The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House adjourned:
October 26, 2017.

HANSARD 03/04/05-86

DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Murray Scott

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

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First Session

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2005

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS:
TPW: Irish Road - Pave, Hon. Rodney MacDonald 7530
TPW: Meadows Road - Upgrade, Mr. R. MacKinnon 7530
TPW: Route 327 - Upgrade, Mr R. MacKinnon 7530
TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS:
^Educ. - Learning for Life II: Brighter Futures Together, Hon. J. Muir 7531
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No. 210, Health Authorities Act, Mr. J. Pye 7531
No. 211, Motor Vehicle Act, Mr. K. Colwell 7531
No. 212, Health Insurance Protection Act, Ms. M. Raymond 7531
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 4008, EMS Wk. (05/16-05/21/05) - Recognize,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 7532
Vote - Affirmative 7532
Res. 4009, Prem. - Debt Increase: Promise - Broken,
Mr. Michel Samson 7533
Res. 4010, Kaiser, Kelly/Tibert, Diana Lynn:
Guysborough Veterans Bk. - Thank, Mr. R. Chisholm 7533
Vote - Affirmative 7534
Res. 4011, Pictou Co. Women's Ctr.: Manual - Publication,
Mr. C. Parker 7534
Vote - Affirmative 7535
Res. 4012, Agric. & Fish. - Fish Catches: Sale - Policy,
Mr. H. Theriault 7535
Res. 4013, Valley Sport & Multipurpose Facility: Organizers - Thank,
Mr. M. Parent 7536
Vote - Affirmative 7536
Res. 4014, Dennis, Graham: Jr. Achievement N.S. Bus. Hall of Fame -
Induction, Mr. R. MacKinnon 7537
Vote - Affirmative 7537
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON SUPPLY AT 9:23 A.M. 7538
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 1:37 P.M. 7538
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Mon., May 16th at 1:00 p.m. 7539
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 4015, Hay, Bill - CNTA Ambassador of the Yr., Hon. J. Muir 7540
Res. 4016, Police Wk.: Lloyd, Peter/Landry, John - Participation,
Hon. M. Baker 7540
Res. 4017, Police Officers: Respect/Admiration - Show, Hon. M. Baker 7541
Res. 4018, Morris, David "Pidge": Commun. Serv. - Thank, The Speaker 7541
Res. 4019, Springhill HS Golden Eagles - NSSAG Girls Basketball
Championship, The Speaker 7542
Res. 4020, Springhill HS Golden Eagles: Tournament of Hearts -
Victory, The Speaker 7542
Res. 4021, Oxford Journal - Oxford Hometown Christmas
Centennial Award, The Speaker 7543
Res. 4022, Thibeau, Annie - Parrsboro Lions Club Speak Out Comp.,
The Speaker 7543
Res. 4023, Thompson, Dawn - Centennial Home & School Award,
The Speaker 7544
Res. 4024, Springhill HS Lady Golden Eagles - Schiefer's Ultramar
Tip-Off Basketball Tournament, The Speaker 7544
Res. 4025, Sauveur, Courtney - Girls Basketball Award, The Speaker 7545
Res. 4026, Scott, Alexander - Parrsboro Lions Club Speak Out Comp.,
The Speaker 7545
Res. 4027, Ryan, Shauna - Basketball Award, The Speaker 7546
Res. 4028, Ross, Jessie - Parrsboro Speak-Out Prog., The Speaker 7546
Res. 4029, Ruddick, Norma - African N.S. Women: Story -
Inclusion, The Speaker 7547
Res. 4030, Rushton, Andy - Basketball Award, The Speaker 7547
Res. 4031, Springhill HS Golden Eagles - NSSAF Basketball
Championship, The Speaker 7548
Res. 4032, Springhill HS Golden Eagles - NSSAF Basketball
Championship, The Speaker 7548
Res. 4033, S. Cumb. Commun. Care Ctr. - Anniv. (10th),
The Speaker 7549
Res. 4034, S. Cumb. Commun. Care Ctr.: RCL Br. 45/
Parrsboro Lions Club - Donation, The Speaker 7549
Res. 4035, Junction Rd. Sch./West End Mem. Sch.: Tsunami-
Fundraising, The Speaker 7550
Res. 4036, St. Peter's & Area Lions Club: Commun. Contribution -
Recognize, Mr. Michel Samson 7550
Res. 4037, Bowen, Sgt. Darin - Cdn. Forces Training Award,
Mr. Michel Samson 7551
Res. 4038, Richmond Figure Skating Club - Ice Show Presentation,
Mr. Michel Samson 7551
Res. 4039, Samson, Gilles: Figure Skating Achievement - Congrats.,
Mr. Michel Samson 7552
Res. 4040, Samson, Gilles: Patinage Artistique Atteindu -
Félicitation, Mr. Michel Samson 7552
Res. 4041, Isle Madame RCL Br. 150: Tsunami Relief - Contribution,
Mr. Michel Samson 7553
Res. 4042, Ocean Nutrition Can. - MEG-3: Introduction - Congrats.,
Mr. Michel Samson 7553
Res. 4043, Addiction Serv./Pub. Health Serv./Kingston Mem. Clinic:
Youth Health - Dedication Congrats., Mr. Michel Samson 7554
Res. 4044, St. Peter's Ryl. Bank: Richmond Acad. -
Contribution Recognize, Mr. Michel Samson 7554
Res. 4045, Richmond Arena: Richmond Co. Coun. -
Donation Recognize, Mr. Michel Samson 7555
Res. 4046, Elliott Sharon - Commun./Anna. Co. RCMP:
Accomplishments - Celebrate, Mr. S. McNeil 7555

