The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House resumed on:
September 21, 2017.

Hansard -- Mon., Nov. 19, 2001

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HALIFAX, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2001

Fifty-eighth General Assembly

Second Session

7:00 P.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Murray Scott

DEPUTY SPEAKERS

Mr. Brooke Taylor, Mr. Jerry Pye, Mr. David Wilson

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

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

MR. BROOKE TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition on behalf of a number of parents of students attending Dutch Settlement Elementary School. The parents, ". . . are requesting that the Department of Education, Department of Health, Department of Environment and the Halifax Regional School Board, recognize/acknowledge and take the appropriate action necessary to eliminate the environmental concerns that are making our children ill." I have signed my name to the petition.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

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

Bill No. 89 - Wildlife Act.

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

MR. SPEAKER: Ordered that this bill be referred to the Committee of the Whole House on Bills.

The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, as Chairman of the Committee on Law Amendments, I am directed to report that the committee has met and considered the following bills:

Bill No. 79 - Domestic Violence Intervention Act.

Bill No. 90 - Co-Operative Associations Act.

Bill No. 92 - Fatality Investigations Act.

Bill No. 93 - Youth Justice Act.

and the committee recommends these bills to the favourable consideration of the House, with certain amendments.

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

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

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

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RESOLUTION NO. 2549

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

Whereas the staff of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will hoist giant Safe Return flags as a message of support to the men and women who are serving overseas; and

Whereas the same message was hoisted aboard the museum ship CSS Acadia when the naval ships left Halifax; and

Whereas this event will take place tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on Lower Water Street;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House commend the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for their message of support and safe return for our Canadian Forces personnel.

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 Tourism and Culture.

RESOLUTION NO. 2550

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

Whereas myself, the Premier, and Her Honour, the Lieutenant Governor will be unveiling an insignia for the Order of Nova Scotia medal, and officially opening nominations for the Order on Wednesday, November 21st at 1:50 p.m. in the Red Room; and

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Whereas the Order of Nova Scotia is the highest honour the province can bestow upon its citizens, encouraging excellence by recognizing Nova Scotians' outstanding contributions and achievements; and

Whereas this Order allows us to recognize for the first time the achievements and excellence of those Nova Scotians who go that extra mile to make Nova Scotia what it is, a province of caring, dedicated, successful, selfless individuals;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge the significance of the Order of Nova Scotia and I also invite members to attend the unveiling on Wednesday.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 2551

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

Whereas at the recent Mining Matters conference, hosted by the Minerals and Energy branch of the Department of Natural Resources, a special award was presented to Truro prospector, Avard Hudgins; and

Whereas Mr. Hudgins has served the Nova Scotia mining industry for over 40 years through his continuous application of research to development opportunities in Nova Scotia and his dedication to the development of the geoscience field through education, both his own and others; and

Whereas Mr. Hudgins' dedication and perseverance in the prospecting field has attracted significant mineral exploration investment at the Loch Lomond celestite mine, the Gays River lead zinc mine, and the tin mine at East Kemptville;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House recognize the significant research, development and economic contributions of Mr. Hudgins and congratulate him on this special award being bestowed upon him by his peers.

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. 98 - Entitled an Act to Limit the Liability of Volunteers Serving Non-profit Organizations. (Hon. Michael Baker)

Bill No. 99 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 23 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Assessment Act. (Mr. William Estabrooks)

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

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NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Opposition.

RESOLUTION NO. 2552

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

Whereas Michael Flemming was elected last month by his fellow board members as the new Chairperson of the Halifax Regional School Board; and

Whereas Michael Flemming announced upon election that he ran for the board because he wanted to make a difference; and

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Whereas Michael Flemming's solid first year at the board and his long history of volunteer efforts in minor sports show he has made and will continue to make a difference for the good of his community;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate Michael Flemming on his election last month as the new Chairperson of the Halifax Regional School Board, knowing that the board could not be in better hands.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice..

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

RESOLUTION NO. 2553

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

Whereas the Church Cross bridge in Middle River, Cape Breton, opened today after being closed since February, when the Department of Transportation snowplow damaged it; and

Whereas if it were not for the efforts of MLA Kennie MacAskill and the community committee that pushed for the department to build a new bridge, it would not have been rebuilt; and

Whereas it is thanks to the good member for Victoria that the community of Middle River is once again connected, as it should be;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate MLA Kennie MacAskill and the community for fighting to rebuild the Church Cross bridge to connect the community of Middle River.

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Mr. Speaker, I ask for 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.

RESOLUTION NO. 2554

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

Whereas the greatest living figure in the fight to end apartheid, Mr. Nelson Mandela, was today conferred an honorary Canadian citizenship; and

Whereas the 83 year old former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner will become the first living person to receive an honorary citizenship and is only the second foreigner to ever have the honour bestowed upon him; and

Whereas during his visit to Canada, the man credited for achieving a peaceful transition to democracy in South Africa after being imprisoned in his country for 27 years was also the recipient, along with his wife, Graca Machel, of an honorary doctorate from Ryerson University;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly welcome Mr. Nelson Mandela to our proud Canadian family and congratulate both him and his wife on being awarded their honourary doctorates, and we should rise and applaud the life and achievements of this incredible living symbol of peace.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for 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.

MR. DAVID HENDSBEE: Mr. Chairman, on a point of order, the resolution raised that we should rise and applaud the effort in the resolution, so I think we should do that. (Standing Ovation)

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

RESOLUTION NO. 2555

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

Whereas Newfoundland raised its minimum wage today and, in so doing, has left Nova Scotia with the shameful claim to fame of having the lowest minimum wage in Canada; and

Whereas successive Liberal and Tory Ministers of Labour have increased the minimum wage in increments that don't even keep pace with the cost of living; and

Whereas their mindset is typified by the member for Cape Breton South who, in a former life as the Minister of Labour, stated in 1997 that his nickle and dime raise fulfilled his government's commitment to making Nova Scotia an even better place to live and work;

Therefore be it resolved that this House urge the Minister of Labour to make Nova Scotia an even better place to live and work by raising the minimum wage to a level equal to the Canadian average and implement an annual increase to ensure fair pay for the working poor.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Dartmouth East.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2556

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

Whereas this is Drug Awareness Week across Canada and, once again, students at Breton Education Centre in New Waterford together with staff members and residents of the community will march to raise awareness of the problems caused by drugs; and

Whereas this walk is not a fundraiser but just one of the many projects the students are involved in to help curb the problems associated with drugs; and

Whereas by taking part in this march, the students acknowledge the importance of drug awareness;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the efforts of the students of the Breton Education Centre in attempting to raise drug awareness in their community.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 2557

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

Whereas the former Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Lorne Clarke, has won the 2001 Nova Scotia Red Cross Humanitarian Award; and

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Whereas the Red Cross presents the award in honour of the spirit of humanity in a local, national and international capacity and recognizes Mr. Clarke for his work as Chairman of the Swissair Flight 111 Planning and Coordination Secretariat; and

Whereas this nationally regarded mediator and officer of the Order of Canada has had a long and distinguished career but earned great respect for coordinating such dignified and respectful burials for the victims of the crash and for raising monuments to the victims, helping the victims' families and Nova Scotians cope with horrendous tragedy;

Therefore be it resolved that all members join with the Nova Scotia Red Cross and all Nova Scotians in commending Lorne Clarke for bringing consolation and resolution to situations which seemed so insurmountable.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

RESOLUTION NO. 2558

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

Whereas Walter Langille, a veteran of World War II and a long-time supporter of the Royal Canadian Legion, exemplified the spirit of a legionnaire; and

Whereas each year the Royal Canadian Legion Caen Branch 164 recognizes one individual with the Walter Langille Memorial Award for outstanding service during the annual poppy campaign; and

Whereas Debbie DeWolfe, a long-time member of the Royal Canadian Legion Caen Branch 164 and a staff member at the Legion, dedicated herself to this year's poppy campaign;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate Debbie DeWolfe on winning the Walter Langille Memorial Award from the Royal Canadian Legion Caen Branch 164 and for her dedication to the annual poppy campaign.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Victoria.

