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Oct. 4, 2019 – House of Assembly Proceedings


THE SPEAKER OF THE NOVA SCOTIA
THE SPEAKER OF THE NOVA SCOTIA HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY GRANTS
PERMISSION TO RECORD AND USE THE AUDIO AND VIDEO OF THE
PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASSEMBLY AND ITS COMMITTEES FOR EDUCATIONAL
AND RESEARCH PURPOSES AND AS PROVIDED BELOW.
THE VIDEO MAY ONLY BE USED WITH ITS ORIGINAL AUDIO COMPONENT AND
NO OTHER AUDIO OR VIDEO MATERIAL MAY BE ADDED TO AUDIO OR VIDEO
MATERIAL USED. TELEVISION AND RADIO
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ACCURATE REPORTS OF PROCEEDINGS. NEITHER THE AUDIO NOR THE VIDEO
MAY BE USED FOR POLITICAL PARTY ADVERTISING, ELECTION CAMPAIGNS
OR ANY OTHER POLITICALLY PARTISAN ACTIVITY EXCEPT THAT
MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY MAY, FOR THE PURPOSE OF SERVING
THEIR CONSTITUENTS, MAKE USE OF RECORDED EXCERPTS OF THE
PROCEEDINGS ON THEIR WEBSITES OR ON SOCIAL MEDIA IF NOT PRESENTED
IN A MISLEADING MANNER AND IF A LINK IS PROVIDED TO THE FULL
PROCEEDING. NEITHER THE AUDIO NOR THE VIDEO
MAY BE USED IN ANY EDITED FORM THAT COULD MISLEAD OR MISINFORM
AN AUDIENCE OR VIEWER OR THAT DOES NOT PRESENT A BALANCED
PORTRAYAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS IN THE HOUSE.
THE AUDIO AND VIDEO MAY NOT BE USED IN COURT, OR BEFORE A
TRIBUNAL OR OTHER BODY, FOR THE PURPOSE OF QUESTIONING,
COMMENTING UPON OR MAKING JUDGEMENT UPON THE PROCEEDINGS
IN THE HOUSE. ANY OTHER USE OR REBROADCAST OR
WEBCAST OF THESE PROCEEDINGS REQUIRES THE EXPRESS WRITTEN
APPROVAL OF THE SPEAKER. [♪♪♪]
>>The Speaker: ORDER, NOW WE’LL BEGIN WITH THE DAILY
ROUTINE, BEGINNING WITH PRESENTING AND READING OF
PETITIONS. PRESENTING REPORTS OF
COMMITTEES. TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS,
AND OTHER PAPERS. THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF
JUSTICE.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
IN CAPACITY AS MINISTER OF JUSTICE FOR NOVA SCOTIA, I BEG
LEAVE TO TABLE THE 2018-19 ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES COMMISSION
FINAL REPORT, BALANCING EFFECTIVE REPRESENTATION WITH
VOTER PARITY, DATED APRIL 2019, WHICH WAS FILED WITH THE CHIEF
CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ON APRIL 15, 2019.
>>The Speaker: THE REPORT IS TABLED. STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS.
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION. THE HONOURABLE PREMIER
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE THE ADOPTION OF THE
FOLLOWING RESOLUTION. WHEREAS THE CANADIAN CADET
PROGRAM HAS BEEN OFFERING TRAINING AND LEADERSHIP
DEVELOPMENT TO YOUNG CANADIANS TEACHING LIFE AND WORK SKILLS
SINCE THE LATE 1800S, WHEREAS NOVA SCOTIA’S 83 CADET UNITS AND
OVER 3,000 CADETS ACTIVE IN AIR, SEA, AND NAVY UNITS WHO ARE
INVOLVED IN THEIR COMMUNITY THROUGH VOLUNTEERING AND
CITIZENSHIP ACTIVITIES AND MAKING SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS
TO CANADIAN SOCIETY, WHEREAS CADET DAY WAS MADE AN OFFICIAL
ACT BY THE NOVA SCOTIA LEGISLATURE IN 2010 AND IS
CELEBRATED TO RECOGNIZE THESE YOUTH AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO
THE PROVINCE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF
ASSEMBLY RECOGNIZE OCTOBER 5, 2019, AS CADET DAY IN THE
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA. MR. SPEAKER, A WAIVER OF NOTICE
OF PASS WITHOUT DEBATE. >>The Speaker: THERE IS
REQUEST OF A WAIVER. ALL IN FAVOUR SAY AYE?
CONTRARY MINDED NAY. THE MOTION IS CARRIED. [ APPLAUSE ].
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE PREMIER.
>>MR. SPEAKER I MOVE THE ADOPTION OF THE FOLLOWING
RESOLUTION. WHEREAS ON AUGUST 1 TO 3
ANTIGONISH HOSTED THE SENIORS GAMES WITH SUCCESSFUL
PARTICIPANTS. AND WHERE THE ATHLETES WERE
AFFORDED WITH A GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW IMPORTANT AND FUN IT IS TO
STAY ENGAGED AND ACTIVE AS WE AGE, AND WHEREAS THE 55-PLUS
SENIOR GAMES ALIGN WITH AND HELP WITH THE SHIRT, THEREFORE BE IT
RESOLVED THAT THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY JOIN ME IN
CONGRATULATING THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE AND ALL THE
PARTICIPATING ATHLETES, INCLUDING THE MEMBER FROM KINGS
WEST WHO WON A GOLD MEDAL PLAYING FOR THE MEN’S HOCKEY TEAM.
[ APPLAUSE ] >>MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR WAIVER
OF NOTICE AND PASSAGE WITHOUT DEBATE.
>>The Speaker: THERE HAS BEEN REQUEST FOR WAIVER.
IS IT AGREED?>>AGREED.
>>The Speaker: ALL THOSE IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION SAY AYE.
CONTRARY MINDED NAY. THE MOTION IS CARRIED.
THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT
>>IT YOU — THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
WHEREAS THE AWARDS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE
REPRESENTING LEADERS ACROSS THE PROVINCE AND WHERE THIS YEAR’S
RECIPIENTS INCLUDING BE AMAZED ART AMAZE AND THE
SISTERS OF ST. MARTHA’S IN ANTIGONISH.
AND WHERE IT HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED AS AN EMERGING ENVIRONMENTAL
LEADER, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT ALL MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE
RECOGNIZE THESE NOVA SCOTIANS FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND
COMMITMENT TO PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT.
MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST WAIVER OF NOTICE AND PASSAGE WITHOUT
DEBATE. >>The Speaker: THERE HAS BEEN
REQUEST FOR WAIVER. IS IT AGREED?
>>AGREED. >>The Speaker: WOULD ALL THOSE
IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION PLEASE SAY AYE.
CONTRARY MINDED NAY. THE MOTION IS CARRIED.
THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF LABOUR AND ADVANCED EDUCATION.
>>I BEG LEAVE TO MAKE AN INTRODUCTION.
WE ARE JOINED BY ANITA KERWIN. I WILL BE PRESENTING HER AWARD
TODAY AT 11:30 A.M. DOWNSTAIRS AND ALL MEMBERS ARE INVITED. IT BECAME HER PERSONAL GOAL TO
OBTAIN HER G.E. DECHLTED WHICH SHE DID IN MARCH.
SHE IS WORKING VOLUNTEERING AS AN ASSISTANT FOR ADULT LEARNERS.
HER SPOUSE IS ALSO IN ATTENDANCE.
I WOULD LIKE THEM TO STAND TO RECEIVE A WARM WELCOME OF THE
HOUSE. [ APPLAUSE ].
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF LABOUR AND ADVANCED
EDUCATION.>>I HEREBY GIVE NOTICE THAT ON
A FUTURE DAY I SHALL MOVE THE ADOPTION OF THE FOLLOWING
RESOLUTION. THAT WHERE THIS AWARD IS
PRESENTED ANNUALLY TO ADULT LEARNERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO
PRESENT LEADING IN LITERACY. AND WHERE WE ARE SETTING A
POSITIVE EXAMPLE FOR GRANDCHILDREN AND MAKING A
DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY. WHERE HER DIFFERENCE IS
ADMIRABLE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT ALL MEMBERS OF LEGISLATURE
CONGRATULATE HER ON HER CONTINUED SUCCESS.
MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR WAIVER OF NOTICE AND PASSAGE WITHOUT
DEBATE. >>The Speaker: THERE HAD BEEN
REQUEST OF PASSAGE WITHOUT WAIVER.
AGREED?>>AYE.
>>The Speaker: CONTRARY MINDED NAY.
THE MOTION IS CARRIED. [ APPLAUSE ].
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF EDUCATION.
>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER.
I HEREBY GIVE NOTICE THAT ON A FUTURE DAY I SHALL MOVE THE
ADOPTION OF THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION.
THAT SATURDAY OCTOBER 5 IS WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY WHICH PROVIDES AN
OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE THE TEACHING PROFESSION.
WHERE NOVA SCOTIA HAS MORE THAN 9,000 TEACHERS WHO DO IMPORTANT
WORK TO SUPPORT MORE THAN 120,000 STUDENTS EACH YEAR.
WHERE THROUGH THEIR COMMITMENT AND SERVICE TEACHERS ARE
PREPARING YOUNG PEOPLE TO BE FUTURE LEADERS IN OUR
COMMUNITIES AND BE SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR LIVES.
BE IT THAT THIS LEGISLATURE RECOGNIZES OCTOBER 5 AS WORLD
TEACHERS’ DAY AND RECOGNIZE THE DIFFERENCE THEY MAKE IN THE
YOUTH’S LIVES. >>The Speaker: WOULD ALL THOSE
IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION SAY AYE. CONTRARY MINDED NAY.
THE MOTION IS CARRIED. [ APPLAUSE ].
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MAY I MAKE AN INTRODUCTION?
>>The Speaker: PERMISSION GRANTED.
>>I DRAW THE MEMBERS’ ATTENTION TO THE EAST GALLERY WHERE WE’RE
JOINED BY JOSIE RYAN THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LONG-TERM
CARE AT NORTHWOOD. AND JANET SIM, THE PRESIDENT
C.E.O. OF NORTHWOOD LONG-TERM CARE.
PLEASE RISE AND RECEIVE THE WARM WELCOME OF THE LEGISLATURE.
[ APPLAUSE ] .
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS.
>>The Speaker: MR. SPEAKER, I GIVE NOTICE THAT ON A FUTURE DAY
I SHALL MOVE ADOPTION OF THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION, THAT
WHEREAS NOVA SCOTIANS DESERVE TO BE TAKEN CARE OF IN THEIR HOME
OR IN LONG-TERM CARE, WHERE THERE ARE SO MANY ASSISTANTS,
NURSES, CAREGIVERS VOLUNTEERS, WHO PROVIDE PASSIONATE CARE TO
NOVA SCOTIAN AND WHERE OCTOBER IS CONTINUING CARE MONTH, A TIME
TO THANK THOSE WORKING IN LONG-TERM CARE, LONG-TERM CARE
AND SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE PROVINCE, BE IT
RESOLVED THAT ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE RECOGNIZE THOSE CONTINUING
THE CARE OF THESE PEOPLE. I REQUEST WAIVER OF NOTICE AND
PASSAGE WITHOUT DEBATE. >>The Speaker: IS IT AGREED?
>>AGREED. >>The Speaker: WOULD ALL THAT
IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION SAY AYE. CONTRARY MINDED NAY.
THE MOTION IS CARRIED. [ APPLAUSE ].
>>The Speaker: WE’LL NOW MOVE ON TO INTRODUCTION OF BILLS.
THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF ENERGY AND MINES
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I BEG LEAVE TO MAKE AN
INTRODUCTION BEFORE I — >>The Speaker: PERMISSION
GRANTED. >>I JUST WANT TO RECOGNIZE MY
AUNT JOSIE IS HERE TODAY, JOSIE RYAN.
I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR KEEPING ME OUT OF TROUBLE.
SHE’S BEEN A BIG PART OF MY LIFE.
GOOD TO SEE YOU. [ APPLAUSE ].
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF MINES AND ENERGY.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I BEG LEAVE TO
INTRODUCE AN ACT ENTITLED AN ACT TO — THE MARINE RENEWAL ENERGY
ACT. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF ENERGY AND MINES WANTS TO INTRODUCE AN ACT
ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND THE MARINE RENEWAL ENERGY ACT.
>>BILL 175 ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 32 OF THE ACT OF
2015, THE MARINE RENEWAL ENERGY ACT.
>>The Speaker: ORDERED THAT THIS BILL BE READ A SECOND TIME
ON A FUTURE DAY. THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CAPE
BRETON CENTRE.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MAY I MAKE AN INTRODUCTION?>>The Speaker: PERMISSION
GRANTED. >>MR. SPEAKER, I’D LIKE TO DRAW
THE MEMBERS’ ATTENTION TO THE GALLERY OPPOSITE, WHERE TODAY WE
HAVE IN THE GALLERY ANNETTE HARPEL OF ANTIGONISH, LARRY AND
JUDY HAVEN OF HALIFAX. MR. HAVEN IS A MEMBER OF EQUITY
WATCH, A DIVERSE GROUP OF CONCERNED CITIZENS CAMPAIGNING
TO MAKE NOVA SCOTIA GOVERNMENTS AND EMPLOYERS MORE ACCOUNTABLE
CONCERNING WORKPLACE BULLYING, HARASSMENT, AND DISCRIMINATION.
AFTER A LONG STRUGGLE AS A RESULT OF A WORKPLACE BULLYING, MS. HARPEL HAS BEEN WORKING WITH
EQUITY WATCH TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE ARE PROTECTED FROM
PSYCHOLOGICAL HARASSMENT AT WORK.
PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING THEM TO THE HOUSE.
PLEASE RISE AND RECEIVE THE WARM WELCOME OF THE HOUSE.
[ APPLAUSE ]. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR CAPE BRETON CENTRE. >>MR. SPEAKER, I BEG LEAVE TO
INTRODUCE A BILL ENTOOILED AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 7 OF THE
ACT OF 1996, THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT,
REPRESENTING MENTAL HEALTH.>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR CAPE BRETON CENTRE BEGS LEAVE TO INTRODUCE A BILL
ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 7 OF THE ACTS OF 1996, THE
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT, RESPECTING MENTAL HEALTH.
>>BILL 176, ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 7 OF THE ACT OF
1996, THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT, RESPECTING
MENTAL HEALTH. >>The Speaker: ORDER THAT THIS
BILL BE READ A SECOND TIME ON A FUTURE DAY.
THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF ENERGY AND MINES
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I BEG LEAVE TO
INTRODUCE A BILL ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 380 OF THE
REVISED STATUTE OF 1989 THE PUBLIC UTILITIES ACT.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF ENERGY AND MINES
BEGS LEAVE TO INTRODUCE A BILL ENTITLED AN ACT TO REVISE BILL
OF 1989, THE PUBLIC UTILITIES ACT.
>>BILL 177 ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 380 OF THE REVISED
STATUTE OF 1989, THE PUBLIC UTILITIES ACT.
>>The Speaker: ORDERED THAT THIS BILL BE READ A SECOND TIME
ON A FUTURE DAY. THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR
HALIFAX-NEEDHAM. >>The Speaker: MR. SPEAKER, I
BEG LEAVE TO INTRODUCE AN ACT ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND THE
PUBLIC PROCUREMENT ACT RESPECTING FAIR WAGES AND
COMMUNITY BENEFITS.>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR HALIFAX-NEEDHAM BEGS LEAVE TO INTRODUCE A BILL
ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 12 OF THE ACT OF 2011, THE
PUBLIC PROCUREMENT ACT, RESPECTING FAIR WAGES AND
COMMUNITY BENEFITS.>>BILL 178 ENTITLED AN ACT TO
AMEND CHAPTER 12 OF THE ACTS OF 2011, THE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
ACT, RESPECTING FAIR WAGES AND COMMUNITY BENEFITS.
>>The Speaker: ORDERED THAT THE BILL BE READ A SECOND TIME
ON A FUTURE DAY. [ APPLAUSE ].
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CAPE BRETON CENTRE.
>>MR. SPEAKER, I BEG LEAVE TO INTRODUCE A BILL ENTITLED AN ACT
TO AMEND CHAPTER 226 OF THE REVISED STATUTES 1989, THE
INDUSTRY CLOSING ACT.>>The Speaker: IS THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CAPE BRETON CENTRE BEGS LEAVE TO
INTRODUCE A BILL ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND 226 OF THE REVISED
STATUTE OF 1989 THE INDUSTRY >>The Speaker: IS THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CAPE BRETON CENTRE BEGS LEAVE TO
CLOSING ACT.>>BILL 179 ENTITLED AN ACT TO
AMEND CHAPTER 226 OF THE REVISED STATUTE 1989, THE INDUSTRY
CLOSING ACT. >>The Speaker: ORDERED THAT
THIS BILL BE READ A SECOND TIME ON A FUTURE DAY.
[ APPLAUSE ].>>The Speaker: WE’LL NOW MOVE
ON TO NOTICES OF MOTION. STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS.
THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR SYDNEY WHITNY PIER.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY WAS RADIO
DAY IN CAPE BRETON. PUT ON BY THE CAPE BRETON
REGIONAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION AND HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS ACROSS
THE OUR COMMUNITY. YESTERDAY CAPE BRETONERS RAISED
MONEY TO SUPPORT CANCER CARE IN CAPE BRETON.
HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS WERE INVOLVED.
WE’VE SEEN A NUMBER OF BUSINESSES STEP FORWARD.
WE’VE SEEN YOUTH RAISE OVER $10,000 TO SUPPORT THE
FUNDRAISING DRIVE. OVERALL, MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY
CAPE BRETONERS RAISED OVER $1 MILLION FOR CANCER CARE AT HOME.
[ APPLAUSE ]>>MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO
CONGRATULATE BRAD JACOBS AT THE REGIONAL HOSPITAL.
THE HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS INVOLVED.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, ALL OF THE DONORS THAT RAISED OVER $1
MILLION IN OUR COMMUNITY. CAPE BRETONERS ARE EXCITED ABOUT
THE WORK THAT THE FOUNDATION DOES, AND THEY ALWAYS STEP
FORWARD TO SUPPORT CANCER CARE AT HOME.
AS A GOVERNMENT WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT STEP, WHICH IS
BUILDING A NEW CANCER FOR CAPE BRETON.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR COLE HARBOUR
MUSQUODOBIT HARBOUR. >>THANK YOU.
I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SCHOLARSHIP.
IT WILL TYPICALLY BE AWARDED TO SOMEONE WHO DISPLAYS AN ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT.
ANYONE WHO HAS THE AMBITION TO GET AHEAD IN LIFE WILL BE
RECOGNIZED. THE FIRST RECIPIENT HAS A
PASSION FOR NURSING AND PURSUING A POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION IN
THAT FIELD. CONGRATULATIONS TO HER ON HER
SCHOLARSHIP. BEST WISHES TO HER IN HER CHOSEN
CAREER PATH. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CHESTER-ST.
MARGARET’S. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO
CONGRATULATE AND ENCOURAGE THE STUDENTS OF ST. MARGARET’S BAY
ELEMENTARY WHO WILL PARTICIPATE THIS AFTERNOON IN A WALK, RUN,
OR ROLL EVENT AS PART OF THE LET’S ALL MOVE AS ONE ACTIVITY
FOR WORLD CEREBRAL PALSY DAY. THE OFFICIAL DAY IS THIS SUNDAY,
OCTOBER 6. THIS YEAR THE CEREBRAL PALSY
SPORTS AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION IS PROMOTING THE
BENEFITS OF SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ON THE QUALITY OF LIFE
FOR PEOPLE WITH C.P. TODAY THE STUDENTS OF ST.
MARGARET’S BAY ELEMENTARY WILL WALK, RUN, OR ROLL FOR 30
MINUTES WEARING THEIR FAVOURITE GREEN ATTIRE LIKE I AM TODAY, TO
SUPPORT WORLD CEREBRAL PALSY DAY.
MR. SPEAKER, I INVITE ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
TO JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING THE STUDENTS AND STAFF OF ST.
MARGARET’S ELEMENTARY FOR PARTICIPATING IN THIS IMPORTANT
EVENT AND SHOWCASING THE IMPORTANCE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
FOR ALL CITIZENS OF NOVA SCOTIA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR PIQOUT WEST.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WISH TO RISE TO CONGRATULATION
JIM CHISM ON HIS RETIREMENT. HIS UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO
IMPROVING THE TOWN OF PICTOU HAS BEEN APPRECIATED BY THE
COMMUNITY AND ITS LEADERS FOR THE YEARS HE SERVED OUR TOWN.