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HALIFAX, FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2005

Fifty-ninth General Assembly

First Session

9:00 A.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Murray Scott

DEPUTY SPEAKERS

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

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

The honourable Minister of Community Services.

HON. DAVID MORSE: Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of privilege. Last night I stood here in this House, as a minister, and made comments about the honourable member for Halifax Needham that impugned her personal reputation and professional conduct. All members of this House have their differences but where we all agree is that it was wrong for me to make those comments. Last night I apologized personally to the honourable member. This morning I want to apologize here on the floor of the Legislature, firstly, to the honourable member for Halifax Needham and secondly, to all members of this House. The member for Halifax Needham is an honourable, hard-working and committed professional who has dedicated herself to the social advancement of her constituents and all Nova Scotians. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: We will begin the daily routine.

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PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Health Promotion.

HON. RODNEY MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition on behalf of the residents of the Glencoe Station area. It reads, "The residents of Glencoe Station, River Center and the surrounding areas; as well as commuters and other interest groups and individuals, wish to petition the Provincial Government for seven (7) kilometers of pavement on what is commonly known as the Irish Road." I have affixed my name to the petition for purposes of tabling.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton West.

MR. RUSSELL MACKINNON: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition on behalf of the residents of Meadows Road. The operative clause is, "We, the undersigned, petition the Minister of Transportation and Public Works to take corrective action regarding the Meadows Road due to the excessive industrial trucking causing extreme unsafe road conditions and pedestrian traffic." This road needs to be upgraded immediately. I have also affixed my signature to this petition.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton West.

MR. RUSSELL MACKINNON: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition on behalf of the residents from the Marion Bridge, Dutch Brook and Prime Brook areas. The operative clause is, "We the undersigned, petition the Minister of Transportation and Public Works to call tenders for upgrading and re-paving of Highway (Route) 327 commencing at the intersection of Highway 125 and Route 327. Highway 327 is in an absolutely deplorable state and a complete health and safety hazard to all who travel it." I have also affixed my signature to this petition that was presented to me at a public meeting at Marion Bridge last evening.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Education.

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HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to table the government's new four-year plan for public school education entitled Learning for Life II: Brighter Futures Together, both in French and English.

MR. SPEAKER: The report is tabled.