RESOLUTION NO. 2559

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

Whereas the Minister of Tourism has travelled the province this summer stressing the importance of tourism; and

Whereas in the riding of Victoria we have long recognized that value of tourism; and

Whereas unfortunately, the value of tourism has dropped as visitation is down in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and at the Bell Museum in Baddeck;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House urge the Minister of Tourism to truly recognize the value of tourism in Cape Breton and do more to promote the area.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

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The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Preston.

RESOLUTION NO. 2560

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

Whereas Saint Mary's clobbered Laval Rouge et Or 48 to 8 in the 40th Atlantic Bowl; and

Whereas not only was this a thrilling victory for the local team and the 7,100 fans, but the victory also gave the Huskies a bit of sweet revenge as they knocked out of contention the team which cost them the Vanier Cup just two years ago; and

Whereas among the many proud fans in the audience for the game was beloved former Huskies coach, Larry Uteck, who retired from his position of 14 years because of Lou Gehrig's disease, but remains, each year, a tremendous morale booster for the team;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud the team and Coach Blake Nill for their huge victory on Saturday - the team's seventh Atlantic Bowl win and the biggest margin of victory since 1985 - and wish them luck at the Vanier Cup in two weeks and urge organizers to resist the proposed move to break tradition and restrict the Atlantic Bowl to the Huskies' Stadium to every two years.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth North.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2561

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

Whereas telephones are necessary to ensure access to emergency services, particularly for those living in rural areas; and

Whereas increasing monthly charges for phone services impact particularly on families on fixed incomes and those on the poverty line; and

Whereas Aliant seeks major increases in rural telephone rates in Nova Scotia, and such increases threaten access to phone services by those on fixed incomes, particularly seniors;

Therefore be it resolved that this House call on this government to make submissions to the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission that phone companies introduce a favourable rate for low-income customers with a yearly income below the Statistics Canada Low Income Cut-off (LICO).

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton West.

RESOLUTION NO. 2562

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

Whereas the 4-H movement has been instrumental in educating youth on the benefits and opportunities in agriculture, home economics, public speaking, volunteerism, financial planning, leadership forums, and much more; and

Whereas the annual joint meeting of the Cape Breton Counties 4-H Clubs was successfully held in Grand Mira South on Sunday, November 18, 2001; and

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Whereas it was revealed at this annual meeting that the government had eliminated funding for the Cape Breton County 4-H Council in recent years;

Therefore be it resolved that the provincial government make a concerted effort to provide much-needed funding to the Cape Breton County 4-H Council.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth South.

RESOLUTION NO. 2563

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

Whereas there are a number of Nova Scotian-grown wineries and spirits across the province, providing a quality local product to Nova Scotians as well as to international markets; and

Whereas one example is Glenora Distillery in Inverness County, which produces North America's only single-malt Scotch; and

Whereas not only are such products unique to the area and a utilization of our local resources, their production provides employment for our citizens;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House promote, at home and away, our Nova Scotian products, and support the addition to the shelves of our Nova Scotia Liquor Commission outlets such high-quality provincial products as our wine and spirits.

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 Timberlea-Prospect.

RESOLUTION NO. 2564

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 staff of the Lakeside Post Office on the St. Margaret's Bay Road continues to provide valuable service to the residents of Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea and the Prospect and Hammonds Plains Roads; and

Whereas this exemplary staff includes postmistress Mary Strachan, Ethel O'Toole, Barb Dulong, and Patti Jollymore; and

Whereas these professionals diligently and conscientiously carry out their duties;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate and thank the staff of the Lakeside Post Office for their work.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2565

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

Whereas the Premier has already failed in round one of the Laurentian boundary dispute; and

Whereas things won't go much better if the Premier takes a hands-on approach rather than relying on his highly paid expertise; and

Whereas the people of Cape Breton will continue to see nothing from any potential project as long as the Premier continues to fail;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House urge the Premier to use every tool at his disposal to win this dispute, however, he might want to avoid taking part himself.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Pictou East.

RESOLUTION NO. 2566

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

Whereas the ladies auxiliary of any fire department across Nova Scotia plays an insurmountable role in the lifeblood of local fire departments; and

Whereas the Little Harbour Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is certainly no exception, as they work tirelessly with fire department members on strategic goals and initiatives throughout the year; and

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Whereas the Little Harbour Auxiliary Treasurer, Brenda Shannon, recently presented Fire Chief Don Wadden with a cheque for $4,200 to assist with fire department funds;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs applaud the outstanding work of the Little Harbour Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and wish them the very best for all their future endeavours.

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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 Halifax Atlantic.

RESOLUTION NO. 2567

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

Whereas one of Germany's most prestigious awards for cultural achievement, the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit, was presented on Thursday, November 15, 2001; and

Whereas Elizabeth Mann Borgese, Professor of Ocean Law at Dalhousie University and a resident of Sambro Head, received the award and joins the likes of former recipient Steven Spielberg; and

Whereas Ms. Mann Borgese has an international reputation and a long list of achievements in the field of ocean law;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate Professor Elizabeth Mann Borgese on her receipt of Germany's coveted cultural award, the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 2568

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

Whereas St. John Ambulance has long been recognized as a world leader in first aid and CPR training; and

Whereas last year St. John Ambulance expanded this training to an in-school program . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. There is too much noise in the Chamber. It's very difficult for me and the Clerks to hear the person reading the resolution. I ask the honourable member for Cape Breton The Lakes to start over again, please.

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

Whereas St. John Ambulance has long been recognized as a world leader in first aid and CPR training; and

Whereas last year St. John Ambulance expanded this training to an in-school program called LifeSmart to train teachers in schools such as Memorial High School in Sydney Mines to deliver first aid and CPR training to every Grade 10 student; and

Whereas this training, including equipment and materials, is at no cost to the students, school, school board or parents, and is funded by the United Way of Cape Breton and donations from organizations such as the Kiwanis Club of Sydney;

Therefore be it resolved that this House commend the St. John Ambulance for bringing the LifeSmart program of life-saving training to our students.

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 Cape Breton North.

RESOLUTION NO. 2569

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

Whereas Martin Schwartz of New Waterford recently wrote The Joy of Science, a book of 50 science experiments published in October by the Association of Science Teachers; and

Whereas Mr. Schwartz served for many years as the head of the science department at the Breton Education Centre, encouraged participation in local and national science fairs, volunteered in the Mount Carmel Joy Program since his retirement in 1987, and now donates his time to teach experiments to Grade 6 students; and

Whereas Mr. Schwartz, described by many as "the grandfather of science in Nova Scotia," arrived in New Waterford from India in 1967 and recently celebrated his 80th birthday;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House thank Mr. Martin Schwartz for his lifelong love of science and education and for the publication of The Joy of Science, which will introduce students from across the province to the world of science.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The honourable Minister of Education on an introduction.

