houses which are open to the elements, in houses which have no telephone, in houses which have no power, and living in kitchens which are largely devoid of food. I could name you many instances, Mr. Speaker.

These are people who cannot afford to move into town, these are people who live in houses without mortgages, because these are houses which have been in the family - although they are sometimes the houses which they are permitted to live in by other members of the family, so they don't even have the clear title that is required to ask for assistance on repairs. Some of these people are in fact living in abject poverty which leaves them hitchhiking to town, sometimes at considerable age and at considerable risk to themselves, and frequently quite ill.

There are many contributors, however, to rural poverty. One of my concerns is that the solution to rural poverty seems at times to be considered that it is to make it into urban poverty and, unfortunately, along that other road, that in-land road of my constituency, there are also examples of urban poverty. That urban poverty manifests itself in many ways, and yet again, unfortunately, it seems to derive largely from failures in the health care system, where people have fallen through the cracks for lack of mental health triage, and in the education system, sometimes also in the workers' compensation system, because there are workers who have been injured and are still waiting for their compensation.

Mr. Speaker, I do not like to see that in some portions of my constituency people are living in large apartment buildings, dependent on candles, on open flames for light, because of the difficulties in paying their power bill. I do not like to see the injured workers spending their days working on compensation files which have been open for literally years. I wish I could go on. I would like to talk about some of the successes, about some of the wonderful areas of my constituency as well, but what I would say primarily is that I hope that this province will, in fact, take the leadership role which it can and should be taking in the

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definition of what is the city, what is the rural area, and what is the urban shadow, and ensure that all of our Nova Scotians, all the citizens of Halifax Atlantic, are in fact enabled to live in the sorts of communities which they have made successes of. With that, I will take my seat.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Kings West.

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, I'm certainly pleased today to stand in my place and make some remarks and observations about my riding and the current state, in relation to the budget and plans in this area. One of the disturbing areas that has affected Kings West in recent months and the past year has been to see Kings County rise to a jobless rate, an unemployment rate of 9.5 per cent. That is certainly above the normal that we have had. Certainly contributing to that is the closure of the Avon Foods plant, which did provide 150 jobs in our area. This has hit the local, seasonal labour market. We're still holding out some hope that some of those jobs can be restored.

Of course, a general downturn in agriculture has indeed affected Kings County and Kings West, which I represent. Once again, it's part of a national development with the BSE crisis. We have seen some of the - at least a small number - eight farmers go out of production, downsize their herds, and certainly those with mixed operations try to find other niche markets and other areas of agriculture that will be supportive. So once again, however, this impacts on our local economy and especially students in our area have found it difficult to get jobs on farms where they normally had several students hired for the summer.

One of the other areas that I would also point out, you know, in agriculture where there is great potential, but local farmers are having some difficulty, is with market gardening. We have some great soils, a group of soils, known as the Cornwallis soils which are a sandy, loamy soil, but again capturing markets, especially the large chain stores, they certainly have not had an ambitious program to get local produce on their store shelves. So this still remains a very big concern to that sector of the farm population.

We have seen, as well, in agriculture a very transitional time and that is with one of our core sectors, the apple industry, for which the Valley, of course, is indeed well-known throughout Canada and really the world for the apples that it used to produce. Of course, now we only produce about 25 per cent or 30 per cent of what was formerly produced when the Valley was in its heyday and produced about 9 million to 10 million bushels of apples. Now we produce more around 2.5 million bushels of apples a year. So there has been quite a decline and that's why in the budget it was nice to see some money is going into the orchard renewal program. I feel that's a very positive move for Kings County.

One of the other areas that I would like to talk about, certainly very briefly, is education. In talking to a number of principals in the last few weeks, once again, the possible deficiency on the side of EAs in our system, as more and more children become identified with learning disabilities, providing adequate resources at the classroom level is one of the

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challenges that they are facing. So, once again, that kind of debate is going on and I know I'll probably be called into play in the next few weeks to have a hand with trying to secure perhaps a little bit more resources for at least some of the schools or at least draw attention to those that are most in need.