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

Bill No. 210 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 6 of the Acts of 2000. The Health Authorities Act. (Mr. Jerry Pye)

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

The honourable member for Preston.

MR. KEITH COLWELL: With your permission, Mr. Speaker, I would like to make an introduction before I introduce a bill.

MR. SPEAKER: Yes.

MR. COLWELL: In our gallery we have Mr. Joe Lively, a member of the Board of the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia and a survivor of a brain injury; Jane Warren, board member and survivor of a brain injury; Mary Bourjeois, a board member and a family member of a survivor of a brain injury; Chris Wentzell, board member, a survivor, and Chapter President of the Lunenburg County chapter; Sharon Galloway, Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia; Mark Wheatley, Emergency Health Services; and Constable Regan Fong, Halifax Regional Police Department.

Bill No. 211 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 293 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Motor Vehicle Act. (Mr. Keith Colwell)

Bill No. 212 - Entitled an Act Respecting the Protection and Portability of Health Insurance. (Ms. Michele Raymond)

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

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NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Sackville-Cobequid.

RESOLUTION NO. 4008

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

Whereas May 16th to May 21st is EMS Week in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the paramedics across this province are highly trained, dedicated professionals who are always ready to respond to any emergency, to provide emergency medical care and are an important component of our health care system; and

Whereas during EMS Week, paramedics across Nova Scotia will hold events to bring awareness to the profession and to show the high level of care Nova Scotians receive from this province's EMS system;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize May 16 to 21, 2005, as EMS Week, and thank all paramedics in Nova Scotia for participating in this year's events and for their continued commitment and dedication to respond to the health care needs of 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 Leader in the House of the Liberal Party.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4009

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

Whereas the Premier told Nova Scotians in 2000 that "We have to stop piling up debt before it's too late. 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 interest payments that could have paid for $200 home heating rebates for 12,500 Nova Scotians;

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 several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Guysborough-Sheet Harbour.

RESOLUTION NO. 4010

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

Whereas two Guysborough County residents, Kelly Kaiser and Diana Lynn Tibert, are collaborating on a book that pays tribute to Guysborough veterans; and

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Whereas with this book they hope to capture names, faces, thoughts, memories, and the history of those who served in World Wars I and II; and

Whereas Diana Lynn Tibert says she and Kelly Kaiser are hoping to educate future generations about veterans' experiences, and keep the veterans' spirit alive;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Diana and Kelly for taking on such an important task, and wish them success on their book collaboration in this, the Year of the Veteran in Canada.

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. 4011

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

Whereas in 2002, four Pictou County women, Natasha Phillips, Bonnie Cotter, Candace MacDonnell and Carla Baillie, researched and then published a 500-page manual for helping women return to work; and

Whereas this manual, titled Starting Point: Pathways to Self Sufficiency and Economic Independence: A Job Readiness Program for Women, goes far beyond how to find a job, and actually includes many items such as personal development and how to improve literacy skills; and

Whereas this resource will now go beyond the boundaries of Nova Scotia and be included in the collection at the National Library and Archives;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate the Pictou County Women's Centre for their positive initiative in researching and publishing Starting Point: Pathways to Self Sufficiency and Economic Independence: A Job Readiness Program for Women, and for making a difference in our communities.

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. 4012

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

Whereas inshore fishermen of this province cherish their independence as small business enterprises; and

Whereas they are losing this independence through so-called trust agreements; and

Whereas the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador have compounded this problem in that province by dictating where the fishermen must sell their catches;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this Legislature urge the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries to keep the promise he made to this House earlier this week that no such policy will be considered in Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

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The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Kings North.