HE WAS PRESENT TO OVERSEE VARIOUS IMPORTANT EVENTS AND
INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN OUR COMMUNITY.
HE CERTAINLY LEFT A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE TOWN OF PICTOU AS
IT FLOURISHED INTO A BRIGHT LITTLE SHIRE TOWN.
THANK YOU, JIM, FOR YOUR YEARS OF SERVICE AND FOR BEING A
FRIEND. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. [ APPLAUSE ].
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR QUEEN-SHELLBOURNE.
>>I RISE TO HONOUR DONNA RUIN. SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN CELEBRATING
HER 62ND BIRTHDAY. SHE WAS CONSIDERED THE QUEEN OF
DOCK STREET IN SHELBURNE, WHERE SHE WORKED AT THE FACTORY FOR 41
YEARS. SHE WAS THE ONLY KNOWN FEMALE
COOPER IN THE WORLD. SHE WAS MEETING VISITORS FROM
ALL OVER THE WORLD AND WAS A GREAT AMBASSADOR FOR SHELLBOURNE
AND NOVA SCOTIA. SHE WAS A TRUE CHARACTER WHO
WILL BE SORELY MISSED. MY THOUGHTS GO OUT TO HER FAMILY
AND FRIENDS FOR HER LOSS. I THINK IT IS SAFE TO SAY HER
MEMORY WILL LIVE ON IN ALL THE LIVES SHE TOUCHED.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. [ APPLAUSE ].
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR LUNENBURG.
>>I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE LEGION HALL.
ALL OF THE STANDARDS SET FORTH BY THE NOVA SCOTIA COMMUNITY
LINKS AGING WELL TOGETHER PROGRAM HAVE BEEN MET.
LLOYD WEST AND HIS COLLEAGUE
SPEARHEADED THIS PROJECT, MAKING IT MORE ACCESSIBLE FOR SENIORS
AND THOSE IN DISABILITIES. SOME OF THE UPGRADES ARE
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE BACKGROUNDS, EXTENDED HANDRAILS,
AND PAINTING. THE HARD WORK IT TOOK HAS BEEN
ACKNOWLEDGED. IT IS THE FIRST FACILITY TO
RECEIVE THIS DESIGNATION. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK THAT
YOU AND THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY JOIN ME IN
CONGRATULATING THE LEGION HALL IN RECEIVING THE AGE FRIENDLY
DEEDS NATION.>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR DARTMOUTH EAST. >>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
TOMORROW, OCTOBER 5, MARKS WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY.
IT’S IMPORTANT TO CELEBRATE THE TEACHERS IN OUR PROVINCE.
FROM ELEMENTARY, JUNIOR HIGH, AND HIGH SCHOOL, WE ARE SOO
LUCKY TO HAVE THE DETERMINED, CARING, AND COMPASSIONED TEACHERS IN NOVA
SCOTIA. AS A PARENT, MY MIND IS AT EASE
KNOWING MY CHILDREN ARE IN THE CARE OF AWESOME TEACHERS EVERY
DAY. I’M PROUD OF THE WORK DONE.
WE ALL KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, A POSITIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCE
WITH A TEACHER WHO TAKES THE EXTRA TIME AND GOES THE EXTRA
MILE CAN BE THE DIFFERENCE MAKER IN A STUDENT’S LIFE.
MR. SPEAKER, LET’S SAY THANKS TO THE TEACHERS IN OUR PROVINCE
TODAY. I ASK ALL MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE
TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE OUTSTANDING DEDICATION, PASSION, AND
PROFESSIONALISM OF OUR SPEAKERS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR DARTMOUTH SOUTH.
>>MR. SPEAKER, ON WORLD TEACHER DAY, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE
THE IMPORTANT WORK OF EDUCATORS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE NOVA SCOTIA.
FOUNDED IN 2015, EDUCATORS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE IS AN
INDEPENDENTLY ORGANIZED CAUCUS WHOSE GOAL IS TO ADVOCATE FOR
GREATER SOCIAL JUSTICE IN OUR SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES.
OUR CAUCUS SHARES THE VISION OF A ROBUST, WELL-ROUNDED PUBLIC
EDUCATION SYSTEM THAT SUPPORTS SOCIAL JUSTICE AND ACTIVELY
CHALLENGES COLONIALISM, RACISM, SEXISM, AND ALL SYSTEMS OF
OPPRESSION. E.S.J. IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE
OF THE IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS TEACHERS MAKE TO OUR COMMUNITIES
INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF A THEIR CLASSROOMS.
I APPLAUD THEM IN WORKING TOWARDS A MORE FAIR AND
EQUITABLE SOCIETY FOR ALL. [ APPLAUSE ].
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CLAIRE DIGBY.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO ADD MY VOICE TO
THE RECOGNITION THAT J.D. COMPOSITES RECEIVED THIS SUMMER
WHEN THEY UNVEILED THEIR HOUSE. THE FIRST HOUSE 100% CONSTRUCTED
OF PLASTIC BOTTLES. THE PARTNERS HAVE BEEN
DISCUSSING THE PROJECT FOR THREE YEARS.
MR. SAUNIER HAD A BACKGROUND IN COMPOSITES FOR BOAT BUILDING AND
WANTED TO USE THAT IN BUILDING A HOUSE.
IT IS AN ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOUSE THAT CAN WITHSTAND CATEGORY 5
HURRICANES WAS MADE AN ESTIMATED 612,000 PLASTIC BOTTLES.
I WAS AT THE COMPANY’S OPEN HOUSE.
PART OF THE REASON FOR THE INTEREST IN THIS HOUSE IS THE
USE OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF USED PLASTIC BOTTLES NEEDED TO
BUILD THE HOUSE, PLASTIC BOTTLES THAT MAY FILL LANDFILLS AND WASH
UP ON OUR SHORES. ALSO THIS TECHNOLOGY COULD BUILD
SMALLER HOMES AND DISASTER RELIEF SHELTERS.
THIS SHOWS THAT WAYS TO SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT CAN SPROUT FROM ANY
INDUSTRY AND BE DEVELOPED ANYWHERE, INCLUDING A BEAUTIFUL
VILLAGE FAR FROM URBAN CENTRES LIKE MITAGIN RIVER.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR SACKVILLE-BEAVER
BANK. >>TODAY I RISE TO ACKNOWLEDGE
TAYLOR MOORE AND KAYLEYHOLDLY.
THEY DID A WONDERFUL JOB HELPING MY CONSTITUENCY ASSISTANT AND
MYSELF. KAYLEY WAS A CO-OP STUDENT AT
OUR OFFICE FROM OCTOBER 2018 TO FEBRUARY 2019 AND SO IMPRESSED
US WITH HER ABILITIES AND WORK ETHIC THAT WE DECIDED TO HIRE
HER AS A FULL-TIME STUDENT OVER THE SUMMER.
TAYLOR GRADUATED FROM AVON VIEW HIGH SCHOOL.
SHE ALSO JOINED OUR TEAM OVER THE SUMMER.
BOTH GIRLS ARE NOW ATTENDING THEIR FIRST YEAR AT ST. MARYS
UNIVERSITY WHERE KAYLEY IS TAKING A POLITICAL SCIENCE
DEGREE AND TAYLOR IS PLAYING ON THE RUGBY TEAM.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR HARD WORK TO OUR OFFICE
AND CONSTITUENTS OVER THIS PAST SUMMER AND WISH THEM LUCK AS
THEY ATTEND THEIR FIRST YEAR OF UNIVERSITY AT S.M.U.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER MEMBER FOR
PRESTON-DARTMOUTH. >>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MS. PAM BOUCHARD WHO HAS DONATED SIX
YEARS TIRELESS PROMOTING THE TERRY FOX RUN EVENT.
THE FIVE CO-CHAIR OF THE ORGANIZING TEAM NAMED HER THE
HONORARY CHAIR AND PRESIDENT OF THE TEAM AS A WAY OF
ACKNOWLEDGING HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
SHE’S BEEN RETIRED FOR TEN YEARS, YET GAVE SELFISHLY OF HER
TIME TO MAKE THE TERRY FOX RUN AN EVENT OF GREAT SUCCESS.
ONE TO RECOGNIZE AND CONGRATULATE PAM FOR HER
DEDICATION TO OUR COMMUNITY AND THE ANNUAL TERRY FOX EVENT.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CUMBERLAND SOUTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO RECOGNIZE LES AND
NANCY OF OXFORD. WHILE OPERATING THEIR OWN
MACHINERY AND WELDING BUSINESS, THEY BROUGHT UP THREE YOUNG MEN
AND A DAUGHTER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEKEND I
WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE 50TH WEDDING
ANNIVERSARY. [ APPLAUSE ].
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR HANTSY.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I AM GOING TO
SPEAK ABOUT A SPECIAL LADY IN OUR COMMUNITY WHOSE SOLE GOAL IS
TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE. 25 YEARS AGO WHEN THIS WOMAN’S
SON WAS YOUNG HE COULDN’T READ. NOT FINDING THE RESOURCES THEY
NEEDED, SHARON TOOK THE REMARKABLE STEP OF TAKING HER
SON TO CALIFORNIA TO A RENOWNED LEARNING CENTRE.
THERE HE COULD RECEIVE THE HELP HE NEEDED AND SHE COULD GET THE
TRAINING SHE NEEDED TO TEACH HIM.
TODAY SHARON RUNS FOUNDATIONS FOR LEARNING, TUTORING CHILDREN
IN MATH AND READING COMPREHENSION.
FOUNDATIONS FOR LEARNING HAS GROWN FROM SHARON’S ONE-MAN SHOW
TO TWO LOCATIONS WITH NOW EIGHT TUTORS.
SHARON’S DETERMINATION TO HELP HER SON HAS GROWN INTO A
SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS, HELPING MANY CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITY
AND BEYOND. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK MEMBERS OF
THIS HOUSE TO JOIN ME IN THANKING SHARON FOR HER
CONTINUING WORK TO HELP STRUGGLING YOUTH REACH THEIR
POTENTIAL. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR ARGYLE-BARRINGTON. >>I RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE
AWARD RECIPIENT OF THE FRENCH SECOND LANGUAGE EDUCATOR OF THE
YEAR BY CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH NOVA SCOTIA ON SEPTEMBER
28, 2019. SHE TEACHES GRADE 4 AND 5 FRENCH
IMMERSION. SHE EXCELS AT FRENCH SECOND
LANGUAGE TEACHING AND DEMONSTRATES INNOVATION AND
INITIATIVE IN HER CLASSROOM. SHE STRIVES TO MOTIVATE HER
STUDENTS TO DO THEIR BEST AND IS A STRONG ADVOCATE OF THE FRENCH
LANGUAGE AND CULTURE. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK ALL MEMBERS
TO JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING HER ON HER AWARD AND THANK HER FOR
HER CONTINUED DEDICATION TO OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM [ APPLAUSE ].
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CAPE BRETON-RICHMOND.
>>IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT I RISE TODAY TO EXTEND BEST
WISHES TO MR. MARTEL. HE HAS BATTLED KIDNEY DISEASE
FOR MANY YEARS WHICH AFFECTED HIS LIFESTYLE, BUT NEVER HIS
SENSE OF HUMOUR. WITH SO MANY NOVA SCOTIANS
RECEIVING DIALYSIS, IT IS A MIRACLE THAT HE FOUND HIS MATCH
AND WAS ABLE TO RECEIVE HIS MUCH-NEEDED KIDNEY.
ON SEPTEMBER 29 HE WAS TOLD HE WOULD RECEIVE A KIDNEY.
ON SEPTEMBER 30 HE BECAME A SUCCESSFUL RECIPIENT.
I AM VERY PLEASED TO SAY HE IS RECUPERATING WELL WITH HIS WIFE
ANN AND FRIENDS AND FAMILY. WHEN I ASKED IF HE HAD A MESSAGE
TO SHARE ABOUT THIS SURREAL EXPERIENCE, HE ASK THAT I SAY IN
SIGN LANGUAGE, BECAUSE BOTH HE AND HIS WIFE ANN ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED, HE ASKED FOR ME TO SHARE I LOVE YOU.
THE COMMUNITY IS EXTENDING THEIR LOVE, SUPPORT, AND BEST WISHES
TO LEON, AND I ASK THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO DO THE SAME.
[ APPLAUSE ]. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR HALIFAX-NEEDHAM. >>MR. SPEAKER, LIKE ANY MOTHER,
I FOUND THE RETURN TO WORK AFTER MATERNITY LEAVE CHALLENGING.
AFTER MY SECOND CHILD, IN FACT, I DID NOT RETURN AND BEGAN
SEVERAL YEARS OF JUGGLING CHILD CARE WITH PART-TIME GIGS AND
FREELANCE WORK. ON THE OCCASION OF TOMORROW’S
WORLD TEACHER DAY, I WOULD TO SALUTE KRISTY CANN, THE PRIMARY
FRENCH IMMERSION TEACHER IN MY CONSTITUENCY.
LAST APRIL SHE RETURNED FROM HER SECOND MATERNITY LEAVE TO A
SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT. SHE STEPPED INTO AN ENGLISH
GRADE 5/6 SPLIT CLASS, WHOSE AMAZING TEACHER HAD HAD TO GO ON
LEAVE AFTER A PERSONAL TRAGEDY. MS. CANN KNEW THE STUDENTS
BECAUSE SHE VISITED THE CLASS REGULARLY WITH HER INFANT
THROUGH THE ROOTS OF EMPATHY PROGRAM.
THIS WAS A CHALLENGING WORK ASSIGNMENT AND MS. CANN ROSE TO
IT WITH ENERGY, COMMITMENT, AND GREAT AFFECTION FOR HER GRADE 5
AND 6 STUDENTS. I JOIN HER COLLEAGUES AND
PARENTS IN THE COMMUNITY IN RECOGNIZING HER FOR HER WORK.
I WISH HER A VERY GOOD YEAR BACK IN HER PRIMARY FRENCH IMMERSION
CLASS.>>MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN
RECOGNITION OF OUR LOCAL 4H CLUB.
I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING SOME OF THESE AWESOME KIDS.
NOT THE BILLY GOAT KIND AT AN EVENT THIS SUMMER.
I DID GET TO MEET THE GOAT. 4H IS AN IMPORTANT PROGRAM AND
HAS BEEN HERE SINCE 1922 WHEN THE FIRST 4H CLUB WAS ORGANIZED.
IT DEVELOPS CARE AND LEADERSHIP, BUILDING HELPFUL LIFE SKILLS,
AND WORKING TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR US ALL.
THE MANCHESTER 4H CLUB KEEPS RABBITS, CHICKENS, GOATS.
AGRICULTURE IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND ECONOMIES
IN NOVA SCOTIA. I COMMEND A NEW GENERATION FOR
TAKING AN INTEREST IN FARMING, GROWING, AND KEEPING ANIMALS AND
FOR THEIR LEARNING HOW ENRICHING A RURAL WAY OF LIFE CAN BE.
MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE LOCAL 4H CLUB AND
LEADER LORRAINE BRIMER FOR PARTICIPATING IN OUR EXPO THIS
SUMMER AND WISH THEM ALL THE BEST FOR THEIR EFFORTS AND
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY EFFORTS. >>The Speaker: SPEAKER, I RISE
TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE HARD-WORKING COMMITMENT PUT
FORWARD BY CAMP ALDERSHOT.
MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE BASE STAFF FOR
QUARTERING AND FEEDING THESE CREWS DURING THEIR TIME HERE AND
I’M SURE THEIR HOSPITALITY WAS VERY APPRECIATED.
HAVING SOMEWHERE FOR THESE CREWS TO STAY AND BE FED HELPED TO GET
THINGS UP AND RUNNING FOR THOSE WITHOUT POWER.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. [ APPLAUSE ].
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR HALIFAX ARNDALE.
>>MR. SPEAKER, EVERY DAY NOVA SCOTIAN S IMPRESS ME WITH THEIR
PASSION. BACK IN JUNE AN ELECTRICAL FIRE
BROKE OUT IN A NEIGHBOURHOOD, DESTROYING THE POIGTSS AND
RESIDENCE OF THE FAMILY LIVING THERE.
THOUGH WENDY DID NOT KNOW THE FAMILY, SHE OFFERED ASSISTANCE
TO THEM IN THE DAYS FOLLOWING THE FIRE.
WHEN A FLYER SHE SHARED WITH HER NEIGHBOURS ASKING FOR DONATIONS
WAS POSTED ON FACEBOOK, PEOPLE ACROSS H.R.M. WERE QUICK TO LEND
THEIR SUPPORT. INDEED SHE WOKE UP TO HUNDREDS
OF TEXTS AND E-MAILS OFFERING HELP.
WENDY SPENT WEEKS SORTING DONATIONS OF CLOTHES, TOYS, EVEN
BICYCLES, AND HELPED THE FAMILY WITH THEIR HUNT FOR A NEW PLACE
TO CALL HOME. I WOULD ASK YOU TO THANK WENDY
FOR HER ACTIONS AND GENEROSITY.>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY RIVER. >>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE WOMEN’S INSTITUTE OF HOME MAURIER.
THE MEMBERS BEGAN THE PROJECT THREE WEEKS AGO AND HAVE MADE
COVERINGS FOR WOMEN BATTLING CANCER AND GOING THROUGH
TREATMENT. THE FAMILY OF A WOMAN WHO DIED
OF CANCER DONATED THE MATERIAL. THANK YOU FOR RECOGNIZING THESE
WOMEN. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR COLE HARBOUR PORTLAND VALLEY.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO
ACKNOWLEDGE THE SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS OF A CONSTITUENT OF
COLE HARBOUR PORTLAND VALLEY IN THE NATIONAL MIXED PAIRS LONG
BOAT ROWING TOURNAMENT RECENTLY HELD IN SASKATOON.
CONSTITUENT DEBBIE TOWER WITH JUST SIX YEARS’ EXPERIENCE IN
THE SPORT AND HER PARTNER WHO HAS THREE YEARS EXPERIENCE
PLAYED AGAINST TEAMS WITH INTERNATIONAL STATUS IN THE
SPORT. WHILE PROUDLY REPRESENTING NOVA
SCOTIA IN THE EVENT. MANY OF THE TEAMS HAD UP TO 40
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, BUT THAT DIDN’T STOP THEM FROM BECOMING
STRONG CHALLENGERS THROUGHOUT THE TOURNAMENT.
THEY WON TWO OF THEIR GAMES, BOTH OF WHICH WERE PLAYED
AGAINST VETERAN TEAMS. THEY PLACED NINTH OVERALL IN THE
TOURNAMENT. WHILE THEY BOTH ACTED AS GREAT
AMBASSADORS FOR NOVA SCOTIA, MANY OF THE TOURNAMENT PLAYERS
EXPRESSED INTEREST IN COMING TO VISIT NOVA SCOTIA.
IN FACT, SEVERAL TEAMS AND MEMBERS HAVE ALREADY VISITED DUE
TO DEBBIE’S AMBASSADORSHIP. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK DEBBIE AND
KEVIN FOR THEIR GREAT AMBASSADORSHIP FOR NOVA SCOTIA.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CUMBERLAND NORTH.
>>MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO ACKNOWLEDGE BILL MARSHAL.
HE IS A 12-YEAR-OLD. HE STARTED UP HIS OWN BAKERY
BUSINESS. DURING THE SUMMER EVERY FRIDAY
MORNING HE SET UP IN FRONT OF HIS HOME TO SELL BAKED GOODS.
THIS SUMMER HE HELPED TO RAISE OVER $400 TO SEND THREE CHILDREN
TO Y.M.C.A. DAY CAMP. THIS WAS DONE THROUGH A CAMPAIGN
LOCAL BUSINESS A.R.C. SOCIAL MEDIA.
HE WAS ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS GOAL IN JUST TWO HOURS.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK HIM WITH HIS GENEROUS HEART HELPING OTHER
CHILDREN IN HIS COMMUNITY.>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR KINGS WEST. >>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I RISE TODAY TO APPLAUD 14 GREENWOOD ON HOSTING ANOTHER
SUCCESSFUL WING WELCOME. OVER THE COURSE OF FIVE DAYS IN
SEPTEMBER, THEY WELCOMED NEW MILITARY FAMILY AND SAY HAVE
ALSO RELOCATED TO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH A MULTITUDE OF
ACTIVITIES, ALL ENABLING RESIDENTS TO BECOME FAMILIAR
WITH WHAT THE COMMUNITY HAS TO OFFER.