Our area has become well known, especially the Annapolis East Elementary School which takes a whole number of children from the Greenwood area to deal with autism and so getting enough one-on-one support for those children, especially since it has become so well accomplished now that we have families who come into the Greenwood area because of the expertise that has accumulated and has been developed over the past probably five to eight years in that school. I'm certainly pointing out a few other of our concern areas before I do point out some of the bright areas that we have associated with Kings West.

In the area of health, because perhaps we have this transition population, this very mobile population in the Greenwood/Kingston area, family doctors is still a concern in our area and that area alone could use one or two doctors currently since there are about 250 to 300 families who at this point in time do not have a family doctor and who rely very heavily upon the outpatients in Middleton and the emergency department in Kentville which we know is already under a great deal of strain. So that certainly is a big area. Also I guess our area now is becoming well identified as a key retirement area and so we do have a growing seniors' population. We have been able to attract some help in terms of dealing with seniors and we have been able to procure, at least on a part-time basis, a geriatric specialist who comes to Soldiers Memorial to do clinics. That's a very, very positive development for our area.

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One of the areas that many feel we could gain extensively from is tourism. There has been a movement by the Department of Tourism to put emphasis on the Bay of Fundy. Again, we certainly have some needs in those communities like Morden, and Harbourville. Some work has begun in Harbourville, the first phase of restoring the wharf is now complete and that community, their historical society has done a major job in spearheading what is a very important asset currently, but has the potential to grow towards rejuvenating that little Bay of Fundy community.

In fact, with the part of the wharf which has been restored, an additional three fishing boats are now operating out of Harbourville and there is great potential with a launch there, to move into the recreational boating area. I think we're going to see a kayak rental business open there this Summer. There is a lot of positive talk around the community, but are holding out hope that all levels of government will support the completion of the wharf.

Of course, backing up and supporting whether it's the development in Harbourville or any of our tourist sites such as the well known and renowned Oaklawn Farm Zoo, has

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become a major attraction in our area - attracting anywhere from 80,000 to 100,000 visitors a year. That particular road - the Ward Road - has become a real liability for the future of the zoo. So residents are hoping to get some attention to that particular road in the very near future.

Of course, we have a lot of rural roads, secondary roads, in Kings West that are indeed begging for attention. Many residents at community meetings are hoping to continue to draw attention to them and make them priorities in the next while. Again, a very positive development is some paving that will be done on the Northwest River Road to support a major investment at Aylesford Lake. The county has put substantial dollars into that area and in order to give support to it, the road system needs an upgrade and it's nice to see that first phase of the Northwest River Road getting underway this Summer.

On the positive side, real positive, is to take a look at Michelin, employing about 1,100 Kings County residents now and there is a great deal of talk that they are in the running for one of the biggest expansions in Nova Scotia, if not in North America, that the Waterville plant may be able to attract. So there is certainly optimism around that area and even continuing to grow further.

We all know that 14 Wing Greenwood is undergoing a major expansion with capital projects and with the eye that the base may also be receiving some expansion notification in the coming months that there may be another squadron that will move into Greenwood. For the local area, this is going to be welcome news, especially since that agricultural sector has fallen off some in the past while.

With those comments, I will draw to a conclusion. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Eastern Shore.

MR. WILLIAM DOOKS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am very pleased to be able to stand today and to share some of the concerns that the people are facing on the Eastern Shore, some of the wonderful things that the people are enjoying on the Eastern Shore. Before I say that, I want to talk a little bit today about the Year of the Veteran. I would like to send out my respect, my well wishes, my appreciation, to all of those veterans who live within the boundary of the Eastern Shore and of course who live in Nova Scotia and the rest of the free world. I've had the opportunity to partake in a number of activities surrounding the Year of the Veteran these past couple of weeks. Last Friday evening, I was down at Pier 21 and over to the Dartmouth Sportsplex. I spent yesterday at the veterans hospital and also at the World Trade and Convention Centre laying wreaths and bringing greetings from the Province of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, it's hard for me to stand here today and to express my feelings of appreciation but throughout these last couple of weeks, the level of awareness has been

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unbelievable. I think it has probably taken 60 years for people to truly understand and appreciate what freedom's all about. I speak highly of our veterans, I speak well, not only of the veterans, but of the Legion members. In my riding of the Eastern Shore, we have a Legion at Gaetz Brook and also share a Legion in East Ship Harbour. I've been, over the number of years in public life, of course growing up and living on the Eastern Shore, I've had an opportunity to know most, if not all of the people who give freely of their time to help each other.