RESOLUTION NO. 4013

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

Whereas the official opening of the Valley Sport and Multipurpose Facility in Kentville marks the first indoor sport and recreation venue for that area, not just lending itself to soccer enthusiasts but also football teams and other sports activities; and

Whereas Valley District Soccer President John Bedard, Valley Soccer Executive Director Dwight MacLeod and other project organizers deserve credit for preserving their dream for a state-of-the-art venue and working hard to put in place the funding from Soccer Nova Scotia and all three levels of the government; and

Whereas John Bedard and fellow committee members also solicited the corporate support from the community to the tune of nearly $200,000 making the community a part of the process from the start;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank the organizers involved in this project for their unwavering support and dedication to the multipurpose facility which will also be a good vehicle for economic development in the community.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton West.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4014

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

Whereas Graham W. Dennis, Canada's longest serving publisher, continues to manage The ChronicleHerald, Canada's most prominent independent daily newspaper; and

Whereas Mr. Dennis has distinguished himself as one of Nova Scotia's finest, having received the Queen's Jubilee Medal in recognition of his many contributions to journalism and society as a whole; and

Whereas Mr. Dennis also became a member of the Order of Canada in recognition of many ideals as a publisher and for championing major issues in the region's economy; and

Whereas Mr. Dennis, also a well-known philanthropist, is the second of three Nova Scotians being inducted into the Junior Achievement Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame on June 7, 2005;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Mr. Dennis on his latest accomplishment and thank him for his many outstanding contributions to 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.

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.

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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 motion is carried.

[9:23 a.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Supply with Deputy Speaker Mr. James DeWolfe in the Chair.]

[1:37 p.m. CWH on Supply rose and the House reconvened. Mr. Speaker, Hon. Murray Scott, resumed 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.

The honourable member for Kings North.

MR. MARK PARENT: Mr. Speaker, I would like to request the unanimous consent of the House to give a short statement and observe a minute of silence afterward.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

The honourable member for Kings North.

MR. MARK PARENT: Mr. Speaker, I rise to report that at 9:00 a.m. this morning His Worship Mayor Gary Pearl, Mayor of the Town of Kentville, died from cancer. Gary has lived the past 14 years with cancer, but this has not stopped him from exemplary service as a civil servant of this province nor from serving as mayor for the Town of Kentville for three terms of service. In his capacity as mayor, Gary has been widely respected and has been instrumental in more worthy community projects than I have time to name today. Since my

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election as MLA for the riding of Kings North, I've worked closely with Gary and consider him to be not only a political colleague but also a good friend.

He will be missed by the Town of Kentville and far beyond. I wish to extend my sympathies to his wife, Shirley, with whom I had the opportunity to have a moment of prayer earlier this week, and to Gary's children and to his parents. I would ask my provincial colleagues, and thank them for the opportunity, to rise for a moment of silence in his honour.

MR. SPEAKER: All members to rise for a moment of silence, please.

[One minute of silence was observed.]

MR. SPEAKER: Please be seated. Thank you, honourable member, for that.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I move the House do now rise to meet again on Monday at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The House will sit from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The order of business, after the daily routine, will be four hours of Supply. At the end of that period, we will have the 40 hours of Supply completed, and we'll go through the process of the estimates, et cetera, and then we'll go into Public Bills for Second Reading. We will start off with the Financial Measures (2005) Act and then we'll deal with other bills on the order paper, for second reading, and perhaps if there is time, we might put a few bills through third reading. We have several on the order paper at the present time.

Mr. Speaker, I move the House do now rise.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is that the House adjourn until 1:00 p.m. on Monday.

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 1:00 p.m. on Monday.

[The House rose at 1:41 p.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 4015

By: Hon. James Muir (Education)

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

Whereas Bill Hay of Truro has been named 2004 Ambassador of the Year by the Central Nova Tourist Association; and

Whereas Bill Hay has been actively involved in the tourism industry since 1969, and has provided exemplary leadership at both the local and provincial levels; and

Whereas Bill Hay is involved in a number of businesses, including Grinner's Food Systems which owns Greco Pizza, and Frank and Gino's Restaurant, which earned the 2004 Food and Beverage Award from the Central Nova Tourist Association;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Bill Hay on being named 2004 Ambassador of the Year by the Central Nova Tourist Association, and thank him for his many years of leadership in Nova Scotia's tourism and business communities.