POPULAR EVENTS WERE A MOVIE, BOWLING, THE TERRY FOX RUN, AND
MORE. FAMILIES WERE ABLE TO MEET
OTHERS. ALL IN ALL IT WAS A WONDERFUL
OPPORTUNITY TO COME TOGETHER, GET TO KNOW THEIR NEIGHBOURS,
AND PROMOTE COMMUNITY ENGAGED THAT EXTENDS BEYOND THE BASE.
I WOULD ASK THE MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS WARM
WELCOME TO ALL FAMILIES IN ATTENDANCE.
[ APPLAUSE ]. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR NORTHSIDE WEST MOUNT.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I RISE TODAY TO SEND BEST WISHES TO CLARENCE PRINCE AS HE BEGINS
TREATMENT TO FIGHT A RECENT CANCER DIAGNOSIS.
SHE IS NO STRANGER TO THE NORTHSIDE WEST MOUNT.
PREVIOUSLY SERVING AS MAYOR OF THE MINES, HE HAS BEEN A
COUNCILLOR FOR MANY YEARS. HE SPENT THE MAJORITY OF HIS
LIFE WORKING TO MAKE OUR LIVES BETTER.
IT IS IN THIS MOMENT THAT WE MUST COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT
HIM AND HIS FAMILY. KEEPING HIM AND HIS FAMILY IN
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AS HE UNDERGOES THIS BATTLES.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR TIMBERLEA-PROSPECT.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF MAUREEN EDEN
AND HER COLLEAGUES THEY HAVE TEAMED UP TO SPEARHEAD A BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT.
GOODWOOD IS THE ACCESS POINT TO OUR PICTURESQUE COMMUNITIES,
THIS COMMUNITY IS WORKING TO PROVIDE A MORE WELCOMING AND
INVITING EXPERIENCE FOR THE HUNDREDS OF TOURISTS AND
RESIDENTS THAT PASS BY THIS LOCATION EVERY DAY BY
DIMINISHING THE SIGHT LINE OF THE INDUSTRIAL BUSINESSES IN THE
AREA. IN ADDITION TO ENHANCING THIS
AREA, THE COMMITTEE IS ESTABLISHING A REST AREA ALONG
THE LANES THAT HAVE BEEN INSTALLED BY THE PROVINCE THIS
YEAR. I ASK YOU TO THANK THESE MEMBERS
OF THE COMMUNITY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR INVERNESS.
>>CONGRATULATIONS TO EMILY MARY WHO RECENTLY GRADUATED.
SHE WON THE UNIVERSITY GOLD MEDAL FOR THE HIGHEST AVERAGE IN
AN HONOURS ADVANCED MAJOR DEGREE PROGRAM.
THESE ARE THE KINDS OF HARD-WORKING NOVA SCOTIANS WE
KNOW WILL BRING THE BEST CARE FOR THOSE AMONG US SICK OR
EXPERIENCING DISCOMFORT. WE ACKNOWLEDGE HER FOR HER
ACHIEVEMENT AND WISH HER A REWARDING AND SUCCESSFUL CAREER
HERE IN HER HOME PROVINCE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR FAIRVIEW-CLAYTON
PARK. >>MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO
RECOGNIZE AN INCREDIBLE YOUNG RESIDENT FROM FAIRVIEW.
MOLLY NICHOLS A PATHFINDER GUIDE TRAVELLED TO SWITZERLAND THIS
SUMMER. AS PART OF THE TRAVEL PLANS,
MOLLY VISITED THE GIRL GUIDES SHA LAY IN SWITZERLAND.
SHE MET OTHER LIKE-MINDED YOUTH ACROSS THE WORLD AND
PARTICIPATED IN MANY LIKE-MINDED ACTIVITIES AND ADVENTURES.
SHE PARTICIPATED IN A WEEK-LONG EVENT CALLED THE ADJOURN THROUGH
LONDON. THE PURPOSE WAS FOR THE GIRLS TO
EXPERIENCE LONDON, TO CELEBRATE THE INTERNATIONAL SPIRIT OF
GUIDING AND SCOUTING. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THE MEMBERS
OF THIS HOUSE JOIN ME IN WISHING MOLLY THE BEST IN HER FUTURE
ENDEAVOURS. THIS IS JUST A GLIMPSE OF WHAT
IS TO COME >>I RISE TODAY TO APPLAUD
H.R.M. DEPUTY MAYOR COUNCILLOR TONY MANCINI.
DURING HURRICANE DORIAN, HE SHOWED TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP OF
KEEPING THE RESIDENTS OF THE HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY
APPRISED OF STORM WARNINGS AND OTHER INFORMATION LEADING UP TO
THE STORM. FOLLOWING THE STORM HE VISITED
THE COMMUNITIES AFFECTED TO SEE FIRSTHAND THE DAMAGE.
MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO JOIN ME
TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO COMPLEMENT DEPUTY MAYOR MANCINI
FOR HIS EFFORTS IN KEEPING THE RESIDENTS OF THE HALIFAX
REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY INFORMED OF HURRICANE DORIAN’S IMPACTS
BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER ITS JOURNEY THROUGH H.R.M.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR WAVERLEY-FALL RIVER-BEAVER BANK.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE
TAE KWON DO CLUB AT THE CHAMPIONSHIPS HELD IN OREGON.
THE TEAM BROUGHT HOME FOUR MEDALS.
KATIE COX WON SILVER. THERE WAS ONE GOLD AND ANOTHER
GOLD IN THE OPEN PORTION OF THE COMPETITIONS.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS TEAM FOR THE SUCCESS AT THE GAMES.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR COLE HARBOUR-EASTERN
PASSAGE. >>MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO
WELCOME 12 WING COMMANDER COLONEL JAMES HAWTHORN.
IN 1994 HE ENROLLED IN THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AFTER
OBTAINING A BACHELOR’S DEGREE OF CIVIL ENGINEERING FROM THE ROYAL
MILITARY COLLEGE OF CANADA, HE WENT ON TO EARN HIS WINGS.
HE COMPLETED AN AIR SPACE DISTANCE COURSE IN MANITOBA,
BEFORE HE CAME TO SHEERWATER. EVENTUALLY BEING SECONDED AS THE
WING COMMANDER’S EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT.
IN 2016 HE WAS PROMOTED TO COLONEL.
COLONEL HAWTHORN WAS THEN POSTED TO TORONTO, WHERE HE COMPLETED
THE NATIONAL SECURITIES PROGRAM FROM THE CANADIAN FORCES
COLLEGE. I ASK ALL MEMBERS OF THE NOVA
SCOTIA LEGISLATURE TO JOIN ME IN WELCOMING COLONEL HAWTHORN TO
HIS NEWLY APPOINTED POSITION AS 12 WING COMMANDER AND CELEBRATE
HIS RETURN TO SHEER WATER, NOVA SCOTIA.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR CHESTER-ST. MARGARET’S.
>>MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AND CONGRATULATE THE
HOOKED RUG MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA ON THEIR SEVENTH
SUCCESSFUL YEAR OF OPERATION IN QUEENSLAND, NOVA SCOTIA.
TO CELEBRATE THEIR SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY THE MUSEUM IS GOING
TO HOST THREE ARTISTS OF THE YEAR TO SHOWCASE DURING THE 2019
SEASON. RUTH DOWNING AND JACKIE SHEPHERD
ALCOCK WERE DESIGNATED AS THE CANADIAN ARTISTS OF THE YEAR.
BRIDGET WEB WAS NAMED THE INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE
YEAR. YOU WILL FIND ON DISPLAY
CAREFULLY SAVED AND PRESERVED EXAMPLES OF RUG HOOKING WHICH
HAS EVOLVED OVER THE CENTURIES IN NORTH AMERICA FROM
UTILITARIAN CRAFT TO FINE ARTS. I INVITE THE MEMBERS OF THE
HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY TO JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING SUZANNE CONRAD ON
THE SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOOKED RUG MUSEUM.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO
APPLAUD THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO SHOW THEIR PASSION AND ATHLETISM
IN TRACK AND FIELD. THESE MEN COMPETED IN THE NOVA
SCOTIA GAMES. ONE MAN COMPETED IN THE 60 TO 65
AND THE OTHER IN THE 65 TO 70. THERE WERE FIVE MEDALS, THREE
GOLD, ONE SILVER, ONE BRONZE IN RACE AND FIELD EVENTS.
HE ALSO WON GOLD IN SHOT PUT AND DISCUS, SILVER IN
THE 4-X-100 RELAY. I ASK ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE
TO JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING THEM IN THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
AND FOR REMAINING EVER YOUNG. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR HALIFAX-NEEDHAM.
>>MR. SPEAKER, MANY PEOPLE’S PLANS NEEDED TO CHANGE AFTER
HURRICANE DORIAN SET ITS SIGHTS ON US.
INDEED ACROSS NOVA SCOTIA PEOPLE ARE STILL LOOKING TO A RETURN TO
NORMAL. THE KIDNEY WALK, A FUNDRAISING
FOR THE KIDNEY FOUNDATION, WAS SCHEDULED TO HAPPEN ON SEPTEMBER
6 AND OF COURSE HAD TO BE POSTPONED.
HALIFAX’S KIDNEY WALK WILL HAPPEN TOMORROW IN BEDFORD.
IT IS LARGELY ORGANIZED BY RINA DAVIS, A KIDNEY RECIPIENT, A
VOLUNTEER WITH THE KIDNEY FOUNDATION, AND MY CONSTITUENCY
ASSISTANT. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT OCCASION TO
RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS AND FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY KIDNEY
DISEASE TO COME TOGETHER. I APPRECIATE RINA’S GREAT
ENERGY, EFFORTS, AND WISH ALL WHO WILL BE WALKING WELL.
THANK YOU.>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR HALIFAX-ATLANTIC. >>MR. SPEAKER, I RECENTLY ASKED
PEOPLE IN A FEW COMMUNITIES TO PUT FORWARD NAMES OF INDIVIDUALS
THEY FELT DESERVED RECOGNITION IN THE NOVA SCOTIA LEGISLATURE.
LOTS OF NAMES WERE PUT FORWARD, BUT ONE KEPT COMING UP, DOUG
GARRISON. DOUG MADE A LIVING IN THE
FISHING INDUSTRY, WHERE HE OWNED SAMBROOK FISHERIES.
DOUG IS RETIRED, BUT THAT HASN’T STOPPED HIM.
DOUG IS ACTIVE IN THE LOCAL CHURCH.
HE’S RAISED FUNDS TO MAKE THE CHURCH ACCESSIBLE.
HE’S RAISED MONEY TO KEEP A HISTORIC CEMETERY OPEN.
HE’S CONSTANTLY VOLUNTEERING, EVEN SINGING ONCE IN A WHILE.
DOUG IS PART OF THE BACKBONE OF THE COMMUNITY.
DOUG IS A ROLE MODEL AND SOMEONE I GO TO FOR ADVICE.
THANK YOU, DOUG, FOR ALL YOU DO. [ APPLAUSE ].
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR DARTMOUTH EAST ON
INTRODUCTION. >>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKER, IN THE WEST GALLERY WE HAVE 22 STUDENTS FROM THE
GRADE 12 GLOBAL POLITICS CLASS AT PRINCE ANDREW HIGH SCHOOL.
WITH THEM TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, ARE TWO OUTSTANDING TEACHERS MS.
ADRIENNE GLASGOW AND MR. BEN SEASHELL.
I HAD THE HONOUR OF WORKING WITH THESE TWO OUTSTANDING
PROFESSIONALS AT PRINCE EDWARD HIGH SCHOOL.
I ASK THEM TO STAND AND RECEIVE THE WARM WELCOME OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY.
[ APPLAUSE ]. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR PICTOU CENTRE. >>MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW YOU ARE A
SPORTS ENTHUSIAST AND RECOGNIZE TALENT WHEN YOU SEE IT.
I WOULD LIKE ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY TO RECOGNIZE
DEAN PELARING WHO WAS INDEDUCTED INTO THE NOVA SCOTIA HALL OF
FAME. HE WAS A THREAT TO GO DEEP ANY
TIME HE CAME TO THE PLATE. HE WAS AN ALL-STAR FOR ALL THE
YEARS HE PLAYED. A GENTLEMAN AFTER AND ON THE
FIELD, HE PLAYED WITH INTENSITY 100% OF THE TIME.
HE SUPPORTED AN IMPRESSIVE LIFETIME AVERAGE AND HIS POWER
AND NUMBERS WERE INCREDIBLE. HE WAS DEFINITELY A CLASS ACT.
CONGRATULATIONS GUY PELLARIND INTO THE NOVA SCOTIA BASEBALL
HALL OF FAME. >>The Speaker: HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR LUNENBURG. >>MR. SPEAKER, IN HONOUR OF
SENIORS WEEK I FELT IT FITTING TO HONOUR THE MAYOR.
THE 55 PLUS GAMES ARE A GREAT WAY TO ENGAGE SENIORS OR AS THEY
ARE REFERRED TO AS SEASONED CITIZENS FROM AGE 5 UPWARDS IN A
VARIETY OF MENTAL AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES THAT ENCOURAGE
STAYING ACTIVE. MAYOR RACHAEL BAILEY COMPETED IN
A VARIETY OF RACES. SHE ALSO RECEIVED A SILVER IN
HER 100-METRE DASH. AS A MEMBER OF THE 4-X-100 METRE DASH, SHE RECEIVED
ANOTHER MEDAL. I ASK THAT YOU JOIN ME IN
RECOGNIZING MAYOR RACHAEL BAILEY FOR HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE
55-PLUS GAMES AND BEING A POSITIVE AND ACTIVE ROLE MODEL
>>I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE GEORGE AND BEARTA VAN DER MEER.
THEY HAVE UNDERTAKEN THE RENOVATION OF THIS TREASURED
BUILDING, BEING MINDFUL TO PRESERVE THE TRADITIONAL
APPEARANCE OF THE FACTORY WHICH WAS BUILT IN 1917.
AFTER HAVING IT PROPPED UP TO INSTALL A FOUNDATION, THEY
WORKED ON A NEW FLOOR AND ROOFING.
VISITORS CAN WATCH THE BARREL MAKERS AT WORK AND MANY MORE
IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO
CONGRATULATE THEM AND ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN THIS WORTHWHILE
PROJECT. THEY HAVE GIVEN THE SHELBURNE
BARREL FACTORY A NEW LEASE ON LIFE.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. [ APPLAUSE ] .
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR HALIFAX-CHEBUTCO.
>>MR. SPEAKER, HAS THE TIME FOR MEMBERS’ STATEMENTS ELAPSED?
>>The Speaker: PRETTY MUCH.>>I WISH TO MOVE A MOTION , THAT THE BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
BE SET ASIDE FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISCUSSING A MATTER OF URGENT
PUBLIC IMPORTANCE UNDER RULE 43(1) OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE
OF ASSEMBLY, WHICH MATTER IS THE CLOSURE OF THE BOAT HARBOUR
EFFLUENT TREATMENT FACILITY. THIS IS A MATTER OF URGENT
IMPORTANCE, AS PER THE FOLLOWING REASONS.
1. AS PER THE BOAT HARBOUR ACT:
“ON AND AFTER THE EARLIER JANUARY 31, 2020, AND THE DATE
ON WHICH THE NORTHERN PULP NOVA SCOTIA CORPORATION CEASES TO USE
THE TREATMENT FACILITY, THE USE OF THE EFFLUENT TREATMENT
FACILITY FOR THE TREATMENT FROM THE PULP MILL MUST CEASE.
2. AT PRESENT, IT IS UNLIKELY THAT
NORTHERN PEL P CAN MEET THE JANUARY 31, 2020, DEADLINE AND
MAINTAIN OPERATIONS. AS A RESULT, THERE IS GREAT
UNCERTAINTY AND TENSION IN THE PROVINCE ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN
WITH REGARDS TO THE CLOSURE OF THE BOAT HARBOUR EFFLUENT
TREATMENT FACILITY AS OUTLINED IN THE ACT.
3. THE FOCUS REPORT FROM NORTHERN
PULP REGARDING THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE EFFLUENT
PLANT WHICH WILL REPLACE THE BOAT HARBOUR FACILITY RELEASED
YESTERDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2019, OUTLINES THAT A NEW EFFLUENT
PLANT WILL TAKE 21 MONTHS TO BUILD, TAKING US PAST THE
JANUARY 31, 2020, DEADLINE. 4.
GIVEN THAT THERE IS A 30-DAY COMMENT PERIOD ON THE FOCUS
REPORT PLUS 39 DAYS FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE ITS DECISION,
THERE WILL NOT BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS THE IMPACT OF THIS
PROCESS ON THE CLOSURE OF THE BOAT HARBOUR EFFLUENT TREATMENT
FACILITY DURING THE CURRENT SITTING OR DURING THE JANUARY
31, 2020, DEADLINE. 5.
WHILE THERE IS LEGISLATION ON THE ORDER PAPER REGARDING THE
FUTURE OF THE INDUSTRY IF IT WERE TO CLOSE, THERE IS NO
LEGISLATION ADDRESSING THE CLOSURE OF THE FACILITY ON TIME
AS PER THE ACT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: I HAVE RECEIVED
THE NOTICE FROM THE MEMBER FROM HALIFAX-CHEBUTCO REQUESTING THE
DEBATE ON A MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE, WHICH IS MORE THAN
TWO HOURS REQUIRED BEFORE THE START OF TODAY’S SITTING AS
REQUIRED. UPON REVIEWING THE NOTICE, I
HAVE TO SAY IT’S NOT CLEAR TO ME WHAT THE EMERGENCY IS.
AS THE MEMBER NOTES, THE HOUSE PASSED A LAW THAT THE — THAT IN
THE BOAT HARBOUR ACT THAT FIXES A CLOSING DATE FOR THE FACILITY.
IT IS OPEN TO THE MEMBER OR ANY OTHER MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE TO
INTRODUCE A BILL TO CHANGE THAT DATE, BUT OTHER THAN BY
LEGISLATION THE HOUSE IS NOT IN A POSITION TO CHANGE THAT DATE
BY WAY OF EMERGENCY DEBATE. I DO NOT SEE WHAT CHANGE COULD
BE CARRIED OUT BY THE HOUSE HAVING AN EMERGENCY DEBATE.
THEREFORE, I WILL NOT ALLOW THIS REQUEST FOR THE EMERGENCY
DEBATE. WE WILL NOW MOVE ON TO ORAL
QUESTIONS PUT TO MEMBERS BY MINISTERS.
THE HONOURABLE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.
[ APPLAUSE ] >>IT YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
A WEEK AGO MY COLLEAGUES ASKED A QUESTION ABOUT THE CRANE THAT
FELL DURING HURRICANE DORIAN. WE ASKED IF THERE WAS A COST
ESTIMATE FOR THE POTENTIAL LIABILITY.
WE ACCEPT THAT IT’S A MOVING TARGET, BUT SURELY THERE IS A
RANGE OF EVEN WORST CASE, BEST CASE, THERE MUST BE SOME RANGE
THAT THE PROVINCE COULD POTENTIALLY BE ON THE HOOK FOR.
IT’S A WEEK LATER. WE’RE NOW INTO OUR SECOND
LOCALIZED STATE OF EMERGENCY. MY QUESTION FOR THE PREMIER IS:
DOES HE HAVE A COST ESTIMATE FOR THE REMOVAL OF THE CRANE?
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE PREMIER.
>>THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION. HE HAS HIGHLIGHTED THE ISSUE
AROUND THE CRANE, WHICH IS A UNIQUE SITUATION FROM HURRICANE
DORIAN. MR. SPEAKER, IT BECAME APPARENT
FOR THE SAFETY OF THE RESIDENTS IN THAT COMMUNITY THAT THE
GOVERNMENT STEP IN, SPEAKER, TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THOSE
RESIDENTS WAS PARAMOUNT, WHETHER THEY WERE IN A CONDO OR IN THE
BUSINESSES. AND TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN GET
THAT DOWN. WORK IS ONGOING.
WE HAVE TWO COMPANIES IN TO THAT BUILD, AND NOW WE’LL START THE
REMOVAL WITH THE COMPANY THAT HAS BEEN HIRED TO DO THAT.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION. >>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION WAS ABOUT THE COST ESTIMATE.