HON. JANE PURVES: Mr. Speaker, in the east gallery today is a person who went to school and university in Nova Scotia but since left for Vancouver and is back in Nova Scotia for the first time in 30 years, and she's visiting our gallery tonight - a good friend of mine, Julia Wynand. So if she would rise and receive the warm welcome of the House. (Applause)

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

The honourable member for Hants East.

RESOLUTION NO. 2570

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

Whereas people from around the world have come to the aid of the families of the victims of September 11th; and

Whereas Elmsdale children Hillary Hogan, Kristi-Lyn Smith, Rebecca Lamb, Carolyn Hogan, Laura Lamb, Sara-Anne Smith and Jami-Lea Smith, who range from age four to age nine, held a bake sale which raised $100 for the U.S.A. relief fund; and

Whereas Hillary Hogan, Kristi-Lyn Smith, Rebecca Lamb, Carolyn Hogan, Laura Lamb, Sara-Anne Smith and Jami-Lea Smith deposited the proceeds of their bake sale to the Elmsdale branch of the Royal Bank;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House commend these seven young volunteers for their selfless act of raising funds for the U.S.A. relief fund through a bake sale.

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 Cape Breton West.

RESOLUTION NO. 2571

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

Whereas five Nova Scotians have recently been named to the Order of Canada; and

Whereas the Order of Canada recognizes those who have made a difference to our country at three levels of membership - for the international achievements, for national efforts and for local or regional accomplishments; and

Whereas Jacquelyn Thayer Scott of East Bay was named officer for her national efforts;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Jacquelyn Thayer Scott on being named to the very distinguished Order of Canada.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 2572

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

Whereas the members of the TRA Employees' Charity Committee and Committee Chair, Lorna Spencer, recently donated a wheelchair to Soldiers Memorial Hospital; and

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Whereas the money for the wheelchair was raised through a variety of initiatives, including 50/50 draws and casual days; and

Whereas the committee decided to donate a wheelchair so that those who helped raise the required funds would see something tangible as a result of their efforts;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House thank the members of the TRA Employees' Charity Committee and Committee Chair Lorna Spencer for their generous donation of a wheelchair to the Soldiers Memorial Hospital and for the extensive work that went into raising the funds required for such a purpose.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Leader of the Opposition.

RESOLUTION NO. 2573

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

Whereas the National Council on Welfare advises the Minister of Human Resources Development on the needs and problems of low income Canadians and on social and related programs and policies which affect their welfare; and

Whereas the council was established in 1969 and consists of members with expertise drawn from across Canada; and

Whereas Marilyn Peers of Halifax, former Director of the Children's Aid Society, was recently appointed to another three year term on the council and her reasoned voice is clearly a resource prized by the council and federal officials;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate Marilyn Peers on her reappointment to the National Council on Welfare.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

RESOLUTION NO. 2574

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

Whereas the Cole Harbour Minor Baseball Association has a long history of building strong teams and even stronger players; and

Whereas the 2001 Cole Harbour Peewee A baseball team won the bronze medal at the Nova Scotia Provincial Peewee Championship; and

Whereas the Peewee A team went on to finish a very respectable fourth place at the National Peewee Championships in Summerside, Prince Edward Island;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the Cole Harbour Peewee A baseball team and, in particular, coaches Denis Osborne, Ian Walker and Jeff Turple on a very successful year.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

RESOLUTION NO. 2575

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

Whereas 25 community organizations and service groups in the Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea area will participate in the Ridgecliff Middle School Youth and Community Fair on Thursday, November 22nd; and

Whereas this fair will allow the community to see the many positive qualities that young people have to offer; and

Whereas there must be more communication between youth and our communities;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and thank the organizers of Ridgecliff Middle School Youth and Community Fair.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Hants East.

RESOLUTION NO. 2576

MR. JOHN MACDONELL: 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 residents of Hants East have been contributing their time and energy in support of the Canadian Cancer Society for the past 50 years; and

Whereas the Hants East unit of the Canadian Cancer Society recently marked 50 years of service in the community; and

Whereas although those 50 years have seen great advances in the battle against cancer, let us hope that we find a cure before another 50 years goes by;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate the Hants East Unit of the Canadian Cancer Society on celebrating 50 years of service to the community.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, the following bills were reported back from Law Amendments Committee this evening: Bill No. 89, Bill No. 93, Bill No. 92, Bill No. 90 and Bill No. 79.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask for unanimous consent of the House that those bills be deemed to appear on the order paper for debate in Committee of the Whole House on Bills this evening.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I move that 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.

[7:41 p.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Bills with Deputy Speaker Mr. Brooke Taylor in the Chair.]

[7:52 p.m. CWH on Bills rose and the House reconvened with Deputy Speaker Mr. Brooke Taylor in the Chair.]

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. 84 - Vital Statistics Act.

Bill No. 86 - Pharmacy Act.

Bill No. 88 - Underground Hydrocarbons Storage Act.

Bill No. 79 - Domestic Violence Intervention Act.

Bill No. 90 - Co-operative Associations Act.

Bill No. 92 - Fatality Investigations Act.

Bill No. 93 - Youth Justice Act.

Bill No. 89 - Wildlife Act.

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

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

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HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, that concludes the business for this evening. I move that the House do now rise to meet again on the morrow at the hour of 2:00 p.m., and the House will sit until 6:00 p.m. The order of business will be Public Bills for Third Reading, Public Bills for Second Reading, and any other such business as the House decides. (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The motion is the House do adjourn until 2:00 p.m. tomorrow until 6:00 p.m.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

We are adjourned until 2:00 p.m. tomorrow.

[The House rose at 7:53 p.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 2577

By: Mr. David Hendsbee (Preston)

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

Whereas our region's finest Black performers were honoured in November through the fourth African Nova Scotian Music Awards (ANSMA); and

Whereas Papa Grand took home awards in two categories: Best New Artist/Group and Best Hip Hop; and

Whereas the awards are not only a tremendous showcase for local Black artists, but also acknowledge true excellence in the field;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate ANSMA for its fourth year of recognition for our fine Black artists, applaud Papa Grand for his wins in both categories and wish him all the best as he continues to make gains in the music industry and with fans everywhere.

RESOLUTION NO. 2578

By: Mr. David Hendsbee (Preston)

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

Whereas our region's finest Black performers were honoured in November through the fourth African Nova Scotian Music Awards (ANSMA); and

Whereas Tiyaila Cain-Grant was presented with the award for Up and Coming Youth; and

Whereas the awards are not only a tremendous showcase for local Black artists, but also acknowledge true excellence in the field;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate ANSMA for its fourth year of recognition for our fine Black artists, applaud Tiyaila Cain-Grant for her award and wish her all the best as she continues to make gains in the music industry and with fans everywhere.

RESOLUTION NO. 2579

By: Mr. David Hendsbee (Preston)

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

Whereas our region's finest Black performers were honoured in November through the fourth African Nova Scotian Music Awards (ANSMA); and

Whereas The Carson Downey Band took home awards in two categories: Best Album and Artist/Group of the Year; and

Whereas the awards are not only a tremendous showcase for local Black artists, but also acknowledge true excellence in the field;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate ANSMA for its fourth year of recognition for our fine Black artists, applaud The Carson Downey Band for their wins in both categories and wish them all the best as they continue to make gains in the music industry and with fans everywhere.

