The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House adjourned:
October 26, 2017.

HANSARD 03/04/05-106

DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Murray Scott

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First Session

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2005

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS:
Gov't. (N.S.)/N.S. Power Corp.: Rate Increases
Mr. F. Corbett 9668
Nat. Res.: Protected Wilderness Area - Designate,
Ms. D. Whalen 9668
TPW: Aylesford Rd. - Pave,
Mr. L. Glavine 9668
TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS:
Moving Toward Equity, Affirmative Action and Diversity in the
Nova Scotia Public Service, 2004-2005,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 9669
Anl. Rpt. on Civil Service Disclosure of Wrongdoing Regulations
and Policy, 2004-05, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 9669
STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS:
Health: Diabetes Assistance Prog.,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 9669
Educ.: Debt Reduction Prog. - Improvements,
Hon. J. Muir 9673
Status of Women, Advisory Council - Campaign
School for Women, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 9678
Health: Autism - EIBI Treatment,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 9681
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 5183, MLAs - Anl. Indemnity/Tax-Free Allowance
The Premier 9684
Res. 5184, Diabetes Awareness Mo. (11/05) - Recognize,
The Premier 9686
Vote - Affirmative 9686
Res. 5185, Thibeau, Tina/CNS/Health Dept. - Gemstone Award,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 9687
Vote - Affirmative 9688
Res. 5186, NSSBA Exec. Dir. - Barteaux, Frank/Meech, Ken:
Retirement/Appt. - Congrats., Hon. J. Muir 9688
Vote - Affirmative 9688
Res. 5187, N.S. Fruit Growers' Assoc.: Apple Strategy - Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 9689
Vote - Affirmative 9689
Res. 5188, Energy: HRM MetroLink Proj. - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 9689
Vote - Affirmative 9690
Res. 5189, Educ. - Literacy N.S.: Adult Literacy - Commitment,
Hon. J. Muir 9690
Vote - Affirmative 9691
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No. 277, Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act,
Hon. M. Baker 9691
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 5190, Reesor, Frank: Mt. Kilimanjaro - Hunger Strike,
Mr. F. Corbett 9692
Vote - Affirmative 9692
Res. 5191, Environ. & Lbr. - Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes:
Preservation - Encourage, Mr. L. Glavine 9692
Res. 5192, Porter, Gladys - First Female MLA: Election -
Commend, Mr. M. Parent 9693
Vote - Affirmative 9694
Res. 5193, Internal Economy Bd. - Meetings: Public Forum -
Direct, Ms. Maureen MacDonald 9694
Res. 5194, Thomas, Scott: Shawn Martell - Donation Congrats.,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 9695
Vote - Affirmative 9695
Res. 5195, Com. Serv. - Clients: Housing List - Provide,
Mr. J. Pye 9696
Res. 5196, Health: Helmet Usage - Mandate,
Mr. K. Colwell 9697
Res. 5197, Isgonish IODE - Anniv. (50th),
Hon. J. Muir 9698
Vote - Affirmative 9698
Res. 5198, Health - Doula Prog.: Funding - Restore,
Ms. M. Raymond 9698
Res. 5199, Comité Aide-Louisiane: Fundraising - Congrats.,
Mr. W. Gaudet 9699
Vote - Affirmative 9700
Res. 5200, Friends for Life Child Care Ctr.: Opening - Congrats.,
Mr. W. Estabrooks 9701
Vote - Affirmative 9701
Res. 5201, MacDougall, Pat: Retirement - Congrats.,
Mr. S. McNeil 9702
Vote - Affirmative 9702
Res. 5202, C.B. Fiddler's Run: Organizers/Vols./Participants - Congrats.
Mr. G. Gosse 9702
Vote - Affirmative 9703
Res. 5203, Livingston, Alex/MacSwain, James - Artistic
Accomplishments, Ms. Maureen MacDonald 9703
Vote - Affirmative 9704
Res. 5204, Fares, Maurice - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participants - Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 9704
Vote - Affirmative 9705
Res. 5205, N. Dart. Echo: Newspaper Soc. - Congrats.,
Mr. J. Pye 9705
Vote - Affirmative 9705
Res. 5206, NSTU - World Teachers Day: Katrina Fundraising -
Recognize, Mr. H. Theriault 9706
Vote - Affirmative 9706
Res. 5207, CBU Capers: Men's Baseball Team - CIBA
Championship, Mr. G. Gosse 9706
Vote - Affirmative 9707
Res. 5208, Vintage Farms - Children's Wish Fdn.: Support -
Congrats., Mr. W. Gaudet 9707
Vote - Affirmative 9708
Res. 5209, Deveraux, Scott - Remembrance Day Sentry: Selection -
Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 9708
Vote - Affirmative 9709
ORAL QUESTIONS PUT BY MEMBERS:
No. 1098, Health: Cancer Treatment - Staff Shortages/Wait Times,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 9709
No. 1099, Nat. Res. - ATVs: Caucus Support - Demand,
Mr. Michel Samson 9711
No. 1100, Health - Care Sector: Mgt./Admin. Wages -
Report Table, Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 9712
No. 1101, Health: Continuing Care Compensation Review - Table,
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 9713
No. 1102, Nat. Res. - Xstrata: Donkin Mine - Suitability,
Mr. F. Corbett 9715
No. 1103, Health - Lyme Disease: Threat - Concerns,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 9716
No. 1104, Nat. Res. - ATVs: Age Restrictions - Implement,
Mr. L. Glavine 9717
No. 1105, Immigration - ESL Training: Funding - Adequacy,
Mr. Kevin Deveaux 9719
No. 1106, Nat. Res. - Chester Grant Fire Depot: Closure -
Effects, Mr. J. MacDonell 9720
No. 1107, Environ. & Lbr. - Hwy. 113: Environ. Review -
Status, Ms. D. Whalen 9722
No. 1108, Educ. - Mem. HS: Composite Prog. - Funding,
Mr. G. Gosse 9723
No. 1109, Prem. - VLTs: Gov't. (N.S.) Responsibility - Explain,
Mr. L. Glavine 9724
No. 1110, TPW: Sch. Bus Injuries - Prevention,
Mr. W. Estabrooks 9726
No. 1111, Health Prom.: Clayton Park Rec. Ctr. - Dept.
Assistance, Ms. D. Whalen 9727
GOVERNMENT BUSINESS:
PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 275, Off-highway Vehicles Act,
Hon. R. Hurlburt 9729
Mr. J. MacDonell 9729
Mr. L. Glavine 9734
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 9736
Hon. R. Hurlburt 9738
Vote - Affirmative 9738
PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
Law Amendments Committee, Hon. R. Russell 9739
Law Amendments Committee, Hon. R. Russell 9739
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON BILLS AT 5:20 p.m. 9739
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 5:24 p.m. 9739
CWH REPORTS 9740
PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 225, Smoke-free Places Act 9741
Ms. Maureen MacDonald 9741
Hon. R. Russell 9743
Vote - Affirmative 9743
No. 247, Correctional Services Act 9743
Hon. R. Russell 9744
Vote - Affirmative 9744
No. 254, Motor Vehicle Act 9744
Hon. R. Russell 9744
Mr. K. Deveaux 9744
Hon. R. Russell 9745
Vote - Affirmative 9746
No. 252, House of Assembly Act 9745
No. 268, Pre-primary Education Act 9745
PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 237, Maintenance Enforcement Act 9745
No. 274, Certified Management Accountants of Nova Scotia Act 9745
PRIVATE AND LOCAL BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 238, YMCA of Cape Breton Act 9746
No. 239, Northern Yacht Club Act 9746
PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 257, Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act 9746
Hon. C. d'Entremont 9746
Mr. K. Deveaux 9746
Mr. H. Theriault 9747
Hon. C. d'Entremont 9749
Vote - Affirmative 9749
No. 250, Motor Vehicle Act 9749
Hon. M. Baker 9749
Mr. K. Deveaux 9750
Vote - Affirmative 9751
PRIVATE AND LOCAL BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 267, Cape Breton Island Marketing Levy Act 9750
Mr. Manning MacDonald 9751
Vote - Affirmative 9751
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on December 12th at 12:00 noon 9752
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 5210, Lun. Co. Bus. Excellence Awards: Recipients -
Congrats., Hon. M. Baker 9753
Res. 5211, Veinot, Kevin: N.S. Sports Hall of Fame - Induction,
Hon. M. Baker 9753
Res. 5212, Pictou Co. Dragon Boat Fest. - Fundraising: Participants -
Congrats., The Premier 9754
Res. 5213, Digby Reg. HS - Mariners Boys Soccer Team: Season -
Congrats., Mr. H. Theriault 9754
Res. 5214, Kyle, Billy/MacKay, Donnie - Health Prom.: Dedication -
Recognize, Mr. J. DeWolfe 9755
Res. 5215, Jackson, Lisa/Honourees - Women in Excellence Awards,
Hon. M. Baker 9755
Res. 5216, Dukes of Kent: Barbershoppers - Awards,
Mr. M. Parent 9756
Res. 5217, Kingstec: Revamped Campus - Congrats.,
Mr. M. Parent 9756
Res. 5218, Campbell, Adrian - Cycling Championship,
Mr. M. Parent 9757
Res. 5219, Connors, Grant: Strongman Comp. - Awards,
Mr. M. Parent 9757
Res. 5220, Adamson, Greg: Firefighters Combat Challenge -
Congrats., Mr. Mark Parent 9758
Res. 5221, Kingsport Commun. Assoc.: Commun. Efforts -
Congrats., Mr. M. Parent 9758
Res. 5222, Whalen, Sandra - Oxford Vol. of the Yr.,
The Speaker 9759
Res. 5223, Scotiabank - Oxford Vol. Bus. of the Yr.,
The Speaker 9759
Res. 5224, River Herbert Raiders - Championship Qualification,
The Speaker 9760
Res. 5225, MacKay, Ed - Mayor's Life Achievement Award,
Hon. E. Fage 9760
Res. 5226, Smith, Megan - Figure Skating Medal,
Mr. J. DeWolfe 9761
Res. 5227, Pictou Co. Mountain Bike Race: Participants/Winners -
Congrats., Mr. J. DeWolfe 9761^^
Res. 5228, Northumberland HS - Track & Field Complex: Students -
Fundraising, Mr. J. DeWolfe 9762
Res. 5229, Major, Jude - N.S. Good Health Show - Congrats.,
Mr. W. Dooks 9762
Res. 5230, Chester Golf Club - Anniv. (50th),
Ms. J. Streatch 9763
Res. 5231, New Ross Fire Hall - Members: Dedication - Thank,
Ms. J. Streatch 9763
Res. 5232, New Ross Masters Soccer Team: Season - Congrats.,
Ms. J. Streatch 9764
Res. 5233, Sanders, Dwight/Lenihan, Owen: Woodlot
Owner of the Yr. - Congrats., Ms. J. Streatch 9764
Res. 5234, Shatford Fam. Bus. - Anniv. (55th),
Ms. J. Streatch 9765
Res. 5235, N.S. Christmas Tree Interpretive Ctr.: Opening -
Congrats., Ms. J. Streatch. 9765
Res. 5236, Christmas Tree Growers: Successful Season - Wish,
Ms. J. Streatch 9766
Res. 5237, Mitchell, Doug: Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame -
Induction, Hon. B. Barnet 9766
Res. 5238, Hennigar, Jeri (Sharkey): Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of
Fame - Induction, Hon. B. Barnet 9767
Res. 5239, Barrett, Ken: Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame -
Induction, Hon. B. Barnet 9767
Res. 5240, Rowe, Lisa (Carberry): Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of
Fame - Induction, Hon. B. Barnet 9768
Res. 5241, Sampson, Ross: Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame -
Induction, Hon. B. Barnet 9768
Res. 5242, Gordon, Wayne E.: Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame -
Induction, Hon. B. Barnet 9769
Res. 5243, Williams, Ryan - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participation - Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 9769
Res. 5244, N. Preston: Community Success - Congrats.,
Mr. K. Colwell 9770
Res. 5245, Gardiner, Ryan/Jacobi, Alex/Miles, Douglas/
Mosher, Jeffrey - Paddling Bronze Medal, Mr. K. Colwell 9770
Res. 5246, Brown, Ms. Jeri - Black Vocalists: Mentoring -
Recognize, Mr. K. Colwell 9771
Res. 5247, Fraser, Emma (Mama): Death of - Tribute,
Mr. K. Colwell 9771
Res. 5248, Miles, Douglas - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participation, Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 9772
Res. 5249, Grosse, A.J. - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participation, Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 9772
Res. 5250, Reid, Beth: Health Care Achievements - Congrats.,
The Speaker 9772
Res. 5251, Carter-Rose, Shelly: Cumberland Commun. Ctr. -
Achievements, The Speaker 9773
Res. 5252, Purcell, Britanni - Oxford Youth Vol.,
The Speaker 9774
Res. 5253, Oxford Vol. FD - Oxford Vol. Group of the Yr.,
The Speaker 9774
Res. 5254, Oxford Area Lions Club - Oxford Vol. Group of the Yr.,
The Speaker 9775^^
Res. 5255, Oxford Home Hardware - Oxford Vol. Bus. of the Yr.,
The Speaker 9775
Res. 5256, Wood, Graham and Michelle - Oxford Vol. Fam. of the Yr.,
The Speaker 9776
Res. 5257, Cumberland Geological Soc.: Museum Marketing Efforts -
Applaud, The Speaker 9776
Res. 5258, Leicester FD: Year-Round Serv. - Thank,
The Speaker 9777
Res. 5259, Advocate FD: Year-Round Serv. - Thank,
The Speaker 9777
Res. 5260, Westchester FD: Year-Round Serv. - Thank,
The Speaker 9778
Res. 5261, Springhill FD: Year-Round Serv. - Thank,
The Speaker 9778
Res. 5262, River Hebert FD: Year-Round Serv. - Thank,
The Speaker 9779
Res. 5263, Oxford FD: Year-Round Serv. - Thank,
The Speaker 9779
Res. 5264, Southampton FD: Year-Round Ser. - Thank,
The Speaker 9780
Res. 5265, Annapolis Royal: Tourism Ind. - Contribution,
Hon. R. Hurlburt 9780
Res. 5266, World Lacrosse Championships (2007) - Host Bid:
Participants, Congrats., Hon. R. MacDonald 9781
Res. 5267, CFIB: Sm. Bus. Representation - Congrats.,
The Premier 9781
Res. 5268, World Curling Tour - Port Hawkesbury: Vols. - Congrats.
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 9782
Res. 5269, Hill "N" Dale 4-H Club - Pub. Speaking Events,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 9782
Res. 5270, Rhodenizer, Rollie - Windsor- Watermelon Weight-Off,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 9783
Res. 5271, LaHave River Trail Assoc. - Rec. N.S. Award,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 9783
Res. 5272, Bull Run Trail Assoc. - Rec. N.S. Award,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 9784
Res. 5273, Smith, Sue: N.S. Sports Hall of Fame - Member,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 9784
Res. 5274, Publicover, Mr. Carroll - UNSM Serv. Award (20 Yrs.),
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 9785
Res. 5275, Fraser, Vanessa: Katrina Cleanup - Thank,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 9785
Res. 5276, R. & C. Weare - OH&S Award,
Hon. K. Morash 9786
Res. 5277, Crouse, Brian: Mar. Mathematics Comp. - Congrats.,
Hon. K. Morash 9786
Res. 5278, Montgomery, Cpl. Tyler - Air Cadet Award,
Hon. K. Morash 9787
Res. 5279, Samson, Cdt. Benjamin - Air Cadet Award,
Hon. K. Morash 9787
Res. 5280, Joudrey, LAC Coby - Air Cadet Award,
Hon. K. Morash 9788
Res. 5281, Uhlman, Cpl. Corbin - Air Cadet Award,
Hon. K. Morash 9788
Res. 5282, Weagle, Cpl. Crystal - Air Cadet Award,
Hon. K. Morash 9789
Res. 5283, Theakston, Freda - Vol. Award,
Hon. K. Morash 9789
Res. 5284, Queens Gen. Hosp. Aux. - Outstanding Vol. Fundraising
Group Award, Hon. K. Morash 9790
Res. 5285, Minard, WO 1st Class Julie - Air Cadet Award,^
Hon. K. Morash 9790
Res. 5286, Montgomery, Cdt. Jessica - Air Cadet Award,
Hon. K. Morash 9791
Res. 5287, Briand, Cpl. Kirsten - Air Cadet Award,
Hon. K. Morash 9791
Res. 5288, Mulle, F/Sgt. Krista - Air Cadet Award,
Hon. K. Morash 9792
Res. 5289, O'Laughlin, WO 2nd Class Keighan - Air Cadet Award,
Hon. K. Morash 9792
Res. 5290, Wentzell, Cst. Michael - Air Cadet Award,
Hon. K. Morash 9793
Res. 5291, Conrad, Cpl. Megan - Air Cadet Award,
Hon. K. Morash 9793
Res. 5292, Harding, Sgt. Nathan - Air Cadet Award,
Hon. K. Morash 9794
Res. 5293, McLean, Sgt. Billy - Air Cadet Award,
Hon. K. Morash 9794
Res. 5294, Naughler, F/Sgt. Sarah - Air Cadet Award,
Hon. K. Morash 9795
Res. 5295, Greenfield Cenotaph Comm.: Fundraising - Congrats.,
Hon. K. Morash 9795
Res. 5296, Liverpool Reg. HS: Reach for the Top Team - Congrats.,
Hon. K. Morash 9796
Res. 5297, Hammonds Plains/Upper Hammonds Plains FD -
Joint Banquet: Co-operation - Congrats.,
Hon. B. Barnet 9796
Res. 5298, Keddy, Gerald - Bill S-14: Work/Dedication - Thank,
Ms. J. Streatch 9797
Res. 5299, Piers, Desmond William: Death of - Tribute,
Ms. J. Streatch 9797
Res. 5300, N.S. Cleaning Ind.: Efforts - Applaud,
Hon. E. Fage 9798
Res. 5301, Mosher, Dr. Diane/Dunbar, Dr. Mike: Arthritis Care -
Commitment, Hon. A. MacIsaac 9798
Res. 5302, Energy - Hydro: N.S. - Welcome,
Hon. C. Clarke 9799
Res. 5303, N.S. Builders' Assoc.: Energy Efficient Improvement -
Congrats., Hon. C. Clarke 9799
Res. 5304, Pengrowth - N.S. Energy Scholarship: Winners - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 9800
Res. 5305, Energy - Kits: Sch. Fundraisers - Organizers - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 9800
Res. 5306, Stein, Melissa - HRM Citizenship Award,
Mr. J. Pye 9801
Res. 5307, Harbour View School Breakfast Prog. - Gilmore, Karen/
Dart. Boys & Girls Club: Involvement - Congrats.,
Mr. J. Pye 9802
Res. 5308, Silver, Janice: Harbour View Sch. Breakfast Prog. - Congrats.,
Mr. J. Pye 9802
Res. 5309, Downey, Marylynn - Jason MacCullough Scholarship,
Mr. J. Pye 9803
Res. 5310, Clyke, Meagan/Cromwell, Damon - Dart. Boys & Girls
Club Awards, Mr. Pye 9803
Res. 5311, Stein, Melissa/Hamer, Brandon:
Girl of the Yr./Boy of the Yr. Award - Congrats., Mr. J. Pye 9804
Res. 5312, Penny, Johnathan/Colley, Eddie - Future Shop Leaders
Scholarship Prog., Mr. J. Pye 9804
Res. 5313, Rashaan, Nellie/Clyke, Meagan: Dart. Boys & Girls
Club - Family of the Yr. Award, Mr. J. Pye 9805
Res. 5314, Building Our Communities in HRM: Participants -
Congrats., Mr. W. Estabrooks 9805
Res. 5315, Oulton, Daniel: Can.-Wide Science Fair - Silver Medal,
Hon. J. Muir 9806
Res. 5316, Kerr Controls: Expansion - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Muir 9806
Res. 5317, Harris, Tim - Bentley Int'l. Property Award,
Mr. S. McNeil 9807
Res. 5318, Little, Aubrey - Erland Lee Award,
Mr. S. McNeil 9807
Res. 5319, Annapolis Skippers Unlimited/Lewis, Amy -
Commun. Dedication, Mr. S. McNeil 9808
Res. 5320, Anderson, Eugene - North End Commun. Health Ctr.:
Service - Thank, Ms. Maureen MacDonald 9808
Res. 5321, McCleave, Heather - North End Commun. Health Ctr. -
Efforts - Thank, Ms. Maureen MacDonald 9809
Res. 5322, CBU Capers: Women's Basketball Team -
Championship, Mr. G. Gosse 9809
Res. 5323, Clare, Sister Rita - Jubilate Award,
Mr. G. Gosse 9810
Res. 5324, MacLeod, Jim - UNSM Gold Service Award,
Mr. G. Gosse 9810
Res. 5325, Weatherbie, Kristina/Abenheimer, Hannah: CBU Capers -
Soccer All-Star Team, Mr. G. Gosse 9811
Res. 5326, CBU/Victoria Park Garrison: UN Day - Celebration,
Mr. G. Gosse 9811
Res. 5327, Caribou Dist. FD - Open House (10/29/05): Participation -
Congrats., Mr. C. Parker 9812
Res. 5328, Donaldson, Jennifer - HRM Citizenship Award,
Mr. J. Pye 9812
Res. 5329, Gilmore, Karen/Dart. Boys & Girls Club - Harbour View
Sch. Breakfast Prog.: Involvement - Congrats,
Mr. J. Pye 9813
Res. 5330, Raftus, Gary: Bus. Init. - Congrats.,
Ms. M. Raymond 9813
Res. 5331, Health - Doula Prog.: Funding - Restore,
Ms. M. Raymond 9814
Res. 5332, Grand View Manor - Anniv. (35th),
Mr. L. Glavine 9814
Res. 5333, St. Cyprian's Anglican Church - Anniv. (100th),
Mr. L. Glavine 9815
Res. 5334, Trans Co. Transport. Soc.: Success - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 9815
Res. 5335, Hamilton, David/Daniels, Scott: Bravery - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 9816
Res. 5336, Andrews, Michael - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participation - Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 9816
Res. 5337, Haughn, Christopher - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participation - Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 9817
Res. 5338, Donnelly, Shannon - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participation - Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 9817
Res. 5339, Donnelly, Stephanie - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participation - Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 9818
Res. 5340, Kharitonov, Kostya - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participation - Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 9818
Res. 5341, Widdis, Adam - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participation - Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 9819
Res. 5342, McKenna, Tasia - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participation - Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 9819
Res. 5343, Munro, Scott - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participation - Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 9820
Res. 5344, Aucoin, Jeff - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participation - Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 9820
Res. 5345, McInnis, Leah - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participation - Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 9821
Res. 5346, Casford, Jocelyn - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participation - Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 9821
Res. 5347, Dagley, Anitra - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participation - Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 9822
Res. 5348, Afani, Hamzeh - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participation - Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 9822
Res. 5349, Hamm, Bryan - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participation - Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 9823
Res. 5350, Hoehne, Johanna - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participation - Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 9823
Res. 5351, El-Hawary, Bette - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participation - Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 9824
Res. 5352, Tempesta, Becky - Can. Summer Games (2005):
Participation - Congrats., Ms. D. Whalen 9824
NOTICE OF QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWERS:
No. 14, Energy - CPI Atl. Rept.: Recommendations -
Implement, Ms. M. Raymond 9825
No. 15, Health Prom. - Waverley/Fall River/Beaver Bank: Rink -
Time Frame, Mr. K. Deveaux 9826

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HALIFAX, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2005

Fifty-ninth General Assembly

First Session

2:00 P.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Murray Scott

DEPUTY SPEAKERS

Mr. James DeWolfe, Mr. Charles Parker, Ms. Diana Whalen

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I'm rising on a point of privilege, I don't think it is really a point of order. Yesterday during debate on Bill No. 269, there were certain remarks made in the House by the member for Preston, directed at the member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, in discussing the bill. The remarks are contained on Page 9637 of yesterday's Hansard.

I would ask you to take the matter under advisement and report to the House on a future date as to whether or not those kinds of remarks are acceptable within this Legislature.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. I will take the matter under advisement and report back to the House.

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PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton Centre.

MR. FRANK CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition with 31,897 signatures and the operative clause reads:

"WE the undersigned hereby petition the Utility & Review Board and the Government of Nova Scotia to approve NO MORE ELECTRICITY RATE INCREASES until Nova Scotia Power and the Government are required to help individuals and families save at least 15% of their electricity bill."

I, too, have affixed my signature to this petition.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

[2:15 p.m.]

The honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park.

MS. DIANA WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition that is signed by 1,551 individual citizens. The operative clause reads:

"We the undersigned, call on the Premier of Nova Scotia to immediately designate, in its entirety, the spectacular forests, wetlands, and lakes of the publicly-owned Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes region as an officially designated protected wilderness area for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations of Nova Scotians."

I, too, have affixed my signature to this petition.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

The honourable member for Kings West.

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition with 225 signatures. The operative clause reads:

"We, the undersigned, request the NS Department of Transportation & Public Works to reconstruct and pave the heavily used Aylesford Road."

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

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PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Human Resources.

HON. CAROLYN BOLIVAR-GETSON: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a report entitled Moving Toward Equity, Affirmative Action and Diversity in the Nova Scotia Public Service, 2004-2005.

MR. SPEAKER: The report is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Human Resources.

HON. CAROLYN BOLIVAR-GETSON: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a report entitled Annual Report on the Civil Service Disclosure of Wrongdoing Regulations and Policy, 2004-05.

MR. SPEAKER: The report is tabled.

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Health.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, today I would like to update my colleagues on the status of the new provincial program being developed to assist non-insured Nova Scotians with the cost of diabetes medications and supplies needed to help manage their condition. This was one of government's blueprint commitments, and I'm pleased to say that not only are we delivering on our pledge to cover the cost of diabetes supplies, we'll help cover diabetes medication as well.

This year the province allocated $2.5 million to develop and implement the Nova Scotia Diabetes Assistance Program, which will be phased in over time. This $2.5 million represents an initial investment in what will become an $8 million to $9 million program. In essence, the Diabetes Assistance Program will help cover the cost of insulin, oral hyperglycemic medications, glucose test strips, syringes, needles and lancets, which are approved under the Nova Scotia formulary, for those Nova Scotians who have diabetes but do not have drug coverage. We have also included an education component to help Nova Scotians understand the importance of managing their condition and the benefits of leading a healthy, active lifestyle.

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Mr. Speaker, diabetes is a condition that, if left untreated, can lead to complications such as heart disease, kidney disease, and blindness. That's why chronic disease management, such as what will be offered through this program, is crucial to helping reduce the chances of getting complications from this disease. This program will also be evaluated in order to assess the financial and self-care-component benefits to Nova Scotians with diabetes.

Mr. Speaker, much time has gone into researching and identifying what Nova Scotia's Diabetes Assistance Program should look like. We have reviewed and analyzed what the diabetes assistance programs in other provinces and jurisdictions offer. We've looked at what worked and what didn't work. We've considered the unique needs of Nova Scotians and the fact that the number of people uninsured in Atlantic Canada is greater than in any other part of the country.

Mr. Speaker, we've worked closely with the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Nova Scotia Diabetes Care Centres to make sure any provincial program developed would meet the needs of Nova Scotians. I would like to take a moment to thank these groups for their dedication and ongoing commitment to the health of Nova Scotians with diabetes. We appreciate and value the continued work in this area.

We have worked hard to develop a program that will help Nova Scotians with diabetes today and in the years to come. However, we have learned from other provinces and from here at home that this can only be done with some sort of cost sharing. If not, we will not be able to afford to continue to offer a program over time no matter how beneficial the program.

To offer a substantial program, the cost must be shared by government and those requiring assistance. This is similar to the way the province's other Pharmacare Programs operate, and many other insurance programs. Mr. Speaker, similar to other Pharmacare Programs, all Nova Scotians who participate in this program will be required to pay a co-payment amount of 20 per cent for each prescription. In addition, there will also be a program deductible amount that will be determined by considering family income and size. For instance, a person with diabetes and a family of four with a total income of $25,000 would have an annual deductible of only $16 under this program. Once the annual deductible is reached, the province will fund 80 per cent of their eligible medications and testing supplies.

However, a person seeking help under the program from a family of six, with a total income of $36,000, would have a calculated annual deductible of $73.50. That means the government would fund over 77 per cent of all eligible medications and testing supplies. As you can see, given the annual deductable amount a family will pay is based on income and family size, many Nova Scotians in the program will see government fund at least 75 per cent of their eligible diabetes medications and testing supplies.