HAS THE PROVINCE DONE ONE AND CAN THEY SHARE IT WITH THE
HOUSE? THIS WEEKEND IT WILL HAVE BEEN
FOUR WEEKS SINCE HURRICANE DORIAN.
BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS IN THE AREA OF THE COLLAPSED CRANE ARE
RUNNING OUT OF PATIENCE AND THEY’RE LOOKING FOR INFORMATION.
SO FAR WE’VE HEARD THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR AND
ADVANCED EDUCATION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE
INVESTIGATION INTO THE COLLAPSE. THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE
IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LOCALIZED STATE OF EMERGENCY.
THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE WAS
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTUAL WORK OF TAKING DOWN THE CRANE.
RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN DIRECTED TO THEIR INSURANCE
COMPANIES BY THE PREMIER. THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT MAY STEP
IN IF THERE IS UNINSURABLE LOSSES.
AND E.M.O. WILL ADMINISTER THAT WHEN THE TIME COMES.
MR. SPEAKER, IS THERE A SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT PEOPLE CAN
REACH OUT TO IF THEY HAVE QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS?
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE PREMIER.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE HONOURABLE MEMBER RAISED A
QUESTION. YOU KNOW THAT THE MINISTER OF
LABOUR AND ADVANCED EDUCATION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SAFETY ON ALL
WORK SITES, MR. SPEAKER OPINION HE IS THE REGULATOR WHEN IT
COMES TO ENSURING THIS PARTICULAR WORK SCYTHE OR ANY
OTHER WORK SITE. ALSO THE STATE OF EMERGENCY THAT
WOULD HAVE BEEN APPLIED FALLS UNDER THE EMERGENCY MEASURES ORGANIZATION.
HE WOULD ALSO KNOW THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION AND
INFRASTRUCTURE WOULD BE THE PERSON WHO WOULD DEAL WITH THE
ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONTRACTS RELATED TO TAKING DOWN
THE CRANE. THE REALITY OF IT IS, MR.
SPEAKER, THIS IS AN UNPRECEDENTED SITUATION FOR THE
PROVINCE. WE ARE WORKING WITH OUR
PARTNERS. THERE WAS ISSUES AROUND THE SITE
INDEMNIFYING THAT SITE. WE BELIEVE IT IS IN THE BEST
INTEREST AND THE SAFETY OF NOVA SCOTIAN S TO RESPOND.
WE’RE CONTINUING TO MAKE SURE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT
COMMUNITY AND STREET GETTING BACK TO NORMAL.
>>The Speaker: THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION ON HIS FINAL
SUPPLEMENTARY. >>MR. SPEAKER, IT REMINDS ME OF
PUBLIC ACCOUNTS WHEN IT USED TO MEET ON A REGULAR BASIS.
WE WOULD HAVE NOVA SCOTIA HEALTH AUTHORITY, THE DEPARTMENT OF
HEALTH, PROBABLY DOCTORS OF NOVA SCOTIA, THE COLLEGE.
WHEN YOU ASK THE QUESTION, EVERYONE LOOKS AT EACH OTHER
BECAUSE NOBODY WANTS TO FEEL ACCOUNTABLE AND RESPONSIBLE.
IN THIS SITUATION WE HAVE FOUR MINISTERS ARE RESPONSIBLE.
EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN FOUR MINISTERS ARE RESPONSIBLE,
NOBODY IS RESPONSIBLE. MY QUESTION FOR THE PREMIER: IF
THERE ARE MASSIVE COSTS, OVERRUNS OR OTHER ISSUES WHEN
WE’RE LOOKING BACK IN SIX MONTHS, WHO COULD WE HOLD
ACCOUNTABLE FOR GETTING THIS DONE AND GETTING IT DONE RIGHT?
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER PREMIER.
>>I WANT TO THANK THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR THE
QUESTION. I WANT TO REMIND THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER WHEN WE CAME IN, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAD HALF A BILLION
DOLLAR HOLE ANNUALLY IN THIS PROVINCE.
WE ARE DELIVERING OUR FOURTH BALANCED BUDGET.
WE WILL DELIVER OUR FIFTH, AT THE SAME TIME INVESTING, MR.
SPEAKER. MORE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE FINDING A
FUTURE FOR THEMSELVES. THE POPULATION IS AT AL ALL-TIME
TIE. WE ARE SEEING THE ECONOMY GROW,
MR. SPEAKER, WITH THE LARGEST GROWING ECONOMY IN ATLANTIC
CANADA. WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE WE GROW
THIS PROVINCE IN A POSITIVE WAY. THEY CAN BE PESSIMISTIC ABOUT
THE FUTURE, WE’RE GOING TO BE OPTIMISTIC
>>MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS VERY HOUR, MEMBERS OF THE PICTOU
LANDING FIRST NATION ARE GATHERING WITH THEIR SUPPORTERS
AND FRIENDS AT THE BAND OFFICE TO WALK TOGETHER THE KILOMETRE
TO THE BRIDGE IN SOLIDARITY AND HOPE FOR THE CLOSING OF DEADLINE
IN BOAT HARBOUR. THERE IS SOMETHING IN THE WATER.
MICHELLE FRANCIS DENE SPEAKS OF THE SORROW HER FAMILY AND
COMMUNITY HAVE ENDURED OVER BOAT HARBOUR FOR 52 YEARS.
SHE SAYS EVERYBODY HAS TO BELIEVE IN SOMETHING.
I BELIEVE IN JANUARY 31, 2020. NOW, ON TUESDAY I ASKED THE
PREMIER TO REAFFIRM THAT BELIEF, AND THE ANSWER HE PROVIDED WAS
NOT THE UNEQUIVOCAL AFFIRMATION THAT THE PEOPLE OF PICTOU
LANDING ARE SEEKING. SO I ASK HIM AGAIN: WILL HE SAY
PLAINLY THAT NOT ONE DROP OF EFFLUENT WILL FLOW INTO BOAT
HARBOUR AFTER JANUARY 31 NEXT YEAR?
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE PREMIER.
>>I WANT TO THANK THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR THE
QUESTION. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE, MR.
SPEAKER, THE PEOPLE OF PICTOU LANDING WHO HAVE BEEN
TREMENDOUS, MR. SPEAKER, IN DEALING WITH THIS ISSUE THAT IS
NOW DECADES OLD, MR. SPEAKER. THERE IS A PIECE OF LEGISLATION
THAT HAS BEEN PASSED IN THIS HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY THAT HAS THAT
CLOSING ON THE 31st OF 2020, MR. SPEAKER, AND THERE IS NO OTHER
PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO CHANGE THAT.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE LEADER OF THE NEW DEMOCRAT
PARTY. >>MR. SPEAKER, 1,607 DAYS AGO
THE BOAT HARBOUR ACT WAS PASSED WITH ALL PARTIES’ SUPPORT.
IN THE COURSE OF THE DEBATE ABOUT THAT LEGISLATION, THE
CURRENT MINISTER OF LABOUR AND ADVANCED EDUCATION SAID ON THE
GOVERNMENT’S BEHALF, WE BELIEVE THAT FIVE YEARS IS A REASONABLE
TIME TO CLOSE BOAT HARBOUR. I WILL TABLE THE HANSARD OF HIS
REMARKS. HERE WE ARE, HARDLY CLOSER TO A
REAL SOLUTION. I WANT TO ASK THE PREMIER.
IF HIS GOVERNMENT BELIEVED FIVE YEARS WAS A REASONABLE TIME
FRAME TO GET THIS DONE, WHY WITH JUST 119 DAYS LEFT BEFORE THE
DEADLINE IS THE WHOLE NORTHERN PULP SITUATION A MATTER OF SUCH
UNCERTAINTY AND ANXIETY AND PRESSURE?
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE PREMIER.
>>MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE CHALLENGES FACING WITH THE ISSUE
IS FOR DECADES, MR. SPEAKER, SUCCESSIVE GOVERNMENTS CONTINUE
TO BE A MOVING TARGET WHEN IT CAME TO THE MILL AND TO BOAT
HARBOUR. THIS HOUSE HAS PUT TOGETHER A
PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WAS PASSED WITH A DEADLINE IN IT.
THE MILL HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO LOOK FOR A D.A.
THAT IS WITH THE REGULATOR. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ME.
IF HE WANTS TO KNOW THE LENGTH OF TIME IT IS TAKING FOR THE
MILL TO GET IN. THAT IS FOR THE OPERATOR.
I MADE A COMMITMENT TO CLEAN UP BOAT HARBOUR.
WE SET ASIDE MONEY TO FINANCE THE CLEANUP OF BOAT HARBOUR, AND
WE WILL DO SO. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
LEADER OF THE NEW DEMOCRAT PARTY ON HIS FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY.
>>MR. SPEAKER, FINALLY THIS WEEK AFTER ALL THIS TIME AN
APPLICATION FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVAL WAS RECEIVED FROM THE
COMPANY. YESTERDAY IT BECAME AVAILABLE
FOR PUBLIC SCRUTINY, AS HAS BEEN SUSPECTED ALL ALONG IT SAYS
THERE IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO BUILD A NEW FACILITY IN FOUR
MONTHS. IT SAYS, IN FACT, THAT IT WILL
TAKE 21 MONTHS FOR THE FACILITY’S CONSTRUCTION.
SO, MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS MOMENT TWO PATHS ARE DIVERGDIVERGING.
ONE WHERE THE BOAT HARBOUR EFFLUENT FACILITY STAYS OPEN AND
ONE WHERE IT IS CLOSED. IN ADDITION TO THE PEOPLE OF
PICTOU LANDING, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO WORK IN THE WOODS AND
THIS MILL AND OTHER MILLS AND ON THE WATER AND WHO LIVE IN THE
REST OF THE COMMUNITIES OF PICTOU COUNTY AND BEYOND ARE
LOOKING TO THIS MOMENT, NOT FOR A BUREAUCRATIC DIVERSION, BUT
FOR LEADERSHIP TO AN HONOURABLE RESOLUTION TO THIS SITUATION.
WHAT DOES THE PREMIER HAVE TO OFFER?
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE PREMIER.
>>MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR HIS
QUESTION. HE WOULD KNOW THERE IS A
REGULATOR IN THIS PROVINCE THAT DEALS WITH THIS.
IT IS NOT THE PREMIER. EVERY COMPANY HAS A
RESPONSIBILITY TO DO THE WORK TO ENSURE THAT IT GOES TO THE
REGULATORS. THEY WILL BASE THE FACTS ON SCIENCE.
I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE REGULATOR WILL DO WITH THIS
PIECE OF INFORMATION. IT WILL BE BASED ON THE FACTS
AROUND SCIENCE, MR. SPEAKER. THAT’S WHAT WILL TAKE PLACE.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
YESTERDAY THE PREMIER WAS ASKED ABOUT THE FIRST PHASE OF
CANNABIS RETAILS. THIS IS A REPORT THAT THE
MINISTER OF FINANCE PREVIOUSLY SAID WOULD IDENTIFY BEST
PRACTICES AND THE WHAT THE GOVERNMENT COULD OR SHOULD DO
DIFFERENTLY ON THE CANNABIS FILE.
IT SOUNDS LIKE THIS WAS A PRETTY CONSEQUENTIAL REPORT,
PARTICULARLY AS THE LEGALIZATION OF CANNABIS EDIBLES GETS CLOSER.
YESTERDAY THE PREMIER DIDN’T SOUND TOO CONCERNED ABOUT THE
FACT THE GOVERNMENT HADN’T RECEIVED THIS REPORT THREE
MONTHS AFTER IT HAD BEEN EXPECTED.
HAS HIS GOVERNMENT FOLLOWED UP WITH WHY THE REPORT PROMISED
MONTHS AGO HAS NOT BEEN RECEIVED?
>>THE MINISTER OF FINANCE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NOVA SCOTIA
LIQUOR COMMISSION IS IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH THE DISTRIBUTOR,
MR. SPEAKER. THE REALITY IS WHAT WE’VE SAID
FROM THE VERY BEGINNING WHEN THIS PRODUCT BECAME LEGAL, WE
WERE GOING TO ENSURE THAT DISTRIBUTION WAS HELD TIGHT BY
THE GOVERNMENT. THAT’S WHY WE’VE CHOSEN THE
VEHICLE OF NOVA SCOTIA LIQUOR CORPORATION TO DISTRIBUTE THAT
PRODUCT. WHAT WE’VE ALSO SAID IS WE WOULD
LOOK FOR OTHER OPPORTUNITIES OF RETAILING LATER ON.
THE HONOURABLE MEMBER WOULD KNOW WE’VE BEEN DELAYED WITH THE
EDIBLES. NOW THAT IS COMING THIS YEAR.
IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DONE A FEW MONTHS AGO.
THAT WAS DELAYED. WE’RE TRYING TO FIND OUT FROM
THE NATIONAL HEALTH ORGANIZATION WHICH PRODUCTS WILL ACTUALLY BE
MADE AVAILABLE. THAT DOESN’T MEAN, MR. SPEAKER,
THAT WE’RE GOING TO AGREE TO SELL ALL OF THOSE IN OUR
PROVINCE. WHAT WE’VE MADE SURE, MR.
SPEAKER, IS THAT THE DISTRIBUTION PRODUCT WILL BE
HELD TIGHT BY OUR REGULATOR AND UTILITY, AND WE WILL ENSURE THAT
AS WE GO FORWARD. I WILL SAY AS OTHER PROVINCES
ARE HAVING TO ADJUST HOW THEY’VE BEEN DISTRIBUTING THAT PRODUCT
IN THE LAST NUMBER OF MONTHS, THE PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA HAS
STAYED STEADY AND COMMITTED.>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.
>>I APPRECIATE THE PREMIER’S COMMITMENT TO THE DISTRIBUTION
CHANNEL, BUT PRESUMABLY THIS REPORT WOULD HAVE SO MUCH MORE
IN THAT ABOUT WHAT WENT RIGHT OR WRONG, COULD BE AROUND STAFF
TRAINING, PACKAGING, MARKETING. THERE COULD BE SO MANY THINGS IN
THAT REPORT. I KNOW THE PREMIER SAID
YESTERDAY THAT HE FULLY UNDERSTANDS WHAT IS HAPPENING IN
THE CANNABIS MARKETPLACE, BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS IT’S
NOT POSSIBLE TO FULLY UNDERSTAND WHAT’S HAPPENING UNLESS YOU
RECEIVE AND REVIEW THE REPORT FROM THOSE PREPARING IT.
THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF THE PUZZLE.
DOES THE PREMIER FEEL NOVA SCOTIANS HAVE A RIGHT TO SEE,
DIGESTDIGEST THIS REPORT AND UNDERSTAND THE CONCLUSIONS.
WILL THE REPORT BE TABLED FOR THIS HOUSE?
>>I THANK THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION.
AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, I’M NOT SURE WHERE THE LEADER OF THE
CONSERVATIVE PARTY IS GOING. THE REALITY IS MANY OF THE
THINGS HE REFERRED TO ARE ROOTED IN LEGISLATION.
WE WERE IN CONTROL OF DISTRIBUTION.
WE MADE SURE WE WOULD CONTROL THAT DISTRIBUTION IN A SAFE
MANNER. IT WAS ABOUT PROTECTING OUR
KIDS. THAT’S WHY THE MINISTER OF
FINANCE REACHED OUT TO THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT TO FIND OUT
WHAT ARE THEY DOING AROUND THE DISTRIBUTION OF THAT PRODUCT.
WHAT PRODUCTS ARE GOING TO COME ONLINE.
THAT DOES NOT MEAN WE WILL SELL THEM ALL.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WHAT WE PUT IN OUR STORES, MR. SPEAKER, IS
DONE SO IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT IS PROTECTING THE YOUTH OF THIS
PROVINCE, MR. SPEAKER, AS WE ALL BEGIN TO EXPERIENCE WHAT IT’S
LIKE TO HAVE THIS PRODUCT BECOME LEGAL INSIDE OF CANADA.
WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WORK WITH OUR
REGULATOR. IF THERE ARE ANY CHANGES
ASSOCIATED WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, WE WOULD BE MORE THAN
HAPPY TO TELL NOVA SCOTIANS AND THIS HOUSE.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE HOUSE LEADER FOR THE NEW
DEMOCRAT PARTY. >>IN RESPONSE TO A FREEDOM OF
INFORMATION REQUEST WE LEARNED THAT AS RECENTLY AS LAST YEAR,
THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL WAS
USING A MANUAL FOR SCHOOL SITE SELECTION THAT WAS LAST UPDATED
IN 1999. THE CORRESPONDENCE IN THE F.O.I.
REVEALED A GENERAL STATE OF CONFUSION WITH HOW TO PROCEED
WITH NEW SCHOOL BILLS. A FEBRUARY 2019 E-MAIL FROM THE
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION FACILITIES PROJECT SERVICES SAYS: T.I.R.
WILL ASSIST IN ANY WAY WE CAN BUT NEED TO HAVE DIRECTION ON
THE GENERAL AREA OF WHICH WE ARE TO SEARCH FOR AN APPROPRIATE
SITE. MR. MINISTER, WILL WE COMMIT TO
A NEW PROCESS FOR THIS SITTING?>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER. OF COURSE I’M HAPPY TO DO THAT.
AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, THE NEW SITE SELECTION PROCESS IS GOING
TO HELP US STREAMLINE THIS SO WE DON’T HAVE SCHOOLS BUILT LATE
AND CAN MITIGATE RISKS OF HAVING EXTENSIONS TO THE CONSTRUCTION
SEASON. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE
FOCUS ON THE TECHNICAL EVALUATION FIRST BEFORE WE GO TO
THE COMMUNITY FOR FEEDBACK. BECAUSE WE DON’T BELIEVE IT’S
FAIR. IT’S ALSO CREATED SOME DELAYS
WHEN THE COMMUNITY IS DISCUSSING SITES THAT ARE POTENTIALLY
VIABLE, MR. SPEAKER. THAT’S WHY WE’RE DOING THE
TECHNICAL ENGINEERING EVALUATION FIRST.
WE DO BELIEVE THIS WILL HELP OUR PROCESS TO GET SCHOOLS BUILT ON
TIME FOR OUR COMMUNITIES. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
HOUSE LEADER FOR THE NEW DEMOCRAT PARTY.
>>I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THE NEW PROCESS, MR. SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKER, IN THE SAME F.O.I. PACKAGE THERE IS AN E-MAIL ABOUT
A MEETING BETWEEN STAFF FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND
T.I.R. WITH THE MEMBER FOR BEDFORD ABOUT THE SIGHTING OF A
P THROUGH 9 SCHOOL. THE E-MAIL STATES: AT THE END
OF THE CONVERSATION THE AGREEMENT WAS THAT WE HAVE TWO
BASIC POTENTIAL APPROACHES. MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE MINISTER
CONFIRM IF THE NEW SCHOOL SITE SELECTION PROCESS INCLUDES
CONSULTATION WITH ALL M.L.A.S OR ONLY MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT
CAUCUS?>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION. >>THE NEW PROCESS WILL ENSURE
PUBLIC CONSULTATION AT LARGE, BUT AGAIN — AND I CAN TABLE A
DOCUMENT THAT HIGHLIGHTS THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE OLD
PROCESS AND THE NEW AND WHY WE BELIEVE WE CAN SAVE SOME TIME.
IT’S VERY PRACTICAL, MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE WE GO TO THE
COMMUNITY WITH POTENTIAL SITES, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE
SITES ARE VIABLE AND SAFE. NOW WE CAN SERVICE THEM WITH
WATER, POWER, BUSSING ROUTES BEFORE WE ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY.
THAT’S THE RESPONSIBLE THING TO DO.
WE BELIEVE IT CAN ENHANCE THE PROCESS TO GET SCHOOLS BUILT
QUICKLY AND ON TIME. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR DARTMOUTH EAST. >>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PUBLIC
UTILITIES ACT. WE ALL KNOW THAT ACCESS TO
HOUSING IS A MAJOR ISSUE IMPACTING METRO AND ALL OF NOVA
SCOTIA. IT’S CRITICAL THAT STEPS ARE
TAKEN TO ENSURE REGULATIONS DO NOT RESTRICT NON-PROFIT
SUPPORTIVE HOUSING FROM EXPANDING.
GOVERNMENT AND THE REGULATED UTILITIES HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY
TO CONSIDER THEIR POLICIES AND ELIMINATE DRARS AND RED TAPE FOR
NON-PROFIT AND SUPPORTIVE HOUSING.