RESOLUTION NO. 4016

By: Hon. Michael Baker (Justice)

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

Whereas Canadian Police Week begins on Sunday, May 15th this year; and

Whereas our provincial Correctional Services staff are helping educate school children at the Police Week event at the Halifax Forum today and tomorrow; and

Whereas correctional workers, Peter Lloyd and John Landry, are representing the Department of Justice as public ambassadors for the important role played by Correctional Services staff;

Therefore be it resolved that this House thank Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Landry for taking part in Police Week 2005.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4017

By: Hon. Michael Baker (Justice)

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

Whereas Canadian Police Week in Canada begins on Sunday, May 15th this year; and

Whereas police forces across Nova Scotia are holding public events to highlight their contribution to our justice system; and

Whereas Canadian Police Week is dedicated to increasing community awareness and recognition of policing services, while strengthening ties between communities and their police agencies;

Therefore be it resolved that this House show its respect and admiration for police officers who serve our communities throughout Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 4018

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas David Morris, more commonly known as Pidge, of Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, closed the doors of his barber shop after 33 years of operation at that location and 41 years in the profession, having people such as Tommy Doyle of the Cincinnati Reds, Ron Tugnutt of the Dallas Stars, and Ero Serechuck of the Quebec Nordiques as customers, along with many other well-known sports figures; and

Whereas Pidge started his career as a barber in 1964, and has given much to the community of Parrsboro, including great haircuts, a place to socialize and a shop full of memorabilia of all sports, especially the Toronto Maple Leafs, of which he is a great fan; and

Whereas Pidge's customers, many of whom have been enjoying his services over the years will miss the experience of his antics, stories and his ability to make people laugh and feel good about themselves;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate David "Pidge" Morris on his retirement from Parrsboro , and thank him for his many years of dedicated service to his community.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4019

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 Springhill High Golden Eagles claimed the NSSAF Northumberland Regional Division III girls basketball championship; and

Whereas the Golden Eagles, in winning its seventh regional crown in eight years, downed Antigonish East and Hants North to earn its berth in the regional final; and

Whereas scoring team members included Sam Welsh, Patti Gilroy, Sara Laurie, Kate McMillian, Kathryn MacDonald and Sam McCormick;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Springhill High Golden Eagles, and wish them continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 4020

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 Springhill High Golden Eagles went unbeaten in capturing their own annual Tournament of Hearts basketball event in February; and

Whereas the Golden Eagles posted four wins and played doubleheaders both Friday and Saturday, where Sara Laurie led the offence for the winners with 16 points, followed by Patti Gilroy with 12, and Sam Welsh with 10; and

Whereas Kate McMillan shot six, with Kathryn MacDonald and Darcee Wilson with four each in the game, and Sam McCormick and Sarah Moore had two each;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Springhill High School Golden Eagles on yet another victory, and wish them continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4021

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 Journal of Oxford, Nova Scotia, was awarded the Hometown Christmas Centennial Award by the Town of Oxford; and

Whereas the Centennial Awards were presented at a tea held at the Oxford Lions Community Centre on Thursday, January 27, 2005; and

Whereas the awards were given out to businesses in the town that went above and beyond to make the town a special site over the Christmas holidays in their centennial year;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Oxford Journal on receiving this award, and wish them continued success and prosperity over the coming years.

RESOLUTION NO. 4022

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Annie Thibeau, a Grade 9 student of Parrsboro Regional High School, was recognized for her participation in the Parrsboro Lion's Club Speak Out Competition; and

Whereas Annie spoke about Africville and the uprooting of the Halifax community during the 1960s; and

Whereas Annie said that she had only learned recently of Africville during her social studies class and was inspired to speak about it to make people aware of the racial discrimination that existed then and still exists today;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Annie Thibeau on this outstanding achievement, and wish her continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4023

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Dawn Thompson of Oxford, Nova Scotia, was presented with the Centennial Home & School Nominee of the Year award by the Town of Oxford; and

Whereas the Centennial Awards were presented at a tea held at the Oxford Lions Community Centre on Thursday, January 27, 2005; and

Whereas the awards were given out to residents of the town who went above and beyond in volunteering their time and effort to the Town of Oxford and its residents;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Dawn Thompson on receiving this award, and wish her continued success and prosperity over the coming years.