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Mr. Speaker, this cost-sharing approach will help as many people as possible to optimize their care now and in the future. We will anticipate to be able to have the application process for this program in place by the end of 2005 and to roll out the program in early 2006. Instead of waiting until the electronic system is ready, we have opted to establish a manual system to use in the interim so we can offer this program to Nova Scotians as soon as possible. The manual system would be used to register clients, calculate and track deductibles, and pay families upon submission of receipts. An automated program is currently underdeveloped.

As already communicated in the Spring, Nova Scotians will be advised of the program's start date and the application process in the near future through public notices in newspapers, pharmacies and physician offices. This program is a testament that this government is investing where it counts, where it will make a real difference in the lives of Nova Scotians. Thank you.

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

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): Mr. Speaker, I thank the minister for sending over a copy of his announcement prior to the opening of the House. I want to ensure, with the few comments I want to make, that that government recognizes that with this program they're trying to target those individuals in our province who are non-insured. Those individuals, who tend to fall in this category, are those who are low-income individuals in this province. I'm fortunate enough to have an insurance coverage, and this statement and this program will not affect me.

Those individuals who are working for minimum wage, they are the individuals that we need to ensure have the commitment from this government so that they can get the supplies, the treatment that they need to hopefully not end up in the hospital in the end. Eighty per cent of those individuals who have diabetes, will die from heart disease, stroke, 80 per cent. That burden on our health care system, when these individuals who cannot properly obtain the equipment they need to continue to treat themselves for diabetes, in the end causes a great number of dollars to be spent because they can't prevent their illnesses progressing to include heart disease and stroke. Mr. Speaker, it's those low-income people.

The minister states that there is going to be a similar program to the Pharmacare Program, a co-pay, a 20 per cent cost that the family is going to have to bear. I just want to give a couple of examples of the cost for a family or individual who has diabetes, that might be in that low-income earner group. I would project that the majority of the people who are non-insured, are those who have those jobs in this province that don't come with the benefits that many Nova Scotians have with health insurance.

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Test strips, for example, Mr. Speaker, cost for a person or a family from $40 to $100 a month, depending on how often they need to be tested. It's important for individuals with diabetes to ensure that their glucose level is in the normal range. If not, then they experience the difficulties and side effects of having an unbalanced glucose level. I've witnessed this many times in my career as a paramedic, picking up people in diabetic comas, and I can tell you of the hundreds and hundreds of people that I've seen over the years . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid) : . . . people that I have seen and treated over the years, Mr. Speaker, I asked, once we go in as paramedics and bring them out of that diabetic coma, what happened in your daily routine that caused your levels to drop? The majority of those people said, well, I didn't have the funds this month to pay for my medication or my testing kits. So it may have been high, it may have been low at this time.

Mr. Speaker, those are the individuals we need to protect. We need to ensure that they can get these supplies. I know, by having a co-pay on it, it's going to put an added burden on their family income. I said $40 to $100, possibly, so if it was a 20 per cent co-pay, they could have to pay $20 a month. Lancets, a device used to prick your finger to obtain that blood sample that you need to check your glucose level, that cost could be an added $10 a month. It might not sound like a lot to you and I. The other thing is oral medications. This could be another $20 a month. You could look at a person who might have an end cost, at the end of the month, of about $50 a month. I can tell you that someone who has a family income who has $100 left over at the end of the month . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. There's too much noise in the Chamber. I would ask the members to take their conversations outside, please.

The honourable member for Sackville-Cobequid has the floor.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): Mr. Speaker, a family that has $100 left at the end of the month to get the necessary food and extra supplies to run their families, I can tell you that most of them aren't going to spend the $50 a month, the co-pay, to enrol in this program. That's the message. Those low-income earners - a $50-a-month cost will determine if their kids get proper food. I could go on about the cost of trying to eat healthier when you're a diabetic. It's more expensive now to eat healthy than it is to go and get those unhealthy fast foods for your family.

I want the government to recognize that for those low-income people it needs to be recognized that if they can't pay for this, the government should be able to step in and hopefully assist them in getting those products, so that they're not a burden on the health care system down the road, Mr. Speaker, and that they're taken care of and are able to gain access to the equipment they need to hopefully prevent future illnesses from diabetes.

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Glace Bay.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to rise and respond to the ministerial statement with respect to the Diabetes Assistance Program in this province. I couldn't believe my eyes when I read the statement that the minister just read before this House. First and foremost, we were told that the program would be ready in November, and now it's going to be early in 2006, later than originally promised.

Those who supported this government in the last election on the promise that they would receive a low-income diabetic assistance program would have to be somewhat disappointed in this minister's statement, that this government will now charge a deductible for this program, a deductible, a co-pay, irrespective of the amount - the amount doesn't matter - that's not what this government, and it's not what that Premier, promised to be in this program.

Mr. Speaker, this government did not say they would be introducing a low-income diabetic Pharmacare Program, they said they would be providing assistance to families. It's as simple as that. So shame on this government, and shame on that Premier for not being honest when it came to the issue of this program in the last election. That is a fact.

There is still much that can be done though. For example, such items as insulin pumps are not included on this list and the minister has been silent on the issue of whether his education program will include education of those on school boards. Mr. Speaker, we can all recall - and recall with great sadness - the young child from Dartmouth whose first day of school was a nightmare due to confusion with paper work and the fact that school officials could not assist should insulin be required. Perhaps the minister's education program could address some of these deficiencies.

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For those at the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Nova Scotia Diabetes Care Centres, please accept our caucus' sincerest congratulations for all of the hard work and effort. Again, it's unfortunate that the program - that was worked so hard on and was hoping to achieve goals - is now not able to be fully funded by this government as promised. In closing, this could have been all good news, but it's mired in the sad fact that this government and this Premier again did not deliver on what they promised.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Education.

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to inform the House about improvements that are being made to the province's Debt Reduction Program; steps that make college and university education attractive to more Nova Scotians; steps that will help those people to be more productive, more prosperous and more successful.

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As the members in this House know, this government introduced a Debt Reduction Program in 2003. We added $1.3 million to the Debt Reduction Program a year ago to ensure there was adequate funding for future demand on the program. At the same time, this government committed to doubling the employment and repayment bonuses in the existing Debt Reduction Program. We have done this, increasing our investment in the Debt Reduction Program by an additional $1.2 million. In total, Mr. Speaker, the province has invested $7.6 million in this program.

The employment bonus is an award that is available to a Nova Scotia graduate who works in this province for at least 50 weeks out of the three years immediately after graduation. As promised, we have doubled the employment bonus from 25 per cent to 50 per cent of their original debt reduction award. The repayment bonus is an award that is available to a Nova Scotia graduate who makes at least 12 payments against their provincial student loan within the three years immediately following graduation. As promised, we have doubled the repayment bonus from 10 per cent to 20 per cent. Mr. Speaker, this is in addition to the basic debt reduction award that is available to all graduates.

A Nova Scotian student enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary institution would be eligible for a 15 per cent reduction of their first year provincial student debt. The student would be eligible for 25 per cent of their second year provincial student loan, for 35 per cent of their third year provincial loan and for 45 per cent of their fourth year provincial student loan. If a student needs additional time to complete their studies, a further 15 per cent of student loans accumulated during a one-year grace period is also available.

Let's put that into a real life scenario, Mr. Speaker. A Nova Scotian student completes a four-year university program, and receives the maximum annual Nova Scotia student loan of $5,100. At the end of four years, their accumulated Nova Scotia student debt would be $20,400. That student would be eligible for a debt reduction award of $6,120. If they work in Nova Scotia for at least 50 weeks during the three years following graduation, they qualify for a $3,060 employment bonus. If that same student makes at least 12 payments against their Nova Scotia student loan in the three years following graduation, they would qualify for a $1,224 repayment bonus. Of the $20,400 in Nova Scotia student loans that the graduate had accumulated, the province will have forgiven $10,404 if the students qualify for the bonus awards.

In this scenario, the Debt Reduction Program would help that recent graduate reduce his or her Nova Scotia student loan debt by up to 51 per cent. Combined with other programs, up to 60 per cent of a student's Nova Scotia debt load can be eliminated. These are significant initiatives being made to make post-secondary education more attractive to Nova Scotians, to help Nova Scotians to stay and work in their home province, and to encourage repayment of provincial student loans.

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To date, Mr. Speaker, we have processed more than 3,500 debt reduction applications, worth a total of $2.5 million. We have contacted thousands more graduates directly to encourage them to apply for the program. We are also working with colleges and universities on a data-sharing process where a student would automatically be enrolled in the program on graduation. In that case, there would be no need to apply.

The difference between the $7.6 million figure that I mentioned at the beginning of my remarks and the $2.5 million figure I just referred to, is the money that we have set aside. That is money that is set aside to comply with government accounting requirements in anticipation of applications for debt reductions for students currently enrolled in post-secondary education.

Mr. Speaker, this government committed to doubling the employment and repayment bonuses in the province's Debt Reduction Program and we have fulfilled that commitment. In doing so, we've made college and university education more attractive to Nova Scotians, made it easier for Nova Scotian graduates to use their new-found knowledge here at home, and set the stage for timely repayment of student loans - money that we can reinvest in the province's scholars. Thank you.

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

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Mr. Speaker, I caution the minister on some of the math because I want you to know that the comments following are not just coming from the Education Critic for the NDP or the MLA for Timberlea-Prospect, but the father of a daughter who attends NSCAD that has a food bank among its presence.

I'll thank the minister for providing me with a copy in advance, just in advance, if you should know, but this really isn't a ministerial statement in the true sense of informing the House of a significant government policy change or new program. In my opinion, this is an attempt to cover off a to-do list on what may just well prove to be the last day of the House before we have a bit of a recess.

This minister stands in his place to outline "improvements" that he says bolsters the government's so-called Debt Reduction Program. He says the province has invested $7.6 million in this program so far. By my count, the government is still some $32.4 million behind on their IOU to the students of this province.

When a previous minister cut the Loan Remission Program in the year 2000, are we so conveniently just to forget that? It was awarding about $10 million a year to students to reduce their debt load. That program was entirely gone, gone for four long years, meaning that the government got a cumulative $40 million from student debt relief.

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Let's not lose sight of the fact that this means that one full generation of students - those who entered in 2000, and those who would graduate in 2004 - will have to bear the higher debt loads, interest costs and lost opportunities that this fateful, unfair and wrong decision made at the time.

Mr. Speaker, but what about today's generation of students? Well, they are collectively borrowing more. Over one-half of Nova Scotian students take out government student loans each year. While this number may have been somewhat static over the past few years, it's not because students don't need the money, it's because of an inflexible, unfavourable student loan system in this province.

According to research by the Millennium Scholarship Foundation, the rate of private borrowing has increased sharply in this province. A decade ago less than 10 per cent of students turned to private banking for help funding their education; today some 40 per cent use private bank loans and financing to help fund their education. A decade ago, $7 out of every $10 spent on post-secondary education transfers to students and families was on the basis of need; today, that's only $4 out of $10.

Mr. Speaker, what about tuition? Tuition in Nova Scotia for the 2005-06 year is averaging - and I repeat averaging - $6,281 which is more than $2,000 higher than the national average. Nova Scotia tuition is $4,000 higher than in Quebec. There are tuition fees or rollbacks in Saskatchewan, in Manitoba, in Ontario, in Quebec - and should we forget about Newfoundland and Labrador and the leadership that Premier Danny Williams has done for the students who continually leave this province to attend university in St. John's, at Memorial.

I would like the minister to do a reality check. In his closing remarks he says college and university education is more attractive to Nova Scotians. That may be true that an education has become "more attractive" but that's only because it is much more necessary in today's economy. One thing is for sure though, this government certainly has not made post-secondary education more affordable - students tell me that every day, including the young woman that I'm fortunate enough to call my daughter, she knows of many young people at NSCAD who just can't afford to go back for a second semester again this year. Thank you.

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

MS. DIANA WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to reply to the ministerial statement. As was mentioned, we received this statement only about 15 minutes before coming to the House, so I think it would have been better to see it sooner. However, it's always a pleasure to talk about post-secondary education and the issue I've become ever more familiar with since being elected to this House in 2003.

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In reading the ministerial statement I find it very interesting that the second paragraph begins the history in 2003, with the introduction of a Debt Reduction Program. It misses the earlier history, the history of the Loan Remission Program, which was the Liberal program in place, axed by the new government when they came into power in 1999 - it was a $10 million a year program to help students. That program was completely set aside, replaced with the Millennium Scholarship, which it was never the intention of the federal government to have that money replace existing provincial monies. The government was able to get away with that, as was mentioned earlier, for four years before the Millennium Scholarship issue came to light.

There was an embarrassment for the government when it was realized that they had, in fact, shortchanged four years of our university students by removing other special debt reduction and aid. So there is a history here which is not nearly so positive. When the program was reintroduced in 2003, as the minister well knows, it came in at a mere $5 million which was half-strength, half the amount it had been previously. If we listen carefully to the minister's statement you'll see as well there is talk about the amount being a $7.6 million figure now, but in fact only $2.5 million has been awarded in help given to the 3,567 debt reduction applicants they have had.

The reason for that is the money they are setting aside is being prorated, so it's being banked for future years. As the students advance through their first, second, third and fourth years, the money is being set aside in a proper accounting manner, I'm sure, but less money is going back to the individuals who need it. Four years of our students were left with no help whatsoever. I think that is a shameful legacy, really, and to be boasting today about slowly beefing up this program - is it a dollar short and a day late? - well, four years late. That really does mask what's going on in the post-secondary area.

The idea of offering incentives and opportunities perhaps to keep our young people employed here in Nova Scotia, we do applaud, we think that is an excellent way to go. We have a declining population in Nova Scotia and in fact some bold measures are needed and this a very small measure. As I say, it moves in the right direction, but I would be remiss if I didn't point out what New Brunswick did over a year ago and that was they introduced a program called a Cash Tax Back program for university graduates which actually is worth up to $10,000 taken off their provincial tax, forgiven.

So these young people working and staying in New Brunswick, regardless of whether they have student loans, regardless of whether they attended a New Brunswick university or post-secondary area institution, are given up to $10,000 for staying and working in New Brunswick and they have over 20 years to achieve that total amount, because as we know, often young people starting to work aren't earning the highest amount, so they wouldn't be paying the highest amount of provincial tax. So they are given up to 20 years, which is very generous to realize the full amount of that benefit.

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That's our near neighbour, New Brunswick, that has taken some dramatic steps and it sends a strong signal to students that they want young people to come and work in New Brunswick and I think we need to do something a little bolder here in Nova Scotia, if we want to keep our young people working here. Salaries are lower than they are in other parts of Canada and there are, as we know, labour shortages in many of the other provinces - including Nova Scotia, I might add - in provinces like Alberta where the salaries are a lot higher. So we need to be bold and look for new ways to encourage young people to stay in our province.

Another issue that should be mentioned when we're talking about a program like this is that these benefits come after graduation and students will tell you their concern is today. They are struggling to get enough money to get enough loans, a lot of them are going to banks, lines of credit, personal loans that they have to incur and the reason for that is because of the high cost of education in Nova Scotia. We have really some of the best universities in the country, and we're fortunate for that, but with tuition going on average $2,000 higher than the Canadian average, for undergraduate education, our students are very stressed. Since the earlier member spoke of his personal experience, I'll mention that I have a daughter attending Acadia University this year for the first year and that is, I think the most expensive, certainly in Nova Scotia, and I think that makes it the most expensive undergraduate program in the country, and that's a great shame because these are wonderful institutions but they need more government assistance to control the kind of tuition they have to charge.

So students are looking for front-end help. For a young student in university, it looks like an eternity until they graduate and can imagine earning that kind of money, and enjoying the benefits of this Debt Reduction Program and I must say this much-reduced Debt Reduction Program, diminished Debt Reduction Program from what was previously in place, and $40 million were lost in the process for students in our province. So, with that, Mr. Speaker, thank you very much.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Human Resources.

HON. CAROLYN BOLIVAR-GETSON: Mr. Speaker, the participation of women in public decision making is a vital issue here in Nova Scotia.

In this House we make up fewer than 15 per cent of elected members. It isn't just the House of Assembly where Nova Scotia women are under-represented. The same holds true in almost every provincial and territorial Legislative Assembly and the municipal councils across Canada.

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If Nova Scotia women are to have a more meaningful say in the public policy that affects them, we need more women in decision-making positions.

Last year, the Advisory Council on the Status of Women teamed up with Mount Saint Vincent University to create a special program to help women prepare to meet a major challenge in public life. We hosted Atlantic Canada's first non-partisan campaign school for women. The 2004 school was a success, graduating 30 women who are ready to run in an election. Two of these women ran in a student election and won the positions they sought.

Mr. Speaker, this year, the campaign school takes place from December 2nd to 4th. Again, 30 women reflecting Nova Scotia women, in all their diversity, will be given tools needed to be ready to run for a seat in the federal, provincial and municipal elections. The one requirement is that they are interested in running for elected office.

I invite members in this House to check their mailboxes. Each member will have copies of the registration forms for the campaign school. Copies are also being made available through women's centres, and other contacts of the Advisory Council, as well as organizations representing the diversity of Nova Scotians. The Advisory Council's Web site also has a registration form, which you can download.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

MS. MAUREEN MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to have an opportunity to respond to the minister's statement on behalf of the NDP caucus. I want to thank the minister for an advanced copy of her statement. It's true, we have a very long way to go with respect to increasing the number of women who are elected to various representative assemblies, municipal, provincial and federal. It isn't the case that we just have few women in Nova Scotia, the Province of Nova Scotia has the lowest percentage of women elected of any of the provinces in the country. This is something that should concern us all if we want to be a more representative kind of place so we need to do much better.

People are always trying to understand why it is that women don't offer for elected office. There's quite a substantial body of assessment, analysis and study that is being done and many different ideas about why women don't run. One of the things I say is, if you look back historically in Nova Scotia, you'll see over quite a long period of time the dominant Parties of the day which until more recent times, thankfully- we've changed because of our presence- but the dominant Parties until probably the 1970s and 1980s were the Liberal and Tory Parties and they ran very few women candidates. I think now they're starting to change that practice.

Mr. Speaker, the fees last year for this election school that the Advisory Council offered were over $300; in my information I don't see that there are any fees. I'm hoping that there are no fees for this election school because we wouldn't want barriers to women of

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limited means. I did have an opportunity to participate last year and I'm hoping to do so again this year. I wish the election school every success. Thank you.

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

MS. DIANA WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, I am happy to reply to this ministerial statement as well. Certainly last year's experience with the campaign school for women was very positive and I know that a number of the women legislators here had an opportunity to participate in one element or another of the school that went on over several days. I think it was an invaluable experience for the women who were able to come and participate. It's very interesting to note that they were of all ages and from many corners of our province, so there was good representation from all sectors. As is noted in the statement, a couple of the young women have run for student government positions at the universities and have since been elected. I think they've become interested and engaged which is very important, especially when we talk about young women and younger people in general finding a relevancy in government and serving in any capacity either municipal, provincial or federal- I think that is very important.

Last year there was a concern about the cost for the school and I know it was raised here in the Legislature and I believe at the end of the day it was subsidized to some extent.

HON. CAROLYN BOLIVAR-GETSON: Completely.

MS. WHALEN: Completely? Okay, that's good. I've heard from the minister that it was eventually completely subsidized. I think that's appropriate, I hope the same will be happening again this year because it's money well invested to help. These are women who are leaders in their community, the young women will become leaders, they're on their way to that. They go home and they know a lot more and they can participate fully whether it's as campaign managers, behind the scenes or as candidates themselves. I think it provides tremendous skills to improve the capacity of our communities.

I think it's important that we congratulate the Advisory Council on the Status of Women for the initiative and also particularly Denise Moore who I know put in a lot of time and effort last year as it was being developed and I'm sure will be very involved again this year. I certainly enjoyed my participation in it and in terms of the participation of women in government I think it's very well worth noting that this year, with the arrival of the member for Chester-St. Margaret's, we now have seven women in the Legislature out of a total of 52, which is still a very small number. (Applause) I'm glad we can applaud that. It's still a very small number, although it is a record number for this Legislature. I think it's worth noting that that is something of significance. We do welcome her for that reason and others.

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At the same time, as I say, I think it's important that schools like this are held that are non-partisan, in that way encouraging women to be more active. In our own Party, the Liberal Party of Nova Scotia, we have 44 nominations complete this year, and at this time 11 of the nominated candidates are women. That's 25 per cent, and we hope it will go higher. Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. There's quite a bit of noise in the Chamber today. Order, please.

The honourable Minister of Health.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, I want to update my colleagues on the status of the provincial Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention, EIBI, treatment for children with autism, which government announced in December 2004. Since that time, qualified staff are being hired and trained across the province to offer EIBI's treatment through the province's nine district health authorities, the IWK Health Centre, and the Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres. The treatment is being delivered by qualified treatment teams consisting of EIBI support workers and a supervisor. Teams may also include psychologists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists and/or social workers.

Mr. Speaker, EIBI treatment may be provided in a variety of settings, including in the home, at daycares and preschools, and in other community environments. That's why moms and dads are also offered the opportunity to receive training to deliver EIBI to their children. This past July, treatment team members and families in Halifax were the first to receive training to deliver this treatment. Last month, training sessions for similar groups were given in Sydney for the Cape Breton area, Kentville for the Annapolis Valley, South Shore, and Cumberland areas.

It is also great to see that some children can receive treatment through the training process. In fact, the greatest news we're hearing about, Mr. Speaker, is the remarkable difference that this treatment is already making in the lives of those children who have started to receive this treatment through the training process.

Mr. Speaker, recently, I had the opportunity to view a videotape of a five-year-old boy, Jesse, who was one of the first to receive EIBI treatment in the Halifax area. I can attest to the positive results that Jesse and his family are experiencing as a direct result of this treatment. At the beginning of the treatment, this child had little meaningful interaction with his family. His behaviour was frequently unmanageable, with tantrums being commonplace. In addition, Jesse did not understand that the handful of words that made up his vocabulary could be used to communicate.

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Now, in just three short months, this little boy understands how to use over 60 words to communicate. This dramatic improvement in how he can express himself has also brought about significant improvements in his behaviour and ability to interact with his family. Mr. Speaker, the impact of EIBI treatment in the life of Jesse, in fact, prompted his seven-year-old sister to comment, "Mommy, it's like magic." Her mother agreed. This is not the only case that I've heard about. Another parent told us that this treatment is giving them hope and focus, something they have been starving for since diagnosis.

This is very powerful feedback, Mr. Speaker, and shows that we are indeed offering the right type of treatment to help these young children with autism. You may also remember Tracey and Gerard Avery and their five-year-old twin boys, Kyle and Brandon. This family was particularly dedicated in lobbying the province to fund EIBI treatment for children with autism. They, too, are enthusiastic about the positive changes they are seeing in both their children as a result of this treatment. They've said that they're excited to be part of this program and anticipate endless possibilities for their boys.

Mr. Speaker, we're in the early days of the program implementation and yet these families and others are seeing progress in their children and promises for the future; that is truly remarkable. Dr. Susan Bryson, who is a professor, Joan and Jack Craig Chair in Autism Research at the IWK Health Centre/Dalhousie University and external consultant to the Department of Health, has been involved in all aspects of the development of Nova Scotia's treatment model. She will also be monitoring the program in her capacity as external consultant to the department, in collaboration with EIBI clinical leaders and a network of treatment team members throughout the province.

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To date, the children who have received treatment have done so through the training process. As the skill level of the workers develops, more children will be able to receive treatment across the province. Our intent is to have this treatment in place and fully operational within the nine district health authorities, the IWK Health Centre, and the Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres within three years.

This treatment enhances other services already available for children with autism and their families across the province. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

MS. MAUREEN MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I'd like to thank the minister for providing an advance copy of his statement.

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It's always good news, I think, when children with special needs and their families are extended services that weren't provided previously because it gives these families and children in particular, an opportunity to develop, so they can participate fully in our province within their full capacity.

I would like to add that one of the families that has benefited lives in my constituency and was part of the group that worked so hard to get the government to adopt ASD therapies, and that was Jim Young. I saw Jim one day with his daughter, who was on a scooter, playing in the North End of Halifax. They both looked so happy. It made me feel very good because there were times when I remember Jim here, lobbying this government for these treatments, when he didn't look so happy because of the situation his family was facing.

What the minister hasn't told us in today's statement is exactly how many families and how many children have actually been able to get access to this therapy. How many are waiting? How many wanted to be in the program but didn't get access because this program is limited? How many will be accommodated at the end of three years?

I know my colleague, the member for Cape Breton Nova, has been working very closely with the Autism Society of Cape Breton. In that part of the province they have the highest number of children with autism and very few services. I would encourage the minister to provide a little more detail in the information he gives us, and that he do a better job of getting access to these services for families all around the province and not only here in the metropolitan area, although I do appreciate that the training is happening across the DHAs.

Mr. Speaker, as you well recognize, this program was a very long time in coming, partly because the minister was quite skeptical, that there was no evidence that this treatment works. So it is indeed a welcome sight to see the minister stand here today and talk about how much he has learned about the usefulness of this treatment. He, in fact, has learned what people in other provinces knew and what families who were able to pay privately were saying for some considerable period of time, that this treatment is very effective and that it can make a tremendous difference in the lives of children with autism.

We will continue to monitor the numbers of people who are waiting for this treatment and therapy and certainly we would encourage the government to implement a full program of service to families with autism as soon as that is possible.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Glace Bay.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise and respond to the ministerial statement regarding Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention treatment for children with autism. I thank the minister for providing his remarks in advance to our caucus. I can recall the day this program was announced in the Red Room, December 2, 2004, I

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believe it was. It was a good news day, but the sad fact was that a lot of families across this province would still be waiting for support despite the government's commitment. Brief comments regarding the Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention treatment program - it's effective, and we in the Liberal Caucus acknowledged that sometime ago and thankfully the government has responded. Its effectiveness has been shown in some of the comments the minister has made today. I think that's quite evident.

Mr. Speaker, we're pleased with the progress made to date; however, we look forward to some clarification as to whether the program is going to be fully operational in 2006 as promised in last year's announcement, or in 2007 as committed in the ministerial statement today. Thank you.

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

HON. JOHN HAMM (The Premier): Mr. Speaker, first of all, could I ask for the unanimous consent of the House to introduce a resolution with more than three whereases?

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 5183

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

Whereas pursuant to the House of Assembly Act, members of the Legislature receive an annual indemnity in tax-free allowance which is compensation for service as members; and

Whereas Section 45 of the said Act provides that the Speaker shall, after appropriate consultation, appoint a person or persons to make an inquiry and report respecting the indemnity allowance in salary to be paid to members pursuant to the said Act and the Executive Council Act; and

Whereas the report respecting the indemnity allowance in salary to be paid to members pursuant to the said Act is final and binding; and

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Whereas members of the House of Assembly request that the tax-free portion of their salaries should become transparent and taxable and therefore support substituting the tax-free allowance portion of their salary with a taxable salary amount equal to the real benefit to members of that tax-free allowance commencing January 1st, 2006; and

Whereas the House of Assembly requests the Internal Economy Board of the Legislature to advise the Speaker of an individual or individuals who could conduct an inquiry on the compensation package to which members are entitled in such directions as are necessary to ensure transparency of compensation to members; and

Whereas the House of Assembly requests that the inquiry shall be completed and a report provided within three months of the election of the next General Assembly with the intention that such report shall provide the basis for compensation to the members then elected; and

Whereas the House of Assembly requests that the Internal Economy Board defer any increase in franking and travel expenses for members until after completion of the contract either by negotiation or arbitration of travel expenses for civil servants pursuant to the Civil Service Collective Bargaining Act;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly endorse the Internal Economy Board and the Speaker taking the action contemplated by this resolution.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No? Order, please.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, on a point of order. I guess on this particular resolution I'm a little confused, I thought we had all-Party support for this resolution coming in here today. I was led to believe that for a matter of this importance, to this House and to the people of Nova Scotia, who should be aware of what reforms we're attempting to take place in this House in regard to the salaries and allowances of members, I would ask for a recorded vote.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The request for a recorded vote on a Notices of Motion would be out of order anyway, because we're actually asking the House for consensus to do away with the two-day notice that would allow the House to make a decision on the resolution today. I believe the request on behalf of the honourable member for Cape Breton South is out of order.

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The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: I would just say that I think members in good faith are trying to bring some reform to this House. It's obvious Nova Scotians want it and we can't even get a resolution through this House to do just that, to start the process. I, for one, am extremely disappointed by what has taken place here today.

MR. SPEAKER: There was a request for waiver of notice, there was a no and the notice is tabled.