As I speak of that, I was sitting yesterday in the World Trade and Convention Centre when I learned of a serious accident, which has put our community in great grief. To learn that three young people were seriously injured, two lost their lives, in a motor vehicle accident over the weekend. Mr. Speaker, the people that we speak of were in the Cadets, the Local Branch of 2741, the Marine Branch Cadet Program on the Eastern Shore. These young people are community people, these young people are part of our community and it's with great sorrow that I stand here in my place today and speak of their passing. Mr. Speaker, I just want to let the family members know that my family and the rest of the community share their sorrow and that they will be in our prayers and our thoughts as the families meet the future.

Mr. Speaker, when we talk about the Eastern Shore, I have to I guess, bring some clarification to that. The Eastern Shore, being basically from Eastern Passage to Canso, is a large geographical area but the area I represent, being Eastern Shore riding, somewhat differs, it goes from Cole Harbour to Ship Harbour. It used to be from Cole Harbour, Lawrencetown, Porter's Lake, to Ecum Secum, which is a very large area because of re-alignment they've made the area somewhat smaller for the member for Eastern Shore but very much larger for the member of Guysborough-Sheet Harbour.

As I said earlier, I would like to take the next few minutes to talk about some concerns. I don't think that there would be anyone that could stand in this House and not say that they didn't have a number of issues in their riding that they would not have to focus on or work towards to achieve certain goals. I'm also going to talk about some good things that have taken place on the Eastern Shore.

Some people, probably on that side of the House, if I may say, may want to believe that things are not improving on the Eastern Shore, but to the contrary of that, there have been many improvements lately. We have a number of roads that are being paved, and I thank the minister for the paving contracts that have been passed along to the Eastern Shore. I can speak of only a number here today. When I first was elected provincial representative for the area, I quickly, with the support of the department, paved Clam Harbour, a number of strips along the Highway No. 7, some highway work and paving on the Highway 207 and also on the 100-Series Highway as well. So for one to think that the highway improvements are not taking place in the riding of Eastern Shore it is not true. I know everyone wants their road paved and I'll tell you what, Mr. Speaker, I appreciate that and I can understand that. What

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I can share with the constituents of the Eastern Shore today, that I'm focused on getting their roads paved, that I personally have a plan in place, which I focus on and lobby quite often the department, the minister and, as you know, from time to time I have also lobbied the Premier to show support towards paving projects.

On the Eastern Shore, it is very necessary that we have our roads brought to a certain standard, so that people can travel freely and safely into the inner core, because we are part of the HRM. We don't have a lot of heavy industry but we do have the traditional industries on the Eastern Shore, the logging - I'll probably speak a little bit about that later on - the traditional fishing and some small amounts of mining. So, in saying that, the roads must be secure, they must be safe, so that the people can travel safely.

Mr. Speaker, that's the good news, that improvements are being made, and if people are to question that, then certainly they can get in contact with their member, and I'll supply them with a list and the number of kilometres that have taken place over the last few years. We do, however, have some issues surrounding road improvements, and that would be our subdivision roads. There is a certain amount of confusion, there's no doubt about that. People call frequently about getting their subdivision roads, which are mostly dirt roads. I know you would be aware of what a dirt road is, coming from a rural area, as well. So the good councillor in the area and the MLA, we are working with the municipality and also the province to soon bring some relief or comfort in addressing the issues surrounding subdivision roads. I'll be glad when I'm able to stand in the House here and do a resolution that I finally have the plan for subdivision roads.

Mr. Speaker, I could go on with this. I just want to let the constituents know that the roads are getting better, that the roads certainly are a priority to me, and that I understand the issue and the concerns of the constituents. The next thing I would like to speak about, of course, would be about educational needs. People in Halifax, people should know and understand that the Eastern Shore riding is a good place to live. We are improving our facilities, we've announced and will be turning the sod shortly for a new school, down in the Oyster Pond area. We have major improvements to the Lakeview Elementary School, and we have our high school in Musquodoboit and other elementary schools that are in good shape, that are up to standard. There's a plan for our school facilities on the Eastern Shore. So I send the message out for those who would like to locate, possibly on the Eastern Shore, a safe haven and a good educational institution to bring their children.