RESOLUTION NO. 4024

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 Springhill High School Lady Golden Eagles defeated the Oxford Regional High Lady Golden Bears to claim the 11th Annual Schiefer's Ultramar Tip-Off Basketball Tournament; and

Whereas the Golden Eagles finished with a 3-0 record to bring them the win; and

Whereas Sara Laurie struck for 17 points and Sam Welsh hooped 16 to lead SHS in the final; Kate McMillian and Patti Gilroy both shot 10; Stacey Carter had four; Teesha Symes, Kathryn MacDonald, Darcee Wilson and Ashton Gogan each with one basket as well;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Springhill High School Lady Golden Eagles on winning the Schiefer's Ultramar Tip-Off Basketball Tournament, and wish them continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4025

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Courtney Sauveur was honoured during the Student Athlete Appreciation Night in Springhill in April; and

Whereas Courtney was awarded a plaque for Most Dedicated Player on her Junior A Girls Basketball team; and

Whereas it was a night where the school honoured many of its outstanding athletes and showed their appreciation for the hard work and determination that the team members have given;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Courtney Sauveur on this outstanding achievement and wish her continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 4026

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Alexander Scott, a Grade 9 student of Parrsboro Regional High School, was recognized for his participation in the Parrsboro Lions Club Speak Out Competition; and

Whereas Alexander focused on child care, particular his disagreement with the federal government's plan for a national child care program; and

Whereas Alexander spoke with strength of his convictions to exude confidence and did an incredible job;

Therefore be it resolved that all the members of this House congratulate Alexander Scott on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4027

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Shauna Ryan was honoured during the Student Athlete Appreciation Night in Springhill in April; and

Whereas Shauna was awarded a plaque for Student Athlete on her Junior A Girls Basketball team; and

Whereas it was a night where the school honoured many of its outstanding athletes and showed their appreciation for the hard work and determination that the team members have given;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Shauna Ryan on this outstanding achievement and wish her continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 4028

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Jessie Ross, a native of Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, was the first place winner with her speech on world hunger at a Speak Out Program; and

Whereas this event was initiated by the Parrsboro Lions Club and was held at the Lions Den on March 10, 2005; and

Whereas Jessie's speech was an incredible insight from the view of a teenager from a small community realizing how lucky she is to have the luxuries and the freedoms that we take for granted in comparison to the children growing up in rural villages in places such as Asia, Africa and the Americas;

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

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RESOLUTION NO. 4029

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Norma Ruddick from Springhill, Nova Scotia, is one of six women whose stories are told in weaving the story of the journey of African-Nova Scotian women; and

Whereas the video documentary that celebrates the lives of African-Nova Scotian women in Cumberland County premiered at the Wandlyn Inn Hotel Amherst on February 15, 2005; and

Whereas the stories of women in Nova Scotia are important to the story of this province and these African-Nova Scotian women played a major role in our community's development;

Therefore be it resolved that all the members of this House congratulate Norma Ruddick on being a part of this very important documentary and wish her all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 4030

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Andy Rushton has honoured at the Springhill Student Appreciation Night in Springhill; and

Whereas Andy was awarded a plaque for the Most Improved Player of the Senior Boys 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 Andy Rushton on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4031

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 Springhill High Golden Eagles claimed the NSSAF Division 3 Girls Basketball Championship; and

Whereas it has been more than 20 years since a team has been able to repeat back-to-back basketball championships with repeat players; and

Whereas five members of the team, Kate McMillan, Stacy Carter, Samantha Welsh, Sara Moore, and Darcee Wilson, will be able to take a piece of history with them as they graduate from Springhill High School;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Springhill High Golden Eagles and wish them continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 4032

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 Springhill High Golden Eagles claimed the NSSAF Division 3 Girls Basketball Championship; and