The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 5184

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

Whereas diabetes is a serious condition affecting more than 2 million Canadians and is the leading cause of death by disease; and

Whereas there is a great need to raise funds for research into better methods of treatment and ultimately a cure; and

Whereas the Canadian Diabetes Association is focusing public attention on the need for funds for diabetes research, education, service and advocacy;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the month of November 2005 as Diabetes Awareness Month and thank all those Nova Scotians working with the Canadian Diabetes Association to increase awareness, education and funding for further research on this very serious condition.

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 Minister of Health.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Before I begin my notice of motion today, I would like to introduce in the gallery Ms. Tina Thibeau who is the communications advisor with the Department of Health and she is the recipient of an award which will be referenced in the resolution. I would ask all honourable members to welcome Tina to the House and you can understand why she's here today as I do the resolution.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 5185

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 Gemstone Awards are an annual gala hosted by the Canadian Public Relations Society to celebrate the best in communications strategies, materials and campaigns; and

Whereas this year Communications Nova Scotia and the Department of Health submitted their work on the Primary Health Care campaign which was led by Communications Advisor Tina Thibeau, and which included the development of several communications tools to increase awareness and understanding of primary health care, such as a primary health care DVD, brochure, and several fact sheets that highlight some of the wonderful primary health care activities happening across Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Nova Scotia's Primary Health Care Campaign won a Gemstone Award last night for the Best External Communications Program;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud Tina Thibeau, Communications Nova Scotia and the Department of Health for their receipt of this prestigious award.

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 Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 5186

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia School Boards Association works on behalf of the province's eight regional school boards; and

Whereas the association's executive director, Frank Barteaux, has just retired after eight years of dedicated service; and

Whereas Ken Meech, who has provided leadership in a variety of roles throughout the province, most notably as the CAO of the Halifax Regional Municipality and CEO of the Strait Regional School Board, has now been appointed to succeed Frank as executive director of the NSSBA;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Frank Barteaux on his retirement and at the same time wish Ken Meech all the best in his new position.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, before I go into the resolution, I just wanted to underline the apples that you find on your desk and thank the Fruit Growers' Association of Nova Scotia for their helping us to get through the day.

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

RESOLUTION NO. 5187

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

Whereas the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers' Association signed an agreement today, November 3rd, that will assist Nova Scotia apple growers plan for the future by planting a new variety of apples - the Honey Crisp; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers' Association, which has been in existence since before Confederation, has a strategy to revitalize the tree fruit sector; and

Whereas the provincial government is investing $235,000 annually, for five years, to help Nova Scotia apple growers plant about 240 hectares of Honey Crisp apple trees;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers' Association for initiating a long-term strategy for the Nova Scotia apple industry and recognizing opportunities for the Honey Crisp apple in both the domestic and export markets.

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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. 5188

HON. CECIL CLARKE: 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 Halifax Regional Municipality launched Phase I on its new MetroLink service in August 21, 2005; and

Whereas the limited stop and fully accessible commuter service between the urban core and Sackville and Cole Harbour is an instant success, expected to result in a 750,000 kilogram reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2007; and

Whereas the Department of Energy is pleased to provide support to this project which encourages energy conscious alternative models of transportation, providing bike racks and new buses developing new and existing bike paths to MetroLink terminals and creating Park & Ride spaces;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the HRM for the MetroLink project and the reductions it will make in Nova Scotia's greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 5189

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

Whereas Literacy Nova Scotia, the provincial literacy coalition, supports people and organizations involved in adult education, and advocates on behalf of the adult literacy community; and

Whereas Literacy Nova Scotia has declared November 7th through November 11th as Literacy Action Week, with the theme this year of Hear Our Voices, and the goal of promoting literacy awareness to government officials; and

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Whereas government values the voices of learners, literacy workers, literacy organizations and literacy supporters and recognizes that literacy is an essential skill underlying the province's economic and social prosperity;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Literacy Nova Scotia and its members on their commitment to adult literacy in the province and their efforts to raise the awareness, in all levels of government, of the importance of literacy in our society.

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. 277 - Entitled an Act to Make Communities and Neighbourhoods Safer. (Hon. Michael Baker)

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

The honourable Minister of Justice on an introduction.

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, I believe they may still be here - there were two visitors at least, in the House here, who attended for the introduction of the bill and I would like to acknowledge their presence here in the House. They are HRM councillors, Patrick Murphy and Dawn Sloane. Thank you. (Applause)

NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton Centre.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5190

MR. FRANK CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Mount Kilimanjaro, located on the northeastern tip of Tanzania, Africa, is one of the highest free-standing mountains in the world, extending almost 6,000 metres above sea level; and

Whereas Feed Nova Scotia is sponsoring a hunger hike, asking 20 participants to pledge toward raising funds for charity by climbing this formidable mountain; and

Whereas 78-year-old adventurer, military retiree and former teacher, Frank Reesor, of Dartmouth has responded to the challenge by committing to make the trip in February 2006, to raise $10,000 in pledges for Feed Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House extend accolades to Frank Reesor for the brave undertaking of hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, and wish him much success as he raises funds for Feed Nova Scotia, a worthy and noble cause.

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. 5191

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

Whereas the protection of Crown land is both an environmental and cultural necessity in Nova Scotia; and

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Whereas Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes is an area of our province containing rare plants and animals, as well as hiking trails and beautiful waterways; and

Whereas our province has precious few of these gems in the urban corridor remaining for public use;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly encourage government to take an active role in the preservation of lands, and, in particular, Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes.

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 Kings North.

RESOLUTION NO. 5192

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

Whereas Gladys Porter was the first female MLA to be elected to the House of Assembly; and

Whereas Gladys Porter served with distinction as the mayor of Kentville; and

Whereas Gladys Porter represented the riding of Kings North diligently and faithfully;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend the citizens of Kings North for electing the first female MLA to this House, an MLA who was a proud Progressive Conservative.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 5193

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

Whereas the Internal Economy Board of this Legislature, a committee of MLAs, usually dominated by the government Party of the day, meets behind closed doors to establish the various allowances and expenses for elected officers of the House; and

Whereas this practice is repugnant in a democratic system of representative government, which prides itself on openness and transparency; and

Whereas in recent years this secretive process has been used as a backdoor route to address the salaries of members of this Legislature, after the Premier rejected recommendations from two independent commissioners on MLA pay;

Therefore be it resolved that the Internal Economy Board of this Legislature be directed to conduct all future meetings in public and with transcripts, except during discussions of personal privacy.

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.

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The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, obviously the previous one was damage control. (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

RESOLUTION NO. 5194

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

Whereas Shawn Martell's dream is to be able to attend Cape Breton University, live in residence and earn a business degree; and

Whereas while the Labour Market Agreement has enabled Shawn to fulfill part of his dream, the Department of Health has failed to provide attendant care so that Shawn can live on campus; and

Whereas Student Union President Scott Thomas has volunteered to defer two months' salary to pay third-year nursing students to care for Shawn Martell in residence, so that he may be able to stay two or three nights a week;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Student Union President Scott Thomas for his most generous donation, and give Shawn Martell our best wishes as he begins to fulfill his dream.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The honourable member for Dartmouth North.

RESOLUTION NO. 5195

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

Whereas the Department of Community Services has set the shelter rates for Nova Scotians receiving social assistance; and

Whereas the rates set by the department do not reflect the real cost of shelter in many regions of the province; and

Whereas many Nova Scotians receiving social assistance must use 10 per cent to 20 per cent or more of their food budget to supplement their shelter needs to avoid living in a slum;

Therefore be it resolved that this Legislature urge the Department of Community Services to provide clients with a list of housing units that are not slums and meet the budget amount allotted by the department.

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 Preston.

MR. KEITH COLWELL: Mr. Speaker, with your permission, I would like to do an introduction. In the west gallery we have three neurosurgery nurses, Lynne Fenerty, Leslie Feltmate, and Paula Taylor, and from Child Safety Link at the IWK we have Merida McNeil and John Bessonette, who is a paramedic with EHS. They have distributed two information booklets to all MLAs dealing with injury prevention - A Parent's Guide to Helmet and Recreation Safety developed by the Child Safety Link and Partners in Children's safety, sponsored by EMERA and the IWK Health Centre. The other one is The Economic Burden of Unintentional Injury in Atlantic Canada developed by Atlantic Network of Injury Prevention and Smart Risk. I would ask them to rise and receive a warm welcome from the House. (Applause).

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Preston.

RESOLUTION NO. 5196

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

Whereas the Motor Vehicle Act encourages safety for bicyclists but fails to enforce safety prevention for those who use skateboards, roller blades and scooters; and

Whereas head injuries are a huge strain on the health care system and are costly to all Nova Scotians, both financially and emotionally, with over 42,000 cyclist-related injuries occurring in one four-year period at a cost upwards to $4 million dollars per head injury; and

Whereas one helmet costs an individual roughly forty dollars and could prevent many injuries of youth who use skateboards, roller blades and scooters, and this simple requirement would, in turn, save the province a great amount of health care dollars, and families would be less affected by cases of severe head injuries.

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly acknowledge the importance of safety for all youth, and force skateboarders and similar riders to wear helmets on any property, and provide support to those who try to protect the safety of youth 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.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Education.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5197

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

Whereas the Isgonish Chapter of the IODE celebrated its Golden Anniversary on October 1, 2005; and

Whereas the Isgonish Chapter came into being on September 27, 1955, with 13 of the 17 "vivacious, young, intelligent" women who were charter members present at the first meeting; and

Whereas during its 50 years, the Isgonish Chapter of the IODE has made a multitude of significant contributions to its community, particularly in health, education, heritage and citizenship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Isgonish Chapter of the IODE on its 50th Anniversary, thank it for its extraordinary contributions to its community and wish it continued success in the future.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

Order, please.

The honourable member for Halifax Atlantic.

RESOLUTION NO. 5198

MS. MICHELE RAYMOND: 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 on October 24th, the honourable Minister of Health declared in this House that breast feeding is proven to be the safest and healthiest way to care for a new baby - with numerous benefits to both child and mother and that the government is renewing its efforts to support breastfeeding mothers and families."; and

Whereas the Single Parent Centre in Spryfield has been training doulas, or new mother's mentors for more than 10 years now so that 80 per cent of mothers at the centre are still nursing their infants at least 30 days post-partum; and

Whereas funding for this program has been cut by 65 per cent in the past four years.

Therefore be it resolved that this House make action follow words and restore funding for the doula program, which enhances physical and mental health of both mother and child.

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 Clare.

RESOLUTION NO. 5199

MR. WAYNE GAUDET: Monsieur le President, par la presence, j'avise que je proposerai à une date ultérieure, l'adoption de la resolution suivante:

Attendu que des lien étroits existent entre la communauté acadienne de la Baie Sainte-Marie et les communautés acadiennes de la Louisiane; et

Attendu que les communautés acadiennes du sud de la Louisiane ont été durement éprouvées par les ouragans qui ont frappé les côtés du golfe du Mexique; et

Attendu que le comité Aide-Louisiane sous la présidence de Monsieur Armbroise Comeau a ramassé la somme de 12, 150$ avec l'aide de plusieurs personnes bénévoles et d'organisations;

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Qu'il soit résolu que cette assembleé félicite le comité, les personnes bénévoles et la communauté de la Baie Sainte-Marie qui est venu en aide à la communauté acadienne de la Louisiane.

Monsieur le Président, je propose l'adoption de cette résolution sans préavis et sans débats.

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

Whereas close historical and cultural ties exist between the Acadian community in Clare and the Cajun communities in Louisiana; and

Whereas the Cajun communities of southern Louisiana were severely hit by Hurricane Katrina along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico; and

Whereas le comité Aide-Louisiane under the presidency of Ambroise Comeau raised $12,150 with the help of many volunteers and various organizations;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate le comité Aid-Louisiane, the many volunteers and the community of Clare who raised funds to help their Cajun cousins.

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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 Timberlea-Prospect.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5200

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 Friends for Life Child Care Centre is now open on the Prospect Road; and

Whereas this community-owned and operated business is providing a valuable service to the Prospect Road area; and

Whereas the staff's thoroughly professional approach is appreciated by parents of children attending this centre;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate all involved with the Friends for Life Child Care Centre with best wishes for much success 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 Annapolis on an introduction.

MR. STEPHEN MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, I would like to draw the attention of the House to the Speaker's Gallery where my niece, Patricia Leigh Murray, is here today. Patricia Leigh is a social worker in a long-term care facility in Halifax and she's here to add support to the administrators and managers of long-term care facilities around Nova Scotia who have come to join us today to bring attention to their plight and their struggle for fair compensation. So I would ask the House to greet my niece with a warm welcome as well as all the administrators who are in Halifax today. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: We certainly welcome our special guests to the gallery today.

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The honourable member for Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 5201

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

Whereas Pat McDougall has been a valued employee of the Annapolis County Municipal Housing Corporation as administrator for the Adult Residential Centre for 19 years; and

Whereas her concern for the well-being of the residents, support and commitment to the staff, and dedicated service to the board has been exemplary; and

Whereas her willingness to go the extra mile, her leadership in the continuing care community, and her attention to detail have been valued and greatly appreciated;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly wish Pat McDougall health and happiness on her deserved retirement.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova.

RESOLUTION NO. 5202

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

Whereas on October 29 and October 30, 2005, in the City of Sydney, Nova Scotia, the inaugural Cape Breton Fiddler's Run, whose main goal is to promote healthy living, took place; and

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Whereas on Saturday, October 29th, 523 students made their mark in the streets of downtown Sydney in the Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run; and

Whereas on Sunday, October 30th, 570 runners took to the streets, participating in events including a five kilometre community health challenge, a 10 kilometre run, a half marathon and a full marathon;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly congratulate the organizers, volunteers and all the participants who played a part in this momentous weekend, for not only helping to raise money for the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation for the purchase of incubators for the neonatal unit, but also putting Cape Breton on the running map for years to come.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried

The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 5203

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

Whereas Alex Livingston, a painter and resident of North End Halifax, recently exhibited a collection of his work entitled "Alex Livingston: Paintings 1985-2005" at the Dalhousie Art Gallery; and

Whereas James MacSwain, a video artist and filmmaker, and also a North End resident, was recently recognized by the Centre for Art Tapes with a retrospective of his work called "Little Known Curious Fables"; and

Whereas Alex Livingston and James MacSwain were each the subject of an appreciative article in the Summer 2005 issue of Visual Arts News;

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Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate Alex Livingston and James MacSwain on their artistic accomplishments and hope that they will continue to contribute to the culture of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park.

RESOLUTION NO. 5204

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

Whereas athletes, coaches and managers from Nova Scotia travelled to Regina in August for the 43rd Canada Summer Games; and

Whereas Maurice Fares of Halifax represented our province competing in men's volleyball against the strongest athletes throughout Canada; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia members demonstrated integrity and sportsmanship in their respective competitions and made our province proud, bringing home 46 medals from the 2005 Canada Summer Games;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Maurice Fares, recognize the commitment it takes to perform at this elite level and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

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Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth North.

RESOLUTION NO. 5205

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

Whereas the North Dartmouth Echo has celebrated its 1st Anniversary as community newspaper; and

Whereas this community newspaper exists to make sure the good news gets out and that the community has a chance to share its activities and success; and

Whereas the community newspaper has received excellent reviews from readers and more members of the community are now providing input through articles;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly congratulate Sandi Marche, Doris Wournell, Sylvia Anthony, Karl Nightingale, Janice Silver, Gail MacNeil, Scott Rumley, Claudia Levy, Marilyn Smith, Wendy Stevens and Rebecca Douglass, members of the newspaper society for a job well done.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 5206

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

Whereas World Teachers Day was celebrated on October 5, 2005 to promote a world-wide awareness, understanding and appreciation for the vital contributions that teachers make to education and development; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia Teachers Union used World Teachers Day to launch its appeal to raise money for the families of teachers in areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina; and

Whereas money raised will go to a solidarity fund for teachers in Louisiana and Mississippi;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize World Teachers Day as well as the Nova Scotia Teachers Union for helping their neighbours in their time of need.

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. 5207

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

Whereas on Sunday, October 23, 2005, at the Susan MacEachern Memorial Ballpark in Sydney, Nova Scotia, the Cape Breton University Capers men's baseball team captured the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association championship; and

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Whereas the Capers completed round robin play with a record of 2-0; and

Whereas the Capers defeated the Ottawa Gee-Gees 2-0 in their playoff game and then defeated the York Lions by a score of 1-0 in the championship game;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the Legislative Assembly congratulate the Cape Breton University Capers men's baseball team on capturing the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association championship, making it known that Cape Breton University is a force to be reckoned with within the intercollegiate world of athletics.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Clare.

RESOLUTION NO. 5208

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

Whereas on Saturday, September 24, 2005, Vintage Farm Inc. organized a Tracey Graves Memorial Trail Ride and Pork Barbecue in Southville; and

Whereas the event raised over $3,000 for the Children's Wish Foundation; and

Whereas Vintage Farms, along with a group of volunteers, organized a full slate of events for this special occasion;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly express their congratulations and gratitude to the Vintage Farms and volunteers for supporting the Children's Wish Foundation.

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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 Glace Bay.

RESOLUTION NO. 5209

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 each November 11th, deserving members of the Canadian Forces are selected to stand sentry at the National War Memorial, during the National Remembrance Day Parade; and

Whereas all members selected must have a minimum number of years of service, as well as a record of exemplary conduct; and

Whereas Scott Devereaux, currently stationed at CFB Gagetown, and from Glace Bay, has been selected by the Canadian Forces as one of six Canadians honoured to serve as part of their Remembrance Day Sentry, on Friday, November 11th;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Scott Devereaux, on this distinct honour and wish him all the very best in his future endeavours.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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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

ORAL QUESTIONS PUT BY MEMBERS

MR. SPEAKER: Question Period will begin at 3:41 p.m. and end at 4:41 p.m.

The honourable member for Sackville-Cobequid.

HEALTH: CANCER TREATMENT - STAFF SHORTAGES/WAIT TIMES

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): Mr. Speaker, my question this afternoon is for the Minister of Health. Earlier this week our Party brought up the concerns of the Canadian Cancer Society, regarding the unacceptable waits for cancer treatment in this province. These concerns follow the departure of a medical oncologist from the province and the recent revelation that another oncologist has asked to be placed on leave.

Dr. Daniel Rayson was interviewed on CBC Radio this morning and he said the cancer division is in real crisis, and because of the lack of resources, many are looking elsewhere. So my question to the minister is, why has his department for over two years ignored the pleas from an oncologist, to address the staff shortages and growing wait times?

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, we have worked with Cancer Care Nova Scotia. We are currently reviewing with them proposals that they have with respect to enhancing the cancer care with the province. We have approved three additional oncologists, one of who will arrive in January of this year to begin service and they are actively recruiting for two more. We will be incorporating the advice of Cancer Care Nova Scotia into the business planning process for the coming year.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): Mr. Speaker, by Dr. Rayson's own description, this province lurches from crisis to crisis, instead of planning. Other provinces have put plans in place to deal with the growing cancer rate; British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador all have found ways to meet the problem head on. In fact, British Columbia started planning in 1992, and guess what, their cancer treatment wait times are stable. Will the minister explain to this House why his department is allowing this situation to spiral so far out of hand, instead of giving it the attention it deserves?

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MR. MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, we indeed are working with Cancer Care Nova Scotia, and we, as I indicated, have approved additional oncologists to come to Nova Scotia, but we are part of a challenge that exists right across the county. The number of oncologists graduating does not fit the long-term needs, but we will be filling the positions that are available. We will be working with Cancer Care Nova Scotia, with respect to the business planning process next year, and I look forward to some real progress being made in this regard.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): We have oncologists who are ready to leave this province now. Nothing about retention and attraction, they're going to leave now. Cancer specialists and their support staff are burning out, as Doctor Rayson points out, and if one more doctor leaves this system, wait times will triple - Mr. Speaker, I said triple - and that's a dangerous thing to have in this province. The Liberal Government left cancer treatment in a state of chaos in the 1990s. This government has had its chance to do better.

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MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. For some reason there's an awful lot of noise today in the House. It's very hard to hear the speakers on the floor. I'd ask if the members have to talk that they please go outside.

The honourable member for Sackville-Cobequid.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): This government has had its chance to do better but patients have seen little improvement in this system. I ask the Minister of Health, when will his department get their heads out of the sand, listen to the front-line medical staff and put a plan in place to stop the long waits for cancer treatment in this province?

MR. MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, we are working to address the problem discussed by the honourable member. We, as I've indicated, have received from Cancer Care Nova Scotia a plan, which we are working into the business plan for the future and future budgets. We will be making this a priority with respect to the next budget year. It is a priority now because in the meantime we have approved three additional oncologists for the province, one of which will come onstream in January and the others are being actively recruited as we speak. We are determined to make progress with respect to this and we're working very hard with Cancer Care Nova Scotia to achieve just that.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Richmond.

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NAT. RES. - ATVs: CAUCUS SUPPORT - DEMAND

MR. MICHEL SAMSON: Mr. Speaker, over the next few months and years pundits will be discussing the Premier's legacy. It's becoming more apparent that the Premier's legacy is one of calculated half measures and full retreats; whether it's video lottery terminals, all-terrain vehicles or the crisis in health care, the Premier can't seem to follow through on any substantive policy. What will be this Premier's last House session? His backbenchers seem to be planning a caucus revolt much like they did back in the Winter of 1999. In this case, the revolt is about children's safety. (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

The honourable member for Richmond.

MR. MICHEL SAMSON: I know that the issue of children's safety is amusing to some members on the government side. It's certainly not amusing to Nova Scotians, to the 30 organizations that came to this House yesterday to plead with the government to finally do the right thing and put children's safety first. My question to the Premier, on an issue that affects the safety of children, why is the Premier not demanding full caucus support for measures to enhance child safety in our province?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I refer that to the minister responsible.

HON. RICHARD HURLBURT: Mr. Speaker, through you to the member opposite and all members, we have a bill in the House and it is to protect the children of this province.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. I'd ask the members in regard to the questions and answers to not be directed to bills present before this House.

The honourable member for Richmond.

MR. SAMSON: Mr. Speaker, we know that the Premier is a family physician. He has seen what his colleagues in that profession have said about child safety and the fact that his government hasn't gone far enough. There can never be a compromise when it comes to child safety regardless of where you live in this province. His own caucus chair will not even indicate which way he'll vote. The Premier is still the Premier until February 11th, 2006 but there already seems to be a lack of direction on this issue. The only two doctors who haven't accepted that the Premier's stance is not good enough is the Premier himself and the imaginary doctor from Yarmouth that the Minister of Natural Resources refuses to identify. Nova Scotians are looking for leadership on such an important issue. My question to the Premier is, will the Premier do the right thing and put child safety first by making sure that the appropriate measures are brought forward to address this issue?

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THE PREMIER: I will remind the Leader in the House of the Liberal Party that the bill that the government tabled conforms with the recommendation of the task force and with one minor adjustment. The task force did provide that riders under 14 years of age, under appropriate supervision, could in fact be on OHVs. We extended that to include young drivers, fully trained, with direct adult visual supervision, with the adult being fully trained, on private property, and on a machine that is designed for a rider of that size.

MR. MICHEL SAMSON: Mr. Speaker, over 30 organizations came to this House yesterday. They are not political organizations. They are Nova Scotians. They are professionals in their own field, they came here of their own free will, they came here because they're concerned about an issue. Some of them have seen children die. A retired RCMP officer said he was tired of having to go to the doorsteps of parents to say that their children had been killed in such an accident. We cannot be perfect as legislators, but it is our duty to do what we can to put legislation in place to try to protect children's safety. Your measures to date, Mr. Premier, have been resoundingly rejected, by professionals, by people of your own profession. I ask you again today, will you do the right thing and strengthen measures to ensure that we can do everything possible as legislators to ensure child safety when it comes to off-highway vehicles in this province?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, the member opposite is right, this is a serious issue. The safety of children is paramount in the minds of all members of this House. We do have a disagreement as to the best way in which to enforce child safety. One of the things that we have to avoid is young people riding on machines that were designed for adults. The action plan that this government has put forward allows that to happen; as a matter of fact, it legislates it to happen.

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

HEALTH - CARE SECTOR: MGT./ADMIN. WAGES - REPORT TABLE

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Health. In February 2003, the Department of Health commissioned an independent study of management and administration wages in the continuing care sector, many of them in the gallery today. The study found that all 567 positions studied are underpaid by the Department of Health's funding formula for nursing homes. These findings were given to the minister in December and, so far, no action has been taken to address this issue, and the report has not been released publicly. My question to the Minister of Health is, will he table the report in the Legislature today?

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, the contents of the reports and recommendations from my department are currently before Treasury and Policy Board. I anticipate some results coming from that process in the very near future.

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MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): Mr. Speaker, this government prides itself on issuing studies and commissions, but rarely acts on them. These low wages are impacting the recruitment and retention in continuing care. Nursing homes are applying the minimum standards to positions because they can't attract well-trained staff. When you have minimum standards for administration in nursing homes, you're at high risk for poor resident care, plain and simple. So I ask the Minister of Health, when will his department address these low wages so nursing homes can recruit well-qualified professionals to care for our seniors?

MR. MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, as I indicated in response to the honourable member's first question, it is a matter that is currently before Treasury and Policy Board. It is a matter that I anticipate coming forward to Cabinet in the near future. We recognize the need to address this problem, and the proposals that are under consideration will, in fact, do that.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): Mr. Speaker, many of those individuals who work in that field have been told by this government that these issues and their concerns would be addressed by now. Nursing homes are reporting that positions are remaining vacant for months because people can't earn the money as they do in the acute care sector or other settings. These wages are impacting dietary, maintenance managers, therapists, and care managers, people who make sure our seniors are properly treated. My question to the Minister of Health is, don't our elderly nursing home residents deserve care from the most qualified and dedicated staff, and how is he going to make sure this happens?

MR. MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, the proposals that are under consideration and other factors that we are looking at will in fact address this problem, not only in the continuing care sector but in the acute care sector as well.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Glace Bay.

HEALTH: CONTINUING CARE COMPENSATION REVIEW - TABLE

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, while the good member for Sackville-Cobequid tried, but to no avail, let me give it a shot. My question is also for the Minister of Health.

We know that continuing care is a sector within our health care system that oftentimes doesn't get the attention that it deserves. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, employees in nursing homes and homes for special care right across this province provide first-rate care to frail and vulnerable citizens. Mr. Speaker, we have asked administrators and directors within these facilities to do a lot without providing the proper recognition and resources to do so. On December 23, 2004, the Minister of Health was provided a report entitled the Continuing Care Compensation Review final report. The sector

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was told in the Spring that the minister had accepted the recommendations - the report is yet to be released. So my question to the minister is, despite accepting the recommendations in that report, why has it not yet been released to the continuing care sector?

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, as I previously indicated, we in fact are dealing with this issue before Treasury and Policy Board. I anticipate being able to bring recommendations to Cabinet in the near future.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, you know, the guests in the gallery who are here today are not here because they care for themselves. If that was the case, they probably would have left their current positions long ago. They're here because they care for the patients. That's why they're here. (Applause)

Mr. Speaker, on December 23, 2004, the minister received the report. In April of this year the department wrote to facilities and told them that you accepted the recommendations in the report. In June the minister wrote the Nova Scotia Association on Health Organizations, once again confirming his acceptance, and on October 11th the deputy minister wrote the group and told them an additional analysis - an intergovernmental review - was required. So my question to the minister is, why is the Minister of Health doing additional analysis on a report that he has already accepted?

MR. MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, we recognize that the situation the honourable member brings before the House today is, indeed, one that deserves our very closest consideration and we want to move with respect to recommendations and we want to address this. When we address it, we want to make sure that we're doing the very best possible job of addressing it so that these institutions can, in fact, compensate their management at appropriate levels.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, yesterday the minister stood in this House and tabled his strategy on elder abuse, and part of the strategy requires administrators to protect patients and residents from abuse and neglect - a job, I'm certain, they do every day. However, adequately adhering to the minister's strategy becomes more and more difficult if facilities are unable to hire and retain well-qualified and experienced individuals to do so. So my final question to the minister is - and it's not difficult to answer - could the minister please give a definitive date as to when he will release the Continuing Care Compensation Review final report, a report that the minister has already accepted?

MR. MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, we will in the very near future and, as I indicated, it is before Treasury and Policy Board and I anticipate being able to bring a recommendation to Cabinet that will address this issue as well as the issue of compensation for managers in the acute care sector. We recognize that this is something that needs to be addressed and when we address it in the very near future, we're going to do so in an appropriate manner.

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton Centre.