Mr. Speaker, roads, we talk about schools, and another serious issue - what I've brought here today with me, to back up some of the statements that I'm making, I would like to table at the end of my remarks, proof that the schools are being built. I would like to show and provide for the House a press release that the roads are improving. When you put this all together, you will see that the MLA is working hard for the constituents of the Eastern Shore. Another concern we have on the Eastern Shore is the clear-cutting issue. I know my colleague across the way is always concerned about how many trees are being cut down on

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the Eastern Shore. I want to let my colleagues know that I'm also focusing on that, and trying to work with the industry, trying to work with the department, trying to work with different groups to make sure that our forest remains stable and strong.

Mr. Speaker, although I do stand in my place and understand that it's necessary for us to utilize certain needs of the forest and that we must harvest certain amounts of the forest, we must do it with a plan. I'll also table a document here to prove that I've been strongly supporting the protection or the environmental assessment of the Ship Harbour-Long Lake area. That's not a new story, that's not something for someone else just to tap on to.

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I've been watching over Ship Harbour, that beautiful natural area, since I've been elected here, and I must say that I have a special interest in these things because I was born and brought up on the Eastern Shore. So, Mr. Speaker, I don't think that anyone would have a better knowledge of what I speak of today, of the concerns that surround the people of the Eastern Shore, than the MLA who is standing here, because it's my home and I'm very proud to be able to represent the people and to watch over the things that are taking place in my riding.

Mr. Speaker, tourism is another good thing that's taking place on the Eastern Shore. We have some of the finest B&Bs throughout this nation, we have restaurants, and we have lodges and cabins. We have all these good things that we want to share with not only the rest of the HRM, not with only the people from the rest of the province, but people from across our country and other countries as well. The message I would like to send to people today would be clear: come to the Eastern Shore and at that time you will enjoy all the beauty of a rugged coastline and the hospitality of our constituents and residents there.

Mr. Speaker, the Eastern Shore has so much to offer. You have to understand that we are attached, as I said earlier, to the HRM, and there are some changes taking place that maybe this MLA, this representative, may not necessarily agree with - but I'll tell you what, I'm working in concert with the councillor, and I'm working in concert with the municipal staff to be able to put the best plan on the table for the residents in the Eastern Shore riding.

Mr. Speaker, when we talk about that, when we talk about different government representatives, working together is a very positive comment and I am pleased to say that I do work with the other levels of government in my area and I believe we have made tremendous steps forward working together. The old saying that you win more with honey than you do vinegar, I want to tell you, evidenced today standing here before you, that is very true. It is impossible to move ahead if you do not have your school board or your municipal representative, your provincial, your federal representatives working together. It must happen and I would like to say that on the Eastern Shore that is happening today and things are

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improving. The quality of life is reaching such a level on the Eastern Shore that I'm sure in the future we are going to have a problem with population explosion.

People may laugh, and maybe we will not necessarily have a population explosion way down east on the Eastern Shore, but we look forward and welcome people to that area.

My colleagues on the government side have been very supportive in the initiative the MLA has brought forward to them. I speak well of the Cabinet Ministers, I speak well of my caucus members, who are always concerned about the issues that I bring forward. I can't tell you how many times the ministers, the Premier, or my caucus colleagues have travelled to the Eastern Shore. It is important for them to understand the things that I speak about and to share the concerns that I bring to caucus. I can assure you, Mr. Speaker, things are working out well there.

So we talk about education, we talk about highways, we talk about the forests or our natural resources and we talk about tourism. When we talk about building the economy on the Eastern Shore we are having some issues surrounding that. As a matter of fact, because of our attachment to the HRM, I'm very much afraid that our area is turning into a bedroom community, which I'm not necessarily supportive of. I would like for us, as a rural community, to keep our own identity, to keep our own place and not simply become a part of the inner core - although I do understand the benefits and contributions of being part of a large municipal unit, but I want to tell you I speak for the people of the Eastern Shore and I'm very proud to represent them here on a provincial level. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is carried.

[1:34 p.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Supply with Deputy Speaker Mr. James DeWolfe in the Chair.]