Whereas it has been more than 20 years since a team has been able to repeat back-to-back basketball championships with repeat players until now when this team made history in high school basketball; and

Whereas the Springhill Golden Eagles team consists of Teesha Symes, Kate McMillian, Sam McCormick, Sara Laurie, Stacey Carter, Sam Welsh, Sarah Moore, Kathryn MacDonald, Patti Gilroy, Darcee Wilson, Jessica Wheaton, Hilary Burbine, Manager Robert Carter, and Coaches Charlie Chambers and Scott Balser;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Springhill High Golden Eagles and wish them continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4033

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas South Cumberland Community Care Centre celebrated their 10th Anniversary this year on January 26, 2005; and

Whereas Bruce Quigley, CEO of Cumberland Health Authority kicked off speeches made during the celebrations by thanking the staff of SCCCC and Dr. Quigley acknowledged the hard work that was done quoting that one thing that has not changed however, is the dedication of the staff that works here; and

Whereas Cumberland South MLA Murray Scott commented that the one thing that is repeated here is the compassion and professionalism of the staff members;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate South Cumberland Community Care Centre on their 10 years of excellent service and commend the staff on their hard work, dedication and compassion that makes the centre such a warm and efficient facility.

RESOLUTION NO. 4034

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Royal Canadian Legion Branch 45 and the Parrsboro Lions Club have made a generous donation to the South Cumberland Community Care Centre; and

Whereas these two organizations donated a blanket warmer to the SCCCC on October 18, 2004, as part of their contribution not only to the veterans of the centre but to the whole community; and

Whereas these two organizations came together to help out the South Cumberland Community Care Centre in their time of need;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 45, and the Parrsboro Lions Club, for their generous donation to the South Cumberland Community Care Centre.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4035

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Students of the Junction Road and West End Memorial Elementary Schools in Springhill really outdid themselves raising $3,500 for tsunami relief; and

Whereas for the past few months since the devastation of the tsunami that swept over southeast Asia, students from these two schools have been eager to raise money to lend a hand; and

Whereas both schools held a used book sale, used toy sale, penny drive, valentine heart sale, a sock hop, and a mega raffle with items that family and community members donated;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the students and staff at the Junction Road and West End Memorial Elementary Schools on their eagerness to help those in need and wish them all the best.

RESOLUTION NO. 4036

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Richard Landry, St. Peter's and Area Lions Club member, and Alfred Sampson, club president, presented community member, Lavin Richards with $5,000; and

Whereas this donation will go toward the purchase of a wheelchair for Lavin Richards; and

Whereas this donation represents the generosity and contribution of the St. Peter's Lions Club towards the various community members of St. Peter's and surrounding areas;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the St. Peter's and Area Lions Club for their continued contribution to the St. Peter's community, and wish Lavin Richards well with his new wheelchair.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4037

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Rocky Bay native, Sergeant Darin Bowen, received honours for achieving the highest score on the javelin detachment trainer maintenance course taken through the Canadian Forces; and

Whereas the combination of his achievement in this course and other qualifications have earned him a position to teach the javelin course at CFB Gagetown's Royal Canadian Artillery School; and

Whereas an achievement of this nature represents the hard work and dedication of Sergeant Bowen to his career in the Canadian Forces;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Sergeant Darin Bowen for receiving top honours in the javelin detachment trainer maintenance course with the Canadian Forces, and wish him continued success in his career.

RESOLUTION NO. 4038

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the Richmond Figure Skating Club presented Rockin in Richmond, an annual ice show which finished off the 2004-05 year for the skating club; and

Whereas the event showcased the talent and hard work of all club members throughout the season and included 10 solo performances as well as a number of group performances by the younger skaters; and

Whereas this event provides a much anticipated show for the skaters and parents, as well as the community members who attend the event;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate and wish future success to the Richmond Figure Skating Club following their annual ice show presentation.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4039

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Gilles Samson, a member of the Richmond Skating Club, recently passed his pre-novice test in Sydney during Skate Cape Breton; and

Whereas passing this test will allow Gilles Samson to continue to move forward in his currently successful skating career; and

