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Flight 111 Special Places Memorial Act

BILL NO. 115

1st Session, 57th General Assembly
Nova Scotia
47-48 Elizabeth II, 1998-99

Government Bill

Flight 111 Special Places Memorial Act


The Honourable Robert S. Harrison
Minister of Justice

First Reading: June 9, 1999

Second Reading: June 15, 1999

Third Reading: June 15, 1999 (WITHOUT COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS)

Royal Assent: June 17, 1999

An Act to Establish
Special Places as a Memorial
to the Passengers and Crew of Flight 111

WHEREAS on September 2, 1998, Swissair Flight Number 111 crashed off the coast of Nova Scotia;

AND WHEREAS none of the passengers or crew of Flight 111 survived the crash;

AND WHEREAS many Nova Scotians, both employees of the federal, Provincial and municipal governments and volunteers as well as others who came to help, worked together in the aftermath of this tragedy;

AND WHEREAS it is fitting that special places be established as a memorial to this tragedy;

THEREFORE be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 This Act may be cited as the Flight 111 Special Places Memorial Act.

2 (1) To commemorate the crash of Flight 111 and the work of the employees of the federal, Provincial and municipal governments and volunteers in its aftermath, the following special places are established:

(a) the approximate crash site in the Atlantic Ocean at 44 24' 33" North latitude and 63 58' 25" West longitude;

(b) the memorial and burial site on Crown land at Bayswater, in the County of Lunenburg;

(c) the memorial site on Crown land at Whalesback, in the County of Halifax.

(2) The supervision and management of the sites described in clauses (1)(b) and (c) are the responsibility of the member of the Executive Council assigned responsibility for this Act.

3 Human remains, in the custody of the Chief Medical Examiner for Nova Scotia, of the passengers and crew of Flight 111 may be buried at the site described in clause 2(1)(b).

4 No person shall desecrate, damage or destroy a site described in clause 2(1)(b) or (c).

5 (1) The Governor in Council may make regulations

(a) determining the boundaries of sites referred to in clauses 2(1)(b) and (c);

(b) respecting the establishment, preservation, custody, maintenance and use of the sites described in clauses 2(1)(b) and (c) including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the erection of signs, plaques or markers;

(c) defining any word or expression used in this Act;

(d) respecting any matter or thing the Governor in Council considers necessary or advisable to carry out effectively the intent and purpose of this Act.

(2) The exercise of the authority contained in this Section is regulations within the meaning of the Regulations Act.

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