RESOLUTION NO. 2580

By: Mr. David Hendsbee (Preston)

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

Whereas our region's finest Black performers were honoured in November through the fourth African Nova Scotian Music Awards (ANSMA); and

Whereas Cindy Cain was presented with the award for Best R & B; and

Whereas the awards are not only a tremendous showcase for local Black artists, but also acknowledge true excellence in the field;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate ANSMA for its fourth year of recognition for our fine Black artists, applaud Cindy Cain for her award and wish her all the best as she continues to make gains in the music industry and with fans everywhere.

RESOLUTION NO. 2581

By: Mr. David Hendsbee (Preston)

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

Whereas our region's finest Black performers were honoured in November through the fourth African Nova Scotian Music Awards (ANSMA); and

Whereas Jeremiah Sparks was presented with the award for Best Gospel; and

Whereas the awards are not only a tremendous showcase for local Black artists, but also acknowledge true excellence in the field;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate ANSMA for its fourth year of recognition for our fine Black artists, applaud Jeremiah Sparks for his award and wish him all the best as he continues to make gains in the music industry and with fans everywhere.

RESOLUTION NO. 2582

By: Mr. David Hendsbee (Preston)

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

Whereas our region's finest Black performers were honoured in November through the fourth African Nova Scotian Music Awards (ANSMA); and

Whereas Universal Language was presented with the award for Best Live Performance; and

Whereas the awards are not only a tremendous showcase for local Black artists, but also acknowledge true excellence in the field;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate ANSMA for its fourth year of recognition for our fine Black artists, applaud Universal Language for their award and wish them all the best as they continue to make gains in the music industry and with fans everywhere.

RESOLUTION NO. 2583

By: Mr. David Hendsbee (Preston)

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

Whereas our region's finest Black performers were honoured in November through the fourth African Nova Scotian Music Awards (ANSMA); and

Whereas the ANSMA Board Awards of Excellence - Music Heritage Award was presented to the White Family for their generations of work in the industry and phenomenal contributions; and

Whereas the awards are not only a tremendous showcase for local Black artists, but also acknowledge true excellence in the field;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate ANSMA for its fourth year of recognition for our fine Black artists and contributors to the industry and applaud the White Family for their incomparable contributions to music in this province and beyond.

RESOLUTION NO. 2584

By: Mr. David Hendsbee (Preston)

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

Whereas our region's finest Black performers were honoured in November through the fourth African Nova Scotian Music Awards (ANSMA); and

Whereas Marc Perry was presented with the ANSMA Board Awards of Excellence - BBI Development Award for his work in the industry; and

Whereas the awards are not only a tremendous showcase for local Black artists, but also acknowledge true excellence in the field;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate ANSMA for its fourth year of recognition for our fine Black artists, applaud Marc Perry for his award and wish him all the best with his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 2585

By: Mrs. Muriel Baillie (Pictou West)

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

Whereas four students from the McCulloch School in Pictou have explored local history and released a movie about Dr. Thomas McCulloch

Whereas the video, part of a recently-released school kit, is the result of a pilot project called, "Heritage in the Schools"; and

Whereas the students created the movie themselves and, using video-editing software, edited it in their school's computer lab;

Therefore be it resolved that all members thank Joyce Talbot and the Federation of Nova Scotia Heritage for providing this learning experience and Jenny Murray, Audrianna Parsons, Tyler Langford and Brendan Power for their successful participation in this interesting project.

RESOLUTION NO. 2586

By: Mrs. Muriel Baillie (Pictou West)

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

Whereas the seeds of love for gardening have been planted by the Pictou Garden Club; and

Whereas the Pictou Garden Club enticed 30 students at Pictou Elementary School to sign up for the Junior Gardening Competition; and

Whereas over the summer participating students were asked to nurture nasturtiums from seed to full growth in the hope of nurturing a lifetime love for gardening;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members thank the Pictou Garden Club for sponsoring a Junior Gardener Competition and congratulate all those who participated in what will no doubt become a hobby for life.

RESOLUTION NO. 2587

By: Mrs. Muriel Baillie (Pictou West)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Closed Highland Dance Championship and Selection Meet, held recently in Coldbrook, selected competitors for the Canadian Championships; and

Whereas Jannah McIntyre of Sundridge was named the Provincial Champion in the nine and under category; and

Whereas Kelsey MacKenzie of Pictou was named the second runner-up in the 13 and under category;

Therefore be it resolved that all members congratulate Jannah McIntyre and Kelsey MacKenzie on their top showing at the provincial meet and wish them the best in future competitions, provincially and nationally.

RESOLUTION NO. 2588

By: Mrs. Muriel Baillie (Pictou West)

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

Whereas small businesses won big at the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards; and

Whereas SteelPro/Cottage Mechanical Ltd. won the Business of the Year, and Sean Murray of Advocate Printing and Publishing was named Businessperson of the Year, with Barry Taylor of Purolator Courier named Employee of the Year; and

Whereas CapeTech Technology Services Ltd. of Pictou won the Information Technology Award, and Ed MacLaren was named Entrepreneur of the Year, with the Under 17 World Hockey Challenge named the Non-profit Organization of the Year, and the Environment Award going to the Pictou Harbour Environment Protection Project;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members congratulate these industrious people and businesses and acknowledge all of the Chamber's organizers who have brought these awards to Pictou County over the past 10 years.

RESOLUTION NO. 2589

By: Mr. John Chataway (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 12,000 square foot Tantallon Public Library, with a collection capacity of 53,000 volumes, will serve a rapidly growing area, until now, served by library mobile service; and

Whereas it contains a large meeting room which may be booked for community meetings and functions, a multi-media collection, public access computer terminals, study and reading areas as well as a pre-school section and will also feature both children's and adult programming; and

Whereas a public consultation process allowed community members to give valuable input into the design of the new library which was built by Sigma Construction Ltd. and designed by WHW Architects, with engineering work done by the firm of O'Neill, Scriven & Associates Ltd.;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the community for its efforts, thank the library staff for their work in the project and in their community and applaud all others who helped to make this project a reality, bringing a huge educational resource to the Hubley Centre and its many neighbouring communities.

RESOLUTION NO. 2590

By: Mr. Jon Carey (Kings West)

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

Whereas according to a recently released internal military report, obtained under the Access to Information Act, the last time Canada sent Sea King helicopters on a mission to the Persian Gulf the crews were faced with persistent radar breakdowns and when repairs were attempted, there were several instances when the spare parts drawn from stores were themselves unserviceable; and

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Whereas a host of government documents released over the past few weeks, also obtained under the Access to Information Act, indicate that the Sea King helicopters could well be flying past 2010 despite their scheduled retirement in 2005, due in part to delays caused by the federal government's decision to use a split-contract procurement process; and

Whereas eight years, two fatalities and six accidents later, the innumerate federal Liberals will spend at least as much on Sea King replacements as had been planned by the previous Tory Government, since the combination of the split-contract contingencies, now at $700 million, the $80 million, to date, cost of keeping the Sea King helicopters flying; nearly $500 million in penalties and expenses for cancelling the EH-101s; $800 million for 15 search and rescue helicopters; and the $2.8 billion for shipborne helicopters totals $4.8 billion, the exact cost of the helicopter deal which the former Prime Minister proposed before the 1993 election;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House condemn the Liberal Government's handling of the replacement of the Sea King helicopters, and urge the government to seek an immediate resolution to the fiasco to ensure that the safety of our country's pilots is not compromised by their own helicopters and apologize to our service personnel who neither complain nor criticize but merely continue to serve their country with the equipment provided to them.