Whereas this achievement represents the dedication of Gilles Samson to the sport of figure skating;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Gilles Samson for continuing to move forward and achieving another level in his figure skating career, and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4040

De: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

À une date ultérieure, je demanderai l'adoption de la resolution suivante:

Attendu que Gilles Samson, un membre du Club de patinage artistique de Richmond a réussi l'épreuve de nivea prénovice au cours de la competition Skate Cape Breton;

Attendu que puisqu'il a réussi cette épreuve, Gilles Samson peut continuer à avancer dans sa carrière déjà fructueuse en patinage artistique;

Attendu que cet accomplissement représente le dévouement de Gilles Samson au sport du patinage artistique;

Par conséquent, qu'il soit résolu que tous les members de cette assemblée félicitent Gilles Samson de poursuivre sa carrière et d'atteindre un nouveau niveau en patinage artistique, et lui souhaitent un succès continu.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4041

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Isle Madame Legion Branch 150 recently agreed to donate $2,000 to aid the residents of southeast Asia following the devastating tsunami in December 2004; and

Whereas this amount was presented to the representative of the Diocese of Antigonish in Richmond County for Development and Peace, Sr. Jenita Methot, which is the organization through which the donation was made; and

Whereas this donation demonstrates the charity of the Isle Madame Legion Branch 150 to helping individuals in a time of need and crisis;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the Isle Madame Legion Branch 150 for their monetary contribution to aid in the tsunami relief in southeast Asia.

RESOLUTION NO. 4042

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited plans to introduce a new product, MEG-3, which will introduce a variety of new dietary supplements and food products in the next few years; and

Whereas MEG-3 will be manufactured in Mulgrave, Nova Scotia, and appear on consumer-packaged goods to represent the new standard for omega-3 EPA and DHA from fish oil across the globe; and

Whereas the addition and introduction of MEG-3 will allow Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd. to further expand and continue to be a part of the global economy;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited on the introduction of their new product, MEG-3, and wish them continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4043

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas employees of Addiction Services, Public Health Services and the W.B. Kingston Memorial Clinic in L'Ardoise came together to aid youth to quit smoking during National Non-Smoking Week; and

Whereas this was achieved through the preparation and distribution of smoking "Quit Kits" which included information pamphlets and coping strategy ideas; and

Whereas these actions represent the dedication of various health care professionals to smoking cessation and among the youth in our community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the staff of Addiction Services, Public Health Services, and the W.B. Kingston Memorial Clinic for their dedication to the health of young individuals, and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4044

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the Royal Bank of Canada donated $1,150 toward the purchase of a new boardroom table for Richmond Academy; and

Whereas this donation was presented by the St. Peter's Royal Bank Manager, Jim Doyle, and was received by school principal, Shaun MacDonald, and student council president, Brett MacDonald; and

Whereas this donation demonstrates the considerable generosity of the St. Peter's Royal Bank of Canada for the purchase of important infrastructure for the county's high school;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the St. Peter's Royal Bank for their contribution to the Richmond Academy.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4045

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the Richmond County Council will contribute $36,000 to the Richmond Arena; and

Whereas this contribution will give the arena the necessary funds to deal with their operations within the next year and also to improve the quality of the facility; and

Whereas the Richmond Arena, which is run by a volunteer board, is an important meeting and recreational facility for the residents of Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the Richmond County Council for their generosity in donating this large sum of money to the Richmond Arena, and wish the arena continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4046

By: Mr. Stephen McNeil (Annapolis)

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

Whereas Sharon Elliott has been instrumental in developing and carrying out the Seniors' Program in Annapolis County; and

Whereas the Seniors' Program, the first of its kind in Canada, has gained national attention for its initiatives to promote community awareness and involvement in crime prevention; and

Whereas this program is an outstanding example of what can be accomplished when partnerships are formed in our communities;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House celebrate Sharon Elliott's accomplishments and dedication to her community and the Annapolis County RCMP Detachment, and wish her continued success in the future.