[5:37 p.m. CWH on Supply rose and the House reconvened with Deputy Speaker Mr. James DeWolfe in the Chair.]

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

[The Chairman of the Committee of the Whole House on Supply reports:

THE CLERK: That the committee has met, made progress and begs leave to sit again.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.]

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The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I move that the House do now rise to meet again on the morrow at the hour of 12:00 noon. The House will sit from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. The order of business following the daily routine and Question Period will be Committee of the Whole House on Supply, and following that will have Public Bills for Second Reading.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is that the House adjourn.

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 House is adjourned until 12:00 noon tomorrow.]

[The House rose at 5:39 p.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 3773

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Krysta MacKinnon, a 13 year old from Dundee, Nova Scotia, was one of the youngest performers to participate in this year's ECMA weekend; and

Whereas the ECMAs continue to be an excellent showcase of musical talent in the area, providing the opportunity for Krysta to perform at Dooly's in Sydney; and

Whereas Krysta MacKinnon made her first appearance as a young performer at this event by showcasing her multiple talents of singing, fiddling, guitar picking and step-dancing;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Krysta MacKinnon for her participation and showcase of talent in this year's ECMA presentation, and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 3774

By: Mr. Cecil O'Donnell (Shelburne)

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

Whereas 27 educators from across Nova Scotia were recently honoured by their respective school boards in an Education Week ceremony and reception focusing on the theme, History: Look in your own backyard; and

Whereas Michelle Branchaud, of the Lockeport and Area Home and School, and Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations, was recognized as a Partner Award recipient; and

Whereas in June 2000, our government announced that Canadian History would become a mandatory course for high school graduation in Nova Scotia to ensure all students leave school with a sense of their history and heritage, because in June 2000, just 77 of 11,631 Grade 12 students, or fewer than 1 per cent, were enrolled in Canadian History courses in Nova Scotia high schools;

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Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this Legislature recognize Michelle Branchaud of the Lockeport and Area Home and School, and Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations for her selection as a Partner Recipient in being named one of the 27 award winners province-wide, and for her keen interest in the subject of history, and for promoting the value of history in her role with the Home and School Associations.

RESOLUTION NO. 3775

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas Chris Theriau, of Canaan, a Horton student, was chosen the Juvenile Male Athlete of the Year for 2004 by Athletics Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Chris Theriau had an outstanding year in 2004, lowering the age group standard in his specialty with a 14.76 in the 110 metre hurdles, setting a new provincial juvenile record for a silver medal performance; he ended the season with a new record in the 60 metre hurdles with a time of 8:73;

Therefore be it resolved that all members congratulate Chris, and wish him the best on the road to becoming one of the best hurdlers Nova Scotia has ever produced.

RESOLUTION NO. 3776

By: Hon. Kerry Morash (Environment and Labour)

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

Whereas 2005 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Queens County Museum; and

Whereas the Queens County Museum has a collection of exhibits from the Mi'kmaq people to the English Planters to local luminaries such as Simeon Perkins and Thomas H. Raddall; and

Whereas the museum documents life in Queens County from ship building to fishing and forestry to merchant mariners and privateers;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House wish the Queens County Museum a very successful year as they celebrate their 25th Anniversary.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3777

By: Hon. Kerry Morash (Environment and Labour)

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

Whereas since 1969, Special Olympics has been training and encouraging athletes and their families across Canada, including over 1,200 athletes registered in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the 2005 Special Olympics Nova Scotia Provincial Winter Games were held in Halifax from February 11th to 13th; and

Whereas the Lunenburg-Queens Special Olympics Floor Hockey Team won the gold medal at the provincial Winter games;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Lunenburg-Queens Special Olympics Floor Hockey Team for their outstanding performance and wish them the very best in future competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 3778

By: Hon. Richard Hurlburt (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas ingenuity and creativity would best describe the project organized by Ross and Cheryl Burchell and their children Trayton and Channing, as they work toward fundraising $1,000 within the family, toward the new MRI for the Yarmouth Regional Hospital; and

Whereas the fundraising evolves around family fines of 25 cents for leaving the lights on, for example, or not going to bed on time, while also including all money obtained through refunding of bottles and cans, along with many other innovative ideas; and