IN 2017 H.R.M. VOTED TO WAIVE PERMIT FEES FOR NON-PROFIT
SUPPORTIVE HOUSING. MY QUESTION FOR THE MINISTER IS
THIS HAS THE PUBLIC UTILITIES ACT BEEN EXAMINED TO MAKE SURE
IT DOES NOT CREATE BARRIERS FOR SUPPORTIVE HOUSING?
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF MINES AND ENERGY.
>>THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBER
FOR THE QUESTION. WHAT I CAN SAY IS THAT IN THE
DEPARTMENT WE HAVE TAKEN A NUMBER OF STEPS TO ENCOURAGE
COMMUNITY HOUSING, TO SUPPORT THE CURRENT STOCK THAT WE HAVE
WITH OUR HOUSING ACROSS THE PROVINCE.
WE’RE INVESTING MILLIONS NOW IN HOME EFFICIENCY TO SUPPORT THEM.
WE’RE SUPPORTING AND LOOKING AT INITIATIVES AROUND COMMUNITY
SOLAR TO DRIVE THOSE PRICES DOWN, TO GIVE THOSE COMMUNITY
HOUSING CO-OPERATIVES THE OPPORTUNITY TO BENEFIT FROM NOT
ONLY ENERGY EFFICIENCY, BUT TO ENSURE THAT THE RESIDENTS CAN
LIVE MORE COMFORTABLY IN THEIR HOMES.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR DARTMOUTH EAST.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHILE I APPRECIATE THE
MINISTER’S RESPONSE, I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT TO THE
MINISTER WHEN THE AWARD-WINNING AFFIRMATIVE HOUSE LOCATED IN
DARTMOUTH EAST WAS DEVELOPED IN 2007, IT WAS DESIGNED TO HELP
PROVIDE AFFORDABLE, SUPPORTIVE HOUSING FOR THOSE BATTLING
MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. IT’S LOCATED IN DARTMOUTH’S MAIN
STREET DISTRICT. SINCE 2007, DEVELOPMENT PERMIT
FEES IN H.R.M. HAVE INCREASED BY 1,000%.
70% OF THESE DEVELOPMENT CHARGES ARE BEING LEVIED BY HALIFAX
WATER. MR. SPEAKER, THESE COSTS ARE A
HUGE OBSTACLE FOR AFFIRMATIVE VENTURES AND THEIR PLANS TO
EXPAND MORE SUPPORTIVE HOUSING. MY QUESTION IS THIS: WILL THE
MINISTER COMMIT TO EXAMINING THE PUBLIC UTILITIES ACT AND
CONSIDER MAKING CHANGES TO REGULATIONS IN ORDER TO ALLOW
DISCRETION AND WAIVING FEES FOR NON-PROFIT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING,
JUST LIKE H.R.M. HAS. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PUBLIC UTILITIES ACT.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I THANK THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION. I CAN ENSURE THE MEMBER AND ALL
MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE THAT ANY INITIATIVES THAT HAPPEN IN THIS
PROVINCE WE ARE MORE THAN HAPPEN TO SIT DOWN.
YOU TALKED SPECIFICALLY ABOUT SOME PROJECTS IN DARTMOUTH.
I’M MORE THAN HAPPY TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH THE MEMBER.
AGAIN, WITH OUR DEPARTMENT LOOKING AT THE UTILITY AND THE
RATES AND HOW THEY IMPACT OUR COMMUNITIES, WE’RE GOING TO
CONTINUE TO EXPAND PROGRAMS AND LOOK AT WAYS WE CAN BE MORE
INNOVATIVE TO SUPPORT THESE IMPORTANT COMMUNITY
ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROVIDE HOMES FOR OUR FAMILIES.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR KINGS NORTH. >>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER FOR T.I.R.
THERE WERE 6 OR 7 INCHES OF RAIN EXPERIENCED IN A 24-HOUR PERIOD.
IT CREATED LOTS OF DAMAGES. 358 FROM SCOTTS BAY WAS THE
HARDEST HIT WHERE NUMEROUS CULVERTS WERE WASHED OUT.
THE EXTREME RAINFALL EXPOSED MANY WEAKNESSES IN OUR DRAINAGE
SYSTEM. MY QUESTION FOR THE MINISTER IS
WILL THE MINISTER FOR TRANSPORTATION AND
INFRASTRUCTURE REASONABLE COMMIT TO REPLACE THE INADEQUATE AND
UNDERSIZED CULVERTS IN KINGS COUNTY.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER FOR TRANSPORTATION AND
INFRASTRUCTURE.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I THANK THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION.
RAIN EVENTS TO BE SIGNIFICANT IN TERMS OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE AND
OF COURSE WE’RE VERY WELL AWARE OF THE EXTREME RAIN EVENT WE
EXPERIENCED VERY RECENTLY. I WANT TO AGAIN THANK OUR PEOPLE
IN THE FIELD WHO ARE WORKING DILIGENTLY TO ADDRESS THESE
MATTERS ACROSS THE PROVINCE. IN REVIEW OF THESE KINDS OF
ACTIVITIES, WE’RE CONSTANTLY LOOKING AT WAYS TO IMPROVE THE
DRAINAGE SYSTEM. I’D BE HAPPY TO SPEAK WITH THE
MEMBER ABOUT ANY SPECIFIC INSTANCES THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO
BRING TO MY ATTENTION. THANK YOU.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR KINGS NORTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
MINISTER FOR THAT ANSWER. I WOULD ECHO HIS COMMENTS ON THE
LOCAL T.I.R. STAFF WORKED VERY HARD THIS POST RAINFALL EVENT.
VERY APPRECIATIVE OF HOW HARD THEY WORK.
I HAVE MANY HOMEOWNERS IN MY CONSTITUENCY WHO ARE WORRIED
ABOUT BASEMENT FLOODING. IN MANY CASES THESE UNDERSIZED
CULVERTS ARE A DIRECT FACTOR. ONE BASEMENT GETS FLOODED
SEVERAL TIMES IN A YEAR. MY QUESTION: WILL THE MINISTER
COMMIT TO REVIEWING THE CULVERT POLICY AND HELPING THESE
HOMEOWNERS WHO ARE AFFECTED?>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I’D BE VERY HAPPY TO WORK WITH THE MEMBER ON THE SPECIFIC AREAS
WHERE HOMEOWNERS FEEL THEY MIGHT BE AFFECTED FROM THE
INFRASTRUCTURE FROM THE DEPARTMENT.
I’D BE HAPPY TO DO THAT. THANK YOU.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR PICTOU CENTRE.
>>MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF COMMUNITY
SERVICES. MR. SPEAKER, ANYONE GOING TO
SHOP FOR GROCERIES THESE DAYS KNOW THE COST OF A HEALTHY DIET.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SUCH A HEALTHY, WELL-ROUNDED DIET IS
EVEN MORE CRITICAL TO THOSE AMONG US WHO SUFFER FROM HEALTH
ISSUES. WE HEAR FROM CONSTITUENTS IN OUR
AREA WHO ARE AMONG THOSE WHO REQUIRE SPECIFIC DIETARY SPECIAL
NEEDS. FOR THOSE WHO ARE RECIPIENTS OF
INCOME ASSISTANCE, THE ISSUE BECOMES ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE WITH
THE FUNDING THAT THEY ARE ELIGIBLE FOR UNDER OUR PRESENT
POLICY. QUESTION TO THE MINISTER, DOES
THE MINISTER RECOGNIZE HOW INADEQUATE THE PRESENT POLICY IS
WITH RESPECT TO SPECIAL FOOD ALLOWANCES FOR NOVA SCOTIANS ON
INCOME ASSISTANCE?>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
WE WANT ALL NOVA SCOTIANS TO BE ABLE TO GROW AND THRIVE HERE IN
THIS PROVINCE, THAT’S WHY WE DO MAKE PROVISIONS FOR A SPECIAL
DIET FOR PEOPLE WHO DO REQUIRE IT.
FOLKS WILL HAVE TO HAVE SOME DOCUMENTATION.
IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE FROM A DOCTOR.
IT CAN BE FROM A NURSE-PRACTITIONER, A DIETITIAN,
SOMETHING LIKE THAT. THERE IS PROVISION MADE FOR
THAT. OF COURSE IN JANUARY 2020 WE ARE
BRINGING IN OUR STANDARD HOUSEHOLD RATE, WHICH WILL BE,
WHEN ANNUALIZED, THREE TIMES THE LARGEST INCREASE TO INCOME
ASSISTANCE EVER PROVIDED IN OUR PROVINCE.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR PICTOU CENTRE.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE MINISTER FOR THAT
ANSWER. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOPE AND
EXPECTATION IS THAT EVEN WHEN FINDS THEMSELVES DEPENDING ON
INCOME ASSISTANCE, THERE SHOULD BE CONSIDERATION FOR SPECIALLY
ORDERED DIETARY FEEDS. $65 EXTRA A MONTH DOES NOT FILL
THAT NEED. THIS NEEDS RECIPIENTS WITH TOUGH
CHOICES. DO THEY MOVE OFF THEIR
PRESCRIBED DIETS OR FOREGO HEAT OR OTHER NECESSITIES.
QUESTION TO THE MINISTER. DOES THE MINISTER THINK THE
ANNOUNCEMENT SHE JUST MADE WITH REGARD TO JANUARY 2020 WILL BE A
REASONABLE ALLOWANCE TO ENABLE PEOPLE ON INCOME ASSISTANCE TO
EAT HEALTHY?>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF COMMUNITY SERVICES.>>I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION.
TO BE CLEAR IT IS AN ANNOUNCEMENT I JUST MADE.
WE PREVIOUSLY INDICATED THIS WOULD BE THE START DATE FOR THE
STANDARD HOUSEHOLD RATE SO THAT OUR RECIPIENTS WILL, IN FACT,
SEE THOSE CHANGES ON THEIR CHEQUE THAT COMES OUT IN LATE
DECEMBER. WE’VE ALSO MADE A NUMBER OF
OTHER CHANGES, MR. SPEAKER, TO INCOME ASSISTANCE, INCLUDING,
BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE DOUBLING OF ALLOWABLE ASSETS BE THE
DOUBLING OF THE POVERTY REDUCTION CREDIT, AS WELL AS
ALLOWING THOSE INCOME ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS WHO ARE ABLE TO WORK
TO, IN FACT, KEEP MORE OF THE MONEY THEY EARN.
WE DO BELIEVE THIS IS HELPING TO BUILD INCOME SECURITY FOR THE
PEOPLE WHO DO RELY ON INCOME ASSISTANCE.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR COLE HARBOUR EASTERN
PASSAGE. >>MR. SPEAKER, THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING FAIR AND EQUITABLE
ACCESS TO COURSES AND OPPORTUNITIES TO ALL NOVA
SCOTIANS. FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS, THIS
GOVERNMENT HAS REFUSED TO ACCEPT THE FACT THAT STUDENTS FROM
EASTERN PASSAGE ARE OR WERE GOING TO BE DISADVANTAGED
BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT DID CANCEL THE SCHOOL BUS FROM OUR
COMMUNITY TO GET THOSE STUDENTS TO COLE HARBOUR HIGH SCHOOL WHO
HAVE TO TRAVEL OUT OF AREA TO GET THE COURSES THEY NEED.
TO MY KNOWLEDGE, NO BUSES WERE CANCELLED IN THE H.R.M. LIBERAL
CONSTITUENCIES. THE BUS COUNT OF AROUND 303
BUSES IN H.R.M. HAS REMAINED THE SAME.
MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER: CAN THE MINISTER TELL THE
STUDENTS AND PARENTS FROM MY CONSTITUENCY WHY THEIR BUS FROM
EASTERN PASSAGE IS THE ONE ROUTE THAT I’M AWARE OF WAS CANCELLED.
WHEN WILL HE SEE CORRECTING THIS INEQUALITY?
>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER.
NEITHER THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION NOR THE GOVERNMENT
DECIDES BUS ROUTES. RIGHT NOW WE’VE BROUGHT THAT
BACK IN HOUSE IN THE REGIONAL CENTRE OF EDUCATION.
THOSE ARE OPERATIONAL DECISIONS MADE EVERY SINGLE YEAR.
IT DID USE TO BE THE PURVIEW OF STOCK.
SO I KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN SOME ROUTING CHANGES THIS YEAR.
IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE I CAN GET THE DETAILS FROM THE
REGIONAL FOR THE MEMBER AND MAKE SURE SHE RECEIVES THEM.
I’M SURE THE REGION HAS BEEN PROACTIVE IN IMPLEMENTING ANY
CHANGES FOR THE COMMUNITY. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR COLE HARBOUR EASTERN PASSAGE.
>>THIS GOES BACK TO WHO IS RESPONSIBLE.
ACCORDING TO STOCK TRANSPORTATION, IT’S YOU WHO’S
RESPONSIBLE, MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: ORDER.
PLEASE. I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER NOT TO REFER TO MEMBERS DIRECTLY.
>>I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE THAT IT’S
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION THAT’S ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR WHERE
THE BUSES RUN. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE NO SKILLS
TRADES CLASSES OR THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM.
STUDENTS LIVING IN EASTERN PASSAGE HAVE TO TAKE A 75-MINUTE
BUS RIDE TO GET TO COLE HARBOUR HIGH SCHOOL WITH THREE
TRANSFERS. MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER OF
EDUCATION IS: WILL HE COMMIT COMING OUT WITH ME NEXT WEEK TO
TAKE A DRIVE ON THOSE BUSES WHICH MAY BE INCONVENIENCED
BECAUSE OF THE STRIKE ON THE BRIDGE, AND WILL HE AGREE TO
MEET WITH ME NEXT WEEK TO TALK ABOUT A TRANSIT SOLUTION FOR THE
STUDENTS IN MY CONSTITUENCY WHO HAVE BEEN STRANDED BY THIS
MINISTER.>>MR. SPEAKER, I’LL REMIND THE
MEMBER THAT THIS GOVERNMENT BUILT THE NEW SCHOOL FOR HER
COMMUNITY AND TO HAVE THAT IMPACTED BY BUSSING ROUTES.
PART OF BUILDING A NEW SCHOOL AND PART OF THE DELIVERING OF
COURSES IS CONTINGENT ON STUDENT ENROLMENT —
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF EDUCATION HAS THE
FLOOR.>>I DO WANT TO CLARIFY THIS FOR
THE HOUSE AND THOSE LISTENING. THE OPERATIONAL FOLKS, IT WAS
NEVER IN THE PURVIEW OF THE SCHOOL BOARDS EITHER.
THE OPERATIONAL FOLKS MAKE THOSE DECISIONS.
IN TERMS OF COURSE AVAILABILITY, THAT IS CONTINGENT ON STUDENT
POPULATION. SAME WITH TRANSPORTATION, MR.
SPEAKER. WHEN YOU BUILD THE NEW SCHOOL,
LIKE THIS GOVERNMENT HAS DONE FOR THE MEMBER, I WONDER IF SHE
SUPPORTS THAT DECISION. SHE’S GIVEN ME VERY DIFFERENT
OPINIONS WHEN SHE SPEAKS TO ME PRIVATELY.
PERHAPS WE CAN GET HER ON THE RECORD.
THAT IMPACTS THE STUDENT POPULATION AND THE DELIVERY OF
COURSES. WE WILL ACCOMMODATE ANY STUDENTS
THAT DO WANT TO ENSURE THAT THEY CAN ACCESS COURSES IF THEY WANT
TO TRANSFER. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR HALIFAX-NEEDHAM.>>MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS
FOR THE MINISTER OF LANDS AND FORESTRY.
ACCORDING TO A RECENT U.N. REPORT, OTHER THAN A MILLION
SPECIES ARE AT RISK OF EXTINCTION IN OUR LIFETIME.
WHILE I WAS GLAD TO HEAR ABOUT THE NEW PROTECTED AREAS
ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY, IT IS CLEAR THAT THERE IS STILL MUCH TO DO.
NEARLY ALL THE AREAS ANNOUNCED CAME FROM A LIST OF ALMOST 100
WILDERNESS AREAS THAT WERE MAPPED, STUDIED, AND IDENTIFIED
UNDER THE N.D.P. GOVERNMENT MORE THAN FIVE YEARS AGO.
THE REMAINING AREAS ARE ALSO DEEPLY IMPORTANT TO NOVA
SCOTIANS AND IF PROTECTED WOULD HELP US MEET AND EXCEED THE
GOVERNMENT’S TARGET OF PROTECTING 13% OF OUR LAND MASS,
WHICH IS A TARGET I WOULD SUGGEST NEEDS TO MOVE.
MR. SPEAKER, WHEN WILL THE GOVERNMENT PROTECT THOSE
REMAINING WILDERNESS AREAS?>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF LANDS AND FORESTRY. >>THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION.
WE SHARE THE CONCERN THAT NOVA SCOTIANS AND THE MEMBER HAS FOR
THE RISK OF SPECIES ACROSS THE PROVINCE AND THE GLOBE.
WHEN YOU SEE 60% OF THE WILDLIFE BEING REDUCED ACROSS THE GLOBE,
THAT’S WHY WE’RE TAKING ACTION. THE DEPARTMENT HIRED AN EXTRA
TWO BIOLOGISTS. WE’RE UPDATING OUR RECOVERY
TEAMS. WE’RE CONTINUING TO PROTECT MORE
LAND. SO THE MINISTER OF THE
ENVIRONMENT AND I GOT TOGETHER AND PUT TOGETHER A LIST THAT HAS
THE HIGHEST BIODIVERSITY VALUES. THERE IS ANOTHER 7,000 HECTARES
ON THE WAY TO BE PROTECTED. IT’S IMPORTANT TO OUR
GOVERNMENT. WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE ALONG
THE LIST AND MAKE SURE WE PROTECT THOSE AREAS.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR HALIFAX-NEEDHAM.
>>MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE AREAS THE MINISTER ANNOUNCED WILL BE
PROTECTED PENDING FURTHER CONSULTATION AND SURVEY WORK IS
THE ST. MARYS’ RIVER. THE ATLANTIC SALMON FOUNDATION
HAVE ALL SAID THAT PROTECTING THIS RIVER IS KEY TO RECOVERY OF
THE SALMON POPULATION. YET, THE GOLD COMPANY IS PROPOSING TO
BUILD A GOLD MINE IN THE AREA. MR. SPEAKER, IF THE GOVERNMENT
IS CONCERNED WITH PROTECTING THE IMPORTANT SALMON HABITAT IN THE
ST. MARYS RIVER, HOW CAN IT AT THE SAME TIME ENTERTAIN A
PROPOSAL FOR AN OPEN-PIT GOLD MINE THAT WOULD THREATEN IT?
>>THE HONOURABLE MINISTER FOR LANDS AND FORESTRY.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I’M GLAD THE MEMBER REFERENCED
ST. MARYS’ RIVER. THIS NEEDS SOME WORK AROUND
SURVEYING AND SUCH. THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS IT
DOES TAKE TIME. ONCE THE LAND IS PUT INTO THE
PENDING CATEGORY OF THE PARKS AND PROTECTED PLAN.
MANY OF THOSE SITES WERE PUT IN RIGHT BEFORE THE ELECTION.
THE N.D.P. PUT IN BEFORE ALL OF THAT DUE DILIGENCE NEEDED TO BE
COMPLETED. WE ARE COMMITTED TO PROTECTING
ST. MARYS RIVER. IT IS ONE OF THE LARGEST
CORRIDORS, OVER 30 KILOMETRES OF WILDLIFE CORRIDOR IN THAT SPACE.
WE’RE COMMITTED TO THAT AND WILL HAVE MORE NEWS IN THE COMING
MONTHS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR VICTORY ON THE LAKES.
>>The Speaker: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS.
MR. SPEAKER, MANY NURSING HOME RESIDENTS AROUND MEDICATION S
PROVIDED BLISTER PACKS. MANY NOVA SCOTIANS HAVE
LONG-STANDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH CERTAIN PHARMACIES TO PROVIDE
THESE BLISTER PACKS. THE SAME IS TRUE WITH NURSING
HOMES. THEY HAVE RELATIONSHIPS, OFTEN
EXCLUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS, WITH THE PARTICULAR DISTRIBUTOR.
MY QUESTION TO THE TIRM IS: DOES THE GOVERNMENT HAVE A
POLICY OR AN AGREEMENT WITH THE NURSING HOMES AS TO WHERE THESE
PRESCRIPTIONS SHOULD COME FR OM.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE
IMPORTANT QUESTION, ESPECIALLY NOTING THAT THIS MONTH IS
CAREGIVER AWARENESS MONTH, MR. SPEAKER, THE CARE AND THE SAFE
SUPPORT OF OUR AGING RESIDENTS OF NOVA SCOTIA IN FACILITIES
LIKE THIS IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE.