RESOLUTION NO. 2591

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 Westville Fire Department was recently honoured by the Celebrate Canada Committee for Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the department's recognition is a result of the exceptional July 1st festivities sponsored annually by the department; and

Whereas this year, Celebrating Canada's unique diversity was the theme of July 1st celebrations nation-wide, an appropriate theme as every citizen of this country has his or her own story to tell, and while revealing difference, the stories also reveal many shared attributes;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs applaud the Westville Fire Department for their annual Canada Day Celebration and for the efforts of its members to ensure their community had a great Canadian birthday celebration.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2592

By: Mr. Frank Chipman (Annapolis)

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

Whereas the 2001 Valley High School "Reach for the Top" style championship at the Berwick Legion was won this year by Middleton Regional High School; and

Whereas Middleton Regional High will participate in the provincial championships next spring representing Zone 9 - the Western Valley; and

Whereas questions asked during this competition, which is now in its seventh year, concern Canada's military and Remembrance heritage and has been described by Middleton team member and top scorer, Michael Thibodeau, as a really good competition helping young people find out about those who made the ultimate sacrifice;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs of this House of Assembly extend our best wishes to Coach Roger Boutilier and the Middleton Regional High School "Call to Remembrance" team in winning the 2001 Valley championship and wish them every success in the provincials next spring.

RESOLUTION NO. 2593

By: Mr. Cecil Clarke (Cape Breton North)

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

Whereas Two Rivers Wildlife Park, a jewel on the Mira, is a perfect place for rest or play; and

Whereas this park is a tribute to beautiful geography and the hard work and fundraising efforts of the Two Rivers Development Association, who have won the confidence and support of the surrounding community - businesses and individuals alike - for maintaining this beautiful recreational destination; and

Whereas in a show of support and appreciation of this wonderful park, the staff of the Sydney River Liquor Store donated over $2,000 to the park's operations which they fund-raised on the park's behalf, complementing the $50,000 contribution made by the provincial government;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend the staff of the Sydney River Liquor Store for their support of this young park and applaud the work of the park's staff and volunteers for promoting Two Rivers Wildlife Park and securing the community support needed to sustain it.

RESOLUTION NO. 2594

By: Mr. Cecil Clarke (Cape Breton North)

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

Whereas summer camp is an unforgettable experience, making memories that are cherished for a lifetime, but for young survivors of serious burns, the ordinary thrills of childhood are marred by the scars they carry and the shock felt by those who see them; and

Whereas at the Atlantic Burn Camp, where everyone has scars on the outside, the person on the inside shines through and children can enjoy camp activities in an atmosphere of love and unconditional acceptance; and

Whereas through the Canadian Tire Foundation for Families, the Sydney Canadian Tire and its staff joined together to contribute $6,000 to the Cape Breton Firefighters Burn Camp Society to bring joy to children with burn injuries;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend the efforts of the Sydney Canadian Tire and applaud organizations like the Cape Breton Firefighters Burn Camp Society who make the Atlantic Burn Camp possible and make good memories for the very children who so deserve them.

RESOLUTION NO. 2595

By: Mr. Frank Chipman (Annapolis)

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

Whereas born in Fox River, Nova Scotia in 1887, Private John Chipman Kerr received the Victoria Cross on September 16, 1916, in a single-handed attack on a trench that yielded 62 unwounded prisoners while serving with the 49th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force at Courcelette, France; and

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Whereas having delivered his captives at a support trench, Private Chipman Kerr, returned to action without troubling to have his wound dressed, with his audacious performance marking an end to resistance in Fabeck Graben; and

Whereas Private Chipman Kerr, a relative of former Finance Minister Greg Kerr, has a mountain named in his honour, Mount Kerr, near Jasper, as well, special recognition during the dedication of a war memorial in Port Greville on Remembrance Day 2000;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the bravery and honour displayed by Private John Chipman Kerr and by all Canadian war veterans in defending our country and preserving our freedom.

RESOLUTION NO. 2596

By: Mr. Frank Chipman (Annapolis)

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

Whereas the Heart of the Valley Festival promotes and supports local talent, sports and numerous non-profit organizations and businesses within Middleton and its surrounding areas, and is held the third weekend of July each year at Middleton's Rotary Park, beginning on Friday and ending on Sunday with a spectacular fireworks display at dusk; and

Whereas the festival encountered financial difficulties in 1999, but thanks to a rejuvenated organization committee and renewed efforts, the festival was able to return to profitability in July 2000, and partially repay its debts to the Town of Middleton; and

Whereas the 2001 Heart of the Valley Festival was one of the most successful festivals to date, repaying all festival debts in full and allowing a $1,000 donation to be made to the Town of Middleton to help prepare a new site for the festival amusement rides;

Therefore be it resolved all that members of this House congratulate the Heart of the Valley Festival organizing committee, including: Paula Luxton, Chairman; Vera Errington, Vice-Chair/Secretary; Adele Hughes, Past-Chairman; Earl Bennett, Treasurer; Glenn Langille, Parade Chairman; as well as Jeff Keddy and Zilla Gaul, for making the Heart of the Valley Festival a sustainable, prominent, popular and fun community event for Middleton and the surrounding region.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2597

By: Mr. Frank Chipman (Annapolis)

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

Whereas Nova Scotia's Public Service is recognized within Canada and across the world as among the best in the world; and

Whereas the Long Service Awards are this province's opportunity to commend its 25 year public servants for their contributions to our society and to honour their contributions and dedication to serving the public of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Area Manager for the Department of Transportation and Public Works, Paul Stone, of Middleton, Nova Scotia, has shown great dedication to this province as over the past 25 years, working through periods of tremendous change, while under the scrutiny of the people of Nova Scotia - challenges he has faced with professionalism, commitment and hard work;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Mr. Paul Stone's achievement and thank him for the excellent service provided to the people of Nova Scotia over the past 25 years.

RESOLUTION NO. 2598

By: Mr. Frank Chipman (Annapolis)

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

Whereas Nova Scotia's Public Service is recognized within Canada and across the world as among the best in the world; and

Whereas the Long Service Awards are this province's opportunity to commend its 25 year public servants for their contributions to our society and to honour their contributions and dedication to serving the public of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Regional Manager for Food Safety - Western Region, Mark Durkee of Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia has shown great dedication to this province as over the past 25 years, working through periods of tremendous change

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while under the scrutiny of the people of Nova Scotia - challenges he has faced with professionalism, commitment and hard work; and

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Mr. Mark Durkee's achievement and thank him for the excellent service provided to the people of Nova Scotia over the past 25 years.

RESOLUTION NO. 2599

By: Mr. Frank Chipman (Annapolis)

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

Whereas there are more than 120,000 volunteer firefighters in Canada and volunteer firefighters make up more than 80 per cent of the firefighters across the country; and

Whereas volunteer firefighters must contend with increasing workloads and new expectations to meet training standards and government regulations; and

Whereas American author and playwright, Kurt Vonnegut, once referred to volunteer firefighters as one of the only examples of enthusiastic unselfishness to be seen in this land;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House pay tribute to the brave men and women who risk their lives daily to protect their communities.