Whereas the family started collecting January 1st, and will continue through until December 31st, having already raised $560 in less than six months;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this Legislature commend Ross, Cheryl, Channing and Trayton Burchell of Yarmouth for their dynamic efforts in the community toward raising the community's share of necessary funds for the new MRI at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3779

By: Hon. Richard Hurlburt (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an immensely successful Fred Page Cup exemplifying supremacy of Junior "A" Hockey in Eastern Canada, concluded last week at the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth; and

Whereas the five-day event featured four clubs who played a round robin format which resulted in the host Mariners and Hawkesbury, Ontario squaring off, to see who would represent Eastern Canada in the Royal Bank Cup National Junior "A" Hockey Finals in Weyburn, Saskatchewan beginning in a few days time; and

Whereas despite a valiant effort and a strong regular season, the host Yarmouth Mariners couldn't come up with the necessary goal and ended up losing to Hawkesbury, Ontario;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this Legislature compliment Mariners Head Coach Paul Currie and the organizing committee of this year's Fred Page Cup, symbolic of Eastern Canadian Junior "A" Hockey supremacy, for their outstanding work leading up to and during the five-day tournament.

RESOLUTION NO. 3780

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Debbie Eisenhaur of Oxford was honoured and recognized for her dedication to volunteerism for her community; and

Whereas Debbie has given five years of her time and energy to the Springhill and Oxford Area Chapter of the Kidney Foundation; and

Whereas Debbie was presented with a plaque honouring her work during an appreciation night in honour of the people who canvassed during the recent March Drive;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Debbie Eisenhaur on receiving this prestigious award and we thank her for volunteering her time to her community and this province.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3781

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Master Cpl. Laura MacKenzie of #2553 Oxford Army Cadet Corps placed third in C Division at the April 16, 2005 Army Cadet League; and

Whereas it was a shoulder to shoulder shooting competition in Sheet Harbour earning Oxford a first-time placing in the medals; and

Whereas the medals were presented on April 18, 2005 and Laura was congratulated by Capt. Charles Albert, Marksmanship Coach; Capt. Kathy Lawrence; and, Capt. Richard Chapman;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Master Cpl. Laura MacKenzie on this outstanding achievement and we wish her continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 3782

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Felicia O'Brien was honoured at the Springhill Student Appreciation Night in Springhill; and

Whereas Felicia was awarded a plaque for the Most Improved Player of the Junior B Girls Basketball team; and

Whereas it was a night for the school and the students and staff of Springhill Regional High School to show their appreciation to all the athletes who work so hard and show so much dedication all year to their team and their school;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Felicia O'Brien on this outstanding achievement and we wish her continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3783

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas the Oxford Regional High School Lady Golden Bears grabbed the bronze medal in the NSSAF Division IV Girls Championship; and

Whereas Oxford's strong group of seniors led the team to the bronze medal as Katie Wortman scored a team high 18 points in her final game of her high school career; and

Whereas Michelle Miers and Heather MacDonald played key roles in the victory, contributing 15 points and 14 points respectively while Megan Wood also contributed 10 points, Brittani Purcell and Theresa Crowley each gave 4 points;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the members of the Oxford Regional High School Lady Golden Bears on winning the bronze medal in the NSSAF Division IV Girls Championship and we wish them continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 3784

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Oxford EMO did an outstanding job when they were called into service during a blustery blizzard in January, 2005; and

Whereas several motorists and truckers were stranded on the Cobequid Pass and EMO workers were there for the rescue and to return them to safety and warmth in Oxford; and

Whereas Oxford EMO took a school bus which was escorted by the town plow to Highway No. 104 where DOT plows took over, and accompanied by the RCMP all seven motorists were picked up and taken to the home of David and Nina Hoffman where they were welcome to spend the night;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Oxford EMO and all the people who worked so hard and diligently to assure the safety of these motorists and we commend all who so unselfishly risked their own safety for that of others.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3785

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas École Beau-Port junior hockey team were the winners of the 2005 JARIS banner; and

Whereas the team were undefeated throughout the entire tournament winning all six games scheduled; and

Whereas winning this year's 2005 JARIS banner rewards the effort, ability and teamwork of the players and coaches at École Beau-Port;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate all coaches and members of the École Beau-Port junior hockey team for winning the 2005 JARIS banner.