NAT. RES. - XSTRATA: DONKIN MINE - SUITABILITY

MR. FRANK CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, my question through you is to the Minister of Natural Resources. Swiss-based Xstrata is one of the three bidders under consideration for opening the Donkin Mine. As the largest producer of thermal coal in the world, Xstrata is well known in the resource industry but, more interestingly, they are known by who some of their companies are, and one of the largest shareholders is Glencore, a company that holds a 40 per cent stake in Xstrata. Glencore was founded in 1974, by Mark Rich, who became a fugitive from U.S. Justice when he was charged with embargo-busting in Iran in 1983. Rich was pardoned by Bill Clinton on the last day of the administration. Last week, the UN released its report on investigation of kickbacks into the Iran Government through Oil-for-Food Program. In that report Xstrata's major shareholder was mentioned no less than 250 times. So my question to the minister is, do we really want that type of company doing business in Nova Scotia?

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HON. RICHARD HURLBURT: Mr. Speaker, what we did is we had proposal calls for the Donkin resource. We've evaluated the three proposals that are in. What we want is a good solid company that's going to use the resource from our province and create jobs in this province.

MR. CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, if that's what he calls a good company, let's tell him a bit more about Xstrata and how they do business worldwide because one of their big problems is around health and safety. Xstrata is now appealing a previous conviction in a case that could have a serious impact on OH&S legislation in Australia. They're challenging the government's power to bring criminal prosecutions against employers for workplace death and injury. Just because the company shows interest, doesn't mean we should welcome them with open arms. We've have had enough Clifford Frames. We've had enough Westrays. Why would this minister allow a company like Xstrata to bid on our natural resources?

MR. HURLBURT: Mr. Speaker, through you to the member and all members, this government has an open process and we have an open tendering process and that's exactly what we got. We got three proposals in. We're evaluating those proposals and I will be taking those proposals to my Cabinet colleagues.

MR. CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, nobody in this House, especially anybody from Pictou County, Inverness County, Springhill or Cape Breton, has to know any more about the amount of blood that's on the coal in this province, and this minister should know better. If you're going to allow a company like this to come in and take away our natural resources,

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you tell us why, tell us why you're allowing this company to bid on natural resources, like coal?

MR. HURLBURT: Mr. Speaker, I must look on my nameplate, I think I'm still the Minister of Natural Resources. I have not made a decision, and I have not taken it to my Cabinet colleagues. Until that decision is made, I don't know where this member is speaking from.

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

HEALTH - LYME DISEASE: THREAT - CONCERNS

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): Mr. Speaker, my question again is for the Minister of Health. We learned yesterday that officials found a significant number of deer ticks in the Admiral Cove Park in Bedford. This is the first large number found outside Lunenburg County. Deer ticks can carry Lyme disease and any spread in tick population means that Lyme disease is a possible threat. So my question to the Minister of Health is, the deer tick population is clearly spreading throughout the province, when will his department finally start taking Lyme disease more seriously?

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, we take Lyme disease, very seriously. As a matter of fact, had we not in place a process to detect the existence of these ticks, we would not be talking about that today. It demonstrates that the process we have in place works, and it works very well. It's unfortunate that the tick is spreading, but I can tell you that when it does spread, we have the capacity to know where it is and we will be informing Nova Scotians about that.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): Mr. Speaker, Nova Scotians who have contracted Lyme disease inside this province feel nobody is taking them seriously because of their symptoms that had taken so long to appear. People had to go to the United States for diagnosis before they could get help. In an article in today's paper, public health officials are still downplaying the risks of getting Lyme disease in Nova Scotia. My question to the minister is, now that his department knows the deer tick population is spreading, why don't they start putting better policies in place to address diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease?

MR. MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, when it comes to the work of medical professionals and the treatment of disease, I'm going to take the advice of professionals. The advice that we get from the professionals is the advice that we are following. We're doing so, methodically and correctly. We're not going to allow ourselves to become part of the hysteria that this honourable member is trying to spread throughout the province.

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MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): Mr. Speaker, I'm sure the people of Nova Scotia who have Lyme disease will be encouraged by the member's comments. The vast majority of Lyme disease cases in the United States are in the eastern states, and we know it's spreading further north. The longer Lyme disease goes undiagnosed, the more serious it becomes for those patients inflicted with it. My final question to the minister is, so far the health system has proven itself unprepared to diagnosis Lyme disease when it occurs, so what action will the minister take to ensure this province is ready to handle an increase in potential infections of patients with Lyme disease?

MR. MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, I've already indicated to the House that there are appropriate methods of treatment in place with respect to Lyme disease. The honourable member knows this is a very new disease to this province. The good news that I can communicate to the House today is that the ticks that were found most recently were negative for Lyme disease. Now that is good news in the short term. The challenge, of course, is the fact that the population of ticks that can carry Lyme disease is increasing in the province. We will, in fact, be very vigilant about detection and about appropriate methods of treatment of Lyme disease and the diagnosis of Lyme disease.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Kings West.

NAT. RES. - ATVs: AGE RESTRICTIONS - IMPLEMENT

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, last night in debate, the Progressive Conservative member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley compared driving ATVs to playing checkers. We also heard from that side of the House that a ban for children would lead to higher injury rates and deaths. Well, with logic like that, it's no wonder we aren't getting anywhere with this government on the issue of safety and age restrictions for children. The Progressive Conservatives just don't get it. While it is true that there are many responsible parents and families in Nova Scotia, and while it is true that education, supervision and proper training are vital, there are still those who do not realize the dangers of these machines, and children who cannot understand the concerns being voiced by their parents, because, after all, there aren't any laws that say they can't drive, so they must be okay.

My question to the Minister of Natural Resources is, when will you provide parents in Nova Scotia with the support they deserve to keep their kids, under 14, off any size machine?

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. That question is directly related to a bill that's before the House. I would ask the honourable member for Kings West to rephrase the question.

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The honourable member for Kings West.

MR. GLAVINE: When will you provide parents in Nova Scotia with the support that their kids deserve?

HON. RICHARD HURLBURT: Mr. Speaker, through you, to the member and to all members, this government has an action plan in place. We're going to be doing proper training, education and supervision for all the children in this province.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. Again, the question and answer are directly related to a bill that's before the House. If the honourable members want to ask some general questions related to safety or whatever around that issue, that's fine, but specific questions and answers towards that bill are not accepted, other than in second reading.

The honourable member for Kings West.

MR. GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, the doctors across the province, with the exception of the minister's mythical doctor friend, who we still can't seem to get a name for, have begged for age restrictions. Just as recently as Tuesday, they were calling the government's thinking on this appalling. The minister and the Premier say that age restrictions would never be enforceable. Then we hear the director of enforcement for the province say that he and his team can and will enforce whatever the laws are that the government puts in place. My question to the minister is, why do you continue to make the excuse that age restrictions can't be enforced when the experts in that area, those who will be called upon to enforce any restrictions, are telling you that they can and will enforce these restrictions?

MR. SPEAKER: I'll be glad when we get to second reading of this bill. (Interruptions) I think we're going to do it now.

MR. HURLBURT: Mr. Speaker, I think this government has shown action; 37 of the 39 recommendations are in our action plan.

MR. GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, the fact is the Premier has no faith in his government's ability to enforce laws put in place to protect Nova Scotians. With the Progressive Conservative logic, there wouldn't be laws to restrict children from driving automobiles, there wouldn't be laws to protect children from child abuse and so on. Apparently, without the consensus from the offenders there isn't much sense in putting laws in place at all. My final question to the minister is, when will your government realize its failure and immediately implement the recommendations of the task force's truly balanced approached?

MR. HURLBURT: Mr. Speaker, it's very difficult to answer some of these questions because number one, the member is not listening, number two, we have an action plan in place and we are implementing 37 of the 39 recommendations. In the action plan it's

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supervision, it's training, it's proper equipment, I don't know, but maybe I'll do a briefing to the individual separately if he needs it.

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

IMMIGRATION - ESL TRAINING: FUNDING - ADEQUACY

MR. KEVIN DEVEAUX: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Immigration. A recent Statistics Canada survey showed that three-quarters of the immigrants to Canada who have either English or French as their first language find a job within six months of arriving in Canada. Now, the statistics for those who do not speak English or French very well as immigrants is that only one-sixth of them find a job within the first six months. Clearly, language training is an issue for those immigrants. Nova Scotia talks about wanting to increase the number of immigrants we have so it's only logical that we should be talking about appropriate language training for immigrants who want to come here. My question to the Minister of Immigration is, if immigration, and more immigrants, is a priority for this province, why are we spending so little on English as a Second Language training?

HON. RODNEY MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I couldn't agree more with the member and that is that we want to be spending more dollars on English as a Second Language. The reality is we do have investments being made this year through education, through the Halifax School Board, we have investments with the Metropolitan Immigration Settlement Association, as well with the Halifax Settlement Association and there's a number of other programs that are being put in place and are in place with many organizations across Nova Scotia which are providing these types of services.

MR. DEVEAUX: You know, far be it from me, as an MLA from HRM to point out to the minister that almost every one of those groups he mentioned is a Halifax organization which doesn't really help with bringing immigrants to the rest of the province. On top of that, what he's talking about in this year's budget is $515, 000 that his department is spending on English as a Second Language. Now let's compare that to Manitoba - with a similar population to Nova Scotia - that is spending $5 million in this year to spend on English as a Second Language. That's 10 times the amount. Now what does that mean when we talk about the number of immigrants? In this year, to June 2005, Manitoba had over 7,600 immigrants come to that province, we've had 1,700. Clearly, there is a correlation between the amount of money we spend on English as a Second Language and the number of immigrants who are willing to come to this province. I want to ask this minister why we are spending one-tenth the ESL money that Manitoba is and what is he going to do to ensure we don't lose this battle for immigrants?

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MR. RODNEY MACDONALD: Indeed I am very proud of our immigration strategy we have put forth this year. We're very proud of the fact that we have a new office. The reality is we're making significant progress with respect to drawing more immigrants here to our province who are contributing to the cultural fabric of our province and the economic fabric. The fact is we are not Manitoba but yet we hope to see that number of immigrants someday coming to our province. I've had the opportunity to go to Manitoba to speak first-hand with individuals there. I believe we will be spending more money in the future with regard to ESL and I believe at the end of the day we will be better for it.

MR. DEVEAUX: Mr. Speaker, my final question is for the Minister of Education. Nova Scotia does not recognize English as a Second Language as a core curriculum course that could be used to ensure that we have proper investment in English as a Second Language for those immigrants that are coming to Nova Scotia. I've had in my own area schools that have had to fundraise or find extra funds in order to pay for ESL services. We spend as a province less than $500,000 a year on ESL in our school system. I want to ask the Minister of Education, when will the Department of Education fund ESL properly for those immigrants coming to Nova Scotia?

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, there is money contained in this year's budget for ESL money to flow to school boards. Of course it's going to be supplemented considerably with the money which is going to flow from the Office of Immigration. I think the honourable member is selling the school system short when he does not recognize all of the other money that goes into public education which goes on a per student basis that is available, particularly for the young learners in the public schools.

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The second thing, Mr. Speaker, we provide, as a government, nearly $7 million to the adult high school which helps more than 5,000 Nova Scotians improve their education. Immigrants are welcome in those courses.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Hants East.

NAT. RES. - CHESTER GRANT FIRE DEPOT: CLOSURE - EFFECTS

MR. JOHN MACDONELL: Mr. Speaker, my question will be for the minister who has checked and is still the Minister of Natural Resources. The minister's department has announced that it will be closing the Chester Grant fire depot and moving the staff to Lunenburg. The local representative for the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association has said closing the depot is going to leave local residents and woodlots more vulnerable to fire.

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Department staff has said they will place staff at Graves Island during the fire season, but this isn't where the woodlots are and adds 16 kilometres to the response distance. My question to the minister is, why are you not listening to the concerns of residents and woodlot owners?

HON. RICHARD HURLBURT: Mr. Speaker, through you to the honourable member, I can tell that member I have had constant dialogue with the member for Chester-St. Margaret's. I've agreed to have a meeting with the community, representatives from the fire departments in the community, and we are looking at alternative plans for that community.

MR. MACDONELL: Mr. Speaker, closing this depot poses problems in getting firefighting equipment to the scenes of fires and increases the risk to woodlands. You would think that this minister would know where the Christmas Tree Capital of the World is. Yesterday in debate, a government member talked about what he perceived as the Opposition's attack on rural Nova Scotia, and yet he's a member of a government that cut extensive services to the agricultural industry, abandoned independent rural gas stations and continues to allow resources like gypsum and fish to leave this province with no guarantees for workers. This government's legacy will be its unprecedented attack on rural Nova Scotia. So, I want to ask the minister, who is a member of a government with a large rural caucus, why do you continue to attack rural Nova Scotia?

MR. HURLBURT: Mr. Speaker, I guess I disagree with the member opposite. This government has reached out all across Nova Scotia - urban and rural Nova Scotia. We have listened to the concerns of Nova Scotians and we have dealt with those concerns of Nova Scotians. The issue that's on the floor today, I have told that member and all members of this House that this minister will meet with that community and we will come up with a plan to meet the needs of that community.

MR. MACDONELL: Mr. Speaker, I'm not sure that reaching out and giving communities a slap is the same thing as what the minister's talking about. This government tried to rid itself of the Card Lake Park, they attempted to delist the Blandford Game Sanctuary, and now they're going to close the Chester Grant Depot. The people of Chester-St. Margaret's must be wondering what happened to that newly-minted Tory MLA that they have speaking at the table. My question for the minister is, why won't you listen to the valid concerns of local residents and business people and keep this depot open?

MR. HURLBURT: Mr. Speaker, I can assure you and all members of this House that I hear the member for Chester-St. Margaret's very loud and clear. We are meeting with the people of Chester-St. Margaret's. I can tell you and all members of this House we're not like that Party. (Interruptions) We do not say one thing one day and another thing another day (Interruptions)

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MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park.

ENVIRON. & LBR. - HWY. 113: ENVIRON. REVIEW - STATUS

MS. DIANA WHALEN: My question is for the Minister of Environment and Labour. I'm sure the minister is aware of a large area of land in the vicinity of Clayton Park known as Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes. Mr. Speaker, during this session in late debate the Minister of Transportation and Public Works said that Highway 113 is, "so far down on any priority list that I've ever seen as to be completely non-existent." Yet, the honourable member for Hammonds Plains-Upper Sackville, the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, talks about traffic issues with constituents and apparently believes that Highway 113 will solve all his traffic problems in the near future. Mr. Speaker, my question through you to the Minister of Environment and Labour is, since the first stage of any project with direct impact on the environment must indeed start with the Office of the Environment and Labour, can the minister please clarify for the House at what stage the proposed Highway 113 currently stands?

HON. KERRY MORASH: Well, Mr. Speaker, there's certainly been a lot of discussion and we appreciate that there was a petition that was put before the House today but at this point in time we have nothing before our department that has us reviewing an environmental assessment.

MS. WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, Highway 113 has already had more than its share of controversy. I would like to let all members know that the actual purpose for the highway has changed, originally it was said to be for construction and now it's being described as a corridor preservation project. I can only assume this is because the actual highway is not on the list of construction for more than 20 years. Mr. Speaker, my question now is to the Minister of Transportation and Public Works, if in fact the purpose is now to preserve the corridor and under the Environment Act, all impacts are weighed and judged against the purpose. What date has your department set to begin all of the research over again based on this change in purpose?

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, there has been no date set that I'm aware of. I was talking to a person from Clayton Park just the other day and I was informed that a number of years ago when the honourable member for Clayton Park was a councillor that this matter was brought to her attention and she refused to take it to council.

MS. WHALEN: I certainly was a member of council, there was never a request to bring it to council, so thank you very much. Now if we could stick to the subject, the unlucky Highway 113 has much opposition. One of the main concerns to date is the fact that the calculation of the distance of the highway currently stands at 9.9 km. Yes, Mr. Speaker, just shy enough of the 10 km distance required for a full environmental assessment. It appears that the distance calculation which has changed several times in the last five years doesn't

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measure the approaches at either end of the highway - these seemed to have been removed from the distance calculations entirely. My final question is to the Minister of Environment and Labour, will the minister commit to the House today that before any decision is made on the environmental assessment, that he will work with the Department of Transportation to seek an independent measurement of the entire length of the highway?

HON. KERRY MORASH: Mr. Speaker, I can't remember the details but I know that the request has been made and we have gone to a party to review the distance of that highway. Certainly to the surveyors of Nova Scotia. Perhaps I'll check on my facts to see if we were using the right measurement techniques. The results were that we had done things according to the rules of the road and that that measurement stands.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova.

EDUC. - MEM. HS: COMPOSITE PROG. - FUNDING

MR. GORDON GOSSE: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Education. Memorial High School in Sydney Mines runs a composite program that gives fantastic work opportunity to kids from all over Cape Breton. It offers courses such as plumbing and heating, graphic design, print media, automotive and cosmetology to over 800 kids. Almost 100 per cent of its students get a job straight out of school when they graduate from Memorial. The school submitted a report to the Department of Education a year ago asking for $500,000 to upgrade its technology and equipment. The school board provided $150,000 this year. My question to the minister is, when is this school going to receive the rest of the money it needs to upgrade the fantastic education it provides for the young people of Cape Breton?

HON. JAMES MUIR: It's interesting, Mr. Speaker, I received that very question from my colleague, the member for Cape Breton North, the other day. Perhaps you learned about that from him? No?

Mr. Speaker, the answer to that is that that is a capital request. The Tangible Capital Assets list for schools is currently back at the TCA Committee. I can see the Speaker looking at that because he, too, has been asking me for a year about a Tangible Capital Asset in his constituency. The answer for it, Mr. Speaker, is the same to him as it was to you. (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova on your first supplementary. I hope you have better luck than I did.

MR. GOSSE: Well, Mr. Speaker, this is a fantastic school in Cape Breton for young people. It's a unique school - one of the only schools of its type in the Province of Nova Scotia. According to the school board, Premier John Hamm recently visited the school and

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told the board that it can expect an answer on the report in the not-too-distant future. It has already been a year since Memorial High School submitted a report to the minister's department. Memorial programs give young people valuable skills and help them to stay in their communities and contribute to the Cape Breton economy. So my second question to the minister is, when is his department going to help the young people of Cape Breton learn the skills they need to find employment?

MR. MUIR: Mr. Speaker, in all seriousness, school boards prioritize their capital lists and do submit them to the department. They go to a Tangible Capital Assets Committee for a review and then it comes back into the department and then will eventually go to Cabinet. The situation now is that there was a list in the Department of Education. The TCA Committee asked to see it again. It is back there. When it comes back to the department, it will then be passed on to Cabinet and I do expect that that will occur in this month.

MR. GOSSE: Mr. Speaker, I'll put it in this way to make sense of this. This is a unique capital project because this is a unique school in the programs they provide to the young people of Cape Breton. Giving Memorial High School $350,000 to upgrade its equipment is an investment in the future of Cape Breton - a small investment that will pay off for years to come. Yet the school has been waiting for over a year for an answer for this request. So my final question to the minister is, when can the staff and students of Memorial High School expect a response from his department as promised by the Premier recently?

MR. MUIR: Mr. Speaker, that particular list is dealt with every two years. So the fact that it came in last year, last year was not a year where those school request lists were being considered. As I said to the honourable member, the priority list has now been returned to the TCA Committee. It will be coming back to the Department of Education. I expect to receive it very, very shortly and I will be taking that list to Cabinet. I hope to be able to do that in the month of November.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Kings West.

PREM. - VLTs: GOV'T. (N.S.) RESPONSIBILITY - EXPLAIN

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, the Premier is a medical doctor. He had a practice at one time where his overriding concern was the health and well-being of his patients. As a doctor, he has an obligation, and as a Premier, he also has an obligation to protect Nova Scotians from undue harm. In the case of VLTs, the Premier must provide rules and regulations to private citizens in order to protect their safety - at least that is what we hope will happen. In the case of VLTs the government regulates itself, these machines are rightly called the crack cocaine of gambling. So my question to the Premier is, given the harm that VLTs inflict on Nova Scotians, does he believe he has a duty to protect Nova Scotians from the harm of VLTs?

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THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, we have the most progressive VLT program in the entire country. It has been acknowledged by many experts outside of our province as being the most progressive approach to what is a scourge. The government acknowledges the fact that VLTs are a problem.

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Mr. Speaker, you know, it's interesting. There are those in the House who would have you come to the conclusion that the government could get rid of the machines. I remember, for example, I live in a small town and I had an opportunity the other day to speak with a police officer, in my small town, and I asked him a question. I said, I know that today there are three locations in our small town where there are VLTs. I said, can you tell me how many locations there were when the VLTs in this province were not regulated and illegal? He said to me, there were four locations. You do not get rid of these machines in small towns or in the city by simply saying that government is going to get rid of them. They will still be with us.

MR. GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, well, we'll try again. VLTs are called the crack-cocaine of gambling, for good reason. They are inherently addictive, dangerous and they do destroy lives. We have 15,000 problem gamblers in the province. Crack-cocaine is illegal. So should VLTs be. VLTs are not harmless entertainment, in effect, the government is peddling crack-cocaine.

When the Premier had a medical practice, he had a duty of care to provide for the safety of his patients. The Hypocritic Oath dictates that he must do no harm. Well, Mr. Premier, you have a duty of care to protect Nova Scotians from the crack-cocaine of gambling. Will the Premier commit to eliminating VLTs, so he no longer unduly harms the health of Nova Scotians?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, it gives me an opportunity because I have been asked the question about how the government is managing this difficult file. We seem to have a lot of those lately. What we are proposing has begun. This very week, we have taken 800 machines out of service in our province. That will allow us to now start modifying the remaining machines. We will be slowing them down and taking out the stop buttons. We're looking at a card-lock program and we will also be investigating other ways in which we can make the machines less addictive.

For most uses of the machine, Mr. Speaker, it is a form of entertainment. Unfortunately, as the member opposite has brought to the attention of the House, for many users it is an addiction. We will address the addictive properties and return the industry to one of entertainment.

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MR. GLAVINE: Well, Mr. Premier, you had a chance, like South Carolina, to do the right thing. These machines were made more efficient by this government. They maximized their addictive qualities and while some minor steps have been taken, government will still get the bulk of their gambling revenues from VLTs. This government and this Premier have a duty of care to protect Nova Scotians from VLTs. Will the Premier finally admit that he has a duty of care to provide for the safety of Nova Scotians by eliminating VLTs - not reducing them, but eliminating them?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, one of the things that I learned on a trip, perhaps three months ago, to Toronto, when I had an opportunity to visit with the illegal gambling unit for the Province of Ontario and I sought the wisdom of their experience, they gave me a piece of advice. They said, if you try as a government to eliminate your regulated machines, they will immediately return. He gave me a mental picture. He said, put your hand in a bucket of water, and then he said remove it. Almost immediately, the hole is filled in. That is the analogy he used in terms if government decided to remove its machines, that immediately those machines would be replaced by illegal machines.

I know you think I'm speaking too long and if you agree with that, I will sit down.

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. (Laughter)

The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

TPW: SCH. BUS INJURIES - PREVENTION

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Transportation and Public Works. Yesterday a school bus carrying students was on its way to East Pictou Middle School, Frank H. MacDonald Elementary School and Thorburn Consolidated School. That school bus left the road and students aboard were tossed about with four injured. RCMP officials say one little girl was hurt when she was launched into the air when the vehicle went over the hill but when she came back down, the seat wasn't beneath her, it was in the aisle and she hit a metal bar across from her. These are preventable injuries on school buses across our province. I'll ask the Minister of Transportation and Public Works, when will this government act to prevent such preventable injuries?

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, the fleet of buses that we have on the roads in Nova Scotia are the most modern and safe that we can buy and we will continue that practice.

MR. ESTABROOKS: Mr. Speaker, if I may add, some of the best drivers are accountable to the parents and to the children they are transporting. According to the RCMP at the scene, it was remarkable that this bus didn't tip over. Now this bus didn't flip, it didn't hit anything, yet students were tossed around. What would have prevented these injuries of

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course are seatbelts. The minister said in November of last year that he believes children should have restraining devices on school buses. Since this minister supports seatbelts on school buses, why won't he implement them?

MR. RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, we adopt a best practice wherever possible in the Province of Nova Scotia with regard to safety. I must tell the honourable member opposite that while he brings a good and cogent argument to this House for seatbelts, unfortunately the experience of other provinces and other states has been that seatbelts are an impediment to the escape of children in the case of an accident.

MR. ESTABROOKS: I want to share with the minister opposite the first reaction my daughter had, the older one, when she first went to school on a school bus. Her question to her mother was relayed to me when I came home that night, where's the seatbelts, Mom? How come there's no seatbelts on my school bus? An obvious question and the answer, well, we just don't have them in Nova Scotia. Seatbelts could have kept these students in their seats in Pictou County. Every day in our travels we buckle up, we buckle our children up, and we do it because it's the right thing to do and because it's the law. If this government legislates to protect children in our cars, why won't we protect children when they are transported in our school buses across this province?

MR. RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I expressed sincere regrets regarding the accident. I believe there were four children who were injured in this accident. I understand that the bus driver was very competent and handled the bus well. I also understand that the accident is under investigation. I don't think I need to say further on the subject. As I say, in this province we are proud to always accept what we think is best in the realm of safety, and certainly with regard to school buses we are doing the best that we can to ensure that our children are transported safely.

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

HEALTH PROM.: CLAYTON PARK REC. CTR. - DEPT. ASSISTANCE

MS. DIANA WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Health Promotion. Last night I hosted a meeting in Clayton Park to listen to the public on the issue of the proposed recreation centre for that area and for a much wider part of the region. Many questions were raised and the overwhelming view was we need a bigger facility than the one being planned. My question to the minister is, on behalf of those many people who have spoken out, what is your government prepared to do to help the community achieve a proper sized recreation centre?

HON. RODNEY MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, we are always prepared to work with local community organizations and communities when it comes to recreational facilities.

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MS. WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, I'd like to submit a document from HRM that shows that, within a 20-minute drive of this site, the Mainland Commons, there are 185,000 people. This document is from 2001, and anybody who has been to Clayton Park or driven into the city knows that the population is much larger now. So you can safely say there are 200,000 people in that area. The province has a role to play in this project. Many people spoke about the health benefits of providing adequate facilities for recreation, and one man questioned why the provincial government, which is responsible for health, does not realize that investment in a decent facility would be returned 10 or even 20 times over in improved health. My question to the Minister of Health Promotion is - it is clear to everyone that recreational facilities support health and wellness - why doesn't your government see what is so obvious?

MR. RODNEY MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, our government can show many examples of having invested in places like Springhill, Port Hawkesbury, Sydney, here in HRM in Dartmouth, and in many other places. Indeed, I know my former colleague, Mary Ann McGrath, was a big supporter of this project, and helped to secure, I believe, some funding through the infrastructure . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The time allotted for the Oral Question Period has expired.

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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

PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 275.

Bill No. 275 - Off-highway Vehicles Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

HON. RICHARD HURLBURT: Mr. Speaker, I'm very pleased to rise in my place and move second reading of Bill No. 275.

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Hants East.

MR. JOHN MACDONELL: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to have an opportunity to speak to this piece of legislation. I want to say that I'm amazed that the minister would not speak longer to this bill - this is a piece of legislation that has polarized Nova Scotians, I would say. I think the minister could actually speak to why he believes his bill is the right way to go in the Province of Nova Scotia. It's almost the same, as a matter of fact it's worse than the announcement of the action plan back in October. (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order. Order, please.

The honourable member for Hants East has the floor.

MR. MACDONELL: Mr. Speaker, it's worse than when the minister announced his action plan back in October, when he told the media he could only stay 10 minutes because he had to attend a caucus meeting. So for him to stand in his place today to move second reading and not say any more about exactly what his government's vision is and how they came to this bill after all that has been done through Voluntary Planning, I think Nova Scotians deserve a little more than they just got.

I want to make it clear that my Party colleagues and I have the position to implement the recommendations of the Voluntary Planning task force - and I think the government would be well advised to do that. I want to say that this process, on the face of it, when the government went down this road, appeared to be the right thing to do. The concern over ATVs and their use, or abuse, is one that obviously brought the government to a point of putting together this task force.

I can remember back in 1999, perhaps 1998, speaking with the Minister of Transportation and Public Works - I guess it couldn't have been 1998, because he wasn't the minister then - about this issue, because I was getting complaints in my constituency office about the appearance actually, along the 100-Series Highway, Highway No. 102, from Elmsdale to Milford, so I went to the minister and said, look, I'm starting to get some complaints from people about all-terrain vehicle use along the highway. Some people complained that in the evenings, after dark, all-terrain vehicles would be coming down the median between the two highways and sometimes, because of the lights coming toward vehicles on the highway this would startle them. They couldn't exactly determine where this vehicle was or what it was. This was causing some concern for people travelling on Highway No. 102.