RESOLUTION NO. 2600

By: Mr. Frank Chipman (Annapolis)

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

Whereas 75 Masons attended the Annapolis/Digby District meeting held at the Ionic Lodge in Middleton on October 13th, in part to acknowledge the 125th Anniversary of the Ionic Lodge; and

Whereas a number of presentations were made at this meeting, including five 50 year jewel certificates to Mr. Ronald Kinney, Mr. Williard Kinney, Mr. Scott Kinney, Mr. Sherman Prime and Mr. Art Rice, who all joined Tuscan Lodge in 1951; a 50 year jewel presented to Mr. John Merry of Rothsay; a Maritime medal given to Mr. Lockhart Ferguson

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of Rothsay; and a Lewis Jewel received by Mr. L.E. Winchester, Jr., of Keith No. 16 Lodge; and

Whereas Mr. Roger Eisner, District Deputy Grand Master of Annapolis/Digby District, spoke on the future of Masonry in Nova Scotia while Mr. Al Peppard spoke on the 125 year history of the Ionic Lodge, including its members' contribution to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Ionic Lodge on its 125th Anniversary and acknowledge the many contributions made by its members.

RESOLUTION NO. 2601

By: Mr. Frank Chipman (Annapolis)

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

Whereas there are 122 caring and considerate home support workers in the Annapolis Valley who serve 1,100 clients in Kings and Annapolis Counties; and

Whereas employed by the Victorian Order of Nurses, these indispensable workers travel door-to-door, wash dishes, do laundry, prepare meals, and carry out personal hygiene seven days a week; and

Whereas Home Support Worker Week was celebrated recently in Nova Scotia through the middle of October;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House acknowledge the devotion and many contributions of home support workers during Home Support Worker Week and throughout the year.

RESOLUTION NO. 2602

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 Coaching Association of Canada is a not-for-profit amateur sport organization with the mandate to improve the effectiveness of coaching across all sports and at all levels of the sport system; and

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Whereas in collaboration with FOX 40, the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) will honour a male and female sport official in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the development of their sport; and

Whereas Richard Spencer of Kentville was one of this province's nominees in recognition of his long-standing contribution to the sport of swimming;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Richard Spencer on being nominated for this prestigious sport award, and acknowledge the high regard people in his community and in the sport of swimming have for this coach.

RESOLUTION NO. 2603

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 at Port Williams Elemenary School, sponsors for this year's Terry Fox Run were very generous; and

Whereas with high student participation a lot of support was generated in memory of Terry Fox and for cancer research; and

Whereas as a result of these efforts, the Nova Scotia Cancer Society received a donation of $4,029.25 from Port Williams Elementary School;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the staff and students at Port Williams Elementary School for their contributions to cancer research through the Terry Fox Run.

RESOLUTION NO. 2604

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 through the local branches of the Royal Canadian Legion the lives of veterans and others are made better; and

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Whereas Kings Branch 6 has contributed this year's Poppy Campaign to the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation; and

Whereas $4,200 was kindly donated for the purchase of two more geriatric chairs for the hospital;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs of this House commend the members of Kings Branch 6 of the Royal Canadian Legion for this donation and for the kindnesses they've offered in the past.

RESOLUTION NO. 2605

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 renovations to the Kentville Fire Hall vastly improved the 1967 structure, providing space for training, larger trucks and more equipment; and

Whereas the people of Kentville have made an important show of support for their volunteer firefighters; and

Whereas through the community's agreement to pay an annual fire area rate, residents helped pay for the $2 million project;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend the community for its strong support for the volunteer fire department and the vital services it provides.

RESOLUTION NO. 2606

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 Victorian Order of Nurses is well-known for the kind and excellent nursing care it brings to the infirmed in their homes; and

Whereas palliative care workers have a most special role, bringing care to the dying and comfort to their loved ones; and

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Whereas Mrs. Jeanne Bennett felt the impact of this special care, receiving the friendship of palliative care worker Angela Houde, who nursed Mrs. Bennett's husband, Lawrence, until the time of his death;

Threfore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize the VON and their wonderful caregivers like Angela Houde, whose concern for the sick extends to the saddened and grieving families who also need comfort.

RESOLUTION NO. 2607

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 Adopt-a-Highway Program, an international volunteer litter clean up program was created to help make roadsides cleaner, safer and prettier; and

Whereas in Nova Scotia the Department of Transportation and Public Works is proud to provide administrative, financial, and field support to the program's coordinators, the Women's Institutes of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the members of the Port Williams Lions Club and Women's Institutes, along with the Woodville Community Club, are active participants in the Adopt-a-Highway Program and have made a difference to the sight and cleanliness of their local environment;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House commend the Adopt-a-Highway Program and the hundreds of service clubs and thousands of volunteers who really make a difference along the roads, helping to keep our province beautiful.

RESOLUTION NO. 2608

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 a four year member of the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board is now its newly elected chair; and

Whereas Shirley Jackson, a former teacher, has served on the board in a number of capacities and will lend the board this experience in her new role; and

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Whereas Ms. Jackson has stated that her main objective is to keep the board focused on its decided goals;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Annapolis Valley Regional School Board Chair Shirley Jackson on her new position, and extend best wishes to the former chair, Heather MacLean, as she pursues new challenges.

RESOLUTION NO. 2609

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 Kings SPCA has acquired the land for their long-planned shelter; and

Whereas the SPCA has signed a 50 year lease with the Municipality of Kings County for a 2.2 hectare lot in Waterville, at a rate of $1.00 a year; and

Whereas fundraising for the building is underway and the Kings SPCA is making inroads, relying on public donations and volunteers;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Kings SPCA for this great start on their new facility and commend the Municipality of Kings County for its generous arrangement which will help provide a much-needed animal shelter.

RESOLUTION NO. 2610

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 "See it, love it" is the motto of the 4-H Youth Exchanges Canada, which gives 4-Hers the chance to travel within Canada, meeting other 4-Hers, sharing in their projects and learning about the communities in which they live; and

Whereas 10 members and 2 leaders of the Cornwallis Project 4-H Club of Port Williams took part in the exchange, visiting Calgary and attending 4-H events at the Calgary Stampede with their hosts from the Foothills 4-H Sheep Club; and

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Whereas the 4-Hers from Alberta came to Nova Scotia just a few weeks later and were treated to tours of Valley fruit orchards, dairy farms and Christmas tree farms, providing a taste of Nova Scotia's agriculture industry;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend the 4-H Youth Exchange Canada Program and 4-H Leader Janet Herbin for giving these Port Williams 4-H members a chance to broaden their horizons.

RESOLUTION NO. 2611

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 in a ceremonial change of command Major Joseph Gaudreau succeeded Major John Sutcliffe as Commander of the Land Forces Atlantic Area Training Centre Detachment at Camp Aldershot; and

Whereas Major Gaudreau assumed command just as the military training establishment's summer season was about to begin, with an expected 400 trainees to attend over the season; and

Whereas soon after, and with no warning, travellers stranded by the events of September 11th arrived at Camp Aldershot, in need of housing and comfort;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Major Joseph Gaudreau on his new command, and acknowledge what has been a busy and unusual beginning for the new Commander of Camp Aldershot.

RESOLUTION NO. 2612

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 Kentville Lodge No. 58, AF and AM has had a long and proud history in the Town of Kentville; and

Whereas Kentville Lodge has taken the opportunity to pay respect to its first Master of the Lodge and celebrate its 131st year history in the Town of Kentville; and

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Whereas at the same occasion, Sr. Past Master, Garth Calkin was also celebrated for reaching a 70 year bar;

Therefore be it resolved that all members congratulate Kentville Lodge for its long and proud history in the Town of Kentville.