WITH RESPECT TO POLICIES FOR PRESCRIPTIONS, THE RULE S AROUND
NURSING HOMES ARE AROUND THE SAFETY OF THE SUPPLIES AND
SECURING THEM AND MAKING SURE THAT THE RIGHT PEOPLE HAVE THE
MEDICATIONS THAT ARE PRESCRIBED TO THEM.
KEEPING THEM SECURE. WHERE THEY ARE ACTUALLY
PROCURED, MR. SPEAKER, IS NOT ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS WE
GOVERN. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR VICTORIA OF THE LAKES.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN JULY A LADY IN A NURSING HOME
WAS TRANSFERRED TO A HOME OF HER CHOICE.
A WEEK PRIOR SHE PAID $188.58 FOR A 30-DAY REFILL OF HER
MEDICATION IN A BLISTER PACK. WHEN SHE WAS MOVED SHE TOLD THE
HOME ONLY ACCEPTED BLISTER PACK MEDICATIONS FROM A PARTICULAR
LOCAL PHARMACY. AS A RESULT, THIS MEDICATION HAD
TO BE DESTROYED AND A NEW PRESCRIPTION OBTAINED, AS HAD
BEEN DIRECTED. MR. SPEAKER, I RECOGNIZE THAT
THIS IS A SAFETY MEASURE, AND THAT’S GOOD, BUT IT CONTRIBUTED
TO EXTRA COSTS AND WASTE TO THE PROVINCE AND TO THE INDIVIDUAL.
SO MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER: CAN THE POLICY BE CHANGED SO
THAT ANY UNUSED MEDICATION AN INDIVIDUAL MIGHT HAVE UPON
TRANSFER CAN BE USED WITH THE PROVISO THAT THE REMAINING
PRESCRIPTIONS BE FILLED AT THE HOME’S PHARMACY OF CHOICE?
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I BELIEVE I WAS AWARE OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES
HE REFERENCED. WHEN THAT OCCURRED, I DID ASK
STAFF TO TAKE A LOOK AT THAT AND HAVE SOME CONVERSATIONS WITH THE
VARIOUS — WITHIN THE SECTOR TO APPRECIATE AND UNDERSTANDS.
I BELIEVE THAT PARTICULAR PRACTICE IS NOT AT ALL
FACILITIES. SO THEY’VE BEEN HAVING SOME
DISCUSSIONS AS TO WHETHER WE CAN IMPROVE THAT PROCESS.
AGAIN, FIRST AND FOREMOST, SAFETY BEING FRONT AND CENTRE
AND THE TOP PRIORITY. SO THAT WORK AND THOSE
DISCUSSIONS ARE ONGOING. [ APPLAUSE ].
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR
COLCHESTER-MUSQUODOBIT VALLEY. >>MY QUESTION IS FOR THE
MINISTER OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS. A CONSTITUENT OF MINE HAS BEEN
DIAGNOSED WITH BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
SINCE THE DIAGNOSIS, HE’S BEEN DESPERATELY TRYING TO MANAGE HIS
DISORDER FOR HIS HEALTH, WELLNESS, AND FAMILY.
HE’S ATTEMPTED TO TAKE HIS LIFE TWICE NOW.
A FEW WEEKS AGO I CONDUCTED A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR A
37-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WHO SUCCEEDED TAKING HER LIFE WITH THE SAME
DISORDER. FOR THIS GENTLEMAN, THE ABILITY
TO ACCESS APPROPRIATE TREATMENT AND SERVICES SEEMS TO BE IN A
STATE OF LIMBO. MY QUESTION FOR THE MINISTER IS:
WITHOUT A FAMILY DOCTOR, HOW CAN MY CONSTITUENT ACQUIRE REFERRALS
TO THE DESPERATELY NEEDED MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
THAT HE NEEDS?>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF HEALTH. >>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
YOU KNOW, WE OFTEN HAVE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS AND THE
IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH ON THIS FLOOR.
EVERY MEMBER HERE, MR. SPEAKER, I’M SURE HAS BEEN TOUCHED ONE
WAY OR ANOTHER WITH LOVED ONES OR PERHAPS EVEN DIRECTLY WITH
MENTAL ILLNESS. THE SPECIFIC EXAMPLE OF VERY
ACUTE MENTAL HEALTH — MENTAL ILLNESSES, MR. SPEAKER.
PEOPLE DO DESERVE ACTIVE CARE. THAT’S WHY WE CONTINUE TO INVEST
IN WORK TO IMPROVE THE DELIVERY OF CARE IN OUR MENTAL HEALTH
SERVICES. MR. SPEAKER, I ASSURE THE MEMBER
REFERRAL FOR SERVICES, THE CRISIS LINE THAT CAN BE
CONTACTED, MR. SPEAKER, DOESN’T NEED A PHYSICIAN REFERRAL.
THAT IF SOMEONE IS IN NEED, THEY CAN CALL AND APPROPRIATE
RESOURCES WILL BE DISPATCHED. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR COLCHESTER-MUSQUODOBIT VALLEY.
>>THANK YOU, MINISTER, FOR THAT ANSWER.
I KNOW THE MINISTER IS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THIS.
IDEALLY MY CONSTITUENT WOULD NEED THE DIALETICAL BEHAVIOUR
THERAPY. THE CONSTITUENT HAS CONDUCTED
HIS OWN INQUIRIES INTO THE TREATMENT AND AVAILABLE
PROGRAMS. HOWEVER, IT HAS BEEN FOUND THAT
THERE WOULD BE A MINIMUM SIX-MONTH WAITING PERIOD TO
ACCESS THIS BASIC GROUP THERAPY QUESTION.
MY QUESTION IS: SHOULD HE HAVE TO COPE AND MANAGE HIS DISORDER
FOR SIX MONTHS OR MORE WITHOUT MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL
ASSISTANCE?>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF HEALTH. >>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AS THE MEMBER HAS A VERY SPECIFIC CONSTITUENT AND
CIRCUMSTANCES IN FRONT OF HIM, PERHAPS THAT’S SOMETHING, MR.
SPEAKER, I WOULD URGE THE MEMBER MAYBE IF WE CAN TOUCH BASE
OFFLINE AND LOOK INTO THE SPECIFICS AND ENDEAVOUR TO WORK
TO ENSURE THAT THIS INDIVIDUAL GETS THE CARE THAT THEY NEED.
WE’LL TAKE A LOOK AT THAT AND WORK WITH THE HEALTH AUTHORITY
AND HEALTH PROFESSIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH SPACE.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CUMBERLAND NORTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I’D LIKE TO ASK THE
QUESTION TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AROUND THE FACT THAT
TAXPAYERS IN THIS PROVINCE ARE PAYING FOR EMPTY LONG-TERM BEDS
AND EMPTY RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITY BEDS.
OUR CONTINUING CARE ORGANIZATION TAKES AN AVERAGE OF 10 TO 12
DAYS TO GET A PATIENT MOVED FROM AN ACUTE BED TO A LONG-TERM CARE
BED. MEANWHILE RESIDENTIAL CARE
FACILITY BEDS REMAIN CHRONICALLY EMPTY.
IN NEW BRUNSWICK THERE IS A VACANT BED RECOVERY POLICY THAT
PREVENTS GOVERNMENT AND TAXPAYERS FOR PAYING FOR A BED
THAT HAS BEEN VACANT FOR MORE THAN TWO DAYS.
I WOULD LIKE TO TABLE THAT POLICY FROM NEW BRUNSWICK.
MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH: IS HIS DEPARTMENT ABLE
TO CALCULATE THE COST TO TAXPAYERS OF EMPTY RESIDENTIAL
CARE FACILITY BEDS AND LONG-TERM BEDS IN THE PROVINCE AND IN
CUMBERLAND COUNTY IN PARTICULAR? AND HAS THE PROVINCE LOOKED AT
WAYS TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF EMPTY BEDS IN THE PROVINCE?
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. INDEED, ENSURING THAT RESIDENTS
OF NOVA SCOTIA REQUIRE LONG-TERM CARE, SUPPORTS, AND SERVICES IS
IMPORTANT FOR THIS GOVERNMENT AND, INDEED, FOR ALL NOVA
SCOTIANS. THAT’S WHY I’M PLEASED THAT
THROUGH THE WORK OF MY PREED DESESSOR, HE TOOK STEPS
THAT HAVE RESULTED IN A REDUCTION IN OUR WAIT LIST FOR
RESIDENTS WAITING TO GET ACCESS TO LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES.
WHETHER THEY’RE WAITING IN COMMUNITY, AT HOME, OR IN
HOSPITALS, REDUCE THE WAIT LIST BY ABOUT HALF, THE AMOUNT OF
TIME THEY’RE WAITING, MR. SPEAKER, HAS ALSO BEEN REDUCED.
WORK CONTINUES, MR. SPEAKER, TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY AND
EFFECTIVENESS OF OUR OPERATIONS IN THAT SPACE.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CUMBERLAND NORTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK IT’S FRUSTRATING FOR
HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS WHEN THERE’S EMPTY BEDS THAT THEY
KNOW THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO NEED THOSE BEDS.
I HAVE AN 85-YEAR-OLD CONSTITUENT WHO HAS STARTED TO
HAVE FALLS OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS.
RECENTLY SHE HAS ASKED FOR HELP. HER AND HER PHYSICIAN HAVE BOTH
AGREED IT IS TIME FOR HER TO GET SOME HELP.
SHE WANTS TO BE INDEPENDENT, SO THEY DECIDED ON A BED.
CONTINUING CARE DENIED THIS SENIOR, THIS 85-YEAR-OLD WOMAN,
A BED, EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE NUMEROUS BEDS IN CUMBERLAND
NORTH. I WANT TO CLARIFY.
THERE’S EMPTY BEDS. WE HAVE AN 85-YEAR-OLD SENIOR
WHO WANTS ONE OF THOSE BEDS, BUT YET SHE’S BEING DENIED.
MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH IS: WILL HE COMMIT TO
LOOKING INTO INVESTIGATING CONTINUING CARE, HOW THEY’RE
MAKING THE DECISIONS AND WHY ARE THEY LEAVING EMPTY BEDS WHILE
OUR SENIORS ARE LOOKING FOR HELP.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTIONQUESTION.
INDEED IT’S IMPORTANT FOR MEMBERS TO RECOGNIZE WHY THERE
ARE A NUMBER OF REASONS WHY A BED MAY BE AT A PARTICULAR POINT
IN TIME VACANT. SOMETIMES, MR. SPEAKER, IN OUR
FACILITIES A BED MAY BE VACANT BECAUSE THE RESIDENT IS ACTUALLY
IN AN ACUTE CARE HOSPITAL SETTING, WHERE THEY MAY HAVE HAD
TO BE TRANSFERRED OUT. THAT BED REMAINS FOR THE
RESIDENT TO GO IN. SO — AND AS FAR AS THE SPECIFIC
CIRCUMSTANCES THE MEMBER REFERRED TO, WHEN INDIVIDUALS
ARE ASSESSED, I THINK THE LANGUAGE THE MEMBER USED WAS AN
INDIVIDUAL WANTING ACT AS TO A FACILITY.
BUT, INDEED, MR. SPEAKER, TO ENSURE THE BEDS ARE AVAILABLE
FOR THOSE WHO NEED THEM, THAT IS WHAT WE LOOK AT FIRST AND
FOREMOST AS AN ASSESSMENT. I CAN’T SPEAK TO THE SPECIFICS
OF THE CASE SHE BROUGHT FORWARD, THOUGH.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR SACKVILLE-BEAVER
BANK. >>MR. SPEAKER, IT’S WIDELY
KNOWN THAT POOR DENTAL CARE CAN AFFECT ONE’S HEALTH, THEIR
ABILITY TO EAT, AND MAINTAIN PROPER NUTRITION.
STUDIES HAVE SHOWN CONNECTION BETWEEN ORAL HEALTH AND OVERALL
HEALTH, INCLUDING HEART PROBLEMS, FEVER, DIABETES, AND
PNEUMONIA. THE NOVA DENTAL IN SACKVILLE
HELD THEIR SECOND FREE DENTAL DAY WHERE THE RESIDENTS COULD
RECEIVE FREE DENTAL SERVICES ON THE DAY.
DUE TO THE REGULAR HIGH COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH DENTAL CARE,
OVER 100 RESIDENTS SHOWED UP TO RECEIVE SERVICES AT NO COST.
MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION FOR THE MINISTER OF HEALTH IS FOR THOSE
NOVA SCOTIANS WHO ARE YOUTH OR SENIOR AGED OR SIMPLY THOSE NOT
IN A FINANCIAL POSITION TO PAY FOR SUCH SERVICES, WHAT CAN THE
MINISTER ADVISE THEM ON DOING TO BE ABLE TO OBTAIN BASIC DENTAL
CARE SERVICES?>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF HEALTH. >>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION.
I’M PLEASED TO NOTE IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR WE EXPANDED THE
DENTAL SERVICES THAT THE PROVINCE PROVIDES.
TARGETED TOWARDS OUR YOUTH, MR. SPEAKER.
THE ADVICE AND RESEARCH CLEARLY SHOWS THAT THE TYPES OF SERVICES
PROVIDED PARTICULARLY IN THE YOUTH IS PREVENTIVE IN NATURE.
SO THOSE WERE THE SERVICES THAT WE EXPANDED, MR. SPEAKER, BASED
UPON ADVICE AND FEEDBACK THAT WE RECEIVED FROM DENTISTRY
ASSOCIATION. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR SACKVILLE-BEAVER BANK.
>>YES, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CERTAINLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IN
JANUARY THE NOVA SCOTIA GOVERNMENT DID EXPAND DENTAL
COVERAGE FOR CHILDREN 14 AND YOUNGER.
IT’S A DECISION THAT I CERTAINLY APPLAUD.
BASED UPON THE FACTS THAT NOVA DENTAL SAW OVER 100 PEOPLE FOR
FREE DENTAL SERVICES, WE CAN SEE THAT THERE IS STILL A SERIOUS
NEED FOR DENTAL CARE IN OUR AREA AS WELL AS ACROSS THIS PROVINCE.
CREATING THE POSITION OF A CHIEF DENTAL OFFICER WOULD CERTAINLY
BE A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, MR. SPEAKER.
SOMEBODY WHO WOULD BE ABLE TO EXPOSE THE NEEDS AND THE ISSUES
RELATED TO DENTAL CARE IN NOVA SCOTIA.
SO MY NEXT QUESTION TO THE MINISTER IS: IN THE ABSENCE OF
A CHIEF DENTAL OFFICER IN THIS PROVINCE, WHO ACTS AS AN
ADVOCATE FOR DENTAL MATTERS IN NOVA SCOTIA?
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS PART OF THE WORK THAT WE’VE
BEEN DOING TO IMPROVE OUR ATTENTION IN THE HEALTH SPACE
TOWARDS DENTAL CARE AND SERVICES, IN ADDITION TO THE
EXPANSION OF PROGRAMS AND THE DENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM IN THE
PROVINCE, WE’VE ALSO BROUGHT ON STAFF A DENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANT
WHO WORKS WITH US IN A SIMILAR CAPACITY AS WHAT I BELIEVE THE
MEMBER REFERRED TO AS CHIEF DENTAL OFFICER.
INDEED, THIS IS AN INDIVIDUAL WITH THE CLINICAL EXPERTISE AND
EXPERIENCE AND IS WORKING FOR THE DEPARTMENT ON A PART-TIME
BASIS TO PROVIDE THE ADVICE AND RECOMMENDATION TO US.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CAPE BRETON-RICHMOND.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE PROVINCE OF
NOVA SCOTIA OFFERS SENIORS PROGRAMS AND GRANTS TO ASSIST
THEM WITH STAYING IN THEIR HOMES FOR AS LONG AS THEY CAN MANAGE
TO DO SO. ASSISTANCE OF HOUSEHOLD REPAIRS
AND ADAPTATIONS CAN IMPROVE THE SECURITY AND INDEPENDENT LIVES
OF SENIORS. HOWEVER, AT SOME POINT, SENIORS
WEIGH THE COSTS OF STAYING IN THEIR OWN HOME VERSUS LOOKING AT
AFFORDABLE HOUSING, WITH MIDDLE CLASS SENIORS FINDING THEIR
PENSIONS INSUFFICIENT TO KEEP UP WITH THE COSTS OF STAYING IN
THEIR OWN HOMES. RIGHT NOW THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF
AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN NOVA SCOTIA.
IN 2019 SENIORS MADE UP 65% OF THOSE ON THE WAITING LIST.
THE HOUSING PROGRAM OUTLINES FOUR PRIORITY AREAS FOR ACTION,
THE NUMBER ONE IS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING BY
PARTNERING WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO BUILD NEW AFFORDABLE
HOMES. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THE MINISTER
OF HOUSING NOVA SCOTIA TO PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW MANY PRIVATE
PARTNERSHIPS HAVE BEEN CREATED IN CAPE BRETON-RICHMOND AND ARE
— >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF HOUSING NOVA SCOTIA.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER. I THANK THE HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR THE QUESTION. SHE HAS REFERENCED A VERY
IMPORTANT ISSUE THAT WE’RE AWARE OF.
WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO HAVE SIGNED A NATIONAL HOUSING STRATEGY, OF
COURSE, WHICH WILL ALLOW US TO IMPLEMENT THINGS ALONG THE WAY.
PART OF THAT FIRST THREE-YEAR ACTION PLAN, MR. SPEAKER, WILL
BE ENGAGING THE PRIVATE SECTOR AS WELL AS NOT-FOR-PROFITS TO
GROW THAT HOUSING SECTOR >>ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING
FOR SENIORS BECOMES AN ISSUE WHEN THEY ARE FORCED TO DECIDE
ON A PLACEMENT. IT’S EVEN WORSE WHEN THEY HAVE
TO MAKE A DECISION NOT TO BE ABLE TO TAKE WITH THEM A
CHERISHED MEMBER OF THEIR FAMILY, THEIR PET, MR. SPEAKER.
OUR NURSING HOMES HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED THE IMPORTANCE OF
ALLOWING PETS IN SOME FACILITIES.
ELDER DOG CANADA ARE WORKING WITH OUR SENIOR POPULATION TO
REDUCE ISSUES OF SOCIAL ISOLATION BY OFFERING PROGRAMS
SUCH AS DOG CARE FOR SENIORS. MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER IS
WHY IS THERE ONLY A HANDFUL OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING AVAILABLE TO
SENIORS WHO WISH TO BRING THEIR PETS ALONG WITH THEM IN THE
MOVE?>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF HOUSING. >>THANK YOU AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER.
I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION. WE REALIZE WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE CHALLENGES
WITH HOUSING. WE ARE DOING WHAT WE BELIEVE IT
IS THE RENT SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM. WE WILL WORK WITH ALL THOSE
INVOLVED IN KOOECH EACH OF OUR MUNICIPALITIES.
THERE WERE A NUMBER OF THINGS COMING FORWARD IN THE ACTION
PLAN THAT WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT. WE’RE DOING A NUMBER OF THINGS.
WE’RE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO DO THE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES, MR.
SPEAKER, THAT WERE IN PLACE PREVIOUS AND CONTINUE TO BUILD
NEW ONES. WE’RE IN FISCAL YEAR ONE.
MONEY IS GOING OUT THE DOOR. WE’RE DOING OUR VERY BEST, MR.
SPEAKER. WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE ROOM TO
IMPROVE. WE’RE DOING OUR BEST TO LOOK
AFTER ALL NOVA SCOTIANS. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR DARTMOUTH EAST. >>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
MY CONSTITUENT DAVID AUSTIN CARES FOR HIS WIFE JUDITH WHO
SUFFERS FROM AN ADVANCED FORM OF ALZHEIMER’S.
I HAVE A CONSENT FORM SIGNED BY CONSTITUENT.
HE CARES FOR HER ROUGHLY 140 HOURS EACH WEEK.