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The minister said, you know, I think we may be bringing in a bill to the House this Fall and that's probably about 2001, I would say. He said, I'm getting some concerns in my constituency as well. So nothing happened. The Fall came, no bill and I think it was additional pressure from the constituents of government members that people were raising the concern about what was being done with all-terrain vehicles in those constituencies. That finally moved the government to the Voluntary Planning task force.

You can say this was an appropriate step, that this was the right thing to do and it was. It was the right thing to do, only if you intended to listen to the recommendations of the task force when they came forward and what this appears to have been was a tactic. It was a strategy. It was a way to take pressure off the government so that they didn't have to deal with the Voluntary Planning task force report, trying to take it off the burner in an election year in 2003. But, at some point, the rubber hits the road and you actually have to come forward with some action. I think the government held off about as long as they could. They allowed about a year to go by after the report was tabled and it gathered dust and I think they felt the pressure to actually do something with a report they had asked for.

The objectives of this task force: review and consider the information outlined in the paper, strategies to promote the responsible use of off-highway vehicles in Nova Scotia and a starting point for initiating broad public consultation; develop and implement a provincial consultation strategy to solicit public input on off-highway vehicles that relate to key issues of public and government concerns, including health and safety, liability, environmental impact, property rights, public and private land use, user conflict and opportunities for responsible OHV use.

I think we all know that in any number - if we were to say there's 40,000 all-terrain vehicles in Nova Scotia and that's the number that seems to be tossed around the most - that not all people who own all-terrain vehicles are a problem with all-terrain vehicles. We had problems in the village of Enfield, where I live, with people going down the middle of the highway at 2:00 a.m. with no muffler. That didn't actually warm the cockles of anybody's hearts in the village. We had some public meetings. The RCMP attended and there really was an effort on behalf of the community. I was actually surprised at the reactions of some people in my community who felt that once you got beyond the outskirts of the village, it was kind of no-man's land and that it was okay to ride those all-terrain vehicles there.

One of the problems I've found with that was that I was one of the people who lived in no-man's land. This notion that as long as you're out of sight, out of mind, out of the main part of the community, that it really wasn't a problem. For me, it's nothing to see four or five all-terrain vehicles on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon going 80 kilometres an hour up the middle of a public highway. The other evening I watched - actually I heard them for quite a while before I ever saw them - but they went up by my place at somewhere in the 80 to 100

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kilometre range abreast. Side by side, right up the middle of the highway and in an area between two hills so that any car or any vehicle coming over those hills was going to run into one of these drivers.

When people raise concerns about how responsible all-terrain vehicle drivers are, these are similar issues that came before the task force to let them know that there are people who are responsible. But there are those who are not and you can't rely on luck to survive an accident with one of these vehicles.

I think that I would recognize some movement by the government in their bill in the sense of getting written permission. I would say that it is a move that was recommended by the task force. It was one that was adopted by the minister in his bill and I have to applaud him for that. I know there was a reduction in the amnesty for getting vehicles registered. At least I didn't see anything in the bill and maybe when the minister stands to close debate he'll respond. The issue of a larger licence plate so you can actually identify the vehicle, that was another issue raised by the task force but I don't see it.

I think the issue around what age you should allow people to use these machines is an area where the government dropped the ball. The medical community has voiced their concerns on this loudly and clearly, and I have to say that I'm amazed that the minister and the government seem to have turned a deaf ear to those concerns. I don't know why they would do that. Since I was elected in 1998, I know you always seek the best information you can when you're drafting legislation, when you're trying to come up with public policy. So to abandon the information from the medical community on the damage that has occurred in the lives of people around injury and death, I haven't been able to grasp why the minister is willing to ignore such a body of information and the specialists who speak to this. The province surprised me when they moved to a smoke-free places legislation in the timely manner that they did. They listened to the medical community on this and that was appropriate. Why they seem to have abandoned the medical community with regard to this, I don't know.

I want to say that I see this bill going to second reading and we support it going to second reading but I also see this as a tactic on the part of the government because the minister has sought public input on this bill. Voluntary Planning was the mechanism that allowed for public input for the government so they could draft a piece of legislation based on that input. They've decided to ignore that input. Now they're going to say all of these people who are going to come - and I'm hoping that the minister's going to be wrong in who comes - but I think they're hoping that it's going to be overwhelmingly people who tend to agree with the minister's bill. I'm hoping it's going to be the other way.

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I'm hoping that the people who came out to speak to this Voluntary Planning group, who had concerns around the use of these vehicles for environmental reasons, for liability reasons, for safety reasons, that these people will come out in droves and speak in the Law Amendments Committee so that the government will actually have to be shown either to change their legislation or to ignore the people of Nova Scotia.

To get some indication of who the stakeholders were who made presentation to the minister's task force, they were the All-Terrain Vehicles Association of Nova Scotia, more commonly referred to as ATVANS; Atlantic Motocross Racing Community of Nova Scotia; Bowater Mersey; Canadian All-Terrain Vehicle Distributors; Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society; Cape Breton Highland National Park; Child Safety Link; Citizens on Patrol Off-Road; Dr. Judith Guernsey; Ecology Action Centre; Emergency Health Services, Nova Scotia Trauma Program; Federation of Nova Scotia Naturalists; Insurance Bureau of Canada, Maritime & Northeast Pipeline; Martin Willison, Nova Scotia Bird Society; Nova Scotia Coastal Guardian Program; Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour; Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources Land Services; Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division; Natural Resources Wildlife Division; Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation; Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture; Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers & Hunters; Nova Scotia Nature Trust; Nova Scotia Safety Council; Nova Scotia Sport and Recreation Commission; Nova Scotia Trails Federation; Nova Scotia Youth Advisory Council; Snowmobilers' Association of Nova Scotia; Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia; Windsor-Hantsport Railway; and WordsWorth Advertising.

These groups that are represented here as stakeholders should be sending a message to the minister before he ever got his legislation drafted. I was really interested to hear the minister state in the press conference yesterday that the interdepartmental group, or that the representations of the departments for the government actually advised the Voluntary Planning group, the task force. So when the minister indicated that the Voluntary Planning report, the task force report, had gone to this interdepartmental group and that they were the ones who had come up with the minister's action plan, I wasn't aware at that time that this group had been advising Voluntary Planning all along, that actually they would be well aware of the task force report before the government ever got it. Actually this was really more of a stalling tactic by the government because it had its interdepartmental committee advising the task force process and it really should have been very simple actually for the government to adopt the task force's report because the task force was being written with the interdepartmental committee at its side all along. How much time do I have, Mr. Speaker?

MR. SPEAKER: You have one minute. You started at 4:41 p.m., member.

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MR. MACDONELL: So I've gone how long? (Interruption) Okay, I've gone longer than I was intending.

What I want to say I think to the minister is that in his task force report there is, on Page 35, task force analysis, conclusions and background information. If the minister actually would take the time to read that, I think he would find some interesting information and I'm not going to take a lot of time, but a couple of things I want to make clear to the minister is that it was heard that the argument was that more children get injured riding bicycles or playing baseball. While this is true, it is only part of the story. Many more children ride bikes and play baseball than operate ATVs and, more notably, the majority of these injuries are minor, do not require hospitalization, and do not result in death.

"Although the majority of injury data and much of the recent media has focused on ATVs, childhood injuries from snowmobiles are also significant and must be taken into account. More children and youth drive ATVs than snowmobiles. Subsequently, the numbers of injuries seen from snowmobiling is lower. However, the Task Force does not take this to mean that snowmobiling is safe for children and youth. In fact, snowmobiling is the third most common cause of recreational injuries resulting in major trauma in Canada. Studies have documented serious injuries and deaths among children from snowmobiling. These motorized vehicles require strength, skill, and judgement to operate safely.

Children under the age of 14 do not consistently recognize, evaluate, and manage risk. They cannot reliably recognize hazardous riding conditions, read the terrain to the degree necessary to ride safely at all times, nor identify, predict, and execute complex decisions 'on the fly.' Because of this . . ." the Voluntary Planning task force felt ". . . a precautionary approach is necessary to address the risk of injuries among children."

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Mr. Speaker, all the information that the minister needed to write a better bill was given to him over a year ago, and yet we still have a piece of legislation in front of us that appears to be written on the fly. I think that the Law Amendments Committee process is one that will actually allow for a little bit of time, at least, for reflective thought, so that members can actually come up with a piece of legislation. Our Party will be bringing amendments to the table that will closely reflect with the task force required. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Kings West.

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MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, I am certainly pleased to rise in my place today and speak on one of the most important pieces of legislation that will obviously require amendments based on the bill and the position that we have taken on this issue. In fact, this is now an issue that most of Nova Scotia has gotten caught up in and everybody is starting to deliberate on the legislation before the House and certainly take a look at the evidence.

Over the past two weeks that the House has been sitting, there are probably three testimonials that stand out the strongest during this period of debate. For me, it started the first day the minister announced in a quick 10-minute presentation his stand, his government's position on the voluntary task force and where they were going. Obviously, no intent on legislation. Hopefully, by maybe some Order-in-Council or some policy draft, things would get done. Well, that just doesn't work, as we have seen a whole number of public policy areas.

So I think the first galvanizing moment for me to really take a strong second look at where we're going was with the IWK doctors and their medical staff, when they had their press conference. To hear the report of one of the intensive care nurses, as she so often during her 20-year career has dealt with parents, also by the bedside with her and looking for moments of hope as they stand over a child hooked to life-saving machinery in intensive care. To see Dr. Walling, a neurosurgeon, actually break down before he made any comment whatsoever, because he's the one who has to tell a parent that their child will never be the child that they knew the day before. That was a very fixing moment for me and all who attended that conference. These statistics have grown dramatically over the past five years. In fact, they have tripled in trauma cases at the IWK.

Yesterday, of course, we heard from Clifford Thompson, a retired RCMP officer, and what he has to deal with on this issue, having to go to a door and tell a parent that their child who was out for just a leisurely ride on an ATV is now a victim of what is really an innocent recreation, but a very dangerous one. We heard from Dr. Andrew Lynk as well, by way of the Cape Breton Post yesterday, who talked about the victim in Cape Breton and the other young man he treated with a broken back. So we keep hearing from across the province, and these are very, very strong statements that we as legislators must take a look at.

One of the real interesting documents, and maybe one perhaps that the minister could also take a look at, was the Joint Position Statement on ATV Safety that was put together by the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Health Association, Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association, as they prepared and backgrounded their legislators for the toughest legislation in the country, where no child under 14 can ride any size ATV, and that's what our bill is wanting Nova Scotia to move toward.

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In June 2004, the Canadian Pediatric Society released a position statement calling for enhanced legislation to control off-road vehicle use, particularly by children, and this followed along with their American counterparts. A really major statement that they used was "Most youth under the age of 16 years do not possess the physical size, strength, coordination and motor skills to operate an ATV; the cognitive capacity to look for and react to potential hazards; and the good judgment to not act impulsively or take excessive risks." That's a quote from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

The fact is all ATV accidents have increased across the country. Even here yesterday, in Nova Scotia, GPI Atlantic weighed in and they talked about the number of off-road vehicles, the accidents rose by 95 per cent from 1996 to 2003. Also accidents where there were injuries actually rose by 150 per cent, and they weighted in because their report on sustainable transportation will not be coming out until January, and it's a 450-page document. One of the only types of injuries whose incidence has increased markedly in recent years are ATV accidents. In fact, if we take a look at a similar period between 1999 and 2004, actually accidents from automobiles and children injured has decreased and ATVs have actually gone up. During that period there were 34 ATV-related deaths, 13 of these were children under 16 years of age, and ATV-related major trauma increased by 275 per cent during that period.

Now supporters of ATV use by children proposed the use of smaller vehicles by children less than 14 years of age, but there's no evidence to indicate that these vehicles are safer, and the development and judgment issues which affect performance in relation to larger vehicles would still be relevant. Again, we now see that when they do go to a smaller size of ATV the reduction is only about 18 per cent, so it's not really all that critical. One of the other arguments which the member opposite brought up or talked about is that sometimes there are other sports or activities that have a high incidence, like bicycle riding, but the reality is ATVs are six times more likely to result in hospitalization, 12 times more likely to result in fatality when compared to bicycles, per 1,000 vehicles. ATV-related injuries are much more severe and more often require surgery and hospitalization. On an injury severity score, ATVs rate 9.07, all other sports, 5.8.

You know statistically we can build a case very, very easily but the one case that is building very strongly across this province is what people are saying in their minds and hearts about this issue. We also realize and we hear that it is, again, unsupervised children who move out into areas that are wildlife conservation areas and again we see damage from young riders in those areas. It's an area that will go to the Law Amendments Committee and it is our hope that we will see a strong, balanced piece of legislation come forward that will protect the health and safety of all Nova Scotians, but our children in particular. With that, I will share my time with my colleague.

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Glace Bay.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, I wish I was pleased to rise to speak about this bill, Bill No. 275, the Off-highway Vehicle Act, but I cannot, as the Health Critic for the Liberal caucus, support this bill as it's currently written.

Mr. Speaker, it's always a sad day when politics trumps good public policy and we are talking about a bill that is all about politics. It has very little to do with good public policy. Perhaps some of the most disturbing comments made with respect to this bill were uttered yesterday by the member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley when he made comments that this is an attack on rural Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, are we to assume that people in rural Nova Scotia don't care about safety issues and, in particular, about the safety of young children? I don't think so. In fact, I would say that's quite to the contrary. People in rural Nova Scotia do care about their children. They do care about safety because safety is a province-wide issue and should never, never be an issue that splits rural Nova Scotia versus urban or suburban Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, you know, the member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley is the leader of the coup d'état. He's the leader of the caucus revolt over there now. It's not the first time he has ever done it. In 1993, he was elected with a pretty divisive nomination, that he beat the Mayor of Stewiacke, I think it was. That divided the Tory caucus. There was a lot of dissent at the time within the Party. In the Winter of 1999, the same member, the member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, continued to divide his Party then. He lead a charge to replace the Leader of the Third Party, who is now the Premier, and that was a failed coup attempt that he had at that time. That resulted in - his penalty was six years on the backbenches. He paid the price then and then, of course, there's always the infamous incident where he made up that voice and called the newspaper. I don't know how we could ever forget that. Anyway, he continues his skill to divide the Conservative Party.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. I would ask the honourable member to speak to the bill.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Certainly, Mr. Speaker. As I mentioned, it was that particular member who said that this is an attack, with a silly point that it was an attack, on rural Nova Scotia. People in rural Nova Scotia care about safety.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. I would remind the member to speak to the bill, please.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Well, it concerns safety and concerns Bill No. 275, Mr. Speaker, and that's what the member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley was saying is not the case - it is the case.

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Mr. Speaker, our caucus has received calls from rural Nova Scotians looking for a bill that would do exactly what our bill called for and that was restrict those under the age of 14 from using ATVs. They do so because they look to government to provide leadership. That's what people are looking for, and support. People are looking for us to make the laws so that they can tell their children, no, you can't ride an ATV when you're under the age of 14 because it's a law. So why wouldn't we provide the one main tool that parents are looking for us to provide - a law? That's what they want us to do and the regulations are an important tool in education and motivation. They promote safer practices. They reduce the number of children and youth who incur ATV-related injuries.

Mr. Speaker, you know, we have a responsibility to do that in this House. We've done it, for instance, under the Motor Vehicle Act. We've said that you can't drive a car until you're 16 years of age. We made the law. We give the parents the tool that they need. You can't say parents are irresponsible when they do that. No, parents aren't irresponsible when they do that, but when they have that tool, when they have the resources necessary, such as a law, it makes it a heck of a lot easier, that's for sure.

We've all heard the heart-wrenching tales of physicians and surgeons, Mr. Speaker, holding the hands of dying children because, you know, there was nothing else they could do. I'm sure that has to be the worst feeling in the world for a doctor. So why would we not ensure that our legislation provides them the support they need so that we can minimize that amount of grief. There's an old adage, you know, that the doctor is always right, but in this case nobody's listening to the doctors at all - not even the doctor is listening to the doctors.

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Families have been torn apart in this province. Our caucus cannot support Bill No. 275 as it's presented. This government can do better. This government has to do better because Nova Scotians deserve nothing less, children in this province deserve nothing less. The government has broadly consulted on this issue, a task force report was produced, and the task force was as clear as clear could be in its recommendation - no one under the age of 14 should be on an ATV, period.

So why does this government continue to ignore professional advice at the expense of a few backbenchers? Why is this government refusing to protect the children of our province? Our caucus cannot support Bill No. 275 as presented, and that's because we know this government should and this government has to do better. Thank you.

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

The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

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HON. RICHARD HURLBURT: Mr. Speaker, I've listened very intently to the debate on second reading of Bill No. 275. I'm very pleased to have presented this bill to the House of Assembly. This bill is all about children's safety and the safety of all off-highway vehicle operators. It's about education, it's about training, it's about supervision, and it's to implement what the Off-Highway Vehicle Task Force recommended to this government.

They asked for age 16 - age 16 is in the bill. They said 14 and 15 under direct supervision. They asked for closed courses under 14 - it's in the bill. This side of the House knows that parents have the respect and want the safety of their children. That's why we've included it on private property and the supervision of their parents or guardian.

We intend fully - fully - to have an advisory board from all across, from all spectrums of this province to work with the interdepartmental group with our action plan. I'm very pleased to be standing in my place today and tell you that our interdepartmental group is working as we speak and they have met three times this week on this action plan. We are moving ahead with the regulations for Bill No. 275 and our action plan.

I've heard numerous talks across the way that we're not taking into consideration the doctors in this province. We have heard the concerns of doctors, and we've heard the concerns of the task force, and the task force we have implemented it in our bill. With those few words, I will close debate of Bill No. 275 and wait for it to go to the Law Amendments Committee.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 275. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, could I have the concurrence of the House to revert to the order of business, Presenting Reports of Committees?

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Chairman of the Committee on Law Amendments, I am directed to report that the committee has met and considered the following bill:

Bill No. 252 - House of Assembly Act.

and the committee recommends this bill to the favourable consideration of the House, with certain amendments.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Chairman of the Law Amendments Committee, I am directed to report the committee has met and considered the following bill:

Bill No. 268 - Pre-primary Education Act.

and the committee recommends this bill to the favourable consideration of the House, without amendment.

Mr. Speaker, I move those bills be referred to the Committee of the Whole House on Bills today.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Ordered that these bills be referred to the Committee of the Whole House on Bills.

The honourable Government House Leader.

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

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

[5:20 p.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Bills with Deputy Speaker, Mr. James DeWolfe in the Chair.]

[5:24 p.m. CWH on Bills rose and the House reconvened. Deputy Speaker, Mr. James DeWolfe, resumed the Chair.]

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MR. SPEAKER: The Chairman of the Committee of the Whole House on Bills Reports:

THE CLERK: That the committee has met and considered the following bills.

Bill No. 250 - Motor Vehicle Act.

Bill No. 257 - Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act.

Bill No. 237 - Maintenance Enforcement Act.

Bill No. 274 - Certified Management Accountants of Nova Scotia Act.

Bill No. 252 - House of Assembly Act.

Bill No. 268 - Pre-primary Education Act.

and the chairman has been instructed to recommend these bills to the favourable consideration of the House, without amendment.

MR. SPEAKER: When shall these bills be read for a third time?

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Today.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

The honourable Government House Leader.

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

PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING

MR. SPEAKER: With the total consent of the House, the motion is to move the bills considered in the Committee of the Whole House today through third reading en bloc.

[Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 225.

Bill No. 225 - Smoke-free Places Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

MS. MAUREEN MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I won't take a great deal of the House's time speaking on a bill that we basically all agree on and have had a fair amount of debate on this point, but I did want to make one or two comments on the record about requests that were made in front of the Law Amendments Committee for amendments to the bill, by the Canadian Cancer Society - Nova Scotia Division.

The Canadian Cancer Society has always made a very thoughtful presentation on this legislation to the Law Amendments Committee. They, as part of Smoke-Free Nova Scotia, have worked really hard to bring in province-wide smoke-free legislation without exemptions. They're to be congratulated for their work. This bill, in fact, represents a great deal of the time and effort they've put into educating and informing, not only members of this Legislature, but the public at large about the importance of smoke-free legislation.

In their presentation to us, they asked for some additional amendments that would broaden the areas where there would no longer be any smoking. They asked that the Act be amended so that universities would also be designated as schools within the meaning of the Act so that there would be no smoking on universities - both in the university buildings and on the property of universities.

Mr. Speaker, I know that there are, at least one, possibly two universities that have already adopted this policy - no smoking on their property, either in buildings or outside - Dalhousie, for example. This is a policy that would be very supportable but we did not move this amendment at this time simply because we wanted to have a process of some consultation with the universities. I suspect that if government marshalled its resources to have some dealings with the universities, we would see, in fact, the universities moving in that direction perhaps without legislation. This is something that we really do need to take seriously and to look at as a future sort of improvement to the smoke-free situation in the province.

Another thing that the Canadian Cancer Society asked for, in terms of amendment, was to designate group homes and residential settings as either smoke-free places or to require that they provide designated smoking areas. Again, I certainly understand where the

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Canadian Cancer Society is coming from with respect to that requirement. They clearly want to protect the health of workers and also the health of residents who don't smoke, who may be in a residence with people who do smoke or in a group home with people who do smoke. Because this suggestion had not been one that had been discussed with government prior to the legislation and is not something that as of yet has been discussed, I think, with the operators of small residential facilities and group homes, we did not move this amendment at this point. It's something that we certainly are very open to studying and examining, and not taking a long time doing either, but to move this forward in a timely fashion because of the importance of protecting people's health.

What we did do, Mr. Speaker, in terms of an amendment to the legislation, was making it clear that the occupational health and safety regulations, which do provide for the rights of workers to refuse to work in unsafe premises, would definitely be incorporated into the Smoke-free Places Act in a very explicit way; providing more rights to workers who may work in these kinds of facilities to say, you know, I cannot be subjected day in and day out to a lot of smoke and this is not an acceptable work environment for me.

[5:30 p.m.]

The other thing that the Cancer Society asked for was that the bill be amended to provide the Governor-in-Council with the power to designate other smoke-free places so, in the future, by Order-in-Council, we could see sports facilities, track and field arenas or stadiums, places like this, be designated as smoke-free places under the bill. In reviewing the existing legislation, it was our view that, in fact, that power may already exist and, in fact, does exist within the bill where the Governor-in-Council has the ability to designate facilities as smoke-free places and we would see arenas, track and field stadiums, even playgrounds as meaning that definition and, in fact, you could, in the regulations define, I suppose, what you meant by a facility, to make it a place where recreation occurs. Those are some points I wanted to make.

The final point I want to make about probably the one concern that we have here in this caucus about this legislation are concerns that have been brought to our attention by people who work in the mental health field, particularly in hospital settings, where people with very chronic long-time acute psychiatric disorders, where people have been hospitalized for many years, and people who have serious mental health disorders, but also are heavily addicted to tobacco, there is a concern, particularly among the care staff and the social work staff, particularly here in the Capital District Health Authority, but not only here, that the policies that have now been adopted here in Capital District Health Authority and which really are embedded in this legislation that make it impossible for this chronic and acute population to smoke, contributes to the difficulties they may have with respect to their mental illnesses.

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I think this is something that government needs to monitor with a great deal of sensitivity, because we don't want to put staff or patients at risk in these settings where people could become quite agitated, when they have long-standing addictions to tobacco and they're denied the opportunity to smoke. As much as we have always felt really strongly that we need to do everything in our power to discourage smoking, I think that we all need to recognize and have some humanity around the realities for people who are addicted and particularly when we look at perhaps a population of chronic and acute mental health patients, who, while they are in a hospital facility, if they've been there for four years, eight years, or nine years, the reality is that is their home, Mr. Speaker. The intent in this bill is not to deny people who are in their home from the choice of smoking. This legislation does not go that far.

So, I would ask the Minister of Health and the Minister of Health Promotion, certainly, to pay some attention as this bill is implemented to the serious concerns of people who work with mental health patients, who have brought that particular issue to me and to members of the NDP caucus, and I would imagine to the members of the government caucus and the Third Party's caucus, as well.

So, Mr. Speaker, with that, I will take my place. We're very pleased to support these changes to the Smoke-free Places Act. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: I am pleased to close the debate and move third reading of Bill No. 225.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 225. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 247.

Bill No. 247 - Correctional Services Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the honourable Minister of Justice, I move third reading of Bill No. 247.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 247. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 254.

Bill No. 254 - Motor Vehicle Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Transportation and Public Works.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to move third reading of Bill No. 254.

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

MR. KEVIN DEVEAUX: Mr. Speaker, briefly on this bill, I wanted to note that at second reading we raised some concerns with regard to - this is a bill that deals with stricter drunk driving provisions and increased fines for speeding in school zones. We had raised specific concerns about the drunk driving provisions that the government, when it was in Opposition in 1999, passed a bill that would have allowed for the impounding of vehicles of persistent drunk drivers. That had never been proclaimed. For the record, I want to say that by a motion of the NDP, approved at the Law Amendments Committee, that is now going to become the law of this province, as it should have been in 1999. It will become the law of the province by the end of next year.

Also, given what happened on that bill, we thought it was important to have a provision for a proclamation of the bill generally, just to make sure we are definitely going to have that, that was agreed to at the Committee of the Whole House on Bills as well. I wanted to make sure that those were put on the record, that people know that on the issue of drunk driving, all Parties are concerned about this and that we worked together to ensure that this bill is better. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I applaud the honourable member opposite for his patting himself on the back. I would remind him that it was the government's intention to proclaim this bill as soon as possible. We did put in a proclamation before date, and we did the same thing with the other bill. That's not unusual. I'm glad the honourable member thinks that he helped us out. Thank you. I move third reading.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 254. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 252.

Bill No. 252 - House of Assembly Act.

Bill No. 268 - Pre-primary Education Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The motions are carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order of business, Private Members' Public Bills for Third Reading.

PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 237.

Bill No. 237 - Maintenance Enforcement Act.

Bill No. 274 - Certified Management Accountants of Nova Scotia Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The motions are carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

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

PRIVATE AND LOCAL BILLS FOR THIRD READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 238.

Bill No. 238 - YMCA of Cape Breton Act.

Bill No. 239 - Northern Yacht Club Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The motions are carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

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

PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 257.

Bill No. 257 - Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act.

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

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, I move third reading of Bill No. 257.

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

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MR. KEVIN DEVEAUX: Mr. Speaker, briefly on this piece of legislation, again this is a bill that was dealing with extending the loan limits for boats under the Fisheries Loan Board. I know that our caucus had an amendment at the Law Amendments Committee that was passed, and it is now part of this bill. This will ensure that the department, within the next year, will be doing a review to see the possibility of loan guarantees for first-time owner-operator fishermen who are trying to get into the business.

We heard from fishermen at the public consultation process with this bill that whether it's a licence that's $1 million or $800,000, or a boat that can be as much, the cost of getting involved in the industry is becoming prohibitive for new entrants who don't have a lot of collateral. It's something that we particularly wanted to see in the bill. It's a review. It only begins the process, but I'm hoping it will turn the mind of the government to begin to see the benefit of loan guarantees. I will also say that the Liberals introduced an amendment that will, if and when the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, federally, allow licences to be a form of collateral, that we will now have the legislation available whenever it's proclaimed to ensure that we can do it as well. I'm glad to support this legislation.

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

MR. HAROLD THERIAULT: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to stand and speak on Bill No. 257. We are also pleased with the amendments that we have attached to this bill. This is a positive step in helping our coastal communities of this province - and the main thing, the people who live in them. We are hoping that's what it does.

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The original bill only made room for improving our existing fishing fleet. There just wasn't enough for our next generation of fishermen. During the Law Amendments Committee we all saw this and it needed work, so we took the bill and changed it to include the next generation of fishermen - hopefully.

We saw that we needed to make changes so we could create a level playing field which would help include the next generation of owner-operators in this fishing industry. I'm grateful to the Law Amendments Committee for listening to the presenters that we had here from the inshore fishery. They've been at this for years and now they believe they are finally being heard.

The amendments to this bill are a good first step in helping our next generation of fishers. It's all about giving our first-time, bona fide fishers of this province a chance to be involved in the fishery and to own their own fishing rigs. Currently, our young crew members and families have no chance of ever owning a fishing business for lack of proper funding. These young fishers have been asking for help to finance these fishing enterprises for a long time. These young crew members put years into training to run their own fishing

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business, but cannot find help to make that happen. They put more years into training on the ocean than lawyers do to practise law, only to find out they can't buy into their own business.