RESOLUTION NO. 2613

By: Mr. Timothy Olive (Dartmouth South)

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

Whereas Clary Croft's fifth solo recording, "Still the Song Lives On" is a mix of traditional folk songs from the collection of his mentor, Dr. Helen Creighton, and contemporary songs by Mr. Croft and songwriters from Canada, Ireland and the U.S.A.; and

Whereas Mr. Croft's talents encompass also television, stage, film, radio and publications ranging from Sesame Street to Symphony Nova Scotia; and

Whereas while for the past 10 years he has been heard on CBC Radio's Mainstreet and his first book, "Chocolates, Tattoos and Mayflowers" was on the provincial bestsellers' list for months, Clary Croft is best known for his work with the collection of his late mentor, Dr. Helen Creighton, the internationally renowned Nova Scotian folklorist - two years ago releasing his biography of Dr. Creighton, titled "Helen Creighton: Canada's First Lady of Folklore";

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend the literary accomplishments of Clary Croft, especially his contribution to Maritime folklore studies and ongoing research into the traditional music of the Maritimes and wish him well with his planned feature documentary on Dr. Creighton.

RESOLUTION NO. 2614

By: Mr. Kerry Morash (Queens)

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

Whereas the Fort Point Lighthouse is a true Nova Scotian symbol and an integral part of the character and historical setting of Liverpool, attracting thousands of visitors yearly; and

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Whereas it is among the few surviving examples of pre-Confederation lighthouses and it has been designated a Provincial Heritage Property; and

Whereas this building will now be preserved as a legacy, and will be protected for generations to come;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend the Queens Heritage Advisory Committee for making this important recommendation and consider our role as stewards of history and heritage.

RESOLUTION NO. 2615

By: Mr. Kerry Morash (Queens)

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

Whereas community festivals are important for attracting visitors and for bringing communities together for fun and celebration; and

Whereas Brooklyn's Seafest, a shark-fishing tournament and community festival, drew a crowd of more than 1,500 people this year, spectators and participants alike, to the Brooklyn Marina for a full weekend of merriment; and

Whereas with a hard-working 12 member committee, well over 100 volunteers and local donations of prizes and cash, Seafest is a true community event;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend the people of Queens County for pulling together to hold this successful event which is enjoyable as well as beneficial to the local economy.

RESOLUTION NO. 2616

By: Mr. Kerry Morash (Queens)

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

Whereas the Liverpool Courthouse is a prominent feature of the town and, as the finest example of Greek Revival, temple-type buildings ever erected in Canada, is also significant nation-wide; and

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Whereas this building has been used, continuously, as a courthouse since 1854; and

Whereas in light of the building's outstanding facade and its ongoing use as a courthouse, it has received Provincial Heritage Designation to ensure protection of its prominent features;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank the Queens Heritage Advisory Committee for their work to preserve this distinguished building which is a special piece of local and provincial history.

RESOLUTION NO. 2617

By: Mr. Timothy Olive (Dartmouth South)

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

Whereas Mr. Darrell Mills of Dartmouth passed away in mid-October, after almost 92 years, having contributed during his life both professionally, through numerous volunteer duties, to his family and through service to country; and

Whereas he used his education through the Normal College to provide instruction at schools in the province, then, after serving overseas in the Royal Canadian Artillery, he concentrated his efforts in education on the vocational system; and

Whereas at the time of his death, Mr. Mills was the oldest surviving past president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, and had also contributed in a volunteer capacity through the years with the United Church of Canada, Maritime Conference and General Council; the Rotary Club of Halifax; the John Howard Society; and the Halifax Musical Festival;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend the life and work of the late Darrell Mills, whose service to country, family, community, the province's education system and to the United Church has been, and will remain, a model of service for others to follow and from which to learn.

RESOLUTION NO. 2618

By: Hon. Murray Scott (The Speaker)

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

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Whereas one month after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, Parrsboro townspeople gathered at the bandstand to pay tribute to those emergency personnel who lost their lives attempting to save the lives of others; and

Whereas in addition to the memorial service, members of the Parrsboro Volunteer Fire Department held a boot drive for which they raised more than $1,064 in just 90 minutes for the New York Firefighters Widows and Children's Fund; and

Whereas those who participated in the memorial service also signed a condolence book which was to be sent to New York along with the funds raised;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend the efforts of the people of the community of Parrsboro towards their fellow man and never forget the words of Fire Chief Jeremy Dunphy who, having joined the rescue effort for three days following September 11th, said at the service, "We can go home to our families at night and continue on with our lives, whereas so many cannot."

RESOLUTION NO. 2619

By: Hon. Murray Scott (The Speaker)

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

Whereas young David Hicks of Springhill has spent many long hours in the hockey rink to achieve his trophies, medals and titles received already at just 14 years of age; and

Whereas one of the highlights so far was his big break earlier this year when he was named to the Atlantic All-Star Selects; and

Whereas in addition to travelling three times a week to Halifax and spending weekends at the Université de Moncton and on P.E.I. and playing tournaments in Ottawa and Toronto as part of the Selects experience, David was also invited this summer to the world-renowned Alan Andrews Hockey School in P.E.I.;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate David Hicks on his achievements to date in the great Canadian game of hockey and wish him well as he continues to strive for excellence in the sport.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2620

By: Hon. Murray Scott (The Speaker)

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

Whereas the community of Advocate Harbour recently welcomed a new, high-tech link to the rest of the world with the opening of Cumberland County's newest Community Access Program (CAP) site; and

Whereas the official launch of the site took place at the Advocate Library on October 19th, with a plaque unveiled in honour of local resident Duncan Lunn who volunteered many hours of manual labour to help make the CAP site a reality; and

Whereas the CAP site brings a vital technology to the community so that all might have equal access;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank those who brought to the community of Advocate Harbour this important resource and recognize the positive impact to rural Nova Scotia that the many CAP sites are offering - in essence, the world at the community's fingertips.

RESOLUTION NO. 2621

By: Hon. Murray Scott (The Speaker)

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

Whereas this year, approximately 100 trick or treaters were treated on October 27th to the annual tricks at 94 Church Street in Springhill; and

Whereas with a lot of help from his friends, Justin Symes transforms the basement of his home into a frightful delight to all who enter; and

Whereas Justin Symes also asks visitors to his haunted house to give a minimum donation of a dollar to assist the annual Springhill Youth Halloween Dance;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Mr. Symes for offering to his community the Halloween House as an added thrill leading up to Halloween - a fond memory from his childhood he wishes to pass along to others.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2622

By: Hon. Murray Scott (The Speaker)

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

Whereas Amherst Regional High School recently hosted the first-ever Cumberland IT Business Outreach Project Information Technology Fair, sponsored by the Cumberland Development Corporation; and

Whereas during the fair, whose aim was to increase awareness of the technological resources available in the community and to provide education information to youth and adult students, four county businesses received awards; and

Whereas award recipients included: Carla (Green) Benjamin/Oxford Pharmacy - Small Business Program Award; Kelly and Stephen Skidmore/Pizza Delight - Youth Seed Connection Program Award; Dr. Annie Ouellet/Rainbow Chiropractic - CDC and Atlantic Associations of Community Business Development Corporation's Award of Distinction; and Rick Gould/Rick's Portable Welding - Self-Employment Benefit Program Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House salute these fine award recipients, wish these individuals all the best with their businesses and thank the Cumberland Development Corporation for sponsoring such a worthwhile event.