THAT’S SEVEN TIMES THE DEPARTMENTAL MINIMUM TO QUALIFY
FOR THE CAREGIVER’S BENEFIT. THOUGH, INITIALLY RECEIVING THE
CAREGIVER’S BENEFIT, THE EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS
ILLNESS HAS FILED UP TO THE POINT THAT DAVID DECIDED TO SELL
THEIR COTTAGE TO MAKE ENDS MEET. REGARDLESS OF THIS SALE, THE
BENEFIT WAS REVOKED. CAN THE MINISTER PLEASE CLARIFY
WHY ARE WE PENALIZING NOVA SCOTIANS WHO ARE FORCED TO SELL
THEIR FAMILY PROPERTY JUST TO MAKE ENDS MEET TO MAKE HOME CARE
EXPENSES?>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF HEALTH. >>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
AGAIN, AS NOTED, THE CARE AND SUPPORT AND THE OPPORTUNITY AND
THE INVALUABLE SUPPORT THAT CAREGIVERS PROVIDE IS NOTED BY
US AS GOVERNMENT. I’VE EXPANDED THAT CAREGIVER
BENEFIT PROGRAM, MR. SPEAKER, TO MAKE SURE THAT MORE NOVA
SCOTIANS ARE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT.
THESE PROGRAMS LIKE MANY PROGRAMS ARE INCOME TESTED TO
ENSURE THAT THOSE WHO NEED IT THE MOST RECEIVE THOSE SUPPORTS,
MR. SPEAKER. THAT’S THE PROCESS WE HAVE IN
PLACE. >>The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY
MUCH. ORDER, PLEASE.
TIME ALLOTTED FOR ORAL QUESTIONS PUT TO MINISTERS HAS EXPIRED.
THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR COLE HARBOUR-EASTERN PASSAGE
>>MR. SPEAKER, I RISE ON A POINT OF ORDER.
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION DURING QUESTION PERIOD STATED THAT I
MADE A DIFFERENT STATEMENT HERE IN THE LEGISLATURE THAN WHAT I
SAY PRIVATELY — >>The Speaker: ORDER, PLEASE,
THAT’S A DISAGREEMENT OF FACTS. IT’S NOT A POINT OF ORDER. CONTINUE.
>>MR. SPEAKER, THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION HAS NO BASIS TO MAKE
THAT ASSERTION. HE CALLS MY CHARACTER INTO
QUESTION. I ASK THAT HE BE DIRECTED TO
RETRACT HIS STATEMENT AND TO APOLOGIZE.>>The Speaker: IT SOUNDS LIKE
A DISAGREEMENT OF FACTS AND NOT A POINT OF ORDER.
>>BEFORE MOVING TO GOVERNMENT BUSINESS, I RISE TO ASK FOR
UNANIMOUS CONSENT OF THE HOUSE TO ALLOW FOR THE PREMIER AND THE
LEADERS OF THE OPPOSITION PARTIES TO SPEAK TO A MATTER OF
IMPORTANCE AND, QUITE FRANKLY, SADNESS FOR NOVA SCOTIANS.
WITH THAT CONSENT, I WILL MOVE TO HEAR FROM THE PREMIER AND THE
LEADERS. >>The Speaker: IS IT AGREED?
>>AGREED. >>The Speaker: IT IS AGREED.
THE HONOURABLE PREMIER >>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I WANT TO THANK ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE.
AS THE HOUSE LEADER SAID, FOLLOWING MY REMARKS, THE LEADER
OF THE N.D.P. AND THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY WOULD SPEAK.
I WOULD ASK FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE WHEN WE WERE IN THIS
HOUSE. NOVA SCOTIA LOST ONE OF ITS TRUE
CHAMPIONS IN SENATOR JOHN BUCHANNAN.
HE BEGAN HIS ELECTED LIFE IN 1967.
HE BEGAN LEADING THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY IN 1971 AND
SERVED THIS PROVINCE AS THE LONGEST-SERVING CONSERVATIVE
PREMIER. THEN HE WENT ON TO SERVE THIS
PROVINCE IN THE CANADIAN SENATE FOR 16 YEARS.
HE’S BEEN OFTEN REFERRED TO AS PROBABLY THE BEST GRASSROOTS
POLITICIAN THIS PROVINCE HAS EVER SEEN.
THE IRONY ABOUT SENATOR BUCHANNAN IS YOU THOUGHT WHEN
YOU FIRST MET HIM, THE WAY HE RESPONDED TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
AND THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU, IT SOMETIMES CAUGHT YOU OFFGUARD
BECAUSE HE WAS JUST IN SUCH A SPIRIT OF LIFE.
BUT IT WASN’T BECAUSE HE WAS ELECTED OFFICE, MR. SPEAKER.
THE LAST TIME I SAW THE SENATOR, HE STILL HAD THAT SAME ENERGY
AND ENTHUSIASM FOR LIFE. I DON’T THINK ANYONE WHO SAT IN
THIS HOUSE HAS BEEN A TRUER CHAMPION OF THE VALUES OF THIS
PROVINCE AND BELIEVING IN THIS PROVINCE.
IF YOU HAD ANY OPPORTUNITY — YOU WEREN’T EVEN SURE WHERE HE
WAS FROM. IF YOU WERE IN SYDNEY WITH HIM,
HE WOULD REMIND YOU HE WAS BORN THERE OR IF YOU WERE IN BEAR
RIVER — HE HAD CONNECTIONS ALL OVER THE PLACE.
HE SERVED THE PEOPLE OF HALIFAX, ATLANTIC, THE NEW RIDING IN
SEVEN ELECTIONS. IT’S AN EXTRAORDINARY RECORD FOR
ANYONE. WHETHER YOU AGREED WITH MR.
BUCHANNAN’S POLITICS, NO ONE CAN DENY HE BELIEVED OF THE PEOPLE IN
THIS PROVINCE AND FOR THIS PROVINCE.
MY GRANDFATHER IS FROM SPRYFIELD CENTRE AND SENATOR BUCHANNAN
WOULD OFTEN TELL ME THAT MY GRANDFATHER VOTED FOR HIM IN
1970. HE WOULD SAY STEVEN’S
GRANDFATHER WAS A BIG LIBERAL AND MAVIS WOULD LOOK AT ME, SO
IS STEVEN. AND I WOULD SAY I’M NOT
DISPUTING THE FACT THAT MY GRANDFATHER VOTED FOR YOU, BUT I
GUARANTEE HE DID NOT TELL MY GRANDMOTHER.
WE WOULD TELL THAT STORY OVER AND OVER AGAIN, EVERY CHANCE I
GOT TO SEE HIM. I WANT TO SAY TO MAVIS AND THEIR
FIVE CHILDREN, THANK YOU FOR SHARING JOHN WITH THIS PROVINCE,
GIVING HIM AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND A LIFETIME OF PUBLIC
SERVICE, WHETHER IT WAS IN THIS CHAMBER OR THE SENATE.
JOHN BUCHANNAN ALWAYS MADE SURE THAT PEOPLE KNEW HE WAS FROM
NOVA SCOTIA AND THAT NOVA SCOTIA WAS HIS PRIORITY.
SO, MAVIS, TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, I WANT TO SEND YOU MY
LOVE, THE LOVE OF THIS CAUCUS AND THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE
AND OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO YOU ON THE LOSS THAT I’M SURE IS
UNMEASURABLE FOR ALL OF YOU. I DO JUST WANT TO READ ONE
COMMENT THAT IN 2010 AND I THINK THIS SUMS UP SENATOR BUCHANNAN.
IN A SPEECH IN 2010 HE URGED NOVA SCOTIANS TO HAVE MORE PRIDE
IN THEIR PROVINCE. WE DON’T DO ENOUGH BRAGGING
ABOUT NOVA SCOTIA. MANY CRITICIZE IT.
THERE CAN BE TOO MUCH PESSIMISM IN THE MEDIA AND ELSEWHERE.
BRAG ABOUT THE PEOPLE, RESOURCES, ENTREPRENEURS.
LIKE THE PEOPLE HERE TONIGHT, OUR HERITAGE IS A BIRTHPLACE OF
NEW SCHOLARS. SENATOR BUCHANNAN WAS PROUD OF
THIS PROVINCE, NOT JUST BECAUSE HE SERVED HERE AND THE 20TH
PREMIER OF THIS PROVINCE, BUT BECAUSE HE BELIEVED IN IT.
MR. SPEAKER, HEAVEN NOW HAS A NEW STORYTELLER. [ APPLAUSE ].
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION. >>The Speaker: THANK YOU, MR.
SPEAKER. WE HAVE LOST A GREAT NOVA
SCOTIAN FOR SURE. SENATOR BUCHANNAN WILL BE
REMEMBERED AS A MASTERFUL CAMPAIGNER, BUT IT WAS HIS
ABILITY TO CONNECT WITH NOVA SCOTIANS THAT IS HIS TRUE
LEGACY. HE WAS OFTEN LATE FOR EVENTS.
YOU KNOW THE REASON. IT’S BECAUSE HE HAD STOPPED TO
TALK TO PEOPLE ALONG THE WAY. PREMIER BUCHANNAN LED THE P.C.
PARTY TO FOUR CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY GOVERNMENTS IN 78, 84,
88. HE SAID, TIM, I HOPE YOU WIN
THREE MAJORITIES. HE WAS VERY PROUD OF HIS FOUR
MAJORITIES. HE WAS NOVA SCOTIA’S
FOURTH-LONGEST-SERVING PREMIER. I BELIEVE HE ACTUALLY BELIEVED IT WAS THE THIRD.
I WILL CERTAINLY REMEMBER JOHN AS A WONDERFUL PERSON AND A
MASTERFUL STORYTELLER. HIS GENUINE INTEREST IN PEOPLE
MEANT THAT HE NEVER FORGOT A FACE AND HE NEVER FORGOT A NAME.
HE WILL BE MISSED BY MANY BECAUSE HIS WARMTH TRULY WAS A
MAGNET TO PEOPLE. I KNOW THAT QUOTE THAT THE
PREMIER REFERRED TO. JOHN WAS IMMENSELY PROUD OF NOVA
SCOTIA. HE URGED EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US
TO BRAG ABOUT NOVA SCOTIA AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY AND HE
CERTAINLY DID, BRAGGED ABOUT ITS PEOPLE, ENTREPRENEURS,
RESOURCES. MY THOUGHTS ARE CERTAINLY WITH
MAVIS AND THEIR FIVE CHILDREN. WE ALSO SEND AS THE CAUCUS AND
AS ELECTED PEOPLE AS NOVA SCOTIANS OUR LOVE TO THEIR
FAMILY. WE DO APPRECIATE JOHN’S SERVICE
AND THE FACT THAT THEY SHARED HIM WITH SO MANY PEOPLE FOR SO
LONG. HE’S PROBABLY SINGING ABOUT A
PLACE THAT HE COULDN’T IMAGINE ANY PLACE MORE BEAUTIFUL FOR
PRINCES AND KINGS. HE WOULD TRADE TEN CITIES FOR
HIS MARION BRIDGE AND THE PLEASURES IT BRINGS.
JOHN, REST IN PEACE, MY GOOD FRIEND.
[ APPLAUSE ] .
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE LEADER OF THE NEW DEMOCRAT
PARTY. >>THANK YOU.
WE IN THE NEW DEMOCRAT PARTY SHARE THE SORROW OF THE PEOPLE
OF NOVA SCOTIA TO HEAR THIS MORNING OF JOHN BUCHANNAN’S
PASSING. HIS LEGACY TOUCHED SO MANY PARTS
OF THE PROVINCE, BUT NO MORE THAN THE COMMUNITY OF SPRYFIELD
WHERE AFTER HE GREW UP IN SYDNEY HE MADE HIS DUG-IN PERMANENT
LIFETIME HOME. MR. BUCHANNAN WAS AN INFEFATIBLE DEVOTE FOR
SPRYFIELD. HIS LONG-TIME SERVICE IN THE
COMMUNITY AND INSTITUTION S , INCLUDING HIS SERVICE TO THE
CHURCH AND THE HOCKEY TEAMS ON WHICH I AND MANY OTHERS WERE
PRIVILEGED TO PLAY AS A POSSESS .
NO ONE IN NOVA SCOTIA WOULD RIVAL JOHN BUCHANNAN IN SOCIAL
SKILL OR IN INTERACTION AL AND HIS CONVERSATIONAL SKILL.
HIS EXCEPTIONAL RECALL FOR THE GENE LOGICAL DETAILS ABOUT THE
LIFE OF THE PERSON WITH WHOM HE WAS CONVERSING IS ONE I HAVE
NEVER SEEN PARALLELED, AND THIS DID NOT LEAVE HIM IN HIS LATER
AGE. WE IN OUR PARTY JOIN ALL MEMBERS
OF THE HOUSE IN EXTENDING OUR SYMPATHY TO MAVIS AND TO HIS CHILDRENCHILDREN.
LET’S STAND TOGETHER AND HONOUR SENATOR JOHN BUCHANNAN’S MEMORY.
>>The Speaker: I WOULD LIKE TO ASK ALL MEMBERS RISE AS WE
OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE IN REMEMBRANCE OF FORMER MEMBER AND
SENATOR JOHN BUCHANNAN. [MOMENT OF SILENCE] THANK YOU.
WE WILL NOW MOVE ON TO GOVERNMENT BUSINESS.
THE HONOURABLE MEMBER GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WOULD YOU PLEASE CALL PUBLIC
BILLS FOR SECOND READING. >>The Speaker: WE’LL NOW CALL
PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING.>>WOULD YOU CALL BILL 169, THE
PROPOSE RATION ACT.. >>WE WILL NOW CALL BILL 169.
THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF JUSTICE
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT BILL 169, AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 156
OF THE REVISED STATUTES, 1989, THE EXPROPRIATION ACT, BE NOW
READ A SECOND TIME. IT’S MY PLEASURE TO SPEAK TO
THIS BILL TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, THESE CHANGES PROVIDE CLARITY TO THE
LEGISLATION WHILE ALSO SUPPORTING INVESTMENT IN THE
MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS THAT NOVA SCOTIANS HAVE TOLD US
ARE A PRIORITY. INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS FOR
THE PUBLIC GOODS SUCH AS HIGHWAYS AND INFRASTRUCTURE
PROJECTS. WHILE EXPROPRIATION IS ALWAYS A
MERS OF LAST RESORT, THERE ARE TIMES WHEN PRIVATE LAND IS
IMPACTED FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, PROJECTS NEEDED FOR
THE PUBLIC GOODS SUCH AS HIGHWAYS AND CLAIMS OF
COMPENSATION COME FORWARD, EVEN WHEN LAND IS NOT EXPROPRIATED.
I KNOW EXPROPRIATION CAN BE A DIFFICULT PROCESS AND NOVA
SCOTIANS EXPERIENCING IT WANT CLEAR AND FAIR RULES.
MR. SPEAKER, THE CURRENT LEGISLATION IS AMBIGUOUS.
WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO ENSURE LANDOWNERS WHO ARE IMPACTED BY
EXPROPRIATION ARE REASONABLY COMPENSATED THROUGH CLEAR AND
FAIR RULES. THEY HAVE A LEGAL RIGHT TO SUCH
COMPENSATION. OUR GOAL IS TO EXPROPRIATION IS THAT NO ONE
SUFFERS A FINANCIAL LOSS. WE ALSO HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO
PROTECT THE INTEREST OF TAXPAYERS AND PROVIDE
RESPONSIBLE FISCAL MANAGEMENT. TO THIS END IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT
THAT A LANDOWNER IMPACTED BY EXPROPRIATION DOES NOT PROFIT AT
THE EXPROPRIATION AT THE EXPENSE OF TAXPAYERS.
FAIR AND REASONABLE COMPENSATION MEANS THAT AN IMPACTED LANDOWNER WILL BE
COMPENSATED FOR WHAT THEY NEW OF THEIR FINANCIAL LOSS, NO MORE OR
LESS. THE CHANGES WE ARE RECOMMENDED
WILL BE WHAT CAN BE CLAIMED FOR LEGAL PROCESSES UNDER THE ACT.
WE WILL ALSO ADD DEFINITIONS NOT PREVIOUSLY DEFINED IN THE
LEGISLATION. THE CHANGES WILL SET CLEAR
PARAMETERS FOR ELIGIBLE CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION IN CERTAIN
SITUATIONS. WITH THIS INCREASED CLARITY, OUR
HOPE IS THAT THESE CHANGES WILL GIVE GREATER CLARITY FOR LAND
OWNERS. FINALLY THESE CHANGES WILL BRING
US IN LINE IN JURISDICTIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
MOST PROVINCES HAVE BEEN REVIEWING THEIR EXPROPRIATION
LEGISLATION AND HAVE BEEN MAKING OR MADE SIMILAR CHANGES.
THE TREND ACROSS THE COUNTRY IS TO MAKE EXPROPRIATION CLEAR AND
EASIER TO UNDERSTAND. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE RECOMMENDING
SEVERAL CHANGES TO THE ACT. FIRST, WE ARE CLARIFYING THAT
ONE OF THE PURPOSES OF THE ACT IS THAT PEOPLE IMPACTED BY
EXPROPRIATION TO BE REASONABLY COMPENSATED.
THE SECOND CHANGE RELATES TO DISTURBANCE LOSSES WHICH ARE ALL
REASONABLE COSTS, EXPENSES, AND FINANCIAL LOSSES A LANDOWNER
INCURS WHEN THEIR LAND IS EXPROPRIATED.
WITH THESE CHANGES, LOSS FOR DISTURBANCE DAMAGES MUST BE
QUANTIFIED IN FINANCIAL TERMS AND ACTUALLY INCURRED BY THE
LANDOWNER. CLAIMS BASED ON HYPOTHETICAL
SCENARIOS OF POTENTIAL DISTURBANCES AND DAMAGES THAT
MAY BE EXPERIENCED WILL NO LONGER BE PERMITTED.
THE THIRD CHANGE WILL REQUIRE THAT CLAIMS MUST BE DIRECTLY
LINKED TO ACTIVITY ON THE EXPROPRIATED LAND.
FOR EXAMPLE, A CLAIMANT CANNOT SEEK COMPENSATION FOR A POSSIBLE
PERSONAL OR BUSINESS ACTIVITY THAT MAY HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED
INTO THE FUTURE. THIS CHANGE ALIGNS WITH OTHER
SECTIONS OF THE ACT WHICH PROVIDE LOSSES TO BUSINESS FOR
HAVING TO RELOCATE AS A RESULT OF AN EXPROPRIATION .
MR. SPEAKER, THE FOURTH CHANGE RELATES TO INTEREST.
WE WILL CLARIFY THAT INTEREST MAY NOT BE CLAIMED ON CLAIMS FOR
PERIODS PRIOR TO THE EXPROPRIATION WHICH IS THE DATE
THAT EXPROPRIATION DOCUMENTS ARE FILED WITH THE LAND REGISTRY OR
THE REGISTRY OF DEEDS. GOING FORWARD, INTEREST WILL
ONLY ACCRUE FROM THE FILING DATE. THE FINAL CHANGE RELATES TO
INJURIOUS AFFECTION CLAIMS WHERE NO LAND IS TAKEN. GOING FORWARD, THESE CLAIMS WILL
BE HEARD BY THE SUPREME COURT OF NOVA SCOTIA INSTEAD OF THE
REVIEW BOARD WHO CURRENTLY HEAR THESE CLAIMS.
WE FEEL DISPUTES WHERE A LANDOWNER IS IMPACTED BUT HAS
THEIR LAND EXPROPRIATED ARE BEST HEARD BY THE COURTS.
THESE DISPUTES ARE LIKE OTHER TYPES OF CASES THAT THE SUPREME
COURT HEARS REGULARLY AND THEY’RE BEST POSITIONED TO HEAR
THESE CASES. THE PROCESS IN THE COURT OFFERS
OPPORTUNITY FOR SETTLEMENT CONFERENCES AS WELL AS THE
ABILITY FOR PARTIES TO GET DECISIONS ON QUESTIONS OF LAW WHERE THERE IS A DISAGREEMENT.
CLAIMS WHERE LAND IS ACTUALLY EXPROPRIATED WILL REMAIN WITH
THE REVIEW BOARD. INJURIOUS AFFECTION REFERS TO A
DECREASE IN THE MARKET VALUE CAUSED BY EXPROPRIATION OR TO
OTHER LOSSES A PROPERTY OWNER INCURS BECAUSE OF EXPROPRIATION.