These young fishermen are ready to take over the helm, to work hard and to one day know that they will own these fishing enterprises, but without proper financing their chances are non-existent. This bill is a good first tool in the direction of making that happen. I assure you they will be pleased that the Nova Scotia Legislature is at least trying to help them.

There are still hurdles to get over. One is bringing the federal government onside, and another would be the artificially inflated price for these licences and rigs, but this bill will be a start to help work towards correcting these problems. This bill will open up financing enough for at least to be able to try to help our young people who want to own a fishing enterprise. If it doesn't work, we can at least say we tried. These fishing licences have to be used for collateral so investors know that their investments will be secure. These fishing licences will guarantee the investor that fishing can take place and the loans can be paid back in full, with interest.

The next step is we must bring the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on board and they must let these fishing licences be used for collateral. If they don't, we know where they're standing - on our next generation of fishermen. But I am confident that they will come on board and help us.

Mr. Speaker, do you think you could get an investor to finance any business if you could not show them a licence that you could run that business? Impossible. This business licence must be part of the collateral for any investor to invest. It is just good, common, business sense. Without a fishing licence attached to the business of a fishing enterprise, it is practically worthless. How do you pay for a fishing boat without a fishing licence to catch fish? How can an investor buy you a fishing enterprise without that licence being attached to that business so they know that you can catch fish to pay for it? They cannot, they will not, and who could blame them?

The Nova Scotia Fisheries Loan Board has not had a policy change since 1930. Years ago, you didn't have to worry about a licence to fish. Now the fishing licence is the only access to the fishery and its cost is worth half of that enterprise. We believe that if we want our children to have a chance in the fishery of this province it's time for the loan board to change its policy. It's time for this loan board to adapt to the 21st Century fishery that we're involved in and this bill is a good start to correct that.

Mr. Speaker, if we don't try to help our younger people, we may end up being told that we're not doing our jobs as members of the Nova Scotia Legislature. We will be told that we are behind in the times, and they will be right. Personally, I don't want to end this job by thinking that I never tried to help the children of this province. Any way that we can help our children will be truly rewarding in times to come, to each and every one of us.

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Mr. Speaker, we fully support Bill No. 257, and the amendments that we have attached to it. Thank you.

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

The honourable Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, when we did bring this bill forward, it was really an administrative piece to allow the board to make decisions on the increasing costs of vessels, in order for folks to upgrade the fleet and to get into the industry. I think what the members - this process is really indicative of how process is supposed to work, where we hear from industry, we formulate certain amendments to a bill, and I think it worked very well in this instance. The review, I think, is one that has been ongoing and I think this one gives it a little more legs for us to go forward and make substantive changes to the Fisheries Loan Board as the need comes up. The amendments that came forward from the member for Digby-Annapolis and through the Liberal Party, we were very happy to add those on, because what it does, it gives us more legs. It comes from everyone here. The NDP were very good on this one too and, like I said, it took all members to make these changes and bring these amendments forward.

Also, what it does is that as we discuss things with the federal DFO now, as we want to bring forward the changes and help new entrants get into the fishery. I think we now have another trick in our pocket, per se, another way, another apple to offer our federal counterparts to come forward and make the changes that they need to made to ensure that the young fishermen are able to live their dreams, to get into fishing, to make money, and to be part of our economy. So I want to thank all members for their participation in this, and I'm very happy to support this bill, as all of us do, and just wanted to close third reading on Bill No. 257.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 257. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 250.

Bill No. 250 - Motor Vehicle Act.

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, I move third reading.

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

MR. KEVIN DEVEAUX: Mr. Speaker, briefly on this bill, this is what was known as the gas and dash bill when it came to second reading, which allowed the government to impose certain restrictions on the driving licence of people who are involved in the theft of gasoline.

I would like to say for the record that the minister, I think, was listening to the Opposition with regard to this bill on a couple of issues. First of all, we wondered at the time in second reading why it only applied to theft of gasoline. Amendments were made by the government, supported by the Opposition Parties that now allow for this bill to apply to all crimes involving the use of a vehicle, the loss of a licence.

Also our Party had a bill before the House and through this bill was able to make amendments to the Labour Standards Code. I want to recognize the work of the Department of Environment and Labour and their efforts in this bill as well. We now have much better legislation that ensures that employees are not going to be forced to pay for the theft of gasoline, where they are not at fault for that theft, Mr. Speaker, and I think that makes this bill much better. I'm glad that this bill is a sign of the House working.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 250. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

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

PRIVATE AND LOCAL BILLS FOR THIRD READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 267.

Bill No. 267 - Cape Breton Island Marketing Levy Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I move third reading of Bill No. 267.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 267. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, we've done a good day's work, and I believe that we are now at the end of the order paper. I would like to move adjournment. Before I do so, I'd like to thank members for their co-operation, from all Parties, during this past sitting of the House. I look forward to our return sometime in December.

Mr. Speaker, I move that the House do now adjourn to meet again at the call of the Speaker, but not later than December 12, 2005, it being agreed that the Rules and Forms of Procedure of the House, Sections 3(4) and 3(5), are hereby waived with respect to the resumption of the House.

It is further agreed that the Law Amendments Committee will commence hearings on Bill No. 275 on December 15, 2005 (Interruptions) November 14, 2005. We have an amendment, Mr. Speaker - on November 14, 2005, or sooner.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is that the House will resume on December 12th or earlier, at the call of the Speaker, at 12:00 noon on whatever day - depending on the day; December 12th or sooner at the call of the Speaker.

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 House is adjourned until the call of the Speaker.

[The House rose at 5:57 p.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 5210

By: Hon. Michael Baker (Justice)

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

Whereas the second annual Lunenburg County Business Excellence Awards were held on October 20th to recognize local businesses for their achievements and contribution to the local economy; and

Whereas Birdsall-Worthington Pottery, Sea Side Flowers, Lunenburg Save Easy, Michelle Stevens Sailloft, Vintage Glass, Canadian Kachelofen and Composites Atlantic were honoured with nominations for these awards; and

Whereas Canadian Kachelofen was chosen as the winner of the Lunenburg County Business Excellence Award in the innovation category;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate those businesses who were nominated for this prestigious award, and Canadian Kachelofen on receiving the Lunenburg County Business Excellence Innovation Award.

RESOLUTION NO. 5211

By: Hon. Michael Baker (Justice)

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

Whereas Kevin Veinot, a graduate of Park View Education Centre, has been recognized for his basketball abilities at both the high school and university level; and

Whereas Kevin Veinot was a member of the Canada Games basketball team in 1987 which won the only gold medal ever for Nova Scotia in that sport; and

Whereas Kevin Veinot, along with his teammates, have been inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of the tremendous contribution they have made to sport in Nova Scotia;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate Kevin Veinot and the 1987 Nova Scotian Canada Games basketball team on being inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame.

RESOLUTION NO. 5212

By: Hon. John Hamm (Premier)

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

Whereas it was about ordinary people pulling together to achieve something extraordinary; and

Whereas this Summer, New Glasgow hosted the 2005 Pictou County Dragon Boat Festival, Race on the River, raising approximately $117,000; and

Whereas the money raised has been designated to assist four special community groups: Nova Scotia Special Olympics - Pictou and Highland Regions; Pictou County Prostate Cancer Support Group; the Nova Scotia Amateur Sport Fund; and the organizers of the event and primary beneficiaries of the funds raised, the Women Alike Breast Cancer Support Group;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this Legislature congratulate all those who have made a difference for so many through this fun annual event.

RESOLUTION NO. 5213

By: Mr. Harold Theriault (Digby-Annapolis)

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

Whereas the Digby Regional High School boys soccer team, the Junior Mariners, has had a very successful season; and

Whereas the Mariners won first place in the Valley's soccer west division; and

Whereas the Mariners will be competing in the regional playdowns on November 4th and November 5th;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Mariners on their successful season and wish them well in the upcoming playdowns.

RESOLUTION NO. 5214

By: Mr. James DeWolfe (Pictou East)

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

Whereas long-time Thorburn resident, Billy Kyle, who will be turning 96 in December, and his friend, 80-year-old Donnie MacKay, just completed earlier this morning one of their traditional six-day-a-week 6.5 kilometre walks up and around MacLellan's Mountain in Pictou County; and

Whereas the two gentlemen meet daily at approximately 8:00 a.m., Monday to Saturday every week, to do the 6.5 kilometre walk - which they have been doing now for the past 21 years; and

Whereas if you total the distance walked by these two gentlemen at 6.5 kilometres a day, averaging 313 days a year for the past 21 years, Donnie and Billy have walked a total of 42,000 kilometres;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this House of Assembly recognize the tremendous dedication to health promotion being shown by Billy and Donnie and wish them many more successful walks up and around MacLellan's Mountain.

RESOLUTION NO. 5215

By: Hon. Michael Baker (Justice)

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

Whereas the Canadian Progress Club is a national organization committed to enhancing the quality of life of all Canadians, through community service, in the spirit of fellowship; and

Whereas on November 16, 2005, the Canadian Progress Club, Halifax Cornwallis, will present the Women in Excellence Awards which celebrate extraordinary women whose impressive achievements make a powerful impact on our community; and

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Whereas one of the recipients of the Women in Excellence Awards is Lisa Jackson, a policing consultant with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, who previously served as a police officer with Halifax Regional Police for 12 years and who is a founding member and past president of the Atlantic Women in Law Enforcement Association and a founding member of the Canadian Resource Group for Women in Policing;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Lisa Jackson and her fellow honorees and thank them for their continued dedicated service to the Halifax community and to our Province of Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 5216

By: Mr. Mark Parent (Kings North)

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

Whereas the Dukes of Kent, all men of the Valley community, enjoyed a harmonious weekend September 29th to October 2nd, as they participated in the annual Sunrise Division and North Eastern District Convention and Contest; and

Whereas more than 1,000 barbershoppers, spouses and friends gathered at the Halifax Metro Centre to participate and attend the competition; and

Whereas the Dukes of Kent were awarded two trophies - first place champion in the small chorus category, and the second place trophy in the division contest;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Dukes of Kent on their recent awards and wish them continued future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 5217

By: Mr. Mark Parent (Kings North)

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

Whereas the renovated Kingstec Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College was officially opened on Wednesday, November 3, 2005; and

Whereas the impressive additions to the Kingstec Building will complement academic programs being offered at Kingstec, allowing for even better training and educational opportunities; and

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Whereas under the current leadership of Principal Don Bureaux, President Joan McArthur-Blair, and the staff at Kingstec, this campus has become one of the premiere educational institutions in the province;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly go on record as congratulating Kingstec on its revamped campus, its principal Don Bureaux, and his teaching and administrative staff for the work they have done in the past and for the bright opportunities in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 5218

By: Mr. Mark Parent (Kings North)

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

Whereas Adrian Campbell of Kentville is a successful duathlon athlete by night and a lawyer by day; and

Whereas Adrian Campbell has earned provincial cycling championships in the masters division in both the road race and time disciplines; and

Whereas this past July, in St. George, New Brunswick, Adrian Campbell competed in the national long-course duathlon and not only won his division, but the overall championship as well;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Adrian Campbell on his recent national championship success, and we wish him continued success in such a gruelling and physically demanding sport.

RESOLUTION NO. 5219

By: Mr. Mark Parent (Kings North)

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

Whereas Grant Connors of Kentville defeated nine other competitors over seven different events at the recent Atlantic Strongman Competition in Sydney Mines to earn the right to be called the strongest man in Atlantic Canada; and

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Whereas Grant has won 12 different competitions over the past year - including New Brunswick provincials; and

Whereas Grant competed in the Canadian Nationals at Quebec City in September;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Grant Connors on his dedication to his sport and on the impressive awards and achievements that he has earned.

RESOLUTION NO. 5220

By: Mr. Mark Parent (Kings North)

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

Whereas Greg Adamson, a member of the Kentville Fire Department, fared well at the regional firefighter combat challenge in Fredericton this past Summer and advanced to the nationals;

Whereas Greg recently competed in the nationals at Edmonton - placing well; and

Whereas Greg maintains an intense training regime, running 72 flights of stairs at the Kentville Memorial Park four to five times a week in full gear;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Greg Adamson on his achievements and on the honour which he has brought to the Kentville Volunteer Fire Department.

RESOLUTION NO. 5221

By: Mr. Mark Parent (Kings North)

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

Whereas the community of Kingsport, nestled on the shores of the Minas Basin, is one of the most picturesque communities in the province; and

Whereas the Kingsport community not only boasts a great history, but a strong future, as extensive upgrades have been done to the beach and marina areas, making them important tourist draws; and

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Whereas under the leadership of Barry Schaffner, the Kingsport Community Association recently dedicated the Lloyd Memorial Centre which hosts one of the busiest rural C@P sites in the province;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Kingsport Community Association, its president, Barry Schaffner, and all the residents of Kingsport for their work in making Kingsport such a special community to live in and to visit.

RESOLUTION NO. 5222

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Sandra Whalen of Oxford was awarded Oxford's Volunteer of the Year for her dedicated time and effort to improve her community; and

Whereas Sandra was presented this award at a reception held to honour Oxford's many volunteers, who Mayor Lloyd Jenkins said are the backbone of their community; and

Whereas Sandra has dedicated her time to her community, and the residents of Oxford and the Province of Nova Scotia are thankful to her for all she has done to make her community a better place;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Sandra Whalen on being named Oxford's Volunteer of the Year and wish her all the best in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 5223

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Scotiabank from Oxford was awarded Oxford's Volunteer Business of the Year Award for their dedicated time and effort to improve their community; and

Whereas Scotiabank was presented this award at a reception held to honour Oxford's many volunteers, who Mayor Lloyd Jenkins said are the backbones of their community; and

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Whereas Scotiabank has dedicated time to the community, and the residents of Oxford and the Province of Nova Scotia are thankful to them for all they have done to make their community a better place;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Scotiabank on being named Oxford's Volunteer Business of the Year and extend best wishes for the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 5224

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 River Hebert Raiders defeated Cape Breton Highland Academy to qualify for the Division IV Provincial Championship in Lockeport; and

Whereas a solid effort was given by the team members, saving them from overtime when Ben Harrison scored the game winner, breaking the 1-1 tie; and

Whereas steady goaltending from Shayne St. Peter secured the win with the Harrison brothers, Ben and Alex, scoring the two goals that brought the team to victory;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the River Hebert Raiders on qualifying for the Division IV Provincial Championship and wish them continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 5225

By: Hon. Ernest Fage (Economic Development)

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

Whereas Ed MacKay, coordinator of Showcase Productions, was presented recently with the 2005 Mayor's Life Achievement Award for the Arts; and

Whereas Mr. MacKay has been involved with theatre since 1970 - he was a founding member of the Amherst Drama Club, directed full-length musicals for the Garnet and Gold Society at Mount Allison University, and local Broadway productions in Amherst were so well received that Showcase Productions was born; and

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Whereas Mr. MacKay further promotes community theatre by leading an annual trip to Broadway in New York, and Showcase Productions uses show proceeds for scholarships, donations, bursaries and honorariums, totalling $40,000, to advance young people into the profession of theatre;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations to Ed MacKay on the receipt of this prestigious award and for his contribution to the arts in his community.

RESOLUTION NO. 5226

By: Mr. James DeWolfe (Pictou East)

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

Whereas the 2006 BMO Financial Group Skate Canada Provincials was held this past weekend in St. Margarets Bay, with a heavy contingent of Pictou County skaters involved; and

Whereas Thorburn's Megan Smith with her bronze medal in Quebec, who did not participate at St. Margarets Bay, and Jessie Cook who did, will advance to the Canadian National Championships in Ottawa January 9th to 15th; and

Whereas other Pictou County skaters who participated at St. Margarets Bay were Shawn Fequet, Cody Fryday, Lindsay Moore and Katlyn Walsh;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs congratulate Megan Smith on her bronze medal in Quebec, as well as the Pictou County skaters who gave it their very best this past weekend in St. Margarets Bay at the 2006 BMO Financial Group Skate Canada Provincials.

RESOLUTION NO. 5227

By: Mr. James DeWolfe (Pictou East)

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

Whereas mountain bike racing, even a short track racing series, is a competitive sport enjoyed by numerous young people in Pictou County and across Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the Pictou County Short Track Mountain Bike Race Series recently concluded with the awarding of medals; and

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Whereas the medal winners were Shane Starkey, Trent Cormier, Sandy Johnson, Ryan MacDonald, Luc Lochead, Brennan Snell, Dylan DeYoung, Jordan Holmes, Abbey Boutillier, Jessica Cyr and Ben Boutillier;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs congratulate all participants and medal winners in the 2005 Pictou County Short Track Mountain Bike Race Series and wish them every continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 5228

By: Mr. James DeWolfe (Pictou East)

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

Whereas a new track and field complex for Northumberland Regional High School is presently in the planning stages; and

Whereas students from Northumberland High School who would like to see this addition have taken it upon themselves to go all out and raise funds for this new track and field complex; and

Whereas just recently, the students participated in a 24-hour relay fundraiser used to help raise significant funds toward the completion of this new track and field complex;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this House of Assembly recognize the tremendous school spirit undertaken by students at Northumberland Regional High School, and wish them continued success with this project and with all of their studies during their 2005-06 school year.

RESOLUTION NO. 5229

By: Mr. William Dooks (Eastern Shore)

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

Whereas a farm near Clam Harbour Beach is unique in the fact that organic dog biscuits are made by farm owner Jude Major, along with other items she needs to feed herself; and

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Whereas Major bakes 10 varieties of biscuits, using everything from carrots to apples, beets and squash, with the eggs coming from 18 free-range hens on her farm, and flour from an organic mill in New Brunswick; and

Whereas Jude sells what she refers to as a "barker's dozen" - 14 biscuits for the price of 12 - as well as what are known as "pupcakes" for $1.50 apiece;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs congratulate Jude Major for her recent showing at the Nova Scotia Good Health Show and for wanting dogs to become more nutritious with their eating habits as well.

RESOLUTION NO. 5230

By: Ms. Judy Streatch (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas the Chester Golf Club is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year with a book written by club members, entitled Unique: Chester Golf Club turns 50; and

Whereas with the help of professional staff and great input from the club's anniversary committee, the book is 183 pages in length, exceptionally illustrated, along with a sampling of cartoon sketches; and

Whereas the history of golf in Chester dates back to 1914, and the old golf club finally folded in Chester in 1951, but with strong financial backing from Pennsylvania's Joseph N. Pew, billionaire son of the founder of Sun Oil whose family first started spending summers in Chester in 1901, a committee was struck to build a new golf course which officially opened July 6, 1955;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate all members of the Chester Golf Club on their historic 50th Anniversary and wish them another 50 years of success.

RESOLUTION NO. 5231

By: Ms. Judy Streatch (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas on October 1st the New Ross Fire Hall held a very successful auction; and

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Whereas over $11,000 was raised and over 35 people attended this special event, including myself and my special guest, the Honourable Chris d'Entremont; and

Whereas funds were raised to help this 59-year-old volunteer fire department continue to provide excellent service to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank all of the members of the New Ross Fire Hall for their dedication and hard work, and also a big thanks to all the community members and guests who attended the auction and supported this important and vital service.

RESOLUTION NO. 5232

By: Ms. Judy Streatch (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas the New Ross Masters soccer team netted Nova Scotia Gold this past Summer, upsetting seven-time champions Assante Sporting Rangers; and

Whereas the New Ross Masters settled their 43 game season with an impressive record of 38-4-1; and

Whereas team members, most with New Ross roots, admit they hardly practised and based their game on fellowship and fish tales with one of their Masters players in their 70s;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the New Ross Masters on a fantastic season and we hope they continue to enjoy themselves and share their lives as teammates and friends.

RESOLUTION NO. 5233

By: Ms. Judy Streatch (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas New Ross' Dwight Sanders of H.C. Sanders and Sons Limited was named the Western Region Woodlot Owner of the Year by the Department of Natural Resources; and

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Whereas Dwight Sanders grows hundreds of thousands of trees on his award-winning 368-acre lot, but he says the award really belongs to his woodlot manager, Owen Lenihan, who has worked with H.C. Saunders and Sons since 1978; and

Whereas H.C. Saunders and Sons will ship roughly 90,000 balsam fir Christmas trees this season to western Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Dwight Saunders and woodlot manager Owen Lenihan on the recent award, and wish them many more successful growing seasons in this very labour-intensive industry.

RESOLUTION NO. 5234

By: Ms. Judy Streatch (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas the Shatford's By The Sea family business should be commended for 55 years in the lobster business; and

Whereas in a beautiful setting right on the waters of St. Margarets Bay, you can enjoy fresh lobster, seafood, steaks, a breathtaking view and friendly service; and

Whereas over the years the Shatford family business has served thousands of clients and made long-time friends and dedicated customers - their customer service and fantastic products are second to none;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Shatford family on a successful 50 years in business and hope they continue to grow and prosper.

RESOLUTION NO. 5235

By: Ms. Judy Streatch (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas on May 3rd the community of New Ross, in partnership with their Regional Development Society, officially opened the Nova Scotia Christmas Tree Interpretive Centre; and

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Whereas the project was also supported by the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia and the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers' Association; and

Whereas the project coordinator, Brenda Keddy, teamed up with Dawn Elliott to head the task, and said the interpretive centre is the result of a lot of hard work and they hope to preserve, restore and, most importantly, convey the story of the Christmas tree industry in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank the community of New Ross, the Regional Development Society, the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia, and the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers' Association for their hard work and dedication to preserving this important, viable industry.

RESOLUTION NO. 5236

By: Ms. Judy Streatch (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas Christmas tree season is in full swing across Nova Scotia, most evidently in Lunenburg County - the Balsam Fir Christmas Tree Capital of the World; and

Whereas in Lunenburg County, thousands of trees are being prepared by over 600 growers to travel worldwide, including the United States, Panama and even Japan; and

Whereas this bustling industry is estimated at $25 million province-wide, with approximately 40 per cent of this revenue generated in Lunenburg County alone;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House wish all of the Christmas tree growers across the province, and in particular Lunenburg County, a safe and successful Christmas season.

RESOLUTION NO. 5237

By: Hon. Barry Barnet (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame recently held its Induction Ceremony and Dinner on October 19, 2005; and

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Whereas Doug Mitchell was one of six athletes/builders inducted into the Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame at this very special ceremony; and

Whereas not only are those honoured athletes, but also members of the community who see the value in promoting sports and seeing our young people involved with sporting programs and maintaining active lifestyles;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations along to Doug Mitchell for his induction into the Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame.

RESOLUTION NO. 5238

By: Hon. Barry Barnet (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame recently held its Induction Ceremony and Dinner on October 19, 2005; and

Whereas Jeri (Sharkey) Hennigar was one of six athletes/builders inducted into the Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame at this very special ceremony; and

Whereas not only are those honoured athletes, but also members of the community who see the value in promoting sports and seeing our young people involved with sporting programs and maintaining active lifestyles;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations along to Jeri (Sharkey) Hennigar for his induction into the Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame.

RESOLUTION NO. 5239

By: Hon. Barry Barnet (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame recently held its Induction Ceremony and Dinner on October 19, 2005; and

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Whereas Ken Barrett was one of six athletes/builders inducted into the Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame at this very special ceremony; and

Whereas not only are those honoured athletes, but also members of the community who see the value in promoting sports and seeing our young people involved with sporting programs and maintaining active lifestyles;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations along to Ken Barrett for his induction into the Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame.

RESOLUTION NO. 5240

By: Hon. Barry Barnet (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame recently held its Induction Ceremony and Dinner on October 19, 2005; and

Whereas Lisa (Carberry) Rowe was one of six athletes/builders inducted into the Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame at this very special ceremony; and

Whereas not only are those honoured athletes, but also members of the community who see the value in promoting sports and seeing our young people involved with sporting programs and maintaining active lifestyles;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations along to Lisa (Carberry) Rowe for her induction into the Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame.

RESOLUTION NO. 5241

By: Hon. Barry Barnet (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame recently held its Induction Ceremony and Dinner on October 19, 2005; and

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Whereas Ross Sampson was one of six athletes/builders inducted into the Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame at this very special ceremony; and

Whereas not only are those honoured athletes, but also members of the community who see the value in promoting sports and seeing our young people involved with sporting programs and maintaining active lifestyles;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations along to Ross Sampson for his induction into the Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame.

RESOLUTION NO. 5242

By: Hon. Barry Barnet (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame recently held its Induction Ceremony and Dinner on October 19, 2005; and

Whereas Wayne E. Gordon was one of six athletes/builders inducted into the Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame at this very special ceremony; and

Whereas not only are those honoured athletes, but also members of the community who see the value in promoting sports and seeing our young people involved with sporting programs and maintaining active lifestyles;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations along to Wayne E. Gordon for his induction into the Sackville Sports Heritage Hall of Fame.

RESOLUTION NO. 5243

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the Canada Summer Games were held in Regina in August; and

Whereas baseball player Ryan Williams of East Preston represented Nova Scotia; and

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Whereas Ryan competed with pride, skill and sportsmanship;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly thank Ryan for representing our province, and congratulate him on his fine performance.

RESOLUTION NO. 5244

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the community of North Preston recognizes that the success of their community is based in the education of its residents; and

Whereas this year the community saw 63 of its residents graduate from high school and post-secondary institutions, the highest number ever;

Whereas the community has produced many well-educated, outstanding citizens that have gone on to represent our province in a very proud way throughout Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the families of North Preston and the youth for the outstanding job they are doing assuring North Preston is recognized as a positive place to live and grow up in.

RESOLUTION NO. 5245

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the 2005 Canadian Canoe Championships were held in Montreal, August 31st to September 3rd; and

Whereas Ryan Gardiner, Alex Jacobi, Douglas Miles and Jeffery Mosher from the Orenda Canoe Club competed in the Junior Men K-4 1,000 M; and

Whereas Ryan, Alex, Douglas and Jeffery won the bronze;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Ryan, Alex, Douglas and Jeffery, and wish them continued success with their paddling careers.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5246

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas Jeri Brown is one of the world's most respected jazz vocalists, who holds several degrees, and has taught at a number of universities in the United States and Canada; and

Whereas Ms. Brown recently handpicked 15 talented young, black vocalists from Nova Scotia communities to perform with her at St. Matthew's United Church; and

Whereas this performance was recorded as a one-house television special called I Hear the Spirit;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly recognize Ms. Jeri Brown for giving her time and talent to mentor young members of our Black communities.

RESOLUTION NO. 5247

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas Emma (Mama) Fraser, the mother of 27 children and stepchildren, 89 grandchildren, 223 great-grandchildren and 69 great-great-grandchildren, was a pillar to not only her family but to the entire community of North Preston; and

Whereas Mrs. Fraser made a conscience decision to serve God early in her life and was a valued member of Saint Thomas United Baptist Church in North Preston, and was a member of the Senior Citizens Group, Senior Choir, Women's Missionary Institute, Morning Glory Fellowship, the Ladies Auxiliary, and many other church establishments; and

Whereas Mrs. Fraser had a passion for singing and gave solo church performances as far away as Montreal and Toronto;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly honour Mrs. Fraser who died at the age of 100 years and 29 days on September 16, 2005, for her lifetime of commitment to her family, community and church.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5248

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the Canada Summer Games were held in Regina in August; and

Whereas paddler Douglas Miles from Lake Echo represented Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Douglas competed with pride, skill and sportsmanship;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly thank Douglas for representing our province and congratulate him on his fine performance.

RESOLUTION NO. 5249

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas the Canada Summer Games were held in Regina in August; and

Whereas A.J. Grosse from Cherry Brook represented Nova Scotia in Athletics; and

Whereas A.J. competed with pride, skill and sportsmanship and won a Silver medal in Men's High Jump;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly thank A.J. for representing our province and congratulate him on his fine performance.

RESOLUTION NO. 5250

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Beth Reid of Advocate, wears many hats while working at Bayview Memorial Health Centre in Advocate, even through she only works part-time, this registered

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nurse of nearly 30 years, manages to juggle a number of jobs in a variety of different departments; and

Whereas Beth's jobs include outpatients and long-term care, coordinating a monthly foot care clinic at the facility, palliative care consult nurse for palliative care for the area and site coordinator for the Telehealth Network; and

Whereas Beth enjoys the diversity and challenge of working at Bayview Memorial and also enjoys the social aspects that go along with working in this small rural community that she now calls home.

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Beth Reid on her outstanding achievements in the field of health care and thank her for her untiring effort to make her community a better place.