RESOLUTION NO. 3786

By: Mr. Daniel Graham (Halifax Citadel)

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

Whereas many individuals and organizations have spoken out against the dangers of VLTs in our province; and

Whereas the latest group to stand up against these highly addictive machines is the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers; and

Whereas every person and organization in Nova Scotia is entitled to their opinion and to speak it freely;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers on taking a stand and vocalizing their opinion on VLTs.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3787

By: Mr. Daniel Graham (Halifax Citadel)

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

Whereas the Mulgrave Road Theatre group has been entertaining Nova Scotians since 1977; and

Whereas each year many talented actors and stage crews work tirelessly to bring inspiring scripts to life; and

Whereas this year's production of "SPIN" is a thought-provoking and balanced portrayal of gaming in our province;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the members of Mulgrave Road Theatre on their efforts and wish them every success the theatre can bring.

RESOLUTION NO. 3788

By: Mr. Wayne Gaudet (Clare)

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

Whereas this weekend the Yarmouth Sports Heritage Association will hold its 8th annual Hall of Fame Awards; and

Whereas inducted into the Hall of Fame this year will be the Murphy Motor Sales Women's Softball Team, the legendary Dairy Queen Men's Fastball Team, and women's golf champ Babs Baker; and

Whereas also honoured this year will be the late Wayne Norman, CJLS sports announcer; pool champion Keith Surette; runner Norm Tinkham; and builder Ken Veinot Jr;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate all new Hall of Famers, and extend best wishes to the Yarmouth County Sports Heritage Association on their 8th annual induction banquet.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3789

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Cam Adams was a timekeeper;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Mr. Adams and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

RESOLUTION NO. 3790

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Donna Allen took care of the music for the tournament;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Ms. Allen and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3791

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Nathan Baker took care of the mascot for the tournament;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Mr. Baker and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

RESOLUTION NO. 3792

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Barb Joncas helped with the donation letters;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Ms. Joncas and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3793

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Spike Bullen was a timekeeper;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Mr. Bullen and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

RESOLUTION NO. 3794

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Cody McLaughlin took care of the mascot for the tournament;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Mr. McLaughlin and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3795

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Cody McMaster was a timekeeper and helped with the mascot;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Mr. McMaster and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

RESOLUTION NO. 3796

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Gloria Cull was the tournament secretary, the Bantam organizer and a team representative for the tournament;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Ms. Cull and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3797

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Danny Faulkner helped with the donation letters;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Mr. Faulkner and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

RESOLUTION NO. 3798

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Darlene Meade helped with the donation letters;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Ms. Meade and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3799

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Hugh Daye took care of the tournament dressing room signs;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Mr. Daye and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

RESOLUTION NO. 3800

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Marcel Deleseleuc was the tournament coordinator;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Mr. Deleseleuc and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3801

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Rhonda Faulkner was the tournament treasurer;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Ms. Faulkner and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

RESOLUTION NO. 3802

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Carolyn Fox was the Atom Girls organizer;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Ms. Fox and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3803

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Isaac Deleseleuc was a timekeeper;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Mr. Deleseleuc and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

RESOLUTION NO. 3804

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas John Johnson was a timekeeper;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Mr. Johnson and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3805

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Darryl Joncas took care of the tournament trophies;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Mr. Joncas and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

RESOLUTION NO. 3806

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Kirk Cull took care of the music for the tournament;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Mr. Cull and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3807

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Lynn Kosick was on the Tournament Decoration Committee;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Ms. Kosick and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

RESOLUTION NO. 3808

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Dwight Lucas was the Atom Girls organizer and a team representative for the tournament;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Mr. Lucas and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3809

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Mary Jane Verrall was a team representative for the tournament;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Ms. Verrall and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.

RESOLUTION NO. 3810

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Eastern Shore Minor Hockey Year End Tournament was held from March 28, 2005 to April 10, 2005; and

Whereas as with many organizations, the volunteers were the backbone of the tournament devoting endless hours to ensure everything ran smoothly; and

Whereas Al McMaster took care of the tournament banners and was the Pee Wee organizer for the tournament and was a team representative;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Mr. McMaster and all the volunteers who make this annual tournament possible.