MR. SPEAKER, NOVA SCOTIANS HAVE TOLD US THAT INFRASTRUCTURE
INVESTMENTS SUCH AS HIGHWAYS AND HEALTH CARE FACILITIES AND
SERVICES ARE A PRIORITY. TO HELP ADVANCE THESE
PRIORITIES, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE EXPROPRIATION PROCESS
PROVIDES LANDOWNERS WITH FAIR AND REASONABLE COMPENSATION
WHILE BALANCING THE INTEREST OF TAXPAYER S TAXPAYERS, ENSURING RESPONSIBLE
FISCAL MANAGEMENT AND CLARITY TO ALL CONCERNED.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE, MR. PRESIDENT, THAT
EXPROPRIATION IS A COURSE OF LAST RESORT.
THESE CHANGES COMPLEMENT THE ONES MADE EARLIER THIS YEAR TO
REGULATIONS. THROUGH THOSE REGULATIONS WE
DEVELOP A SCHEDULE OF FEES FOR LEGAL, LAND APPRAISAL, SURVEYOR,
AND OTHER EXPERT FEES WHICH ARE INCURRED BY LANDOWNERS
EXPERIENCING EXPROPRIATION. THESE AMENDS TO THE
EXPROPRIATION ACT WILL HELP ENSURE WE HAVE CLEAR PARAMETERS
IN PLACE TO GUARANTEE THAT LANDOWNERS IMPACTED BY
EXPROPRIATION RECEIVE THE FAIR AND REASONABLE COMPENSATION THEY
ARE ENTITLED TO, WHILE ALSO BALANCING THE INTEREST OF
TAXPAYERS AND ENSURING PRUDENT FISCAL MANAGEMENT.
WITH THOSE COMMENTS, MR. SPEAKER, I LOOK FORWARD TO THE
COMMENTS OF MY COLLEAGUES.>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR QUEENS SHELBURNE.>>I’M HAPPY TO RIDES AND SPEAK
BRIEFLY TO BILL 169, THE EXPROPRIATION ACT.
MR. SPEAKER, LET’S REMIND OURSELVES WHAT IS
AT THE HEART OF THIS ACT. THIS IS ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT
COMING TO TAKE THE LAND AND PROPERTY OF PRIVATE CITIZENS.
AS PRIVATE CITIZENS, WE CANNOT STOP THEM.
ALL WE CAN DO IS HOPE THAT WE ARE FAIRLY COMPENSATED.
THIS IS WHY I HAVE CONCERN ABOUT THE AMENDMENTS THAT THE
GOVERNMENT IS BRINGING FORWARD BECAUSE IT’S THE GOVERNMENT
GETTING TO DECIDE THE STANDARDS OF FAIRNESS IN A PROCESS THAT
THEY ARE PARTY TO. THESE AMENDMENTS I BELIEVE WILL
ACTUALLY MAKE IT HARDER FOR PRIVATE CITIZENS TO BE TREATED
FAIRLY. THE PURPOSE OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE
TRIBUNAL LIKE THE URAB IS TO PROVIDE AN AFFORDABLE AND
EFFICIENT MECHANISM TO MEDIATE DISPUTES.
INDIVIDUALS ARE ABLE TO ADVANCE AND ATTEND THESE
INFORMAL PROCEEDINGS IN AN EFFORT TO FIND A REASONABLE
SOLUTION. IT IS A SIMPLE ACCESS TO
JUSTICE, MR. SPEAKER, SOMETHING I BELIEVE WE ALL WANT TO STRIVE
TO ACHIEVE. AT PRESENT, THE FIRST PLACE TO
TURN IF YOU ARE UNHAPPY WAS DEALING WITH A TRANSACTION UNDER
THE EXPROPRIATION ACT IS THE URABURAB.
YOU FILE STRAIGHTFORWARD PAPERWORK AND EXPLAIN YOUR
POSITION TO THE TRIBUNAL. THE REVISIONS OF SECTIONS 5 AND
6 OF THE EXPROPRIATION ACT REMOVE THE INVOLVEMENT OF THE
UTILITY AND REVIEW BOARD FROM CERTAIN DISPUTES RELATED TO
COMPENSATION. IT MAKES THIS THE FIRST PLACE TO
GO IN SOME SITUATIONS IS THE SUPREME COURT OF NOVA SCOTIA.
THE COURT SYSTEM IS AN INTIMIDATING PLACE FOR MOST
PEOPLE. THE PROCESS IS VERY FORMAL.
THE RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE ARE COMPLICATED AND GENERALLY
REQUIRE THE EXPERTISE OF A LAWYER TO INTERPRET TO FIGURE
OUT THE SIMPLEST OF DETAILS, LIKE WHAT TO FILE AND WHEN.
WHILE HIRING A LAWYER IS NOT REQUIRED, IT IS GENERALLY
ADVISABLE, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT YOU WOULD HAVE THE GOVERNMENT ON
THE OTHER SIDE WHO COME WITH NO SHORTAGE OF LAWYERS.
THIS AMENDMENT MAKES QUESTIONING OR CHALLENGING
AND HE THINKS MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE.
IT WILL TAKE LONGER TO RESOLVE, POTENTIALLY YEARS IN SOME CASES,
AND IT WILL CLOG UP OUR ALREADY-CONGESTED COURT SYSTEM.
AT THE END OF THE DAY, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS ABOUT ACCESS TO
JUSTICE. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR
ALLOWING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK BRIEFLY TO THIS BILL.
I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT THE GOOD PEOPLE OF NOVA SCOTIA
WILL HAVE TO SAY AT LAW AMENDMENTS.
>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR THE NEW DEMOCRAT
PARTY. >>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
I’M PLEASED TO RISE AND SAY A FEW SHORT WORDS ABOUT THE
AMENDMENTS TO THE EXPROPRIATION ACT BROUGHT IN TODAY.
WE APPRECIATE THAT THE AMENDMENTS WERE BROUGHT IN WITH
THE INTENTION OF CREATING CLARITYCLARITY.
I THINK WE IN THE N.D.P. CAUCUS RECOGNIZE THAT IT’S THE
GOVERNMENT’S JOB TO CREATE THAT CLARITY AS FAR AS LEGISLATION
GOES. I THINK IN GENERAL MY
COLLEAGUES’ POINTS ARE WELL TAKEN, THAT THIS DOES IMPACT
PRIVATE LANDOWNERS AND I THINK WE NEED TO BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT HOW
WE GO FORWARD. IN GENERAL I WOULD SAY WHEN WE
MOVE THE MATTER FROM A TRIBUNAL TO A HIGHER COURT, THERE ARE
ACCESS TO JUSTICE ISSUES THAT CAN IMMEDIATELY BE ENGAGED.
IT IS HARDER TO ACCESS THOSE COURTS.
THOSE COURTS ARE BUSIER. BUT I WON’T OPINE WHETHER THAT IS THE
RIGHT DECISION OR NOT. I THINK OUR CAUCUS IS OF THE
VIEW THAT WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM LANDOWNERS AND
HOPEFULLY AT SOME LEGAL EXPERTS AT LAW AMENDMENTS.
I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT PROCESS GOING FORWARD.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>The Speaker: IF I AM TO
RECOGNIZE THE HONOURABLE MINISTER JUSTICE IT WILL BE FOR
SECOND READING OF BACKFILL 169, THE EXPROPRIATION ACT.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I APPRECIATE THE QUESTIONS OF MY
COLLEAGUES. I DO WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT THE
EXPROPRIATION ACT IS NOT NEW. THIS PROCESS HAS EXISTED FOR
MANY YEARS. IT HAS BEEN A PROCESS THAT HAD A
LACK OF CLARITY FOR SOME TIME, AND WE KNOW THAT BOTH THE COURTS
AND THE UARB HAVE SOUGHT CLARITY AROUND THE LEGISLATION.
I’LL REFER SPECIFICALLY TO THE COMMENTS OF MY COLLEAGUE FROM
QUEEN SHELBURNE. I REMEMBER COMING INTO
GOVERNMENT IN 2013 AND THE THEN-FEDERAL MINISTER — FEDERAL
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR SOUTH SHORE ST. MARGARET’S, MR. GERALD
KEDDY, WHO MY COLLEAGUE WAS EMPLOYED WITH AT THAT TIME, MR.
KEDDY AND I HAD A NUMBER OF DISCUSSIONS AROUND THE BYPASSES
THROUGH QUEENS COUNTY THAT WERE CRITICAL TO THAT COMMUNITY.
AN EXPROPRIATION TOOK PLACE AT THAT TIME.
TO FACILITATE, MR. SPEAKER, THE DEVELOPMENT OF THAT HIGHWAY
THROUGH THOSE COMMUNITIES. IT REALLY IS ABOUT EXTENDING
THAT SAME OPPORTUNITY TO EVERY OTHER AREA OF THE PROVINCE,
WHERE WE SEE A NEED FOR PUBLIC SAFETY TO EXPAND AND CREATE AND
DEVELOP FOUR-LANE HIGHWAYS, BUT ALSO TO FIND EFFICIENCIES, MR.
SPEAKER, FOR THOSE COMMUNITIES WHO ARE INVOLVED.
SO IT IS A POINT WHERE EXPROPRIATION IS A NECESSARY
PROCESS THAT HAS EXISTED. IT IS OUR INTENTION, AS MY
COLLEAGUE FROM THE N.D.P. HAS STATED, TO PROVIDE CLARITY.
THE ONE COMMENT THAT I WILL CONCLUDE ON — BECAUSE WE HAVE
GIVEN THIS VERY CLOSE ANALYSIS. BECAUSE OF THE COMPLEXITY OF
EXPROPRIATION AND LAND TITLE, THESE MATTERS ALWAYS IN MOST
CASES REQUIRE LEGAL REPRESENTATION.
LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR THE MOST PART IS PRESENT AT THE UARB
HEARINGS AS WELL. ALTHOUGH BOTH OF MY COLLEAGUES
HAVE EXPRESSED A CONCERN AROUND ACCESS TO JUSTICE AND THE NEED
TO SECURE LEGAL ADVICE, SHOULD MATTERS PROCEED TO THE SUPREME
COURT, I WOULD SUGGEST TO THIS HOUSE AND TO NOVA SCOTIANS THAT
THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES PRESENTLY EXIST. WITH THOSE COMMENTS, MR.
SPEAKER, I MOVE TO CLOSE SECOND READING ON BILL 169.
>>The Speaker: THE MOTION IS FOR SECOND READING OF BILL 169,
THE EXPROPRIATION ACT. WOULD ALL THOSE IN FAVOUR OF THE
MOTION PLEASE SAY “AYE.”>>AYE.
>>The Speaker: CONTRARY MINDED “NAY.”
MOTION CARRIED. >>BILL 169, AN ACT TO AMEND
CHAPTER 156 OF THE REVISED STATUTES, 1989, THE
EXPROPRIATION ACT.>>The Speaker: ORDERED THAT
THIS BILL BE REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON LAW AMENDMENTS.
THE HONOURABLE DEPUTY HOUSE LEADER.
>>The Speaker: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
WILL YOU PLEASE CALL BILL 170, THE PUBLIC HIGHWAYS ACT.
>>The Speaker: WE’LL NOW CALL BILL 170, THE PUBLIC HIGHWAYS
ACT. THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL
>>IT YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE THAT BILL 170, THE PUBLIC
HIGHWAYS ACT, BE READ A SECOND TIME.
IT IS A PLEASURE TO SPEAK TO THIS LEGISLATION TODAY.
THESE AMENDMENTS, MR. SPEAKER, WILL IMPROVE THE EFFICIENT
ADMINISTRATION OF OUR HIGHWAY SYSTEM AND TO HELP OUR PROVINCE
BETTER MANAGE THE PUBLIC EXPENDITURE ON OUR HIGHWAYS.
AS WE CAN ALL APPRECIATE, NOVA SCOTIA’S ROAD AND HIGHWAY
NETWORK IS THE BACKBONE OF OUR HIGHWAY.
IT IS INTEGRAL TO HAVE PUBLIC AND BUSINESSES MOVE PEOPLE,
GOODS, AND SERVICES ACROSS THEIR PROVINCES.
SO JUST AS THEIR HIGHWAY NETWORK IS IMPORTANT, SO TOO THE
LEGISLATION THAT SUPPORTS IT, MR. SPEAKER.
THE AMENDMENTS WE ARE PROPOSING IN THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE
IMPORTANT UPDATES AND ADMINISTRATIVE IMPROVEMENTS SO
WE CAN PLAN AND MANAGE OUR HIGHWAY NETWORK BETTER.
THE CHANGES WE ARE BRINGING FORWARD TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, WILL
HELP BRING OUR LEGISLATION IN LINE WITH OTHER ATLANTIC
PROVINCES. THE TWO MOST SUBSTANTIVE
AMENDMENTS I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT INVOLVEMENT SIMPLIFYING THE
PROCESS FOR SELLING LAND THAT THE PROVINCE NO LONGER NEEDS,
AND IMPROVING THE PROCESS FOR RESERVING LAND FOR FUTURE ROAD
OR HIGHWAY EXPANSION. CURRENTLY T.I.R. CAN RESERVE OR
IDENTIFY LANDS FOR EXPANSION ARREST HIGHWAY UP TO FIVE YEARS.
THE CHANGES WE ARE PROPOSING WILL MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THE
PROVINCE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPENSATING FOR CERTAIN TYPES
OF IMPROVEMENTS THAT MADE TO THE LAND THAT ADD TO VALUE WHILE THE
LAND IS RESERVED FOR HIGHWAY USE.
THESE CHANGES WILL MAKE IT CLEAR TO PERSPECTIVE LANDOWNERS THAT
NOTICE HAS BEEN GIVEN AND OTHER CHANGES OR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE
PROPERTY TO ARBITRARILY ENHANCE THE VALUE AFTER NOTICE IS GIVEN
WILL NOT BE COMPENSABLE BY THE PROVINCE.
THIS WILL PROVIDE TRANSPARENCY AND CLARITY TO LANDOWNERS.
IT WILL ALSO HELP US ENGAGE LANDOWNERS EARLIER IN THE
PROCESS. I MIGHT JUST ADD THAT MY
DEPARTMENT WORKS VERY HARD WITH LANDOWNERS TO ACHIEVE A POSITIVE
OUTCOME, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO
NOTE THAT THE NUMBER OF PROJECTS WHERE LANDOWNERS HAVE BEEN
AFFECTED BY THIS SITUATION HAS BEEN RELATIVELY QUITE SMALL,
JUST TWO INSTANCES IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, MR. SPEAKER.
HOWEVER, WITH THE NUMBER OF MAJOR CAPITAL HIGH
INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS ANTICIPATED ACROSS THE PROVINCE
OVER THE NEXT NUMBER OF YEARS, IT IS PRUDENT WE IMPROVE THE
LEGISLATION SO WE CAN MANAGE COSTS APPROPRIATELY AND ENGAGE
PROPERTY OWNERS EARLIER IN THE PROCESS. AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, THE
AMENDMENTS WILL ALLOW FOR UNNEEDED PARTS ABUTTING ROADS.
THIS WAS NEEDED BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNT OF RED TAPE THAT
GENERATES. IN NOVA SCOTIA WE CONVEY ABOUT
75 PARCELS OF LAND PER YEAR TO LANDOWNERS WHO HAVE PROPERTY
ABUTTING OLD ROADS OR SEVERED PARCELS THAT ARE SURPLUSED TO
THE PROVINCE. UNDERSTANDABLY, THOSE LANDS ARE
OF INTEREST TO CONTIGUOUS LANDOWNERS.
RIGHT NOW MUCH OF THE COSTS OF THE CONVEYANCE SUCH AS SURVEYING
AND OTHER FEES ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BUYER.
THAT WILL CHANGE UNDER THIS LEGISLATION.
THE AUTHORITY TO RELEASE THE LAND WILL NOW BE SIMPLIFIED
THROUGH A CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE.
THIS WILL EASE THE RED TAPE AND FINANCIAL BURDEN ON THE
PURCHASER. THE REMAINING AMENDMENTS WE ARE
PROPOSING ARE ESSENTIALLY ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES THAT WILL
UPDATE TERMINOLOGY, INCLUDE GENDER-NEUTRAL LANGUAGE, CORRECT
JOB TITLES, MOVE FEES TO REGULATION, EXPAND THE WAY WE
NOTIFY THE PUBLIC ABOUT THINGS RELATED TO THE ROAD, AND REMOVE
OUTDATED PROVISIONS NO LONGER PRACTICAL.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM MY
COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE.>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR PICTOU CENTRE .
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I’M PLEASED TO TAKE A FEW
MOMENTS TO COMMENT ABOUT THIS BILL, 170, AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 371
OF THE REVISED STATUTES, 1989, THE PUBLIC HIGHWAYS ACT.
NEEDLESS TO SAY IT IS TIME TO SCRUTINIZE THIS BILL AND MAKE
SOME CHANGES IN PARTICULAR OF THE WORDING IN THE ACT.
IN UPDATING THE LANGUAGE IN THE LEGISLATION REGARDING JOB TITLE
S, ET CETERA. MR. SPEAKER, CHANGES WILL ALLOW
THE PROVINCE TO SELL OR DISPOSE OF ALL HISTORICAL HIGHWAYS NO
LONGER IN USE. I BELIEVE THERE IS A WORD WE USE
“GHOST ROADS” FOR THOSE TYPES OF HISTORICAL ROADS THAT ARE NOT
THE BEING USED ANY LONGER. UPDATING NOTIFICATIONS FOR ROAD
CLOSURES AND WAIT RESTRICTION S .
MANY AMENDMENTS WERE UPDATED AND CHANGED TO IMPROVE LIKE THE
MINISTER MENTIONED HIGHWAY EXPENDITURES. HOWEVER, MR. SPEAKER, WE
PROBABLY COULD HAVE GONE EVEN FURTHER TO SCRUTINIZE THIS
PARTICULAR ACT IF WE’RE TRULY GOING TO MODERNIZE THE HIGHWAY
ACT. PERHAPS LET’S MODERNIZE IT AND
DO EVEN A BETTER AND MORE THOROUGH EXAMINATION AND BRING
THE ENTIRE ACT UP-TO-DATE. HOWEVER, MR. SPEAKER, WE’LL
SUPPORT THIS PARTICULAR PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND LOOK FORWARD TO
LAW AMENDMENTS. THANK YOU.
[ APPLAUSE ]. >>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR CAPE BRETON CENTRE. >>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
WE IN THE N.D.P. ARE GLAD TO SEE HOW THE GOVERNMENT IS UPDATING
OUR GHOST HIGHWAYS IN NOVA SCOTIA.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM CONSTITUENTS AT LAW AMENDMENTS.
>>The Speaker: I RECOGNIZE THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION, IT WILL BE FOR SECOND READING OF BILL 170, THE
PUBLIC HIGHWAYS ACT. THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF
TRANSPORTATION.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR.
SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE
HALL FOR THEIR COMMENTS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CLOSE
DEBATE ON BILL 170. >>The Speaker: THE MOTION IS
FOR SECOND READING OF BILL 170, THE PUBLIC HIGHWAYS ACT.
WOULD ALL THOSE IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION SAY “AYE.”
CONTRARY MINDED “NAY.” THE MOTION IS CARRIED >>BILL 170, AN ACT TO AMEND
CHAPTER 371 OF THE REVISED STATUTES, 1989, THE PUBLIC
HIGHWAYS ACT. >>The Speaker: ORDERED THAT
THIS BILL BE REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON LAW AMENDMENTS.
THE HONOURABLE DEPUTY HOUSE LEADER
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS CONCLUDES GOVERNMENT
BUSINESS FOR TODAY. I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE NOW RISE
TO MEET AGAIN TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 1:00
P.M. AND 6:00 P.M. FOLLOWING THE DAILY ROUTINE AND
QUESTION PERIOD, BUSINESS WILL INCLUDE SECOND READING OF BILL
NUMBER 175, THE MARINE RENEWALS ENERGY ACT, AND BILL 177, THE
PUBLIC UTILITIES ACT. WITH TIME PERMITTING, WE WILL
ALSO HAVE ADDRESS AND REPLY. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO NOTE FOR
MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND THE PUBLIC THAT THE LAW AMENDMENTS
COMMITTEE WILL BE MEETING MONDAY AT 1:00 P.M. TO DEAL WITH BILLS
152, 160, 163, 166, 169, AND 170.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. >>The Speaker: THE MOTION IS
FOR THE HOUSE TO ADJOURN, TO RISE AGAIN TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8,
AT 1:00 P.M. WOULD ALL THOSE IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION PLEASE SAY
“AYE.” CONTRARY MINDED “NAY.”
MOTION IS CARRIED. THE HOUSE NOW STANDS ADJOURNED. [♪♪♪]

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