RESOLUTION NO. 5251

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas on Wednesday, November 2, 2005, individuals representing the provincial government and community joined with Principal Shelly Carter-Rose, staff and students at the Cumberland Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College in Springhill, to help celebrate the great things that are happening there; and

Whereas the campus just finished with renovations this Summer, which will accommodate new programs such as practical nursing, plumbing, general arts and science, along with a new pilot project in biology, delivered through a video conference technology using a smart white board; and

Whereas this campus has this year achieved the highest percentage increase in the number of students enrolled in its programs that any other campus in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate Principal Carter-Rose and her very professional and dedicated staff, the students of Cumberland Campus and all those who helped in these achievements at the most progressive community college campus in Nova Scotia and wish them continued success in the coming years.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5252

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Brittani Purcell from Oxford, was awarded Oxford's Volunteer Youth of the Year for her dedicated time and effort to improve her community; and

Whereas Brittani was presented this award at a reception held to honour Oxford's many volunteers that Mayor Lloyd Jenkins said are the backbone of their community; and

Whereas Brittani has dedicated her time to her community and the residents of Oxford, and the Province of Nova Scotia is thankful to her for all she has done to make her community a better place;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Brittani Purcell on being named Oxford's Volunteer Youth of the Year and wish her all the best in future endeavors.

RESOLUTION NO. 5253

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 Volunteer Fire Department from Oxford was awarded Oxford's Volunteer Group of the Year Award for their dedicated time and effort to improve their community; and

Whereas the Oxford Volunteer Fire Department was presented this award at a reception held to honor Oxford's many volunteers that Mayor Lloyd Jenkins said are the backbone of their community; and

Whereas the Oxford Volunteer Fire Department has dedicated its time to their community and the residents of Oxford and the Province of Nova Scotia is thankful to them for all they have done to make their community a better place;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Oxford Volunteer Fire Department on being named Oxford's Volunteer Group of the Year, and wish them all the best in future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5254

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 Area Lions Club was awarded Oxford's Volunteer Group of the Year Award for their dedicated time and effort to improve their community; and

Whereas Oxford Lions Club was presented this award at a reception held to honour Oxford's many volunteers that Mayor Lloyd Jenkins said are the backbone of their community; and

Whereas Oxford Area Lions Club have dedicated their time to their community and the residents of Oxford, and the Province of Nova Scotia is thankful to them for all they have done to make their community a better place;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Oxford Area Lions Club on being named Oxford's Volunteer Group of the Year and wish them all the best in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 5255

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 Home Hardware was awarded Oxford's Volunteer Business of the Year Award for their dedicated time and effort to improve their community; and

Whereas Oxford Home Hardware was presented this award at a reception held to honour Oxford's many volunteers that Major Lloyd Jenkins said are the backbone of their community; and

Whereas Oxford Home Hardware have dedicated their time to their community and the residents of Oxford, and the Province of Nova Scotia is thankful to them for all they have done to make their community a better place;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Oxford Home Hardware on being named Oxford's Volunteer Business of the Year and wish them all the best in future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5256

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Graham and Michelle Wood, from Oxford, were awarded Oxford's Volunteer Family of the Year Award for the dedicated time and effort to improve their community; and

Whereas Graham and Michelle were presented this award at a reception held to honour Oxford's many volunteers that Mayor Lloyd Jenkins said are the backbone of their community; and

Whereas Graham and Michelle have dedicated their time to their community and the residents of Oxford, and the Province of Nova Scotia is thankful to them for all they have done to make their community a better place;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Graham and Michelle Wood, on being name Oxford's Volunteer Family of the Year and wish them all the best in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 5257

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas late this Spring, the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro welcomed their 250,000th visitor to view some of the oldest dinosaur bones anywhere in the world; and

Whereas the Fundy Geological Museum first opened in 1993 and has welcomed nearly 25,000 visitors each year; and

Whereas the museum also played host this Summer to the 40th Annual Nova Scotia Gem and Mineral Show, formerly known as the Rockbound-Roundup, and brings together gem and mineral dealers from across North America;

Therefore be it resolved that this House applauds the efforts of the Cumberland Geological Society for their tenacious work in marketing their museum in the world.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5258

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Use Candles with Care was the theme of Fire Prevention Week recently held between October 9th to 15th; and

Whereas a key safety message promoted all year by the National Fire Protection Association is to use candle holders that are sturdy, which do not tip over easily, are made from a material that cannot burn and large enough to collect dripping wax; and

Whereas Fire Protection Week is held because of the superb work of volunteer firefighters from the Leicester Fire Department, but also promotes not only fire safety, but pays tribute to the men and women who keep our communities safe from fire all year long;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs extend our sincere gratitude to the members of the Leicester Fire Department for their outstanding year-round service.

RESOLUTION NO. 5259

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Use Candles with Care was the theme of Fire Prevention Week recently held between October 9th to 15th; and

Whereas a key safety message promoted all year by the National Fire Protection Association is to use candle holders that are sturdy, which don't tip over easily, are made from a material that cannot burn, and large enough to collect dripping wax; and

Whereas Fire Prevention Week is held because of the superb work of volunteer firefighters from the Advocate Fire Department, but also promotes not only fire safety, but pays tribute to the men and women who keep our communities safe from fire all year long;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs extend our sincere gratitude to the members of the Advocate Fire Department for their outstanding year-round service.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5260

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Use Candles with Care was the theme of Fire Prevention Week recently held between October 9th to 15th; and

Whereas a key safety message promoted all year by the National Fire Protection Association is to use candle holders that are sturdy, which don't tip over easily, are made from a material that cannot burn and large enough to collect dripping wax; and

Whereas Fire Prevention Week is held because of the superb work of volunteer firefighters from the Westchester Fire Department, but also promotes not only fire safety, but pays tribute to the men and women who keep our communities safe from fire all year long;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs extend our sincere gratitude to the members of the Westchester Fire Department for their outstanding year-round service.

RESOLUTION NO. 5261

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Use Candles with Care was the theme of Fire Prevention Week recently held between October 9th to 15th; and

Whereas a key safety message promoted all year by the National Fire Protection Association is to use candle holders that are sturdy, which don't tip over easily, are made from a material that cannot burn and large enough to collect dripping wax; and

Whereas Fire Prevention Week is held because of the superb work of volunteer firefighters from the Springhill Fire Department, but also promotes not only fire safety, but pays tribute to the men and women who keep our communities safe from fire all year long;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs extend our sincere gratitude to the members of the Springhill Fire Department for their outstanding year-round service.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5262

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Use Candles with Care was the theme of Fire Prevention Week recently held between October 9th to 15th; and

Whereas a key safety message promoted all year by the National Fire Protection Association is to use candle holders that are sturdy, which don't tip over easily, are made from a material that cannot burn and large enough to collect dripping wax; and

Whereas Fire Prevention Week is held because of the superb work of volunteer firefighters from the River Hebert Fire Department, but also promotes not only fire safety, but pays tribute to the men and women who keep our communities safe from fire all year long;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs extend our sincere gratitude to the members of the River Hebert Fire Department for their outstanding year-round service.

RESOLUTION NO. 5263

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Use Candles with Care was the theme of Fire Prevention Week recently held between October 9th to 15th; and

Whereas a key safety message promoted all year by the National Fire Protection Association is to use candle holders that are sturdy, which don't tip over easily, are made from a material that cannot burn and large enough to collect dripping wax; and

Whereas Fire Prevention Week is held because of the superb work of volunteer firefighters from the Oxford Fire Department, but also promotes not only fire safety, but pays tribute to the men and women who keep our communities safe from fire all year long;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs extend our sincere gratitude to the members of the Oxford Fire Department for their outstanding year-round service.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5264

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Use Candles with Care was the theme of Fire Prevention Week recently held between October 9th to 15th; and

Whereas a key safety message promoted all year by the National Fire Protection Association is to use candle holders that are sturdy, which don't tip over easily, are made from a material that cannot burn and large enough to collect dripping wax; and

Whereas Fire Prevention Week is held because of the superb work of volunteer firefighters from the Southampton Fire Department, but also promotes not only fire safety, but pays tribute to the men and women who keep our communities safe from fire all year long;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs extend our sincere gratitude to the members of the Southampton Fire Department for their outstanding year-round service.

RESOLUTION NO. 5265

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 the Town of Annapolis Royal is one of the province's most historic communities and has been a key contributor to our economy by establishing itself as an internationally known tourist destination, while providing considerable employment in the tourism sector, as well as spinoff benefits to the goods and services sector; and

Whereas the efforts of its citizens and municipal representatives continue to foster community strength and growth that exemplify the pride of Nova Scotia's citizens and our position as a prime tourist destination; and

Whereas the Province of Nova Scotia has conveyed ownership of the historic Annapolis Royal Railway Station and 10.5 acres of Crown land to the town to support further economic, tourism and residential growth;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the historic Town of Annapolis Royal for its sustained growth as a contributor to our tourism industry, and recognize the importance of the town to our economy and Nova Scotia's future growth.

RESOLUTION NO. 5266

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas from the Grand Slam of Curling to the Olympic Curling Trials to the World Women's Hockey Championship, Nova Scotians are taking a back seat to no one in hosting world premier calibre events; and

Whereas another world event was awarded to Halifax a week ago yesterday in Cardiff, Wales when the International Lacrosse Federation announced that Halifax would play host to the 2007 World Lacrosse Championships; and

Whereas it is anticipated that approximately 100 teams will be competing in Halifax in May 2007, from countries such as Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Japan, Korea, Scotland, Sweden, United States, Argentina and Hong Kong, just to name a few;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs applaud those involved in preparing Halifax's bid to host the 2007 World Lacrosse Championships and making it the best available, enabling Halifax to be chosen as the host city.

RESOLUTION NO. 5267

By: Hon. John Hamm (Premier)

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

Whereas for almost 35 years, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business has served as an advocate for the concerns of its membership, now totalling 105,000 members nationwide, with 5,000 here in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas over that time, the CFIB has lived up to its mandate, "To be the BIG Voice for Small Business", as well as its motto, "We never give up; we never go away"; and

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Whereas its successes include leading the business community's charge in eliminating the business occupancy tax in Nova Scotia and for meaningful regulatory reform, here and across Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this Legislature congratulate the CFIB, through Executive Director Leanne Hachey, for over three decades of representation to small business, and thank the organization and its members for their role in educating Nova Scotians on the importance of small business to our communities, as well as for helping to shape and improve social and economic policies for this province.

RESOLUTION NO. 5268

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas Nova Scotia continues to be able to pull in major international events with the Grand Slam Draw of Curling opening today at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, with 16 teams from across the world participating; and

Whereas the Grand Slam Draw of Curling is part of the World Curling Tour and will offer prize money of up to $100,000; and

Whereas nine of the 16 teams entered in this week's triple-knockout competition are from Canada, with seven of the nine to take part in the Olympic Trials to be held in Halifax in early December;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs recognize the volunteers in the Port Hawkesbury area who are working long volunteer hours to put Port Hawkesbury on the world map this weekend, in hosting the World Curling Tour's Grand Slam Draw of Curling.

RESOLUTION NO. 5269

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

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

Whereas developing public speaking skills at a young age is so important to creating self-confidence and a positive self-image; and

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Whereas the Hill "N" Dale 4-H Club of Lunenburg County creates opportunities for its members to present speeches and demonstrations; and

Whereas the junior and senior 4-H members participated in public speaking events;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the Hill "N" Dale 4-H Club of Lunenburg County for their leadership and the following 4-H members who took the challenge: junior members - Taylor Hebb, Adam Fancy, Kelly Cunningham and Cody Whynott; junior demonstrations - Nicholas Gear, Hillary Gear, Mark Smith, Hailey Stapleton, Katelyn Lohnes; intermediate speakers - Dominique Blais, Holly Boudreau, Kayla Palmer, Danielle Briand, Ted Higney and Kailey Hubley; senior speakers - Julie Berkshire, Benjamin Cook, Kent Mader and Laura Gow.

RESOLUTION NO. 5270

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

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

Whereas gardening is on the list of healthy activities; and

Whereas participating in gardening competitions can motivate greater interest in the activity; and

Whereas Rollie Rhodenizer of Newcombville, Lunenburg County, competed in the recent Windsor-West Watermelon Weigh-off;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate Mr. Rollie Rhodenizer for capturing top honours in the watermelon category; this is the fourth year in a row Mr. Rhodenizer has taken first place honors.

RESOLUTION NO. 5271

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

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

Whereas the development of trails for recreational purposes is important for the health and well-being of those who use them; and

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Whereas the leadership needed to provide attractive, useful and safe trails requires the involvement of community volunteers; and

Whereas the Recreation Nova Scotia Mayflower Community Co-operation Award is presented to groups in Nova Scotia that have shown outstanding co-operation for the improvement of recreation and leisure opportunities in their communities;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the LaHave River Trail Association for their success and for being selected as a recipient to receive the 2005 Recreation Nova Scotia Mayflower Community Co-operation Award.

RESOLUTION NO. 5272

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

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

Whereas the development of trails for recreational purposes is important for the health and well-being of those who use them; and

Whereas the leadership needed to provide attractive, useful and safe trails requires the involvement of community volunteers; and

Whereas the Recreation Nova Scotia Mayflower Community Co-operation Award is presented to groups in Nova Scotia that have shown outstanding co-operation for the improvement of recreation and leisure opportunities in their communities;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the Bull Run Trail Association for their success and for being selected as a recipient to receive the 2005 Recreation Nova Scotia Mayflower Community Co-operation Award.

RESOLUTION NO. 5273

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

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

Whereas sports and recreation activities are very important to students at all grade levels; and

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Whereas schools provide a great variety of sport and recreational activities for students of all ages and abilities; and

Whereas teachers play a pivotal role in providing volunteer services in the coaching and organizing of these extracurricular activities;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate teacher Sue Smith of Hebbville Academy for her dedication to her students and for being honoured as a new member of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.

RESOLUTION NO. 5274

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

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

Whereas municipal governments play a pivotal role in the development of their municipal units; and

Whereas citizens who are elected to serve on municipal councils provide leadership on behalf of their citizens; and

Whereas many municipal councillors have offered their services to their communities for lengthy periods of time;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate Mayor Carroll Publicover of Bridgewater for his lengthy service as a town councillor, deputy mayor and mayor of Bridgewater, and for being presented with a gold award by the UNSM, honouring his 20 years of service.

RESOLUTION NO. 5275

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

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

Whereas there are many families in Louisiana who are suffering as a result of the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina; and

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Whereas those who are affected desperately need the help from all possible sources in order to survive this disaster; and

Whereas Canadians in many parts of the country have contributed to helping those in need;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend best wishes and thanks to Vanessa Fraser of Lunenburg County for on-the-ground help as a result of her labour in Louisiana clearing trees, lugging wood and going to individual homes to try to save as much as possible for future rebuilding.

RESOLUTION NO. 5276

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 the goal of the Occupational Health and Safety Division of Nova Scotia Environment and Labour is to establish and enforce clear standards to reduce occupational injury and illness; and

Whereas the Occupational Health and Safety Workplace Achievement Award is presented to companies in recognition of their efforts to reduce injuries in the workplace; and

Whereas R & C Weare Logging Ltd. won the Occupational Health and Safety Workplace Safety Achievement Award for Queens County in 2004;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate R & C Weare for their commitment to the safety and well-being of their employees.

RESOLUTION NO. 5277

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 the Maritime Mathematics Competition is an annual competition that is open to all students enrolled in any high school in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island; and

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Whereas the competition is designed to foster interest in mathematics among high school students, increase public awareness of mathematics, and encourage students to develop mathematical and problem-solving skills; and

Whereas Brian Crouse, a recent graduate of Liverpool Regional High School, had the top score among Nova Scotia participants at the 9th Annual Maritime Mathematics Competition;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Brian Crouse on his exceptional standing at the Maritime Mathematics Competition and wish him the best of luck in his future.

RESOLUTION NO. 5278

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 Air Cadets is a national organization whose purpose is to develop in youth the attributes of leadership, engaged and active citizenship, and physical fitness, all within a safe environment that stimulates an interest in the Canadian Forces; and

Whereas the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron's 53rd Annual Ceremonial Review was held on May 29, 2005; and

Whereas Corporal Tyler Montgomery was presented with the Third Highest Sales in Fundraising Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Corporal Tyler Montgomery on his outstanding work with the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

RESOLUTION NO. 5279

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 Air Cadets is a national organization whose purpose is to develop in youth the attributes of leadership, engaged and active citizenship, and physical fitness, all within a safe environment that stimulates an interest in the Canadian Forces; and

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Whereas the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron's 53rd Annual Ceremonial Review was held on May 29, 2005; and

Whereas Cadet Benjamin Samson received the Award for the Air Cadet with the Most Interest in Music;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Cadet Benjamin Samson on his outstanding work with the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

RESOLUTION NO. 5280

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 Air Cadets is a national organization whose purpose is to develop in youth the attributes of leadership, engaged and active citizenship, and physical fitness, all within a safe environment that stimulates an interest in the Canadian Forces; and

Whereas the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron's 53rd Annual Ceremonial Review was held on May 29, 2005; and

Whereas Leading Air Cadet Coby Joudrey was presented with the Award for Athletic Sportsmanship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Leading Air Cadet Coby Joudrey on his outstanding work with the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

RESOLUTION NO. 5281

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 Air Cadets is a national organization whose purpose is to develop in youth the attributes of leadership, engaged and active citizenship and physical fitness, all within a safe environment that stimulates an interest in the Canadian Forces; and

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Whereas the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron's 53rd Annual Ceremonial Review was held on May 29, 2005; and

Whereas Corporal Corbin Uhlman was presented with the Second Highest Sales in Fundraising Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Corporal Corbin Uhlman on his outstanding work with the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

RESOLUTION NO. 5282

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 Air Cadets is a national organization whose purpose is to develop in youth the attributes of leadership, engaged and active citizenship, and physical fitness, all within a safe environment that stimulates an interest in the Canadian Forces; and

Whereas the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron's 53rd Annual Ceremonial Review was held on May 29, 2005; and

Whereas Corporal Crystal Weagle was presented with the Fourth-Year Leadership Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Corporal Crystal Weagle on her outstanding work with the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

RESOLUTION NO. 5283

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 Freda Theakston of Greenfield has been a well-known volunteer in her community since she moved back home in 1989; and

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Whereas Mrs. Theakston volunteers with a number of organizations, including the Greenfield District Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, the Greenfield Recreation Association, the Greenfield Baptist Church, and the Jolly Ponoquers Seniors Club; and

Whereas at the 16th Annual 50+ Expo in Halifax she received a volunteer award for outstanding community service;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the efforts of Freda Theakston, one of the outstanding volunteers that make Queens County such a wonderful place to live.

RESOLUTION NO. 5284

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 the Queens General Hospital Auxiliary has been supporting the hospital for over 50 years; and

Whereas money raised by the auxiliary has been used to fund new equipment, furniture, appliances and the redecoration of rooms at Queens General Hospital; and

Whereas the auxiliary was named Outstanding Volunteer Fundraising Group at the 2005 Maritime Philanthropy Awards Dinner;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud all current and past members of the Queens General Hospital Auxiliary for the outstanding work they do for our community.

RESOLUTION NO. 5285

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 Air Cadets is a national organization whose purpose is to develop in youth the attributes of leadership, engaged and active citizenship, and physical fitness, all within a safe environment that stimulates an interest in the Canadian Forces; and

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Whereas the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron's 53rd Annual Ceremonial Review was held on May 29, 2005; and

Whereas Warrant Officer 1st Class Julie Minard was presented with the Senior Leadership Award, the Lord Strathcona Medal and the Parnell Shield for the highest average in rifle shooting for the year;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Corporal Warrant Officer 1st Class Julie Minard on her outstanding work with the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

RESOLUTION NO. 5286

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 Air Cadets is a national organization whose purpose is to develop in youth the attributes of leadership, engaged and active citizenship, and physical fitness, all within a safe environment that stimulates an interest in the Canadian Forces; and

Whereas the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron's 53rd Annual Ceremonial Review was held on May 29, 2005; and

Whereas Cadet Jessica Montgomery was presented with the First-year Leadership Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Cadet Jessica Montgomery on her outstanding work with the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

RESOLUTION NO. 5287

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 Air Cadets is a national organization whose purpose is to develop in youth the attributes of leadership, engaged and active citizenship, and physical fitness, all within a safe environment that stimulates an interest in the Canadian Forces; and

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Whereas the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron's 53rd Annual Ceremonial Review was held on May 29, 2005; and

Whereas Corporal Kirsten Briand was presented with the Second-Year Leadership Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Corporal Kirsten Briand on her outstanding work with the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

RESOLUTION NO. 5288

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 Air Cadets is a national organization whose purpose is to develop in youth the attributes of leadership, engaged and active citizenship, and physical fitness, all within a safe environment that stimulates an interest in the Canadian Forces; and

Whereas the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron's 53rd Annual Ceremonial Review was held on May 29, 2005; and

Whereas Flight Sergeant Krista Mulle was presented with the Best All-Round Cadet Award and the Parnell Shield for the highest average in rifle shooting for the year;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Flight Sergeant Krista Mulle on her outstanding work with the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

RESOLUTION NO. 5289

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 Air Cadets is a national organization whose purpose is to develop in youth the attributes of leadership, engaged and active citizenship, and physical fitness, all within a safe environment that stimulates an interest in the Canadian Forces; and

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Whereas the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron's 53rd Annual Ceremonial Review was held on May 29, 2005; and

Whereas Warrant Officer 2nd Class Keighan O'Laughlin was awarded the Royal Canadian Cadet Medal of Excellence;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Warrant Officer 2nd Class Keighan O'Laughlin on his outstanding work with the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

RESOLUTION NO. 5290

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 Air Cadets is a national organization whose purpose is to develop in youth the attributes of leadership, engaged and active citizenship, and physical fitness, all within a safe environment that stimulates an interest in the Canadian Forces; and

Whereas the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron's 53rd Annual Ceremonial Review was held on May 29, 2005; and

Whereas Cadet Michael Wentzell was presented with the Sixth Highest Sales in Fundraising Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Cadet Michael Wentzell on his outstanding work with the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

RESOLUTION NO. 5291

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 Air Cadets is a national organization whose purpose is to develop in youth the attributes of leadership, engaged and active citizenship, and physical fitness, all within a safe environment that stimulates an interest in the Canadian Forces; and

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Whereas the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron's 53rd Annual Ceremonial Review was held on May 29, 2005; and

Whereas Corporal Megan Conrad received the Award for the Most Improved Air Cadet;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Corporal Megan Conrad on her outstanding work with the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

RESOLUTION NO. 5292

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 Air Cadets is a national organization whose purpose is to develop in youth the attributes of leadership, engaged and active citizenship, and physical fitness, all within a safe environment that stimulates an interest in the Canadian Forces; and

Whereas the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron's 53rd Annual Ceremonial Review was held on May 29, 2005; and

Whereas Sergeant Nathan Harding was presented with the Highest Sales in Fundraising award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Sergeant Nathan Harding on his outstanding work with the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

RESOLUTION NO. 5293

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 Air Cadets is a national organization whose purpose is to develop in youth the attributes of leadership, engaged and active citizenship, and physical fitness, all within a safe environment that stimulates an interest in the Canadian Forces; and

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Whereas the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron's 53rd Annual Ceremonial Review was held on May 29, 2005; and

Whereas Sergeant Billy McLean was presented with the Fourth-Year Leadership Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Sergeant Billy McLean on his outstanding work with the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

RESOLUTION NO. 5294

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 Air Cadets is a national organization whose purpose is to develop in youth the attributes of leadership, engaged and active citizenship, and physical fitness, all within a safe environment that stimulates an interest in the Canadian Forces; and

Whereas the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron's 53rd Annual Ceremonial Review was held on May 29, 2005; and

Whereas Flight Sergeant Sarah Naughler was presented with the Fifth Highest Sales in Fundraising Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Flight Sergeant Sarah Naughler on her outstanding work with the Liverpool Privateer 545 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

RESOLUTION NO. 5295

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 is the Year of the Veteran; and

Whereas the community of Greenfield has been fundraising to erect a cenotaph commemorating those who lost their lives in the service of their country; and

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Whereas on August 13th World War II veterans unveiled their new cenotaph at Veterans Memorial Park in front of hundreds of people;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Greenfield Cenotaph Committee for working to honour their local veterans with a new cenotaph.

RESOLUTION NO. 5296

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 Reach for the Top is a well-known trivia game in which high school teams compete to answer questions on topics such as history, science, art, and who am I?; and

Whereas the 2004-05 Liverpool Regional High School's Reach for the Top team was made up of students: Kellen Barrett, Shirley Fralic, Geoffrey Mason, Erin Spinney and Caleb Woodford, and coach, Mark Power; and

Whereas the team, in only its second year of competition, won the regional Reach for the Top Championship, defeating the Horton High team who had won it for eight straight years;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Liverpool Regional High School's Reach for the Top team and wish future teams all the best in forthcoming competitions.

RESOLUTION NO. 5297

By: Hon. Barry Barnet (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas the members and officers of the Hammonds Plains and Upper Hammonds Plains Fire Department will be hosting their annual banquet on Saturday, November 5, 2005; and

Whereas this will be the third consecutive year that the two fire departments will host this joint annual banquet; and

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Whereas the previous two banquets were huge successes and many members, officers and family members participated;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating the Hammonds Plains and Upper Hammonds Plains Fire Departments for their ability to work together and co-operate to allow for this enjoyable evening to take place.

RESOLUTION NO. 5298

By: Ms. Judy Streatch (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas the Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret's, Gerald Keddy, introduced Bill S-14, this past March to protect and preserve Canada's heritage lighthouses; and

Whereas the new bill recognizes that designated heritage lighthouses form an integral part of Canada's identity, culture and heritage and are part of our history that needs to be preserved; and

Whereas Bill S-14 will provide heritage lighthouses with protection against alterations to the structures and will ensure these lighthouses will not fall into disrepair;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Gerald Keddy for his hard work and dedication to Bill S-14, recognizing this important part of our history and keeping it preserved for generations to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 5299

By: Ms. Judy Streatch (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas Tuesday, November 1st, marked All Saints Day and the death of naval hero Desmond William Piers at age 92; and

Whereas "Debby", a nickname Desmond William Piers picked up in childhood, will be greatly missed in the Community of Chester, his zest for life and charm will be remembered by all who knew him; and

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Whereas Desmond William Piers was a retired Rear Admiral, had received France's highest honour for bravery in military action and service - L'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur - in June, 2004, and also in 2004, the South Shore Naval Association changed its name to the Admiral Desmond Piers Naval Association as a tribute to his service and dedication to the navy.

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send our condolences to his wife of 64 years, Janet, and their entire family as he will be greatly missed and fondly remembered in the Chester community.

RESOLUTION NO. 5300

By: Hon. Ernest Fage (Economic Development)

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

Whereas "Clean Atlantic", recently wrapped up their annual industry gathering at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax; and

Whereas the cleaning industry's net worth to the economy of Atlantic Canada is $220 million, $2.2 billion in total across Canada; and

Whereas one of the world's leading experts in Green Cleaning, David Holly from Minneapolis, Minnesota, spoke at the conference stressing the importance of a safer working environment, when you consider that 600 million pounds of chemicals are produced annually across Canada with ten times more involved in the production of cleaners;

Therefore be it resolved that this House applaud the efforts of the Nova Scotia cleaning industry, an industry sometimes referred to as the silent or hidden industry, yet, one of the most important and necessary industries anywhere in Nova Scotia and across the world.

RESOLUTION NO. 5301

By: Hon. Angus MacIsaac (Health)

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

Whereas arthritis is one of the most prevalent chronic health conditions in Canada and is a major cause of death, disability and health care utilization; and

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Whereas Dr. Diane Mosher, a rheumatologist and Dr. Mike Dunbar, an orthopedic surgeon, both in Capital Health, have taken a leadership role in addressing this significant chronic disease in Nova Scotia by exploring ways to develop community-based initiatives to improve our approach to prevention, screening, treatment and the management of advanced arthritis in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Dr. Mosher is co-chair of a summit on Developing Standards for Arthritis Prevention and Care being held in Ottawa this week, November 1st to 3rd, where hundreds of representatives from Canada's arthritis community and from around the world have come together to set national and international standards for arthritis prevention and care;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank these two doctors for their commitment and encourage them to continue their good work to improve the health and quality of life of the many Nova Scotians affected by arthritis.

RESOLUTION NO. 5302

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Energy)

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

Whereas Norsk Hydro, now Hydro, the fifth largest deepwater operator in the world, is expanding its presence in Nova Scotia's offshore; and

Whereas Hydro has taken over Kerr-McGee's remaining interest in licence 2404, as well as 50 per cent share of a nearby licence 2403, shared with Anadarko, and holds substantial interest in three other exploration blocks off Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the Department of Energy is pleased to encourage new business investment in Nova Scotia's offshore, seizing opportunities for growth in the industry, the development of our precious resource and building on our experience;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House welcome Hydro and its group of explorers to Nova Scotia and congratulate them on investing in a province with so much potential for success in the offshore industry.