RESOLUTION NO. 2623

By: Hon. Murray Scott (The Speaker)

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

Whereas the Advocate Lady Coyotes were victorious, for the sixth time in seven years, winning the right to compete at the provincial championship having previously won in October their first regional championship banner; and

Whereas the team defeated the visiting Sacred Heart School of Halifax 3 to 1 to grab the title; and

Whereas team work and strong leadership from their coach was the necessary combination required for the soccer team's victory;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Advocate Lady Coyotes for their tremendous performance this season and wish the team members, as well as Coach Peter Spicer, all the best in their future athletic endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 2624

By: Hon. Murray Scott (The Speaker)

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

Whereas one of Cumberland County's most successful businessmen has been honoured by the Nova Scotia Agricultural College; and

Whereas John Bragg, owner of Oxford Frozen Foods, as well as several other companies, has an international reputation for his company's processing and exporting of wild blueberries and for his position as the leading producer of processed carrots in Canada; and

Whereas Mr. Bragg's contributions to the industry are well known; however, it is wonderful to see that he has been officially recognized by the Agricultural College;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join the college in commending the achievements of Cumberland businessman John Bragg and thank him for his tremendous economic contributions to Cumberland County and Nova Scotia as a whole.

RESOLUTION NO. 2625

By: Hon. Murray Scott (The Speaker)

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

Whereas Springhill native and song star Anne Murray has revived a 1970's hit, "(Hey Daddy) There's a Hippo in My Bathtub", and adapted it to television; and

Whereas Ms. Murray has joined forces with local talent, Cage Digital Productions of Halifax, to produce The Hippo Tub Co., which airs weekly on CBC; and

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Whereas Ms. Murray's company, Evening Sky Productions, is not only looking at producing an additional 13 episodes of the children's animated program, but is also working on a number of other animation projects and produced a one-hour Christmas special called "Timothy Tweedle - The First Christmas Elf", which first aired last year;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Anne Murray for spreading her wings and discovering yet another venue for her incredible talents, wish her all the best with the series, and also wish her well with her new Christmas album and U.S. Christmas concert tour.

RESOLUTION NO. 2626

By: Hon. Murray Scott (The Speaker)

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

Whereas three and a half year old Simon Ward and his mother, Elgin Marko of Leicester, have both been diagnosed with autism and are not only adapting to the condition, but have raised awareness of what autism means; and

Whereas the family is working with the Cumberland Early Intervention Program to adapt to the recent diagnosis; and

Whereas Lisa Gower, a caseworker with the program, said that Elgin Marko is a good example of a person with autism living a lifestyle that includes raising a family their own;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Ms. Marko for speaking publicly about autism so that others will learn just what the condition is all about and shatter the many myths surrounding autism, and also thank people like Lisa Gower and the Cumberland Early Intervention Program for assisting those in our community who are facing various challenges.

RESOLUTION NO. 2627

By: Hon. Murray Scott (The Speaker)

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

Whereas the Cumberland District Health Authority recently dispelled rumours that the All Saints Hospital in Springhill will be downsized; and

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Whereas in fact, the chair of the authority suggested that the opposite might be true; if a repatriation program planned for next year is successful, All Saints could see an increase in the number of beds and staff; and

Whereas the chair was quoted as saying, "An integral part of the Cumberland Health Authority's business plan for the 2001-02 fiscal year includes an attempt to repatriate patients who are presently being treated in New Brunswick back to Nova Scotia";

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House support the efforts of the Cumberland District Health Authority to expand the role of All Saints Hospital in Cumberland and commend the authority's members, as well as the staff and health professionals at All Saints, for their vital work in the community of Cumberland.

RESOLUTION NO. 2628

By: Hon. Murray Scott (The Speaker)

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

Whereas Nova Scotia's Public Service is recognized within Canada and across the world as among the best in the world; and

Whereas the Long Service Awards are this province's opportunity to commend its 25 year public servants for their contributions to our society and to honour their contributions and dedication to serving the public of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in Sandra MacKey's dedication to this province over the past 25 years, she has been required to work through periods of tremendous change while under the scrutiny of the people of Nova Scotia, challenges she has faced with professionalism, commitment and hard work;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Sandra's achievement and thank her for the excellent service provided to the people of Nova Scotia over the past 25 years.

RESOLUTION NO. 2629

By: Hon. Murray Scott (The Speaker)

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

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Whereas Nova Scotia's Public Service is recognized within Canada and across the world as among the best in the world; and

Whereas the Long Service Awards are this province's opportunity to commend its 25 year public servants for their contributions to our society and to honour their contributions and dedication to serving the public of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in Janet McCrindle's dedication to this province over the past 25 years, she has been required to work through periods of tremendous change while under the scrutiny of the people of Nova Scotia, challenges she has faced with professionalism, commitment and hard work;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Janet's achievement and thank her for the excellent service provided to the people of Nova Scotia over the past 25 years.

RESOLUTION NO. 2630

By: Hon. Murray Scott (The Speaker)

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

Whereas Nova Scotia's Public Service is recognized within Canada and across the world as among the best in the world; and

Whereas the Long Service Awards are this province's opportunity to commend its 25 year public servants for their contributions to our society and to honour their contributions and dedication to serving the public of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in Grant MacDonald's dedication to this province over the past 25 years, he has been required to work through periods of tremendous change while under the scrutiny of the people of Nova Scotia, challenges he has faced with professionalism, commitment and hard work;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Grant's achievement and thank him for the excellent service provided to the people of Nova Scotia over the past 25 years.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2631

By: Hon. Murray Scott (The Speaker)

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

Whereas Nova Scotia's Public Service is recognized within Canada and across the world as among the best in the world; and

Whereas the Long Service Awards are this province's opportunity to commend its 25 year public servants for their contributions to our society and to honour their contributions and dedication to serving the public of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in Robert Hoeg's dedication to this province over the past 25 years, he has been required to work through periods of tremendous change while under the scrutiny of the people of Nova Scotia, challenges he has faced with professionalism, commitment and hard work;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Robert's achievement and thank him for the excellent service provided to the people of Nova Scotia over the past 25 years.

RESOLUTION NO. 2632

By: Hon. James Muir (Minister of Health)

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

Whereas Firm's Phantom, a three year old gelding, won his 28th straight race on Sunday, October 28, 2001 at the Truro Raceway; and

Whereas Firm's Phantom has now equalled the 28 consecutive victories achieved by the immortal sire Cam Fella; and

Whereas Firm's Phantom, which in August set a new track record at the Truro Raceway, is the finest standardbred horse ever bred, raised and raced in Atlantic Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that all members congratulate Firm's Phantom's owner, Joe Kennedy, and his trainer and principal driver, Danny Romo, for these remarkable achievements and wish them every success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2633

By: Mr. Ronald Chisholm (Guysborough-Port Hawkesbury)

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

Whereas Sherbrooke Village's Old Fashioned Christmas will kick off at 7:00 p.m. this Friday evening with the lighting of the community Christmas tree at the Maple Manor; and

Whereas the lighting of the tree is to be followed by a candlelight procession down Main Street in Sherbrooke; and

Whereas the tree lighting and candlelight procession are just two of the old-fashioned Christmas events, which will also include a John Gracie performance at the Sherbrooke Courthouse on December 7th, scheduled to take place in the weeks leading up to Christmas;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs extend their warmest wishes to organizers and participants in Sherbrooke Village's Old Fashioned Christmas 2001.