RESOLUTION NO. 5303

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Energy)

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

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Whereas the Nova Scotia Homebuilders' Association hosted six "Before You Renovate"consumer seminars across the province for October Renovation Month; and

Whereas these seminars encouraged energy-conscious renovations, and provided simple tips for Nova Scotia members to make homes more energy efficient; and

Whereas the Department of Energy is pleased to provide support to this project which encourages energy-efficient home renovations, saves Nova Scotians money and helps reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Nova Scotia Homebuilders' Association on their efforts to improve energy efficiency in our province's houses through October Renovation Month.

RESOLUTION NO. 5304

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Energy)

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

Whereas the first 14 recipients of the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship have been selected; and

Whereas ten students pursuing careers in the energy sector received university scholarships of up to $10,000 each, $2,500 renewable over four years, and four received $2,500 non-renewable scholarships for studies at Nova Scotia Community College; and

Whereas the Department of Energy is pleased to work with the Pengrowth Energy Trust to support this program that develops home-grown expertise by encouraging students to pursue careers in the energy sector;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the 14 winners of the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship for their pursuit of strong careers in our province's energy sector.

RESOLUTION NO. 5305

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Energy)

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

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Whereas Jason Hollett and the Southwest Shore Energy Office are taking action on climate change by working with the Tri-County School Board, local hardware stores, and community organizations to supply energy kits as a school fundraiser; and

Whereas the pilot project will not only help Nova Scotians save money on energy costs and reduce harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions it is also a great way to educate school children and surrounding communities about the importance of energy efficiency and conservation; and

Whereas the Department of Energy is pleased to contribute to this project by a donation of $5 per kit sold, that supports community organizations working together to save money, save energy and save the environment.

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Jason Hollett at the Southwest Shore Energy Office, the Tri-County School Board, Saulnier's Home Hardware, Nova Scotia Power, the Tusket River Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Climate Change Centre for working together to supply energy kits as a school fundraiser.

RESOLUTION NO. 5306

By: Mr. Jerry Pye (Dartmouth North)

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

Whereas volunteers give so generously of their energies, skills and family time and are the unsung heroes and the backbone of our communities; and

Whereas the Halifax Regional Municipality Citizenship Awards are dedicated to honouring youth volunteers, who are key to community success; and

Whereas Melissa Stein was recognized by the Halifax Regional Municipality as a youth volunteer for her many efforts in the community including active student involvement at John Martin Junior High School, Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club junior leader, coaches soccer and active in the youth program at the Church of the Holy Spirit;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the Nova Scotia Legislature recognize the important role volunteers play in our lives and pay tribute to Melissa Stein for her outstanding volunteer services which have contributed to the well-being of the Dartmouth North community.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5307

By: Mr. Jerry Pye (Dartmouth North)

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

Whereas the Harbour View School Breakfast Program has celebrated its 10th year of providing breakfast to children before attending school; and

Whereas during the 10 years, more than 62,210 nutritional meals have been served; and

Whereas the breakfast program is a wonderful example of a community and volunteers coming together to take care of a need;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly congratulate Karen Gilmore, the present program coordinator and the Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club for their continued involvement with the Harbour View School Breakfast Program.

RESOLUTION NO. 5308

By: Mr. Jerry Pye (Dartmouth North)

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

Whereas the Harbour View School Breakfast Program has celebrated its 10th year of providing breakfast to children before attending school; and

Whereas during the 10 years, more than 62,210 nutritional meals have been served; and

Whereas the breakfast program is a wonderful example of a community and volunteers coming together to take care of a need;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly congratulate Janice Silver, program founder and past program coordinator of the Harbour View School Breakfast Program for its success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5309

By: Mr. Jerry Pye (Dartmouth North)

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

Whereas the Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club promotes an environment for youth to become actively involved in their community through youth leadership; and

Whereas the Jason MacCullough Scholarship is an annual award dedicated to helping youth reach their potential while honouring a lifelong member of the Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club; and

Whereas this year the 2005 scholarship award went to deserving recipient, Maylynn Downey, a Dartmouth High School graduating student who will be attending a post-secondary educational institution;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate Maylynn Downey for demonstrating leadership and commitment to her club and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 5310

By: Mr. Jerry Pye (Dartmouth North)

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

Whereas the Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club promotes an environment for families, children and youth to become actively involved in their community; and

Whereas the annual general meeting of the Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club was held in June, 2005; and

Whereas at the annual general meeting the board of directors and staff honoured members and volunteers for their hard work and ongoing dedication to the club and community;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly congratulate Meagan Clyke for receiving the Jason Jarvis Award and Damon Cromwell for receiving the Basil Pellerin Memorial Plaque for their contribution to the Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club and to the community.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5311

By: Mr. Jerry Pye (Dartmouth North)

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

Whereas the Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club promotes an environment for families, children and youth to become actively involved in their community; and

Whereas the annual general meeting of the Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club was held in June, 2005; and

Whereas at the annual general meeting the board of directors and staff honoured members and volunteers for their hard work and ongoing dedication to the club and community;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly congratulate Melissa Stein for receiving Girl of the Year Award and Brandon Hamer for receiving Boy of the Year Award for their commitment and contribution to the Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club and to the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 5312

By: Mr. Jerry Pye (Dartmouth North)

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

Whereas the Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club promotes an environment for families, children and youth to become actively involved in their community; and

Whereas the Boys and Girls Club of Canada and Future Shop have partnered to offer a Future Shop Leaders Scholarship Program across Canada to Boys and Girls Club members who show leadership and commitment to their club and community; and

Whereas this year two of the scholarships were awarded to deserving recipients from North Dartmouth to help further their education;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate Johnathan Penny and Eddie Colley for demonstrating leadership and commitment to their club and the community.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5313

By: Mr. Jerry Pye (Dartmouth North)

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

Whereas the Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club promotes an environment for families, children and youth to become actively involved in their community; and

Whereas the annual general meeting of the Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club was held in June, 2005; and

Whereas at the annual general meeting the board of directors and staff honoured members and volunteers for their hard work and ongoing dedication to the club and community;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly congratulate Nellie Rashaan and Meagan Clyke, Family of the Year, for their commitment and contribution to the Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club and to the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 5314

By: Mr. William Estabrooks (Timberlea-Prospect)

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

Whereas the Resources Opportunity Centre in Terence Bay hosted a two day forum entitled, Building Our Communities in Halifax Regional Municipality, on Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1, 2005; and

Whereas this initiative is the result of valuable community leadership by the Resources Opportunity Centre under the direction of Barb Allen; and

Whereas all involved benefited immeasurably from this event;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate and thank the organizers and participants involved with hosting the Building Our Communities in Halifax Regional Municipality forum.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5315

By: Hon. James Muir (Education)

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

Whereas Daniel Oulton, who is currently enrolled at Cobequid Education Centre, earned a silver medal at the Canada-Wide Science Fair as a Grade 9 student at Bible Hill Junior High; and

Whereas project-based science enriches the scientific experience for students through hands-on activities, and by allowing students to practise and show the creativeness and enterprise of which Nova Scotia students are capable; and

Whereas more than 10,000 secondary students in Nova Scotia participate in school-based science fairs, with more than 1,000 students moving on to participate at a regional science fair each year;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Daniel Oulton on his silver medal win at the Canada-Wide Science Fair and wish him continued success in the study of science and, indeed, in all of his future pursuits.

RESOLUTION NO. 5316

By: Hon. James Muir (Education)

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

Whereas Kerr Controls Limited is expanding, with the construction of a $2.5 million distribution centre in the Truro Industrial Park; and

Whereas the new 46,000-square-foot building, which will be twice the size of the current facility, is due to be completed by the end of 2005; and

Whereas for 56 years the Truro-based company has been supplying heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration supplies and now employs 80 people in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Kerr Controls on their expansion and wish them continued growth in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5317

By: Mr. Stephen McNeil (Annapolis)

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

Whereas the Bentley International Property Awards, being in their 11th year, are the "Oscars", of real estate endeavours; and

Whereas Tradewinds Realty has been owned and run by Tim Harris, in Chester, for the last eighteen years; and

Whereas Tim Harris is this year's recipient of the Bentley Award for Innovation and Excellence in the balance of activities and services connected to the property business;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Tim Harris for such a truly international and prestigious award while offering such a fine service to his community, and wish him continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 5318

By: Mr. Stephen McNeil (Annapolis)

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

Whereas Aubrey Little has been a tremendous support to the Margaretsville Women's Institute, cheerfully helping out with tasks such as setting up for community suppers, picking up supplies for the branch, and driving his wife Betty, an active member of the Margaretsville Women's Institute, to meetings and various events for over 30 years; and

Whereas Aubrey's contribution of time, effort, mileage expenses and support of this valuable rural organization has been outstanding through the years; and

Whereas the Federated Women's Institutes of Canada chooses a man who most exemplifies the qualities of Erland Lee whose influence led to the founding of the Women's Institute, an organization that spread across Canada and to many other countries around the world;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the Legislative Assembly extend their congratulations to Mr. Aubrey Little on being awarded the Erland Lee Award for his many years of supportive service to the Margaretsville Women's Institute.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5319

By: Mr. Stephen McNeil (Annapolis)

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

Whereas the Annapolis Skippers Unlimited was founded five years ago at Champlain Elementary School by the president and instructor, Amy Lewis; and

Whereas Amy Lewis is a teacher, parent and volunteer who, with her energy and patience, helped the Annapolis Skippers Unlimited win 3rd place in the 2005 provincial skipping competition with Skippers Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the group, ages five through 13, has performed at Raven Haven Fun Day, in Annapolis 400th Celebration, in Lawrencetown, and have appeared on Breakfast Television;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this Legislative Assembly extend their congratulations to the Annapolis Skippers Unlimited, and commend Amy Lewis for her commitment and dedication to the youth of our community.

RESOLUTION NO. 5320

By: Ms. Maureen MacDonald (Halifax Needham)

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

Whereas Eugene Anderson is the evening janitor at the North End Community Health Centre; and

Whereas Eugene Anderson is known for his loyalty and commitment to the centre, and for his concern for the other staff; and

Whereas Eugene Anderson will be retiring from the centre in the near future, after 22 years of service;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature thank Eugene Anderson for his years of committed service to the North End Community Health Centre and wish him all the best in his retirement.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5321

By: Ms. Maureen MacDonald (Halifax Needham)

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

Whereas Heather McCleave has contributed to the North End Community Health Centre as a committed staff member for the past 20 years; and

Whereas during the course of those two decades Heather McCleave has served the Centre as nurse, health team coordinator, and acting executive director; and

Whereas Heather McCleave will be leaving the centre on November 30th to move on to new challenges;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature thank Heather McCleave for all her efforts on behalf of the North End Community Health Centre, its clients and the North End Halifax community, and wish her great success in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 5322

By: Mr. Gordon Gosse (Cape Breton Nova)

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

Whereas on October 30, 2005, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, the Cape Breton University Capers women's basketball team captured the Raptors Invitational Tournament; and

Whereas the Capers defeated the McMaster Marauders in the title game, thanks to the efforts of Most Valuable Player, Maureen Murrin; and

Whereas as a result of their strong effort the Capers are now ranked number four in the country, their highest ranking ever;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly congratulate the Cape Breton University Capers Women's basketball team on their noteworthy achievement and wish them all the best in the season ahead.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5323

By: Mr. Gordon Gosse (Cape Breton Nova)

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

Whereas on October 29, 2005, at the City of Dartmouth, Sister Rita Clare received the Jubilate Award from the Canadian Music Educators Association; and

Whereas this award is emblematic of Rita's never-ending support of music education in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas from her role as classroom music teacher to her duties as fine arts supervisor with the Cape Breton Victoria School Board, to her more than 200 performances as chorale director of the Cape Breton Chorale, her contributions to the Island's arts community is unending;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly congratulate Rita Clare on receiving this prestigious award and for her contribution to the world of music in Cape Breton.

RESOLUTION NO. 5324

By: Mr. Gordon Gosse (Cape Breton Nova)

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

Whereas from October 5th to 7th, in the City of Halifax, the 2005 Union of Nova

Scotia Municipalities Conference was held; and

Whereas at the 100th Anniversary banquet, several Cape Breton councillors were recognized for their longevity in municipal government; and

Whereas District 7 Councillor, Jim MacLeod, was presented the Gold Service Award, emblematic of his 20 years service to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislative Assembly congratulate Jim MacLeod on receiving this prestigious award and for his hard work and dedication to his community.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5325

By: Mr. Gordon Gosse (Cape Breton Nova)

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

Whereas on November 2, 2005, Atlantic University Sport announced its women's soccer first team all-stars; and

Whereas Kristina Weatherbie, a striker with the Cape Breton University Capers, was selected as a first team all-star; and

Whereas Hannah Abenheimer, a midfielder with the Cape Breton University Capers, was selected as a first team all-star;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the Legislative Assembly congratulate Kristina Weatherbie and Hanna Abenheimer on their noteworthy accomplishment, and wish them all the best in the upcoming 2005 AUS Soccer Championship.

RESOLUTION NO. 5326

By: Mr. Gordon Gosse (Cape Breton Nova)

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

Whereas on October 24, 2005, in the City of Sydney, Cape Breton University and Victoria Park Garrison, in a joint effort, celebrated United Nations Day; and

Whereas United Nations Day is a day when we recognize the aims and achievements of the United Nations and peacekeeping throughout the world; and

Whereas the university celebrated its latest option - being Canada's only Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development, the new option in peace building, reconstruction and good governance;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the Legislative Assembly, in this the Year of the Veteran, congratulate Cape Breton University and Victoria Park Garrison on their joint contribution in celebrating Canadian achievement in international peacekeeping, and wishing students success as they move on to plant the seeds of lasting peace around the world.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5327

By: Mr. Charles Parker (Pictou West)

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

Whereas Caribou District Fire Department in Pictou County held an informative and successful open house on Saturday, October 29, 2005; and

Whereas three full-service fire trucks were on display as well as demonstrations on the portable pumping system and the proper use of a fire extinguisher and other equipment; and

Whereas firemen, directors, and auxiliary members handed out certificates for free smoke detectors, fire safety brochures, and offered door prizes and refreshments;

Therefore be it resolved that this Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate everyone involved with the Caribou District Fire Department in demonstrating public awareness and fire safety and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 5328

By: Mr. Jerry Pye (Dartmouth North)

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

Whereas volunteers give so generously of their energies, skills and family time and are the unsung heroes and the backbone of our communities; and

Whereas the Halifax Regional Municipality Citizenship Awards are dedicated to honouring youth volunteers who are key to community success; and

Whereas Jennifer Donaldson was recognized by the Halifax Regional Municipality as a youth volunteer for her many efforts in the community, including: member of Bicentennial School Student Council, teaching 'Hip Hop', Girl Guides, North Dartmouth Outreach Food Bank, Holy Trinity Layettes, working with seniors, and altar server at St. Paul's Catholic Church;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of the Nova Scotia Legislature recognize the important role volunteers play in our lives and pay tribute to Jennifer Donaldson for her outstanding volunteer services which have contributed to the well-being of the Dartmouth North community.

RESOLUTION NO. 5329

By: Mr. Jerry Pye (Dartmouth North)

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

Whereas the Harbour View School Breakfast Program has celebrated its 10th year of providing breakfast to children before attending school; and

Whereas during the 10 years more than 62,210 nutritional meals have been served; and

Whereas the breakfast program is a wonderful example of a community and volunteers coming together to take care of a need;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly congratulate Karen Gilmore, the present program coordinator, and the Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club for their continued involvement with the Harbour View School Breakfast Program.

RESOLUTION NO. 5330

By: Ms. Michele Raymond (Halifax Atlantic)

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

Whereas Gary Raftus recognizes that there are currently almost one million licensed motor vehicles in the province, each with at least four wheels - and tires - which eventually wear out and must be thrown away, though not in landfills; and

Whereas Mr. Raftus was disabled in an accident 10 years ago and has since then been studying in order to return to the workforce, and has now designed an apparatus for separating old tires and rims; and

Whereas Mr. Raftus hopes to employ four to six people in a mobile unit recovering tires from old landfills, illegal dumps and watercourses;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House commend Gary Wayne Raftus for his initiative and wish him all success as he proceeds with efforts to clean up the environment and generate employment for fellow Nova Scotians.

RESOLUTION NO. 5331

By: Ms. Michele Raymond (Halifax Atlantic)

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

Whereas on October 24th the honourable Minister of Health declared that breastfeeding is proven to be the safest and healthiest way to care for a new baby - with numerous benefits to both child and mother and that the government is renewing its efforts to support breastfeeding mothers and families; and

Whereas the Single Parent Centre in Spryfield trains doulas - new mothers' mentors - so that 80 per cent of mothers at the centre are still nursing their infants at 30 days postpartum; and

Whereas funding for this program has been cut by 65 per cent in the past four years;

Therefore be it resolved that this House make actions follow words and restore funding for the doula program which enhances physical and mental health of both child and mother.

RESOLUTION NO. 5332

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 Grand View Manor is hosting an open house today to celebrate 35 years of outstanding service to the residents; and

Whereas the compassionate care and the professionalism exhibited by all staff continues to be a great comfort not only to the residents, but the extended families as well; and

Whereas for 35 years Grand View Manor has been a tremendous support for families in the Annapolis Valley and the care staff provides has created a warm and comfortable place for the residents to call home;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Grand View Manor as the staff and residents celebrate 35 years of service and wish them many years of continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 5333

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 in many areas of Nova Scotia the local parish is a fundamental source of community involvement; and

Whereas on September 17th the congregation of St. Cyprian's Anglican Church in Dalhousie gathered to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the church; and

Whereas in many cases St. Cyprian's is the only church that a family has attended for generations and the parish is truly a substantial part of the community's fabric;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate St. Cyprians's Anglican Church on their centennial celebration.

RESOLUTION NO. 5334

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 the Trans County Transportation Society recognized the need for adequate transportation for individuals in wheelchairs and for over 25 years has used a converted bus to transport individuals throughout the counties; and

Whereas the TCTS has worked diligently to find a replacement to the bus as it is extremely costly to run on a daily basis; and

Whereas this September 15, the TCTS has celebrated the purchase of a new wheelchair-accessible van for the society;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate the success of the Trans County Transportation Society and recognize the tremendous contribution the many individuals involved have made to their community.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5335

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 we all hope that in the event we are faced with an emergency we will have the wherewithal to be able to act in an appropriate manner; and

Whereas on August 22nd David Hamilton and Scott Daniels were able to use their experience and knowledge of the tides to find a lost women, who was at the point of near drowning; and

Whereas Mr. Daniels' quick thinking to get the attention of other searchers as Mr. Hamilton ventured into the water to save the individual's life, these actions are truly heroic and should be commended;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Daniels for their quick thinking and bravery

RESOLUTION NO. 5336

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas athletes, coaches and managers from Nova Scotia travelled to Regina in August for the 43rd Canada Summer Games; and

Whereas Michael Andrews of Halifax represented our province as the field hockey coach, training our athletes to compete against the strongest athletes throughout Canada; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia members demonstrated integrity and sportsmanship in their respective competitions while bringing home 46 medals from the 2005 Canada Summer Games;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Michael Andrews, recognize the commitment it takes to train an athlete to perform at this elite level and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5337

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas athletes, coaches and managers from Nova Scotia travelled to Regina in August for the 43rd Canada Summer Games; and

Whereas Christopher Haughn of Halifax represented our province competing in men's soccer against the strongest athletes throughout Canada; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia members demonstrated integrity and sportsmanship in their respective competitions while bringing home 46 medals from the 2005 Canada Summer Games;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Christopher Haughn, recognize the commitment it takes to perform at this elite level and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 5338

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas athletes, coaches and managers from Nova Scotia travelled to Regina in August for the 43rd Canada Summer Games; and

Whereas Shannon Donnelly of Halifax represented our province competing in swimming against the strongest athletes throughout Canada; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia members demonstrated integrity and sportsmanship in their respective competitions while bringing home 46 medals from the 2005 Canada Summer Games;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Shannon Donnelly, recognize the commitment it takes to perform at this elite level and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5339

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas athletes, coaches and managers from Nova Scotia travelled to Regina in August for the 43rd Canada Summer Games; and

Whereas Stephanie Donnelly, a student of Halifax West High School represented our province competing in swimming against the strongest athletes throughout Canada; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia members demonstrated integrity and sportsmanship in their respective competitions while bringing home 46 medals from the 2005 Canada Summer Games;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Stephanie Donnelly, recognize the commitment it takes to perform at this elite level and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 5340

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas athletes, coaches and managers from Nova Scotia travelled to Regina in August for the 43rd Canada Summer Games; and

Whereas Kostya Kharitonov of Halifax represented our province competing in swimming against the strongest athletes throughout Canada; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia members demonstrated integrity and sportsmanship in their respective competitions while bringing home 46 medals from the 2005 Canada Summer Games;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Kostya Kharitonov, recognize the commitment it takes to perform at this elite level and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5341

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas athletes, coaches and managers from Nova Scotia travelled to Regina in August for the 43rd Canada Summer Games; and

Whereas Adam Widdis of Halifax represented our province as the swimming coach, training our athletes to compete against the strongest athletes throughout Canada; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia members demonstrated integrity and sportsmanship in their respective competitions while bringing home 46 medals from the 2005 Canada Summer Games;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Adam Widdis, recognize the commitment it takes to train an athlete to perform at this elite level and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 5342

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas athletes, coaches and managers from Nova Scotia travelled to Regina in August for the 43rd Canada Summer Games; and

Whereas Tasia McKenna of Halifax represented our province competing in women's basketball against the strongest athletes throughout Canada; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia members demonstrated integrity and sportsmanship in their respective competitions while bringing home 46 medals from the 2005 Canada Summer Games;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Tasia McKenna, recognize the commitment it takes to perform at this elite level and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5343

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas athletes, coaches and managers from Nova Scotia travelled to Regina in August for the 43rd Canada Summer Games; and

Whereas Scott Munro of Halifax represented our province as the women's basketball coach, training our elite athletes to compete against the strongest athletes throughout Canada; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia members demonstrated integrity and sportsmanship in their respective competitions while bringing home 46 medals from the 2005 Canada Summer Games;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Scott Munro, recognize the commitment it takes to train an athlete to perform at this elite level and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 5344

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas athletes, coaches and managers from Nova Scotia travelled to Regina in August for the 43rd Canada Summer Games; and

Whereas Jeff Aucoin of Halifax represented our province as the women's soccer coach, training our elite athletes to compete against the strongest athletes throughout Canada; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia members demonstrated integrity and sportsmanship in their respective competitions while bringing home 46 medals from the 2005 Canada Summer Games;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Jeff Aucoin, recognize the commitment it takes to train an athlete to perform at this elite level and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5345

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas athletes, coaches and managers from Nova Scotia travelled to Regina in August for the 43rd Canada Summer Games; and

Whereas Leah McInnis of Halifax represented our province as the women's volleyball manager, organizing our athletes and preparing them to compete against the strongest athletes throughout Canada; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia members demonstrated integrity and sportsmanship in their respective competitions while bringing home 46 medals from the 2005 Canada Summer Games;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Leah McInnis, recognize the commitment it takes to organize an athlete to perform at this elite level and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 5346

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas athletes, coaches and managers from Nova Scotia travelled to Regina in August for the 43rd Canada Summer Games; and

Whereas Jocelyn Casford of Halifax represented our province as the women's volleyball coach, against the strongest athletes throughout Canada; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia members demonstrated integrity and sportsmanship in their respective competitions while bringing home 46 medals from the 2005 Canada Summer Games;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Jocelyn Casford, recognize the commitment it takes to train an athlete to perform at this elite level and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5347

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas athletes, coaches and managers from Nova Scotia travelled to Regina in August for the 43rd Canada Summer Games; and

Whereas Anitra Dagley of Halifax represented our province as part of the Mission Staff, working with our athletes to prepare them to compete against the strongest athletes throughout Canada; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia members demonstrated integrity and sportsmanship in their respective competitions while bringing home 46 medals from the 2005 Canada Summer Games;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Anitra Dagley, recognize her contribution to Team Nova Scotia and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 5348

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas athletes, coaches and managers from Nova Scotia travelled to Regina in August for the 43rd Canada Summer Games; and

Whereas Hamzeh Afani represented our province competing in men's soccer against the strongest athletes throughout Canada; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia members demonstrated integrity and sportsmanship in their respective competitions while bringing home 46 medals from the 2005 Canada Summer Games;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Hamzeh Afani and recognize the commitment it takes to perform at this elite level.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5349

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas athletes, coaches and managers from Nova Scotia travelled to Regina in August for the 43rd Canada Summer Games; and

Whereas Bryan Hamm of Halifax represented our province competing in rugby against the strongest athletes throughout Canada; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia members demonstrated integrity and sportsmanship in their respective competitions while bringing home 46 medals from the 2005 Canada Summer Games;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Bryan Hamm, recognize the commitment it takes to perform at this elite level and wish him continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 5350

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas athletes, coaches and managers from Nova Scotia travelled to Regina in August for the 43rd Canada Summer Games; and

Whereas Johanna Hoehne of Halifax represented our province as the canoe/kayak coach, training our canoe/kayak team to compete against the strongest athletes throughout Canada; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia members demonstrated integrity and sportsmanship in their respective competitions while bringing home 46 medals from the 2005 Canada Summer Games;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Johanna Hoehne, recognize the commitment it takes to train an athlete to perform at this elite level and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5351

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas athletes, coaches and managers from Nova Scotia travelled to Regina in August for the 43rd Canada Summer Games; and

Whereas Bette El-Hawary of Clayton Park represented our province as part of the Mission Staff, working with our athletes to prepare them to compete against the strongest athletes throughout Canada; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia members demonstrated integrity and sportsmanship in their respective competitions while bringing home 46 medals from the 2005 Canada Summer Games;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Bette El-Hawary, recognize her contribution to Team Nova Scotia and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 5352

By: Ms. Diana Whalen (Halifax Clayton Park)

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

Whereas athletes, coaches and managers from Nova Scotia travelled to Regina in August for the 43rd Canada Summer Games; and

Whereas Becky Tempesta represented our province as the diving manager, preparing our divers to compete against the strongest athletes throughout Canada; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia members demonstrated integrity and sportsmanship in their respective competitions while bringing home 46 medals from the 2005 Canada Summer Games;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Becky Tempesta, recognize the commitment it takes to organize athletes to perform at this elite level and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

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NOTICE OF QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWERS

Given on November 3, 2005

(Pursuant to Rule 30)

QUESTION NO. 14

By: Ms. Michele Raymond (Halifax Atlantic)

To: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Minister of Energy)

The NovaKnowledge report card released yesterday gives Nova Scotia a poor score on environmental economic growth. Nova Scotia is a national leader in the production of carbon dioxide emissions and has a poor record in renewable energy. The Climate Change Scorecard of the Eastern States/Atlantic Provinces released earlier this year also gave Nova Scotia a poor rating. The Atlantic GPI report issued a fortnight ago stated that the province needed to make radical changes to reduce its GHG emissions to meet the Kyoto targets.

There is a growing consensus that the province needs to make a significant investment in renewable energy. However, the government's recent energy plan listed investment in additional coal-burning power stations as a priority, and did not specify how it would support the wind power sector, or the tidal power industry.

(1) When is the Department of Energy going to act on the GPI Atlantic report recommendations and save Nova Scotians a potential $200 million per annum in energy costs by establishing targets and developing tools to reduce energy costs for government, domestic and industrial users?

(2) When is the Department of Energy going to fund measures to reduce fuel poverty, including support for renewable, efficient energy sources developed by commercial and community groups?

(3) When is the Department of Energy going to stop waiting for leadership at the federal level and set a date by which the targets set out in the Kyoto Accord will be met by Nova Scotia?

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QUESTION NO. 15

By: Kevin Deveaux (Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage)

To: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Minister of Health Promotion)

(1) The Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank riding is one of the fastest growing areas in Nova Scotia with a population increase of almost 20 per cent over the past decade.

Among the chief complaints by residents is an almost complete lack of recreational facilities that would create a focal point for the community.

Now there is a plan for a recreation centre, but this government has yet to commit any money towards its construction with HRM committing $1 million and the residents trying to raise the rest.

When is his government going to decide on funding for this much-needed rec centre?

(2) A recent HRM survey of Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank residents found that their number one priority for recreational facilities was a combined ice rink and swimming pool complex.

When exactly can the people of Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank expect to get a rink of their own?